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This cultural who's-who illuminates 50 recognized figures, from Leonardo da Vinci to Coco Chanel, in the course of the interesting minutiae in their lives. Artist James Gulliver Hancock depicts historic icons in quirky annotated photos surrounded through their linked possessions, luggage, and foibles. Hemingway's leisure pursuits, Amelia Earhart's most well liked dessert, Martin Luther King Jr.'s favourite television show—each portrait finds the normal quirks of those notable humans and captures their personalities within the approach. An exquisitely illustrated almanac and cultural literacy cheat sheet, this enjoyable and informative assortment deals either heritage buffs and artwork fanatics a treasure trove of attention-grabbing evidence approximately loved artists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers.

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Junior school had one major drawback for Eno, ‘the appalling quality of the food’, which meant anxious mornings awaiting the horrors of lunchtime. Capable enough to keep the nuns at bay and also to pass his elevenplus exam, Eno gained a place at the nearest Catholic grammar school, St. Joseph’s College in Birkfield, Ipswich, which he began attending in September 1959. The school, set amid green swards on which cricket and rugby were keenly pursued, was run by the Catholic brethren of the Jean-Baptiste de la Salle order.

His first ever recorded ‘piece’ was the sound of a pen striking the hood of a large anglepoise lamp, multitracked at different speeds to form a shimmering, bell-like cloud of tones, over which a friend read a poem. Its hazy reverberations, Eno told me, ‘sounded very similar to the music I make now’. Once bitten, Eno became a veritable tape machine junkie. He’d sate his habit with second-hand players found in Ipswich junk shops and at jumble sales (paid for with money earned painting boat decks on the Orwell).

Junior school had one major drawback for Eno, ‘the appalling quality of the food’, which meant anxious mornings awaiting the horrors of lunchtime. Capable enough to keep the nuns at bay and also to pass his elevenplus exam, Eno gained a place at the nearest Catholic grammar school, St. Joseph’s College in Birkfield, Ipswich, which he began attending in September 1959. The school, set amid green swards on which cricket and rugby were keenly pursued, was run by the Catholic brethren of the Jean-Baptiste de la Salle order.

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