Watercooler Stories

Taxpayers balk at paying higher taxes and politicians like to avoid raising the taxes of their constituents, but the "jock tax" suits both.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Acts line up for Lollapalooza

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- Morrissey, Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth are among the acts confirmed for the 2004 Lollapalooza summer concert tour, Billboard.com reported Monday.

Madonna, Van Halen planning tours

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Van Halen and Madonna are both planning concert tours, Pollstar reported Tuesday.

Lollapalooza to blend success, credibility

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- Lollapalooza organizers say this year's U.S. touring music festival will blend commerciality with credibility; that is, make money and still be cutting edge.

Sharpton considers post-bid gigs

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton is considering what comes after a bid for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination and could be looking toward media stardom.

Contest winner to become radio star

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Clear Channel Radio and Sony Music have announced they are launching a talent contest to discover and promote the next big "Radio Star."

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

A woman who carried a Burberry umbrella and bag was turned away from a Scottish pub because bouncers thought she was tied to a football gang.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

Foot surgery for Rick Fox

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- Veteran forward Rick Fox of the Los Angeles Lakers has been scheduled for foot surgery on Monday.

Cathy's World: Worm's-Eye Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- "I want to be the Studs Terkel of the 21st century, all due respect to Studs," veteran interviewer David Rensin told me the other day. He may just get his wish.

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

R. Kelly was arrested in Florida Wednesday after police allegedly discovered digital photos of the R&B singer having sex with a very young, unidentified girl.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Judge rebuffs Hollywood ageism suit

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has ruled against a group of Hollywood writers in a class-action age discrimination suit against studios, networks and agencies.

Analysis: The Future of the Book-II

SKOPJE, Macedonia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- With e-books, content is once more a collaborative effort, as it had been well into the Middle Ages. Knowledge, information, and narratives were once generated through the interactions of authors and audience, as when Socrates generated "content" through
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

The Bear's Lair: The age of gerontocracy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- It was a period of youth and excess, when twenty-somethings became billionaires, dress became casual, profits became unnecessary and accounting principles became infinitely flexible. It has ended, and a very different world is taking its place.
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

The ABCs of making a buck in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- As more filmmakers use film school as an entree into the movie business, the idea of a formal course of training for movie executives is beginning to take hold -- with a veteran of the Hollywood trenches heading a pioneering program at the University of S
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti which profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the SPAB, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK. Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball (1888) and the utopian News from Nowhere (1890). He was an important figure in the emergence of socialism in Britain, founding the Socialist League in 1884, but breaking with that organization over goals and methods by the end of the decade. He devoted much of the rest of his life to the Kelmscott Press, which he founded in 1891. The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.

William Morris was born in Walthamstow on 24 March 1834, the third child and the eldest son of William Morris, a partner in the firm of Sanderson & Co., bill brokers in the City of London. His mother was Emma Morris née Shelton, daughter of Joseph Shelton, a teacher of music in Worcester. As a child Morris was delicate but studious. He learned to read early, and by the time he was four years old he was familiar with most of the Waverley novels. When he was six the family moved to Woodford Hall, where new opportunities for an out-of-door life brought the boy health and vigour. He rode about Epping Forest, sometimes in a toy suit of armour, where he became a close observer of animal nature and was able to recognize any bird upon the wing.

At the same time he continued to read whatever came in his way and was particularly attracted by the stories in the Arabian Nights and by the designs in Gerard's Herbal. He studied with his sisters' governess until he was nine, when he was sent to a school at Walthamstow. In 1842, his sister Isabella was born. She grew to be the churchwoman who oversaw the revival of the Deaconess Order in the Anglican Communion. In his thirteenth year their father died, leaving the family well-to-do. The home at Woodford was broken up, as being unnecessarily large, and in 1848 the family relocated to Water House and William Morris entered Marlborough School, where his father had bought him a nomination. Morris was at the school for three years, but gained little from attending it beyond a taste for architecture, fostered by the school library, and an attraction towards the Anglo-Catholic movement. He made but slow progress in school work and at Christmas 1851 was removed and sent to live as a private pupil with the Rev. F. B. Guy, Assistant Master at Forest School and later Canon of St. Alban's, for a year to prepare him for University. The Forest School archives still contain many items of correspondence from Morris, and the School boasts a Morris stained glass window in the Chapel.

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