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Broad Street, Oxford

Broad Street is a wide street in central Oxford, just north of the former city wall. The street is known for its bookshops, including the original Blackwell's bookshop at number 50, located here due to the University. Locally the street is traditionally known as The Broad. In Broad Street are Balliol College, Trinity College, Exeter College; the Museum of the History of Science, the Clarendon Building, the Sheldonian Theatre and the Weston Library are important historical Oxford University buildings at the eastern end of the street. These buildings form the de facto centre of the University, since most academic buildings in the centre of Oxford are owned by individual colleges rather than the University itself. To the west the street becomes George Street; the junction with George Street is a crossroads with Magdalen Street to the north and Cornmarket Street to the south. To the east the street becomes Holywell Street; the junction with Holywell Street is another crossroads, with Parks Road to the north and Catte Street to the south.

The Indian Institute, designed by Basil Champneys, is on the corner of Catte Street and Holywell Street, but faces Broad Street and visually forms its end. The street developed alongside the town ditch in front of the city wall, built in AD 911, it is a wide street called Horsemonger Street because it was Oxford's horse market. The street's one remaining pub, a 16th or 17th-century timber-framed building next to Blackwell's bookshop, is appropriately called the White Horse. Broad Street is where the Protestant Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Thomas Cranmer, were burnt at the stake just outside the city wall. A cross of granite setts in the road opposite Balliol College marks the location. Nearby in St Giles', the events are commemorated with a Gothic Revival stone monument, the Martyrs' Memorial; the city walls were rebuilt in local coral ragstone in 1226–40. By the 16th or 17th century improved artillery had made the walls obsolete, so the city divided the town ditch on the south side of Broad Street into a row of burgage plots, on which buyers built houses and shops.

Most of the wall beside Broad Street was dismantled to reuse its stone, but one bastion survives behind number 6. The Sheldonian Theatre, set back from Broad Street behind a stone wall, iron railings and stone pillars with a set of stone heads, was built in 1664–68 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren for the University of Oxford; the Old Ashmolean Building was built in 1683 to house Elias Ashmole's collection. It was the world's first museum to open to the public. In 1845 the Ashmolean Museum moved to Beaumont Street and the original Ashmolean building became offices for the Oxford English Dictionary. Since 1924 the building has housed the Museum of the History of Science; the Clarendon Building was built 1711 -- 15. It was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, considered Christopher Wren's best pupil; the academic and physician Henry Acland lived in the street at number 40 on the site of the Weston Library, part of Oxford University's Bodleian Library. His daughter Sarah Angelina Acland, a pioneer of colour photography, was born here.

Boswells, now the largest independent department store in Oxford, was established in 1738, has been trading in the same spot on the south side of Broad Street opposite Balliol College since. Thornton's Bookshop on the south side of the street at number 11, was founded by Joseph Thornton in 1835 and closed at the end of 2002; the pioneer photographer Henry Taunt had a shop and studio at 9–10 Broad Street, moving here from Cornmarket Street in 1874. He established a picture-framing business in Boxall's Yard, behind the premises; the lease expired in 1894 and he was forced to file for bankruptcy. Blackwell's bookshop, on the north side of the street, was founded by Benjamin Henry Blackwell, the son of the first city librarian, in 1879; the shop was only 12 feet square, but grew to include space upstairs, in the cellar, neighbouring shops. It is now Oxford's most famous and leading bookshop, with other specialist branches elsewhere in Broad Street and Oxford; the first Oxfam charity shop and office were established by Cecil Jackson-Cole at 17 Broad Street in 1947.

It is still an Oxfam shop, in 2002 the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board unveiled a blue plaque on its outside wall. Graham, Malcolm. "2. His character". Henry Taunt of Oxford: A Victorian Photographer. Headington: Oxford Illustrated Press. ISBN 0-902280-14-7. Hudson, Giles. "Chronology". Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography. Oxford: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. P. 7. ISBN 978-1-85124-372-3. Sherwood, Jennifer. Oxfordshire; the Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. Pp. 71, 100, 134, 137, 138, 203, 254, 263, 312, 313. ISBN 0-14-071045-0. Tyack, Geoffrey. Oxford An Architectural Guide. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 22, 35, 51, 54, 116, 117, 119, 126, 128, 151, 182, 210, 223, 228, 253, 256, 263, 292, 325. ISBN 0-19-817423-3. Media related to Broad Street, Oxford at Wikimedia Commons

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Construction of Bjelke-Petersen Dam near Cherbourg in Queensland, commenced in 1984 and finished in 1988. It created the lake, named Lake Barambah after the original property in the region; the dam supplies water to the South Burnett region for irrigation purposes. The dam wall is 540 m long and rises 34 m; the wall is an earth and rock fill structure with a central clay core, which can hold back 134,900 ML of water. The dam is shallow. Barker Creek provides the main inflow, while Four Mile Creek, Six Mile Creek, Frickey Creek and Cattle Creek flow into the dam. In the 1990s management of the camping and recreational facilities was handed to Murgon Shire Council. Facilities for caravans, cabins and day-trippers are extensive. Under normal conditions there are no boating restrictions, except near the dam wall. In 2006, drought conditions had reduced dam levels to 5% of total capacity. With such low levels, visitors numbers had dropped and local councils were concerned about maintaining drinking water for local towns.

SunWater, the managing organisation of the dam, is undertaking a dam spillway capacity upgrade program to ensure the highest level of safety for their dams is maintained. The spillway upgrade commenced in 2007; the dam is stocked with golden perch, silver perch and southern saratoga. Additionally eel-tailed catfish, spangled perch and bony bream are present naturally. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish in the dam; the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Fishing Classic is held every October. Illegally introduced sleepy cod and red-claw crayfish are maintaining breeding populations. In 2002, Tilapia were posing a threat to the dam, resulting in the need for pipeline screening to be implemented in an effort to stop eggs and larvae entering the dam. List of dams and reservoirs in Australia

Daisy Whitney

Daisy Whitney is an American multimedia reporter specializing in all forms of online and new media content distribution. She was the first journalist to launch a personal online newscast covering the internet business. A reporter for MediaPost and Beet. TV, she has written for a number of publications. Daisy graduated with a degree in art history from Brown University in 1994. Whitney created and hosts the webcast "New Media Minute", broadcast on, iMedia and other sites. She programs conferences for ad:tech and iMedia and contributes to Cynopsis, Advertising Age, OMMA, she is a published novelist. She is an author. Whitney has contributed to a various amount of publications including TelevisionWeek, Business 2.0, The Denver Post, Canada's The Globe and Mail, Miami Herald, New Media Age, Extra Extra, Multichannel News, Natural Health and Consumers Digest. Whitney has appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell and G4's Attack of the Show, she has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Whitney has produced videos with Nalts and in October 2008 was guest editor at the comedy video site Roof Top Comedy.

Whitney is the author of The Mockingbirds, a young adult novel slated for a fall 2010 release from Little Brown. It is listed in Publishers Marketplace as a story about an "underground vigilante group of boarding school students committed to righting the wrongs of their peers." Daisy has spoken on industry panels at conferences such as the Consumer Electronics Show, The National Association of Broadcasters and the National Association of Television Programming Executives. In November 2008 she spoke at the Ad-tech Conference in New York City. In June 2009, she moderated a panel discussion on the distribution and measurement of digital content programs at the Digital Content NewFront. Veronica Belmont fan John Rozewicki, blogger for, created the "Why I Hate Daisy Whitney" website, which he uses to express his hatred for Daisy and his adoration for Belmont. TVWeek: Daisy's Blog Roof Top Comedy guest editor announcement Ad-tech speaker bio for Daisy You're Watching TV Barn with Aaron Barnhart

Academic Staff Union of Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities is a Nigerian union of university academic staff, founded in 1978. The ASUU was formed in 1978, a successor to the Nigerian Association of University Teachers formed in 1965 and covering academic staff in all of the Federal and State Universities in the countr The union was active in struggles against the military regime during the 1980s. In 1988 the union organized a National Strike to obtain university autonomy; as a result, the ASUU was proscribed on 7 August 1988 and all its property seized. It was allowed to resume in 1990, but after another strike was again banned on 23 August 1992. However, an agreement was reached on 3 September 1992 that met several of the union's demands including the right of workers to collective bargaining; the ASUU organized further strikes in 1994 and 1996, protesting against the dismissal of staff by the Sani Abacha military regime. After the return to democracy in 1999 with the Nigerian Fourth Republic, the union continued to be militant in demanding the rights of university workers against opposition by the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In July 2002 Dr. Oladipo Fashina, the national president of the union, petitioned Justice Mustapha Akanbi of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission to investigate the authorities of the University of Ilorin for financial mismanagement and corruption. In 2007, the ASUU went on strike for three months. In May 2008, it held two one-week "warning strikes" to press a range of demands, including an improved salary scheme and reinstatement of 49 lecturers who were dismissed many years earlier. In June 2009, ASUU ordered its members in federal and state universities nationwide to proceed on an indefinite strike over disagreements with the Federal Government on an agreement it reached with the union about two and a half years earlier. After three months of strikes, in October 2009, the union and other staff unions signed a memorandum of understanding with the government and called off the industrial action. On 1 July 2013, ASUU embarked on another strike which lasted 5 months and 15 days was called off on 16 December 2013.

Claims made by ASUU in regards to the strike are centered on funding and revitalization of Nigerian public universities as well as a certain earned allowance which it claims to be in an arrears of 92 billion naira. Some Nigerian students said that the strike was a curse to them while others said it was a blessing before the ASUU strike was called

New Binary Press

New Binary Press is an independent publishing house based in Cork city, Ireland. It publishes electronic literature, specialising in more experimental works, it publishes a number of periodicals, as well as critical works. Literary scholar Dr Kenneth Keating argues that New Binary Press has been one of the first to "explicitly the division between online and print publishing in Irish poetry in a more progressive fashion". Irish poet Matthew Geden has noted the role which New Binary Press plays within contemporary publishing: "...the press has published books by a number of new and interesting writers who are for one reason or another outside the current mainstream of Irish literature. Such projects are vital at a time when the poetry world here has been dominated by only a handful of presses and individuals; the emergence of new voices owes much to small publishers like New Binary and others...". New Binary Press was founded in 2012 by James O'Sullivan, who stated that he founded the press because other Irish publishers were ignoring the creative potential of digital technology, that he wanted to make "a real tangible contribution" to the literary world.

The press was launched by Irish poet Leanne O'Sullivan at the City Library, Cork, on April 5, 2013. A similar event was held at The Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, several days later. In an interview with Books Ireland magazine, O'Sullivan said that New Binary Press was operating at a loss, remarking that "the value of dissonance outweighs that of cents"; the press has had a number of critical successes: Graham Allen's The One That Got Away was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award 2015, while Unexplained Fevers by Jeannine Hall Gailey came second in the 2014 Science Fiction Poetry Association's Elgin Award. In 2016, the press published its first novel, Karl Parkinson's The Blocks, which would go on to earn considerable critical acclaim. Novelling, a work of recombinant fiction by Will Luers, Hazel Smith, Roger Dean, won the ELO's 2018 Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature. New Binary Press has published a number of works of electronic literature, most notably by artists like Nick Montfort, Stephanie Strickland, Jason Nelson, John Barber.

The first work that New Binary Press published was digital poetry by Graham Allen, entitled Holes. The one-line-a-day semi-autobiographical narrative has been praised and analysed by scholars and critics. In 2017, two e-lit works published by New Binary Press, The Bafflement Fires and novelling, were shortlisted for the Turn on Literature Prize, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. A number of New Binary Press publications represent marked political leanings. In 2017, the press published The Elysian: Creative Responses, an anthology of poetry, short fiction, critical essays which respond to The Elysian in Cork city, a building which Marjorie Brennan describes as a "a symbol of the worst excesses of the Celtic Tiger". Edited by Graham Allen and Billy Ramsell, the collection includes contributions by a number of notable writers and critics, including Cónal Creedon, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Frank McDonald. Earlier in 2017, New Binary Press released John Barber's Remembering the Dead: Northern Ireland, a Web-based commemoration of the victims of The Troubles which builds on earlier iterations intended as a response to gun violence in the US.

In 2018, New Binary Press published Autonomy, edited by Kathy D'Arcy, a project which sought to raise funds in support of the campaign to repeal the Eight Amendment of the Irish Constitution, as well as contribute to the campaign for "safe, legal abortion" in Ireland. Kit de Waal has associated New Binary Press with the publication of working class writers

Matthew Hopkins in popular culture

Matthew Hopkins was an English witchhunter whose career flourished during the time of the English Civil War. Between 1644 and 1645, Hopkins and his associates were responsible for the deaths of more accused witches than had been executed in the previous 100 years. Hopkins found recognition in popular culture immediately. In the 17th century, Jacob Bright composed a poem mocking Hopkins that became popular among royalists and Catholics, shown below: Witchfinder General, a 1966 novel by Ronald Bassett The Devil on the Road, a 1978 novel by Robert Westall in which Hopkins makes a late appearance Sarum, the 1987 novel by Edward Rutherfurd, features Hopkins making a brief appearance in Wiltshire, where he becomes involved in a family quarrel and in an apparent attempt to frame Margaret Shockley as a witch. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, parodies Hopkins' title through the characters of Newton Pulsifer, entitled "Witchfinder Private" and "Witchfinder Sergeant" Shadwell of the Witchfinder Army, of which Hopkins is said to be the last General.

Witch hunt, a 2012 horror/thriller novel by Syd Moore, deals with a young woman who has growing visions of Hopkins and his victims. The book suggests a fictional end to Hopkins in that he flees England for New England in 1647 and continues his prosecution of witches there; the Witchfinder's Sister, a 2017 novel by Beth Underdown, follows the story of Hopkins' semi-fictional sister, Alice. Hopkins and his role in the East Anglian witch-hunts during the English Civil War feature heavily. "The Witchfinder Project", a short musical by Ipswich-based composer Amy Mallett. Witchfinder General, a 1968 film based on Bassett's novel starring Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins; the Lords of Salem had Udo Kier playing the part of Matthew Hopkins. Whitechapel in the detective's 4th series a serial killer likened to Matthew Hopkins is killing'alleged' witches in modern day London. Hopkins is a song from the album The Carnival Bizarre. Witchfinder General is a Doom Metal band from England. Witchfinder General is a song by the heavy metal band Saxon from the album Lionheart.

Darren Hayman's 2012 concept album The Violence is based on Hopkins's witch trials in Essex. Matthew Hopkins was used to advertise Walkers Square Crisps. Several of his witch-hunting methods were parodied, his catchphrase was "'Tis not normal". Commemorative square pogs featuring Hopkins were released to coincide with the adverts, he made an appearance as a "mystery guest" on the BBC show Russell Howard's Good News. In Puritan garb, Hopkins accused Howard of being a follower of the Devil; the character of The Paedofinder General in the comedy series Monkey Dust is based on the modern film portrayal of the Witchfinder General. In the MMORPG RuneScape, the Botfinder General is based on Matthew Hopkins; the role played here is sentencing and permanently banning accounts that are accused of macroing. The title character of the Witchsmeller Pursuivant episode of Blackadder is derived from Hopkins's role as "Witchfinder General". Steve Coogan plays a character based on Matthew Hopkins called'Witch locater Captain Tobias Slater' from episode 6'Scream Satan scream!' of the BBC comedy series Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible, first aired 17 December 2001.

In the dark fantasy turn-based strategy Disciples II: Dark Prophecy, the Hopkins-based character "Witch Hunter" is the first unit in the Inquisition line of the human faction. In the online free-to-play role-playing mobile game Fate/Grand Order, Matthew Hopkins was featured as one of the antagonists in Singularity Subspecies IV: Taboo Epiphany Garden: Salem of the Heresy