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Beddgelert

Beddgelert is a village and community in the Snowdonia area of Gwynedd, Wales. The population of the community taken at the 2011 census was 455. and includes Nantmor. It is reputed to be named after the legendary hound Gelert, it stands in a valley at the confluence of the River River Colwyn. Just above the confluence of the rivers, in the centre of the village, is the old stone bridge with two arches; the River Gwynant exists in the area. Many of the houses and hotels are built of local dark stone. To the west is Moel Hebog and its neighbours to the north and a series of hills rising to the top of Snowdon. A lane of the A4085 between Caernarfon and Porthmadog runs through the village; the outdoor equipment company Gelert originated in Bryncir moved to Beddgelert but moved its headquarters to nearby Porthmadog. The folk tale of the faithful hound "Gelert" is associated with the village. A raised mound in the village is a significant tourist attraction, but the grave was built by the late 18th-century landlord of the Goat Hotel, David Pritchard, who created it in order to encourage tourism.

Similar legends can be found in other parts of Asia. The village is named after an early Christian missionary and leader called Celert who settled here early in the 8th century; the earliest record of the name Beddgelert appears on a document dated 1258, the name recorded is "Bekelert". In a document of 1269 it is recorded as "Bedkelerd"; the Church of St. Mary stands at the end of Stryd yr Eglwys; this was a part of an Augustinian Monastery, but is all that remains since the rest of the monastery was burnt down during Edward I's war of conquest. Rebuilding was not completed at the time of the suppression of the monastery in about 1536. Parts of the building is still in active use today. Beddgelert is a significant tourist attraction, its picturesque bridge crossing the River Colwyn just upstream of its confluence with the River Glaslyn, it is the nearest village to the scenic Glaslyn gorge, an area of tumultuous river running between steep wooded hills. Much of the area is, becoming invaded by the alien plant, Rhododendron ponticum which provides a covering of pink blossom in May and June, but, blanketing out the native flora.

Attempts have been made to control its spread by burning. River levels on the River Glaslyn in Beddgelert are monitored by the Environment Agency, in order to give advance warning of flood conditions lower down the valley. Beddgelert has a range of hotels with public bars, guesthouses and restaurants; the car park in the village provides the easiest access route for climbing Moel Hebog, the mountain which directly overlooks the village. Part of the restored Welsh Highland Railway runs through the village. In April 2009 the railway station was reopened to the public; the line links the village with Porthmadog to the south. Other local attractions include the Sygun Copper Mine; the village is linked with the Rupert Bear stories, as Alfred Bestall wrote and illustrated some of the stories whilst he lived in the village, in a cottage at the foot of Mynydd Sygun. There is a small area known as ‘Rupert Garden’ in the village, dedicated to the Bear. Many films have made use of the scenery around Beddgelert.

Other more modern films such as Tomb Raider 2: Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life have been filmed here. Renowned bards who lived in the area in the 15th–16th centuries include Dafydd Nanmor, Rhys Nanmor and Rhys Goch Eryri. More from the 19th to the 20th centuries both Glaslyn and Carneddog lived in Nantmor. Nantmor is still home to poets, including Nia Powell and Cynan Jones; the strong woman and harpist Marged ferch Ifan is said to have been born here as she was baptised at the local church in 1696. Alfred Bestall, one of the illustrators and storytellers of the comic strip character Rupert Bear, lived in the village for many years. On 21 September 1949 a meteorite struck the Prince Llewelyn Hotel in the early hours of the morning, causing damage to the roof and a bedroom in the hotel; the following week the Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald reported the incident: STRANGE HAPPENING.- About 3 a.m. on the morning of September 21st, a piece of metal weighing about 5 pounds fell through the roof of Prince Llewelyn Hotel to a bedroom below.

The noise was heard throughout the village, up to the present no explanation has been forthcoming for the mysterious happening. The proprietor of the hotel, a Mr Tillotson, subsequently sold half the meteorite to the British Museum and half to Durham University, which had placed an advertisement in the local papers asking for information and offering a reward for any recovered fragments of the meteorite. There have only been two such verified meteorite falls in Wales: the Beddgelert incident, an earlier incident fourteen miles away in Pontllyfni in 1931, at the other end of the Nantlle Ridge. Notes Bibliography Media related to Beddgelert at Wikimedia Commons Beddgelert Travel Guide Beddgelert Snowdonia Guide www.geograph.co.uk: photos of Beddgelert and surrounding area Map sources for Beddgelert

David Oliver (doctor)

David Oliver is a British physician specialising in the geriatric medicine and acute general internal medicine. He was President of the British Geriatrics Society from 2014 to 2016, he is Visiting Professor of Medicine for Older People in the School of Community and Health Sciences at City University London and a King's Fund Senior Visiting Fellow. He was the UK Department of Health National Clinical Director for Older People's Services from 2009 to 2013, he is a researcher, writer and lecturer on services for older people and a regular blogger and media commentator. He was elected as Clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians, London, he attended Northern Moor and Northenden in Manchester. He attended Manchester Grammar School, he gained his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in London in 1998. He worked in South London from 2004 he held a General Internal Medicine position in Reading, now part of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Oliver began his research career whilst a registrar at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

He gained his research doctorate from the University of London in 2001. He was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social care at the University of Reading from 2004 to 2009 alongside his consultant contract at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, he has been involved with City University London. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. Alongside his clinical work Oliver was on secondment to the Department of Health from 2009 to 2013, first as specialist clinical advisor leading the national programme of work on Falls and Bone Health and as National Clinical Director for Older Peoples Services. In his government role he developed national policies around the care of older people, advised Ministers and officials and provided assistance to other clinicians with their own local services, he stood down to take on his role as BGS President-Elect, when National Clinical Director roles moved from the Department of Health to NHS England. He became President of the British Geriatrics Society, in November 2014, having been appointed for a 2-year period.

Since July 2015 he has written a weekly freelance column for The BMJ called "Acute Perspective". Oliver has written blogs for the King's Fund, The BMJ website, the British Geriatrics Society and guest blogs for other sites such as the Nuffield Trust, he writes regular opinion pieces for the Health Service Journal and BMJ and others in the national and professional press. He comments on services for older people in print and broadcast media, he has appeared on BBC 1. He has been quoted in The Independent, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, he was written for several other outlets in general press. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the King's Fund. In 2014, he was the lead author of the keynote Kings Fund Paper "Making Health and Care Systems fit for an Ageing Population", he was one of the commissioners for the Health Service Journal "Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People". He has campaigned on discrimination against older people in the British National Health Service, against the attitude being that the person is old and there is nothing that can be done about it.

He challenges plans for large reductions in older people in acute hospitals, saying it is "absolute la la land to think we’re going to be in a situation any time soon where older people don’t still keep piling through the doors of general hospitals." He has written about the need to focus more on healthy ageing, to make health and care professionals better trained in the care of older people. He has criticised the large NHS spend on management consultancy and pushed the case for NHS staff to learn more from other organisations within the NHS, criticised the idea that more aggressive regulation and inspection and "accountability" can bring about quality improvement in services and attacked contestible but prevalent "groupthink" and oft repeated "factoids" from the health policy "commentariat" and made the case for improving the care for older people in nursing homes rather than pretending no-one will need or want to be admitted to one. In 2014, he was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 100 Clinical Leaders in England and as one of the top 50 Leaders in Integrated Care

Scania 4-series

The Scania 4-series, is a truck model range, introduced by Scania in 1995. It was the successor of the 3-series and it came in five engine combinations, three cabs and four chassis types; the 4-series was succeeded by the PRT-range in Europe in 2004, but production continued in Brazil until 2007. Engine sizeThe engine sizes are 9, 11, 12, 14 and 16 litres - as usual for the 1-4 series except the new 12 and 16 litre engines - shown in the model name with a number constructed by the cylinder volume in litres followed by the generation of truck; this way a 14-litre engine in the 4-series will be a 144. Chassis typeThe letter, following the number describes the chassis type, but in the 4-series this code changed compared to former series; the 3-digit number on the opposite corner in the front stands for horse power. This ranges from 230 to 580 hp; the 4-series changed the well-known Scania front look from quite square and lined to new round and curved shapes. The new cab design split the grill horizontally in two, making the lower part flip down to make a step usable for better reach when cleaning windows or optionally as a bench while waiting somewhere.

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Trevor Chinn

Sir Trevor Edwin Chinn is a British businessman and political activist. Chinn was educated at Clifton College and King's College and started his career at Lex Garages where he followed in his father Rosser's footsteps, ascending to the role of managing director in 1968 at the age of 33 and to chairman and Chief Executive in 1973. In 1968 Lex made £ 1m in profits, his most notable achievement at Lex was the acquisition of the RAC in 1999 for £425m, which changed the nature of the company and led to its change of name in 2001 to RAC plc. In 1989 he initiated the Lex Report on Motoring, the most authoritative study of motorists' attitudes in Britain, he has become a successful entrepreneur. He is CVC Capital Partners. Chinn's leadership roles include Chief Barker of the Variety Club of Great Britain for 2 successive terms, Chairman of the Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Vice-Chairman of the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital, Deputy Chairman of the Royal Academy Trust.

Throughout his life he has devoted himself to the Jewish Community in Britain and supporting the State of Israel. His roles in Jewish communal life have included chairman and President of the Joint Israel Appeal, the leading organisation in Britain supporting Israel's humanitarian needs. Sir Trevor sits on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Leadership Council and the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, he was Chair of the London Mayor's Fund. Chinn has donated to the office or campaigns of a number of Labour Party politicians, including MPs Tony Blair, Ruth Smeeth, Liz Kendall, Tom Watson and Dan Jarvis up to 2016. Since 2016 he has additionally financially supported the MPs Ivan Lewis, Owen Smith, Lisa Nandy, Tristram Hunt, Jack Dromey, Ian Austin, Rachel Reeves and Liam Byrne. Chinn is associated with the Labour Friends of Israel. Cyril Stein Gerald Ronson

Gift (Taproot album)

Gift is the first major label album by the rock group Taproot. It was released on June 27, 2000. "I" and "Again & Again" were minor Mainstream Rock singles. The album has sold at least 250,000 copies. Described as a nu metal album, the album's lyrical themes are about topics such as depression and disliking life. Taproot's vocalist Stephen Richards' vocals on the album Gift have been compared to vocalists such as Chino Moreno, Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis and Mike Patton; the album consists of vocal styles such as singing, rapping and screaming. Tracks 2, 6, 7, 9 and 11 are re-recordings of early songs the appeared on the demos, "... Something More Than Nothing" and "Upon Us". Both were released in 1998 and 1999. A b-side, "Day By Day", can be found on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack,CD single for "Again & Again" and the Japanese release of "Gift". Other b-sides entitled "Thrift Whore", "Strive", "Get Me" can be found through file-sharing networks. Tom Baker - Digital editing, mastering Frank Gryner - Assistant engineer Scott Humphrey - Mixing Ted Reiger - Assistant engineer Stephen Richards - Programming, vocals Edward Smith - Photography Ulrich Wild - Engineer, producer Album - Billboard Singles - Billboard

List of World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia

The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1975 Ethiopia ratified the convention as one of the first countries on July 6, 1977, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. Sites in Ethiopia were first inscribed on the list at the 2nd Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Washington, D. C. in 1978. At that session, two sites were added: the Rock-Hewn Churches and Simien National Park; as of July 2014, Ethiopia has nine total sites inscribed on the list. Of these, one site, Simien National Park, is of natural type, the others are cultural sites; the table lists information about each World Heritage Site: Name: as listed by the World Heritage Committee Location: city and region of site Area: size of property and buffer zone UNESCO data: the site's reference number. Nominations for the World Heritage List are only accepted if the site was listed on the tentative list.

As of 2014, Ethiopia recorded five sites on its tentative list. The sites, along with the year they were included on the tentative list are: Bale Mountains National Park Dirre Sheik Hussein Religious and Historical Site Holqa Sof Omar: Natural and Cultural Heritage Gedeo Mixed Cultural and Natural Landscape Melka Kunture and Bachilt Archaeological Site