J.R.R. Tolkien and The Inklings

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The Inklings
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Holding a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in Louisiana with a concentration in psychology, Tim Hornibrook eventually entered the financial services field in Sydney, Australia. Outside of work, Tim Hornibrook enjoys traveling and watching movies, especially the Lord of the Rings.

Originally published in written form in 1954 by English fantasy author and professor J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings was set in a fictional environment that Tolkien called Middle-earth. The future of civilization relies on a ring that was placed into the hands of a hobbit named Frodo. The book takes a reader through the adventures of Frodo as commanding forces try to get a hold of the ring.

In 1920, Tolkien began teaching at Oxford University and started a writing group called The Inklings with other famous authors including Owen Barfield and C.S. Lewis. The Inklings gave Tolkien the idea for The Hobbit, which was published as a children’s book prior to The Lord of the Rings in 1937.


Trombone Shorty Academy Students Play House of Blues


Trombone Shorty Academy pic

Trombone Shorty Academy
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Born and raised in Syndey, Austrailia, agribusiness investment expert Tim Hornibrook has traveled all over the world. He has visited every continent except Antarctica. When spending time in the United States, he stays at his residence in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country: New Orleans. Tim Hornibrook first came to the U.S. to study at New Orleans’ Tulane University on a football scholarship.

Tulane celebrates the jazz culture that the area is known for. Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South partnered with the Trombone Shorty Foundation to create and run the Trombone Shorty Academy, which provides music education to New Orleans high school students. The academy teaches students about the region’s rich musical history, while students gain hands-on experience playing in a performance ensemble. They are also mentored by music students at Tulane.

On April 28th, 2016, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy took to the stage with the Academy’s founder and namesake, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. The concert took place at the famous House of Blues as part of the 2016 Shorty Fest.