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Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, it is loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies; when a fugitive group of advanced replicants led by Roy Batty escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard reluctantly agrees to hunt them down. Blade Runner underperformed in North American theaters and polarized critics, it became an acclaimed cult film regarded as one of the all-time best science fiction films. Hailed for its production design depicting a "retrofitted" future, Blade Runner is a leading example of neo-noir cinema; the film's soundtrack, composed by Vangelis, was nominated in 1982 for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe as best original score. The film has influenced many science fiction films, video games and television series.

It brought the work of Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood, several big-budget films were based on his work. In the year after its release, Blade Runner won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, in 1993 it was selected for preservation in the U. S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". A sequel, Blade Runner 2049, was released in October 2017. Seven versions of Blade Runner exist as a result of controversial changes requested by studio executives. A director's cut was released in 1992 after a strong response to test screenings of a workprint. This, in conjunction with the film's popularity as a video rental, made it one of the earliest movies to be released on DVD. In 2007, Warner Bros. released a 25th-anniversary digitally remastered version. In 2019 Los Angeles, former policeman Rick Deckard is detained by officer Gaff, brought to his former supervisor, Bryant. Deckard, whose job as a "blade runner" was to track down bioengineered humanoids known as replicants and "retire" them, is informed that four replicants are on Earth illegally.

Deckard starts to leave, but Bryant ambiguously threatens him, he stays. The two watch a video of a blade runner named Holden administering the Voight-Kampff test, designed to distinguish replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions; the test subject, shoots Holden on the second question. Bryant wants Deckard to retire Leon and the other three Nexus-6 replicants: Roy Batty and Pris. Bryant has Deckard meet with the CEO of the company that creates the replicants, Eldon Tyrell, so he can administer the test on a Nexus-6 to see if it works. Tyrell expresses his interest in seeing the test fail first and asks him to administer it on his assistant Rachael. After a much longer than standard test, Deckard concludes that Rachael is a replicant who believes she is human. Tyrell explains that she is an experiment, given false memories to provide an "emotional cushion". Searching Leon's hotel room, Deckard finds a synthetic snake scale. Roy and Leon investigate a replicant eye-manufacturing laboratory and learn of J. F. Sebastian, a gifted genetic designer who works with Tyrell.

Deckard returns to his apartment. She tries to prove her humanity by showing him a family photo, but after Deckard reveals that her memories are implants from Tyrell's niece, she leaves in tears. Meanwhile, Pris manipulates him to gain his trust. A photograph from Leon's apartment and the snake scale lead Deckard to a strip club, where Zhora works. After a confrontation and chase, Deckard kills Zhora. Bryant orders him to retire Rachael, who has disappeared from the Tyrell Corporation. After Deckard spots Rachael in a crowd, he is attacked by Leon, who knocks the gun out of Deckard's hand and brutally attacks him; as he's about to kill Deckard, Rachael saves him by using Deckard's gun to kill Leon. They return to Deckard's apartment and during a discussion, he promises not to track her down, she continues to resist, he blocks her attempts to leave. He persists in his advances, she relents. Arriving at Sebastian's apartment, Roy tells Pris. Sympathetic to their plight, Sebastian reveals that because of "Methuselah Syndrome", a genetic premature aging disorder, his life will be cut short, just like them.

Sebastian and Roy gain entrance into Tyrell's penthouse. Tyrell tells him. Roy confesses that he has done "questionable things", but Tyrell dismisses this, praising Roy's advanced design and accomplishments in his short life. Roy kisses Tyrell kills him. Sebastian runs for the elevator, followed by Roy. Deckard is told by Bryant that Sebastian was found dead. At Sebastian's apartment, Deckard is ambushed by Pris. Roy's body begins to fail, he chases Deckard through the building. Deckard is left hanging on the edge. Roy makes the jump with ease, as Deckard's grip loosens, Roy hoists him onto the roof, saving him. Before Roy dies, he delivers a monolog about how his memories "will be lost in time, like tears in rain". Gaff arrives and shouts to Deckard about Rachael: "It's t

Beyer Stadium

The Beyer Stadium, one mile from downtown in Rockford, was the home of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League's Rockford Peaches from 1943 to 1954. The stadium was torn down in the early 1990s. In 2004 the Rockford Park District approved a proposal to revamp Beyer Park. Proposed improvements include a new baseball diamond, new lighting, a track. A re-dedication of Beyer Field occurred on June 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm; the history of Beyer Stadium was celebrated as Rockford's “field of dreams” for over 70 years, members of the Rockford Peaches women's baseball team were honored, along with other ladies who played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. To commemorate this event, the Friends of Beyer Stadium and other donors have re-created the original score board, created a vintage backstop, installed a flag pole that features the Rockford Peaches flag

Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth is an English writer born in 1982 in Preston, Lancashire. In June 2018 Ashworth was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative. At the age of 11 Ashworth informed her parents that she did not want to go to school and for a number of years she suffered from the condition school refusal. At 13 she was sent to pupil referral unit Larches House which she enjoyed attending but her placement there ended early after Ashworth was told she would only be allowed to go for one term and she declined to carry on attending, she returned to mainstream school and after completing her A-Levels, studied English Literature at Newnham College, followed by an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester University's Centre for New Writing in 2006. Ashworth started her career as a librarian, working in Oxford University's Bodleian Library and in the public library sector, specialising in reader development and writing industries. From 2008 to 2010 she worked as a prison librarian based in a male category B prison.

It was during this time that she started her second novel Cold Light, writing it in her car during her lunch breaks. Ashworth became a freelance writer but continued her interest in writing development by setting up the Lancashire Writing Hub and other projects in the north west such as The Writing Smithy, she held the post of Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and in 2011 began lecturing at Lancaster University's Department of English and Creative Writing. In March 2011 she was featured. Two early novels by Ashworth remain unpublished. One was written by her at the age of 17 whilst another was lost as a result of a computer theft in 2004. However, an extract from this lost novel was the winner of the 2003 Quiller-Couch Prize for Creative Writing at Cambridge University. Ashworth has written longer works, her first novel A Kind of Intimacy, was developed during her time studying creative writing at Manchester University and was published in February 2009 by Arcadia. It tells the story of Annie, a lonely woman failing to come to grips with reality, unable to relate to others and full of self-deception.

The story contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy which culminates in violence. The novel won a Betty Trask Award from The Society of Authors in 2010. Ashworth's 2011 novel, Cold Light aims, according to her own account, to be "dark and funny and odd"; the novel tells the story of three teenage girls, one of whom has died with her boyfriend in suspicious circumstances. The novel is set on the tenth anniversary of the death, when a memorial summerhouse is built and another body is found. Once again Ashworth's writing explores the dark side of human emotions with reviewer Anita Sethi writing in The Independent that "Its insidious and unsettling power resides in the tension created by opposites; the tenderness and delicacy of the 14-year-old girl is juxtaposed with a capacity for great brutality." In 2013 a third novel The Friday Gospels was published, this time focusing on a Lancastrian family, welcoming their son home from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ashworth was herself left the church in her teens. Ashworth founded the publishing writing and art collective, Curious Tales, in 2013. A fourth novel, was published by Sceptre in 2016. Published by Goldsmiths Press, November 2019. Short Stories Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others.- Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths. The Wrong Sort of Shoes – Bugged: Writings from Overhearings. Hammer – Jawbreakers: 2012 National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology; every Member a Missionary – MIR9 The Mechanics' Institute Review: Issue 9. Shoes – Scraps: A collection of flash-fictions from National Flash-Fiction Day 2013. Katy, My Sister – Short Fiction Journal Vol 7. Dark Jack – The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales. Doted – Transatlantic: The Litro Anthology. Dinner For One – Poor Souls’ Light: Seven Curious Tales. Novels A Kind of Intimacy. Cold Light; the Friday Gospels. Fell. Radio Commissions Five Thousand Lads a Year. – Commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for Friday FirstsNewspaper Articles Why I refused to go to school.

The Guardian, 13 January 2012 Under my skin: Why are so many women getting tattoos? Jenn Ashworth on the appeal of permanent markings. – The Guardian, 14 December 2013 Generation rental: the housing crisis facing today's youth. – The Observer, 16 March 2014Book Contributions Chapter on Amy Levy and feminist. – Breaking Bounds: Six Newnham Lives Chapter – Writing Short Stories. Chapter – The art of the Novel. Jenn Ashworth's Website Lancaster University Profile: Jenn Ashworth

Richard Bradley (film producer)

Richard Bradley is an Australian film producer and publicist working through his company Richard Bradley Productions, established in 1981. Richard Bradley grew up in North Sydney. After leaving school in 1964 he joined the Sydney Morning Herald as a copyboy and moved onto Shipping Newspapers where he completed his apprenticeship as a compositor in 1970. During this time he became more interested in film production. In 1972 he started making short films, he was commissioned to produce music clips and short documentaries. He produced his first feature film, Southern Crossing, which featured jazz greats Dave Brubeck and Herbie Mann; the film was critically acclaimed internationally and enabled him to gain development funding for other feature projects and regular documentary work with The NSW Government Documentary Division. It was during this time he started to niche market into specific areas and in fundraising he produced the award winning docudrama for the Royal Flying Doctor Service- An Hour and a Half from Anywhere.

This film opened new doors to producing over sixty productions which included TV specials and commercials. He secured a co-production with Fuji TV as Australian producer on the comedy adventure The Hitchhiker, based on a short story by Roald Dahl and screened extensively in Japan, his first attempt to make the controversial bikie movie, Brothers at War, which had distribution and presales through UIP and Channel 7, but failed to reach production. He started on a series of Rugby league historical documentaries; the Mighty Bears 6-part series, The Mighty Eels 4 part series and The Mighty Bulldogs 4-part series. During this time he produced a documentary Miracle at the Healing Ministry and re-released Southern Crossing. In 2008 he met up with South Australian producer Wayne Groom and, with financial investment from the South Australian Film Corporation, they brought back Brothers at War with director Peter Andrikidis, Paramount Pictures and Arclight Films on board; however the project was rejected for production funding by Screen Australia and a major controversy erupted when it was revealed a conflict of interest could have taken place.

Although declared in favour of Screen Australia, it caused industry outrage after it was publicized in IF Magazine. He returned to script writing in 2008 completing 25 screenplays called Travelers Tales several years later, and in 2012 he produced a series of three cricket documentaries with financial support from Bankstown Cricket Club which included the life stories of Australian test players Graeme Thomas, Steve Smith, Len Pascoe and Mark Waugh and former captain Steve Waugh. His production company was engaged to make the official World War One centenary TV documentary called Headgear to Helmets for the National Rugby League - a three-minute promotional video clip was screened at all NRL matches during the Anzac weekend in 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and at the Australia vs New Zealand Test Match; the full documentary was completed in 2018 and first screened on the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war in 1918. Richard Bradley is a successful publicist between 1986 and 1992, he was publicist for APASCO an innovative Australian marketing research and information supplier which led to him being appointed as the Australian Media Agent for the internationally renowned American Total Quality Management expert and pioneer Dr W. Edwards Deming

Sapphire (John Martyn album)

Sapphire is a rock album by John Martyn, who by this stage in his career had entirely abandoned the acoustic guitar and folk approach in favour of a glossy pop/rock sound. Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Bahamas and CaVa Sound Workshops, Scotland, the album was released on LP by Island, catalogue number ILPS 9779, with cover photography by Anton Corbijn and a cover illustration by Cathie Felstead. Robert Palmer assisted in the stages of the recording. All tracks composed by John Martyn except. "Sapphire" 4:42 "Over The Rainbow" 3:21 "You Know" 3:14 "Watching Her Eyes" 3:15 "Fisherman's Dream" 4:16 "Acid Rain" 4:11 "Mad Dog Days" 4:59 "Climb The Walls" 4:14 "Coming In On Time" 3:34 "Rope-Soul'd" 4:46 John Martyn - guitars, LinnDrum Barry Reynolds - guitar Alan Thomson - bass guitar, LinnDrum Jack Waldman - keyboards Jim Prime - keyboards Robin Rankin - keyboards James Hooker - keyboards Steven Stanley - LinnDrum Andy Lyden - LinnDrum Uziah Thompson - percussion Colin Tully - saxophones Morwenne Laidlaw - vocal harmonies Terry Neason - vocal harmonies Lorna Brooks - vocal harmonies Anton Corbijn - photographyChoral section by S.

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Vicente Miera

Vicente Miera Campos is a Spanish retired football defender and manager. He appeared in 139 La Liga games over ten seasons and scored two goals at the service of Real Madrid, he embarked on a managerial career which lasted more than 25 years, included a brief spell with the Spain national team. Born in the neighbourhood of Nueva Montaña in Santander, Miera played for two seasons for hometown's Racing de Santander, moving in 1961 to Real Madrid. Never an undisputed starter safe for the 1964–65 season, he was part of the latter club's squads as they conquered seven La Liga titles, adding the European Cup in 1966. Miera moved to Sporting de Gijón in 1969, helping it promote to the top level in his first year and retiring the following season, he won his sole cap for Spain on 10 December 1961, in a 1–1 friendly draw in France. A manager since 1974, Miera started at the professional level with Real Oviedo, suffering top flight relegation in his second year moved to neighbours Sporting where he would remain for five years, except for the 1979–80 campaign at RCD Español.

He worked in both major divisions for more than 20 years, his last stop being Sevilla FC. Having served as assistant during four years, Miera was handed the reins of the national team in 1991, remaining there for seven months as the nation failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1992; that summer he switched to the Olympic squad. Real Madrid La Liga: 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69 Copa del Generalísimo: 1961–62 European Cup: 1965–66 Spain Summer Olympic Games: 1992 Vicente Miera at BDFutbol Vicente Miera manager profile at BDFutbol Vicente Miera at