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Ray Cokes

Ray Cokes is an English television presenter. Ray's father was an officer in the Royal Navy, stationed at various navy bases around the world; when Ray was 15 the family permanently moved back to Britain. At age 20 Ray had become a punk and moved to Belgium, where he took on various jobs, including being a DJ in a club and on a local radio station; this led to a job as a music presenter on Belgian national TV channel RTBF in 1982, where he presented the show Rox Box which featured alternative music videos and live studio performances. His success led to additional music video shows on Music Box; when MTV Europe launched in 1987 he became a Video Jockey there. Arguably his most popular programme was Vanthilt, with co-presenter Marcel Vanthilt. Between 1992 and 1995, Cokes hosted MTV Europe's live television series MTV's Most Wanted, an award-winning daily show which soon became the most popular on MTV Europe, it featured regular live acts playing in the studio as well as competitions and on-air phone calls to viewers.

The show ended soon after a disastrous outdoor event in Hamburg, when a live satellite link up with the punk band Die Toten Hosen was planned. During the show, MTV would cut to the band playing a song at their own gig elsewhere, but a local journalist wrote that the band would be there in person, instead of on video screen. A large number of their fans turned up expecting to see them, vented their anger by throwing beer and objects at a confused Cokes and camera crew, forcing them to end the broadcast early. After it ended a few weeks Cokes returned with a new weekly 90-minute show X-Ray Vision, but was not as successful, he left MTV Europe in 1996. In 1994, Cokes released a single titled "Simply Sexy!" under the name Ray Cokes & the Sex Gods featuring Al Agami, the song's title referring to one of the catchphrases used in Most Wanted. Cokes presented Channel Four's hit 1990s TV show Wanted. Cokes' subsequent work includes presenting En Direct de from 2005 to 2009, broadcast on the French television station France 4.

Cokes worked as the compère for the White Concert, a live concert recorded in Horsens, Denmark, in November 2008 due to the 40-year jubilee of the Beatles' eponymous White Album. In late 2008 he moved to Berlin and in 2009 to Antwerp, declaring that he would like to settle there permanently. During the summer of 2009, Cokes and Jean Blaute co-hosted Tournée Générale, a 10-part exploration of Belgian beer around the world from Sputnik media, on Flemish channel Canvas. A second 10-part series was aired in a third in 2013 on the Belgian channel Eén. In September 2011, Cokes hosted the Sunday afternoon show Cokes calling on Classic 21, one of the radio stations of the Belgian RTBF. From 2012 to 2014, he was one of the three judges in the first Belgium's Got Talent. In February 2014, he hosted the Swedish Grammy awards. In October 2014, he released his autobiography, My Most Wanted Life - On-Screen, Off-Screen and In-Between, available in German and English editions. Official website Ray Cokes on IMDb

Charles Henry Wharton

Charles Henry Wharton, who grew up Catholic and became a Catholic priest, converted to Protestantism and became one of the leading Episcopal clergyman of the early United States, as well as served as president of Columbia University. The family plantation, Notley Hall, was presented to his grandfather by Lord Baltimore. In 1760 he was sent to the English Jesuit College at St Omer, where he was studious, became fluent in Latin, so as to be able to converse in it, he was ordered deacon in June, 1772, priest the following September, both in the Roman Catholic Church. At the close of the American Revolution Wharton resided at Worcester, England, as chaplain to the Roman Catholics in that city. There he addressed a poetical epistle to George Washington, with a sketch of his life, published for the benefit of American prisoners in England. Wharton returned to what had become the United States in 1783 in the first vessel that sailed after the peace. In May, 1784, he converted to the Church of England, published his celebrated "Letter to the Roman Catholics of Worcester", became rector of Immanuel Church, New Castle, Delaware.

Together with the only other remaining Anglican clergyman remaining in the state and several laymen, Rev. Wharton attended the first General Convention that established the Episcopal Church At that convention, Rev. Wharton served on the committee to "draft an ecclesiastical constitution for the Protestant Episcopal church in the United States", as well as the committees "to prepare a form of prayer and thanksgiving for the Fourth of July", to Americanize the Book of Common Prayer. In 1786 he was elected a mere-bet of the American Philosophical Society. After ten years' further residence in Delaware, in 1798 Wharton accepted a position as rector of St. Mary's Church, New Jersey, where he would serve the rest of his life. Among the leading scholars and most influential clergymen of the early Episcopal Church, Rev. Wharton served as president of the standing committee of the diocese of New Jersey, several times as a deputy to the General Convention. A gifted poet, as well as an able controversialist, Rev. Wharton published "Reply to an Address to the Roman Catholics of the United States".

In 1813-14 he was co-editor, with Reverend Dr. Abercrombie, of the Quarterly Theological Magazine and Religious Repository, his "Remains," with a memoir, were published by Bishop George W. Doane. In 1801 Rev. Wharton accepted the presidency of Columbia College, New York, conditioned upon his ability to continue his position in Burlington, he was to assume the position at Columbia's August commencement ceremonies, but either failed to appear, or only delivered that commencement oration, for he resigned as Columbia's president by December. At the time of his death in 1833, Wharton was the senior presbyter of the Episcopal Church, he is buried in the graveyard of the church he led for 35 years

Milton State Park

Milton State Park is an 82 acres Pennsylvania state park in Milton in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is on Montgomery Island in the West Branch Susquehanna River, just east of the village of West Milton in Union County. Milton State Park is on Pennsylvania Route 642; the recorded history of Milton State Park begins in 1762 when Marcus Huling Jr. made a claim on the island in the West Branch Susquehanna River. Huling planted an apple orchard on. Ownership of the island transferred to the Straub Family; the Straubs built a dam across part of the river in 1824. The Straubs ran a sawmill and gristmill on the island and built a bridge between the island to the banks of the West Branch Susquehanna River. In time, the mills closed and the land was used for farming; the island was no longer used for farming by the early 1900s. Over the next 60 years the island was divided among several owners and used as a picnic ground with several athletic fields; the Milton Rotary Club and the Borough of Milton worked together to consolidate the deeds and transferred ownership of Montgomery Island to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1966.

Hurricane Agnes wiped out the newly created Milton State Park in 1972. The island and much of Pennsylvania in the Susquehanna River watershed was flooded extensively by the hurricane; the park was rebuilt with federal disaster relief funds. Milton State Park is within sight of downtown Pennsylvania; the island is surrounded by the waters of the West Branch Susquehanna River and the southern part of the island is not developed. It is covered in a forest of silver maple and sycamore trees. Milton State Park is a haven for migrating birds and waterfowl. There are several soccer and softball fields that are used by the residents of West Milton and Milton for recreational and church league events. Montgomery Island is stopping point for those navigating the river in kayaks. Milton State Park is used by those taking a short trip from Milton or West Milton for a day of fishing for catfish, bass, northern pike and muskellunge. There is 1 mile of hiking trail on the northern side of the park; the northern side of the park has picnic facilities, including charcoal grills.

There is access to fresh drinking water and restroom facilities. The following state parks are within 30 miles of Milton State Park: McCalls Dam State Park Ravensburg State Park R. B. Winter State Park ) Sand Bridge State Park Shikellamy State Park Susquehanna State Park "Milton State Park official map"


Llanblethian is a village in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales which sits upon the River Thaw. It makes up part of the community of Cowbridge with Llanblethian, which consists of the village itself, the larger market town of Cowbridge and Aberthin. Llanblethian first came to prominence as one of the manor lordships created by the Norman lords following the Norman invasion of Wales, it was first ruled by the St. Quentins before being taken over by the Siwards. Under the Norman lordship power in the region shifted from the village to nearby Cowbridge, where manorial affairs were conducted. Llanblethian has several fine large buildings including an early 18th century great house, a 12th-century church dedicated to St John the Baptist and its own castle, a ruinous structure but with a fine gatehouse known locally as St Quintins Castle. Llanblethian takes its name from a contemporary of Germanus of Auxerre. Llan is Welsh for church, so the village is the'church of St Bleddian'; the root of blaidd is a translation of the wolf.

Evidence of early settlements in the area now known as Llanblethian have been discovered in various locations around the village. To the west of Llanblethian, between Breach and Marlborough farms, tumuli - ancient burial mounds - dating from the Bronze Age have been found. On Llanblethian Hill is the site of Caer Dynnaf, a large Iron Age fort, whose walls and ditches can still be seen. Although no reliable accounts exist of life in Glamorgan in the first 150 years of Norman rule it is known the manor of Llanblethian existed as one of the twelve "member lordships", large areas of land that Glamorgan was divided up into by the Norman Lord Robert Fitzhamon. Most of these manors the hilly valley regions were held by subservient local Welsh rulers, but Llanblethian and its neighbor Talyfan were held by Norman feudatories, including Robert de Wintona, who built the Llanquian Castle; the first lord of Llanblethian manor was Robert St. Quentin, a powerful Norman knight who held lands in Wiltshire, Dorset and Yorkshire.

The St. Quentin family established a fortification within the village, but in 1233 the family was disposed by Richard Siward the lord of Talyfan. With the lordship passing to the de Clare family, an early keep built by the St Quentin family was fortified further with the addition of a gatehouse and curtain wall. During the medieval period it is recorded that a fulling mill existed in the area, as well as wind or water powered grain mills. An extensive manor stretching far beyond the village boundaries, the local economy was based on agriculture, it was during this period that administrative affairs of the manor began moving towards the nearby settlement of Cowbridge. By the 18th century, Llanblethian contained a few large houses, but was a collection of farms with the economy supported by craftsmen with some emphasis on the weaving trade. A hundred years the village had begun attracting wealthy residents, including retired military and naval officers; this still left the majority of the population made up of poorly paid labourers and farm-workers.

Up until the mid 20th century the majority of employment was local, though with changes in employment patterns in Britain the majority of residents now commute to work outside the village. The Church of St John the Baptist is a Grade I listed building, its earliest evidence is in the chancel, established as 12th century, though much of the church is of a date. The west tower is in the Somerset style and is reputedly gifted by Anne Neville, the wife of King Richard III. Whether or not this is true, the tower still stands as an exotic with its features similar to those found in Cornwall and Devon, but in Glamorgan; the tower contains a ring of six bells which were restored and rehung in 1994. The interiors are restored by C. B. Fowler of Cardiff in 1896-97. Of note within the church is a stone effigy of a man with a greyhound at his feet and a simple but handsome tablet dedicated to the parents of local benefactor Sir Leoline Jenkins, dated 1763. St Quintins Castle is a ruined fortification located on a spur across the valley from St John the Baptist Church.

Although known locally as St Quintin's Castle the only part of it which can be attributed to the St Quentin family is a mound of stones on a raised mound, identified as the remains of a 12th-century keep. The castle begun by the St Quentins fell into the hands of Richard de Clare in 1245 after the outlawry of Richard Siward, it was de Clare's grandson Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester who commenced building of the outer walls and gatehouse in 1312, but remained unfinished after his untimely death at the Battle of Bannockburn two years later. The gatehouse, which still stands, is integrally built into the curtain wall; the curtain wall is an irregular quadrilateral 50 metres by 52 metres at its widest parts, though little remains above the foundations. On the main road through the village lies the Great House, a Grade II* listed building. A two-storey building with five bays with two-bayed recessed ends, the 18th century front is rendered and colour washed. In the central gable is located a sundial bearing the initials T.

W. dated 1703. Although this date is too early for the façade, the hall fireplace is initialed T. W. and dated 1710. There are handsome early 18th century paneling in one of the lower rooms. Notes References Primary sourcesCowbridge Record Society. Llanblethian Buildings & People. Cowbridge: Cowbridge Record Society. ISBN 0953702928. Davies, John; the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. Newman, John. Glamorgan

What Comes After

What Comes After is the third album by Norwegian jazz guitarist Terje Rypdal recorded in 1973 and released on the ECM label. The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars. All compositions by Terje Rypdal except as indicated"Bend It" - 9:55 "Yearning" - 3:22 "Icing" - 7:50 "What Comes After" - 10:58 "Sejours" - 3:51 "Back of J." 4:17Recorded at the Arne Bendiksen Studio in Oslo, Norway on August 7 & 8, 1973 Terje Rypdal — guitar, flute Erik Niord Larsen — oboe, English horn Barre Phillipsbass, piccolo bass Sveinung Hovensjø — electric bass, Jon Christensenpercussion, organ