Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll, her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to critical success. It is certified eight times platinum in the UK, three times platinum in the US; the album contains her first song, "Hometown Glory", written when she was 16, based on her home suburb of West Norwood in London. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008 boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Adele released her second studio album, 21, in 2011; the album was critically well received and surpassed the success of her debut, earning numerous awards in 2012, among them a record-tying six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The album has been certified 17 times platinum in the UK, is overall the fourth best-selling album in the nation.

In the US, it has held the top position longer than any album since 1985, is certified diamond. The best-selling album worldwide of 2011 and 2012, 21 has sold over 31 million copies; the success of 21 earned. She was the first female artist to have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the first woman in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, with "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You", "Set Fire to the Rain", all of which topped the chart. 21 is the longest-running number one album by a female solo artist in the history of the UK and US Album Charts. In 2012, Adele released "Skyfall", which she co-wrote and recorded for the James Bond film of the same name; the song won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. After taking a three-year break, Adele released her third studio album, 25, in 2015.

It became the year's best-selling album and broke first-week sales records in the UK and US. 25 was her second album to be certified diamond in the US and earned her five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, four Brit Awards, including British Album of the Year. The lead single, "Hello", became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release, her third concert tour, Adele Live 2016, visited Europe, North America and Oceania, concluded with finale concerts at Wembley Stadium in late June 2017. In 2011, 2012, 2016, Adele was named Artist of the Year by Billboard. At the 2012 and 2016 Ivor Novello Awards, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year by the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016, her 2016–2017 tour, saw her break attendance records in a number of countries, including the UK, the US.

With sales of more than 120 million records, Adele is one of the world's best-selling music artists. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, London, to an English mother, Penny Adkins, a Welsh father, Marc Evans. Evans left, she asserts that she became obsessed with voices. In 1997, at the age of nine and her mother, who by had found work as a furniture maker and an adult-learning activities organiser, relocated to Brighton on the south coast of England. In 1999, she and her mother moved back to London, she spent a lot of her youth in Brockwell Park where she would play the guitar and sing to friends, which she recalled in her 2015 song “Million Years Ago”. She stated, “It has quite monumental moments of my life that I’ve spent there, I drove past it and I just burst into tears. I missed it.” Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in May 2006, where she was a classmate of Leona Lewis and Jessie J. Adele credits the school with nurturing her talent though, at the time, she was more interested in going into A&R and hoped to launch other people's careers.

Four months after graduation, she published two songs on the fourth issue of the online arts publication She had given it to a friend; the friend posted the demo on Myspace, where it became successful and led to a phone call from Richard Russell, boss of the music label XL Recordings. She doubted if the offer was real because the only record company she knew was Virgin Records, she took a friend with her to the meeting. Nick Huggett, at XL, recommended Adele to manager Jonathan Dickins at September Management, in June 2006, Dickins became her official representative. September was managing Jamie T at the time and this proved a major draw for Adele, a big fan of the British singer-songwriter. Huggett signed Adele to XL in September 2006. Adele provided vocals for Jack Peñate's song, "My Yvonne," for his debut album, it was during this session she first met producer Jim Abbiss, who would go on to produce both the majority of her debut album, 19, tracks on 21. In June 2007, Adele made her television debut, performing "Dayd

1984–85 Associate Members' Cup

The 1984–85 Associate Members' Cup, known as the 1984–85 Freight Rover Trophy, was the second staging of the Associate Members' Cup, a knock-out competition for English football clubs in the Third Division and the Fourth Division. The winners were Wigan Athletic and the runners-up were Brentford; the competition ended with the final on 1 June 1985 at Wembley Stadium. In the first round, there were two sections: South. In the following rounds each section eliminates teams in knock-out fashion until each has a winning finalist. At this point, the two winning finalists faced each other in the combined final for the honour of the trophy. In this round, in each section, the 6 winners and the 2 "lucky losers" progressed to the quarter-finals. Lucky losers are marked with the letters LL. General statto.comSpecific

Hua Xiong

Hua Xiong was a military general serving under the warlord Dong Zhuo during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. Little is recorded about Hua Xiong in history, apart from the fact that he served as a military officer under the warlord Dong Zhuo and held the position of Chief Controller. In early 190, when a coalition of warlords from the east of Hangu Pass launched a military campaign in the name of freeing the Han central government from Dong Zhuo's control, Hua Xiong led Dong Zhuo's forces to engage the enemy, he was killed in a battle at Yangren against Sun Jian. Hua Xiong plays a more significant role in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, he is described as a "stalwart man of fierce mien and supple as a beast. He had a round head like a leopard and shoulders like an ape's." In Chapter 5, as warlords from the east of Hangu Pass form a coalition against Dong Zhuo, Hua Xiong stations at Sishui Pass to ward off the oncoming attack. When Lü Bu requests to lead troops to attack the enemy, Hua Xiong steps in and says, "An ox-cleaver to kill a chicken!

There is no need for the General to go. I will cut off their heads as as I would take a thing out of my pocket!" Dong Zhuo puts Hua Xiong in charge. Having single-handedly slain four warriors from the coalition – Zu Mao, Pan Feng, Bao Zhong, Yu She – Hua Xiong seems invincible. Despite mistrust from many warlords of the coalition, most notably their leader Yuan Shao, Guan Yu volunteers to fight Hua Xiong. To convince them to give him the opportunity, he tells them that if he fails to defeat Hua Xiong, the coalition can take his head as punishment; when Cao Cao pours Guan Yu a cup of warm wine, Guan Yu puts it on hold and says he will return soon victorious. As promised, Guan Yu returns with Hua Xiong's head, whilst Cao Cao, still holding the cup of wine, realised just how it took Guan Yu to slay the notorious General Hua Xiong. Cao Cao gives the cup of wine - still warm - to Guan Yu who gulps down the wine victoriously; this is known as, which translates to'Slaying Hua Xiong over a warm wine'. Lists of people of the Three Kingdoms Chen, Shou.

Records of the Three Kingdoms. Fan, Ye. Book of the Later Han. de Crespigny, Rafe. A biographical dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-15605-0. Luo, Guanzhong. Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Pei, Songzhi. Annotations to Records of the Three Kingdoms