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Footrot Flats

Footrot Flats is a comic strip by New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball. It ran from 1976 to 1994 in newspapers, though unpublished strips continued to appear in book form until 2000. Altogether there are 27 numbered books, a further 8 books collecting the Sunday newspaper strips, 5 smaller'pocket' books of original material, plus various related publications. There was a stage musical, an animated feature film called Footrot Flats: the Dog's Tail Tale, a theme park in Auckland, New Zealand; the strip reached its peak of popularity in the mid-1980s, with the books selling millions of copies in Australasia. The comic's protagonist is a border collie sheepdog, called "Dog", owned by Wal Footrot, who runs a sheep and cattle farm called Footrot Flats near the fictional rural town of Raupo in New Zealand; the comic depicts the trials and tribulations of Wal, the Dog and other characters and animal, that come into their lives. The Dog's thoughts are voiced in thought bubbles, though he is "just a dog", unlike the anthropomorphised creatures of some other comics or animation.

The humour draws on the foibles of the characters, which many farmers found easy to recognise around them. There was much "humour in adversity", making fun of the daily struggle; the depictions of the animals are quite realistic and detailed, with a dose of comic anthropomorphism superimposed without spoiling the farming realism. Footrot Flats was rejected for syndication by both The New Zealand Herald and The Auckland Star, it was first accepted in 1976 by editor of Wellington's The Evening Post. The strip appeared in hundreds of newspapers in Australasia and gained an international following in Denmark; the strip's leading human character, Wal Footrot, is based on Murray Ball's cousin Arthur Waugh, a sheep shearer around the time of the strip's inception and went on to own a 2,100-hectare farm situated east of Pahiatua in the southeastern North Island of New Zealand. Ball cited different reasons for quitting the strip, including the death of his own dog, his displeasure with the direction of New Zealand politics.

Among the strip's fans were Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and Garfield creator Jim Davis. "The Dog" The main character of the series, a Border Collie, he considers himself tough and brave, but is quite soft and sometimes cowardly. His real name, chosen by Wal's Aunt Dolly, has never been revealed, he goes to great lengths to censor it. Wal always calls gaining his loyal devotion; the Dog was born on October 13 at Aunt Dolly's holiday home for cats and raised by a Persian cat named Ninky Poo before being given to Wal. He is a competent sheepdog and is put to work to guard things or get rid of rats or pigs, but Border Collies have an independent streak and the Dog's is a mile wide, he is fond of rabbits, afraid of hares and dislikes seeing trees being cut down. He has several alter egos: "The Scarlet Manuka" who attempts to'liberate' cricket balls, "Mitey Iron Paw", "the Grey Ghost of The Forest"; the Dog has claimed to have the following commendations: V. C. D. S. O. and B. A. R, along with the alias of'00Dog'.

He attempts to act as a'chaperone' on Wal's dates with "Cheeky" Hobson, leading to disaster for Wal. Wallace Cadwallader "Wal" Footrot Wallace Footrot was born on 26 January in Northern Manawatu, he was educated at Apiti Primary School and Foxton Agricultural High, where he excelled at tractor reversing and rooster imitations. Wallace established an outstanding relationship with muscovy ducks, but failed with geese. Indeed, he seemed to have an uncanny knack of irritating them. Wallace took a full part in all school activities, he displayed a promising right cross during his time in the front row of the 2nd XV, but was unable to transfer this ability to the boxing ring. He rather let the side down during the inter-school championships by throwing in the sponge, which knocked the referee's glasses crooked, he was disqualified. On leaving school, he acquired 400 acres of swamp between the sea, he is unmarried, although he has an interest in Darlene "Cheeky" Hobson, who works as a hairdresser in Raupo.

Wal plays rugby union for Raupo, where he is a hooker and dreams of representing New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks. The Raupo XV play against the Mill team, whose star player is Wal's sleazy neighbour,'Spit' Murphy, who competes for Cheeky's affections. Socrates "Cooch" Windgrass Wal's neighbour and best friend. Cooch has compassion for all living creatures and nature, thus has a natural affinity with animals, but he is no vegetarian. His family owns 1,000 acres of swamp, scrub and mudflat. A cabbage tree grows through his verandah floor. Cooch owns the Dog's girlfriend Jess and a pet magpie called Pew. Cooch never drives a tractor, preferring to plod along on his Clydesdales, he helps Wal with fencing and other farm jobs. He has a crush on his cousin Kathy. Murray Ball describes Cooch as'eccentric, NOT an idiot!', having based the character on two people he knows. Dolores Monrovia Godwit "Aunt Dolly" Footrot Wal's aunt, she was born in Cambridge and was the second daughter of Englishman Edward George Bogg and New Zealander Fiona Godwit Symington.

She was educated at Lady Hinema Sacks-Grenville School for Young Ladies and was a prefect, captain of hockey and boxing. She married beneath her station to Arch' "Toey" Footrot, a barber and unlicensed bookie, Wal's father

Esperanza Cruz Hidalgo

Esperanza Cruz Hidalgo is a former Ecuadorian ballerina and dance instructor. Her parents, Saturnino Carranza and Maria Cruz Hidalgo Baluarte, died, her brother Alfonso Cruz would raise her. She began her studies in the private school “Mercantil” and went on to the school "Normal Rita Lecumberri" where "by chance" she started her activity in ballet with Professor Roberto Lozada, after applying for three consecutive years she was accepted to the Dance Academy of the House of Ecuadorian Culture. At this time she earned the Medal of Merit for Academic Excellence from the Philanthropic Society of Guayas, graduated in 1949 with excellent grades and high honors; when she entered college her brother asked her to become a doctor, although she studied medicine for three years, her artistic inclinations led her to switch to the School of Languages, Faculty of Arts at the University of Guayaquil where she studied English, French and German for five years. She left school in 1956 without graduating due to her many important artistic commitments that would lead her to travel to the U.

S. Europe, Buenos Aires, Venezuela, among other places, she had the opportunity to study with renowned artists from Argentina, United States, Mexico, including: Aida Mastrazzi, María Ruanova, Robert Joffrey, Joseph Balanchine, Igor Youskevitch, Grace Moore, Kitty Sakilarides, Ileana Leonidoff and Nelsy Dambré. In 1966 she traveled to the USA at the invitation of the program Council Leadsand Specialist, she studied writing workshops in dance and stage makeup. In 1978 she was invited to be the Resident Artist by the organization Partner of the Americas, there she partook in a tour of ballet and traditions and customs of Ecuador, making her name and that of her country known, she returned to Ecuador to share her expertise. Now in Ecuador she appeared as a solo dancer of the Golden Age of ballet, she joined the Guayaquil Ballet Group of the Ecuadorian House of Culture, gave classes at colleges, cultural centers, offered classes, gave recitals, brought dance to television, she filmed Sílfides y Bodas by Aurora.

Now that she had many achievements in the realm of ballet she decided to become a dedicated ballet instructor. In 1972 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Ballet School of the Ecuadorian House of Culture. By 1979 she was an instructor at her own ballet school, at various private educational institutions, at the Ballet School of the Ecuadorian House of Culture where she continues to teach today. In December 2010 she received the Ecuadorian National Prize in Art "Premio Eugenio Espejo" awarded by President Rafael Correa, thanks in part to a request by the Institute of International Education and the support of more than 2,000 signatures on Facebook by friends, former students, fans

Duck Down Music

Duck Down Music Inc is a New York City based record label, talent management, music-marketing, consulting company founded by Drew "Dru-Ha" Friedman and Kenyatta "Buckshot" Blake in 1995. In Duck Down's 20-year existence, the Company has released over 40 albums and sold more than 3 million collective copies worldwide. Home of established hip hop groups Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monch, Black Rob, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, KRS-One & Buckshot, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik, as well as relative newcomers: The Away Team, Statik Selektah, Random Axe, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson), David Dallas, Marco Polo, Ruste Juxx, Blue Scholars, Special Teamz and Kidz in the Hall. Duck Down was established as a management company in 1994 to manage the careers of Buckshot's group Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun. In 1995, co-owners Drew "Dru Ha" Friedman and Kenyatta "Buckshot" Blake launched Duck Down Music. After successful debut releases from Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun, Duck Down entered into a label distribution deal with Priority Records, at the time EMI's top hip hop label, home of N.

W. A and Master P's No Limit Records. Within the first year of the deal, Dru Ha & Buckshot introduced its two newest acts simultaneously: Heltah Skeltah and O. G. C. Merging the two groups, forming a quintet, which they dubbed the Fab Five. At Priority/EMI, Duck Down brought over the rest of its core roster, which consisted of the Boot Camp Clik, members: Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, O. G. C.. They released nine albums with Priority Records between 1995–2000. In 2002, Duck Down entered a new physical distribution partnership with Navarre Corporation for their CD and DVD products in the U. S. and Canada. Duck Down has its own direct deal with iTunes. Duck Down produces and markets its products independently. In 2005, Duck Down released Monkey Barz and Smif'n' Wessun: Reloaded. Collectively, the three albums cover Artwork was created by clothing designer Marc Ecko and marketed under the campaign: "Triple Threat". In 2007, Duck Down switched distribution to Koch Records and began expanding its roster as they released albums from Special Teamz's 2007 Stereotypez, Kidz in the Hall's 2008 The In Crowd and 2010 Land of Make Believe, as well as Cypress Hill's front man B-Real's 2009 solo LP Smoke N Mirrors and KRS-One & Buckshot's 2009 Survival Skills - represented a few examples of albums showing the labels growing diversity.

In 2011, in addition to releasing Pharoahe Monch's W. A. R. Album, Duck Down Music formed 3D, a music-marketing and consulting firm with its own distribution network that's experienced in navigating the indie landscape. Executing a strategy where 3D provides General Management for Artist-owned indie sub-labels such as Talib Kweli's Javotti Media and Blue Scholars; this allowed artists to tap into 3D's expertise and networks, while retaining control of their projects and ownerships of their masters. Expanded services from 3D are a Music Supervision Department that places clients songs in film, TV, video games and creation and sales of Artist Merchandising. 2012, saw the releases of Sean Price’s anticipated Mic Tyson album, Skyzoo’s A Dream Deferred,’ 9th Wonder & Buckshot's 3rd collaborative album and releases from acts Murs & Fashawn and De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2. 2012 saw the launch of Duck Down Visuals, a production division dedicated to documenting various artists and the lifestyle of their music through self-produced visual shorts.

This included profiles on up and coming acts. In 2013, Duck Down Music was retained as project management for Talib Kweli's latest album, Prisoner of Conscious, distributed by EMI Label Services. Overseeing album deliverables, allocation of budget, co-op approvals, international distribution & overall marketing. Duck Down Music's 3D Division was retained to consult for Cinematic Music Group assisting with Joey Bada$$ project management services with their distributor RED Distribution; as of 2011, Duck Down has placed its artists' songs and original compositions on several notable TV shows. Other promotions include video Game placements, movie placement, national brand campaigns. Duck Down's artists have aligned with several notable brands for their lifestyle and grassroots marketing campaigns such as Scion, Rockstar Games, Coca-Cola, Microsoft Zune, Pepsi Max, VTech and more. In 2010 and 2011, Duck Down partnered with 2K Sports to present a unique opportunity for aspiring producers and MCs; this involved an open call for submissions for original sample-free compositions for a chance to receive placement in the NBA 2K's game soundtrack and a trip to NYC to perform at Duck Down's CMJ Showcase.

For NBA 2K12, the winners were the music producer/composer Alex Kresovich for his instrumental "The Return" and the rap group D. J. I. G. for their song "Now's My Time" recorded over Alex's instrumental. Alex Kreso

Marc Brys

Marc Brys is a former Belgian football player and tmanager, unemployed after most managing Sint-Truiden in the Belgian First Division A. His coaching career took off at Belgian club, Berchem Sport, which he guided to the championship of the Belgian fourth and third divisions. After this success, Brys took over the first division club Germinal Beerschot. In his first year, with the smallest budget of the competition, Germinal finished 7th, although 75% of Belgian coaches predicted that the club would be relegated. In May 2005, during his second year, Brys took Germinal to a 1-2 victory over Club Brugge KV in the Belgian Cup, the first and only prize Germinal would win in its history. Germinal participated in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup but was eliminated by Olympique de Marseille on penalty kicks. In 2006/7 Brys coached Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, where he was fired despite finishing in seventh place, he subsequently coached in Holland at Den Bosch. In 2010 Brys signed for two years with KV Mechelen. In his first year, the club attained the highest point total in its history.

In 2012 Brys managed Saudi club Al-Faisaly FC. He became group winner of the Gulf Cup. In his second season, however, he was fired, took over the Club Al-Raed for the last four games of the competition, he managed to keep them in the First League with two wins and two draws

Crary, North Dakota

Crary is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 142 at the 2010 census. Crary was founded in 1884 and is named after William Crary whom owned much of the land encompassing the present day community. Crary is located at 48°4′N 98°38′W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.94 square miles, of which, 0.89 square miles is land and 0.05 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 142 people, 45 households, 38 families residing in the city; the population density was 159.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 51 housing units at an average density of 57.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.1% White, 4.2% Native American, 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population. There were 45 households of which 48.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 17.8% had a male householder with no wife present, 15.6% were non-families.

11.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.16 and the average family size was 3.32. The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 31.7% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 39.4 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 149 people, 47 households, 42 families residing in the city; the population density was 169.6 people per square mile. There were 54 housing units at an average density of 61.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.64% White, 2.68% Native American, 0.67% from two or more races. There were 47 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 2.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.6% were non-families. 6.4% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.21. In the city, the population was spread out with 33.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 119.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $39,375, the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $20,156 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,084. There were 6.1% of families and 9.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 18.9% of under eighteens and none of those over 64

Liz Feldman

Liz Feldman is an American comedian, actress and writer. She created the Netflix dark comedy series Dead to Me which premiered on May 3, 2019. Feldman is a comedian, writer and producer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is the creator and executive producer of the Netflix dark comedy series Dead To Me, executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Feldman began her career as a stand up comic at the age of 16 and made her TV debut as a performer and writer for All That on Nickelodeon in 1995, she is an alumna of The Second City and The Groundlings. She went on to write for Blue Collar TV, Hot in Cleveland, The 79th, 86th and 87th Academy Awards, 2 Broke Girls and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she won four Emmy awards, she created the NBC sitcom One Big Happy starring Elisha Cuthbert, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Since 2008, Liz has been the host of This Just Out, a YouTube talk show that celebrates lesbian culture; the “gay positive” show is filmed at Liz’s kitchen table and features LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly actors, comedians and musicians.

Liz has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. In 2008, her joke about same-sex marriage went viral, recreated thousands of times across various platforms in the campaign against Prop 8, which sought to outlaw same sex marriage. In 2012, Liz was named one of The Advocate’s “40 Under 40.” In 2016, Liz signed a multi-year overall deal with CBS Studios to develop new projects. Liz Feldman is married to musician Rachael Cantu, they were married in 2013 and live in Los Angeles, California