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Christina Stead

Christina Stead was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterisations. Christina Stead was a committed Marxist, she spent much of her life outside Australia. Christina Stead's father was pioneer conservationist David George Stead, she was born in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale. They lived in Rockdale at Lydham Hall, she moved with her family to the suburb of Watsons Bay in 1911. She was the only child of her father's first marriage, had five half-siblings from his second marriage, he married a third time, to Thistle Yolette Harris, the Australian botanist, educator and conservationist. According to some, this house was a hellhole for her because of her "domineering" father, she left Australia in 1928, worked in a Parisian bank from 1930 to 1935. Stead became involved with the writer and Marxist political economist William J. Blake, with whom she travelled to Spain and to the USA, they married in 1952. It was after his death from stomach cancer in 1968.

Indeed, Stead only returned to Australia after she was denied the Britannica-Australia prize on the grounds that she had "ceased to be an Australian." Stead wrote several volumes of short stories in her lifetime. She taught "Workshop in the Novel" at New York University in 1943 and 1944, worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1940s, contributing to the Madame Curie biopic and the John Ford and John Wayne war movie, They Were Expendable, her first novel, Seven Poor Men of Sydney, dealt with the lives of radicals and dockworkers, but she was not a practitioner of social realism. Stead's best-known novel, titled The Man Who Loved Children, is based on her own childhood, was first published in 1940, it was not until the poet Randall Jarrell wrote the introduction for a new American edition in 1965 and her New York publisher convinced her to change the setting from Sydney to Washington, that the novel began to receive a larger audience. In 2005, the magazine Time included this work in their "100 Best Novels from 1923–2005," and in 2010 American author Jonathan Franzen hailed the novel as a "masterpiece" in The New York Times.

Stead's Letty Fox: Her Luck regarded as an fine novel, was banned in Australia for several years because it was considered amoral and salacious. Stead set her only British novel, Cotters' England in Gateshead, she was in Newcastle upon Tyne in the summer of 1949, accompanied by her friend Anne Dooley, a local woman, the model for Nellie Cotter, the extraordinary heroine of the book. Anne was no doubt responsible for Stead's reasonable attempt at conveying the local accent, her letters indicate that she had taken on Tyneside speech and become concerned with the people around her. The American title of the book is Dark Places of the Heart. Stead died in hospital at Balmain, Sydney, in 1983, aged 80, her former home in Pacific Street, Watsons Bay, was the first site chosen for the Woollahra Council Plaque Scheme, launched in 2014 with the aim of honouring significant people who had lived in the area covered by Woollahra Council. A plaque was installed on the footpath outside Stead's former home. Seven Poor Men of Sydney The Beauties and Furies House of All Nations The Man Who Loved Children For Love Alone Letty Fox: Her Luck A Little Tea, a Little Chat The People with the Dogs Dark Places of the Heart The Little Hotel Miss Herbert I'm Dying Laughing: The Humourist The Salzburg Tales The Puzzleheaded Girl: Four Novellas A Christina Stead Reader edited by Jean B.

Read Ocean of Story: The Uncollected Stories of Christina Stead, edited by R. G. Geering Web of Friendship: Selected letters, 1928–1973, edited by R. G. Geering Talking Into the Typewriter: Selected letters, 1973–1983, edited by R. G. Geering Dearest Munx: The Letters of Christina Stead and William J. Blake, edited by Margaret Harris ISBN 0-522-85173-8 In balloon and Bathyscaphe by Auguste Piccard Colour of Asia by Fernando Gigon Ackland, Michael. Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage New York: Cambria Press, 2016 Emmerson, Darryl. I Write. Christina Stead and the Matter of America ISBN 978-1-74332-449-3 Pender, Anne. Christina Stead, Satirist ISBN 978-1-86335-083-9 Peterson, Teresa; the Enigmatic Christina Stead: A Provocative Re-Reading ISBN 0-522-84922-9 Review Rowley, Hazel. Christina Stead: A Biography The Miegunyah Press, 1993, 2nd 2007 ISBN 0-85561-384-X Williams, Chris. Christina Stead: A Life of Letters ISBN 0-86914-046-9'How suburban!' Cried Elvira. I was in Hampstead the other day: in front of one of the richest houses was a crazy pavement: they paid about £35 for it, doubtless.

The man who would have done it best was in an asylum: he would have done it for nothing, happy to do it, the more there is of it, the more dull and plain it looks, just an expanse of conventional craziness, looking as stupid as a neanderthal skull. That's the suburbs all over. That's what we are, you see: suburban, however wild we run. You know quite well, i

Yuraygir National Park

Yuraygir is a national park in New South Wales, located 482 km northeast of Sydney. It was created in 1980, a result of the merger and enlargement of two national parks and Red Rock National Parks, both of, established in 1975. At the time of its establishment in 1980, the park was fragmented, parcels of land were bought over the following two decades to unite segments into a more contiguous protected area. Sometimes these acquisitions required protracted negotiations with land owners; the name is a phonetic translation of the local indigenous tribe who had lived in the area, had been transcribed variously as Jeigir, Jungai, Yegera, Yiegera or Youngai. Covering 65 km of coastline, it is the largest coastal park in New South Wales; the Yuraygir coastal walk traverses the coastline, takes four days to complete. There are 48 beaches, including the regarded 800-metre -long Shelley Beach. Thirty species of mammal have been recorded within the park, including the threatened rufous bettong, tiger quoll, brush-tailed phascogale and squirrel glider.

Swamps and wet heath are habitat for eastern grass owl. Pests include feral pigs, cats and horses, foxes, while problem weeds include groundsel bush, bitou bush and slash pine. Protected areas of New South Wales High Conservation Value Old Growth forest

Ioan Tegid

John Jones known by his bardic name of Ioan Tegid or Tegid, was a Welsh clergyman and writer. He was born at Bala and educated there and at the grammar school in Carmarthen, going on to Jesus College, Oxford. In 1819 he became chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford. A scholar of the Welsh language, he was associated with both Lady Charlotte Guest and Lady Llanover, he was a Hebrew scholar, publishing a translation of the Book of Isaiah in 1830. Tegid won a cup at the Cardiff Eeisteddfod of 1834. In 1842 he in 1848 became a canon at St Davids Cathedral, his poetry was published posthumously, in collected form, with a short biography, by his sister's son the Rev. Henry Roberts, in 1859. Traethawd ar Gadwedigaeth yr Iaith Gymraeg Welsh Biography Online

Joel Spencer

Joel Spencer is an American mathematician. He is a combinatorialist who has worked on probabilistic methods in combinatorics and on Ramsey theory, he received his doctorate under the supervision of Andrew Gleason. He is a professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. In 1984 Spencer received a Lester R. Ford Award, he was an Erdős Lecturer at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, he was elected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2017, "for contributions to discrete mathematics and theory of computing random graphs and networks, Ramsey theory and randomized algorithms". Probabilistic methods in combinatorics, with Paul Erdős, New York: Academic Press, 1974. Ramsey theory, with Bruce L. Rothschild and Ronald L. Graham, New York: Wiley, 1980. Ten lectures on the probabilistic method, Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1987; the strange logic of random graphs, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2001.

The probabilistic method, with Noga Alon, New York: Wiley, 1992. Deterministic random walks on regular trees, American Mathematical Society, New York, 2008. Asymptopia, with Laura Florescu, American Mathematical Society, 2014. Packing in a hypergraph Joel Spencer's Website

Albert Kotin

Albert Kotin belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including in Paris. The New York School Abstract Expressionism, represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, others became a leading art movement of the post-World War II era. Albert Kotin was born August 7, 1907, in Minsk, Russian Empire and emigrated to the US in 1908, he became a US citizen in 1923. Kotin studied: at the National Academy of Design, New York City, he participated in the Federal Art Project: Public Works of Art Project and Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project. Kotin won competitions that were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture in Ada, in Arlington, New Jersey, he completed two WPA murals, The City and The Marsh for the Kearney, New Jersey, post office in 1938. Kotin served in the U. S. Army military service during World War II.

After the war Kotin found a studio on 10th Street. He soon joined the "Downtown Group" which represented a group of artists who found studios in lower Manhattan in the area bounded by 8th and 12th street between First and Sixth Avenues during the late 1940s and early 1950s; these artists were called the "Downtown Group" as opposed to the "Uptown Group" established during the war at The Art of This Century Gallery. In 1949 Kotin joined the "Artists' Club" located at 39 East 8th Street. Albert Kotin was chosen by his fellow artists to show in the Ninth Street Show held on May 21 – June 10, 1951; the show was located at 60 East 9th Street on the first floor and the basement of a building, about to be demolished. "The artists celebrated not only the appearance of the dealers and museum people on the 9th Street, the consequent exposure of their work but they celebrated the creation and the strength of a living community of significant dimensions." Kotin participated in all Sculpture Annuals. The first annual in 1951 was called the Ninth Street Show.

From 1953 to 1957 the invitational New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals were held in the Stable Gallery on West 58th Street in New York City. He was among the 24 out of a total 256 New York School artists, included in all the Annuals; these Annuals were important. Harold Rosenberg, New York art critic listed Albert Kotin among the "Tenth Street Artists: Individuals Prevail over the Group:" Kotin was exhibited by the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City, McCormick Gallery, Robert Miller Gallery-New York. Kotin was a poet who inspired his fellow artists. Alexander Calder wrote in 1968, "As long as there are people such as Al Kotin, there is no danger to art."Kotin died on February 6, 1980, in New York City from lung cancer. 1951: Hacker Gallery, New York City. 1935: "Exhibition of Oil Paintings", WPA Federal Art Project, Federal Art Gallery, New York City. New York City. R. Pennell Exhibition of Prints", Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.. New York City. Toward a More Inclusive View of the 1950s", Baruch College City University

Lajos Bokros

Lajos András Bokros is a Hungarian economist, who served as Minister of Finance from 1995 to 1996. He was a Member of the European Parliament for Hungary in the 2009–2014 session, he was the leader of the Movement for a Modern Hungary, which he founded in April 2013, sat in the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament. The Bokros package was named after him. Bokros was born in Budapest, he graduated from and holds a Ph. D. from the Budapest University of Economics. He applied for the scholarship of University of Panama in 1976, where he learned to speak fluent Spanish, he wrote his dissertation on the industrialization and common market developments in Central America. He was director of the State Property Agency of Hungary between 1990–1991, he was chairman and chief executive officer at the Budapest Bank between 1991–1995. He is former chief operating officer of the Central European University. Bokros was the Minister of Finance between 1995–1996 in the government of Gyula Horn.

He is best known for the so-called "Bokros package". He resigned from his position in February 1996, he was replaced by Péter Medgyessy. Between 1997 and 2000, Lajos Bokros was Director for Private Finance at the World Bank. There, together with Stjn Claessens, Simeon Djankov, Gerhard Pohl he worked on enterprise restructuring in Georgia and Romania; as director, Lajos Bokros led the assistance in restructuring the Russian banking sector after the 1997-1998 banking crisis. Supported by the Hungarian Democratic Forum, Bokros was elected to the European Parliament in the 2009 election and sat in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, he was a full member of the Committee on Budgets and a substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Bokros' nomination indicated a change of political position from conservative to liberal ideology; as a result, several prominent members left the party, including Péter Olajos, Kálmán Katona and former Prime Minister Péter Boross. With MP András Csáky's quit, the Hungarian Democratic Forum's parliamentary group defunct according to the house rules in March 2009.

He was the MDF's candidate for the position of Prime Minister of Hungary on the 2010 Hungarian parliamentary election. Under his influence, several other former left-wing politicians were placed on the national list, furthermore MDF entered into an electoral alliance with Alliance of Free Democrats, which suffered a crushing defeat during the 2009 European Parliament election. After the decision, the quits became a mass phenomenon, whole local party organizations ceased to exist. On the national election, MDF came to the fifth place and received only 2.67% of the votes, thus shut out of the legislature altogether for the first time since the transition to democracy, after twenty years. Bokros left MDF when the party dissolved in 2011; the successor party, Democratic Community of Welfare and Freedom called Bokros several times to give back his MEP mandate, but all relationship has been lost between Bokros and his former party. On 21 April 2013, Bokros founded the liberal conservative Modern Hungary Movement.

The party planned to run in the 2014 European Parliament election, however its registration was refused by the National Election Office. As a result, Bokros lost his European Parliament mandate. Bokros ran for Mayor of Budapest in the 2014 municipal election. On 29 September 2014, two other candidates, the independent György Magyar and candidate of the leftist opposition parties' Ferenc Falus withdrew from the election and supported Bokros. Bokros came to the second place after István Tarlós, he was supported by the Together 2014, Democratic Coalition and Budapest branch of the Hungarian Socialist Party. Bokros is married to Mária Gyetvai, they have Ildikó and András. Lajos BOKROS European Parliament profile Hungarian Spectrum: The Bokros package: pro and con