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The Jeff Beck Group

The Jeff Beck Group was an English rock band formed in London in January 1967 by former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck. Their innovative approach to heavy-sounding blues and rhythm and blues was a major influence on popular music; the first Jeff Beck Group formed in London in early 1967 and included guitarist Jeff Beck, vocalist Rod Stewart, rhythm guitarist Ronnie Wood, with bass players and drummers changing regularly. Early bass players were Jet Harris and Dave Ambrose, with Clem Cattini and Viv Prince trying out on drums; the line-up went through months of personnel changes, notably no fewer than four drummers before settling on Aynsley Dunbar and switching Wood to bass. This line-up appeared several times on BBC Radio. Beck signed a personal management contract with record producer and manager Mickie Most, who had no interest in the group, only in Beck as a solo artist. During 1967 the band released three singles in Europe and two in the United States, the first, "Hi Ho Silver Lining", being the most successful, reaching No. 14 on the UK singles chart.

The line-up for that session included guitarist Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, Keith Moon on drums, Nicky Hopkins on piano. Frustrated that the band were not playing a strict enough blues set for his taste, drummer Dunbar left and was replaced by Roy Cook for one show, before Stewart recommended Micky Waller, a bandmate of his from Steampacket. Waller went on to play with the band all through 1968 and early 1969, was their longest-lasting drummer. Peter Grant, a road manager at the time, had been to the US with the New Vaudeville Band, was aware of the new concert and album-oriented rock FM radio format developing there, it was now possible to break out a band without using the "hit single" formula. Grant realised that Beck's band was ideal for this market and tried several times to buy Beck's contract from Mickie Most, who refused to let Beck go. By early 1968 the band was ready to throw in the towel, again to his credit, Grant convinced them not to break up, booked a short US tour for them.

Beck is quoted as saying "We were down to one change of clothing each". Grant's first stop for them was in New York City, for four shows at Fillmore East, where they played second on the bill to the Grateful Dead, they took the town by storm. The New York Times ran the Robert Shelton article: "Jeff Beck Group Cheered in Debut", with the byline "British Pop Singers Delight Fillmore East Audience" proclaiming that Beck and his group had upstaged the Grateful Dead; the reviews from The Boston Tea Party were as good or better: "By the time he got to his last number... were in a state of pandemonium the likes of which hadn't been witnessed since the Beatles hit town." By the time they wrapped up the tour at San Francisco's Fillmore West, Peter Grant had secured them a new album contract with Epic Records. The band returned to England to record the album Truth, which reached No. 15 in the US charts. The tracks were recorded with overdubs added the following month. Most was busy with other projects at the time and delegated most of the work to Ken Scott, who recorded the band playing their live set in the studio.

Beck's amplifier was so loud, it was recorded from inside a closet. The extra line-up for these sessions included John Paul Jones on Hammond organ, drummer Keith Moon and Nicky Hopkins on piano; the core group, billed as the "Jeff Beck Group", returned to the US for a tour to promote the release of Truth. Long-time Beck fan Jimi Hendrix jammed with the band at Cafe Wha during this and their following tours, they embarked on their third tour in December 1968 with Hopkins who, although in poor health, decided he wanted to play live. He accepted Beck's invitation though he had been offered more money by Led Zeppelin, he lamented that "We lost one of the greatest bands in Rock history." With his best intentions, the last leg of the tour was curtailed by illness. Beck postponed a fourth, February 1969 US tour; this was because he felt they shouldn't keep playing the same material with nothing new to add to it. New material was written, Waller was replaced by power drummer Tony Newman and Wood was dismissed, only to be re-hired immediately.

The success of Truth ignited new interest from Most and they recorded an album: Beck-Ola at De Lane Lea Studios, engineered by Martin Birch. They laid down three Donovan backing tracks as a favour to Most. Two of them were used for his single "Barabajagal". In May 1969, the Jeff Beck Group embarked on their fourth U. S tour, this time with Hopkins as a full-fledged member; the tour went smoothly, Beck-Ola was received well, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard 200 album chart, but it was reported that there was now terrible in-fighting within the band. To illustrate, Rod Stewart's plans to leave the band may have been under consideration by this time; the Jeff Beck Group finished the tour and returned to England, only to return to the States in July 1969 for their fifth and final time. It was a short tour along the East Coast, including Maryland, their final Fillmore East appearance, the Newport Jazz Festival. Beck broke up the band on the eve of the Woodstock Music Festival, at which they had been scheduled to perform, a decision Beck stated that he regretted.

Late in 1970, Jeff Beck reformed the Jeff Beck Group with vocalist Alex Ligertwood

Oliver Sheppard

Oliver Sheppard was an Irish sculptor, most famous for his 1911 bronze statue of the mythical Cuchullain dying in battle. Sheppard was born at Old Town, County Tyrone, to Simpson Sheppard, a sculptor, Ellen White, of Ormond Quay, Dublin. Sheppard was based in Dublin for all of his life, having travelled across Europe, his wife Rosie died with whom he had several children. They lived at 30 Pembroke Road in central Dublin, his main influence was the Frenchman Édouard Lantéri who taught him at the Royal College of Art in London, at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, where he became a lecturer. From 1902 to 1937 Sheppard taught sculpture at the DMSA, renamed the National College of Art in 1936, his annual stipend was £250 but for this he only had to lecture on three mornings a week, allowing him plenty of time for work on commissioned projects. One of his most famous students was the sculptor Kathleen Cox; as a prominent sculptor Sheppard was a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Dublin Society, was made a governor of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1925–41.

He was critical of the low standards of sculpture in Ireland: "For the last sixty years or so thousands of figures and groups have been executed in Dublin for ecclesiastical purposes, with one or two exceptions... was not up to a reasonable standard. The making of a work of art hardly entered into it at all; the sculptor, well trained and properly encouraged, should collaborate with the architect."Sheppard exhibited works at European exhibitions in his lifetime winning prizes. 1901. 1905. 1908. 1909. 1911. 1920. 1922, bronze plaque in memory of Dr. James Little at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 1926. 1930. 1935. 1935. The statue has had a continuing impact, in 1966 a 50th anniversary commemoration special coin was struck with an image of it. Sheppard was in the minority of Irish Protestants who supported independence, starting with support for the Irish Parliamentary Party in the 1880s, when he was an art student. In 1890–1910 he was a part of the Celtic Revival movement, from his works such as Inis Fáil, was admired by his student William Pearse.

Through him he met his brother Patrick Pearse who helped launch the Easter Rising in 1916. While most of the Revival's artists were writers and poets, Sheppard could claim to be the main sculptor working on themes similar to theirs. After the Anglo-Irish war he said: "They thought me too old to fight but I have tried to help in other ways. My politics are simple. I have always thought that this country should be a free country."Sheppard's opinions were not overly dogmatic, considering his work on the war memorials in 1920. In the mid-1920s the first series of Irish Free State coinage was planned, was launched in 1928. Sheppard was one of the designers short-listed but his designs were not accepted. Protestant Nationalist Notes SourcesHistory Ireland article on his main memorial statue in Wexford of the 1798 rebellion Professor John Turpin biography Online biography John Turpin. ISSN 0012-6861

Alfred Martin (Indian Army officer)

Lieutenant-General Sir Alfred Robert Martin was a British officer in the Indian Army. Martin joined the 13th Regiment of Foot as a lieutenant on 2 December 1874, he transferred to Bengal Staff Corps in 1877 and took part in the Jowahi-Afreedees expedition in 1877 and fought at the Battle of Kandahar in September 1880 during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Promoted to captain on 2 December 1885, he was commanding officer of 1st Battalion 5th Gurkha Rifles for the Miranzai expedition in 1891, received the brevet rank of major on 1 September 1891, became Assistant Adjutant General, Punjab in 1892, he took part in various expeditions on the North West Frontier of India in the 1890s, received the substantive rank of major on 2 December 1894, the brevet rank of lieutenant-colonel on 28 August 1895. He was appointed Assistant Adjutant General for the Tirah Campaign in 1897 and became Deputy Adjutant General, India in 1899, with the rank of colonel. Promoted to the substantive rank of lieutenant-colonel on 2 December 1900, he was in March 1902 appointed Deputy Adjutant General, with the temporary rank of brigadier-general.

He went on to be a Brigade Commander in India in 1904, Adjutant-General, India in 1906 and General Officer Commanding 2nd Division in 1908 before retiring in September 1912. He was Colonel of the 5th Gurkha Rifles from 28 June 1921 up to his death

Turbulence (song)

"Turbulence" is a song by Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki, featuring vocals from American rapper and music producer Lil Jon. It was released on 14 May 2011 as a Digital download in the United Kingdom and was released on 17 July 2011 as an EP; the radio edit version of the song was included on the bonus track version of Steve Aoki's debut album Wonderland. The song is the current official goal song for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A music video to accompany the release of "Turbulence" was first released onto YouTube on 8 March 2011 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-seven seconds; the video shows Aoki, Luke, & Jon at a concert, with Aoki and Luke dressed as pilots, as storm clouds appear and lightning bolts strike down

Jos van Hillegersberg

Jos van Hillegersberg is a Dutch computer scientist, Professor of Business Information Systems at the University of Twente, known for his contributions in the field of Enterprise resource planning. Van Hillegersberg received his MSc in computer science at the Leiden University in 1991. In 1997 he received his PhD at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam under Kuldeep Kumar with the thesis, entitled "Metamodelling-based integration of object-oriented systems development."In 1990 Van Hillegersberg had started his career as research assistant at the Expert Systems Group of IBM, in 1998 he became Component Manager at AEGON. In 2000 he returned to the academic world to become in Associate Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2005 at the University of Twente he was appointed Professor of Business Information Systems at its School of Business, Public Administration & Technology, where he became Head of the Department of Information Systems and Change Management. Van Hillegersberg is working as consultant for the Wagner Group.

Van Everdingen, Jos Van Hillegersberg, Eric Waarts. "Enterprise resource planning: ERP adoption by European midsize companies." Communications of the ACM 43.4: 27-31. Kumar and Jos van Hillegersberg. "Enterprise resource planning: introduction." Communications of the ACM 43.4: 22-26. Lee, O. K. D. Banerjee, P. Lim, K. H. Kumar, K. Hillegersberg, J. V. & Wei, K. K.. "Aligning IT components to achieve agility in globally distributed system development." Communications of the ACM, 49, 48-54. Van Oosterhout, Eric Waarts, Jos van Hillegersberg. "Change factors requiring agility and implications for IT." European Journal of Information Systems 15.2: 132-145. Homepage at University of Twente

Lisa Paul

Lisa Marian Paul is a former senior Australian public servant and policymaker. She was the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training until February 2016. Lisa Paul was born in the daughter of two teachers; when she was young and her family moved to Christchurch, New Zealand and to Adelaide, South Australia following her father's job opportunities. Paul holds an Arts degree. After a first-job working at Target Newton in Adelaide, Paul's first public service role was in the Australian Capital Territory Government Housing Trust, her career in the ACT public sector included the time during the ACT's transition to self-government. Paul led the Commonwealth's domestic response to the 2002 Bali bombings while a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Family and Community Services. Paul was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education and Training in October 2004; the Department was split into two in 2013 after the Abbott Government took power and Paul was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education.

She was named to head the new Department of Education and Training when the Department was formed in December 2014, encompassing much of the previous department. In December 2015, Paul announced her intention to leave her role at the Department of Education and Training in February 2016. In December 2016 Paul was appointed a member of the Australian Government's Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board. Paul has served as the Chair of headspace since 2018. In October 2003 Paul was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service as Chair of the Commonwealth Bali Interagency Taskforce in the development of the Commonwealth's response in support of the victims of the bombings which occurred in Bali on 12 October 2002. In June 2011 Paul was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public sector leadership in key policy and program implementation through driving reform in education and workplace. In the same year Paul was named as Federal Government Leader of the Year