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Father Ted

Father Ted is a British-made sitcom, produced by Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4. Written by Irish writers Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, starring a predominantly Irish cast, it aired over three series from 21 April 1995 until 1 May 1998, including a Christmas special, for a total of 25 episodes; the show aired on RTÉ Two in Ireland, in Australia on Nine Network and ABC Television. Set on the fictional Craggy Island, a remote location off Ireland's west coast, the show starred Dermot Morgan as the eponymous Father Ted Crilly, alongside fellow priests Father Dougal McGuire and Father Jack Hackett. Exiled on the island for various past incidents, the priests live together in the parochial house with their housekeeper Mrs Doyle; the show was critically acclaimed, receiving several BAFTA awards, remains a popular sitcom in the UK and Ireland. In a 2001 poll by Channel 4, Dougal was ranked fifth on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. In 2019, Father Ted was ranked second to Fawlty Towers in a list of "the greatest British sitcoms" compiled by a panel of comedy experts for the Radio Times.

The show follows the misadventures of three Irish Roman Catholic priests who live in a parish on the fictional Craggy Island, located off the west coast of Ireland. Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire and Father Jack Hackett live chaotically together in Craggy Island's parochial house, along with their housekeeper Mrs Doyle, who always wants to serve them tea; the three priests answer to Bishop Len Brennan, who has banished them to Craggy Island as punishment for different incidents in their past: Ted for alleged financial impropriety, Dougal for something only referred to as the "Blackrock Incident", Jack for his alcoholism and womanising for an incident at a wedding in Athlone. The show revolves around the priests' lives on Craggy Island, sometimes dealing with matters of the church but more dealing with Father Ted's schemes to either resolve a situation with the parish or other Craggy Island residents, or to win games of one-upmanship against his enemy, Father Dick Byrne of the nearby Rugged Island parish.

Father Ted ran for three series including a Christmas special. A total of 25 episodes were produced. Linehan and Mathews first met. In the late 1980s, Paul Woodfull and Kieran Woodfull formed The Joshua Trio, a U2 tribute band; the trio began writing comedy sketches to accompany their act. Mathews created the Father Ted character for his short-lived stand-up routine. Before The Joshua Trio played at gigs, Mathews would come on-stage as Father Ted and tell jokes involving his great friend, Father Dougal McGuire. In 1991, Mathews moved into Linehan's London home. Over the next three to four years, they worked on rough ideas for shows while at the same time writing for sketch shows such as The All New Alexei Sayle Show and The Fast Show. One of these ideas was for a comedy mockumentary series called Irish Lives, with six episodes, each focusing on a different character living somewhere in Ireland, they scripted an episode centring on a priest named Father Ted Crilly, who visits his friends in the seminary in Maynooth College.

Producer Geoffrey Perkins suggested that the episode's concept be dramatised and rewritten as a sitcom. In the January 1994 issue of In Dublin and Linehan told Damian Corless, who had introduced the pair to each other, of their work in progress, describing Ted as "basically a nice man", Dougal as "nice but stupid" and Jack as "a hideous creature". Linehan revealed: "They've all been sent to this isolated place called Craggy Island because they're crap priests." Mathews elaborated: "They've each a terrible secret, why they've been banished to this place, the terrible thing is that they can't get away from each other. It's not reality based." Mathews was intended to play Ted, but decided he lacked the acting ability the role required. Maurice O'Donoghue, who plays Father Dick in the series, was their second choice for the role of Ted, being the right age and having a similar look and lightness. Mathews always preferred Dermot Morgan; the show was pitched directly to the UK's Hat Trick Productions and Channel 4 by the duo, contrary to rumours that RTÉ were offered the series but rejected it.

Three series and one Christmas special were aired. Declan Lowney directed the first two series and the Christmas special, while the third series was directed by Linehan and Andy De Emmony. In addition, Morgan and O'Hanlon hosted an hour of Comic Relief in character, during which Kelly and McLynn made brief guest appearances. One day after the shooting of series three wrapped, Dermot Morgan died of a heart attack, aged 45; as a mark of respect, the third series was first broadcast a week than planned. The show was scheduled to conclude with the third season prior to Morgan's death, as Morgan said that he did not want to continue playing the role of Father Ted for fear of being typecast: "I don't want to be the next Clive Dunn and end up playing the same character for years."Following Morgan's death, the production company received calls from numerous agents and casting

International Civil Aviation Organization Public Key Directory

The International Civil Aviation Organization Public Key Directory is a database maintained by the International Civil Aviation Organization holding national cryptographic keys related to the authentication of e-passport information. A September 2011 United States Central Intelligence Agency document released by WikiLeaks in December 2014 explains the purpose and scope of the system: The United Nations became the first non-state participant in October 2012, enabling issuing of e-UNLP, the electronic form of the United Nations laissez-passer. In December 2014, ICAO reported the PKD as having 45 participants. In 2015 the German Bundesdruckerei won the request for tender of the ICAO to provide the ICAO PKD. In July 2017, ICAO reported the PKD as having 58 participants; as of November 2017, 60 participants were part of the ICAO PKD, with the European Union being the 60th member and at the same time the second non-state participant. Passenger name record Passport Biometric passport Machine-readable passport Public-key cryptography ICAO PKD entry page ICAO PKD data download

Alice Wang

Alice Wang is a Taiwanese politician who served in the Legislative Yuan from 1996 to 2005. Alice Wang was born to parents Wang Kao Li-chun. Both her father Wang Kun-ho and younger brother Wang Po-yu have served on the Taipei City Council. Alice Wang graduated from Taipei Private Yan Ping High School and attended National Taiwan University, where she advocated for the democratization of Taiwan as a student activist. After earning a bachelor's degree in law, Wang continued her legal education at Cornell University in the United States, she worked as a lawyer and taught at Tamkang University and National Open University. She won a seat on the National Assembly in 1991, taking office the next year at the age of 28, she ran for the Legislative Yuan in 1995, winning reelection twice thereafter in 1998 and 2001. During her 2001 campaign, she expressed clear support for downsizing the legislature, but broke with the Democratic Progressive Party by criticizing the vote allocation scheme in place that year.

In 2002, Wang pushed the DPP to nominate Yeh Chu-lan as its candidate for the Taipei mayoralty. Instead, Yeh remained head of the Hakka Affairs Council until 2004; as a legislator, Wang was noted for her speaking out on mental and public health issues, including tobacco consumption and drunk driving. In 2000, she helped draw attention to conditions at the Lungfatang psychiatric care center in Kaohsiung County. Wang co-founded a legislative group for unmarried female parliamentarians in 2002, but left the group after marrying Wang Tsuo-liang in May 2002, it was reported in 2009 that Wang and her husband were earning money from the collection of recyclables. In January 2010, Alice Wang petitioned the Xindian bench of the Taipei District Court to grant her a restraining order against Wang Tsuo-liang, citing verbal and physical abuse

Mounton House

Mounton House, Monmouthshire, Wales, is the last major country house built in the county, constructed between 1910 and 1912 by the architect and writer Henry Avray Tipping for himself. A school, which has now relocated to the grounds, the house has been divided into apartments, it is a Grade II* listed building. Henry Avray Tipping was a garden designer and architectural writer of independent means. Tipping had earlier lived and worked at Mathern Palace in the late 1890s and in 1910 began the construction of his home at Mounton, on the site of a cliff-top garden he had designed. Tipping worked with the Chepstow architect Eric Francis to create a large house in the Arts and Crafts style using local materials. Tipping lived at the house from its completion until 1922, when he moved to another Monmouthshire house and garden of his own design, High Glanau; the house became the site of a special school until the end of the 20th century. The house and the estate buildings have now been converted to private apartments.

The house is two-storeyed, with a large hipped roof. The main building forms the central block of a three-sided courtyard, with a service court to the left and a long gallery to the right; the house is a Grade II* listed building. A large number of the estate structures have their own Grade II listings including, the North and Vine pergolas, the North and South urns on the bowling green, the tea house, the courtyard buildings, the garden walls and the three cottages which formed the stables. Newman, John. Gwent/Monmouthshire; the Buildings of Wales. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-071053-1

Malt drink

A malt drink is a fermented drink in which the primary ingredient is the grain, or seed, of the barley plant, allowed to sprout in a traditional way called "malting" before it is processed. By far the most predominant malt drink is beer, of which there are two main styles: lager. A low alcohol level drink brewed in this fashion is technically identical to "non-alcoholic beer"; such a drink may be prepared by using a altered brewing process that yields negligible alcohol. These are called Low-alcohol beers or "near beers". In the United States, the term "malt beverage" may be used by trade associations of groups of beer wholesalers for the sake of a professional image by using brewing craft related terms, for political or legal reasons, or to avoid potential negative connotations that may be associated with beer in a region. Additionally, the term malt beverage is applied to many other flavoured drinks prepared from malted grains to which natural or artificial flavours have been added to make them taste and appear similar to wines, colas, natural ciders, or other drinks.

This subcategory has been called "malternative", as in Smirnoff Ice, or "maltini", as in 3SUM, which has energy components like caffeine. Marketing of such products in the United States has increased in recent years. In most jurisdictions, these products are regulated in a way identical to beer, which allows a retailer with a beer license to sell a wider product line; this generally avoids the steeper taxes and stricter regulations associated with distilled spirits. Beer-style Kvass Malta Podpiwek Supermalt Milk-style Horlicks Malted milk Milkshake Ovaltine Low-alcohol beers Malt beer Malzbier Wine cooler Alcopop Malt beer Malt liquor Malt whisky Single malt whisky Blended malt whisky List of barley-based drinks

Home (The Corrs album)

Home is The Corrs' fifth studio album. An Irish-themed album, it includes covers of old Irish songs and traditionals, but covers of non-Irish songs such as "Heart Like A Wheel", it includes two tracks in Irish, "Buachaill Ón Éirne" and "Bríd Óg Ní Mháille". Home was compiled from a songbook of the late Jean Corr; the album was released 10 years after the release of their first album Forgiven, Not Forgotten. Although The Corrs returned to their Irish roots, the success of this album and its singles has been poor. "Old Town" performed poorly in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 43. The decision to cover and release the song was questioned, with Gareth Maher of calling it "a disastrous one". Mark Weisinger from PopMatters stated that "anyone, waiting since the original, unremixed version of Talk On Corners for the Corrs to abandon their pursuit of the American pop charts to deliver another record along the lines of Forgiven, Not Forgotten will find their waiting repaid handsomely."

All songs written except where noted. "My Lagan Love" "Spancill Hill" "Peggy Gordon" "Black Is the Colour" "Heart Like a Wheel" "Buachaill ón Éirne" "Old Hag" "Moorlough Shore" "Old Town" "Dimming of the Day" "Bríd Óg Ní Mháille" "Haste to the Wedding" bonus track on Japanese, German and digital release "Return to Fingall"