Earlier this week Sir George Martin died aged 90, leaving behind his wife of fifty years, Judy Lockhart and his four children. He has lived a long and fruitful life filled with good friends and good times. Martin was often referred to as the ‘fifth Beatle’ as he had involvement with many of the Beatles’ albums. Let us take a look back at his life.
George went to Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he would then go on to study oboe and piano. After this he got a job in the BBC’s classical music department before joining EMI. In the early 1950s, he started to produce novelty and comedy records which opened doors for him and had him working with stars such as Spike Milligan, Bernard Cribbins and Peter Sellers among others.
Martin also contributed to a wide range of charities such as The Prince’s Trust. In 1996 he was recognised for his services to the music industry and pop culture, he was made a Knight Bachelor during 1996. Martin was very much involved with the Beatles’ earlier work, for instance when he first heard their Decca audition tape he wasn’t impressed, but he did hear enough potential for him to take them on; little did he know this band would change the music industry forever.
Mourning is a difficult time for everybody and not everyone knows exactly what to do; some will listen to the music he composed, others will look back at times when he brought potential and happiness to their lives. Everybody he met and everybody who heard his work will know that he will live on with them forever, in his music.
Sport Relief Intro
Written by L. Jones
From the 14th March to 18th St. Michael’s will be participating in fund raisers for Sport Relief. The week will consist of activities such as: Tug of War, Beat the Bleep, Staff in the Stocks and a twelve hour basketball game. The aim is to raise £1000 by the end of the week, compared to our Children in Need record of over £1500.
Where your money goes
Thanks to amazing donations from schools and the public, Sport Relief is able to change thousands of lives every year in third world countries and here in the UK. In the last two years fundraisers have been able to help 189,000 children attend school and get a fair education whilst 16,500 young people received support from mental health organisations. Over 734,000 children have been given life-saving vaccines and 23 projects were funded for people living with dementia.
What you can do
This year more activities are being demonstrated by celebrities such as the Sport Relief Bake Off and a darts game with top players and famous TV personalities. Although there are many events happening on television from the 18th of March to the 20th, the week before children, teenagers and any member of the public can take part in school events and sponsored sports activities at home.
What St. Michael’s is doing
Our school always take part in Sport Relief and this year we are holding at least one fundraiser every day to accumulate as much money as possible. Two particular favourite events are the Tug of War Challenge and the Beat the Bleep Test.
In one of the craziest Premier League Seasons on record, the triumphant fairytale of Leicester City has particularly caught the eye. With a core team of players who, five years ago were playing in the eighth tier of English football, a second tier French reserve side and France’s eighth division, this team of misfits, rejects and bargains look set on the ultimate glory. However, can they finish the job to create history and what will remain of the side at the end of the season?
The headline grabber without a shadow of a doubt has been league top scorer Jamie Vardy with 19 goals this campaign and an unbelievable rise through the ranks via Stocksbridge Park Steels and Fleetwood Town. Picked up from the latter in 2011 for £1 million after a string of positive FA Cup performances, he was prepared to leave for Sheffield Wednesday in a £5 million deal but now has his sights firmly set on Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad and ultimately the title.
Another player who has risen from obscurity to prominence is former Le Havre winger Riyad Mahrez; the Algerian was picked up for a mere £425,000 2 years ago; his supplying of Vardy’s goals and scoring a few stunners himself has made him a stalwart in fantasy football teams throughout the country.
Although Vardy and Mahrez may have mostly adorned the back pages, there are several other vital components who have equally fascinating rags to riches stories. Firstly there is N’Golo Kante—who is not an orthodox holding midfielder, standing at just 5’ 7’’, but he has lifted the side with his pace and cost just £5.7 million from French side Caen. Sitting alongside him in midfield is Danny Drinkwater—a casualty of the Manchester United set up who has fought his way back up through the divisions for this chance. And who could forget the free transfers—Robert Huth and Marc Albrighton? Deemed unworthy by Stoke and the mess that is Aston Villa respectively, the Foxes offered them contracts when no one else would . Now Huth is a dominant central defender who provided two pivotal goals against rivals Manchester City while Albrighton is ensuring his footballing legacy is more than being the scorer of the 20,000th Premier League goal. All of these players have been held together by charismatic manager Claudio Ranieri. The first appointment under Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea—Ranieri was seen as a poor appointment by the press after a disastrous spell at the helm in Greece. However he has silenced his critics and has put Leicester on the brink of history.
There is a major question mark over the extent of the team next season with a number of key players being linked with glamour moves away from the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy has been touted as the solution to Manchester United’s goalscoring drought, Riyad Mahrez has been linked with a move to the Galacticos of Real Madrid and sources have been suggesting that Arsenal might sweep for midfielder Kante.
It is clear that every self respecting neutral fan must want Leicester to emerge victorious from this season as what it represents is a division of the usual rich candidates of the Manchester clubs and Chelsea and a classic Great British underdog story. Factoring in that this time last season they were at the rock bottom of the league, if Leicester City were to accomplish this mammoth task it would surely be one of the greatest achievements in modern football history.
Written by L. Jones
From the 4th of April to the 8th over 100 St. Michael’s students will be travelling to Paris to learn about its culture, develop their social skills and visit Disney Land Paris. Whilst in Paris, the pupils will visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. The journey is 391 miles from Liverpool to Paris and students have raised funds for the trip by doing a 13 mile walk from Formby to Liverpool.