Rage against the X Factor: Jon Morter forced to use “back-up” web page

"Rage Against the Machine for Christmas no.1" forced to use 'back-up' web page

There were all sorts of allegations flying across the web when Jon Morter’s Facebook creation, ‘Rage Against the Machine for Christmas no.1′, which carries over 800,000 members went down for the nth time in a mere  48 hours.

The page which hopes to propel Rage Against the Machine’s first UK single, Killing in the name, to Christmas number 1 in the UK charts, has been in and out of action more frequently than rumours of Danni Minogue’s X Factor career ending. Fans claimed ‘sabotage’ while Jon Morter, creator of the Facebook page communicated with concerned members that through contact held with the PR team at Facebook, a “bug” had caused the upset.

The site had been disappearing through various points in the day. (arguably during peak times in a Facebook day.) The issue currently remains, with the main site page only accessable late night  through to early afternoon.

The page’s creator, Jon Morter was not only concerned that about the site problem creating a slump in sales, he had also noticed a significant slump in contributions towards Shelter, the charity which fans and members are able to donate to through justgiving.co.uk. The charity has already amassed £40,000 in the past four days through donations given by those hoping to see ‘Killing in the name’ chart at the top spot this weekend.

Wasting no time at all a back up page was created, noticeably only carrying an 8th of the members the original page boasted.

Tonight however, radical action has been taken. Jon posted  up a message on the Facebook wall of the back up site letting concerned enthusiasts know what was had happened. Within seconds of posting members were offering suggestions on how to overcome the site’s difficulty. It was decided, that the best option, for the moment, was to withdraw members ability of wall posting on the original site in order to let the site remain operational for all intended purposes.

Now the task at hand is to promote the “official back up site” as the main port of call for all people looking to join; as well as those looking for information on downloading the track, all eligible download sites and rule and regulations of downloading – of which there are many!

Morter also complemented Facebook for their continued telephone contact with him over the past two nights, and stated that it had been a “frustrating time for us all”. He went on to remind members, it is “vital to keep going”, commenting, “We don’t want to get this far and fail at the end!” as there are only three days left of purchasing til the christmas number 1 is revealed.

Rage Against the Machine – ‘Killing in the name’ currently reside top spot in the singles chart, however, it is still expected that sales figures of X Factor winner, Joe McElderry’s cover of ‘The climb’ will catch up and soon overtake as Wednesday saw the release of 500,00 CD singles.

The track is available to download from various websites including, HMV.com, iTunes, amazon, Play.com and Tesco Digital.

Relief as ‘Rage Against the Machine for Christmas no.1′ Facebook page re-appears

For Jon Morter and his 700,000 avid followers, (and counting) of the Facebook page, ‘Rage Against the Machine for Christmas no.1′ it has been an exciting couple of weeks. However last night concerns were raised when Facebook’s most popular campaign page disappeared.

Ringleader, Jon Morter was concerned that the page had been shut down in a bid to halt the masses from buying Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the name.

The page went down last night (13th December), and had been inaccessible today, the day in which Morter’s minions intended to storm the charts by purchasing the 1993 hit.

Speaking to theglobalhearld.com Morter said,

“The group went down last night in which a member of Facebook’s PR team contacted to say it was a ‘bug’,” he continued, “Later in the evening the group returned as normal, but now it’s gone yet again I do start to be concerned.”

Jon’s main concern was that charitable contributions to Shelter had substantially slowed. Members of the group have so far raised in excess of £20,000 for the charity.

In a panic a back-up page was launched while Morter awaited another response from the powers that be at Facebook. However, tonight it would appear that all is well on the camp Rage side as the page is once again functioning as normal.

The track is available to download from various websites including, HMV.com, iTunes, amazon, Play.com and Tesco Digital – and looks to be giving Mr. Mclederry a run for his money currently sitting proudly at number 1 in the HMV download charts, while Joe McElderry sits patiently at number 3. Rage also reside the top spot in Amazon’s top downloads as well as number 1 on play.com. However bookies favourite Joe, currently retains the number 1 position on itunes.

Dave? That Spark (single)

This initial offering from Scottish band ‘Dave?‘ is a lithe little number clocking in at a slight 2;50.

As it contains nought but guitar bass drums and vocals you might be forgiven for thinking that it conforms to the template which has seen various east coast rock band’s releases savaged in the anglocentric music press of late, but this is an altogether different kettle of fish.

An ode to inadequacy written from the perspective of a solitary drinker, the song starts rather abruptly and rattles through a wiry, cribsy first verse (featuring some clever drumming) before kicking into a rather beautiful chorus. From here it falls down only to pick its self up and charge through an excellent finale, the chiming minor chords and shouted backing vocals perfectly matching the melancholy mood of the lyrics.

All in all an excellent song, well worth 79p. Released December 14th.

Some things never change….some things

By Myles Edwards

http://mylesedwards.wordpress.com

Cast your mind back to 1967.  Labour were in power in the United Kingdom.  War in the Middle East was causing conflict in the western world.  Casino Royale was a box office hit.  Mini skirts were the craze.  Ken Barlow was strutting his stuff in one of the nation’s favourite soap operas.  Some things never change……some things.
Mel Edwards is a former British marathon international runner with a personal best time of 2hours 18minutes 24seconds (set in 1967), and is widely regarded as one of the most inspiring, modest and popular coaches in the running fraternity.
Born in December 1942, he graduated in Civil Engineering from Cambridge University in 1966 and has since enjoyed a great deal of success in the world of distance running.  In a career which has spanned over 40 years, Mel has endured a roller coaster of ‘injuries’ and success at every level from club competitions to international level.  Detailed and accurate training diaries have been kept, which show he has racked up a total of over 100,000 miles of running!

Mel Edwards at Font Romeu high altitude training camp. Following receiving his second Cambridge ‘blue’ for his exploits on the track he went on to bigger and better things in 1967.  It was quite literally a record breaking year for Mel.  He impressively broke the Scottish 6 mile record – whist finishing 2nd to Lachie Stewart, but went one step higher on the podium in the English universities 3 mile race by cracking the previous record.  1967 saw him really flourish as an athlete, most notably in the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.  In his first attempt at the event, Mel ran away from his rivals early on to win the Harlow marathon and climb to 4th in the British rankings.  To cap it all off, he narrowly missed out on the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, by 2 places.
What contributed to this large amount of success in a sport, which, at the time was highly competitive in the UK?  In an answer that was oozing with Mel’s typical, determined attitude, he said: “It was down to single minded focus on getting the best out of myself, by doing the work and when injured leaving no stone unturned to find the solution.”

Renowned for his training regimes of around 100miles per week, what makes Mel stand out is his positive attitude and dogged determination to get the best possible outcome from everything he does.

In November 2006, aged almost 64, Mel underwent a MRI scan for lower back pain.  45 minutes later he was diagnosed with Myeloma, an incurable but very treatable form of bone marrow cancer.  After numerous treatments and minor disruptions to work, 8 months later he was back to full-time work as a chartered road safety engineer and running over 20 miles per week.  His reaction following the diagnosis typified his personality traits.

“Those are malignancies, cancer”, said Dr. Frank Smith.  Much to the doctor’s amazement, Mel’s immediate reaction was not to be shocked but “I’ve got a big cross country race coming up soon.”

When asked if he felt his attitude and fitness achieved from competitive sport had helped him face cancer head on, Mel’s response was definitive:

“There is no question these elements made fighting myeloma much easier. I would hate to have had to deal with it if I had never had to show determination in my life due to things coming too easily. Certainly fitness means that you have a built-in reserve which can be used to deal with additional stresses.”

It is this attitude which has served Mel so well throughout his life and during the treatment.  An inspiration to many, but what makes this inspirational character tick?

“I am inspired by the opportunities available to do constructive things, such as helping people with their athletics aims and trying to make roads safer in my working capacity. These aims, when carried through, give people a feel-good factor.”

British marathon running was booming in the late 1960s and continued to do so for the best part of the following two decades.  In 1968 there were only 2 countries to have more than 3 runners faster than Mel – Japan and UK, which, looking at today’s standards makes him look rather unlucky at missing out on competing at an Olympic Games.  But it is evident that excuses, simply, aren’t in his nature.

In 1968, 46 UK men broke the 2hours 30 minutes barrier.  In 2007, only 31 men managed to achieve this feat.  With all the advances in footwear, nutrition and training tools, as well as even faster role models, albeit from other countries – why is there such a decline in British marathon running standards?

Mel’s opinion on the decline is, again, filled with absolute clarity:

“It is down to distance runners not putting in the work they did 40 years ago.  You have to be totally dedicated to getting the mileage in and choosing the right races.  Between 1966 and 1984, in Aberdeen alone, there were ten guys faster than 2 hours 20 minutes for the marathon.”

For many people, it is intriguing to find out what gets an athlete through long runs without boredom setting in.  For Mel, it is simple:

“I really enjoy the challenge of distance and time.  The fact that others with an aim to be in the top echelons of marathon or cross country running in the UK, were doing similar training also gave me a desire to be the best.”A common site in elite marathons. (World record holder Haile Gebrselassie 3rd from right)

The lack of top marathon runners in the UK today is in stark contrast to the likes of Kenya, Ethiopia and America.  For Mel, in the late 60s and 70s you only had to turn up for a local race to compete with or witness elite athletes in action.  Therefore can the lack of male distance running role models in the UK be a factor in the decline of standards?  Perhaps so, but with Mel’s philosophy, it is very likely thatall smaller factors would subsequently fall into place.

“More role models would emerge as a result of increased hard work from individual athletes.  To be the best, you must learn from, and work harder than those faster than you.”

His fair, no nonsense attitude spans far wider than himself or anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him.  For those who are not familiar with the name, Oscar Pistorious, he is a South African Paralympic runner, known as the “Blade Runner”.  He is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres and runs with the aid of carbon-fibre limbs, attached from the knee down.  In 2007 Pistorious took part in his first international able-bodied competitions.  However, the International Association of Athletics Federations (with their typical Rubix Cube-like mindset) ruled that his lower leg, artificial limbs gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes and subsequently banned him from competing under their rules.  That decision has since been reversed and Pistorius is eligible to compete in able-bodied Olympic competition.

Mel’s opinion on Oscar Pistorious’ situation not only demonstrates his love of a challenge but also seems to apply common sense to some harsh obstacles which had previously been placed in the path of the young South African’s destiny.

“I believe he should be allowed to compete at the highest level possible.  He is not far off the top able bodied 400m runners and relishes the challenge of competing against them.  It would have been crazy to deny him the chance.  He deserves the opportunity to enjoy himself as he wishes and I see this taking precedence over views of others on his actions.”

The British male marathon running scene offers little sign of competing at the front of world class racing.  At 67, Mel Edwards shows less chance of slowing down than Formula 1 cars and even less likelihood of quitting than Ken Barlow:  “I have no reason to stop.  I feel good and it is exciting.”

Some things never change.

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