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PETER RAY BLOOD
There s laid back. There s cool.
There s easy listening, and then
there s Oliver "Stumpy" Chapman.
The veteran vocalist recently
released a CD in North America
which is a combination of all.
Titled A Life of Words & Music,
the disc comprises 11 of Chapman s
compositions, plus two tracks by
Winsford "Joker" Devine and Samuel
Archer, as well four bonus tracks
Produced jointly with Samuel
Archer, Chapman sought some of
the best in the music business for
this CD. For instance, it includes live
horns and overdubs by renowned
trumpeter Etienne Charles and some
background vocals are provided by
the highly acclaimed Keith "Design-
Baron might be "the sweet soca
man" but, on this CD, Chapman is
a "sweet love man," as most of his
compositions actually consist of
lyrics of endearment clearly meant
too impress and woo the ladies. He
is also serious on a few, like his cover
of Devine s Progress and the heart-
wrenching Behind Bars. But, songs
like I m Missing Your Smile, Girl
Don t Say No, I Appreciate You and
Pretty Little Thing are definite heart-
The bonus tracks/remixes are I
Can t Believe It, I Will be your friend
and Pretty Little Thing.
"I began singing before Moses,"
joked Chapman when he visited the
T&T Guardian last week. He began
singing at 17 with the formation of
The Sparks, one of the most popular
singing groups in the 60s-70s. Back
then the local live entertainment cir-
cuit was very alive with pop groups
like The Strollers, Blue Veils, Host
of Others and The Sparks. "We went
public when I was 19," said Chap-
man. "Back then, Tony Wilson
(T&T-born vocalist of the British
band Hot Chocolate) was our vocal
and music coach. The coming out
of The Sparks coincided with the
birth of our nation."
Chapman recalled several mem-
orable moments with The Sparks.
One of them, he reminisced was the
release of the single Don t Climb
Picker Tree in 1973, written by the
late Frankie Atwell. "We all knew
that song would be a hit and it was.
That was a memorable moment of
my career. Another memorable
moment was in the early 70s when
newspaper journalist Patrick
Chokolingo embraced The Sparks
upon his release after a short period
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Chapman still setting wildfire
A Life of Words & Music.
I'm Missing Your Smile
Girl Don't Say No
These Are the Changing Times
I Appreciate You
A Story Only I can Tell
Make the World Better
I Can't Believe It
I Will be your friend
Pretty Little Thing
The group Wildfire, with Oliver
Chapman at right, in the video
for the 1980s hit Island Girl.
Rats experience regret when their actions
make them miss out on better food options, a
study has found.
It is the first time regret has been identi-
fied in mammals other than humans.
Researchers created situations where rats
had to choose whether to wait a set amount
of time for a food reward, or move onto an-
Those that moved on and found the next
offering was even worse showed regretful
The study was conducted by neuroscien-
tists based at the University of Minnesota,
US; their findings are reported in Nature Neu-
It suggests thoughts similar to regret can
affect the future decisions rodents make and
dispels the belief that regret is unique to hu-
Prof David Redish, from the US-based re-
search team, said it was important to differ-
entiate regret from disappointment.
"Regret is the recognition that you made a
mistake, that if you had done something else,
you would have been better off," he said.
"The hard part was that we had to sepa-
rate disappointment, which is just when
things aren't as good as you hoped. The key
was letting the rats choose."
They developed a task called Restaurant
Row, in which rats decided how long they
were willing to wait for different foods during
a 60-minute run.
"It's like waiting in line at the restaurant,"
Prof Redish. (BBC)
Rats shown to feel regret over bad decisions
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