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Edmund Blunden

Edmund Charles Blunden, CBE, MC was an English poet and critic. Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose. For most of his career, Blunden was a reviewer for English publications and an academic in Tokyo and Hong Kong, he ended his career as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature six times. Born in London, Blunden was the eldest of the nine children of Charles Edmund Blunden and his wife, Georgina Margaret née Tyler, who were joint-headteachers of Yalding school. Blunden was educated at The Queen's College, Oxford. In September 1915, during World War I, Blunden was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the British Army's Royal Sussex Regiment, he was posted to the 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, a Kitchener's Army unit that formed part of the 116th Brigade of the 39th Division in May 1916, two months after the battalion's arrival in France. He served with the battalion on the Western Front to the end of the war, taking part in the actions at Ypres and the Somme, followed in 1917 by the Battle of Passchendaele.

In January 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry in action". Blunden survived nearly two years in the front line without physical injury but, for the rest of his life, he bore mental scars from his experiences. With characteristic self-deprecation he attributed his survival to his diminutive size, which made "an inconspicuous target", his own account of his experiences was published as Undertones of War. Blunden left the army in 1919 and took up the scholarship at Oxford that he had won while he was still at school. On the same English literature course was Robert Graves, the two were close friends during their time at Oxford together, but Blunden found university life unsatisfactory and left in 1920 to take up a literary career, at first acting as assistant to Middleton Murry on the Athenaeum. An early supporter was Siegfried Sassoon. In 1920, Blunden published a collection of poems, The Waggoner, with Alan Porter, he edited the poems of John Clare. Blunden's next book of poems, The Shepherd, published in 1922 won the Hawthornden Prize, but his poetry, though well reviewed, did not provide enough to live on.

In 1924, he accepted the post of Professor of English at the University of Tokyo. In December 1925, he dedicated a poem « UP! UP! » to the rugby men of the University and this became the anthem of the Tokyo University RFC. He returned to England in 1927, was literary editor of the Nation for a year. In 1927, he published a short book, On the Poems of Henry Vaughan and Intimations, with his principal Latin poems translated into English verse and revising an essay that he had published, in November 1926, in the London Mercury. In 1931, he returned to Oxford as a Fellow of Merton College, where he was regarded as a tutor. During his years in Oxford, Blunden published extensively: several collections of poetry including Choice or Chance and Shells by a Stream, prose works on Charles Lamb, he returned to full-time writing in 1944, becoming assistant editor of The Times Literary Supplement. In 1947, he returned to Japan as a member of the British liaison mission in Tokyo. In 1953, after three years back in England he accepted the post of Professor of English Literature at the University of Hong Kong.

Blunden settled in Suffolk. In 1966, he was nominated for the Oxford Professorship of Poetry in succession to Graves. However, he now found the strain of public lecturing too much for him, after two years, he resigned, he died of a heart attack at his home at Long Melford, Suffolk, in 1974, is buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. Blunden was married three times. While still in the army, he met and married Mary Daines in 1918, they had three children. They divorced in 1931, in 1933, Blunden married Sylva Norman, a young novelist and critic; that marriage, childless, was dissolved in 1945. The same year, he married one of his former pupils. While in Japan in the summer of 1925, he met Aki Hayashi, he began a relationship; when Blunden returned to England in 1927, Aki would become his secretary. The relationship changed from a romantic one to a platonic friendship, they remained in contact for the rest of her life. Blunden's love of cricket, celebrated in his book Cricket Country, is described by the biographer Philip Ziegler as fanatical.

Blunden and his friend Rupert Hart-Davis opened the batting for a publisher's eleven in the 1930s. An affectionate obituary tribute in The Guardian commented, "He loved cricket… and played it ardently and badly", in a review of Cricket Country, George Orwell described him as "the true cricketer": The test of a true cricketer is that he shall prefer village cricket to'good' cricket friendliest memories are of the informal village game, where everyone plays in braces, where the blacksmith is liable to be called away in mid-innings on an urgent job, sometimes, about the time when the light begins to fail, a ball d

Deep River, Ontario

Deep River is a town in Renfrew County, Canada. Located along the Ottawa River, it lies about 200 kilometres north-west of Ottawa on the Trans-Canada Highway. Deep River is opposite the Province of Quebec; the name Deep River purportedly derives from the fact that the Ottawa River reaches its greatest depth of 402 feet just outside the township. However, the Ottawa River reaches a depth of 565 feet in Moose Bay, located on the Holden Lake section west of Deux-Rivières; the primary industry centres on research at the Chalk River location of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a facility of the Chalk River Laboratories about 10 km east of Deep River on Highway 17. The facility is named for, accessed via, the nearby town Chalk River, although the site is technically in Deep River. Plans for the construction of this planned community began in 1944 by the federal government as part of the Manhattan Project, to accommodate employees of the nearby Chalk River Nuclear Research Laboratories. Along with Los Alamos, New Mexico and Oak Ridge, Chalk River was an offshoot of the nuclear effort for the allies and scientists and tradesmen from around the world who came to work on the Manhattan Project.

After World War II, Canada continued on with research into the atom, dedicated the country to the peaceful uses that could be derived from putting the atom to use. Deep River was situated far enough upwind and upriver of the Chalk River research reactors to avoid radioactive fallout. John Bland, an architecture professor at McGill University, developed the town's first master plan in 1944. Bland located the town between the Ottawa River, he designed a system of streets which followed the contours of the area's topography. Residential neighborhoods stretched out from a service-sector core. Straight and broad avenues ran along contour lines, while narrower and winding streets lay at right angles, discouraging non-local traffic from entering neighborhoods. Parks and schools were scattered strategically throughout the town; the streets were named after local flora, Canadian politicians and famous scientists such as Rutherford and Darwin. At the same time, its economy and development was further boosted by the construction of the Des Joachim Hydroelectric Generating Station and dam on the Ottawa River at Rolphton, which opened on June 28, 1950.

The town was the subject of a Maclean's Magazine article in 1958 by the noted Canadian journalist and author Peter C. Newman. Entitled, "Deep River: Almost the Perfect Place to Live," the article took a sardonic take on the town as a odd and isolated place populated by young, male educated and bored scientists and technicians struggling to find things to do with their time: "The Utopian town where our atomic scientists live and play has no crime, no slums, no unemployment and few mothers-in-law." In 1962, the experimental Nuclear Power Demonstration or NPD power reactor started up as a prototype for CANDU reactors. This was operated by Ontario Hydro, which used it as a training facility for new employees in their Nuclear division; this brought many more temporary residents to the town. Deep River is located at a latitude of 46°06' north and longitude 77°30' west, in the Boreal Forest biozone, has an area of 50.87 square kilometres. The town sits on the section of the Ottawa River referred to as "La Rivière Creuse" by 17th-century French explorers, and, at the heart of Canada's 19th-century timber trade.

Deep River boasts many active clubs. Among the numerous community accomplishments is the creation of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1951, making Deep River one of the smallest towns to have a symphony orchestra. Cross-country skiing is a popular winter recreation. Avid skiers of the Deep River Cross-Country Ski Club created the Silver Spoon trails and an annual race that brings contestants from across Ontario. Another popular event is Summerfest, a festival held once every two years, hosting many local and famous artists including Sloan, Wide Mouth Mason, Amanda Wilkinson, Daniel Lanois, K'naan; the festival organizes many recreational events, including the Cross-River Swim. Deep River is known to have picturesque scenery, excellent boating along the broad river, good hiking in the hills across the Ottawa River. Deep River has a community pool, fire department, police department, ski hill, golf course, curling rink, yacht club, a library, as well as the Canadian Clock Museum, home to an extensive collection of clocks from The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company.

The town's population reached its historical high at about 5,800 in the mid-1970s. Downsizing and decreased funding at CRNL followed the 1979 Three Mile Island incident, it has evolved into a popular retirement community. Deep River was last home to four schools in 2005, for students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12: T. W. Morison Public School - now closed, it used to be for students JK to grade 6; as decided by the school board on October 26, 2009, Morison Public School was closed down and moved into Mackenzie High School for the 2011-2012 school year in favour of making Mackenzie a JK-12 "education centre." Keys Public School - now closed, it used to house students grade 5 to grade 8. At the end of the 2004-2005 school year, Keys Public School was closed down due to budget cuts in the school board; the Junior half of Keys was moved to Morison Public School, the Intermediate half joined Mackenzie, separated by name only. It was predicted Morison would close down at the end of the 2006-2007 school year (for sa

Satrangi

Satrangi was a 2008 Pakistani travel adventure drama series produced and directed by Imran Hussain, broadcast on Geo TV. It was written by Jawad Daud; this drama was first of its kind, based on what youngsters think, what they are going through and how their families don’t understand their problems. Though this series didn’t get much hype but it was much loved by the youngsters as they could relate to the story; this is a story of seven friends who came from different backgrounds and had clashes with their parents. They all decided to go somewhere else to live a life of their own, they travelled whole of the Pakistan from Karachi to Azad Kashmir. They went on to visit all of the provinces of Pakistan. In that journey they visited all historical places. In between, their personal trials were shown from family issues to love affairs and from humor to suspense, it was mixture of travel and struggles of all the members. Moreover, it tells. Behzaad is a filthy rich guy, always at daggers drawn with his busy lawyer father.

Nashmia is a middle class girl who has stopped eye contact with her mother since she remarried. Raayaan is a middle class guy with white-collared job. Shehzore is from a remote village. Khayyam thinks that he is his style of music. Rushna is a girl. Bisma is more in need of love than being in search of love; these seven people embark on a journey of a lifetime. Behzaad builds a special mini-bus for this purpose; these youngsters leave from Karachi. Superficially, for all of them, this is just a tour that will take them to Khyber in just three days, but the travel stretches to months as each one discovers that everyone on this journey has a lot of emotional baggage. And, more they don't have to be together to form rainbow; each one of them is a rainbow. Fawad Khan as Behzaad Sawera Pasha as Nashmiya Agha Ali as Khayyam Ambreen gul as Rushna Hamza Ahmed as Shehzore Seher Gul as Bisma Zohaib as Raayaan Satrangi Re title song is sung by Fawad Khan and lyrics by Nadeem Asad; the first draft of the initial concept was written in November 2006.

The first version of this soap was based in a college with these seven friends. The first few episodes were written. At that time, another soap was being made by Everready called College. To break new grounds, the writer and director sat down thinking; the writer took the same characters, put them in a bus instead of the college or a hostel. Shehzore's character was supposed to fall for an English girl over the Internet, she was supposed to travel all the way from England and fall for Khayyam instead. During discussion and development, the writer had six characters in mind, but the writer felt if the show had an odd number, it would add more dynamic and improbability to the equation: there won't be any fixed couples. The writer had Satrangi stuck in his head, he went backwards to characters. He came up with three guys, but due to casting constraints and non-availability of girls, the production had to settle for four guys and three girls. The scenes of jungle in the third and fourth episode were shot in Malir, Karachi.

The village was near Karachi. The dhaaba where they meet the Pathan kid was half an hour out of Karachi as well; the writer was particular about Neshmiya and Behzaad as these two characters were closest to his heart. With them, he could bring insanity to sane moments and humor to the most banal scenes; the first character trait he wrote about both of them on his thinking board was the same:'unpredictable'. With Sawera Pasha on board, the show had a surefire hit character; the writer wanted to make her intricate and add layers to her in coming episodes. Sawera Pasha showed she had the panache to carry those emotional outbursts and confusions that came as part and parcel. During the scripting process, the writer and director knew that Fawad Khan just had to be part of this soap; this decision was based on an Independence Day play Kal. The only difference was, the director wanted him as Khayyam, the musician because Fawad Khan was a musician and vocalist in real life, but the writer saw Fawad Khan as the driver of the bus: metaphorically, the one steering the lives of the remaining six characters.

Driving them together and apart at his own discretion, the writer saw Behzaad as that powerful a character. Mercifully, he was able to drive his point home and Fawad Khan appeared as Behzaad

Paul G. Tremblay

Paul G. Tremblay is an American author and editor of contemporary horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, he is a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards. Tremblay was born in Aurora and raised in Massachusetts, he attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1993. He obtained his master's degree in mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1995. In summers between college, Tremblay worked at the Parker Brothers factory in Salem, Massachusetts in the warehouse and assembly lines. After graduation, he began teaching high school mathematics and coaching junior varsity basketball at a private school outside Boston, Massachusetts called Saint Sebastian’s School, where he still teaches today. In 2015, Focus Features optioned his novel A Head Full of Ghosts, it is in Allegiance Theater as producers. FilmNation acquired the rights to The Cabin at the End of the World in April 2018, before its publication; the Little Sleep The Harlequin & the Train No Sleep till Wonderland Swallowing a Donkey's Eye A Head Full of Ghosts Disappearance at Devil's Rock The Cabin at the End of the World - winner of the 2019 Locus Award for Best Horror Novel Survivor Song Growing Things and Other Stories Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, with Stephen Graham Jones Compositions for the Young and Old In the Mean Time ISBN 978-1-926851-06-8 Growing Things and Other Stories "The Two Headed Girl", July 2008 "The Blog at the End of the World", October 2008 "Figure 5", Weird Tales, December 2007 "There's No Light Between Floors" Clarkesworld Magazine issue 8, 2007 "The Teacher", ChiZine, January 2007 "Rhymes with Jew", Jigsaw Nation, 2006 "Feeding the Machine" Phantom Magazine, May 2006 "It's Against the Law to Feed the Ducks", Fantasy Magazine, April 2006 "Holes", Sybil's Garage, April 2006 "Continent", Son and Foe, November 2005 "She Wants to be Saved", Lenox Avenue, July 2005 "The Marlborough Man Meets the End" LitHaven, July 2005 "The Cuckoo in the Clock", deathlings.com, June 2005 "Dole as Ribbit", Lenox Avenue, May 2005 "Meat's Story", Lenox Avenue, March 2005 "The Strange Case of Nicholas Thomas: An Excerpt from A History of the Longesian Library", Lenox Avenue, November 2004 "All Sliding to One Side", Last Pentacle of the Sun, fall 2004 "Role Models", Carnival/Circus, June 2004 "Lies and Skin", Razor magazine, February 2004 "The Dilky Never Landed", Punktown: Third Eye, March 2004 "The Ballad of Blood-Man", deathlings.com, 2004 "I Know…", Gothic.net, 2004 "With More Than Eyes", Gothic.net, September 2003 "Perfect", summer 2003 "So Many Things Left Out", Book of Final Flesh, April 2003 "Perception", Fortean Bureau, February 2003 "The Harlequin and the Train", Of Flesh and Hunger, 2003 "The Laughing Man Meets Little Cat", ChiZine, October 2002 "A Monster on Your Parasol", Black October magazine, 2002 "Cold", Gothic.net, 2002 "When Darkness Falls", Whispers from the Shattered Forum, July 2002 "Them Bones", Whispers from the Shattered Forum, July 2002 "4'33", Gothic.net, May 2002 "The Drift", Eternal Night, 2002 "Of Email and Inspiration", Brainbox II: Son of Brainbox, December 2001 "The Jar", Brainbox II: Son of Brainbox, December 2001 "The Stairs", Electric Wine, October 2001 "The Hole", Envelopes in Time, July 2001 "Danny and the Demon", Envelopes in Time, July 2001 "Hurt", The Midnighter's Club, June 2001 "The Visit", June 2001 "The Well", June 2001 "The Dead Room", Twilight Showcase, March 2001 "King Bee", The Dead Inn, March 2001 "God of Roads", December 2000 Tremblay, Paul G. "Bibliography".

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Mobile-assisted language learning

Mobile-assisted language learning is language learning, assisted or enhanced through the use of a handheld mobile device. MALL is a subset of computer-assisted language learning. MALL has evolved to support students’ language learning with the increased use of mobile technologies such as mobile phones, MP3 and MP4 players, PDAs and devices such as the iPhone or iPad. With MALL, students are able to access language learning materials and to communicate with their teachers and peers at any time, anywhere. 1980s Twarog and Pereszlenyi Pinter used telephones to provide distant language learners with feedback and assistance.1990s Instructors at Brigham Young University-Hawaii taught a distance education English course from Hawaii to Tonga via telephone and computer 2000s Dickey utilized teleconferencing to teach an English conversation course to students in South Korea. Stanford University learning lab used integrated mobile phones in a Spanish learning program in 2001. Thornton and Houser developed several innovative projects using mobile phones to teach English at a Japanese university.

They developed a course management system, Poodle, to facilitate deploying language learning material to mobile phones. City College Southampton developed a web based "media board" (similar to a web-board but supporting Multimedia Messaging Service as well as Short Message Service and supplied learners of English as a Second Language with mobile phones with inbuilt cameras and voice recording facilities. University of Wisconsin–Madison, developed several foreign language courses which have used wireless handheld computers for various classroom activities. Duke University provided all incoming freshmen with free iPods equipped with voice recorders. Amongst the pilot courses utilizing the players were several language courses, which utilized both their listening and recording capabilities. United Kingdom’s Open University used voice recorders and mini-camcorders to record interviews with other students and locals and to create audiovisual tours in distance-learning German and Spanish course; the Open University used mobile phones for language learning A project in Ireland used MALL for Irish Language learning and assessment The Le@rning Federation used MALL for Indonesian Language learning across three states Enhancing language learning through MALL provides dynamics which are not available through the traditional classroom.

MALL offers ubiquitous access to learning anytime, anywhere the user has reception. This enables users to brush up on language skills just before or just after a conversation in the language they are learning. Handheld delivery affords new dynamics for collaborative learning as users can share the language learning process in small synchronous groups. Kloper et al. claimed 5 properties of mobile devices which can produce unique educational affordances: Portability-the small size and weight of mobile devices means they can be taken to different sites or moved around within a site. Social interactivity-data exchange and collaboration with other learners can happen face-to-face. Context sensitivity-mobile devices can both gather and respond to real or simulated data unique to the current location and time. Connectivity-a shared network can be created by connecting mobile devices to data collection devices, other devices or to a common network. Individuality- scaffolding for difficult activities can be customized for individual learners.

The most notable constraints for earlier MALL include poor sound and display quality coupled with limited devices and download speeds. Newer integrated PDA devices have narrowed the gap with higher access speeds, larger screens, having functions and capacities similar to laptop computers. Since the PDA devices are now displaced by smartphones, in particular those based on iOS and Android, it is safe to say the constraints mentioned earlier are now non-existent. Resources that focusing on Mobile Assisted Language Learning are not common. We more find resources that are language learning websites with some space dedicated to technology in language learning and vice versa. Belanger, Y. "Duke University iPod first year experience final evaluation report".2005. Http://cit.duke.edu/pdf/ipod_initiative_04_05.pdf BJET - British Journal of Educational Technology http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0007-1013 Brown, E. "Mobile learning explorations at Stanford Learning Lab."http://sll.stanford.edu/projects/tomprof/newtomprof/postings/290.html2001 Green, B.

A. Collier, K. J. & Evans, N. "Teaching tomorrow's class today:English by telephone and computer from Hawaii to Tonga." In L. E. Henrichsen, Distance-. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language, Inc. 2001 IJEL - International Journal on e-Learning http://www.aace.org/pubs/IJEL/ IRRODL - International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning http://www.irrodl.org/ JCAL - Journal of Computer Assisted Learning http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0266-4909&site=1 JISC - Joint Information Systems Committee. Multimedia learning with mobile phones. Innovative Practices with Elearning. Case studies: Anytime, any place Learning. 2005 http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/southampton.pdf Klopfer, Eric. "Augmented Learning: Research and Design of Mobile Educational Games." MIT Press, 2008. Klopfer, E, Squire, K and Jenkins, H. "Environmental Detectives: PDAs as a window into

Compulsion (band)

Compulsion was an Irish punk band. They were formed in 1990 by Sid Rainey as Thee Amazing Colossal Men, they signed a recording contract with Virgin Records, but after winning a lawsuit against their record label, they became'Compulsion' in 1992. Joined by guitarist Garret Lee and drummer Jan-Willem Alkema, they moved to North London and signed to One Little Indian, they released two albums. The first, was labeled by the NME as part of the "New Wave of New Wave", while the second, The Future is Medium, saw them sport identical black outfits and orange hairdos; the group split in 1997. After Compulsion, Lee formed Jacknife Lee, produced Snow Patrol and U2. Alkema joined China Drum and Driven to Collision. Rainey is now a writer and has created and produced an animated children's TV series called Underground Ernie for the BBC. Josephmary now lives in Ireland. Comforter - UK No. 59 The Future Is Medium "Mall Monarchy "Basketcase "Eating "Question Time for the Proles" "Juvenile Scene Detective" Compulsion Casserole Safety Boogie Woogie Hi-Fi Compilation I Like Compulsion and Compulsion Likes Me Allmusic: Compulsion Everything2: Compulsion Irish Rock: Thee Amazing Colossal Men/Compulsion Trouser Press: Compulsion Whispern & Hollerin: Compulsion