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Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is a former hunting park in Greenwich and one of the largest single green spaces in south-east London. One of the Royal Parks of London, the first to be enclosed, it covers 74 hectares, is part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, it commands the Isle of Dogs and the City of London. The park is open year-round, it is listed Grade I on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The estate of some 200 acres was owned by the Abbey of St. Peter at Ghent, but reverted to the Crown in 1427 and was given by Henry VI to his uncle Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, he built a house by the river, Bella Court, a small castle, called Greenwich Castle as well as Duke Humphrey's Tower, on the hill. The former evolved first into the Tudor Palace of Placentia and into the Queen's House and Greenwich Hospital. Greenwich Castle, by now in disrepair, was chosen for the site of the Royal Observatory by Charles II in 1675. In the 15th century the park was heathland and used for hawking. In the next century, deer were introduced by Henry VIII for hunting, a small collection of deer is maintained today in an area to the south east.

James I enclosed the park with a brick wall, twelve feet high and two miles long at a cost of £2000, much of which remains and defines the modern boundary. A small section of the boundary wall in the southwest corner of the park was part of Montagu House, one time residence of Caroline of Brunswick, demolished in 1815, though Queen Caroline's bath is preserved inside the park. In the 17th century, the park was landscaped by André Le Nôtre, known at least to have designed plans for it; the public were first allowed into the park during the 18th century. Samuel Johnson visited the park in 1763 and commented "Is it not fine?". The famous hill upon which the observatory stands was used on public holidays for mass'tumbling'. In the 1830s a railway was nearly driven through the middle of the lower park on a viaduct but the scheme was defeated by intense local opposition. However, the London and Greenwich Railway was extended beneath the ground via a cut-and-cover tunnel link between Greenwich and Maze Hill which opened in 1878.

In 1888 the park got a station of its own. The station was not successful, with most passengers preferring the older Greenwich station, in 1917 Greenwich Park station and the associated line closed. Greenwich Park was used for outdoor London scenes including representing the street, Constitution Hill in the 2009 film The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend; the park is rectangular in plan with sides 1000 metres by 750 metres and oriented with the long sides lying NNW to SSE. In what follows this direction is taken to be N to S for ease of exposition, it is located at grid reference TQ390772. The park is on two levels with a number of gullies marking the transition between them; the lower level lies to the north. In the centre, on the top of the hill, is the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. At the northern edge is the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House, beyond those Greenwich Hospital. To the east is Vanbrugh Castle. To the south is Blackheath and in the south western corner is the Ranger's House, looking out over the heath.

To the west lie the architecturally fine streets of Chesterfield Walk and Croom's Hill. The Observatory is on the top of the hill. Outside is a statue of General James Wolfe in a small plaza from which there are majestic views across to the former Greenwich Hospital and towards the river, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, the City of London to the northwest and the Millennium Dome to the north. On the lower level of the park there is a popular children's playground and an adjacent boating lake. There is a herb garden. On the upper level, there is an extensive flower garden complete with large duck pond, a rose garden, a cricket pitch, many 17th-century sweet chestnut trees with gnarled, swirling trunks, tennis courts, a bandstand, Roman remains, an ancient oak tree and an enclosure housing some wild deer. Nestling just behind the Observatory is the garden of the former Astronomer Royal, a peaceful secluded space, good for picnics and sometimes used by theatre groups. On the opposite side is the Park Café.

There is another, smaller café by the north west gate, a snack bar in the children's playground. It is possible to park in areas along the main roads entering from Blackheath. Cycle routes criss-cross the park, but other road traffic can only use the park road linking Blackheath and Greenwich at peak periods on weekdays. During the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Greenwich Park was the venue for the Olympic equestrian events and for the riding and running parts of the modern pentathlon events, it was the venue for the Paralympic eques

Peter Grant House

The Peter Grant House is a historic house at 10 Grant Street in Farmingdale, Maine. Built in 1830, it is one Maine's oldest surviving examples of Greek Revival architecture, with a temple front overlooking the Kennebec River, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1976. The house sits just south of the modest village center of Farmingdale, on the south side of Grant Street, residential spur extending west from Maine State Route 27, which parallels the west bank of the Kennebec River, it is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a gabled roof, clapboard siding, granite foundation. The east-facing gable front is pedimented, extending beyond the main block to form a Greek temple portico with four two-story paneled square columns. There are paneled pilasters at the corners of this facade, three bays wide, with elongated sash windows flanking the entrance on the ground flor, smaller sashes above. A small sash window fills the gable of the portico. Peter Grant was a native of Berwick, Maine who moved to Gardiner in 1790.

Finding financial success in land speculation and the merchant trade, Grant purchased 200 acres between Gardiner and Hallowell in 1800, built a house there. His first house was destroyed by fire, he had this house built in 1830 as its replacement; the house remained in the hands of the Grant family until 1865, was owned by members of the Skehan family for a significant portion of the 20th century. National Register of Historic Places listings in Kennebec County, Maine

Muteki Kanban Musume

Muteki Kanban Musume is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Jun Sadogawa. It was serialized between May 2002 and February 2006 in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion and was collected in 17 volumes. A continuation titled Muteki Kanban Musume N was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion between March 2006 and April 2007 and was collected in five volumes. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation animated by Telecom Animation Film aired in Japan between July and September 2006; the original manga was licensed in North America as Noodle Fighter Miki, the anime was licensed in North America as Ramen Fighter Miki. The series premiered on Toku in the United States on January 2016. Muteki Kanban Musume is a comedy detailing the adventures of Miki Onimaru, a girl who turned 20, whose mother runs a Chinese ramen restaurant. Miki works as the delivery girl for the shop but gets into trouble due to her boisterous, active personality. Much of the humor of the series derives from the characters' over-the-top behavior.

Miki Onimaru Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame Miki is the new delivery girl for the Onimaru family ramen shop. Though 20 years old, she still pretty much has the mind and maturity of a 12-year-old child, with a corresponding energy and fiercely competitive personality that makes her stand out, she is seen to start fights and competitions. Violent as she may be, Miki is a caring and kind-hearted girl, keen to help anyone in need; this sweet-gentleness comes to the forefront when she is drunk, turning her from a crude tomboy to the portrait of an ideal Japanese lady. Megumi Kannazuki Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu Megumi is Miki's long-time rival and the delivery girl for the bakery directly across the street from Onimaru; as they attended the same grades in school, one can assume she is 20. Like Miki, she is committed to being the best, but falls short to the other girl's antics. Megumi specializes in throwing sharpened bamboo skewers. While Megumi claims to be ruthlessly bullied by Miki, her own behavior is by no means innocent, she sets traps for Onimaru.

When push comes to shove, she can still be fundamentally kind-hearted like Miki when it comes to matters of helping children in need. And just as Miki becomes a lady-amongst-ladies when drunk, Megumi becomes the definition of a crude and violent tomboy when in a similar state. Makiko Onimaru Voiced by: Sayuri Sadaoka Makiko is much more practical and down-to-earth than Miki; as Miki's mother, she genuinely cares about the girl, but can be quite harsh, loses her temper, slapping Miki around. This violence, however, is unrealistic, it is once shown during a flashback, she was once quite beautiful. As she has Miki deliver ramen, Makiko's mantra is "Deliveries are about speed!" When she is drunk, she turns to be a drunken kung fu master. Akihiko Ohta Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura Akihiko is the owner of the grocery store next door to Onimaru, he spends a good amount of his free time at the ramen shop. He views his friends' goings-on with bemusement. Ohta is a huge fan of Super Space Battle Team Star Rangers.

He is a skilled graffiti artist. He takes some physical punishment at random times; when he was little he was bullied by his classmates, such as forced to confess to a girl he doesn't like at all. Kankuro Nishiyama Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama He has just returned to the town after spending four years at college, he has a considerable grudge against Miki because she used to bully him, despite being younger than him. Kankuro is a case study of the effects of abuse: despite being a 24-year-old college graduate, his heart is forever unable to grow up and move on unless he destroys the traumatic past, Miki. Kankuro is somewhat thickheaded, fails to take Miki's resourcefulness into account when he schemes against her, he always adds "nya" at the end of his sentences. He does odd jobs in order to support himself. What adds to Kankuro's hate towards Miki is the fact that Miki can never remember his name. Tomoka Kayahara Voiced by: Kaori Mine She is a teacher at the local high school, she is feared by students, because of her creepy appearance and the air of depression around her.

She dislikes her job because of the pressure she puts on students though she cares about their futures. The show makes visual references to Sadako Yamamura when Miki and Megumi first meet her. Ramen puts Tomoka in another mood and she cheers up and becomes cute when she eats it; such is the beauty of her appearance in this state that drop-out delinquents fall in love at first sight, diligently return to school just to see her adorable smile every day. Megumi doesn't know Tomoka's true identity, believes she is a vengeful ghost, it is shown that she can climb up walls like a gekko, causing many people to mistake her for a vengeful ghost. Tomoka is poor as shown in the episode when Megumi first encounters her, she was up on a tree picking peaches for dinner. In one episode you see her room, empty and the fact that she traded a