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Galactus is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A mortal man, Galactus is a cosmic entity who consumed planets to sustain his life force, serves a functional role in the upkeep of the primary Marvel continuity. Galactus was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in the comic book Fantastic Four #48, published in March 1966. Lee and Kirby wanted to introduce a character that broke away from the archetype of the standard villain. In the character's first appearance, Galactus was depicted as a god-like figure who feeds by draining living planets of their energy, operates without regard to the morality and judgments of mortal beings. Galactus's initial origin was that of a space explorer named Galan who gained cosmic abilities by passing near a star, but writer Mark Gruenwald further developed the origin of the character, revealing that Galan lived during the previous universe that existed prior to the Big Bang which began the current universe.

As Galan's universe came to an end, Galan merged with the "Sentience of the Universe" to become Galactus, an entity that wielded such cosmic power as to require devouring entire planets to sustain his existence. Additional material written by John Byrne, Jim Starlin, Louise Simonson explored Galactus's role and purpose in the Marvel Universe, examined the actions of the character through themes of genocide, manifest destiny and natural/necessary existence. Accompanied by a herald, the character has appeared as both antagonist and protagonist in central and supporting roles. Since debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, Galactus has played a role in over five decades of Marvel continuity; the character has been featured in other Marvel media, such as arcade games, video games, animated television series, the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. In 2009, Galactus ranked 5th on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Villains", which cited the character's "larger-than-life presence" as making him one of the more important villains created.

IGN noted "Galactus is one of the few villains on our list to defy the definition of an evil-doer" as the character is compelled to destroy worlds because of his hunger. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist-coplotter Jack Kirby, the character debuted in The Fantastic Four #48. In 1966, nearly five years after launching Marvel Comics' flagship superhero title, Fantastic Four, creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby collaborated on an antagonist designed to break the supervillain mold of the tyrant with god-like stature and power; as Lee recalled in 1993, Galactus was another in a long line of super-villains whom we loved creating....e felt the only way to top ourselves was to come up with an evil-doer who had godlike powers. Therefore, the natural choice was sort of a demi-god, but now what would we do with him? We didn't want to use the tired old cliche about him wanting to conquer the world. There were enough would-be world conquerors in the Marvel Universe and in all the other comic book galaxies.

That was. Why not have him not be a evil person? After all, a demi-god should be beyond mere evil. He'd just be hungry, and the nourishment he'd require is the life force and energy from living planets! Kirby described his biblical inspirations for Galactus and an accompanying character, an angelic herald Lee called the Silver Surfer: My inspirations were the fact that I had to make sales and come up with characters that were no longer stereotypes. In other words, I couldn't depend on gangsters. I had to get something new. For some reason, I went to the Bible and I came up with Galactus, and there I was in front of this tremendous figure, who I knew well because I've always felt him. I couldn't treat him in the same way I could any ordinary mortal, and I remember in my first story, I had to back away from him to resolve that story. The Silver Surfer is, of course, the fallen angel; when Galactus relegated him to Earth, he stayed on Earth, and, the beginning of his adventures. They were figures, they were above mythic figures.

And of course they were the first gods. Kirby elaborated, "Galactus in actuality is a sort of god, he is beyond anyone's opinion. In a way he is kind of a Zeus, he is his own legend, of course, he and the Silver Surfer are sort of modern legends, they are designed that way."Writer Mike Conroy expanded on Lee and Kirby's explanation: "In five short years from the launch of the Fantastic Four, the Lee/Kirby duo... had introduced a whole host of alien races or their representatives... There were the Skrulls, the Watcher and the Stranger, all of whom Lee and Kirby used in the foundations of the universe they were constructing, one where all things were possible but only if they did not flout the'natural laws' of this cosmology. In the nascent Marvel Universe, characters acted whatever comic they were appearing in, their actions reverberated through every title. It was pure soap opera but on a cosmic scale, Galactus epitomized its epic sweep."This led to the introduction of Galactus in Fantastic Four #48–50, which fans began calling "The Galactus Trilogy".

Kirby did not intend Galactus to reappear. Fan popularity, prompted Lee to ask Kirby for Galactus's reappearance, the character became a mainstay of the Marvel Universe. To preserve the character's mystique, his next two appearances were nonspeaking cameos in Thor #134, Daredevil #37 (Feb. 1

Edward Whitby

Edward Whitby was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1629. Whitby was the son of Robert Whitby, mayor of Chester, he was of Dunham on the Hill and matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford in 1596 at the age of 18, graduating with a BA in 1599. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in November 1600, was called to the bar there in 1610. In 1606, he purchased Bache Hall at Upton-by-Chester and became Recorder of Chester in 1613. In 1614, he was elected Member of Parliament for Chester. In 1619 the Chester corporation was riven by faction. Whitby was accused of official corruption and the committee voted to remove him from office; however the meeting was unruly and a decision was deferred until his return. At the hearing he defended himself and was reaffirmed in his office, he was re-elected MP for Chester in 1621, 1624, 1625, 1626 and 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. Whitby continued as Recorder until his death in 1639.

His house at Bache Hall was demolished during the siege of Chester in the English Civil War, when Parliamentary troops used it as a garrison. Whitby married Alice Gamull, widow of Thomas Gamull and daughter of Richard Bavand of Chester

Hotel Alba Caracas

The Hotel Alba Caracas is the first 5 star hotel in Venezuela. It is located between Av. Mexico with Av. Sur 25, it has direct access to the Caracas Metro. In the 1930s, coffee plantations covered the hotel site. In 1944 the area became the first corporate headquarters of Creole Petroleum. In 1955 the headquarters became a National Security government building government of Marcos Pérez Jiménez. In 1965, engineer Juan Sánchez Carranza was designated to manage construction of a residential building for the middle class, in which only about 90% of the work had been achieved, it was first named Hotel Gran Caracas. After much reconstruction it was inaugurated in 1969 with the name of Hotel Caracas Hilton

The Song of Los

The Song of Los is one of William Blake's epic poems, known as prophetic books. The poem consists of two sections, "Africa" and "Asia". In the first section Blake catalogues the decline of morality in Europe, which he blames on both the African slave trade and enlightenment philosophers; the book provides a historical context for The Book of Urizen, The Book of Ahania, The Book of Los, ties those more obscure works to The Continental Prophecies, "Europe" and "America". The second section consists of Los urging revolution. During autumn 1790, Blake moved to Surrey, he had a studio at the new house that he used while writing what were called his "Lambeth Books", which included The Song of Los in 1795. Like the others under the title, all aspects of the work, including the composition of the designs, the printing of them, the colouring of them, the selling of them, happened at his home. Early sketches for The Song of Los were included in a notebook that contained images were created between 1790 until 1793.

The Song of Los was one of the few works that Blake describes as "illuminated printing", one of his colour printed works with the coloured ink being placed on the copperplate before printed. The pages of the work and images were 23 cm × 17 cm in size, the size of America a Prophecy and Europe a Prophecy, the work was bound together with the other two works. Only six copies of the work survived, the work was not listed along with Blake's other works that he sold in either 1818 or 1827. There were no mentions of the work by either Blake's contemporaries or his early biographer Alexander Gilchrist. Scans of Copy E of The Song of Los held at the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery The work begins with a title page image of an empty, dead world with an old man looking at the title of the work; the story of the work begins in Africa with Los singing of Adam and Moses and how they were granted laws by Urizen. This involve abstractions being granted to Pythagoras and Plato, gospel being given to Jesus, a bible for Mahomet, a book on war given to Odin.

These caused the world to fail, as they were chains that bound the mind: In the second half of the work, Orc creates fire in the mind that causes kings to be startled and an apocalypse of sorts to start: The Song of Los is connected to both America and Europe in that it describes Africa and Asia, which operate as a sort of frame to the other works. As such, the three works are united by the same social themes; the "Africa" section of the poem summarizes Blake's historical cycles, which describes a three-part tyrannous power of Egypt and Rome. Of this summary, the line "The Guardian Prince of Albion burns in his nightly tent" appears, the first line of America a Prophecy; the section "Asia" follows the actions in America a Prophecy and describes a worldwide revolution in an apocalyptic state. There are many similarities between the way Orc is described within the poem, a pillar of fire that burns oppression away, how Fingal of Macpherson's Fingal is described. Fingal, in the Ossian work, is a good character that defends the oppressed against the Norse and the Romans.

As Fingal fights imperialism, Orc fights against Urizen's rationality, they both seek to free their people. The work follows the idea of biblical prophecy in that it is brief and concentrated; the first section does so in a non-chronological manner. His history relies on Urizen to establish the various historical moments as incidents, the type of order within the poem is similar to the prophetic narrative; the prophetic image is embodied within the work by Los, when he submits to the system created by Urizen, loses his prophetic ability. In addition to the prophetic aspects, the work deals with religion as a whole; the first section describes the origin of priestcraft and the origins of religion, established through a bardic form of poetry. Jon Mee claims that "Nowhere is Blake's interest in comparative religion more obvious than in The Song of Los". Bentley, G. E.. The Stranger From Paradise. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. Damon, S. Foster. A Blake Dictionary. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1988.

Erdman and Bloom, Harold. The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. New York: Random House, 1988. Frye, Northrop. Fearful Symmetry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990. Mee, Jon. Dangerous Enthusiasm. Oxford: Clarendon, 2002. Scans of 5 of the 6 extant copies available at The William Blake Archive

April Showers (song)

"April Showers" is a popular song with music written by Louis Silvers and lyrics by B. G. De Sylva. First published in 1921, it is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a "Bluebird of happiness" as a symbol of cheer. In 2014, the song was remastered by Pierre Karana, he is attributed to remixing the lyrics; the song was introduced in the 1921 Broadway musical Bombo. It became a well-known Jolson standard: the first of his several recordings of the song was on Columbia Records in October 1921, it has been recorded by many other artists. Spike Jones and Doodles Weaver produced a parody that began with the lyrics: "When April showers, she never closes the curtain..." The British comedians Morecambe and Wise performed a skit featuring the song, which involved a light sprinkling of water drizzling on straight man Ernie Wise whenever he sang it, but a bucket of water being thrown over Eric Morecambe whenever he did the same. 1926 A Plantation Act - an early Vitaphone sound-on-disc short film. Sung by Al Jolson 1936 The Singing Kid - sung by Al Jolson 1939 Rose of Washington Square - sung by Al Jolson 1946 The Jolson Story - sung by Al Jolson 1946 Margie - Sung by Jeanne Crain and chorus 1948 April Showers 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing - played at the Canal Street Boys Club and sung by Milton Berle.

1949 Jolson Sings Again - sung by Al Jolson 1956 The Eddy Duchin Story Melody with chords & lyrics Song lyric

Orissa Steelers

The Orissa Steelers are the winners of the Premier Hockey League 2007, India's only national league level Field Hockey tournament. The proposed name for the team was Rourkela Steelers after the city, said to be the Hockey Capital of Orissa, they participated in the tournament for the first time in 2006. They won the First Division title that year. In 2007, the two-tier system was replaced by a single-tier system in PHL, Orissa Steelers was admitted as one of the seven teams; the others were Hyderabad Sultans, Maratha Warriors, Sher-e-Jalandhar, Chandigarh Dynamos, Chennai Veerans, Bangalore Lions. Orissa Steelers went on to win 10 of their 12 matches in the league level to top the table. In the best-of-three finals, they won the title and the prize money of Rs 4 million by beating Sher-e-Jalandhar twice while losing to them once. Dilip Tirkey, the captain of the Orissa Steelers, who leads Indian national Hockey team, was awarded player of the tournament in PHL 2007. Players Dilip Tirkey Salman Akbar Daman Deep Singh Prabodh Tirkey Roshan Minz Samir Dad Sunil Ekka Jitender Saroha William Xalxo Bimal Lakra Jasbir Singh Adnan Zakir Mario Almada Tjeerd Steller Sunil Yadav Bruno H Lugun Birender Lakra Prem Kumar Dinesh Ekka Officials A K Bansal Pranab K Pattnaik Mukti Prasad Das Pratap Satpathy League Level Matches: 12.