This week in rock;
1966 – April 14 – The Beatles record “Paperback Writer” and the vocals for “Eleanor Rigby”.
1969 – April 14 – At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record “The Ballad of John and Yoko”, The Beatles’ single that didn’t include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions. … – wikipedia
And now for some music …
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Apr 19, 2015
The Amstel Gold Race is a road bicycle race held (mostly) in the southern part of the province of Limburg, Netherlands. Since 1989 it has been among the races included in season long rankings tables, as part of the UCI Road World Cup (1989–2004), the UCI ProTour (2005–2010), UCI World Ranking (2009–2010) and from 2011 the UCI World Tour. It is the most important road cycling event of the Netherlands.
The name does not directly refer to the river Amstel, which is far away from the course, but to the sponsor, the Amstel brewery. — wikipedia [UCI WorldTour 1.UWT | NED] #ARC2015
The 50th edition of the Amstel Gold Race will take place on the 19th of April 2015.
* 10:30pm – 2:00am SBS ONE (Live Eastern States/SA/NT)
Live streaming online at Cycling Central
 Amstel Gold Race [www.amstel.nl]
 Amstel Gold Race 2015 Live Dashboard [SteepHill]
 Amstel Gold Race 2015 [CyclingNews]
Apr 15, 2015
The Brabantse Pijl (English: Brabant Arrow, French: Flèche Brabançonne or Flèche Branconne) is a Flanders Classics road bicycle race held annually in Flemish Brabant and in Walloon Brabant, Belgium. Since 2005, the race has been organised as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour. In 2011, it was upgraded to a 1.HC event. Edwig Van Hooydonck holds the record for most wins in the race with four between 1987 and 1995. In recent years, Zaventem was the city of start, in 2008 however, Leuven became the place of start. In 2010 the fixed date of the Brabantse Pijl shifted from the Sunday before the Ronde van Vlaanderen to the Wednesday before the Amstel Gold Race. — wikipedia [Europe Tour 1.HC | BEL] #bpl or #Brabantsepijl
* Participants list (PDF)
 55e De Brabantse Pijl [flandersclassics.be]
 De Brabantse Pijl 2015 Live Dashboard [SteepHill]
 De Brabantse Pijl – La Flèche Brabançonne 2015 [CyclingNews]
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.
The fifth season of HBO’s popular fantasy series Game Of Thrones kicks off on Monday, April 13 once again Game of Thrones is a Foxtel exclusive in Australia, better than last year we seem to be making some headway with HBO not drip-feeding the episodes across differing regions. It still looks like the best method to watch from Australia is via HBO Now and a US VPN.
A Song of Ice and Fire:
And about here is where we part from the books; “HBO’s adaptation of Game Of Thrones has a reputation for being even more bloodthirsty than the books it is based on. Each season, a clutch of minor characters meet grisly ends in complete contradiction to their prose counterparts. … As George R. R. Martin once explained to us: “Unlike my book characters, the actors expect to be paid money! Therefore, in order to introduce a new character at the start of each season, [the show] has to kill some of the old characters off.” … In addition, events are expected to overtake the books this season, which means the fates of principle characters are also hanging in the balance. Almost no one is safe.” — [gizmodo.au]
(Beware! Spoilers after the jump)
A Sunday in Hell (1977)
The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north “which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting cattle – and for cycle races”. We are there from the dawn preparations and rituals on the outskirts of Paris and through the rigours of the race with special focus on a number of prominent cyclists to the final outcome on the Roubaix cycle track – followed by the filthy riders taking their showers.
Paris – Roubaix 1988
This is the CBS Emmy Award winning broadcast of the Paris Roubaix Bicycle race in 1988.
2014 Paris Roubaix Last 40 KM