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Don DeLillo

Donald Richard DeLillo is an American novelist, short story writer, playwright and essayist. His works have covered subjects as diverse as television, nuclear war, the complexities of language, performance art, the Cold War, the advent of the digital age, politics and global terrorism, he was a well-regarded cult writer. It was followed in 1988 by a bestseller. DeLillo has twice been a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao II in 1992, was granted the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2010, won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013. DeLillo has described his fiction as being concerned with "living in dangerous times", in a 2005 interview declared, "Writers must oppose systems. It's important to write against power, the state, the whole system of consumption and of debilitating entertainments I think writers, by nature, must oppose things, oppose whatever power tries to impose on us." DeLillo was born on November 20, 1936 and grew up in a working-class Italian Catholic family, from Molise, in an Italian-American neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City, not far from Arthur Avenue.

Reflecting on his childhood in The Bronx, DeLillo described how he was "...always out in the street. As a little boy I whiled away most of my time pretending to be a baseball announcer on the radio. I could think up games for hours at a time. There were eleven of us in a small house. I didn't know things any other way. We always spoke Italian all mixed up together. My grandmother, who lived in America for fifty years, never learned English."As a teenager, DeLillo was not interested in writing until a summer job as a parking attendant, where hours spent waiting and watching over vehicles led to a reading habit. In a 2010 interview with The Australian, DeLillo reflected on this period by saying "I had a personal golden age of reading in my 20s and my early 30s, my writing began to take up so much time". Among the writers DeLillo read and was inspired by in this period were James Joyce, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Ernest Hemingway, a major influence on DeLillo's earliest attempts at writing in his late teens.

As well as the influence of modernist fiction, DeLillo has cited the influence of jazz music – "guys like Ornette Coleman and Mingus and Coltrane and Miles Davis" – and postwar cinema: "Antonioni and Godard and Truffaut, in the'70s came the Americans, many of whom were influenced by the Europeans: Kubrick, Coppola, Scorsese and so on. I don't know how they may have affected the way I write, but I do have a visual sense." On the influence of film European cinema, on his work, DeLillo has said, "European and Asian cinemas of the 1960s shaped the way I think and feel about things. At that time I was living in New York, I didn't have much money, didn't have much work, I was living in one room... I was a man in a small room, and I went to the movies a lot, watching Bergman, Godard. When I was little, in the Bronx, I didn't go to the cinema, I didn't think of the American films I saw as works of art. In an indirect way, cinema allowed me to become a writer." DeLillo credits his parents' leniency and acceptance of his desire to write for encouraging him to pursue a literary career: "They trusted me to follow the course I’d chosen.

This is something that happens if you’re the eldest son in an Italian family: You get a certain leeway, it worked in my case."After graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1954 and from Fordham University in the Bronx with a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts in 1958, DeLillo took a job in advertising because he could not get one in publishing. He worked for five years as a copywriter at the agency of Ogilvy & Mather on Fifth Avenue at East 48th Street, writing image ads for Sears Roebuck among others, working on "Print ads undistinguished accounts.... I hadn’t made the leap to television. I was just getting good at it when I left, in 1964."DeLillo published his first short story in 1960 — "The River Jordan", in Epoch, the literary magazine of Cornell University — and began to work on his first novel in 1966. Discussing the beginning of his writing career, DeLillo said, "I did some short stories at that time but infrequently. I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction.

I just didn't want to work anymore." Reflecting in 1993 on his late start in writing fiction, DeLillo said "I wish I had started earlier, but evidently I wasn’t ready. First, I lacked ambition. I may have had novels in my head but little on paper and no personal goals, no burning desire to achieve some end. Second, I didn't have a sense of, it took me a long time to develop this." DeLillo's inaugural decade of novel writing has been his most productive to date, resulting in the writing and publication of six novels in eight years between 1971 and 1978. He resigned from the advertising industry in 1964, moved into a modest apartment near the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, began work on his first novel. Reflecting on the early days of his writing career, he remarked: "I lived in a minimal kind of way. My telephone would be $4.20 every month. I was paying a rent of sixty dollars a month, and I was becoming a writer

St George's Church of England Foundation School

St George's C of E Foundation School abbreviated to St George's, is an all-through school in Broadstairs, catering for students for 4 to 19 years. The official school as it stands was formed in the mid-1970s by joining the two old schools of St George's Boys School and St George's Girls C of E School together into one building and formed the current St George's community. Along with the Head boy and girl, the school's'executive team' help to run and support events such as the Christmas Carol Service and Celebration Evening; the original St George's School opened in Ramsgate in 1841. In September 1967, St George's Girls C of E School moved from Ramsgate to a new building in Broadstairs near Dane Court Grammar School, with St George's Boys School moving to the site in 1973, after the construction of more facilities. By 1975 it was a unisex School called St George's C of E School, became a Business and an Enterprise school; the 1960s and 1970s buildings stood until early 2010, when it was knocked down and a new school building was built next to the site.

On 25 July 2004, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for their Turnaround Tour supporting their album Turnaround. On 31 July 2004, McFly played on the school field. Other artists who have played at the school include Status Quo; as of 2013 the school has 4 House Learning Communities, each named after a Cathedral City Houses - all have house colour on tie Canterbury - Blue Exeter - Orange Rochester - Red Salisbury - Purple In the Inter House Challenge students from the above'House Learning Communities' compete with students from other Houses in a series of challenges, such as Sport, Art and other activities to win points for their House. The House with the most points wins the Inter House Cup at the end of each academic year; these events happen at the end of every term, the points carry over through the school year, until making a final end-of-year total. Rochester dominated the 1990s, Exeter the early 2000s. In recent years, all Houses have won the Challenge Cup; the new school building plan was formed by the previous principal Keith Rumblo, with his Deputy Head and future Principal Kim Stoner, members of the school governing body.

The plan was to build the first 21st-century facilities in Thanet, as part of the Government's'Building Schools for the Future' scheme. It cost about £ 23M, with modern equipment in all areas; the old buildings were entirely demolished. Although the school wasn't opened until September 2010, staff moved in on 20 April 2010, Year 11 and Sixth Form on 21 April, Years 9 and 10 on the 22nd and Years 7 and 8 came in on the 22nd. Due to the demand for a new primary school in the Thanet area, St George's received funding to build a new primary phase to open in September 2016; the primary Deputy Head is Mrs Curry, working with Mr Mirams, the rest of the SLT. The school has pupils in year groups Reception to 4. Keith Rumblo 1996–2009 served the school as its head for 13 out of his 19 years there, he started the new school plan. Kim Stoner 2009–2017 created a'mantra' for students that "Nothing but our best will do". Since Easter 2009, she has overseen: A large improvement in GCSE results. On 17 January, the school site published a letter from Nick Gibb, M.

P. saying that St. George's Church of England Foundation School was amongst the 100 top performing schools, based on sustained improvement in each year from 2007 to 2010 New school buildings being built and the old 1960s structures knocked down, something, put in motion by Mr Rumblo Restructuring the House System with the 8 Heads of Houses replaced with 5 Heads of Year assisted by Year Support staff, along with a 6th Form team; the 8 Houses were reduced to 4. Plans were made for a primary school to be added in the school grounds, the age-range of St George's Church of England Foundation School to change from 11-19 to 4-19 and enlarge the school by adding a 2 Form Entry primary provision. In October 2015, at the request of the Local Authority, Mrs Stoner became interim executive headteacher of The Charles Dickens School for the 2015/2016 school year; this followed on from her successful interim lead of St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover in 2013. Adam Mirams 2017- present- After Mrs Stoner retired in 2017.

Mr Mirams became Head Teacher, having been Deputy Head for Mrs Stoner's tenure

Armstrong House (Citra, Florida)

The Armstrong House is a historic house located at 18050 US Highway 301 North in Citra, Florida. It is locally significant as an example of statewide and national trends in Frame Vernacular architecture at the time of its construction; the house was built in 1901 in the Frame Vernacular style of architecture. Resting on a brick pier foundation, the asymmetrical shaped balloon frame-house exhibits common clapboard siding, has four high-pitched gable roof elevations clad with metal pierced by four corbelled brick chimneys, it features a porch and a bay window facing the street. It was listed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 2000. Marion County listings at National Register of Historic Places.com