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Frankie Howerd

Francis Alick Howard, better known by his stage-name Frankie Howerd, was an English comedian and comic actor whose career, described by fellow comedian Barry Cryer as "a series of comebacks", spanned six decades. Howerd was born the son of soldier Francis Alfred William and Edith Florence Howard, at the City Hospital in York, England, in 1917, he was educated at Shooter's Hill Grammar School in London. His first stage appearance was at age 13 but his early hopes of becoming a serious actor were dashed when he failed an audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he began to entertain during World War II service in the British Army. It was at this time that he adapted his surname to Howerd "to be different". In 1944 he became a bombardier in Plymouth, was promoted to sergeant, on 6 June 1944 was part of the D-Day effort but was stuck on a boat off Normandy. Despite suffering from stage fright, he continued to work after the war, beginning his professional career in the summer of 1946 in a touring show called For the Fun of It.

His act was soon heard on radio, when he made his debut, in early December 1946, on the BBC's Variety Bandbox programme with a number of other ex-servicemen. His profile rose in the immediate postwar period, he toured the Music Hall circuit with an act including what became his standard catch-phrases such as "titter ye not". He became a regular in the 1950s editions of the weekly hard-copy comic Film Fun In 1954 he made his screen debut opposite Petula Clark in The Runaway Bus, written for his specific comic talent. Shooting took five weeks, with a budget of £45,000.. He experimented with different formats and contexts, including stage farces, Shakespearean comedy roles, television sitcoms. After suffering a nervous breakdown at the start of the 1960s, he began to recover his old popularity with a season at Peter Cook's satirical Establishment Club in Soho in London, he was boosted further by success on That Was the Week That Was in 1963 and on stage with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which led into regular television work.

In 1966 and 1967, he co-hosted a 90-minute Christmas show called The Frankie and Bruce Christmas Show with Bruce Forsyth, featuring many top acts of the day. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was involved in shows for the Thames Television. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote for him from 1964 to 1966 when he worked for the BBC and for a one-off show for Thames, Frankie Howerd meets the Bee Gees, shown on 20 August 1968, he was known for his off-the-cuff remarks to the audience in the show Up Pompeii!, a direct follow-up from Forum. His television work was characterised by direct addresses to camera and by his littering monologues with verbal tics such as "Oooh, no missus" and "Titter ye not". A sale of his scripts, showed that the off-the-cuff remarks had all been meticulously planned. Barry Cryer said of his technique: "What he could do with a script was amazing, like all the great performers, he transformed something you'd just written – what you hoped was in a Frankie Howerd idiom – but when you heard him do it, my God, it was something else.

He knew what he was doing." Another feature of his humour was to feign innocence about his obvious and risqué double entendres, while mockingly censuring the audience for finding them funny. Howerd appeared as Francis Bigger, one of the lead characters in 1967's Carry On Doctor, of which Variety noted, "Added zest is given by the inclusion of Frankie Howerd as a quack'mind-over-matter' doctor who becomes a reluctant patient. Howerd's brilliantly droll sense of comedy is given plenty of scope."The success of the film version of Up Pompeii in 1971 saw British exhibitors vote him the ninth most popular star at the British box office that year. He would play versions of the character Lurkio in Up the Chastity Belt in 1971, Up the Front in 1972. In 1971 Howerd recorded, with June Whitfield, a comedy version of the song "Je t'aime" recorded by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, in which she featured as "Mavis" alongside Howerd's "Frank", a third unexplained sleeping partner named "Arthur"; the song was included in the 2004 CD re-issue of Oh!

What a Carry On!. He was awarded an OBE in 1977. In 1976, Howerd appeared in The Frankie Howerd Show on CBC Television, it was not renewed. In 1978, Howerd appeared in the big-budget Hollywood musical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band playing Mean Mr Mustard, acting alongside musical and film talent such as Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees, George Burns, Alice Cooper and Steve Martin, he was cast by producer Robert Stigwood as he was on Stigwood's record label at the time. The film was a commercial flop. Since Howerd was not well known to American audiences, this may have been his biggest exposure in the US. There was a cabaret tour of New Zealand in 1979. After six years without a regular television show in the United Kingdom, Howerd returned to TV screens in 1987 in the Channel 4 show Superfrank!, scripted by Miles Tredinnick and Vince Powell. In the last years of h

Atlantis Software

Atlantis Software was a London-based UK computer games publisher that published a number of games during the 1980s and early 1990s. The company was set up by Michael Cole and Rodger Coghill in January 1984 with the first four games released in May of that year; the philosophy of the company was to sell high volume at low'pocket-money' prices - at first all games were £1.99. The Atlantis Gold label was launched the following year at £2.99. Their primary focus remained on the low-cost cassette-based games for 8-bit machines for £1.99 and £2.99 that formed a significant part of the UK 8-bit software market during the 1980s. However, they published games for the 16-bit disk-based Atari ST and Commodore Amiga formats. Formats covered included the ZX Spectrum on which they published several games reviewed by the UK gaming press. Master Mariner, 1984 Monster Munch, 1984 Cops'n' Robbers, 1985 Death Race, 1985 League Challenge, 1986 Survivors, 1986 Panik!, 1986 Gunfighter, 1988 Crack-Up!, 1989 Cavemania, 1990 Hobgoblin, 1990 Apache Flight, 1992 Dates shown are for the first version.

In many cases, ports to other machines were released over a number of years. Official website

Michael Reid (linebacker)

Michael Edward Reid is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Reid played college football for the University of Madison, he remains the single season record holder for solo tackles with 101 and is still tied for the most fumbles recovered in a game - 3 vs Ohio state. He lettered 4 years, was the teams MVP in 1986. During his career he was elected to both the Big Ten's Football team and its All Academic Football Team. Reid was selected in the 7th round by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1987 NFL Draft, his entire six seasons in the NFL were with the Atlanta Falcons from 1987 to 1992. In April 2000, he was inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame. Michael Reid, a computer science graduate of the University of Wisconsin worked several internships with IBM in Boca Raton Florida, Madison and Atlanta, Georgia, he began the study of martial arts after his Rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons in January 1988. At the completion of his NFL career he chose to continue being an athlete and a teacher by opening a martial arts school named the Chinese Shaolin Center for the Martial Arts in 1993.

A private student of Elder Master Gary Grooms, Reid earned his 6th Degree Rank Master Title in Shaolin Martial Arts in 2010. His school has since been renamed Reid's Premier Martial Arts and Michael Reid serves as its Founder, Head Master and leading proponent for growth; the school teaches Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Krav Maga and Kuntao/Silat to adults and specializes in the Personal Development of Kids ages 5–12. Mr. Reid founded where he works with youth, life coaches and speaks to groups in conjunction with his martial arts responsibilities. In February 2014 Master Reid was blessed to visit Hawaii and train with traditional Hawaiian Lua Masters. In August 2015 Master Reid was recognized for his many years of service, as he was inducted into the Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In May-June 2015, he traveled to Indonesia for extensive training in Kuntao/Siat/ KungFu visiting and training in Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali Indonesia and in September 2015 he was interviewed by Temple Underground Radio

Jamie Bennell

Jamie Bennell is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club and the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League. From Bunbury, Western Australia, he was recruited by Melbourne in the 2008 National Draft, played 57 games for the club before being delisted at the end of the 2012 AFL season, he was redrafted by West Coast in the 2013 Rookie Draft, played an additional 30 games before again being delisted at the end of the 2016 season. Bennell is from Western Australia, where he attended Bunbury Senior High School. Playing for the Carey Park Football Club in the South West Football League, he played colts for the Swan Districts Football Club before being selected by Melbourne in the third round at pick 35 in the 2008 National Draft, he had been playing with Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League. Bennell was named to make his debut for Melbourne in the opening round of the 2009 AFL season together with Neville Jetta, who played for Swan Districts and played alongside Bennell since primary school in Bunbury, Western AustraliaBennell played predominately across half-back during his debut season for the Demons manning opposition small forwards, playing a total of 16 games.

The following season saw Bennell move into attack as a small crumbing forward, earning both mark and goal of the year nominations against the Western Bulldogs in round 7. The following fortnight Bennell had a career best four-goal game against Port Adelaide Football Club, his form however began to taper off towards the end of the season as he was dropped for round 22. At the end of the 2012 season, Bennell was delisted, he had suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of the season, when playing against the Fremantle Football Club. In the 2013 Rookie Draft, held in December 2012, he was re-drafted by West Coast with the 26th pick overall. Bennell was delisted by West Coast at the end of the 2016 AFL season, having managed only two games during that season. Jamie Bennell's profile on the official website of the West Coast Eagles Jamie Bennell's playing statistics from AFL Tables DemonWiki profile

Cope's least gecko

Cope's least gecko is a species of lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae. The species is endemic to the West Indies; the specific name, copei, is in honor of American herpetologist and paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope. S. copei is found in Haiti and the Bahamas. Whether the Bahamian populations result from introductions or natural dispersal is debated; the preferred habitat of S. copei is forest at altitudes of 0 -- 900 m.. Nine subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies Sphaerodactylus copei astreptus Schwartz, 1975 Sphaerodactylus copei cataplexis Schwartz & Thomas, 1965 Sphaerodactylus copei copei Steindachner, 1867 Sphaerodactylus copei deuterus Schwartz, 1975 Sphaerodactylus copei enochrus Schwartz & Thomas, 1965 Sphaerodactylus copei pelates Schwartz, 1975 Sphaerodactylus copei picturatus Garman, 1887 Sphaerodactylus copei polyommatus Thomas, 1968 Sphaerodactylus copei websteri Schwartz, 1975 Barbour T. "Sphaerodactylus ". Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 47: 215-282..

Garman S. "On West Indian Geckonidæ and Anguidæ". Bulletin of the Essex Institute 19: 17-24.. Rösler H. "Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa ". Gekkota 2: 28-153... Schwartz A. "New Subspecies of Sphaerodactylus copei Steindachner from Hispaniola". Herpetologica 31: 1-18.. Schwartz A, Henderson RW. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions and Natural History. Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press. 720 pp. ISBN 978-0813010496.. Schwartz A, Thomas R. "Subspeciation in Sphaerodactylus copei ". Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences 27: 316-332.. Schwartz A, Thomas R. A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp.. Steindachner F. "Reptilien ". Pp. 1-98. In: von Scherzer K. Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 B. von Wüllerstorf-Urbair. Zoologischer Theil.

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Ahmed Mazloum

Ahmed Mazloum is a Lebanese Nigerian entrepreneur and businessman. Mazloum serves as Managing Director of Unitop International Limited, Executive Director of Unitop Catering Services Limited and Bobcat Construction Services Limited, he was born in Lebanon to Lebanese parents. He up in Nigeria and attended Twin Fountains School, Delta State, for primary education and Lebanon for secondary education, he started his career in 1999, in Beirut, at a mechanical fabrication company as Mechanical Supervisor. As an obligation to the Lebanese government, he joined the Lebanese Military service in 2002 and was discharged in 2003. Upon his discharge from the Army, he came to Nigeria and was employed by Unitop International Limited, Warri, as Operations Manager. In 2005, he was promoted to the position of Head, Marine Operations, after which he was appointed as the Managing Director of Unitop International Limited. In 2006, he was appointed Executive Director of Unitop Catering Services Limited and a Director of Unitop Meatshop Limited.

In 2009, he was appointed the Executive Director of Bobcat Construction Services Limited. In 2015 Ahmed summited Mount Kilimanjaro