[Foundation-l] Just cruel (was: January 18: Nick Drake)

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Wed Jan 18 09:53:40 UTC 2012

This is just cruel... "read the rest" yeah right :P

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100px|Nick Drake's grave in Tanworth-in-Arden

Nick Drake (1948–1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician,
best known for his sombre guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide
audience during his lifetime, but now ranks among the most influential
English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years. Drake released his
debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. None of his first three albums
sold more than 5,000 copies on their initial release. Drake suffered
from depression and insomnia throughout his life, and these topics were
often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972's
Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording,
retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. He died from an
overdose of amitriptyline in 1974 (grave pictured). Drake was credited
as an influence by numerous artists during the 1980s, including The
Dream Academy, who in 1985 reached the UK and US charts with "Life in a
Northern Town", a song written for and dedicated to him. By the early
1990s, Drake represented a certain type of "doomed romantic" musician
in the UK music press. In 2000, Volkswagen featured the title track
from Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake
had sold more records than he had in the previous 30 years. (more...)

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Today's selected anniversaries:


Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty of China abdicated the throne in
favour of his son Qinzong.


Welsh physician William Price was arrested for attempting to cremate
his deceased infant son; he was acquitted in the subsequent trial,
which led to the legalisation of cremation in the United Kingdom.


World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles, France,
to set the peace terms for the Central Powers.


World War II: As part of Operation Iskra, the Soviet Red Army broke the
Siege of Leningrad, opening a narrow land corridor to the city.


African Canadian Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first
game in the National Hockey League, breaking the colour barrier in
professional ice hockey.


In a sting operation conducted by the FBI, Mayor of Washington, D.C.,
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Wiktionary's word of the day:

chiasmus (n):
An inversion of the relationship between the elements of phrases

Wikiquote quote of the day:

"Elohim," the name for the creative power in Genesis, is a female
plural, a fact that generations of learned rabbis and Christian
theologians have all explained as merely grammatical convention. The
King James and most other Bibles translate it as "God," but if you take
the grammar literally, it seems to mean "goddesses." Al Shaddai, god of
battles, appears later, and YHWH, mispronounced Jehovah, later still.
 --Robert Anton Wilson

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