10 Things Fans May Not Know About Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Landing his most successful leading film opening weekend with his film Black Adam, Dwayne Johnson is at the top of his game . He's charmed his way through blockbusters, voice acting in a Disney film, and securing numerous brand deals along the way, making him one of the highest-paid actors in all of Hollywood and showcasing how far he's come since his stint as a professional wrestler. © Provided by TheThings But there are many things most people wouldn't know about him or the stories behind some of his most popular roles.
LONDON (AP) — Wilko Johnson, the guitarist with British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood who had an unexpected career renaissance after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died. He was 75. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - Wilko Johnson at his home in West Cliff on Sea, England, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Wilko Johnson, the guitarist with British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood who had an unexpected career renaissance after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died it was announced Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. He was 75. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
A statement posted Wednesday on Johnson’s official social media accounts on behalf of his family said the musician died Monday evening at his home in southeast England.
The Strange Wedding Gift Boris Johnson Gave To Prince William And Catherine
Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with a gift almost as unique as the politician himself.As royal observers at the time will remember, the 2011 wedding between the heir to the throne and his bride was a lavish affair -- costing an estimated $45.8 million overall, of which an estimated $157,000 was for flowers alone. As such, there were many gifts for the happy couple, including one given by the then-mayor. And, some would say, like Boris himself, the gift was rather unconventional, and a strange one at that.
Born John Wilkinson in 1947, Johnson was raised on Canvey Island, a marshy, industrial oil town in England’s River Thames estuary. He studied Anglo-Saxon literature at Newcastle University and worked as a schoolteacher before forming Dr. Feelgood with other local friends.
At a time of flamboyant glam and indulgent prog rock, they played a then-unfashionable brand of blues and R&B, dressed in cheap suits that made them look, Johnson said later, like “shoddy bank robbers."
Johnson helped give Dr. Feelgood a dangerous edge with his choppy, relentless guitar style and thousand-yard glare — a look terrifying enough to earn him a role later in life as silent executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on “Game of Thrones.”
The anarchic outfit inspired bands who would soon drive the U.K. punk explosion, and teetered on the edge of global fame, scoring a U.K. No. 1 album, tours of the U.S. and a deal with CBS records. Then in 1977 Johnson walked out amid friction with charismatic lead singer Lee Brilleaux, who died in 1994.
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The Crimean War (October 1853–February 1856) began with a Russian invasion. Here's an overview of the war's major moments, battles, and turns, and how it ended.Although on the surface it seems like there were two sides to the conflict, the Crimean War was, in reality, a war with many sides, as everyone had their own set of vested interests. According to Historic UK, France wanted to continue expanding after its conquests in North Africa, while Britain wanted to ensure it had unfettered access to its trade routes with India, something threatened by the powerful Russian navy. Influencing territories controlled by the Turks looked like a guarantee of security and prosperity.
Johnson later said that if the band had been able to follow its managers’ instructions to behave, “I’m pretty sure we’d be multimillionaires. But we didn’t. We were geezers from Canvey Island. We were great friends, and we fell out.”
Johnson went on to perform with Ian Dury’s band, the Blockheads, and spent years playing to a devoted fanbase, largely in the U.K. and Japan.
In 2012, Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told it was terminal. The prospect of death unexpectedly revived his creative energies. He declined chemotherapy, decided to go on one last tour, and recorded a “final” album, “Going Back Home,” with Roger Daltrey of The Who.
“I suddenly found myself in a position where nothing matters anymore,” he told the Associated Press in 2013. “I’m a miserable so-and-so normally ... I’d be worrying about the taxman or all the things that we worry about that get in the way of the real things. And suddenly it doesn’t matter. All of that doesn’t matter.
“You walk down the street and you feel intensely alive. You’re `Oh, look at that leaf!′ You’re looking around and you think, `I’m alive. Ain’t it amazing?’”
In another twist, a fan who was also a cancer specialist offered to help. After surgery to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) tumor, Johnson announced in 2014 he was cancer-free. He released another album, “Blow Your Mind,” in 2018, and played gigs with his Wilko Johnson Band until last month.
Johnson is survived by his sons Simon and Matthew and grandson Dylan.
The U.S. Promised Tribes They Would Always Have Fish, but the Fish They Have Pose Toxic Risks .
by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Maya Miller, ProPublica This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Sign up for Dispatches to get stories like this one as soon as they are published. Salmon heads, fins and tails filled baking trays in the kitchen where Lottie Sam prepped for her tribe’s spring feast. The sacred ceremony, held each year on the Yakama reservation in south-central Washington, honors the first returning salmon and the first gathered roots and berries of the new year.