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Posted on 03/01/2006 1:39:20 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Ian has always been adamantly anti-drug and several of the original Tull members were fired for using drugs.
He does not even allow drinking during a concert.
Dude is straight arrow.
During two of his concerts that I attended, he *stopped* playing and demanded that the stoners in the front rows put their crap away.
He did not resume playing until they’d done so, due to extreme “audience pressure”.
(I was joking)
I am overly protective of Ian.
(Ian would say you’re “living in the past.”)
(Joking again) :-)
I will give you the “Benefit” of the doubt, as that is what is cranking through my Cerwin-Vegas right now.
/cry you a song
I don’t have anything that nice but lately I found myself listening to a lot of Jethro Tull and Procol Harum on YouTube.
Got ‘em off Amazon for like $90.
Have had them for going on 6 or 7 years, no problems.
They’re a *lot* cheaper than the Logitech setups people buy and were cheaper than the Bose speakers I switched these out for.
In 1616, Shakespeare actually died peacefully in his sleep, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. :)
That whole album is awesome.
Whenever we go out, you can hear the people shout....
It showed a corpse crowned with a laurel wreath traditional tribute to a dead poet and lying in state. Becker believed that it depicted Shakespeare, who died in 1616, but it is far more likely to represent Ben Jonson who died in 1637, the year in which the miniature appears to have been painted. Becker managed to reconcile the date with his claim that the picture showed Shakespeare by proposing that 1637 was merely the year in which it had been copied an obvious fudging of the evidence. He learned that Kesselstadt had also owned a Plaster of Paris cast of a face, which he claimed he had tracked down and bought from a junk dealer. He believed that the cast showed the same person as the painting. Not everyone agreed, if only because the mask bears the date 1616 the year of Shakespeares death not 1637. Probably the date was added at a later date in order to bolster the claim that the mask represented Shakespeare.
The mask raises a number of questions. Was Becker telling the truth? If it is Shakespeares death mask, how did it get to Germany and why doesnt it look more like the Droeshout engraving and the bust?
...The mask was put up for sale in 1960, but remained in Darmstadt. Its cause was taken up in 1995 by Professor Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel, who initiated forensic tests which claimed to demonstrate its authenticity. She describes all this exhaustively in her book The True Face of William Shakespeare (2006), where she interprets an apparent blemish on the right eye of the mask as evidence that he suffered from eye cancer. To my mind it might just as well be a stray drop of plaster. Im very sceptical about the whole story.
Shakespeare Death Mask | Stanley Wells | 2/09/2010
Apparently, no one knows anything about Shakespeare for surehis hair color, his sexual orientation, how he spelled his name, whether he liked his wife, etc. Some people arent even sure whether he wrote his plays or not. So this rendering, taken from a death mask found in Germany, is bound to be controversial. But if it is Shakespeare, its pretty intriguing. It shows a man who suffered from cancer and had a sad, soulful face. (Dat hottie)
10 Facial Reconstructions of Famous Historical Figures by AGuineaPig Dec 28 2013
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