Stephin Raymond Merritt is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the songwriter and principal singer of the bands The Magnetic Fields, The Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes. He is known for his untrained bass voice. Merritt created and plays principal roles in the bands The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes, he used the name The Baudelaire Memorial Orchestra as an attribution for a song written for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, entitled "Scream and Run Away". Further music was recorded for the audiobook versions of the series and is attributed to The Gothic Archies; the Tragic Treasury was released by Nonesuch Records in October 2006 along with the 13th and final book of the series. Under his own name, he recorded and released the soundtracks to the films Eban and Charley and Pieces of April; the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete featured many of his songs. He and director Chen Shi-Zheng have collaborated on three pieces of musical theatre.
Selected tracks from these works have been released on Nonesuch Records under the title Showtunes. Additionally, he is one-third of the infrequent, live-only ensemble the Three Terrors, whose other principal members include 69 Love Songs's Dudley Klute and LD Beghtol. Past themes of these performances have included French pop music, movie themes and New York City. Kenny Mellman, James Jacobs, Daniel Handler, Jon DeRosa and others have performed with The Three Terrors at these sporadic gala events. Merritt wrote and sang "I'm in a Lonely Way" in a television commercial for Volvo that aired in the summer and fall of 2007, he performed "The Wheels on the Car". Merritt penned the music and lyrics for a 2009 Off-Broadway stage musical adaptation of Coraline, a novel by Neil Gaiman. In the MCC Theater production, his music will be performed by a piano "orchestra" – complete with a traditional piano, a toy piano and a prepared piano, he produced a score for the silent film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, performed at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco on May 4, 2010 as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Growing up, Merritt used different spellings of his name for different purposes. "Stephin" was one such pseudonym that he used to sort his junk mail, that became the spelling he used as a musician. Prior to 2013, Merritt had never met his biological father, folk singer Scott Fagan, who had a brief affair with Merritt's mother, Alix Merritt; the three met at a screening of the film AKA Doc Pomus in 2013. Merritt's relationship with his father is described in the song "'99: Fathers in the Clouds", on the Magnetic Fields album 50 Song Memoir. Merritt attended Massachusetts high school The Cambridge School of Weston and attended NYU before moving back to Boston, he has worked as an editor for Time Out New York. Merritt is known for having a dry personality, embracing a persona and life, different from the traditional rock star image. In September 2005, an interviewer quoted an anonymous reviewer to Bob Mould that Mould was "the most depressed man in rock." Mould's response was "He's never met Stephin Merritt, obviously."Merritt suffers from a hearing condition known as hyperacusis, which he refers to in the songs "'79: Rock n' Roll Will Ruin Your Life" and "'92: Weird Diseases" on the Magnetic Fields album 50 Song Memoir.
Any sound heard louder than normal begins to "feedback" in his left ear at louder volumes. This has influenced the reserved live setup of The Magnetic Fields, which consists of acoustic instruments and little to no percussion. Merritt wears earplugs during performances, covers his left ear when the audience applauds. Merritt is the subject of a documentary, Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, which premiered in March 2010. Merritt is an atheist, wears only brown clothing, is gay and a vegan, saying, "I ain't et an animal since 1983." Eban and Charley Pieces of April Showtunes Obscurities The House of Tomorrow – The official site of Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies Stephin Merritt biography Aging Spinsters: A Stephin Merritt Fan-Blog The Distant Plastic Treehouse - "a hangout for Stephin Merritt fans" Stephin Songs – The music and lyrics of Stephin Merritt
Bob Cesca is an American director, writer, actor and political commentator. He's the host of The Bob Cesca Show podcast on Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Podcast Network. He's a regular contributor for Salon.com. Cesca grew up in Washington, D. C. and Northern Virginia. He graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In his personal life, Cesca is an avid bicycling fan. Cesca has written weekly columns in The Huffington Post since August 2005, he has contributed to AOL's WalletPop blog and Manhattan Magazine. He began his career in media working as an intern for the Don and Mike Show in Washington, D. C, he founded Camp Chaos, an alternative media production studio based near Philadelphia for which he animated and performed voices for the cartoon Napster Bad. He runs a new media production company called Snark Rocket. Cesca directed music videos for Iron Maiden, Everclear, Mötley Crüe and Meat Loaf, he designed the album and sleeve for the Yes album "Magnification" and the DVD release "Symphonic Live".
In 2003 Cesca conceived and produced ILL-ustrated, a VH1 animated comedy series which premiered in October of that year. In 2006, Cesca directed the animated series Kung Fu Jimmy Chow for Heavy.com. Cesca is host of the Bob Cesca Show, a thrice weekly podcast supported by crowdfunding site Patreon, where he discusses news and other subjects with various collaborators. Elvis Dingledein was the previous co-host of the show. On February 26, 2017, Pazienza's employer, The Daily Banter, announced the news of his passing. Bob Cesca personal website Bob Cesca on IMDb
Bridge of Orchy railway station is a railway station in the village of Bridge of Orchy in the west of Scotland. This station is on the West Highland Line. Being an island platform, access is via a subway; this station opened by the West Highland Railway on 7 August 1894. The station was laid out with a crossing loop around an island platform and sidings on the east side of the station. On 1 February 1987, the crossing loop was altered to right-hand running; the original Down platform has thus become the Up platform, vice versa. The change was made in order to simplify shunting at this station, by removing the need to hand-pump the train-operated loop points to access the sidings; the signal box, which had 16 levers, was situated at the south end of the island platform. From the time of its opening in 1894, the West Highland Railway was worked throughout by the electric token system. In 1967, the method of working between Crianlarich and Rannoch was changed to the Scottish Region Tokenless block system.
The Up loop at Bridge of Orchy was signalled for running in either direction and the signal box was able to'switch out' when not required. In August 1985, the method of working between Crianlarich and Rannoch reverted to the electric token block system; the semaphore signals were removed on 24 November 1985 in preparation for the introduction of Radio Electronic Token Block. The RETB system was commissioned by British Rail between Upper Tyndrum and Fort William Junction on 29 May 1988; this resulted in the closure of Bridge of Orchy signal box. The RETB is controlled from a Signalling Centre at Banavie railway station; the Train Protection & Warning System was installed in 2003. The station building is now used as a bunkhouse for those walking the West Highland Way. Monday to Saturday, Bridge of Orchy has three services to Mallaig and one service to Fort William. Southbound, there are three services to one service to London Euston. On Sundays, there is just one service northbound to Mallaig all year, with a second in the summer months only, one service southbound to Glasgow Queen Street and one service to London Euston.
This can be used by regular travellers to both Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley on all evenings that it runs, as it is booked to set down at both stations and carries seating coaches as far as Edinburgh. The Bridge of Orchy Hotel is opposite the end of the road down from the station. Brailsford, Martyn, ed.. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man. Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8. Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. Jowett, Alan. Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137
Tiny Hardcore Press is an Illinois-based small press founded by Roxane Gay, an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, co-edits the literary magazine PANK. Tiny Hardcore Press's first title, Normally Special by pseudonymous author xTx, is in its fifth printing, has received reviews from, among other places, The Nervous Breakdown and the literary blog Bookslut. Other titles from Tiny Hardcore Press include So You Know It's Me by Brian Oliu, Please Don't Be Upset by Brandi Wells, Steal Me for Your Stories by Robb Todd, The Map of the System of Human Knowledge by James Tadd Adcox. In addition, Tiny Hardcore has published two anthologies of chapbooks, featuring work by Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Tyler Gobble, Kirsty Logan, Christopher Newgent, Brian Oliu, Michelle Reale, Amber Sparks; when asked to describe the press, Roxane Gay has said in an interview that it is "tiny enough to be so adorable you can't help but sigh when you think of it", "hardcore enough to make you want to look away but you can't so you keep staring and feeling that terrible thrilling tension winding itself through you".
In January 2012 Gay published an essay in the literary blog HTML Giant about starting and running a small press like Tiny Hardcore. Official website
Cynon Valley is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election; the Cynon Valley Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999. 1983–2010: The Borough of Cynon Valley. 2010–present: The Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough electoral divisions of Aberaman North, Aberaman South, Aberdare East, Aberdare West/Llwydcoed, Cwmbach, Hirwaun, Mountain Ash East, Mountain Ash West, Pen-y-waun and Ynysybwl. The constituency encompasses the towns of Aberdare, Mountain Ash, Cilfynydd and Hirwaun. Of the 81 rejected ballots: 59 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for. 22 voted for more than one candidate. Death of Ioan Evans 10 February 1984 Cynon Valley 1984 Cynon Valley by-election List of Parliamentary constituencies in Mid Glamorgan List of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales Britain Votes/Europe Votes By-Election Supplement 1983-, compiled and edited by F.
"A House to Let" is a short story by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter. It was published in 1858 in the Christmas edition of Dickens' Household Words magazine. Collins wrote the introduction and collaborated with Dickens on the second story and ending, while Gaskell and Proctor wrote the remainder."A House to Let" was the first collaboration between the four writers, although Collins and Dickens had worked with Procter on previous Christmas stories for the magazine in 1854, 1855, 1856. The four authors would write together again in 1859's "The Haunted House" which appeared in the extra Christmas number of All the Year Round, the successor to Household Words which Dickens had started after a dispute with his publishers. In a letter to Collins from 6 September 1858, Dickens outlined his idea for a Christmas story, he envisaged the story being written by himself and Collins with his plot outline fleshed out by Collins, but was to invite Gaskell and Procter to contribute chapters.
Dickens and Collins wrote the first chapter, "Over the Way", the last chapter "Let at Last" together, each of the writers wrote one of the intervening chapters: Gaskell "The Manchester Marriage", Dickens "Going into Society", Procter "Three Evenings in the House" and Collins "Trottle's Report". The plot concerns an elderly woman, who notices signs of life in a empty dilapidated house opposite her own and employs the efforts of an elderly admirer, Jabez Jarber, her servant, Trottle, to discover what is happening within. A dramatisation of "A House to Let" was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the week of 11–15 December 2006, it was repeated on Radio Four Extra during the week 26–30 December 2011, again in December 2014 and again during the week 19-23 December 2016. A further repeat on Radio Four Extra in December 2018. A House to Let at Faded Page