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Claire Rayner

Claire Berenice Rayner, OBE was an English nurse, journalist and novelist, best known for her role for many years as an agony aunt. Rayner was born to Jewish parents in the eldest of four children, her father was her mother a housewife. Her father had adopted the surname Chetwynd, under which name she was educated at the City of London School for Girls, her autobiography How Did I Get Here from There? was published in 2003, revealed details of a childhood marred by physical and mental cruelty at the hands of her parents. After the family emigrated to Canada, in 1945 she was placed in a psychiatric hospital by her parents, treated for 15 months for a thyroid defect. Returning to the UK in 1951, Rayner trained as a nurse at the Royal Northern Hospital and Guy's Hospital in London, she intended to become a physician. The couple lived in London and Claire worked as a midwife and nursing sister. Rayner wrote her first letter on nurses' pay and conditions, she began writing to The Daily Telegraph on themes of patient care or nurses' pay.

She began writing novels soon after her marriage, by 1968 had published more than 25 books. The birth of her first child in 1960 meant that she found full-time nursing difficult, so she focused on a full-time writing career. Writing articles for various magazines and publications, in 1968 she published one of the earliest sex manuals, People in Love, which brought her to national attention. Despite the "explicit" content, the work was commended for its "down-to-earth" and "sensible" approach. By the 1970s, writing for Woman's Own Rayner had established herself as one of four new and direct "agony aunts", alongside Marjorie Proops, Peggy Makins at Woman and J. Firbank of Forum, her advice in the teenaged girls' magazine Petticoat caused controversy. In 1972 she was accused of "encouraging masturbation and promiscuity in prepubescent girls", her direct and frank approach led the BBC to ask her to be the first person on British pre-watershed television to demonstrate how to put on a condom, she was one of the first people used by advertisers to promote sanitary towels.

The year after beginning to appear on Pebble Mill at One, Rayner started an agony column in The Sun in 1973, but left to join the Sunday Mirror in 1980, when she made her second television series of Claire Rayner's Casebook. She left the Sunday Mirror shortly after the appointment of Eve Pollard as editor, joined the Today newspaper for three years. Rayner was named medical journalist of the year in 1987. Rayner was best known as an agony aunt on TV-am in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she made it her personal aim to reply to every letter. This was an unfunded project by the station. Rayner became president of the Patients Association, through her extensive charity work and writings was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to women's health and wellbeing and to health matters. Rayner had a personal reason for supporting Sense's Older Person campaign, wearing hearing aids in both ears, had age-related dry macular degeneration, a sight loss common in older people. Between 1993 and 2002, Rayner was one of the patrons of the Herpes Viruses Association and chaired a Press Briefing in June 1993 aimed at destigmatising genital herpes.

When tendering her resignation, she cited the fact that she was patron of 60 organisations as the reason for trimming the list. Rayner was appointed to various UK government committees on health, resultantly was the author of a chapter in The Future of the NHS. Despite being president of the Patients Association, Rayner used private health care. Was a member of the Prime Minister's Commission on Nursing. In 1999 Rayner was appointed to a committee responsible for reviewing the medical conditions at Holloway Prison, London, at the direction of Paul Boateng, the Minister for Prisons; the recommendations of this committee led to far reaching changes in the provision of medical care within Holloway. A lifelong Labour Party supporter, she resigned in 2001 and joined the Liberal Democrats in fear of the proposed changes to the NHS from the administration of Prime Minister Tony Blair, she was a prominent supporter of the British republican movement, although admitted her dual standards on accepting her OBE in 1996.

Rayner was Vice-President of the British Humanist Association, a Distinguished Supporter of the Humanist Society Scotland and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. In the weeks leading up to her death, Rayner had the following to say about Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the United Kingdom:I have no language with which to adequately describe Joseph Alois Ratzinger, AKA the Pope. In all my years as a campaigner I have never felt such animus against any individual as I do against this creature, his views are so disgusting, so repellent and so hugely damaging to the rest of us, that the only thing to do is to get rid of him. Rayner, whilst a patron of the Down's Syndrome Association, had her position promptly terminated after labelling parents as "selfish" for having a disabled child; the hard facts are that it is costly in terms of human effort, compassion and finite resources such as money, to care for individuals with handicaps. Rayner met actor Desmond "Des" Rayner at Maccabi in Hampstead.

They had three children together: writer and food critic Jay Rayner, electronic

2011 Rother District Council election

The 2011 Rother District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Rother District Council in East Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council; the Conservatives stayed in control of the council with a reduced majority after having a net loss of 1 seat to leave them on 27 councillors. They lost 1 seat to Labour in Bexhill Sidley and 3 seats to independents, with all 4 independents who stood for seats in Bexhill being elected; however the Conservatives picked up a seat in Darwell, after independent councillor Wendy Mier stood down at the election, gained 2 seats from the Liberal Democrats in Salehurst and Bexhill St Michaels. The Liberal Democrats lost a seat to Labour in Rye and as a result dropped from 8 to 5 seats on the council. Meanwhile, the Labour gains in Rye and Bexhill Sidley meant the party regained a presence on the council with 2 councillors. Overall turnout at the election was 48.2%, described as "exceptionally good" by the returning officer.

A by-election was held in Darwell on 31 July 2014 after the resignation of Conservative councillor Bob White. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Eleanor Kirby-Green with a majority of 179 votes over the UK Independence Party

Americus, Kansas

Americus is a city in Lyon County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 896. Americus was laid out in the fall of 1857, it was named for Amerigo Vespucci. Americus was a shipping point on the Missouri -- Kansas -- Texas Railroad. Americus is located at 38°30′23″N 96°15′35″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles, of which, 1.12 square miles is land and 0.01 square miles is water. Americus is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area; as of the census of 2010, there were 894 people, 354 households, 251 families residing in the city. The population density was 798.2 inhabitants per square mile. There were 386 housing units at an average density of 344.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population. There were 354 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 29.1% were non-families.

24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.96. The median age in the city was 38 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 52.1 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 938 people, 355 households, 259 families residing in the city; the population density was 870.1 people per square mile. There were 383 housing units at an average density of 355.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.80% White, 0.32% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 1.07% from other races, 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population. There were 355 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12. In the city, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $35,859, the median income for a family was $43,850. Males had a median income of $29,545 versus $21,705 for females; the per capita income for the city was $14,532. About 9.9% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over. Americus is served by USD 251 North Lyon County; the Northern Heights High School mascot is Wildcats. Americus High School closed in school unification; the Americus Indians achieved a record of 26-0 to win the Kansas State High School boys Class B basketball championship in 1961.

Ross Grimsley, Major League Baseball pitcher in the 1950s. Grant Timmerman, U. S. Marine posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. CityCity of Americus Americus - Directory of Public OfficialsSchoolsUSD 251, local school districtMapsAmericus City Map, KDOT

Alice Estes Davis

Alice Estes Davis is an American costume designer. She is most famous for her work with Walt Disney, who employed her to develop costumes for films and theme parks, she was married to a Disney animator and Imagineer. Alice was named a Disney Legend in 2004. Alice was born Alice Estes in California, she was a talented artist in high school and received a scholarship from the Long Beach Art Association to study at the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute. Alice wanted to study animation at Chouinard Art Institute but due to the timing, there was a two-year waiting list to enter that field of study. So Chouinard, got her in the school in the only opening they had for the next semester and, in costume design, she met Marc Davis, her future husband and fellow Disney Legend, while he was teaching a night class in animation. Though the class was full, Chouinard told her that she could attend the class if she "called the roll" and brought the chalk to class, they did not start dating at this time but they did develop a respect for one another.

After graduation, Alice began her career designing women's lingerie for the Beverly Vogue & Lingerie House in Los Angeles. Because of her skill, she rose through the ranks to head designer, she designed two lines of fashion lingerie herself. Alice earned a reputation within the fashion community for her pattern-making skills and her expertise with different types of exotic fabrics. In the mid-1950s, Alice received a call from Marc Davis, he needed a costume for dancer Helene Stanley to wear as she performed live-action reference footage for the animation of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. During this project and Marc grew closer and married in June 1956. Walt Disney saw the two newlyweds at a Los Angeles restaurant one night and took a liking to Alice and her quality work. Walt hired her as a costume designer for the 1960 Disney feature Toby Tyler. Alice aided in the design of costumes for various other Disney television shows. In 1963, Walt came to Alice with a rather novel assignment – assisting artist Mary Blair in designing the costumes for the Audio-Animatronic children of Walt's 1964/1965 New York World's Fair attraction "it's a small world".

Alice researched the different cultures and regions being represented and translated the attire customs into over 150 different costumes. Her other work for the Fair included the period-specific costumes for the General Electric Carousel of Progress. During the "small world" project, Alice established an AA figure costume manufacturing area, quality control system, refurbishing techniques at WED Enterprises in Glendale, California; these systems and techniques are still used today by Imagineers and maintenance staff at the Disney theme parks worldwide. In 1965, Alice says she "went from sweet little children, to dirty old men overnight". Walt assigned her to create the costumes for the AA characters that would inhabit the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Alice created 47 different costumes – each one period-specific to the 17th and 18th centuries, but still had a "Disney flair" to them. Pirates of the Caribbean opened in 1967, remains a Disney theme park favorite to this day; because of her versatility, she designed the costumes for the Mission Control AA figures in the revamped Flight to the Moon attraction the same year as Pirates.

Following Marc's lead, Alice retired from WED in 1978, but still consults on various projects for The Walt Disney Company, such as Pixar's "Up". In order to solve a central question of that film, "What are the most important things in life? – the "Up" filmmaking team turned to their oldest acquaintances and relatives, mining their memories for stories. The influences included the legendary Disney animator Joe Grant and Disney costume designer Alice Davis." She makes appearances at Disney-related events and fan meet-and-greets. Her marriage to Marc ended with his death in 2000. In 1997, Davis received the Disneyana Fan Club Disney Legend award. In 2004, in a ceremony at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA Davis was inducted as a Disney Legend. On May 10, 2012, Alice was honored with a window on Main Street, U. S. A. at Disneyland next to her husband's window. In 2014, Davis was the recipient of the June Foray Award in recognition of a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.

Alice Davis at the Disney Legends website Disney, Walt & Sklar, Martin: From Pirates of the Caribbean to the World of Tomorrow. Television show. Alice Davis Celebrates 89th Birthday

Districts of Smethwick

Smethwick is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, in the West Midlands of England. The area is centred on Bearwood Road. Bearwood Bus Station is located at the corner of Hagley Road. Next to it is Lightwoods Park, on the border with Birmingham; the lower part of Bearwood, heading towards Cape Hill, is Hadley Stadium. Warley Woods is located on the eastern side of Bearwood on Abbey Road; the area is centred on Black Patch Park and Soho Railway Junction, an imposing structure to the south. Soho is home to a Train Care Depot and the Soho Foundry, Matthew Boulton and James Watt’s famous factory, Most of the rest of the area is industrial with some housing, it includes the adjoining streets. This is Smethwick's busiest shopping home to Asda and the Indoor Market; this is the former home of The Mitchells & Butler Brewery, demolished and replaced by housing. Most of the rest of the area is housing. Victoria Park is located at the High Street end. Windmill Lane Housing Estate is to the West of Cape Hill.

Victoria Park, Smethwick, is the main formal and garden for the town of Smethwick and has a Green Flag award. In 2010 the park was the subject of considerable investment and regeneration including a new bandstand. A flagship Adidas outdoor gym kit along with additional gym stations has been installed; the park occupies 14 ha. and is situated just off Smethwick High Street next to the Council House the park provides a range of facilities including a play area and multi use games area. A flagship CCTV system and path lighting has been installed in January 2009; this provides a 24-hour monitoring system approved by the Victoria Park Smethwick Committee established in 2008. Victoria Park Lodge, the former park-keeper's house, is now home to the Smethwick Heritage Centre West Smethwick is home to West Smethwick Park and housing running to Spon Lane and the Oldbury border and along St Pauls Road bordering Smethwick High Street and the along Oldbury Road including Galton Village; the new housing opposite West Smethwick Park used to be occupied by a Neurological and former infections diseases hospital.

A small graveyard for this can still be seen on Holly Lane. West Smethwick is home to what is now known as West Cross shopping centre on the Oldbury Road, Oldbury Cemetery and part industrial including the old Chance's Glass factory bordering Oldbury and West Bromwich. Galton Village is a large housing estate next to Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station, the area is known as "Smedrock" this runs along the Oldbury Road towards Oldbury and West Bromwich; the High Street used to be Smethwick’s main shopping and commerce centre until Toll House Way was built, demolishing half of the High Street on the railway side. It is home to the Job Centre Plus, Royal Mail sorting the Guru Nanak Gurdwara. Both Smethwick railway stations are located here. Rolfe St is located opposite the Holy Trinity Church and Galton Bridge is at the start of the Oldbury Road. Smethwick West is located next to Galton Bridge Station. Smethwick Council House is located at the Victoria Park end, not far from Smethwick Police Station and the site of the former technical college.

This area, made up of housing, runs along Smethwick’s border. Londonderry is home to a small shopping area located on Londonderry Lane, including a post office. Manor Lane has another small park; the area borders West Smethwick, Rood End and Langley etc This was traditionally an industrial area located just west of Black Patch and north of the High Street. The Smethwick Canal Heritage Centre was located on Brasshouse Lane. Further on, in Halford's Lane, is The Hawthorns Railway Station and West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Bridge Street, former home of the Smethwick Engine, can be found off Rolfe Street past the railway station; the Uplands is a residential area, centred on The Uplands and located between Bearwood and the High Street. The area around the Uplands proper and heading towards the High Street is made up of terrace house built around 1900, with the Bearwood side being of more modern construction. Smethwick’s oldest buildings The Old Church and associated Old Chapel public house are located at the Church Road end of the Uplands.

The area that now comprises The Uplands was known as "Bosom's End". The area was entirely farmland and is referenced in the Census of 1841. Other landmarks include: Smethwick Hall Park, The Akril Methodist Church building, Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre & Park, the Dorothy Parks Centre and Smethwick Cricket Club. Uplands Manor School and the cemetery are located a little to the north of the Old Church on Church Road. Besides the Old Chapel Pub, the area is home to the Hollybush Public House and a number of social clubs. There are no shopping areas, but the area is within easy reach of Bearwood, Smethwick High Street, Cape Hill and there are regular bus services to Birmingham and West Bromwich

1972–73 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1972–73 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 70th in the Football League and their 39th in the First Division, to which they were promoted as Second Division runners-up in 1971–72. After spending much of the season in the lower reaches of the table, eight wins and a draw from the last ten matches brought them up to tenth position in the 22-team division, they entered the 1972–73 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost in that round to Swindon Town, entered the League Cup in the second round, eliminated in the fourth by Blackpool. Twenty-seven players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, there were fourteen different goalscorers. Centre-forward Bob Latchford played in all but one of the 48 first-team matches over the season, finished as leading goalscorer with 20 goals, of which 19 came in league competition; the home attendance in First Division matches never fell below 30,000. Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.

Players with name marked left the club during the playing season. Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Birmingham. Birmingham City F. C. seasons GeneralMatthews, Tony. Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. Matthews, Tony. Birmingham City: The Complete Record. Derby: DB Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2. Source for match dates and results: "Birmingham City 1972–1973: Results". Statto Organisation. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2012. Source for lineups, appearances and attendances: Matthews, Complete Record, pp. 380–81. Specific