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Dick Vrij

Dick Vrij is a retired Dutch professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 1995 until 2003, he competed in the Heavyweight division for RINGS and It's Showtime. A former bodybuilder and club bouncer, Vrij started training martial arts at the Chris Dolman gym, he had his debut to a worldwide audience when he wrestled a special match in Japanese pro wrestling promotion UWF Newborn, facing Yoshiaki Fujiwara in a losing effort. He would return to lose again to Fujiwara; when the promotion closed and Vrij followed UWF member Akira Maeda to his Fighting Network RINGS promotion in 1990, becoming full time wrestlers for it. Vrij took part in RINGS's first main event, he became famous for his kickboxing strikes and intimidating physique, being nicknamed "Cyborg". Vrij competed both in pro wrestling and shoot matches, having the first of them at the event RINGS Mega Battle IV, where he knocked out Mitsuya Nagai with a palm strike, he would defeat him in a rematch in RINGS Holland, knocking Nagai several times before winning by knee strike.

They faced again in a rubber match in RINGS Maelstrom 6, but an improved Nagai capitalized on Vrij's lack of grappling skill and submitted him with a heel hook. Vrij would have another fight in Holland in 1997 against Pedro Palm, but the bout went to no contest due to Vrij landing an illegal kick while Palm was downed. In February 1998, Vrij took on Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Paul Varelans in a vale tudo rules match for his return to RINGS Holland. Dick fought in bad health and under heavy ephedrine medication for a foot injury gained in a wrestling match with Valentijn Overeem, but he did not back down from the event; the subsequent match was controversial, as although Dick dominated the first round with multiple unanswered combos, drawing abundant blood from Varelans's face and hitting ground and pound from the mount, the referee pushed Vrij aside and restarted the bout instead of stopping it. At the second round, Vrij felt the effects of his health, Varelans capitalized to land a right punch and knock him out, winning the match.

Vrij bounced back from the loss at the next Holland event, defeating another UFC alumnus in the form of Zane Frazier. List of male mixed martial artists Professional MMA record for Dick Vrij from Sherdog Dick Vrij at Dick Vrij at

Camille-Marie Stamaty

Camille-Marie Stamaty was a French pianist, piano teacher and composer predominantly of piano music and studies. Today forgotten, he was one of the preeminent piano teachers in 19th century Paris, his most famous pupils were Camille Saint-Saëns. Stamaty was the star pupil of heir to Kalkbrenner's teaching method, he taught a crisp, fine filigree piano playing that concentrated on evenness of scales, independence of fingers and minimum movement of body and arms. Stamaty composed a great number of piano studies, various other shorter piano works, a piano concerto and some chamber music. None of his music is still in the repertoire today, although a good look at his once famous études might be worthwhile. New recordings of his best output on period instruments, would be desirable. Camille-Marie Stamaty, born in Rome, was the son of a French mother, his father was for a time French consul in the Italian town of Civitavecchia. His mother was French and according to Antoine François Marmontel, who knew her, a fine singer of Italian operatic arias.

Stamaty's father died in 1818, which forced the family to move back to France, first to Dijon on to Paris. Stamaty did not have musical training from an early age on. Marmontel mentions that his musical studies had to take second place after classes in literature and history. Stamaty did not have a piano of his own, his mother on the advice of her family was against a career of her son in music, although Stamaty showed considerable musical gifts from an early age on. Stamaty's family wanted him to become a civil engineer or a clerk in the administration. Stamaty did become a civil servant but he did not give up on music altogether. In his spare time he kept practicing and composing and his playing must have been so good that he could perform at soirees in fashionable Parisian homes; this was no mean achievement as Paris was considered to be the city of pianists and Stamaty had ample competition in fashionable salons from luminaries such as Sigismond Thalberg, Franz Liszt, Stephen Heller, Henri Herz, Émile Prudent and scores of lesser known piano players.

It was an encounter with Friedrich Kalkbrenner that decided Stamaty's fate. Kalkbrenner had been looking for a pupil, he had considered Frédéric Chopin, but Chopin on the advice of his teacher Józef Elsner had turned him down. The same had happened with Charles Hallé. Hallé too had at first sought out Kalkbrenner to become his pupil, but Kalkbrenner's stiff, old-fashioned and flawed playing deterred Hallé so much, that he decided otherwise. Stamaty in many ways was the ideal candidate for Kalkbrenner, he was talented, ambitious and in addition to that he was poor and bored at his job in the Préfecture. And above all he was prepared to suffer Kalkbrenner. Marmontel shrewdly points out that, as Stamaty was no artist on the scale of Chopin and thus lacked the strong personality of the great genius, he was ideally suited for Kalkbrenner's strict regime. So when Kalkbrenner heard Stamaty play a quadrille with variations of his own composition he approached Stamaty and made him a business proposal: Stamaty would become his pupil and his répètiteur at the same time.

A répètiteur was an auxiliary teacher to Kalkbrenner who in his years did little teaching himself. Kalkbrenner gave fashionable and expensive piano courses for selected pupils, while Stamaty would prepare students for these courses and do all the preparatory teaching; as teacher Stamaty did not neglect his studies in music theory. He received lessons in organ playing from François Benoist and in harmony and counterpoint from Anton Reicha. In October 1836 Stamaty went to Leipzig to receive the finishing touches of his education from Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn writes about the lessons he gave Stamaty in a letter to Ferdinand Hiller on October 29, 1836: "Stamaty is staying here, I have got to teach him counterpoint – I declare I don’t know much about it myself, he says, that, only my modesty. "On November 26, 1836, Mendelssohn wrote some more about Stamaty to Hiller: "Stamaty will be at Frankfort in a few days, on his way back to Paris. I maintain that he has got de lAllemagne and du contrepoint double par dessus les Oreilles".

Stamaty figured in a letter Mendelssohn's sister Rebecca wrote to Karl Klingemann on October 4, 1836: "Moreover, Kalkbrenner’s best pupil, Mr. Stamaty, élève du conservatoire de Paris, popular music master, is here in Germany learning music from Felix, refuses to play until he has learned something better". For some 35 years Stamaty must have been the most sought after and the most fashionable piano teacher in Paris, he had most of them from wealthy families in the aristocratic Faubourgs. He charged some of the highest fees in Paris. According to Marmontel he was a born teacher and had the useful talent of inspiring trust not so much in his pupils but in their mothers: Let's add that he combined all the proper qualities that would inspire confidence and trust in mothers of families: Distinction, reserve and pure talent, he achieved a lot. Apart from Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Stamaty's most famous pupil was Camille Saint-Saëns. Saint-Saëns started with Stamaty when he was seven years old and he stayed with him until he was fourteen, whence h


Blieux is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. The commune of Blieux first appeared on maps in 1100. Much during the French Revolution, records show that the residents of Blieux had created a political club, common at the time.. According to Ernest Nègre, the first recorded name for the commune, was derived from the Occitan word bleusse, meaning'dry'; this was a reference to the local soil. By contrast, Charles Rostaing argues that the name derives from the pre-Indo-European root word, *BL, meaning'mountain in the form of a spur'. La Melle, the name of a nearby hamlet, comes from the Celtic word, meaning an elevated location. Blieux was a pastoral community, with a yearly alpine grazing cyle known as transhumance; as with much of Provence, tourism the primary source of economic activity today. The village is located at an altitude of 950m, in the valley formed by a tributary of the river Asse, known as the'Asse de Blieux'. Le Bas-Chadoul la Melle la Tuilière Thon La Castelle Mont Chiran le Grand Mourre Crête de Montmuye Le Mourre de Chanier With the exception of those that have been abandoned, Blieux is one of the communities in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department that has experienced the greatest population decline from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

Inhabitants are known as Blieuxois. Communes of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department INSEE

Montana's at-large congressional district

Montana is represented in the United States House of Representatives by one at-large congressional district, among the 435 in the United States Congress. The district is the largest U. S. congressional district by population with just over 1 million constituents. It is the second-largest by land area, after Alaska's at-large congressional district, the largest by land area in the contiguous United States. Since June 21, 2017, the district has been represented by Republican Greg Gianforte. Gianforte won a special election earlier in 2017 to replace Ryan Zinke, who had resigned to become U. S. Secretary of the Interior. Gianforte will not seek reelection in 2020. President George W. Bush won Montana in the 2004 presidential election with 59.1% of the vote, beating John Kerry by 20 percentage points, which indicates that the district leans Republican. However, four years John McCain won the state by only 2.5% over Barack Obama, there is a significant Democratic presence in the state: as of 2019 the Governor's office and one U.

S. Senate seat are controlled by the Democrats, which suggested at the time that the district could be competitive in future elections. In 2016, Donald Trump won by over 20%, while Ryan Zinke won Montana's single congressional seat by over 16%; the seat was left vacant. In a special election held on May 25, 2017, Republican Greg Gianforte won with a margin of 6%. From statehood in 1889, until the creation of geographic districts in 1919, Montana was represented in the United States House of Representatives by members elected at-large, that is, requiring voting by all the state population. From 1913 to 1919, there were two seats, still elected at-large. After that time, two representatives were elected from two geographic districts of equal population, from the east and the west of the state. In the reapportionment following the 1990 census, Montana lost one of its two seats, its remaining member was again elected at-large. Election results from presidential races are shown below; the two at-large seats were moved to district representation in 1919, remained until 1993, when Montana lost a seat due to redistricting from the 1990 US Census, Re-establishing the single seat at-large district.

The following are official results from the general elections. As of April 2018, there are five living former members; the most recent representative to die was Jeannette Rankin on May 18, 1973. The most serving representatives to die were Rankin and John M. Evans, who died on March 12, 1946. 2004 Election results for Montana At Large Congressional district Martis, Kenneth C.. The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Martis, Kenneth C.. The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

Leonard Wibberley

Leonard Patrick O'Connor Wibberley, who published under the name Patrick O'Connor, among others, was a prolific and versatile Irish author who spent most of his life in the United States. Wibberley, who published more than 100 books, is best known for five satirical novels about an imaginary country Grand Fenwick The Mouse That Roared. Wibberley's adult and juvenile publications cut across the categories of fictional novels and biography, he wrote short stories and long verse poems. Some of his books are in series. Besides the'Mouse' series, as Leonard Holton, he created the eleven-novel'Father Bredder' mystery series about "a major figure in the clerical crime drama". Among his more than 50 juvenile books are, a seven-volume'Treegate' series of historical fiction and a four-volume life of Thomas Jefferson; as Patrick O'Connor, he wrote the Black Tiger series for young adults. Wibberley is classified as a science fiction writer. Throughout the decades and senses of the sea play important parts in both Wibberley's fiction and nonfiction.

Three of his novels have been made into movies: The Mouse That Roared, The Mouse on the Moon, The Hands of Cormac Joyce. In 1915, Leonard Wibberley was born in the youngest of six children, his family moved to Cork and, until the age of eight, he was educated in Irish at Ring College, Ireland. After moving to England, he attended Abbey House, Romsey and Cardinal Vaughan's Memorial School in London, his father, Thomas Wibberley, FRSA, Professor of Agricultural Research, University College and Queen's University Belfast, was an experimental agronomist. He wrote several books contending his methods and inventions would allow the UK, absent empire, to feed itself. In 1921, the elder Wibberley was made a Fellow of the Linnean Society. Leonard's second name, "Patrick", was his confirmation name. On his father's death, Wibberley began a long career in newspapers, in London, as copy boy for the Sunday Dispatch reporter for the Sunday Express and Daily Mirror, was assistant London editor for the Malayan Straits Times and the Singapore Free Press.

He emigrated for Trinidad, where he held several jobs, first as editor of the Trinidad Evening News, thereafter as an oilfield worker for Trinidad Leaseholds Ltd, before immigrating to New York City in 1943. There he was employed by Walsh Kaiser Shipyards, but soon found important jobs in journalism again, as Cable Dispatch Editor for the Associated Press during the war years of 1943–44 and New York Correspondent and Bureau Chief for the London Evening News. In 1947 Wibberley moved permanently to California, working in newspapers, first as city editor of the Turlock Daily Journal as editor of the Independent Journal, San Rafael, next as copy editor reporter, for the Los Angeles Times. While working for the Times he began his novel-writing career. At age 37, he published The King's Beard. Leaving the newspaper business, he settled permanently in Hermosa Beach, California, as a full-time author, publishing 100 more books, at a rate of at least one a year and averaging more than three. Many were with three publishers: Farrar and Giroux.

The best-known of Wibberley's books, The Mouse that Roared, was kept in print for some time by Bantam Books and Four Walls Eight Windows. Wibberley took part in plays, did local radio readings and wrote a weekly syndicated column for the San Francisco Chronicle,'The Wibberley Papers', his writing activities included unpublished and uncompleted projects, such as an unfinished 1958 collaboration with his friend Rosalind Russell on a musical script adaptation from his McGillicuddy McGotham, titled "Little Mac". His two marriages, in Trinidad with Olga Morton-Gittens, in California with Hazel Holton, produced seven children, including film writer Cormac Wibberley among six by the latter. Wibberley died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, aged 68, on 22 November 1983. Wibberley donated manuscripts and proofs of many of his works to The Leonard Wibberley Archive of the library collections of the University of Southern California, where they are available, but not online. In 1993, Borgo Press published a posthumous book of his last short writings.

"The Day New York Was Invaded" "The Hands of Cormac Joyce", novelette: 232, n 29 "The Time of the Lamb" 233 n 26, combined issues "The Captive Outfielder": 234, n 12 "The Ballad of the Pilgrim Cat": 234, n 44 "The Man Who Lived on Water": 235, n 13 "Prevarication Jones": 235, n 24. Sept.-Oct. 1994 "Two Angels on Duty": 235, n 28. September 1996 The Mouse That Roared. New York: William Morrow. 1955. ISBN 978-0-316-93872-3 Beware of the Mouse. New York: Borgo Press. 1958. ISBN 9780893700010. With Cathy Hill The Mouse on the Moon. New York: William Morrow. 1962. (