click links in text for more info
SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin, he began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in 1991, it was published in 1996. Martin, who envisioned the series as a trilogy, has published five out of a planned seven volumes; the fifth and most recent volume of the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011 and took Martin six years to write. He is writing the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter. A Song of Ice and Fire Essos; the point of view of each chapter in the story is a limited perspective of a range of characters growing from nine in the first novel, to 31 characters by the fifth novel. Three main stories interweave: a dynastic war among several families for control of Westeros, the rising threat of the supernatural Others in northernmost Westeros, the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen, the deposed king's exiled daughter, to assume the Iron Throne. Martin's inspirations included the Wars of the Roses and the French historical novels The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon.

A Song of Ice and Fire received praise for its diverse portrayal of women and religion, as well as its realism. An assortment of disparate and subjective points of view confronts the reader, the success or survival of point-of-view characters is never assured. Within the morally ambiguous world of A Song of Ice and Fire, questions concerning loyalty, human sexuality and the morality of violence arise; the books have sold 90 million copies worldwide as of April 2019, after having been translated into 47 languages as of January 2017. The fourth and fifth volumes reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller lists upon their releases. Among the many derived works are several prequel novellas, a TV series, a comic book adaptation, several card and video games. A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a fictional world in which seasons last for years and end unpredictably. Nearly three centuries before the events of the first novel, the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros were united under the Targaryen dynasty by Aegon I and his sister-wives Visenya and Rhaenys, establishing military supremacy through their control of dragons.

The Targaryen dynasty ruled for three hundred years, although civil war and infighting among the Targaryens was frequent. Due to being held and bred in captivity, their dragons became smaller until they went extinct. At the beginning of A Game of Thrones, 15 peaceful years have passed since the rebellion led by Lord Robert Baratheon that deposed and killed the last Targaryen king, Aerys II "the Mad King", proclaimed Robert king of the Seven Kingdoms, with a nine-year-long summer coming to an end; the principal story chronicles the power struggle for the Iron Throne among the great Houses of Westeros following the death of King Robert in A Game of Thrones. Robert's heir apparent, the 13-year-old Joffrey, is proclaimed king through the machinations of his mother, Queen Cersei Lannister; when Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, Robert's closest friend and chief advisor, discovers that Joffrey and his siblings are the product of incest between Cersei and her twin brother Ser Jaime "The Kingslayer" Lannister, Eddard attempts to unseat Joffrey, but is betrayed and executed for treason.

In response, Robert's brothers Stannis and Renly both lay separate claims to the throne. During this period of instability, two of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros attempt to become independent from the Iron Throne: Eddard's eldest son Robb is proclaimed King in the North, while Lord Balon Greyjoy desires to recover the sovereignty of his region, the Iron Islands; the so-called "War of the Five Kings" is in full progress by the middle of the second book, A Clash of Kings. The second part of the story takes place in the far north of Westeros, where an 8,000-year-old wall of ice called "the Wall", defends the Seven Kingdoms from supernatural creatures known as the Others; the Wall's sentinels, the Sworn Brotherhood of the Night's Watch protect the realm from the incursions of the "wildlings" or "Free Folk", who are several human tribes living on the north side of the Wall. The Night's Watch story is told through the point of view of Jon Snow, Lord Eddard Stark's bastard son. Jon follows the footsteps of his uncle Benjen Stark and joins the Watch at a young age, rising through the ranks.

He becomes Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. In the third volume, A Storm of Swords, the Night's Watch storyline becomes entangled with the War of the Five Kings; the third storyline follows daughter of Aerys II, the last Targaryen king. On the continent of Essos, east of Westeros across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys is married off by her elder brother Viserys Targaryen to a powerful warlord, but becomes an independent and intelligent ruler in her own right, her rise to power is aided by the historic birth of three dragons, hatched from eggs given to her as wedding gifts. The three dragons soon become not only a symbol of her bloodline and her claim to the throne, but devastating weapons of war, which help her in the conquest of Slaver's Bay. Books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are first published in hardcover and are re-released as paperback editions. In the UK, Harper Voyager publishes special slipcased editions; the series has been translated into more than 30 languages. All page totals given below are for the US first editions.

George R. R. Martin was a successful fantasy and sci-fi author and TV writer before writing his A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Martin had published his first short story in 1971 and his first novel in 1977. By the mid-1990s, he had won three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards

Ashiesh Roy

Ashiesh Roy is an Indian television and film actor. 1997 Byomkesh Bakshi as Makrand 1997–99 Banegi Apni Baat as Abhishek by DJ's A Creative Unit 1998-1999 Dam Dama Dam as Various characters 1998–99 Movers & Shakers 1998–99 Daayre by Anjum Rizvi 1998–2000 Yes Boss by Rajan Wagdhare 2004 Remix as Mr. Choudhary 2005-2006 Hari Mirchi Lal Mirchi as Tuntun by Anil Choudhary 2006–08 Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein as Saurabh Ghosh 2006 Baa Bahu Aur Baby, by Hats Off Productions 2007–08 Chaldi Da Naam Gaddi as Das Gupta, by Hats Off Productions 2009 Burey Bhi Hum Bhale Bhi Hum as Mansukh Popat, by Hats Off Productions 2010–11 Mrs. & Mr. Sharma Allahabadwale as Anna 2011–12 Sasural Simar Ka as Suryendra Daddoji Bharadwaj, by Rashmi Sharma 2012–14 Jeannie Aur Juju as Chatur Ganguli 2014– Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai as Various Characters. 2015- Goldie Ahuja Matric Pass as Professor Ganguly, by Bad Company 2015- Mere Angne Mein as Ashok by Sphere Origins 2016-17 Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi as Shankar Mandal, by Inspire Films 2017-17"Aarambh as Maaran Dev, by Rose Ausio Visuals 2004 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero as Spy Police 2, by Shyam Benegal 2005 Home Delivery as Mr. Boltu 2007 MP3: Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar as Chief Official at Indian Embassy 2014 Raja Natwarlal as Kashi 2014 Barkhaa as Anna, by Shadaab Mirza Ashiesh Roy is a voice actor, dubbing for foreign films.

Ashiesh Roy on IMDb Ashiesh Roy at Bollywood Hungama

List of Slam Dunk chapters

The Japanese manga Slam Dunk was written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. The series tells the story of a teenager named Hanamichi Sakuragi who becomes a basketball player from the Shohoku High School basketball team in order to make Haruko Akagi, a girl he likes, fall in love with him. However, as he learns more about basketball and plays several games, he starts liking the sport; the series was published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump since the issue 40 from 1990 until the issue 27 from 1996. The 276 individual chapters were collected in 31 tankōbon editions under Shueisha's Jump Comics imprint, with the first volume being published on February 8, 1991 and volume 31 on October 3, 1996, it was reassembled in 24 kanzenban volumes from March 19, 2001 to February 2, 2002. In 2004, Inoue produced an epilogue titled Slam Dunk: 10 Days After, drawn on 23 chalkboards in the former campus of the now-defunct Misaki High School located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, held for public exhibition from December 3 to December 5.

The epilogue, along with coverage of the event, was reprinted in the February 2005 issue of Switch magazine. Toei Animation adapted the manga into an anime series which premiered in Japan on October 23, 1993, ended on March 23, 1996. In North America, an English version of Slam Dunk was published by the now-defunct Gutsoon! Entertainment, which serialized the title in their manga anthology Raijin Comics from 2002 to 2004. Five collected volumes were published under Gutsoon's Raijin Graphic Novels imprint, they were released from July 2, 2003 until May 5, 2004. After Gutsoon! went out of business, the license for the Slam Dunk was purchased by Viz Media, which published a preview of the series in the December 2007 issue of the North American edition of Shonen Jump. Slam Dunk began serialization in the magazine, starting with the May 2008 issue, as well as in tankōbon format with the first being published on September 2, 2008; as of December 3, 2013, Viz has released all thirty-one volumes of the series

Nicolás Pasquini

Nicolás Pasquini is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Argentine Primera División side Lanús. Pasquini began his youth career with Club San Carlos, prior to joining Lanús' system in 2006. In July 2010, Pasquini joined Primera B Metropolitana side Atlanta on loan for two seasons. In his first season, 2010–11, he featured six times as Atlanta won the title and promotion to Primera B Nacional for 2011–12. In tier two, he played seventeen times in a season, he returned to Lanús in June 2012 and subsequently made his professional debut in the Copa Argentina on 17 April 2013 versus Atlético de Rafaela. His Argentine Primera División debut arrived a month against Tigre. One hundred and twenty-two appearances in all competitions followed in his first six seasons with Lanús as the club won the 2013 Copa Sudamericana, the 2016 Argentine Primera División, the 2016 Copa Bicentenario and the 2016 Supercopa Argentina. Over that period, Pasquini scored six times including his first in a league match with Olimpo on 2 September 2013.

As of 22 May 2018. AtlantaPrimera B Metropolitana: 2010–11LanúsCopa Sudamericana: 2013 Argentine Primera División: 2016 Copa Bicentenario: 2016 Supercopa Argentina: 2016 Nicolás Pasquini at Soccerway

Phoria

Phoria are an English electronic five-piece band based in Brighton, England. The band consists of Trewin Howard, James "Cheese" Cheeseman, Ed Sanderson, Tim Douglas, Seryn Burden. Phoria released their debut EP Yourself Still followed by Bloodworks and Display; the EPs earned the band international popular acclaim. The band's first full-length album, Volition was released on 3 June 2016. Phoria began in 1997, when Trewin, former guitarist Jeb, Ed began taking music lessons at their Salisbury primary school. On cello, classical guitar, violin, it was there that the three classmates first wrote and performed together; as friends, they spent their youth in the Salisbury countryside, absorbing music and switching between the disciplines of songwriting, electric guitar, piano, before leaving for university in 2005. Jeb and Ed both attended the University of Southampton. Ed continued specialising in violin and piano. Jeb studied for a sociology degree, though spent much of his time experimenting with music and visual arts.

Trewin attended the Dartington College of Arts in Devon. He had enrolled on as fine arts course – utilising his skill as a painter – but was soon drawn back to music, he left Dartington with over two hundred original musical compositions. Having completed their studies, Trewin, Ed, Jeb returned to Salisbury and took full time jobs. Jeb's included a brief spell as an insurance agent. Ed, with a passion for acting, took unfulfilling parts in a series of niche-market films, it was not long before the three of them realised that their future lay elsewhere, moved to Brighton to start their musical careers. While studying at Southampton, Jeb and Ed had met Tim Douglas through a mutual friend. Following successful spells playing guitar in bands across the South West, Tim moved to Brighton to play bass, complete the Phoria line-up along with drummer, Ross Crick. Seryn Burden joined the band in August 2011, twelve months after the release of Yourself Still, following Ross's departure. In 2016, following the release of Volition, a string of successful EPs and UK and international tours, Jeb Hardwick left Phoria to pursue a career in filmmaking.

He was replaced by James Cheeseman. The band's first EP Yourself Still was released in 2010 and earned positive reviews from various music blogs; the blog The Sirens Sound reviewed the EP, stating that'...carries various musical vibes from cinematic orchestra to post-rock and indie-rock to a stunning pop environment leading the overall outcome of this record to blazed emotion.' Describing Phoria as'A band you want to keep an eye on.' Online alternative music zine InForty.com described the EP as'A delicate mix of indie and post-rock', continuing:'Phoria...already boast a sophisticated and polished sound. It’s a mournful one too, but they don’t dwell on it – there’s too much progression and dreamy ambition for that.'The EP was featured on CDBaby's music discovery podcast in July 2011. Bloodworks was released through Akira Records in Spring 2013. Lead single "Red" hit number 2 in The Hype Machine blog aggregator charts within only a few days, cementing the track as one of the standout singles of 2013 from a unknown band.

With the single released just days before the EP, ThisIsFakeDIY said of the track' the impression that this here EP's going to be a game-changer. Glossy production is met midway by a startling, intimate style of songwriting, half Youth Lagoon, half something grander and more orchestral.'The EP was met with glowing reviews. Earmilk said of the band:'they took their unique approach and ran with it, producing a composition where all five songs stand apart as gems, they have created an overall unique experience, with emotion drawn out from the subtle and unweighted vocal approach. Every component seems to build and break down around the travelling vocals and in doing so, they create an angelic feeling at times.' Musicbrokemybones described Bloodworks as an'...incredibly captivating record.' Several tracks from the EP have been licensed to festival-featured European cinema, Canadian television series Saving Hope. Display was released in June 2014; the lead single'Emanate' received 250,000 plays across YouTube and Soundcloud in the first two weeks.

Volition was released in June 2016 following several delays. It received positive reviews across the critical sphere, with The 405 describing the album as'gigantic... effortlessly intimate,' praising the'cohesion in sound and vision'. Ben Yung of therevue.ca gave a glowing review, stating:'Volition is stunning, an absolute emotional roller coaster from start to finish. It is easy to understand why it took two years for the Brighton-based five-piece to complete their debut, as every single detail has been given the utmost attention and the production is refined and masterful; every note, every vocal component, every lyric, every instrumental texture has been attended to and nothing feels out of place. With the precision of a surgeon and the steely aim of an assassin, Phoria hits every mark, including piercing a hole through our hearts with their visceral and emotional electronica.' The album was supported by a UK and European tour. In 2018, the song "Evolve" was featured in an episode of The Magicians.

Phoria draw on a range of musical genres to create their sound. In the days of Yourself Still, chordal guitar figures and dense instrumentation drew comparisons to such bands as Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Mew; the music blog therecommender.net, when reviewing preview material from the bands forthcoming Bloodworks EP, wrote'This...isn't just reminiscent of Radiohead, this is reminiscent of Radiohe

National Maternity Hospital, Dublin

The National Maternity Hospital, popularly known as Holles Street Hospital, is the largest maternity hospital in Ireland. The hospital is located at the eastern corner of Merrion Square, at its junction with Holles Street and Lower Mount Street in Dublin, it is managed by Ireland East Hospital Group. The hospital was established through charitable donations in 1894 and received a Royal Charter, in line with other maternity hospitals in Dublin, in 1903; the Linen Guild, a charity to help mothers and babies in need of financial assistance, was established in 1912. Elizabeth O'Farrell, a member of Cumann na mBan, served as a midwife and working in Holles Street in the early years of the 20th century before carrying the white flag delivering the surrender at the Easter Rising in 1916; the hospital became the first such facility to benefit from the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake which funded extensive redevelopment in the 1930s. Antrim House, the former home of the Earls of Antrim on Merrion Square, was demolished to facilitate the expansion of the hospital, in 1936.

A new Charter was received in 1936 altering the governance of the hospital such that it was administered by a board consisting of the Archbishop of Dublin as Chair of the board, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, two City Councillors and two nominees of the Minister of Health. In 1998, Holles Street set up the Domino and Home birth scheme through its team of community midwives; the National Maternity Hospital Foundation, a charity which raises funds for a number of projects in the hospital with special emphasis on the neo-natal intensive care unit, was established in 2012. In May 2013 it was announced that the hospital would relocate to the site of St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, a hospital founded by Mother Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the order Religious Sisters of Charity, in 1834; the new hospital was projected to cost €300 million, be paid for by the Irish state. The decision to give the ownership of the hospital to its founders, the Sisters of Charity caused controversy; the Sisters of Charity had been involved in scandals about abuse related to the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.

The proposed hospital transfer raised questions about the role of the Catholic Church in Ireland. In April Dr. Peter Boylan, one of Ireland's most respected obstetricians, resigned from the board over the influence of the Sisters on the new hospital. By 3 May 2017 a petition to oppose their becoming the sole owners had been signed by more than 100,000 people. A protest of 200 people took place outside the Department of Health on 20 April 2017; the then-Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Rhona Mahony stated that the hospital would be independent and "the nuns will not be running this hospital, it will not be under Catholic ethos. It will be independent", complained that "the feminists are going to unravel this fantastic hospital for women"; the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran said that the Religious Sisters of Charity would have to obey the rules of the Roman Catholic church if they became owners of the National Maternity Hospital, to follow teachings on "the value of human life and the dignity and the ultimate destiny of the human person".

On 29 May 2017, in response to weeks of pressure and public outrage, the Sisters of Charity announced that they were ending their role in St Vincent's Healthcare Group and would not be involved in the ownership or management of the new hospital. Dr. Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, said "“The religious Sisters of Charity never sought to have a role in the operation of the new hospital and in the absence of the Sisters planned withdrawal from clinical healthcare in Ireland the operational independence of the new hospital was always guaranteed under the terms of the Mulvey agreement which underpins all ensuing legal arrangements.” In early 2019, a couple was advised that the baby the woman was carrying had a fatal foetal abnormality, Trisomy 18. An abortion was performed at the National Maternity Hospital at sometime after 15 weeks. A series of genetic tests found, not the case, that there had been a misdiagnosis. Aontú TD Peadar Tóbín stated that the family were shocked “by allegations that the medical professionals signing off on the abortions have a commercial interest in the companies that produced the fatally insufficient test”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar indicated. The hospital, the national referral centre for complicated pregnancies and sick infants, delivers over 10,000 babies per year; the number of births it handles has increased by 50 per cent since the early 1990s. In June 2019, the Holles Street Hospital began work on an extension to the labour and delivery unit while awaiting relocation to the new facility, not expected to be completed until 2024. List of former Masters: Farmar, Tony. Holles Street, 1894-1994: The National Maternity Hospital - A Centenary History. A. & A. Farmar. ISBN 978-1899047031. Official website