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Major Matt Mason

This article refers to the action figure. See Matt Mason Major Matt Mason was an action figure created by Mattel, he was an astronaut who worked on the Moon. When introduced in 1966, the figures were based on design information found in Life Magazine, Air Force Magazine, Jane's, other aviation- and space-interest periodicals; the line attempted to transition into the realm of science fiction. The toy line included four astronaut action figure characters sharing a common body molded of a rubber-like material called "Plastizol"; the body was molded over a wire armature, with a separately attached head and a removable space helmet based on early NASA helmets. The wire frame suffered from metal fatigue, breaking at the elbow and hip joints, giving the toy a limited life span as a result; the space suit paint adhered poorly to the body molding and peeled off to reveal the black molding beneath. Each character body had a separately modeled head. Matt Mason had a dark brown crew cut and a white space suit, Sgt.

Storm had blond hair and a red suit. Mason figures produced in 1966 are identified by blue straps on the space-suit; these straps were painted black in subsequent production years. The primary alien of the sci-fi period, Captain Lazer, was a giant; the character was depicted as a mysterious and hostile entity, but appeared to be the astronauts' ally against other, more hostile extraterrestrials. The figure had glowing red eyes, a glowing breastplate, a laser pistol permanently attached to his hand. Transparent purple plastic attachments came with the figure that could alter the size and appearance of the weapon; the visual design included Caucasian flesh tones with dark brown hair styled to resemble the Vulcan hairstyles from Star Trek. The figure's "costume" was trim. Although the head and legs could rotate, it was not as poseable as the astronaut figures, was made out of hard plastic. Due to these design differences it is possible that the figure was either intended for a different toy series, or may have been purchased from another company's toy line - a Japanese company.

The tooling for the Captain Lazer body was used to make large-size Battlestar Galactica action figures, including Colonial Warrior and the Cylon Centurion. Callisto was a Jovian with a transparent green head, the same size as the astronauts, while Scorpio was a battery-powered, purple- and pink-coloured, insect-like alien with a glowing head. Another insect-like alien called Or, who would have been packaged with an "Orbitor" flying vehicle, did not make it beyond the prototype stage. In the toy-line were a three-story "space station", various lunar surface and flying vehicles battery-powered. What made the early run of the accessories appealing was that the designs were based directly on concepts promoted and demonstrated by NASA and the various contractors involved in America's "Race to the Moon" in the 1960s; the "Moon Suit" and the "Space Station", as well as the "Jet Pack" were seen as concept drawings in such magazines as Look and Life. The laser weapons were copied from designs of science fiction shows of the time.

There was a Big Little Book, Moon Mission written by George S Elrick and illustrated by Dan Spiegle published in 1968 that had the astronaut and his friends confront both giant rabbits and huge burrowing worms on the moon. Mattel dropped the line in the mid 1970s; the series is still fondly remembered, collectors may pay top dollar for figures and accessories in mint condition. A mint-condition figure of the Major has accompanied several US Space Shuttle flights as an "unofficial crewman", it has been confirmed that the figure did fly on John Glenn's Shuttle flight in 1998. In the pilot episode of Stargate SG-1, Samantha Carter attempts to defend her femininity by claiming that she played with dolls as a child. On further questioning, she reveals that the dolls were the action figures of the Major Matt Mason toy line. In the first few moments of the motion picture The Wedding Planner, a Major Matt Mason action figure is seen dangling on his flight backpack delivering a toy wedding cake to Barbie and Ken dolls.

On Dark Shadows, the popular gothic soap opera of the late 1960s and early 1970s, David Collins had the Space Station in his room at Collinwood. In the British show, Here Come the Double Deckers, there is a toy shop in the episode "The Case of the Missing Doughnut" that has many Major Matt Mason items, including the Space Station. Major Matt Mason USA is the performing name of Matt Roth, a New York City-based musician and record producer, active in the Anti-folk and DIY music scene of New York's East Village. In Kenneth Lonergan's play This is our Youth, Warren Straub a 19 year old from the upper west side, reminisces of playing with the Matt Mason line from Mattel as a kid. A 3D film based on the toy series was announced in 2011, with a tentative budget of $100 million and Tom Hanks set to star. A script was in development, co-written by Hanks and Graham Yost, about Major Matt Mason, an astronaut who lives and works on the Moon; the producers were trying to reach an agreement with Robert Zemeckis to direct the film.

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Alick Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno

Brigadier Alick Drummond Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno, was a British soldier and prominent geneticist. He was born in Glasgow, the son of Alice Lillian, daughter of Sir George Buchanan, the Very Rev. George Adam Smith; the family lived at 22 Sardinia Terrace. He was educated at Glenalmond College, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in World War I, 1916–18 with the Gordon Highlanders but was too young for active service. After the war he studied sciences at the University of Aberdeen. In 1925 he began lecturing at the Institute of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh where he remained for most of his career, he was awarded a DSc from the University there on inbreeding in Jersey cattle. In 1928 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposers were Robert Blyth Greig, John Bartholomew, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson and Francis Albert Eley Crew. He served as the Royal Society's vice-president twice: 1966/67 and 1977/80, he was awarded the Society's bicentenary medal in 1983. He served in the Second World War, 1939–45 with both the 5th and 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders on active service in France, as Director of the Selection of Personnel, for the War Office.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1939, promoted to Commander in 1945 and he retired in 1956 with the rank of Brigadier. In the 1956 Birthday Honours he was awarded a knighthood, having the honour conferred by HM The Queen on 10 July 1956, he had held many positions in military education. He served from 1953 to 1959 as Chairman of the Central Organisation of Military Education Committees of the Universities and University Colleges, what is now the Council of Military Education Committees of the Universities of the United Kingdom. An agriculturalist, his genetics research earned him the degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Aberdeen, he lectured in this subject at the University of Edinburgh, he was created a life peer as Baron Balerno, of Currie in the County of Midlothian on 9 July 1963, having been Deputy Chairman of the Unionist Party in Scotland. From 1966 to 1970 he was Chairman of Heriot-Watt College. In 1976 he was made an Honorary Member of the British Veterinary Association.

He is buried with his wife, Mary Kathleen Smith of Pittodrie, eldest son, Rev George Adam Buchanan-Smith in the north-east corner of Currie Cemetery, next to their second son, Alick Laidlaw Buchanan-Smith. His siblings included Janet Adam Kathleen Buchanan Smith who married George Paget Thomson. In 1926 he married Mary Kathleen Smith, their children included Alick Buchanan-Smith. Alick Drummond Buchanan Smith; the Genetics of the Pig, University of Edinburgh Institute of Animal Genetics. Dordrecht: Springer. ISBN 940175666X, 162 pp


Mimetus is a genus of pirate spiders in the family Mimetidae. They are found worldwide. Members of this genus resemble the comb-footed spiders, due to their globular abdomen; the upper side of this bears curved bristle-like hairs. A distinguishing mark of the genus is that the distance between the anterior edge of the carapace and the anterior medial eyes is about one-third to one-half of the distance between the anterior and posterior medial eyes; the length of the anterior legs is about 1.5-1.7 times that of the posterior pair. Spiders in this genus are specialised spider killers, they are slow moving, stalking or ambushing their prey. They sometimes invade the web of their potential victim. An individual will attack a potential victim by injecting toxins, it retreats and the prey spider becomes paralysed. The attacker advances and starts to feed, sucking out the body fluids of its victim; the World Spider Catalog lists these species

Alegría (Cirque du Soleil)

Alegría is a Cirque du Soleil touring production, created in 1994 by director Franco Dragone and director of creation Gilles Ste-Croix. It was one of Cirque du Soleil's most popular touring shows. Since it premiered in April 1994, it has been performed over 5,000 times and seen by over 14 million spectators in more than 250 cities around the world. Alegría originated. However, beginning with its 2009-2011 North American tour, the show was converted to an arena format, enabling it to visit cities that were inaccessible to the big top tour. Furthermore, Alegría took a short respite and was converted to a resident show at MGM's Beau Rivage casino from May 1999 to October 2000 before it continued touring again. On 29 December 2013, Alegría performed its final show at the Lotto Arena in Belgium. Alegría takes its name from the Spanish word for "joy." Cirque du Soleil's literature describes the show as "an operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy of youth." Dominique Lemieux's costumes evince a baroque aesthetic of decadence and ornamentation, while René Dupéré's musical score features a unique blend of French, Spanish and Mediterranean influences.

The stage and props are characterized by harsh angular designs. In 2019, Alegría has been remounted in a revamped version. "ALEGRIA in a new light", had its launch on 18 April 2019, in Quebec. Acts in the show included: aerial cube contortion fast track fire flying man handbalancing high bar juggling manipulation power track Russian bars shoulder pole wire slackwire strong man synchro trapeze tightwire Alegría's costumes have a dichotomy relating to the Old Order and the New Order; the Old Order has costumes which are reminiscent of New York's Gilded Age as they are finely decorated with feathers and other adornments. The New Order, on the other hand, representing the youth of tomorrow, have the same rich hues as the old order, while the fabrics used are lighter and softer, helping to emphasize the agility of youth; the soundtrack was composed by René Dupéré, who had composed for previous productions including Nouvelle Expérience and Mystère. It was released as a studio album on 27 September 1994.

Robbi Finkel and René Dupéré were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Arranger at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. The album was nominated for several Félix Awards in 1995, winning two of the latter:'Producer of the Year' for Robbi Finkel and René Dupéré, and'Sound Mixer of the Year' for Rob Heaney. Alegría was ranked on the Billboard World Music Chart for 65 weeks; the tracks for the original 1994 release, including the two extended tracks from 2002 are listed below and alongside are the acts during which they are played. Alegría Vai Vedrai Kalandéro Shoulder-Pole Wire Tightrope Juggling Slackwire Querer Irna Taruka Jeux d'enfants Mirko Icare Ibis Aerial Cube Flying Man Valsapena Nocturne Cerceaux Malioumba Other songs Milonga Ouverture Prelude to Vai Vedrai Fleurs Le Feu Homme Fort Danze Vazoule Ombre Force 4/Balafon La Perche 1 La Perche 2 Prelude to Le Cube Prelude to Contortion Grands Volants Prelude Sisyphe Rinalto Vera Bardak Oiseaux sur la corde Concierto de Aranjuez Alegría's tour history is quite extensive as it premiered in 1994.

Since it began it has toured under the Grand Chapiteau as well as in sporting arenas. Additionally during 1999 and 2000 it played. After 19 years of touring, Alegria performed for the last time in Antwerp, BE on 29 December 2013. In commemoration of the show's 25th anniversary, a new show called Alegría: In a New Light was created, in its original Big Top format to pay tribute to the original show; the tour began on 18 April 2019 in Montreal. It will feature revamped numbers, costumes and makeup

Faria Lima (São Paulo Metro)

Faria Lima is a metro station on Line 4-Yellow of the São Paulo Metro operated by ViaQuatro. It is localized in Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, between Rua Teodoro Sampaio and Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, in the district of Pinheiros. Had its civil construction concluded on February 2010; the prediction for the commercial operation was March 2010, but was delayed to 25 May 2010, day which line started operating between stations Faria Lima and Paulista. The delay was caused by the train tests; the station should have a connection with future Line 20-Pink. Underground station with side platforms and structure in apparent concrete, it has access for people with disabilities and connection with urban bus terminal. It has capacity for 30,000 passengers per hour during peak hours; the station has 10 ViaQuatro customer service and maintenance agents and 10 customer service and security agents, beside ambulances in the location