Miles Ratledge

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Miles Ratledge
Also known as Rat, Rat Napalm, Miles Per Hour, MPH
Born 1967 (age 5051)
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Hardcore punk
Grindcore
Occupation(s) Yoga teacher, musician
Instruments drums
Years active 1981–1988
Associated acts Napalm Death

Miles "Rat" Ratledge (born 1967 in Coventry, England) is a founding member of the band Napalm Death, [1] the band credited with creating the grindcore genre which blended elements of extreme metal and punk rock.

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Biography

Miles Ratledge (Rat) is one of the founding members of Napalm Death, along with Nicholas Bullen (Nik Napalm). The duo had collaborated on fanzines and played together in a number of 'bedroom' bands from 1979 onwards, before forming the first line-up of Napalm Death in May 1981 (when they were 13 and 14 years old).

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Ratledge left Napalm Death in December 1985 due to musical disagreements. He went on to form the group Aberration in early 1987 (featuring the poet Andy Nunn on bass, Ian McCugo on vocals and Simon Holland on guitar) and the group Witch Hunt in late 1987 (which featured ex-Napalm Death members Finbarr Quinn and Graham Robertson).

Miles is currently living in Aarhus, Denmark where he runs an Ashtanga Yoga school

Aarhus City in Central Denmark Region, Denmark

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and the seat of Aarhus municipality. It is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, in the geographical centre of Denmark, 187 kilometres (116 mi) northwest of Copenhagen and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Hamburg, Germany. The inner urban area contains 273,077 inhabitants and the municipal population is 340,421. Aarhus is the central city in Business Region Aarhus and in the East Jutland metropolitan area, which had a total population of 1.378 million in 2016.

In Sanskrit texts, Rāja yoga was both the goal of yoga and a method of attaining it. The term also became a modern name for the practice of yoga, when in the 19th-century Swami Vivekananda equated raja yoga with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Since then, Rāja yoga has variously been called "royal yoga", "royal union", "sahaj marg", "classical yoga", and "aṣṭāṅga yoga".

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