The Belgrade Theatre is a live performance venue seating 858 and situated in Coventry, England. It was the first civic theatre to be built after the Second World War in Britain, the building is now a grade II listed building. In 1963 the Belgrade was registered as a charity by the Charity Commission, the Belgrade acquired its name in recognition and thanks for a gift of timber from the Yugoslavian capital city of Belgrade, that was used extensively in the construction of the auditorium. Since opening in 1958, the theatre has established itself as a centre for the new, having pioneered the Theatre-in-Education movement in the 1960s the theatre continues to work with disadvantaged young people and uses drama as a tool to develop personal and social skills. Their most successful programme Acting Out has been commissioned by Coventrys LEA for the last 10 years and has been replicated across the UK, one graduate of the course credits Acting Out with saving her life. The theatre reopened in September 2007 after undergoing a £12 million refurbishment with a 7-storey extension to provide a second auditorium.
Prince Edward officially opened the refurbishment of the Belgrades B2 studio on 5 February 2008, Belgrade Theatre official site Historic England
Introduced in 1996s A Game of Thrones, Jorah is the only son of Jeor Mormont, the honorable lord commander of the Nights Watch of the kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appeared in Martins A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, Jorah is portrayed by Iain Glen in the HBO television adaptation. At some point Jorah married a lady of House Glover, who died after miscarriage after ten years of marriage. Jorah fought in Greyjoys Rebellion, distinguishing himself by being one of the first to enter the fray during the Siege of Pyke, and was knighted by King Robert Baratheon. At the Tourney of Lannisport celebrating the Baratheon victory, Jorah fell in love with the beautiful Lynesse Hightower, Jorah bankrupted himself trying to provide her with luxuries, eventually selling poachers to a Tyroshi slaver to fund her lifestyle. His liege lord, Eddard Stark, condemned him to death, Jorah made his living as a sellsword, though still unable to provide for Lynesse. One year he returned from fighting Braavos on the River Rhoyne to find that Lynesse had become a concubine of a wealthy Lysene merchant, the merchant warned Jorah that he would be enslaved to settle his debts if he remained in Lys, and Jorah was forced to flee again.
Afterwards he drifted between the Free Cities, offering his services to the highest bidder, Jorah Mormont is not a point of view character in the novels, so his actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of other people, such as Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister. Jorah is mostly a background character in the novels, though Jorah holds Daenerys brother Viserys in contempt, he comes to admire Daenerys for her bravery and strength of character and eventually falls in love with her. In Vaes Dothrak he is warned by Illyrio Mopatis that Robert has ordered Daenerys assassination, after Drogos death he is the first to pledge fealty to Daenerys, and is astounded when she emerges from Drogos funeral pyre with three dragon hatchlings. Jorah accompanies Daenerys and the remnants of her khalasar to Qarth, Jorah stops sending reports to Varys, having truly fallen in love with Daenerys. Daenerys discovers his love after Jorah notes her physical similarity to Lynesse, at Qarths docks and Daenerys encounter the former pit fighter Strong Belwas and his squire Arstan Whitebeard.
Arstan claims to know Jorah, Jorah finds him familiar, despite Jorahs mistrust, Daenerys accepts the duo into her service. Jorah confesses his love to Daenerys, who rejects his advances, Jorah recommends that they sail to Astapor to buy an army of Unsullied, and commands the army when they overthrow the masters of Yunkai. As they arrive at Meereen, Arstan is revealed to be Ser Barristan Selmy, former Kingsguard to Aerys II Targaryen and Robert, Daenerys orders Jorah and Selmy to infiltrate Meereen and release slaves. Upon their return, Jorah refuses to beg forgiveness, insisting that Daenerys owes him forgiveness as reward for his service, Daenerys agrees but notes that she cannot do so without undermining her authority, and banishes Jorah. Jorah encounters the fugitive Tyrion Lannister in a brothel in Selhorys and takes him prisoner, in Volantis they encounter the dwarf Penny, whom Tyrion takes pity on and is allowed by Jorah to accompany them. During their voyage to Meereen, their ship is seized by slavers and Jorah is badly beaten, in Meereen the trio are sold to the Yunkish master Yezzan zo Qaggaz
The Time of Angels
The Time of Angels is the fourth episode in the fifth series of British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast on 24 April 2010 on BBC One. It is the first episode of a story written by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Adam Smith. The episode is set in the 51st century. The Doctor—a time travelling alien played by Matt Smith—and his companion Amy Pond are summoned by River Song and she takes them to the planet Alfava Metraxis, where the spaceship Byzantium has crashed. Hidden inside is a Weeping Angel, a creature that can move when unobserved by others. With the help of Father Octavian and his clerics, the Doctor, Amy. On the way, they discover all the statues in the maze are Angels. Inspired by the relationship between the film Alien and its sequel, Moffat wrote the episode as a more action-oriented sequel to Blink. It was the first episode to be filmed in the series, filming began 20 July 2009 at Southerndown beach, the Doctor takes the TARDIS to rescue her before the ship crashes on the planet Alfava Metraxis.
River warns the Doctor that the Byzantiums cargo hold contains a deadly Weeping Angel, the Doctor and Amy review a four-second loop of security footage of the Angel in the Byzantium vault as the soldiers set up base camp. Outside the trailer, the Doctor and River look through the Book of the Weeping Angels, written by Rastan Jovanich, in the book, they find the words, That which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel. Meanwhile, Amy has returned to the room, each time she turns away the Angel from the footage moves and it begins to emerge from the screen. The Doctor and River attempt to free Amy, the Doctor warns Amy not to directly into the eyes of the Angel because the book compared eyes to the doors of the soul. Amy is able to turn off the image on a break, causing the Angel to disappear. As they head toward the ship, Amy continually feels something in her eye. After launching a gravity globe near the roof of the Maze to provide illumination, while the Doctor and River Song discuss the two-headed natives who built the catacombs, it suddenly occurs to them that all the statues have only one head, they must therefore be Weeping Angels.
As the group tries to escape, Amy believes that she cannot move because her hand has become stone and she cannot release its grip on the wall of the cave. The Doctor explains that her perception has been influenced by the Angel through her eye contact, and she is still fine, he proves it by biting her hand
The series centres on four very different women, each struggling to cope with a significant man in her life serving time in prison. The series is set in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, series one was six episodes long, and premiered on Tuesday 31 January 2012. Series two was a run of four episodes, and began on Thursday 14 March 2013 on BBC One. Emma Rigby as Gemma Roscoe, Innocent and kind and she thought she’d hit the jackpot when she married Steve and is expecting their first child, but her world is turned upside down when her loving husband is arrested for murder. Vulnerable and naïve, initially Gemma seems ill-equipped to cope with this crisis, polly Walker as Francesca Miller, A gangster’s wife who’s been there, done it and bought the T-shirt. Confident and fun, Francesca takes life in her stride and has everything she’s ever wanted – a gorgeous house, but for all of Francesca’s outward self- assurance, hidden underneath is a complex, lonely woman who misses her husband desperately. Pippa Haywood as Harriet Allison and anxious, middle-aged Harriet is withdrawn, widowed some years earlier, her world has become very small.
Always one to avoid conflict, Harriet papers over the rather than deal with a problem. But now Harriet’s got a BIG problem, her only son, straight-laced Harriet is forced to come out of her shell, and in doing so, reveals a surprising inner anarchy hidden just beneath the surface. Natalie Gavin as Lou Bell, A heroine underdog, Lou’s had a tough upbringing and she is determined to give her son Mason the opportunities she never had. Feisty and courageous, but volatile and deeply cynical, Lou pushes people away, but with her boyfriend in prison, and her son struggling with his Dad’s absence, Lou has never needed the support of others more. Polly Walker as Francesca Miller, Fearless and fun, focussed on raising her two teenage children she has always turned a blind eye to her husband’s business. But as a gangland turf-war is brought to her doorstep, Francesca takes a step into the criminal underworld. Pippa Haywood as Harriet Allison and anxious, Harriet is the mother of Gavin, visiting her son in prison has opened up the world for widow Harriet, and now she is on the pursuit of love.
But she couldn’t have chosen a more complicated suitor in Ian, sally Carman as Kim Haines and self-assured, Kim is married to loving family man Mick, and has life perfectly under control. But when her neighbours from hell accuse her husband of the most heinous of crimes, as Mick struggles to cope with prison life, Kim battles to prove his innocence - and secrets she’d rather forget come back to haunt her. Karla Crome as Aisling OConnor, Gutsy and honest, Aisling is the loyal prisoners’ daughter of Brendan, old beyond her years and recently engaged to be married, Aisling craves the stability her irrepressible but feckless father never gave her. Her reliable fiancée is the polar opposite of her Dad, and for now, by Roanna Benn, Rebecca de Souza and Greg Brenman and for the BBC by Christopher Aird
Jack Taylor (TV series)
Jack Taylor is an Irish mystery television drama based on the novels by Ken Bruen. Set in Galway, the program features Iain Glen in the role of Jack Taylor. Taylor looks for clues others have overlooked and he knows the streets of his hometown like the back of his hand. According to the voiceover, there are no private eyes in Ireland–Its too close to being an informant – a dodgy concept–though in reality there are many private investigators in Ireland. Jack soon realises his experience suits him in his new role and he is aided in his investigations by his contacts, including some of his former Gardaí colleagues, notably Officer Kate Noonan. It was shown on Canvas in Belgium with Dutch subtitles, following The Guards, two further films, The Pikemen and The Magdalene Martyrs, were recorded and aired in September 2011. Aaron Monaghan, Emma Eliza Regan and Gavin Drea would join the cast, the Dramatist aired on TV3 on 3 March 2013, with Priest debuting a week later. Filming for Shot Down, the episode of the series.
The film is based on Bruens novel The Killing of the Tinkers, all six episodes are available on Netflix Streaming as of 19 February 2014. It is familiar territory but I think there are aspects that individualize it. Its kind of Philip Marlowe with American, dry one-liners all the way, bernice Harrison of The Irish Times gave the first film, The Guards, a mixed reception. Perhaps if it had been just an hour instead of feature-length, director Stuart Orme would have insisted on a tighter script, been sharper with his edits. The book deserved it and grizzly Jack Taylor is a strong character to hang it – or for that matter. She was far less positive about the two films in 2011, finding Glens Irish accent to be unconvincing. TV3 is showing two more Jack Taylor investigations. and they are worse than The Guards. Glenn, who in The Guards couldnt quite settle on an accent, has now decided to channel Clint Eastwood, keith Watson of Metro felt The Guards had several problems, but that Glen had rescued it.
Sidestepping gumshoe cliché, Glen gave Taylor a world-weary charisma that lifted him above the odd story he himself in from failure. A mixed-up yarn involving an old artist mate, a spot of under-age sex, a femme fatale and some sideswipes at the state of the Irish economy
Downton Abbey is a historical period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010, the sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011 and it earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total. It was the most watched series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited. By the third series, it had one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world. On 26 March 2015, Carnival Films and ITV announced that the series would be the last. It aired on ITV between 20 September 2015 and 8 November 2015, the final episode, serving as the annual Christmas special, was broadcast on 25 December 2015.
The storyline centres on the fee tail or entail governing the titled elite, as part of the backstory, the main character, Earl of Grantham, had resolved past financial difficulties by marrying Cora Levinson, an American heiress. Her considerable dowry is contractually incorporated into the comital entail in perpetuity and Cora have three daughters and no sons. As the eldest daughter, Lady Mary Crawley was to marry her second cousin, the first episode begins as news reaches Downton Abbey that both Grantham heirs perished in the sinking of the Titanic. A distant male cousin, solicitor Matthew Crawley, is from an upper-middle-class family - as his mother reminds him in one of series one. Matthew Crawley becomes the new heir, the plot centres on the relationship between Lady Mary and Matthew, who resists embracing an aristocratic lifestyle. A subplot involves John Bates, Lord Granthams new valet, and Thomas Barrow and Thomas remain at odds in subsequent series. Barrow works to sabotage Bates after learning he was released from jail for theft.
In the story line, Barrow, a gay man in late Edwardian England, aided by Miss OBrien, Lady Granthams personal maid, Barrow is caught stealing, but he joins the British army as a medic. Matthew eventually falls in love with Lady Mary, but she rejects his proposal. Cora becomes pregnant, possibly with an heir, but falls and miscarries after OBrien, mistakenly believing she was to be fired. The series ends just after the Archduke Franz Ferdinands assassination and the outbreak of the First World War in July 1914, the second series comprises eight episodes and runs from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the 1918 flu pandemic
The Edinburgh Academy is an independent school which was opened in 1824. The original building, in Henderson Row on the fringe of the New Town of Edinburgh. The Junior School is located on Arboretum Road to the north of the citys Royal Botanic Garden, the Edinburgh Academy was originally a day and boarding school for boys. It ceased boarding and transitioned to co-education in 2008 and is now a coeducational day school. The nursery, housed in a 2008 purpose built block on the Junior campus, the Junior School admits children from age 6 to 10 whilst the Senior School takes pupils from age 10 to 18. In 1822, the founders, Henry Cockburn and Leonard Horner agreed that Edinburgh required a new school to promote classical learning. Edinburghs Royal High School provided an education, but the founders felt that greater provision was needed for the teaching of Greek. Cockburn and Horner recruited John Russell as a co-founder and the three of them, together with other interested parties, put a proposal to the City Council for the building of a new school.
The City Fathers gave their approval in 1823 and fifteen Directors were elected, the main building of the Senior School, with its Greek Doric frontage, was designed by architect William Burn. The stone used was principally from the nearby Craigleith Quarry, the Foundation Stone was laid in June 1823 and the school opened for the first session in October 1824. In 1892, new classrooms were built along the wall of the site, and in 1900. At the back of the school the Dining Hall, and the Rifle Range beneath it, was opened in 1912 and after World War I and this was dedicated as a War Memorial to Edinburgh Academicals who had fallen during the hostilities of 1914 to 1918. The memorial was by Pilkington Jackson, a plaque commemorates ex-pupils who fell in the Second World War. In 1945, a new building, Denham Green House, was acquired in the Trinity area of Edinburgh and this was used for the junior department of the Preparatory School. In 1960, a new building for the three years of the Preparatory School was completed in Inverleith.
Denham Greens nursery and early years facilities were relocated to purpose built accommodation on the Preparatory schools Arboretum campus in 1987, in 1992, the Rectors residence, Academy House and in 1997, a new Games Hall were constructed on the same campus. The latter was funded by money from The Lottery and Sports Council and is for the use not only of pupils in both parts of the school but of the community in the area. A new computing and music building was completed at the Junior School in 2005 and a new nursery and after school facility in 2008
The Weeping Angels are a race of predatory creatures from the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, resembling stone statues. They feature in the spin-off series Class, in the first series finale The Lost, since their initial appearance, they have been persistently nominated as one of the most popular and frightening Doctor Who monsters. Steven Moffat, their creator, attributes their appeal to childhood games such as Grandmothers Footsteps, according to The Doctor, the Weeping Angels are as old as the universe, but no one really knows where they come from. He describes them as the deadliest, most powerful, most malevolent life-form ever produced, Weeping Angels are unusual as predators in that they neither kill nor directly parasitize their prey. The Doctor describes the Angels as the only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely because their victims are otherwise uninjured, in their usual form, Weeping Angels resemble silent human-sized stone statues in the form of winged angels in draped clothing.
Apart from the wings, their standard form appears to mimic Earth humans even when they are infiltrating worlds on which the inhabitants differ from this form, their facial features are bland and serene and their proportions human-normal. However, as close in on more aware victims they transform to a more horrific and demonic aspect with wide-open mouths, vampiric teeth. In the episode The Angels Take Manhattan, another form of Weeping Angel is shown, unlike the Weeping Angels, the cherubim are not silent, making a childlike giggling and having audible footsteps. It is not explicitly stated that these are young Angels, when they are not being observed by another being, Weeping Angels can move very quickly and silently. Their phenomenal speed allows them to close distances of meters literally in the blink of an eye, when they are being observed they become quantum-locked, occupying a single position in space and becoming stone. In this state, they are frozen and difficult to destroy, if two Weeping Angels were to look at each other at the same time, they would be trapped in stone form until an outside force moves them apart.
To prevent this, they cover their eyes while moving. When stalking a victim, Angels will generally take advantage of their speed to avoid being trapped in the quantum lock, Weeping Angels are very physically strong, although they rarely physically kill a victim since this wastes the time-potential energy which the Angels would otherwise consume. Weeping Angels appear to have little culture or motivation other than serving their basic predatory requirement of gaining energy. The Doctor has described them as the loneliest beings in the universe since their quantum-lock reaction makes it impossible for them to socialise with other creatures, Angels are capable of communication, as they often work in groups and clearly communicate with each other. While Angels can recognise individuals in other species when the situation requires it, they themselves speak collectively, Weeping Angels prefer to take their energy from live victims, but if required, they can drain other forms such as that from electric lights or other electronics.
In Blink, the Angels attempted to steal the Doctors TARDIS after trapping him in the past, the engine of the vehicle contained enough time energy to feed them forever, but The Doctor stated that the possible damage they could cause could switch off the sun. Without power, an Angel will start to decay and revert to a state even when not being watched
Tyrant (Resident Evil)
Tyrant is the code name of a series of boss characters in the Resident Evil horror video game series by Capcom, introduced in the original Resident Evil in 1996. Tyrants are towering, biologically engineered undead supersoldiers created and used by the sinister Umbrella Corporation, Tyrant creatures make appearances as boss characters in most Resident Evil games and the desire to create an obedient bioweapon lies at the core of the series storyline. Tyrants appear in media and merchandise of the Resident Evil franchise. Since their debut, the Tyrant series became one of the most recognisable and popular characters of the franchise, a particularly notable Tyrant is Nemesis, the title character of the video game Resident Evil 3, Nemesis. Capcom artists went through a trial-and-error process designing the Tyrant creatures, the game series features many types of Tyrants as the result of several different experiments. Following the discovery of the Progenitor virus, the Umbrella Corporation’s founders become eager to create a Bio-Organic Weapon that is powerful and capable of following orders.
Prior to the events of Resident Evil Zero, Umbrella used the Progenitor virus to create the Tyrant virus, which they believe can be used to manufacture powerful organisms. A problem with the compatibility with humans set the project back, as only humans with a very rare genetic makeup are capable of mutating into potent. Umbrella eventually overcame this setback by resorting to using clones of Sergei Vladimir, the events of Resident Evil Zero and Resident Evil chronicle the Umbrella Corporations development of the Tyrant prototypes, the T-001 and T-002. A revamped version of Tyrant existed in Resident Evil 5 during the games development, Tyrants have been consistently depicted as grotesque and brutally violent creatures, but their intelligence has varied. Both Nemesis and the T-103 series are prone to uncontrolled mutation when damaged, duvall in Resident Evil, Dead Aim gains bio-electric abilities. Outside of the Resident Evil franchise, there is a Tyrant card in the NDS version of SNK vs.
Capcom, in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, New Age of Heroes, Jill Valentine has a special move that calls forth a Tyrant. The Nemesis T-Type was added as a character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The Tyrant Fossil appears only in the novel Resident Evil, Underworld and he is shot for insubordination by an executive, Alexander Slater, and is immediately reanimated as a Tyrant. Compared to most of the Tyrants from the games, Isaacs retains his mental faculties, a new version of Tyrant resembling the T-078 with the power limiter appears in the CG film Resident Evil, Damnation. Several Tyrant action figures were released by manufacturers, including these by Toy Biz in 1998, Moby Dick Toys in 2001, Palisades Toys in 2001 and 2002. A1,6 scale resin figure of T-002 in Umbrella Chronicles was released by Gaya Entertainment, since 2011, various Tyrant infected cards were featured in Bandais Resident Evil Deck Building Game. In 2009, IGN featured the Tyrants in the lists of the best Resident Evil bosses, IGN added, Resident Evil is supposed to be a terrifying experience, and much of the terror stems from pitting players against foes who completely outmatch them
Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL is a Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter, knighted in 1997. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, and Shakespeare in Love, themes of human rights and political freedom pervade his work along with exploration of linguistics and philosophy. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation, in 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 11 in their list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture. Born in Czechoslovakia, Stoppard left as a refugee, fleeing imminent Nazi occupation. He settled with his family in Britain after the war, in 1946, after being educated at schools in Nottingham and Yorkshire, Stoppard became a journalist, a drama critic and then, in 1960, a playwright. He has been married three times, to Josie Ingle, Miriam Stoppard, and Sabrina Guinness, Stoppard was born Tomáš Straussler, in Zlín, a shoe town, in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia.
He was the son of Martha Becková and Eugen Straussler, a doctor with the Bata shoe company, both of his parents were non-observant Jews, part of a long-established community. Just before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the patron, Jan Antonín Baťa, helped re-post his Jewish employees, mostly physicians. On 15 March 1939, the day that the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, before the Japanese occupation of Singapore, the two sons and their mother were sent on to Australia. Stoppards father remained in Singapore as a British army volunteer, knowing that, as a doctor and his father died when Stoppard was four years old. From there, in 1941, when Tomas was five, the three were evacuated to Darjeeling in India, the boys attended Mount Hermon School, an American multi-racial school, where Tomas became Tom and his brother Petr became Peter. In 1945, his mother Martha married British army major Kenneth Stoppard, setting up Stoppards desire as a child to become an honorary Englishman. I fairly often find Im with people who forget I dont quite belong in the world were in, he says.
I find I put a foot wrong – it could be pronunciation, a bit of English history – and suddenly Im there naked, as someone with a pass. This is reflected in his characters, he notes, who are constantly being addressed by the name, with jokes. Stoppard attended the Dolphin School in Nottinghamshire, and completed his education at Pocklington School in East Riding, which he hated. Stoppard left school at seventeen and began work as a journalist for the Western Daily Press in Bristol, never receiving a university education, having taken against the idea. Years he came to not going to university, but at the time he loved his work as a journalist
Mountains of the Moon (film)
The expedition led to a bitter rivalry between the two men. The film stars Patrick Bergin as Burton and Iain Glen as Speke, delroy Lindo made an early film appearance as an African native the adventurers meet. The film was directed by Bob Rafelson, for whom this was something of a dream project and it was based on the novel Burton and Speke by William Harrison. The narrative concentrates on the relationship between the two different men. A first-time epic for Rafelson, it opened to positive reviews, exploratory adventures of 1857, Sir Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke, try to discover the true source of the Nile river. Patrick Bergin as Richard Francis Burton Iain Glen as John Hanning Speke Richard E, the soundtrack album was released on Polydor Records, but is long out of print. There are two themes, one for Burton and the other for Africa. There is a theme for Burtons relationship to his wife Isabel Burton. The film was released in a pan and scan VHS edition from a laserdisc and is currently available as both a pan and scan and widescreen DVD.
Rafelsons fondness for breathtaking vistas sometimes slows the pacing to Masterpiece Theatre speed, using adjectives such as fascinating, refreshing, Siskel & Ebert gave the film two thumbs up. Later, in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert wrote, Mountains of the Moon is completely absorbing and it tells its story soberly and intelligently, and with quiet style. It doesnt manufacture false thrills or phony excitement and its the kind of movie that sends you away from the screen filled with curiosity to know more about this man Burton. In Newsweek, critic Jack Kroll wrote, The exploits of Sir Richard Francis Burton make Lawrence of Arabia look like a tourist, the film depicts Isabel Arundell coming across a lewdly illustrated copy of Burtons translation of The Perfumed Garden in the mid-1850s, before they married. This work, was first published over 30 years in 1886, at a dinner party, Burton tells his future in-laws that he speaks 23 languages. At that point in his life, the number would have much smaller.
He states that he has read Confucius, the Koran and the Kabbalah in their original manuscripts, but he never mastered a Chinese language and did not learn Hebrew until much in life