Ringo Starr – One Of The “Fab Four” Returning To The Stage

If you call roll for true icons of rock and roll, it wouldn’t take long to come to Ringo Starr, who’s been thrilling crowds all over the world for decades. Ringo’s legion of fans will be thrilled to know that the living legend is returning to the stage this summer with tour stops all over North America. Ringo’s musical writing and performance have captured the hearts and ears of millions of people from several generations, and a look at his life will show how he came to be as revered as any musical figure in history.

Early Life – A Tale of Struggle

Starr was born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool. Starr’s life was one wrought with obstacles, beginning when his parents separated when Ringo was a toddler. His mother remarried and Ringo grew up with his mother and eventual step-father in a working-class suburb of Liverpool.

Aside from family struggles, Starr also faced and conquered early health issues. When he was six, he suffered from appendicitis. Further complicating matters, his appendix burst, and the resulting peritonitis left him in a coma for ten weeks. Doctors gave him little chance to survive, but survive he did, and he was nearly recovered when another disaster hit. Ringo fell out of his hospital bed after six months of recovery and had to remain there for another six months.

As a result of these medical problems, Starr was seriously behind academically, and could not read or write when most children his age already could. His attitude towards school was never positive, and Ringo was known to play “hooky” quite often. These academic problems were part of the reason Ringo was eventually drawn to music.

When Starr was 13, he was dealt another medical blow when he was diagnosed with pleurisy, and he had to spend two years in the hospital as a result of this ailment. By the time he got out he was 15, and so far behind in school that he gave up the thought of ever returning at that point.

Starr took a series of dead-end jobs, as his career ceiling was quite limited because of his lack of academic progress. It was at this time that he discovered an outlet for his creativity – music.

Career Beginnings

Starr became enraptured with Liverpool’s Skiffle craze in the 1950’s, and in 1957 he started his first band, The Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. In 1959, he joined The Raving Texans, and earned his nickname because of the number of rings he wore regularly and to sound more “Texan” as part of his new group.

While performing with The Raving Texans in 1960, Starr met a little-known group called The Beatles in Hamburg. The Beatles eventually replaced their existing drummer, Pete Best, in 1962, and chose Ringo as their replacement.

Legends in the Making

Obviously, this turned out to be a pretty good career move for Ringo. For the next eight years, Ringo collaborated on several albums that remain some of the best sellers of all time. The Beatles were not only a musical, but also a cultural phenomenon, and each member of the band enjoyed fame and fortune beyond most people’s imagination. Starr was not only the drummer for the band, but also helped write many songs and sang lead in several smash hits.

Solo Career

In 1970, The Beatles broke up and Ringo went right to work on his solo career. He released two albums that same year, and has produced 12 more since. Ringo released 11 singles that made the US and UK charts. Starr also spent time with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, a loosely grouped band of all star musicians who spent time touring together. All in all, Starr’s solo career has been a resounding success.

Accomplishments

When you add it all up, Starr has truly been a star. He won a combined 22 Grammy Awards for his work with the Beatles, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band and his solo work. He has sold millions of records around the world, and in 1988, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

If you love music, you most likely enjoy the work of Ringo Starr. Take advantage of the opportunity to see him live this summer.

 

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Car Audio – What To Know Before You Buy Used Car Audio Systems

If you are looking for a car audio system and would love to save a little money when purchasing, you should consider buying a used system. Many people think you can only get quality sound from new equipment, but that is not true. You can find great packages that are sold directly from another consumer if you know what you are looking for. There are a few things to remember before making a purchase however. If you are considering buying a used system, think about these things before you throw down any cash.

The first thing to consider is what you need. You should always be aware of what your automobile can handle before purchasing a used system. When you go to a store to purchase new equipment, the salesperson usually assists you on knowing what you need. When you are purchasing from a consumer however, you may not be getting correct information. Since most consumers won’t offer a refund policy, you will need to know that the equipment will work on your car before buying it.

The best way to figure out what you need is to go your research. Go to a salesperson or a audio specialist and ask them about the specific equipment you are looking at. Ask them if it will work in your car. You may even have to let them inspect your car, but they can likely tell you whether or not it will work over the phone. After you know that the equipment will work for your car, you will need to make sure the equipment works as it should. Ask to test the equipment, if it is not in a car at the time.

If you cannot test the equipment, you might not want to purchase it. Even though someone might tell you it works fine, they may not be as honest as you would like to think. Most sellers are honest, but there are a few who will try to trick you and you don’t want to be their next victim. So, be sure that you know what you need for your current automobile and be sure the car audio system you are looking at is still usable. If you do these two things, you will be able to save yourself a lot of money by purchasing used quality equipment. It is always great to save money, but you only want to purchase used equipment that will work for you. If you don’t, then you really haven’t saved anything at all.

 

Bentley Versus Aston

Prestige has forever been Bentley’s well-deserved reputation for building automobiles with unmatched creature comforts and incomparable style. Even with a change of ownership and remarkable design changes, Bentley’s style and comfort departments remain steadfast. But you may need slow-mo to see those attributes found in Bentley’s Continental GT. This sports coupe-with its W 12, 6-liter turbocharged, 500 horsepower engine-is no mere GT poser. It’s the real deal.

Bentley’s four-door sedans seemingly have enough cabin space to comfortably accommodate a classical quartet; but this two-door sports coupe, by comparison, is sleek and trim. The GT’s creature comforts are nonetheless bountiful as the Continental’s interior comes in nine, exotic, natural-wood trims. Although you’ll need to leave the quartet at home, the robust entertainment center comes standard with a six-disc CD changer, GPS navigational aid, telephone pre-wiring, and voice-activated controls for the telephone. The seats are sumptuous with supple leather, offering 14 separate adjustments, including lumbar support and power memory.

In balancing its swiftness, the Continental GT rides on five-spoke, 19-inch, painted alloy wheels. The glide in the ride stems from an adaptive-variable suspension with automatic load leveling, a front independent, double-wishbone suspension with air springs and a rear stabilizer bar.

Yes, the Continental GT is definitely a ramped-up rider compared to Bentley’s revered, classic four-door sedans. Distinctively it retains the lavish qualities expected of a Bentley, but you will have to focus faster to take it all in.

The British aren’t coming! They are already back and riding high with the Aston Martin DB9 in its royal fleet. The DB9 is a lightweight only on the scale, weighing in nearly 1,500 pounds lighter than the formidable Bentley Continental GT. However, when it comes to the momentous performance/decadence ratio demands of drivers in this GT fraternity, the DB9 metes out numbers that merit its champion-level status. The overseer of the 911 Turbo, Dr. Ulhrich Bev, Aston Martin’s CEO, delivers terrifically with a bevy of amenities that make the DB9 menacingly mouthwatering.

The DB9’s frame is a revolutionary VH(vertical/horizontal) aluminum-bonded platform, which provides maximum rigidity, minimal weight and a perfect 50/50 weight balance. Combine that with a double-wishbone suspension and a 450 horsepower,6.0-liter V 12 engine, it is no problem with the DB9 going from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. This roadster ramps out at top speed of 186 mph shortly thereafter. The six-speed, auto-manual transmission operates smoothly with magnesium paddle shifters that infuse the fluid feel of a true manual transmission. And the low-RPM responsiveness is nothing short of magnificent.

Amenities come in droves on this tabula rasa, as customers are encouraged to take full advantage ofAston Martin’s personalization program. Exterior paint options are limitless. The interior consists of handcrafted, stitched leather seats, and the door and interior trim come in exotic walnut, mahogany or bamboo. There is also a Linn 950-watt, Dolby Pro Logic II audio-system option to boot.

What is even better is that Dr. Bev promises that this is only the beginning of what promises to be the new British invasion!

 

Links to try out and be on your way to self-improvement

The popularity of self-improvement books, tapes and seminars is a reflection of the universal interest we all have in overcoming our limitations, or “being the best we can be” or “achieving our full potential.”

Popular applications of self-improvement programs include motivation and confidence, personal relationships, sales and job performance, enhancement of sports performance, public speaking, weight control and smoking cessation.

Here are some basic principles to help you determine whether such products or programs are worthy of your time and money.

There is no book or program that will be an exact fit for your needs and interests. Books and group programs are necessarily general in nature. Some of the ideas and concepts may apply well to you, but others may be irrelevant or just plain wrong as applied to your own personality and life situation. Use good judgment and discrimination in following advice offered in any self-improvement program.

Be wary of any program that is highly authoritarian and that tears you down, or attacks people who question what is being done. There have been many group self-improvement programs that have enjoyed a temporary burst of great popularity over the years that have been extremely damaging to some participants.

The most effective program or tape would, of course, be one that is designed specifically for the individual, addressing his or her unique goals, motivation and personality. Obviously this can be done only in personal consultation with a professional person such as a psychologist and involves the cost of paying that professional person for the time it takes them to provide the individual attention required to design a program or tape tailored exactly to your needs.

Suggesting a link to which you can seek for help can make things easier for you to achieve your goal. Help is on its way. Here are links that I can suggest you can visit.

• Psych Web by Russ Dewey:
http://www.psywww.com/

The content of this awesome and well-organized site might be described as half-way in between the sites “Self Improvement Online” and “Mental Health Net.” Although its modest self description on the home page is “This Web site contains lots of psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology,” it is that and much more. The links on its self-help directory page alone are worth the time of the trip to this site: http://www.psychwww.com/resource/selfhelp.htm.

• Internet Mental Health:
http://www.mentalhealth.com

In their words: “Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information. It was designed by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long, and programmed by his colleague, Brian Chow…Internet Mental Health is for anyone who has an interest in mental health: -Mental health professionals -Patients who want to learn more about their illness -Friends and families of patients -Mental health support groups -Students -Members of the general public who want to learn more about mental health” This is an impressive site with many helpful articles and resources. If you are interested in mental health from any point of view, you’ll be happy you visited.

• Life Mentoring:
http://www.lifementoring.com/

Because of the demand from our clients we started this site Life Mentoring for individual visitors, in
1998. It’s mission is to provide you with the best collection of thoughts, ideas, philosophies and practical concepts for leading a truly meaningful and successful life. It is not linked to any school of thought, but rather wants to give you an overview of all different approaches – and so you to choose and pick whatever suits your needs best.” The site has a number of very good articles, excellent collection of links, a free newsletter, a bbs/forum. Lots of enthusiasm, but no commercial hype.

A group program or a general tape is, of course, less costly. If it does in fact does come close to fitting the goals, motivation and personality of the individual reasonably well, it may prove to be a useful self-improvement tool. It is a less costly approach, but it could not reasonably be expected to be as effective as a program or tape designed specifically for you.

“What Really Makes You Tick?” 10 questions you should ask to yourself: a preparation to self-improvement

Be all you can be, but it’s not always in the Army. I often see myself as somewhat contented with my life the way things are, but of course it’s hard to think of anything else when where are real issues to be discussed.

Still I aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.

So we’re all pelted with problems. Honestly it shouldn’t even bother or even hinder us to becoming all we ought to be. Aspirations as kids should continue to live within us, even though it would be short-lived or as long as we could hold on to the dream. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… or can they?

1. What do I really want?
The question of the ages. So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to even go about during the day.

Find something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement. Diligence is the key to know that it is worth it.

2. Should I really change?
Today’s generation has taken another level of redefining ‘self’, or at least that’s what the kids are saying. Having an army of teenage nieces and nephews has taught me that there are far worse things that they could have had than acne or maybe even promiscuity. So how does that fit into your lifestyle?

If history has taught us one thing, it’s the life that we have gone through. Try to see if partying Seventies style wouldn’t appeal to the younger generation, but dancing is part of partying. Watch them applaud after showing them how to really dance than break their bones in break-dancing.

3. What’s the bright side in all of this?
With so much is happening around us there seem to be no room for even considering that light at the end of the tunnel. We can still see it as something positive without undergoing so much scrutiny. And if it’s a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!

4. Am I comfortable with what I’m doing?
There’s always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt and whatnot. It doesn’t take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we’ll all be equally the same in everything we do. Variety brings in very interesting and exciting questions to be experimented.

5. Have I done enough for myself?
Have you, or is there something more you want to do? Discontentment in every aspect can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you’ll be able to see and do stuff you could never imagine doing.

6. Am I happy at where I am today?
It’s an unfair question so let it be an answer! You love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, then take it up a notch! Your kids will love you forever. The same goes with everyday life!

7. Am I appealing to the opposite sex?
So maybe I don’t have an answer to that, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try it, though. Whether you shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should always remember it will always be for your own benefit.

8. How much could I have?
I suppose in this case there is no such things on having things too much or too little, but it’s more on how badly you really need it. I’d like to have lots of money, no denying that, but the question is that how much are you willing to work for it?

9. What motivates me?
What motivates you? It’s an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make everyone happy, but to choose one of the may be the hardest part. It’s not like you can’t have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that’s it. Just try it piece by piece.

10. What Really Makes You Tick?
So? What really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start that journey. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it’s something that you really want.

Ford Fusion Engine and Transmission

2017 Ford Fusion Price and Release date

The Ford Fusion was unveiled in 2006 by way of the American automobile supplier Ford. The popular 2017 Ford Fusion would be a middle measured auto in fact it is very anticipaded on the North American promote. This new, most popular group of Ford Fusion has establish some changes as compared to the 2013 model, and will also without a doubt be the single most captivating concepts available with the marketplaces.

Via the firstly spy images on the 2017 Ford Fusion, we could see among the new design and what can be predicted produced by new vehicle, however we’ll still have to loose time waiting for an authorized information to remain revealed.

2017 Ford Fusion Release Date

The official release date has not been declared at this point, but we don’t anticipate seeing this model type showed for earnings ahead of the side of 2016, or simply at the beginning of 2017.

Price for 2017 Ford Fusion

It’s yet earlier to know what the official price in this car will be, in spite of this we assume its price will begin around $25,000 to your bottom model, and $36,000 in the hybrid.

Exterior of Ford Fusion

In terms of the exterior changes of this new 2017 Ford Fusion have concerns, the full quality of progress of the recent car or truck continues to be imprecise. It can unquestionably find a new modernize in the front and back end. We assume an increasingly effective search, as compared to the former design, together with a healthier take on on the Ford Fusion’s unique design and style.

The front bumper has actually been to some extent reduced and Guided headlights and hood are definitely more curved, which blended, provide it with a clean body. The back reveals new Encouraged backdrop illuminations with modified lighting effects segments, plus the spine also can get some slight alterations.

Ford Fusion Interior

By sneaking a glimpse throughout the cabin of this new 2017 Ford Fusion, the inside the auto or truck will move through some negligible changes and adjustments. The Ford will most likely present several of the enhanced interior and driver advancements.

You will have a lot od area for hip and legs in your cabin which will be improved by folding the backseats. A number of the capabilities within the new Fusion are: MyFord touch-screen infotaiment model, 12 lecturer Sony sound system, HD car radio, cruise vacation command, car parking sensonrs, far off start cease, accident cautioning, rearview digicam, and many other.

Ford Fusion Engine and Transmission

When you take a look at what is in the hood of this new Ford Fusion, we should say it will be yet unknown with this design, but we are able to guess some issues with it.

The latest 2017 Ford Fusion will probably have a number of engine possible choices, as well as initial engine will likely be a 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder engine efficient at building 175 hp and 175 lb ft of torque.

There will probably, in a similar fashion, be considered 2. liter EcooBoost engine which has the ability to generate about 240 hp and 231 lb feet of torque. The revolutionary 2017 Ford Fussion in addition contains a hybrid drivetrain that should come with a 2. liter, 4 cylinder engine, outputting near 141 hp and 129 lb ft of torque.

This generator will undoubtedly be combined with an 88 kw engine that also includes 7.6 kwh lithium-ion battery power. All motors are most likely for being coordinated with a 6 swiftness programmed transmission.

You can find still no recognized information on gasoline intake and functionality, but within the one other hand it truly is thought that this device can be advanced quite a bit in comparison with its precursor.

2018 Ford Ranger Specs

2018 Ford Ranger – Has Long Been Last of all Proved

Ever since the Ranger is discontinued with the US niche folks have been asking if your successor shall be produced. Perfectly, not really that particularly long in the past the 2018 Ford Ranger have been lastly proved nonetheless the data is yet rare. The truck is going to be built together with the Bronco at Ford’s Michigan shrub the spot where the Focus happens to be made up right until some time ago. The truck will keep hold of its body on frame construction which was employed in all decades until now. Yet, it appears that now close to it won’t be different out of the Intercontinental type.

In more detail

The Ranger test mule had been spied about Dearborn and the changes may not be as impressive as we first notion. The reality is the test mule appeared nearly just like the regular Global option that is definitely not too unique. Why? Effectively, Ford is in all likelihood evaluating the underpinnings on the new truck to ensure that they do not really have to showoff the bodywork to the public.

The truck is likely to have a great deal of improvements through that which was spotted a little while before to bring it closer in design towards their F-150 vehicles. The Ranger’s price remains not known but taking into consideration the competition, we wouldn’t be very impressed if Ford chooses to set a starting position close to $23,000.

2018 Ford Ranger Design

While we pointed out, the 2018 Ford Ranger will more than likely borrow a good number of design cues out of the larger sized vehicles. While the Intercontinental design is fine, it does not have the design traits required for it to have success during the US.

Besides that, the latest truck’s design is pretty classic so it is a good proceed to adjustment it. In the front the truck will in all probability receive the sculpted headlights along with quite similar grille to those found on the F-150. The cabin nevertheless together with over the sides the Ranger is likely to have many alot more design features in common with the Worldwide edition.

Inside cabin

There is not any justification to consider the brand new Ranger is definitely not identical to the Foreign model within the interior. This can allow Ford to raise the types of materials and basic clip degree of appliances without the need to increase the price on the truck owing to increased investigation and evolution charges.

With regard to will look we can easily imagine a vertical design additional almost like precisely what the recent European option in the truck competitive sports. This would allow the new Ranger a modest live across some of its competitors. A greater ending type promoting synthetic leather covers, ventilated car seats and even stuff like realistic raw wood inserts may possibly be added to selection.

2018 Ford Ranger Specs

The basic engine with the 2018 Ford Ranger will probably be possibly Ford’s 2. or 2.3 liter EcoBoost. Often of such will quickly offer above 250 horse power and 280 lb-feet of torque. Farther the spectrum the truck should really be provided with a single twin-turbocharged V6 that may strength the premium reduce degrees as well as a sports activities release. A 6 performance information is possible as a minimum in the base design.

The others will almost certainly receive Ford’s new 10 performance auto which is considered the extra processed gearboxes available to buy. A diesel is a large chance, notably all of its most important competitors will offer a particular. The following Ford could deliver frequently their 3.2 liter inline 5 recognized by make all over 185 horsepower and 300 lb-feet of torque or their new 3. liter turbocharged V6. The latter also will force the F-150 the place it will be supposed to make north of 240 horse power and 400 lb-feet of torque. Whether these could well be more than enough to generate the Ranger a very ready small truck.