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About a Boy (novel)

About a Boy is a 1998 coming of age novel written by British writer Nick Hornby which has sold over a million copies. The novel was adapted into a feature film in 2002 and a television series in 2014. Set in 1993 London, About a Boy features two main protagonists: Will Freeman, a 36-year-old bachelor, Marcus Brewer, an incongruous schoolboy described as'introverted' by his suicidal mother, despite his tendencies to bond and interact with people. Will's father wrote a successful Christmas song, the royalties of which have afforded Will the ability to remain voluntarily redundant throughout his life – he spends his huge amounts of free time immersing himself in 1990s culture and pursuing sexual relations with women. After a pleasant relationship with a single mother, Will comes up with the idea of attending a single parents group as a new way to pick up women. For this purpose, he invents. Will makes a number of acquaintances through his membership of the single parents group, two of which are Fiona and her son Marcus.

Although their relationship is somewhat strained, they succeed in striking up a true friendship despite Will being uninterested during the early-middle stages of the novel. Will, a aware and "trendy" person, aids Marcus to fit into 1990s youth culture by encouraging him not to get his hair cut by his mother, buying him Adidas trainers, introducing him to contemporary music such as Nirvana. Marcus and Will's friendship strengthens as the story progresses after Marcus and Fiona discover Will's lie about having a child. Marcus is befriended by Ellie McCrae, a tough, moody 15-year-old girl, in trouble at school because she insists on wearing a Kurt Cobain jumper, he spends some time with his dad Clive, who visits Marcus and Fiona for Christmas together with his new girlfriend Lindsey and her mother. Clive has a minor accident during some D. I. Y work, breaks his collar bone; this prompts Clive into having'a big think' about the meaning of his life, he summons Marcus to Cambridge to see him. Marcus decides to bring Ellie along with him for support, however they are arrested on the way as Ellie smashes a shop window displaying a cardboard cut-out of Kurt Cobain – accusing the shopkeeper of'trying to make money out of him' after his suicide.

Meanwhile, to Will's despair, he falls in love with a woman called Rachel. Rachel is a single mother with a son named Ali, the same age as Marcus; the two fight, but become friends. Will's emotional faculties are liberated and he begins to'shed old skin' of emotional indifference – Marcus is becoming more typical of his age, he begins to enjoy his life more; the penultimate scene takes place in a police station in a small suburban town, where nearly every significant character in the novel is present. The novel ends during a three-way dialogue between Marcus and Fiona where Will, to see if Marcus has changed, proposes the idea that he play a Joni Mitchell song on Fiona's piano, which she is enthusiastic about. However, Marcus responds saying he'hates' Joni Mitchell whereby Hornby concludes the novel with the narration saying "Will knew Marcus would be OK." The title is a reference to the song "About a Girl" by Nirvana. This was confirmed by the author in the edition of 2 December 2001 of the BBC Radio 4 series, "Book Club".

The band is mentioned several times in the book. A film adaptation was released in 2002 by Paul Weitz, it starred Nicholas Hoult as Marcus, Hugh Grant as Will, Toni Collette as Fiona, Rachel Weisz as Rachel. While the screenplay follows Hornby's novel, it omits scenes involving drug use and has a different ending, it removes any reference to the band Kurt Cobain. The soundtrack to the film, including several full songs and numerous incidental pieces, was composed by British singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy; the film received positive reviews from critics, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, earned $130,549,455 on a $30 million budget. The movie, was the basis for a 2014 American television series, which aired on NBC; the show's pilot episode was directed by Jon Favreau. It lasted for two seasons before being cancelled by NBC on 8 May 2015. About a Boy is available on abridged audiobook, read by Alan Cumming. Unabridged is available by Penguin Audio and narrated by David Chase.

Too Cool for Words The New York Times review by Hal Espen

Kirrweiler, Kusel

Kirrweiler is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Kusel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde Lauterecken-Wolfstein; the municipality lies in the Western Palatinate between the Hunsrück. Kirrweiler lies on a sloped plateau that rises from south to north. South of the village rises the Anderbach, which runs for some 3 km down to its mouth into the Glan near Glanbrücken; the outlying centre of Zollstock lies at an elevation of 360 m above sea level on the heights of a mountain saddle that stands between the Anderbach and Rötelbach valleys. The municipal area is 51% wooded. In 1938, when the Baumholder troop drilling ground was being built, the municipality was stripped of 155.5 ha of woodland by the Nazis. In the course of disarmament after the Cold War, Kirrweiler received 170.21 ha of the drilling ground in 1993. Although this is now part of the municipal area, the landowner is still the German federal government.

Kirrweiler borders in the north on the municipality of Homberg, in the northeast on the municipality of Herren-Sulzbach, in the east on the municipality of Deimberg, in the south on the municipality of Sankt Julian and in the west on the Baumholder troop drilling ground. Belonging to Kirrweiler is the outlying homestead of Zollstock. Kirrweiler lies on a street that runs through the village, branching off which are three smaller, built-up streets. There are two old village centres, the Oberdorf and the Unterdorf, owing to building in between, have now been joined. A piped well that once stood between these two centres has since disappeared; the village's farmhouses are still of the Einfirsthaus variety. All together little new building work is in evidence; the former schoolhouse stands on a sidestreet in the Upper Village and is nowadays used as business premises. The graveyard with its great mortuary lies at the village's upper end; the broader area around Kirrweiler was settled in prehistoric times, bearing witness to which are grave goods that have been unearthed.

Within Kirrweiler's limits long ago, the foundations of a Gallo-Roman estate were discovered. Kirrweiler lay in the Nahegau, having been founded in the 11th or 12th century at a church, which vanished. Local rural cadastral toponyms still preserve references to a church; as early as 1259, Kirrweiler had its first documentary mention in a document from the Counts of Zweibrücken. According to historian Wilhelm Fabricius, the village belonged to the Gericht auf der Höhe, which itself was considered part of the Hochgericht auf der Heide; the Gericht auf der Höhe was named when in 1258, Castle Grumbach with its surrounding lands was given to the Waldgraves and Rhinegraves of Dhaun. The villages in this court region appeared in a 1363 document dealing with the pledging of these lands to Sponheim-Starkenburg, with Kirrweiler named among them. Kirrweiler cropped up once again in a 1443 document, according to which the "poor people of Grumbach" were transferred to Count Friedrich III of Veldenz and his son-in-law Stephan, who the next year, on his father-in-law's death, founded the Duchy of Palatinate-Zweibrücken.

Both were to be "lord protectors" of the district. Thus, Kirrweiler belonged to the Nahegau, from which arose the Waldgraves and Rhinegraves it passed to the Waldgraviate-Rhinegraviate of Dhaun passing to the County of Veldenz in 1443 and its successors, the Counts Palatine of Zweibrücken. Thereafter, the area was bought back by the Lords of Grumbach. Though, Kirrweiler was now and the object of exchanges in divisions of holdings or disputes among the various lines of the Waldgraves and Rhinegraves. In the 16th century and the earlier half of the 17th, Kirrweiler was a rather big village. In 1642, towards the war's end, there were still many households, whereas the villages in the broader surrounding area had for the most part been wiped right out by the effects of the Thirty Years' War. Among these households was the Kirrweiler Hof, which belonged to the Waldgraves and Rhinegraves of Grumbach. If Kirrweiler had withstood the horror of that war well, things did not go quite as well in 1677 in the Franco-Dutch War when French King Louis XIV's troops burnt the village right down to the ground.

A century in 1778, yet another catastrophe befell the village when eleven houses along with their outbuildings burnt down. Only through great sacrifices could the village be restored; until the French Revolution broke out, Kirrweiler remained in Rhinegravial hands. Otto Karsch wrote "Various things are reported to us in old writings about Kirrweiler and its inhabitants; the documents tell of the village’s buildings, of the municipal centre that stood in the upper village next to the blacksmith’s shop, of the tithe barn and the old herdsman’s house, of sale and exchange deals and water rights, of a woman whose name and fate have remained alive through the centuries." This woman that Karsch referred to was named Barbara Weiß, who in 1612 at the age of 86 was, as an accused witch, tortured and as a result of this and other grievous treatment, died. During the time of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era that followed, the German lands on the Rhine’s left bank were annexed by France. Kirrweiler belonged to the Mairie ("Mayora

Andy Geggan

Andy Geggan is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Ayr United as a midfielder. Geggan started his career with Livingston, has played with Dumbarton and Ayr United before signing for Dunfermline Athletic in 2012. Geggan played for Livingston as a youth player before joining Dumbarton in 2006, where played there for five seasons making 164 appearances in all competitions scoring nine goals, he collected a winners medal with Dumbarton as they won the Scottish Third Division in 2009. On 28 June 2011, Geggan joined Scottish First Division side Ayr United. Making his debut on 23 July 2011 in the Scottish Challenge Cup, Geggan scored in injury time to help the side to a 2–0 victory over Queen of the South, he made his league debut on 6 August 2011 against Hamilton Academical at Somerset Park. On 9 June 2012, Geggan signed for Dunfermline Athletic on a two-year deal, making his first appearance for his new side in the Scottish Challenge Cup loss to Forfar Athletic, his first goal for the club came in a match against local rivals Raith Rovers.

In February 2014, shortly before his contract ended, Geggan signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him at East End Park until the end of the 2015–16 season. For the latter half of the 2013–14 season, Geggan was appointed club captain for Dunfermline, after previous captain Josh Falkingham had rejected a contract extension with the club. After five years away from Somerset Park, Geggan rejoined Ayr United on 25 May 2017, signing a two-year deal with the club. On his second debut for the team, Geggan scored the only goal of the game as Ayr beat their rivals Kilmarnock for the first time in 18 years. Geggan stamped his name into footballing folklore, when he scored the Honest Mens record breaking 100th goal of the season in all competitions in the game v Airdrie on 24 February 2018, the leading goal scorers in UK football for the season; as of 21 May 2019 DumbartonScottish Third Division: 2008–09Dunfermline AthleticScottish League One: 2015–16 Andy Geggan at Soccerbase

Steppes electoral district (Russian Constituent Assembly election, 1917)

The Steppes electoral district was a constituency created for the 1917 Russian Constituent Assembly election. The electoral district covered the Semipalatinsk Oblast. According to Wade, it is unclear whether the election was carried through to completion in the electoral district. Fourteen lists contested the election in the Steppes. M. Kosarev, A. A. Zvezdov, V. V. Tarakanov and V. S. Gorshkov as some of its candidates; the Omsk Soviet of Workers and Soldiers Deputies appealed to workers and peasants to vote for the Bolshevik list. Bolshevik agitations called for established of soviet power whilst campaigning for the Constituent Assembly ballot; the newspaper Revolyotsionnaya mysl' played an important role in the Bolshevik campaign. Attempting to break the SR monopoly among the peasantry, the Bolsheviks in Omsk sent out some twenty railway workshop labourers and twenty soldiers to Akmolinsk Oblast and Tobolsk Governorate to campaign among the peasants. In the run up to the elections, the Socialist-Revolutionary Party was split as an Omsk-based left-wing group led by N. Ishmaev broke away.

However after the departure of the leftists the SRs suffered internal divisions. On October 17, 1917 the West Siberian Soviet of Peasants Deputies Executive Committee held a meeting and decided to field the right-wing SR leader P. Derber as candidate for the Constituent Assembly election, but a group of right-wing SRs in the Omsk Provincial SR Party Council opposed Derber's candidature, arguing that his moral standing was questionable. The West Siberian Soviet of Peasants Deputies received a major financial boost from the Ministry of Education, which provided some 3 million Russian rubles for anti-Bolshevik agitation in the lead up to the vote; the account of U. S. historian Oliver Henry Radkey, used as source for the results table below, only includes votes from Omsk and surroundings. This account of the vote in Semipalatinsk uezd comes from the work of Soviet historian L. M. Spirin

Midnight Moonlight

Midnight Moonlight is the thirteenth studio album by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, released in 1992 on the Relix Records label. Midnight Moonlight features studio recordings of original and cover songs, performed in a style influenced by bluegrass and American folk music; the instrumentation is acoustic, with no drums. This is in contrast to most earlier New Riders albums. "Midnight Moonlight" – "Sutter's Mill" – "Charlie's Garden" – "All I Remember" – "Louisiana Lady" – "Ballad of the Deportees" – "Taking It Hard" – "Glendale Train" – "Change in the Weather" – "Diesel on My Tail" – "Lonesome L. A. Cowboy" – John Dawson – acoustic guitar, vocals Rusty Gauthier – acoustic guitar, slide guitar, fiddle, dumbek, vocals Gary Vogensen – electric guitar, vocals Fred Campbellbass, acoustic guitar Keith Allen – acoustic guitar, slide guitar, vocals Norton Buffaloharmonica, tambourine Carolyn Gauthier – vocals Bill Laymon – acoustic bass guitar Evan Morgan – acoustic guitar David Nelsonmandolin, acoustic guitar John Pedersenbanjo, uilleann pipes Kevin Wimmer – fiddle, Cajun accordion Rusty Gauthier, John Dawson – producers Rusty Gauthier – recording and mixing

Hùng Duệ Vương

Hùng Duệ Vương was the regnal name of kings in the eighteenth and last line or branch of the Hồng Bàng dynasty, which ruled from 408 BC to 258 BC. Hùng Vương XVIII's birth date is unknown and he was Hùng Nghị Vương's son. According to legend, Hùng Vương XVIII had at least three daughters is Mỵ Nương Tiên Dung, Mỵ Nương Ngọc Hoa and Mỵ Nương Ngọc Nương; the eldest Tiên Dung when reaching the age of consent refused to get married. One day, the dragon boat to visit the Chử Xá, where Chử Đồng Tử boys fishing out in the fields. Listened to the bell drums, saw the crowd, Chử boy grew panic burying himself in the sand to evade. Boat landed, Tiên Dung and sent people walked in the bushes to build shower tent, right at the spot of the buried Chử Đồng Tử. Flushing water exposed Chử Đồng Tử body in the sand. Tiên Dung was amazed, she inquired about his situation, after thinking, asked him for marriage. Hùng Vương hearing about the news, was angry, forbade Tiên Dung to return to the palace; the couple opened Hà Thám market.

Chử Đồng Tử during a trade went far and met a hermit named Phật Quang, stayed learning magic with him. The Buddha Light presented a hat, stated that they were magical items. Chử Đồng Tử, Tiên Dung left the trade to travel searching spiritual teachers. One dark night, tired but found no inns along the roads, the couple stopped sticks plugged top hat upside break. Midnight, the place insurgent citadel and affluence, most people strewn with soldiers; the next morning, the people staggering around he offered incense sweet fruit to please as servants. From that place that prosperity, affluence as a separate country. Hearing the news, King Hung is meant to create contrast, soldiers rushed out to fight. By midnight emerged to wind storms, fortresses and servants of Tien Dung-Chu Dong Tu moment into the sky. Property old ground collapses into a huge dress, dress Most people called Da Trach; the second toast to the age when access Yuhua Statistics, King Hung Assembly was opened cocoon-law. There are two Gods Son Tinh, God of the Mountains, Thuy Tinh, God of the Sea, to cocoon-law, are brought in his extraordinary strength.

King Hung awkward about the daughter should do, should he decide who to offer gifts to the earliest they will be married Nuong. Wedding presents included a hundred games of sticky rice, glutinous two hundred banh chung, elephants with nine tusks, chickens with nine spurs, horses with nine feathers, each a double; those are items of the land, so the sea could not meet the king's requirements. Thus, only Son Tinh could afford to find enough offerings; when Son Tinh became the son in law of King Hung, Thuy Tinh was so furious, he sent his soldiers to fight Son Tinh. A big fight occurred between them. Thuy Tinh had to retreat. However, Thuy Tinh could not give up the idea of taking Nuong back for himself. So, every year Thuy Tinh raises the water and gathers storms up to the mountain top where Son Tinh and Nuong are living. However, he never wins the war; every year, when the war breaks out and animals suffer and properties are destroyed. In the third century BC, European tribes Vietnam in the mountains of northern Vietnam and southern Guangxi began to form its own state of the European Vietnam headed by Thục Chế, based in Nanping.

After Thục Chế died, Thuc Phan was conducted to destroy the leader of 9 tribes and expand towards the territory of the Lac Van Lang Vietnamese. According to legend, by Hung Vuong XVIII daughter refused to Thuc Thuc Phan should raise military forces of King Hung, use called Hùng-Thục War. Hung Vuong throne to Nguyen Tuan against Shu. Along with two generals Nguyen Tuan Cao Minh Son, you prevent many attacks by Thuc Phan, stop at the frontier troops Nam Thuc Son. At the end of the Hong Bang, the Tần began territorial expansion southward, invading the Vietnamese Bach clan. Lac Van Lang Vietnamese's allied with Vietnam's ethnic Thuc Europe together against Qin; the result was a war against the Qin. According to the most popular theory, after the victory, the Hung King abdicated. Thuc Phan - who had the greatest merit in the war - took the throne, whom the two Vietnamese Au Lac tribes agreed to. Another theory in Vietnamese history the An Duong Vuong invaded Van Lang, Hung Vuong committed suicide that water loss.

According to legend, An Duong Vuong, appreciated this abdication and vowed continuity and the worshiping of Hung Kings and the workers built a stone column monument on the mountain to commemorate this