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Alistair Appleton

Alistair Appleton is a British television presenter and writer. Born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to Peter and Sally Appleton, the younger of two sons. Alistair was brought up in Hampshire; as a boy he sang in the church choir at St Faith's. He earned three A-levels at St John's College, Portsmouth. In 1988 he went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he studied for a degree in English Literature. On graduating with a 2.1, Appleton left the UK for Poland, where he took to writing poetry and helped to edit a children's anthology, as well as teaching at the University of Gdansk. He taught English in eastern Germany and worked as a translator and journalist for Deutsche Welle television. Appleton broke into television with Deutsche Welle, became the frontman of the channel's youth current-affairs show Heat. In 1999, Appleton returned to the UK, where he scored roles on Sky's Hot TV, Five's House Doctor, BBC Two's Rhona, the Travel Channel's Travel On, BBC One's Garden Invaders, Cash in the Attic, BBC Food's Stately Suppers and had an appearance as himself on the 2006 Doctor Who episode Army of Ghosts.

He has hosted several television specials, including The Proms. Appleton did some acting, including a role in Footballers' Wives, during 2002. In 2005 he completed The Man Who Drank the Universe, a short documentary on the entheogen ayahuasca, an ancient plant brew from the Amazon. Since 2000, Appleton has pursued a serious interest in meditation and has trained in the Buddhist tradition. Since 2004, he has drawn inspiration from outside the Buddhist world, working with ayahuasca at the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center in Brazil, he is studying with the contemporary Vajrayana teacher, Reggie Ray. In 2014, he completed an MA in Advanced psychotherapy at the Minster Centre in London and he now practises as a psychotherapist in Brighton. In early January 2007, Appleton appeared in BBC America promotions for the fourth series of Cash in the Attic though he did not appear in that series. Since 2007, he has been one of the presenters for Escape to the Country on BBC television, he has been host of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's late night concert series The Night Shift at London's South Bank.

In January 2016, he appeared on BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind, where he came joint second with 21 points, with a specialist subject of 20th-century European classical music. Appleton is gay, came out at university. In an article in Gay Times, however, he admits he only accepted his sexuality when he lived in Poland and Germany. In 2000, he converted to Buddhism, teaches meditation in retreats and classes across the UK – notably, on the Holy Island, his spiritual home, he is founding chairman of the Shoreditch Morris Dancing Society. Appleton speaks four languages: English, French and Brazilian Portuguese as well as a little Polish. Official Website of Alistair Appleton Do Buddhists Watch Telly? Alistair Appleton's Blog Mindsprings Alistair Appleton's Mindfulness and Therapy Site Alistair Appleton on IMDb The Man Who Drank The Universe – Documentary Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center

Siemens-Schuckert D.III

The Siemens-Schuckert D. III was a German single-seat fighter built by Siemens-Schuckert Werke; the D. III was a development of the earlier Siemens-Schuckert D. IIc prototype; the D. III was an equal-span biplane powered by a 160 hp Siemens-Halske Sh. III bi-rotary engine. Idflieg placed an order for 20 aircraft in December 1917, followed by a second order of 30 aircraft in February 1918. 41 D. IIIs were delivered to frontline units between April and May 1918. Most aircraft were supplied to Jagdgeschwader II, whose pilots were enthusiastic about the new aircraft's handling and rate of climb. After only seven to 10 hours of service, the Sh. III engines started showing serious problems with piston seizure; the problem was traced to the Voltol mineral oil, used to replace the now-scarce castor oil. Furthermore, the close-fitting engine cowling provided inadequate cooling to the engine. In late May 1918, Jagdgeschwader II replaced its D. IIIs with the older Fokker Dr. I; the remaining D. III aircraft were returned to the Siemens-Schuckert factory, where they were retrofitted with new Sh.

IIIa engines, an enlarged rudder, cutaway cowlings that provided improved airflow. A further 30 new production D. IIIs incorporated these modifications. Total production amounted to 80 aircraft. In July 1918, the D. III returned to active service as an interceptor with home defense squadrons. By this time, the D. III had been replaced in production by the Siemens-Schuckert D. IV. German EmpireLuftstreitkräfte SwitzerlandSwiss Air Force Data from German Aircraft of the First World War, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, The Complete Book of FightersGeneral characteristics Crew: 1 Length: 5.7 m Wingspan: 8.43 m Height: 2.8 m Wing area: 18.84 m2 Empty weight: 523 kg Gross weight: 725 kg Powerplant: 1 × Siemens-Halske Sh. III and Sh. IIIa 11-cylinder contra-rotating air-cooled rotary piston engine, 120 kW 160 kW for take-offPerformance Maximum speed: 177 km/h at sea level Range: 360 km Service ceiling: 8,000 m Time to altitude: 1,000 m in 1 minute 45 secondsArmament Guns: 2×7.92 mm LMG 08/15 machine-guns

Christine Maxwell

Christine Maxwell is an Internet content pioneer and educator, best known as the creator and co-founder of Magellan. Maxwell co-founded the software company Chiliad and is the author of several books, she is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Christine Maxwell is the daughter of Elisabeth Maxwell, a French-born Holocaust scholar, Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British media proprietor, she was born in Maisons Laffitte, France, on August 16, 1950. Her father was Jewish and her mother was of Huguenot descent. One of nine children, siblings include her twin sister Isabel Maxwell, brothers Kevin Maxwell and Ian Maxwell, younger sister Ghislaine Maxwell, her mother stated. In 1960, her family resided at Headington Hill Hall, where the offices to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press were located. After completing her high schooling at Milham Ford Grammar School in Oxford, England, in 1969, she entered Pitzer College, California, from which she received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Latin American Studies and Sociology in May 1972.

In September 1973 she entered Lady Spencer Churchill College of Education near Oxford. She graduated in June 1974 with a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate. From September 1974 to June 1976 Maxwell worked as a middle-school teacher at Shepherd's Hill Middle School in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. Maxwell earned a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Maxwell was an editor for Pergamon Press Publishers in the early 1970s. In the late 1970s, she became a school editor for A. Company in Exeter, England. Maxwell is the author of The Pergamon Dictionary of Perfect Spelling, first published by Pergamon Press Ltd. in 1977. The book became an international bestseller. Maxwell's book has been republished several times: in 2005 under the title Dictionary of Perfect Spelling by Barrington Stoke Publishers, in 2007 under the title Spell it Right by Berlitz, most as the School Spelling Dictionary in 2012 by Barrington Stoke. Maxwell is the creator and co-founder of Magellan, one of the first professionally curated online search/reference guides to Internet content.

In 1992 she created and co-authored one of the first hard-copy reference guides to the Internet: New Riders Official Internet Yellow Pages and The McKinley Internet Yellow Pages. After Magellan was acquired by competing search engine Excite, in 1996, she went on to co-found Chiliad: a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies; the firm's software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI's counterterrorism data warehouse. She is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Dallas and is involved in Special Projects for Information Resources. Maxwell is a former Trustee of The Santa Fe Institute, she presently serves on the boards of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet and Leonardo/OLATS. In 2011, she was appointed an IPv6 Fellow of the Internet Protocol version 6 Forum in recognition of her contributions to support the promotion and technology advantages of version 6 around the world.

In June 1986 she educator Roger Malina of Berkeley, California. Maxwell and Malina have sons Xavier and Yuri and daughter Giselle. Maxwell has a second residence in Meyreuil, a village near Aix-en-Provence

(148209) 2000 CR105

2000 CR105 is a trans-Neptunian object and the tenth-most-distant known object in the Solar System as of 2015. Considered a detached object, it orbits the Sun in a eccentric orbit every 3305 years at an average distance of 222 astronomical units. Mike Brown's website lists it as a possible dwarf planet with a diameter of 328 kilometres based on an assumed albedo of 0.04. The albedo is expected to be low. However, if the albedo is higher, the object could be half that size. 2000 CR105 and Sedna differ from scattered-disc objects in that they are not within the gravitational influence of the planet Neptune at their perihelion distances. It is something of a mystery as to how these objects came to be in their far-flung orbits. Several hypotheses have been put forward: They were pulled from their original positions by a passing star, they were pulled from their original positions by a distant, as-yet-undiscovered, giant planet. They were pulled from their original positions by an undiscovered companion star orbiting the Sun such as Nemesis.

They were captured from another planetary system during a close encounter early in the Sun's history. According to Kenyon and Bromley, there is a 15% probability that a star like the Sun had an early close encounter and a 1% probability that outer planetary exchanges would have happened. 2000 CR105 is estimated to be 2–3 times more to be a captured planetary object than Sedna. 2000 CR105 is the first object discovered in the Solar System to have a semi-major axis exceeding 150 AU, a perihelion beyond Neptune, an argument of perihelion of 340 ± 55°. It is one of eleven objects known with a semi-major axis greater than 100 AU and perihelion beyond 42 AU, it may be influenced by Planet Nine. 2004 VN112 2000 OO67 Clearing the neighbourhood Planets beyond Neptune List of Solar System objects most distant from the Sun in 2015 List of Solar System objects by greatest aphelion Orbit Determination of 2000 CR105 Spacecraft escaping the Solar System World Book: Worlds Beyond Pluto 2000 CR105 at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 2000 CR105 at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters


The Hunveyor is an experimental space probe model constructed in the Hungarian universities. Its name is coming from the following words: HUNVEYOR = Hungarian UNiversity surVEYOR. 10 university or college space research groups and high school groups build Hunveyor developed to work around Hunveyor in Hungary. The clear construction and the well recognizable instrumentation of the NASA Surveyors have given the possibility to construct an educational version of the space probe. In 1997, the teachers and students of the Eötvös Loránd University, Department of General Technology examined the literature published on Surveyor missions and a group led by Szaniszlo Berczi constructed the Hunveyor-1 with robotic arm and TV camera with some other simple measurements on board. Construction of a Surveyor-type planetary lander is one of the space science education programs on Eotvos University, Hungary, it focuses on technologies. The new initiative of experimental space probe model construction uses interactions between measuring instruments and environmental streams.

Similar is the case between environmental currents. All these activities are involved in the construction and continuous development of a training and experimental space probe model. Students played an important role in the construction of this Hunveyor probe; the first training space probe lander, Hunveyor-1, was initiated at the Eotvos University, Department of General Technology, in October 1997. It had two previous ideas helping to start the Hunveyor program. First: the space science education program by activities was the essential program in NASA International United States Space Camp, Alabama, USA. There, every year, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center organizes an International Space Camp where all participant countries delegate two students and their accompanying teacher; the strength and value of the in situ experiments in space science education were experienced by several Hungarian teachers and students during the last 10 years. Second: the program had been helped by Eugene Shoemaker who sent to Szaniszlo Berczi scientific materials about the Surveyor program in the late 1960s.

In 1998 the program was continued on other universities and colleges in Hungary: in Pecs University, Dept. of Informatics and General Technology where the Hunveyor-2 has been built in 2000 on the Berzsenyi College, Dept. of Technology and in 2001 in the Kandó Kálmán College in Szekesfehervar where the Hunveyor-3 and Hunveyor-4 has been built, respectively. In 2003 this program of Hunveyor construction has been extended in the high schools, too. In Pannonhalma, at the Saint Benedict Pannonhalma Archabbey's Gymnasium the Hunveyor-7 is in construction. Three other high schools in Hungary participate in the project of building the space probe model; the Hunveyor program is: construction of a planetary lander model, the experimental part, from the beginning of the work. Important goal is: measuring the interactions between environmental currents. Planning, carrying out testing activities, the continuous development of the training space probe model are important parts of the program with the Surveyor type Hunveyor.

Students played important role in the construction of this Hunveyor probe which shows that the training space probe lander model Hunveyor is an intensive experimental tool for education. It concentrates and focuses efforts how to teach technologies and how to teach planetary science, how to connect disciplinary knowledge, it involves theoretical practice in construction and technologies. The first level of this work was a minimal space probe model for experiments, while the first unit was a tetrahedral skeleton as a holding frame. For a minimal probe the personal minimal environmental observations and activities in a new environment were copied: visuality, temperature experience. Television camera with mirror to "see around", telescopic arm to dig small graben, a bimetallic temperature-measuring instrument can be corresponded to them. Passive magnets were fixed on the legs; the first level contains the electronics of the Hunveyor System. Two computers are talking with each other. One is the "Terrestrial Direction and Control" computer, the other is the "Computer on Board of the Space Probe Model".

Their connection can be "liberated". First by cables separated radio electronic connection was built; this Surveyor-like minimal probe gave us many pleasure during building. The skeleton was made from copper pipes with 15 mm diameter; the robotics are constructed by microcontrollers. They can operate both motors and measuring units. Solar panels, the web cameras and other units were purchased in the shops. Computers are PCs. Husar-rovers gave new impetus to the program later. Basic points of the Hunveyor constructing works are as follows: Hierarchy levels in the operating mechatronic system Modul principle in the robotic system Compatible subsystems in construction PC based electronics Group-works by students, teachers. Material on Hunveyor has been published in Hungarian in the form of various lecture note series booklets, while a Surveyor-Hunveyor concise atlas has been published in English. Field tests and various Hunveyor Husar planetary analog field trips and simulations are the next steps in using Hunveyor in planetary

St Peter's Church, Catcott

The Anglican Church of St Peter in Catcott, England dates predominantly from the 15th century, but still includes some minor 13th century work, has been designated as a Grade I listed building. The church was one of the Polden Chapels held under Moorlinch, it was adjudged in 1548 to have been a chantry chapel and thus liable to closure and sale by Edward VI's commissioners, it was bought by William Coke, who held the tithes. He armed himself to keep out the parishioners until 1552. Following a series of court cases he was forced to rebuild it; the church includes a nave, chancel and a north chapel, converted into a vestry. The two-stage west tower is supported by diagonal buttresses. One of the church bells was cast in 1716 by Edward Bilbie of the Bilbie family; the octagonal font dates from the 13th century. The church has been placed on the Heritage at Risk Register due to structural problems with the walls and roof. Work has been carried out to improve the fabric of the building at a cost of over £100,000.

The parish is part of the Polden Wheel benefice within the Diocese of Wells. List of Grade I listed buildings in Sedgemoor List of towers in Somerset