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Edward Clodd

Edward Clodd was an English banker and anthropologist. He had a great variety of literary and scientific friends, who periodically met at Whitsunday gatherings at his home at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. Although born in Margate, where his father was captain of a trading brig, the family moved soon afterward to Aldeburgh, his father's ancestors deriving from Parham and Framlingham in Suffolk. Born to a Baptist family, his parents wished him to become a minister, but he instead began a career in accountancy and banking, relocating to London in 1855, he was the only surviving child of seven. Edward first worked unpaid for six months at an accountant's office in Cornhill in London when he was 14 years of age, he worked for the London Joint Stock Bank from 1872 to 1915, had residences both in London and Suffolk. He married his first wife Eliza Garman, a doctor's daughter in 1862, he had eight children with Eliza. In his old age, he married Phyllis Maud Rope, who survived him by 27 years. Clodd was an early devotee of the work of Charles Darwin and had personal acquaintance with Thomas Huxley and Herbert Spencer.

He wrote biographies of all three men, worked to popularise evolution with books like The Childhood of the World and The Story of Creation: A Plain Account of Evolution. Clodd was an agnostic and wrote that the Genesis creation narrative of the Bible is similar to other religious myths and should not be read as a literal account, he wrote many popular books on evolutionary science. He wrote a biography of Thomas Henry Huxley and was a lecturer and populariser of anthropology and evolution, he was a keen folklorist, joining the Folklore Society from 1878, becoming its president. He was a Suffolk Secretary of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia from 1914 to 1916, he was a prominent member and officer of the Omar Khayyam Club or'O. K. Club', organised the planting of the rose from Omar Khayyam's tomb on to the grave of Edward Fitzgerald at Boulge, Suffolk, at the Centenary gathering. Clodd had a talent for friendship, liked to entertain his friends at literary gatherings in Aldeburgh at his seafront home there, Strafford House, during Whitsuntides.

Prominent among his literary friends and correspondents were Grant Allen, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, George Gissing, Edward Fitzgerald, Andrew Lang, Cotter Morison, Samuel Butler, Mary Kingsley and Mrs Lynn Linton. G. Wells and many others as acquaintances, his hospitality and friendship was an important part of the development of their social relations. George Gissing's close friendship with Clodd began when he accepted an invitation to a Whitsuntide gathering in Aldeburgh in 1895. Clodd was Chairman of the Rationalist Press Association from 1906 to 1913, he was skeptical about claims of the paranormal and psychical research, which he wrote were the result of superstition and the outcome of ignorance. He criticised the spiritualist writings of Oliver Lodge as non-scientific, his book Question: A Brief History and Examination of Modern Spiritualism exposed fraudulent mediumship and the irrational belief in spiritualism and Theosophy. The following list is incomplete. Biographies of Darwin, Wallace and Spencer exist.

1872: The Childhood of the World 1880: Jesus of Nazareth. Kegan Paul, London. 1882: Nature Studies. Wyman, London. 1888: The Story of Creation: A Plain Account of Evolution 1891: Myths and Dreams. Chatto & Windus, London. 1893: The Story of Human Origins. Chapman & Hall, London. 1895: A Primer of Evolution Longmans, New York. 1895: The Story of "Primitive" Man. Newnes, London. 1896: The Childhood of Religions. Kegan Paul, London. 1897: Pioneers of Evolution from Thales to Huxley. Grant Richards, London. 1898: Tom Tit Tot: An essay on savage philosophy in folk-tale. 1900: The story of the Alphabet. Newnes, London. 1900: Grant Allen: A Memoir. 1902: Thomas Henry Huxley. Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London. 1905: Animism: the seed of religion. Constable, London. 1916: Memories. Chapman & Hall, London. 1917: The Question: If a Man Die, Shall He Live Again?. E. J. Clode, New York. 1920: Magic in Names & Other Things. Chapman & Hall, London. 1922: Occultism. The Hibbert Journal. 1922: Occultism: Two Lectures. Watts & Co, London.

1923: The Ultimate Guide to Brighton, England. McStewart & Earnshaw, London. Dictionary of National Biography article by E. S. P. Haynes. Joseph McCabe.. Edward Clodd: A Memoir. John Lane. Works by Edward Clodd at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Edward Clodd at Internet Archive Archival material at Leeds University Library

David I. McKay

David I. "Dave" McKay is the President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, one of Canada’s largest banks and one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. He serves on the Board of Governors for the University of Waterloo and the Board of Trustees for The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. McKay was born in Montreal, where he grew up, his father was small business owner. He graduated from John Rennie High School and earned a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario in 1992. McKay was appointed President of RBC on February 26, 2014 and Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board on August 1, 2014. Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, McKay led RBC’s retail banking portfolio, first as Group Head of Canadian Banking and most as Group Head of Personal and Commercial Banking worldwide. During this time, McKay contributed to the growth of RBC’s retail banking business, helping the bank attain top market positions in all the division’s product categories.

Recognizing the need to invest in innovation and technology to evolve with changing customer needs, McKay oversaw RBC’s move into the payments space. Under his leadership, RBC became the first North American financial institution to bring person-to-person electronic money transfers to Facebook Messenger, introduced RBC Secure Cloud, a mobile payments service which allows users to pay for purchases using their mobile devices while storing their information safely and securely. During his tenure in retail banking, RBC won the "Best Retail Bank in North America" Award, "Innovation in Customer Service" Award, "Global Retail Bank of the Year" Award by Retail Banker International, the "Best Commercial Bank in Canada" Award by World Finance. McKay has served as Executive Vice President of Personal Financial Services and Senior Vice President of Financing Products, he started his career at RBC in 1988 working in retail banking. After completing his MBA in 1992, he returned to RBC working in progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan in retail and business banking, group risk management, corporate banking.

In 2012, he received the "Retail Banker of the Year" Award by Retail Banker International, which recognizes excellence and leadership in retail banking. McKay has coached children’s basketball and hockey and is a passionate advocate for helping children to build the confidence to be active and healthy for life, he is married to Karen McKay and has two children

Martha McCaughey

Martha McCaughey is an American academic and author. She is the director of Women's Studies at Appalachian State University, her research and writings have dealt extensively with evolutionary psychology. Her most recent book is The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex and Science. Among her writings are two titled books: Real Knockouts: the Physical Feminism of Women’s Self-Defense in 1997 and Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in the Movies, which she co-edited in 2001 with Neal King. Real Knockouts made McCaughey's mark in feminist theory, as the first comprehensive attempt to bridge the gap between academia and mainstream women's self-defense. In it, she defines the self-defense movement serves as a form of feminist empowerment and consciousness raising that can be used to make feminist theory accessible to women who would otherwise be unreceptive, she proposes the idea that by participating in self-defense, women change the definition of femininity and alter the gender roles, both male and female, that support existing rape culture.

Although McCaughey takes a positive stance regarding self-defense, dedicates a chapter to countering various criticisms of women's self-defense from within feminist theory, she does acknowledge and examine several practical and legal concerns with self-defense. As part of that, she analyzes the legal repercussions of violent self-defense, including consideration of the way that racism, classism and stereotypes concerning battered wife syndrome affect the legal system's judgement on whether or not a woman's self-defense is legitimate. Reel Knockouts is a collection of essays, she is the co-editor, with Michael D. Ayers, of Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice. McCaughey's webpage at Appalachian State University. Includes a list of publications

Alexandra Feigin

Alexandra Feigin is a Bulgarian figure skater. She is the 2018 Crystal Skate of Romania champion, the 2018 Denkova-Staviski Cup champion, the 2019 Sofia Trophy champion, a three-time Bulgarian national champion, she has competed in the final segment at four ISU Championships. Feigin started learning to skate in 2009, she began appearing internationally for Bulgaria in 2010. From November 2013 through February 2016, she competed in the advanced novice ranks, her ISU Junior Grand Prix debut came in August 2016. In March, she competed at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Taiwan. Ranked 25th in the short program, she just missed the cutoff for the free skate. Feigin qualified to the final segment at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Bulgaria. Feigin began her season on the JGP series, placing eleventh in eighth in Canada. Making her senior international debut, she won gold at the Crystal Skate of Romania in October and at the Denkova-Staviski Cup in November. Feigin made her debut at a senior ISU championship at the 2019 European Championships, where she placed eleventh.

She placed twenty-second at the 2019 World Junior Championships, made her senior World Championship debut in Saitama, where she placed seventeenth. CS: Challenger Series.

305 (film)

305 is a 2008 American mockumentary film about a group of five Spartans charged with protecting a goat path. It premiered March 7, 2008 at the Fargo Film Festival, was released direct-to-video on DVD July 8, 2008 by Allumination FilmWorks and Peace Arch Entertainment, the DVD distributors of the #1 syndicated court show Judge Judy. Prior to its release, the film screened at film festivals across the United States and United Kingdom including the 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival and 2008 Palm Beach International Film Festival; the film was selected by filmbio IndiFilms as a participant in its "Spotlight" program in conjunction with the Palm Beach International Film Festival and was featured on the filmbio IndiFilms website. The film received the "Zeilig Award For Innovation" at the 2008 MockFest in Hollywood, CA; the entire film was shot against a digital backdrop in studios around California. The film began life as a digital short that became a huge hit on YouTube in June 2007, racking up over 4 million views in a few months.

Directors Daniel and David Holechek were contracted by Vanguard Cinema in the Fall of 2007 to expand the short film into a feature-length film. Production lasted until November of the same year. Claudius, the leader of the 5 Spartans who becomes a prisoner of war. Darryl, the Dwight Schrute reminiscent Assistant captain. Testicleese, the only non-inept member of the five. Shazaam, a Spartan whose house is in Persia, but due to zoning laws was able to go to a Spartan school. Demetrius, a blinded Spartan due to a battle/work related incident. Aurillia, an old friend of Testicleese who convinces him to save Claudius. 305 on IMDb

Avalon (Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge album)

Avalon is an album by guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, released in 2014. The album was produced and engineered by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and mastered by Dan Millice, it was recorded at the Avalon theatre in Maryland. On the album Lage plays a 000-18 Martin Guitar from 1939, Eldridge plays a Martin D-18 from 1937. Lage and Eldridge have described the album as a “love letter to the acoustic guitar.”This is the first full-length album that Lage and Eldridge have released together, but they put out an EP entitled "Close to Picture" which consisted of original compositions. Avalon has both covers and original songs, includes instrumentals as well as tracks with vocals by Eldridge. Lage is considered to be a jazz guitarist while Eldridge comes from a bluegrass background, but the album spans a variety of genres. Guitar World said "Avalon is an unfiltered document of the pair’s live set, a mix of originals and covers that illustrate the breadth of the American songbook as Lage and Eldridge perceive it, incorporating bluegrass, gospel, old-time music and jazz.

There was no playback, no overdubs, just the duo’s eloquent, in-the-moment musical repartee". Pitchfork called it "a sophisticated guitar LP that doesn’t sound sophisticated, an effort that folds its intense erudition deep beneath its lovely surface". "Stone Cross" – 3:33 "Mean Mother Blues" – 3:44 "Keep Me from Blowing Away" – 3:52 "Whiskey Before Breakfast" – 3:42 "Open up the Window, Noah" – 3:01 "Wilson's Waltz" – 9:04 "Someone to Watch over Me" – 4:18 "Ginseng Sullivan" – 3:33 "Steady Proof" – 2:59 "Any Old Time" – 3:42 "Butter and Eggs" – 3:24 Chris Eldridge – guitar, vocals Julian Lage – guitar Kenneth Pattengale - engineering, production Dan Millice - mastering