The Thomas the Tank engines stories were created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, who was born in Hampshire in 1911. He grew up close to the railway and was convinced that the steam engines all had different personalities. He used to imagine conversations between them. Later when he was grown up and his son Christopher became ill with measles, Wilbert told stories Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends to entertain him. Christopher asked for more and more stories and Wilbert began writing them down. The first of the Railway Series books was published in 1945, and Awdry wrote 26 Railway books in total before his son, Christopher, took over the series. There have since been multiple, hugely popular, Thomas the Tank Engine TV series and films.
5SOS, as they are affectionately referred to by their ever-burgeoning fan base, first met in the schoolyard in a small town in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Luke (18), Mikey (19), Calum (19), and Ash (20) were brought together by a mutual love of pop-punk and the adrenaline-fueled super rock of turn-of-the-millennium America.
They started posting videos on YouTube and within six months had amassed 50,000 Facebook fans, 100,000 Twitter followers, and more than 5 million YouTube views. The band relocated to London in September 2012 with one eye on world domination.
Fast-forward eighteen months, and, having spent 2013 and 2014 touring the globe, 5SOS released their debut album, which immediately reached #1 on iTunes in 71 countries and topped charts around the world, including the US Billboard chart. With more than 1.5 million albums sold worldwide and total single track sales in the US alone surpassing two million, it's been a busy year for 5SOS.
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin (2003) and The Massacre (2005). Both albums achieved multi-platinum success, selling over twenty-one million copies combined. He is the author of From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens (S&S, 2006). He lives in New York.
826 NATIONAL is a family of seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping underserved students, ages six through eighteen, with their creative and expository writing skills. They're located in San Francisco.
I am the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. I’m seamless & frictionless already, thanks. Bit scared of physical infrastructure.
Britain’s leading street map publisher providing cartographic services, digital data products and paper mapping publications (including Street Atlases, Visitors Guides, Great Britain Road Atlases and The Adventure Atlas).
Stacy Parker Aab has written political and social commentary for The Huffington Post and Salon.com, and served as the primary contributor to Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath. She continues to work on Katrina-related research projects.
David Pruitt, M.D., editor-in-chief, is past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with over 6,600 members, is the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents.