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Paul Weller

Paul John Weller is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam, he had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council, before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. Despite widespread critical recognition as a singer and guitarist, Weller has remained a national, rather than international and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture, he is the principal figure of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, is referred to as "The Modfather". The Daily Telegraph said of Weller: "Apart from David Bowie, it's hard to think of any British solo artist who's had as varied, long-lasting and determinedly forward-looking a career." The BBC described Weller in 2007 as "one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years". In 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life.

He has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male twice, the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Weller was born on 25 May 1958 in Woking, England, to John and Ann Weller. Although born John William Weller, he became known as Paul by his parents, his father worked as a builder and his mother was a part-time cleaner. Weller started his education at Maybury County First School in 1963, his love of music began with The Beatles The Who and Small Faces. By the time Weller was eleven and moving up to Sheerwater County Secondary school, music was the biggest part of his life, he had started playing the guitar. Weller's musical vocation was confirmed after seeing Status Quo in concert in 1972, he formed the first incarnation of The Jam in the same year, playing bass guitar with his best friends Steve Brookes and Dave Waller. Weller's father, acting as their manager, began booking the band into local working men's clubs. Joined by Rick Buckler on drums, with Bruce Foxton soon replacing Waller on rhythm guitar, the four-piece band began to forge a local reputation, playing a mixture of Beatles covers and a number of compositions written by Weller and Brookes.

Brookes left the band in 1976, Weller and Foxton decided they would swap guitar roles, with Weller now the guitarist. The Jam emerged at the same time as punk rock bands such as The Clash, The Damned, the Sex Pistols. However, it better fitted the mold of the new wave bands. Nonetheless, The Clash emerged as one of the leading early advocates of the band, were sufficiently impressed to take them along as the support on their White Riot tour of 1977; the Jam's first single, "In the City" took them into the UK Top 40 in May 1977. Although every subsequent single had a placing within the Top 40, it was not until the band released the political "The Eton Rifles" that it would break into the Top 10, hitting the No. 3 spot in November 1979. The increasing popularity of their blend of Weller's barbed lyrics with pop melodies led to their first number one single, "Going Underground", in March 1980. "I like them a lot," remarked Peter Gabriel, who enlisted Weller to play on his third album. "They're one of the new groups.

They're very good."It became the first band since the Beatles to perform both sides of the same single on one edition of Top of the Pops - Oasis would repeat this feat in 1996. The Jam had two singles, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?", reach No. 21 and No. 8 in the UK singles chart despite not being released as singles in the UK – they got there purely on the strength of the huge number of people buying import sales of the German and Dutch single releases. The Jam still hold the record for the best-selling import-only singles in the UK charts; as the band's popularity increased, Weller became restless and wanted to explore a more soulful, melodic style of music with a broader instrumentation, in consequence in 1982 he announced that The Jam would disband at the end of that year. The action came as a surprise to Foxton and Buckler who both felt that the band was still a creative formation with scope to develop further professionally, but Weller was determined to end the band and move on.

Their final single, "Beat Surrender", became their fourth UK chart topper, going straight to No. 1 in its first week. Their farewell concerts at Wembley Arena were multiple sell-outs. At the beginning of 1983, Weller teamed up with keyboard player Mick Talbot to form a new group called The Style Council. Weller brought in Steve White to play drums, as well as singer Dee C. Lee, Weller’s girlfriend of 6 years, she had been a backing singer with Wham! Free of the limited musical styles he felt imposed by The Jam, under the collective of The Style Council Weller was able to experiment with a wide range of music, from pop and jazz to Soul/R&B, house and folk-styled ballads; the band was at the vanguard of a jazz/pop revival that would continue with the emergence of bands like Matt Bianco and Everything but the Girl, whose members Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt contributed vocals and guitar to the 1984 The Style Council song "Paris Match". Many of The Style Council's early singles performed well in the charts, Weller would e

Mikhail Bakayev

Mikhail Khazbiyevich Bakayev is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder, for Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan Premier League. He made his professional debut in the Russian Second Division in 2003 for FC Avtodor Vladikavkaz, he made his Russian Premier League debut for FC Anzhi Makhachkala on 13 March 2010 in a game against PFC Spartak Nalchik. On 1 August 2011, Bakayev re-signed for Alania Vladikavkaz after two and a half years with Anzhi Makhachkala. In March 2014, Bakayev signed a three-year contract with FC Kairat of the Kazakhstan Premier League. In October 2014, along with Dmitri Khomich, Zaurbek Pliyev, Aleksandr Kislitsyn and Samat Smakov, was banned from training with FC Kairat by the club. On 28 October 2016, Bakayev extended his contract with Kairat until 16 December 2019. On 29 August 2017, Kairat announced that Bakayev had left the club to join Anzhi Makhachkala, with Anzhi announcing the signing the following day. On 2 July 2018, FC Orenburg announced the signing of Bakayev.

On 14 February 2020, Bakayev left Shinnik Yaroslavl by mutual consent. On 26 February 2020, FC Shakhter Karagandy announced the signing of Bakayev. In August 2008, Bakayev was called up to the Russia U21 squad, his older brother Eduard Bakayev was a professional footballer. As of match played 17 November 2019 FC KairatKazakhstan Cup: 2014, 2015 Kazakhstan Super Cup: 2016 Mikhail Bakayev at Russian Premier League Profile at FNL official site Match statistics at RFU site

Karen MacInerney

Karen MacInerney is an American novelist who writes four series - one a cozy mystery series about a bed and breakfast owner in an island community off the coast of Maine, another a cozy mystery series about a homesteader in rural Texas, another a paranormal series with a strong streak of humour, about an accountant trying to ignore the werewolf gene she has inherited from her father, the last a humorous mystery series about a suburban mom who decides to become a private investigator. A fifth series, a paranormal cozy mystery series, is scheduled for release in late 2019, she is a graduate of Plano Senior High Rice University. She resides in Austin, TX, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Writers' League of Texas, the founder of Austin Mystery Writers. Her first book, Murder on the Rocks, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. On the Prowl was nominated for the Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Fiction award. MacInerney was awarded the SAGE Award for Mentoring Authors by the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation.

Beads of Doubt, 2007. Murder on the Rocks, 2006. Dead and Berried, 2007. Murder Most Maine, 2008. Berried to the Hilt, 2010. Brush with Death, 2013. Death Runs Adrift, 2014. Whale of a Crime, 2017. Claws for Alarm, 2018. Scone Cold Dead, 2019; the Gray Whale Inn Kitchen, 2016 Blueberry Blues, 2012 Pumpkin Pied. Iced Inn, 2019. Killer Jam, 2015. Fatal Frost, 2016. Deadly Brew, 2017. Mistletoe Murder, 2017. Dyeing Season, 2019. Wicked Harvest, 2019. Six Merry Little Murders: Slay Bells Ring, 2019. Lucy's Farmhouse Kitchen, 2019. Howling at the Moon, 2008. On the Prowl, 2008. Leader of the Pack, 2009. Mother's Day Out, 2014. Mother Knows Best, 2016. Mother's Little Helper, 2017

Gertrud Elisabeth Mara

Gertrud Elisabeth Mara was a German operatic soprano. She was born in the daughter of a poor musician, Johann Schmeling. From him she learnt to play the violin, while still a child, her playing at the fair at Frankfurt was so remarkable that money was collected to provide for her, she was helped by influential friends, studied under Johann Adam Hiller in Leipzig for five years, alongside Corona Schröter, proving to be endowed with a wonderful soprano voice. She began to sing in public in 1771, was soon recognized as the greatest singer that Germany had produced, she was permanently engaged for the Prussian court in Berlin, but her marriage to a debauched cellist named Mara created difficulties, in 1780 she was released. After singing in Vienna and elsewhere, she appeared in Paris in 1782, where her rivalry with the singer Luísa Todi split the public into Todists and Maratists. In 1784 she went to London and continued to appear there with great success, with visits at intervals to Italy and to Paris till 1802, when for some years she retired to Russia, where she lost her fortune at the time of the French invasion.

She visited England again in 1819, but abandoned the stage. She went to Livonia, where she became a music teacher in Reval, died there in 1833 in extreme poverty. "Elisabeth Mara", Brockhaus Conversations-Lexikon, vol. 3, pp. 59–62, Amsterdam 1809 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Mara, Gertrud Elisabeth". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17. Cambridge University Press. P. 667. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.. New International Encyclopedia. New York: Dodd, Mead. Biography Portraits on the National Portrait Gallery site

Bilkent Concert Hall

Bilkent Concert Hall is a performing arts center in Turkey. It is located within the Bilkent University campus in Ankara. Home to the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, the building hosts over 80 concerts per year. Besides the concert hall itself, the building houses seminar rooms, academic staff offices and studios for the university's Faculty of Music and Performance Arts, together with an arena theatre for performances from theatre studies students. Bilkent Concert Hall houses a concert hall and a theatre building. Architects İlhan Kural and Erkut Şahinbaş designed a central hall type building. While the concert hall, theatre building, studios are located towards the core of the building to provide sound isolation and classrooms are located facing outwards and around the core, to provide the necessary exposure to daylight. Acoustics consultant Matti Heikkinen worked on designing the acoustics for the concert hall; the structure was built by construction company Tepe, itself owned by Bilkent University.

The architects involved received a nomination for 5th National Architecture Grand Prize. The opening concert of the concert hall was given by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in 1994; the building, which consists of three floors, encompasses an area of nearly 14.500 m2. The concert hall stage includes a stage lift which allows for the formation an orchestra pit used in operas. Two Steinway concert grand pianos are available; the interior walls of the concert hall are coated with movable acoustic panels, which make the concert hall a recording studio as well. The building hosts concerts in its concert hall for 750 seats and its foyer, performances of theatre students in its arena theatre for 200 seats and houses studios, seminar rooms, classrooms, a cafeteria and a café. Bilkent University Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Official website

Cobb River (New Zealand)

The Cobb River is a river in the Tasman Region of New Zealand. It flows southeast from Lake Cobb on the northern slopes of Mount Cobb, in Kahurangi National Park, in the northwestern South Island; the river's waters are captured behind a dam to become the Cobb Reservoir. The river is named for J. W. Cobb, a local mill owner, who discovered it. Brown and rainbow trout are available for fishing in the river. A tramping track follows the river between Lake Cobb and the reservoir and there are several backcountry huts in the river valley. New Zealand's oldest rocks are found in the Cobb River catchment. List of rivers of New Zealand