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Gwen Verdon

Gwyneth Evelyn "Gwen" Verdon was an American actress and dancer. She won four Tony Awards for her musical comedy performances, served as an uncredited choreographer's assistant and specialty dance coach for theater and film. With flaming red hair and a quaver in her voice, Verdon was a critically acclaimed performer on Broadway in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. Having originated many roles in musicals she is strongly identified with her second husband, director–choreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the dancer–collaborator–muse for whom he choreographed much of his work and as the guardian of his legacy after his death. Verdon was born in Culver City, the second child of Gertrude Lilian and Joseph William Verdon, British immigrants to the United States by way of Canada, her brother was William Farrell Verdon. Her father was an electrician at MGM Studios, her mother was a former vaudevillian of the Denishawn dance troupe, as well as a dance teacher; as a toddler, she had rickets, which left her legs so badly misshapen she was called "Gimpy" by other children and spent her early years in orthopedic boots and rigid leg braces.

Her mother put the three-year-old in dance classes. Further ballet training improved her carriage. By the time she was six, she was dancing on stage, she went on to study multiple dance forms, ranging from tap, jazz and flamenco to Balinese. She studied juggling. At age 11, she appeared as a solo ballerina in the musical romance film The King Steps Out, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Grace Moore and Franchot Tone, she studied under ballet enthusiast Ernest Belcher. While in high school, she was cast in a revival of Show Boat. In 1942, Verdon’s parents asked her to marry family friend and tabloid reporter James Henaghan after he got her pregnant at 17 years old, she quit her dancing career to raise their child. In 1945, she appeared as a dancer in the movie musical The Blonde From Brooklyn. After her divorce, she entrusted her son Jimmy to the care of her parents. Early on, Verdon found a job as assistant to choreographer Jack Cole, whose work was respected by both Broadway and Hollywood movie studios.

During her five-year employment with Cole, she took small roles in movie musicals as a "specialty dancer," She taught dance to stars such as Jane Russell, Fernando Lamas, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe. Verdon started out on Broadway as a "gypsy," going from one chorus line to another, her breakthrough role came when choreographer Michael Kidd cast her as the second female lead in Cole Porter's musical Can-Can, starring French prima donna Lilo. Out-of-town reviewers hailed Verdon's interpretation of Eve in the Garden of Eden ballet as a performance that upstaged the show's star, who reputedly demanded Verdon's role be cut to only two featured dance numbers. With her role reduced to little more than an ensemble part, Verdon formally announced her intention to quit by the time the show premiered on Broadway, but her opening-night Garden of Eden performance was so well received that the audience screamed her name until the startled actress was brought from her dressing room in a towel to take a curtain call.

Verdon received her first Tony Award for her performance. Verdon's biggest critical and commercial success was her following show, George Abbott's Damn Yankees, based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant; the musical ran for 1019 performances. Verdon won another Tony and went to Hollywood to repeat her role in the 1958 movie version Damn Yankees, famously singing "Whatever Lola Wants." Verdon won another Tony for her performance in the musical New Girl in Town as a hard-luck girl fleeing from her past as a prostitute. She won her fourth Tony for the murder-mystery musical Redhead, Fosse's Broadway debut as a director/choreographer. In 1960, Fosse and Verdon wed. In 1966, Verdon returned to the stage in the role of Charity in Sweet Charity, which like many of her earlier Broadway triumphs was choreographed and directed by husband Fosse; the show is loosely based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. It was followed by a movie version starring Shirley MacLaine as Charity, featuring Ricardo Montalbán, Sammy Davis Jr. and Chita Rivera, with Fosse at the helm of his first film as director and choreographer.

Verdon helped with the choreography. The numbers include the famed "Big Spender," "Rhythm of Life," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," and "I'm a Brass Band." Verdon would travel to Berlin to help Fosse with Cabaret, the musical film for which he won an Oscar for Best Director. Although estranged as a couple and Fosse continued to collaborate on projects such as the musical Chicago and the musical Dancin', as well as Fosse's autobiographical movie All That Jazz; the helpmate/peer played by Leland Palmer in that film is based on the role Verdon played in Fosse's real life. She developed a close working relationship with Fosse's partner, Broadway dancer Ann Reinking, she instructed for Reinking's musical theatre classes. After originating the role of Roxie opposite Chita Rivera's Velma Kelly in Chicago, Verdon focused on film acting, playing character roles in movies such as The Cotton Club and Cocoon: The Return, she continued to act. She received three Emmy Award nominations for appearances on Magnum, P.

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Mạc Cửu

Mạc Cửu spelled Mok Kui, was a Chinese adventurer who played a role in relations between Cambodia and the Vietnamese Nguyễn court. He was born in Guangdong, his birth name was Mạc Kính Cửu, confounded with several leaders of Mạc dynasty including Mạc Kính Chỉ, Mạc Kính Cung, Mạc Kính Khoan and Mạc Kính Vũ. So he changed his name to Mạc Cửu. After the Manchu conquest of China, Han Chinese were forced to wear their hair in the Manchu style. Mạc Cửu refused to do, decided to flee to Cambodia. Sometime between 1687 and 1695, the Cambodian king granted him the Khmer title Okna, sponsored him to migrate to Banteay Meas, where he at first served as chief of a small Chinese community, he built a casino there and became rich. He attracted refugees to resettle here, built seven villages in Phú Quốc, Lũng Kỳ, Cần Bột, Hương Úc, Giá Khê and Cà Mau. Chinese had established their own town at Hà Tiên. Hà Tiên was known under the Khmer ពាម name of Piem or Peam, the Khmer for "port", "harbour" or "river mouth", it was known variously as Kang Kou in Chinese, Pontomeas by Europeans.

Hà Tiên was a part of Cambodia until the year 1714. However, this area had a dual political structure. Cambodia was invaded by Siamese army, Mạc Cửu was taken to Bangkok, he had no chance to come back to Hà Tiên. Mạc Cửu switched allegiance to the Nguyễn lords of Vietnam, he sent a tribute mission to the Nguyễn court in 1708, in return received the title of Tong Binh of Hà Tiên and the noble title Marquess Cửu Ngọc. In 1715, the Cambodian king, Thommo Reachea III, invaded Hà Tiên with the support of Siam in order to resumed the lost territory. Mạc Cửu was defeated and fled to Lũng Kỳ. Cambodian withdrew. Mạc Cửu came back to Hà Tiên, built several castles to defend his marquisate against attack, he died in 1735. Mạc's son, Mạc Thiên Tứ, was born in 1700 to a lady from Biên Hòa, he had a daughter, Mac Kim Dinh, married to the son of the Chinese general Trần Thượng Xuyên. Mạc Cửu's descendants succeeded as the governor of Hà Tiên until the title was abolished by Vietnamese Nguyễn dynasty in 1832. A genealogy of his clan is Hà Tiên trấn Hiệp trấn Mạc thị gia phả.

Coedes, The making of South East Asia, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-05061-7 Cooke, Nola.


Halodule is a genus of plants in the family Cymodoceaceae described as a genus in 1841. It is widespread on tropical and semi-tropical ocean shores of all continents except Europe and Antarctica. Hybridization has been reported in the Pacific between H. H. uninervis. There are six recognised species: Halodule bermudensis - Bermuda Halodule ciliata - Panama Halodule emarginata - SE Brazil Halodule pinifolia - India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands, New Guinea, Fiji, New Caledonia, Caroline Islands Halodule uninervis - shores of Indian + Pacific Oceans, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Bay of Bengal, Queensland, Micronesia Halodule wrightii - Atlantic Ocean shores including Caribbean + Gulf of Mexico: Africa, West Indies, South America, Central America, United States Jepson Manual Treatment

Neil Hodgson

Neil Stuart Hodgson is a former British motorcycle racer who won the 2000 British Superbike Championship, the 2003 Superbike World Championship titles. He went on to have a moderately successful four years in the American Superbike Championship, with a best 5th place championship finish. At the start of the 2010 season Hodgson returned to the British Superbike Championship with the Motorpoint Yamaha team managed by Rob McElnea. However, on 22 April 2010 Hodgson announced his retirement from British superbikes and competitive motorcycle racing, due to a shoulder injury sustained in a motocross accident during the previous AMA season. Hodgson aggravated the injury in the first round of the British Superbike Championship at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Hodgson now divides his time between family in the Isle of Man whilst working as a motorcycle racing commentator and TV studio pundit, road racing trackday instructor and as an ambassador for motorcycle companies including Ducati. Hodgson was born in Burnley and lived there and in Nelson and Colne, Lancashire during his early life, attending Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School.

He was 6 when he started riding his brother's bike around playing fields in Brierfield near his grandma's home. Hodgson has son Taylor, he lives in Onchan on the Isle of Man. His hobbies include motocross and mountain biking, he supports Burnley F. C.. A schoolboy motocross rider from 1982 through 1989, was voted Rider of the Year in season 1986–87. Hodgson made the leap to road racing on Easter Sunday 1990 at a meeting at Langbaurgh, on a Yamaha TZR125, his first win was at the Three Sisters meeting in that same year. He came 8th in his first season in the British Clubman's Ministock. In 1992, he moved to the 125cc International Supercup, became British National 125cc Champion aged 18, he was selected to compete in the FIM World 125cc Championship as the youngest rider in the series and Britain's only representative in the class with Team Burnett, placing 24th in the Championship. In 1994, he was selected by HRC Honda as one of only five supported riders in 125cc World Championship with Team Burnett.

He took part in two 500cc World Championship races for the Harris-Yamaha team. In 1995, he moved full-time to 500cc World Championship with WCM, developing a reputation for being a smooth but impetuous rider who crashed a lot – he came 11th in the Championship. For 1996, he moved to the Superbike World Championship with Ducati, this began a frustrating three-year spell in the series, the latter two years with Fuchs Kawasaki. 9th was Hodgson's best championship finish in this era. His first podium came at Laguna Seca Raceway in 1996. For 1999, he returned to the British Superbike Championship with GSE Racing, spent the season re-establishing himself on a superbike and regaining his confidence, his teammate at GSE Racing Troy Bayliss took the British Superbike title. 2000 saw one of the most titanic battles British Superbike had seen, as Hodgson battled Chris Walker, riding for Suzuki, all season long. The championship came down to the last race of the year at Donington Park, for most of the race it looked like Walker would take the title.

However, with just 3 laps to go Walker's engine blew, allowing Hodgson to take the title. He won two races of the British rounds of the Superbike World Championship that year as a'wildcard' entry – one at Donington Park and one at Brands Hatch; the most memorable race of Hodgson's British Superbike title winning year was at Oulton Park, when he started race 1 from the back of the grid due after he stalled his bike, ended up winning the race in breathtaking style, much to the amazement of the British crowd and his fellow competitors. The most controversial moment of the season came in race 2, when him and Walker came together on the final lap of the race battling for the win, resulting in Walker going down and Hodgson receiving a post-race penalty. GSE Racing stepped up to the Superbike World Championship series full-time for 2001, with Hodgson joined in the Ducati satellite team by up and coming English rider James Toseland. Hodgson was a race winner and 5th overall that year, while in 2002, Bayliss and Colin Edwards were dominant, although Neil took pole positions en route to 3rd overall.

After both Bayliss and Edwards left for MotoGP, Hodgson became the number one rider for the works Ducati team in 2003, winning the title against teammate Ruben Xaus. Hodgson starred in a video called RIDE with EagleE and The Schlepp Riders starring: Phil Greening, DJ Sassy, Princess the hit song maker of Say I'm Your No.1 fame in the 1980s. Featuring Jason Fin. For 2004, both Hodgson and Xaus went to Team d'Antin Ducati, but the power delivery of the Desmosedici was extreme compared to a WSB Superbike, the team had limited sponsorships and funds to run a test programme. Resultantly, Hodgson never felt he had the bike set up like he wanted it to be, while Xaus's natural extreme style appeared to get more out of the machine. Xaus ended up as rookie of the year. Hodgson at the time vowed never to return to MotoGP, stating that a combination of his age and nationality was now against him, he would never be offered the best machinery capable of competing let alone winning. Having shown loyalty to Ducati throughout his motorcycle racing experience, the question now was where to place him.

Ducati had a'works' team focusing on making Régis Laconi the next WSB champion, Hodgson didn't want to return to the Superbike World Championship in a satellite team, or to British Superbikes. Resultantly, with the stated

Married to the Mob (soundtrack)

Married to the Mob is a soundtrack album for the 1988 film Married to the Mob. It features early songs by Sinéad O'Connor and Chris Isaak as well as a Brian Eno cover of William Bell's soul classic "You Don't Miss Your Water". "Jump in the River" - Sinéad O'Connor - 4:03 "Bizarre Love Triangle" - New Order - 3:56 "Suspicion of Love" - Chris Isaak - 3:59 "Liar, Liar" - Debbie Harry - 3:01 "Time Bums" - Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers - 4:37 "Devil Does Your Dog Bite?" - Tom Tom Club - 3:40 "Goodbye Horses" - Q. Lazzarus - 3:08 "Queen of Voudou" - Voodooist Corporation - 3:39 "Too Far Gone" - The Feelies - 3:32 "You Don't Miss Your Water" - Brian Eno - 3:47


A busybody, do-gooder, meddler, or marplot is someone who meddles in the affairs of others. An early study of the type was made by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus in his typology, Characters, "In the proffered services of the busybody there is much of the affectation of kind-heartedness, little efficient aid."Susanna Centlivre wrote a successful play, The Busie Body, first performed in 1709 and has been revived since. It is a farce in which Marplot interferes in the romantic affairs of his friends and, despite being well-meaning, frustrates them; the characterisation of Marplot as a busybody whose "chief pleasure is knowing everybody's business" was so popular that they appeared as the title character in a sequel, Marplot. The name is a pun — mar / plot — and passed into the language as an eponym or personification of this type. In English law, the doctrine of locus standi requires that a plaintiff have some connection with the matter being contested. In two cases in 1957 and 1996, Lord Denning ruled that "The court will not listen to a busybody, interfering in things which do not concern him..."

There is a long-standing rule that a person must have an insurable interest in a property or person that they wish to insure. In the Bible, the word "busybody" is used by Paul the Apostle; the root word is Greek, περίεργος, which may be translated as a worker of magic or witch. Strong's number for this is G4021, and withal they learn to be idle. Mrs Grundy The Busie Body The road to hell is paved with good intentions Volunteering Yenta