Tributes have been paid to Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk band Buzzcocks, following his death aged 63. "Playing shows with The Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life," said Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. "Thank you Pete for all the great words and music." Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame, said Shelley was "a true gent" who "helped us so much... out of a sheer love for all things punk". Duran Duran, Green Day and REM's Mike Mills have also posted tributes. Shelley, who was born Peter McNeish in 1955, died on Thursday in Estonia of a suspected heart attack.
Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley has died at 63 of a suspected heart attack. The punk band are best known for their hit, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've). Their management told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living. BBC music correspondent Lizo Mzimba said Buzzcocks, who formed in Bolton in the 1970s, were regarded as more polished, but musically no less influential, than the Sex Pistols. The band have tweeted saying Shelley was "one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks".
Pete Shelley, pictured here on Aug. 26, 2017, has died. He was 63. (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images) Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley has died. "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks," the band's Twitter account read on Thursday. Shelley's brother, Gary Mcneish, confirmed the news, writing on Facebook: "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away." The punk rock band is famously known for its 1978 hit "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)."
The head of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, is in the news this morning. According to the Times, five million patients a month are waiting more than three weeks to see their GP. And the paper says 1,000 fewer family doctors are in post than when ministers pledged to recruit an extra 5,000 in 2015. Mr Stevens' plan for joined up care to keep patients out of hospital "relies on beefed-up GP surgeries offering more treatment and co-ordination locally, but despite extra money, £20,000 'golden hellos' and overseas recruitment drives, numbers continue to fall", the Times adds. Meanwhile, Mr Stevens is said to be at loggerheads with Downing Street, the Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care about how much his long-term plan for the health service can promise to boost care.
Developers of artificial intelligence (AI) systems have been dabbling in the arts for a while now. There's already an AI capable of composing original music -- it even has its own album -- writing film screenplays, and even painting. Now, as an early Halloween treat, the latest AI artist is aspiring to be a horror novelist. The AI was trained using stories collected from a subreddit dedicated to sharing original eerie tales. According to its developers, Shelley "takes a bit of inspiration in the form of a random seed, or a short snippet of text, and starts creating stories emanating from her creepy creative mind."