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George Frederic Watts

George Frederic Watts was a British painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. He said "I paint ideas, not things." Watts became famous in his lifetime such as Hope and Love and Life. These paintings were intended to form part of an epic symbolic cycle called the "House of Life", in which the emotions and aspirations of life would all be represented in a universal symbolic language. Watts was born in Marylebone in central London on the birthday of George Frederic Handel, to the second wife of a poor piano-maker. Delicate in health and with his mother dying while he was still young, he was home-schooled by his father in a conservative interpretation of Christianity as well as via the classics such as the Iliad; the former put him off conventional religion for life, while the latter was a continual influence on his art. He showed artistic promise early, learning sculpture from the age of 10 with William Behnes, starting to study devotedly the Elgin Marbles and enrolling as a student at the Royal Academy at the age of 18.

He first exhibited at the Academy in 1837. He began his portraiture career, receiving patronage from his close contemporary Alexander Constantine Ionides, who came to be a close friend, he came to the public eye with a drawing entitled Caractacus, entered for a competition to design murals for the new Houses of Parliament at Westminster in 1843. Watts won a first prize in the competition, intended to promote narrative paintings on patriotic subjects, appropriate to the nation's legislature. In the end Watts made little contribution to the Westminster decorations, but from it he conceived his vision of a building covered with murals representing the spiritual and social evolution of humanity; the prize from the Westminster competition did, fund a long visit to Italy from 1843 onwards, where Watts stayed and became friends with the British ambassador Henry Fox, 4th Baron Holland and his wife Augusta at their homes in Casa Feroni and the Villa Careggi. While in Italy Watts began producing landscapes and was inspired by Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel.

In 1847, while still in Italy, Watts entered a new competition for the Houses of Parliament with his image of Alfred the Great, Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes by Encountering them at Sea, on a patriotic subject but using Phidean inspiration. Leaving Florence in April 1847 for what was intended to be a brief return to London, he ended up staying. Back in Britain he was unable to obtain a building in which to carry out his plan of a grand fresco based on his Italian experiences, though he did produce a 45 ft by 40 ft fresco on the upper part of the east wall of the Great Hall of Lincoln's Inn entitled Justice, A Hemicycle of Lawgivers, inspired by Raphael's The School of Athens. In consequence most of his major works are conventional oil paintings, some of which were intended as studies for the House of Life. In his studio he met his wife Sara. Watts thus joined the Prinsep circle of bohemians, including Sara's seven sisters, Julia Margaret Cameron. Staying at 48 Cambridge Street, in Mayfair, in 1850 he helped the Prinseps into a 21-year lease on Little Holland House, stayed there with them and their salon for the next 21 years.

One of only two pupils Watts accepted was Henry's son Valentine Cameron Prinsep. While living as tenant at Little Holland House, Watts's epic paintings were exhibited in Whitechapel by his friend the social reformer Canon Samuel Barnett, he received a commission for the Houses of Parliament, completing his The Triumph of the Red Cross Knight in 1852–53, he took a short trip back to Italy in 1853 and with Charles Thomas Newton to excavate Halicarnassus in 1856–57, via Constantinople and the Greek islands. In the 1860s, Watts' work shows the influence of Rossetti emphasising sensuous pleasure and rich colour. Among these paintings is a portrait of his young wife, the actress Ellen Terry, 30 years his junior – having been introduced by mutual friend Tom Taylor, they married on 20 February 1864, just seven days short of her 17th birthday; when she eloped with another man after less than a year of marriage, Watts was obliged to divorce her. Watts's association with Rossetti and the Aesthetic movement altered during the 1870s, as his work combined Classical traditions with a deliberately agitated and troubled surface, to suggest the dynamic energies of life and evolution, as well as the tentative and transitory qualities of life.

These works formed part of a revised version of the House of Life, influenced by the ideas of Max Müller, the founder of comparative religion. Watts hoped to trace the evolving "mythologies of the races " in a grand synthesis of spiritual ideas with modern science Darwinian evolution. With the lease on Little Holland House nearing its end and the building soon to be demolished, in the early 1870s he commissioned a new London home nearby from C. R. Cockerell: New Little Holland House, acquired a house at Freshwater, Isle of Wight – his friends Julia Margar

Jon Elliott

Jon Elliott is an American liberal talk radio personality featured on Air America Radio. Prior to his radio, TV, Film career, Jon served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of multiple companies. During his 35 years in business he has worked in all phases of corporate management holding executive positions with corporations in the health and food industries, he has served as CEO and President of Capitol Television Network and Royal Casino Group, both publicly traded companies. The company was renamed Baymark Technologies and Jon served as President, CEO and CFO of Baymark Technologies until January 2006, at which time he resigned from the company as the company was restructured and renamed Implantable Vision. In October 2004, The Jon Elliott Show began airing for two hours on Sunday afternoons on KLSD radio in San Diego, California. After he filled in for Air America hosts, Jon's show was picked up nationally by Air America Radio in September 2006. Billed as This Is America with Jon Elliott and airing live Monday through Friday from 10 PM to 1 AM Eastern Time, the show was carried live on XM radio channel 167 America Left.

The show was carried in major markets including, New York, Washington D. C. and San Francisco. The Air America show ended on May 15, 2009. Jon was the first national broadcast personality, he did so with guest John Meacham, the Editor of Newsweek magazine who had devoted an entire issue to epilepsy, Jon's neurologist and his wife Katherine. That show earned Jon and his production staff a San Diego Press Club “Excellence in Journalism Award” on October 20, 2009. Jon was named to Talker's Magazines annual “Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” list for four consecutive years: 2007, 2008 2009, 2010. Jon was the only talk radio personality asked to contribute to Susan Muccahy's book “Why I’m a Democrat”, a collection of interviews and essays of over 50 distinct voices reflecting the rich diversity of the Democratic Party. Other contributors included Tony Bennett, James Brady, Dominick Dunne, Nora Ephron, Melissa Etheridge, Thomas Franzen. From Monday, May 18, 2009, through Thursday, September 18, 2009, Elliott had an afternoon show on XEPE AM 1700 San Diego, from 4 to 6 PM weekdays.

Jon provides Liberal or Democratic Party perspective commentary for NBC's KRCR Channel 7, the only network-owned television station in San Diego. Jon has appeared as the “left” commentator on “Politically Speaking” and has appeared on numerous occasions during the station's newscasts. In 1979 Jon was the host of "Sports Stars", a pilot series shot in California; the half-hour program was a series of one-on-one interviews with sports personalities, including Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson. In 1986 Jon co-hosted the pilot for the television series “VCR: Video Cassette Review” with Loren Sydney, host of CNN's daily “Show Biz Today”; the program was taped in California. Jon created several shows and was responsible for developing the programming schedule for Capitol Television Network, a Los Angeles-based start-up satellite-delivered programming service for independent television stations. Throughout his career, Jon has been interviewed on many television programs related to his various business endeavors.

Jon shares the on-camera narrator duties with Bree Walker for the feature-length documentary film, Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio, which premiered in April 2012. An in-depth look at the limited number of corporations who control the majority of what Americans listen to on their radios, the film was four years in the making and was produced by award-winning documentary film producers Jon Monday and Jennifer Douglas, distributed by mondayMEDIA, he is interviewed in the film, as a radio talk show host and media expert. On October 14, 2007 Randi Rhodes, a radio talk show host on Air America Radio, sustained injuries that kept her off the air for several days. Jon Elliott was told by a senior Air America programming executive that Ms. Rhodes had been mugged the previous evening. On his show that night Jon reported the incident and speculated that the attack could have been the work of right-wing fanatics, it was learned that Rhodes had sustained injuries from a fall outside an Irish bar she had been patronizing.

Jon apologized the next night for his mistaken speculation. The story was reported by major media outlets including newspapers and radio programs. Official Jon Elliott website This Is America on Air America website

Canoe paddle strokes

Canoe paddle strokes are the means by which a paddle is used to move a canoe through the water. Strokes are designated as flatwater or whitewater strokes. Categorizing strokes makes learning them easier. After the strokes are mastered, they can be combined or modified so that maneuvers are accomplished in an efficient, skillful manner; some known and used strokes are in the table below. Names for strokes can vary between geographical regions and between paddlers with similar backgrounds. In these illustrations, the bow of the canoe is on the left side of the illustration and the stern is on the right. There are some differences in techniques in. One of these techniques involves locking or nearly locking the elbow, on the side of the canoe the paddle is, to minimize muscular usage of that arm to increase endurance. Another benefit of this technique is that along with using less muscle you gain longer strokes which results in an increase of the power to stroke ratio; this is used more with the'stay on one side' method of paddling.

The other technique is what newer canoeists use and, where they bend the elbow to pull the paddle out of the water before they have finished the stroke. This is used more with the'switch sides often' method of paddling; the stay on one side method is where each canoeist takes opposite sides and the stern paddler uses occasional J-strokes to correct direction of travel. The side chosen is can be based on the wind and/or current direction, so the stern paddler's forward strokes are pushing the boat in the opposite direction the wind and/or current is, reducing the number of J-strokes required to keep forward momentum, or sides can be chosen based on the paddlers' stronger side, since this is more comfortable and less tiring. A combination of methods for picking sides can be used, some canoeists will switch sides after twenty to thirty minutes or longer as a means of lessening muscle fatigue, when changing the direction of the boat, or in response to new weather conditions. Both paddlers must paddle on opposite sides from each other except when trying to turn the boat or in high winds or strong currents.

The switch sides method called sit and switch and switch, hut stroke, Minnesota switch or North American Touring Technique, can be described as the paddling technique where one uses the switching of paddling sides to go straight or maneuver. The spoken command "Hut!" is sometimes used by the stern paddler to alert the person paddling the bow to switch sides, giving rise to the term "Hut stroke". This technique is intended to avoid correction strokes after the forward stroke to make a high stroke frequency possible thus enabling paddling with high speeds for a long time. Maneuvers are performed by switching paddling sides For this method, in certain situations, two tandem paddlers may paddle on the same side; this method is one of the fastest on flat water and used by marathon canoeists in the US and Canada