Laurent Boyer
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References658Laurent Boyer (born on 23 January 1958 in Paris, France) is a French radio and television host. He is the companion of singer Alice Dona. He worked on M6 since its creation and presented programs such as Graines de star, Nos meilleurs Moments, Jour J and Fréquenstar. On radio, Laurent Boyer was a host on Kiss Fm, 95.2, and Europe 1 (C'est pour rire, Top 50, Espace Rêve...) and Europe 2 (Le Brunch...). He currently hosts the show Tête dans les étoiles on RTL in which he daily receives a celebrity. He also appeared, playing his own role in the H sitcom, episode 18, season 2. On 14 April 2005, he had a serious road accident, but surv
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Laurent Boyer (born on 23 January 1958 in Paris, France) is a French radio and television host. He is the companion of singer Alice Dona. He worked on M6 since its creation and presented programs such as Graines de star, Nos meilleurs Moments, Jour J and Fréquenstar. On radio, Laurent Boyer was a host on Kiss Fm, 95.2, and Europe 1 (C'est pour rire, Top 50, Espace Rêve...) and Europe 2 (Le Brunch...). He currently hosts the show Tête dans les étoiles on RTL in which he daily receives a celebrity. He also appeared, playing his own role in the H sitcom, episode 18, season 2. On 14 April 2005, he had a serious road accident, but surv
Zhenhai Middle School
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References5116Zhenhai Middle School (simplified Chinese: 镇海中学, Hanyu Pinyin: zhèn hǎi zhōng xué), or, in Western terms, Zhenhai High School, is a secondary school in Zhenhai, Ningbo, China. The campus is located in Zhenhai, Ningbo. The history of the school in its contemporary form can be traced back to 1911. It was converted to a business school for a short period during the Republic of China era. The school was forced to relocate several times during the Second World War, moving back to its original location in 1944. In 1956, it merged with Xincheng High School. In 1981, it was made one of the 18 "key high schools" in Zhejiang Province by the government. Its current principal is Wu Guoping. In a 2016 ranking of Chinese high schools that send students to study in American universities, Zhenhai Middle School ranked number 27 in mainland China in terms of the number of students entering top American universities. == School History == In 1732 Jiaochuan Academy, the predecessor of the current Zhenhai High School, was founded as a school of Confucian teaching. The academy was rebuilt into a modern high school in 1911 by a local businessman, Sheng Weibing. Initially, what is today Zhenhai High School offered only a junior high school education. Its first principal was Cao Weikang. Built in the year of China's Republican Revolution, Zhenhai High School was dedicated to the mission of inculcating new thoughts in students and nurturing talents for a rapidly changing Chinese society. == School Campus == The main campus sits on an area of 20 acres (80000 square meters) in Zhenhai, Ningbo. Due to the proximity of the school campus to Zhaobao Mountain and the estuary of Yong River, many historical sites are located within the campus, three of which are recognized as Major Historical and Cultural Site Protected at the National Level. The historical sites within the campus include: Dacheng Hall, built in Taiping Heavenly Kingdom era Xiaocheng Hall, built in Taiping Heavenly Kingdom era Battle of Zhenhai naval victory monument pavilion Yu Dayou monument Lin Zexu ancestry hall == Education == The students of Zhenhai High School mainly come from Ningbo, with a small proportion from other parts of Zhejiang Province. The school's curriculum is largely oriented towards success on exams. Zhenhai High School has a reputation for good National College Entrance Examination performance. Zhenhai High School emphasizes mathematics and science education. Students from Zhenhai High School have won numerous awards in national and international mathematics and science "olympiads" and other competitions. In recent years, following the change in the government's education policy, Zhanhai High School has gradually moved away from the exam-oriented mode and has started to emphasize a well-rounded education. With newly expanded extra-curricular activities and diverse interest groups, Zhenhai High School students can pursue their individual interests in their spare time. Students have won top prizes in national invention competitions and national singing competitions. The school underwent major renovation in 2000 as a result of government funding and donations. It has added a science experiment building, an IT building, a gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool, and a library with over 100,000 books. == School culture == === Boarding culture === Unlike many other schools in Ningbo, 80% of the student population of Zhenhai High School live in the school's dormitories. The school has strict boarding rules and regulations—for example, boarders have to arise each day by 6.30am, and there is study time for boarders each day from 6.15pm to 8.45pm. On weekends, the school organizes activities for those boarders staying in school. The activities includes movie screenings, concerts, and enrichment courses. === Arts festival === The school arts festival has been held in May every year since 1986. It lasts for two weeks. The school invites artists, scientists and alumni to give talks to students. There are also performances of student-directed dramas. During the festival, students' works on photography, calligraphy, and painting are exhibited in the school's multipurpose hall. === Sports meet === Every year in November, the school holds an annual sports meet. Students from both Jiaochuan Academy (former junior section) and Zhenhai High School senior section take part in the meet. Students compete for their own classes. At the end of the event, the class with best results will be named "the best sports class." == Co-corriculum activities == Zhenhai High School has more than 20 extra-curricular activities, including Charity Workstation, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, band, Chinese orchestra, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, maths and science interest groups, astronomy society, seismology club, library club, literature salon, etc., most of which are organized by students. == Notable alumni == He Xiantu: physicist Li Zhijian: physicist Lin Fanghua: mathematician, Bôcher Memorial Prize recipient == References
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Zhenhai Middle School (simplified Chinese: 镇海中学, Hanyu Pinyin: zhèn hǎi zhōng xué), or, in Western terms, Zhenhai High School, is a secondary school in Zhenhai, Ningbo, China. The campus is located in Zhenhai, Ningbo. The history of the school in its contemporary form can be traced back to 1911. It was converted to a business school for a short period during the Republic of China era. The school was forced to relocate several times during the Second World War, moving back to its original location in 1944. In 1956, it merged with Xincheng High School. In 1981, it was made one of the 18 "key high schools" in Zhejiang Province by the government. Its current principal is Wu Guoping. In a 2016 ranking of Chinese high schools that send students to study in American universities, Zhenhai Middle School ranked number 27 in mainland China in terms of the number of students entering top American universities.
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In 1732 Jiaochuan Academy, the predecessor of the current Zhenhai High School, was founded as a school of Confucian teaching. The academy was rebuilt into a modern high school in 1911 by a local businessman, Sheng Weibing. Initially, what is today Zhenhai High School offered only a junior high school education. Its first principal was Cao Weikang. Built in the year of China's Republican Revolution, Zhenhai High School was dedicated to the mission of inculcating new thoughts in students and nurturing talents for a rapidly changing Chinese society.
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The main campus sits on an area of 20 acres (80000 square meters) in Zhenhai, Ningbo. Due to the proximity of the school campus to Zhaobao Mountain and the estuary of Yong River, many historical sites are located within the campus, three of which are recognized as Major Historical and Cultural Site Protected at the National Level. The historical sites within the campus include: Dacheng Hall, built in Taiping Heavenly Kingdom era Xiaocheng Hall, built in Taiping Heavenly Kingdom era Battle of Zhenhai naval victory monument pavilion Yu Dayou monument Lin Zexu ancestry hall
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The students of Zhenhai High School mainly come from Ningbo, with a small proportion from other parts of Zhejiang Province. The school's curriculum is largely oriented towards success on exams. Zhenhai High School has a reputation for good National College Entrance Examination performance. Zhenhai High School emphasizes mathematics and science education. Students from Zhenhai High School have won numerous awards in national and international mathematics and science "olympiads" and other competitions. In recent years, following the change in the government's education policy, Zhanhai High School has gradually moved away from the exam-oriented mode and has started to emphasize a well-rounded education. With newly expanded extra-curricular activities and diverse interest groups, Zhenhai High School students can pursue their individual interests in their spare time. Students have won top prizes in national invention competitions and national singing competitions. The school underwent major renovation in 2000 as a result of government funding and donations. It has added a science experiment building, an IT building, a gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool, and a library with over 100,000 books.
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Unlike many other schools in Ningbo, 80% of the student population of Zhenhai High School live in the school's dormitories. The school has strict boarding rules and regulations—for example, boarders have to arise each day by 6.30am, and there is study time for boarders each day from 6.15pm to 8.45pm. On weekends, the school organizes activities for those boarders staying in school. The activities includes movie screenings, concerts, and enrichment courses.
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The school arts festival has been held in May every year since 1986. It lasts for two weeks. The school invites artists, scientists and alumni to give talks to students. There are also performances of student-directed dramas. During the festival, students' works on photography, calligraphy, and painting are exhibited in the school's multipurpose hall.
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Every year in November, the school holds an annual sports meet. Students from both Jiaochuan Academy (former junior section) and Zhenhai High School senior section take part in the meet. Students compete for their own classes. At the end of the event, the class with best results will be named "the best sports class."
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Zhenhai High School has more than 20 extra-curricular activities, including Charity Workstation, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, band, Chinese orchestra, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, maths and science interest groups, astronomy society, seismology club, library club, literature salon, etc., most of which are organized by students.
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He Xiantu: physicist Li Zhijian: physicist Lin Fanghua: mathematician, Bôcher Memorial Prize recipient
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Mambalam taluk
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References319Mambalam taluk is a taluk of the city district of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was formed in December 2013 from parts of the former Egmore-Nungambakkam taluk and the Mambalam-Guindy taluk. It comprises the neighbourhoods of K. K. Nagar, Kodambakkam, Mambalam, Saligramam, Saidapet and V
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Mambalam taluk is a taluk of the city district of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was formed in December 2013 from parts of the former Egmore-Nungambakkam taluk and the Mambalam-Guindy taluk. It comprises the neighbourhoods of K. K. Nagar, Kodambakkam, Mambalam, Saligramam, Saidapet and V
Walsall F.C. Youth and Reserves
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References1663Walsall Football Club are represented at Reserve and Youth team level by the Walsall Development Squad and Walsall Academy. The Development Squad currently compete in the Central League North-West Division and the Academy team compete in the Youth Alliance North-West Division. Both teams play the majority of their home games at the Birmingham County FA Headquarters at Ray Hall Lane in Perry Barr, although some games are played at the senior side's home Bescot Stadium. The Development Squad is currently managed by John Ward and the Academy side by Graham Biggs. The make up of both sides is usually very similar, with Walsall's Academy side joining more experienced first team players on the fringes of the League One matchday squad and those who are returning from injury, in the majority of Development Squad fixtures. Walsall Development Squad also compete in the Birmingham Senior Cup and Walsall Senior Cup, winning each competition on a number of occasions. === Current Development Squad === As of 30 April 2017. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. == Academy graduates == Walsall's Youth Academy has produced a number of first team players throughout the club's history. In recent years, notable graduates to go on to play in higher divisions include Matty Fryatt, Julian Bennett, Scott Dann, Jamie Paterson, Will Grigg and Troy Deeney. Two graduates have gone on to play full international football for England: Allan Clarke and Michael Ricketts. Clarke had a hugely successful career, scoring a winning goal in an FA Cup final while at
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Walsall Football Club are represented at Reserve and Youth team level by the Walsall Development Squad and Walsall Academy. The Development Squad currently compete in the Central League North-West Division and the Academy team compete in the Youth Alliance North-West Division. Both teams play the majority of their home games at the Birmingham County FA Headquarters at Ray Hall Lane in Perry Barr, although some games are played at the senior side's home Bescot Stadium. The Development Squad is currently managed by John Ward and the Academy side by Graham Biggs. The make up of both sides is usually very similar, with Walsall's Academy side joining more experienced first team players on the fringes of the League One matchday squad and those who are returning from injury, in the majority of Development Squad fixtures. Walsall Development Squad also compete in the Birmingham Senior Cup and Walsall Senior Cup, winning each competition on a number of occasions.
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Walsall's Youth Academy has produced a number of first team players throughout the club's history. In recent years, notable graduates to go on to play in higher divisions include Matty Fryatt, Julian Bennett, Scott Dann, Jamie Paterson, Will Grigg and Troy Deeney. Two graduates have gone on to play full international football for England: Allan Clarke and Michael Ricketts. Clarke had a hugely successful career, scoring a winning goal in an FA Cup final while at
2.2.2-Propellane
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References1750[2.2.2]Propellane, formally tricyclo[2.2.2.01,4]octane is an organic compound, a member of the propellane family. It is a hydrocarbon with formula C8H12, or C2(C2H4)3. Its molecule has three rings with four carbon atoms each, sharing one C–C bond. This compound is unstable (although not as much as [1.1.1]propellane; however it is less persistent than [1.1.1]propellane). The bond angles on the shared carbons are considerably strained: three of them are close to 90°, the other three to 120°. The strain energy is estimated to be 93 kcal/mol (390 kJ/mol). == Synthesis == [2.2.2]Propellane was first synthesized in 1973 by the group of Philip Eaton (who had earlier obtained cubane), according to the following scheme: The synthesis begins with photochemical [2+2]cycloaddition of ethylene on the cyclohexene derivative 1 to produce the bicyclic compound 2, followed by elimination reaction with potassium t-butoxide of acetic acid to cyclobutene 3, followed by another cycloaddition with ethylene to 4. This compound is converted to the diazo ketone 5 by deprotonation (using acetic acid and sodium methoxide) and reaction with tosyl azide. The ketone then undergoes Wolff rearrangement to ketene 6. Ozonolysis forms the ketone 7, another diazotation yields the ketene 8, which undergoes Wolff rearrangement again to the ketene 9. Reaction with dimethylamine affords the [2.2.2]propellane backbone with a dimethylamide substituent 10. The final product 10 was found to spontaneously isomerize in solution to the monocyclic amide 11, with a half-life of 28 minutes at room temperature. == Derivatives == A highly fluorinated [2.2.0]propellane was also synthesized by the group of David Lemal. == See also == [1.1.1]Propel
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[2.2.2]Propellane, formally tricyclo[2.2.2.01,4]octane is an organic compound, a member of the propellane family. It is a hydrocarbon with formula C8H12, or C2(C2H4)3. Its molecule has three rings with four carbon atoms each, sharing one C–C bond. This compound is unstable (although not as much as [1.1.1]propellane; however it is less persistent than [1.1.1]propellane). The bond angles on the shared carbons are considerably strained: three of them are close to 90°, the other three to 120°. The strain energy is estimated to be 93 kcal/mol (390 kJ/mol).
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[2.2.2]Propellane was first synthesized in 1973 by the group of Philip Eaton (who had earlier obtained cubane), according to the following scheme: The synthesis begins with photochemical [2+2]cycloaddition of ethylene on the cyclohexene derivative 1 to produce the bicyclic compound 2, followed by elimination reaction with potassium t-butoxide of acetic acid to cyclobutene 3, followed by another cycloaddition with ethylene to 4. This compound is converted to the diazo ketone 5 by deprotonation (using acetic acid and sodium methoxide) and reaction with tosyl azide. The ketone then undergoes Wolff rearrangement to ketene 6. Ozonolysis forms the ketone 7, another diazotation yields the ketene 8, which undergoes Wolff rearrangement again to the ketene 9. Reaction with dimethylamine affords the [2.2.2]propellane backbone with a dimethylamide substituent 10. The final product 10 was found to spontaneously isomerize in solution to the monocyclic amide 11, with a half-life of 28 minutes at room temperature.
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Prairie City School
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References426Prairie City School is a public school in Prairie City, Oregon, United States that serves students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is the only school in the Prairie City School District. == Academics == In 2008, 73% of the school's seniors received a high school diploma. Of 11 students, eight graduated, none dropped out, one received a modified diploma, and two were still in high school the fo
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Prairie City School is a public school in Prairie City, Oregon, United States that serves students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is the only school in the Prairie City School District.
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Doug Anthony All Stars
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References19846The Doug Anthony All Stars (or Doug Anthony Allstars, DAAS, D.A.A.S. or stylised as D⋆A†A☭S) are an Australian musical comedy, alternative rock and vocal group who initially performed together between 1984 and 1994. The band is an acoustic trio, originally comprising Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson on main vocals and Richard Fidler on guitar and backing vocals. The group reformed in 2014, with Paul Livingston (aka Flacco) replacing Fidler on guitar. DAAS are known for their aggressive, provocative style; their habit of involving audience members and their tendency to attack topical and sometimes controversial issues in their comedy. DAAS began performing as buskers on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were attending university. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, but it was not until they travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 that they first achieved success. They quickly gained popularity in the United Kingdom, where they made numerous television appearances, but remained virtually unknown in Australia until 1989 when they were made regular performers on the Australian comedy show The Big Gig. These appearances gained them recognition, and they remained a popular feature of the show until 1991 when they left to create their own ABC comedy series, DAAS Kapital. The group have released four live recordings and one studio album, DAAS Icon, which achieved some independent success in Australia but was briefly banned in Britain. They also released a collection of dark short stories in 1989, entitled Book, which took a markedly different tone from their comedic stage performances. They also made two live concert videos and one film, The Edinburgh Years. The group split up in 1994, following a final farewell tour of Australia. Although they reunited in 2003 to perform together at a benefit concert, were interviewed together in 2008 in support of their DVD, and reunited for a one-off show to launch the DAAS Kapital DVD in 2013, the three ruled out the suggestion of a reunion tour at the time. In December 2013, McDermott and Ferguson announced they would be performing "as DAAS" for the group's 30th anniversary, at the Canberra Comedy Festival in March 2014, with Paul Livingston performing the role of Fidler. This current line-up has announced subsequent shows in Hobart, Melbourne, Wollongong, Perth, Brisbane and Bendigo, with more dates to follow. == Style == DAAS employ an aggressive, confrontational style, which author and journalist Geoff Bartlett describes as "[pushing] the boundaries of humour and good taste to their absolute limits". They frequently delve into topical and taboo subject matter with songs such as "Commies for Christ" and "I Fuck Dogs". "Long before anyone knew the term, one of our greatest driving forces was to be politically incorrect," said Ferguson. Each band member developed distinctive onstage characters, with McDermott adopting a nasty, mean persona, while Ferguson played a narcissistic character who was "gorgeous but stupid". Fidler initially played the straight man, but as the group became more aggressive he developed into a character who was naturally happy and caring but frequently victimised by his fellow band members. The group drew inspiration from short-lived punk bands like the Fat Sluts, The Lone Reagans and Forbidden Mule, whom Ferguson describes as "like all punk bands... very fast and furious." Much of the band's provocative style emerged from their origins as street performers, where to get people's attention they resorted to outrageous or theatrical tactics—the group would sometimes walk into the street and stop traffic to get noticed. "Sometimes we have to do really ugly or horrendous things to get people's attention, and we're not afraid to do that. We'll hit someone if it gets a bit of discourse going," said McDermott. Neil Pigot, who did some work with the group, describes their style as "a sort of extension of the Python tradition, but very much in an Australian context." He says that DAAS were "crucially important" in the development of Australian comedy, directly contributing to the styles of successful comedy shows such as The D-Generation, Fast Forward and Wogs Out of Work. At the time DAAS emerged, Pigot says, comedy in Australia was dominated by joke-tellers and impersonators. By contrast, DAAS were belligerent and confrontational, frequently attacking topical issues, invading people's personal space and involving the audience in their act. Mark Trevorrow, who frequently collaborated with the group, described their work as "true genius." "Their great shows were among the greatest evenings I've witnessed in my life and their worst shows were among the worst," he said. "They'd whip up an audience and appeal to people's darker side. It was very Dada, what they were doing. And what happens with that is you're just as often likely to have people who want to kill you as applaud you." In addition, ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson says that the group played an important role in raising the profile of Australian comedy overseas, particularly in Britain where DAAS were very popular. British comedian Al Murray said of seeing the group at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988, "they came onstage with the attitude of feral invaders and left it with no taboo untouched." Murray described the All Stars as "an insanely hot act from Oz who sang, cursed, sweated and insulted each other and their audiences with a level of commitment and polish that seemed exotically charged and almost transgressive in the late 80s." DAAS were known for continuing to act, or to remain in character, during interviews. Much of this was just banter, but they also had serious messages. DAAS were often criticising the media and part of this was to tell outrageous lies to journalists during interviews and attempt to see them published as fact. In one of the best-known instances of this, the group told British reporters that their namesake, former Australian politician Doug Anthony, was a much-loved Prime Minister of Australia who had been assassinated on 11 November 1975, by right wing extremists. (In fact, Anthony is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia who had led the right-of-center National Party of Australia from 1971 to 1984.) The lie was printed in The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. This game continued undetected until in 1990 the group told a reporter that they had been cast in Batman and had become great friends with Jack Nicholson, both lies. The story was reported as fact in newspapers around Australia and appeared as a cover story in the TV guide of Melbourne's Herald Sun before the media realised the hoax. == History == === Early years === Tim Ferguson met Richard Fidler busking on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were both attending university. Ferguson recalls: "Richard was playing the guitar—something from Cat Stevens—one day and I walked up to him and we did 'Wild Thing'. I sang a few lyrics and jumped about like a mad thing. Lo and behold we made a stack of money in ten minutes." The two began performing together and joined with another friend, Robert Piper, to form the Doug Anthony All Stars. They derived their name from Doug Anthony, a former Country Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. According to Fidler, during their earlier gigs in clubs and as street performers, Ferguson was "a bit of an explosive hippie" while Fidler and Piper were more reserved. Robert Piper left the group in 1985 due to other commitments. Piper has gone on to a successful career with the United Nations and in March 2013 was named Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. With Piper's departure, Paul McDermott, who performed at one of DAAS's regular clubs, was invited to join. He accepted, although he did not like their material, which he considered too sweet. Fidler says McDermott changed the group's dynamic; he wrote the majority of their songs and prompted a darker tone. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, where they based themselves with a regular gig at the Prince Patrick Hotel in Collingwood, in an effort to save enough money to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe. Initially DAAS found that Melbourne audiences did not respond to their act and to provoke a reaction they became more aggressive, with McDermott and Ferguson adopting more abusive personas and often picking on Fidler's naturally happy but stupid character. They made their first overseas performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987, to sold out crowds. === Successes === Following their Edinburgh Fringe shows, the group enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom, making appearances on numerous BBC comedy shows. In 1988, the group was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award for their performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fidler says that the British people were more receptive to their act at the time than Australians had been. "The whole thing exploded for us when we got there, it was quite incredible. Within a very short time we were doing national television appearances in front of millions of people and playing these enormous shows," he says. They played extensively in Canada, Germany, America and Britain, and finished their time in Britain by appearing on the final episode of the successful Friday Night Live. However, despite the acclaim they were receiving overseas, when they returned to Australia at the end of 1988 they remained unknown. Upon arriving in Melbourne, they struggled to gain a following and went back to busking on the streets. This changed in 1989 when ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson invited them to appear on a new comedy show, The Big Gig. They became a popular feature on the series and appeared in every episode until 1991. In 1989 the group also released a book entitled Book, which was a collection of dark short stories. Many of the stories had been written several years prior, even before the three had started performing together, and adopted a markedly different tone to their comedic, largely ad libbed live shows. Ferguson said that they had wanted to write something that people could read and enjoy without having seen DAAS perform. Book sold 30,000 copies in England within the first two weeks of publication before being banned when DAAS refused to release an edited version of the book or permit a warning sticker on the cover. The issue was taken to court in the same year, where the ban was overturned. DAAS released their first official album, DAAS Icon, in 1990. Two of the featured songs, "I Want to Spill the Blood of a Hippy" and "Bottle", were also released as singles. Icon went on to become the highest selling independent album in Australia, but was banned in the UK due to a reference to the IRA in the song "KRSNA". This was later overturned by a British court. The group continued to appear weekly on The Big Gig until 1991 when their own series, DAAS Kapital, premiered on the ABC. A futuristic half-hour-long sitcom about the band's adventures in an underwater history museum, DAAS Kapital ran for two seven-episode seasons between 1991 and 1992 despite a poor critical reaction. From 1992 they became UK-based, returning to Australia for a short time in 1993 to promote Dead & Alive, a live recording of one of their London shows which was released on CD and VHS. They played at the opening of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and appeared regularly on Britain's Channel 4 variety show Viva Cabaret. The reformed group returned to tour the United Kingdom in 2016, and won the Spirit Of The Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their show at the Pleasance in Edinburgh was chosen by Steve Bennett, editor of Chortle.co.uk, as the second most memorable comedy gig of 2016. === Break-up and reformation === The group held a final farewell tour of Australia in 1994, which was recorded and released on CD by ABC Records as DAAS: The Last Concert. The break-up sparked rumours of a falling out among the trio, although all three denied this, stating that it was simply time to move on. Richard Fidler described it as a matter of practicality: Ferguson wanted to return to Australia to be closer to his young family, while McDermott and Fidler wished to continue working in Britain as they felt they had done everything they had wanted to do in Australia. In June 2010, Tim Ferguson revealed that the break-up was due in large part to personal health issues. Unknown to the public at the time, Ferguson had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 after experiencing symptoms for several years including a few severe episodes while touring in 1993. The symptoms affected his mobility, causing him to struggle with choreography and physical routines onstage and eventually, he says, "it was clear I couldn't remain a Doug Anthony Allstar with whatever this was". Still coming to terms with his diagnosis, Ferguson chose to keep it private, telling few people outside of his close friends and family. "I didn't want other people to know," he says. "I didn't want it to be coming up in conversation with strangers." In July 2003, DAAS reunited for the first time since their break-up to perform at a special gala comedy event called "For Holly". Dedicated to the memory of Holly Robinson—a casting director for Home and Away and the daughter of The Big Gig's Ted Robinson—who had died of cancer the month before, the concert was a fundraising benefit for research into the disease. At Holly's request, the three also performed the Hunters & Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me", a song they had frequently covered in the group's later years, at her funeral. A DAAS DVD entitled The Unlimited Uncollectible Sterling Deluxe Edition, a 2-disc collection of their performances from the first two seasons of The Big Gig, was released on 6 November 2008. Ferguson, Fidler and McDermott recorded a commentary track for the DVD and made several media appearances together to promote its release, but the three ruled out the prospect of a reunion tour. "We certainly catch up for barbecues, but not as a comedy group," McDermott said. DAAS reunited for a one-off show to launch the DVD of the TV series DAAS Kapital on 13 April 2013 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After an hiatus, McDermott, Ferguson and Paul Livingston (performing the role of Fidler) performed "as DAAS" for their 30th anniversary at the Canberra Comedy Festival, held in March 2014. They have since permanently reformed the band, and have done several tours of Australia and the United Kingdom. Although Fidler had been advocating for the group to reform for years, his work commitments with ABC Radio prevented him from participating and Livingston again filled his place as the group's guitarist. In 2016, Livingston wrote a memoir titled D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall, which chronicled his association with the group in the 1980s and 90s as a support act and collaborator, and then as a member of the reformed group. === Subsequent work === Initially, McDermott was not interested in further pursuing comedy, which he came to regard as an "aberration". However, in 1996 he returned to television after being recruited by Ted Robinson to host the satirical news-based quiz show Good News Week. McDermott hosted the show until its cancellation in 2000 and returned to this role when the series was renewed in 2008. He reunited with Robinson again in 2007 when he was named host of a new ABC variety program, The Sideshow, a show described as a successor to The Big Gig. Although it quickly built a strong cult audience, the show did not rate well and was cancelled after its initial run of 26 episodes. In addition to his television work, McDermott has continued to be involved in live comedy. He has frequently participated in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, having often captained one of the two competing teams in the festival's Great Debate since his first debate appearance in 1994. At the 2002 festival he not only presented a solo comedy show titled "Comedyoscopy", but also performed with Cameron Bruce and Mick Moriarty in a music-based comedy trio called GUD. McDermott described GUD as being in a similar vein to DAAS in that it revolved around music, comedy and the inter-relationships between the band members onstage. In 1996 Ferguson hosted the Nine Network's comedy game show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, and after the show's cancellation Nine kept him on to develop new television pilots. However, the network was not sure how best to use his talents, and Ferguson left to pursue other work. During this time he wrote his first novel, Left, Right and Centre: A Tale Of Greed, Sex And Power, a political satire. His subsequent television credits have included Unreal TV, Big Brother, Funky Squad and Shock Jock, a 2001 cable sitcom which he also wrote and produced. He has also built a strong career as a corporate event performer and was a sessional lecturer at RMIT University, where he taught narrative comedy for the Professional Screenwriting Advanced Diploma. In 2010, he released a guide to comedy writing, The Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy. In 2010, Ferguson hosted and co-produced WTF – With Tim Ferguson, a comedy chat show on community television station C31 Melbourne. In 2015, Ferguson co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Spin Out, which was released by Sony Pictures in 2016. He has co-written and produced a performance piece for orchestras, Billie and the Dinosaurs, which will debut in early 2018 at the Music for Canberra community school of which he is a patron. After leaving DAAS, Fidler became heavily involved in computers and multimedia. In 1996 he wrote the award-winning CD-ROM Real Wild Child, a history of Australian rock and roll. Fidler also wrote a regular monthly column for internet.au magazine on the digital media world, and contributed an essay to the Australian Constitutional Convention website [1]. Although he had not initially intended to return to television, he has hosted various TV shows since 1996, including Race Around the World, Aftershock, Mouthing Off and Vulture; and spent three years in management as an editor of ABC TV comedy before deciding he "wasn't cut out to be a manager". In 2005 Fidler ventured into radio, fronting the 7–10pm shift on ABC Local Radio station 612 ABC Brisbane. Since 2006, he has hosted the 11 am–3pm shift on 612 ABC Brisbane, with the show's first hour—known as The Conversation Hour—also broadcast on 702 ABC Sydney. He currently hosts Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC's Radio National. In 2011, Fidler co-wrote a satirical book on Australian politics titled, Jack the Insider: The Insider's Guide to Power in Australia, released by Random House Books, New Zealand. Original and founding member Robert Piper entered into a very successful career with the United Nations, serving in Cambodia, New York, Serbia, and other countries, and later worked for the Clinton Administration. == Members == Current Members Tim Ferguson – vocals (1984–1994, 2014–present) Paul McDermott – vocals (1985–1994, 2014–present) Paul Livingston – guitar (2014–present) Past Members Richard Fidler – guitar, vocals (1984–1994) Robert Piper – vocals (1984) === Timeline === == Discography == DAAS Icon (1990) Dead & Alive (1993) DAAS Bootleg – Live in Edinburgh (1994) The Last Concert (1995) == References == == External links == AustralianComedy.net – DAAS Fan Forum The Doug Anthony All Stars
External links19865The Doug Anthony All Stars (or Doug Anthony Allstars, DAAS, D.A.A.S. or stylised as D⋆A†A☭S) are an Australian musical comedy, alternative rock and vocal group who initially performed together between 1984 and 1994. The band is an acoustic trio, originally comprising Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson on main vocals and Richard Fidler on guitar and backing vocals. The group reformed in 2014, with Paul Livingston (aka Flacco) replacing Fidler on guitar. DAAS are known for their aggressive, provocative style; their habit of involving audience members and their tendency to attack topical and sometimes controversial issues in their comedy. DAAS began performing as buskers on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were attending university. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, but it was not until they travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 that they first achieved success. They quickly gained popularity in the United Kingdom, where they made numerous television appearances, but remained virtually unknown in Australia until 1989 when they were made regular performers on the Australian comedy show The Big Gig. These appearances gained them recognition, and they remained a popular feature of the show until 1991 when they left to create their own ABC comedy series, DAAS Kapital. The group have released four live recordings and one studio album, DAAS Icon, which achieved some independent success in Australia but was briefly banned in Britain. They also released a collection of dark short stories in 1989, entitled Book, which took a markedly different tone from their comedic stage performances. They also made two live concert videos and one film, The Edinburgh Years. The group split up in 1994, following a final farewell tour of Australia. Although they reunited in 2003 to perform together at a benefit concert, were interviewed together in 2008 in support of their DVD, and reunited for a one-off show to launch the DAAS Kapital DVD in 2013, the three ruled out the suggestion of a reunion tour at the time. In December 2013, McDermott and Ferguson announced they would be performing "as DAAS" for the group's 30th anniversary, at the Canberra Comedy Festival in March 2014, with Paul Livingston performing the role of Fidler. This current line-up has announced subsequent shows in Hobart, Melbourne, Wollongong, Perth, Brisbane and Bendigo, with more dates to follow. == Style == DAAS employ an aggressive, confrontational style, which author and journalist Geoff Bartlett describes as "[pushing] the boundaries of humour and good taste to their absolute limits". They frequently delve into topical and taboo subject matter with songs such as "Commies for Christ" and "I Fuck Dogs". "Long before anyone knew the term, one of our greatest driving forces was to be politically incorrect," said Ferguson. Each band member developed distinctive onstage characters, with McDermott adopting a nasty, mean persona, while Ferguson played a narcissistic character who was "gorgeous but stupid". Fidler initially played the straight man, but as the group became more aggressive he developed into a character who was naturally happy and caring but frequently victimised by his fellow band members. The group drew inspiration from short-lived punk bands like the Fat Sluts, The Lone Reagans and Forbidden Mule, whom Ferguson describes as "like all punk bands... very fast and furious." Much of the band's provocative style emerged from their origins as street performers, where to get people's attention they resorted to outrageous or theatrical tactics—the group would sometimes walk into the street and stop traffic to get noticed. "Sometimes we have to do really ugly or horrendous things to get people's attention, and we're not afraid to do that. We'll hit someone if it gets a bit of discourse going," said McDermott. Neil Pigot, who did some work with the group, describes their style as "a sort of extension of the Python tradition, but very much in an Australian context." He says that DAAS were "crucially important" in the development of Australian comedy, directly contributing to the styles of successful comedy shows such as The D-Generation, Fast Forward and Wogs Out of Work. At the time DAAS emerged, Pigot says, comedy in Australia was dominated by joke-tellers and impersonators. By contrast, DAAS were belligerent and confrontational, frequently attacking topical issues, invading people's personal space and involving the audience in their act. Mark Trevorrow, who frequently collaborated with the group, described their work as "true genius." "Their great shows were among the greatest evenings I've witnessed in my life and their worst shows were among the worst," he said. "They'd whip up an audience and appeal to people's darker side. It was very Dada, what they were doing. And what happens with that is you're just as often likely to have people who want to kill you as applaud you." In addition, ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson says that the group played an important role in raising the profile of Australian comedy overseas, particularly in Britain where DAAS were very popular. British comedian Al Murray said of seeing the group at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988, "they came onstage with the attitude of feral invaders and left it with no taboo untouched." Murray described the All Stars as "an insanely hot act from Oz who sang, cursed, sweated and insulted each other and their audiences with a level of commitment and polish that seemed exotically charged and almost transgressive in the late 80s." DAAS were known for continuing to act, or to remain in character, during interviews. Much of this was just banter, but they also had serious messages. DAAS were often criticising the media and part of this was to tell outrageous lies to journalists during interviews and attempt to see them published as fact. In one of the best-known instances of this, the group told British reporters that their namesake, former Australian politician Doug Anthony, was a much-loved Prime Minister of Australia who had been assassinated on 11 November 1975, by right wing extremists. (In fact, Anthony is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia who had led the right-of-center National Party of Australia from 1971 to 1984.) The lie was printed in The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. This game continued undetected until in 1990 the group told a reporter that they had been cast in Batman and had become great friends with Jack Nicholson, both lies. The story was reported as fact in newspapers around Australia and appeared as a cover story in the TV guide of Melbourne's Herald Sun before the media realised the hoax. == History == === Early years === Tim Ferguson met Richard Fidler busking on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were both attending university. Ferguson recalls: "Richard was playing the guitar—something from Cat Stevens—one day and I walked up to him and we did 'Wild Thing'. I sang a few lyrics and jumped about like a mad thing. Lo and behold we made a stack of money in ten minutes." The two began performing together and joined with another friend, Robert Piper, to form the Doug Anthony All Stars. They derived their name from Doug Anthony, a former Country Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. According to Fidler, during their earlier gigs in clubs and as street performers, Ferguson was "a bit of an explosive hippie" while Fidler and Piper were more reserved. Robert Piper left the group in 1985 due to other commitments. Piper has gone on to a successful career with the United Nations and in March 2013 was named Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. With Piper's departure, Paul McDermott, who performed at one of DAAS's regular clubs, was invited to join. He accepted, although he did not like their material, which he considered too sweet. Fidler says McDermott changed the group's dynamic; he wrote the majority of their songs and prompted a darker tone. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, where they based themselves with a regular gig at the Prince Patrick Hotel in Collingwood, in an effort to save enough money to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe. Initially DAAS found that Melbourne audiences did not respond to their act and to provoke a reaction they became more aggressive, with McDermott and Ferguson adopting more abusive personas and often picking on Fidler's naturally happy but stupid character. They made their first overseas performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987, to sold out crowds. === Successes === Following their Edinburgh Fringe shows, the group enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom, making appearances on numerous BBC comedy shows. In 1988, the group was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award for their performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fidler says that the British people were more receptive to their act at the time than Australians had been. "The whole thing exploded for us when we got there, it was quite incredible. Within a very short time we were doing national television appearances in front of millions of people and playing these enormous shows," he says. They played extensively in Canada, Germany, America and Britain, and finished their time in Britain by appearing on the final episode of the successful Friday Night Live. However, despite the acclaim they were receiving overseas, when they returned to Australia at the end of 1988 they remained unknown. Upon arriving in Melbourne, they struggled to gain a following and went back to busking on the streets. This changed in 1989 when ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson invited them to appear on a new comedy show, The Big Gig. They became a popular feature on the series and appeared in every episode until 1991. In 1989 the group also released a book entitled Book, which was a collection of dark short stories. Many of the stories had been written several years prior, even before the three had started performing together, and adopted a markedly different tone to their comedic, largely ad libbed live shows. Ferguson said that they had wanted to write something that people could read and enjoy without having seen DAAS perform. Book sold 30,000 copies in England within the first two weeks of publication before being banned when DAAS refused to release an edited version of the book or permit a warning sticker on the cover. The issue was taken to court in the same year, where the ban was overturned. DAAS released their first official album, DAAS Icon, in 1990. Two of the featured songs, "I Want to Spill the Blood of a Hippy" and "Bottle", were also released as singles. Icon went on to become the highest selling independent album in Australia, but was banned in the UK due to a reference to the IRA in the song "KRSNA". This was later overturned by a British court. The group continued to appear weekly on The Big Gig until 1991 when their own series, DAAS Kapital, premiered on the ABC. A futuristic half-hour-long sitcom about the band's adventures in an underwater history museum, DAAS Kapital ran for two seven-episode seasons between 1991 and 1992 despite a poor critical reaction. From 1992 they became UK-based, returning to Australia for a short time in 1993 to promote Dead & Alive, a live recording of one of their London shows which was released on CD and VHS. They played at the opening of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and appeared regularly on Britain's Channel 4 variety show Viva Cabaret. The reformed group returned to tour the United Kingdom in 2016, and won the Spirit Of The Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their show at the Pleasance in Edinburgh was chosen by Steve Bennett, editor of Chortle.co.uk, as the second most memorable comedy gig of 2016. === Break-up and reformation === The group held a final farewell tour of Australia in 1994, which was recorded and released on CD by ABC Records as DAAS: The Last Concert. The break-up sparked rumours of a falling out among the trio, although all three denied this, stating that it was simply time to move on. Richard Fidler described it as a matter of practicality: Ferguson wanted to return to Australia to be closer to his young family, while McDermott and Fidler wished to continue working in Britain as they felt they had done everything they had wanted to do in Australia. In June 2010, Tim Ferguson revealed that the break-up was due in large part to personal health issues. Unknown to the public at the time, Ferguson had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 after experiencing symptoms for several years including a few severe episodes while touring in 1993. The symptoms affected his mobility, causing him to struggle with choreography and physical routines onstage and eventually, he says, "it was clear I couldn't remain a Doug Anthony Allstar with whatever this was". Still coming to terms with his diagnosis, Ferguson chose to keep it private, telling few people outside of his close friends and family. "I didn't want other people to know," he says. "I didn't want it to be coming up in conversation with strangers." In July 2003, DAAS reunited for the first time since their break-up to perform at a special gala comedy event called "For Holly". Dedicated to the memory of Holly Robinson—a casting director for Home and Away and the daughter of The Big Gig's Ted Robinson—who had died of cancer the month before, the concert was a fundraising benefit for research into the disease. At Holly's request, the three also performed the Hunters & Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me", a song they had frequently covered in the group's later years, at her funeral. A DAAS DVD entitled The Unlimited Uncollectible Sterling Deluxe Edition, a 2-disc collection of their performances from the first two seasons of The Big Gig, was released on 6 November 2008. Ferguson, Fidler and McDermott recorded a commentary track for the DVD and made several media appearances together to promote its release, but the three ruled out the prospect of a reunion tour. "We certainly catch up for barbecues, but not as a comedy group," McDermott said. DAAS reunited for a one-off show to launch the DVD of the TV series DAAS Kapital on 13 April 2013 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After an hiatus, McDermott, Ferguson and Paul Livingston (performing the role of Fidler) performed "as DAAS" for their 30th anniversary at the Canberra Comedy Festival, held in March 2014. They have since permanently reformed the band, and have done several tours of Australia and the United Kingdom. Although Fidler had been advocating for the group to reform for years, his work commitments with ABC Radio prevented him from participating and Livingston again filled his place as the group's guitarist. In 2016, Livingston wrote a memoir titled D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall, which chronicled his association with the group in the 1980s and 90s as a support act and collaborator, and then as a member of the reformed group. === Subsequent work === Initially, McDermott was not interested in further pursuing comedy, which he came to regard as an "aberration". However, in 1996 he returned to television after being recruited by Ted Robinson to host the satirical news-based quiz show Good News Week. McDermott hosted the show until its cancellation in 2000 and returned to this role when the series was renewed in 2008. He reunited with Robinson again in 2007 when he was named host of a new ABC variety program, The Sideshow, a show described as a successor to The Big Gig. Although it quickly built a strong cult audience, the show did not rate well and was cancelled after its initial run of 26 episodes. In addition to his television work, McDermott has continued to be involved in live comedy. He has frequently participated in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, having often captained one of the two competing teams in the festival's Great Debate since his first debate appearance in 1994. At the 2002 festival he not only presented a solo comedy show titled "Comedyoscopy", but also performed with Cameron Bruce and Mick Moriarty in a music-based comedy trio called GUD. McDermott described GUD as being in a similar vein to DAAS in that it revolved around music, comedy and the inter-relationships between the band members onstage. In 1996 Ferguson hosted the Nine Network's comedy game show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, and after the show's cancellation Nine kept him on to develop new television pilots. However, the network was not sure how best to use his talents, and Ferguson left to pursue other work. During this time he wrote his first novel, Left, Right and Centre: A Tale Of Greed, Sex And Power, a political satire. His subsequent television credits have included Unreal TV, Big Brother, Funky Squad and Shock Jock, a 2001 cable sitcom which he also wrote and produced. He has also built a strong career as a corporate event performer and was a sessional lecturer at RMIT University, where he taught narrative comedy for the Professional Screenwriting Advanced Diploma. In 2010, he released a guide to comedy writing, The Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy. In 2010, Ferguson hosted and co-produced WTF – With Tim Ferguson, a comedy chat show on community television station C31 Melbourne. In 2015, Ferguson co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Spin Out, which was released by Sony Pictures in 2016. He has co-written and produced a performance piece for orchestras, Billie and the Dinosaurs, which will debut in early 2018 at the Music for Canberra community school of which he is a patron. After leaving DAAS, Fidler became heavily involved in computers and multimedia. In 1996 he wrote the award-winning CD-ROM Real Wild Child, a history of Australian rock and roll. Fidler also wrote a regular monthly column for internet.au magazine on the digital media world, and contributed an essay to the Australian Constitutional Convention website [1]. Although he had not initially intended to return to television, he has hosted various TV shows since 1996, including Race Around the World, Aftershock, Mouthing Off and Vulture; and spent three years in management as an editor of ABC TV comedy before deciding he "wasn't cut out to be a manager". In 2005 Fidler ventured into radio, fronting the 7–10pm shift on ABC Local Radio station 612 ABC Brisbane. Since 2006, he has hosted the 11 am–3pm shift on 612 ABC Brisbane, with the show's first hour—known as The Conversation Hour—also broadcast on 702 ABC Sydney. He currently hosts Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC's Radio National. In 2011, Fidler co-wrote a satirical book on Australian politics titled, Jack the Insider: The Insider's Guide to Power in Australia, released by Random House Books, New Zealand. Original and founding member Robert Piper entered into a very successful career with the United Nations, serving in Cambodia, New York, Serbia, and other countries, and later worked for the Clinton Administration. == Members == Current Members Tim Ferguson – vocals (1984–1994, 2014–present) Paul McDermott – vocals (1985–1994, 2014–present) Paul Livingston – guitar (2014–present) Past Members Richard Fidler – guitar, vocals (1984–1994) Robert Piper – vocals (1984) === Timeline === == Discography == DAAS Icon (1990) Dead & Alive (1993) DAAS Bootleg – Live in Edinburgh (1994) The Last Concert (1995) == References == == External links == AustralianComedy.net – DAAS Fan Forum The Doug Anthony All Stars
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The Doug Anthony All Stars (or Doug Anthony Allstars, DAAS, D.A.A.S. or stylised as D⋆A†A☭S) are an Australian musical comedy, alternative rock and vocal group who initially performed together between 1984 and 1994. The band is an acoustic trio, originally comprising Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson on main vocals and Richard Fidler on guitar and backing vocals. The group reformed in 2014, with Paul Livingston (aka Flacco) replacing Fidler on guitar. DAAS are known for their aggressive, provocative style; their habit of involving audience members and their tendency to attack topical and sometimes controversial issues in their comedy. DAAS began performing as buskers on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were attending university. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, but it was not until they travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 that they first achieved success. They quickly gained popularity in the United Kingdom, where they made numerous television appearances, but remained virtually unknown in Australia until 1989 when they were made regular performers on the Australian comedy show The Big Gig. These appearances gained them recognition, and they remained a popular feature of the show until 1991 when they left to create their own ABC comedy series, DAAS Kapital. The group have released four live recordings and one studio album, DAAS Icon, which achieved some independent success in Australia but was briefly banned in Britain. They also released a collection of dark short stories in 1989, entitled Book, which took a markedly different tone from their comedic stage performances. They also made two live concert videos and one film, The Edinburgh Years. The group split up in 1994, following a final farewell tour of Australia. Although they reunited in 2003 to perform together at a benefit concert, were interviewed together in 2008 in support of their DVD, and reunited for a one-off show to launch the DAAS Kapital DVD in 2013, the three ruled out the suggestion of a reunion tour at the time. In December 2013, McDermott and Ferguson announced they would be performing "as DAAS" for the group's 30th anniversary, at the Canberra Comedy Festival in March 2014, with Paul Livingston performing the role of Fidler. This current line-up has announced subsequent shows in Hobart, Melbourne, Wollongong, Perth, Brisbane and Bendigo, with more dates to follow.
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DAAS employ an aggressive, confrontational style, which author and journalist Geoff Bartlett describes as "[pushing] the boundaries of humour and good taste to their absolute limits". They frequently delve into topical and taboo subject matter with songs such as "Commies for Christ" and "I Fuck Dogs". "Long before anyone knew the term, one of our greatest driving forces was to be politically incorrect," said Ferguson. Each band member developed distinctive onstage characters, with McDermott adopting a nasty, mean persona, while Ferguson played a narcissistic character who was "gorgeous but stupid". Fidler initially played the straight man, but as the group became more aggressive he developed into a character who was naturally happy and caring but frequently victimised by his fellow band members. The group drew inspiration from short-lived punk bands like the Fat Sluts, The Lone Reagans and Forbidden Mule, whom Ferguson describes as "like all punk bands... very fast and furious." Much of the band's provocative style emerged from their origins as street performers, where to get people's attention they resorted to outrageous or theatrical tactics—the group would sometimes walk into the street and stop traffic to get noticed. "Sometimes we have to do really ugly or horrendous things to get people's attention, and we're not afraid to do that. We'll hit someone if it gets a bit of discourse going," said McDermott. Neil Pigot, who did some work with the group, describes their style as "a sort of extension of the Python tradition, but very much in an Australian context." He says that DAAS were "crucially important" in the development of Australian comedy, directly contributing to the styles of successful comedy shows such as The D-Generation, Fast Forward and Wogs Out of Work. At the time DAAS emerged, Pigot says, comedy in Australia was dominated by joke-tellers and impersonators. By contrast, DAAS were belligerent and confrontational, frequently attacking topical issues, invading people's personal space and involving the audience in their act. Mark Trevorrow, who frequently collaborated with the group, described their work as "true genius." "Their great shows were among the greatest evenings I've witnessed in my life and their worst shows were among the worst," he said. "They'd whip up an audience and appeal to people's darker side. It was very Dada, what they were doing. And what happens with that is you're just as often likely to have people who want to kill you as applaud you." In addition, ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson says that the group played an important role in raising the profile of Australian comedy overseas, particularly in Britain where DAAS were very popular. British comedian Al Murray said of seeing the group at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988, "they came onstage with the attitude of feral invaders and left it with no taboo untouched." Murray described the All Stars as "an insanely hot act from Oz who sang, cursed, sweated and insulted each other and their audiences with a level of commitment and polish that seemed exotically charged and almost transgressive in the late 80s." DAAS were known for continuing to act, or to remain in character, during interviews. Much of this was just banter, but they also had serious messages. DAAS were often criticising the media and part of this was to tell outrageous lies to journalists during interviews and attempt to see them published as fact. In one of the best-known instances of this, the group told British reporters that their namesake, former Australian politician Doug Anthony, was a much-loved Prime Minister of Australia who had been assassinated on 11 November 1975, by right wing extremists. (In fact, Anthony is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia who had led the right-of-center National Party of Australia from 1971 to 1984.) The lie was printed in The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. This game continued undetected until in 1990 the group told a reporter that they had been cast in Batman and had become great friends with Jack Nicholson, both lies. The story was reported as fact in newspapers around Australia and appeared as a cover story in the TV guide of Melbourne's Herald Sun before the media realised the hoax.
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Tim Ferguson met Richard Fidler busking on the streets of Canberra in 1984, while they were both attending university. Ferguson recalls: "Richard was playing the guitar—something from Cat Stevens—one day and I walked up to him and we did 'Wild Thing'. I sang a few lyrics and jumped about like a mad thing. Lo and behold we made a stack of money in ten minutes." The two began performing together and joined with another friend, Robert Piper, to form the Doug Anthony All Stars. They derived their name from Doug Anthony, a former Country Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. According to Fidler, during their earlier gigs in clubs and as street performers, Ferguson was "a bit of an explosive hippie" while Fidler and Piper were more reserved. Robert Piper left the group in 1985 due to other commitments. Piper has gone on to a successful career with the United Nations and in March 2013 was named Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. With Piper's departure, Paul McDermott, who performed at one of DAAS's regular clubs, was invited to join. He accepted, although he did not like their material, which he considered too sweet. Fidler says McDermott changed the group's dynamic; he wrote the majority of their songs and prompted a darker tone. After winning the Pick of the Fringe award at the 1986 Adelaide Fringe Festival, the group relocated from Canberra to Melbourne, where they based themselves with a regular gig at the Prince Patrick Hotel in Collingwood, in an effort to save enough money to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe. Initially DAAS found that Melbourne audiences did not respond to their act and to provoke a reaction they became more aggressive, with McDermott and Ferguson adopting more abusive personas and often picking on Fidler's naturally happy but stupid character. They made their first overseas performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987, to sold out crowds.
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Following their Edinburgh Fringe shows, the group enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom, making appearances on numerous BBC comedy shows. In 1988, the group was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award for their performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fidler says that the British people were more receptive to their act at the time than Australians had been. "The whole thing exploded for us when we got there, it was quite incredible. Within a very short time we were doing national television appearances in front of millions of people and playing these enormous shows," he says. They played extensively in Canada, Germany, America and Britain, and finished their time in Britain by appearing on the final episode of the successful Friday Night Live. However, despite the acclaim they were receiving overseas, when they returned to Australia at the end of 1988 they remained unknown. Upon arriving in Melbourne, they struggled to gain a following and went back to busking on the streets. This changed in 1989 when ABC comedy producer Ted Robinson invited them to appear on a new comedy show, The Big Gig. They became a popular feature on the series and appeared in every episode until 1991. In 1989 the group also released a book entitled Book, which was a collection of dark short stories. Many of the stories had been written several years prior, even before the three had started performing together, and adopted a markedly different tone to their comedic, largely ad libbed live shows. Ferguson said that they had wanted to write something that people could read and enjoy without having seen DAAS perform. Book sold 30,000 copies in England within the first two weeks of publication before being banned when DAAS refused to release an edited version of the book or permit a warning sticker on the cover. The issue was taken to court in the same year, where the ban was overturned. DAAS released their first official album, DAAS Icon, in 1990. Two of the featured songs, "I Want to Spill the Blood of a Hippy" and "Bottle", were also released as singles. Icon went on to become the highest selling independent album in Australia, but was banned in the UK due to a reference to the IRA in the song "KRSNA". This was later overturned by a British court. The group continued to appear weekly on The Big Gig until 1991 when their own series, DAAS Kapital, premiered on the ABC. A futuristic half-hour-long sitcom about the band's adventures in an underwater history museum, DAAS Kapital ran for two seven-episode seasons between 1991 and 1992 despite a poor critical reaction. From 1992 they became UK-based, returning to Australia for a short time in 1993 to promote Dead & Alive, a live recording of one of their London shows which was released on CD and VHS. They played at the opening of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and appeared regularly on Britain's Channel 4 variety show Viva Cabaret. The reformed group returned to tour the United Kingdom in 2016, and won the Spirit Of The Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their show at the Pleasance in Edinburgh was chosen by Steve Bennett, editor of Chortle.co.uk, as the second most memorable comedy gig of 2016.
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The group held a final farewell tour of Australia in 1994, which was recorded and released on CD by ABC Records as DAAS: The Last Concert. The break-up sparked rumours of a falling out among the trio, although all three denied this, stating that it was simply time to move on. Richard Fidler described it as a matter of practicality: Ferguson wanted to return to Australia to be closer to his young family, while McDermott and Fidler wished to continue working in Britain as they felt they had done everything they had wanted to do in Australia. In June 2010, Tim Ferguson revealed that the break-up was due in large part to personal health issues. Unknown to the public at the time, Ferguson had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 after experiencing symptoms for several years including a few severe episodes while touring in 1993. The symptoms affected his mobility, causing him to struggle with choreography and physical routines onstage and eventually, he says, "it was clear I couldn't remain a Doug Anthony Allstar with whatever this was". Still coming to terms with his diagnosis, Ferguson chose to keep it private, telling few people outside of his close friends and family. "I didn't want other people to know," he says. "I didn't want it to be coming up in conversation with strangers." In July 2003, DAAS reunited for the first time since their break-up to perform at a special gala comedy event called "For Holly". Dedicated to the memory of Holly Robinson—a casting director for Home and Away and the daughter of The Big Gig's Ted Robinson—who had died of cancer the month before, the concert was a fundraising benefit for research into the disease. At Holly's request, the three also performed the Hunters & Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me", a song they had frequently covered in the group's later years, at her funeral. A DAAS DVD entitled The Unlimited Uncollectible Sterling Deluxe Edition, a 2-disc collection of their performances from the first two seasons of The Big Gig, was released on 6 November 2008. Ferguson, Fidler and McDermott recorded a commentary track for the DVD and made several media appearances together to promote its release, but the three ruled out the prospect of a reunion tour. "We certainly catch up for barbecues, but not as a comedy group," McDermott said. DAAS reunited for a one-off show to launch the DVD of the TV series DAAS Kapital on 13 April 2013 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After an hiatus, McDermott, Ferguson and Paul Livingston (performing the role of Fidler) performed "as DAAS" for their 30th anniversary at the Canberra Comedy Festival, held in March 2014. They have since permanently reformed the band, and have done several tours of Australia and the United Kingdom. Although Fidler had been advocating for the group to reform for years, his work commitments with ABC Radio prevented him from participating and Livingston again filled his place as the group's guitarist. In 2016, Livingston wrote a memoir titled D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall, which chronicled his association with the group in the 1980s and 90s as a support act and collaborator, and then as a member of the reformed group.
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Initially, McDermott was not interested in further pursuing comedy, which he came to regard as an "aberration". However, in 1996 he returned to television after being recruited by Ted Robinson to host the satirical news-based quiz show Good News Week. McDermott hosted the show until its cancellation in 2000 and returned to this role when the series was renewed in 2008. He reunited with Robinson again in 2007 when he was named host of a new ABC variety program, The Sideshow, a show described as a successor to The Big Gig. Although it quickly built a strong cult audience, the show did not rate well and was cancelled after its initial run of 26 episodes. In addition to his television work, McDermott has continued to be involved in live comedy. He has frequently participated in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, having often captained one of the two competing teams in the festival's Great Debate since his first debate appearance in 1994. At the 2002 festival he not only presented a solo comedy show titled "Comedyoscopy", but also performed with Cameron Bruce and Mick Moriarty in a music-based comedy trio called GUD. McDermott described GUD as being in a similar vein to DAAS in that it revolved around music, comedy and the inter-relationships between the band members onstage. In 1996 Ferguson hosted the Nine Network's comedy game show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, and after the show's cancellation Nine kept him on to develop new television pilots. However, the network was not sure how best to use his talents, and Ferguson left to pursue other work. During this time he wrote his first novel, Left, Right and Centre: A Tale Of Greed, Sex And Power, a political satire. His subsequent television credits have included Unreal TV, Big Brother, Funky Squad and Shock Jock, a 2001 cable sitcom which he also wrote and produced. He has also built a strong career as a corporate event performer and was a sessional lecturer at RMIT University, where he taught narrative comedy for the Professional Screenwriting Advanced Diploma. In 2010, he released a guide to comedy writing, The Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy. In 2010, Ferguson hosted and co-produced WTF – With Tim Ferguson, a comedy chat show on community television station C31 Melbourne. In 2015, Ferguson co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Spin Out, which was released by Sony Pictures in 2016. He has co-written and produced a performance piece for orchestras, Billie and the Dinosaurs, which will debut in early 2018 at the Music for Canberra community school of which he is a patron. After leaving DAAS, Fidler became heavily involved in computers and multimedia. In 1996 he wrote the award-winning CD-ROM Real Wild Child, a history of Australian rock and roll. Fidler also wrote a regular monthly column for internet.au magazine on the digital media world, and contributed an essay to the Australian Constitutional Convention website [1]. Although he had not initially intended to return to television, he has hosted various TV shows since 1996, including Race Around the World, Aftershock, Mouthing Off and Vulture; and spent three years in management as an editor of ABC TV comedy before deciding he "wasn't cut out to be a manager". In 2005 Fidler ventured into radio, fronting the 7–10pm shift on ABC Local Radio station 612 ABC Brisbane. Since 2006, he has hosted the 11 am–3pm shift on 612 ABC Brisbane, with the show's first hour—known as The Conversation Hour—also broadcast on 702 ABC Sydney. He currently hosts Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC's Radio National. In 2011, Fidler co-wrote a satirical book on Australian politics titled, Jack the Insider: The Insider's Guide to Power in Australia, released by Random House Books, New Zealand. Original and founding member Robert Piper entered into a very successful career with the United Nations, serving in Cambodia, New York, Serbia, and other countries, and later worked for the Clinton Administration.
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Current Members Tim Ferguson – vocals (1984–1994, 2014–present) Paul McDermott – vocals (1985–1994, 2014–present) Paul Livingston – guitar (2014–present) Past Members Richard Fidler – guitar, vocals (1984–1994) Robert Piper – vocals (1984)
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DAAS Icon (1990) Dead & Alive (1993) DAAS Bootleg – Live in Edinburgh (1994) The Last Concert (1995)
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AustralianComedy.net – DAAS Fan Forum The Doug Anthony All Stars
Protolychnis marginata
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References691Protolychnis marginata is a moth in the Lecithoceridae family. It was described by Walsingham in 1891. It is found in Gambia, Sudan and South Africa. The wingspan is about 14 mm. The forewings are tawny fuscous, narrowly pale ochreous along the costa to a little beyond the middle. This pale ochreous costal streak is wider at the base, tapering outwards, and there is a fuscous shade on the extreme costal margin at the base. On the dark portion of the wing are two small obscure dark tawny brown spots, one at the upper edge of the cell before the middle, another just beyond the middle at the end of the cell, and equidistant from the costal and dorsal margins. The hindwi
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Protolychnis marginata is a moth in the Lecithoceridae family. It was described by Walsingham in 1891. It is found in Gambia, Sudan and South Africa. The wingspan is about 14 mm. The forewings are tawny fuscous, narrowly pale ochreous along the costa to a little beyond the middle. This pale ochreous costal streak is wider at the base, tapering outwards, and there is a fuscous shade on the extreme costal margin at the base. On the dark portion of the wing are two small obscure dark tawny brown spots, one at the upper edge of the cell before the middle, another just beyond the middle at the end of the cell, and equidistant from the costal and dorsal margins. The hindwi
Arigh Batur
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Arigh Batur is a village in Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan.
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Sam's Tailor
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External links1048Sam's Tailor is a tailor located in Hong Kong. The shop was founded by Sam Melwani in 1957 and is still run by his sons, Manu and Sham Melwani, as well as his grandson Roshan Melwani. It is located in Burlington Arcade on 94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The shop is well known for its A-list clientele, including HM Queen Elizabeth II, Ronald Reagan, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, John McEnroe, Murray Glynn, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Boris Becker, Bob Hawke, Kylie Minogue, David Bowie, Richard Gere and Luca Marchesi. Until the handover in 1997, it was the only official uniform tailor for British troops in Hong Kong [1]. Sam's Tailor was honored with a postage stamp on the 50th anniversary of its founding. == Trivia == Michael Palin had his suit made there while doing his travel documentary, Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days. [2] == See also ==
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Sam's Tailor is a tailor located in Hong Kong. The shop was founded by Sam Melwani in 1957 and is still run by his sons, Manu and Sham Melwani, as well as his grandson Roshan Melwani. It is located in Burlington Arcade on 94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The shop is well known for its A-list clientele, including HM Queen Elizabeth II, Ronald Reagan, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, UK Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, John McEnroe, Murray Glynn, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Boris Becker, Bob Hawke, Kylie Minogue, David Bowie, Richard Gere and Luca Marchesi. Until the handover in 1997, it was the only official uniform tailor for British troops in Hong Kong [1]. Sam's Tailor was honored with a postage stamp on the 50th anniversary of its founding.
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Michael Palin had his suit made there while doing his travel documentary, Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days. [2]
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