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Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi

Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi is an eminent poet in the Urdu language. His poetry collection is entitled Rooh-e-Sukhan, or "The Soul of Language." Professionally, he serves in the Persian service of New Delhi. He has devoted his life to furtherance of its literary culture. Ahmad Ali Barqi was educated at Shibli National College in Azamgarh and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he holds a degree in Education, a master's degree in Urdu and Persian, received a doctorate in Modern and Classical Persian from the Centre of African & Asian Languages of Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1996. Barqi's poetic works are assembled in the book Rooh-e-Sukhan. In this massive work, he treats traditional subject matter, such as romantic love and spiritual devotion, but non-traditional topics such as the Internet and global health crises, he includes tributes to Urdu literary giants, including Mir Taqi Mir, Iqbal, Sir Syed, Faiz Ahmad Faiz. He continues to publish new poems online in numerous international Urdu poetry forums, including HamariWeb,, on Facebook.

Barqi's father, Rahmat Elahi Barqi, was a renowned poet in Urdu, well known for his collection Tanweer-e-Sukhan, or "The Light of Language." Barqi serves as Translator-cum-Announcer in the Persian Service of the External Services Division of All India Radio, New Delhi. He has traveled extensively, including to Afghanistan, on study tours. In addition to his own writing, he devotes his time and efforts to the furtherance of Urdu literary culture, promoting the works of Urdu poets of the past and present. In live forums and recitations, on television and social media, Dr. Barqi continues to spread international interest in the unique literary and cultural traditions of Urdu. Academy Award, conferred by Urdu Academy, New Delhi

Combat Colin

Combat Colin is a slapstick comedy adventure comic strip created and drawn by humour comic artist/writer Lew Stringer. It appeared in a number of Marvel UK titles. Combat Colin appeared as a back-up humour strip in Action Force comic in the 1980s. Stringer had a back-up story, Robocapers in The Transformers and was asked if he could come up with something similar for Action Force and he came up with a story about a character, named "Dimbo" when he submitted it; the story moved over to The Transformers comic for a popular run. After editorial changes dropped humour material from Marvel UK's comics in 1991, Marvel UK gave Lew Stringer the rights to Combat Colin and he revived the character in several small-press titles and fanzines, including a Combat Colin Special with new material. Colin reappeared as a supporting character in the Brickman back-up strips for Image Comics' Elephantmen series, his final appearance in that comic was in the Brickman strip in Elephantmen No.24, Feb 2010. Since brand new Combat Colin strips have appeared from time to time in the digital comic Aces Weekly.

The bobblehatted Colin Doobrey-Smiff, otherwise known as Combat Colin, wanted to be a war hero, but the army thought he was too thick for them. For many years Colin claimed to have been obsessed with military matters since he was a baby, but he would admit that all this was a rouse. In fact, he was a comic book geek into adulthood when an alien visited Earth and gave him the "Combat Trousers," which have pockets that contain a gateway into another dimension, allowing him to access all his weapons and equipment. In the beginning, the strips were simplistic complete slapstick half-page stories; as time progressed, the strip's popularity enabled it to become a full pager. Here, Stringer was allowed to develop the character in a series of two to six part serials. Colin acquired a gun-toting assistant, Semi-Automatic Steve, a host of supporting characters including their blonde girlfriends The Giggly Sisters and a catalogue of recurring villains. Colin and Steve had many adventures battling villains all over the world and venturing into space and travelling through time.

One of the characteristics of the strip was frequent breaking of the fourth wall - Colin and Steve were aware they were characters in a comic strip. Recurring villains in the strip included the following: Dr Nasty. A mad scientist and ruler of the land "Evilonia." Professor Madprof. Another mad scientist, short in appears to have Vulcan ears. Acquires a dimwitted human sidekick, Moptop; the Brain. An alien with an entire head resembling a human brain. Always trying to conquer Earth; when the Brain was granted his wish of attaining ultimate knowledge from the intergalactic being "Pyramid Head", the Brain amassed too much knowledge and his head exploded. However, the Brain resurrected himself as a new entity he christened "Megabrain," and resumed his efforts to defeat Colin and conquer the Earth. Mountain Man. Possesses a rocky, bulletproof appearance. Acquires a human alias, "The Amazing Dave". Aunt Arctic. A middle-aged female parody of Mr. Freeze. In her final appearance, Aunt Arctic teamed up with Madprof and battled Colin and Steve in Earth's prehistoric past, only to be eaten by dinosaurs.

Skydriver. An aviation-themed villain. DJ Yampy. A villainous disc jockey. A parody of the Hypno-Hustler. Ragdoll. A living Rag impervious to bullets. Gladys Blemish. Colin's love interest. Jane Bondski. A spy who claimed to be the third Giggly Sister but she confessed her true identity after falling into, escaping, the dimensionally transcendental pockets of Colin's Combat Trousers; the Bad Hatter. A hat-themed villain, similar to the Mad Hatter. In his first appearance, the Bad Hatter tricked Colin into wearing a tight-fitting bobble hat that cut off the circulation to his brain, making Colin evil and turn to crime. Bankrobber Man. Robs banks. Supporting characters in the strip included the following: Roy L. T. Check. Colin's agent. Headline Howard. A tabloid newspaper journalist. Combat Kate. A villain, the girlfriend of Headline Howard; the pair framed Colin for crimes he didn't commit, turning the public against him and allowing Kate to take his place. Colin regained the public's trust when he helped repel an alien invasion, after witnessing Kate's prowess in combat, Colin suggested she continue crimefighting "oop north" while he remained "darn saff."

Kate thereafter became a recurring character teaming up with Colin and Steve. The strip would feature humorous cameo appearances from Transformers and characters from the Marvel universe. A fan of The Prisoner television series, Stringer added references to the TV show in the strip, most blatantly when Combat Colin found himself in "The Place of No Return". Trapped in the Village, Colin discovered it to be a place where old comic characters were "retired" to. Starting a revolt, Colin led his fellow heroes to escape. In the final issue of Marvel UK's Transformers series, Combat Colin fought a final battle against Megabrain. Afterwards, he and Steve threw away all their weapons to live a life of pacifism - one of those weapons was a nuclear bomb and they were killed. A new story Stringer produced for a one-o

The Business of Dying

The Business of Dying is the first novel written by Simon Kernick. In it, Kernick introduces the character Dennis Milne, who becomes the lead character in several subsequent novels; the story is a crime thriller which follows Milne, a full-time police officer and part-time hitman whose targets turn out to be customs officers and an accountant. The novel was published in the United Kingdom in 2002 by Bantam and in the United States in 2003 by St. Martin's Minotaur. A book reviewer for The Daily Telegraph wrote that the novel is an "auspicious debut which leaves me looking forward eagerly to Mr Kernick's next book." The reviewer in Booklist wrote "Kernick's debut is compelling and suspenseful" and that "while there are a few places where his unusual plot fails to convince, Kernick has a promising future". The reviewer in Publishers Weekly wrote, "Kernick does a masterful job of making Milne sympathetic, despite his callous brutalities, by combining a captivating first-person narrative with complex characterization.

The portrayal of the harsh realism of the mean city streets is complemented by the revelations of the secret lives of the supporting characters with their masks of public respectability. Powerful prose, tight plotting and a clever fair-play puzzle add up to a remarkable first effort." The reviewer for the Library Journal wrote: "Told with clarity and wit, this is an unusual but effective approach to the British police procedural from a new voice. Recommended." The review in Kirkus Reviews said, "Nicely plotted and briskly paced, with a voice not unlike James M. Cain's in Double Indemnity." It is 9:01 pm on a cold November night. Dennis Milne and his friend Danny are waiting at the Traveler's Rest Hotel car park to kill three unarmed men they think are drug dealers. A black Jeep Cherokee comes to a halt. Milne shoots two of the men dead; the third does not make it. Milne is seen by a girl at the back door of the hotel, they drive away and when they are away from the scene they set the car on fire and go their separate ways.

Milne is stopped at a roadblock by the police. He has to show his ID and it turns out he is a police officer. At home he starts a new case on a murder of a prostitute. Through the news, he finds out that he killed an accountant. Raymond Keen, who hired Milne to do the kill, he says they did something terrible and had to die for it, but does not say what it was, it gets worse. Danny calls him to say he was being followed but Milne does not think anything of it and says he should go on a holiday. While trying to question a woman on the prostitute case, thinking that it might be involved in what is going on, she runs away, he chases her but she gets away and he is left by himself. Two people with hoodies walk up the street towards him, they try to kill him. After a chase, he hurts the other, he finds out who killed the hooker and wraps him up in a chair and tortures him to talk before setting him on fire. He goes to Keen's house and kills his guards after being killed by them and shoots Keen and makes him talk.

At the end of the book he is flying off to the Philippines with a fake passport and a different appearance

1996 European Tour

The 1996 European Tour was the 25th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour. The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie; the table below shows the 1996 European Tour schedule, made up of 38 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Heineken Classic, the Dimension Data Pro-Am, the FNB Players Championship, the Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge, the Loch Lomond World Invitational and the Oki Pro-Am, the loss of the Turespana Open De Canaria, the Open Mediterrania, the Open de Baleares and the Jersey Open; the numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour; the PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Volvo Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling but is now converted to Euro.

List of golfers with most European Tour wins 1996 season results on the PGA European Tour website 1996 Order of Merit on the PGA European Tour website

Johann Georg Specht

Johann Georg Specht was born in Lindenberg im Allgäu. He was a civil architect in the south of Germany. Johann Georg Specht trained as a civil engineer with Peter Thumb in Vorarlberg. Specht planned and had a vast number of edifices and other constructions built in Upper Swabia and the Allgäu, amongst which are as varied constructions as water works, mills, residential buildings, industrial buildings and castles and churches, his main and most famous project was the monastery church St. Martin at Wiblingen Abbey in 1771, he planned and designed the church but was not allowed to execute the building works when the Bavarian painter and civil engineer Januarius Zick was contracted in 1778 to complete the building works after Specht had been dismissed in December 1777. 1748–1750: industrial building at castle Ratzenried 1751: parish church in Eglofs 1753: parish church in Baisingen near Nagold 1754: castle Amtzell 1855–1756: hunting castle and chapel St Leonard in Rimpach near Leutkirch 1765: extension of the parish church in Lindenberg/Allgäu 1771: parish church in Wiggensbach near Kempten/Allgäu 1771-1778: church at Wiblingen Abbey 1776-1779: castle Kleinlaupheim in Laupheim 1778: mail coach station in Kempten/Allgäu 1782: industrial buildings at Irsee Monastery 1786-1789: castle Neutrauchberg near Isny 1792: parish church in Scheidegg near Lindenberg im Allgäu A street in Lindenberg im Allgäu has been named Baumeister-Specht-Strasse.

Bilger, Hugo. Spätbarocker Baumeister aus dem Westallgäu", Lebensbilder aus dem Bayerischen Schwaben, Weißenhorn: Konrad, 16, ISBN 3-87437-478-5 Webpage about Wiblingen Abbey German webpage about Specht's work in Amtzell

Fernanda Motta

Fernanda Motta is a Brazilian model and television host. She is the host of the reality TV show Brazil's Next Top Model, the Brazilian version of the show, created by Tyra Banks. Motta grew up in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the youngest child of a large extended family, Motta was discovered on Guarapari Beach, just north of Rio de Janeiro at the age of 16 by a talent scout. Motta has appeared on the covers of numerous magazines around the world, including Vogue, ELLE, Glamour, her advertisements include Rolex, Cori, Moët & Chandon, she has walked for Cia Marítima and Chanel. She has appeared in four editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, most in 2007. In 2005, she ranked 19th in the "Top 25 Sexiest Models" list by "". She is signed to Chic Management in Sydney, to Elite Model Management in New York City, she lives in New York City. In 2007, Motta was chosen to be the host of the Brazil's Next Top Model. In order to accept the job, who lives in New York City, United States cancelled most of her agenda so that she could stay in the country for two months straight.

Motta was a guest judge on the episode "The Amazing Model Race" from America's Next Top Model, Cycle 12, when the final six contestants arrived in São Paulo, Brazil. She appeared in a Rosa Chá swimsuit fashion show on the final episode "America's Next Top Model Is...", in the same season. Fernanda Motta at Fashion Model Directory Fernanda Motta on IMDb Fernanda Motta in the Top25 at Sports Illustrated - Fernanda Motta Swimsuit Collection Fernanda Motta Next Model Management