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Jade Lally

Jade Louise Lally is a British athlete. She won a bronze medal for England in the women's discus at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, represented Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Born in Tooting, Greater London, Lally began athletics as a high jumper; this began her interest in the sport and led to her joining her first club, Hercules Wimbledon AC, where she took up discus throwing. At the English Schools' Athletics Championships, she finished sixth in 2004, seventh in 2005, before going on to win the 2006 AAA Junior Championships title, with a distance of 46.60. Lally won a bronze medal at the 2009 European U23 Championships in the discus throw, with a throw of 54.44 metres. She won the 2010 British Championships. Went on to represent England at that years Commonwealth Games, where she finished sixth in the discus throw. In 2011, she won both English Championships. Lally retained her English in 2012, went on to compete at that years European Championships, being knocked out in the discus throw competition in qualifying after her second-worst performance of the year, finishing 22nd.

This was her first senior British international competition. She was overlooked for selection to go to what would have been a home Olympics despite achieving two B standard qualifying marks and finishing in the top two at the British Championships. At the European Team Championships, Lally finished sixth in 2013, eighth in 2014. Before going on to win a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the discus throw, with a throw of 60.48 metres. After winning her fourth British and English Championship titles in 2015, Lally broke the English discus record with a throw of 64.22 metres at the Auckland Track Challenge on 25 February 2016 improved it to 65.10 metres at the New South Wales Championships on 27 February 2016. This performance ranks her second on the British all-time list behind Scotland's Meg Ritchie, she holds the British indoor discus throw record holder, with a mark of 58.97 metres from the World Indoor Throws in Vaxjo, Sweden in 2013. and holds two club records in Under 23 and Senior discus at Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

Lally is expecting her first child, due in August 2019. In April 2019 she spoke about her pregnancy as an athlete. Jade Lally at Power of 10

Freman College

Freman College is a coeducational upper school and sixth form with academy status. Located in Buntingford, England for 13- to 18-year-olds. Of the 788 students at the school in 2006, 198 were enrolled in the Sixth form; the college is the coordinator of a School Sports Partnership. The school began as Ward Freman Upper School, opening in 1970, named for the bishop Seth Ward and Elizabeth Freman; the name of the school was changed to Freman College in 1999. Students at Freman College belong to one of four houses for the duration of their studies, each named after a famous British sculptor: Butler, Hepworth and Moore. There are regular inter-house competitions in sports and the arts, with the overall winners each year being awarded the Sainsbury Trophy. Tutor groups in which students register are dependent upon a students house, each tutor group contains students from each year group. Sam Gyimah, Conservative Party politician Freman College made the news in England during March 2012 by announcing a decision to ban skirts due to concerns about skirt length

Hilltop castle

A hilltop castle is a type of hill castle, built on the summit of a hill or mountain. The chief advantage of such a strategically selected site was its inaccessibility; the steep flanks of the hill made assaults on the castle difficult or, depending on the terrain impossible. In addition, it commanded excellent fields of view and fire over the surrounding countryside; the sheer height of the castle above the local area could protect the occupants of the castle from bombardment. In addition, the prominent location of such a castle enhanced its status as a residence. Hilltop castles presented their logistic difficulties. Without sufficiently strong pumps, water supply could be problematic if there was no well in the vicinity; the transport of food, working animals and other goods was made more difficult by the location and the adverse weather found on hilltops made living conditions in such a castle less comfortable. Another problem was the isolation of such castles; the withdrawal of armed foot soldiers into the castle was hampered by the terrain.

Its control over the surrounding region was therefore not always adequate. Hilltop and spur castles were introduced by the Franks in order to hinder the deployment of heavy siege machinery. Whilst spur castles had to be prepared to defend against such equipment on their one uphill side, hilltop castles were surrounded by steep slopes that prevented the use of such machines; the classic example of a German hilltop castle is the 13th-century Otzberg, which comprises a circular bergfried on a hill above the village of the same name. The bergfried is surrounded by concentric, oval-shaped and outer wards and an external moat; the Cathars used a number of inaccessible hilltop castles as refuges, such as Château de Montségur which stands on the summit of a steep rocky mountain. Like other hill castles, hilltop castles lost their significance during the course of the Middle Ages; the rise of towns as economic and political centres reduced the value of such castles for trade and governance

Sochi Medals Plaza

Centrally located within the Sochi Olympic Park sports venues, the Sochi Medals Plaza is located near the Fisht Olympic Stadium, the Black Sea coast and was the cauldron for the Olympic Flame. It is surrounded by a large water basin; every night, the medals of the 2014 Winter Olympics were awarded there. The stage will remain with legacy footsteps on it which will permanently record the names of all the medal winners. During the Olympics the venue temporarily could accommodate 20,000 standing spectators; the plaza now shapes corners 2-5 of the Sochi Autodrom motor-racing circuit. The entire circuit snakes around other structures in the Sochi Olympic Park. Sochi2014 Profile 2010 Winter Olympics victory ceremonies - Vancouver Medals Plaza and Whistler Medals Plaza

List of public art in Trafalgar Square and the vicinity

This is a list of public art in and around Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, London. Charing Cross, at the junction of Strand and Whitehall, was the site of the first public monument in what is now the City of Westminster, the cross commissioned by Edward I late in the 13th century in memory of his queen, Eleanor of Castile. Destroyed by order of the Long Parliament in 1647, the Eleanor cross was replaced after the Restoration by the equestrian statue of Charles I by Hubert Le Sueur, the oldest public sculpture now standing in the borough. In 1865 a facsimile of the cross was erected in the forecourt of Charing Cross railway station. Charing Cross was declared the official centre of London in 1831 and a plaque marking this status was installed near Le Sueur's statue in 1955. To the north of Charing Cross lies Trafalgar Square, one of London's most famous public spaces. Conceived as part of John Nash's urban improvements, the square was developed from the 1820s onwards, its centrepiece, Nelson's Column, was constructed in 1839–1842.

Charles Barry's 1840 redesign of the square provided plinths for equestrian monuments to George IV and William IV, but sufficient funds were never raised for the latter statue. Most of the memorials since added have had a military or naval flavour, an exception being the statue of the physician Edward Jenner, erected in 1858 but moved to Kensington Gardens only four years later. Another work which stood on the square is Hamo Thornycroft's statue of General Gordon. Since 1999 the empty fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square has become London's most prominent showcase for temporary new sculpture. Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square Statue of Edward Jenner, London