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Cindy Sharp

Cindy Sharp is a Scottish singer and producer. She has led several music projects since 1976, the most significant and long-standing being Cindytalk. Sharp has gained a reputation for an unflinchingly experimental approach to music and ideas. Sharp started a punk band called The Freeze whilst attending Linlithgow Academy in 1976; the Freeze was active between 1976 and 1981. Sharp moved to London in 1982, changed the band's name to Cindytalk and signed to the Midnight Music label. In 1983, Sharp sang with fellow Scots Cocteau Twins on one of their John Peel sessions and at selected live gigs, where she met 4AD executive Ivo Watts-Russell; this led to her being invited to participate as one of the featured singers with 4AD collective This Mortal Coil on its first album. Early in her career, Sharp traveled from Scotland to London to attend a concert held by David Sylvian's band, Japan where she met John Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. After meeting Taylor, Sharp was asked by him to join his Birmingham based new romantic band.

Sharp stayed at Nick Rhodes' parents house in Birmingham during Duran Duran's early rehearsals, but decided on her journey back to Scotland that Duran Duran's ambitions did not sit well with her own direction. Cindytalk released a series of group albums and singles in the 90s. An electronic side-project, was started in 1994 by Sharp and Simon Carmichael. In 2002, Sharp started to write abstract electronic music using a laptop, since 2004 has split her time between Japan and the UK, working on various projects; this has included Cindytalk performing live, a number of recordings. Vienna based record label Editions Mego, known for releasing cutting edge electronic music, released a series of Cindytalk albums focused on Sharp's primitive noise-poetry. No longer perceived only as a singer, this has repositioned Sharp and Cindytalk within the musical establishment


BODIPY, an abbreviation for boron-dipyrromethene, is a family Organoboron compounds of interest as fluorescent dyes. BODIPY is composed of dipyrromethene complexed with a disubstituted boron center BF2; the IUPAC name for the BODIPY core is 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene. Reflecting its instability, the unsubstituted BODIPY dye had not been prepared until 2009. BODIPY dyes have been well investigated. Most BODIPY dyes have small Stokes shift and are chemically inert. Fluorescence is quenched in a solution; this problem has been handled by synthesizing asymmetric boron complexes and replacing the fluorine groups with phenyl groups. BODIPY dyes are notable for their uniquely small Stokes shift, environment-independent fluorescence quantum yields approaching 100% in water, sharp excitation and emission peaks contributing to overall brightness, high solubility in many organic solvents; the combination of these qualities makes BODIPY fluorophores promising for imaging applications. The position of the absorption and emission bands remain unchanged in solvents of different polarity as the dipole moment and transition dipole are mutually orthogonal.

BODIPY are prepared by treating a dipyrromethene precursor with boron trifluoride etherate in the presence of a tertiary amine. Dipyrromethenes are accessed from a suitable pyrrole by several methods. One alpha-position in employed pyrroles is substituted and the other is free. Condensation of such pyrrole available from Knorr pyrrole synthesis, with an aromatic aldehyde in the presence of TFA gives dipyrromethane, oxidized to dipyrromethene using a quinone oxidant such as DDQ or p-chloranil. Alternatively, dipyrromethenes are prepared by treating a pyrrole with an activated carboxylic acid derivative an acyl chloride. Unsymmetrical dipyrromethenes can be obtained by condensing pyrroles with 2-acylpyrroles. Intermediate dipyrromethanes may be isolated and purified, but isolation of dipyrromethenes is compromised by their instability; the BODIPY core has a rich chemistry and variety of substitutions due to the high tolerance for pyrrole and aldehyde starting materials. The core carries a formal negative charge on the boron atom, a formal positive charge on one of the nitrogen atoms.

The boron atom can be post-functionalised to exchange the fluorine atoms for strong nucleophilic reagents, such as lithiated alkyne or aryl species. Hydrogen atoms at the 2 and 6 positions of the cyclic core can be displaced by halogen atoms using succinimide reagents such as NCS, NBS and NIS - which allows for further post-functionalisation through palladium coupling reactions with boronate esters, tin reagents etc. BODIPY conjugates are studies as potential sensors and for labelling. Oligonucleotides have been labelled for sequencing for example

Alonso Miguel de Tovar

Alonso Miguel de Tovar, sometimes called Tobar was a Spanish baroque painter, appointed court painter by Philip V in 1723. Alonso Miguel de Tovar was born in Higuera de la Sierra, near Aracena. in 1678, to a secondary and empoverished branch of the illustrious Tovar family, of the Lords of Tovar Marquesses of Berlanga. He trained in Seville under Juan Antonio Ossorio and Juan Antonio Fajardo, having executed numerous religious paintings, including Our Lady of Consolation with Saints Francis, James and a Clerical Donor, in the Seville Cathedral, St Francis Receiving the Stigmata, in the Royal Academy of San Fernando, Madrid, he was named pintor de cámara to King Felipe IV in April 1729. In both of these the influence of Murillo is discernible: the colouring is vivid and the drawing precise, if rigid, both works show what has been called a gentle and uncomplicated piety, differing to some extent from the tradition of Spanish religious painting, he painted a canvas of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo in 1720 for a church in Seville.

He returned to Madrid in 1734. Tovar was appointed court painter in 1729, when the Spanish court moved to Seville, taking the place of Teodoro Ardemans. There he collaborated with Jean Ranc painting replicas of the latter's portraits, his own portraits include Portrait of a Young Girl, now in Meiningen, at Schloss Elisabethenburg. In 1733 he travelled with the court when it returned to Madrid, he may have worked as an assistant to Louis-Michel van Loo. Tovar probably painted the theme of the Holy Shepherd, popular with Sevillian artists of his time. Of the paintings of the subject attributed to him, only the one in the church at Cortelazor, near Aracena, signed in 1748, is considered authentic. Madrazo, Pedro de. Catálogo Descriptivo e Histórico del Museo del Prado de Madrid. Calle del Duque de Osuna #3. P. 577. CS1 maint: location

1890 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

The 1890 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the fourth staging of the All-Ireland hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. The championship began on 3 August 1890 and ended on 16 November 1890. Dublin were the defending champions, they were defeated in the provincial series. Cork won the title, after launching an objection having been beaten by Wexford in the final. A total of eleven teams contested the championship, one more than the previous year; the Leinster championship was contested by five teams. Kildare made a return to the championship after a one-year absence, they failed to field a team and gave a walkover to their opponents. All six counties entered a team in the Munster championship, however, a number of walkovers meant that only two games were played. Once again, the hurling championship was not contested in either Ulster; the Leinster quarter-final between Wexford and Kilkenny was played in Waterford. It was the first time. In the provincial championships Cork win their first Munster title and Wexford win their first Leinster title.

The All-Ireland final between Cork and Wexford was the first championship meeting between the two teams. The game was unfinished and Cork awarded the title after Cork withdraw on the grounds of excessively rough play by the opposition. Corry, The GAA Book of Lists. Donegan, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games. 1890 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship results

Junonia almana

Junonia almana, the peacock pansy, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in Cambodia and South Asia. It exists in two distinct adult forms, which differ chiefly in the patterns on the underside of the wings, it is listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List. The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 54–62 mm, exhibits seasonal polyphenism. "Upperside rich orange-yellow. Fore wing with a pale dusky and a much darker short transverse bar with lateral jet-black marginal lines across cell, another somewhat similar bar defining the discocellulars. Hind wing: a small minutely white-centred and slenderly black-ringed discal ocellus in interspace 2, with a much larger pale yellow and black-ringed ocellus above it spreading over interspaces 4, 5 and 6, the centre of this ocellus inwardly brownish orange, outwardly bluish black, with two minute white spots in vertical order between the two colours. In most specimens the cell of the fore wing is crossed by three dark sinuous bands, the outermost along the discocellulars.

Antennae dark brown. "Upperside similar, the black markings deeper in colour and heavier, the subterminal and terminal lines more defined. "Underside pale ochraceous. Fore wing: cell crossed by live short sinuous dark brown lines, a similar line on the discocellulars and another beyond it, both bent inwards at an angle and continued to the dorsum, the space between them forming a discal broad fascia, which pales to whitish posteriorly. Hind wing: a slender transverse subbasal dark line, a discal whitish straight fascia in continuation of the one on the fore wing. Antennae dark brown. J. almana is found in India and South East Asia, eastwards to China and Japan. The caterpillars of Junonia almana feed on a variety of plants, including Hygrophila auriculata, Phyla nodiflora and species in the genera Acanthus and Gloxinia. "Cylindrical. Head blackish hairy. Body pale ochreous-brown, with a dorsal and lateral blackish line, a row of small-ringed spots below the latter. "Rather short and thick. Media related to Junonia almana at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Junonia almana at Wikispecies

Three Chimneys Farm

Three Chimneys Farm is an American Thoroughbred race horse breeding farm in Midway, Kentucky established in 1972 by Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. Clay. Known as one of the world's preeminent horse farms, Three Chimneys has been home to a number of famous horses including U. S. Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew, U. S. Filly Triple Crown champion Chris Evert, as well as Silver Charm, Chief's Crown, Genuine Risk, Point Given, Slew o' Gold, Smarty Jones, Big Brown. In 2012, the Three Chimneys stallion roster includes Rahy, Point Given, Yes It's True, Flower Alley, Good Reward, Sky Mesa, War Chant, Big Brown. Flower Alley sired the 2012 Kentucky Derby Winner and Preakness Stakes winner, I'll Have Another. Three Chimneys was the first thoroughbred breeding farm, it launched a series of commercials in 2006 to be aired during the Triple Crown races. The first one was a CGI of swimming sperm patterned after the positions in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile, won in dramatic fashion by Three Chimneys stallion War Chant, with the message, "To make a champion, begin with the first race."

The rest were in the form of dating personals from several of the farm's stallions. Personalized letter commercials were made for Barbaro in 2006 and Big Brown in 2008. In April 2008, The Kentucky region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Three Chimneys Farm teamed up to grant a young boy's wish of meeting Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones, his experience was chronicled June 30 during SportsCenter's "My Wish" series on ESPN. Nine-year-old Patrick Munro of Greenlawn, N. Y. is one of five kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose sports-related wish was highlighted on the SportsCenter series. Patrick, who suffers from hydrocephalus and, as a result, is blind and hearing impaired, spent several days in Central Kentucky in April. On the first day of his visit and his family were invited to Three Chimneys Farm to fulfill the boy's wish to meet Smarty Jones; the Clay family has formed racing partnerships under Three Chimneys Racing. As well, in October, 2008 a $10,000,000 Racing Package managed by Three Chimneys Farm was one of the featured gifts of the 2008 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

"You want the best, you go to the best. You want a working, turnkey, in-the-running thoroughbred racing enterprise right out of the starting gate? You go to Three Chimneys Farm," reads the catalog blurb for "Unbridled Passion: Horsepowered Holiday. "They will build you a stable of 12-15 thoroughbreds and with your input will train them, house them, select races, enter them in races, provide you a personal racing concierge, manage the entire enterprise for the next four years. As the owner, you get to name your stable and any unnamed horses, design your own silks, attend races, pose for pictures, give quotes to the media... and keep all the purses and trophies." As of 2019, stallions standing at Three Chimneys include: Fast Anna, a grade I-placed stakes winner Gun Runner, the 2017 Horse of the Year Palace Malice, a Belmont Stakes son of Curlin Sharp Azteca, a grade I winner Sky Mesa, a grade I winner and son of Pulpit Strong Mandate, a grade I winner and son of Tiznow Will Take Charge, Eclipse Award winner Notes Further readingPatton, Janet.

"At Three Chimneys, horses are guaranteed to ride into the sunset". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington: The McClatchy Company. Three Chimneys Farm HBS Article Neiman Marcus Package Big Brown Deal ESPN My Wish Case Clay