Syd Barrett

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett was an English singer and musician who co-founded the rock band Pink Floyd in 1965. Characterised for his English-accented singing and free-form writing style, Barrett named the group and was their original lead singer and principal songwriter, his innovative use of guitar techniques, such as dissonance and feedback, proved influential to many musicians. Barrett was musically active for less than ten years. With Pink Floyd, he recorded four singles, their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, portions of their second album A Saucerful of Secrets, several unreleased songs. In April 1968, Barrett was ousted from the band amid speculation of mental illness and his excessive use of psychedelic drugs, he began his solo career in 1969 with the single "Octopus" from his first solo album The Madcap Laughs. The album was recorded over the course of a year with five different producers, including former Pink Floyd bandmates David Gilmour and Roger Waters, he recorded and released one more album, Barrett produced by Gilmour, with contributions from Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.

In 1972, Barrett left the music industry, retired from public life and guarded his privacy until his death. He dedicated himself to gardening. Pink Floyd recorded several tributes and homages to him, including the 1975 song suite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and the 1979 rock opera The Wall. In 1988, EMI released an album of unreleased tracks and outtakes, with Barrett's approval, he died of pancreatic cancer in 2006. Barrett was born 6 January 1946 as Roger Keith Barrett in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire to a middle-class family living at 60 Glisson Road. Barrett was the fourth of five children, his father, Arthur Max Barrett, was a prominent pathologist and was related to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson through Max's maternal grandmother Ellen Garrett, Elizabeth's cousin. In 1951, his family moved to 183 Hills Road. Barrett played piano but preferred writing and drawing, he got a ukulele at 10, a banjo at 11 and a Hofner acoustic guitar at 14. A year after he got his first acoustic guitar, he bought his first electric guitar and built his own amplifier.

One story of how Barrett acquired the nickname "Syd" is that at the age of 14 he was named after an old local Cambridge jazz double bassist, Sid "The Beat" Barrett, which claims Syd Barrett changed the spelling to differentiate himself from his namesake. Another account is that when he was 13, his schoolmates nicknamed him "Syd" after he showed up to a field day at Abington Scout site wearing a flat cap instead of his Scout beret because "Syd" was a "working-class" name, he used both names interchangeably for several years. His sister Rosemary said: "He was never Syd at home, he would never have allowed it." He went on to be a patrol leader. At one point at Morley Memorial Junior School he was taught by the mother of future Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. In 1957, he attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with Waters, his father died of cancer on 11 December 1961, less than a month before Barrett's 16th birthday. On this date, Barrett left the entry in his diary blank. By this time, his brothers and sisters had left home and his mother decided to rent out rooms to lodgers.

Eager to help her son recover from his grief, Barrett's mother encouraged the band in which he played, Geoff Mott and The Mottoes, a band which Barrett formed, to perform in their front room. Waters and Barrett were childhood friends, Waters visited such gigs. At one point, Waters organised a gig, a CND benefit at Friends Meeting House on 11 March 1962, but shortly afterwards Geoff Mott joined the Boston Crabs, the Mottoes broke up. In September 1962, Barrett had taken a place at the Cambridge Technical College art department, where he met David Gilmour. In late 1962 and early 1963, the Beatles made an impact on Barrett, he began to play Beatles songs at parties and at picnics. In 1963, Barrett became a Rolling Stones fan and, with then-girlfriend Libby Gausden, saw them perform at a village hall in Cambridgeshire. At this point, Barrett started writing songs. Around this time and Gilmour played acoustic gigs together. Barrett had played bass guitar with Those Without in mid-1963 and bass and guitar with The Hollerin' Blues the next summer.

In 1964, Barrett and Gausden saw. After this performance, Barrett was inspired to write "Bob Dylan Blues". Barrett, now thinking about his future, decided to apply for Camberwell College of Arts in London. Barrett enrolled in the college in the summer of 1964 to study painting. Starting in 1964, the band that would become Pink Floyd evolved through various line-up and name changes including "The Abdabs", "The Screaming Abdabs", "Sigma 6", "The Meggadeaths". In 1965, Barrett joined them as the Tea Set; when they found themselves playing a concert with another band of the same name, Barrett came up with "The Pink Floyd Sound". During 1965, they went into a studio for the first time, when a friend of Richard Wright's gave the band free time to record. During this summer Barrett had his first LSD trip in the garden of friend Dave Gale, with Ian Moore and Storm Thorgerson. During one trip and another friend, Paul Charrier, ended up naked in the bath, reciting: "No rules, no rules"; that summer, as a result of the continued drug use, the band became absorbed in Sant Mat, a Sikh sect.

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Social Democrats (Slovenia)

The Social Democrats is a centre-left political party in Slovenia led by Dejan Židan. From 1993 until 2005, the party was known as the United List of Social Democrats. Since 13 September 2018, the party has been a coalition partner in the Šarec government; the origins of the modern-day party date from the end of 1989, when the League of Communists of Slovenia decided to renounce the absolute monopoly over political and economic life in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, agreed to introduce a system of political pluralism. On 23 January 1990, the Slovenian Communists left the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and on 4 February 1990 renamed themselves to Party of Democratic Renewal. Former prominent Communist politician Ciril Ribičič was elected as the party's new president; the party lost against the Democratic Opposition of Slovenia centre-right coalition at the first democratic elections in Slovenia in April 1990, gaining 17.3% of the popular vote. They became the single largest party in Slovenia.

Between 1990 and 1992, the party remained in opposition against the centre-right coalition government of Lojze Peterle. After the fall of Peterle's cabinet in 1992, the party entered the first coalition government of Janez Drnovšek, formed by the left wing of the dissolved DEMOS coalition; the same year, the party was renamed to Social Democratic Renewal, maintaining the same acronym, SDP. Prior to the 1992 general election intensive discussions were held and agreements reached between left-oriented political parties and groups on an electoral coalition, thus just prior the parliamentary election of 1992, an agreement was reached between the Social Democratic Renewal and three smaller extra-parliamentary cenre-left and left-wing parties to form an electoral coalition under the name United List. The newly formed coalition gained 13.6% of the popular vote, thus becoming the third political force in the country, after Liberal Democracy of Slovenia and the Slovene Christian Democrats. These three largest parties decided to form a government coalition, which soon became popularly known as the "grand coalition", under the leadership of Liberal Democrat Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek.

Until March 1994, the Social Democratic Party of Slovenia participated in this government coalition. On 29 May 1993, a congress was held in Ljubljana at which the constitutive members of the United List decided to form a unified party; the new party was named the United List of Social Democrats and Janez Kocijančič was elected as its president. The party remained in government until January 1996, when it left the ruling coalition in disagreement over the government's social welfare policies. Furthermore, several prominent members exited the party and re-established Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia. In the general elections of 1996, the United List of Social Democrats suffered a substantial loss support, gaining only around 9% of the popular vote. In the period between 1996 and 2000, the party remained in opposition. On the third National Congress of the United List of Social Democrats in 1997 a new party president, Borut Pahor, was elected. A gradual evolution towards more moderate positions started.

In the election of 2000, the party rose to 12% of the vote and entered the centre-left coalition government led by Janez Drnovšek, while the party's president Borut Pahor was elected chairman of the Slovenian National Assembly. In the general elections of 2004, the party gained around 10.2% of the vote and went into opposition against the centre-right government dominated by the Slovenian Democratic Party. In the fifth party Congress held in 2005 in Ljubljana, the decision was taken to shorten the party name to Social Democrats. Borut Pahor was confirmed as the party president, strengthening his positions against internal opposition from the left wing of the party. In the programmatic congress held in Nova Gorica in July 2006, the party distanciated itself against its communist past, while its president publicly condemned the Communist dictatorship in Slovenia and Yugoslavia established after World War II. After the internal crisis in the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia following the loss of election in 2004, which resulted in the split of the party, the Social Democrats emerged as the main centre-left opposition force against the centre-right government led by Janez Janša.

In 2007, several prominent members of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia, including former Prime Minister Anton Rop, left their party and joined the Social Democrats. Following these developments, the Social Democrats became the second largest parliamentary party in Slovenia, after the Slovenian Democratic Party. In 2008, the Social Democrats signed a coalition agreement with the extra-parliamentary Christian Socialists of Slovenia, decided to set up a common election list on the coming elections. In September 2008, Social Democrats won the parliamentary election with 30.45%. The ruling Slovenian Democratic Party finished second with 29.26%. Social Democrats formed a new Slovenian government in coalition with Zares, DeSUS and LDS, they won 29 seats in the 90-member National Assembly, one of, won by Andrej Magajna, the president of the Christian Socialists of Slovenia. In October 2010, Andrej Magajna left the deputy group of Social Democrats due to differences of opinion with the rest of the group.

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Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow is a Northern Irish professional golfer who played for the University of Alabama and made her professional debut at the 2014 U. S. Women's Open at Pinehurst. At Alabama, Meadow became the Crimson Tide's first four-time first-team All-American, she left Alabama as the career record holder in most every category. She finished with a 71.89 scoring average, just 0.17 strokes above par per round over her 132 career rounds. Meadow won nine career tournaments - three times more than anyone else in school history - while carding school records with 73 career rounds of par or better, 125 counting rounds and 404 birdies. Meadow was part of the Tide's first NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in 2012 and is the only Southeast Conference women's golfer to achieve both first team All-American and first team Academic All-American honors in consecutive years. Meadow represented Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Meadow gained an LPGA Tour card for 2017 via the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Meadow won her first Symetra Tour tournament at the 2018 IOA Championship in a playoff.

She finished sixth on the Symetra Tour money list, thus earning her LPGA Tour Card for 2019. In August 2019, she won the World Invitational at Northern Ireland. Symetra Tour playoff record 2019 ISPS Handa World Invitational Results not in chronological order before 2019 CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Amateur Vagliano Trophy: 2011, 2013 Curtis Cup: 2012, 2014 Espirito Santo Trophy: 2012 Official website Stephanie Meadow at the LPGA Tour official site Stephanie Meadow at the Women's World Golf Rankings official site Player profile – Stephanie Meadow – 2014 U. S. Women's Open Stephanie Meadow – Alabama Crimson Tide