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The Last Burden

The Last Burden is a novel by Upamanyu Chatterjee which portrays life in an Indian middle-class family. In this novel, he travels the lives of different people constituting a joint family, expertly portraying their emotions and desires; this is a portrayal of the financial and emotional problems that make people favor an atomic family in contrast to a joint family as was the predominant practise in India. The author uses somewhat strong language but makes the readers aware of the actual frictions that exist within the joint family structure, it elegantly portrays the decisions and sacrifices made by different people in a family and the frictions and the frustrations thereby. It portrays the struggle of the newer generation in order to move into an atomic family structure from a hierarchical joint family structure where the elders have an more elderly person who dictate the terms; the novel talks about Jamun, a work less young man and his old father, his dying mother, Urmila. The novel opens at the death bed of Urmila and takes you through the story of this middle-class family.


1928 Preakness Stakes

The 1928 Preakness Stakes was the 53rd running of the Preakness. The race took place on Friday, May 11, 1928, eight days before the Kentucky Derby making it the first leg of the U. S. Triple Crown series. A horse race for three-year-old thoroughbreds, it carried a total purse of $71,370, it was run on a track rated fast in a final time of 2:00 1/5. Ridden by future U. S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Raymond Workman, Victorian won the race by a nose over runner-up Toro. Nassak, the betting favorite from the powerful Rancocas Stable finished a distant 11th; the fifth-place finisher, Sun Beau, went on to a brilliant racing career and was voted U. S. Champion Older Horse in three straight years culminating with his 1996 induction into the U. S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; the owners of the Preakness winner chose not to send the colt to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the May 19th Kentucky Derby. The Daily Racing Form reported that Victorian's owner made a statement by telephone saying the colt had gone through a tough Preakness and did not do well after the race.

Plans called for transporting Victorian to Belmont Park where he would run in the Withers Stakes if his trainer thought the colt was healthy. Victorian won the Withers Stakes; the Daily Racing Form reported there was a record crowd in attendance on Preakness day which included notables such as Belgium's Prince Ernest and Princess Marguerite de Ligne, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. father of a future President of the United States, the British Ambassador Sir Esmé Howard, Bernard Baruch, George Saportas, James Wood Colt, among others. Maryland Governor Albert Ritchie presented the Woodlawn Vase to James G. Rowe Jr. the winning trainer who accepted it on behalf of the absent Harry Payne Whitney. Twenty-five-year-old jockey Ovila Bourassa was scheduled to ride Solace in the 1928 Preakness; the colt, who would finish third, was owned by the Seagram Stables for whom jockey Bourassa had ridden Sir Harry to a second-place finish in the 1927 Preakness Stakes. Three weeks prior to the running of the 1928 Preakness, the young jockey died from a fractured skull after the saddle girth slipped on a horse he was breezing in the early morning hours at Havre de Grace Racetrack in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

A champion Canadian jockey, popular with his racing fraternity and race fans in the United States, Ovila Bourassa's death received wide coverage in newspapers in both countries. The New York Times wrote that Bourassa "rode winners of many classics" and was "one of the best-known riders in the country"; the New York Daily News called him a "rider of great promise" and someone, "in the first rank of riders." In his native Canada, the Calgary Daily Herald said Ovila Bourassa was "one of the outstanding figures in Canadian racing." The 51st Preakness Stakes Payout Schedule Daily Racing Form Charts Ŧ coupled and † coupled Winning Breeder: Harry Payne Whitney.


Hans-Georg may refer to: Hans Georg Anscheidt, Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg, Field Marshal of Holy Roman Empire and the Electorate of Saxony and politician Hans-Georg Aschenbach, former East German ski jumper Hans-Georg Backhaus, German economist and philosopher Hans Georg Berger, German-born photographer and writer who lives in Elba and in Laos Hans-Georg Beyer, former East German handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics Hans Georg Bock, German university professor for mathematics and scientific computing Hans-Georg Bohle, German geographer and development researcher Hans-Georg Borck decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht during World War II Hans-Georg Bürger, racing driver from West Germany Hans Georg Calmeyer, German lawyer who saved thousands of Jews from certain death during 1941 to 1945 Hans-Georg von Charpentier, Sturmbannführer in the Waffen SS during World War II Hans-Georg Dallmer, former East German pair skater who competed with partner Irene Müller Hans Georg Dehmelt, German-born American physicist, co-developer of the ion trap technique Hans-Georg Dreßen, retired German football player Hans-Georg Dulz, retired German football player Hans Georg Feichtinger, Austrian mathematician Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, the deputy commander of the U-Boat Forces of Nazi Germany Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher of the continental tradition, best known for his 1960 work Truth and Method Hans Georg Friedrich Groß, German balloonist and airship constructor Hans-Georg Herzog decorated Oberstleutnant der Reserve in the Wehrmacht during World War II Hans Georg Herzog, Romanian field handball player of German origin who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics Hans-Georg Hess, German U-boat commander of the Second World War Hans-Georg Jaunich, former East German handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics Hans-Georg Jörger, German Olympic fencer Hans Georg Klamroth, involved in the 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler Hans-Georg Kraus, former professional German footballer Hans-Georg Leyser decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, World War I flying ace credited with 15 aerial victories Hans-Georg Moldenhauer, former football goalkeeper Hans Georg Nägeli and music publisher Hans-Georg von der Osten began his career as a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories Hans-Georg Panczak, German television actor and voice actor Hans Georg Rupp, German judge Hans-Georg Schierholz decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Luftwaffe during World War II Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, retired German football player Hans-Georg von Seidel, German military leader in the German Army during World War I and in the Luftwaffe during World War II Hans Georg Jacob Stang, the Norwegian Minister of Defence 1900–1902 and 1902–1903 Hans Georg Jacob Stang, the Norwegian Prime Minister in Stockholm 1888–1889 Hans Georg Stehlin, Swiss paleontologist and geologist Hans-Georg Stephan, German university professor specializing in European medieval archaeology and post-medieval archaeology Hans-Georg Stümke, German author, teacher and publisher Hans-Georg Tersling, Danish architect who lived and worked for most of his life on the French Riviera Hans Georg Vaupel, German sculptor

Hermann Vezin

Hermann Vezin was an American actor, teacher of elocution and writer. He was born in Philadelphia and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. Vezin was born in Philadelphia, the son of Charles Henri Vezin, a merchant of French heritage, his wife Emilie, his great-great-grandfather Pierre de Vezin was married to the seventeenth-century French actress Marie Charlotte de Châteauneuf. Rouget de Lisle, the composer of the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," was one of his distant cousins. After studying law for several years, Vezin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an A. B. in 1847 and a master's degree in 1850. Despite resistance from his family, Vezin was determined to work as an actor and departed America for the UK shortly after graduation, he made his first appearance at the York Theatre Royal in St. Leonard's Place, England. After playing minor roles in several provincial engagements, he began performing leading characters as Cardinal Richelieu, Sir Edward Mortimer, Claude Melnotte, Young Norval.

He made his London début in 1852 at the Princess's Theatre. On February 21, 1863, at St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, he married the former child actress, English-born Jane Elizabeth Thompson who, appearing as an adult under the name Mrs. Charles Young, had made a reputation as an actress both in Australia and in England, they appeared in many plays with together until her death in 1902. Together they had a son, the silent film actor, Arthur Vezin. Apart from a brief professional tour of the United States in 1857–58, the majority of Vezin's acting career took place on the English stage. Though an actor, in 1866 he collaborated with the playwrights W. G. Wills and James Albery to write the vaudeville inspired play Doctor Davey based on the 1842 play Le Docteur Robin by French writer Jules de Prémaray in which he played the title role; the following year he starred as a troubled Scottish poet James Harebell in Wills' Man o' Airlie to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Vezin followed up with other successful showings, such as The Turn of the Tide by F. C.

Burnand, Son of the Soil. Sir J. Forbes-Robertson described Vezin in the London Post as a "bright and dapper little man, both "learned and dictatorial on the art of acting." The Illustrated London News review of Vezin in the title role of Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith noted that "Mr. Vezin is the most intellectual of our actors, is the man for creating an original part, such as that of Dan'l Druce" and described one scene as "an acting hit by Mr. Hermann Vezin which electrified the house." He was one of W. S. Gilbert's favourite actors. And, besides the aforementioned Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith, he starred in Gilbert's Randall's Thumb, played Mousta in an 1882 revival of Broken Hearts alongside Gilbert himself as Florian. A benefit matinee was held for Vezin at the Haymarket Theatre on March 19, 1896. For this, George Grossmith gave a sketch, play scenes featured Gerald du Maurier, Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Cyril Maude, among others. Vezin continued to act, appearing in The Happy Life in 1897 and as Rowley in The School for Scandal opposite Herbert Beerbohm Tree in 1909.

In his declining years, Vezin appear infrequently on the stage, rather spending most of his time giving lessons to aspiring thespians, including the actors Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Baliol Holloway and Frank Benson as well as the actress Mary Mannering. He dedicated himself to appearances at recitals and play readings, his last stage role was Old Rowley in Tree's production of playwright Richard Sheridan's The School for Scandal at His Majesty's Theatre in Scotland, in April 1909. He had been active on the British stage for nearly sixty years, had been a resident of London, where he died at his home, 10 Lancaster Place, Strand, on June 12, 1910, his body was cremated at Golders Green and his ashes were scattered. Hermann Vezin archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, University of Bristol

Counts of Wartenberg

This article covers Counts of Wartenberg from Rhenish Hesse, Electoral Palatinate and Upper Swabia. For Counts of Wartenberg of the Wittelsbach Dynasty, see here. For the article on the extinct aristocratic family from Bohemia, see House of Wartenberg. Counts of Wartenberg were a German comital family which held large territories in Rhenish Hesse, Electoral Palatinate and Upper Swabia; the distant origins of this family are speculative yet seem to originate in the northwestern edge of the Palatinate Forest, east of modern-day France. The Kolb von Wartenberg family took its name from Castle Wartenberg built in the present day Kaiserslautern, destroyed in 1522, its territories belonged until the late 18th century to the Upper Rhenish Circle and included properties in Wachenheim and Mettenheim. After the left bank of Rhine was taken over by the French revolutionary troops in 1794 and subsequently integrated into the French First Republic, the County of Wartenberg was dissolved; as a compensation for the loss of their estates, the Counts of Wartenberg received in 1802 the Rot an der Rot Abbey in Upper Swabia.

The monastery's possessions included thirteen hamlets with a total of 2871 subjects. The new county became known as County of Wartenberg-Roth. In 1804, the last Count of Wartenberg, adopted his two nephews Counts Franz Carl Friedrich and Franz Georg Friedrich of Erbach-Erbach who upon Ludwig's death inherited not only the title Wartenberg-Roth, but the Lordship of Roth's estates of Erbach and Reichenbach in Hesse and the Lordships of Wildenstein and Steinbach in Bavaria. After the Congress of Vienna in 1816, the ancestral territory, which belonged to this noble family, became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, except for Mettenheim, absorbed into the Grand Duchy of Hesse; the historical County of Wartenberg included the townships Aspach, Ellerstadt, Imbsbach, Ober- und Nieder-Mehlingen, Oranienhof, Sembach, Wachenheim und Wartenberg