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Christopher Priest (novelist)

Christopher Priest is a British novelist and science fiction writer. His works include Fugue for a Darkening Island, The Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Glamour, The Prestige, The Separation. Priest has been influenced by the science fiction of H. G. Wells and in 2006 was appointed Vice-President of the international H. G. Wells Society. Priest was born in Cheadle, England; as a child, Priest spent some time holidaying in the English county of Dorset. Here he explored the ancient hillfort of Maiden Castle, near Dorchester, which he would use as the location for the novel A Dream of Wessex. Priest's first story, "The Run", was published in 1966. An accountant and audit clerk, he became a full-time writer in 1968. One of his early novels, The Affirmation, concerns a traumatized man who flips into a delusional world in which he experiences a lengthy voyage to an archipelago of exotic islands; this setting featured in many of Priest's short stories, which raises the question of whether the Dream Archipelago is a fantasy.

The state of mind depicted in this novel is similar to that of the delusional fantasy-prone psychoanalytic patient in Robert Lindner's The Fifty-Minute Hour, or Jack London's tortured prisoner in The Star Rover. Priest dealt with delusional alternate realities in A Dream of Wessex, in which a group of experimenters for a British government project are brain-wired to a hypnosis machine and jointly participate in an imaginary but as-real-as-real future in a vacation island off the coast of a Sovietized Britain, his most recent novels are The Islanders, set in the Dream Archipelago, The Adjacent, a multi-strand narrative with recurring characters. Of his narrative's plot twists, Priest told an interviewer in 1995, "my shocks are based on a sudden devastating reversal of what the reader knows or believes." Priest wrote the tie-in novel to accompany the 1999 David Cronenberg movie eXistenZ, which contains themes of the novels A Dream of Wessex and The Extremes. Such themes include the question of the extent to which we can trust what we believe to be reality and our memories.

Priest was approached to write stories for the 19th seasons of Doctor Who. The first, "Sealed Orders", was a political thriller based on Gallifrey commissioned by script editor Douglas Adams; the second, "The Enemy Within", was eventually abandoned due to script problems and what Priest perceived as insulting treatment after he was asked to modify the script to include the death of Adric. It was replaced by "Earthshock"; this falling-out soured the attitude of the production office to the use of established literary authors, no more were commissioned until Neil Gaiman authored the episode "The Doctor's Wife" in 2011. A film of his novel The Prestige was released on 20 October 2006, it was directed by starred Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Despite differences between the novel and screenplay, Nolan was so concerned the denouement be kept a surprise that he blocked plans for a lucrative US tie-in edition of the book. Priest uses the pseudonyms John Luther Novak and Colin Wedgelock for movie novelizations.

As well as the eXistenZ novelization, he has novelised the movies Short Circuit. Priest has co-operated with fellow British science fiction author David Langford on various enterprises under the Ansible brand. Priest has written for The Guardian since 2002 obituaries of such figures as Robert Sheckley, Stanislaw Lem, Jack Williamson, Diana Wynne Jones, John Christopher and many more. Priest has won the BSFA award for the best novel four times: in 1974 for Inverted World, he has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the World Fantasy Award. He won the BSFA award for short fiction in 1979 for the short story "Palely Loitering"; the Space Machine won the International SF prize in the 1977 Ditmar Awards. Priest's 1979 essay "The Making of the Lesbian Horse" takes a humorous look at the roots of his acclaimed novel Inverted World, he was guest of honour at Novacon 9 in 1979 and Novacon 30 in 2000, at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in 2005. In 1983 Priest was named one of the 20 Granta Best of Young British Novelists.

In 1988 he won the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for The Glamour as Best Foreign Fiction Book. Between 7 November and 7 December 2007, the Chelsea College of Art and Design had an exhibition in its gallery Chelsea Space inspired by Priest's novel The Affirmation, it followed "themes of personal history and memory through the lens of a more antagonistic and critical form of interpretation, aims to point towards an overtly positive viewpoint on contemporary art practice over any traditional melancholy fixation". Priest now lives on Isle of Bute, he was married to writer Lisa Tuttle from 1981 to 1987 and to Leigh Kennedy from 1988 to 2011, with whom he had twins. He lives with speculative fiction writer Nina Allan. Indoctrinaire. London: Faber and Faber, 1970. Fugue for a Darkening Island. London: Faber and Faber, 1972. Campbell nominee, 1973; the Inverted World. London: Faber and Faber, 1974. BSFA winner, 1974, Hugo

Driehaus Architecture Prize

The Driehaus Architecture Prize named The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, is a global award to honor a major contributor in the field of contemporary vernacular and classical architecture referred to as New Classical architecture; the Driehaus Prize was conceived as an alternative to the predominantly modernist Pritzker Prize. It was initiated by fund manager and philanthropist Richard Driehaus and established in 2003 by the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, it is presented annually through the classical-teaching School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States. The most recent prize winner of 2020 is Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, who received the award during a ceremony on March 28 in Chicago; the 2019 laureate was Maurice Culot of ARCAS Urbanism. The jury awards the Henry Hope Reed Award to an individual working outside the practice of architecture, who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning or promotion.

The 2020 Reed Award was given to Clem Labine, the creator of the Palladio Award, which recognizes excellence in traditional design, the eponymous Clem Labine Award for creating more humane and beautiful environments. The Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the principles of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism in contemporary society, reflects what the jury considers positive cultural and artistic impacts; the award itself is a bronze miniature of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, known as the first use of the Corinthian order on the outside of a building. The award includes a monetary prize of US$200,000; the award jury annually selects an architect who has influenced the field of traditional and classical architecture. The jury travels together to a city of architectural significance, exploring it together, taking the city’s urban fabric as a backdrop for its deliberations; the jury has included notable architects and educators such as Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Robert S. Davis, Paul Goldberger, Léon Krier, Witold Rybczynski, Demetri Porphyrios, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

In 2012, Prince of Wales accepted The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame Patronage Award during a ceremony Jan. 27 at St James's Palace in London. Driehaus, the founder, chief investment officer and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management in Chicago, established the award program through Notre Dame in 2003 because of its reputation as a national leader in incorporating the ideals of traditional and classical architecture into the task of modern urban development. In 2007, Driehaus announced that he would increase the prize monies given out annually through the Driehaus Prize and the Reed Award to a combined $250,000; the two prizes represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment. The following architects have been awarded the Driehaus Prize since 2003: New Classical Architecture Richard H. Driehaus Henry Hope Reed Jr. List of architecture prizes Notre Dame School of Architecture "The Richard H. Driehaus Prize". Richard H. Driehaus Prize official site.

The University of Notre Dame. Retrieved November 30, 2009. Keegan, Edward. "Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil Wins 2009 Driehaus Prize". Architect Magazine. Hanley Wood. Retrieved December 1, 2009. Richter, Jennifer. "Duany and Plater-Zyberk Donate Driehaus Winnings". Architectural Record; the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved December 1, 2009. Keegan, Edward. "Jaquelin Robertson Receives Driehaus Prize". Architect Magazine. Hanley Wood. Retrieved December 1, 2009. "The designer of which of these buildings just won the USs richest architecture prize?". Building Design. UBM Built Environment. Retrieved December 1, 2009. "Classical Porphyrios Prized". ArchitectureWeek. Artifice, Inc. Retrieved December 1, 2009. Leach, Susan Llewelyn. "The shape of things to come". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved December 1, 2009. Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Arts Briefing". The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 2009: Driehaus Prize and Henry Hope Reed Award, 22:1, Clem Labine's Traditional Building, February 2009, p. 144, ISSN 0898-0284 2008: Driehaus Prize and Henry Hope Reed Award, 21:3, Clem Labine's Traditional Building, June 2008, p. 167, ISSN 0898-0284 2007 Henry Hope Reed Award, Clem Labine's Traditional Building, June 2007, p. 167, ISSN 0898-0284 Driehaus Prize & Reed Award: honors for Greenberg & Morton, 19:3, Clem Labine's Traditional Building, June 2006, p. 208, ISSN 0898-0284 Porphyrios prized: Demetri Porphyrios, the acclaimed architect and author, is this year's recipient of the Driehaus Prize, 17:3, Clem Labine's Traditional Building, May–June 2004, p. 198, ISSN 0898-0284 Blackler, Krier lands anti-Pritzker for promotion of Classicism, 217:15, Architects' Journal, p. 12, ISSN 0003-8466 Connell, Kim A.

Pragmatic idealist: Jaquelin Robertson, Clem Labine's Traditional Building, pp. 10–14, ISSN 0898-0284 Yee, Classicism vs. modernism, 92:9, Architecture, pp. 31–32, ISSN 0746-0554 Driehaus Prize Official site Video Channel with Driehaus ceremonies and colloquiums, Notre Dame School of Architecture New Classical Architec

Central Presbyterian Church (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Central Presbyterian Church of Little Rock was started in 2014, is a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America. It is located in the Hillcrest area of Little Rock; the original Central Presbyterian Church building is Christ Temple Cathedral the home of Central Presbyterian Church, is a historic church building at 1921 Arch Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was built in 1921 to a design by Thompson & Harding in Late Gothic Revival and Bungalow/Craftsman style, its exterior is clad with half-timbered stuccoed elements in its gable ends. Its main entrance consists of three segmented-arch openings, set in a projecting section between two brick piers with stone banding; the present church congregation using this building is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The church building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. National Register of Historic Places listings in Little Rock, Arkansas

Pramodya Wickramasinghe

Gallage Pramodya Wickramasinghe known as Pramodya Wickramasinghe, is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a right-arm-fast bowler, he was a key member of 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team. Gentle in pace, but deadly in accuracy, he played his club cricket for the Sinhalese Sports Club, he became internationally known in 1989 after the Youth Asia Cup Championship, toured England in 1991. In November that year, he managed for the first time to take all ten wickets in a single innings, finishing 10 for 41 against Kalutara Physical Culture Club in Colombo, he represented Sri Lanka in the 1992, 1996 and 1999 World Cup tournaments, where he played as the strike bowler of the team along with newcomer Chaminda Vaas. Though playing from on until 2000, he found himself in need of a shoulder operation which more-or-less ended his career, as from on he found it difficult to find a place for himself within the side. Pramodya Wickramasinghe at ESPNcricinfo


FreeWeibo is a website that monitors and makes available content from leading Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, censored and deleted by Chinese authorities under the Great Firewall. The home page is updated to show the latest most-censored Weibo content; the site allows searches for any deleted microblogging strings and content, such as the names of dissidents, "64", "tiananmen", dalai, "Xinjiang independence", "Winnie the Pooh", terms related to any breaking news deemed sensitive. In addition, there are many terms relating to advertising content, so on; the founder of the site goes by the name "Martin Johnson". According to Deutsche Welle, he describes his mission as: breaking Chinese Internet censorship and creating a free Internet; the establishment of the FreeWeibo site targets system-deleted posts on Sina Weibo and other large community websites, since around 12 percent of all posts for other Weibo platforms are removed by censors. The United States magazine Quartz reported that one of the three founders of the site, "Charlie Smith", said out of concern about the CCP's censorship, they established in 2011 the Chinese website GreatFire with the aim to provide a resource to show what was blocked.

"Martin Johnson" said. They would manually remove content deemed sensitive, as automatic filtering cannot catch all such posts. Many comments are live for a few minutes or hours before they are reviewed and deleted, so FreeWeibo makes use of this loophole and collect those posts. "Charlie Smith" said that they copy every Sina Weibo post, but this approach requires a huge storage capacity. According to the Deutche Welle report, to access the FreeWeibo page from within China, people must use VPN software to bypass the authorities. FreeWeibo gathers data directly from Sina Weibo as well as from WeiboScope, a project by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. In the Quartz report, "Charlie Smith" expected to defeat the censorship system with FreeWeibo, he said. On October 4, 2013, the outfit released an app version of the site in the Chinese Apple App Store in a collaboration with Radio Netherlands Worldwide. However, under pressure from the Government of China, Apple took down the app on November 28.

2013: Winner of Deutsche Welle "The Bobs" for Best Innovation. 2014: Nominated for the Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards in digital activism. Internet censorship in China Official website Official website

Moggill Ferry

The Moggill Ferry is a cable ferry crossing the Brisbane River between the suburbs of Moggill in Brisbane and Riverview in Ipswich, Queensland Australia. The iconic ferry can carry up to 20 vehicles per crossing. During floods the ferry is out of service and alternative routes need to be taken by motorists; the ferry is guided across the river by a steel cable which can sometimes lead to boating accidents for the unwary. A ferry service began operations at the site in 1878 when Cobb & Co coaches provided service between Ipswich and Brisbane. During the 2010 -- 2011 Queensland floods; the suggestion to sink the wayward ferry was raised during the flood crises until the captain and former skipper managed to secure the vessel to the banks of the Brisbane River with ropes. Ferry transport in Queensland Kenmore Bypass Moggill Road