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Alistair MacLeod

Alistair MacLeod, was a Canadian novelist, short story writer and academic. His powerful and moving stories vividly evoke the beauty of Cape Breton Island's rugged landscape and the resilient character of many of its inhabitants, the descendants of Scottish immigrants, who are haunted by ancestral memories and who struggle to reconcile the past and the present. MacLeod has been praised for his verbal precision, his lyric intensity and his use of simple, direct language that seems rooted in an oral tradition. Although he is known as a master of the short story, MacLeod's 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada's greatest book of all time; the novel won several literary prizes including the 2001 International Dublin Literary Award. In 2000, MacLeod's two books of short stories, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories, were re-published in the volume Island: The Collected Stories. MacLeod compared his fiction writing to playing an accordion.

"When I pull it out like this," he explained, "it becomes a novel, when I compress it like this, it becomes this intense short story."MacLeod taught English and creative writing for more than three decades at the University of Windsor, but returned every summer to the Cape Breton cabin on the MacLeod homestead where he did much of his writing. In the introduction to a book of essays on his work, editor Irene Guilford concluded: "Alistair MacLeod's birthplace is Canadian, his emotional heartland is Cape Breton, his heritage Scottish, but his writing is of the world." MacLeod's Scottish ancestors emigrated to Cumberland County, Nova Scotia from the Isle of Eigg in the 1790s. They settled at Cape d'Or on the Bay of Fundy. In 1808, the parents with their seven daughters and two sons walked from Cape d'Or to Inverness County, Cape Breton, a distance of 362 kilometres, after hearing they could become landowners there. An account of the journey, written by MacLeod himself, says the family took their possessions with them, six cows and a horse.

He adds there were few roads at the time, so his great-great-great-grandparents followed the shoreline. MacLeod was born in Saskatchewan, his parents, whose first language was Gaelic, had migrated to Saskatchewan from Cape Breton to homestead during the Great Depression. The family moved on to Edmonton when MacLeod was five and to the town of Mercoal, Alberta where his father worked in a coal mine. However, the MacLeods suffered from homesickness and when Alistair was 10, they returned to Cape Breton and the farmhouse in Dunvegan, Inverness County, that his great-grandfather had built in the 1860s. MacLeod enjoyed attending school and did well there, he told a CBC Radio interviewer that as a student, he liked to read and write adding, "I was the kind of person who won the English prize in grade twelve." After graduating from high school in 1954, MacLeod moved to Edmonton where he delivered milk for a year from a horse-drawn wagon. In 1956, MacLeod furthered his education by attending the Nova Scotia Teachers College in Truro and taught school for a year on Port Hood Island off Cape Breton's west coast.

To finance his university education, he worked summers drilling and blasting in mines in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and, in the uranium mines of northern Ontario. At some point, he worked at a logging camp on Vancouver Island rising through the ranks because he was physically able to climb the tallest trees and rig cables to their tops. Between 1957 and 1960, MacLeod studied at St. Francis Xavier University earning a BA and B. Ed, he went on to receive his MA in 1961 from the University of New Brunswick. He decided to study for a PhD at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana because Frank O'Malley taught creative writing there. MacLeod said he was used to analyzing the work of other authors, but wanted to start writing himself; that wouldn't have happened, he added, if he had not attended such a "creative, imaginative university."He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the English novelist Thomas Hardy whom he admired. "I liked the idea," he told an interviewer years "that his novels were about people who lived outdoors and were affected by the forces of nature."

MacLeod was awarded his PhD in 1968, the same year he published The Boat in The Massachusetts Review. The story appeared in the 1969 edition of The Best American Short Stories along with ones by Andre Dubus, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates and Isaac Bashevis Singer. A specialist in British literature of the 19th century, MacLeod taught English for three years at Indiana University before accepting a post in 1969 at the University of Windsor where he taught English and creative writing for more than three decades. A story published after his death in the student newspaper called him "a dedicated professor, an approachable colleague, an inspiration to young, local writers." It quoted Marty Gervais, one of his university colleagues, as saying that the door to MacLeod's cluttered office was always open to students and members of the public. "It didn't matter whether you were a bad writer. "He could talk your ear off with stories...but he was a good listener." Alan Cumyn, who studied creative writing at the University of Windsor, remembered MacLeod as a teacher who placed great emphasis on the fundamentals of good writing such as language and metaphor and conflict, narrative structure and form.

He wrote that MacLeod read student work and always began his critiques by pointing to the best things about a story before turnin

Dundee Forest, Northern Territory

Dundee Forest is a locality in the Northern Territory of Australia located about 58 kilometres south-west of the territory capital of Darwin. The 2016 Australian census, conducted in August 2016 reports that Dundee Forest had 73 people living within its boundaries. Dundee Forest consists of land extending from the coastline of Bynoe Harbour in the north to just south of the Fog Bay Road which passes through the locality on its way from the Cox Peninsula Road in the east to Fog Bay in the west. Dundee Forest and the other two nearby localities prefixed with the name "Dundee" are named after the sub-divisions with these names; the name "Dundee" is believed to be derived from Crocodile Dundee. The boundaries for Dundee Forest were gazetted on 29 October 1997 with the gazettal being revoked on 3 April 2007 with new boundaries being gazetted on 4 April 2007. Dundee Forest is located within the federal division of Lingiari, the territory electoral division of Daly and within the unincorporated areas of the Northern Territory

USS Biddle (DD-151)

USS Biddle was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II reclassified AG-114. She was the second ship named for Captain Nicholas Biddle. Biddle was launched on 3 October 1918 by William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, sponsored by Miss Elise B. Robinson, a great-great-grandniece of Captain Biddle; the ship was commissioned on 22 April 1919, Commander C. T. Blackburn in command. Following her commissioning, Biddle made a cruise to the Mediterranean Sea and returned to New York on 1 July 1920. After assignment to Division 48, Atlantic Fleet, she cruised along the east coast until decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 20 June 1922, she remained laid up until recommissioned on 16 October 1939. Until November 1940 she served on patrol duty with Destroyer Division 66, Atlantic Squadron, on training duty with Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, she patrolled in the Caribbean Sea under orders of the Commandant, 15th Naval District and rejoined Destroyer Division 66 patrolling out of Key West, Florida.

Biddle spent March 1942-February 1945 on convoy duty in the Caribbean except for two short periods. She formed part of anti-submarine TG 2. and escorted a convoy to North Africa. During the latter mission, 11–12 April, while fighting off an air attack, she had seven men wounded by a strafing attack by a German plane. Biddle operated off March -- July 1945, on training exercises with motor torpedo boats, she was reclassified a miscellaneous auxiliary on 30 June 1945, arrived at Boston Navy Yard on 15 July for conversion. Her conversion was completed just as the war with Japan ended and she remained at Boston until decommissioned on 5 October 1945, she was sold for scrap on 3 December 1946. Biddle received one battle star for her service with Convoy UGS-37; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. NavSource Photos

Haydn Tanner

Haydn Tanner was a Welsh international rugby union player who represented both Wales and the British and Irish Lions. At club level he played for several top-flight teams, including Bristol, Swansea, London Welsh and the Barbarians. Tanner was educated at Gowerton Grammar School and was still a schoolboy when he played at scrum-half for Swansea against the All Blacks at St. Helens in 1935. Swansea won the game by 11 points to 3, with Tanner and his cousin Willie Davies outstanding; the New Zealand captain, Jack Manchester, is said to have passed back the message to New Zealand: "Tell them we have been beaten, but don't tell them it was by a pair of schoolboys". In December the same year Tanner won his first cap for Wales at the age of 18 years and 11 months, making him one of the youngest players to appear for Wales; the match was again against the All Blacks and Tanner was again on the winning side. He went on to win 25 international caps, 12 as captain, despite his career being interrupted by the Second World War.

Tanner toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 1938 and played in only one test owing to injury. In 1948 he was captain of the Barbarians against Australia, his last international match was against France in 1949. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest scrum-halves to play the game and, according to the 1950 Lion, Bleddyn Williams, he was ‘the greatest’: "Among all the scrum-halves I’ve seen and played with, he would reign supreme," said Williams. "He had a superb pass – the best I played with. His service was better than Gareth Edwards." After retiring from rugby, he became an industrial chemist working in the wood pulp trade for Thompson and Norris. He became a buyer for Reed International and travelled extensively, he attended the Harvard Business School and became purchasing director for Reed Paper and Board UK. He retired in November, 1980. Having moved to Surrey, he became a member of London Welsh. Tanner died in his sleep on the 5 June 2009, aged 92

Melanie Bonajo

Melanie Bonajo is a Dutch artist working with film, installations, event organizing, photography. Her works address themes of eroding intimacy and isolation in an sterile, technological world, her experimental documentaries explore communities living or working on the margins of society, either through illegal means or cultural exclusion. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, from the Tate Modern, MoMA PS1, to De Appel Arts Centre and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to the Center for Contemporary Art, the Kunsthalle Basel, International Documentary Film Festival, the Berlinale, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Treefort Film Fest. Bonajo's film series Night Soil is a trio of experimental documentaries about modern approaches to nature and the cultural implications of acting against capitalism; the first in the series, Night Soil - Fake Paradise, is about psychedelic plant medication and human-plant conversations. The sequel, Night Soil - Economy of Love presents an alternative ethical model for sex-work healing and activism.

The third film, "Night Soil - Nocturnal Gardening" questions the role of radical agriculture in a world of dwindling natural resources and disconnection to nature. Her other recent film, which premiered at Hacking Habitat, Progress vs. Regress is the first in a trilogy that questions how technology has evolved through the eyes of elderly people in the Netherlands; this film was selected for IDFA 2016 Bonajo has performed internationally at venues such as Paradiso in Amsterdam, Baby's Alright in NYC and Collège des Bernardins in Paris alongside artists such as Kembra Pfahler and Bianca Cassidy of CocoRosie. Her band, ZaZaZoZo, is a music project with Joseph Marzolla known for its tribal pop sound and animalistic influence. All their music is produced by Bonajo's brother Tommie Bonajo at his Tomster studios, they released their debut album INUA in spring 2013 by Tsunami Addiction. Their latest single and video, Woke up as a Wolf, was released in 2014. Bonajo's Furniture Bondage photography series pairs domestic tools with the naked female body.

In 2012 she initiated Genital International, a feminist performance collective event about participation and equality. Bonajo's photography series and music video work Pee on Presidents is tied to the recent anti-censorship and sex-positive branches of the feminist movement for its endorsement of female body agency in public environments, resulting in a provocation of censorship laws in the media. Bonajo released her first major publication since Spheres in December 2015 Matrix Botanica Nonhuman Persons designed by Experimental Jetset, which explores the ways we experience nature through representations on the internet, via YouTube and blogs posting adorable, funny or adorably sad amateur videos and photographs of nonhuman animals; this publication delves into the ways nature education has changed over the years and integrates the voices of animal behavior scientists rather than a National Geographic perspective. As of March 2016, along with curators Maaike Gouwenberg and Emma Panza, was shortlisted to represent The Netherlands at the 57th Venice Biennale.

“The method of Bonajo is representative of practices of a younger generation, based on collectivity and exchange.”Her third Night Soil film to complete the trilogy premiered at the Tate Modern's Artists' Cinema in London September 7, 2016. It will be showcased at Foam museum in Amsterdam starting September 15, 2016 as part of the Next Level exhibition. In April 2017, Melanie Bonajo has been selected and shortlisted for the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2017. 2019 TouchMETell 2018 Progress vs Sunsets 2016 Night Soil - Nocturnal Gardening 2016 Progress vs Regress 2015 Night Soil - Economy of Love 2014 Night Soil - Fake Paradise 2013 Pee on Presidents 2013 Matrix Botanica - Biosphere Above Nations 2018 Melanie Bonajo - Single Mother Songs from the End of Nature 2016 Matrix Botanica - How to Escape from an Elderly Home Method 2016 2014 ZaZaZoZo - Woke up as a Wolf 2013 ZaZaZoZo - Inua 2014 Pee on Presidents 2012 How to get Closer to Nature Exercises 2009 Furniture Bondage 2008 Thank You For Hurting Me I Really Needed That 2015 Matrix Botanica - Non Human Persons 2014 Pee on Presidents, 2012 SPHERES, 2012 One Room, Nine Possible Answers, Three Rooms 2009 Volkerschau Zine 2009 Furniture Bondage 2009 Bush Compulsion, A Primitive Breakthrough in the Modern Mind 2009 I have a Room with Everything 2007 Modern Life of the Soul 2015 Night Soil Musical Celebration of our Sexual Psychedelic Power with Bunny Michael, Baby's All Right, NYC 2014 HOODOO ∆ VOODOO, Collège des Bernardins, Paris 2014 The Feeling Internet, Amsterdam 2014 Qu'est-ce que C'est?, Amsterdam 2019 TouchMETell, Rabo Lab, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL 2019 Progress vs. Sunsets, Kunsthalle Lingen, DE 2018 The Death of Melanie Bonajo, Bonnefantenmuseum, NL 2017 Melanie Bonajo: Single Mother Songs from the End of Nature - Night Soil Trilogy, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt 2016 Next Level: Melanie Bonajo - Night Soil, Amsterdam 2015 Night Soil - Economy of Love, Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam 2015 Company Gallery, NYC 2013 Matrix Botanica.

Be Brave!, curated by Rebeka Põldsam, Pori Museum, FI 2019 Vrijheid. Vijftig Ned

GPS (song)

"GPS" is a song recorded by Colombian singer Maluma featuring American rapper French Montana. It was one of the three promotional singles featured in the short film X, was released on 24 November 2017, alongside "Vitamina" and "23" as a promotional single from Maluma's third studio album F. A. M. E.. The three promotional singles however, were not included in the final version of the album due to unknown reasons, it was written by Maluma, French Montana, Andrés Uribe, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, Byran Snaider Lezcano, Stiven Rojas, Mario Cáceres and Servando Primera, was produced by Rude Boyz. The promotional single has peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and at number 84 on the Spanish PROMUSICAE songs chart. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics GPS on YouTube