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Bertalan Farkas

Bertalan Farkas is the first Hungarian cosmonaut, space explorer, fighter pilot. The Hungarians were the seventh nation to be represented in the space by him. Following him, the Hungarian-American Károly Simonyi was the second Hungarian cosmonaut, the only one in the world, twice in the space as space tourist who paid himself for the spaceflights; the next Hungarian astronaut will travel to the International Space Station by 2025. He is the first Esperantist cosmonnaut too, he is the president of Airlines Service and Trade. Born in Gyulaháza, he graduated from the George Kilián Aeronautical College in Szolnok in 1969, he attended the Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute in the Soviet Union, from where he graduated in 1972. After earning his qualifications at University, Farkas joined the Hungarian Air Force and rose to the rank of Brigadier General. Attended to Bessenyei Gyorgy Gimnazium High School in Kisvarda. In 1978 he volunteered to become a cosmonaut and was selected as part of the fifth international programme for Intercosmos.

His backup cosmonaut was Béla Magyari. Farkas, along with Soviet cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov, was launched into space on Soyuz 36 from Baikonur Cosmodrome on May 26, 1980, at 18:20. While in orbit, Farkas conducted experiments in material science. After 7 days, 20 hours and 45 minutes, having completed 124 orbits and Kubasov returned to Earth, landing 140 km southeast of Jezkazgan. Bertalan Farkas was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union on June 30, 1980. Farkas is married to Anikó Farkas, has four children: Gábor, Aida, Ádám and Bertalan, he plays it often. He was a member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum, a Hungarian conservative political party, was its candidate at the 2006 parliamentary election in the Baktalórántháza election district, he holds the rank of Commander in the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in Hungary. Spacefacts biography of Bertalan Farkas His biography at

Aquarian Tabernacle Church

The Aquarian Tabernacle Church is a Wiccan church located in Index, Washington. It is one of the first Wiccan organisations to receive full legal recognition as a church in the United States and Australia; the church has an umbrella 501c, there are 29 affiliate churches in North America, with 3 additional affiliates on other continents and 7 countries.. The ATC founded Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary. A degree giving college recognized by the Washington State government that can give degrees from Associates to Doctorates in Wiccan Ministry; the church has prison outreach programs. The Aquarian Tabernacle Church was founded in 1979 by Pete Davis, who died at 6pm on 31 October 2014; the mother church is located in Index, WA. The current Arch Priestess is Rev. Lady Belladonna Laveau; the Aquarian Tabernacle Church is a positive, life-affirming spirituality, a non-dualist, non-racist, non-sexist, non-exclusivist, ecologically oriented faith dedicated to the preservation of Holy Mother Earth, the revival of the worship of The Old Gods in a modern context, the achievement of the fullest of human potentials and the creation of a peaceful world of love, freedom and prosperity for all sentient beings.

The ATC hosts two festivals every year. Spring Mysteries Festival this festival celebrates the Eleusinian Mysteries; this festival provides a ritual experience allowing one to speak to the gods that Wild Hunt columnist Mary Shoup called "a life-changing experience." It occurs on the weekend of Easter every year. The first year was 1985. Hecate's Sickle Festival celebrates the traditional Wiccan Samhain theme, participate in workshops and classes that allow them to explore the grief and death aspects of the Wiccan belief structure, as well as undergo healing experiences that will help them move from the dark half to the light half of our year, it occurs in October every year. The first year was in 1989. SpiralScouts International List of Neopagan movements Pete Davis Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary Aquarian Tabernacle Church Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada ATC Wicca The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, Edited by: Shelley Rabinovitch, James Lewis Panegyria The Encyclopedia of Witches and Wicca By Rosemary Guiley The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism edited by Shelley Rabinovitch, James Lewis

Chinese riddles

Chinese riddles stand in a tradition traceable to around the second century CE. They are noted for their use of elaborate visual puns on Chinese characters. According to Timothy Wai Keung Chan,'the Chinese riddle originates in far antiquity and reached its mature form around the Warring States Period'. However, few riddles are attested in ancient Chinese literature because Chinese scholarship viewed the form as inappropriate to highbrow literature; the seminal literary historian Liu Xie, writing his Wenxin diaolong in the fifth century CE, situated the beginning of literary riddle-writing in Chinese in the Wei dynasty. The posing and solving of riddles has long been an important part of the Chinese Lantern Festival. In modern Chinese, the standard word for'riddle' is mi. Riddles are spoken of as having a mian, a di. Ancient Chinese terms for'riddle' include yin and sou, which both mean "hidden"; the Chinese riddle-tradition makes much use of visual puns on Chinese characters. One example is the riddle "千 里 会 千 金".

The first stage of solving the riddle is verbal: In Chinese culture, "it is said that a good horse can run thousands of kilometers per day", so "千 里" is resolved as "马". Meanwhile, because "a daughter is important in the family", in Chinese culture it is possible to resolve "千 金" as "女"; the second stage of solving the riddle is visual: combining the radical "马" with the radical "女" produces the character "妈". Thus the answer to "thousand kilometres meet thousand gold" is "妈". Although character riddles are not attested until around the second century CE, other enigmatic writings are attested from as early as the Han dynasty, which began in 206 BCE; these take the form of riddle-like prophecies. One example is This cryptic text can be explained by combining the three characters of the first line into the single graph wei, used interchangeably with. Among its meanings is the state of Cao Wei. Reputedly the earliest surviving example of a character riddle is the'Yellow Pongee Riddle', a famous text sometimes attributed to the second-century CE scholar Cai Yong, but at any rate thought to originate no than the early fourth century.

Its earliest surviving attestation is on a piece of pongee silk held in Liaoning Provincial Museum. The riddle runs ` young maiden; the solution, first attested in the third-century Dianlüe, is'utterly wonderful, words!'. This is explained in the fifth-century Shishuo xinyu, which depicts the Eastern Han chancellor Cao Cao saying'"Yellow pongee" is colored silk, combined in one character, is jue 絕, "utterly". "Youthful wife" is young woman, combined in one character, is miao 妙, "wonderful". "Maternal grandson" is a daughter’s son, combined in one character, is hao 好, "lovely". "Ground in a mortar" is to suffer hardship, combined in one character, is ci 辭, "words". The whole thing thus means: "utterly wonderful, lovely words"'; because the riddle was believed to have been composed as part of a memorial to a second-century girl called Cao E, character riddles of this kind have come to be known as'Cao E Type' riddles. A distinctive kind of riddle known in English as the kōan developed as a teaching technique in Zen Buddhism in the Tang dynasty, with most examples surviving from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries.

In this tradition, the answer to the riddle is to be established through years of meditation, informed by Zen thought, as part of a process of seeking enlightenment. To give a Japanese example of the form by Hakuin Ekaku,'two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?'. In the exposition of Victor Hori, in the beginning a monk first thinks a kōan is an inert object upon which to focus attention; the kōan is the relentless seeking itself. In a kōan, the self sees the self not directly but under the guise of the kōan... When one realizes this identity two hands have become one; the practitioner becomes the kōan that she is trying to understand. That is the sound of one hand. In the twentieth century, thousands of Chinese riddles and similar enigmas have been collected, capitalising on the large number of homophones in Chinese. Examples of folk-riddles include: There is a small vessel filled with sauce, one vessel holding two different kinds. Washing makes it more dirty. There is a big rooster.

When it sees someone it makes a bow. A certain family lived in two courts with many children in each, strange to say, the greater were less than t

Ron Powell

Ron Powell was a footballer who played as a goalkeeper in the Football League between 1948 and 1964, who played over 500 senior games. He started with his home-town side Knighton Town, before transferring to Manchester City in November 1948, although he did not make his league debut until the following season. However, he only played 13 senior games for City in four years, in the summer of 1952 he joined Chesterfield. All of his appearances for City came in the 1949–50 season, he was in goals for the short period between the careers of Frank Swift and Bert Trautmann. Powell missed only two league games in his first season with Chesterfield, he went on to make 471 league appearances for them, 508 matches in total, in a 12-year career with the club. In 1958 his run of playing 284 consecutive league games for the club was halted when Gordon Banks played, his playing career was ended in December 1964 following a car crash which killed his team-mate Ralph Hunt, which injured Doug Wragg and Peter Stringfellow

Vanessa Bauche

Vanessa Bauche is a Mexican television and film actress. Bauche was born Alma Vanessa Bauche Chavira, named after actress Vanessa Redgrave, her father was a Gypsy who married a woman who aspired to be a dancer and singer. At the time of the marriage, her mother was sixteen years old and her father was a junior in high school; the couple divorced. After the divorce and her brother, spent three years traveling with their father, she and her brother settled down with their mother in Mexico City. Bauche went to the Centro de Educación Artística. In 2012, she was on the cover of Playboy Mexico, she received her starring role in a film as a drug-addicted prostitute in El Patrullero. After starring in a number of telenovelas she played a lead role in the international success Amores Perros. While Bauche has found success in both film and television, she maintains a steady career in theater. Ariel Award 1995: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" - Hasta morir 1999: Won, "Best Actress in a Minor Role" - Un embrujo 2002: Won, "Best Supporting Actress" - De la calle 2005: Nominated, "Best Actress" - Digna: Hasta el último alientoLleida Latin-American Film Festival 2006: Won, "Best Actress" - Al Otro Lado and Las vueltas del citrilloWestern Heritage Awards 2006: Won, "Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture" - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Vanessa Bauche on IMDb

Henry Harford

Henry Harford, 5th Proprietor of Maryland, was the last proprietary owner of the British colony of Maryland. He was born in 1758 the eldest — but illegitimate — son of Frederick Calvert 6th Baron Baltimore and his mistress Mrs. Hester Whelan. Harford inherited his father's estates in 1771, at the age of thirteen, but by 1776 events in America had overtaken his proprietary authority and he would soon lose all his wealth and power in the New World, though remaining wealthy thanks to his estates in England. Harford's father was Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore, 4th and last in the line of Barons Baltimore; the Calvert family had been granted a royal charter to the Maryland colony in the 17th century. Since successive Lords Baltimore had increased the family holdings and their wealth: the Calverts owned shares in the Bank of England as well as a large family seat at Woodcote Park, in Surrey. Although Frederick Calvert exercised feudal power in the Province of Maryland, he never once set foot in the colony and, unlike his father, he took little interest in politics, treating his estates, including Maryland as sources of revenue to support his extravagant and scandalous lifestyle.

In 1768 he was accused of abduction and rape by Sarah Woodcock, a noted beauty who kept a milliner's shop at Tower Hill. The jury acquitted Calvert but he left England soon afterwards, never recovered from the public scandal which surrounded the trial, he had many mistresses, including Henry Harford's mother. Henry Harford was born in Bond Street, London, on April 5, 1758, the fruit of an extra-marital union between Lord Baltimore and his mistress Mrs. Hester Whelan, he was educated at Eton College and Exeter College, Oxford. When the last Lord Baltimore died in Naples in 1771 at the age of 39, the thirteen-year-old Henry became heir to all of Frederick's estates, including those in Britain, as the eldest son of the deceased peer. However, Harford was not entitled to ascend to the peerage or inherit his father's title as, like his sister Frances, he was born out of wedlock and was therefore illegitimate. Despite his illegitimacy, the people of Maryland supported Harford and welcomed him as their new Lord Proprietor naming Harford County, Maryland after him in 1773.

However, Governor Robert Eden disputed Harford's inheritance, in 1774 tried to claim a part of the estate on behalf of his wife Caroline Calvert, sister of the deceased Baron Baltimore, a legitimate daughter of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. Before the English courts could rule on the case, the American Revolution broke out. Maryland the most Loyalist colony of the original thirteen, soon found its revolutionary spirit growing. Eden, the figurehead of English presence in the colony and a well-liked man as well as a good governor, left for England in June 1776, his authority having been fatally undermined by the Maryland Convention and the rapid erosion of British rule. In England, Harford succeeded in his claim to his father's inheritance. However, events in America moved against his interests, in 1781 the new State of Maryland confiscated all of Henry Harford's estates and used their income to help finance the cash-strapped revolutionary government and its militia. On September 3, 1783 the Treaty of Paris at last brought a formal end to the war.

In 1783, Harford travelled with Sir Robert Eden to Maryland, where Henry attempted to reclaim his land and estates lost during the Revolutionary War, following British defeat at the hands of the Revolutionaries. Harford believed his claim to be a good one as the English courts had settled his inheritance in his favor, but he soon learned that his claims would be resisted. In 1785 Harford formally petitioned the Maryland General Assembly, claiming lost rents from 1771 until the Declaration of Independence in 1776, his total claim was for £327,441 pounds sterling. Harford's petition to the assembly included a letter in which he recognized the "free state" of Maryland, but appealed to "the dictates of equity and the feelings of humanity," and further argued that his need for the restoration of his land was great, citing the "relief of his financial situation to avoid further embarrassments". In the end he had no success in retrieving his land or his lost rents, despite the fact that both Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Samuel Chase argued in his favor.

In 1786, the case was decided by the Maryland General Assembly. Although it passed in the House, the Senate unanimously rejected it. In their reasoning for this rejection, the Senate cited Henry's absence during the war, his father Frederick's alienation of his subjects, as major factors. In reality, the Assembly was in no position financially to honour Harford's claims. In 1780, the new state had issued bills of exchange backed by the Lord Proprietor's confiscated property. If the Assembly were to return the land to Harford, the bills of exchange could not be redeemed. In addition, the Treaty of Paris, which brought an end to the Revolutionary War, was vague on the subject of loyalists and their property claims against the new United States of America. Seen from Harford's point of view, the American Revolution must have seemed little more than an assault on private property, whereby a new class of landowners became wealthy at the expense of the former ruling elite. Despite these difficulties, Harford found himself accepted into Maryland society.

He was a witness to George Washington’s resignation of command at Annapolis. He and Eden were invited to stay at the home of Dr. Upton Sc