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Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey, 67, a founding member and guitarist of The Eagles, died on Monday in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia…

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Photographed by Jack Robinson, Vogue, September 1971. Carly Simon.

Photographed by Jack Robinson, Vogue, September 1971.
Carly Simon.

You’re So Vain 

In January of 1973, You’re So Vain was the # 1 hit song on the radio. Carly Simon had just married fellow pop-superstar James Taylor a month before, so when You’re So Vain hit the airwaves, it stirred intense curiosity about which one of her previous lovers was the subject of this wry nod to the male ego.

A radio station in Los Angeles had their listeners call in to cast their ballot as to who they thought the song was about. Was it Mick Jagger? Cat Stevens? Warren Beatty? Kris Kristofferson? It was common knowledge that she had been involved with each of them in the past. To this day, she is still asked the question “Who is You’re So Vain about?”

Will you ever reveal who You’re So Vain is about?

I don’t see why I ever would. What would it advance? I wrote that song in the days when people kept confidences to themselves. Carly Simon

 Was ‘You’re So Vain about Warren Beatty?
It certainly sounds like it was about Warren Beatty. He certainly thought it was about him – he called me and said thanks for the song. At the time I met him he was still relatively undiscovered as a Don Juan. I felt I was one among thousands at that point – it hadn’t reached, you know, the populations of small countries. Carly Simon
The Washington Post 1983

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Kelly Kahukiwa says he has been blacklisted from doing his teacher training at state schools because he works for a charter school. Photo / Michael Cunningham

When today’s face of the day Chief Petty Officer Kelly Kahukiwa left the navy to teach in Northland he did not even know what a charter school was.

Now, because he had a job at a Whangarei charter school, the student teacher is caught between a teachers’ union and a controversial government policy that has left him blacklisted from training at state schools. It comes after the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) said its members will not work with employees of charter schools.

Mr Kahukiwa started teaching te reo Maori and music at Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa in Whangarei at the start of the year. He sought out the school after meeting some of its students at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino in Italy last May, where he was with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

“All of us in the military, when we met those kids, we knew there was something special going on,” he said.

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Call me a skeptic but this doesn’t sound like science

Recently I was enjoying a visit to a Wellington market with my dearest childhood friend. We passed a Psychic and my friend suggested that I get my palm read. I declined. I had my palm read once many years ago and enjoyed applying my analytical brain to how the Palm reader observed my clothing and body language in order to make educated guesses about me. She also asked very clever questions and when she got things wrong glibly covered up her mistakes.

I am a very analytical person and I married an extremely analytical person and both our children are analytical. In fact I believe that all four of us are somewhere on the Autism spectrum. It is because of my personal experiences that I poo poo the below study by the University of Cambridge.

A study conducted by the University of Cambridge has found that your personality dictates your taste in music.

Scientists investigated two personality types; those who are more empathetic versus those more analytically minded.
They found that empathisers preferred mellower music such as soft rock, jazz and R&B.
While those who were more analytic enjoyed intense music like punk, heavy metal and hard rock.
The group believe their findings could lead to studies for autism by using music as a framework.

They say people with austism have a lower level of empathy and could extend the research by seeing if music would increase it.-One News

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David Bowie Gif

David Bowie Gif

This month David Bowie turned 68.
This cool Gif covers his many iconic looks looks from 1964-2014 and is the creation of Helen Green.

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Photo: Dominique Tarlé  Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg outside Villa Nellcôte with their son Marlon.

Photo: Dominique Tarlé
Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg outside Villa Nellcôte with their son Marlon.

The Rolling Stones’ French Villa of Debauchery

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Photographer Paul Goresh John Lennon signs an autograph for Mark Chapman, his murderer.

Photographer Paul Goresh
John Lennon signs an autograph for Mark Chapman, his murderer.

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Photo: ©Jim Marshall Photography LLC. The Grateful Dead's last free concert on Haight Street, 1968.

Photo: ©Jim Marshall Photography LLC.
The Grateful Dead’s last free concert on Haight Street, 1968.

Grateful Dead

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This legendary 1973 photo by Bob Gruen of Led Zeppelin standing in front of their own “Led Zeppelin Airplane” helped make the band bigger than life.

This legendary 1973 photo by Bob Gruen of Led Zeppelin standing in front of their own “Led Zeppelin Airplane” helped make the band bigger than life.

“The Starship”

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This photo from the Smile Club was published in a Dutch illustrated magazine Het Leven, in 1937.

This photo from the Smile Club was published in a Dutch illustrated magazine Het Leven, in 1937.

The Creepy Story of How Budapest Became a “City of Smiles” in the 1930s

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