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Alan Walsh (footballer)

Alan Walsh is an English former footballer, who played as a winger or striker. He spent much of his career with Bristol City and Darlington, where he was the club's record goalscorer, he won two Turkish Süper Lig championships with Beşiktaş. Walsh was born to John Walsh, he has Terry. His son, Phil is a footballer who has played in the Football League for Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet, his eldest daughter, married actor Kelsey Grammer in February 2011. Walsh moved to Darlington the following year, he spent six years at the club, where he became the club's record goalscorer, with 87 goals in the league and 100 overall. In 1984, he joined Bristol City, where he amassed 218 league appearances, winning their player of the season award in 1987–88. During his time at Bristol City he became renowned as an early exponent of the stepover football skill, colloquially known as the'Walshy shuffle' to be popularised by players such as Cristiano Ronaldo. In 1986 Walsh won a winners medal as part of the Bristol City team that beat Bolton Wanderers 3–0 in the Football League Trophy final.

He moved to Turkish club Beşiktaş in 1989, where he won two Süper Lig titles, before finishing his professional career back in the English Football League with short spells at Walsall, Huddersfield Town, Shrewsbury Town and Cardiff City. After retiring from playing he rejoined Bristol City as a coach and stayed with the club for 11 years in a variety of coaching roles. On 19 October 2011 he left his job as Bristol City's development coach, he joined Bristol Rovers as youth team coach in 2012, a role he held until 2016. Bristol City Football League Trophy: 1986Beşiktaş Süper Lig: 1989–90, 1990–91 Turkish Cup: 1989–90 Turkish Super Cup: 1989

Elizabeth Atherton

Elizabeth Atherton is a British lyric soprano. Born and brought up in London, she is the daughter of the conductor David Atherton, she studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Patricia MacMahon. She is winner of the Handel Singing Competition. Atherton is known for her versatility across a broad spectrum of music and her natural presence on stage, she first came to press attention whilst still at college with a Park Lane Group recital at the Purcell Room in 2002: "her voice is formidable. Each note is hit dead in the centre. On leaving college, she made her professional debut with English Touring Opera as Helena in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream and was immediately contracted to Welsh National Opera, where her roles included Mozart's Pamina, Donna Elvira and Countess: “Elizabeth Atherton’s Countess is radiantly sung her gorgeously poised Porgi amor". Operatic appearances since have included many roles with Opera North, including Fiordiligi, Governess, Donna Elvira and Helena, appearances at the Aldeburgh, Holland, Grange Park and Buxton Festivals and her return to WNO for Moses und Aron.

Atherton has a close relationship with Sir Harrison Birtwistle who has written two chamber operas for her and the British tenor Mark Padmore. The first of these, The Corridor, was premiered in 2009 at the Aldeburgh Festival to considerable critical acclaim: “Startling and compelling, the soprano Elizabeth Atherton inhabits the role of Eurydice with an assuredness that suggests a deep understanding of the part”, her sense of vocal attack was unfailing, her spoken passages outstanding, with every spoken word resounding through the packed Britten Studio. Her voice is warm, her vowel sounds well rounded… What a performance". Birtwistle's second opera for Atherton and Padmore, always intended to go alongside The Corridor as the second half of a double-bill, was The Cure, which opened the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival and as a co-production with the Royal Opera House transferred to their Linbury Studio for further performances. Both performers received rave reviews internationally: “the two singers are exceptional.

Elizabeth Atherton... sings both roles consummately”. Atherton is a busy concert artist working with symphony orchestras in Britain and internationally, including appearances with the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and frequent engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductors she has collaborated with include Sir Charles Mackerras, Pierre Boulez, Sir Richard Hickox, Sir Andrew Davis, Thierry Fischer, Harry Christophers, Carlo Rizzi, Richard Farnes, Sir Antonio Pappano, Laurence Cummings, Sir Neville Marriner and Martyn Brabbins. Atherton is a recitalist, including appearances at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Royal Opera House, St. David's Hall Cardiff, Purcell Room and Leeds Lieder+, she has recorded recital discs with Malcolm Martineau and Iain Burnside and her interpretation of Britten's song cycle On This Island received the following review: "Atherton’s voice is now not just a lush instrument but a superbly communicative one: she caught the subtle moods – bittersweet, ironic or heartfelt – of Auden’s words and Britten’s early unfettered lyricism”.

Atherton lives with her husband and two sons. Rayfield Allied

Robert Service (historian)

Robert John Service is a British historian and author who has written extensively on the history of the Soviet Union the era from the October Revolution to Stalin's death. He was until 2013 a professor of Russian history at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of St Antony's College, a senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, he is best known for his biographies of Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. He has been a fellow of the British Academy since 1998. Service spent his undergraduate years at King's College, where he studied Russian and classical Greek, he went to Essex and Leningrad universities for his postgraduate work, taught at Keele and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, before joining Oxford University in 1998. Between 1986 and 1995, Service published a three-volume biography of Vladimir Lenin, he wrote several works of general history on 20th-century Russia, including A History of Twentieth-Century Russia. He published a trilogy of biographies on the three most important Bolshevik leaders: Lenin and Trotsky.

His biography of Trotsky was criticised by Service's Hoover Institution colleague Bertrand Mark Patenaude in a review for the American Historical Review. Patenaude, reviewing Service's book alongside a rebuttal by the Trotskyist David North, charged Service with making dozens of factual errors, misrepresenting evidence, "fail to examine in a serious way Trotsky's political ideas". Service responded that the book's factual errors were minor and that Patenaude's own book on Trotsky presented him as a "noble martyr"; the book was criticised by the German historian of communism Hermann Weber, who led a campaign to prevent Suhrkamp Verlag from publishing it in Germany. Fourteen historians and sociologists signed a letter to the publishing house; the letter cited'a host of factual errors,' the'repugnant connotations' of the passages in which Service deals with Trotsky's Jewish origins, implicitly accusing him of anti-Semitism, Service's recourse to'formulas associated with Stalinist propaganda' for the purpose of discrediting Trotsky.

Suhrkamp announced in February 2012 that it would publish a German translation of Robert Service's Trotsky in July 2012. The book won the Duff Cooper Prize in the publication year 2009; the Bolshevik Party in Revolution 1917-23: A Study in Organizational Change A History of Twentieth-Century Russia The Penguin History of Modern Russia From Tsarism to the 21st Century A History of Modern Russia, from Nicholas II to Putin The Russian Revolution, 1900-27 Lenin: A Biography Russia: Experiment with a People Stalin: A Biography, Oxford, 715 pages ill. ISBN 0-330-41913-7 Comrades: A World History of Communism Trotsky: A Biography Spies and Commissars: Bolshevik Russia and the West The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991 The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution Russia and Its Islamic World Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin Media related to Robert Service at Wikimedia Commons Robert Service's homepage Roberts, Russ. "Robert Service on Trotsky". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty.

Appearances on C-SPAN Robert Service on The Guardian

A Complicated Kindness

A Complicated Kindness is the third novel by Canadian author Miriam Toews. The novel won a number of awards including the Governor General's Award for English Fiction, the CBA Libris Fiction Award, CBC's Canada Reads; the novel is set in a small religious Mennonite town called East Village considered to be a fictionalized version of Toews' hometown of Steinbach, Manitoba. The narrator is Nomi Nickel, a curious, sardonic 16-year-old who dreams of hanging out with Lou Reed in the "real" East Village of New York City, she lives alone with her doleful father, Ray Nickel, a dutiful member of the town church. Nomi, on the other hand, is inquisitive by nature and her compulsive questioning brings her into conflict with the town's various authorities, most notably Hans Rosenfeldt, the sanctimonious church pastor; as the story unfolds, it is revealed that Nomi's irreverent older sister Tash left town three years earlier with her boyfriend and that Nomi's mother, Trudie left, though under more mysterious circumstances.

Nomi is fiercely loyal to her father, she comes to decide that she must stay in East Village for his sake. Nomi senses that when she graduates from high school, all she'll be expected to do is work at the chicken processing plant and get married to a boy from the community and become "good." She develops a relationship with Travis. She visits her good friend Lydia in the hospital, where she gets into confrontations with hospital staff. At school, she is met with obfuscation and anger by Mr. Quiring and other teachers and administrators; when Nomi lashes out in action or outrage, she is negated. Nomi's tragedy is the slow realization that not only will she fail to bring her family together, but she will have to change her nature to find a place in the town she loves. In the end, her father Ray makes a heroic sacrifice. Naomi "Nomi" Nickel – The protagonist, she is sixteen years living in a Mennonite town. She is full of curiosity and her sister calls her "Swivelhead," but her eagerness to understand is interpreted as defiance or criticism or deliberate subversion.

Raymond "Ray" Nickel – Naomi's quiet, reserved father. He survives the unforgiving conformism of East Village by toeing the line and trying to be a perfect citizen, he is bewildered by his less obedient wife and daughters, but much devoted to them. He is caught between the "laws" of the town and his love for his family. Natasha "Tash" Dawn Nickel – Nomi's older sister, she rejects its values. She isn't bothered by anybody's disapproval, she and her boyfriend, leave town in his Econoline van headed for California. Gertrude "Trudie" Dora Nickel – Nomi's mother and Pastor Rosenfeldt's sister, she is overwhelmed by the pressure to be citizen. She leaves the town shortly after Natasha. Travis – Nomi's erstwhile boyfriend, he postures as a broad-minded Bohemian. Nomi has her first sexual experience with him. Hans "The Mouth" Rosenfeldt – Nomi's uncle, her mother's older brother; as the church pastor, he is a controlling presence in the community. Lydia "Lids" Voth – Nomi's good friend, from a more conservative Mennonite family.

Nomi loves her. She is afflicted by a mysterious ailment that nobody can treat effectively, she is moved to a mental hospital. 2004 Governor General's Award 2004 Giller Prize Finalist 2004 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award 2004 The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction 2005 Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year 2005 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Canadian Book Award 2005 Booktrust UK YoungMinds Book Award 2006 International Dublin Literary Award 2006 Winner CBC Canada Reads Omhovère, Claire. "Beyond horizon: Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness and the Prairie novel tradition." Commonwealth, 67-79, 124. Soper, Ella. "'Hello, abattoir!': becoming through slaughter in Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness." Studies in Canadian Literature, 86–99. Steffler, Margaret. "Fragments and Absences: Language and Loss in Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness." Journal of Canadian Studies, 124–145. Wiebe, Christoph, "Vom Scheitern eines 500jährigen Experiments.

Miriam Toews' Roman Ein komplizierter Akt der Liebe", in: Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter, herausgegeben vom Mennonitischen Geschichtsverein, Jg. 63, Bolanden 2006, S. 153–172. ISBN 3-921881-24-2 Lecture on A Complicated Kindness by Professor Nick Mount, Department of English, University of Toronto

Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey

Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey was an English peer and statesman of the Villiers family. He was created Baron Villiers and Viscount Villiers in 1691 and Earl of Jersey in 1697, he was the son of Sir Edward Villiers of Richmond, Surrey, by his wife Frances Howard, the youngest daughter of Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk and Elizabeth Home. His grandfather was Sir Edward Villiers, Master of the Mint and Lord President of Munster, half brother of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and of Christopher Villiers, 1st Earl of Anglesey, his sister was Elizabeth Villiers, the mistress of King William III, was Countess of Orkney as the wife of George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney. He was admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in 1671. Villiers was Knight Marshal to the royal household in succession to his father, he was Master of the Horse to Queen Mary II and was Lord Chamberlain to King William III and to Queen Anne. In 1696 he represented his country at the Congress of Ryswick, he was ambassador at The Hague.

In 1699 he was made Secretary of State for the Southern Department, on three occasions he was one of the Lords Justices of England. In 1704 he was dismissed from office by Queen Anne, after which he was involved in some of the Jacobite schemes. On 17 December 1681 he married daughter of William Chiffinch. By her he had two sons and a daughter: William Villiers, 2nd Earl of Jersey Henry Villiers Mary Villiers, who married twice: Firstly to Thomas Thynne son of Henry Frederick Thynne and Dorothy Philips, whom she bore a son: Thomas Thynne, 2nd Viscount Weymouth. Secondly in 1711 she married 1st Baron Lansdowne, without male progeny, he died on 25 August 1711 of apoplexy. "Villiers, Edward". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900

Doug Gilmour

Douglas Robert Gilmour is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens. Gilmour was a seventh round selection, 134th overall, of the Blues at the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and recorded 1,414 points in 1,474 games in the NHL between 1983 and 2003. A two-time All-Star, he was a member of Calgary's 1989 Stanley Cup championship team and won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward in 1992–93. Internationally, he represented Canada three times during his career and was a member of the nation's 1987 Canada Cup championship team. Gilmour was nicknamed "Killer" by a Blues teammate due to his likeness in appearance to serial killer Charles Manson, he played three seasons of junior hockey for the Cornwall Royals where he was a member of their Memorial Cup championship team in 1981. In 1982–83, Gilmour was named the most outstanding player in the Ontario Hockey League after he scored 177 points, one of the highest totals in league history.

Gilmour returned to the OHL following his playing career as he joined the Kingston Frontenacs as head coach in 2008 and was promoted to general manager in 2011. Gilmour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and his uniform number 93 is retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, he has a division named after him in the FCHL. Doug Gilmour was born June 1963, in Kingston, Ontario, he is the younger son of Don and Dolly Gilmour, has an elder brother, David. Don was a correctional officer, he coached youth baseball and hockey teams in the city. As a youth, Doug looked up to David, a professional hockey player drafted by the Vancouver Canucks but never played in the National Hockey League; the younger Gilmour played in the 1976 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Kingston. Gilmour's small size – he stood five feet, nine inches tall and weighed 140 pounds in junior hockey – resulted in his being cut from several teams throughout his minor hockey career.

A defenceman, Gilmour began his 16-year-old season in Junior B with his hometown Kingston Voyageurs. Given only three minutes of ice time per game, he asked the team for his release so that he could return to Major Midget hockey where he would get more ice time. Instead, he was offered a spot with the Junior A Belleville Bulls, with whom he began as a defenceman but shifted to left wing during the playoffs due to injuries; the Cornwall Royals of the major junior Quebec Major Junior Hockey League drafted Gilmour from Belleville, he joined the team for the 1980–81 season. The Royals were the defending Memorial Cup champions, Gilmour was not expected to play a significant role with the team; the Royals moved him to forward permanently. As national champions, the Royals represented Canada at the 1981 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Gilmour appeared in all five tournament games, though he scored no points, as the team struggled to a seventh-place finish in the eight team tournament. In the QMJHL, Gilmour's season was interrupted by a broken collarbone.

He finished the year with 35 points in 51 games. The Royals earned a berth in the 1981 Memorial Cup. Gilmour recorded seven points in five games at the tournament. Cornwall faced the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers in the championship game. Cornwall won 5 -- 2. Though eligible for the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Gilmour went unselected and returned to Cornwall, who had shifted to the OHL for the 1981–82 season, he led the team offensively. NHL teams continued to dismiss Gilmour due to his size, but the St. Louis Blues gambled on him in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by selecting him with their seventh round pick, 134th overall; the Blues returned him to Cornwall for the 1982–83 season where he led the OHL in goals and points. Gilmour won the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the leading scorer, was named a league all-star, was named recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's most outstanding player, his season total of 177 points is the third highest in OHL history, behind Bobby Smith and Wayne Gretzky.

Gilmour had a 55-game point streak that lasted from October 19, 1982, until February 27, 1983, which remains an OHL record. Despite his performance in Cornwall, the Blues did not make signing Gilmour a priority. Unsure if a contract offer would materialize, Gilmour made plans to play in Düsseldorf, West Germany, had traveled to Europe when the Blues offered him a deal in mid-August 1983. St. Louis coach Jacques Demers believed Gilmour had the potential to be a defensive specialist at forward, he began the 1983–84 season in St. Louis and made his NHL debut on October 4, 1983, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Gilmour scored his first goal on November 1, in his 12th game, against Eddie Mio of the Detroit Red Wings, he finished the season with 53 points. Teammate Brian Sutter began calling Gilmour "Charlie", after Charles Manson, in reference to both his "mean" style of play and an apparent resemblance to the serial killer. Gilmour's offensive performances were consistent in his following