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A corset is a garment worn to hold and train the torso into a desired shape, traditionally a smaller waist or larger bottom, for aesthetic or medical purposes, or support the breasts. Both men and women are known to wear corsets, though this item was for many years an integral part of women's wardrobes. Since the late 20th century, the fashion industry has borrowed the term "corset" to refer to tops which, to varying degrees, mimic the look of traditional corsets without acting as them. While these modern corsets and corset tops feature lacing or boning, imitate an historical style of corsets, they have little, if any, effect on the shape of the wearer's body. Genuine corsets are made by a corsetmaker and are fitted to the individual wearer; the word corset is derived from the Old French word corps and the diminutive of body, which itself derives from corpus. The craft of corset construction is known as corsetry, as is the general wearing of them.. Someone who makes corsets is a corsetier or corsetière, or sometimes a corsetmaker.

In 1828, the word corset came into general use in the English language. The word was used in The Ladies Magazine to describe a "quilted waistcoat" that the French called un corset, it was used to differentiate the lighter corset from the heavier stays of the period. The most common and well-known use of corsets is to slim the body and make it conform to a fashionable silhouette. For women, this most emphasizes a curvy figure by reducing the waist and thereby exaggerating the bust and hips. However, in some periods, corsets have been worn to achieve a tubular straight-up-and-down shape, which involved minimizing the bust and hips. For men, corsets are more customarily used to slim the figure. However, there was a period from around 1820 to 1835 – and until the late 1840s in some instances – when a wasp-waisted figure was desirable for men. An "overbust corset" encloses the torso. An "underbust corset" extends down toward the hips. A "longline corset" -- either overbust or underbust -- extends past the hip bone.

A longline corset is ideal for those who want increased stability, have longer torsos, or want to smooth out their hips. A "standard" length corset will stop short of the iliac crest and is ideal for those who want increased flexibility or have a shorter torso; some corsets, in rare instances, reach the knees. A shorter kind of corset that covers the waist area, is called a waist cincher. A corset may include garters to hold up stockings. Traditionally, a corset supports the visible dress and spreads the pressure from large dresses, such as the crinoline and bustle. At times, a corset cover is used to protect outer clothes from the corset and to smooth the lines of the corset; the original corset cover was worn under the corset to provide a layer between the body. Corsets were not worn next to the skin due to difficulties with laundering these items during the 19th century, as they had steel boning and metal eyelets that would rust; the corset cover was in the form of a light chemise, made from cotton lawn or silk.

Modern corset wearers may wear corset liners for many of the same reasons. Those who lace their corsets use the liners to prevent burn on their skin from the laces. People with spinal problems, such as scoliosis, or with internal injuries, may be fitted with a back brace, similar to a corset. However, a back brace is not the same thing as a corset; this is made of plastic and or metal. A brace is used to push the curves so that they don't progress, sometimes they lower the curves. Braces are used in children and adolescents, as they have a higher chance of the curves getting worse. Artist Andy Warhol was shot in 1968 and never recovered. Aside from fashion and medical uses, corsets are used in sexual fetishism, most notably in BDSM activities. In BDSM, a submissive may be required to wear a corset, which would be laced tightly and restrict the wearer to some degree. A dominant may wear a corset black, but for different reasons, such as aesthetics. A specially designed corset, in which the breasts and vulva are exposed, can be worn during vanilla sex or BDSM activities.

A corset brace is a lumbar support, used in the prevention and treatment of low-back pain. Corsets are constructed of a flexible material stiffened with boning inserted into channels in the cloth or leather. In the 18th and early 19th century, thin strips of baleen were favoured for the boning. Plastic is now the most used material for lightweight, faux corsets and the majority of poor-quality corsets. Spring and/or spiral steel is preferred for stronger and better quality corsets. Other materials used for boning have included ivory and cane. Corsets are held together by lacing at the back. Tightening or loosening the lacing produces corresponding changes in the firmness of the corset. Depending on the desired effect and time period, corsets can be laced from the top down, from the bottom up, or both up from the

José Sosa (baseball)

José Ynocencio Sosa was a Dominican Republic relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1975 through 1976 for the Houston Astros. Listed at 5' 11", 158 lb. he batted and threw right handed. Born in Santo Domingo, Sosa came from a baseball family that included his cousins Felipe Alou, Matty Alou, Jesús Alou and Moisés Alou, being related to Mel Rojas. Sosa was signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in 1970 and started his career in their minor league system, playing for them at three different levels before joining the big club late in the 1975 midseason. During a game against the San Diego Padres on July 30, 1975, Sosa secured his place in the record books when he belted a three-run home run off Danny Frisella at the Astrodome, to become both the first Dominican pitcher and the first Astros player to hit a home run in his first major league plate appearance, he earned the save as the Astros came out with an 8–4 victory. Sosa rejoined the Astros for a few games during three recalls.

He returned to the minors from 1977 to 1978 and never appeared in a major league game again. In a two-season career, Sosa posted a 1-3 record with one save and a 4.60 earned run average in 34 games, allowing nine runs on 67 hits and six walks, while striking out 36 over 58⅔ innings of work. He went 41-53 with a 4.25 ERA in 202 minor league games. Sosa pitched for the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League from 1977 to 1978, he finished with a 2.96 ERA in 111 games. Following his playing retirement, he served as their bullpen coach for several seasons. Major League Baseball players with a home run in their first major league at bat Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference

Narellan Anglican Church

The Narellan Anglican Church is an Anglican church in the outer south-western Sydney suburb of Narellan that meets each Sunday at 9:30 am and 5 pm. It is located at 172 Richardson Road in the newly developed suburb of Spring Farm; the lands for the original church building and cemetery were marked out by Surveyor Hoddle in 1827 but little was done until the 1830s due to the size of the town and lack of community support. On 10 November 1839 the first church building was opened; this building was to serve the Anglican community at Narellan until 1884 and became known as the School Church. Built by the Reverend Thomas Hassall, it was used as a schoolroom on weekdays and a church on Sunday; the present church building in Spring Farm was completed in 2001, church continues to gather twice weekly at this new site. The former parish church, designed by Edmund Blacket, is no longer owned by the Anglican Church; the Revd Dr John Bunyan, a Fellow and Past President of the Anglican Historical Society, notes that it has become The Old St Thomas Chapel and has been beautifully restored by its private owners.

It is used for Christian and civil ceremonies, for many years now, on Good Friday afternoon it has hosted Evensong at 2 pm. The historic pioneers' graveyard was sold by the Anglican Church and is now Muslim-owned, though access to Christian family graves is permitted. Australian non-residential architectural styles List of Anglican churches in the Diocese of Sydney


Platystemon is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the poppy family containing the single species Platystemon californicus, known by the common name creamcups. It is native to Oregon, Arizona and Baja California, is found in open grasslands and sandy soils below 6,000 feet elevation. Platystemon californicus is a variable plant taking such a wide range of forms it has been split and redescribed as up to 57 different species, its form varies according to geography and habitat conditions. Coastal forms may be hairless and a bit succulent, while semidesert individuals can be squat, hairy plants; some authors describe separate varieties, which are ecotypes adapted to specific very limited, habitat types. The annual herb is at least a bit hairy, sometimes quite woolly; the stem is upright to decumbent and 3 to 30 centimeters long. The leaves are oppositely whorled about the stem, they are linear and smooth-edged with rounded or pointed tips. They are 1 to 9 centimeters long; the inflorescence is a single flower growing from the tip of the stem.

It is borne on a peduncle 3 to 26 centimeters long with three hairy sepals. The flower has six petals, but a large flower can have more; the petals vary in size and color. They have rounded or pointed tips. There are five basic color patterns: solid white, solid yellow, a white petal with a yellow tip or yellow base or both; the all-yellow petals are less common. The petals may age reddish; the center of the flower is filled with several whorls of stamens with thickened ends. The fruit is a capsule up to 1.6 centimeters long, divided into many sections containing shiny black seeds. The flowers are wind-pollinated and pollinated by solitary bees. Media related to Platystemon californicus at Wikimedia Commons Platystemon californicus. CalPhotos

Elady Zorrilla

Eladio Zorrilla Jiménez known as Elady, is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Cartagena. A left winger, he can play as a forward. Born in La Puerta de Segura, Jaén, Elady made his senior debut with Orcera CF in the regional leagues. In 2008 he moved to La Puerta CD. In 2010 Elady signed for Villacarrillo CF, still in the lower levels. On 10 July 2012, after helping the side in their promotion to Tercera División, he moved straight to Segunda División B after agreeing to a contract with Real Jaén. On 15 July 2013, after being used, Elady returned to Villacarrillo, now in the fourth tier; the following 1 July he signed for La Hoya Lorca CF, but cut ties with the club on 26 August and subsequently returned to his previous club. On 3 October 2014, Elady joined fellow fourth division side Écija Balompié, but left the club the following January and signed for Linares Deportivo in the same category. On 14 July 2015 he moved to Atlético Mancha Real, scoring a career-best 21 goals during his first campaign, which ended in promotion.

On 18 January 2017, after scoring ten goals in only 20 matches, Elady signed a 18-month contract with Real Murcia in the third division. On 17 July 2018, after contributing with 12 goals as his side missed out promotion in the play-offs, he moved abroad and joined KS Cracovia on a two-year deal. Elady made his professional debut on 29 July 2018, playing the entire second half in a 0–2 away loss against KKS Lech Poznań for the Ekstraklasa championship. After only one more match, he returned to his home country and agreed to a deal with FC Cartagena on 9 August. Elady Zorilla at BDFutbol Elady Zorilla at Elady Zorilla at La Preferente Elady Zorilla at Soccerway

Essen-Werden–Essen railway

The Essen-Werden to Essen railway is an electrified railway line in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is a main line railway with two tracks, except for the Stadtwald Tunnel, running through the metropolitan area of Essen and connecting Essen-Werden station with Essen Hauptbahnhof, it was opened in 1877 by the Bergisch-Märkische Railway Company to connect the Ruhr Valley Railway to Essen Hauptbahnhof. The steep slope between Essen-Werden and Essen Stadtwald has always placed a high demand on the vehicles operating on it; the Essen-Hügel station was built on a steep slope at the instigation of the Krupp family next to the Villa Hügel. The 1944 timetable listed 51 pairs of train services, including additional peak hour services between Essen Hbf and Essen Stadtwald in the line on weekdays; the line has been served since 26 May 1974 by line S 6 of the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn, although a service with S-Bahn characteristics had operated since 26 May 1968. Deutsche Bahn renovated the line between 7 July and 19 August 2012.

The stations of Essen Süd, Essen-Stadtwald, Essen-Hügel and Essen-Werden were modernised and harmonised as part of this work and 96 centimetre-high platforms were installed. Due to the effect of mining subsidence on a retaining wall north of the railway embankment between Essen-Stadtwald and Essen-Hügel, the line has been closed since 18 October 2017 and the trains of the S 6 from Dusseldorf terminate in Kettwig station. After 40 exploratory holes were drilled, Deutsche Bahn indicated; the cavities that have been discovered are being filled in. The work and the closure of the line are to last until April 2018. During this period, buses are being operated between Kettwig and Essen Hauptbahnhof as rail replacement services. Bernd Franco Hoffmann. Die Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn. Durch die Ruhr und Volme. Erfurt: Sutton-Verlag. ISBN 978-3954005802