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Allied Domecq

Allied Domecq PLC was an international company, headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom, that operated spirits and quick service restaurant businesses. It has been acquired by Pernod Ricard, they had one distillery in India. Allied Domecq was the result of a 1994 merger between Allied Lyons and Pedro Domecq S. A. Allied Lyons itself was the result of a 1978 merger between Allied Breweries and the food and catering group J. Lyons and Co. In early 2005, a takeover bid for the company was launched by French-based rival Pernod Ricard S. A. Pernod Ricard completed acquisition on 26 July 2005 and sold off the overlapping spirits brands to U. S.-based competitor Fortune Brands and British-based multinational Diageo. On 12 December 2005, Pernod Ricard announced that it had agreed to sell the restaurant businesses to a consortium of three US private equity firms for $2.43 billion. The closing of the sale occurred on 1 March 2006. Allied Domecq's spirits division operated a combination of nine core global brands, plus a selection of local market leaders.

Their product portfolio included: Ballantine's whisky Teacher's Highland Cream whisky Laphroaig, a malt whisky from Islay Courvoisier cognac Canadian Club whisky Kahlúa coffee liqueur Malibu, a coconut-flavoured rum-based spirit Maker's Mark, a Kentucky bourbon whiskey Montana Wines, a large New Zealand wine producer. Mumm champagne Perrier-Jouët champagne Don Pedro Brandy Stolichnaya vodka Tia Maria liqueur Cockburn's Port Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry Curtis No. 1 whiskyBrands acquired by Fortune Brands: Sauza tequila Courvoisier cognac Canadian Club whisky Clos du Bois and other Sonoma and Napa wine brands Laphroaig malt whisky Maker's Mark bourbon Teacher's Highland Cream whisky Cockburn's port Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry Larios gin DYC whisky Fundador Spanish brandy Centenario Spanish brandy Kuemmerling German bitters

Theobald (bishop of Li├Ęge)

Theobald of Bar was the third surviving son of Theobald II of Bar and Jeanne de Toucy. He was prince-bishop of Liège from 1302 until his death in 1312, while serving in the retinue of Henri VII of Luxembourg. In 1296, on the death of Bouchard d'Avesnes, bishop of Metz, he was one of the candidates in competition with Frederick of Lorraine, bishop of Orléans. In the end Gérard de Rhéninghe was chosen. Adolph of Waldeck, prince-bishop of Liège, died at the end of 1302. Of three candidate, Guillaume d'Arras was elected. He, turned down the position, claiming his background was too humble, designated Theobald. Theobald's election gained papal approval 13 March 1303, he allied himself with Philip IV of France, in 1304. Two years his relative Henri VII of Luxembourg became King of the Romans; when Henry went to Rome in 1312 to be consecrated as Holy Roman Emperor, Theobald accompanied him. There he was mortally wounded by Robert I of Naples, he was commemorated in a contemporary poem, Voeux de l'épervier, recorded in the Chroniques de Metz.

He is identified as the dedicatee of the Voeux de paon by Jacques de Longuyon in an explicit in one source of this copied poem. He was a son of Theobald II of Bar, of Jeanne de Toucy. Georges Poull, La Maison souveraine et ducale de Bar. Nancy: Presses universitaires de Nancy, 1994

Ronnie Verrell

Ronald'Ronnie' Thomas Verrell was an English jazz drummer. He played in two of the United Kingdom's "most famous" big bands, The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Verrell worked extensively in television, including as a drummer in Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra and Sunday Night at the London Palladium, he provided the drumming for The Muppet Show's Animal, was a "Skinnerette" on The Frank Skinner Show. The Scotsman called Verrell a "driving band drummer" and an "exciting soloist"; the Daily Telegraph said Verrell had a "rare combination of craftsmanship and bravura showmanship" and called him "Britain's best-known big band drummer for half a century". Ronnie Verrell was born on 21 February 1926 in Kent in England, he showed little interest in music until he saw The Benny Goodman Quartet perform in a film, Hollywood Hotel in 1938. Verrell was so impressed by what he saw, he stayed to watch the film a second time, he taught himself how to play after only one lesson. In 1940, after the outbreak of World War II, the 14-year-old Verrel was evacuated to Porthcawl in South Wales, where he made his first public appearances drumming with local bands in the area.

He returned to Kent in 1943 and worked professionally for a while with the Claude Giddins band, before being conscripted to work as a Bevin Boy in the coal mines for the remainder of the war. In the mid-1940s Verrell began performing with Scottish saxophonist Tommy Whittle and Belgian trumpeter Johnny Claes. Between 1947 and 1951 he played with several big bands, including those led by Carl Barriteau and Cyril Stapleton. In September 1951 Verrell joined The Ted Heath Orchestra and remained with the band until Heath’s retirement in 1964. At the time Heath’s band was the leading British big band, they performed at many concerts, including Sunday-night swing sessions at the London Palladium, they were the first British big band to break into the US big band arena. Verrell played on many Heath hits, including "The Champ", "Hot Toddy" and "Swingin' Shepherd Blues". One of his best known drum solos with the orchestra was the "Hawaiian War Chant". After leaving Heath’s band Verrell focused on session work and backed many popular artists, including Winifred Atwell, Jack Jones, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark and Strawbs.

Verrell joined Jack Parnell’s house band at ATV, playing with them for ten years. In 1980 Verrell joined Syd Lawrence's band and stayed with them for 20 years. Verrell performed in several television shows, including The Muppet Show where he played drums for the show's manic puppet drummer, Animal; when American drummer Buddy Rich, one of Verrell's heroes, guested on the show, Verrell had a drumming duel with Rich, won after Animal smashed a snare drum over Rich's head. In the mid-1990s, Verrell formed a quintet he modelled after Benny Goodman's band. Several years Verrell was involved in a serious road accident that forced him to stop performing for a year, but after recovering he continued to play with Lawrence's band. In 2000 Verrell toured with an all-star band, Best of British, where his drum solos earned him standing ovations, his final appearance was on The Frank Skinner Show in 2001. Verrell died on 22 February 2002 in Kingston-upon-Thames in England, one day after his 76th birthday; the cause of death was a chest infection he contracted during an operation to fix a crushed vertebra resulting from a fall down some stairs in November 2001.

Verrell was married three times and had three daughters, Sherry and Lara. He has three grandchildren, Sherry's son David, Faye's daughter Bethany and Lara's daughter Ellie-Jaye

Thomas Underwood Dudley

Thomas Underwood Dudley was the second Bishop of Kentucky in The Episcopal Church. Dudley was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 26, 1837, he graduated from the University of Virginia. He served in the Confederate States Army through the war. After the war, he became a priest, he was rector of Baltimore. He was consecrated as the Assistant Bishop of Kentucky on January 27, 1875, succeeded as Bishop of the Diocese in 1884 following the death of Bishop Benjamin Bosworth Smith. At his death in 1904, Dudley was chairman of the House of Bishops and chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South. List of Succession of Bishops for the Episcopal Church, USA

South Africa at the 1948 Summer Olympics

The Union of South Africa competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. 35 competitors, 34 men and 1 woman, took part in 34 events in 10 sports. Gerald Dreyer — Boxing, Men's Lightweight George Hunter — Boxing, Men's Light Heavyweight Dennis Shepherd — Boxing, Men's Featherweight John Arthur — Boxing, Men's Heavyweight Three cyclists, all men, represented South Africa in 1948. Individual road raceDirkie Binneman George Estman Wally RiversTeam road raceDirkie Binneman George Estman Wally Rivers South Africa had five male rowers participate in two out of seven rowing events in 1948. Men's single scullsIan StephenMen's coxless fourEdgar Ramsay Austin Ikin Des Mayberry Claude Kietzman Official Olympic Reports International Olympic Committee results database

Kentucky Route 404

Kentucky Route 404 is a 10.848-mile-long state highway in the U. S. state of Kentucky. The highway connects rural areas of Magoffin and Floyd counties with Prestonsburg. KY 404 begins at an intersection with KY 7 southeast of Arthurmabel, in the southeastern part of Magoffin County, it travels to the east-southeast, paralleling Howard Branch, crosses over Bear Branch. It stops paralleling the branch when it ends; the highway enters Floyd County. KY 404 crosses over Lick Fork, it enters David. There, it crosses over the fork again, it curves to the east-northeast. It curves to the east, it enters Goodloe, where it intersects the northern terminus of KY 850. Here, Lick Fork merges into the Left Fork Middle Creek, KY 404 begins paralleling it; the highway intersects the northern terminus of KY 1210 and crosses over Buckeye Branch before it travels through Blue River. It crosses over Sam Hale and Blue River branches and enters the far western part of Prestonsburg. There, it crosses over Middle Creek and meets its eastern terminus, an intersection with KY 114.

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