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Rowlands Gill

Rowlands Gill is a large village situated along the A694, between Winlaton Mill and Hamsterley Mill, on the north bank of the River Derwent, in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead and Wear, England. Within Gateshead's greenbelt, the village has a picturesque setting with much open space and views across the valley to Gibside Estate, now owned by the National Trust. With the coming of the Derwent Valley Railway in 1867, Rowlands Gill became an economically viable coal mining village, a semi-rural dormitory suburb of commercial and industrial Tyneside. An independent village within Blaydon Urban District, in County Durham, it became incorporated into the County of Tyne and Wear and the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead in 1974. In local government Rowlands Gill is located within the ward of Chopwell and Rowlands Gill, it is served by three councillors, all of whom are Labour councillors, except for the north end at Lockhaugh, which falls within the ward of Winlaton and High Spen, is served by two Liberal Democrat councillors.

Gateshead Council is Labour-controlled. Rowlands Gill is in the parliamentary constituency of Blaydon; the MP is Labour's Liz Twist. Rowlands Gill is situated within Gateshead's Greenbelt, 6.2 miles southwest of Newcastle just outside of the Tyneside urban sprawl. Transport in the area is focused on Buses as the nearest railway station is Blaydon railway station, 3 miles to the north, is further away from any Tyne and Wear Metro stations; the village lies on the A694, known as'Station Road' in the village centre. Another nearby major road is the A692 that passes through the nearby areas of Byermoor and Hobson, County Durham; the village has two licensed premises, the Vale of Derwent Working Mens Club and a ‘micro pub’, The Railway Tavern. The Towneley Arms Public House pre-dated the village, being built in 1835 to serve travellers and their horses on the turnpike road through the valley, it was demolished in 2002 and replaced with dwellings. Persons requiring alcoholic refreshment would need to visit any of the numerous licensed establishments in any of the nearby villages.

The village has a four doctor GP surgery, a dentist surgery, a chemist shop. There are a barber, two hairdressers, two art shops, a gym, a post office, a grocer, a florist, a pet shop, a garage, an appliance shop. An estate agent, an accountant, a bookmaker and a mortician. There is an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant/take-away, a tea-shop, a sandwich shop, a fish and chip shop. A public library is near the village centre. Strathmore Road Methodist Church and St. Barnabas Church of England Church are near the centre. There is a small summer season caravan park located on the municipal Derwent Park site; the Derwent Park provides access to the river. The Derwent Country Walk runs through the village along the route of the dis-used railway line; the A694 runs through the town. There are frequent bus services to Newcastle City Centre, the MetroCentre and, in the other direction, Blackhall Mill and Consett. Other minor bus routes such as UCall bus service operate. Rowlands Gill has a primary school, rebuilt in 2007 after the amalgamation of the separate infant and junior schools.

The school is a feeder to Thorp Academy. However, a significant number of parents send their children to St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon. Rowlands Gill, the surrounding Derwent Valley, was chosen by the Northern Kites Project as the location for the re-introduction of red kites in semi-rural areas; this scheme has proven to be a big success, with birds being spotted across the west of the borough, from Crawcrook through Rowlands Gill, to Burnopfield and Whickham. The following notable people were either born in Rowlands Gill or lived there for a significant period: Kirsty Wade - athlete, a former resident of the old station-masters house. Chris Ryan - SAS soldier and author. Frank Clark - European Cup-winning football player and manager. Si King - TV personality and Hairy Biker, resides in Rowlands Gill. Ben Satterley - wrestler under contract to the WWE. Was once billed as being from Rowlands Gill when wrestling in the North East. Richard Cobbing - athlete, former World Games Trampoline champion and World Championship Silver Medallist at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.

Daniel Barlaser - footballer for Newcastle United. Edward Charlton - British Army soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during World War II

Gordon Kinvig

James Gordon Kinvig was a New Zealand cricketer, rugby union footballer and soldier. Kinvig was born in Christchurch and educated at Christchurch Boys' High School, where he was a champion sportsman, he moved to Wellington in about 1909 to work in his father's warehousing business. In 1914 he went to Melbourne for business reasons, he returned to Wellington in 1915. He enlisted in the Wellington Regiment in September 1915 and embarked for Suez in May 1916 as a sergeant. After service in France and officer training in England, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Wellington Second Battalion, he served some time in the trenches. Early in the morning of 31 July 1917 he was killed in the attack on La Basse Ville during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge as part of the Battle of Passchendaele. A right-handed lower-order batsman, left-arm medium-pace bowler and fine fieldsman, Kinvig was a successful player at club level but played only two matches for Wellington. In his first match, against the touring Australians in February 1910, he took 3 for 36 in the Australians' first innings.

A few weeks before, opening the bowling for his club Central in senior Wellington cricket, he had taken 5 for 2. Kinvig played rugby union for Wellington from 1909 to 1913, he was a centre three-quarter with a safe pair of hands, an accurate left-foot kick in both field play and conversions. He played 26 times for Wellington, scoring eight tries, converting 12 tries, kicking one penalty goal and one field goal – a total of 53 points. After his death his family donated a section of land he owned in Karori to the Wellington Rugby Union to be sold and the proceeds used to improve Athletic Park, Wellington. Gordon Kinvig at ESPNcricinfo Gordon Kinvig at CricketArchive

Christmas Time (Bryan Adams song)

"Christmas Time" is a song by Canadian rock singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. It became Adams' most popular Christmas song, it was released on clear, green vinyl with a picture sleeve. It was recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. No music video was shot for the song when it was released, but on December 10, 2019, Adams released a video for the song on YouTube. Over thirty years after it was first recorded, the song still receives significant radio airplay each year during the Christmas season; the B-side is "Reggae Christmas", written by Jim Vallance in 1978 after a chance meeting with Ringo Starr. Although Starr never recorded it, Adams went on to do his version in 1984, adding a new bridge section, it was first released as a fanclub-only single on colored vinyl in December 1984, with a Christmas message by Adams and his band on the B-side. Subsequently, "Reggae Christmas" ended up as the B-side to all pressings of "Christmas Time", from 1985 onwards. There was a live video made by MTV for its "Reggae Christmas", featuring a guest appearance by Pee Wee Herman.

"Christmas Time" "Reggae Christmas" Despite being listed as a bonus track to the 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife on the Bryan Adams website, there is no official version of the album with "Christmas Time" on it. The song has in fact been absent from any official Bryan Adams release thus far, as has its B-side "Reggae Christmas"; the song is, available on these compilation albums: The Christmas Hit Collection The Best of Rock Christmas A Musical Christmas from The Vatican DVD The Very Best of Rock Christmas A Canadian Christmas Christmas #1 Hits Now Christmas 3 Bryan Adams – acoustic guitar and backing vocals Jim Vallance – bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals Keith Scott – lead guitar Mickey Currydrums

Pilot (Eureka)

"Pilot" is the premiere episode of the American science fiction drama Eureka. Although broadcast as one 2-hour episode, it functions as the first and second episodes of Season 1. A freak car accident brings U. S. Marshal Jack Carter into the not-so quiet town of Eureka. While transporting a fugitive back to Los Angeles, U. S. Marshal Jack Carter crashes his car near the remote town of Eureka, where the country's greatest minds live and work on the next great scientific advancements. Jack is a fish out of water among the gifted inhabitants; as he comes to realize just what the town is, he gets caught up in the investigation of an experiment gone wrong. Walter Perkins, one of the brightest minds in town, has created a tachyon accelerator that threatens to tear apart reality itself. Before Walter can fix it, however, he is absorbed by his own machine. With a town full of geniuses, it seems as if Jack is the only one capable of saving the town, he gets a young autistic savant he befriended earlier to complete Walter's equations destroyed by the antimatter sphere created by Walter's machine.

Town mechanic and resident jack-of-all-trades Henry Deacon and other scientists at the Eureka Advanced Research Facility initiate a reversal to the impending cataclysm before the town — and entire world — are absorbed in the vortex. With the local sheriff injured in the incident, Allison Blake, the D. O. D. government liaison, requests Jack be reassigned as the new sheriff of Eureka. The series' premiere performed well, with more than 4.1 million people watching. Eureka was the Number 1 cable program for that Tuesday night, was the highest-rated series launch in SciFi's fourteen-year history. John Maynard of the Washington Post noted that "Pilot" was more character driven than special effects driven, a good thing because the effects were "so-so." Tachyons in fiction


Cogges is an area beside the River Windrush in Witney, Oxfordshire, 0.5 miles east of the town centre. It had been a separate village and until 1932 it was a separate civil parish; the former village centres upon three historic buildings: the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary, the former Vicarage and Cogges Manor Farm. There was formerly an 11th-century fortified manor house. Two moats survive south of the parish church. One was called Castle Yard, excavation within the curtilage of the other has revealed massive 12th century foundations. St. Mary's parish church had been established by the second half of the 11th century; the walls of the nave may be either late Saxon or early Norman. The south aisle was added late in the 12th century, but the two arches of the arcade between the nave and south aisle were rebuilt in the 13th century; the chancel and chancel arch were rebuilt in the middle of the 13th century. In about 1340 the north chapel was added, linked with the chancel by an arcade of two bays and with the 14th century effigy of a lady under one of the arches.

The Decorated Gothic north aisle and adjoining bell tower were built in about 1350. The present east window of the chancel is Decorated Gothic; the tower's upper stages are octagonal in reference to a style of church towers in Normandy whence the monks from Fécamp would have originated. In the 15th century a Perpendicular Gothic clerestory was added to the nave, the roofs of the nave and chancel were all rebuilt in the shallow-pitched late-mediaeval manner. Late in the 15th century the Perpendicular Gothic west window of the nave was inserted; the windows of the north chapel were decorated with stained glass depicting the heraldry of the de Grey family. During the English Civil War in the 17th century the church was damaged and the heraldic glass was destroyed. A priory of the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp was founded at Cogges in 1103; the priory became associated with the running of the parish church. In 1441 Henry VI seized the priory and its estates and gave them to Eton College, which thus acquired control of the parish church as well.

The priory fell into disrepair but the remains of a 13th-century building have survived in an altered form, with an intermediate floor inserted to make it a two-storey building. Early in the 17th century a wing was added to the surviving building to make it into a farmhouse. In 1859 Eton College sold the priory house to the Diocese of Oxford to become St. Mary's Vicarage. A high, gabled Victorian wing was added to enlarge the house, so that the 13th century core is now sandwiched between 17th and 19th century additions; the Domesday Book records that by 1086 Cogges had a water mill on the River Windrush. For much of its history Cogges had two water mills: one at the southern tip of the parish and the other north of the Priory; the southern mill was called Gold Mill, its name evolved by 1279 to Gill Mill. By 1670 Gill Mill was being used as a fulling mill and in 1702 and 1712 there were two fulling mills on the site; the last known record of Gill Mill being in operation is from about 1803. The northern mill existed by 1272 and was being used as a fulling mill by 1387.

It was still in operation in 1702 but had fallen out of use by 1704. Cogges Manor Farm House is a 16th- and 17th-century house built around the remains of one wing of a manor house that originated in the middle of the 12th century; the remains of the 13th century building were altered in the 16th century and a second wing was added after 1667. In 1974 Oxfordshire County Council bought the house and converted it into a Cogges Manor Farm Museum.5An open field system of farming prevailed in the parish until 1787 when an Act of Parliament enabled the common land to be enclosed. Cogges was a separate civil parish until 1932, when the former village became part of Witney and the remaining rural parts were divided between the civil parishes of Ducklington and South Leigh. Blair, J. "Investigations at Cogges, Oxfordshire 1978–81: The Priory and the Parish Church". Oxoniensia. Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society. XLVII: 37–126. Crossley, Alan. R.. P.. J.. J.. A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 12: Wootton Hundred including Woodstock.

Victoria County History. Victoria County History of the Counties of England. Pp. 54–75. ISBN 0-19-722774-0. CS1 maint: extra text: authors list Page, William, ed.. A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 2. Victoria County History. Archibald Constable & Co. pp. 161–162. Sherwood, Jennifer. Oxfordshire; the Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. Pp. 550–551. ISBN 0-14-071045-0. Steane, John M. ed.. Cogges A guide to the museum and village.. Cogges Agricultural Heritage Museum Association Limited. ISBN 0-901036-06-4. Cogges Community PicnicCogges ConnectedCogges & Newland CommunityThe Blake Primary School CoggesCogges Manor Farm Media related to Cogges at Wikimedia Commons