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Gossamer (Looney Tunes)

Gossamer is an animated character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, he is a large, orange monster. His body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, his heart-shaped face is composed of only two oval eyes and a wide mouth, with two hulking arms ending in dirty, clawed fingers; the monster's main trait is his orange hair. He was voiced by Mel Blanc and has been voiced by Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, Joe Alaskey, Jim Cummings, Kwesi Boakye; the word gossamer means any sort of thin, transparent material. In particular, it can refer to a kind of a light cobweb; the name is meant to be ironic because the character is large and destructive. Animator Chuck Jones introduced Gossamer in the 1946 cartoon Hair-Raising Hare. In it, Bugs Bunny is lured to the lair of a mad scientist as food for Gossamer; the monster serves as the scientist's henchman. Part of this plot was repeated in the 1952 Jones cartoon Water, Water Every Hare in which the monster's character is referred to as "Rudolph" or "Monster".

The mad scientist, in need of a live brain for his giant robot, releases Monster from his chamber on a mission to capture Bugs Bunny. The monster next appears in Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century in 1980; this is the first cartoon where the character is called "Gossamer", is so named by Marvin the Martian. Jones gave the monster this name ``. He's a big, hairy thing."Gossamer has appeared in various recent Warner Bros. productions, including cameos in the 1996 film Space Jam and as a playable character in the video games Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal, Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Gossamer appeared in the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode "Monsters Are Real" where he was shown as one of the best monsters to scare people and animals. Gossamer appeared in the television series Beetlejuice as a redesign named "The Monster Across the Street". Gossamer was going to have a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but the rights to him could not be obtained in time.

Gossamer appears in The Looney Tunes Show voiced by Kwesi Boakye. Gossamer here is the opposite of previous portrayals, being a kind child, he has a bond with Daffy Duck, who serves as a sort of mentor and father figure to him despite Daffy’s rivalry with Gossamer’s mother Witch Hazel

James Wilkinson (Australian politician)

James Wilkinson was an Australian politician. Wilkinson was born and raised in Ipswich, attending both state and grammar schools. During his early years he was an engine-driver and railways unionist before serving as an Alderman on Ipswich Council. Wilkinson represented the Electoral district of Ipswich in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1894 to 1896 for the Australian Labor Party, he represented Moreton in the Parliament of Australia from 1901 to 1906, elected as an independent labour member, but rejoined the Labor Party from 1904. Wilkinson died in 1915, his funeral took place from his Martin St residence in Ipswich to the Ipswich General Cemetery. A number of street names in the Brisbane suburb of Carina Heights are identical to the surnames of former Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. One of these is Wilkinson Street

Thijs Al

Thijs Joris Al is a Dutch cyclist specializing in competitive mountain biking and cyclo-cross. Al rode his first mountain bike race in 1995. In his junior years Al proved to be a talented rider and was selected for the junior European and World Championships in 1997 after his 4th position at the Dutch national Championships. At the European Championships in Denmark he did not come further than the 91st position, but at the World Championships in Switzerland his 36th position was a better result; that year he finished in a first position in the Rabobank Topcompetitie and in second place for the Benelux Cup. He won his first Dutch national title in 1998 and defended his Rabobank Topcompetitie title. At the European Championships in Belgium he finished in 42nd position, but again he performed much better at the World Championships, towards a 17th position in Canada. After a successful year in 1998 he was invited to ride for the Be-One Europe team, the junior team for the Be-One World team. In 1999, his first professional year he had a tough time keeping up with his opponents due to the longer distances of the races.

In the Rabobank Topcompetitie he only finished in third position, while at the Dutch national Championships he had to be satisfied with a 4th place. At the European and World Championships he ended up among the anonymous riders.2000 however brought him better results, he won a mountain bike race in Lemelerveld and a road race in Beverwijk. He became Dutch national mountain bike champion under-23 and he came home with a third place and bronze medal at the European under-23 Championships in Rhenen as a highlight. At the World Championships he finished in 44th position this time. In 2001 Al showed a lot of progression, he won three races in the challenge for the Belgian Cup and finished second in another race for this cup. He won more mountain bike races in Den Helder and Roc d'Azur, while he won road races in Zwanenburg and Venhuizen, he finished second in the Norg Topcompetitie, first in the Topcompetitie Espoirs and second in the Topcompetitie Experts. After finishing in second position at the Dutch mountain bike championships he promoted his bronze European Championships medal into a silver one.

He finished 2nd at the Dutch national road championships, surprising all his regular road racing opponents. As a result, he was selected to participate at the road race World Under-23 Championships where he finished 42nd; the Be-One team retired in 2002 and Al moved to the BankGiroLoterij team. This team focused on road races and Al gained quite some experiences. In the Three-days of Norg he won the second stage, while he finished second in the prologue and the first stage and third in the third stage, resulting in a third place overall, he won the Kuinre Topcompetitie, but Al's heart for tracks with mud and the friendly atmosphere in mountain bike competitions made him not renew his contract at the end of the year. Back on the mountain bike he became Dutch national champion again and he won the Topcompetitie Espoirs, while finishing second for the Topcompetitie Experts. Together with his sponsor he created a team, only focused on qualifying for the 2004 Summer Olympics. 2003 was his first season as a full professional rider.

However he participated as an under-23 rider in Paris–Roubaix and won the race that ended in the velodrome. Al won a road race in Groot-Ammers and won mountain bike races in Berlicum and Brakel where he outsprinted Filip Meirhage. In the Dutch Championships for elite riders he finished secondIn 2004 he started with a win in the beach race of Egmond aan Zee, another race in Nieuwkuijk and one in Apeldoorn, he won the OZ Wielerweekend, finished in 15th position at the European Championships in Poland. Afterwards he became fifth at the Dutch national championships, but third at the Benelux Championships. Al qualified and represented the Netherlands at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he finished in 25th position while his teammate Bart Brentjes won the bronze medal. Al rode in the Giant Mountainbike Racing Team alongside Brentjens in 2005, a great opportunity to learn, but due to the many races in Germany and the travels to and from there his performances dropped down. From 2006 on he became one of the main riders in the Bejan-Rings Pro Cycling Team and he was allowed to schedule his own training program.

This was the period that he got more interested in cyclo-cross. He still became third at the Dutch national mountain bike championships, but afterwards his main results were from the cyclo-cross, among those his second position in Veghel-Eerde and his third position in Hofstade. In 2007 he managed to ride himself into the top three in Huijbergen and Zeddam, while in 2008 he became third in the Centrumcross in Surhuisterveen and second at the Dutch national cyclo-cross championships in Sint-Michielsgestel. List of Dutch Olympic cyclists Official website Thijs Al at Cycling Archives Al at the Dutch Olympic Archive Thijs Al photos

John Callahan (wrestler)

John Callahan is best known as a former professional wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation and as the Circulation Director of the Milford Daily News in Milford, Massachusetts. He held the New England Heavyweight title twice, from June 1994 to November 1995, the New England Tag Team title from November 1993 to July 1995. John Callahan was born in Milford, Massachusetts and as early as the age of 10, he was taken with the exploits of such colorful and established professional wrestlers as George "The Animal" Steele and Manuel Soto, he soon came to realize that professional wrestling was his destiny, watching his heroes perform on the family television and thinking to himself, "Wow, they can do that and get away with it?". He noted that his friends joined him in the construction of a makeshift wrestling ring, or "squared circle", imitated the mannerisms and techniques of their heroes, holding their own matches; as time passed and his friends went on with their lives, Callahan came to a decision which would change his life - he decided to pursue his passion and join the world of professional wrestling.

In 1979, he packed his bags and left home to study the sport under the guidance of a man recognized as a true master, the legendary Edward Władysław Spulnik, better known as "Killer Kowalski", in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1979, young John Callahan began training with Walter "Killer" Kowalski at his wrestling school at the YMCA in Salem. Kowalski found him to be a gifted pupil blessed with raw physical and athletic gifts, so much so that within just a few short months he deemed Callahan ready to turn professional. Callahan fulfilled his lifelong dream and signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation just as the sport, on the verge of achieving unprecedented popularity. In 1979, John Callahan began his professional wrestling career with the World Wrestling Federation. With both the WWF and other organizations, the "small town" boy found himself traveling throughout much of North America, he had come a long way from "figure four leg-locks" and "sleeper holds" he had administered and sent his friends home sore with as a boy back in Baltimore.

Callahan's first major match took place in April 1981 against another young wrestler who more than anyone helped elevate the popularity of the sport of wrestling and the WWF, Hulk Hogan. The match took place in the Boston Garden in front of a packed house, which included many of Callahan's friends and family members. Callahan was defeated and recalled, "All I saw was the heads silhouetted by the lights." Despite the loss, he was encouraged by the fact that his nervousness had melted away as soon as he got into character and entered the ring. "Once you start doing what you do, you forget there are 22,000 people watching.". In addition to Hulk Hogan, Callahan wrestled such notable personalities as the Junkyard Dog, Tony Atlas and Rowdy Roddy Piper. A personal favorite was his epic Allentown, PA battle against the Iron Shiek, which resulted in another Callahan defeat, this time within three minutes; the Shiek went on to wrestle some two weeks later. With characters like Hogan and the Shiek leading the way, the popularity of wrestling grew to unprecedented heights.

Callahan recognized the significance that marketing played in this, both to the sport as well as the individual careers of the people performing within it. It was at this point that while some wrestlers took the path of the "good guy," Callahan opted for a "villain" persona. Over the years he created and performed as characters such as the "Baltimore Terror", the "American Ninja", "Big John Callahan". Another character he created during a wrestling stint in Quebec, was "Sgt. Muldoon"; this persona was dropped when a promoter asked why he had inexplicably decided to play an Irish wrestler from a world populated by French-Canadiens, "rather than Southie". The student of the sports entertainment aspect of professional wrestling, Callahan learned to listen to the audience and recognize where his limits were. "You want to work the audience so that at the end of the night, they know they saw something they want to come back and see again.". Like many professional athletes the mental and physical rigors of constant travel and injuries began to take their toll on Callahan.

Throughout his career he battled broken bones. On at least one occasion, he claims to have fought through a 10-minute match despite a dislocated knee. On another, he continued wrestling after his nose had been shattered, the match coming to an end when he could no longer breathe. "People come in looking to believe everything they see, so you might as well make it believable," Callahan said. It was during a match in 1999, when Callahan limped out of the ring for the last time - he had dislocated his hip. A doctor determined. "I decided if I wasn't going to be able to put on a show anymore and entertain, it wasn't worth doing," he told an interviewer. Callahan fell out of the spotlight and began an eight-year hiatus from the wrestling world he loved for most of his life, he claimed that he couldn't bear to watch matches on television. You can now see Callahan working as Sgt. Muldoon for the Woonsocket, Rhode Island based Showcase Pro Wrestling as the ring announcer and conducting interview segments during the shows.

With his wrestling career over, Callahan was at a crossroads. Searching for a new direction in his career, he stumbled across a want ad for an opportunity that intrigued him, it was for the Circulation Director of the Milford Daily News in his adopted hometown of Milford, MA. The job was

Egusi sauce

Egusi soup is a culinary soup prepared with egusi seeds as a primary ingredient. Egusi seeds are the fat- and protein-rich seeds of certain cucurbitaceous plants. Egusi soup is common and prevalent across Central Africa, may be served atop rice, cooked vegetables or grilled meat, such as goat, beef or fish, it may be served atop fufu, omelettes and, eba, among other foods. Egusi soup is consumed in West Africa, sometimes with chicken, it is prepared by grinding egusi seeds. Soup ingredients may include tomato, chili pepper and cooking oil, such as palm oil. Sometimes pumpkin seeds are substituted in place of egusi seeds. Egusi soup is a kind of soup thickened with the ground seeds and popular in West Africa, with considerable local variation. Besides the seeds and oil, egusi soup contains leaf vegetables and other vegetables and meat. List of soups

Vic Neill

Vic Neill was a British cartoonist who drew for D. C. Thomson and I. P. C.'s comics. His first notable comic work was on Sparky strip Peter Piper. In 1969, he replaced Dudley Dexter Watkins on Topper cover star Mickey the Monkey after Watkins' sudden death. Neill was a big admirer of Watkins' artwork, he made his debut in the Beano with The McTickles in 1971. In 1974, this was replaced by Wee Ben Nevis. In 1977, when D. C. Thomson launched their new comic, Plug, a spin-off from The Bash Street Kids, Neill became the regular artist of the title character's strip, which he continued to draw after it merged with The Beezer two years later. In the 1980s, Neill drew a lot of material for I. P. C. Magazines; this included strips such as Top of the Class in Spare-Part Kit in Whoopee. His final strip for them, Nightmare on Erm Street, appeared in Buster in 1990. Returning to the Beano in the late 1980s, he took over The Germs from David Sutherland. Neill started drawing Billy Whizz in 1992, became the strip's regular artist the following year when the Beano switched to full-colour printing.

While drawing the character in a loosely comparable style to David Parkins and Trevor Metcalfe when they shared the workload, once he was established as main artist he began making incremental changes to Billy's appearance. Most notably, Billy had always had two long hairs on the top of his head, but in the 9 July 1994 issue of the comic his hair fused into a lightning flash, his head shape was changed from oval to round. In the Beano's 1997 reader vote, Neill drew the boy with the time-travelling bike. Tim went on to become a regular in the comic, he continued drawing for the Beano until his death in December 1999. Billy Whizz was taken over by Graeme Hall, with Keith Reynolds becoming his replacement on Tim Traveller, but The Germs ended. A number of his Billy Whizz strips were reprinted in the Beano in 2008–2009