Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the lead singer, multi-instrumentalist, primary songwriter, only continuous member of the rock band The Cure, which he co-founded in 1976, he was the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984, was part of the short-lived group the Glove in 1983. He is known for his distinctive voice, guitar-playing style and stage look, the latter two of which were influential on the goth subculture that rose to prominence in the 1980s. Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cure in 2019. Robert James Smith was born on 21 April 1959 in Blackpool, the third of four children born to Rita Mary and James Alexander Smith. Smith came from a musical family: his father sang and his mother played the piano. Raised Catholic, he became an atheist; when he was three years old, his family moved to Horley, where he attended St Francis' Primary School. When he was six, his family moved to Crawley, West Sussex, where he attended St Francis' Junior School.
He attended Notre Dame Middle School from 1970 to 1972, St Wilfrid's Comprehensive School from 1972 to 1977. Smith and his younger sister Janet had piano lessons as children. Smith said, " was a piano prodigy, so sibling rivalry made me take up guitar because she couldn't get her fingers around the neck." He told Chris Heath of Smash Hits that from about 1966 his brother Richard, 13 years older than him, taught him "a few basic chords" on guitar. Smith began taking classical guitar lessons from the age of nine with a student of John Williams, "a excellent guitarist... I got to the point where I was losing the sense of fun. I wish I'd stuck with it." Smith has said. Smith gave up formal tuition and began teaching himself to play by ear, listening to his older brother's record collection. Smith was 13 or 14 when he became more serious about rock music and "started to play and learn frenetically". Up until December 1972, he did not have a guitar of his own and had been borrowing his brother's, so his brother "gave me his guitar for Christmas.
But I'd commandeered it anyway–so whether he was giving it to me at Christmas or not, I was going to have it!" Rock biographer Jeff Apter maintains that the guitar Smith received for Christmas of 1972 was from his parents, equates this item with Smith's notorious Woolworth's "Top 20" guitar used on many of the Cure's earliest recordings. Smith was quoted in several earlier sources as saying he purchased the Top 20 himself for £20, in 1978. Smith described Notre Dame Middle School as "a free-thinking establishment" with an experimental approach, a freedom he claimed to have abused. On one occasion, Smith said that he wore a black velvet dress to Notre Dame and kept it on all day "because the teachers just thought'oh, it's a phase he's going through, he's got some personality crisis, let's help him through it'." According to Smith, "four other kids" beat him up after school, although Jeff Apter notes that Smith has given several conflicting versions of the story. Apter reports that Smith put in minimal effort at Notre Dame, sufficient to gain pass marks, quotes Smith as saying, "If you were crafty enough... you could convince the teachers you were special: I did nothing for three years."Smith's secondary school, St Wilfrid's, was stricter than Notre Dame.
In the summer of 1975, Smith and his school bandmates sat their O Level exams, but only he and Michael Dempsey stayed on to attend sixth form at St Wilfrid's. Smith has claimed that he was expelled from St Wilfrid's as an "undesirable influence" after their band Malice's second live performance shortly before Christmas 1976, which took place at the school and caused a riot: "I got taken back but they never acknowledged that I was there... I did three A levels -- scraped through French and got a ` B' in English. I spent 8 or 9 months on social security until they stopped my money, so I thought'now's the time to make a demo and see what people think'. According to Dave Bowler and Bryan Dray, biographers of the Cure, the school expelled ex-Malice co-founder Marc Ceccagno along with Smith, whose new band, called Amulet, played the December school show. Smith has given conflicting accounts of his alleged expulsion: elsewhere saying that he was suspended, that it was because he did not get along with the school headmaster, and, on another occasion, claiming that he was suspended "because my attitude towards religion was considered wrong.
I thought, incredible". Smith has said that his first band when he was fourteen consisted of "my brother Richard, some of his friends and my younger sister Janet, it was called the Crawley Goat Band – brilliant!" However, while the Crawley Goat Band may have been Smith's first regular group, he would have been just thirteen when he and his Notre Dame schoolmates gave their first one-off performance together as the Obelisk. The Obelisk featured Robert Smith, alongside Marc Ceccagno, Michael Dempsey, Alan Hill and Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst and, according to the Cure's official biography Ten Imaginary Years, gave their only performance at a school function in April 1972. Jeff Apter, dates the performance to April 1973, at variance with Smith and his bandmates having left Notre Dame Middle School by this time. During the latter part of 1972, the nucleus of Smith, Ceccagno and Tolhurst
Henry William Engleheart VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Engleheart was 36 years old, a sergeant in the 10th Royal Hussars, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC: At dawn on the 13th March, 1900, the party that had destroyed the railway north of Bloemfontein had to charge through a Boer piquet and get over four deep spruits, in order to make their way back through the Boer lines. At the fourth spruit Sapper Webb's horse failed to get up the bank and he was left in a dangerous position. In face of a heavy rifle and shell fire, notwithstanding the great chance of being cut off, Sergeant Engleheart returned to Sapper Webb's assistance, it took some time to get the man and his horse out of the sluit and the position became momentarily more critical owing to the advance of the Boers.
He was, however, at last successful, retiring to cover Webb's retreat, was able to get him safely back to the party. Shortly before this, Sergeant Engleheart had shown great gallantry in dashing into the first spruit, which could only be reached in single file and was still full of Boers hesitating whether to fly or fire. Had they been given time to rally, they must have destroyed the small party of British, as they outnumbered them by 4 to 1. Englehart was educated at Barnet, he achieved the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant. His Victoria Cross is displayed at The King's Royal Hussars Museum in Winchester. Monuments to Courage The Register of the Victoria Cross Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War Location of grave and VC medal Angloboerwar.com
The Spirit of Christmas 1996 is the fourth compilation album of Christmas-associated tracks in the annual Spirit of Christmas series. It was released in Australia in November 1996 with proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation; the compilation has contributions from various Australian artists and was produced by Lindsay Field and Glenn Wheatley. It was issued on cassette and CD by Myer Grace Bros. and distributed by Sony BMG. The Spirit of Christmas series started in 1993 when Myer, an Australian department store, wished to continue their philanthropic support in the community, "whilst at the same time providing something special for everyone to enjoy", they choose the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal for at-risk children and youth throughout the country as the first recipients but in 1996 they choose the Australian branch of the Starlight Foundation. Session and touring musician, Lindsay Field was compiler. Field contacted various fellow Australian musicians – including those he had worked with – to donate a track for the compilation, most a new rendition of a standard Christmas carol.
Together with Glenn Wheatley, Field produced the recording for Myer Grace Bros. own label, distributed by Sony BMG. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" – CDB with KPS Jam – 3:52 "Mary's Boy Child" – Christine Anu – 5:18 "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" – The Badloves – 3:21 "This Christmas" – Deni Hines – 4:27 "How to Make Gravy" – Paul Kelly – 5:16 "Silent Night" – James Reyne – 4:23 "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot" – John Farnham – 2:42 "O Happy Day" – Judith Durham – 4:34 "Sleigh Ride" – ABC Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – 3:03 "Happy Xmas" – Tim Finn – 4:12 "Away in a Manger - Gina Jeffreys – 3:03 "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" – Frankie J Holden – 4:02 "Trim the Tree" – Diesel and Wilson – 2:06 The Spirit of Christmas 1996 in music
Ross Doneghan is a Scottish rugby union coach now with Harlequins and Ealing Trailfinders. He played for Glasgow Warriors, London Scottish, Stewart's Melville and Border Bulldogs. Doneghan started playing mini rugby in Linlithgow with the wee reds, he continued his rugby at Stewart's Melville College. He was part of the Stewart's Melville team that won the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup of 2006. From Stewart's Melville he moved to the Rugby Legends Academy in South Africa, run by former Scotland and South Africa international player John Allan. While with Glasgow Warriors, he played with Ayr from 2011. During this time at Ayr he converted from a Flanker to a Hooker, he played for Darlington Mowden Park from 2013-14, who at the time played in National League 2 North. That season the Darlington side won promotion to National League 1 for the 2014-15 season. Doneghan played at Hooker for the Darlington side. In South Africa, Doneghan played for the Border Bulldogs in season 2009-10, he switched between Flanker for the South African side.
He moved to England to play with the Rotherham Titans in the RFU Championship in the 2010-11 season. He became part of Glasgow Warriors set-up as a back-up player in the 2011-12 season, he played one match for the Warriors in that season. The Warriors won the match 17 - 7. After a successful season with Darlington, Doneghan was signed by London Scottish for 2014-15, his brother Mike Doneghan was playing with Scottish at the time. During his time with London Scottish Doneghan migrated to a coaching role, he remained a coach there until 2017. Doneghan began coaching with Serge Betsen Rugby for the 2015-16 season, he became a Community rugby coach for Harlequins in 2015, became their Schools co-ordinator in 2017. In 2018, he became Head of Community coaching for Ealing Trailfinders
Brae Burn Country Club is a golf course located in West Newton, Massachusetts. Designed by Donald Ross, Brae Burn has hosted seven USGA Championships, including the 1919 U. S. Open, 1928 U. S. Amateur. Brae Burn is most noted for its diabolical greens, classic layout. Brae Burn Country Club is located in West Newton, at 326 Fuller Street. Henry B. Day, along with his brother Frank A. Day, were active in founding the club. Henry served as the club president from 1921 to 1928; the original six-hole layout ran on both sides of Commonwealth Ave. using the founder’s home grounds and unoccupied land to lay out the course. The club was incorporated with a nine-hole course in 1897, used until 1903, when construction on a new eighteen-hole course was completed, it was on this layout that Brae Burn received much notoriety for its challenging layout, hosting the 1906 United States Women’s Amateur Champion, won by Harriot Curtis, condoner of the Curtis Cup. In 1912, Scotsman Donald Ross underwent his first redesign of the original eighteen-hole layout.
Following the success of his restoration came Brae Burn’s second United States Golf Association Championship, the 1919 United States Men’s Open Championship. The event was won by the formidable Sir Walter Hagen. In 1928 Donald Ross made a return visit to Brae Burn to revamp the course for the club’s hosting of the 1928 United States Men’s Amateur Championship. A modification of the eighteenth hole included a back tee, subsequently coined the “Jones Tee”, for eventual champion Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. Since 1928, the course has remained the same, only a few alterations to tee boxes and greens have been done. Brae Burn continued to host national championships, including the Curtis Cup in 1958 and 1970, the U. S. Women’s Amateur in 1975. In Brae Burn’s centennial year, 1997, the U. S. Women’s Amateur returned, in which Italy’s first amateur champion, Silvia Cavalieri, defeated Robin Burke of the United States, 5&4. Today Brae Burn is a member of both the USGA and the Massachusetts Golf Association, participates as a host club for various MGA events.
Brae Burn Country Club.. Brae Burn Country Club, 1897–1997, One Hundred Years of Golf and Family Life. Walsworth Publishing Company. Official website
PakWheels Auto Show is a series of annual auto shows organized by PakWheels for the automobile enthusiasts of Pakistan. The initiative was started in 2011 from Lahore. and since PakWheels has been organizing these shows in different cities of Pakistan in an effort to create awareness about the automobile industry and encourage automotive culture in the country. Owing to the stagnant automobile industry in Pakistan and lack of auto shows in the country, PakWheels took the initiative to arrange an auto show in its home city Lahore on Pakistan Day in 2011 to promote the automotive culture and to provide a platform for the automotive enthusiasts to gather and showcase their rides at the center of the city; the show featured many exotics and luxury sports cars. The show was a hit and it was the biggest gathering of car enthusiasts in the city. After getting an overwhelming response from the first auto show, PakWheels organized another auto show the following year on 25 March in collaboration with TDCP.
The show was attended by thousands of people including car lovers. The Lahore Auto Show 2012 was supported by the Government of Punjab. Government support leveled the playing field for PakWheels to start a series of similar auto shows all around the country. In November 2012, PakWheels took its auto show from Lahore to the Capital of Pakistan and arranged the biggest gathering of automobile lovers of the city; the show had a display of more than 500 exclusive cars and it was attended by thousands of people. The Islamabad Auto show was the first auto show; the 2013 Lahore Auto Show was better than the shows of preceding years. With the support from Government and TDCP, PakWheels managed to turn what started as an enthusiasts' gathering into official auto show of the city; the 2013 Lahore Auto Show not only featured tuners or exotics, but featured vintage and timeless classics from 1950s and 1960s era. In September 2013, PakWheels brought its signature event to the City of Lights; the Karachi Auto Show 2013 was the first auto show of this scale in Karachi.
The highlights of the show include new cars from the automakers of the country, vintage cars, imported exotic and tuner cars, superbikes and a special Ferrari 2012 Formula 1 model car The Islamabad Auto Show 2013 was organized as a two-day auto festival which had a display of cars as well as a Go Kart Racing competition to increase the awareness about motorsports in Pakistan as well as to discourage illegal street racing in the country. The number of people attending this event increased ten folds compared to the auto show from last year; the Lahore Auto Show 2014 was held on March 16 at Liberty Roundabout. The 2014 Auto Show was dedicated to creating awareness and raising funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Peshawar; the show was attended by many renowned celebrities, government officials and enthusiasts for the love of cars and for the noble cause. Karachi Auto Show 2014 was held at the Karachi Expo Center; the number of people who visited the show quadrupled from the previous year owing to the increasing popularity of these shows in Pakistan.
The show was a major success and was attended by major automotive celebrities of Pakistan including Nadir Magsi, Nadeem Khan, Ronnie Patel and Mohsin Ikram. On November 23, 2014 PakWheels organized the 3rd Annual Auto Show of Islamabad; the event had a participation of hundreds of thousands of people. Each year the show gets bigger and better with more participation and involvement of the local auto community of the city. PakWheels' aim for 2015 is to bring the autoshow to more cities of Pakistan and the year started with a new city. On February 8, 2015 PakWheels arranged the first autoshow in the city of Multan; the show was the first of its show that the city of Multan has witnessed and it was attended by senior political figures and automobiles celebrities of Pakistan. On March 23, 2015 PakWheels arranged the 2nd show of 2015 and the 5th Annual Auto Show of Lahore, attended by a large crowd who came to see the numerous exotic cars and bikes in real life; the show featured a life size replica of Shell Formula 1 car specially brought in from Italy.
A number of celebrity car enthusiasts such as superstar Ali Zafar visited the show. The show concluded at the day end with a closing award ceremony in which the founder of PakWheels handed over shields and appreciated the volunteers of the show. PakWheels Official Website PakWheels Auto Show Official Website