The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge in Venice, Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace, it was designed by Antonio Contino, whose uncle Antonio da Ponte designed the Rialto Bridge, it was built in 1600. The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment; the bridge's English name was bequeathed by Lord Byron in the 19th century as a translation from the Italian "Ponte dei sospiri", from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time that the bridge was built, the cells under the palace roof were occupied by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.
The 1861 opera Le pont des soupirs by Jacques Offenbach features the bridge, as does the song "Venice" by Gibraltarian band Melon Diesel. French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour recorded his famous song Que C'est Triste Venise in 1964, its lyrics make reference to several other Venetian features. Bridge of Sighs is both a 1974 album and song by English musician Robin Trower; the song was covered by progressive metal band Opeth for the special edition of their 2008 album Watershed. The song was covered by The Mountain Goats and released on the EP Aquarium Drunkard's Lagniappe Session. However, this song is not about the bridge in Venice, makes use of the poetic image of a "bridge of sighs." The 1979 film “A Little Romance” follows a French boy and an American girl who meet in Paris and begin a romance that leads to a journey to Venice where they hope to seal their love forever with a kiss beneath the Bridge of Sighs at sunset. "Jigsaw", a song from Marillion's 1984 album Fugazi, references the bridge.
Hugh McVay was the ninth governor of the U. S. state of Alabama from July 17 to November 30, 1837. He was born in South Carolina. McVay moved to the Territory of Mississippi and represented Madison County in the Alabama Legislature from 1811 to 1818, he moved to Lauderdale County and represented Lauderdale County in the 1819 Alabama Constitutional Convention. McVay is buried there. McVay was in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1820 to 1825, he served in the Alabama State Senate from 1825 to 1844. McVay was elected Speaker of the Senate in 1836, became acting governor of Alabama in 1837, when Governor Clement C. Clay was appointed to the United States Senate. McVay served as governor from July 17, 1837, to November 30, 1837, when Governor Arthur P. Bagby took office
Celtic Arms was a French Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in both France and the United States. Bred by Georges Wegliszewski, he was out of the mare Amour Celtique, a daughter of American horse Northfields, winner of the Hawthorne and Louisiana Derbys, his sire was multiple French stakes winner, Comrade In Arms, a son of one of Britain's great runners, Brigadier Gerard. Purchased by Jean-Louis Bouchard, Celtic Arms was trained in France by Pascal Bary, he made his racing debut as a juvenile with a third-place finish in the Prix Yacowlef at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse. Jockey Dominique Boeuf rode him to victory in the Prix de Condé, his most important performance of 1993; as a three-year-old, under jockey Gerald Mosse, Celtic Arms finished third in the 1994 Group One Grand Prix de Paris and won the Group One Prix Lupin at Longchamp Racecourse. Mosse was the jockey for another of the colt's Group One wins in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly Racecourse. Sent to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the 1994 Breeders' Cup Turf, Celtic Arms was part of one of the strongest international fields in the 1½ mile event's history.
In a race run in track-record time, he was ridden by Kent Desormeaux and up against winner Tikkanen plus other notable runners such as Fraise, Paradise Creek and Raintrap. Celtic Arms was in the thick of things after a mile and a quarter but faded from third to finish in tenth place. After being purchased by Gary A. Tanaka, in 1995 Celtic Arms raced in the United States. Rodney Rash handled Celtic Arms's conditioning duties with his best results that year a second in the Grade I Caesars International Handicap at Monmouth Park and a third in the Grade 1 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. Making his second appearance in that year's Breeders Cup Turf, held in 1995 at Belmont Park, under jockey Gary Stevens Celtic Arms started from the far outside in post position thirteen, he finished tenth behind winner, Northern Spur. In 1996, Celtic Arms won the G-1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes for what would turn out to be the last win for 36-year-old trainer Rodney Rash, who died from a rare blood disorder a few days on March 1, 1996.
The colt's training was assumed by Rash's 27-year-old assistant, Ben Cecil, who won the first-ever race of his training career when Celtic Arms captured the G-2 Pan American Handicap in March. Retired to stud duty, Celtic Arms sired several foals born in 1997 and 1998, he died in an accident in 1998. Celtic Arms's pedigree and partial racing stats