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John Bunyan

John Bunyan was an English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. In addition to The Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons. Bunyan came near Bedford, he had some schooling and at the age of sixteen joined the Parliamentary Army during the first stage of the English Civil War. After three years in the army he returned to Elstow and took up the trade of tinker, which he had learned from his father, he became interested in religion after his marriage, attending first the parish church and joining the Bedford Meeting, a nonconformist group in Bedford, becoming a preacher. After the restoration of the monarch, when the freedom of nonconformists was curtailed, Bunyan was arrested and spent the next twelve years in jail as he refused to give up preaching. During this time he wrote a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, began work on his most famous book, The Pilgrim's Progress, not published until some years after his release.

Bunyan's years, in spite of another shorter term of imprisonment, were spent in relative comfort as a popular author and preacher, pastor of the Bedford Meeting. He is buried in Bunhill Fields; the Pilgrim's Progress became one of the most published books in the English language. He is remembered in the Church of England with a Lesser Festival on 30 August, on the liturgical calendar of the United States Episcopal Church on 29 August; some other churches of the Anglican Communion, such as the Anglican Church of Australia, honour him on the day of his death. John Bunyan was born in 1628 to Thomas and Margaret Bunyan at Bunyan's End in the parish of Elstow, Bedfordshire. Bunyan's End is about halfway between the hamlet of Elstow High Street. Bunyan's date of birth is not known, but he was baptised on 30 November 1628, the baptismal entry in the parish register reading "John the sonne of Thomas Bunnion Jun. the 30 November". The name Bunyan had its origins in the Norman-French name Buignon. There had been Bunyans in north Bedfordshire since at least 1199.

Bunyan's father was a brazier or tinker who travelled around the area mending pots and pans, his grandfather had been a chapman or small trader. The Bunyans owned land in Elstow, so Bunyan's origins were not quite as humble as he suggested in his autobiographical work Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners when he wrote that his father's house was "of that rank, meanest and most despised in the country"; as a child Bunyan was given some rudimentary schooling. In Grace Abounding Bunyan recorded few details of his upbringing, but he did note how he picked up the habit of swearing, suffered from nightmares, read the popular stories of the day in cheap chap-books. In the summer of 1644 Bunyan lost both his sister Margaret; that autumn, shortly before or after his sixteenth birthday, Bunyan enlisted in the Parliamentary army when an edict demanded 225 recruits from the town of Bedford. There are few details available about his military service, which took place during the first stage of the English Civil War.

A muster roll for the garrison of Newport Pagnell shows him as private "John Bunnian". In Grace Abounding, he recounted an incident from this time, as evidence of the grace of God: When I was a Souldier, I, with others, were drawn out to go to such a place to besiege it. Bunyan's army service provided him with a knowledge of military language which he used in his book The Holy War, exposed him to the ideas of the various religious sects and radical groups he came across in Newport Pagnell; the garrison town gave him opportunities to indulge in the sort of behaviour he would confess to in Grace Abounding: "So that until I came to the state of Marriage, I was the ringleader of all the Youth that kept me company, in all manner of vice and ungodliness". Bunyan spent nearly three years in the army, leaving in 1647 to return to Elstow and his trade as a tinker, his father had remarried and had more children and Bunyan moved from Bunyan's End to a cottage in Elstow High Street. Within two years of leaving the army, Bunyan married.

The name of his wife and the exact date of his marriage are not known, but Bunyan did recall that his wife, a pious young woman, brought with her into the marriage two books that she had inherited from her father: Arthur Dent's Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and Lewis Bayly's Practice of Piety. He recalled that, apart from these two books, the newly-weds possessed little: "not having so much household-stuff as a Dish or a Spoon betwixt us both"; the couple's first daughter, was born in 1650, it soon became apparent that she was blind. They would have three more children, Elizabeth and John. By his own account, Bunyan had as a youth enjoyed bell-ringing and playing games including on Sunday, forbidden by the Puritans, who held a high view of Sunday, called the Lord's Day. One Sunday the vicar of Elstow preached a sermon against Sabbath breaking, Bunyan took this sermon to heart; that afternoon, as he was playing tip-cat (a game in which a small piece of wood is hit with a

Rhydian Cowley

Rhydian Cowley is an Australian race walker born in Glen Waverley, Victoria who specialises in the 10 kilometres race walk and 20 kilometres race walk. Cowley competed in the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. For both of his major championship competitions, Cowley qualified in the 20 kilometres race walk, he has competed at a Summer Universiade, five World Race Walking Cups and a World Junior Championships. Cowley was born on 4 January 1991, he attended Melbourne High Deakin University in his schooling years. He lives in Glen Waverley, Australia. Cowley's debut at an international athletics competition was at the 2008 World Race Walking Cup where he competed in the junior 10 kilometre race, he competed at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics where he finished 17th in the 10 kilometres event. Cowley competed in two more World Race Walking Cups in 2010 and 2012. At the 2010 competition he once again competed in the junior 10 kilometre race.

This time he finished 15th. At the 2012 edition of the IAAF World Race Walking Cup he competed in the senior 20 kilometre walk and finished 90th, he competed in his first World Championships in the 2013 competition where he finished 50th out of 64 athletes in the 20 kilometre walk. The 2014 World Race Walking Cup was Cowley's fourth World Race Walking Cup, he finished 57th in the senior 20 kilometre walk. Cowley competed in the 2015 Summer Universiade, his first Summer Universaide, his finish of 13th in the 20 kilometres walk is his best finish at an international competition. Cowley's best finish at a World Race Walking Cup came in the 2016 edition when he finished 39th in the senior 20 kilometre walk. Cowley qualified for his first Summer Olympics in 2016. At the 2016 Summer Olympics he will compete in the 20 kilometre walk. Cowley has said he was inspired when rival Australian race-walker Jared Tallent was awarded his gold medal for the 50 kilometres walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in 2016 after Sergey Kirdyapkin was disqualified for doping.

He said. For so long, we've known. There’s been so many failed tests." Rhydian Cowley at World Athletics

A Lie

"A Lie" is a song recorded by Moroccan-American rapper French Montana featuring Canadian singer The Weeknd and American rapper Max B. The song was written by French, The Weeknd, Rory Quigley, Jason Quenneville, Danny Schofield, Charly Wingate, Matt Carillo, Fred Lowinger, Russ Mitkowski and Matthew Quenones, while the production was handled by Harry Fraud, DaHeala, DannyBoyStyles and Masar; the song was serviced to rhythmic radio on August 2017 as the album's third single. The single peaked at number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100; the music video for "A Lie" premiered on July 2017 on French Montana's Vevo account on YouTube. The video was shot in New York City, New York and was directed by French Montana and Spiff TV with cameos done by Belly and Nav; the music video has surpassed over 30 million views on YouTube. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics