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Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th and 1st Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, styled as Lord Glamis from 1865 to 1904, was a British peer and landowner, the father of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the maternal grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II. The Earl was born in Lowndes Square, the son of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, his wife, the former Frances Smith, his younger brother Patrick Bowes-Lyon was a tennis player. After being educated at Eton College he received a commission in the 2nd Life Guards in 1876, served for six years until the year after his marriage, he was an active member of the Territorial Army and served as honorary colonel of the 4th/5th Battalion of the Black Watch. Upon succeeding his father to the Earldom on 16 February 1904, he inherited large estates in Scotland and England, including Glamis Castle, St Paul's Walden Bury, Woolmers Park, near Hertford, he was made Lord Lieutenant of an office he resigned when his daughter became queen. He had a keen interest in forestry, was one of the first to grow larch from seed in Britain.

His estates had a large number of smallholders, he had a reputation for being unusually kind to his tenants. His contemporaries described him as an unpretentious man seen in "an old macintosh tied with a piece of twine", he enjoyed physical labour on the grounds of his estates. He made his own cocoa for breakfast, always had a jug of water by his place at dinner so he could dilute his own wine. Despite the Earl's reservations about royalty, in 1923 his youngest daughter, married Prince Albert, Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. Lord Strathmore was made a knight grand cross of the Royal Victorian Order to mark the marriage. Five years he was made a knight of the Thistle. In 1936, his son-in-law became king and assumed the name George VI; as the father of the new queen, he was created a knight of the Garter and Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in the Coronation Honours of 1937. This enabled him to sit in the House of Lords as an earl.

At the coronation of his daughter and son-in-law, the Earl and Countess sat in the royal box with Queen Mary and their shared granddaughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. In life he became deaf. Lord Strathmore died of bronchitis on 7 November 1944, aged 89, at Glamis Castle, he was succeeded by Patrick Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis. He married Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck on 16 July 1881 in Surrey; the couple had ten children. The Earl would part his moustache in a theatrical but courteous gesture before kissing them: Forbes, Grania, My Darling Buffy: The Early Life of The Queen Mother ISBN 978-0-7472-7387-5 Vickers, Elizabeth: The Queen Mother ISBN 978-0-09-947662-7 Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

Haley Sales

Haley Sales is a Canadian ice dancer. With her skating partner, Nikolas Wamsteeker, she is the 2020 Bavarian Open bronze medalist and 2018 Lake Placid Ice Dance International bronze medalist; the two placed 9th at the 2018 Four Continents Championships. Sales was born on December 1996, in Quesnel, British Columbia, she was raised in Quesnel before moving to the Vancouver area. Sales began learning to skate in 2000, she won the bronze medal in the novice ladies' category at the 2012 Canadian Championships. She started training in ice dancing without a partner. Sales teamed up with Nikolas Wamsteeker in March 2014, they decided to train under Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, British Columbia. The two placed ninth in the junior event at the 2015 Canadian Championships; the following season, they competed at one ISU Junior Grand Prix event, finishing sixth in Austria, ranked fourth at the 2016 Canadian Championships. Sales/Wamsteeker made their senior international debut at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International in late July 2016.

They finished seventh in Lake Placid, ninth at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International, fifth at the 2017 Canadian Championships. Competing in their second senior season, Sales/Wamsteeker placed tenth at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy and 6th at the 2018 Canadian Championships, they were selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Four Continents Championships in Taiwan. They won a bronze medal at the Lake Placid International Dance trophy, placed fourth at the 2018 U. S. Classic, they made their Grand Prix debut at the 2018 Skate Canada International. At the 2019 Canadian Championships, they placed a career-best fourth, a placement the replicated the following year despite a fall by Sales in the rhythm dance. GP: Grand Prix.

Manu Feildel

Emmanuel Feildel is a French chef and television presenter trained in England, best known as one of the judges of the competitive cooking show My Kitchen Rules. He is most known for his participation in Australia's cookery competition programs Ready Steady Cook and MasterChef Australia. Manu achieved a solid reputation as head chef at the restaurant Bilson's before moving to open his own restaurant, Manu at L'Étoile, in 2009; the restaurant closed in March 2014. In spite of a history of professional chefs in his family, including his father and a grandfather, Feildel decided to join a circus school at age 13 and learnt juggling, unicycling and some acrobatics, he stayed for three years and decided that cooking was his first love and moved to London where he studied at the Cafe Royal restaurant. He worked at Les Associes, the Cafe des Amis du Vin and popular seafood restaurant Livebait. Relocating to Australia in 1999, he worked at a number of restaurants for several years before opening the kitchen as head chef at Bilson's on invitation of its owner, offering contemporary French cuisine.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, he was a key factor in Bilson's "three-hat success". The Daily Telegraph indicates that it is for his service at this "exceptional fine diner" that he has fame among food lovers. Feildel began appearing on Ready Steady Cook in 2006 and on MasterChef Australia in 2009 and has co-hosted My Kitchen Rules since 2010. In 2009, Feildel left Bilson's and opened his own French bistro, Manu at L'Étoile. However, the restaurant closed in March 2014, with Feildel citing a "nightmare year" with too much happening including his My Kitchen Rules commitments and increased competition that had hurt his business, meaning he could no longer afford to stay open. In 2010 he was the celebrity contestant in the first episode of the short lived Australian version of Beat the Star. Feildel won the 2011 series of Dancing with the Stars and appeared at the 2011 Good Food & Wine Show, he was nominated for the Most Popular New Male Talent at the Logie Awards of 2011. He hosted the reality dating series Dinner Date in 2011.

Following the closure of his Sydney restaurant, Manu at L'Étoile, Feildel in partnership with chef George Calombaris opened a new restaurant Le Grand Cirque in Melbourne, which closed 4 months after opening, in August 2014. In April 2014, Feildel hosted a two-part travel-cooking documentary entitled My France With Manu which follows Feildel travelling through western France, highlighting the local food and his memories of France; the show screened on the Seven Network. Manu has starred as a recurring character on the Aunty Donna podcast, where he is portrayed by Zachary Ruane; the character of Manu has incurred significant controversy during his time on the show, including holocaust denial and taking responsibility for the September 11 attacks. One of the podcast's guests, Jared Jekkyl, claims to have met Manu in person during filming of My Kitchen Rules in Manu's home. Manu himself has so far failed to comment on his portrayal by the group aside from a brief mention on the Today show in 2019.

Feildel appears in the 2018 film The BBQ as Andre Mont Blanc. In 2019, he became a judge on the revived version of Australia's Got Talent for the Seven Network, it was announced on 23 October 2019 that Feildel would join former MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston in 2020 on a new cooking competition show called Plate of Origin. In March 2013, Feildel trekked the Kokoda Track to raise money for CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer; each participant donated $5,000 to join the trek. Feildel is an ambassador for Camp Quality, a children's family cancer charity whose motto is "laughter is the best medicine". Feildel and his partner Veronica Morshead separated after 12 years together, they have one son. Feildel became engaged to jewellery store manager Clarissa Weerasena in November 2013, they married in January 2018; the couple have a daughter born in 2015. French Australian

The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1983 TV series)

The Legend of the Condor Heroes is a Hong Kong wuxia television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. It was first broadcast on TVB Jade in Hong Kong in 1983; the 59 episodes long series is divided into three parts. This 1983 version is considered by many to be a classic television adaptation of the novel and features the breakthrough role of Barbara Yung, who played Huang Rong. Note: Some of the characters' names are in Cantonese romanisation. Part 1: The Legend of the Condor Heroes – The Iron-Blooded Loyalists Part 2: The Legend of the Condor Heroes – The Eastern Heretic and Western Venom Part 3: The Legend of the Condor Heroes – The Duel on Mount Hua The Legend of the Condor Heroes is the soundtrack of this television series, released in 1983 by EMI Records. Roman Tam and Jenny Tseng sing most which are heard in the series. According to the behind-the-scenes featurette on the DVD, the Mongolian scenes were filmed on Lantau Island, Hong Kong; the Legend of the Condor Heroes on IMDb

Al Ries

Al Ries is an American marketing professional and author. He is the cofounder and chairman of the Atlanta-based consulting firm Ries & Ries with his partner and daughter, Laura Ries. Along with Jack Trout, Ries is credited with resurrecting the idea of "positioning" in the field of marketing. Ries graduated from DePauw University as a mathematics major in 1950, he accepted a position with the advertising department of General Electric before founding his own advertising agency in New York City, Ries Cappiello Colwell, in 1961. Jack Trout joined the agency in 1967. Ries and Trout wrote a three-part series of articles for Advertising Age in 1972; the themes discussed in that series of articles inspired their book, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind published in 1981. The American Marketing Association, NY Chapter announced Ries as one of the 2016 inductees to the Marketing Hall of Fame. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. Warner Books. 1981. ISBN 9780446308007. OCLC 881659550. Ries, Al. Marketing Warfare.

McGraw-Hill Book Company. ISBN 9780070527300. Ries, Al. Bottom-up Marketing. Plume. ISBN 9780452264182. Ries, Al. Find A Horse to Ride: The Key to Marketing Yourself. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070527355. Ries, Al; the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. HarperBusiness. ISBN 9780887306662. Ries, Al. 11 Immutable Laws of Branding on the Net. HarperCollinsBusiness. ISBN 9780002572224. Ries, Al. Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends On It. Collins Business Essentials. ISBN 9780060799908. Ries, Al; the 22 Immutable Laws of Branding. HarperBusiness. ISBN 9780060007737. Ries, Al; the Origin of Brands: How Product Evolution Creates Endless Possibilities for New Brands. HarperCollins books. ISBN 9780060570156. Official website IMNO Open Source Mentoring Interview with Al Ries Q&A featuring Al Ries

Peace on Earth (Casting Crowns album)

Peace on Earth is the first Christmas album by American Christian rock band Casting Crowns. Produced by Mark Hall and Mark A. Miller, it was released on October 7, 2008. Intended by Hall to bring out the worshipful aspect of Christmas, the album does not have songs relating to secular Christmas traditions, instead featuring a mix of traditional Christmas carols and original songs; as co-producer, Hall attempted to differentiate the album from their previous ones by attempting to use creative ideas they had not tried before, he wanted to utilize the band's female members in a broader and more visible role on the album. Upon its release, Peace on Earth met with mixed reviews; some critics praised the album's emphasis on traditional Christmas songs and the worship aspect of Christmas, while others criticized the album's original songs and felt it was a disappointment in comparison to the band's previous albums. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Christian Albums and Catalog Albums charts, number two on the Holiday Albums chart, number fifteen on the Billboard 200.

Peace on Earth has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, signifying shipments of one million copies in the United States. According to Casting Crowns' lead vocalist Mark Hall, Peace on Earth was written based on the question "How do you know there's peace on earth in a world that isn't peaceful?" Hall opined that when people hear Christmas carols, they don't hear their true message. Hall intended the album to help people rediscover the worshipful nature behind the carols; as an example of a message he wanted people to hear, he gave "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", a song written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about his rediscovery of hope amidst several personal tragedies. Hall felt that the song's message of hope was one that their generation needed to hear; as a co-producer on the album, Hall wanted to introduce aspects and ideas that the band had not done before, he felt the album offered a chance to branch out. He wanted the band's female members, Megan Garrett and Melodee DeVevo, to play a more prominent role, in part to show people "the gifts they have".

Peace on Earth does not contain material relating to secular Christmas traditions like Santa Claus or Jack Frost, instead featuring a mix of traditional Christmas carols and original songs. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", instead of using a carol of bells, has a choir of children personifying the bells by singing the refrain of'peace on earth'. "While You Were Sleeping" included on the band's 2005 album Lifesong, is included in its original form. On the Lifesong version, the band had altered the song to remove the most "seasonal" elements. On "God Is With Us" recorded by Amy Grant, Hall shares lead vocal duties with the band's female members. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is an instrumental piece, which makes extensive use of DeVevo's violin playing. "Away in a Manger" was included on WOW Christmas, is included on Peace on Earth in that form. Upon its release, Peace on Earth met with a mixed reception from music critics. Jared Johnson of Allmusic gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, praising it for its "wide appeal" and for having "a cohesive set of songs that brings out the worship aspect of the holidays" and praising "While You Were Sleeping" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel".

Andrew Greer of CCM Magazine gave it 3 out of 5 stars, regarding it as a let-down in comparison to the band's previous albums as well as holiday albums that other artists had put out. Russ Breimier of Christianity Today gave it 2 out of 5 stars, describing it as "predictable". However, he praised "While You Were Sleeping" as an example of Mark Hall's "bold, poignant songwriting". Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms gave the album a perfect 10 out of 10 stars, saying that it "bucks all the trends in that it doesn't contain saccharine, sleigh bell-drenched arrangements nor those ghastly songs about Santa and chestnuts roasting in an open fire" and praising it as an "inventive and on occasions brilliant exploration of the wonders of the incarnation". Justin Mabee of Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, praising the traditional Christmas songs on the album but criticizing the original songs as having a "forced feel to them like Casting Crowns wanted to do a whole album of traditional songs, but were told differently".

At the 40th GMA Dove Awards, Peace on Earth was nominated for and received the award for Christmas Album of the Year. Peace on Earth was released on October 7, 2008, it debuted at number four on the Billboard Christian Albums chart as well as at number two on the Holiday Albums chart and number fifty-six on the Billboard 200. It reached a peak of number one and fifteen on those charts as well as a peak of number one on the Catalog Albums chart. In the United States, it ranked as the thirtieth best-selling Christian album of 2008, the fifth best-selling Christian album of 2009, the 151st best-selling album of 2009. Peace on Earth received a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in November 2009, signifying shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States, it was certified Platinum in December 2016, ssignifying shipments of over one million copies in the United States. The album's lead single, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", peaked at number three on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and number one on the Hot Christian AC chart.