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British and Irish Lions

The British & Irish Lions is a rugby union team selected from players eligible for any of the Home Nations – the national teams of England, Scotland and Ireland. The Lions are a Test side and select international players, but they can pick uncapped players available to any one of the four unions; the team tours every four years, with these rotating among Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The most recent series, the 2017 series against New Zealand, was drawn 1-1. From 1888 onwards, combined rugby sides from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland toured the Southern Hemisphere; the first tour was undertaken without official backing. The six subsequent visits enjoyed a growing degree of support from the authorities, before the 1910 South Africa tour, the first tour representative of the four Home Unions. In 1949 the four Home Unions formally created a Tours Committee and for the first time, every player of the 1950 Lions squad had played internationally before the tour; the 1950s tours saw high win rates in provincial games, but the Test series were lost or drawn.

The winning series in 1971 and 1974 changed this pattern. The last tour of the amateur age took place in 1993; the Lions have played occasional matches in the Northern Hemisphere either as one-off exhibitions or as part of a Southern Hemisphere tour. The multi-nation team, today named the British and Irish Lions first came into existence in 1888 as the Shaw and Shrewsbury Team, it was primarily English in composition but contained players from Scotland and Wales. The team used the name British Isles. On their 1950 tour of New Zealand and Australia they adopted the name British Lions, the nickname first used by British and South African journalists on the 1924 South African tour after the lion emblem on their ties, the emblem on their jerseys having been dropped in favour of the four-quartered badge with the symbols of the four represented unions; when the team first emerged in the 19th century, it represented the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland one single state. The team continued to exist after the Irish war of independence and civil war and the subsequent division of Ireland in 1922 into the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.

From the 2001 tour of Australia, the official name British and Irish Lions has been used. The team is referred to as the Lions; as the Lions represent two sovereign states, they do not have a national anthem. For the 1989 tour, the British national anthem "God Save the Queen" was used. For the 2005 tour to New Zealand, the Lions management commissioned a song, "The Power of Four", although it was met with little support among Lions fans at the matches and has not been used since. For more than half a century, the Lions have been synonymous with the red jersey that sports the amalgamated crests of the four unions. However, prior to 1950 the strip went through a number of different formats. In 1888, the promoter of the first expedition to Australia and New Zealand, Arthur Shrewsbury, demanded "something that would be good material and yet take them by storm out here"; the result was a jersey in thick red and blue hoops, worn above white shorts and dark socks. The tours to South Africa in 1891 and 1896 retained the red and blue theme but this time as red and white hooped jerseys and dark blue shorts and socks.

The 1899 trip to Australia saw a reversion to red and blue jerseys, but with the blue used in thick hoops and the red and white in thin bands. The shorts remained blue; the one-off test in 1999 between England and Australia, played to commemorate Australia's first test against Reverend Matthew Mullineux's British side saw England wear an updated version of this jersey. In 1903, the South Africa tour followed on with red and white hooped jerseys; the slight differences were that the red hoops were thicker than the white, the white flash on the socks introduced in 1899 was retained. The Australia tour of 1904 saw the same kit as in 1899, it seemed that the British touring sides had settled on kits particular to the host destination. However, in 1908 with the Scottish and Irish unions refusing to be involved, the Anglo-Welsh side only sported red jerseys with a thick white band on their jerseys on tour to Australia and New Zealand. Blue shorts were retained; the Scots were once again involved in Dr Tom Smyth's 1910 team to South Africa.

Thus, dark blue jerseys, were introduced with white shorts and the red socks of 1908. The jerseys had a single lion-rampant crest; the 1924 tour returned to South Africa but now with shorts to match. It is the 1924 tour, credited as being the first in which the team were referred to as "the Lions", the irony being that it was on this tour that the single lion-rampant crest was replaced with the forerunner of the four-quartered badge with the symbols of the four represented unions, still worn today. Although the lion had been dropped from the jersey, the players had worn the lion motif on their ties as they arrived in South Africa, which led the press and public referring to them as "the Lions"; the unofficial 1927 Argentina tour used the same badge. So powerful was the attribution of "the Lions" nickname that three heraldic versions of the animal returned as the jersey badge in 1930; this was the tour to New Zealand where the tourists' now standard blue jerseys caused some controversy. The convention in rugby is for the ho

Hofstetten, Zürich

Hofstetten is a former municipality in the district of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. On 1 January 2018 the former municipality of Hofstetten merged into the municipality of Elgg. Hofstetten is first mentioned in 914 as Pipineshovestetin; until 2003 it was known as Hofstetten bei Elgg. Hofstetten has an area of 8.9 km2. Of this area, 49.9 % is used for agricultural purposes. Of the rest of the land, 4.2% is settled and the remainder is non-productive. In 1996 housing and buildings made up 2.1% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest. Of the total unproductive area, water made up 0.1% of the area. As of 2007 1.8% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction. The municipality is located between the Eulach river valley, it consists of the small villages of Hofstetten, Geretswil and Dickbuch. Hofstetten has a population of 500; as of 2007, 6.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 48.2 % female.

Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.5%. Most of the population speaks German, with French being second most Italian being third. In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP; the next three most popular parties were the CSP, the Green Party and the FDP. The age distribution of the population is children and teenagers make up 30.3% of the population, while adults make up 55.8% and seniors make up 13.8%. The entire Swiss population is well educated. In Hofstetten about 81.5% of the population have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education. There are 154 households in Hofstetten. Hofstetten has an unemployment rate of 1.27%. As of 2005, there were 51 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 24 businesses involved in this sector. 31 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 8 businesses in this sector. 25 people are employed with 9 businesses in this sector. As of 2007 39.6% of the working population were employed full-time, 60.4% were employed part-time.

As of 2008 there were 293 Protestants in Hofstetten. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 77.6% were some type of Protestant, with 70.6% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 6.9% belonging to other Protestant churches. 11.2% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 0.5% belonged to another religion, 0.2% did not give a religion, 10% were atheist or agnostic. The historical population is given in the following table: Hofstetten in German and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland

Peniston Lamb (1770–1805)

The Honourable Peniston Lamb was a British politician. Lamb was the eldest son of Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Ralph Milbanke, 5th Baronet. Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Frederick Lamb, 3rd Viscount Melbourne and the Hon. George Lamb were his younger brothers. Due to their mother's numerous love affairs, only Peniston is to have been Lord Melbourne's son. Lamb was elected Member of Parliament for Newport in 1793, held the seat until 1796, he was elected as MP for Hertfordshire in a seat he held until his death three years later. Peniston Lamb had an affair with Mrs Sophia Musters née Heywood. Lamb died of tuberculosis in January 1805, aged 34. Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Peniston Lamb

CSI: Miami (season 5)

The fifth season of CSI: Miami premiered on CBS on September 18, 2006 and ended May 14, 2007. The series stars Emily Procter. With Caine and Delko in Brazil, it's up to Duquesne to maintain the department following Natalia's transfer to the MDPD. All of this just in time for them to investigate not only external crimes committed against the general public but internal issues; as Wolfe accidentally becomes involved in counterfeiting, Duquesne's life is endangered due to her involvement in an investigation surrounding gang warfare. Boa Vista is confronted by her abusive ex-husband again, while Caine and Delko seek to revenge those responsible for the death of Marisol. Tripp comes face to face with death after stepping on a landmine. However, it's Delko, once again, who faces the biggest challenge, as he fights for his life following a gunshot wound to the head. David Caruso as Horatio Caine. Emily Procter as Calleigh Duquesne. Adam Rodriguez as Eric Delko. Khandi Alexander as Alexx Woods. Jonathan Togo as Ryan Wolfe.

Rex Linn as Frank Tripp. Eva LaRue as Natalia Boa Vista. Sofia Milos as Yelina Salas. Rob Estes as Nick Townsend. Johnny Whitworth as Jake Berkeley. DVD Release Dates at

The Feast in the House of Levi

The Feast in the House of Levi or Christ in the House of Levi is a 1573 painting by Italian painter Paolo Veronese and one of the largest canvases of the 16th century, measuring 555 cm × 1,310 cm. It is now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, it was painted by Veronese for the rear wall of the refectory of the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo, a Dominican friary, as a Last Supper, to replace an earlier work by Titian destroyed in the fire of 1571. However, the painting led to an investigation by the Roman Catholic Inquisition. Veronese was called to answer for irreverence and indecorum, the serious offence of heresy was mentioned, he was asked to explain why the painting contained "buffoons, drunken Germans and other such scurrilities" as well as extravagant costumes and settings, in what is indeed a fantasy version of a Venetian patrician feast. Veronese was told. After this, no more was said; the painting depicts a banquet scene in which the tall figure of Christ is depicted in the centre dressed in a shimmering pale green robe while the surrounding people interact in a turbulence of polychromatic splendour in a diverse range of different positions and poses.

The feast is framed by the great archways of a portico and a staircase to the right. The revised title refers to an episode in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 5, in which Jesus is invited to a banquet: And Levi made himself a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of tax collectors and of others that sat down with them, but their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto They that are whole need not a physician. I sinners to repentance. In Venice, a court of the Inquisition interrogated Veronese about the thematic and theologic content of The Feast in the House of Levi called a Last Supper:“This day, July eighteenth, 1573. Called to the Holy Office before the sacred tribunal, Paolo Galliari Veronese, residing in the parish of Saint Samuel, being asked as to his name and surname replied as above. Being asked as to his profession: Answer. I make figures. Question. Do you know the reasons why you have been called here?

A. No. Q. Can you imagine what those reasons may be? A. I can well imagine. Q. Say what you think about them. A. I fancy that it concerns what was said to me by the reverend fathers, or rather by the prior of the monastery of San Giovanni e Paolo, whose name I did not know, but who informed me that he had been here, that your Most Illustrious Lordships had ordered him to cause to be placed in the picture a Magdalen instead of the dog. Q. What is the picture to which you have been referring? A, it is the picture which represents the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with His disciples in the house of Simon. Q. Where is this picture? A. In the refectory of the monks of San Giovanni e Paolo. Q. Is it painted in fresco or on wood or on canvas? A, it is on canvas. Q. How many feet does it measure in height? A, it may measure seventeen feet. Q, and in breadth? A. About thirty-nine. Q. How many have you represented? And what is each one doing? A. First there is Simon. There are many other figures which I cannot remember, however, as it is a long time since I painted that picture.

Q. Have you painted other Last Suppers besides that one? A. Yes. Q. How many have you painted? Where are they? A. I painted one at Verona for the reverend monks of San Lazzaro. Another is in the refectory of the reverend brothers of San Giorgio here in Venice. Q, but that one is not a Last Supper, is not called the Supper of Our Lord. A. I painted another in the refectory of San Sebastiano in Venice, another at Padua for the Fathers of the Maddalena. I do not remember to have made any others. Q. In this Supper which you painted for San Giovanni e Paolo, what signifies the figure of him whose nose is bleeding? A, he is a servant. Q. What signify those armed men dressed in the fashion of Germany, with halberds in their hands? A, it is necessary here. Q. Say them. A. We painters use the same license as poets and madmen, I represented those halberdiers, the one drinking, the other eating at the foot of the stairs, but both ready to do their duty, because it seemed to me suitable and possible that the master of the house, who as I have been told was rich and magnificent, would have such servants.

Q. And the one, dressed as a jester with a parrot on his wrist, why did you put him into the picture? A, he is there as an ornament. Q. Who are the persons at the table of Our Lord? A; the twelve apostles. Q. What is Saint Peter doing, the first? A, he is carving the lamb. Q. What is he doing who comes next? A, he holds a plate to see. Q. Tell us what the third is doing. A, he is picking his teeth with a fork. Q, and who are the persons whom you admit to have be

Cannon Hall, Hampstead

Cannon Hall at 14 Cannon Place, London is a grade II* listed building that dates from around 1720. The house is the former home of the actor Gerald du Maurier, his wife Muriel Beaumont, their three children, the writers Angela du Maurier and Daphne du Maurier and the painter Jeanne du Maurier. Cannon Hall is located at 14 Cannon Place, London, it was extended and altered in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The house is detached, of three storeys of brown and red brick, with six bedrooms and grounds of less than half an acre; the total plot size is 0.45 acres. In addition to the bedrooms and living rooms, the house includes a billiards room, study and indoor swimming pool; the house has been a grade II* listed building with Historic England since 1950. The land was known as Rous's Buildings in reference to Joseph Rous who followed John Duffield as lessee of the Wells Estate, was a much larger area that went as far as Well Road and Christchurch Hill and included three other houses. One of the Hampstead lock-ups was located in the garden wall adjoining Cannon Lane until it was closed following the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force by Sir Robert Peel in 1829.

A magistrates' court sat in the stable block and the house was occupied by a number of magistrates at different times, one of whom was James Marshall, who lived at Cannon Hall in the 1870s. Sarah Holford, a widow, leased the house from at least 1752, from as early as 1745, as a print was published of the Long Room "from Mrs. Holford's garden" in that year. In 1780, the house was occupied by Sir Noah Thomas, physician-in-ordinary to King George III. Sir James Cosmo Melvill, of the East India Company, bought Cannon Hall around 1838, the year in which he became chief secretary of the company; the cannons which he placed around the site gave it the name Cannon Hall from on. Actor-manager Gerald du Maurier purchased the house in 1916 and lived there with his wife Muriel Beaumont and three daughters until his death in 1934; the house has a blue plaque in his memory, erected by the Greater London Council. The author Daphne du Maurier was aged about 9 when her father bought the house, she grew up there with her sisters Angela and Jeanne.

Cannon Hall featured in the film Bunny Lake is Missing, starring Laurence Olivier and directed and produced by Otto Preminger. In 2014 the property was placed on sale with an asking price of £32 million. In 2015 it sold for £28 million, one of the highest prices realised for a private home in London that year