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Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Submitted by: Zaryab Malik


USA is a one-stop destination, filled with brilliant options like fascinating places, numerous business opportunities, world-class medical facilities et al. These are the reasons that prompt people to visit the USA and take a glimpse of a lifestyle there and witness beautiful US destinations that are renowned world over. If you are also one of the aspirants of the US visit visa, Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd is definitely a name you can bank upon.

We provide expertise assistance in application procedure, documentation, translation and other relevant queries. In addition, we extend tips for your interview at the US Consulate so that our clients experience a stress free application procedure and qualify through the same without having to face any obstacles.

You may argue that you are from a country that enjoys the privilege of gaining an entry into the USA without any visa. Sure, there are countries that have visa-free travel permission for the United States but of course, we offer assistance for residents of countries who cannot escape the necessity to obtain B1 and B2 visa for the USA, which is extended depending upon the purpose of visit.

To obtain these non-immigrant visas for the U.S, you must qualify through the provisions mentioned under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The law presumes all US visit visa applicants to be intended immigrants. Therefore, we help you nullify this presumption as you demonstrate your purpose of visit, specific time period for which you are expected to be in the U.S as well as binding ties that assure your return from the USA, like your residence, family, leave letter for the same time period from the job and other such proofs.

Besides, you have the option if you wish to self-sponsor your US visit or you may also go for sponsored trip, wherein your relatives in the US may like to sponsor your visit, though sponsor may have to comply with a few conditions.

For elaborate information, kindly explore our options on the right and contact Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd at the earliest for free assessment to check your eligibility against the requirements of your US visit visa.

Why Visit The USA?

With smorgasbord of options, there is a lot that you can do and see in the USA. There are many reasons that may prompt you for a U.S. visit, it may be business meetings, advanced medical facilities offered or just a pleasure holiday for family and friends. Whatever your reason might be, there is always a scope of exploring the place that you cannot miss.

When it comes to the USA, it has something to offer for everyone. While kids can witness their fantasyland with all cartoon characters and attractive games at the Disneyland, adults can have a thrilling experience at the casinos and bars of Las Vegas. Spectacular scenery, amazing beaches and perfect weather throughout the year leave nature lovers mesmerized at Hawaii. From boating and surfing to tanning, you can have utmost tropical experience here.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an array of interesting things to witness, such as The Comedy Barn Theater, Believe It or Not Museum, Christus Gardens and many more. Hence, the fun never sets when you are in the USA. There is always something for you to look forward to.

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So, if U.S. is on your list for the next travel destination, Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd extends a helping hand for you to get a visit visa to the USA with utmost ease. Let our executives be bothered for all your documentation and visa approval formalities, while you plan your itinerary for U.S. Fill our free assessment form and we will get in touch with you very soon.

US Visit Visa – Selection Criteria

Tourist or visitor visa is the non-immigrant visa that is issued for temporary visit to the USA. Anyone who wishes to go for a temporary business visit can rely on Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd visit visa services under B1 visa. Visitors interested in exploring the country or visiting for medical treatment can place their trust in us for approval under B2 visit visa for the USA.

U.S. visit visas are issued for a minimum of 3 months and for a maximum of 10 years. Our executives are well versed in U.S. visit visa issues and are capable to assist you in gaining an extension of your transitory visa to the USA for another six months, if required, based on INS approval, while you are still in U.S.

Though the requirements for U.S. visit visas are not as stringent as the permanent USA immigration but there are a few basic requirements that you need to comply with. Visitor visa applicants are required to show that they qualify under the Immigration and Nationality Act provisions.

The law presumes every applicant of visitor visa as a future immigrant. So, most requirements are in relation to outdo this presumption of law. You can check these requirements below:

1. You must mention the purpose of your U.S. trip – business, medical treatment, pleasure or any other.

2. You must assure authorities that you plan to stay in U.S. only for a limited or specific period.

3. You must also prove that you have many binding ties and your home outside the USA that will ultimately ensure your return to your homeland.

Besides, all applicants of visit visas to U.S are interviewed at the US Consulate, prior to the final visa grant. Immigration consultants at Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd prepare you beforehand regarding the expected questions at the time of the interview as well as suggested suitable answers for the same. This assures an almost guaranteed success for U.S. visit visas for our clients.

Apart from the above-mentioned requirements, there are a few document submission requirements as well. This especially stands true for applicants who are visiting for medical treatment. Medical diagnosis by an authorized doctor, letter from the medical facility or physician from U.S. showing the willingness to cure your ailment along with the expected cost and period for treatment and state of financial responsibility by the sponsor (of an organizations and individuals) are among the most essential documents that needs to be presented.

Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd immigration specialists for U.S. are driven by the zeal to succeed, we thereby help you with obtaining all required documents and in fulfilling all requirements for a smooth U.S. visit visa. Kindly fill our free assessment form to initiate your visit visa procedure to the USA at the earliest.

USA Visit Visa – Application Process

Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd officials are well acquainted with US visit visa procedure. To provide you an overview of the whole procedure, given below is a step-by-step process for the USA visit visa, we sail you through:

1. Paying the service charge and application fee – All applicants of non-immigrant visa category are required to deposit an application fee along with the VFS service charge. Officials who are traveling for government business and official purpose of international organizations are exempted from making the payment. We make your fee submissions and forward your applications for non-immigrant visa. This is the non-refundable amount. A visa fee receipt is received at the time of fee submissions that help us to take you to the next step.

2. Completion of application forms and taking a visa appointment – Visa fee receipt is generated within two business days of fee submission, after which we arrange for an appointment of visa interview for you. Our able immigration team assists you in filling essential immigration forms accurately. DS-156 is the most important form that is filled at this level, along with DS-157 and DS-158 forms, if applicable in your case. A different procedure is followed for a visa application submission at the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai. With many of our immigration specialists based in Mumbai, our clients never hesitate in approaching us for any of their visa needs, even if it requires to be submitted in Mumbai as well.

3. Appearing for the visa interview – You are then requested to report at the US consulate or embassy, to appear for the interview. Our USA immigration specialists help you prepare for these interviews along with getting all your documents ready so as to avoid any refusals. So, you need not worry about refusals as long as you apply through Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd . We are always on our toes to utilize our resources to the maximum to straighten out the lumps in the approval of your U.S. visit visa. Two stickers of barcode along with the original receipt from the authorized bank where the fee payment is made, one latest passport size photograph, appointment letter (printed) and draft, if required, are some essential things that you must carry at the time of the interview.

4. Passport returned via courier – Passport of successful visa applicants are retained by the visa officer for stamping purposes. This is couriered via VFS and is delivered at your postal address within seven days of your interview.

Hence, when you levy the responsibility of your USA visit visa approval on Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd , you can almost be sure to set forth on your U.S. vacation soon. To get in touch with us, please fill ou

free assessment form and we will get back to you shortly.

USA Visit Visa – Reasons For Refusal

While there are several reasons for refusal of USA visitor visas and conditions for approval have been made even more stringent after the 9/11 terrorist attack but you need not bother about having to face any such failure as experienced consultants at Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd stand by your side in every step of the visa process. Our US immigration specialists are well acquainted with the reasons for refusal of applications and ensure that our clients do not have to be disappointed.

We thereby gear you with useful advice to easily qualify through every step and overcome every hurdle without any hassle and finally get your USA visit visa approval, easily. Grounds on which visa application is usually refused are:

Inability to produce sufficient relevant documents

Insufficient funds to support one`s own or dependants` expenses

Criminal record of the applicant

Disclosure of any essential fact about the applicant, otherwise hidden by them.

Insufficient proof to provide evidence for residence abroad or strong ties, such as family, employment or any other that ensure your return from U.S. after a temporary stay there.

However, insufficient information provided in the application form and lack of providing the demanded documents may also cause the return of application and extends your visa procedure but this doesn`t cause the refusal of the applications. At Stallion Immigration Pvt Ltd , we assure that your application gets an approval in the minimum possible time, as our executives make sure that such mistakes do not happen and give their best effort to present your case in a favorable light to the U.S. embassy officials. For a free assessment of your profile for USA visit visa, please fill our assessment form and we will get back to you very soon.

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Home of controversial book publisher set ablaze

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Four people have been arrested on terrorism charges in Islington, London, England, after a suspected petrol bombing on the house of Martin Rynja, owner of book publishing company Gibson Square.

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His company recently sparked controversy after buying the rights to publish The Jewel of Medina, a work of fiction by Sherry Jones depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad and his child bride, Aisha.

The bombing, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, led to the evacuation of the £2.5 million property in Lonsdale Square. Three men, aged 22, 30 and 40, were arrested at 2:25am BST by armed officers, two in Lonsdale Square, and one after being stopped near Angel tube station.

Police comments suggested that the trio had been under surveillance, and that they had advance knowledge of the plot and simply waited for the arsonists to strike, before arresting them.

On Saturday, a woman was arrested for obstructing police during their searches of four addresses – two in Walthamstow, and two in Ilford and Forest Gate.

Speaking earlier this month, Mr Rynja said that “The Jewel of Medina has become an important barometer of our time. As an independent publishing company, we feel strongly that we should not be afraid of the consequences of debate.” Ms Jones commented that she did not intend for her novel to be offensive to Islam. She noted that she “[has] deliberately and consciously written respectfully about Islam and Muhammad.” She “envisaged that [her] book would be a bridge builder” between Islam and the western world.

Home of controversial book publisher set ablaze

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Four people have been arrested on terrorism charges in Islington, London, England, after a suspected petrol bombing on the house of Martin Rynja, owner of book publishing company Gibson Square.

Should books that could be considered offensive to some religions still be published?
Add or view comments

His company recently sparked controversy after buying the rights to publish The Jewel of Medina, a work of fiction by Sherry Jones depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad and his child bride, Aisha.

The bombing, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, led to the evacuation of the £2.5 million property in Lonsdale Square. Three men, aged 22, 30 and 40, were arrested at 2:25am BST by armed officers, two in Lonsdale Square, and one after being stopped near Angel tube station.

Police comments suggested that the trio had been under surveillance, and that they had advance knowledge of the plot and simply waited for the arsonists to strike, before arresting them.

On Saturday, a woman was arrested for obstructing police during their searches of four addresses – two in Walthamstow, and two in Ilford and Forest Gate.

Speaking earlier this month, Mr Rynja said that “The Jewel of Medina has become an important barometer of our time. As an independent publishing company, we feel strongly that we should not be afraid of the consequences of debate.” Ms Jones commented that she did not intend for her novel to be offensive to Islam. She noted that she “[has] deliberately and consciously written respectfully about Islam and Muhammad.” She “envisaged that [her] book would be a bridge builder” between Islam and the western world.

“Metric tonne” of date rape drug was bound for US

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2006

Scottish police have arrested a man and a woman after finding Britain’s largest ever stash of Gamma-butyrolactone. The man in charge of the operation, Graeme Pearson, director of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, called the find “the most significant discovery of the drug in the UK.”

Denise Caron MacPherson, 45, and Hanan Rabin, 53, have been charged with exporting the drug, also known as GHB, to the United States between 19 April and 24 May. The news of the Scottish factory comes as a US study found drug use was involved in two-thirds of sex attacks, while 5 per cent were given an actual “date rape” drug.

Graham Rhodes for The Roofie Foundation, a helpline for victims of drug rape, said: “I am very relieved this has been recovered as in the wrong hands it is very dangerous. Not only is it used to spike the drinks of people to rape them but it’s also used to assault and rob people.”

Used by ravers, robbers and bodybuilders, the base chemical (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) was taken during a raid on a house and business in West Lothian. The haul would have been put on the United States illicit drug market and sold for fun and more sinister purposes.

In its non-powder form GHB is barely detectable: clear and having no smell it can be particularly potent with a few drops mixed into an alcoholic drink. Once a sufficient amount of the salty liquid has been ingested the victim can be knocked out within an hour.

While GHB is known both as “liquid ecstasy” and the date rapist’s “Plan A”, the versatile compound is also used by body builders instead of anabolic steroids, by dieters and as a sleeping aid.

In Britain, GHB is a “Class C” drug which means making it, holding it and selling it is punishable with up to two years in prison. The effects of rape, for which the drug is reportedly used, can last a lifetime. Jane Cumming, from support group Crisis, said she received an average of 4 calls a week from people claiming to be victims of date rape.

The pair, who were caught in Livingston, were accused of distributing the drug in Scotland from MacPherson’s house around the same time as they were exporting to the United States, while MacPherson was also charged with Cannabis possession.

Learn To Make The Best Of Your Genesis Bows}

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Submitted by: Jennifer Walterscheit

An assurance from genesis to teach you methods of using genesis bows, flawlessly for the serious archer is needed. Although it is need for them to know some techniques to shoot before they start using this bows. This article will teach you learn that in different seamless steps.

Correct stance to start with Genesis Bows

While shooting with genesis bows one should have correct stance. One should be sure enough that distance between their feet and their shoulder should be width away from each other. Moreover it should be 90 degrees to the line of shot. Drooping or shifting from side to side makes your shot unsteady.

Nock your arrows

Characteristically, genesis bows come with 2 vanes. One must be careful about ensuring that the vane with the odd color should face the direction opposite from your genesis bow. Ensure to nock your arrow right on top of the string just down the estimated nocking point.

Precise placement of fingers in genesis bows

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One should be aware of the placement of fingers while shooting, with genesis bows. Place string of genesis bows in between the joints of the 3 middle fingers and utilize your thumb thus touching pinky.

Genesis bows for better anchoring

Placement of anchor should be known while shooting with genesis bows. for this, you need to draw the string, touch the bowstring to the nose and simultaneously place top part of your hand besides line of your jaw.

Check your aim twice

For a good shot in your genesis bows, one should ensure to aim properly. Now how does that happen? Close your left eye (just like you wink at some blonde) if you are a right handed shooter, or a right eye if you are a left handed shooter. Looking down into the shaft of the arrow, do ensure to align this with your target.

Prepare for the release

To have a proper shot in your genesis bows, it is needed to know that one should not hold on to the string very tightly. So just calm down and your grip on genesis bow string and gently allow the bow to shoot the arrow all by itself.

What after the release?

Ensure to keep the arms up for sometime after the arrow has been released. Do not make a mistake of putting your arms down once the arrow is released from genesis bows.

Upgrades of genesis bows are easily available

Amongst all, the main advantage of using genesis bows is that one can purchase optional accessories, which can easily upgrade genesis bows. in this manner one can continuously use genesis bows for years to come. By all means these genesis bows are just alike adult bows.

Learning and mastering different tricks and techniques will able you to master shooting with genesis bow. You can master your shooting method in more advanced manner. Once you go on practicing. Gradually you can go on adding more of other professional equipments and accessories to go for shooting as a professional archer.

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Bat for Lashes plays the Bowery Ballroom: an Interview with Natasha Khan

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bat for Lashes is the doppelgänger band ego of one of the leading millennial lights in British music, Natasha Khan. Caroline Weeks, Abi Fry and Lizzy Carey comprise the aurora borealis that backs this haunting, shimmering zither and glockenspiel peacock, and the only complaint coming from the audience at the Bowery Ballroom last Tuesday was that they could not camp out all night underneath these celestial bodies.

We live in the age of the lazy tendency to categorize the work of one artist against another, and Khan has had endless exultations as the next Björk and Kate Bush; Sixousie Sioux, Stevie Nicks, Sinead O’Connor, the list goes on until it is almost meaningless as comparison does little justice to the sound and vision of the band. “I think Bat For Lashes are beyond a trend or fashion band,” said Jefferson Hack, publisher of Dazed & Confused magazine. “[Khan] has an ancient power…she is in part shamanic.” She describes her aesthetic as “powerful women with a cosmic edge” as seen in Jane Birkin, Nico and Cleopatra. And these women are being heard. “I love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws,” said Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke of the track Horse and I. “This song seems to come from the world of Grimm’s fairytales.”

Bat’s debut album, Fur And Gold, was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize, and they were seen as the dark horse favorite until it was announced Klaxons had won. Even Ladbrokes, the largest gambling company in the United Kingdom, had put their money on Bat for Lashes. “It was a surprise that Klaxons won,” said Khan, “but I think everyone up for the award is brilliant and would have deserved to win.”

Natasha recently spoke with David Shankbone about art, transvestism and drug use in the music business.

DS: Do you have any favorite books?

NK: [Laughs] I’m not the best about finishing books. What I usually do is I will get into a book for a period of time, and then I will dip into it and get the inspiration and transformation in my mind that I need, and then put it away and come back to it. But I have a select rotation of cool books, like Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and Little Birds by Anaïs Nin. Recently, Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch.

DS: Lynch just came out with a movie last year called Inland Empire. I interviewed John Vanderslice last night at the Bowery Ballroom and he raved about it!

NK: I haven’t seen it yet!

DS: Do you notice a difference between playing in front of British and American audiences?

NK: The U.S. audiences are much more full of expression and noises and jubilation. They are like, “Welcome to New York, Baby!” “You’re Awesome!” and stuff like that. Whereas in England they tend to be a lot more reserved. Well, the English are, but it is such a diverse culture you will get the Spanish and Italian gay guys at the front who are going crazy. I definitely think in America they are much more open and there is more excitement, which is really cool.

DS: How many instruments do you play and, please, include the glockenspiel in that number.

NK: [Laughs] I think the number is limitless, hopefully. I try my hand at anything I can contribute; I only just picked up the bass, really—

DS: –I have a great photo of you playing the bass.

NK: I don’t think I’m very good…

DS: You look cool with it!

NK: [Laughs] Fine. The glockenspiel…piano, mainly, and also the harp. Guitar, I like playing percussion and drumming. I usually speak with all my drummers so that I write my songs with them in mind, and we’ll have bass sounds, choir sounds, and then you can multi-task with all these orchestral sounds. Through the magic medium of technology I can play all kinds of sounds, double bass and stuff.

DS: Do you design your own clothes?

NK: All four of us girls love vintage shopping and charity shops. We don’t have a stylist who tells us what to wear, it’s all very much our own natural styles coming through. And for me, personally, I like to wear jewelery. On the night of the New York show that top I was wearing was made especially for me as a gift by these New York designers called Pepper + Pistol. And there’s also my boyfriend, who is an amazing musician—

DS: —that’s Will Lemon from Moon and Moon, right? There is such good buzz about them here in New York.

NK: Yes! They have an album coming out in February and it will fucking blow your mind! I think you would love it, it’s an incredible masterpiece. It’s really exciting, I’m hoping we can do a crazy double unfolding caravan show, the Bat for Lashes album and the new Moon and Moon album: that would be really theatrical and amazing! Will prints a lot of my T-shirts because he does amazing tapestries and silkscreen printing on clothes. When we play there’s a velvety kind of tapestry on the keyboard table that he made. So I wear a lot of his things, thrift store stuff, old bits of jewelry and antique pieces.

DS: You are often compared to Björk and Kate Bush; do those constant comparisons tend to bother you as an artist who is trying to define herself on her own terms?

NK: No, I mean, I guess that in the past it bothered me, but now I just feel really confident and sure that as time goes on my musical style and my writing is taking a pace of its own, and I think in time the music will speak for itself and people will see that I’m obviously doing something different. Those women are fantastic, strong, risk-taking artists—

DS: —as are you—

NK: —thank you, and that’s a great tradition to be part of, and when I look at artists like Björk and Kate Bush, I think of them as being like older sisters that have come before; they are kind of like an amazing support network that comes with me.

DS: I’d imagine it’s preferable to be considered the next Björk or Kate Bush instead of the next Britney.

NK: [Laughs] Totally! Exactly! I mean, could you imagine—oh, no I’m not going to try to offend anyone now! [Laughs] Let’s leave it there.

DS: Does music feed your artwork, or does you artwork feed your music more? Or is the relationship completely symbiotic?

NK: I think it’s pretty back-and-forth. I think when I have blocks in either of those area, I tend to emphasize the other. If I’m finding it really difficult to write something I know that I need to go investigate it in a more visual way, and I’ll start to gather images and take photographs and make notes and make collages and start looking to photographers and filmmakers to give me a more grounded sense of the place that I’m writing about, whether it’s in my imagination or in the characters. Whenever I’m writing music it’s a very visual place in my mind. It has a location full of characters and colors and landscapes, so those two things really compliment each other, and they help the other one to blossom and support the other. They are like brother and sister.

DS: When you are composing music, do you see notes and words as colors and images in your mind, and then you put those down on paper?

NK: Yes. When I’m writing songs, especially lately because I think the next album has a fairly strong concept behind it and I’m writing the songs, really imagining them, so I’m very immersed into the concept of the album and the story that is there through the album. It’s the same as when I’m playing live, I will imagine I see a forest of pine trees and sky all around me and the audience, and it really helps me. Or I’ll just imagine midnight blue and emerald green, those kind of Eighties colors, and they help me.

DS: Is it always pine trees that you see?

NK: Yes, pine trees and sky, I guess.

DS: What things in nature inspire you?

NK: I feel drained thematically if I’m in the city too long. I think that when I’m in nature—for example, I went to Big Sur last year on a road trip and just looking up and seeing dark shadows of trees and starry skies really gets me and makes me feel happy. I would sit right by the sea, and any time I have been a bit stuck I will go for a long walk along the ocean and it’s just really good to see vast horizons, I think, and epic, huge, all-encompassing visions of nature really humble you and give you a good sense of perspective and the fact that you are just a small particle of energy that is vibrating along with everything else. That really helps.

DS: Are there man-made things that inspire you?

NK: Things that are more cultural, like open air cinemas, old Peruvian flats and the Chelsea Hotel. Funny old drag queen karaoke bars…

DS: I photographed some of the famous drag queens here in New York. They are just such great creatures to photograph; they will do just about anything for the camera. I photographed a famous drag queen named Miss Understood who is the emcee at a drag queen restaurant here named Lucky Cheng’s. We were out in front of Lucky Cheng’s taking photographs and a bus was coming down First Avenue, and I said, “Go out and stop that bus!” and she did! It’s an amazing shot.

NK: Oh. My. God.

DS: If you go on her Wikipedia article it’s there.

NK: That’s so cool. I’m really getting into that whole psychedelic sixties and seventies Paris Is Burning and Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis. Things like The Cockettes. There seems to be a bit of a revolution coming through that kind of psychedelic drag queen theater.

DS: There are just so few areas left where there is natural edge and art that is not contrived. It’s taking a contrived thing like changing your gender, but in the backdrop of how that is still so socially unacceptable.

NK: Yeah, the theatrics and creativity that go into that really get me. I’m thinking about The Fisher King…do you know that drag queen in The Fisher King? There’s this really bad and amazing drag queen guy in it who is so vulnerable and sensitive. He sings these amazing songs but he has this really terrible drug problem, I think, or maybe it’s a drink problem. It’s so bordering on the line between fabulous and those people you see who are so in love with the idea of beauty and elevation and the glitz and the glamor of love and beauty, but then there’s this really dark, tragic side. It’s presented together in this confusing and bewildering way, and it always just gets to me. I find it really intriguing.

DS: How are you received in the Pakistani community?

NK: [Laughs] I have absolutely no idea! You should probably ask another question, because I have no idea. I don’t have contact with that side of my family anymore.

DS: When you see artists like Pete Doherty or Amy Winehouse out on these suicidal binges of drug use, what do you think as a musician? What do you get from what you see them go through in their personal lives and with their music?

NK: It’s difficult. The drugs thing was never important to me, it was the music and expression and the way he delivered his music, and I think there’s a strange kind of romantic delusion in the media, and the music media especially, where they are obsessed with people who have terrible drug problems. I think that’s always been the way, though, since Billie Holiday. The thing that I’m questioning now is that it seems now the celebrity angle means that the lifestyle takes over from the actual music. In the past people who had musical genius, unfortunately their personal lives came into play, but maybe that added a level of romance, which I think is pretty uncool, but, whatever. I think that as long as the lifestyle doesn’t precede the talent and the music, that’s okay, but it always feels uncomfortable for me when people’s music goes really far and if you took away the hysteria and propaganda of it, would the music still stand up? That’s my question. Just for me, I’m just glad I don’t do heavy drugs and I don’t have that kind of problem, thank God. I feel that’s a responsibility you have, to present that there’s a power in integrity and strength and in the lifestyle that comes from self-love and assuredness and positivity. I think there’s a real big place for that, but it doesn’t really get as much of that “Rock n’ Roll” play or whatever.

DS: Is it difficult to come to the United States to play considering all the wars we start?

NK: As an English person I feel equally as responsible for that kind of shit. I think it is a collective consciousness that allows violence and those kinds of things to continue, and I think that our governments should be ashamed of themselves. But at the same time, it’s a responsibility of all of our countries, no matter where you are in the world to promote a peaceful lifestyle and not to consciously allow these conflicts to continue. At the same time, I find it difficult to judge because I think that the world is full of shades of light and dark, from spectrums of pure light and pure darkness, and that’s the way human nature and nature itself has always been. It’s difficult, but it’s just a process, and it’s the big creature that’s the world; humankind is a big creature that is learning all the time. And we have to go through these processes of learning to see what is right.

Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, €120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

Virtual orchestra opens in London

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2006

A virtual orchestra opened in London on August 19th 2006 outside the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. But unlike a normal orchestra, this one features 58 specially designed cube-shaped seats which activate a musicical note. As more people sit down on the seats, more of the score is revealed.

The music will be added to an online sample library. Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of South Bank Centre, said: “This is exactly the way we are looking at developing our site by fusing the community with the artistic world of ideas and technology in our many versatile spaces.”

Alistair Mackie, chairman of the Philharmonia Orchestra, said: “Central to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s vision is exploiting new media to take music out to the widest possible audience, breaking down the barriers which have stood in the way of their access and enjoyment.”

Bethany, aged 10, went to the orchestra launch and she said: “It is a good experience. You get to see what it’s like to be in a real orchestra.” One of the main aims of the virtual orchestra is to get more people interested in classical music.

Every Saturday, a musician from the Philharmonic Orchestra will be visiting and they will bring their sound recording equipment.