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Hordes of the Things (radio series)

Hordes of the Things is a 1980 BBC radio comedy series parodying J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and to a greater extent the fantasy genre in general, in a style similar to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it was produced by Geoffrey Perkins. It is unrelated to the game of the same name. Christian Rodska as the hero Agar son of Athar Patrick Magee as the Chronicler Maggie Steed as Queen Elfreda Jonathan Lynn as the dwarf Golin Longshanks Frank Middlemass as the wizard Radox the Green Simon Callow as the Crown Prince Veganin Paul Eddington as the misnamed King Yulfric the Wise III There are other minor characters named after brands of bath products: Badedas the Blue, Matey the White; the series consists of four half-hour episodes or "Chronicles" broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 25 November – 16 December 1980. This was the only uncut broadcast; the series was launched with a lot of hype. A full-page feature in Radio Times included a map of Albion and a spoof interview with Marshall and Lloyd.

Despite this, the series was repeated only once, never released on cassette or CD, forgotten until BBC 7 dusted off the tapes for a rerun in May 2003, December 2003, again in July 2008. Only six months after Hordes of the Things was first aired, the first episode of the BBC's radio production of The Lord of the Rings began its 26-week run. BBC Audiobooks Ltd. released the series on CD on 8 October 2009. The plot concerns the threat to the small kingdom of Albion by "The Evil One" and her ravening hordes, which have surrounded the country and are preparing to move in. Since Albion is an ancient name for Britain or England, the contemporary audience could choose to find references in this to their concerns about the new female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the European Common Market, the labour or trade union movement, or feminism; that The Evil One is female is mentioned as the story runs – she is off-stage. Prince Veganin has raised a mighty army to defend Albion. In any case, Yulfric is too busy changing clothes with a commoner to have any time for affairs of state – the commoner in question being the woodcutter's daughter.

The great wizard Radox recruits the young hero Agar to find the mighty horn Summontrumpet which can call forth the six heroes of legend. To Agar's chagrin, Radox sends him a companion in the shape of the gluttonous dwarf Golin Longshanks, under the delusion that Radox's programme of height exercises has turned him into a giant. Radox himself attends the Great Conference of All Wizards, but most of the wizards are too busy with the food and entertainment to bother with the heavy stuff about destroying evil. Meanwhile, Veganin has set off on his own quest to slay the leaders of the evil hordes, beginning with the High Bishop of Zylbor, whose priests baptise people by holding their heads under water until they stop struggling. What Veganin doesn't realise, until it is too late, is that the Bishop's gaze will turn anything it falls upon to ashes. Agar and Golin wrest Summontrumpet from the clutches of the Dread Sphynx, which has the body of a snake, the head of a snake, the feet of a snake, arrive upon the plains of Albion as the Seven Armies of Hell begin their invasion.

The only thing that could go wrong would be if the wrong person should sound the horn by mistake.... The British Comedy Guide found it interesting with some good ideas, despite being forgotten 20 or 30 years later. TV Cream says it was "widely loved by ‘proper’ Tolkien buffs". Van Arnold-Forster in the Guardian praised the high quality of the cast but said they seemed bemused by the script, in "obvious doubt as to whether the lines are meant to be funny". Bored of the Rings – A parodic novel by the Harvard Lampoon ElvenQuest – Another BBC Radio comedy fantasy Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire – A British-American TV series Hordes of the Things at BBC Online Hordes of the Things at British Comedy Guide Hordes of the Things fan site approved by Andrew Marshall

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi is an Iranian officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and a Professor of physics at the Imam Hussein University, Tehran. Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi has been subject to a UN Security Council asset freeze and travel notification requirements because the Council says the IAEA has asked to interview Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi and Iran has refused to make him available. With respect to Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi's work Iran has provided some information which the IAEA says "are not inconsistent with its findings", but the IAEA continues to seek corroboration of its findings. According to the UN designation, Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi is a senior Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics scientist and former head of the Physics Research Center; the IAEA have asked to interview him about the activities of the PHRC over the period he was head, but he had refused. Western intelligence charges he is or was the man in charge of Iran's nuclear programme, Project 111. Western powers assert Project 111 is or was an attempt to create a nuclear bomb for Iran, though Iran claims its program is for civilian purposes and that the information provided by Western intelligence agencies is fake or forged.

According to the New York Times, Mr. Fakrizadeh is described in classified portions of American intelligence reports as involved in an effort to design a nuclear warhead for Iran; the United States is keeping pressure on him. An internal 2007 Iranian document leaked to the Sunday Times identified Fakhrizadeh as the chairman of the Field for the Expansion of Deployment of Advanced Technology, the cover name for the organization running Iran's nuclear weapons programme; the document, entitled Outlook for special neutron-related activities over the next 4 years, lays out a four-year plan to develop a uranium deuteride neutron initiator. Leaked memo identifies man at head of Iran's nuclear programme

1994 Sri Lankan parliamentary election

The Sri Lankan parliamentary election of 1994 marked the decisive end of 17 years of UNP rule and a revival of Sri Lankan democracy. Democracy in Sri Lanka had seemed doomed as the presidencies of J. R. Jayewardene and Ranasinghe Premadasa arbitrarily banned opposition parties muzzled the media, used death squads and kidnappings in the two civil conflicts against the LTTE and JVP; the UNP had cancelled the 1983 parliamentary elections. The population was tired of war and repression, worn out with jingoistic Sinhalese nationalism, wanted a return to freedom and democracy. Chandrika Kumaratunga, leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, formed a coalition with small leftist parties called the People's Alliance; this was in some ways a revival of her mother's coalition from the 1970s, but this time campaigning for rapprochement with the Tamils rather than their marginalization. The PA was able to govern with the support of the smaller parties; the 1994 election did not live up to its great hopes. The PA government was unable to come to an agreement with the LTTE, ended up prosecuting war just as brutally as its UNP predecessor.

The Executive Presidency, which Kumaratunga had promised to abolish, remains as powerful as ever. "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1994". Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. "Table 40 Parliament Election". Sri Lanka Statistics. 10 February 2009. "Sri Lanka Parliamentary Chamber: Parliament Elections Held in 1994". Inter-Parliamentary Union

Johnson, Vermont

Johnson is a town in Lamoille County, United States. The population was 3,446 at the 2010 census. Johnson is home of a part the Vermont State Colleges system; the Vermont Studio Center is located in the village of a part of the town. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.1 square miles, of which 45.1 square miles is land and 0.02% is water. According to Esther Munroe Swift's book "Vermont Place-names: Footprints of History" the town of Johnson is named for the American jurist and educator William Samuel Johnson. Johnson, Vermont and a part of neighboring Cambridge, Vermont were together known as King's College Tract being created by a royal charter of British King George III in 1774; the King's College Tract was reserved for the eventual expansion of Kings College in New York, today's Columbia University. After the Declaration of Independence, Vermont's Council of Censors granted the town to Johnson in 1785; as of the census of 2000, there were 3,274 people, 1,170 households, 669 families residing in the town.

The population density was 72.6 people per square mile. There were 1,263 housing units at an average density of 28.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 96.58% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.31% from other races, 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. There were 1,170 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.8% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99. In the town, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 26.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years.

For every 100 females, there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males. The median income for a household in the town was $31,343, the median income for a family was $38,224. Males had a median income of $28,257 versus $20,610 for females; the per capita income for the town was $15,014. About 13.8% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over. Rodgers, Steve. Country Towns of Vermont. McGraw-Hill: 1998. ISBN 1-56626-195-3. Strickland, Ron. Vermonters: Oral Histories from Down Country to the Northeast Kingdom. University Press of New England: 1986. ISBN 0-87451-867-9. Swift, Esther Monroe. Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History; the Stephen Greene Press: 1996 ISBN 0-8289-0291-7. Johnson Vermont Official Town Website Johnson Woolen Mills Johnson State College Vermont Studio Center The Johnson Connection: A Business listing site with information about the town

Alpha solenoid

An alpha solenoid is a protein fold composed of repeating alpha helix subunits helix-turn-helix motifs, arranged in antiparallel fashion to form a superhelix. Alpha solenoids are known for their plasticity. Like beta propellers, alpha solenoids are a form of solenoid protein domain found in the proteins comprising the nuclear pore complex, they are common in membrane coat proteins known as coatomers, such as clathrin, in regulatory proteins that form extensive protein-protein interactions with their binding partners. Examples of alpha solenoid structures binding RNA and lipids have been described; the term "alpha solenoid" has been used somewhat inconsistently in the literature. As defined, alpha solenoids were composed of helix-turn-helix motifs that stacked into an open superhelix. However, protein structural classification systems have used varying terminology; the CATH database uses the term "alpha horseshoe" for these proteins, uses "alpha solenoid" for a somewhat different and more compact structure exemplified by the peridinin-chlorophyll binding protein.

Alpha solenoid proteins are composed of repeating structural units containing at least two alpha helices arranged in an antiparallel orientation. The repeating unit is a helix-turn-helix motif, but it can be more elaborate, as in variants with an additional helix in the turn segment. Alpha solenoids can be formed by several different types of helical tandem repeats, including HEAT repeats, Armadillo repeats, tetratricopeptide repeats, leucine-rich repeats, ankyrin repeats. Alpha solenoids have unusual flexibility relative to globular proteins, they are sometimes considered to occupy an intermediate position between globular proteins and fibrous structural proteins, distinct from the latter in part due to the alpha solenoids' lack of need for intermolecular interactions to maintain their structure. The extent of the curvature of an alpha solenoid superhelix varies among the class, resulting in the ability of these proteins to form large, extended protein-protein interaction surfaces or to form deep concave areas for binding globular proteins.

Because they are composed of repeating short subunits, alpha solenoids can acquire additional subunits easily, resulting in new interaction surface properties. As a result, known alpha solenoid proteins vary in length. Alpha solenoids feature prominently in the proteins making up the nuclear pore complex. A large number of the conserved nucleoporin proteins forming the NPC are either alpha solenoid proteins or consist of a beta propeller domain at the N-terminus and an alpha solenoid at the C-terminus; this latter domain architecture occurs in clathrin and Sec31, was thought to be unique to eukaryotes, though a few examples have been reported in planctomycetes. Vesicle coat proteins contain alpha solenoids and share common domain architecture with some NPC proteins. Three major coat complexes involved in distinct cellular pathways all contain alpha solenoid proteins: the clathrin/adaptin complex, which buds vesicles from the plasma membrane and is involved in endocytosis. Due to their propensity for forming large interaction surfaces well-suited to protein-protein interactions, their flexible surfaces permitting binding of various cargo molecules, alpha solenoid proteins function as transport proteins in transport between the nucleus and the cytoplasm.

For example, the beta-karyopherin superfamily consists of alpha solenoid proteins formed from HEAT repeats. Transporters of other molecules, such as RNA, can be of alpha solenoid architecture, as in exportin-5 or pentatricopeptide-repeat-containing RNA-binding proteins, which are common in plants; the protein-protein interaction capacity of alpha solenoid proteins makes them well suited to function as regulatory proteins. For example, regulatory subunit A of protein phosphatase 2A is a HEAT-repeat alpha solenoid whose conformational flexibility regulates access to the enzyme binding site. Alpha solenoid proteins are found in all domains of life, they are rare in viruses and bacteria, somewhat more common in archaea, quite common in eukaryotes. Many of the eukaryotic alpha solenoid proteins have detectable homologs only in other eukaryotes and are restricted further, to the chordates. Prokaryotic alpha solenoid proteins are concentrated in particular taxa, notably the cyanobacteria and planctomycetes, which have unusually complex intracellular compartmentalization relative to most prokaryotes.

Evolutionary relationships between different alpha solenoid proteins are difficult to trace due to the low sequence homology of the repeats. Convergent evolution of similar protein structures from ancestrally unrelated proteins is thought to be significant in the evolutionary history of this fold class; the nuclear pore complex is an large protein complex that mediates transit into and out of the cell nucleus. Homologous structures from which the N

3rd Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment

The 3rd Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment known as the 32nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was part of the 2nd Brigade of the Pennsylvania Reserves division; the 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves were raised at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 20, 1861. Horatio G. Sickel served as the regiment's first colonel, William S. Thompson as lieutenant colonel and Richard H. Woolworth as major, it was sent to Washington, D. C. where the division was assigned to the I Corps of the Army of the Potomac. The I Corps remained in northern Virginia instead of following the rest of the Army for the Peninsula Campaign in 1862. In May, due to Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's demands for reinforcements, the division was sent the Peninsula as well; the 3rd lost over one hundred men. In August, the Army of the Potomac was transferred to northern Virginia to support the Army of Virginia; the 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves fought at Turner's Gap in the Battle of South Mountain and at the Battle of Antietam.

At the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, the 3rd formed part of the force which broke through the Confederate right. It suffered 128 casualties. After Fredericksburg, the 3rd was assigned to the XXII Corps defending Washington, where it rested and recruited members. In January 1864, it was sent, along with the 4th Reserves, to West Virginia, where it performed garrison duty and fought at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain; the regiment was mustered out on June 1864, at Philadelphia. Men who reenlisted and those whose enlistments had not yet expired were transferred to the 54th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on June 8, 1864; the 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves suffered 3 Officers and 69 enlisted men killed in battle or died from wounds, 1 officer and 54 enlisted men dead from disease, for a total of 127 fatalities. Pennsylvania Reserves Pennsylvania in the Civil War The Civil War Archive Pennsylvania in the Civil War Dyer, Frederick H.. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Dyer Pub. Co. Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart.

History of the Pennsylvania Reserves: A Complete Record of the Organization. Elias Barr & Co. Woodward, Evan Morrison. Our Campaigns. John E. Potter and Company; the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps Historical Society