luni, 28 februarie 2011

Succes 2011: Martin Atkinson, arbitru FIFA care oficiază în Premier League

Martin Atkinson (born 31 March 1971) is an English football referee who officiates in the Premier League and for FIFA.
Atkinson started his refereeing career at the relatively early age of 16 years old, as the local team did not have a referee to oversee matches. By 1998, he had been promoted to the Football League's list of assistant referees.

This was followed in 2000 by promotion to the Select Group of assistant referees. By December 2002 he was refereeing Football Conference matches, and also refereed the 2003 FA County Youth Cup final.

At the start of the 2003–04 season, Atkinson joined the national list of referees. He had the distinction of not sending off any player from the field of play between August 2004 and October 2005.

Only two years after his Conference debut, Atkinson was appointed to referee his first Premier League game, taking charge of the Manchester City-Birmingham City fixture on 20 April 2005, cautioning one player and awarding the home side a penalty kick in a 3–0 result.

During the three seasons between 2003 and 2006, Atkinson issued only eight red cards in 102 matches, an average of less than 0.08 per game.

In 2006 Atkinson was appointed to the list of FIFA referees.

The 2006-07 season saw Atkinson referee 42 matches in English football, his highest tally of appointments to date.
[edit] 2006 FA Community Shield

Atkinson refereed the 2006 FA Community Shield match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, arguably his highest domestic appointment. Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2–1, with Atkinson issuing four yellow cards.
Atkinson was appointed to referee the 2008 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, which was contested between Ebbsfleet United and Torquay United.

Atkinson's only international appointment to date was the 2010 FIFA World Cup UEFA group 4 qualifying game between Germany and Finland in Hamburg on 14 October 2009 which ended 1-1.
Atkinson issues a yellow card during a fixture between Birmingham City and Arsenal in 2010

During the 2008-09 season he refereed four UEFA Champions League games, including FC Zürich against Real Madrid and Inter Milan versus Dynamo Kiev.

In 2010 Atkinson was fourth official to Howard Webb for the Champions League final in Madrid.

vineri, 25 februarie 2011

Succes 2011: David Saint-Jacques, astronaut

David Saint-Jacques (born January 6, 1970 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a Canadian astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). He was selected to join the CSA in the 2009 CSA selection along with Jeremy Hansen.

SPECIAL HONORS: Canada Millennium Scholarship (2001-2005). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1999-2001). Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada “1967” Science and Engineering Scholarship (1994-1998). Canadian Space Agency Supplement Scholarship (1994-1998). Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Honorary Scholar (1994-1998). United Kingdom Overseas Research Student Award (1994-1998). Canada Scholarship (1989-1993).
NASA EXPERIENCE: Saint-Jacques was selected in May 2009 by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and has moved to Houston to be one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He is currently in Astronaut Candidate Training that includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, Russian language and water and wilderness survival training.

joi, 24 februarie 2011

Succes 2011: Max Angelelli, pilot de curse. A condus safety-car-ul din faţa lui Ayrton Senna, înainte de moartea acestuia, la San Marino GP 1995

Massimiliano Angelelli (born 15 December 1966 in Bologna) is an Italian race car driver.

His career begun in Italian Formula Alfa Boxer in 1987 and continued for 15 years. His only championship win as the 1992 Italian Formula Three title. Following that win he also raced German Formula Three (1993–1995), Macau Grand Prix for Formula 3 (1996), FIA GT Championship (1997–1998) and American Le Mans Series (1999–2002).

Angelelli is nicknamed the Axe because he has a knack of closing up and "chopping" off seconds behind the leader quickly in a race to set himself up to make a clean pass for the win.

Angelelli had a banner year in 2005. Angelelli and teammate Wayne Taylor won the 24 Hours of Daytona and captured the 2005 Grand American Daytona Prototype championship.

Angelelli was selected to run in the 2006 IROC series in America, along with teammate Wayne Taylor, becoming the first tandem in IROC history.

Angelelli is also known for being the pace car driver in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna followed Angelelli's safety car for 5 laps before his fatal accident.

For the past several years, Angelelli has driven for the Wayne Taylor Sun Trust Racing Team in the Daytona Prototype class of the Grand Am Racing Series, a class that requires two drivers per car. He has teamed up with Ricky Taylor, the son of team owner Wayne Taylor.

miercuri, 23 februarie 2011

Succes 2011: Sonny Rollins, jazz living legend

Theodore "Sonny" Rollins ((born in 1930) is a Grammy-winning American jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. A number of his compositions, including "St. Thomas", "Oleo", "Doxy", and "Airegin", have become jazz standards.
Rollins received his first saxophone at age 13.
Rollins started as a pianist, changed to alto saxophone, and finally switched to tenor in 1946. During his high-school years, he played in a band with other future jazz legends Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew and Art Taylor. He was first recorded in 1949 with Babs Gonzales ( J.J Johnson was the arranger of the group). In his recordings through 1954, he played with performers such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Rollins began to make a name for himself in 1949 as he recorded with J.J Johnson and with Bud Powell (in a famous session that is regarded as one of the first example of what would be later called "Hard Bop"), with Miles Davis in 1951, with the Modern Jazz Quartet and Thelonious Monk in 1953 , but the breakthrough arrived in 1954 when he recorded his famous compositions "Oleo" "Airegin" and "Doxy" with a quintet led by Davis. Rollins then joined the Clifford Brown–Max Roach quintet in 1955 (recordings made by this group have been released as Sonny Rollins Plus 4 and Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street; Rollins also plays on half of More Study in Brown), and after Brown's death in 1956 worked mainly as a leader.

Rollins was elected to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1973.

Donald Fagen can be seen playing Rollins' 1958 LP Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders on the cover of his 1982 LP The Nightfly, while Joe Jackson replicated the cover photo for his 1984 A&M album Body and Soul as homage to the 1957 Blue Note album Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2.

In The Simpsons episode 12 season 5, the jazz musician Bleeding Gums Murphy makes his appearance playing his saxophone on a bridge in the middle of the night. This is a homage to Sonny Rollins, who famously retired from public and was not seen for three years, until a journalist discovered him playing the saxophone alone on the Williamsburg Bridge.

Rollins provided the soundtrack to the 1966 version of Alfie. His 1965 residency at Ronnie Scott's legendary jazz club has recently emerged on CD as Live in London, a series of releases from the Harkit label; they offer a very different picture of his playing from the studio albums of the period.

luni, 21 februarie 2011

Succes 2011: Katey Sagal. Cui i-e frică de Peggy Bundy?

Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is well known for portraying Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children, the voice of Turanga Leela on Futurama, Cate S. Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules, and Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011.

Sagal began her career working the Hollywood circuit. She appeared in several made for TV movies between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo film Candidate for Crime (directed by her father) and in 1973 working as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker.

In 1978, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons asked her to sing background vocals on his self-titled solo album. During this time she was also a member of the rock group The Group With No Name. She also sang backup for Bette Midler, who hired her for her 1979 tour as one of The Harlettes.

Sagal returned to television in 1985 in the television series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987–1997). She portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. During her audition for the role, Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show. As Peg, she wore the wig, capri-length leggings with a large belt, and high slip-on heels, which were all fashion styles from the 1960s. Sagal's career focused strongly on this series for its 11-year run.

After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed, and she also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired, cyclopian spaceship captain, Turanga Leela, in his science fiction cartoon comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was canceled after four seasons. However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a series of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes.

sâmbătă, 19 februarie 2011

Autografe în marmură. De 135 de ori Brâncuși. Un "formalist burghez cosmopolit" înfierat cu mânie proletară de realismul socialist

Născut în data de 19 februarie 1876, Constantin este al cincilea copil al lui Nicolae și Maria Brâncuși. Prima clasă primară o face la Peștișani, apoi continuă școala la Brădiceni. Copilăria este marcată de dese plecări de acasă și ani lungi de ucenicie în ateliere de boiangerie, prăvălii și birturi.

După ce a urmat Școala de Arte și Meserii în Craiova (1894 - 1898) vine la București unde absolvă Școala de Belle-Arte în 1902. În timpul studenției, chiar în primul an, în 1898, lucrarea sa Bustul lui Vitellius obține "mențiune onorabilă", Cap al lui Laocoon din 1900 obține medalia de bronz, iar Studiu din 1901, câștigă medalia de argint. Timp de doi ani, între 1900 și 1902, cu ajutorul doctorului Dimitrie Gerota, realizează Ecorșeu, un studiu pentru reprezentarea corpului omenesc, lucrare căreia i se atribuie o medalie de bronz. Precizia detaliilor acestei lucrări va face ca Ecorșeul să fie folosit în școlile românești de medicină, după ce se vor face câteva copii, iar Marcel Duchamp va include fotografia Ecorșeului în expoziția pe care o va organiza la sfârșitul anului 1933 la Galeria Brummer din New York City.

Până în 1940, activitatea creatoare a lui Brâncuși se desfășoară în toată amploarea ei. Operele sale de seamă din ciclul Pasărea în văzduh, ciclul Ovoidului precum și sculpturile în lemn datează din această perioadă. În același timp, Brâncuși participă la cele mai importante expoziții colective de sculptură din Statele Unite ale Americii, Franța, Elveția, Olanda, Anglia.

În atelierul său din Impasse Ronsin, în inima Parisului, Brâncuși și-a creat o lume a lui, cu un cadru și o atmosferă românească. Muzeul Național de Artă Modernă din Paris (Centre Pompidou) are un număr important de lucrări ale lui Brâncuși, lăsate prin testament moștenire României, dar acceptate cu bucurie de Franța, împreună cu tot ce se afla în atelierul său, după refuzul guvernului comunist al României anilor 1950 de a accepta lucrările lui Brâncuși după moartea sculptorului. Statul român nu va pierde numai o mostenire spirituală, ci și sute de milioane de dolari.

În România, în epoca realismului socialist, Brâncuși a fost contestat ca unul din reprezentanții formalismului burghez cosmopolit. Totuși, în decembrie 1956, la Muzeul de Artă al Republicii din București s-a deschis prima expoziție personală Brâncuși din Europa. Abia în 1964 Brâncuși a fost „redescoperit” în România ca un geniu național și, în consecință, ansamblul monumental de la Târgu-Jiu cu Coloana (recunoștinței) fără sfârșit, Masa tăcerii și Poarta sărutului a putut fi amenajat și îngrijit, după ce fusese lăsat în paragină un sfert de veac și fusese foarte aproape de a fi fost dărâmat.

Citat favorit:"Il y a des imbéciles qui définissent mon œuvre comme abstraite, pourtant ce qu'ils qualifient d'abstrait est ce qu'il y a de plus réaliste, ce qui est réel n'est pas l'apparence mais l'idée, l'essence des choses."

luni, 14 februarie 2011

Succes 2011: Charlie Watts şi Rolling Stones. Un jazzman în Modern Drummer Hall of Fame

Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, known as a member of The Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of a jazz band, as well as a record producer, commercial artist, and horse breeder.

Charlie Watts was born to Charles Watts, a lorry driver for a precursor of British Rail and his wife Lilian (née Eaves) at University College Hospital, London, and raised (along with his sister Linda) in Islington and then Kingsbury. He attended Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School from 1952 to 1956; as a schoolboy, he displayed a talent for art, cricket and football.

Watts's parents gave him his first drum kit in 1955; he was interested in jazz, and would practice drumming along with jazz records he collected. After completing secondary school, he enrolled at Harrow Art School (now the University of Westminster), which he attended until 1960. After leaving school, Watts worked as a graphic designer for an advertising company, and also played drums occasionally with local bands in coffee shops and clubs. In 1961 he met Alexis Korner, who invited him to join his band, Blues Incorporated. At that time Watts was on his way to a sojourn working as a graphic designer in Denmark, but he accepted Korner's offer when he returned to London in February 1962.

Watts played regularly with Blues Incorporated as well as working at the advertising firm of Charles, Hobson, and Grey. It was in mid-1962 that Watts first met Brian Jones, Ian "Stu" Stewart, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who also frequented the London rhythm and blues clubs; but it wasn't until January 1963 that Watts finally agreed to join the Rolling Stones.

Watts has been involved in many activities outside his high-profile life as a member of the Rolling Stones. In 1964, he published a cartoon tribute to Charlie Parker entitled Ode to a High Flying Bird. Although he has made his name in rock, his personal tastes focus on jazz; in the late 70s, he joined Ian "Stu" Stewart in the back-to-the-roots boogie-woogie band Rocket 88, which featured many of the UK's top jazz, rock and R&B musicians. In the 1980s, he toured worldwide with a big band that included such names as Evan Parker, Courtney Pine, and Jack Bruce, who was also a member of Rocket 88. In 1991, he organised a jazz quintet as another tribute to Charlie Parker. 1993 saw the release of Warm And Tender, by the Charlie Watts Quintet, which included vocalist Bernard Fowler. This same group then released Long Ago And Far Away in 1996. Both records included a collection of Great American Songbook standards. After a successful collaboration with Jim Keltner on The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon, Charlie and Jim released a techno/instrumental album called simply Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project. Featuring the names of his favourite jazz drummers, Charlie stated that even though the tracks bore such names as the "Elvin Suite" in honour of the late Elvin Jones, Max Roach and Roy Haynes, they were not copying their style of drumming, but rather, capturing a feeling by those artists. Watts At Scott's was recorded with his group, The Charlie Watts Tentet, at the famous jazz club in London, Ronnie Scott's. In April 2009 he started to do concerts with "The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie" together with pianists Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters plus his childhood friend Dave Green on bass.

Besides his musical creativity, he contributed graphic art to early records such as the Between the Buttons record sleeve and was responsible for the 1975 tour announcement press conference in New York City. The band surprised the throng of waiting reporters by driving and playing "Brown Sugar" on the back of a flatbed truck in the middle of Manhattan traffic; a gimmick AC/DC copied later the same year, Status Quo repeated the trick for the 1984 video to "The Wanderer" and U2 would later emulate it in the 2004 video for "All Because of You". Watts remembered this was a common way for New Orleans jazz bands to promote upcoming dates. Moreover, with Jagger, he designed the elaborate stages for tours, first contributing to the lotus-shaped design of that 1975 Tour of the Americas, as well as the 1989–1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour, the 1997 Bridges to Babylon Tour, the 2002-2003 Licks Tour, and the 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang Tour.

There are many instances where Jagger and Richards have lauded Watts as the key member of The Rolling Stones. Richards went so far as to say in a 2005 Guitar Player magazine interview that the Rolling Stones would not be, or could not continue as, the Rolling Stones without Watts. An example of Watts's importance was demonstrated in 1993, after Bill Wyman had left the band. After auditioning several bassists, Jagger and Richards asked Watts to choose the new bass player.[citation needed] Watts selected the respected session musician Darryl Jones, who had previously been a sideman for both Miles Davis and Sting.[citation needed]

In 1989, the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the July 2006 issue of Modern Drummer, Watts was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame along with Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich and other highly esteemed drummers.

Succes 2011: Stan Tracey, jazz living legend

Stanley William Tracey is a British jazz pianist and composer, most influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.

The Second World War meant that Tracey had a disrupted formal education, and he became a professional musician at the age of sixteen as a member of an ENSA touring group playing the accordion, his first instrument. He joined Ralph Reader’s Gang Shows at the age of nineteen, while in the RAF and formed a brief acquaintance with the comedian Tony Hancock. Later, in the early 1950s he worked in groups on the transatlantic cruise liners Queen Mary and Cardonia and toured the UK in 1951 with Cab Calloway. By the mid-‘fifties, he had also taken up the vibraphone, but later ceased playing it. At this time he worked widely with leading British modernists including drummer Tony Crombie, clarinettist Vic Ash, the saxophonist-arranger Kenny Graham and trumpeter Dizzy Reece.

The early 1970s were a bleak time for Tracey. Around 1970, he almost chose to retrain as a postman under pressure from the Unemployment Benefits’ office – “I would have quite a good pension by now” he quips – but his wife Jackie, formerly involved in public relations, took a more direct role in the development of Tracey's career.

He began to work with musicians of a later generation, who worked in a free or avant-garde style, including Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett and John Surman. Tracey continued to work in this idiom with Evan Parker at the UK’s Appleby Jazz Festival for several years, but this has always been more of a sideline for Tracey, who said that he "took more out of free music into the mainstream than I did from mainstream into free".

In the mid-seventies he formed his own record label, Steam and through it reissued Under Milk Wood (the major label which held the rights to it had allowed it to fall out of print). Over the next decade he also used the outlet to issue recordings of a number of commissioned suites. These included The Salisbury Suite (1978), The Crompton Suite (1981) and The Poets Suite (1984).

He led his own octet from 1976-85 and formed a sextet in 1979 (later called Hexad), touring widely in the middle east and India. In this context he had a longstanding performance partnership from 1978 with saxophonist (and physician) Art Themen, and his own son, the percussionist Clark Tracey, the latter continuing until this day. He was able to share the billing with arranger Gil Evans in a 1978 concert at the Royal Festival Hall, such was Tracey’s pre-eminence in the UK. In private, he played for Evans, Ellington recordings that he had not previously heard. He continued to record with American musicians on occasion as well, with dates taking place with Sal Nistico in 1985 and Monk associate, Charlie Rouse in 1987.

The Steam label ceased trading in the early ‘nineties, reportedly because of difficulties caused by the retail trade's need for its inventory to carry the barcode. However, in 1992 he benefited from Blue Note’s brief interest in UK musicians, leading to the Portraits Plus album and the commercial issue of the BBCs recording of the concert commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Tracey’s first professional gig, as well as Under Milk Wood’s debut on CD.

In 1995 his new quartet featuring Gerard Presencer recorded the For Heaven’s Sake album and also performed gigs together. In 2003 Tracey was the subject of a BBC Television documentary Godfather of British Jazz, a rare accolade nowadays for any jazz musician, let alone one from Britain. Tracey's catalogue from the LP era is being reissued on ReSteamed Records.

Already an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.