Salman Rushdie

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent, he combines magical realism with historical fiction. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was the subject of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989; the British government put Rushdie under police protection. In 1983, Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the UK's senior literary organisation, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999. In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to literature.

In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States, he was named Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University in 2015. Earlier, he taught at Emory University, he was elected to the American Academy of Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses. Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born on 19 June 1947 in Bombay British India, into a Kashmiri Muslim family, he is the son of Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a Cambridge-educated lawyer-turned-businessman, Negin Bhatt, a teacher. Anis Rushdie was dismissed from the Indian Civil Services after it emerged that the birth certificate submitted by him had changes to make him appear younger than he was. Rushdie has three sisters, he wrote in his 2012 memoir. He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School, Rugby School in Warwickshire, King's College, where he read history.

Rushdie worked as a copywriter for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, where he came up with "irresistibubble" for Aero and "Naughty but Nice" for cream cakes, for the agency Ayer Barker, for whom he wrote the line "That'll do nicely" for American Express. Collaborating with musician Ronnie Bond, Rushdie wrote the words for an advertising record on behalf of the now defunct Burnley Building Society, recorded at Good Earth Studios, London; the song was sung by George Chandler. It was. Rushdie's first novel, Grimus, a part-science fiction tale, was ignored by the public and literary critics, his next novel, Midnight's Children, catapulted him to literary notability. This work won the 1981 Booker Prize and, in 1993 and 2008, was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years. Midnight's Children follows the life of a child, born at the stroke of midnight as India gained its independence, endowed with special powers and a connection to other children born at the dawn of a new and tumultuous age in the history of the Indian sub-continent and the birth of the modern nation of India.

The character of Saleem Sinai has been compared to Rushdie. However, the author has refuted the idea of having written any of his characters as autobiographical, stating, "People assume that because certain things in the character are drawn from your own experience, it just becomes you. In that sense, I’ve never felt that I’ve written an autobiographical character."After Midnight's Children, Rushdie wrote Shame, in which he depicts the political turmoil in Pakistan, basing his characters on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Shame was a close runner-up for the Booker Prize. Both these works of postcolonial literature are characterised by a style of magic realism and the immigrant outlook that Rushdie is conscious of as a member of the Kashmiri diaspora. Rushdie wrote; this book has a political focus and is based on his first-hand experiences and research at the scene of Sandinista political experiments. His most controversial work, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988, it was followed by Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 1990.

Written in the shadow of the fatwa, it is about the dangers of story-telling and an allegorical defence of the power of stories over silence. In addition to books, Rushdie has published many short stories, including those collected in East, West; the Moor's Last Sigh, a family epic ranging over some 100 years of India's history was published in 1995. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a remaking of the myth of Orpheus that presents an alternative history of modern rock music; the song of the same name by U2 is one of many song lyrics included in the book. Following the novel Fury, set in New York and avoiding the previous sprawling narrative style that spans generations and places, Rushdie's 2005 novel Shalimar the Clown, a story about love and betrayal set in Kashmir and Los Angeles, was hailed as a return to form by a number of critics. In his 2002 non-fiction collection Step Across This Line, he professes his admiration for the Italian writer Italo Calvino and the American writer Thomas Pynchon

Beatty Secondary School

Beatty Secondary School is a co-educational secondary school in Toa Payoh, Singapore. It was established in 1953 along Beatty Road and moved to its current site in Toa Payoh in 1982; the school was opened on 6 July 1953 at a site along Beatty Road, with three classes. It was the fourth school established as part of the then-government's 10-year Education Plan. In 1957, the school's female student population was transferred to the then-new Cedar Girls' Secondary School; that same year, post-primary classes for students who were unable to get into secondary schools were started in the school. In 1982, the school moved to a new location in Toa Payoh North; the new building was constructed at a cost of S$7.5 million, featured administrative and workshop blocks as well as 28 classrooms. The graduated cohort of 2008 presented the school with the best overall results in the GCE'O' Level examinations throughout the school's 55 years of history. Average L1B5 value stands at 18. In 2016, due to a lack of Secondary One students, Beatty Secondary School had been selected to merge with Balestier Hill Secondary School.

This process was made in ease with the integration of Beatty's students and of Balestier Hill's students nearing the end of 2016. The school colours are those of Admiral David Beatty, the crest, which depicts a beehive encircled by bees, is taken from Beatty's coat of arms; these symbolise unity and the hard work required for one to achieve success. The school motto, "Non Vi Sed Arte", or "Not with force but with skill", was taken from Beatty's coat of arms. •Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform. Modifications to the uniforms are not allowed. •The school uniform must be purchased from the school vendor only. •The school badge and tie are part of the uniform. The school badge and the school tie must be worn at all times when students are in their school uniform; the school tie is to be worn smartly with the top button of the shirt/blouse secured. •Students are to be in full school uniform whenever they are in school, including school holidays and Saturdays, unless otherwise stated by the school management.

•Girls’ Blouse and Skirt Short-sleeved white blouse with a pocket at the top left hand corner of the blouse. •Navy blue, knee-length pleated skirt, to be worn at the waist. Boys’ Shirt and Shorts/Pants Short-sleeved white shirt with a pocket at the top left hand corner of the shirt. •A pair of white shorts for lower secondary boys and a pair of white pants for upper secondary boys. Shorts/Pants are to be worn at the waist. There should be no belt holders; the shorts are to be at knee-length. Pants are not to be shortened above the ankles. • Students are not to fold up the sleeves of their shirt/blouse. The shirt/blouse is to be tucked in neatly at all times. •Belts are not to be worn. •Students must wear the proper PE attire during PE lessons. After PE lessons, students are allowed to remain in their PE T-shirt but they are to change back into their shorts/pants/skirts. Students engaged in sports/outdoor activities must always be in their PE /CCA attire. Being an integrated secondary school, Beatty Secondary School offers three academic streams, namely the four-year Express course, as well as the Normal Course, comprising Normal and Normal academic tracks.

The Express Course is a nationwide four-year programme that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination. The Normal Course is a nationwide 5-year programme leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination, which runs either the Normal curriculum or Normal curriculum, abbreviated as N and N respectively. In the Normal course, students offer 5-8 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination. Compulsory subjects include: English Language Mother Tongue Language Mathematics Combined Humanities ChemistryA 5th year leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination is available to N students who perform well in their Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination. Students can move from one course to another based on their performance and the assessment of the school principal and teachers; the Normal course prepares students for a technical-vocational education at the Institute of Technical Education. Students will offer 5-7 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.

The curriculum is tailored towards strengthening students' proficiency in Mathematics. Students take English Language, Basic Mother Tongue and Computer Applications as compulsory subjects; the school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities, labelled as co-curricular activities by the Ministry of Education. These include sports, uniformed groups, performing arts and societies. Several of these have been able to do well in outside competitions as well as attain awards for the school; the school's National Police Cadet Corps unit has gotten Gold for the Unit Overall Proficiency Award since 2012. The school's Boys' Brigade detachment, Scout unit and Girl Guides unit have done well in the past two years, attaining Gold in the James Milner Fraser Award, Frank Cooper Sands Award and Puan Noor Aishah Award respectively. Furthermore, its National Cadet Corps unit has attained the Gold award for the past four years; the CCAs offered in the school are as follows: Badminton Canoeing Football Volleyball Wushu Boys' Brigade Girl Guides National Cadet Corps National Civil Defence Cadet Corps National Police Cadet Corps Scouts Chinese Orchestra Choir Concert Band Drama Club International Dance Malay Dance Information and C

Parlor Hawk

Parlor Hawk is an American indie rock band founded in 2009 by award-winning designer Andrew Clifford Capener. Parlor Hawk released their debut album Hoarse & Roaring featuring a neofolk or indie folk sound in the summer of 2010; the album was mixed by Todd Burke and mastered by Reuben Cohen. The album features Brandon Campbell and Stuart Maxfield. Hoarse & Roaring was featured on the July 2010 iTunes Indie Spotlight Podcast. In December the album was featured on the iTunes Indie Spotlight page as a "Best of 2010 Singer/Songwriter Album". Music from the album featured on a Yamaha/TuneCore Music Sampler which reached No. 1 on the Free MP3 Albums Chart with more than 20,000 downloads in the USA. In January 2011 their home state paper, The Salt Lake Tribune, singled the band out as 2011's Next Emerging Band, they won an award for Best Acoustic Song in the Independent Music Awards and were nominated for Best Album Art Work. Parlor Hawk toured the United States in 2010 and 2011 with neofolk artist Joshua James and rock band Desert Noises.

They played a residency in Singapore in May 2011. Parlor Hawk have supported mainstream and indie acts on select dates including: the Civil Wars, Sharon Van Etten, the Weepies, Priscilla Ahn, Matt Costa, Mindy Gledhill, many more. In 2013, Parlor Hawk announced that they determined not to renew their limited deal with Northplatte Records and raised more than $15,000 by pre-selling their sophomore album to fans to facilitate initial recording costs; the band further announced that their second album would feature a departure in the form of a more rock sound. The eponymous album was produced by GRAMMY nominated composer Nate Pyfer, mixed by Scott Wiley, mastered by Joe Lambert. Pyfer co-wrote track "Better Gone"; the album was released on February 18, 2014. It was the most popular album in Utah on bandcamp; the week beginning March 25, 2015, NoiseTrade featured the album. Track "Scars" gained national attention after being featured on Switched at Birth. Two additional tracks featured in the Sons of Anarchy season finale.

Track "Silhouette" featured on Teen Mom 2. Hoarse & Roaring Parlor Hawk Glory Glory Glory: A Northplatte Christmas - "Holy Holy Holy" Experience Music: A TuneCore Music Sampler, United States - "Home" Experience Music: A TuneCore 2010 Singer/Songwriter Sampler, GER - "Julian" KRCL 90.9 FM Presents Locals Only Vol. 1 - "Short Road" Official website Parlor Hawk on Facebook YouTube Channel