Acrobatics is the performance of extraordinary human feats of balance and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts, sporting events, martial arts. Acrobatics is most associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities—such as ballet and diving—may employ acrobatics. Although acrobatics is most associated with human body performance, it may apply to other types of performance, such as aerobatics. Acrobatic traditions are found in many cultures, there is evidence that the earliest such traditions occurred thousands of years ago. For example, Minoan art from c. 2000 BC contains depictions of acrobatic feats on the backs of bulls. Ancient Greeks practiced acrobatics, the noble court displays of the European Middle Ages would include acrobatic performances that included juggling. In China, acrobatics have been a part of the culture since the Tang Dynasty. Acrobatics were part of village harvest festivals.
During the Tang Dynasty, acrobatics saw much the same sort of development as European acrobatics saw during the Middle Ages, with court displays during the 7th through 10th century dominating the practice. Acrobatics continues to be an important part of modern Chinese variety art. Though the term applied to tightrope walking, in the 19th century, a form of performance art including circus acts began to use the term as well. In the late 19th century and other acrobatic and gymnastic activities became competitive sport in Europe. Acrobatics has served as a subject for fine art. Examples of this are paintings such as Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando by Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which depicts two German acrobatic sisters, Pablo Picasso's 1905 Acrobat and Young Harlequin, Acrobats in a Paris suburb by Viktor Vasnetsov. An aerialist is an acrobat who performs in the air, on a suspended apparatus such as a trapeze, cloud swing, aerial cradle, aerial pole, aerial silk, or aerial hoop. Acro dance Acrobatic gymnastics Contortion List of acrobatic activities
Derek the Sheep is a fictional character and comic strip in the British comic The Beano. He first appeared in issue 3214, dated 21 February 2004; the strip was about Derek's endless problems with the other animals. Derek the Sheep was created by Gary Northfield and appeared in the comic, since the Beano re-vamp Derek has not been seen, but appeared in monthly BeanoMAX until June 2011. Gary Northfield both draws for the character. Derek has been published in France by Actes Sud/Editions De L'an2 and a collection the first thirteen strips was published in bookform from Bloomsbury Publishing in September 2008. Derek the Sheep Lenny the Sheep: He is Derek's friend. Appeared less in the last couple of years Cecil the Bee: Another one of Derek's friends. Doris the Bee: Cecil's sister. Has a crush on Derek. Quite sweet-natured, but dangerous when angry. Nobby the Hedgehog Kevin the Rabbit: Generally took over as the second character in the last couple of years. Big Baz: Derek's worst enemy. Mad Nigel: Derek's second worst enemy.
Hasn't been seen since the last part of Sold Out, when he was given to the zoo in place of zebras. Rodney the Bull: Bernard the Goat: Bingo the Goat: Seen only in the strip "Sold Out". Farmer Jack: Mentioned quite a lot, but seen. Alan the Horse: Benny the Sheep: Derek's nephew, who always said "Beep!". Dave Carrot, Derek's companion when he became stranded on an island. Bert Worm, mentioned on the weblog, although never seen in the comic. Alan Chicken: A chicken who has wonky legs, who has only been mentioned on the weblog. Gnasher, Dennis the Menace's dog, has appeared in the 2007 Beano Annual episode. Walter The Softy appeared in that story. Vera Cow: The only girl on the farm, during the last few years. Barry Chicken: Derek doesn't like him
The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship is an evangelical organisation in the United Kingdom which professes a membership of more than 2,000 Christian lawyers. The organisation's website states that its vision is to bring the whole good news of Jesus Christ within the legal world; the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship was founded in 1852 as the Lawyers' Prayer Union, was subsequently renamed Lawyers' Christian Fellowship. The LCF states on its website that it has a long history of uniting and equipping Christian lawyers and witnessing to members of the legal profession; the LCF claims that in its 150 years of activity it has impacted both individual lives and the wider legal landscape through its commitment to the Bible's teaching. Since its inception as a prayer union, the scope of LCF's work has grown with the support of such patrons as Lord Denning and Lord Mackay of Clashfern. In 2008 they made representations regarding the passing of the Human Embryo Bill. Based in Southwark, work of the LCF has developed into three main areas: the legal workplace, amongst law students and young lawyers and internationally.
Local workplace groups meet across the UK to study and encourage evangelism. The LCF has strong international links in East Africa, where the organisation partners with Christian lawyers and legal aid projects in Kenya and Rwanda; the support from the LCF includes sending interns, teams of law students and practitioners, financial support. The LCF has links with Christian legal groups in the US, Europe and Burundi and Mozambique. According to the LCF website, its members aim "to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God"; the LCF website states that the LCF's vision is encouraging its members to: Speak the good news: from within the legal profession. Live the good news: living as godly lawyers. Apply the good news: applying God's justice on the ground. Promote the good news: working for good laws; the LCF believes in enabling its members through information and support to fulfill their full potential as lawyers for Christ. They believe in witnessing to the legal profession by speaking of the Christian gospel and demonstrating God's character of justice and compassion by upholding Christian values in the administration of law at home and overseas.
In May 2008, the British current affairs programme, presented a feature entitled In God's Name. The programme explored the growing influence of the Christian evangelical movement in the UK and highlighted LCF's involvement in lobbying the UK government on issues such as abortion, gay rights and laws relating to blasphemy; the activities of the LCF Director of Public Policy, Andrea Minichiello Williams, were examined, including footage of her meetings with Conservative politicians Norman Tebbit and Nadine Dorries. Williams was reported as making a number of controversial statements, including claims that the Human Fertilisation bill was "the work of the devil", that abortion should be illegal, homosexuality is sinful and the world is just 4,000 years old. Williams is presently employed by Christian Concern. Christian Voice Philemon Ministries Official website LCF submission on the Employment Equality Regulations 2003, at Anglican Mainstream Christianity Today coverage