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Apuleius was a Latin-language prose writer, Platonist philosopher and rhetorician. He was a Numidian, from Madauros, he studied Platonism in Athens, travelled to Italy, Asia Minor, Egypt, was an initiate in several cults or mysteries. The most famous incident in his life was when he was accused of using magic to gain the attentions of a wealthy widow, he declaimed and distributed a witty tour de force in his own defense before the proconsul and a court of magistrates convened in Sabratha, near ancient Tripoli, Libya. This is known as the Apologia, his most famous work is his bawdy picaresque novel, the Metamorphoses, otherwise known as The Golden Ass. It is the only Latin novel. Being an immensely sophisticated narrative that opens up various perspectives onto a rich cultural and social life, Metamorphoses was underappreciated until recent decades, it relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with magic and is accidentally turned into a donkey. Lucius goes through various adventures before he is turned back into a human being by the goddess Isis.

Apuleius was born in Madauros, a colonia in Numidia on the North African coast bordering Gaetulia, he described himself as "half-Numidian half-Gaetulian." Madaurus was the same colonia where Augustine of Hippo received part of his early education, though located well away from the Romanized coast, is today the site of some pristine Roman ruins. As to his first name, no praenomen is given in any ancient source. Details regarding his life come from his defense speech and his work Florida, which consists of snippets taken from some of his best speeches, his father was a provincial magistrate who bequeathed at his death the sum of nearly two million sesterces to his two sons. Apuleius studied with a master at Carthage and at Athens, where he studied Platonist philosophy among other subjects, he subsequently went to Rome to study Latin rhetoric and, most to speak in the law courts for a time before returning to his native North Africa. He travelled extensively in Asia Minor and Egypt, studying philosophy and religion, burning up his inheritance while doing so.

Apuleius was an initiate including the Dionysian Mysteries. He was a priest of Asclepius and, according to Augustine, sacerdos provinciae Africae. Not long after his return home he set out upon a new journey to Alexandria. On his way there he was taken ill at the town of Oea and was hospitably received into the house of Sicinius Pontianus, with whom he had been friends when he had studied in Athens; the mother of Pontianus, was a rich widow. With her son's consent – indeed encouragement – Apuleius agreed to marry her. Meanwhile, Pontianus himself married the daughter of one Herennius Rufinus; the case was heard at Sabratha, near Tripoli, c. 158 AD, before Claudius Maximus, proconsul of Africa. The accusation itself seems to have been ridiculous, the spirited and triumphant defence spoken by Apuleius is still extant; this is known as the Apologia. Apuleius accused an extravagant personal enemy of turning his house into a brothel and prostituting his own wife. Of his subsequent career we know little.

Judging from the many works of which he was author, he must have devoted himself diligently to literature. He gave speeches in public to great reception; the date and circumstances of Apuleius' death are not known. There is no record of his activities after 170, a fact which has led some people to believe that he must have died about although other scholars feel that he may still have been alive in 180 or 190; the Golden Ass or Metamorphoses is the only Latin novel. It is an imaginative and amusing work that relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who introduces himself as related to the famous philosophers Plutarch and Sextus of Chaeronea. Lucius is accidentally turned into an ass. In this guise he hears and sees many unusual things, until escaping from his predicament in a rather unexpected way. Within this frame story are found many digressions, the longest among them being the well-known tale of Cupid and Psyche; this story is a rare instance of a fairy tale preserved in an ancient literary text.

The Metamorphoses ends with the hero, eager to be initiated into the mystery cult of Isis. He is introduced to the Navigium Isidis; the secrets of the cult's books are explained to him, further secrets are revealed before he goes through the process of initiation, which involves a trial by the elements in a journey to the underworld. Lucius is asked to seek initiation into the cult of Osiris in Rome, is initiated into the pastophoroi – a group of priests that serves Isis and Osiris. Apologia (Apulei Platonici pro

Psilocybe baeocystis

Psilocybe baeocystis is a psilocybin mushroom of the family Hymenogastraceae. It contains the hallucinogenic compounds psilocybin and baeocystin; the species is known by various names such as bottle caps, knobby tops, blue bells, olive caps. From the Greek words baeo and kystis 1945 P. baeocystis is first collected in Oregon. 1958 P. baeocystis is formally published by Singer and Smith. 1962 Psilocin is first reported in this species. 1967-68 Baeocystin and norbaeocystin are named. 1981 Testing again reveals psilocybin, psilocin and norbaeocystin. The cap is 1.5 -- 5.5 cm in conic to obtusely conic to convex. The cap margin is turned inwards when young becoming plane in age distinctly rippled, translucent-striate and bruising and aging greenish-bluish about the margin, it is dark olive brown to buff brown in color steel blue. It is hygrophanous, fading to milk white, viscid when moist from a gelatinous pellicle separable; the flesh is bruises blue easily. The gills are close with adnate to sinuate attachment and are grayish to cinnamon brown, with the edges remaining pallid.

The stipe is 5–7 cm long, 2–3 mm thick, equal to subequal. The color is pallid to brownish with white filaments, while more yellowish towards the apex. Distinct rhizomorphs are found at the base; the stipe is brittle, stuffed with loose fibers, the partial veil is evanescent and becomes indistinguishable. It stains blue where damaged. Psilocybe baeocystis has taste. Psilocybe baeocystis spores are dark purplish brown in deposit, oblong in face view or asymmetric ellipsoid in side view, are 9.5–13.7 x 5.5–6.6 μm. The basidia are 4-spored, pleurocystidia are absent; the cheilocystidia are 20–30 x 4.5–6 μm and fusiod with a narrow neck. This species is related to the subtropical Psilocybe aztecorum and Psilocybe quebecensis, which have caps that bleach in color to white when dry. Psilocybe baeocystis is solitary to cespitose, scattered to numerous on ground bark, wood chips, peat moss, decaying conifer mulch on lawns, in coniferous forests. Found growing under plants like rhododendrons and rose bushes in mulched garden beds, sometimes growing amongst other Psilocybe species such as Psilocybe stuntzii and Psilocybe cyanescens.

Psilocybe baeocystis grows from August through December, as early as the end of June. Psilocybe baeocystis is a hemiboreal mushroom, common throughout the Pacific Northwest, it is reported to have been found in Connecticut also. Psilocin was first reported in this species in al.. 1962, a few years Leung and Paul would report the related compound baeocystin, isolated from saprophytic culture, as well as the desmethyl metabolite norbaeocystin. Beug and Bigwood reported on the concentrations of these compounds in Psilocybe baeocystis using reverse-phase HPLC and thin-layer chromatography. Concentration ranges for psychoactive compounds from these studies were reported to be 0.15–0.85% psilocybin, up to 0.59% psilocin, up to 0.10% baeocystin. This mushroom has been placed in the section Aztecorum by Gaston Guzman. Psilocybe baeocystis on wood chips

Odeon Cinemas Group

Odeon Cinemas Group is Europe's largest cinema operator. Through subsidiaries it has over 360 cinemas, with 2900 screens in 14 countries in Europe, 120 cinemas with 960 screens are in the UK, it receives more than 2.2 million guests per week. Odeon Cinemas Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMC Theatres, owned by the Wanda Group; the company has three main subsidiaries, Nordic Cinema Group, United Cinemas International, Odeon Cinemas. Nordic Cinema Group in turn owns its subsidiary Forum Cinemas; the company was incorporated in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2016, as part of a $1.2 billion takeover of Odeon Cinemas and United Cinemas International by AMC Theatres, itself owned by the Chinese firm Wanda Group. The deal left Odeon Cinemas as a wholly owned subsidiary of Odeon Cinemas Group. AMC claimed after the acquisition that it was the "largest movie exhibition company in the world". David Anderson was appointed as chief commercial officer on 27 October 2017; when he was appointed, the group managing director was Mark Way and the chief operating officer was Jan Bernhardsson.

The company received the 2018 CIPD People Management Awards for "Best international HR initiative". Having won in the "Talent Management" category in 2017. In March 2018, Reuters reported that AMC was working with Citi to float the company on the London Stock Exchange in a $2 billion IPO

Trevor Bowring

Trevor Bowring was an English first-class cricketer. The son of George Edward Bowring, he was born at Long Ditton in November 1887, he attended the prepratory school of The Reverend Henry Tindall near Hastings, where he learnt to play cricket. From there he proceeded before going up to Exeter College, Oxford. While studying at Oxford, Bowring played first-class cricket for Oxford University, making his debut against Lancashire at Oxford in 1907, he played first-class cricket for Oxford until 1908. He scored 772 runs in his seventeen first-class appearances, averaging 24.06. He had one innings of note, when he scored 228 against the Gentlemen of England in 1907, which included thirty fours and a single six and contributed toward an opening stand of 338 with Hugh Teesdale. With his slow bowling, Bowring took 20 wickets at a bowling average of 26.75 and best figures of 3 for 10. A cricketer of great promise, he would have undoubtedly featured for Oxford in the 1909 season, had it not been for his death from blood poisoning in August 1908.

His cousin was the cricketer Wilfred Stoddart. Trevor Bowring at ESPNcricinfo

Fireworks by Grucci

Fireworks by Grucci is a fireworks company headquartered in Bellport on New York's Long Island. It has been a family run business since 1850; the company's main fireworks office and operations are in Bellport, NY with a manufacturing and government work factory in Radford, Virginia. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, an industry trade group, Fireworks by Grucci is "one of the nation's premier pyrotechnics firms." The company traces its pyrotechnic roots to Bari, where Angelo Lanzetta was an apprentice to an Italian fireworks family. Lanzetta was the great-great-grandfather of Felix Grucci Sr.. Grucci Sr. continued to develop the company with such innovations as the stringless shell, which improved fireworks safety by eliminating burning fallout. The company developed mock atomic bomb tests for the Department of Defense; the Grucci family received accolades for its performance on the Charles River in Boston during the 1976 bicentennial celebration, its first major performance outside the New York metropolitan area.

In 1979, the Gruccis became the first American family to win the Gold Medal for the United States at the annual Monte Carlo International Fireworks Competition, an event revered by the fireworks industry as the most prestigious competition in the world. This earned the family their nickname, "America's First Family of Fireworks," from the New York press. In 1983, disaster struck the company when an explosion at the company's factory in Bellport, New York killed two family members and damaged dozens of nearby homes; as a result, the company moved its operations from Bellport to Yaphank, New York, a more secluded area. In 2008, the company provided fireworks for a party on Staten Island to celebrate Julius Nasso, a film producer and friend of the Gotti family, getting out of prison Grucci's Brookhaven facility is set in a controlled enclosure. Safety is kept at a premium by using caution signs, eight-foot-high barbed wire fencing, huge sand-and-gravel barriers. In addition, copper plates are placed on the outside of the assembly buildings to discharge static, while no more than four workers are allowed at a time in any one building.

Fireworks by Grucci has adapted the use of technology, including the use of computers to electronically fire the shells. It has switched from using the traditionally used cardboard gun barrels to fiberglass and steel, better able to absorb a misfire. Fireworks by Grucci has produced fireworks displays for various United States and international events, including: Seven consecutive U. S. Presidential inaugurations beginning with Ronald Reagan. Including 479,651 shells fired in just six minutes on New Year's Eve, at a rate of 80K shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second Donald Trump's Salute to America, Fourth of July 2019 event, used Grucci fireworks; the company has done displays in Florida and Hawaii. Official website Dubai New Year's Eve show w/6 minute finale— 2014 Guinness World Records Fireworks on YouTube

2001 Seattle Mariners season

The Seattle Mariners' 2001 season was the 25th since the franchise's inception. The Mariners finished with a 116–46 record, tying the major league record for wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs, setting the record for wins by an American League team. Of those wins, 59 were by four or more runs, a record for the number of games won by such a margin, they led the majors in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed. Winning the American League West division, the 2001 season marked the only time the Mariners reached the postseason in consecutive seasons to date, following their wild card berth in 2000; the team went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series, but fell to the New York Yankees in five games in the American League Championship Series. The 2001 season was notable for the Major League debut of star Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who led the league in batting average and won both the AL Rookie of the Year and the AL MVP. Additionally, the Mariners hosted their second All-Star Game during the season.

Despite the Mariners' success, the 2001 season marks the last time that the team has reached the postseason. Their 18 years without a postseason reappearance is the longest active playoff drought in all of the four North American professional sports. November 7, 2000: Scott Podsednik was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners. December 22, 2000: Bret Boone was signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners; the Mariners hosted the 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 2001 at Safeco Field. It was the second time the Mariners hosted the Midsummer Classic, the first at Safeco Field. Eight Mariners were including four in the starting lineup; the game resulted in the American League defeating the National League by the final score of 4-1. This would be the final All-Star Game for Cal Jr. and Tony Gwynn. Note: Pos = Position. = Batting average. = Batting average. The Mariners took part in the June regular draft known as the Rule 4 draft; the Mariners made 52 selections in the 2001 draft, the first being shortstop Michael Garciaparra in the first round.

In all, the Mariners selected 23 pitchers, 13 outfielders, 7 catchers, 5 shortstops, 2 third basemen, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman. 2001 Seattle Mariners 2001 Seattle Mariners at Baseball Almanac "How the 2001 Mariners went from 116 wins to a historic drought in an instant". SB Nation. April 25, 2019 – via YouTube