Sutton Hoo helmet

The Sutton Hoo helmet is a decorated and ornate Anglo-Saxon helmet found during a 1939 excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship-burial. It was buried around 625 and is believed to have belonged to King Rædwald of East Anglia; the helmet was both a functional piece of armour and a decorative, prestigious piece of extravagant metalwork. It would have offered considerable protection if used in warfare, it is described as "the most iconic object" from "one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries made," and the most important known Anglo-Saxon artefact. The visage contains eyebrows, a nose, moustache, creating the image of a man joined by a dragon's head to become a soaring dragon with outstretched wings, it has become a symbol of the Dark Ages and "of Archaeology in general." It was excavated as hundreds of rusted fragments, was first displayed following an initial reconstruction in 1945–46, in its present form after a second reconstruction in 1970–71. The helmet and the other artefacts from the site were determined the property of Edith Pretty, owner of the land on which they were found.

She donated them to the British Museum, where the helmet is on permanent display in Room 41. The helmet was buried among other regalia and instruments of power as part of a furnished ship-burial dating from the early seventh century; the ship had been lowered into a prepared trench. Inside this, the helmet was placed to the left of the head of the body. An oval mound was constructed around the ship. Long afterwards, the chamber roof collapsed violently under the weight of the mound, compressing the ship's contents into a seam of earth, it is thought that the helmet was shattered either by the collapse of the burial chamber or by the force of another object falling on it. The fact that the helmet had shattered meant. Had the helmet been crushed before the iron had oxidised, leaving it still pliant, the helmet would have been squashed, leaving it in a distorted shape similar to the Vendel and Valsgärde helmets. Attempts to identify the person buried in the ship-burial have persisted since the moment the grave was unearthed.

The preferred candidate, with some exceptions when the burial was thought to have taken place has been Rædwald. The case for Rædwald, by no means conclusive, rests on the dating of the burial, the abundance of wealth and items identified as regalia, befitting a king who kept two altars, the presence of both Christian and pagan influences. What scant information is known about King Rædwald of East Anglia, according to the Anglo-Saxon historian Simon Keynes, could fit "on the back of the proverbial postage stamp." All, recorded comes from the eighth-century Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum by the Benedictine monk Bede, leaving knowledge of Rædwald's life poorly recorded, at the mercy of such things as differing interpretations of Ecclesiastical Latin syntax. Bede writes that Rædwald was the son of Tytila and grandson of Wuffa, from whom the East Anglian Wuffingas dynasty derived its name. In their respective works Flores Historiarum and Chronica Majora, the thirteenth-century historians Roger of Wendover and Matthew Paris appear to place Tytila's death, Rædwald's presumed concurrent succession to the throne, in 599, yet as reasonable as this date sounds, these historians' demonstrated difficulty with ninth-century dates leaves ample room for doubt.

Rædwald would have at least ascended to power by 616, around when Bede records him as raising an army on behalf of Edwin of Northumbria and defeating Æthelfrith in a battle on the east bank of the River Idle. According to Bede, Rædwald had accepted a bribe from Æthelfrith to turn Edwin over, before Rædwald's wife persuaded him to value friendship and honour over treasure. After the ensuing battle, during which Bede says Rædwald's son Rægenhere was slain, Rædwald's power was significant enough to merit his inclusion in a list of seven kings said by Bede to have established rule over all of England south of the River Humber, termed an imperium. Bede records Rædwald converting to Christianity while on a trip to Kent, only to be dissuaded by his wife upon his return. In the event that this was during Æthelberht's rule of Kent, it would have been sometime before Æthelberht's death around 618. Rædwald's own death can be conservatively dated between 616 and 633 if using Bede, whose own dates are not unquestioned.

Anything more specific relies on questionable post-Conquest sources. Roger of Wendover claims without attribution that Rædwald died in 624; the twelfth-century Liber Eliensis places the death of Rædwald's son Eorpwald, who had by succeeded his father, in 627, meaning Rædwald would have died before then. If relying on Bede, all that can be said is that Rædwald died sometime between his circa 616 defeat of Æthelfrith along the River Idle, 633, when Edwin, who after Rædwald died converted Eorpwald to Christianity, died. A precise date for the Sutton Hoo burial is needed for any credible attempt to identify its honoree. Thirty-seven gold Merovingian coins found alongside the other objects offer the most objective means of dating the burial; the coins—in addition to three blanks, two small ingots—were found in a purse, are themselves objec

J'ai demandé à la lune

"J'ai demandé à la lune" is the most popular song from the 2002 album Paradize which allowed Indochine to reconnect with the media that had abandoned the band a decade earlier. Indochine had gone through a vast amount of criticism before the release of the song; the song set the precedent for what French musicians can do. Written by Mickaël Furnon, the singer of Mickey 3D, the song was released as the second single from this album on March 2002, became a national success, selling over a million units; the album achieved commercial success a few months later. During the recording of the album, Indochine's singer Nicola Sirkis asked the daughter of his friend Rudy Léonet to perform the background vocals; the music video shows Sirkis walking towards the camera with a baby a young child in his arms, Pauline appears alongside him and sings a duet with Sirkis. The song was listed on the French SNEP Singles Chart, debuted at number 14 on 13 April 2002 and reached number one for one week on 20 July; the single remained in the top ten for 20 weeks, in the top 50 for 27 weeks and on the charts for 31 weeks.

It achieved Diamond status on 6 November 2002 and was the fifth best-selling single of the year. As of August 2014, the song was the 25th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 515,000 units sold. In Belgium, the single charted for 36 weeks, it first stabilized in the low positions entered the top ten in its 12th week and stayed there for 17 consecutive weeks, peaking at number one for five weeks. After falling off the top five, it did not drop; the single was ranked fifth on the 2002 End of the Year Chart. In Switzerland, "J'ai demandé à la lune" debuted at a peak of number four on 21 July 2002, it stayed for many weeks at the bottom of the chart and became the 39th hit of the year in the country. In 2004, the song was covered by Mickey 3D on the live album Live à Saint-Étienne. There is a longer version, available on a CD sold in December 2002 for the benefit of the association Médecins Sans Frontières; the song is covered by Vox Angeli, a choir composed of children, features as the first track on the 2008 album of the same name.

The song is covered by Scala & Kolacny Brothers In 2011, the single was re-written by Mickaël Furnon under the title "On demande pas la lune" for the annual Les Enfoires charity concert. This version peaked at number 30 on the French Singles Chart, at number nine on the Belgian Ultratop 40. CD single"J'ai demandé à la lune" — 3:29 "Punker" — 2:50 "Glory Hole" — 3:27 "J'ai demandé à la lune", lyrics "J'ai demandé à la lune", music video

Gibson, Georgia

Gibson is a city in Glascock County, United States. The population was 663 at the 2010 census; the city is the county seat of Glascock County and home to the Glascock County Courthouse, a National Register of Historic Places listed site. Gibson's name was derived from Judge William Gibson, a former Confederate colonel and commanding officer of the 48th Georgia, who donated $500 for Glascock County's first public building, the courthouse. Gibson was founded in 1858 as seat of the newly formed Glascock County, it was incorporated as a town in 1913 and as a city in 1943. Gibson is located northeast of the center of Glascock County at 33°13′58″N 82°35′43″W. Georgia State Routes 171 cross in the center of town. GA 102 leads west 6 miles to Mitchell and east 10 miles to Stapleton, while GA 171 leads north 13 miles to Warrenton and south 24 miles to Louisville. Augusta, 44 miles to the northeast, is the closest large city. According to the United States Census Bureau, Gibson has a total area of 1.0 square mile, of which 0.02 square miles, or 1.41%, is water.

Rocky Comfort Creek, a southeast-flowing tributary of the Ogeechee River, passes through the northern part of Gibson. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 663 people living in the city; the racial makeup of the city was 86.6% White, 11.5% Black, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races. 0.3 % were Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 694 people, 267 households, 166 families living in the city; the population density was 669.1 people per square mile. There were 325 housing units at an average density of 313.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 87.90% White, 11.67% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population. There were 267 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.5% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.80. In the city, the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 69.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $18,667, the median income for a family was $31,364. Males had a median income of $30,729 versus $18,500 for females; the per capita income for the city was $12,058. About 15.3% of families and 32.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 53.1% of those age 65 or over. The Glascock County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, in a consolidated school under one roof; the district has over 568 students. Central Savannah River Area The News and Farmer and Wadley Herald / Jefferson Reporter, the county's weekly newspaper and the oldest weekly newspaper in Georgia