Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, 12 miles south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the cardinal gave the palace to the King to check his disgrace. Along with St James' Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many; the palace is in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II and the Crown. In the following century, King William III's massive rebuilding and expansion work, intended to rival the Palace of Versailles, destroyed much of the Tudor palace, his work ceased in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace's styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, if vague, balancing of successive low wings. King George II was the last monarch to reside in the palace.

Today, the palace is open to the public and a major tourist attraction reached by train from Waterloo station in central London and served by Hampton Court railway station in East Molesey, in Transport for London's Zone 6. In addition, London Buses routes 111, 216, 411 and R68 stop outside the palace gates; the structure and grounds are cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown. In addition, the palace displays many works of art from the Royal Collection. Apart from the Palace itself and its gardens, other points of interest for visitors include the celebrated maze, the historic royal tennis court, the huge grape vine, the largest in the world as of 2005; the palace's Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York, chief minister to and favourite of Henry VIII, took over the site of Hampton Court Palace in 1514, it had been a property of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

Over the following seven years, Wolsey spent lavishly to build the finest palace in England at Hampton Court. Today, little of Wolsey's building work remains unchanged; the first courtyard, the Base Court, was his creation, as was the second, inner gatehouse which leads to the Clock Court which contained his private rooms. The Base Court contained forty-four lodgings reserved for guests, while the second court contained the best rooms – the state apartments – reserved for the King and his family. Henry VIII stayed in the state apartments as Wolsey's guest after their completion in 1525. In building his palace, Wolsey was attempting to create a Renaissance cardinal's palace of a rectilinear symmetrical plan with grand apartments on a raised piano nobile, all rendered with classical detailing; the historian Jonathan Foyle has suggested that it is that Wolsey had been inspired by Paolo Cortese's De Cardinalatu, a manual for cardinals that included advice on palatial architecture, published in 1510.

The architectural historian Sir John Summerson asserts that the palace shows "the essence of Wolsey—the plain English churchman who made his sovereign the arbiter of Europe and who built and furnished Hampton Court to show foreign embassies that Henry VIII's chief minister knew how to live as graciously as any cardinal in Rome." Whatever the concepts were, the architecture is an excellent and rare example of a thirty-year era when English architecture was in a harmonious transition from domestic Tudor influenced by perpendicular Gothic, to the Italian Renaissance classical style. Perpendicular Gothic owed nothing to the Renaissance style, yet harmonised well with it; this blending of styles was realised by a small group of Italian craftsmen working at the English court in the second and third decades of the sixteenth century. They specialised in the adding of Renaissance ornament to otherwise straightforward Tudor buildings, it was one of these, Giovanni da Maiano, responsible for the set of eight relief busts of Roman emperors which were set in the Tudor brickwork.

Wolsey was only to enjoy his palace for a few years. In 1528, knowing that his enemies and the King were engineering his downfall, he passed the palace to the King as a gift. Wolsey died two years in 1530. Within six months of coming into ownership, the King began his own expansion. Henry VIII's court consisted of over one thousand people, while the King owned over sixty houses and palaces. Few of these were large enough to hold the assembled court, thus one of the first of the King's building works was to build the vast kitchens; these were quadrupled in size in 1529, enabling the King to provide bouche of court for his entire court. The architecture of King Henry's new palace followed the design precedent set by Wolsey: perpendicular Gothic-inspired Tudor with restrained Renaissance ornament; this hybrid architecture was to remain unchanged for nearly a century, until Inigo Jones introduced strong classical influences from Italy to the London palaces of the first Stuart kings. Between 1532 and 1535 Henry added the Royal Tennis Court.

The Great Hall has a carved hammer-beam roof. During Tudor times, this was the most important room of the palace; the hall took five years to complete.

Faye Barker

Faye Barker is an English journalist and presenter employed by ITN. She began her career at the London-based European Business News, an affiliate of CNBC, in October 1996. After becoming a production journalist for ITN in 1999, she made her on-screen TV debut for 5 News on Channel 5, where she was a presenter and reporter. In 2001, she landed a presenting job for the regional evening news magazine Calendar on ITV Yorkshire. Whilst working at ITV Yorkshire, she appeared as an undercover reporter on three series of Package Holiday Undercover on ITV. In 2004 she narrated the documentary series St Jimmys. In 2005, Barker became a freelancer - appearing on the ITV News at 5:30, ITV News Channel, ITV News London, Setanta Sports News, Sky News and 5 News. On 23 December 2005, Owen Thomas presented the final broadcast on the ITV News Channel. In Autumn 2007 she made a cameo appearance playing a journalist in episode two of the ITV drama Whistleblowers. Since she has appeared in the films Survivor and Hampstead and played a newscaster in the Hulu series Four Weddings and a Funeral On 12 January 2009 she was appointed the main newscaster of the ITV News at 5:30 on ITV.

Additionally she would present three short opts which air as part of GMTV for ITV News London on ITV London - a role of which she continues. From 2016, when the ITV News at 5:30 was dropped, she became a Presenter and Reporter for ITV News and ITV News London, with regular presenting appearances on the ITV Weekend News and ITV London, including the regional opts in Good Morning Britain, her reports regularly appear on the ITV Lunchtime News. Her corporate work has included presenting awards shows and videos for Ranstad, English National Ballet School and Middlesex University as well as hosting debates, including for Totaljobs. Barker is married and her wedding took place at Bickleigh Castle, Devon, in 2007. In 2010 she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, her second child, second daughter, was born in 2013. Her third child, a son, was born in 2016, she is a keen dancer, having taken part in classes and shows as a child, continues to attend classes today. Barker has done a certain amount of work for charity including presenting fashion shows for cancer charities.

She was part of the on-screen team at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam in 2006. Faye Barker on IMDb Faye Barker on Twitter: @FayeBarker

Lincoln High School (Arkansas)

Lincoln High School is a public secondary school in Lincoln, United States. Lincoln is one of ten public high schools in Washington County, Arkansas and is the only high school administered by the Lincoln Consolidated School District. Communities in the district's, therefore high school's, service area include, beside Lincoln, Dutch Mills, Evansville and Summers; the district territory is 164 square miles. The current building opened in 2012. Lincoln High School academics are divided into the following departments: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, P. E./Health, Vocational Education. The school offers Advanced Placement and Pre-AP courses in English, United States History, Environmental Science, Psychology. Lincoln High school is a member of the Teacher Advancement Program, a program that seeks to "close achievement gaps and ensure a quality educational opportunity for all students." The assumed course of study follows the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Students complete regular and career focus courses and exams and may select Advanced Placement coursework and exams that provide an opportunity to receive college credit. The Lincoln High School mascot and athletic emblem is the wolves with maroon and white serving as the primary school colors. For 2012–14, the Lincoln Wolves compete in the 4A Classification within the 4A Region 1 Conference as administered by Arkansas Activities Association. Lincoln High School competes in football, golf, cross country, track, competitive cheer, competitive dance, baseball and bowling. In the 2000 season, the football team recorded a 5–5 record in the 1AAA Conference, led by Lance Price at halfback who broke the school record with over 1,400 yards in 10 games; the cheerleaders were state champions in the 2006–2007 school year in the 1-3A Small Co-ed division. They were awarded the Grand Champion title; the dance team were overall regional champions in 2007–2008 placed third at the state competition. In 2009–2010 both the men's and women's basketball teams won the district championship.

Both games were against Mountainburg. Beginning in 2017, Mountain Biking was introduced as a co-ed team within the Arkansas Interscholastic Cycling League. MTB at Lincoln is governed under the rules of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association; the following student clubs are active in Lincoln High School: Academic Competition in Education, National FFA Organization, Future Business Leaders of America, Family and Community Leaders of America, The EAST Initiative, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Concert Band, Educational Talent Search, Arvest Junior Bank Board, Beta Club,Chess Club, Lincoln High School participates in University of Arkansas programs such as: Upward Bound, And Razor C. O. A. C. H Lincoln High School E. A. S. T. Facilitator: Gene Kephart The Lincoln High School EAST program has won Superior at there 2012; the Lincoln High School Marching Band And Concert Band Is under the direction of Andrew Enis. The color guard is under the directions of Mena Promehdi; the band was under the direction of Billy Meré and Jackson Jones.

Their most recent awards include 2nd place in the A division and best percussion in there perspective division at the Heritage High School Marching Invitational. Previous shows include 2013: Superheroes 2014: Space 2015: Modern Mythologies 2016: The Act of QueenThe FFA chapter at Lincoln has won the following state championships since 2005: Poultry Science, Food Science, Farm Business Management, Prepared Speaking, Horse Evaluation, Milk Quality and Products. In 2012, Lincoln won the National FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event; the Gifted and Talented program is directed by G/T Coordinator Becca McAfee. Students participate in the JBU Sife World Trade Expo, the YES competition, Quiz Bowl, Future Problem Solvers, Science Olympiad, the Stock Market Game. Students participate in group activities; the curriculum is designed to help students develop higher-level thinking skills and creativity. Lincoln High School serves grades 9–12. In the 2010–11 school year, LHS had 360 students enrolled.

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