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Grigory Gagarin

Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin was a Russian painter, Major General and administrator. Grigory Gagarin was born in Saint Petersburg to the noble Rurikid princely Gagarin family, his father, Prince Grigory Ivanovich Gagarin, was a Russian diplomat in France and the ambassador to Italy. His father married in Saint Petersburg in 1809 his mother Yekaterina Petrovna Sojmonova, thus until the age 13 the boy was with his family in Paris and Rome and studied in the collegium Tolomei in Siena. Grigory did not receive a formal artistic education, but took private lessons from the famous Russian painter Karl Briullov who at that time lived in Italy. In 1832 he returned to Saint Petersburg, became acquainted with Alexander Pushkin and illustrated his works The Queen of Spades and The Tale of Tsar Saltan, he became close to the opposition Circle of Sixteen and Mikhail Lermontov. He worked as a Russian diplomat in Paris and Constantinople. In 1839, after his return to Russia, he – together with Russian writer Vladimir Sollogub – travelled from Saint Petersburg to Kazan.

Sollogub wrote the novel Tarantas about this journey, Gagarin illustrated it. Gagarin continued his friendship with Lermontov. In 1840 he followed the exiled Lermontov to the Caucasus in the Tengin Regiment in the Caucasian War. According to D. A. Stolypin, they lived together in the same tent, they took part in the operations against the Gortsy, the native people inhabiting the mountains of the Causasus, but continued their creative work. There are known a few works of art labeled "Lermontoff delineavit, Gagarin pinxit". In 1841 Lermontov was killed on a duel. In 1842 he took part in the General Chernyshyov expedition in Daghestan and served with the dragoons until 1848, he received the military ranges of Rittmeister and Colonel. Gagarin was married twice, his first wife was Anya Nikolaievna Dolgorukova, with whom he had a daughter, Princess Yekaterina Grigoryevna Gagarina. On 29 August 1848 he married Sofiya Andreievna Dashkova, the daughter of Andrei Vasiliyevich Dashkov and the niece of Dmitri Vasiliyevich Dashkov, a former Minister of Justice.

In 1848-1855 he lived in Tiflis serving under Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov. Among the military and administrative duties, Gagarin did a lot of works for the city, he built a theater there, frescoed the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, restored frescoes of the old Georgian cathedrals, including the Betania monastery. By this time were born the first children from his second marriage: Prince Grigory in 1850. In 1855 Grigory moved to Saint Petersburg to work under Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg, the president of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Here were born two other children: Prince Andrei in 1856. In 1858 Gagarin received the military rank of Major General. In 1859 he became the Vice President of the Imperial Academy of Arts, he remained there until 1872, his last daughter, Princess Nina, was born in 1861. Some sources list him as the President of the Academy considering the Grand Duchess to be only a formal head of the institution; as the Vice President of the Academy Gagarin supported the "Byzantine style".

He built the "Museum of Early Christian Art" at the Academy. Gagarin continued to support Lermontov's poetry, staging Lermontov's Demon in the royal Hermitage Theatre. Gagarin died in Châtellerault, France in 1893. Shamakhi dancers, subjects of Gagarin paintings Sigua, Maia. "The Curtain of Tbilisi Opera House: Two Symbols, One Story". Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography. 42: 223–231. ISSN 1522-7464. Grigory Gagarin on Olga's art gallery Gagarin in Varvar's art Gallaery

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs is a Merrie Melodies animated cartoon directed by Bob Clampett, produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, released to theatres on January 16, 1943 by Warner Bros. and The Vitaphone Corporation. The film is an all-black parody of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White, known to its audience from the popular 1937 Walt Disney animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; the stylistic portrayal of the characters is an example of "darky" iconography, accepted in American society at the time. As such, it is one of the most controversial cartoons in the classic Warner Brothers library, being one of the Censored Eleven; the cartoon has been seen on television, has never been released on home video. In this version of the story, all of the characters are black, speak all of their dialogue in rhyme; the story is set during World War II in the United States, the original tale's fairy tale wholesomeness is replaced in this film by a hot jazz mentality and sexual overtones.

Several scenes unique to Disney's film version of Snow White, such as the wishing-well sequence, the forest full of staring eyes, the awakening kiss, are directly parodied in this film. The film was intended to have been named So White and de Sebben Dwarfs, which producer Leon Schlesinger thought was too close to the original film's actual title, had changed to Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs. Clampett intended Coal Black as both a parody of Snow White and a dedication to the all-black jazz musical films popular in the early 1940s. In fact, the idea to produce Coal Black came to Clampett after he saw Duke Ellington's 1941 musical revue Jump for Joy, Ellington and the cast suggested Clampett make a black musical cartoon; the Clampett unit made a couple of field trips to Club Alabam, a black club in the Los Angeles area, to gain a feel for the music and the dancing, Clampett cast popular radio actors as the voices of his three main characters. The main character, So White, is voiced by sister of actress Dorothy Dandridge.

Their mother, Ruby Dandridge, voices the Wicked Queen. Leo Watson is the voice of "Prince Chawmin'"; the other characters, including the Sebben Dwarfs, are voiced by veteran Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc. Clampett wanted an all-black band to score the cartoon, the same way Max and Dave Fleischer had Cab Calloway and His Orchestra score the Betty Boop cartoons Minnie the Moocher, The Old Man of the Mountain, their own version of Snow White. However, Schlesinger refused, the black band Clampett had hired, Eddie Beals and His Orchestra, only recorded the music for the final kiss sequence; the rest of the film was scored, by Carl W. Stalling. Coal Black opens in front of a fireplace with a red-tinted silhouette of a large woman holding a young child in her lap; the little black girl asks her "mammy" to tell her the story of "So White an' de Sebben Dwarfs". "Mammy" begins: Well, once there was a mean ol' queen. And she lived in a gorgeous castle, and was that ole' gal rich! She was just as rich as she was mean!

She had everythang! The rich, Wicked Queen appears, depicted as a "food hoarder", with a large repository of items that were on ration during World War II: rubber, sugar and more. After stuffing her face with candies, she asks her magic mirror to "send her a prince'bout six feet tall", but when Prince Chawmin' arrives in his flashy car, he declares "that mean ol' queen sho' is a fright / but her gal So White is dyn-a-mite!" Finding So White hard at work doing the laundry, the prince takes her hand and the two swing out into a wild jitterbug. The queen sees this and hires "Murder, Incorporated" to "black-out So White." The assassins arrive in a panel truck that advertises, "We rub out anybody for $1.00. The assassins kidnap the girl, but after several unseen "favors" which make the would-be assassins happy, set her free in the woods unharmed. Just before they drive off, the assassins are seen covered with So White's lipstick, an innuendo as to how she earned her freedom. Wandering through the woods by herself, So White runs into the Sebben Dwarfs, seven diminutive army men in uniform who sing "We're in the Army Now," with two dwarfs singing "it takes us cats... to catch them rats" at the end, So White declares in a 1940s swing-style singing voice, "I'm wacky over khaki now!"

They recruit her as their squad cook, she spends her days "fryin' up eggs an' pork chops too" for the hungry soldiers, as a sign which hangs from her outdoor antique stove reads, "Keep'em frying," as a sendup of the World War II slogan, "Keep'Em Flying." Meanwhile, the queen has learned that So White is still alive, pumps an apple full of poison to give to the girl and kill her. Several worms escape the apple as the queen injects it with poison, one carrying a sign that says "Refoogies"; the queen disguises herself as an old peddler woman, arrives at the Sebben Dwarfs' camp and gives So White the poisoned apple. One of the seven dwarfs alerts the others that the queen has caused So White to "kick the bucket," and the entire squad hops into its vehicles; as the queen makes her escape over the hills, the dwarfs load a cannon with both a war shell and "Dopey." The s

Alice Benjamin

Alice Benjamin M. D. is a Canadian specialist in fetal and maternal medicine, awarded the chevaliere of the National Order of Quebec. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kerala and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Delhi, she completed her internship at the Lady Harding Medical College Hospital in New Delhi in 1970-71 and moved to Rotary at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto and completed her residence at the Jewish General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1978. Benjamin holds a certificate in obstetrics and gynecology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a certificate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Quebec, she became a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1981. A consultant with Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in Ontario from 1978 to 1979, Benjamin joined the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1979.

She is associate professor at McGill University. Benjamin established and became director of the Royal Victoria Hospital's Antenatal Day Center in 1979, she focuses on high-risk pregnancies and works with a multidisciplinary team that supports treatment that avoids hospitalization, so that patients can remain with their families - a first in North America. In her career as a physician, Dr. Benjamin has overseen and cared for a number of high-risk pregnancies with successful outcomes for mothers and babies, she performed Canada's first successful diabetic renal transplant and pregnancy, Canada's first interval delivery of twins, who were delivered six weeks apart with both babies surviving in full health. She oversaw Quebec's first peritoneal dialysis pregnancy and delivery in 1994, its first successful pregnant peritoneal dialysis on cycler in 2003, she delivered the first infant whose cord blood stem cells were used for a bone-marrow transplant to cure the mother's leukemia, resulting in full health for both infant and mother in 2001.

Benjamin was one of four specialists. Benjamin pursues many philanthropic endeavours, supporting children through the World Vision child sponsorship programme, support for the Samaritan's Purse, The Salvation Army and LIFE Outreach International; the Dr. Alice Benjamin Fund was established by friends and patients of Dr. Benjamin to continue her legacy of excellence in education in obstetrics and gynecology. Chevalier de l'ordre national du Quebec Distinguished Indo-Canadian award Alice Benjamin Award for Excellence in Obstetrics established by the Alexander family and awarded to McGill University residents yearly Molson Award for Educational Excellence created in honour of Dr. Benjamin and awarded to McGill residents yearly Dr. Alice Benjamin Leadership Award established by Chaya and Lorne Lieberman to recognize leadership in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's residency program Dr. Alice Benjamin Global Maternal and Child Health Awards established in 2018 in honour of Dr. Benjamin by friends and patients whose lives she touched throughout her career.

Provides support to students or trainees undertaking electives or research projects overseas in under-resourced areas of the world

Wood Lane

Wood Lane is a street in London. It runs north from Shepherd's Bush, under the Westway past Wormwood Scrubs where it meets Scrubs Lane; the road is wholly in the London Borough of Fulham. It is best known as the former home of the BBC Television Centre BBC White City and BBC Woodlands the offices of BBC Worldwide; the northern stretch of this road runs parallel to the boundary of the London congestion charge zone. In the 1780s, the road was known as Turvens Lane after Turvens House located a short distance north of Shepherd's Bush Green. By the 1830s it had received its current name. In the 1860s the railway arrived with a line running parallel with Wood Lane but the area was still rural in character with the buildings of Wood Lane Farm, Eynam Farm and Hoof's Farm to the east of the road and a plant nursery to the west covering the land east of present-day Frithville Gardens and south of the BBC Television centre. Into the 20th century the land either side of Wood Lane remained undeveloped until the area was chosen for the site of the 1908 Franco-British exhibition and 1908 Summer Olympics.

The area to the west of Wood Lane, north of Loftus Road stadium, south of Du Cane Road and east of Bloemfontein Road was laid out as the exhibition site. The numerous pavilions faced with white stone earned the exhibition the nickname "the White City" which subsequently remained with the area after the exhibition closed and its pavilions were demolished. White City Stadium built to host the Olympics was located on the site of BBC White City; the Central London Railway opened Wood Lane station in 1908 on the north side of its Wood Lane Depot to serve the exhibition. Intended to be a temporary service it survived until 1947 when it was replaced by White City station a short distance to the north; the Metropolitan Railway opened a station on its line between Paddington and Hammersmith. The station called Wood Lane although separate from the CLR's station, was adjacent to the railway bridge over Wood Lane; this station survived until it was destroyed by fire in 1959. To serve the new White City shopping centre development, a new station on the Hammersmith & City line called Wood Lane opened on 12 October 2008 to the east of Wood Lane.

Maps Motco.com Extract of Fifteen Miles Round London, J. Cary, 1786, showing Turvens Lane Londonancestor.com Extract of The Environs of London, H Waters, 1832, showing Shepherd's Bush and Woodlane Farm Mappalondon.com Extract of Library Map of London & Its Suburbs, Edward Standford, 1862, showing Shepherd's Bush Old-maps.co.uk Extract of Ordnance Survey First Edition Map, 1874, showing Wood Lane

Sin Sin Sin

"Sin Sin Sin" is a song recorded by British singer Robbie Williams for his sixth studio album Intensive Care. It was released as the last single the album on 22 May 2006, by EMI Records; the song was remixed for single release. Additional hand claps were added throughout the song as well as some new instrumentation to the choruses; the video is another part of Williams' tongue-in-cheek humor, making fun of himself and his affairs, featuring him as the guru of some sort of cult of pregnant women. He has a kind of God look, him being the prophet, it was filmed by Vaughan Arnell near South Africa. The song became Williams' first single not to make the top twenty in the United Kingdom when it peaked at number twenty-two, the single fell off the charts in just three weeks. Elsewhere, the single fared much better in the charts. European CD Single / Australian CD / UK 7""Sin Sin Sin" – 4:04 "Our Love" – 4:12European CD Maxi / UK CD"Sin Sin Sin" – 4:04 "Our Love" – 4:12 "Sin Sin Sin" – 6:00 "Sin Sin Sin" European & UK DVD"Sin Sin Sin" "Our Love" "Sin Sin Sin" "Sin Sin Sin" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Michigan State League

Michigan State League was the name of six American professional baseball leagues. Five of them operated the other four seasons. Jointly they covered eleven baseball seasons from 1889 to 1941; the first two Michigan State Leagues, 1889–1890 and 1895, predated the establishment of present-day Minor League Baseball, an umbrella organization of minor leagues. The third was a "Class D" league during 1902 only, the first season for the organized minors. In 1911, the West Michigan League expanded and became the fourth Michigan State League as a "Class D" minor league through 1914. In 1926, the Michigan–Ontario League merged with the Central League to form the fifth MSL, which played only the one season; the sixth Michigan State League operated in 1940 and 1941. Flint, Michigan: Flint Flyers 1889–1890 Grand Rapids, Michigan: Grand Rapids 1889–1890 Greenville, Michigan: Greenville 1889 Jackson, Michigan: Jackson Jaxons 1889 Kalamazoo, Michigan: Kalamazoo Kazoos 1889 Lansing, Michigan: Lansing 1889–1890 Manistee, Michigan: Manistee 1890 Muskegon, Michigan: Muskegon 1890 Port Huron, Michigan: PortHuron 1890 Saginaw, Michigan: Saginaw 1889 Adrian, Michigan: Adrian Reformers Battle Creek, Michigan: Battle Creek Adventists Jackson, Michigan: Jackson Jaxons Kalamazoo, Michigan: Kalamazoo Celery Eaters Lansing, Michigan: Lansing Senators Owosso, Michigan: Owosso Colts Port Huron, Michigan: Port Huron Marines Battle Creek, Michigan: Battle Creek Cero Frutos Flint, Michigan: Flint Grand Rapids, Michigan: Grand Rapids Colts Jackson, Michigan: Jackson Lansing, Michigan: Lansing Senators Muskegon, Michigan: Muskegon Reds Saginaw, Michigan: Saginaw White Sox Belding, Michigan: Belding Champs 1914 Boyne City, Michigan: Boyne City Boosters 1911–1914 Cadillac, Michigan: Cadillac Chiefs 1910–1914 Holland, Michigan: Holland Wooden Shoes 1910–1911 Ludington, Michigan: Ludington Mariners 1912–1914 Manistee, Michigan: Manistee Colts 1911.