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Cedric Morris

Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, 9th Baronet was a British artist, art teacher and plantsman. He was born in Swansea in South Wales, but worked in East Anglia; as an artist he is best known for his portraits, flower landscapes. Cedric Lockwood Morris was born on 11 December 1889 in Sketty, the son of George Lockwood Morris and iron founder, Wales rugby international, his wife Wilhelmina, he had two sisters – Muriel, who died in her teens, Nancy. His mother was an accomplished needlewoman. Cedric was sent away to be educated, at St Cyprian's School and Charterhouse School in Godalming. Having failed the entrance exams for an army commission, at the age of 17 he set out on a steamship to Ontario, Canada, to work on a farm. After a succession of jobs, including as a dishwasher and bellboy in New York City, he returned to South Wales, entered the Royal College of Music, London, to study singing, but he gave up singing for painting, went to Paris, where from April 1914 he studied at the Académie Delécluse in Montparnasse before the interruption of World War I.

During the war he joined the Artists' Rifles, but before embarking for France was declared medically unfit for action in consequence of the effects of a failed operation during his childhood. As an experienced horseman, however, he was allocated to the training of remounts at Lord Rosslyn's stables at Theale, Berkshire, he worked under Cecil Aldin. He was discharged from this when the army took over the remounts in 1917. Morris went to Zennor in Cornwall, where he studied painted water colours. There he became friendly with the painter Frances Hodgkins. At the time of the Armistice with Germany in November 1918 he was in London, when he met the painter Arthur Lett-Haines. Morris and Lett-Haines fell in love and began a life-time relationship, shortly afterwards Morris moved in with Lett-Haines and his second wife, Aimee; the trio planned to go to America, but in the event Aimee Lett-Haines left on her own, the two men moved to Cornwall. They converted a row of cottages at Newlyn into a larger house and stayed there until the end of 1920, when they moved to Paris.

Paris was their base for the next five years. Morris studied at the Academies Moderne and La Grande Chaumiere. Morris had successful exhibitions in London in 1924 and 1926, in that year they settled back in Britain. After staying with his sister Nancy Morris in Corfe and Haines found a studio in London at Great Ormond Street to which they moved in 1927. Morris became a member of the London Artists' Association and the Seven and Five Society, for which he was proposed by Winifred Nicholson and seconded by Ben Nicholson, he became friendly with the painter Christopher Wood, renewed friendship with Frances Hodgkins. At the end of the 1920s Morris became involved with much commercial work designing textiles for Cresta Silks with Paul Nash and posters for Shell and BP. Morris chose the country life to pursue his passion for horticulture. Early in 1929 Morris and his companion took the lease of Pound Farm, Suffolk, in February 1930 they gave up the London studio. In 1932 the owner of Pound Farm, Vivien Gribble, for a while a student and left it to Morris.

Morris had resigned from the Seven and Five Society in 1930 and he resigned from the London Artists' Association in 1933. There were many visitors at Pound Farm, including Frances Hodgkins, Barbara Hepworth and John Skeaping. Joan Warburton, a student described Pound Farm as a paradise because of the spectacular gardens which Morris developed, she was impressed by their spectacular parties. Morris went painting in his native South Wales, in 1935 at the time of the Depression was moved by the plight of the people of South Wales Valleys, he initiated a major touring exhibition of Welsh art in 1935, was a regular teacher at Mary Horsfall's arts' centre at Merthyr Tydfil. In 1935 he painted two large flower murals on board the liner Queen Mary. In late 1937 Morris and Haines joined the Hadleigh Labour Party after attending a meeting addressed by Professor Catlin. Morris and Lett-Haines opened the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Dedham in April 1937. Within a year they had 60 students.

Lucian Freud was one of his most noted students. Other students include Joan Warburton. In 1939 the building at Dedham was destroyed by fire to the conspicuous enjoyment of Alfred Munnings. By the end of the year the school was re-established at Benton End. Benton End was a rambling'Suffolk Pink' farmhouse on the outskirts of Hadleigh, set in 3 or 4 acres of orchard. Dating from the 16th century, the house is reputed to have been designed by Sir Peter Cheyney and since 1950 it has been Grade II* listed. Morris was intolerant of cruelty to animals and at Benton End had a running feud with a local gamekeeper who shot cats and dogs – until the latter tripped over his shotgun and killed himself, his housekeeper was Millie Hayes. She studied at Benton End under Morris and his 1936 portrait of her was displayed at The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester. In 1941 she exhibited the painting Landscape from the Garden at the Ipswich Art Club. Another painting Hadleigh was sold at auction by Christie's in 1997.


RaudonÄ— Castle

Raudonė Castle is a residential castle of the 19th century in Raudonė, Lithuania. Today it is used as a public school. Bayersburg II Castle, an old Teutonic castle, stood here until the 16th century; the original castle is the setting of an East Prussian legend known as "The White Maiden of the Bayersburg". Raudonė was a royal manor, which Grand Duke Sigismund II August gave to Prussian merchant Krispin Kirschenstein, he built a Renaissance style manor house with a 110-foot cylindrical tower on the grounds of the old castle at the end of the 16th century. The 18th century owners of the Raudonė estate, the Olędzki h. Rawicz family, members of Polish nobility, commissioned Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius \ Wawrzyniec Gucewicz to renovate the castle; the next owner, the Russian Prince Platon Zubov, acquired the estate in the first half of the 19th century and his family transformed the castle yet again. Their architect was Cesare Anichini; the Neo-Gothic style building was built in 1877 as part of the castle building complex.

It was used as a living place for servants. In 1923, the building was turned into mill. Today the whole complex is an example of 19th-century Neo-Gothic architecture; the last owners of the castle from 1898 to 1937, was Sophia Waxell, a granddaughter of Sophia von Pirch-Kaiserov, niece of Platon Zubov, her husband from Madeira, José Carlos de Faria e Castro. After early death of Sophia, the castle belonged to her husband on to her only son, Joseph Carlo de Faria e Castro and his wife Olga Kordashevski and their children Nikolai and Alexander. In 1937 the castle became property of the National Bank of Lithuania; the castle is surrounded by an old park, in which rare trees grow: the silver fir, Swiss pine, grey walnut, line with nine trunks, Gediminas Oak. The Gediminas Oak, under which according to a legend the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas had a lunch, is no longer putting out leaves; the tower is open to public as an observation tower of Nemunas valley. List of castles in Lithuania Urban, William.

The Teutonic Knights: A Military History. Greenhill Books. London, 2003, p. 133. ISBN 1-85367-535-0 Polski słownik biograficzny / komitet redakcyjny Władysław Konopczynski.... Publisher Kraków: Skład główny w ksieg. Gebethnera i Wolffa, 1935-. ISBN 8386301015

Andrew R. Barron

Andrew R. Barron is a British chemist and entrepreneur, he is the Sêr Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment at Swansea University, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry at Rice University. He is the founder and director of Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University, which consolidates the energy research at the University with a focus on environmental impact and future security. At Rice University, he leads a Research Group and has served as Associate Dean for Industry Interactions and Technology Transfer. Most of Barron's work has revolved around the study of their applications. Early on, he studied how the structure of a molecule could overcome thermodynamic control and create new solid state structures; some of his early work dealt with alumoxanes and ceramic nanomaterials. In the early 2000s, his research began to focus on carbon nanomaterials, the functionalization of fullerenes and single walled carbon nanotubes. Application of nanotechnology to energy problems became the focal point of his work.

He has authored over 440 papers and 6 books, including a book co-authored with his wife, Merrie Barron, entitled Project Management for Scientists and Engineers. Barron is the co-founder of Natcore Technology, he was a co-founder of the Rice Alliance. Barron has received several awards for his work, he received the Humboldt Senior Scientist Research Award in 1997, the Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research in 2002 and the Lifetime Achievement Award by Houston Technology Center in Nanotechnology in 2011. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Barron was born in Welwyn Garden City, brought up in Farnham, Surrey. In 1983, Barron completed his BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College. Subsequently he received his PhD degree in 1986 from Imperial College under the supervision of Geoffrey Wilkinson. After completing his PhD, Barron moved to the United States and joined University of Texas at Austin for his post-doctoral research, which dealt with the chemistry of multiple bonds to phosphorus and carbon.

He published the first structural characterization of a C≅P triple bond in 1988 in a paper he co-authored with Alan Cowley. In 1987, he joined Harvard University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991. Barron became Chairman of its Scientific Advisory board. Barron left Harvard University in 1995, when he joined Rice University as professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, he stepped down from his position at Gallia in 1997. In 1998, he was appointed as the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry at Rice University. Following his studies on ceramic nanoparticles and the discovery of their applications, he founded Oxane Materials in 2002; the company developed nanoproducts with applications in the field of energy. Building on his research with nanoparticles, Barron founded Natcore Technology in 2004 and joined the scientific advisory board of the company; the company manufactures nanoparticles and technology with applications in the solar sectors.

From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Associate Dean of Industry Interactions and Technology Transfer at the institute. In 2013 he was appointed as the Sêr Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment, College of Engineering, Swansea University, he taught as a visiting professor for one year at University of Wales in 2009. Barron has served as a board member of the Houston Clean Energy Park, his research in the field of energy resulted in the foundation of Energy Safety Research Institute, which he leads, at Swansea University. Barron is the editor of Journal of Nanomaterials since 2013 and Scientific Reports since 2014, he is part of the editorial boards of Main Group Chemistry and Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing. Barron has served on the advisory board of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Zhu Zhou International Research Institute China, Yellow River Delta Efficient Eco-economic Development. In the early 1990s, Barron developed interest in studying how the structure of a molecule could overcome thermodynamic control and create new solid state structures.

As such, he synthesized a class of cubic Gallium chalcogenide compounds and showed that a new meta-stable phase could be synthesized. Following from his work on the chalcogenides, Barron was the first person to crystallographically characterise an alumoxane in 1993; these structures were spectroscopically consistent with methylalumoxane and he showed that despite being octet molecules they had significant Lewis acidity, he termed this as “Latent Lewis acidity”, showed that this mechanism applied to a number of MAO style polymerization systems. Barron’s model has been evolved by others but is the same as now accepted. While investigating MAO-like structures, Barron noticed the relationship between clusters and minerals, at the same time he became interested in metalloxane polymers, he determined that these "polymers" were nanoparticles. Furthermore, he showed that these metal oxide nanoparticles could be chemically made by a top-down approach from mineral with which they shared their structures.

With the ability to make a range of nanoparticles with different functional groups and control over size, Barron found that the structure and physical properties of macroscopic materials could be controlled by alterations at the nanometer scale. Barron was the first to discover that nanoparticle derived ceramics could be designed to have intra-granular porosity, meaning that the pores are within the crystal grain rather than between the crystal grains as observed; this had implications in membranes and separation processes. Through his res

Rhapsody in Blue (TV series)

Rhapsody In Blue is a Singaporean Chinese drama, being telecast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp TV Channel 8 every weekday at 7pm in June, 2006. The show stars Christopher Lee, Guo Liang, Phyllis Quek, Eelyn Kok and Chen Hanwei. Jesseca Liu as Ding Yirou Chen Hanwei as Guo Yongtao Christopher Lee as Lan Ziyuan Boon Hui Lu as Doudou Eelyn Kok as Zhao Cuiping Guo Liang as Ding Yixing Phyllis Quek as Alice Ong Ai Leng as Ya Er May Phua as Doudou's mother Zhu Houren as Ding Zhengda Hong Huifang as Guiying Zhang Zhenhuan as Uncredited Role Twenty-four-year-old teacher Ding Yirou decides to marry 40-year-old divorcee Guo Yongtao despite vehement objections from her parents and disapproval from Yongtao’s 11-year-old daughter Doudou; the stubborn and wilful girl runs away from home as a sign of protest and during the frantic search, Yongtao is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Traumatised, Doudou loses her ability to speak. Yirou, out of guilt and love for Yongtao, decides to be Doudou’s guardian and takes the child into her family home.

The entire Ding family is against the idea of the anti-social Doudou moving into the household. However, Doudou hates Yirou for causing her father’s death and resents living with the ‘murderer’, thus deliberately causing chaos in the family. Despite that, Yirou still takes on the role of a mother and brings Doudou for counselling, standing up to protect her when she is bullied at school and at home going great lengths to get Doudou transferred to the school where she teaches. Still, the girl is unmoved. Cuiping and her boyfriend music therapist Ziyuan are facing a crisis of their own: Cuiping had hit a man during a fight with Ziyuan in his car and had driven off in shaking fear when they realized the man is dead; the accident haunts Cuiping, escalating wildly when she discovers the deceased is her colleague Yirou’s fiancé! She has no courage to own up to the accident and so tries her best to be a better person to Yirou and Doudou to make up for it. Ziyuan helps out by giving Doudou music therapy.

Under his guidance and care, Doudou begins to open up about her hatred for Yirou. Ziyuan tries his best to let Doudou see the many things. Meanwhile, Yixing's guileful wife disrespect and henpeck him. Yixing only find solace when he is with Ya Er; when Alice stumbles upon the truth, she vents her frustrations on her maid, with an iron. A scalded Timmi runs off to the police and Alice was arrested for maid abuse. Yirou does not let up on trying to track down the driver, her determination causes Cuiping such panic that the latter develops a mental disorder and turns suicidal. On the other hand, Ziyuan has been giving Yirou a lot of moral and physical support and both begin to develop affections for each other. Both withhold their feelings out of guilt and obligations to Yongtao and Cuiping respectively. Meanwhile, Doudou's estranged mother has arrived from the United States. Decides to take her to the States with her and to start a life anew with her mum and a new stepfather; this pressures Doudou to stay with Yirou instead, while Ziyuan ends up in prison and Doudou forgives him.

Alice is prevented by her mother-in-law. Who tries her best to console her and to reconcile with Yixing. Rhapsody In Blue has been nominated for four awards at Star Awards 2006. However, only Boon Hui Lu managed to bag an award; the other dramas that are nominated are The Shining Star 星闪闪,C. I. D. 刑警2人组,Love at 0°C 爱情零度C & Measure of Man 大男人,小男人 The opening theme 风铃 was adapted from Punch's single Ying Gwah Sia Jai. The name of the show is based on the famous Jazz ballad, "Rhapsody in Blue". List of MediaCorp Chinese series Rhapsody In Blue Theme Song

Pope County Courthouse

The Pope County Courthouse is the courthouse and government center of Pope County, United States, in the city of Glenwood. It was built in 1930 as a replacement for a prior courthouse on the same site dating to 1879; the current courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for having local significance in politics/government and architecture. Its historic significance derives from being the long-serving seat of Pope County government and for being a well-preserved example of the replacement courthouses built in a few Minnesota counties in the 1930s. National Register of Historic Places listings in Pope County, Minnesota Media related to Pope County Courthouse at Wikimedia Commons Pope County, Minnesota

Air Raid (album)

Air Raid is the second album by the improvisational collective Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, Fred Hopkins performing four of Threadgill's compositions. The album was released on the Japanese Why Not label in 1976 and released in the U. S. on India Navigation in 1984. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek stated: "The critical success of Air's debut album, Air Song, dictated both more of the same and a difference in approach over Air Raid... The concept of group improvisation was the same, but Henry Threadgill's compositional notions began to come through in his solos... Another fine effort". All compositions by Henry Threadgill"Air Raid" – 11:55 "Midnight Sun" – 7:05 "Release" – 16:31 "Through a Keyhole Darkly" – 7:20Recorded at Basement Studio, New York City on July 15, 1976 Henry Threadgill – Chinese musette, alto saxophone, hubkaphone, tenor saxophone Fred Hopkins – bass Steve McCall – drums