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Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time, he has had ten No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desirée", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", "Heartlight". 38 songs by Diamond have featured in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In 2011, he was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants, his parents were a dry-goods merchant. He grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, having spent four years in Cheyenne, where his father was stationed in the army.

In Brooklyn he attended Erasmus Hall High School and was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, along with classmate Barbra Streisand. We hung out in the front of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes." After his family moved, he attended Abraham Lincoln High School, was a member of the fencing team. On the team was his best friend, future Olympic fencer Herb Cohen. For his 16th birthday, he received his first guitar; when he was 16 and still in high school, Diamond spent a number of weeks at Surprise Lake Camp, a camp for Jewish children in upstate New York, when folk singer Pete Seeger performed a small concert. Seeing the recognized singer perform, watching other children singing songs for Seeger that they wrote themselves, had an immediate effect on Diamond, who became aware of the possibility of writing his own songs. "And the next thing, I got a guitar when we got back to Brooklyn, started to take lessons and immediately began to write songs," he said. He added that his attraction to songwriting was the "first real interest" he had growing up, while helping him release his youthful "frustrations".

Diamond used his newly developing skill to write poetry. By writing poems for girls he was attracted to in school, he soon learned it won their hearts, his male classmates took note and began asking him to write poems for them which they would sing and use with equal success. He spent the summer following his graduation as a waiter in the Catskills resort area. There he first met Jaye Posner, who would years become his wife. Diamond next attended New York University as a pre-med major on a fencing scholarship, again on the fencing team with Herb Cohen, he was a member of the 1960 NCAA men's championship fencing team. Bored in class, he found writing song lyrics more to his liking, he began cutting classes and taking the train up to Tin Pan Alley, where he tried to get some of his songs heard by local music publishers. In his senior year, when he was just 10 units short of graduation, Sunbeam Music Publishing offered him a 16-week job writing songs for $50 a week, he dropped out of college to accept it.

Diamond was not rehired after his 16 weeks with Sunbeam, he began writing and singing his own songs for demos. "I never chose songwriting," he says. "It just absorbed me and became more and more important in my life." His first recording contract was billed as "Neil and Jack", an Everly Brothers-type duet with high school friend Jack Packer. They recorded the unsuccessful singles "You Are My Love at Last" with "What Will I Do", "I'm Afraid" with "Till You've Tried Love", both records released in 1962. Cashbox and Billboard magazines gave all four sides excellent reviews, Diamond signed with Columbia Records as a solo performer in 1962. In July 1963, Columbia released the single "At Night" with "Clown Town". Columbia dropped him from their label and he went back to writing songs in and out of publishing houses for the next seven years, he wrote wherever he could, including on buses, used an upright piano above the Birdland Club in New York City. One of the causes of this early nomadic life as a songwriter was his songs' wordiness: "I'd spent a lot of time on lyrics, they were looking for hooks, I didn't understand the nature of that," he says.

He was able to sell only about one song a week during those years enough to survive on. He found himself earning enough to spend only 35 cents a day on food, but the privacy that he had above the Birdland Club allowed him to focus on writing without distractions. "Something new began to happen. I wasn't under the gun, interesting songs began to happen, songs that had things none of the others did." Among them were "Cherry, Cherry" and "Solitary Man". "Solitary Man" was the first record. It remains one of his personal all-time favorites, as it was about his early years as a songwriter though he failed to realize it at the time, he describes the song as "an outgrowth of my despair". Diamond spent his early career in the Brill Building, his first success as a songwriter came in November 1965 with "Sunday and Me", a Top 20 hit for Jay and the Americans. Greater success followed with "I'm a Believer", "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You", "Look Out", "

The Bachelor Canada (season 2)

The Bachelor Canada is the second season of W Network reality television series The Bachelor Canada. The season premiered on September 18, 2014; this season features an entrepreneur from Milton, Ontario. Biographical information according to City official series site, plus footnoted additions; the contestant received a first impression rose The contestant received a rose during the date The contestant was eliminated The contestant was eliminated during the date The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony The contestant quit the competition The contestant won the competition Original airdate: September 18, 2014 No dates for this week. Bachelor Tim Warmels meets the contestants. Natalie and Sachelle both receive roses before the Rose Ceremony. First Impression Rose: Christine White Rose Ceremony: Andrea, Jennifer, Kelsey, Rebecca, Ritiuska and Sharan do not receive a rose and are eliminated. Original airdate: September 25, 2014 One-on-one: Kaylynn. Tim takes Kaylynn on a helicopter ride to Grouse Mountain.

Kaylynn talks about her past experiences. They share the first kiss of the season and she receives a rose. Group Date One: The girls are split up into two groups. Team One: Allison, Lisa, Sachelle. Team Two: April Borgnetta, Martha and Trisha, they go dragon boat racing. The winning team gets to spend extra time with Tim. Team two wins, they go to the Sun Garden for dinner. Trisha receives. Group Date Two: Christine, Natalie and April Brockman; each girl has the chance to pose with Tim for a photo-shoot. Tim fails to connect with Sonia and they mutually agree it would be best for her to go home. April wins the 1-on-1 time. Cocktail Party: Kaylynn becomes emotional. Martha tries to cheer her up by saying she has nothing to worry about, Kaylynn takes this as an attack and breaks down. Rose Ceremony: Renee and Allison are eliminated. Original airdate: October 2, 2014 Located in: Los CabosOne-on-one: Lisa. Tim takes Lisa to Wild Canyon where they go on a "death swing." They enjoy an outdoor dinner. Lisa receives.

Group Date: Martha, Jenny and April Borgnetta. They watch and perform traditional folk dancing. Sachelle wins the 1-on-1 time. Tim cancels the second group date to spend more time with the girls, he decides he will be sending four girls home instead of two. Some of the girls including Trisha are upset about this. Rose Ceremony: Martha, April Borgnetta and Christine are eliminated. Original airdate: October 9, 2014 Located in: The BahamasOne-on-one: Natalie. Natalie and Tim enjoy a simple walk through the city. Natalie is nervous and their time together is awkward. A frustrated Tim tells her he wants her to stay, but he doesn't feel confident enough to give her a rose, she decides to go home. Group Date: April, Lisa and Sachelle, they go swimming with sharks. There is no group date. Two-on-one: Trisha and Rileigh, they both spend 1-on-1 time together to talk so Tim can choose who he has the better connection with. He picks Trisha, Rileigh is sent home. Trisha and Tim proceed to have a dinner and play on the beach and she receives a rose.

Rose Ceremony: It comes down to Dominique and Kaylynn for the final rose, Tim decides to keep them both for another week. Nobody is sent home. Original airdate: October 14, 2014 Located in: TorontoOne-on-one: April, they explore Toronto where Tim shows her some important places in his life and opens up a little bit about his past, she in return opens up about her past relationship. They go play a game of pool and have dinner and she receives a rose. Group Date: Kaylynn, Lisa and Trisha, they go to Canada's Wonderland where it's shut down just for them. They go on the rides and go cart racing with the winner receiving alone time with Tim. Kaylynn wins. At this point, Natalie returns and Dominique decides to send herself home before her 1-on-1 date with Tim, she warns Tim to keep an eye on some of the girls. Rose Ceremony: Natalie is eliminated. Original airdate: October 21, 2014 Located in: TuscanyThere are no group or date roses this week. One-on-one: Trisha, they enjoy an outdoor lunch. He gifts her a necklace earring set from Michael Hill Jeweller.

Before the group date, it's revealed that Lisa made out with another guy when the girls went out to a bar. Tim does not know yet, all the girls are angry and say they will tell him if she doesn't. Group Date: Lisa and April; the girls paint a portrait of Tim. Tim picks the best painting without knowing, he chooses Lisa's picture and she wins the 1-on-1 time. Lisa tells him about the other night saying, he doesn't send her home. One-on-one: Sachelle, they go to the Casa Buitoni where they eat their own pizza. Sachelle tells Tim about the other night but it's a different story than what Lisa told him. Sachelle says that Lisa kept making out with the bartender after the girls tried to get her to stop. Rose Ceremony: Tim takes Lisa aside and she apologizes again. Kaylynn is sent home. Original airdate: October 28, 2014 Located in: HometownsTim travels to the remaining four ladies hometowns to meet their families. Trisha: Tim meets Trisha in Edmonton outside of a skating rink, she gives him a Maple Leafs one.

They go inside the rink where it is empty and play a game of hockey and slow dance. Afterwards, they go to Trisha's house to meet her family, it goes over well and Tim says he feels like part of the family. After dinner when Tim leaves, Trisha admits she's fall

Kali Mountford

Carol Jean Mountford is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Colne Valley from 1997 until she retired from the House of Commons at the 2010 general election. Mountford was born in the daughter of an engine driver, she attended Crewe Grammar School for Girls on Buchan Grove in Crewe. In 1986, whilst working at the Crewe Jobcentre, she stood as the Liberal candidate in a County Council bye-election in Crewe Central ward on 18 September. At Crewe and Alsager College, she gained a DipHE and a BA in Philosophy and Sociology in 1988 as a mature student. Mountford served as a Sheffield City Councillor for four years and worked as a civil servant benefits clerk for twenty years prior to entering Parliament, she was active in the CPSA as a shop steward. Mountford was selected as a Labour candidate through an all-women shortlist, she was first elected at the 1997 general election for Colne Valley and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Des Browne MP. She retired from the Commons at the 2010 general election.

The Colne Valley seat was won by the Conservative Party candidate, Jason McCartney. Although Labour fell to third place that election, they would regain the seat seven years later. Mountford was suspended from the House of Commons for five working days in 1998 for leaking a Social Security Select Committee report to the government; the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee stated that although there were some mitigating circumstances for her behaviour, she had in fact "aggravated her original offence by denying responsibility". In addition to the suspension Mountford was forced to apologise for her conduct; as a result of the controversy Mountford resigned from the Social Security Select Committee. Mountford married her third husband Ian Leedham in July 1995 in Sheffield. Kali Mountford MP's official website Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Kali Mountford MP TheyWorkForYou.com - Kali Mountford MP BBC Politics Textile industry in December 2002 Suspended from Select Committee in October 1999 Apology in July 1999