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Hell's Hinges

Hell's Hinges is a 1916 American Western silent film starring William S. Hart and Clara Williams. Directed by Charles Swickard, William S. Hart and Clifford Smith, produced by Thomas H. Ince, the screenplay was written by C. Gardner Sullivan. Hell's Hinges has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, is considered by some to be one of the finest silent Westerns. Hell's Hinges tells the story of a weak-willed minister, Rev. Bob Henley, who comes to a wild and debauched frontier town with his sister, Faith; the owner of the saloon, Silk Miller, his accomplices sense trouble and encourage the local rowdies to disrupt the attempts to evangelize the community. Hard-bitten gunman Blaze Tracy, the most dangerous man around, is, won over by the sincerity of Faith, he intervenes to expel the rowdies from the newly built church. Silk adopts a new approach, he encourages Dolly, to seduce Rev. Henley, she gets him drunk, he spends the night in her room. The following morning the whole town learns of his fall from grace.

Blaze rides out to find a doctor for the now near-demented minister. The disgraced minister, having descended into alcoholism, is goaded into helping the rowdy element to burn down the church; the church-goers try to defend the church, a gunfight erupts in which the minister is killed and the church set ablaze. Blaze returns too late to stop the destruction. In revenge, Blaze burns down the whole town, beginning with the saloon, he and Faith leave to start a new life. William S. Hart as Blaze Tracy Clara Williams as Faith Henley Jack Standing as Rev. Robert Henley Alfred Hollingsworth as Silk Miller Robert McKim as A clergyman J. Frank Burke as Zeb Taylor Louise Glaum as Dolly Olin Francis as the bar tender John Gilbert as A rowdy cowboy Jean Hersholt as A rowdy townsman The production companies were Kay-Bee Pictures and New York Motion Picture; when Hell's Hinges was released, the reception of the film among New York critics was so positive that the producer bought space in newspapers around the country to reprint the reviews.

The following are excerpts from those reviews: New York Telegraph: "Dramatic suspense and punch, coupled with artistic treatment, are the most conspicuous characteristics of'Hell's Hinges'... swaggering, hard-drinking, fast-shooting, all-round'bad' man, with good stuff under a rough exterior, furnished Mr. Hart with a vehicle in which his talents show to best advantage." New York American: "A well-balanced supporting cast, a lavish production and marked finesse in treatment combines to make'Hell's Hinges' an unusual offering." New York Press: "Gunplay and religion lubricate'Hell's Hinges'... It is a film drama that combines all the elements that make for success... Reckless riding, double-handed shooting from the hip, a dance hall of the Bret Harte description and a conflagration that gives a Gehenna-like finish to the place known as Hell's Hinges... No actor before the screen has been able to give as sincere and true a touch to the Westerner as Hart, he rides in a manner indigenous to the soil, he shoots with the real knack and he acts with that sense of artistry that hides the acting."

New York Sun: "It depicts strikingly the storm and stress of existence in a Western town with a final scene of the shooting up of a gambling den, which aroused the spectators to a high degree of approval." New York Herald: "William S. Hart is beginning to typify certain things in the film world, he is stoical, slow to anger, but possessed of the powers of a hundred men when aroused. He is a big, wholesome fellow, whose ideas are a little peculiar, he goes about matters in his own way, but when the showdown arrives, depend upon it, William S. Hart will be found lined up on the side of righteousness; this week, for example, Hart is appearing at the Knickerbocker Theatre in'Hell's Hinges. Hart has the opportunity to do some good riding, to carry a drunken minister on his back, to shoot the villain and some sub-villains, to set the town afire and to marry the minister's sister; the Kaiser himself has appeared in pictures and done less." New York Herald: "'Hell's Hinges,' one of those traditional places on the frontier of the Wild West,'where there ain't no Ten Commandments and a man can get a thirst,' was pictured in the most lurid manner."Grace Kingsley of the Los Angeles Times gave the actors high marks.

She credited Hart with doing his "usual excellent work" and found Glaum to be "a fascinating vampire." Kingsley paid special note to Standing's performance as the reverend, calling it "one of the most subtle, but at the same time of the most sincere bits of film acting of his entire career," a performance exhibiting "intelligence and imagination... in the highest degree." Kingsley found the film to be "marvelously well done" but took exception to the would-be folksy western dialect in the title cards: C. Gardner Sullivan appears to have written'Hell's Hinges' for the purpose of allowing us to look our fill on fire and fights. Certain it is the thing is marvelously well done. There is a burning dance hall with men and women entrapped, which makes you gasp, there is a'beau-oo-tiful' free-for-all fight between the sheep and the goats of'Hell's Hinges.' All this is lovely enough in its way to make for forgiveness of the dialect of the subtitles, a dialect which'never was on land or sea.' The title cards includes lines such as "When women like her say there is a God, there is one, he sure must be worth trailin' with".

The publication Moving Picture World gave the film as a whole a positive review: "Brilliant in subtitle, strong in treatment wit

Mandolin Brothers

Mandolin Brothers was a musical instrument shop in New York City. Mandolin Brothers is located in New York, its clients have included Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney'. Mandolin Brothers is listed on The New York Music Trail a map of the "Sites of Sound" established by the City of New York and The Host Committee for the Grammy Awards, as a destination for visitors. Mandolin Brothers was established in 1971 by Harold "Hap" Kuffner. Kuffner left Mandolin Brothers in 1982; the name was chosen by the store's founders as they thought that the mandolin was not getting due recognition in the community. Mandolin Brothers Website Video discussion about Mandolins by Smoke Music TV at Mandolin Brothers photograph of Stan Jay President page on Mandolin Brothers Fairport Conventions Chris Leslie's discussion of his visit to Mandolin Brothers WNYC's SoundCheck Visit Staten Island and Mandolin Brothers July 24, 2003 WNYC's Soundcheck speaks with Mandolin Brother's Stan Jay and Gruhn Guitars's George Gruhn about vintage guitars June 1, 2007 Gruhn Guitars travel guide Gibson Guitar Profile of Mandolin Brothers The New York Observer July 15, 2008 article "The Local: Mandolin'Mecca' on Staten Island" Insiderpages profile Photographs of Mandolin Brothers June 21, 2012 WNYC blog profile on Mandolin.

Profile from WFUV July 16, 2012 of Mandolin Brothers Founder Stan Jay obituary from Staten Island

List of number-one singles of 1998 (Canada)

RPM was a Canadian magazine that published the best-performing singles of Canada from 1964 to 2000. In 1998, fifteen songs peaked at number one on the magazine's chart. Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" was the first chart-topper of the year while Canadian musician Alanis Morissette stayed at number one into 1999 with "Thank U". Seven musical acts attained their first Canadian number one this year: Matchbox Twenty, Natalie Imbruglia, Goo Goo Dolls, Brandy and Jennifer Paige. Two artists reached number one with more than one single: Bryan Adams and Goo Goo Dolls; the most successful song of the year, as well as the longest-running number-one hit, was "Torn" by Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, which spent 12 nonconsecutive weeks at number one during spring and early summer, interrupted on the week of 15 June by Fastball's "The Way". Two other songs interrupted a single's reign at number one: "3 AM" by Matchbox Twenty kept Bryan Adams' "Back to You" off number one for two weeks, "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls lost the number-one position on the issue of 17 August to Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine".

Three Canadian artists reached number one during 1998: Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette. Dion topped the chart for six weeks with "My Heart Will Go On". Besides "Torn" and "My Heart Will Go On", five songs stayed at the summit for at least three weeks: "Back to You" by Bryan Adams, "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls, "Crush" by Jennifer Paige, "Sweetest Thing" by U2, "Thank U" by Alanis Morissette. Goo Goo Dolls' "Slide" became only the third single to debut at number one on the RPM Singles Chart, not counting the magazine's first issue. 1998 in music Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1998 List of number-one singles in 1998 Read about RPM Magazine at the AV Trust Search RPM charts here at Library and Archives Canada

Smart Alliance

Smart Alliance is an alliance of Southeast Asian television broadcasting companies. On 24 March 2009, six Southeast Asian television broadcasting companies forged an alliance to cooperate along three areas — content and marketing, technology — and capitalise on the economies of scale and combined market that the region can offer, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form the Smart Alliance. Chairman Lucas Chow Members Eugenio Lopez III Khun Veraphan Tim Lam Abdul Rahman Ahmad Hary Tanoesoedibjo Chang Long Jong Leader Doreen Neo Members Linggit Tan Sharon Loh Farisha Pawanteh Rudy Ramawy Leader Irene Lim Members Luis Paolo Pineda Sapna Angural Shareen Ooi Kanti Imansyah Leader Yeo Kim Pow Members Raul Bulaong Tan Kwong Meng Agus Mulyanto


The'Azazme are a Bedouin tribe whose grazing territory used to be the desert around the wells at El Auja and Bir Ain on the border between Israel and Egypt. During the 19th century the'Azazme fought as allies with the Tarabin in their war against the Tiyaha. Subsequently they were in a land dispute with the Tarabin, the War of Zari, which lasted for several years until the founding of modern Beersheba and the extension of Ottoman authority. In April 1875 Lieut. Claude R. Conder, surveying Gaza District for the Palestine Exploration Fund, reported a "fierce contest" going on around Beersheba between the'Azazme and the Tiyaha. An early twentieth century explorer reported that one of the favorite grazing grounds belonging to the'Azazme was a strip of hilly country eight miles in width between Wady Jeraafy and Wady Ubaira, 115 km south of Beersheba, he describes the land as "well grown with bush and grass."In the early 20th century the'Azazme established a village at al-Khalasa, the site of an ancient Nabatean settlement on the route between Gaza and Petra.

In 1930 they were reported to number 10,000, divided into ten sub-sections. The writer states that "they are of dark complexion, conspicuous for honesty and patient bearing in adversity, they will do their utmost for the guest... Their women herd the flocks, they are much addicted to the abduction of women. Scarcity of grazing compels them to a wandering life more than other tribes; the area over which they wander is spacious, but affords little opportunity for cultivation: yet they grow a little wheat and barley, a few of them cultivate millet and water melons."In 1948 the'Azazme numbered around 3,500. During 1950 the entire tribe was driven from the area around El Auja. In a series of raids the IDF burnt shot at anyone approaching the wells; the IAF was used to strafe encampments. On 28 September 1953 the IDF established the kibbutz Ktzi'ot on land claimed by the'Azazme. A UN investigation into the murder of eleven Israelis at Scorpion Pass, 17 March 1954, found that the killings were committed by men from the'Azazme who had joined a group known as the Black Hand gang, based at Qussaima.

Despite the evidence that the attackers came from across the Egyptian border the IDF launched a reprisal raid against Nahalin in the West Bank. Prior to 1948 one section of the'Azazme lived in Wadi Al-Akhdar,'the green valley', between Bir Saba' and Faluja. In the early 1950s the Israeli army moved them to the hills south of Hebron. In 1969 they crossed the border into Wadi Araba but the Jordanian authorities refused to let them proceed any further fearing a general exodus of Bedouins from the Negev, they were refused refugee status. Many of them were expelled by Ariel Sharon in January 1972 from the area of Abu-Ageila in a secret operation conducted in late January 1972. There are at least nine Israeli settlements on land claimed by the'Azazme, including the military camp and prison at Ktzi'ot and the town and nuclear plant at Dimona.'Azazme population centres in Israel include: Wadi al-Na'am, an unrecognised village with a population of 5,000.

Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass called Camping Flat Bealey Flats, for some time Arthurs Pass, is a township in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand, located in the Selwyn district. It is a popular base for exploring Arthur's Pass National Park. Arthur's Pass township is about 5 km south of the mountain pass with the same name, its elevation is 740 metres above sea level surrounded by beech forest. The Bealey River runs through the township; the town is located 153 km from Christchurch a 2-hour drive on SH 73. The township and the pass take their names after Arthur Dudley Dobson; the Chief Surveyor of Canterbury Province, Thomas Cass, had tasked Arthur Dobson to find out if there was an available pass out of the Waimakariri watershed into valleys running to the West Coast. In 1864 Arthur's brother Edward Henry Dobson joined him and accompanied him over the watershed into the valley of the Otira River. A West Coast Māori chief, told Arthur of a pass that Māori hunting-parties used; when Arthur returned to Christchurch, he sketched the country he had traversed and included it in a report to Cass.

Arthur Dobson did not name the pass, which he found steep on the western side. Dobson gave the name "Camping Flat" to the site; when the West Coast gold rush began in 1864, a committee of businessmen offered a £200 prize for anyone who would find a better or more suitable pass from Canterbury over the Southern Alps to West Canterbury. At the same time George Dobson, was sent to examine every available pass between the watershed of the Taramakau and the Hurunui. After examining passes at the head of every valley he reported that "Arthur's" pass was by far the most suitable for the direct crossing; the township, at the time named Bealey Flats after the second Superintendent of Canterbury, Samuel Bealey, was built as a construction village for the building of the Otira Tunnel, which started on 14 January 1908. The railway from Christchurch reached Arthur's Pass township in 1914, the Westland section having advanced to Otira. Construction of the tunnel was slow; the TranzAlpine passenger rail service passes through Arthur's Pass and the Otira Tunnel as part of its 223 kilometres journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

The trip is considered one of the world's great train journeys due to its scenery and views. A power station was built below the Devil's Punchbowl Falls to provide electricity for the tunnel construction and for the village itself. In 1929 the Arthur's Pass National Park was established, New Zealand's third national park; the Geographic Board had a policy of omitting apostrophes in place names, the name was changed to "Arthurs Pass". This caused a great upset with the local population, the Minister of Lands reinstated the old version with the apostrophe. On 16 September 1975 the New Zealand Post Office adopted the spelling with the apostrophe. Arthur's Pass Village lies in a valley about 750 metres above sea level and is about 4 km south of Arthur's Pass. Arthur's Pass Village falls under the Köppen-Geiger climate classification of Cfb. Being situated at a high altitude surrounded by peaks well over 1500 m, this contributes to chilly winter mornings, sometimes reaching below -10°C; this geographical position allows warmer air to pool in the valley during the summer.

Summer days reach a pleasant 20°C, reaching 25°C once every few years. On average, February is the warmest month with an average of 13.4°C, July is the coldest with an average of 3°C. Snowfall is common throughout winter in the mountains above the village; the township has a DOC ranger station, which accommodates a visitor information and an informative display room. Visitor accommodation is provided, from camp ground up to hotel standard; the township provides a petrol station, tea rooms and restaurants. There are several good walks from here, including the Devil's Punchbowl Falls, Bealey Valley and Avalanche Peak; the mischievous kea can be found here. The club is a popular attraction through winter; the town can be reached by The Tranz Alpine Express train on the famous Midland Line. State Highway 73 passes through the town. Photo gallery Spectacular footage Train plowing through deep snow Arthur's Pass Arthur's Pass Website