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Charlie Chaplin

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was an English comic actor and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, "The Tramp", is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry, his career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, encompassed both adulation and controversy. Chaplin's childhood in London was one of poverty and hardship, as his father was absent and his mother struggled financially, he was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine; when he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum. Chaplin began performing at an early age, touring music halls and working as a stage actor and comedian. At 19, he was signed to the prestigious Fred Karno company, he began appearing in 1914 for Keystone Studios. He soon formed a large fan base, he directed his own films and continued to hone his craft as he moved to the Essanay and First National corporations.

By 1918, he was one of the best-known figures in the world. In 1919, Chaplin co-founded the distribution company United Artists, which gave him complete control over his films, his first feature-length film was The Kid, followed by A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush, The Circus. He refused to move to sound films in the 1930s, instead producing City Lights and Modern Times without dialogue, he became political, his first sound film was The Great Dictator, which satirized Adolf Hitler. The 1940s were a decade marked with controversy for Chaplin, his popularity declined rapidly, he was accused of communist sympathies, while he created scandal through his involvement in a paternity suit and his marriages to much younger women. An FBI investigation was opened, Chaplin was forced to leave the United States and settle in Switzerland, he abandoned the Tramp in his films, which include Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King in New York, A Countess from Hong Kong. Chaplin wrote, produced, starred in, composed the music for most of his films.

He was a perfectionist, his financial independence enabled him to spend years on the development and production of a picture. His films are characterized by slapstick combined with pathos, typified in the Tramp's struggles against adversity. Many contain political themes, as well as autobiographical elements, he received an Honorary Academy Award for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century" in 1972, as part of a renewed appreciation for his work. He continues to be held in high regard, with The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator ranked on lists of the greatest films of all time. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 to Charles Chaplin Sr.. There is no official record of his birth, although Chaplin believed he was born at East Street, Walworth, in South London, his parents had married four years at which time Charles Sr. became the legal guardian of Hannah's illegitimate son, Sydney John Hill. At the time of his birth, Chaplin's parents were both music hall entertainers.

Hannah, the daughter of a shoemaker, had a brief and unsuccessful career under the stage name Lily Harley, while Charles Sr. a butcher's son, was a popular singer. Although they never divorced, Chaplin's parents were estranged by around 1891; the following year, Hannah gave birth to a third son – George Wheeler Dryden – fathered by the music hall entertainer Leo Dryden. The child was taken by Dryden at six months old, did not re-enter Chaplin's life for 30 years. Chaplin's childhood was fraught with poverty and hardship, making his eventual trajectory "the most dramatic of all the rags to riches stories told" according to his authorised biographer David Robinson. Chaplin's early years were spent with his mother and brother Sydney in the London district of Kennington; as the situation deteriorated, Chaplin was sent to Lambeth Workhouse. The council housed him at the Central London District School for paupers, which Chaplin remembered as "a forlorn existence", he was reunited with his mother 18 months before Hannah was forced to readmit her family to the workhouse in July 1898.

The boys were promptly sent to another institution for destitute children. In September 1898, Hannah was committed to Cane Hill mental asylum – she had developed a psychosis brought on by an infection of syphilis and malnutrition. For the two months she was there and his brother Sydney were sent to live with their father, whom the young boys scarcely knew. Charles Sr. was by a severe alcoholic, life there was bad enough to provoke a visit from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Chaplin's father died two years at 38 years old, from cirrhosis of the liver. Hannah entered a period of remission but, in May 1903, became ill again. Chaplin 14, had the task of taking his mother to the infirmary, from where she was sent back to Cane Hill, he lived alone for several days, searching for food and sleeping rough, until Sydney – who had enrolled in the Navy two years earlier – returned. Hannah was released from the asylum eight months but in March 1905, her illness returned, this time permanently.

"There was nothing we could do but accept poor mother's fate", Cha

Janice Battersby

Janice Battersby is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Portrayed by Vicky Entwistle, the character first appeared on-screen during the episode airing on 6 January 1997. On 2 August 2010, it was announced that Entwistle had quit her role as Janice after 14 years on the show and would depart in 2011, she made her final appearance on 25 March 2011 after she leaves Weatherfield with her new boyfriend Trevor Dean to go travelling around the world. Janice first appears in January 1997 as a new machinist at Mike Baldwin's garment factory "Underworld". In July 1997 she returns along with daughter Toyah and stepdaughter Leanne, she is rude to her various managers at the factory. She breaks up with Les after having an affair with Dennis Stringer late in 2001, seeing Eileen Grimshaw at the time. Les is so upset that he attempts suicide on New Year's Day, while driving him to hospital, they collide with another car. Les survives with minor injuries but Dennis is badly injured and dies in hospital.

Janice is left devastated by Dennis's death. In March 2004, Janice sneaks into the storeroom at the factory for a crafty cigarette but drops the cigarette when caretaker Harry Flagg locks her in, a fire starts. Just before the whole room burns down, factory manager Nick Tilsley comes to her rescue - and as a result of the fire, she ends up in hospital and Nick is sacked by Mike. Janice becomes involves with police officer, Mick Hopwood; when Mick and Les get into a fight, Les is unfairly imprisoned and Janice splits up with Mick. A attempt at reconciliation with Les fails as a result of interference from Cilla Brown. In the summer of 2005, Janice discovers, to her horror. Drunkenly, she asks friend Sean Tully to shave her head; when she sees her bald head in the mirror, she is appalled. A couple of weeks she has a mud fight with resident Claire Peacock on the Red Rec after Claire calls her a "pug faced scumbag". In early 2006, Janice and Leanne are involved in a car accident, when Danny does not ask Kevin Webster to perform a full service on the car.

They crash into Gail Platt's front wall. Since Janice and Sally Webster become rivals as Janice feels that Sally and her daughter, look down their noses at her; the rivalry comes to a head on 27 February 2006, when Janice is sacked by Danny Baldwin, shortly after, she is punched by nemesis Sally, in the middle of the Rovers Return Inn. She leaves the Street in shame. However, it was reported in December 2005, that despite original plans for her to be written out of the series, Vicky Entwistle's contract was renewed, she goes to stay with Toyah in London in March 2006, but returns by April, telling Leanne that life in London was not any better than life in Weatherfield. She helps Leanne as she discovers Mike's original will, that Leanne's boyfriend Danny does not know about. In January 2007, Janice's heating breaks down and she calls plumber Roger Stiles to fix it, who arrives late. After socialising a bit, Roger asks Janice to go with him to France for a few months, which she accepts, she returns in Roger returns in June.

She subsequently finds out. Janice pleads with her to give up her work, but Leanne refuses as it is too lucrative, she admits that she can not continue and moves in with Janice. Janice and Roger reconcile, Roger gives Leanne a loan for the restaurant she plans to open but his lack of money means he struggles to pay his rent, so he moves in with Janice. Leanne's restaurant burns down in April 2008. A few weeks Paul tells the police he and Leanne set the place on fire for insurance money. Janice is furious with Leanne for lying to her. In September 2008, Janice and Leanne discover that one of the Lottery syndicate tickets for Underworld is a winner, to the tune of £25,000. Spotting an opportunity, Leanne persuades Janice that they should keep the money and claim the winnings by setting up a bogus bank account in Rosie Webster's name. However, Rosie has vanished, worrying her parents and when they learn of the lottery win, the police stop looking for Rosie, believing that she has absconded with the cash.

Unable to live with her guilty conscience, Janice comes clean on 8 October 2008 and is arrested while at work in the factory. The factory girls tell Roger about the scam and he leaves Janice, disgusted at her behaviour. Janice is left on the Street in tears. Leanne callously just shuts the blind. In November, Janice stands trial for the scam alone, having agreed to keep Leanne's name out of it and is sentenced to community service, much to the disgust of her colleagues, she starts her work placement at the canteen at Weatherfield General Hospital in December and is delighted to discover that her supervisor is Emily Bishop, whom she sees as a pushover. However, she is proven wrong as Emily is strict. On 29 December, she meets Mike Scott, he tells her he is in for a chest infection, downgraded from pneumonia. She tells him about her community service, they laugh over their shared misfortune. Janice goes back to work, but that night her friends tell her that she has been beaming the whole time she has been out with them, which suggests that she still has Mike on her mind

Currumbin Eagles

Formed in 1976 as the Currumbin Football Club, the Currumbin Eagles compete in both the junior and senior Gold Coast Rugby League competitions. The club is based at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex in Currumbin Waters and the club's Gold Coast Titans Ambassadors are Jahrome Hughes, Albert Kelly and William Zillman. CoastThe Currumbin Eagles, although not having the backup of a leagues club like most of their opposition clubs, continue to be a competitive force in the local Gold Coast competition. List of rugby league clubs in Australia Official Seniors site Official Juniors site Facebook Titans4Tomorrow club profile