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Ernesto Maserati

Ernesto Maserati was an Italian automotive engineer and racer, with Maserati of Modena since its inception in Bologna on 14 December 1914, together with his brothers Alfieri Maserati, Ettore Maserati, Bindo Maserati and others. Ernesto led the workshop during World War I, his racing career started in 1924, when he won the Italian drivers championship in 1927 in the Maserati Tipo 26, in 1930 using the Tipo 8C-2500. After his brother Alfieri Maserati died in 1932, Ernesto became the director, chief engineer as well as sole racing car driver of the company; the company was sold to Adolfo Orsi in 1937, but the brothers remained on a ten-year contract, Ernesto participating in the design of the Maserati A6 after World War II. He left with Ettore and Bindo, to found the O. S. C. A. car company. He died at Bologna in 1975

Beware of Christians

Beware of Christians is a 2010 American documentary film. It is directed by Will Bakke, produced by Michael B. Allen and Alex Carroll, stars Michael B. Allen, Will Bakke, Alex Carroll, Matt Owen; this is Will Bakke's second documentary film. Original Production began in April 2009 in Dallas and completed in April 2010; the film has had limited screening around the US since it premiered on April 3, 2010, was released on DVD January 14, 2011. The film is notable for its controversial title and unique distribution model of "Name-Your-Own-Price". Alex, Matt and Will have grown up as Bible-believing Christians who did all the right things; as they’ve grown older, they’ve realized that the Jesus in the Bible doesn’t look like the healthy, American Jesus they’ve been trained to know and love. They soon realize that their biases and allegiances to worldly things have determined their views on Christianity. So, they decided to leave the United States for a while and reexamine what Jesus says about certain topics.

Their travels feature 10 European cities including Barcelona, Zagreb and Munich. Beginning in London, they narrate city by city from a studio roundtable, tackling topics such as materialism, sexuality and entertainment; as the journey progresses, they build a deep bond with each other and discover a new meaning for the words, “trusting in Jesus.” By the end of their adventure, they begin to understand the joy and redemption that comes from giving up the world to follow Jesus. Michael B. Allen Will Bakke Alex Carroll Matt Owen The soundtrack was not released, but the film contains music: We Are the City Jillian Edwards Johnny Stimson The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Courrier These United States Jessie Grace Lunden McGill La Verite Minnutes Daylight Tremor The Monarchy Baylor Rising Artists Film critic Gary Cogill said of Beware of Christians, "It's a knockout film..thrilling and a lot of fun to watch". A notable characteristic of Beware of Christians is the distribution strategy of the film. After negotiating with a number of larger distributors, the producers decided to self-distribute the film for Name-Your-Own-Price.

The initial distribution was launched along with a spring tour, during which the producers of the film traveled to over 35 cities to screen the film and answer questions from their audiences. The distribution was funded by a Kickstarter campaign which raised over $25,000. Riot Studios is selling the film via their online store for "Name-Your-Own-Price". Michael Allen, co-producer of the film, stated that "Self-distribution lets us manage full quality and image control, give our peers a chance to pay what they can. All this is what Riot Studios’ stands for.” Official Website Riot Studios Official Site Beware of Christians on IMDb

Ringway Centre

Ringway Centre or SBQ is a Grade B locally listedbuilding located on Smallbrook Queensway in the city centre of Birmingham, England. The six storey, 230 metres long building was designed by architect, James Roberts as part of the Inner Ring Road scheme in the 1950s and is notable for its gentle sweeping curved elevation along Smallbrook Queensway. Completed in 1962 the building named the Ringway Centre was the first part of the Inner Ring Road scheme to be completed and the only part with street level shops and footways; the building provides office space on its upper floors and commercial space at street level. Smallbrook Street was built up during the medieval period as the start of the route southwest of the Bull Ring Markets. By the early twentieth century the site of the Ringway Centre was occupied by many small Victorian commercial and residential buildings. In 1940, during World War II, most of the buildings on the south side of Smallbrook Street were destroyed by German bombing including the Frank Matcham designed, Empire Palace Theatre of 1894 on the corner of Smallbrook Street and Hurst Street.

A few buildings survived the Birmingham Blitz most notably the Scala Cinema which stood at the western end of the Ringway until it demolition in 1960 for the construction of Scala House. From 1940 until 1957 the areas to the south of Smallbrook Street was used as a car park or temporary second hand car dealerships, the remaining buildings were demolished in 1957It is due to the destruction of this area during the Birmingham Blitz that led to the Ringway Centre being the first part of the Inner Ring Road to be built with construction commencing in 1957; this part of the Inner Ring Road is unique in that it has pavements on either side, enclosed by buildings with shop fronts at street level. It was for this reason that in 1959 the Ringway Centre was criticised by the head of the Birmingham School of Planning, Leslie Ginsberg as being old fashioned. After this section of the ring road was constructed the decision was made to separate pedestrians from traffic in the form of underpasses and flyovers.

The designer of the ring road Herbert Manzoni, believed that pedestrians should never cross carriageway of the ring road. Laing Construction were appointed as principal contractors for construction; the Hurst Street overpass was the first part of the building to be constructed completed in 1959. Current tenants of the commercial units include Snobs nightclub, as well as restaurants, fast food takeaways and a specialist music store; the office floors have attracted railway companies due to its proximity to New Street railway station. The building was designed by local architect James Roberts who went on to design the Albany Hotel opposite in 1962 and the Grade II listed Rotunda in 1965; the structural elements of the entire building are constructed of in-situ and pre-cast concrete, innovative at the time as no steel was needed in its construction and it was fire resistant. Architectural historian, Andy Foster describes the Ringway Centre as: The best piece of mid-C20 urban design in the city, the only stretch of the Inner Ring Road built as a boulevard, rather than an urban motorway.

The façade of the building has a blend of thin concrete mullions, bands of windows and relief panels. The pre-cast abstract geometric relief panels are similar in form to the works of Ben Nicholson. There are projecting sculptural concrete trough uplighters which highlight the relief panels at night. In the centre a glazed section bridges Hurst Street on a pair of ribbed splayed concrete piloti, the building was carried over Hurst Street to ensure the continuous sweep of the building along the south side of the road. In July 2016, the building was refused listed status by Historic England which, enables redevelopment to take place by the owner. Historic England stated that: The building was cleverly designed to make a large structure seem part of the human city environment. However, while the building’s design and compatibility with its setting have distinct quality, it relies on considerable repetition of standardised parts and has undergone alteration to its exterior at ground floor level and to its interiors.

Architecture of Birmingham Harvey, David. Birmingham: The City Centre. Past & Present Publishing. ISBN 1858951860. Foster, Andy. Birmingham: Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10731-5