It’s A Funk Family Affair With Richie & James Hart and Bobby & Adam Deitch

first_imgIt’s a (funk) family affair! For one night only, Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science/Pretty Lights Live) and his father, Bobby, will team up with Richie Hart (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Don Patterson) and his son, James, for a funky family throwdown as 33 1/3. Rounding out this powerful lineup are Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce), Deke Strauss, Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), Eddy Bishai and Jonathan Strange. 33 1/3’s album release party is going down at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on May 19th — get tickets here.Richie Hart and Bobby Deitch go way back to the Berklee College of Music, where they were classmates in the mid 70s, when funk music was at an all-time high. The friends often recorded together, and even performed together with Bobby’s son Adam and Richie’s son James when Adam was 17 and James was just 9 years old! It wasn’t until last year that Richie contacted Bobby to join forces and the two reunited in order to recreate the fire and bring their special brand of funk to today’s younger audiences.As all things come full circle, Richie is now a professor of Guitar at Berklee, with former students including Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Shmeeans! He has performed extensively with jazz greats such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Benson, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws and Freddie Hubbard.Aside from being Adam’s proud dad, Bobby has been performing and recording as a drummer for over 40 years. Bobby is also a songwriter, producer, author and music educator. He has performed with notable musicians in funk, jazz and pop bands throughout the US. He is currently a drummer and musical director for the renowned tribute to Ray Charles, “Forever Ray”; drummer for the rock band, The “New York Hitmen”; and drummer on the newly released CD “The Richard Sorce Project.”James has practically been born in to the music business. He has witnessed and spent his childhood and teenage years surrounded by countless jazz greats such as George Benson and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He left successful bands such as Platinum and Hudson so that he could perform in 33 1/3. He is also producer of the new 33 1/3 CD.Adam Deitch, Shmeeans and Peter Levin will open up the evening, followed by 33 1/3 (Bobby Deitch, Richie Hart, James Hart, Shmeeans, Peter Levin, Eddy Bishai and Deke Strauss) as the main act! Doors at 7 PM // Show is 18+. Get tickets here!Win (2) tickets by entering the contest below:last_img read more

Championship day has arrived — here’s everything you need

first_imgFour drivers. One race. One championship.The stakes could not be higher for the Championship 4 of Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. Under the sun, and then the lights, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one of them will raise the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup high above their heads as champion.For Truex Jr., a seven-time race winner this season, the title would be a career’s culmination, one full of unexpected twists and turns that somehow ended with him as the dominant driver of a dominant team housed in Colorado.For the others, crossing the start/finish line first among the four would yield a second career Monster Energy Series title. For Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, their previous titles came in the elimination-style format. It would be Brad Keselowski’s first in this playoffs format, as his previous title was in 2012.MORE: Starting lineup | Race-day snapshotBeyond the championship race, the spotlight is firmly affixed to Dale Earnhardt Jr. He will climb into the No. 88 Chevrolet for likely the final time in the Monster Energy Series, ending a 17-year career. Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick join Junior at the twilight of their NASCAR careers.It all adds up to iconic day ahead at Miami (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Get yourself fully prepped for today’s championship race below.FIRST TO THE FLAGMartin Truex Jr. is considered the favorite on Sunday. He has seven wins so far in 2017. Matt Sullivan | Getty Images• Preview: Want the highlights? Here’s a breakdown of the four championship contenders. | READ HERE• Fightin’ words: Kyle Busch didn’t mince words when asked about his relationship with Brad Keselowski. “Sometimes you just don’t like a guy,” he said during Media Day. There was plenty more when the drivers got together. | TOP QUOTES• Final exams: Saturday’s second practice session was noteworthy. Read up quickly on the highlights for every Championship 4 driver. | READ HERE• Line ’em up: See not only the full starting lineup in photos, but also crew chief listings and pit crew rosters. | READ HEREBrian Lawdermilk | Getty Images• Just a kiss: An in-car camera view during a Saturday practice yielded an unexpected shot when Martin Truex Jr. scraped the outside wall. | WATCH WHAT HAPPENED• Why ___ will win: For the second consecutive year, we’re telling you how every driver could win today’s race. | Kyle Busch | Kevin Harvick | Brad Keselowski | Martin Truex Jr.• Always by your side: This Championship 4 field has something in common beyond just being exceptional drivers — they all have exceptional women beside them. PHOTOS: Brad and Paige | Martin and Sherry | Kyle and Samantha | Kevin and DeLanaMORE TO WATCHBeyond deciding a series champion, there is plenty happening in Miami. Here’s the best of the rest. • Forever family: Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are like father and son. We explore their relationship. | READ HEREJared C. Tilton | Getty Images• #Appreci88ion: It’s Dale Jr.’s likely final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, and we’re taking a look back at top photos, paint schemes and moments from his incredible career. | READ HERE• Better together: Matt Kenseth joins Dale Jr. in riding off into the sunset. The two posed together for an iconic photo, with their throwback paint schemes no less. | WATCH THE MOMENT• Emotional goodbye: Two days before the season finale, Danica Patrick announced, in effect, her impending retirement from racing. She’ll run two marquee races next year, though. | READ MORE• Lasting legacy: What a ride it’s been for Danica. Take a glimpse through her career in photos. | DANICA PHOTOSlast_img read more

John Mayer Joins Eric Krasno For Episode 6 Of ‘Plus One’ Podcast [Listen]

first_imgEric Krasno welcomed John Mayer for the sixth installment of his Plus One podcast. The show, launched last month, has provided consistent star power with guests such as Dave Matthews, Marcus King, Chris Robinson, and more.The Soulive/Lettuce guitarist was joined by the high-profile solo artist Dead & Company guitar player for a wide-ranging conversation. The two discussed the songwriting process and how it changes with age, how they each find new music, and, of course, the Grateful Dead.Related: Eric Krasno Releases ‘Live At Garcia’s’ Album With E3 [Listen]In a preamble to the interview, Krasno admits that he has known Mayer for some time but that the two never got a chance to really sit down and have a full conversation like the one he is about to play. The interview actually comes from backstage at LOCKN’ in 2018 when Mayer was headlining in Dead & Company with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge. Krasno, meanwhile, was at the festival with Lettuce, who performed several times throughout the weekend including a late-night tribute to Jerry Garcia Band. The two musicians go back quite a ways, stretching back to 2006 when Soulive actually opened for Mayer when he was touring in support of Continuum, an album Krasno says is a favorite of his to this day.The interview opens mid-conversation where Mayer says the prescient line, “I do find that interesting about people, that if both of us were on a deserted island…no, no, no. If the both of us had a virus we’d probably split the antidote and both die.” From there, Krasno inquires how Mayer discovers new music, which quickly transitions into Mayer’s assertion that many musicians at their age (they are both 42) begin to get “phased out.”“And I’m very curious in not getting phased out,” Mayer said. “That doesn’t always mean making what everyone’s making, but I think that if you can come to an understanding of it, you don’t have to get phased out.”The interview proceeds to cover a lot of ground in the proceeding hour of dialogue. Of course, the two touch on their wealth of Grateful Dead knowledge, with John’s tenure in Dead & Company as well as Krasno’s experiences playing with Phil and Friends. Rather than fanboying over their favorite “Playing in the Band” jams, the two musicians discuss appreciating the Dead’s music while still keeping their own styles and not attempting to emulate the band’s signature feel, with Mayer saying “it’s just not honest” to try and write a Dead song if you weren’t in the band.Listen to John Mayer on the Eric Krasno podcast Plus One.Eric Krasno Plus One — John MayerNew episodes of Plus One are available every Monday via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Osiris Media‘s website. Scroll down for a list of upcoming episodes.Ep 7: Mac AyresEp 8: John ScofieldEp 9: Derek TrucksEp. 10: QuestloveView Episodeslast_img read more

McCormick discusses social concerns with council

first_imgContinuing with the Council of Representatives’ recent focus on inclusivity at Notre Dame, student body president Pat McCormick offered members a preview of upcoming events and projects relating to social concerns. Following Monday’s talk by Sr. Helen Prejean on the immorality of the death penalty, McCormick said a pending execution presented the opportunity for interested students to get more involved with the issue. “There’s someone who has been sentenced to death right now, and it could be carried out in a few weeks,” he said. “So for those interested in some advocacy, there may be some going on at Notre Dame.” McCormick said a tentative upcoming campus visit by a high-profile name in the immigration debate could also relate to the issue of inclusion at the University. “This upcoming October there’s an historic opportunity for Notre Dame with Cardinal Mahony, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles,” McCormick said. “He’s interested in coming to Notre Dame to discuss the issue of human dignity at the center of immigration reform.” McCormick said Notre Dame’s history as an educational institution for the children of Irish immigrants makes it an ideal place for such debate. “Notre Dame is the perfect place to start this conversation since it was a place Irish immigrants could come to become part of the U.S. society,” he said. “For Mexican immigrants, but really just immigrants in general, it’s about expanding inclusion.” McCormick emphasized the need for campus debate to focus on the ethical rather the political aspect of the issue. “We’re doing our best to steer clear of politics, [and move] toward the dignity at the center of the issue for those involved not only immigrants but also law enforcement,” he said. “This could be a controversial issue, but if we focus as a student union on human dignity I think there’s a chance to do some really cool work.”last_img read more

Rosie O’Donnell on Prepping for the Starry One-Night-Only Return of Her Show: ‘I Will Have to Take a Shower!’

first_imgOn a more personal note, O’Donnell, a mother of five, shares details of her homebound experience, as the world stays home to fight the coronavirus. “I’ve been painting with poured acrylics,” she says. “I’ve been doing a huge Lego thing with my daughter, who’s seven, and I’ve been making collages about the epidemic with my 17-year-old daughter.”O’Donnell worries about her 20-year-old son Blake, who continues his job at his grocery store. “He’s working at Wegman’s,” she says. “He works at the meat counter, and he said when he brings a truckload of meat to the counter, people are going crazy over it. He goes in every day and comes home, and I have anxiety about it. I know the grocery stores need to stay open, but I told him nobody would think it was bad if he wanted to give his notice. He’s like, ‘No, Mom. I’m going to do it.’ Between him and my son [Parker] in the Marines, we’ve got selfless boys that we raised here.”As for keeping her own sanity in check, O’Donnell offers some personal tips. “I’m getting through every day like everyone else,” she says. “I struggle with depression, so I’m keeping that in check. And I’m following the three basic rules that I tell people fighting depression or anxiety: Shower every day, get out in the sun and move your body.”And for two sure-to-be unforgettable hours on Sunday night, O’Donnell gets to do what makes her happier than everything: be a cheerleader for Broadway and the people that make it shine. “I don’t know how it’s going to go,” she says, excitedly. “It’s an experiment, a fundraiser, and everybody’s got to tune in!” Rosie O’Donnell on March 5 at opening night of “The Girl from the North Country,” the last Broadway premiere before the shutdown. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Rosie O’Donnell on the set of The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1996 (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) Below: A look back at the Broadway medley that appeared on the final episode of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. “Broadway guests were always the most fun for me… It was dream fulfillment from when I was a kid wanting to be a part of it.” View Commentscenter_img From 1996 to 2002, Rosie O’Donnell ruled the daytime airwaves with The Rosie O’Donnell Show, a joyful talk show featuring A-list stars, flying Koosh balls and a healthy obsession with Barbra Streisand. Thanks to O’Donnell’s love of all things Broadway, the show was also a rare television opportunity for the theater community, with countless stage stars appearing as guests and thrilling musical performances that live on via YouTube.Now, The Rosie O’Donnell Show is back for one night only, as a Broadway.com webstream, raising money for The Actors Fund during a time when the Broadway shutdown and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has put many in the entertainment community in need. Joining O’Donnell on Sunday, March 22 at 7PM ET are trusty bandleader John McDaniel and a “night of a thousand stars” level lineup of talent. Rosie O’Donnell The idea for the return was the brainchild of Erich Bergen, the film (Jersey Boys), TV (Madam Secretary) and stage (Waitress) star, who reached out to O’Donnell. “He called me up and said, ‘Would you do this?’,” O’Donnell tells Broadway.com. “I said, ‘If you can put it all together, I’ll do my best!’”O’Donnell mulled the notion of hosting from a house full of family during a lockdown: “Me in my kitchen, celebs in their kitchens… I’m going to have my kids here. I’m trying to see how to set it up so the light is good… And I will have to take a shower! And blow dry my hair, which I haven’t been doing.”Saying yes to O’Donnell was easy for theater stars like Colleen Ballinger (a.k.a. Miranda Sings), Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Judith Light, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera and so many more. Also on the bill are theater-loving music icons Gloria Estefan and Barry Manilow.O’Donnell brushes off the suggestion that she’s a leader in the theater community. “I just like to know that I’m a part of it,” she says. “The Broadway community has always been vital in my career. It’s the reason I became an entertainer and still a huge part of my life.” For the lifelong theater fan, getting to talk to theater stars on The Rosie O’Donnell Show was the ultimate: “Broadway guests were always the most fun for me. I’d see someone in so many shows and then get to meet them, get to know them… It was dream fulfillment from when I was a kid wanting to be a part of it.” Star Fileslast_img read more

Minnesota starts season 3-1 in Arizona

first_imgThe Gophers pitchers then dominated Utah in the team’s early game Sunday, with starting pitcher Toby Anderson and relievers Cody Campbell and Nick Lackney combining to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning. The Utes broke through with a hit in the eighth and recorded three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough against a relentless Gophers offense. The team beat Utah 6-1 on Friday, Utah Valley 8-2 on Saturday and split a doubleheader with Utah and No. 5 Oregon State on Sunday. The Gophers beat Utah 9-3 in the two teams’ second game and lost to Oregon State 8-7. Minnesota starts season 3-1 in ArizonaThe team only lost its last game of the weekend against No. 5 Oregon State.Alex Tuthill-Preus, Daily File PhotoGophers outfielder Matt Fielder runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015. Kaitlin MerkelFebruary 22, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers baseball team opened its season in Surprise, Ariz., over the weekend and won three of four games. “We played two games [Sunday], and it was warm, and we didn’t want to have to play some of the guys,” Anderson said. “There was freshmen at the top [of the lineup batting] … and they did a nice job.” He received plenty of support from his offense, which totaled 12 hits from eight different players. Fiedler himself went 3-4 with one RBI, while sophomore first baseman Toby Hanson had three hits, including a home run in the fifth inning. “We came into this weekend thinking we were a really good team, and I think we’re leaving knowing that for a fact,” junior outfielder and pitcher Matt Fiedler said. “We played really well in all phases of the game — pitching, hitting, running, defense. And a lot of guys stepped up. It wasn’t just a couple of guys.” Minnesota took a 5-3 lead over the Beavers in the top of the third inning during their second game Sunday, due to a three-run home run by Hanson. “It worked out for us because all of our starters got us into the fourth or fifth inning with their pitch counts, and that really helps,” head coach John Anderson said. “And the fact that we scored some runs in every ballgame.”center_img Minnesota added 11 hits from nine players on Saturday against Utah Valley in the team’s second victory. Senior pitcher Dalton Sawyer started the game and struck out five batters while giving up three hits in four-and-two-thirds scoreless innings. Four freshman — centerfielder Ben Mezzenga, second baseman Terrin Vavra, designated hitter Eddie Estrada and shortstop Riley Smith — made their first starts for Minnesota in the victory. The four combined for seven hits, six runs and four RBIs in their starting debuts. Fiedler started Minnesota’s first game of the season Friday and allowed one run on two hits in five-and-two-thirds innings. “Obviously, there was a lot of excitement to get outside finally and start playing,” Hanson said. “As far as my approach, I just wasn’t trying to do too much. Just put some nice swings on the ball, and good things were able to happen throughout the weekend.” The teams traded runs back-and-forth afterward and were tied 7-7 heading into the eighth inning. Oregon State scored one run in the bottom of the eighth, and the Gophers lineup couldn’t come up with a final run with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth. Minnesota’s lineup hit well to open the season, outscoring opponents 31-13 in the four games.last_img read more

New Research in Psychological Science

first_img“This is What a Mechanic Sounds Like”: Children’s Vocal Control Reveals Implicit Occupational StereotypesValentina Cartei, Jane Oakhill, Alan Garnham, Robin Banerjee, and David RebyChildren appear to associate certain voice characteristics with certain occupations, reflecting gender stereotypes even when these are not explicit. Cartei and colleagues asked 5-to-10-year-olds to imitate the voices of different occupations (e.g., “How would a mechanic say …?). Children masculinized their voices, by lowering pitch and resonance, when imitating voices of traditionally male occupations (e.g., mechanic) and feminized their voices, by increasing pitch and resonance, when imitating voices of traditionally female occupations (e.g., beautician). These voice shifts increased with age and occurred even when children did not express explicit gender stereotypes about occupations, indicating that this voice-imitation task may assess automatic stereotypes. Can Short Psychological Interventions Affect Educational Performance? Revisiting the Effect of Self-Affirmation InterventionsMarta Serra-Garcia, Karsten T. Hansen, and Uri GneezySelf-affirmation interventions might not reduce the gender gap in sciences or improve female student performance. Serra-Garcia and colleagues reanalyzed data from a 2010 study and concluded that, contrary to the original report, a 15-minute self-affirmation intervention in which students wrote about their most important values did not appear to improve female students’ performance in a physics class. The results also do not support the hypothesis that self-affirmation interventions increase women’s academic performance overall, according to a specific-curve analysis and accounting for the fact that the original findings were based on covariate-adjusted interaction effects. Exploring the Impact of Mindfulness on False-Memory SusceptibilitySusan M. Sherman and James A. GrangeContrary to the findings reported by Wilson and colleagues (2015), Sherman and Grange did not find that mindfulness increased false memory susceptibility. Participants underwent either a mindfulness/mind-wandering induction or a simple cognitive task before seeing lists of words designed to provoke false memories about a nonpresented critical lure. In memory tests that followed, participants who underwent the different inductions performed at the same level, suggesting that mindfulness did not alter their false-memory susceptibility. Young Adults Make Rational Sexual DecisionsLaura E. Hatz, Sanghyuk Park, Kayleigh N. McCarty, Denis M. McCarthy, and Clintin P. Davis-StoberYoung adults make rational decisions when choosing sexual partners, this research suggests. Participants (18-31 years old) selected among hypothetical sexual partners varying in physical attractiveness and in the probability, provided by the researcher, that one would get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from a sexual encounter with them. Nearly all participants evaluated the alternatives in a coherent fashion consistent with utility-based theories of rational choice. Some participants preferred to maximize attractiveness (i.e., risk-seeking choices) whereas others preferred to minimize STI risk (i.e., risk-averse choices). Participants who maximized attractiveness were also more likely to have engaged in previous risky sexual behavior. center_img Affective Arousal Links Sound to MeaningArash Aryani, Erin S. Isbilen, and Morten H. ChristiansenPeople associate some pseudowords, such as bouba, to rounded shapes and others, such as kiki, to spiky shapes. Emotions appear to influence these associations. Aryani and colleagues found that kiki-like pseudowords and spiky shapes are associated with higher levels of affective arousal than bouba-like pseudowords and rounded shapes. The researchers verified that these differences in arousal generalized to new pseudowords and could be found in participants’ subjective ratings and predicted by models derived from the pseudowords’ acoustic features. These findings highlight the possible role of human emotion in language development. Confidence in Context: Perceived Accuracy of Quantitative Estimates Decreases With Repeated TrialsJulia A. Minson and Christopher UmphresConfidence in one’s judgments tends to decrease over a series of quantitative estimates. This is what Minson and Umphres found across seven studies in which participants estimated animal weights, number of food items in a jar, people’s weights, and cities’ temperatures. Participants’ confidence decreased regardless of monetary incentives, confidence rating scale (e.g., on a 5-point scale or by providing probabilities), or their expectations about how confidence would change over time. These findings suggest that individuals do not evaluate their confidence in isolation but rather in reference to their previously stated confidence.last_img read more

Battersea Surrender: Ernst & Young to be appointed administrator

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A Tiny Church And A Grand Cathedral

first_img A sample of the ancient wall paintings in Llancarfan’s St. Cadoc’s church. Independent/John Laudando Share A sample of the ancient wall paintings in Llancarfan’s St. Cadoc’s church. Independent/John LaudandoOur third day in Wales was spent in two churches (one actually an abbey) that were similar only in their antiquity.The first was in St. Cadoc at Llancarfan, a small, charming village in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan. The church happened to be right next door to the Fox and Hounds, the small, charming inn where we had spent a lovely and well-fed three days. We visited St. Cadoc’s after yet another fine breakfast at the inn. And, as luck would have it, an official of the church was there giving friends a tour, a tour in which he graciously included us.The Vale of Glamorgan was an important center of Christianity in Britain. As early as 650, St. Cadoc founded a monastery there, and by the Ninth Century, Llancarfan was a thriving center of learning. Attacks by the Danes didn’t break the monastery’s power, but the Norman invasion did. The present church, built near 1200, was named in honor of St. Cadoc, and has served its community ever since.In 2005, the roof of the small church needed to be replaced and some lime was knocked off a wall, revealing a “red line” that hinted at a wall painting beneath. Since the church is on the national list of Grade One buildings — one of 2.5 percent of listed buildings deemed “of exceptional interest” — only conservationists could investigate and recommend further action.On Shrove Tuesday, 2008, a skilled team uncovered the first look at the church’s painting of St. George and the Dragon, below more than 20 coats of lime wash. It’s considered one of the finest paintings of its kind in Britain, and further explorations uncovered Death and the Gallant, the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Several Acts of Mercy, in varied stages of preservation. (For history and art buffs, the story, and results of the reveal, are featured on St. Cadoc’s website at stcadocsllancarfan.co.uk/murals-and-carvings/4594290883 and include a short documentary and many slides.)We planned our next stop simply because it seemed easy to make, as we drove toward the Cotswolds, where we had booked a B&B in Cirencester as our base for continuing to explore England. So, conveniently, we headed for Tintern Abbey, which turned out to be, in its way, as splendid as Stonehenge — truly breathtaking. We had yet another stroke of luck in our day of discoveries, for there was a small medieval fair going on that same day.Actors portraying Lord and Lady Chepstow — he was chief benefactor to the Abbey — were there on horseback, tradesmen and their families camped about in tents, a quiet monk strolled about carrying his large bible, and musicians played and sang and danced to medieval tunes.But the real wonder is the structure itself. Soaring walls and pillars rise majestically into the sky, and colossal arched window frames, long void of stained glass, cast light and shadow in much the same way as England’s famed stone circle.Tintern began a bit earlier than St. Cadoc’s — the abbey was built in 1131 and, around 1220, the abbey was virtually rebuilt, on a much larger scale than the original buildings. Between 1269 and 1301, the cathedral itself was erected. And a grand cathedral it is. Its floor today is a lush carpet of green grass, providing an excellent contrast to the gray stones that tower above.Unlike its contrasting counterpart in Llancarfan, Tintern was only in use until 1536. On the September 3, 1536, the great abbey at Tintern on the Welsh bank of the River Wye was dissolved under orders from King Henry VIII. The destruction of the abbey was part of Henry’s dissolution of the monasteries following his break from Rome and the Catholic Church. It was also part of an enormous money-making scheme that brought wealth and land to the monarchy. And so, over the centuries, the magnificent structure became the magnificent ruin we see today.Tintern has inspired many — William Wordsworth penned “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey,” Allen Ginsberg’s “Wales Visitation Poem” aptly describes “clouds passing through skeleton arches of Tintern Abbey,” and JMW Turner painted many views of the imposing structure. Be sure to look online at www.indyeastend.com for more photos of this place of light and shadow.After an amazingly good lunch in The White Monk, a tiny, crowded spot right by the Abbey, we headed for the Cotswolds. From our base in Cirencester, we would branch out to Oxford, to Stratford-on-Avon, to Blenheim Castle, and more during our travels in [email protected]last_img read more