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A deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C has been agreed at the climate change summit in Paris after two weeks of intense negotiations.

The pact is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions.

The agreement is partly legally binding and partly voluntary.

Earlier, key blocs, including the G77 group of developing countries, and nations such as China and India said they supported the proposals.

President of the UN climate conference of parties (COP) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: "I now invite the COP to adopt the decision entitled Paris Agreement outlined in the document.

"Looking out to the room I see that the reaction is positive, I see no objections. The Paris agreement is adopted."

COP21: In summary

As he struck the gavel to signal the adoption of the deal, delegates rose to their feet cheering and applauding.

Media captionThe announcement was greeted by cheers and excitement in the hall

US President Barack Obama has hailed the agreement as "ambitious" and "historic", but also warned against complacency.

"Together, we've shown what's possible when the world stands as one," he said.

And although admitting that the deal was not "perfect", he said it was "the best chance to save the one planet we have".

China's chief negotiator Xie Zhenhua said the deal was not perfect. But he added that "this does not prevent us from marching historical steps forward".

Nearly 200 countries took part in the negotiations to strike the first climate deal to commit all countries to cut emissions, which would come into being in 2020.

The chairman of the group representing some of the world's poorest countries called the deal historic, adding: "We are living in unprecedented times, which call for unprecedented measures.

"It is the best outcome we could have hoped for, not just for the Least Developed Countries, but for all citizens of the world."

Key points

The measures in the agreement included:

• To peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and achieve a balance between sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century

• To keep global temperature increase "well below" 2C (3.6F) and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C

• To review progress every five years

• $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020, with a commitment to further finance in the future.

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Return to the Source return to gigs in London and other places

Return to the Source a mid nineties trance promoter return to gigs in 2014.

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Silver birch is a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree native throughout the UK and Europe.

Common name: silver birch

Scientific name: Betula pendula
Family: Betulaceae

UK provenance: native

Interesting fact: silver birch can be used to improve soil quality for other plants to grow. Its deep roots bring otherwise inaccessible nutrients into the tree, which are recycled on to the soil surface when the tree sheds its leaves.

What does birch look like?

Overview: mature trees can reach 30m in height, forming a light canopy with elegant, drooping branches. The white bark sheds layers like tissue paper and becomes black and rugged at the base. As the trees mature, the bark develops dark, diamond-shaped fissures. Twigs are smooth and have small dark warts

Leaves: light green, small and ovate with a toothed edge, which fade to yellow in autumn.

Flowers: silver birch is monoecious, meaning both male and female flowers (catkins) are found on the same tree, from April to May. Male catkins are long and yellow-brown in colour, and hang in groups of two to four at the tips of shoots, like lambs' tails. Female catkins are smaller, short, bright green and erect.

Fruits: after successful pollination (by wind), female catkins thicken and change colour to a dark crimson. Masses of tiny seeds are borne in autumn, which are dispersed by wind. 

Look out for: bark is white and leaves triangular shaped.

Could be confused with: downy birch (Betula pubescens) and the two easily hybridise. New shoots on the silver birch are hairless and warty whereas those of downy are smooth and covered in soft hairs.

Identified in winter by: bark is white year round and twigs are rough to the touch.

Where to find silver birch

Silver birch is a popular garden tree and often hybridises with our other native birch, the downy birch, Betula pubescens which is more common in Scotland. Tolerant of a range of temperatures, it grows as far south as Spain and as far north as Lapland. It thrives in dry woodlands, downs and heaths.

Value to wildlife

Birch woods (which may include downy or silver birch, or both) have a light, open canopy, providing the perfect conditions for grasses, mosses, wood anemone, bluebells, wood sorrel and violets to grow.

Silver birch provides food and habitat for more than 300 insect species - the leaves attract aphids, providing food for ladybirds and other species further up the food chain, and are also a food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the angle-shades, buff tip, pebble hook-tip, and Kentish glory. Birch trees are particularly associated with specific fungi including fly agaric, woolly milk cap, birch milk cap, birch brittlegill, birch knight, chanterelle and the birch polypore (razor strop).

Woodpeckers and other hole-nesting birds often nest in the trunk, while the seeds are eaten by siskins, greenfinches and redpolls.

Mythology and symbolism

In early Celtic mythology, the birch symbolised renewal and purification. Bundles of birch twigs were used to drive out the spirits of the old year, and gardeners still use the birch besom, or broom, to 'purify' their gardens. It is also used as a symbol of love and fertility. In Scottish Highland folklore, a barren cow herded with a birch stick would become fertile, and a pregnant cow would bear a healthy calf.

How we use birch

Birch wood is tough and heavy, making it suitable for making furniture, handles and toys. It was used to make hardwearing bobbins, spools and reels for the Lancashire cotton industry. The bark is used for tanning leather. 

Silver birch wood is of little commercial value in Britain because the trees do not grow as large as they do in other parts of Europe.


Planted birch appears to be susceptible to birch dieback, which is caused by two fungal pathogens, Marssonina betulae and Anisogramma virgultorum. Naturally regenerated birch (grown naturally from seed) appears to be less prone to this disease.

Silver Birch seeds come with the mega-t album in Europe. 



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Preservation and Revival of Indigenous Shamanism

The Foundation is dedicated to preserving, studying, and teaching shamanic knowledge for the welfare of all. The FSS has initiated a wide range of projects and programs for carrying out this three-part mission. Results from these strategic programs are incorporated into FSS courses worldwide.


Preservation, Revival, and Urgent Indigenous Assistance

Helping to preserve shamanism where it is being threatened, and assisting its revival when invited, are critical dimensions of the Foundation's mission. The FSS has a network of specialists in shamanism throughout the world to help save indigenous shamanic knowledge in imminent danger of being lost. The FSS also responds to requests from native peoples to help revive and maintain their own shamanic traditions.

This work is accomplished largely through the Foundation's extensive international network of Field Associates and Faculty who are now operating on five continents.

To date, by invitation, the FSS has sent basic training teams to the Republic of Tuva, China, Siberia, Samiland, Australia, Canada, the northeastern United States and Alaska. The Foundation is actively engaged in preservation work in Nepal, Siberia, China, Central Asia, the Amazon, and elsewhere.

The Foundation has provided assistance to the Baniwa people of Northwest Amazonia to help preserve and revive their shamanic traditions.

Scholarship rebates are available to Native Americans on federally recognized tribal rolls for all FSS workshops.           

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Sat 5 Dec from 1pm
One-off show by troubadours Vanessa Vie & Michael Horovitz
81 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5QH

Coincides with Vanessa’s & Michael’s joint art exhibition at The Westbourne pub opposite. Books, CD & vinyl recordings plus a double DVD will be available in both venues at ideologically sound prices.
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See Michael Horovitz's great poem in the pages of the mega-t album book.

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The Great Initiator

Who or what is the Great Initiator? Initiation, from Latin in-itio (‘to go into’), means entering into something new, something unknown, something that is as yet a mystery to us until we have experienced it. Conscious initiation means that we consciously choose to enter into this new experience. Unconscious initiation means that we enter into a new experience without having made a conscious choice about it ourselves. A lot of the life we lead is, to all appearances, unconscious initiation; it just happens—or so we believe. But this doesn’t answer the question of who or what is the Great Initiator.

The initiator is the one who either makes us enter into the new experience or is our own self that chooses to enter into the new experience. From the latter point of view, we initiate ourselves. We are our own initiator. But what about those times when we do not make the choice ourselves?

Traditional wisdom teachings tell us that Time is the Great Initiator. But what does this really mean? Time is relative. That is to say, what we call time is the result of one thing moving relative to another thing, such as the movement of the Earth relative to the Sun which, in our planet’s movement around the solar orb, gives us our sense of annual time. Our sense of daily time is the result of the spin of our planet relative to the Sun. Then, on a larger timescale, our sense of millennial or zodiacal time is the result of the precessional movement of the Sun along its ecliptic path against the backdrop of stars relative to our viewpoint from the Earth. In other words, time is simply a way we describe and mark the movement of one thing relative to the movement of another thing. Another word for relativity is relationship.

Here we have a key. Movement is energy, or energy is movement, which is how energy is described. This is also life, because life is described in terms of movement and such movement is energy—life energy. The movement of ourselves, for instance, is our livingness—the way we live our lives and the way we are alive. There is no time when we are still; even when we are asleep we still move in our breathing and in the functioning of our organs and the occasional movement of our limbs. Also our minds are still moving in their thinking, although in our sleep state we call it dreaming. In our thinking or dreaming, some thoughts follow other thoughts and some thoughts move together, but always in some sort of a relationship to each other, and this is what gives us the story or idea as well as our appreciation or judgement of it.

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My friend Sean recently wowed me by casually mentioning that he had just attended a three-day tantric sex workshop where the end goal was, well, for no end goal. “The point,” he said, “is to channel all the sexual energy that would normally leave during an orgasm, back into your body. It gives you so much energy!”

Sure enough, achieving the big “O” is not Tantra’s main objective. Instead, you attempt to prolong the act, increasing potent sexual energy and intimacy with your partner. If you focus solely on the grand finale, you’ll miss the amazing range of feeling the rest of the show offers. “Sexual energy is one of our most powerful energies for creating health,” says Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. “Through the intimate connection with another, our stress hormones lower and our serotonin shoots through the roof.”

Hmmm, I’ve certainly heard of Tantra but besides the Bible-length Kama Sutra, wacky-sounding positions like “lotus” and “jumping spider” and tales of Sting engaging in 36-hour lovemaking sessions, I didn’t know much, let alone that the intimacy is great for our health. “Even without an exhaustive education,” says Wendy Strgar, Care2 columnist and CEO of Good, Clean Love, “the principles behind tantric practice can go a long way in deepening the connection you share with your partner.”

This should be a comfortable area that is playful and relaxed. First, clear the room of any attention-grabbing clutter. Next, decorate with flowers, candles and cozy fabrics. Scent is really important to our sensuality, so try natural oils like jasmine, ylang-ylang, or rose. Make sure your bed is as comfortable as possible with soft sheets and a number of pillows. Lastly, chose a soundtrack of music that you both like. Play it softly in the background to enhance your mood.

Breathe Each Other’s Breath

Harmonizing your breath is one of the easiest ways to sync with your partner. Straddle your partner’s lap (called the yab-yom position) and inhale while they exhale and vice versa. As your partner breathes out, you’ll find yourself taking their breath into and down through your entire body. As you exhale, consciously attempt to energize the breath. In this way, you’re sharing all of yourself with your partner. “Becoming conscious about your breath is central to all yogic practices and is foundational in Tantra,” says Strgar.

Keep Your Eyes Open

“The idea of making love with your eyes open is one of the fundamentals of deep connection in intimacy,” says Strgar. “It is surprisingly harder to do than you might expect. Move toward this idea as an intention rather than a rule and be amazed as the collection of glimpses that will reshape how you think about your partner and yourself. It is not easy to be seen, even by the people we love. Truly witnessing the act of love is profoundly transformative.”

Take it Slow

Sorry guys, foreplay is essential in Tantra. A leisurely, slow build helps men control longevity and piques women’s arousal. The longer you linger in this process of building energy, the longer your session will last and the more energy you will build. Use this time to fully focus on each other. As in meditation, when your thoughts wander, gently guide your attention back to your partner and the magic of the moment at hand.

by Veronica Pearson , with thanks

See Caroline Aldred's awesome article on Tantra in the mega-t album booklet, with amazing artwork by Martin Wood.

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Limited Coloured Vinyl Live Album

Order your copy now - 'Tales from the...' limited vinyl live recording of our special show in Barnstaple, Holy Trinity Church last December.

'For fans of analogue based, slow groove, soundscapism and neo-classical string/harp/piano ambience. This is a condensed representation of a large mid/late Victorian parish church in unspoilt rural England, where the architectural and acoustic properties brought forth an emotive performance. Released in a limited number of diff coloured 180gm vinyl housed in a gatefold cover emulating 'Live at Leeds' whilst simultaneously paying homage to U S West Coast artist,William Stout, trade mark of quality bootlegs of early 70's.
Turn On,Tune In,Drift Off '

Price £20 including UK Mainland postage , we can accept paypal payments , facebook message us for details. Facebook Link


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There are about forty people in Britain who have a PhD in Parapsychology - the exploration of psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis - and the majority of them are working within the University system. 

Serena Roney-Dougal, however, has decided instead to put her unusual qualification to good use, by opening out the study of this previously esoteric field and introducing it to a wider public.
Setting up her own research organisation, the Psi Research Centre, in Glastonbury, Somerset - thought of by many as the very heart of the British esoteric tradition - Serena has spent the last twenty years giving lectures, teaching courses and presenting weekend workshops on parapsychology, mental development and yoga.

Serena has been working in and studying parapsychology for over 25 years, and her interests in the subject are wide ranging. Her highly successful series of classes in her home town took students through a list of apparently diverse topics - from ghosts and poltergeists to laboratory research; from divination techniques to out-of-body experiences; and much more - showing that they are all linked to a common core of knowledge that spans thousands of years. Now she is teaching parapsychology to M.Sc. students at the world's first yoga university, Bihar Yoga Bharati, in India, combining the western scientific methods of parapsychology with the eastern mystical knowledge of yoga.

An important element in Serena's work is her study of the role of the pineal gland in sensitivity to psychic phenomena and the associated chakra system. Her latest research involves working with a healer on an organic farm, and exploring psychic awareness in an ashram.

Serena has written extensively on various aspects of the paranormal, both for academic journals and conferences, and for popular magazines and books. She has also written a book "Where Science and Magic Meet", reprinted 5th times by the original publisher and now republished by Vega Books. She has just written the Faery Faith, Green Magic Books, 2003.

11 'O' Levels, and 3 'A' levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology;
1970: One year at Dundee University studying anatomy, physiology and biochemistry;
1971-1974: Three years at University College, London resulting in Psychology B.Sc. Hons.
1977: Started PhD in Parapsychology City University, London, concerning the relationship between telepathy and subliminal perception.
1978: Research into pineal gland starts.
1980: After three years of research I left City University and was accepted by Surrey University under Professor Terence Lee who had supervised two other people doing Parapsychology PhDs, Ernesto Spinelli and Susan Blackmore. At the same time I moved to Glastonbury.
1985: Paper on speculations concerning pineal gland and psi experiences presented at PA Conference, Boston.
1987: Awarded PhD for thesis comparing subliminal and psi perception using the Ganzfeld technique.
1988: I started teaching Parapsychology at Strode College; this course continued until 2000.
1989: Paper published in JSPR concerning my research into pineal gland.
1990: Yoga class begins, as well as traveling world wide giving talks and running workshops. All of these activities still happen. Paper presented at PA conference, San Diego regarding further research into link between pineal gland and psi experiences.
1991: My book "Where Science and Magic Meet" is published by Element books, and I have written more articles in magazines and journals than I care to have to count!
1993: Dream group begins. Revised edition of “Where Science and Magic Meet” printed. Second article in JSPR concerning my research into the pineal gland.
1998: Paper at SPR Conference concerning my most recent research into links between pineal gland and psi experiences.
2000: Start research into effect of a healer on crop yield on an organic farm.
2001: Start teaching parapsychology at Bihar Yoga Bharati, India, the world’s first yoga university doing M.Sc. courses in yoga psychology, yoga philosophy and applied yogic sciences.
2002: “Where Science and Magic Meet” republished by Vega books. New book “The Faery Faith” published by Green Magic. Several articles concerning the crop research published and a paper presenting the results from two years at PA Con. Paper on the research at bihar Yoga Bharati presented at SPR conf.

Serena Roney-Dougal

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James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS, PhD (born 26 July 1919) is an independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist who lives in Devon, England. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating system.


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James Lovelock was born in Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, England, to working class parents who were strong believers in education. Nell, his mother, started work at 13 in a pickle factory. His father, Tom, had served six months hard labour for poaching in his teens and was illiterate until attending technical college. The family moved to London where Lovelock's dislike of authority made him, by his own account, an unhappy pupil at Strand School. Lovelock could not afford to go to university after school, something which he believes helped prevent him becoming over-specialised and aided the development of Gaia theory. He worked at a photography firm, attending Birkbeck College during the evenings, before being accepted to study chemistry at the University of Manchester, although he could only pay for two years of the three-year course. Lovelock worked at a Quaker farm before a recommendation from his professor led to him taking up a Medical Research Council post, working on ways of shielding soldiers from burns. Lovelock refused to use the shaved and anaesthetised rabbits that were used as burn victims, and exposed his own skin to heat radiation instead, an experience he describes as "exquisitely painful". His student status enabled temporary deferment of military service during the Second World War, but he registered as a conscientious objector. He later abandoned this position in the light of Nazi atrocities, and tried to enlist in the armed forces, but was told that his medical research was too valuable for the enlistment to be approved. In 1948 Lovelock received a PhD degree in medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the United States, he has conducted research at Yale, Baylor College of Medicine, and Harvard University.


James Lovelock around 1960

A lifelong inventor, Lovelock has created and developed many scientific instruments, some of which were designed for NASA in its program of planetary exploration. It was while working as a consultant for NASA that Lovelock developed the Gaia Hypothesis, for which he is most widely known. He also claims to have invented the microwave oven.

In early 1961, Lovelock was engaged by NASA to develop sensitive instruments for the analysis of extraterrestrial atmospheres and planetary surfaces. The Viking program, that visited Mars in the late 1970s, was motivated in part to determine whether Mars supported life, and many of the sensors and experiments that were ultimately deployed aimed to resolve this issue. During work on a precursor of this program, Lovelock became interested in the composition of the Martian atmosphere, reasoning that many life forms on Mars would be obliged to make use of it (and, thus, alter it). However, the atmosphere was found to be in a stable condition close to its chemical equilibrium, with very little oxygen, methane, or hydrogen, but with an overwhelming abundance of carbon dioxide. To Lovelock, the stark contrast between the Martian atmosphere and chemically dynamic mixture of that of the Earth's biosphere was strongly indicative of the absence of life on the planet. However, when they were finally launched to Mars, the Viking probes still searched (unsuccessfully) for extant life there.

Electron capture detector developed by Lovelock, and in the Science Museum, London

Lovelock invented the electron capture detector, which ultimately assisted in discoveries about the persistence of CFCs and their role in stratospheric ozone depletion. After studying the operation of the Earth's sulphur cycle, Lovelock and his colleagues developed the CLAW hypothesis as a possible example of biological control of the Earth's climate.

Lovelock was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. He served as the president of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) from 1986 to 1990, and has been an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford (formerly Green College, Oxford) since 1994. He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes including the Tswett Medal (1975), an American Chemical Society chromatography award (1980), the World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier Prize (1988), the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for the Environment (1990) and the Royal Geographical Society Discovery Lifetime award (2001). In 2006 he received the Wollaston Medal, the Geological Society's highest Award, whose previous recipients include Charles Darwin . He became a Commander of the British Empire CBE in 1990, and a member of the Companions of Honour in 2003. He is a patron of population concern charity Population Matters.

As an independent scientist, inventor, and author, Lovelock worked out of a barn-turned-laboratory he called his "experimental station" located in a wooded valley on the Devon/Cornwall border in the south-west of England.

On 8 May 2012, he appeared on the Radio Four series "The Life Scientific", talking to Jim al-Khalili about the Gaia hypothesis. On the programme, he mentioned how he had a claim for inventing the microwave oven. He also mentioned how his ideas had been received by various people, including Jonathan Porritt.

See James Lovelock's article on the Gaia Hypothesis in the pages of the mega-t book.

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On 31 May 1996 Sir Arthur C Clarke was beamed into the club on a live satellite link from his home in Sri Lanka.

The live link in the club went down on the night. Here is a full video of the complete interview from that night.

The link was orchestrated by Martin Kavanagh and Adrian Clint of the techno-silence suite. Adrian travelled to Sri Lanka

with a portable satellite phone. Also thanks to Peter Beardow who supplied the internet linking set-up on the net and satellite phone-

pretty good for 1996.


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Sri Lankabhimanya Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British-Sri Lankan science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.

He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, which along with a large readership made him one of the towering figures of science fiction. For many years Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.

Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934, while still a teenager, he joined the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, he proposed a satellite communication system, an idea which won him the Franklin Institute's Stuart Ballantine Medal, in 1963, and other honours. Later he was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1946–47 and again in 1951–53.

Clarke was a science writer, who was both an avid populariser of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability. On these subjects he wrote over a dozen books and many essays, which appeared in various popular magazines. In 1961 he was awarded the Kalinga Prize, an award which is given by UNESCO for popularizing science. These along with his science fiction writings eventually earned him the moniker "Prophet of the Space Age".

Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956, largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving. That year he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee.

Clarke augmented his fame later on in the 1980s, from being the host of several television shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

He lived in Sri Lanka until his death. He was knighted in 1998 and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya.


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mega-t completed a satellite link-up with Sir Arthur into the club on 31 May 1996. Part of the live audio feed was mixed into

the ambient album on the mega-t album on the track Kaeru Diablo.




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Nature Loves Courage - Terence McKenna Lecture

video from Simbax Video

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg (/ˈɡɪnzbərɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarismeconomic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.

In 1957, "Howl" attracted widespread publicity when it became the subject of an obscenity trial, as it depicted heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made homosexual acts a crime in every U.S. state. "Howl" reflected Ginsberg's own homosexuality and his relationships with a number of men, including Peter Orlovsky, his lifelong partner. Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that "Howl" was not obscene, adding, "Would there be any freedom of press or speech if one must reduce his vocabulary to vapid innocuous euphemisms?"

Ginsberg was a practicing Buddhist who studied Eastern religious disciplines extensively. He lived modestly, buying his clothing in second-hand stores and residing in downscale apartments in New York’s East Village. One of his most influential teachers was the Tibetan Buddhist, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, founder of the Naropa Institute, now Naropa University at Boulder, Colorado. At Trungpa's urging, Ginsberg and poet Anne Waldman started The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics there in 1974.

Ginsberg took part in decades of non-violent political protest against everything from the Vietnam War to the War on Drugs. His poem "September on Jessore Road," calling attention to the plight of Bangladeshi refugees, exemplifies what the literary critic Helen Vendler described as Ginsberg's tireless persistence in protesting against "imperial politics, and persecution of the powerless."

His collection The Fall of America shared the annual U.S. National Book Award for Poetry in 1974. In 1979 he received the National Arts Club gold medal and was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1986 he was awarded the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings in Struga, Macedonia. Ginsberg was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992.

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Marshall Jefferson (born September 19, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician, working in house music, in particular, the subgenres of Chicago house and deep house.


Sometimes known as the father of house music, Jefferson was originally a record producer in the Universal Recording Studios in Chicago, where he met the owner of Trax Records, Larry Sherman. Jefferson's 1986 single for Trax, "Move Your Body (The House-Music Anthem)," the first house song to use piano,  was a popular and influential song in the genre. During the late-1980s heyday of house music he recorded solo and collaborative material under various names such as Virgo, Jungle Wonz, Truth and on the House. Jefferson's deep house productions include songs by CeCe Rogers and Sterling Void, and Ten City's first two albums. In March 1987, the British music magazine NME reported that Jefferson and Frankie Knuckles were in the UK for the first house-music tour.

"Move Your Body" appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on house-music radio station SF-UR. This song also appeared in Michael Winterbottom's film 24 Hour Party People and in the 1991 documentary film Paris is Burning.

Jefferson took a break from music in 1990, then returned to DJing in 1993. He moved to England and lived in a small town called Billericay in Essex near London where he had a five-year residency with the Tribal Gathering and Big Love events.

Jefferson now lives in Manchester, UK.

Check out his great classic track 'Open Our Eyes' on the mega-t dance album.



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Zoence, a term coined by Peter Dawkins, literally means science of life. Like China's Feng Shui or India's Vastuvida, Zoence is a comprehensive philosophy that provides practical ways to increase our ways to be loving, sensitive and aware in our relationships, homes and surroundings. It helps you to know the right thing to do, in the right place, at the right time and with the right orientation. When was the last time you went on a pilgrimage? The last time you travelled? Peter Dawkins shows how the ancient art of pilgrimage can be applied to almost any travel, whether for business or pleasure. At the philosophical base of this particular prescription is Dawkins pioneering rediscovery of the chakra energy systems as they exist outside the human form - in the natural environment and our buildings and temples. He provides a practical discussion on how to experience transformation through the sanctity of the pilgrimage. This is just one example of the philosophical and practical approach to life that is Zoence. Serve the planet by celebrating your life. Use Zoence to bring health, happiness, prosperity and balance to your life, to the environment and the cosmos.



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