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Francis Page (judge)

Sir Francis Page was an English judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1708 to 1713. Page was the son of Nicholas Page, vicar of Bloxham, Oxfordshire from 1663 to 1696, he entered Inner Temple in 1685 and was called to the bar in 1690. He married Isabella White of Greenwich, Kent on 18 December 1690. In 1704 he became Serjeant-at-law, he made a second marriage to Frances Wheate daughter of Sir Thomas Wheate, 1st Baronet on 11 October 1705. Page was a trustee for the estates of the 3rd Earl of Sandwich, so had access to the Montagu interest at Huntingdon, he was returned as Member of Parliament for Huntingdon in the 1708 general election. He was classed as a Whig, but there is some confusion between his activities and those of another Page in the House of Commons, he stood down at the 1713 general election in favour of Lord Hinchingbrooke who had now attained his majority. He does not appear to have sought an alternative seat or later. Page became his career prospered under the Hanoverians.

He became King's Serjeant 1715 and served on the special commission to try the rebels in Lancashire in 1715–16. He was promoted to Baron of the Exchequer in 1718, he was further promoted to Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1726 and of the King's Bench in 1727 when he was knighted. His coarseness and cruelty earned him a reputation as ‘the hanging judge’, the singular distinction of being satirized by Pope, Hogarth, Dr Johnson and the poet Richard Savage, over whose trial for murder he presided. Savage wrote of him: Of heart impure and impotent of head, In history, ethics, law unread. Page died without issue on 19 December 1741 age 80 years, he was buried at Steeple Aston in the family mausoleum constructed on the ruins of a chapel next to the parish church. The Flemish sculptor Henry Scheemakers created a grandiose monument to Page's specifications, which destroyed at least one of the existing tombs when it was erected. Most his estate, including a house in ‘Bedford Row’ and a manor at Lechlade, was left to his great-nephew Francis Bourne on condition that he changed his name to Page

Simeon Monument

The Simeon Monument known as the Soane Obelisk, the Soane Monument and the Simeon Obelisk, is a stone structure in Market Place, the former site of the market in Reading, Berkshire. It was commissioned by Edward Simeon, a Reading-born merchant who became wealthy as a City of London trader. Edward Simeon's brother John Simeon was a former Member of Parliament for Reading who had lost his seat in the 1802 elections to the parliament of the newly created United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, since which time the family had been engaged in ostentatious spending locally in an effort to gain support among the town's voters. Although street lighting had been installed in Reading in 1797, the system used was one of lamps attached to the sides of buildings and as a consequence open spaces remained unlit. In 1804 Simeon persuaded the Mayor of Reading that it would be of benefit to erect a structure in Market Place, which would serve both to carry lamps to light the area and to improve the flow of traffic in the area, volunteered to pay for such a structure himself.

Simeon commissioned local architect John Soane to design a suitable structure. Soane designed an unusual triangular structure, 25 feet high and built of Portland stone, it had no official unveiling or opening ceremony, but the stonework was complete by September 1804. The structure was controversial, denounced within weeks of its opening as "a paltry gew-gaw thing without use, or name", built by Simeon to promote himself rather than for the public benefit. In early 1805 Simeon donated an annuity of 3% interest on £1000 to pay for the lamps on the obelisk to be lit in perpetuity. By 1900 a cabmen's shelter had been erected next to the monument, in 1933 underground public toilets had been built alongside it. Although Simeon had stipulated that the lamps were to remain lighted forever, by this time the lamps were no longer operational, having been replaced by baskets of flowers in 1911. Although the monument was Grade II listed in 1956, by this time it was becoming dilapidated; the market was relocated away from Market Place in the 1970s, the obelisk avoided demolition owing to lobbying by admirers of Soane, as it was the last surviving structure in Reading to have been designed by him.

In 2005 Reading Borough Council agreed to landscape Market Place and to renovate the Simeon Monument. The now-disused toilets and other structures around the monument were removed, the monument itself was restored to its former condition; the town of Reading is at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet 40 miles west of London. The settlement has existed since at least the Anglo-Saxon period, it became a prominent town in 1121 following the foundation of Reading Abbey. Located on the Great West Road, the main route connecting London to Bath and Bristol, with the Thames providing direct shipping routes to London and Oxford, the city grew prosperous and became a major industrial centre noted for its iron production and breweries, as well as a major market town for the surrounding area. Market Place in Reading was a large triangular piece of open land, surrounded by shops, which since the twelfth century had been the site of Reading's market; the Borough Corporation maintained the area, in return for a tax of one pint of corn from each sack sold.

While the outdoor market in Market Place had traditionally specialised in dairy produce and poultry, the sale of these items had been moved to a nearby purpose-built market hall in 1800, leaving Market Place dealing with trade in grain, vegetables and "colonial or manufactured articles". By the early nineteenth century, around 200 wagons of produce would arrive in Reading on busy market days. Although Reading had introduced street lighting in 1797, this system did not use lamp posts and instead consisted of oil lamps attached to the walls of buildings; as a consequence, open areas such as Market Place remained unlit other than around their edges. John Soane was a local architect, born in nearby Goring in 1753 and educated at William Baker's Academy in Reading. After a successful early career designing country houses, on 16 October 1788 he was appointed architect and surveyor to the Bank of England. In addition to his work for the Bank of England he continued to design other buildings, including in 1789 a brewery in Bridge Street, in 1796 a house for Lancelot Austwick, to become Mayor of Reading in 1803.

Edward Simeon was a Reading-born merchant, who became wealthy as a City of London trader. From 1792 he was a director of the Bank of England. Although he lived in London, in Salvadore House on White Hart Court, he maintained links with Reading, his 1792 wedding took place there, he donated clothing to the poor children of the town. The Simeon family were prominent in the town. John Simeon was a controversial and reactionary figure who opposed the poor being taught arithmetic or writing, following his defeat in 1802 the Simeon family had been engaged in ostentatious efforts to curry favour with the 300 men who were entitled to vote in Reading's elections. Concerned about the appearance of the Market Place and the congestion caused by traffic passing through it, Simeon wrote to Lancelot Austwick, the Mayor of Reading, on 24 January 1804: It has often struck me that

1969 Pecan Bowl

The 1969 Pecan Bowl was a college football bowl game played between Drake Bulldogs and Arkansas State Indians at Memorial Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was one of four regional finals in the NCAA College Division, which became Division II in 1973; the other three regional finals in 1969 were the Boardwalk, Grantland Rice, Camellia bowls. ASU jumped out to a 22–0 lead at halftime and held on to win, 29–21; the Pecan Bowl was played again in Arlington in 1970 was succeeded by the Pioneer Bowl in Wichita Falls in 1971. Arkansas State changed its nickname from Indians to Red Wolves in 2008. First Quarter Arkansas State - Lockhart 75 yard pass from Crocker Second Quarter Arkansas State - Peyton 8 yard pass from Crocker Arkansas State - Croker 5 run Third Quarter Drake - Sharpe 2 run Drake - Miller 51 yard pass from Grejbowski Fourth Quarter Arkansas State - Harrell 3 run Drake- Rogers 1 yard pass from Grejbowski Rushing ASU- Harrell 34-160, Carr 9-49 DU- Sharpe 19-60, Rodgers 3-16 Passing ASU- Crocker 6-11-176 DU- Grejbowski 15-37- Receiving ASU- Lockhart 2-110, Harrell 1-42, Johnson 2-16 DU- Miller 9-192, Rodgers 5-63

Underneath the Stars (album)

Underneath the Stars is the fourth studio album by English folk musician Kate Rusby, released on 11 August 2003 on Pure Records. In a 2007 interview, Rusby noted that "The Blind Harper", which appears on this album, is her favourite traditional song. "The Good Man" "The Daughter of Megan" "Let Me Be" "Cruel" "The Blind Harper" "The White Cockade" "Young James" "Falling" "Bring Me a Boat" "Polly" "Sweet William's Ghost" "Underneath the Stars" Kate Rusby - vocals, guitar Ian Carr - guitar, mandolin John McCusker - cittern, ukulele Andy Cutting - diatonic accordion Neil Yates - trumpet, flugelhorn Ewen Vernal - double bass James Macintosh - percussion, wee bells

Diego Quispe Tito

Diego Quispe Tito was a Quechua painter from Peru. He is considered the leader of the Cuzco School of painting; the son of a noble Inca family, Quispe Tito was born in Cuzco, worked throughout his life in the district of San Sebastián. Quispe Tito's earliest signed painting is an Immaculate Conception from 1627, gilded in a fashion typical of the Cuzco school, his work is in the style of Flemish painting. Quispe Tito is believed to have learned these styles from Italian Jesuit Bernardo Bitti, active at the time in Cuzco. In addition, he is believed to have known Luis de Riaño in his youth, may have derived some elements of his style from the older artist. Quispe Tito was influenced in his work by engravings from Flanders; these engravings were designed for distribution in Peru, where worship of the sun and stars was still practiced in some quarters. A further series, depicting scenes from the life of John the Baptist and dating to 1663, was produced on Flemish models. Quispe Tito incorporated several personal elements into his work.

In 1667 he painted several scenes from the life of Christ, which were sent to Potosí. Quispe Tito died in Cuzco in 1681. Master of Calamarca, 18th century, Bolivia Basilio Pacheco de Santa Cruz Pumacallao, Peru Marcos Zapata, c. 1710—1773, Peru biography