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Nguyễn Thanh Châu

Nguyễn Thanh Châu was a Vietnamese war artist whose career documented the Second Indochina War. He was born in Cao Lãnh Province in the Mekong Delta, he joined the Việt Minh in 1953 to fight in the Anti-colonial Resistance War against the French. After the end of the First Indochina War he moved north with his family to Hanoi and enrolled in the oil painting intermediary course at the Vietnam Fine Arts College under director Trần Văn Cẩn from 1956 to 1959. In 1960, he was sent to the Soviet Union to study watercolour painting at the All-Ukrainian Art Institute in Kiev, which provided the basic skills behind much of his future work. After Kiev, he studied in Moscow with his contemporary Lê Lam, before returning to Vietnam in 1964, he joined the People's Army of Vietnam in 1966. After a nine month journey down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through Laos and Cambodia, Châu arrived in the south, in Tây Ninh Province, he spent most of the remaining years of the war in the area of the Mekong Delta’s Plain of Reeds.

He familiarised himself with speed sketching while on the move, which he developed with watercolours once he returned to the resistance military base in Tây Ninh. He witnessed battles in places such as on the Tiền River, on Black Virgin Mountain and near the tunnels of Củ Chi before his advance with the army on its final assault on Saigon in April 1975. After the war, he held positions as Deputy Secretary General of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and Secretary General of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association before retiring to a quiet riverside village suburb in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum Witness Collection First prize at the National Fine Arts Exhibition, 1976 First prize at the National Fine Arts Exhibition, 1980 Second Prize at the National Fine Arts Exhibition, 1980 Second Prize at the National Fine Arts Exhibition, 1990 First Prize Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Exhibition, 1990 Medal for Fine Arts Career First Rank Labour Medal

Tides of War

Tides of War is a 2000 novel by Steven Pressfield, chronicling the Peloponnesian War. Jason, a disciple of Socrates, is asked to help defend Polemides, infamous in Athens as the man who assassinated Alcibiades. Predisposed to despise Polemides for his actions, Jason is taken by the man's graciousness, his open admission of his crimes, the parallels between his and Jason's service in the war. Aged nineteen at the outbreak of the war, Polemides enlists in the Athenian army sent to hasten the end of the siege of Potidaea. Alcibiades a common infantryman, makes an early name for himself with a bold action that saves the relief force from an ambush by the Corinthians. Through the course of his career as a mercenary, Polemidas comes into contact with most of the pivotal figures of the era, including Socrates, the statesmen-general Pericles and the politician Nicias, Spartan general Lysander. Polemidas describes his travels: his upbringing in Sparta and his family estate outside Athens, his time in Athens during the Plague, the mutilation of the sacred hermai in Athens on the eve of the Sicilian Expedition, sailing with the Athenian marines during the disastrous expedition, Athens' eventual defeat at the battle of Aegospotami.

However, it was the character of Alcibiades who loomed most large over the narrative, just as he had the greatest impact on the Peloponnesian War. Undefeated during his career as a general and admiral, Alcibiades’ life played itself out like an epic tragedy with the tensions between his genius and the hubris, his ultimate downfall; the political shifts that occurred during the war, manifesting through partisan public opinion, act to make Athens herself a character in the novel. While most of the dialogue is Pressfield's own creation, for long speeches and character development he used many ancient sources adapting quotes appearing in Thucydides in the History of the Peloponnesian War and to a lesser extent several of the Socratic Dialogues of Plato. Kirkus Reviews calls it ""Unabashedly brilliant, epic and moving."

List of Lost Girl episodes

Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that aired on Showcase for five seasons, from September 12, 2010, to October 25, 2015. It follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her superhuman abilities, help those in need, discover the truth about her origins; the series was created by Michelle Lovretta and produced by Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures Inc. with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, in association with Shaw Media. Following good ratings and positive reviews, it was renewed for a second season on November 12, 2010, the episodes order afterwards increased to 22 episodes. On August 25, 2014, Showcase announced that the fifth season would be the last, with the original 13-episode order increased to 16 final episodes and the season divided into two parts. In Australia, Lost Girl premiered on Sci Fi Australia on July 14, 2011. In the United Kingdom, it premiered on Syfy on September 1, 2011. In the United States, it premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2012, after Syfy purchased the rights to the first 26 episodes from Prodigy Pictures Inc. on May 18, 2011.

Total episode running time is 44:00 minutes, including opening title sequence and fade to black closing credits roll. Episodes broadcast on Syfy in the United States were 90 seconds shorter to allow for more commercial advertisement time. Starting with Season 3, 30 seconds that would have otherwise been cut from the Syfy episodes were preserved by substituting the original opening title sequence with opening credits superimposed over the first scene of each episode; as part of the show's promotion, a series of motion comics, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic, was released on the official Lost Girl website. The first of these appeared on August 20, 2010; the plan was to release one chapter per month, for a total of six, during the Fall 2010 television season. Around the time of the release of No. 5, the individual chapters were made available for downloading as well as being watchable on the Lost Girl website. File formats included MP4 and WMV files, it used elements of traditional print comic books with audio effects.

Called a motion comic by the producers, it provided a story-telling medium, hoped would provide information about Bo and other characters from the show, give additional insight into the supernatural world of Lost Girl. A series of four webisodes were created as a promotional lead-in to the premiere of Season Four on Showcase, with the first installment released on October 13, 2013. Official website Lost Girl at Prodigy Pictures Inc. Lost Girl at Syfy Lost Girl at Showcase Blog Lost Girl official Twitter Lost Girl official page on Facebook Lost Girl at Lost Girl Writers Twitter Lost Girl episodes at Showcase Lost Girl at epguides.com Lost Girl list of episodes at Garn's Guides Lost Girl on IMDb Lost Girl at BO SERIES INC. Lost Girl at Lost Girl: The Official Site Lost Girl at Funimation: Take Lost Girl Home Lost Girl at Spoiler TV Lost Girl at TV.com Lost Girl at TV Fanatic

Kari Peitsamo

Kari Juhani Valdemar Peitsamo is a Finnish musician whose style has changed over the years from acoustic avant-garde pop to electric rock. His best-known song is "Kauppaopiston naiset" from 1977. Kari Peitsamo started his career with the EP Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli, created with the assistance of Juuso Nordlund and Kaj Martin, the backing group of Juice Leskinen, on the studio time left over from Leskinen. Kari Peitsamo's debut album Jatsin syvin olemus was still performed as a trio but the following albums would be solos where Peitsamo performed his songs accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. On, Peitsamo's acoustic guitar was switched to an electric one, he was joined by the band Ankkuli, with its other members Harri Siirtola and Yrjö Majamaa. After this Peitsamo, who had recorded for Love Records, moved to Poko Records, changed his band to Kari Peitsamo Revival, influenced by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Status Quo. After the Revival period, Peitsamo played rock with his new band Kari Peitsamon Skootteri between 1985-1994.

Another ensemble of his, Kari Peitsamo & Hirttämättömät released one album in 1998, called Bubblegum Warriors In Faded Jeans. Kari Peitsamo is known for his vast productivity. However, during the years Peitsamo's musical activities have receded, he has worked, among other things, as a grave digger and as a candidate for the Communist Party of Finland in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 parliamentary elections, as well as the municipal elections and elections for the European parliament in 2004 and 2009. Many of Peitsamo's most famous songs are short rock songs with somewhat peculiar lyrics, his debut album contains a song called "Uskon Beatleksiin" in which the singer is rejected by his girlfriend but he is not desperate because he believes that some day The Beatles will descend from the heaven and bring peace to the world. The title track of the debut album is about jazz music and it declares that the deepest nature of jazz is unknown. In addition to his typical absurdism and oddities, Peitsamo has written political songs.

In 2013 Peitsamo started studying theology in the University of Helsinki. Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Jatsin syvin olemus Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Vedestä nousee kasvi Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Kari Kolmas Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli Pölypilleri Levylaulaja Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Greatest Hits Gulliverin retket Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Vallankumous Kari Peitsamo Revival: Jokivarren jytäorkesteri Kari Peitsamo Revival: Pieni suuri show Kari Peitsamo Revival: Rokkiletti Älä koskaan laula kantria Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Kari Peitsamon Skootteri Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Amatöörirakastaja Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: The 10th Anniversary Album Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Vedestä nousee hai Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Hämeen nopein Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Rankat ankat Kadonnutta aikaa etsimässä Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Hellsinkin' Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Groovers' Paradise Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Plays Wigwam Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Sergeant Rocker Rides Again The Fool Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Natural Boogie Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Vi skall spela rock I'm Down How I Won the War Kari Peitsamo & Aku Ankkuli: Dr. Rockfinger & Outlaws Boys Before They Make Me Run Good Vibrations – the 20th Anniversary Album Peace, Love & Understanding – the Xmas Album Kari Peitsamo & Hirttämättömät: Bubblegum Warriors in Faded Jeans Hoodoo Kari Peitsamo & Hirttämättömät: Brono Starr's Rock'n'roll Roadside Attraction Retkibanaani feat.

Kari Peitsamo: Blitzkrieg Boogie – Highway 61 Revisited Pelle Show Taistelujen tiellä Kari Peitsamo & Freud Marx Engels & Jung: Amerikkalaisia unelmia No Mercy Kari Peitsamo & Aku Ankkuli: Für Elise The 30th Anniversary Album Kari Peitsamo & Risto: The Second Coming of Mr. Jesus H. Christ Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Liskon laki Kari Peitsamo: Takaisin Itä-Saksaan Kari Peitsamo Black Album Kari Peitsamo & Straight Perverts: The Unparalleled Adventures Of One Hans Pfaall Kari Peitsamo Road Hogs: In Memory of Rigger Dan Kari Peitsamo Road Hogs: Rautahepo Kari Peitsamo Road Hogs: Kitarani haluaa rakastella äitiäsi rajusti Kari Peitsamo Road Hogs: Pahat pojat ovat jälleen täällä Sokea Joe Maan alla Tuomo, laita aika hiljaiselle tää kazoo From Toijala with Love Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli The songs can be found from Jatsin syvin olemus albumKari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Peitsamon jälkeenjääneet nauhat Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Puinen levy Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Sian raato kääntää hitaasti kasvonsa valoon päin Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Kari Peitsamon Skootteri The songs can be found from The 10th Anniversary Album albumKari Peitsamo Revival: Poko-klassikko Compilation EPKari Peitsamo & Risto: Gotta Build a Railroad, Gotta Build a Train Kari Peitsamo: Takaisin Itä-Saksaan 7-inch Kari Peitsamo ja Ankkuli: Kari Peitsamo 1977–1981 Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Are You Experienced?

The Voodoo Collection Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: Memories Kari Peitsamo Revival: Jytäorkesteri tulee taas Lähde autoiluretkelle suureen etelän kanjoniin – Kaikkien aikojen parhaat Kari Peitsamon Skootteri: On pakko vatkaa Kari Peitsamo: Hel

Dadasaheb Phalke

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the Father of Indian cinema. His debut film, Raja Harishchandra, was the first Indian movie in 1913, is now known as India's first full-length feature film, he made 95 feature-length films and 27 short films in his career, spanning 19 years, until 1937, including his most noted works: Mohini Bhasmasur, Satyavan Savitri, Lanka Dahan, Shri Krishna Janma and Kaliya Mardan. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honour by the Government of India in 1969; the award is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country. A postage stamp bearing his likeness was released by India Post to honour him in 1971. An honorary award from the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Mumbai was introduced in the year 2001, for lifetime achievement in Indian cinema. Dhundiraj Phalke was born on 30 April 1870 at Trimbak, Bombay Presidency into a Marathi-speaking Chitpavan Brahmin family.

His father, Govind Sadashiv Phalke alias Dajishastri, was a Sanskrit scholar and worked as a Hindu priest conducting religious ceremonies and his mother, was a housewife. The couple had three sons and four daughters. Shivrampant, the eldest, was twelve years elder than Phalke and worked in Baroda, he worked as the Dewan of the princely state of Jawhar and died in 1921, at the age of 63. Phalke's second brother, Raghunathrao worked as a priest and died at a young age of 21. Dajishastri taught Phalke to conduct religious rituals like dispensing of medicines; when he was appointed as a professor of Sanskrit in the Wilson College, the family shifted its base to Bombay. Phalke completed his primary education in matriculation was done in Bombay. Phalke joined the Sir J. J. School of Art, completed a one-year course in drawing. At the beginning of 1886, he accompanied his elder brother, Shivrampant, to Baroda where he married a girl from Marathe family, he joined Kala Bhavan, the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and completed a course in Oil painting and Watercolor painting in 1890.

He achieved proficiency in architecture and modelling. In the same year, Phalke bought a film camera and started experimenting with photography and printing, he was awarded a gold medal for creating a model of an ideal theatre at the 1892 Industrial Exhibition of Ahmedabad. While his work was much appreciated, one of his fans presented him a "costly" camera, used for still photography. In 1891, Phalke did a six-months course to learn the techniques of preparing half-tone blocks, photo-lithio, three-colour ceramic photography. Principal Gajjar of Kala Bhavan sent Phalke to Ratlam to learn three-colour blockmaking, photolitho transfers and darkroom printing techniques under the guidance of Babulal Varuvalkar. In 1893, Gajjar allowed Phalke to use the photo studio and laboratory of Kala Bhavan where he started his work under the name of "Shri Phalke's Engraving and Photo Printing". Despite his proficiency in various skills, he did not have a stable family life and had difficulties in making a living.

Thus, in 1895, he decided to become a professional photographer and relocated to Godhra for doing business. His business did not do well in Godhra and he lost his wife and a child in the 1900 plague epidemic in the city. Phalke started photography business, it did not run well because of the myth spread across the city that the camera sucks up the energy from a person's body which leads to their death. He faced similar resistance from the Prince of Baroda who refused to take photographs with the assumptions that it would shorten his life. Though, the Prince was convinced by Phalke who went on to advocate the benefits of photography in his court, it did not help Phalke's business, he started the business of painting the stage curtains for the drama companies. This fetched him a few minor roles in the plays. Phalke learned magic tricks from a German magician, on a tour in Baroda that time; this helped. At the end of 1901, Phalke began to hold the public performances of magic using professional name of Professor Kelpha with letters of his last name in reverse order.

In 1902, Phalke remarried to niece of proprietor of Kirloskar Natak Mandali. Girija was renamed as Saraswati after the marriage. In 1903, he got a job as a draftsman at the Archaeological Survey of India. However, not satisfied with the job, Phalke resigned in 1906 and set up a printing press at Lonavla under the name of "Phalke Engraving and Printing Works" with R. G. Bhandarkar as a partner; the press majorly worked for making photo-litho transfers for Ravi Verma Press, owned by painter Raja Ravi Varma. It started the work of halftone blockmaking and printing and tri-colour printing. With the growing business, the press was shifted to Bombay. In 1908, Purushottam Mavji replaced Bhandarkar as a partner and the press was renamed as "Laxmi Art Printing Works". Phalke went to Germany in 1909 to buy the necessary colour printing machinery. Though the printing business grew exponentially, the partners had increasing differences about the running of the press. Soon, Phalke decided to abandon the partnership, without availing any monetary benefits.

After quitting "Laxmi Art Printing Works", Phalke received multiple offers from various financiers to start another printing press but he did not accept any offers. On 14 A