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Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve is situated in 290 km2 of rugged, mountainous thornveld, about 400 km north of Durban, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is one of the youngest game parks in South Africa; the altitude varies from 400 m along the Phongolo River to 1,450 m along the Ngotshe Mountain escarpment. The reserve encompasses a great variation of terrain, from densely vegetated river valleys and lowveld to high-lying grassland plateaus, mountain ridges and cliff faces. Grazers include impala, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest and reedbuck. With the exception of reedbuck, these species have been observed to produce young seasonally around November to December in Ithala, when ample green forage is available; the browsers include duiker, nyala and giraffe, which deliver their young at any time of the year. All the big game species have been re-established with the exception of lion. Locally extinct red-billed oxpeckers were reintroduced from the Kruger Park, c. 1994, when 175 birds were released.

In the late 1800s land was given by King Dinizulu to boer farmers. In 1973 the Natal Parks Board started buying up farms in this area to make up this Reserve. There are two abandoned gold mines in Ithala. List of conservation areas of South Africa KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government homepage Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife South African National Parks Official Site

Bang Bang (TV channel)

Bang Bang is an Albanian TV channel for children aged 1–14. It was launched on December 2004 by the TV platform Digitalb. All of Bang Bang's programming is in Albanian, which can be switchable to the original language on the second audio track; the channel has a rating system, divided into 3 groups. While Junior TV, Disney Channel Albania and BabyTV are all sister channels available on the Telekomanda flyBABY TV remote, Çufo is its main sister channel, sharing its dubs and promos about upcoming content with each other. Bang Bang airs several cartoon series from around the world dubbed into Albanian, along with some Albanian originals made by Digitalb; the dubbings are provided by "Jess" Discographic, AA Film Company, NGS Recording, Top Channel, Albatrade Studio, Albania Production. The first logo that Bang Bang used was a train in which the engine has letter B and the carriages saying ANG BANG; the second logo is blue coloured splash saying BANG BANG in it. Another logo are 8 different coloured splashes.

B is the first splash, A is the second. The last are 8 letters coloured yellow and the channel has got its own mascot, a monkey, formed with the channel's letters. Digitalb Television in Albania Official website Channel and transponder list

7th Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery

The 7th Field Battery, 3rd Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery is an Reserve artillery unit of the Australian Army. Located in Western Australia, it is the artillery component of the 13th Brigade; the 7th Field Battery has its origins in the Union Troop of Western Australian Mounted Volunteers, formed on the 19th of July 1870.. The unit subsequently acquired two 12 pounder field artillery pieces and on the 1st of July 1872 became the W. A. Troop of Volunteer Horse Artillery. With the commencement of the First World War volunteers from Western Australia’s artillery militia units were grouped together as the 8th Battery 3rd Field Artillery Brigade as part of the 1st Australian Division. Armed with 18 pounders the battery served at Gallipoli though the terrain was not suitable for the guns. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli the battery, together with the 14th Field Battery another West Australian Battery, took part in actions on the Western Front. An interesting point is the last round of artillery fired at Gallipoli was from a gun belonging to the 8th Battery.

In World War II, Western Australia provided a single battery composed of militia volunteers, designated the 6th Battery, 2/3rd Field Regiment. The Battery was issued with, trained on, 18 pounders. 6th Battery was transported to England. The Battery was sent to the Middle East participated in the Greece and Crete campaigns in support of fellow West Australians in the 2nd/11th Battalion. In 1942 the Battery returned to Australia served in action throughout the South West Pacific. At the end of World War II the battery was disbanded, however in 1948, the militia volunteers P and Q Batteries of the 3rd Field Regiment were raised. In 1965, the two were renamed 8th Batteries. In 1975 the unit was reduced to a single field battery as 3rd Regiment. In 2003, the Battery consisted of a headquarters element, a command post, four 105mm M2A2 Howitzer detachments and was part of 13th Brigade. Following the reorganisation of the Australian Army Reserve's artillery units as part of Plan Beersheba, the battery is now armed with the F2 81mm mortar as its primary weapon platform.

It retains a number of M2A2s for ceremonial duties firing blank cartridges. Https://

Ronal the Barbarian

Ronal the Barbarian is a 2011 Danish stereoscopic black comedy fantasy film directed by Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen and Philip Einstein Lipski, their third cinema feature. It is a comedic fantasy adventure which parodies the barbarians and other stereotypes of sword and sorcery fiction, role-playing games and films such as Conan the Barbarian and the Dungeons & Dragons class, with nods towards the 1980s fantasy boom and its association with traditional heavy metal, it was released in Denmark on September 29, 2011. In the land of Metalonia, the demon Zaal is defeated by the world's mightiest hero; as Kron dies, a hundred warriors drink his blood to gain his strength, becoming the first Barbarians. Thousands of years the barbarian clan are the strongest and bravest clan in the world, except for Ronal, a weak and intelligent barbarian who cannot swing an axe or fight. Ronal opts to be the clan's lookout, a easy job as no one dares to attack them; as the barbarians feast, Ronal spots an army led by the evil Lord Volcazar.

He attempts to blow the warning horn but his lungs are too weak and the barbarians are taken by surprise. Ronal's uncle Gundar is killed and all the other barbarians are captured; the only two left behind are a travelling bard in training. Ronal travels to an oracle for help and Aliberth decides to accompany him; the oracle reveals that Volcazar wears a magical suit of armour and the only weapon capable of killing him is the sword Kron used to destroy Zaal, which must be wielded by a fearless warrior. Volcazar's sorcerer attempts to resurrect Zaal using the captured barbarians' blood, but the spell fails as one barbarian is missing: Ronal. Volcazar sends his army to find him. Ronal and Aliberth search for Elvengard, the elven kingdom, to find a library containing the entire world's wisdom including the location of Kron's sword, they are confronted by a young shield-maiden named Zandra who kills any warrior who attempts to challenge her. Ronal tearfully begs Zandra to spare his life, she reluctantly agrees as he is not a worthy challenger.

Aliberth suggests she could be the fearless warrior the oracle spoke of and Zandra agrees to help save the barbarians. They travel towards a village where an elf lives, Elric, an effeminate elven archer, who agrees to guide them. Zandra is challenged by a strong warrior but Ronal's attempt to avoid a fight leads to him duelling instead, he is saved by the arrival of Volcazar's soldiers and they flee in the chaos. Elric leads them to the gate of a dangerous stone passageway. Ronal insists on going around instead, angering the spirits guarding the gate who set off a trap crushing them. Zandra angrily criticizes Ronal for avoiding problems instead of solving them. Ronal decides to sneak inside the library rather than fight the guards and uses an invisibility potion to go unseen, he succeeds in impressing Zandra. That night, Zandra tells Ronal that shield-maidens can only marry men who defeat them in battle, but she was never defeated and was sent away to find a strong man capable of defeating her and hopes that such a man is among the barbarians.

Ronal points out being defeated is not what love is and they have a romantic moment where they admit they enjoy talking to each other. Zandra is captured by Volcazar's soldiers while Ronal and Aliberth end up being kidnapped by buxom Amazonian women, who have never seen men before and spend the whole night using Ronal for breeding purposes, while Aliberth is made to wait his turn. Zandra attempts to kill Volcazar during her escape but is defeated by his strength and impenetrable armor. Volcazar declares forcing her to obey him. Ronal succeeds in escaping the Amazonians, leaving Aliberth behind who wants his turn with the ladies; however his conscience gets the better of him and he escapes as well. Ronal succeeds in finding retrieves the sword, only to accidentally drop it. Zandra appears and unwillingly hands the dropped sword to Volcazar. With Ronal captured, his blood and the blood of the other barbarians are used to resurrect Zaal, who combines his power with Volcazar, transforming into Zaal's demon form.

Aliberth sneaks inside the fortress and retrieves Kron's sword, passing it to Ronal, who accidentally succeeds in freeing the other barbarians to battle Volcazar's army. Volcazar orders Zandra to execute Ronal but she refuses to kill someone who cares about her. Ronal attacks Volcazar with Kron's sword and succeeds in stabbing the same weak spot on his skull Kron once did, destroying both Volcazar and Zaal. With Ronal believed to be dead, the barbarians honor him as the bravest barbarian in history only for Ronal to wake up, having only been unconscious; as the barbarians celebrate, Zandra kisses Ronal declaring she no longer needs a warrior to defeat her as Ronal has conquered her heart. They return to the barbarian village where Ronal and Zandra are married, Aliberth becomes popular with the barbarian ladies and Elric becomes the barbarian's new masseuse. Anders Juul as Ronal the Barbarian Hadi Ka-Koush as Alibert Lærke Winther Andersen as Zandra Brian Lykke as Elric Lars Mikkelsen as Lord Volcazar Peter Aude as Gundar Lars Bom as Gorak Jens Jacob Tychsen as Gu'ra Zul Ole Thestrup as The Oracle Preben Kristensen as Master Florian Ole Ernst as Narrator L.

O. C. as Tango The Bar-Hunk Brigitte Nielsen as Amazonernes Dronning Jesper Binzer as Drunk Guy Bodil Jørgensen as Bar-fe Szhirley as Amazone GuardThe voice acting includes sword and sorcery veterans Brigitte Nielsen and Sven-Ole Thorsen in the original Danish and Ben Bledsoe, Dee Snider, Ashley Acarino, Pierce Cravens, a

New York Film Critics Online Awards 2006

The 6th New York Film Critics Online Awards, honoring the best in filmmaking in 2006, were given on 11 December 2006. Babel The Fountain Inland Empire Pan's Labyrinth Little Children Little Miss Sunshine The Queen Thank You for Smoking Volver Water Best Actor: Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland as Idi Amin Best Actress: Helen Mirren - The Queen as Elizabeth II Best Animated Film: Happy Feet Best Cast: Little Miss Sunshine Best Cinematography: The Illusionist - Dick Pope Best Debut Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris - Little Miss Sunshine Best Director: Stephen Frears - The Queen Best Documentary Film: An Inconvenient Truth Best Film: The Queen Best Film Score: The Illusionist - Philip Glass Best Foreign Language Film: Pan's Labyrinth • Mexico Best Screenplay: The Queen - Peter Morgan Best Supporting Actor: Michael Sheen - The Queen as Tony Blair Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls as Effie White Catherine O'Hara - For Your Consideration as Marilyn Hack Breakthrough Performer: Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls