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HMS Cyane (1806)

HMS Cyane was a Royal Navy Banterer-class sixth-rate post ship of nominally 22 guns, built in 1806 at Topsham, near Exeter, England. She was renamed Cyane on 6 December of that year. Cyane had a distinguished career in British service that included the award in 1847 of a clasp to the Naval General Service Medal to any still surviving crew members of either of two actions. On 20 February 1815, HMS Levant engaged USS Constitution, she served as USS Cyane, including a stint on anti-slavery duties, until she was broken up in 1836. Cyane was named Columbine, but was renamed on 6 December 1805, she mounted 22 long 9-pounder cannon on her main deck and eight 24-pounder carronades and two long 6-pounders on her quarter-deck and forecastle. Captain Thomas Staines commissioned her in March 1807. At his request the Navy Board exchanged her 9-pounders for 32-pounder carronades. Staines added a further two brass howitzers to her armament; the Board increased her complement by twenty to 175 officers and boys.

In 1807, Cyane took part in the operations off Copenhagen in September 1807. After the Danish navy surrendered, Cyane participated in the blockade of Zealand. On 30 November she and several other British warships escorted a convoy of merchant vessels from Helsingborg back to Britain. On 8 December, Cyane was in company with Vanguard and the hired armed cutter Resolution when they captured the Danish ketch Jeltzomine den Roske. On 23 February 1808, Cyane sailed for the Mediterranean. There her boats captured eight merchantmen before, on 22 May, she captured the letter of marque Medusa while cruising of Majorca. Medusa had a crew of 80 men. Medusa was the last Spanish ship. On 3 June 1808, Staines received a letter from the Captain-General of the Balearic Isles that the citizens of Mallorca had declared their allegiance to Ferdinand II and wished to begin talks with the British. Staines sailed to Palma. Staines notified Rear Admiral Thornbrough who sent Sir Francis Laforey in Apollo to negotiate with the Supreme Junta.

Cyane spent the next ten months patrolling Spain's south coast to harass French shore batteries and shipping. Cyane transferred to the command of Rear Admiral George Martin, in command of British naval forces on the Naples station. On 8 May 1809, Cyane drove another vessel ashore near Naples. Two days Cyane and Alceste sank two gunboats that were escorting a French convoy at Terracina. On 14 and 15 May, the two British vessels raided a depot near the promontory of Monte Circello, which itself is near the Pontine Marshes and Terracina. There they brought off as much wood. Whilst the ships were loading the timber, a sergeant, two corporals, 20 privates came on board, deserters from the French Army. Next, Staines captured three Martello towers. On 17 May Staines came up on the inattentive garrison of the first tower and through an interpreter informed them that he had placed powder against the tower and that he would blow them up if they did not surrender; when the French soldiers made sounds suggesting they were preparing to resist, he fired a musket through the keyhole.

He took the commander from that tower to another tower to persuade its garrison too to surrender. The garrison did, he captured and destroyed a third tower, all without any casualties to Cyane. On 26 May Cyane arrived at Milazzo in north-west Sicily where she met up with Admiral Martin in HMS Canopus, gathering a fleet; the whole force sailed from Milazzo. Canopus, Warrior and Espoir, together with transports and the like, some 133 vessels in all, sailed on 11 June to the coast of Calabria. On 15 June, two Sicilian frigates, some 90 or so transports from Palermo joined them; the aim of the expedition was to attack the islands of Procida. On 20 June Cyane sailed south with Espoir and 12 Sicilian gunboats to patrol between Procida and Cape Miseno, their assignment was to intercept French reinforcements attempting to reach the islands. On 24 June, Cyane began what turned out to be several days of action. First, she drove each armed with a 24-pounder gun, into the Bay of Pozzuoli, she cut out from under different shore batteries two polacres, one carrying troops to reinforce Procida.

The following morning the French 42-gun frigate Cérès, the 28-gun corvette Fama, a division of gunboats attempted to come out of the bay and force their way to Naples. Cyane and consorts drove them back after an hour-long ineffectual exchange of fire. At daylight on 26 June, the British spotted 47 enemy vessels and Martin sent Cyane, a flotilla of gunboats to block them from entering the harbour at Naples; the British Anglo-Sicilian force was able to capture 18 heavy gunboats, destroy four, dispose of 15 other armed vessels, forcing the remainder to turn away. In all and her Anglo-Sicilian allies cost the French 37 vessels. However, during this action, shore batteries subjected Cyane to three hours of bombardment that not only put 23 large shot into her hull but cost her two men killed and seven wounded, one of them mortally; that afternoon, fifteen French soldiers at a battery on Point Mesino hoisted a flag of truce. They surrendered to boats from Cyane, which spiked their four 42-pounder guns and destroyed the carriages.

The French deserters left with boats. That evening Cyane fired into the French vessels at anchor in Pozzuoli Bay. On t

The Center

The Center is the fifth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, after International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre, Central Plaza and Bank of China Tower. With a height of 346 m, it comprises 73 storeys; the Center is one of the few skyscrapers in Hong Kong, steel-structured with no reinforced concrete core. It is located on 99 Queen's Road Central in the Central halfway between the MTR Island Line's Sheung Wan and Central stations; the Center is notable for its arrangement of hundreds of neon lights arranged as bars in increasing frequency towards the top of the building, which scroll through the colours of the spectrum at night. During the Christmas season, the building's neon arrangement follows a festive motif and resembles a Christmas tree; the English name of the building uses the American spelling "The Center" despite the vast majority of similarly-named buildings in Hong Kong using the spelling "Centre" as a result of Hong Kong English's British origins. The direct translation of the Chinese name of the building is "Central Centre" or the "centre of Central" though the building is in fact near the boundary of Central and Sheung Wan.

The building was a project involving the Land Development Corporation since it was required to demolish many old buildings and lanes. The premises of The Center is of irregular shape because surrounding lots within Queen's Road Central, Jubilee Street, Des Voeux Road Central and Gilman's Bazaar were redeveloped. Various lanes and streets including Gilman Street, Wing On Street, Tung Man Street, Hing Lung Street, Tit Hong Lane were shortened; the elevator system is notable. One set of lifts to go from the ground floor to the 6th floor. In addition, several historical structures were demolished from the project. Many cloth shops located on Wing On Street known as Cloth Alley, were moved to the Western Market while Eu Yan Sang, a traditional Chinese medicine shop, was moved near the Stag Building to continue business. In November 2017, it was announced that The Center was sold for HK$40.2 billion, making it the world's most expensive real estate transaction for a single building. It was reported that Li Ka-shing's CK Asset Holdings sold the building to a BVI company called CHMT Peaceful Development Asia Limited, thought to be led by state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation.

List of tallest buildings in Hong Kong List of buildings and structures in Hong Kong List of tallest freestanding structures in the world Media related to The Center, Hong Kong at Wikimedia Commons "The Center". CTBUH Skyscraper Center; the Center at Emporis "The Center". SkyscraperPage. Transport Links to The Center 15 Most Outstanding Projects in Hong Kong - The Center

Christian Jensen Mørup

Christian Jensen Mørup was a Danish architect who worked in Jutland during the 1700s. Mørup died in Ødum in East Jutland. Christian Mørup's parents were his father a master builder. Mørup was taught the masonry craft by his father and was educated in architectural drawing and planning by Nicolaus Hinrich Rieman. In 1760, the master builder of Bidstrup Manor died and Mørup was tasked with finishing the project; the following year he designed an extension for Aarhus Cathedral School, today known as the White Building. The extension was extensively altered in 1847 when it was given an additional floor and a neoclassical appearance. In 1780 Mørup built Randers City hall which may be his best known work and, protected as a listed building in 1918. In 1795, he was the builder of a rebuilding of Randers. Christian Jensen Mørup worked in a dated Baroque style with some newer elements such as the lesene-arch framing the porch portal in Bidstrup Church which can be found in all his works. Randers City Hall has elements thought to be inspired by works by Niels Eigtved.

Finished Bidstrup Manor, 1760 Aarhus Cathedral School, "White building", 1761 remodeled. Tower for Gråbrødre Kloster, Viborg, 1761 Plasterwork on Ulstrup Castle, 1766–67 Plasterwork in Clausholm Castle, 1769 Renovation of Søby Church choir, 1769–70 Renovation of Linå Convent at Silkeborg, 1774 Randers City Hall, 1778 West tower on St. Morten's Convent at Randers Hospital in Grønbæk, 1770s Renovation of Hinge Convent, 1779 Lemming Convent, 1784 Sejling Convent, 1788 Svostrup Convent, 1788 Farm buildings at Mattrup Manor, 1764 Tyrsting Convent, 1767

Anna Olcott Commelin

Anna Olcott Commelin was an American writer and poet. Commelin was born in Brooklyn, New York where she attended the Brooklyn Heights Seminary, she wrote poems for Index, the Open Court, the Christian Register, the magazine Woman. Commelin published a small collection of her poems in 1889. In 1913, she wrote an article for The Brooklyn Daily Eagle about the rights of women, she wrote the story Not In It, about her belief that the rich should help the poor. Her poems To My Valentine and Easter Glory were printed and bound with decorated covers that are tied with either a cord or ribbon. An 1895 review by The Daily Republican of her work Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven and other poems stated, "The volume is a rare exhibition of bookmaking art in the six essentials of beauty, type, binding and design". Commelin died on July 1, 1924 and left behind an estate, estimated as worth more than $5,000, her sister and brother received the estate, with her daughter-in-law receiving the right to publish her poems and manuscripts

Boom Bang-a-Bang

"Boom Bang-a-Bang" is a song recorded by British singer Lulu. The song was written by Peter Warne, it is best known as the British winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969, held in Madrid. It was the joint winner with three other entries: Salomé singing "Vivo cantando" for Spain, Lenny Kuhr singing "De troubadour" for the Netherlands, Frida Boccara singing "Un jour, un enfant" for France; the song was the second consecutive entry with a nonsense title to win the contest, became infamous in the comedy world - most notably inspiring Monty Python's Flying Circus to parody it with "Bing Tiddle-Tiddle Bong". The Python parody song was part of the "Europolice Song Contest" sketch in the "How To Recognize Different Parts of the Body" episode in 1970. Lyrically, the song is a plea from the singer to her lover to "cuddle me tight", she goes on to explain that "my heart goes boom bang-a-bang boom bang-a-bang when you are near", complete with appropriate musical accompaniment. The single was a major hit throughout Europe.

The song was succeeded as the winner in 1970 by Dana singing "All Kinds of Everything" for Ireland. Over two decades after its first release, the song was included on a blacklist of banned songs issued by the BBC during the 1991 Gulf War."Boom Bang-A-Bang" was the name of a BBC One 1-hour programme made to celebrate 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. Broadcast in Eurovision week, the special was hosted by Sir Terry Wogan and featured archive footage and highlights of past contests, along with a performance of that year's UK entry by Daz Sampson; the song is the theme tune for the BBC Three sitcom Her. Lulu recorded the song in German and French, all titled Boom Bang-a-Bang, but none were as successful as the English original. A Spanish version is thought to have been recorded, but this has never been confirmed and whereas three of the other versions were included on the double CD To Sir, With Love - The Complete Mickie Most Recordings the fabled Spanish version was omitted, suggesting the version in circulation is in fact a cover by another artist and not by Lulu herself.

A 7" single, released in Spain at the time seems to indicate that Lulu sang the song in Spanish herself. List of songs banned by the BBC

The Two Ring Circus

The Two Ring Circus is a remix album by English synthpop duo Erasure that served as a companion piece to their second album The Circus. It was released in 1987 on Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the US; the vinyl version of The Two Ring Circus was released as a double 12" album playing at 45rpm, featuring six unreleased remixes and three re-recordings. The CD and cassette editions feature an additional seven live bonus tracks billed as "The Touring Circus"; the first six tracks are all new remixes of songs that had appeared on their second album The Circus. The next three tracks are re-recordings of two songs from The Circus and one song from the band's debut album Wonderland featuring orchestral arrangements by Andrew Poppy. None of these nine tracks have appeared again on any subsequent Erasure reissues; the seven "Touring Circus" bonus live tracks on the CD and cassette feature songs from Erasure's first two albums. The last track, a live version of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" was their first remake of an ABBA song, foreshadowing a concept that would provide them with a number-one in the UK in 1992 with the Abba-esque EP.

All seven of the CD and cassette live bonus tracks were recorded in Hamburg and were featured on the triple 12" single release for "The Circus". There was a further live song per 12" not featured on this album. All ten of these live tracks are featured on disc 2 of the EBX 2 box-set; the US editions of the CD and cassette include an additional remix in the form of an edited version of a released remix. UK chart rules at the time made The Two Ring Circus ineligible to chart, it became their second release to slip into the US Billboard 200 chart, peaking at number 186. "Sometimes" "It Doesn't Have to Be" "Victim of Love" "Leave Me to Bleed" "Hideaway" "Don't Dance" "If I Could" "Spiralling" "My Heart... So Blue""The Touring Circus" (Bonus tracks on the cassette and CD "Victim of Love" "The Circus" "Spiralling" "Sometimes" "Oh L'amour" "Who Needs Love" "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" 25667-4 / 25667-4 "Sometimes" "It Doesn't Have to Be" "Victim of Love" "Leave Me to Bleed" "Hideaway" "Don't Dance" "The Circus" "If I Could" "Spiralling" "My Heart...

So Blue" "Victim of Love" "Spiralling" "Sometimes" "Oh L'amour" "Who Needs Love" "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"