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Billy Mayerl

William Joseph Mayerl was an English pianist and composer who built a career in music hall and musical theatre and became an acknowledged master of light music. Best known for his syncopated novelty piano solos, he wrote over 300 piano pieces, many of which were named after flowers and trees, including his best-known composition, Marigold, he ran the successful School of Syncopation for whose members he published hundreds of his own arrangements of popular songs. He composed works for piano and orchestra in suites with evocative names such as the'Aquarium Suite', comprising "Willow Moss", "Moorish Idol", "Fantail", "Whirligig". Mayerl was born in 1902 near the West End theatre district, his father, a violin player, attempted to introduce Mayerl to the violin at the age of four but failed. After noticing Mayerl's affinity for the piano he started him with piano lessons soon afterward and by the age of 7 he was studying at the Trinity College of Music, paid for with a series of scholarships, his first major concert was at the age of nine.

In his teens, he supplemented these lessons by playing at dances. While studying at Trinity College, Mayerl began visiting a local music arcade known as'Gayland', where he first encountered American ragtime music. After trying his hand at composing ragtime, he was threatened with expulsion from Trinity College if he continued and it was a decade before his first composition was re-issued as'The Jazz Master'. Attracted to American popular music, Mayerl joined a Southampton hotel band in 1921, he recorded 37 piano rolls for the "Echo" label in London of various popular tunes of the early 20s. Subsequently, he joined the Savoy Havana Band in London. In the late 20s he recorded in London one single title on the "Duo-Art" player piano system for the Aeolian Company. In 1923 Mayerl married pianist Ermenegilda Bernini, a childhood sweetheart of his, she would help work out duet arrangements. In 1926, he left the Savoy and opened his'School of Syncopation' which specialised in teaching modern music techniques such as ragtime and stride piano.

This in turn, led to the long running correspondence course on'How to play like Billy Mayerl'. It was during this period that he wrote his most famous solo'Marigold'. By the late 1930s his correspondence school is said to have had over 30,000 students, it closed in 1957. On 28 October 1925 Mayerl was the soloist in the London premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. In December 1926, he appeared with Gwen Farrar in a short film – made in the Lee DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process – in which they sang Mayerl's song "I've Got a Sweetie on the Radio", his song "Miss Up-to-Date" was sung and played by Cyril Ritchard in Alfred Hitchcock's sound film Blackmail. On 1 October 1929, Billy Mayerl's orchestra performed at the opening of the Locarno Dance Hall in Streatham. In the 1930s Mayerl composed several works for the musical theatre including three connected with horse racing, Sporting Love, opening at the Gaiety Theatre, London in 1934, Twenty to One, Over She Goes. In 1938, jazz pianist Marian McPartland joined his group "Mayerl's Claviers" under the name Marian Page.

Mayerl died in 1959 from a heart attack at his home in Beaconsfield, Marigold Lodge, after a long illness. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in north London on 31 March 1959 and his ashes placed in the Cedar Lawn Rose Bed, his name is listed in the Book of Remembrance. List of ragtime composers Marigold: The Music of Billy Mayerl by Prof. Peter Dickinson - a definitive biography with all listings Billy Mayerl Society Billy Mayerl at The Robert Farnon Society website Mayerl's Discography on Folkways Records Billy Mayerl on IMDb Bill Edward's biography of Mayerl, with a comprehensive list of compositions video of Billy Mayerl playing Marigold on Youtube

2010 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics

The 2010 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics was an athletics competition, held at the Estadio Municipal Bahía Sur in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain from 4–6 June. A total of 44 events were contested, of 22 by female athletes. A total of 459 athletes from 29 nations participated in the championships. Twelve championships records were set at the fourteenth edition of the competition. Cuba topped the medal table with 25 medals in total; the hosts, were runners-up with 11 golds and 31 medals overall, while Brazil took third place in the final tally. The event was held to coincide with the city's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the meetings of the Cádiz Cortes, which paved the way towards the liberation of Spanish America. Brazil's Fabiana Murer provided the highlight of the championships by winning the pole vault with a South American record of 4.85 m – placing her in fourth on the all-time lists. Nilson André scored a sprint double by taking the men's 200 metres titles; the men's 4×400 metre relay provided Cubans Yeimer López and Omar Cisneros with their second gold medals of the competition, after having won the 800 metres and 400 metres hurdles, respectively.

Jessica Augusto of Portugal set a championship record of 8:46.59 in the 3000 metres, along with winning a bronze medal in the 1500 metres. For full event details see 2010 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics – Results * Host nation The participation of all twenty-nine members Asociación Iberoamericana de Atletismo was a new record high for the championships; the level of athlete participation was high: 449 athletes competed at the event, the second highest in history after the 1992 championships. Official website "2010 Ibero-American Championships Day 1 Results". RFEA. 4 June 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. "2010 Ibero-American Championships Day 2 Results". RFEA. 5 June 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. "2010 Ibero-American Championships Day 3 Results". RFEA. 6 June 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011

Norah Richards

Norah Richards was an Irish-born actress and theatre practitioner, called the Lady Gregory of the Punjab. She devoted 60 years of her life towards enriching the culture of the area, she came to the Punjab in 1911 and produced the first Punjabi play, written by her pupil I. C. Nanda in 1914. In 1970, Punjabi University, conferred an honorary DLitt degree on her, for her contribution to Punjabi culture Punjabi drama. Norah Mary Hutman was born on 29 October 1876, in Ireland, she received her formal education in institutions in around the world Belgium, Oxford University and Sydney. At a young age she became a successful actress, she married an English teacher and a Unitarian Christian. She came to India in 1908 as her husband accepted a job to teach English literature at Dyal Singh College in Lahore. Norah Richards got involved in cultural activities in the college and her enthusiasm helped stimulate much serious theatrical activity. Lahore was the home of Punjabi culture in those days, she directed a few plays.

More she encouraged students to write their own one act plays and perform them. She had an interest in theosophy and was involved in the theosophical movement and home-rule agitation by Dr Annie Besant. On her husband's death in 1920, Norah returned to England, she came back to India in 1924. Events worked out well for her to settle in the beautiful Kangra Valley, she made her home in Andretta, Himachal Pradesh. In those days of British Raj, many Britons had acquired lands in the hill states of British India. One such settler who left for England gave away his property to Norah, which came to be known as the Woodlands Estate. Living amidst villagers, she chose the same lifestyle and made a mud house with a thatched roof for herself, she named it Chameli Niwas. Her 15 acres of estate covered by tall trees and wild flowers professed her love for nature. Norah opened a school of drama from which have emerged many famous names of Punjabi drama like Ishwar Chand Nanda, Dr. Harcharan Singh, Balwant Gargi and Gurcharan Singh.

Every year, in the month of March, Norah organised a week-long festival in which students and villagers enacted her plays in an open-air theatre constructed on her estate. Among the guests, Prithvi Raj Kapoor and Balraj Sahni were the most regular. Amongst her other friends who settled near Woodland Estate were Prof Jai Dayal, painter Sobha Singh and Farida Bedi. Norah's plays were on social reform, displaying wide sympathy with the people's traditions, she wrote scripts while many people helped with the production. She wrote painted watercolours. Andretta thus became the hub of cultural and theatrical activities for a whole generation of artists. One among them was young Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal, who had won recognition as a sculptor and painter and on became the doyen of Indian art, he discusses Norah Richards at some length in his autobiography. "Usually, she would greet me with a khurpa in her hand in home-spun khadi kurta and churidar, her white curls covered with a veil on top of which she donned a straw hat.

This was the pattern of grey, or ochre brown in colour. A cotton string around her waist carried a whistle and a suspended pouch carried her spectacles, bunches of keys and pencil and a writing pad and a watch, she would dig the soil of her vegetable garden and water the plants herself. "I used to feel amused at the method of its application to her servants. The work-time was divided between tea-break, rest-break and meals break. With the aid of an alarm clock in her pouch, she would blow her whistle and command: “Hukka pio, hukka pio", whistle again at the determined interval for their coming back to work. At the end of the day all her servants would retire to their homes leaving her alone to pursue her literary work, letter writing and reading; the little kerosene lamp would burn till after midnight and the tick-tack of her typewriter would begin before dawn." Sanyal continues, “‘Mem’ she was at the core of her heart and remained critical of the villagers fouling the fields and not following her example of digging pits for leafclosets and do her own scavenging and sanitation work.

"Sooner than immediate" was the mould of her temperament and she could not tolerate untidiness. Norah's contribution to Punjabi drama was duly recognised by Punjabi University, Patiala which awarded her an honorary doctorate; the museum of the university houses some of her rare belongings. During the years of her life, Richards was worried about the future of Woodlands and her large collection of literature and manuscripts. "She toyed with the idea of making a will. Confused in her mind, she made and unmade several." Though sceptic about governmental control and administration, she offered the estate to the government of Himachal Pradesh, but received no response. She left most of her estate and valuable collections to the care of Punjabi University, Patiala. In the waning days of her life, she was dependent on her attendants for a meagre meal and glass of water, she was placed to rest on 3 March 1971. Her gravestone in Woodlands Retreat has these last words inscribed: “Rest Weary Heart – Thy work is Done."

Excerpts from B. C. Sanyal's, The Vertical Woman, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 1998 and other internet sources. Andrettapottery.com Andretta-A san

Gahanna Christian Academy

Gahanna Christian Academy is a private school situated in the northeast area of Columbus, Ohio in the suburb of Gahanna, Ohio. Gahanna Christian Academy is chartered by the Ohio Department of Education and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. Gahanna Christian Academy began as Evangel Christian Academy in 1980 as an outreach of Evangel Temple Assembly of God Church, now is overseen by One Church. Envisioned by Pastor Gene Speich, a "family life center" that included classrooms was built housing preschool through sixth grade. 7th and 8th grades were added in 1987, a full high school for grades 9-12 was opened in 1996. April Domine, Ed. D, became the Superintendent of Gahanna Christian Academy in 2016. During the 2017-2018 school year, GCA became an innovative project-based school, using research-based methods of small group teaching to provide individualized support to students. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, Gahanna Christian Academy will focus its efforts on providing the best quality early childhood center and Kindergarten through 8th grade program.

Gahanna Christian Academy offers girls basketball. GCA Main Website

William Caskey Swaim

William Caskey Swaim is an American television and film actor, best known for having played Staff Sergeant Harry Fitz in the 1978-1979 television series, Project U. F. O. Swaim known as "Bill" as a child, was born in Lexington, North Carolina, he attended Grimes Elementary School and both Lexington Junior High School and Lexington Senior High School. He had been interested in film since childhood, remembering "his sister... taking him to see an early Brando movie, On the Waterfront, at the age of five". He cites Elvis Presley as a major influence on him as a child. After playing "two minor roles in a play at the Winston-Salem Little Theatre" at the age of 17, he graduated from high school in 1965. Although he attended Gardner–Webb University for one and a half years, working on a liberal arts major, he was drafted into the military. After spending 18 months as a medic in Okinawa, he returned from his tour of duty in 1969, he obtained a job in Lexington and worked there for a year to save money, before getting married and moving to California in 1971.

Swaim and his wife rented an apartment in North Hollywood and he obtained a "night job at a convalescent hospital". While making a number of attempts to enter into the acting business, he met an actor who told him about the Actors Workshop, sponsored by the G. I. Bill. Swaim joined, though he obtained a "second night job as a bellman at the Continental Hyatt House" in order to pay for the rest of the expenses, he continued to apply for acting roles. He obtained a minor role at the Theater Craft Playhouse in the play, Of Mice and Men, he met an agent while performing at the theater who set him up for his early film roles, in both Heroes and The Big Fix. Before leaving the theater for film, he starred in two other plays in 1975 though 1976, Hat Full of Rain and The Death of Bessie Smith. After starring in Heroes, Swaim returned to theatre for a short time, before auditioning for a role as co-star in a new NBC television series produced by Jack Webb, Project U. F. O.. The landing of the role enabled him to work as a full-time actor.

During the same time period as the shooting of Project U. F. O, he took a day off to play a minor role in The Big Fix. Heroes - Frank The Big Fix - Cop Night Warning - Phil Brody Friday the 13th: A New Beginning - Duke War Party - Vigilante #1 Battle of the Network Stars V - Himself Project U. F. O. - Staff Sergeant Harry Fitz The Dukes of Hazzard - Ernie CHiPs - Foreman The A-Team - Sledge Hammer! - Matlock - Jimmy the Hood Of Mice and Men Hat Full of Rain The Death of Bessie Smith On the Road William Caskey Swaim on IMDb William Caskey Swaim at AllMovie

Proserpinus lucidus

Proserpinus lucidus, the Pacific green sphinx or bear sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae first described by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1852. It lives on the Pacific coast of the United States in Washington, Idaho and California; the green forewings are 22–23 mm long, with pink/purple transverse bands outlined in yellow. Adults fly from December to April, during which they do not eat, they are attracted to lights, but females will remain stationary and emit a pheromone to attract males. The larvae feed on Clarkia breweri and Clarkia modesta and Clarkia purpurea, Camissonia bistorta and Camissonia strigulosa. In instars they lose the horn that characterizes most sphinx moth caterpillars, instead have a "bullseye" spot; the caterpillars can reach 5 cm. The caterpillars begin to pupate four to five weeks after hatching, they will pupate under leaf litter or burrow up to 16.5 cm down into the root mass of their host plants, wait until next winter to eclose. Lotts, Kelly & Naberhaus, Thomas. "Pacific green sphinx Proserpinus lucidus Boisduval, 1852".

Butterflies and Moths of North America. Retrieved December 7, 2018. "Arctonotus lucidus Boisduval, 1852". Sphingidae of the Americas. Archived June 12, 2007