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A Touch of Frost

A Touch of Frost is a television detective series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV from 6 December 1992 until 5 April 2010 based on the Frost novels by R. D. Wingfield. Writing credit for the three episodes in the first 1992 series went to Richard Harris; the series stars David Jason as Detective Inspector William Edward "Jack" Frost, an experienced and dedicated detective who clashes with his superiors. In his cases, Frost is assisted by a variety of different detective sergeants or constables, with each bringing a different slant to the particular case. Comic relief is provided by Frost's interactions with the bureaucratically-minded Superintendent Norman "Horn-rimmed Harry" Mullett, played by Bruce Alexander. A number of young actors had their major debut as supporting cast in the show, including: Matt Bardock, Ben Daniels, Neil Stuke, Mark Letheren, Colin Buchanan, Jason Maza, Damian Lewis and Marc Warren; the series is set in the fictional South Midlands town of Denton, is marked by a gritty tone.

It is believed that Denton is in either Berkshire or Oxfordshire, though there are many references to Reading, in particular, Swindon. In the earlier episodes, the M4 and A417 were seen, the map of Swindon was seen in the control room, although a map of Reading was used occasionally. Paperwork given to Frost and other characters refers to Denton station as being part of the Thames Valley Police; the programme was produced by ITV in Leeds, most of the outdoor locations were shot in West Yorkshire. Several scenes were filmed in and around the city and district of Wakefield and neighbouring small towns of Pontefract and Castleford, West Yorkshire; the role of Frost was notable in changing the public perception of David Jason from a predominantly comic actor to a dramatic actor. At a press conference in London on 15 September 2008, David Jason announced that he would be quitting the role of DI Jack Frost. Jason's main reason for quitting the role was that Frost was by now the oldest detective on television and he felt that it was'natural' to retire as Frost.

At 68, a police detective would have been retired for eight years. Sir David said: "You wouldn't want me to play Frost in a wheelchair, would you?... Frost is getting a little long in the tooth. I still enjoy doing it and it's a great part but I just think he's got to retire. It'll be a sad day." David Jason as DI Jack Frost Bruce Alexander as Superintendent Norman Mullett John Lyons as DS George Toolan Arthur White as PC Ernie Trigg DI William Edward "Jack" Frost, is a empathic and sensitive detective, whose talents are offset by human failings, which include drinking other people's tea and coffee, dressing sloppily, leaving his home and car in states of extreme untidiness. This is marginally different from how he is portrayed in the novels, where he lacks empathy and has a gruff, coarse offensive tone, he is shown to shirk paperwork, leaving his subordinates to take up the slack. He never uses a police notebook to record evidence and other information, instead scribbling notes on various bits of paper.

Frost is widowed in the first episode. He had planned to leave his wife but just as he was going to tell her he was advised that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After hearing this news he went on a drinking binge and recklessly approached an armed man, who shot him; as a result of subduing the man in what was ostensibly a selfless, heroic act, Frost was awarded the highest British civilian award for gallantry, the George Cross. Whenever he is reminded of his award he tends to suffer survivor guilt, he is respected and admired by his colleagues and is shown to be a good-hearted, if flawed, character, as acknowledged by troubled youth, the elderly, by some criminals he has arrested. On several occasions, as in the novels, Frost breaks the law and plants evidence to get an arrest or conducts searches without permission, although always has the correct suspect, as well as turning a blind eye to sympathetic villains or misdemeanours to get out of the paperwork; this type of behaviour saw Frost suspended, disciplined or threatened with the same throughout the series.

In the first novel, his name is shown to be Jack Frost, when DC Barnard finds his GC in a drawer and the inscription reads, "To Jack Edward Frost". It was felt by the producers that the name Jack Frost was implausible for the TV series, so Frost was given William as his real first name, with Jack becoming a nickname. In the novels, he was a heavy chain-smoker. Superintendent Norman Mullett, a social climber concerned with appearances and ambitious for promotion, is Frost's boss and his constant foil on the job. Mullett has a love-hate relationship with Frost whose detective skills he admires but whose people and political skills he abhors; the long-suffering Mullett threatens to sack Frost, but Frost's ability to close cases saves him. In addition, receiving the George Cross made Frost "the Chief Constable's blue-eyed boy", thus protecting Frost from being sacked or retired by Mullett, his background in the novels was extensive. This promotion is turned-down in a episode thanks to yet another crisis caused by Frost, who gets of

Nebraska Coast Connection

The Nebraska Coast Connection is a social networking group founded in 1992 which allows professionals working in the entertainment industry to share their experiences growing up in Nebraska. Members provide advice and insights into succeeding in the entertainment industry centered in Los Angeles, CA. In 1992, Producer/Director Todd Nelson started the NCC with about thirty fellow Nebraskans to be both a network for entertainment professionals and a bridge between home and Hollywood; the idea was fostered by Todd’s frequent trips home. He visited late UN-L theatre professor Dr. Bill Morgan, who connected him with former students who were pursuing careers in the arts. With support from the University of Nebraska Foundation, the first NCC cocktail event in Bel Air drew 200 people, the Nebraska Coast Connection was up and running. Since they have hosted barbeques, play nights, Halloween parties, Christmas caroling and comedy nights. They've produced a few short films and two extensive websites, but the centerpiece of the group since 1995 has been the regular monthly gatherings called The Hollywood Salon.

Not to be confused with the place you get your hair done, the idea of an artist’s salon has a rich history. From ancient times and painters and poets and politicians have met in salon settings to share their art and discuss events of the day. In Athens and New York, Salons were important ways for ideas to germinate, artists to be discovered and valuable relationships to blossom; the Hollywood Salon continues that tradition with a slant toward careers in showbiz. More than 2,000 Nebraskans have found their way into the Coast Connection. About sixty of them attend each monthly Salon. Writers, Directors, Musicians, Execs, P. A.s and more than a few Waiters take part. “Wanna-be’s” are most welcome. Over the years, hundreds of newly arrived Nebraskans have found jobs and apartments, collaborators spouses through the NCC Hollywood Salons. It's a after-work gathering place for a drink and a bite to eat. It's a place to get to know new ones. It's networking opportunity. Special guests like Director Alexander Payne, Screenwriter Lew Hunter, Actress Marg Helgenberger and other prominent Nebraskans in Hollywood drop in to share their secrets of success.

The group has met the second Monday of every month since 1995 and continues to meet at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California. A long-time supporter and Nebraska native, Alexander Payne, held a special screening of his Oscar nominated film, for the group's members in the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount Studios lot in November 2013. Todd Nelson, the group's founder accompanied Payne to Cannes for the film's premiere. Guests include Nebraska natives Chris Klein, Abbie Cobb, Jim Hanna, Harley Jane Kozak and Jon Bokenkamp. Colleen Williams of NTV News traveled to California in February 2015 for a feature segment and interview with founder, Todd Nelson. Leo Adam Biga, author of "Alexander Payne: His Journey In Film," wrote extensively about the group. Blogger, Scott W. Smith features the organization

Wuikinuxv

The Wuikinuxv IPA: rendered Oowekeeno, Wikeno, Oweekano and known as the Rivers Inlet people, are an Indigenous First Nations people of the Central Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, located around Rivers Inlet and Owikeno Lake, to the north of Queen Charlotte Strait. The Wuikinuxv people and their neighbours the Heiltsuk and Haisla peoples were in the past sometimes known incorrectly as the "Northern Kwakiutl"; the name used for the main village on Katit Indian Reserve No. 1, on an island in the Wannock River, that connects Owikeno Lake to Rivers Inlet, "Wannock", means "poison" and refers to an 1848 raid by the Heiltsuk, as recounted by John Thomas Walbran in his authoritative opus on coastal names in British Columbia: The lake is about 35 miles long, connected with the inlet by the Oweekayno river now known by the name, adopted by the Indians, of Wannuck. About 1848 this tribe suffered dreadfully through a slave raid made by the powerful Bella Bellas, who after inviting the tribe to a potlatch....awaited their guests in ambush, as they unsuspectingly arrived, one canoe after another, poured a deadly fire into them, killing all the men and capturing the women and children.

The following morning the Bella Bellas advanced on Katil making a further surprise in which 3 men and 1 woman were killed and 32 woman and children captured. A completed Bighouse, the first in many years, is the focus on a rebuilding of Wuikinuxv society; the culture was structured much the same as the other indigenous peoples of the coast. At the height of the coastal civilization, Wuikinuxv territory encompassed the mouth of Rivers Inlet to the head waters of Owikeno Lake, they use the berries of Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp. minus as food. Oowekyala, the language of the Wuikinuxv, is related to the Heiltsuk language, so much so that it is considered one of two dialects of a language named Heiltsuk-Oowekyala, the other dialect being Heiltsuk, it is closely related to Haisla and is related to Kwak'wala, the most spoken of the Northern Wakashan languages. It is more distantly related to Nuu-chah-nulth and Makah, the Southern Wakashan languages; the government of the Wuikinuxv people is the Wuikinuxv Nation.

The Wuikinuxv Nation is a member of the Wuikinuxv-Kitasoo-Nuxalk Tribal Council, based in the town of Bella Coola. At present the small community of Rivers Inlet, situated on the banks of the 3 km Wannock River is the main centre in Wuikinuxv territory, it has an airstrip and daily service from a local airline. In the summer months, airline service is disrupted by the traffic in and out of the sport-fishing camps. We Are the Wuikinuxv Nation: Wuikinuxv/Rivers Inlet, Pam Brown, Pacific Northwest Curator, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 2001 Wuikinuxv Nation webpage

1998 Vuelta a EspaƱa, Stage 1 to Stage 11

The 1998 Vuelta a España was the 53rd edition of the Vuelta a España, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Vuelta began in Córdoba on 5 September, Stage 11 occurred on 16 September with a stage to Cerler; the race finished in Madrid on 27 September. 5 September 1998 — Córdoba to Córdoba, 161.7 km 6 September 1998 — Córdoba to Cádiz, 234.6 km 7 September 1998 — Cádiz to Estepona, 192.6 km 8 September 1998 — Málaga to Granada, 173.5 km 9 September 1998 — Olula del Río to Murcia, 165.5 km 10 September 1998 — Murcia to Xorret de Catí, 201.5 km 11 September 1998 — Alicante to Valencia, 185 km 12 September 1998 — Palma de Mallorca to Palma de Mallorca, 181.5 km 13 September 1998 — Alcúdia to Alcúdia, 39.5 km 14 September 1998 — Province of Barcelona 15 September 1998 — Vic to Estación de Pal, 199.3 km 16 September 1998 — Andorra la Vella to Cerler, 186 km

All for You Tour

The All for You Tour was the fourth concert tour by American recording artist Janet Jackson, in support of her seventh album All for You. The show was designed by Mark Jackson, it was scheduled to start in Vancouver, but due to problems transporting technical equipment across the Canada–United States border, the first show took place in Portland, Oregon. The tour trekked through North America throughout the summer and ended with a final show in Honolulu, Hawaii, broadcast by HBO. International dates were planned however those dates were forced to be cancelled following the September 11 attacks. According to Pollstar, the tour grossed over 48 million from 68 shows in North America between 2001 and 2002; the tour is notable for its choreography and upbeat nature. Its most infamous performance is thought to be the controversial rendition of "Would You Mind", where Jackson selected a member of the audience and strapped them into a gurney while caressing and fondling them; the show became one of the top-grossing tours of 2001 and saw Jackson performing many of her biggest hits.

The show received positive feedback from critics. The premiere show in Vancouver at GM Place was postponed because an integral piece of the stage set did not arrive in time for rehearsals and the planned premiere performance. According to a statement released by Orca Bay and SFX Concerts, the shipping problem is being blamed on the Canada Day and Independence Day holidays; the singer had been rehearsing in Vancouver for about a week in preparation for the tour, began in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2001. The same month, a show in Milwaukee was rescheduled when Jackson chipped a tooth during rehearsals for the show and had to undergo a root canal. In early August 2001, Jackson caught a flu, which forced the postponement of shows in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. A show at New York's Madison Square Garden, scheduled for August 21, 2001, was moved to the day before due to scheduling conflicts with the WNBA playoffs, she rescheduled two concerts in Philadelphia and Charlotte in late August 2001, due to a recurring respiratory problem.

The singer canceled a planned show in Birmingham. Jackson was scheduled to perform a concert in Tampa, Florida on September 11, 2001. However, that night's show was rescheduled after the September 11 attacks; the following two shows in Ft. Lauderdale were rescheduled due to the attack; the tour resumed on September 16 in Louisiana. On October 1, 2001, Jackson canceled its whole European leg, citing travel concerns for her entourage following the September 11 attacks, she said in a statement: "My European fans are among the most loyal and I was excited to share this show with them. I have agonized over this decision. Like most people, the events of Sept. 11 have troubled me enormously and I remain concerned about the foreseeable future. If anything happened to anyone on this tour, I could never forgive myself"; the singer was due to play 24 dates across Europe, beginning October 31, 2001 in Stockholm and wrapping December 17 in Birmingham, England. Additionally, Jackson's planned performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2001, on November 8, 2001, in Frankfurt, was canceled, with a spokesperson affirming, "She won't be coming to Europe at all ".

Jackson considered a return to Europe in 2002. Reviewing the tour's premiere concert at the Rose Garden Arena, Jennifer Van Evra of The Vancouver Sun reported that "the Janet Jackson that crowds are catching on this tour is distinctly different from the one they might have seen in years past. Gone is the'girl next door' version of Janet—the coy, smiling little girl who managed to avoid the glare of the tabloids. Now 35 divorced, with her new album'All For You' in tow, Jackson is showing off a much sassier, more confident self." Pop music critic Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave a mixed review, believing the concert had similarities to her prior tour. However, he remarked: "Jackson remains one of this generation's most exciting performers in concert triumphing over the likes of young upstarts Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Destiny's Child." Buffalo News critic Craig Seymour praised Jackson's concert at the HSBC Arena, stating that "her'All for You' tour marked another milestone for the veteran artist, who proved to be more comfortable with own ability to command an audience than before."

According to Seymour the best segment of the night was the "Asian-influenced set for the still-rousing'Rhythm Nation'." He adds, "She doesn't fight against her image like Madonna, who plays none of her early hits during this summer's'Drowned World' tour. Rather, she attacks her classics with such vigor that the experience is less nostalgic than vitally in-the-moment, but most of all, by embracing her well-liked hits, Jackson does what a superstar is supposed to do: She lets the crowd love her."Jim Farber of the New York Daily News wrote: "In the splashy two-hour event, which made its New York bow at Madison Square Garden last night, the suspiciously sculpted star ripped through nine costume changes, gyrated around a host of ever-changing stage sets and offered no fewer than 26 songs plucked from more than a decade's worth of hits." He criticized similarities to her previous tour, saying: "Unfortunately, the evening recycled some Janet stunts from the past. A segment that centered on frothy cartoon characters mimicked her 1998 tour's infantile circus fantasia.

An S&M segment, in which she strapped an audience member to a gurney and straddled him repeated a similar NC-17 episode from the last go-round." Sonia Murry of

Transport in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a developed and sophisticated transport network, encompassing both public and private transport. Based on Hong Kong Government's Travel Characteristics Survey, over 90% of the daily journeys are on public transport, the highest rate in the world. However, in 2014 the Transport Advisory Committee, which advises the Government on transportation issues, issued a report on the much worsened congestion problem in Hong Kong and pointed at the excessive growth of private cars during the past 10–15 years; the Octopus card, a smart electronic money payment system, was introduced in September 1997 to provide an alternative to the traditional banknotes and coins. Available for purchase in every stop of the Mass Transit Railway system, the Octopus card is a non-touch payment system which allows payment not only for public transport, but at parking meters, convenience stores, fast-food restaurants and most vending machines. Hong Kong Island is dominated by steep, hilly terrain, which required the development of unusual methods of transport up and down the slopes.

In Central and Western district, there is an extensive system of zero-fare escalators and moving pavements. The Mid-levels Escalator is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, operating downhill until 10am for commuters going to work, operating uphill until midnight; the Mid-levels Escalator consists of three moving pavements. It is 800 metres long, climbs 135 vertical metres. Total travel time is 25 minutes, but most people walk while the escalator moves to shorten the travel time. Due to its vertical climb, the same distance is equivalent to several miles of zigzagging roads if travelled by car. Daily traffic exceeds 35,000 people, it cost HK$240,000,000 to build. A second Mid-Levels escalator set is planned in Sai Ying Pun: the Centre Street Escalator Link. Hong Kong has an extensive railway network, the Hong Kong Government has long established that the public transit system has "railway as its backbone". Public transport trains are operated by the MTR Corporation; the MTR operates the metro network within inner urban Hong Kong, Kowloon Peninsula and the northern part of Hong Kong Island with newly developed areas, Tsuen Wan, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung, Hong Kong Disneyland, the Hong Kong International Airport, the northeastern and northwestern parts of the New Territories.

The Hong Kong Tramways operates a tram service on northern Hong Kong Island. The Peak Tram connects Hong Kong's central business district, with Victoria Peak. Opened in 1979, the system now includes 218.2 km of rail with 161 stations, including 93 railway stations and 68 light rail stops. The railway lines include the East Rail, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O, West Rail, Ma On Shan, South Island, the Airport Express and the Disneyland Resort lines. Nine of the lines provide general metro services, whereas the Airport Express provides a direct link from the Hong Kong International Airport into the city centre, the Disneyland Resort Line takes passengers to and from Hong Kong Disneyland; the Light Rail possesses many characteristics of a tramway, including running on streets with other traffic on some of its tracks and providing services for the public in the northwestern New Territories, including Tuen Mun and Yuen Long. All trains and most MTR stations are air-conditioned; the Hong Kong Tramways is the tram system run with double deckers.

The electric tram system was proposed in 1881. In August 1901, the Second Tramway Bill was introduced and passed into law as the 1902 Tramway Ordinance. Hong Kong Tramway Electric Company Limited, a British company, was authorised to take the responsibilities in construction and daily operation. In 1904, the tram system first got into service, it was soon taken over by another company, Electric Tranction Company of Hong Kong Limited and the name was changed to Hong Kong Tramways Company Limited in 1910. The rail system is 13 kilometres long, with a total track length of 30 km, it runs together with other vehicles on the street, its operation relies on the 550V direct current on 3' 6" gauge tracks. The trams provide service to only parts of Hong Kong Island: they run on a double track along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan, with a single clockwise-running track of about 3 kilometres around Happy Valley Racecourse. There are two funicular railway services in Hong Kong: The Peak Tram carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island.

It provides the most direct route to Victoria Peak and offers scenic views over Victoria Harbour and the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. It was inaugurated in 1888; the Ocean Express operates within the paid area of the Ocean Park theme park. It links two parts of the park, operating in a tunnel; the ride is themed, uses multimedia effects to simulate the feeling of travelling into the depths of the sea. It was opened in 2009; the Hong Kong International Airport Automated People Mover is a driverless people-mover system located within the Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok. It operates in two "segments". For departures, the train runs from Terminal 2 to the East Hall to the West Hall. For arrivals, the train runs only from the West Hall to the East Hall, where all passengers must disembark for immigration and baggage claim. Operation of the first segment commenced in 1998, the operation of the second segment commenced in early-2007. There is another system between the t