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Murray Ball, ONZM

Murray Hone Ball ONZM (26 Jan 1939 – 12 Mar 2017) was a New Zealand cartoonist who became known for his Stanley the Palaeolithic Hero (the longest running cartoon in Punch magazine), Bruce the Barbarian, All the King’s Comrades (also in Punch) and the long-running Footrot Flats comic series. In 2002 Ball became an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services as a cartoonist. More

gisborneherald Published on Mar 12, 2017
Murray Ball, Footrot Flats cartoonist, dies at 78
New Zealand has lost its most loved cartoonist, Gisborne’s Murray Ball.
Best known for the memorable characters in his cartoon strip Footrot Flats, the widely-respected artist died at home at 11.30am yesterday surrounded by family.

His wife Pam, three children and grandchildren were there, as well as Mr Ball’s brother Barry and close friends. Mr Ball had been out of the public eye due to Alzheimer’s, which he lived with for eight years. He was aged 78.
“It was a terribly sad and emotional day yesterday,” said Mr Ball’s wife Pam. “It was expected but it was terrible to see him go. It was lovely to have family and friends there but it was so, so hard the moment he went.” The family had received some wonderful tributes from around the world, she says.

Mayor Meng Foon described Mr Ball as a legend in our community. On behalf of the community, and the art in public places committee, he extended his heartfelt condolences to the Ball family. “Murray made us laugh, reflect and inspired us as proud New Zealanders. It was a great honour to present Murray’s key collection of cartoon books to the Beijing Olympic committee in 2008.” Mr Foon is pleased Wal and Dog will take pride of place at the entrance of the re-developed library. Murray, your legacy will take pride in Bright Street, a fitting place for such a bright shining star of our creative community.”

Gisborne artist and art teacher Norman Maclean remembers Mr Ball as a man of the soil who loved the country, animals and bird life. He also remembers him as a fine artist, although Mr Ball disagreed. “Murray used to say he was not an artist — which was ridiculous. His command of line was outstanding. For a time he broke into painting. His paintings were forceful, with a very strong line and a strong sense of immediacy.” The cartoonist’s sense of fun came to light while out riding with Mr Maclean. “The first time out he gave me a huge horse called Black. Murray knew what he would do at a certain point and that was to turn home. Black took off, my feet flew out of the stirrups and I heard hoots of laughter behind me.” Mr Ball was a complex figure though, says Mr Maclean. He was very serious-minded. “He thought deeply about political and social matters and had a great sense of justice and of a fair go for the average person.” Although he ascribed to no religion, he described himself as a Christian socialist and enjoyed many arguments with Mr Maclean about religion and philosophy.

In a tribute to Mr Ball, Prime Minister Bill English describes the Gisborne cartoonist as a thoughtful New Zealander “who took our unique sense of humour to the world”.

Cartoonist Tom Scott, who co-wrote the screenplay for Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale, told the New Zealand Herald Mr Ball was “funny and goofy and generous, and incredibly serious about inequality”. “He mourned the New Zealand he remembered being fair, and I guess if he had his life over again Murray would rather have been an editorial cartoonist.” Mr Scott also remembers Mr Ball as “an unbelievably strong, fit, handsome man all his life”.

New Zealand Herald cartoonist Rod Emmerson said Footrot Flats captured the essence of New Zealand farm life. “But farm life is virtually the same the world over, hence it quickly became a household icon both here and abroad. How lucky are we to have had the pleasure of Murray Ball’s home-grown genius to entertain us when we needed it most.”

The funeral service will be held at Bushmere Arms on Friday at 1pm.

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Footrot Flats Rugby Scene

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GMRedWing Published on Jun 18, 2015
Footrot Flats – Wal’s Date gone wrong
Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale

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Lorde’s new release better in audio #screenplayAWFUL #BRATalert

The Edge NZ Published on Mar 2, 2017
Lorde gets all emotional about the meaning behind Green Light
In an exclusive interview with The Edge, Lorde opened up about the meaning behind her new single, Green Light.

The Edge NZ Published on Mar 2, 2017
Lorde reveals what she spends her millions on
Lorde revealed in an exclusive interview with The Edge what she spends her millions on.

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LordeVEVO Published on Mar 2, 2017
Lorde – Green Light
Official video for ‘Green Light’, from the new album Melodrama.
Directed by Grant Singer | Produced by Saul Germaine | Executive Producer Nina Soriano | Director of Photography Steve Annis | Production Designer Page Buckner | Edited by Nate Gross | For Anonymous Content

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### billboard.com
Lorde’s ‘Green Light’: A Brilliant Songwriter Enters Her Prime
By Jason Lipshutz 3 Feb 2017
Quick question: What’s the most impressive thing about Lorde?
Take a breath, because there’s really no wrong answer here. You could say it’s her prodigy status and how quickly and thoroughly she achieved her international success: when “Royals”, her debut single, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 2013, Ella Yelich-O’Connor was 16 years old, making her the youngest solo artist to reach the top of the chart since Tiffany in 1988.
You could nod to her singular style, previously a strain of dark pop defined by its sparseness, programmed beats, slower tempos and swirling hooks, all anchored by a voice that can rattle off details (“gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom, bloodstains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room”) and sprawl out in space (“And we’ll never be rooooyals”) with the same fortitude. Since her debut project Pure Heroine — which has sold 1.66 million copies to date, according to Nielsen Music — was released nearly four years ago, its sound has helped define top 40 thanks to smashes by The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Tove Lo, among others.
Or maybe it’s her consistency: Pure Heroine remains a 10-track opus bursting with ideas about love, loneliness and lack of representation within modern music, while most of Lorde’s non-Heroine material — her Hunger Games single “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her Disclosure collaboration “Magnets” — is just as textured and carefully orchestrated. Some of Lorde’s songs are better than others, but they’re never phoned-in or forgettable.
So, again, really no wrong answer here. But with “Green Light,” a comeback single that barges into your heart on its first play, Lorde makes a good case that her songwriting, above all else, is her strongest asset.
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Hate the fake tan in the vid.

But I hear sounds in my mind
Brand new sounds in my mind

Sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom
I whisper things, the city sings ’em back to you

THAT WAS FAR TOO MUCH OF THE SPOILTCRASS THAT IS LORDE
Signing off…….

sparkle I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it

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Katy Perry hamster safe

KatyPerryVEVO Published on Feb 9, 2017
Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm (Lyric Video) ft. Skip Marley

Directed by: Aya Tanimura
Executive Producer: Danny Lockwood
Produced by: Cailin Lowry and Nicholas Ruff
Director of Photography: Mario Contini
Production Designer: Audrey Rosenberg
Post-Production Services: Coyote Post
Editor: Sean Horvath
Colorist: Matthew Schwab
GFX: Vince Walker, Bogdan Ciornei, Adam Petke
Miniature Food: Walking With Giants

Starring Mr. Parsons the Hamster and Rory Ruff

All food eaten by Mr. Parsons was made with hamster safe ingredients.
American Humane monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed.

Billboard.com
Watch Katy Perry’s Delicious ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ Lyric Vid: Bouncing Hamsters, Micro-Burgers & Teeny Spaghetti
2/10/2017 by Gil Kaufman
Katy Perry goes real small in the lyric video for her brand new single, “Chained to the Rhythm”. While the singer doesn’t appear in the clip, she does make sure some delicious micro-meals get prepared for a family of adorable hamsters. There’s really no other way to explain the out-there visual for the bouncy reggae-tinged track co-written by Sia and featuring Skip Marley, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley. 
Directed by Aya Tanimura, the adorbs clip features a hamster emoji bouncing over the lyrics (“so comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble/ So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble”) as a pair of hands delicately cook up micro-burgers and teeny spaghetti for a rodent family. Is KP making a statement about the state of our world with the repeated cuts to hamsters running endlessly on wheels? Who knows?
The thing is damn cute, though.
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a drive to . . . .

boyceavenue Published on Nov 13, 2016
Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey (Boyce Avenue ft. Sarah Hyland cover) on Spotify & iTunes
We recently traveled to Los Angeles to film a couple videos with our good friend Sarah Hyland. She is an amazing actress and has a beautiful voice.
Audio & Video Produced by Boyce Avenue
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Barber
Directed & Arranged by Alejandro Manzano

MGKVEVO Published on Dec 1, 2016
Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello – Bad Things
Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

TheWeekndVEVO Published on Nov 23, 2016
The Weeknd – M A N I A
Directed by Grant Singer
Produced by Saul Germaine & Nina Soriano
For Anonymous Content

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The following video contains explicit content and depicts graphic violence which may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

TheWeekndVEVO Published on Oct 13, 2016
The Weeknd – False Alarm
False Alarm (Official Video). Taken from the new album Starboy.
Directed by Ilya Naishuller
Produced by Clarissa Troop
For Mirror Films / Great Guns

TheWeekndVEVO Published on Jan 12, 2017
The Weeknd – Party Monster
Party Monster (Official Video). Taken from the album Starboy.
Directed by BRTHR
Produced by Sara Greco & Jamee Ranta
For STRANGELOVE

Alan Walker Published on Dec 1, 2016
Alan Walker – Alone
Produced by: Bror Bror
Directors: Rikkard & Tobias Häggbom
Concept by: Lisa Hultengren, Johanna Hoffman & MER
Drone crew Bergen: Fredrik Hinsch & Kjetil Fredriksen
Drone operator Trolltunga: Tor Orset
Additional footage: Alexander Zarate Frez
Thank you to all the Walkers out there that contributed with footage and as extras in this music video. You are not alone.

EllieGouldingVEVO Published on Aug 25, 2016
Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You
From the “Bridget Jones’s Baby” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

2CELLOS Published on Aug 7, 2013
2CELLOS – Highway To Hell feat. Steve Vai [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser performing Highway To Hell by AC/DC with Steve Vai, from their album IN2ITION produced by Bob Ezrin.

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David Bowie – No Plan, 1 day ago

### NME.com 1:06 am – Jan 8, 2017
New David Bowie ‘No Plan’ EP and video released to mark his birthday
By Andrew Trendell
Featuring Bowie’s final ever recordings from the ‘Lazarus’ musical
To mark what would have been David Bowie‘s 70th birthday, a new EP of music has been released along with a video for ‘No Plan’. As well as the single ‘Lazarus’, the EP also features tracks recorded for the acclaimed musical of the same name – backed by the bittersweet melancholy of ‘No Plan’, the dark and menacing jazz-tinged scorched rock of ‘Killing A Little Time’ akin to his material from ‘Outside’ and the ambient acid rock of ‘When I Met You’. Recorded around the time of ‘Blackstar’ for the musical ‘Lazarus’, these were Bowie’s final ever recordings.

Directed by Tom Hingston, the video calls upon the motif of rows of TV screens from ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, with a nod to main character Thomas Newton with the shop name ‘Newton Electrical’ – ending with visions of space travel and fitting final salute from Bowie. Link

DavidBowieVEVO Published on Jan 7, 2017
David Bowie – No Plan
No Plan EP available now for download and streaming: http://smarturl.it/NoPlanEP?IQid=NoPlanVideo

All of the things that are my life
My desires
My beliefs
My moods
Here is my place without a plan

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Ed and Elton, backroads

Ed Sheeran Published on Jan 5, 2017
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill [Official Lyric Video]
Official Website: http://edsheeran.com

I’m on my way, driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to Tiny Dancer, And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
….And I’m on my way, and I still remember those country lanes
When we did not know the answers, And I miss the way you make me feel, it’s real

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Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Elton John in 1971.

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand
….Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Ed Sheeran Published on Jan 5, 2017
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You [Official Lyric Video]
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Charlotte Audrey – illustration and direction / Jonny Costello / Matt Clugston – lead animation

One week in we let the story begin
We’re going out on our first date
You and me are thrifty
So go all you can eat
Fill up your bag and I fill up a plate
We talk for hours and hours about the sweet and the sour
And how your family’s doing ok
leave and get in a taxi, then kiss in the backseat
Tell the driver make the radio play
and I’m singing like
….Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you

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Almost Famous – Tiny Dancer
Excerpt taken from the movie Almost Famous. The band’s tour bus singing Elton John’s song – Tiny Dancer.

Wikipedia: Almost Famous

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Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 Feb 1991) is an English singer-songwriter, and occasional actor. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in autumn 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as “plus”), was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified six-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team”, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. Sheeran’s popularity abroad began in 2012. In the US, he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John. More at Wikipedia.

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BBC Radio 1 Published on Jan 6, 2017
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (Live)
Ed Sheeran gives us this exclusive, FIRST EVER live performance of Castle on the Hill live for the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show!

BBC Radio 1 Published on Jan 6, 2017
Ed Sheeran’s Back! 10 minutes 47 seconds of his best bits!
Following on from massive co-hosts with Adele and Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran joined Scott Mills and Chris Stark on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show!
He (kind of) confirmed a Glastonbury appearance, talked about a house party with the Game of Thrones cast and briefly mentioned *that* scar….

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Lady Gaga PERFORMANCE v one stodgy old starchitect

Louisiana Channel Published on Feb 18, 2016
6 Architects: Building in New York
Six celebrated architects, including Bjarke Ingels, Liz Diller and Daniel Libeskind, here talk about what it’s like to build architecture that both matters and works in the iconic city of New York – from Ground Zero to The High Line.

“A building should not look like Lady Gaga,” says American architect Robert A.M. Stern (b. 1939), who feels that the city is made up of background and foreground buildings, and that it is important to learn how to let the buildings work together instead of isolating them.

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b. 1974) stresses how important it is to care about and understand the people one is designing for: “Architects need to re-insert architecture as something that people are interested in – not just architects – something that is important for society.”
“In a sense it was a non-site without ground to stand on.” American architect and founding partner of Snøhetta, Craig Dykers (b. 1961), talks about the challenging experience of building the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at Ground Zero.
According to American architect Thom Mayne (b. 1944), architecture is essentially “a way of thinking, exploring, inventing, making and participating in the world.”
American architect Liz Diller (b. 1954) discusses her fascinating project The High Line, which is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated plus 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side.
“People stopped me: ‘Thank you Mr. Libeskind. You delivered what you promised’. They didn’t say anything else. They shook my hand. I thought that was the best compliment I could get.” Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind (b. 1946) shares his personal story of getting to work on such a poignant project as Ground Zero.

All interviews by Marc-Christoph Wagner, Kasper Bech Dyg and Jesper Bundgaard/Out of Sync.
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016

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Robert Stern’s buildings are calculatedly bland and boring, not helped by walking through them!

‘Real’ pre-Xmas Gaga – singing Million Reasons and Joanne, from the new album Joanne. [Live HD on Alan Carr’s Happy Hour 16/12/16], published by esclad. All rights belong to Channel 4.

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Performance/alternatives (who is she)

LadyGagaVEVO Published on Dec 20, 2016
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons (Live At Royal Variety Performance/2016)
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LadyGagaVEVO Published on Sep 20, 2016
Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion

Maybe you’re just a dream
That’s what it means to crush
Now that I’m wakin’ up
I still feel the blow
But at least now I know

LadyGagaVEVO Published on Dec 14, 2016
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons

If I had a highway, I would run for the hills
If you could find a dry way, I’d forever be still
But you’re giving me a million reasons

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Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

I want your psycho
Your vertigo shtick
Want you in my rear window
Baby you’re sick

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She performed initially in theatre, appearing in high school plays, and studied at CAP21 through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career. After leaving a rock band, participating in the Lower East Side’s avant garde performance art circuit, and being dropped from a contract with Def Jam Recordings, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. From there, recording artist Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her to sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own KonLive Distribution.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, at the Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to a Catholic family. She is the elder daughter of Cynthia Louise “Cindy” (Bissett) and Internet entrepreneur Joseph Anthony “Joe” Germanotta, Jr. Gaga is of 75 percent Italian descent, and also has French Canadian ancestry. Gaga’s sister Natali is a fashion student. Despite her affluent upbringing on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, she says that her parents “both came from lower-class families, so we’ve worked for everything—my mother worked eight to eight out of the house, in telecommunications, and so did my father.” More at Wikipedia.

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