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Alberto Laiseca

Alberto Jesús Laiseca was an Argentine author of horror, supernatural fiction, science fiction, fantasy. He is one of the most respected writers of his generation, he published numerous short stories, as well as several essays and non-fiction books. He published a book of brief poems based on Classical Chinese poetry, Poemas chinos. Most of his short stories have been collected in book collections, his monumental novel Los sorias -which had remained unpublished for twenty years after its completion- is considered, due to its extension, as the longest novel written in Argentine literature. He achieved further popularity after appearing as the TV host for the anthology series "Cuentos de terror", for the Argentine cable television channel I. Sat; the show consisted of Laiseca narrating -with his own style and words- classical or well known horror short stories against an empty and dark backdrop, including some of his own, such as the famous La cabeza de mi padre. He served in a similar capacity as the presenter of the television program "Cine de terror", for Latin American cable television network with classic programming Retro.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom

The Gibson Les Paul Custom is a higher-end variation of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. It was developed in 1953 after Gibson had introduced the Les Paul model in 1952; the 1952 Gibson Les Paul was made with a mahogany body with a one-inch-thick maple cap, a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, two P-90 single coil pickups, a one-piece,'trapeze'-style bridge/tailpiece with strings fitted under a steel stop-bar. Available only with a gold-finished top, giving rise to the moniker "Gold-Top". In late 1953, a more luxurious version was introduced, most on specific request by Les Paul himself, as he wanted a more luxurious and classy looking guitar, he requested a black guitar as he wanted it to "look like a tuxedo". Nicknamed the Black Beauty, the guitar had a mahogany body and neck, ebony fret board, mother of pearl block markers inlays in the fret board; the "Split Diamond" inlay on the headstock was taken from the carved archtop Super 400, the top of the Gibson line. The pickups were a P-90 in the bridge position and an Alnico V pickup, newly designed by Seth Lover, in the neck position.

The frets are low and flat, as opposed to the usual medium jumbo frets found on other Les Paul customs, the guitar soon was given the nickname "The Fretless Wonder". The 1954 Les Paul Custom saw the introduction of Gibson's new bridge, the ABR-1; the new Custom shipped with a different case from the Standard, using a black and gold case instead of the brown and pink case, the top-of-the-line case for the Les Paul Standard models. This was to be the case until the Custom was discontinued. In mid-1957, Gibson began to equip the Les Paul Custom with the new PAF pickup designed by Seth Lover. Most Customs have three PAFs, though there are a small number that have the traditional two-pickup configuration. By 1958, Gibson had replaced the Kluson tuners with Grover Rotomatics, it is this configuration that remained until the guitar was discontinued in 1960, replaced by the new double cutaway body Les Paul model. There are a small number of 1961 Les Paul Customs that were made with the single cutaway body before the transition to the new, SG-style body was complete.

The Les Paul Custom remained a double cutaway model until 1963, when Les Paul's endorsement with Gibson ended, the guitar was subsequently renamed the SG Custom. In 1968, Gibson re-introduced the Les Paul Custom as a two-pickup model; the headstock angle was changed from 17 to a wider headstock and a maple top. In 1969, Norlin acquired Gibson, the Les Paul Custom saw many changes between 1969 and 2004; the mahogany neck was replaced with a three-piece maple neck in 1975 (though some mahogany ones were still made, continuing till around 1982, the solid-mahogany body was replaced in late 1969 with a "pancake" body, with a thin layer of maple between two thicker pieces of mahogany. Which continued until 1977. In 1970, a "Made in USA" stamp was added to the back of the headstock, a volute was added to the back of the neck to strengthen the thinnest part of the neck, just below the headstock. In 1974, Gibson released the 20th anniversary Les Paul Custom in white, cherry sunburst and honey sunburst finishes with "20th Anniversary" engraved on the 15th-fret block inlay.

By 1976, the new Nashville bridge began to replace the ABR-1. In 1977, the "pancake" maple layer was subtracted from the body, though the top was still maple, as was the neck, it was around this time. In 1975, Gibson began making a number of Customs with maple fingerboards, instead of the typical ebony, discontinued by the early 1980s. From 1979 to 1982 or 1983, Gibson made a limited edition of 75 Les Paul Customs worldwide in the Silverburst colour with 2 "Tim Shaw Burstbuckers". In 1981, the volute was phased out. In 1984, Gibson closed the Kalamazoo plant, all production was moved to Nashville. In 1986, Norlin sold Gibson to a group of investors led by Henry Juszkiewicz; the Les Paul Custom specs by the end of the 1980s: Smaller headstock Mahogany neck Mahogany body Maple top Ebony fingerboard Gold hardware 2 humbucking pickups Nashville bridge Standard Gibson frets, as opposed to wide, flatter fretsGibson has been installing its 490R/498T pickups as standard equipment on the Custom since the 1990s.

Specific production yearsLes Paul Custom guitars from 2000–2003 were specially made to the requirements of the client, as regards fretboard and body woods, type of hardware, with some models allowing for requests for specific numbers of turns in the pickups' coils, as well. Individual logo designs and hard cases were manufactured at the request of the customer. Specific Custom Shop serial numbers were assigned, encoded with Les Paul Custom's smaller, more compact serial number in the format "CS XXXXX"; the first two numbers represent on which number this specific model was built, next two represent the year they were made in and the last numeric value represents the month of formation In 2004, Gibson moved construction of the Les Paul Custom to its Nashville Custom Shop. The specs remained similar, with the only immediate changes being a TKL-made Custom Shop case and a Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a Gibson Custom decal on the back of the headstock; the serial number system for the Custom changed from the 8 digit USA numbering system to the Custom Shop numbering system, which reads as CS YNNNN.

In 2011, Gibson replaced the ebony fingerboard on the

Albion P. Howe

Albion Parris Howe was a Union Army general in the American Civil War. Howe's contentious relationships with superior officers in the Army of the Potomac led to his being deprived of division command. Howe was born in Maine, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1841. After serving in the 4th U. S. Artillery for two years, he taught mathematics at the U. S. Military Academy for three years. Howe served in the Mexican War and was awarded a brevet promotion in 1847 to the rank of captain for gallantry during Winfield Scott's advance upon Mexico City for his actions at the Battle of Contreras and the Battle of Churubusco, he was promoted to the rank of captain on March 2, 1855. Howe served under Robert E. Lee during the suppression of John Brown at Harpers Ferry. At the beginning of the Civil War, Howe served under Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan in western Virginia, he took command of John J. Peck's 3rd Brigade, Couch's 1st Division, Keyes's IV Corps during the Seven Days Battles, after Peck was promoted to command of Silas Casey's Division of the same corps.

Howe received the brevet rank of major in the regular army for his role at the Battle of Malvern Hill. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the volunteer service on June 11, 1862. In the subsequent campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, Howe fought in the Battle of South Mountain and was present at the Battle of Antietam, he was promoted to command VI Corps, leading it at the Battle of Fredericksburg. His division was engaged at Fredericksburg and Salem Church during the Chancellorsville Campaign. Howe's division led a reconnaissance in the vicinity of Fredericksburg on June 3, 1863, as the Union high command tried to determine whether the Army of Northern Virginia was moving out of its positions to undertake an offensive, it was only minimally engaged in the campaign culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. His division was the last to reach the battlefield and his two brigades were assigned to opposite ends of the Union line, leaving him without a command. During the pursuit of Lee's retreating army, the 1st Vermont Brigade of Howe's division fought the Confederate rear guard near Funkstown, Maryland, on July 10, 1863.

Howe continued in division command during the Mine Run Campaign. Howe was removed from command by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade shortly thereafter. Howe's bad relationship with his corps commander, Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, including support of Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker in the controversies that were spawned by the Union defeat at Chancellorsville contributed to this removal. Meade, if he did not initiate Howe's removal, at least did not oppose it. Howe testified against Meade and Sedgwick before the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, claiming Sedgwick spoke to him about retreating to Westminster, Maryland. Sedgwick's testimony before the committee contradicted; the committee did not pursue this contradiction. What is clear is that Sedgwick sought the services of Brig. Gen. George W. Getty to replace Howe in command of the 2nd Division. After leaving the Army of the Potomac, Howe commanded the artillery depot in Washington, D. C, he was in the field at Harpers Ferry, opposing the raid on Washington by Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early.

At the close of the war, Howe served in the honor guard that stood watch over the corpse of Abraham Lincoln, soon afterward was appointed as a member of the military commission that tried the Lincoln conspirators. Howe did not make any public comments on the conviction or hanging of Mary E. Surratt, but was not among the five officers who petitioned President Andrew Johnson to commute her sentence to life in prison. Both assignments may indicate that the Radical Republican faction in the Congress found him useful and sympathetic, he served in the Freedmen's Bureau in 1865. Howe was mustered out of the volunteer service on July 15, 1866. Howe retired from the Army on June 1882, at the rank of colonel, he was a veteran companion of the Massachusetts Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He died in Cambridge, is buried there in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Howe was married to Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Mahaffey, a superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Elizabeth McPherson.

They had six children. List of American Civil War generals Battery Howe-Wagner, named for Howe Eicher, John H. and Eicher, David J. Civil War High Commands, Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. Hyde, The Union Generals Speak: The Meade Hearings on the Battle of Gettysburg, Louisiana State University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-8071-2581-6. Kauffman, Michael W. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies, Random House, 2004, ISBN 0-375-50785-X. Parsons, Philip W; the Union Sixth Corps in the Chancellorsville Campaign, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006, ISBN 0-7864-2521-0. Tagg, The Generals of Gettysburg, Savas Publishing, 1998, ISBN 1-882810-30-9. Winslow, Richard Elliott, III, General John Sedgwick: the Story of a Union Corps Commander, Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1982, ISBN 0-89141-030-9. Brig. Gen. Albion P. Howe's Official Report on the Battle of Gettysburg "Albion P. Howe". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-08-12

Big Guns (Dad's Army)

Big Guns is the seventh episode of the third series of the British comedy series Dad's Army. It was transmitted on Thursday 23 October 1969; the platoon is given heavy artillery and, directly in the line of fire of their naval gun, the town's bandstand is at grave risk. Mainwaring and Wilson are discussing a church parade in the Vicar's office when they are interrupted by the Verger, accompanied by an official from Pickfords, complaining that a large gun has been left in the yard, it is revealed to be a 13 pounder naval gun. The platoon call in Frazer, in the navy, to tell them how it works, but Frazer reveals that he was only a cook; the man from Pickfords returns with the manual however, Captain Mainwaring begins to read it. The platoon are each assigned different positions, with amusing consequences. However, when they attempt to rehearse the drill, they cannot open the breech until the verger reveals that they had the safety catch on, to the indignation of the platoon; the next day, the platoon organise a TEWT and make a miniature version of Walmington to test their new battle strategy, among other things, a powder puff, a scrubbing brush and a bottle of whisky.

Mainwaring orders the destruction of the cricket score-board, the allotments and the bandstand within 48 hours. He tells Wilson. However, Mr Rees, the Town Clerk, is less than pleased, asks for a demonstration. On the day of the demonstration, Mainwaring gives the command "enemy tank right! Action!", the platoon jump to it. However, the gun is covered by camouflage netting; this proves to be the downfall of the platoon, as they all become entangled in the netting whilst attempting to remove it. Mr Rees has had enough at this point, promises to tell his committee that "they can sleep sound in their beds, provided they make them inside that enemy tank". Croft, David; the Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-4637-X. "Big Guns" at BBC Programmes "Big Guns" on IMDb "Big Guns" at TV.com

Eisenbahnkaserne

The Eisenbahnkaserne was a military barracks in Munich that existed from 1890 to 1976. The "Kasernement des Eisenbahnbataillons" was built in 1888 and 1889, it was located west of today's Olympiapark on Dachauer Straße, where the Bundeswehr Administration Centre is now located. The facility was and used by the Railway Battalion of the Bavarian Army, part of the I Royal Bavarian Corps, was transferred from Ingolstadt to Munich in 1890. After World War II the barracks were used by the Bundeswehr. At the beginning of the 1970s a part of the area was sold for the construction of the Olympiapark. Another part was torn down for the construction of the Rechenzentrum der Bundeswehr, a canteen, the administration office building of the Wehrbereichsverwaltung VI the Munich branch of the Wehrbereichsverwaltung South, Stuttgart. In the middle of the 1970s the southern part of the area was sold for the construction of residential buildings, the former Wehrbereichskommando VI moved from the Eisenbahnkaserne to the Waldmann-Kaserne.

A war memorial near Dachauer Straße commemorates the Bavarian railway troops of World War I. The original one was erected by Karl Badberger in 1922, but was destroyed in 1945 during World War II, it was rebuilt in 1965. The remaining historical buildings north of Hedwig-Dransfeld-Allee are some of the few military structures in Munich that have survived from the 19th century; the main building has been rented by the Munich Studentenwerk since 2003 and was converted into a student housing building by architect,Christoph Maas, who had to meet the official historic preservation requirements. Maas was awarded the "Honour Award for Exemplary Redevelopment" by the city of Munich in 2005. Current users of the area include the Munich branch of Military District Administration South, the Bundeswehr Medical Headquarters, the Truppendienstgericht Süd, the Kreiswehrersatzamt Munich, the Bundeswehr Service Centre, Munich, a shop of the clothing company LH Bundeswehr Bekleidungsgesellschaft and the Bavarian association of the Technisches Hilfswerk.

List of barracks in Munich Photos of the Eisenbahnkaserne