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Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu is an American experimental band, formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart in San Jose, California. The line-up consists of Stewart and Angela Seo; the band's name comes from the film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl and has influenced the sound of their music according to Stewart. Jamie Stewart formed Xiu Xiu in 2002 after Ten in the Swear Jar, disbanded. Stewart and Cory McCulloch continued from the previous group, were joined by Yvonne Chen and Lauren Andrews; the band's sound was characterized by its use of indigenous instruments and programmed drums in place of traditional rock instruments: harmonium, brass bells, keyboards, a cross between a guitarrón mexicano and a cello for bass, etc. Xiu Xiu would tour their first LP Knife Play, its successor EP, Chapel of the Chimes, in 2002, blending both melody and cacophony with a heavy reliance on percussive instrumentation and brass instrumentation. Following 2002, the group would shrink in membership as Yvonne Chen left in order to focus on her vegan boutique Otsu and self-published magazine Zum, while Cory McCulloch stopped touring, focusing instead on producing the band's next two LPs.

A personal loss would affect Xiu Xiu as well, as Jamie Stewart's father and record producer Michael Stewart was found dead after an apparent suicide. Coping with these losses, Stewart would record the group's follow-up to Knife Play, 2003's A Promise. Continuing to focus on the subject matter of Jamie Stewart's personal life – as witnessed by Knife Play – A Promise acts like a concept record of internal despair. Consisting of ten tracks, the record was oriented towards a more or less acoustic presentation, rather than relying on the booming brass and percussion which had worked to make Knife Play. However, the record did not veer from the formulated programming for which Stewart and McCulloch would be praised by fans and critics alike. During this time, Stewart recorded Fag Patrol, a collection of previous recorded material as well as covers of songs by The Smiths and his previous group with McCulloch, Ten in the Swear Jar. Released as a handmade CD by Rob Fisk's and Kelly Goodefisk's Free Porcupine Society, Fag Patrol was limited to only a few hundred copies.

In the spring of 2004, Stewart and McCulloch released what is considered by many to be the group's most accessible album, Fabulous Muscles. More pop-friendly in its sound than previous releases, Fabulous Muscles boosted Xiu Xiu to new heights in terms of popularity thanks to its single "I Luv the Valley OH!". The tone of the album reflected an "incredibly violent jarring, difficult to take" string of events in Stewart's life. Stewart described his lyrics as "never fictional", he told Pitchfork that Xiu Xiu songs are based around five topics: family, sex and lovelessness, how they are connected. With the departure of Lauren Andrews in 2003 – who wished to focus on her academic studies – Stewart was joined on stage by his "long-lost" cousin, Caralee McElroy in 2004; the two would tour relentlessly throughout that year, releasing not only the group's third LP, but split recordings with This Song Is a Mess But So Am I and Bunkbed, along with the "Fleshettes" single – which featured a rendition of the Ten in the Swear Jar track "Helsabot" by McElroy.

Seen as a return to Stewart's more dark and crabby demeanor, Xiu Xiu's fourth album La Forêt alluded to a frustration which Stewart had felt throughout the process of recording the 2004 record. Centered around the topic of "horrible times in horrible lives" as well as Stewart's personal frustrations with then-U. S. President George W. Bush, La Forêt is characterized by an altogether different sound – layered by mandolin, clarinet, cello and tuba. In addition to La Forêt, Xiu Xiu would join Italian experimental group Larsen in forming XXL, which released its first LP, ¡Ciaütistico!, in 2005, followed by its successor ¿Spicchiology?, in 2007. Stewart issued formative splits throughout 2005, working with artists such as The Paper Chase, Kill Me Tomorrow, Devendra Banhart. In 2009, Stewart would break from tradition by ending his professional relationship with McCulloch, he started recording with San Francisco-based band Deerhoof's drummer Greg Saunier as producer for Xiu Xiu's fifth LP entitled The Air Force.

Saunier, who had worked with Stewart on Knife Play, created for the record a greater wall of sound – a stark contrast to that of McCulloch's discordant attitude towards production. The Air Force would be supported throughout 2006 by a three piece ensemble, as Stewart and McElroy were joined by drummer/percussionist Ches Smith, who himself had worked with the group on Knife Play. Produced by Greg Saunier, Stewart said that the album is about "making other people feel bad" instead of feeling bad oneself and the year it was released was "one of the first not dominated by personal tragedies" Its major themes are "guilt and sex as opposed to sorrow and sex". Stewart considered it their best and most consciously pop album yet, he said that the band was obsessed with Weezer's Blue Album and The Smiths's The Queen Is Dead while on tour, though the album does not reflect those albums particularly. The Air Force contained the band's first album-based song without vocals by Stewart – with McElroy singing "Hello From Eau Claire".

A third EP – Tu Mi Piaci – of songs recorded by acts such as Bauhaus, Big Star, The Pussycat Dolls, Nina Simone was released in 2006, along with a collaboration with ambient artist Grouper, entitled Creepshow. Shortly thereafter, Xiu Xiu would record 2008's Women as Lovers, their longest LP to date, Women as Lo

Bill Paterson (footballer, born 1897)

William Paterson was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a centre forward. He began his career in Scotland before moving to England in 1925. In 1926, he joined the American Soccer League where he led the league in scoring in the fall 1929 season. Paterson spent time with Cowdenbeath and Rangers before moving to Derby County of The Football League in 1921, he spent two seasons with Derby before rejoining Cowdenbeath. He spent time with Armadale, he played with Coventry City during the 1925–26 season. In the fall of 1926, he moved to the United States where he signed with the Springfield Babes of the American Soccer League. Paterson played only 13 games of the 1925–26 season with Springfield before jumping to the Fall River Marksmen for 20 games, he moved to the New Bedford Whalers for seven games. He spent the full 1927–28 season in New Bedford, but was transferred to the Providence Gold Bugs seven games into the 1928–29 season and would serve the club as player-manager, he finished the 1929 fall season as the league's leading scorer with 27 goals in 22 games.

In 1930, Paterson began the season with the New Bedford Whalers only to jump to the Brooklyn Wanderers. He played the fall 1931 season with Fall River. Bill Paterson was the son of football manager Sandy Paterson and played under his father's management at Cowdenbeath. Bill had a Half Brother Archie Paterson. Who was a footballer. Bill Paterson served as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War, and served overseas before being demobbed in 1919. Derby County career details

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom is a seasonal live music and comedy venue located on the boardwalk of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, United States. The venue is open from April to November, within those eight months schedules upwards of 70 shows. In 2010, Pollstar ranked the Casino Ballroom #23 in the Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues; the facility was opened on July 4, 1899, by Wallace D. Lovell, who owned the Exeter and Amesbury Street Railway Company, with the hope of bringing more business and tourism into the Hampton Beach area. In 1927, with performers beginning to achieve national stardom through various media, the ballroom was added to adapt to the changing nature of entertainment; the new owners wanted a facility that could hold 5,000 people, thus the Casino Ballroom was born. After the expansion, the Casino Ballroom boasted the largest dance floor in New England, 20,000 people made use of the massive space on a weekly basis that hosted acts such as Bing Crosby and Duke Ellington; the rise of rock and roll brought many more changes to the Casino Ballroom.

The owners at the time sold the facility to a consortium of local businessmen interested in restoring it to its former glory. After renovating the facility and restoring many of its original features, the Ballroom reopened in the 1970s as Club Casino. Renovations, were not enough to draw promoters back to the venue. Seeing an opportunity, one of the new owners sought to book then-little-known names such as U2 and aging stars such as Ray Charles as a way of restoring the venue's reputation, his bet paid off, following another renovation in the late'70s and early'80s, Club Casino began booking the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa Etheridge and Phish. So popular was the location, in fact, that it was able to fit 50 events into a three-month period, unheard of at the time for most music halls. In the 1990s, the club started to develop a reputation for tough bouncers and strict rules against dancing. Again, changes were made to the Club Casino. In an attempt to regain some of its past glory, the name was changed back to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, the facade of the building was redone, the adjacent hotel demolished.

The venue's season now extends from April to November, it continues to bring in some of the top names in entertainment. On July 8, 1971, an additional 4,000 fans showed up to an sold-out Jethro Tull concert with Yes on their first American tour as a supporting band. Ticketless fans started scaling the walls to climb in through the windows. Police and the National Guard were called in, the incident resulted in the town of Hampton banning rock concerts for a number of years. On August 9, 1995, the day Jerry Garcia died, his former Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir and his band RatDog took the stage to play a show at the Casino. Fans and media outlets descended on the Ballroom, filling the venue's parking lot to hold a candlelight vigil while listening to the band play inside. Micky Ward, professional boxer of The Fighter fame, fought Emanuel Augustus here on July 13, 2001, it was named the 2001 Fight of the Year. The Casino Ballroom is the only venue in the world that has hosted three generations of the Nelson family: Ozzie & Harriet Nelson in the 1930s, Ricky Nelson in the 1960s and'70s, Matthew & Gunnar Nelson in the 1990s.

The following are some of the artists who have performed at the Casino Ballroom: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom official website

Current River (Ozarks)

The Current River forms in the southeastern portion of the Ozarks of Missouri and becomes a 7th order stream as it flows southeasterly out of the Ozarks into northeastern Arkansas where it becomes a tributary of the Black River, a tributary of the White River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. The Current River is 184 miles long and drains about 2,641 square miles of land in Missouri and a small portion of land in northeastern Arkansas; the headwaters of the Current River are nearly 900 feet above sea level, while the mouth of the river lies around 280 feet above sea level. The basin drains a rural area, dominated by karst topography, underlain by dolomite and sandstone bedrock with a small area of igneous rock southeast of Eminence, Missouri; the annual daily mean discharge of the river near Doniphan, Missouri is 2,815 cubic feet per second. In 1964, over 134 mi of the upper course of the river and its tributaries were federally protected as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the first national park in America to protect a river system.

The Current River begins in Montauk State Park located in the southwestern corner of Dent County in southeastern Missouri. The confluence of Pigeon Creek and Montauk Spring form the headwaters of the river. Montauk Spring makes up most of the consistent flow of the headwaters, providing ideal conditions for trout fishing. After leaving Montauk State Park the river enters the Ozark National Scenic Riverways; the uppermost reaches of the river are swift with numerous riffles broken by deep pools of crystal clear water, further downstream the riffles continue but get further apart. Hardwood trees, rock ledges, springs, gravel bars, towering dolomite bluffs line the banks of the river. Welch Spring, a first magnitude spring, enters the river 14 miles downstream from the headwaters, nearly doubling the flow of the river. Other notable springs to add to the river include Cave Spring, Pulltite Spring, Round Spring. Downstream from the headwaters 52 miles the Current River receives its largest tributary the Jacks Fork from the west near the small town of Eminence, Missouri.

Blue Spring, another first magnitude spring, empties into the river, 9 miles downstream from the confluence with the Jacks Fork. The Current River is 86 miles long when it passes by the town of Van Buren and under U. S. Route 60. South of Van Buren a few miles the Current River receives its second biggest tributary, the largest spring in the Ozarks and one of the largest single spring outlets known in the world. Big Spring empties into the river providing nearly 470 cubic feet of water per second. From Big Spring the river continues southeasterly leaving the Ozark National Scenic Riverways 105 miles from the headwaters; the river flows through Mark Twain National Forest until reaching Doniphan and passes under U. S. Route 160. From here the river slows as it exits the Ozark Highlands, the river continues its slow silt laden path into Arkansas where it receives the Little Black River from the northeast before it joins the Black River near Pocahontas, Arkansas. Canoeing, horseback riding, camping are popular activities along the Current River.

The river is gentle and is considered to have class 1 rapids and a couple rated class 2. Some of the points of interest along the course of the river include Montauk State Park, Welch Spring and abandon hospital, Aker's Ferry, Cave Spring, Devil's Well, Deer Leap, Rock House Cave, Pulltite Spring, Round Spring, Jacks Fork, Blue Spring, Rocky Falls, Big Spring. List of Missouri rivers List of Arkansas rivers List of Ozark springs Stars Upstream: Life Along an Ozark River, Leonard Hall, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1959 ISBN 0-8262-0074-5 Missouri Ozark Waterways, Oz Hawksley, Missouri Department of Conservation, P. O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 1965, Revised 1989 Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri Ozark National Scenic Riverways Missouri Scenic Rivers Information compiled by the Missouri Department of Conservation Discharge of Big Spring, USGS

K-28 (Kansas highway)

K-28 is a 29.019-mile-long state highway in the U. S. state of Kansas. K-28's western terminus is at K-14 in Jewell, the eastern terminus is at K-9 west of Concordia. K-28 terminated at Nebraska Highway 78 at the Nebraska border north of Burr Oak but was truncated to its current western terminus on February 8, 1996. K-28 begins at K-14 in the city of Jewell in south central Jewell County. K-14 heads south toward Beloit. K-28 heads east along Delaware Street and crosses Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Republican River, east of the city limits; the highway crosses Spring Creek west of its junction with K-148, which heads east through the southern tier of Republic County. K-28 turns south toward Randall; the highway enters the town along Main Street, turns east onto 2nd Street, south onto Water Street, east again at the south city limit. K-28 parallels Buffalo Creek into northwestern Cloud County; the highway has three right-angle turns along section lines as it passes to the south of Jamestown Wildlife Area.

K-28 crosses to the south side of Buffalo Creek after the third turn the highway curves southeast toward Jamestown. The highway crosses Cheyenne Creek and passes close to but does not enter the city limits. East of Jamestown, K-28 has a grade crossing of crosses Whites Creek. East of the unincorporated village of Yuma, the highway parallels the Kyle line and a BNSF Railway line that comes to parallel the Kyle line through Concordia, the county seat of Cloud County. K-28 does not make it to Concordia, as it curves away from the rail lines, crosses Wolf Creek, reaches its eastern terminus at a Y-intersection with K-9, which heads east into Concordia and southwest toward Beloit. K-28 is not included in the National Highway System; the National Highway System is a system of highways important to the nation's defense and mobility. 2017 Annual average daily traffic on K-28 ranged from 195 northwest of Jamestown to 990 near its eastern terminus. K-28 is one of the original Kansas highways designated in 1927 and at that time ran from K-14 in Jewell to US-81 in Concordia.

By 1931 it was extended north along K-14 west along US-36 north to the Nebraska border. In a February 10, 1937 resolution K-28 and K-9 was realigned within Concordia to eliminate two turns. In a March 24, 1954 resolution it was realigned to the north side of Jamestown to eliminated a few turns within the city; until 1996, K-28 terminated at Nebraska Highway 78 at the Nebraska border north of Burr Oak. On February 8, 1996, K-28 was truncated to K-14 in Jewell and the section of K-28 from US-36 north to the Nebraska border became an extension of K-128; until 2010, K-28 overlapped K-9 to end at US-81 in Concordia. In an April 10, 2010 resolution the overlap was eliminated and K-28 was truncated to end at K-9 west of Concordia. Kansas Highways Routelog: K-28

St John the Baptist's Church, Knutsford

St John the Baptist's Church is in the town of Knutsford, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, it is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Knutsford. Its benefice is combined with Toft. Knutsford was a chapel of ease in the parish of St Mary's Church, until the 18th century. In 1741 an Act of Parliament was obtained for it to become a distinct parish; the church was built between 1744 at a cost of £ 4,000, the architect being J. Garlive. In 1879 the apsidal chancel was reordered by Alfred Darbyshire. St John's is within the Conservative Evangelical tradition of the Church of England, it has passed resolutions to reject the ordination of women; the church is built in neoclassical style in brick with a slate roof. The plan of the church consists of a two-storey nave and a shallow chancel; the tower is in four stages with a west doorway over, a round-arched window, a clock and round-arched belfry windows.

The top of the tower has a parapet with modillion brackets swept between urns. The parapet of the nave has alternating balustraded panels. At the southwest is a doorway in a pedimented case with a rusticated architrave and a round-arched inner door. There is a similar doorway at the northwest; the nave has a classical arcade of four bays with Tuscan columns on high bases carrying semicircular arches. Galleries are on the north and south sides. There are two fonts. One has an oak cover, it dates from the time of building of the church but spent some time in the garden of a private house. The other is in High Victorian style. An old parish chest is in the tower and in the church is a two-tier brass candelabrum donated in 1768. On the north wall is a pyramidal memorial to Ralph Leycester of Toft who died in 1776. In the church is a memorial to Elizabeth Leigh who died in 1823, signed by Richard Westmacott; the stained glass is by Heaton and Bayne. Two memorial boards are in the church which are believed to have been painted by members of the Randle Holme family of Chester.

The three-manual organ was built in 1882 by Alex Sons. There is a ring of six bells. Four of these were cast in 1748–49 by Rudhall of Gloucester: the other two were cast by John Taylor Ltd in 1996; the parish registers begin in 1581. In 2014 reordering works to the interior were completed, designed by architects Graham Holland Associates; this involved the removal of the late-Victorian pews, the installation of an oak floor, glazed screens between the narthex and nave and at the three external doors. Four of the Victorian stained glass windows were relocated onto the Church Hill facade, while the two rows of windows in the aisles were replaced in a clear leaded Georgian design. In the churchyard is a stone sundial dating from the late 18th century, it consists of a baluster-like pedestal on circular plinth. It is listed at Grade II. Grade II* listed buildings in Cheshire East Listed buildings in Knutsford Photographs by Craig Thornber