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Hans von Bodeck

Hans von Bodeck was a Prussian diplomat and chancellor of the Hohenzollern Prince-electors of Brandenburg-Prussia. Bodeck came from a prominent patrician family of Elbing in the Polish province of Royal Prussia, his grandfather was the burgomaster. His ancestor Johann III von Bodeck received imperial status from Emperor Rudolf II and was allowed to improve the family's coat of arms; the family held offices in Danzig. In order to find a trading partner Bodeck was sent on a diplomatic mission from Elbing throughout Europe. During that time he wrote liber amicorum, now studied by musicologists. During his diplomatic tour Bodeck visited the Netherlands, France and England, where he attended the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, he attended the funeral ceremony for Queen Elizabeth I of England and the coronation of the new English king, James I. The council of Elbing had sent two delegates with dual missions: firstly, to pay its respects to the new king and secondly to oppose the transfer of English trade from Elbing to nearby Danzig.

In 1604 Bodeck left for London and met John Dowland, Philip Rosseter, Thomas Campion. All three composers of lute songs lived in the same district of London. Bodeck befriended them, Campion wrote a song dedicated to Bodeck. Many people from England and Scotland came to live in Elbling; that year Bodeck left for Paris and met Count Christopher von Dohna, a nobleman of Prussia, who lived 15 km from Elbing. Bodeck became the chancellor to Elector Joachim Frederick of Brandenburg, he died in 1658 in Hamburg. A collection of pieces for lute was kept at the Elbing library. In 1929 Hans Bauer wrote a full description of the register of Bodeck. During the capture of Elbing by the Soviet Red Army in 1945 during World War II and the subsequent expulsion of the city's German populace, the library was destroyed. Many Prussian documents and original manuscripts have since been discovered in Kraków, leading music researchers to hope that some of Bodeck's works might resurface. Hans Bauer, "Alt-Elbinger Stammbücher in der Stadtbücherei."

In: Elbinger Jahrbuch. Issue 8. 1929

Gerald Lenox-Conyngham

Sir Gerald Ponsonby Lenox-Conyngham FRS was an Irish surveyor and geodesist. He was the last superintendent of the Great Trigonometrical Survey and began a readership in geodesy at the University of Cambridge, he was born at Springhill, Derry/Londonderry, to Laura Calvert Arbuthnot, fourth daughter of Isabella Boyle and George Arbuthnot, Sir William Fitzwilliam Lenox-Conyngham KCB DL JP, first son of Charlotte Staples and William Lenox-Conyngham. He was the seventh of eleven children; when he was aged ten, his family moved to Edinburgh. He went to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich when he was seventeen years old and passed out first with the sword of honour and the Pollock medal. Attached to the Royal Engineers as a lieutenant, he spent two years at the School of Military Engineering at Chatham before being posted to India. In 1889 he joined the trigonometrical branch of the Survey of India, he became assistant to Sidney Burrard who, that same year, commenced an investigation into discrepancies evident in measurements of the longitude perpendicular to lines of latitude.

Thus began a lifelong friendship. In 1890, Lenox-Conyngham married Elsie Margaret Bradshaw, daughter of British Surgeon-General Sir Alexander Frederick Bradshaw, they had a daughter named Enid. A redetermination of the longitude of Karachi undertaken by Burrard and Lenox-Conyngham in 1894, which required journeys to Europe and the Middle-East, was found, using radio signals, to be accurate to 0.02 of a second of arc. In 1898, Lenox-Conyngham received two British astronomers to observe the total eclipse in northern India, including Cambridge astrophysicist Hugh Newall with whom he became firm friends, unknowingly smoothing the path for a future career at Cambridge. Burrard suggested that anomalies in latitude found by the Survey in the early 1800s parallel to the mountains to the north might be caused by a large mass below the Indo-Gangetic Plain. New four-pendulum-based equipment to measure the gravitational force was modified to suit and, between 1903 and 1908, Lenox-Conyngham collected gravitational data across the subcontinent.

The data showed a negative relative gravitational component in the region of the Plain, a fact apparent in modern measurements. Lenox-Conyngham succeeded Burrard as superintendent of the Great Trigonometrical Survey in 1912 and was promoted to colonel two years later. In 1918, Elsie Lenox-Conyngham was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and Lenox-Conyngham himself was elected Fellow of the Royal Society; the following year he was created Knight Bachelor. After his return from India in 1920, he planned to settle in Oxford but was invited to join a committee at the University of Cambridge to promote the study of geodesy, he was delighted to be offered a praelectorship, took up residence in Cambridge, was made a Fellow of Trinity College in 1921, received an honorary M. A. as he had no university education and in 1922 a first readership in geodesy was created for him, beginning his second career. With few funds from the University, he began teaching undergraduates and new officers on probation for the Colonial Survey Service who spent a year at the School of Geodesy before they were posted abroad.

With the assistance of Sir Horace Darwin, his ideas led to newly designed gravitational equipment, built by Darwin's company, the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company. He added seismology and geothermal science to his curriculum and worked hard to secure funds and equipment, he made an expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, was asked to visit Montserrat to investigate earthquakes. He attended conferences worldwide and acted as a representative of the British government in the Pacific Science congresses of 1923 and 1926, his faculty became the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics. His students included pioneering scientists such as the geophysicist Edward Bullard, he retired in 1947. He died at Addenbrooke Hospital aged 90 and his funeral service was at Trinity College Chapel, he is commemorated there by a brass plaque with a Latin inscription on the south wall of the Ante-Chapel. The translation includes: "He approved innovative ideas but old-fashioned values. A kind, dutiful man"

Swiss American Historical Society

The Swiss American Historical Society is a historical society founded in Chicago in 1927. According to the Society's website, it was established "to promote the study of the Swiss in America, of Swiss–American relations, of Swiss immigration to the United States, of American interest in Swiss history and culture." The society unites not only people with these interests, but those who seek to do genealogical research. The society publishes the Swiss American Historical Society Review three times a year and meets annually, the location rotating between Philadelphia, Washington, D. C. and New York. With members in the United States and Switzerland, the SAHS fosters contact between both sides of the Atlantic and serves as a link between Swiss Americans and Americans in an effort to promote cultural awareness and mutual understanding; the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the establishment of a number of historical societies in the United States, representing various immigrant groups.

Amidst this proliferation of immigrant historical societies, Swiss Americans and those interested in them and their history had by the 1920s become disillusioned at "the fact that every outstanding person of Swiss origin was claimed by some other nation.” Among these were Ernest A. Kübler, Bruno Bachmann, August Rüedy, who on July 4, 1927, founded the Swiss American Historical Society in Chicago. By December the organization had been incorporated into the State of Illinois; the Society set forth to prepare and publish several works increasing awareness of the Swiss in the United States. However, due to several factors, including the Great Depression throughout the 1930s, the Society began to decline in membership and activity. By 1937, only 48 due-paying members remained. Anti-German sentiment in the forties did little to help the Society's standing; the Society continued dormant throughout the forties and fifties. Beginning in 1963, with the involvement of Dr. Lukas F. Burckhardt, SAHS member and cultural counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, Alfred Zehnder, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Heinz K. Meier, the Society began to be revitalized.

By 1965, plans had been established to put out several newsletters per year, to present scholarly papers at their one business meeting per year, to resume publishing work such as they had started at the Society’s beginning. In 1979 the organization published an introductory guide to Swiss genealogy to facilitate research for those interested in Swiss family history. After the 1970s, the Society’s newsletter became more scholarly, in 1990 became the Swiss American Historical Society Review, seen by the Society as a voice-giving instrument for Swiss Americans; the Review is published three times a year, in February and November. The journal includes book reviews, articles of interest to Swiss Americans, summaries of Society proceedings. In addition to the Review, the Society has published thirty books; the Society meets annually, with meetings rotating between Philadelphia, Washington, D. C. and New York. Presentations at meetings explore a variety of topics related to the history of Swiss-American immigrants.

Prominent Americans of Swiss Origins, 1932. The Swiss in the United States, 1940. Rudolf Aschmann, Memoirs of a Swiss Officer in the American Civil War, 1972. Paul A. Nielson, Swiss Genealogical Research: An Introductory Guide, 1979. Emil Frey, An American Apprenticeship: The Letters of Emil Frey, 1860–1865, 1986. David Sutton, One's Hearth Is Like Gold: A History of Helvetia, West Virginia, 1990. Laura R. Villiger, Mari Sandoz: A Study in Post-Colonial Discourse, 1994. Konrad Basler, The Dorkilon Emigrants: Swiss Settlers and Cultural Founders in the United States – A Personal Report, 1996. Mennonites in Transition: From Switzerland to America, 1997. Donald Tritt, ed. Swiss Festivals, 1999. Leo Schelbert, ed. Switzerland Under Siege, 1939–1945: A Neutral Nation's Struggle for Survival, 2001. Lewis B. Rohrbach, Genealogical Research in Switzerland: An Introductory Guide, 2005. Leo Lesquereux, Letters from America, 1853, 2006. Jakob Otto Wyss: Postmaster in Klau – Letters from California, 2007. Brigitte and Eugen Bachmann-Geiser, Amish: The Way of Life of the Amish in Berne, Indiana, 2009.

Susann Bosshard-Kälin, Westward: Encounters with Swiss American Women, 2010. Swiss American Swiss American Historical Society Official Site

Paris Sonata

Paris Sonata is a 2006 Chinese television series starring Ruby Lin, Ren Quan and Leanne Liu in the lead roles, it premiered on Guangdong Television on July 2, 2006. Ruby Lin as Yu Manzhi Ren Quan as Ji Wei Leanne Liu as He Yutong Shaun Tam as Ren Yunkuan Zheng Xiao Ning as Yu Chongtian Yan Qing Yu as Wang Qian Liu Tao as Yu Yue Ding Wen Qi as Liang Qingxuan Ren Xiao Fei as Qiu Xiaowei Li Ming as Ji Kai Filming started on April 18, 2005 at Shanghai's Lu Xun park, ended July, 2005. Opening theme song: Sunset Waiting for Sunrise by Calvin Liu Sub Theme song: If There Is No You by Kiki Ding Sub Theme song: Angel Don't Cry by Ruby Lin Paris Sonata Sohu website Paris Sonata Sina website

1992 Toulon Tournament

The 1992 Toulon Tournament was the 20th edition of the Toulon Tournament and began on 24 May and ended on 2 June 1992. England were the defending champions; the matches were played in these communes: Arles Aubagne Bormes-les-Mimosas Brignoles Fréjus La Ciotat La Seyne-sur-Mer Miramas Nice Six-Fours-les-Plages Saint-Cyr Sainte-Maxime Toulon Vitrolles All times local 4 goals Rui Costa2 goals Toni João O. Pinto1 goal Gil Hélder Cristóvão Capucho Toulon Tournament

Count Three & Pray

Count Three & Pray is the fourth studio album by American new wave band Berlin. It was released on October 1986, by Geffen Records; the album spawned four singles, including "Take My Breath Away", featured in the film Top Gun. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1986. All tracks are written except where noted. All tracks are produced except where noted. Credits adapted from the liner notes of Count Pray. John Crawfordbass, background vocals Terri Nunn – vocals Rob Brill – drums, background vocals Gene Black, Kane Roberts, David Gilmour, Ted Nugent, Alan Murphy, Elliot Easton, Steve Dougherty, Gregg Wright – guitars Bob Ezrin, Peter Robinson, Greg Kuehn, Jun Satokeyboards Gary Barlough – Synclavier programming Andy Richards – keyboards programming, keyboards John Batdorf, William Batstone, Lance Ellington, George Merrill, Tessa Niles, The Art Damage Choir – background vocals Richard Nilesorchestration Luís Jardimpercussion Patrick O'Hearn – fretless bass Masakazu Yoshizawashakuhachi Osamu Kitajimakoto, biwa Dean Chamberlain – front cover photo PWR, Matthew Rolston, Rob Nunn – other photos Janet Levinson – design