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Bacterial lawn

Bacterial lawn is a term used by microbiologists to describe the appearance of bacterial colonies when all the individual colonies on a Petri dish agar plate merge to form a field or mat of bacteria. Bacterial lawns find use in screens for antibiotic bacteriophage titering. Bacterial lawns are used extensively when as an assay method when using bacteriophage as tracers in studies of groundwater flow. Although used as a synonym for biofilm, the term applies to the simple, unstructured mats of organisms that only form on laboratory growth media. Biofilms—the aggregated form of microorganisms most found in nature— are more complex and diverse and marked by larger quantities of extracellular structural matrix relative to the cellular biomass. Bacterial lawns can be produced manually by evenly spreading a high amount of bacteria onto an agar plate using a sterile cotton swab or a Drigalski spatula. Alternatively an automated machine can be used such as a spiral plater where the plate is rotated and the sample is spread evenly using an automated dispenser.

Antibiotic resistance Miles-Misra method Bacterial culture Antibiotic sensitivity Etest Madigan, Michael. Brock Biology of Microorganisms. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-144329-1

Strawberry train

El Tren de la Fresa or the Strawberry Train is an excursión train operated over the RENFE line between Madrid and Aranjuez, constructed in 1851 as the second railway line in Spain. The original purpose of the railway was to connect Spain’s capital with the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, it was called the "Tren de la Fresa", the "Strawberry Train," as it went past vast fields of strawberries en route. Fresa con Nata is a speciality produce of the town; the excursions run from Spring until the late June or early July and again from mid-September to mid-October. The train departs from the Railway Museum, arriving 50 minutes in Aranjuez; the return journey departs from Aranjuez at 18:25, arriving in Madrid at 19:15. The train is ordinarily pulled by a steam locomotive and includes 6 wooden coaches of 19th century vintage but for the 2013 season RENFE has declared that a conventional electric or diesel locomotive will be used to pull vintage carriages; the ticket includes a guided visit to the historic part of Aranjuez and the beautiful gardens and palace.

All passengers receive a plate of the famous delicious local strawberries en route from hostesses on the train, dressed in the period costume of the Spanish 19th century. 25 years of the Strawberry Train by the Aranjuez Municipal archivist - in Spanish

Long Phước, Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu

There are several other villages called Long PhướcLong Phước is a commune and village in Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province, Vietnam. When it was part of South Vietnam, it was in Phước Tuy province; the village was destroyed and forcibly resettled by Australian troops establishing an exclusion zone around the newly constructed Nui Dat base in the weeks leading up to the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966. In that battle, a much smaller Australian unit recorded a decisive victory over the Vietnamese communist forces; the village was one of two destroyed as a Vietcong stronghold, standing on a maze of tunnels, one of which ran nearly 2 miles to Long Tan. However, the resettlement displaced Viet Cong supporters. A minefield was laid and other use of landmines in Vietnam became a source of mines for the Viet Cong to use against those who laid them; the tunnels at Luong Phuoc are now open. The Battle of Long Tan: News.com.au 40th Anniversary special Vietnam - The Battle of Long Tan

Harvey Glatt

Harvey Glatt is an award-winning Canadian music promoter, broadcaster and instrument retailer, record label owner. Harvey Glatt was born in Ottawa, Canada, graduating from Glebe Collegiate Institute in 1951, he thereafter obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1956 from the Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. While at Clarkson College, Glatt co-produced his first concert, presenting Dave Brubeck in 1955. Glatt's interest in music developed from an early age, he became a regular reader of Billboard Magazine as of the age of thirteen. Glatt began his professional association with music in the early 1950s, as a broadcaster, both at Clarkson College and for CFRA Radio in Ottawa. In 1957 with partner Arnold Gosewich, who became the President of Capitol Records of Canada and subsequently Chairman of CBS Records of Canada, Glatt opened his first retail music store, The Treble Clef, in Ottawa, which grew to a chain of fifteen stores. At the time of the opening of the first store, The Treble Clef was the first stand alone record and music store in Ottawa.

Glatt's first Ottawa concert promotion was a 1957 co-production, with Gil Levine and Max Sternthal, assisted by Montreal promoter Sam Gesser, of a concert by Pete Seeger. The opening act was Sonny Terry, accompanied by his nephew, J. C. Burris, playing bones. Glatt thereafter formed a loose association with Gesser and Toronto-based Vivienne Stenson, who owned two theatre businesses, to produce a number of concerts, including performances by Theodore Bikel, Tom Lehrer, The Weavers, Andre Segovia, Josh White and the Kingston Trio, they presented the Jose Greco Flamenco Dance Company and one person theatre performances by Emlyn Williams and Elsa Lanchester. Glatt expanded into large concert promotion, music distribution and music publishing. Glatt's interest in music publishing had evolved from his management experiences with Ottawa-area bands The Children, which featured William Hawkins and, in versions, Bruce Cockburn and David Wiffen. In particular, he had encouraged a poet, to complement his poetry with songwriting.

Songs by Hawkins and Wiffen were published by Bytown Music Publishing. Glatt was an investor in Le Hibou Coffee House, which promoted many international artists as well as local bands, such as The Children. In the 1960s, Glatt managed The Soul Searchers, an influential Toronto-based band featuring keyboardist William "Smitty" Smith, saxophonist Steve Kennedy, drummer Eric "Mouse" Johnson and singer Dianne Brooks among others. Smith and Kennedy would form Motherlode, in 1969. Through Bass Clef Productions, Glatt became the major producer of concerts of international artists playing in Ottawa. For example, it was Glatt who brought Jimi Hendrix to Ottawa, for an historic concert in March 1968, when Hendrix met Joni Mitchell. Mitchell was playing at the Glatt-financed Le Hibou Coffee House that same evening. Glatt produced concerts by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 1977, Glatt founded CHEZ-FM, an Ottawa-based rock radio station which promoted Canadian as well as international artists.

During this period, Glatt founded Posterity Records, which existed from 1976 to 1981. The label released records by the Downchild Blues Band and Ian Tamblyn, among others. Glatt's radio holdings expanded through the 1984 acquisition of the CKUE and CJET radio stations in Smiths Falls, the broadcasting ranges of which included Ottawa. In 1985, he acquired a 75% interest in Calgary's CKIK, assisting it during a period of financial distress, selling his interest ten years later. To concentrate on his radio interests, Glatt sold his Treble Clef record stores in 1979 and his Bass Clef concert promotion business in 1985. In 1999, Glatt sold his radio interests to Rogers Media and served with Rogers as a board member and director of Canadian music development. In 2007, he was an investor, along with Linus Entertainment, in the acquisition of True North Records. In 2007, Glatt was honoured through his induction by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. In 2014, Glatt was the recipient of the Estelle Klein Award, sponsored by Folk Music Ontario

Titan (steam tug 1894)

The Titan was a steam tug, built in 1894 and sailed for three Dutch tug companies until it was decommissioned in 1935. At the yard, NV werf v/h Rijkee & Co. in Rotterdam, the Titan was launched on 13 August 1894. It was towed to Vlissingen where De Schelde installed the boiler. In October the same year it was put in service; the tug had an engine of a 1000hp and it could load 280 tonnes of coal, giving it a range of 7418 km. It was active in the waters around northwest Europe, but did assignments to the United States. In 1913 the Titan, together with the Atlas of the same company, towed a dry dock from Texel in the Netherlands to Surabaya in the Dutch East Indies, she did work for the Royal Netherlands Navy as well as for the merchant navy, towing the Gelderland in 1900 and the Evertsen in 1905. In the course of World War I Zur Mühlen got into difficulties and the company was liquidated in 1918-20; the Titan was renamed Hudson. Smit sold it to Bureau Wijsmuller that same year and it was put in service as Drente.

For Wijsmuller the tug did much the same work. On 19 October 1935 the freighter Kerkplein called for assistance; the Drente tried to take the Kerkplein in tow. The towing line ended up in the propeller of the tug the third time. Both ships ran aground near Egmond aan Zee; because of its age decommissioning was decided for the Drente and it was demolished on the beach. Ship entry, bureau-wijsmuller.nl De ondergang van de Drente 1935, zeesleepvaart.com

Clear Day

Clear Day is the 11th album by Canadian jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. It features the Dutch pop orchestra Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, it won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2016. Clear Day is a "mélange of folk and rock staples" with songs by "artists spanning all genres and time periods, from Brad Mehldau to Coldplay." The album is a narrative with each song telling part of her personal story -- "Each song represents my state of mind, a turning point, a crossroad... The important thing was that the song needed to convey that particular moment in time." The record features a 70-piece Metropole Orkest, expanded from the usual 52 piece line up. The album was produced and arranged by Barlow and Steve Webster with orchestration by the duo as well as three orchestrations by Shelly Berger and two orchestrations by John Metcalfe arranger for Peter Gabriel's New Blood Orchestra. Clear Day has been critically acclaimed by reviewers. Canadian music writer Kerry Doole wrote that Barlow's talents "coalesce to stunning effect on Clear Day, the most ambitious offering yet in a prolific discography".

The CBC's Melody Lau wrote that Clear Day is "a gamble that pays off when she cleverly pulls a mélange of folk and rock staples into the realm of orchestration." Christophe Rodriguez of Montreal's Sorties Jazz Nights wrote that Barlow "seems to have reached another level" and that "she crafts her albums like a precision watchmaker" Lesley Mitchell-Clarke of theWholeNote wrote "... this recording is a portrait of the artist as a mature women poised at the full apex of her skill, talent and power." "Amundsen" - "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" "Midnight Sun" "Because" "Fix You" "Unrequited" "Under Pressure" "Si j'étais un Homme" "It's Just Talk" "Feelin' Groovy" "La Llorona" "I Don't Know Where I Stand" "Sweet Thing" "Mineiro de Coração"