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John Crome

John Crome was an English landscape artist of the Romantic era, one of the principal artists and founding members of the Norwich School of painters. He lived in Norwich for all his life and most of his works are Norfolk landscapes, he was sometimes known as Old Crome to distinguish him from his son John Berney Crome, a well-known artist. His work is in the collections of major galleries, including the Tate Gallery and the Royal Academy in London, he is well represented at the Norwich Castle Museum. He taught art. John Crome was born on 22 December 1768 in Norwich and baptised on 25th December at St George's Church, Norwich, he was the son of John Crome, a weaver, his wife Elizabeth. After a period working as an errand boy for a doctor, he was apprenticed to Francis Whisler, a house and sign painter. At about this time he formed a friendship with Robert Ladbrooke, an apprentice printer, who became a celebrated landscape painter; the pair went on sketching trips in the fields and lanes around Norwich.

They bought prints to copy. Crome and Ladbrooke sold some of their work to a local printseller,'Smith and Jaggars' of Norwich, it was through the print-seller that Crome met Thomas Harvey of Old Catton, who helped him set to up as a drawing teacher, he had access to Harvey's art collection, which allowed him to develop his skills by copying the works of Gainsborough and Hobbema. Crome received further instruction and encouragement from Sir William Beechey R. A. whose house in London he visited, John Opie R. A.. In October 1792 Crome married Phoebe Berney, they produced six sons. Two of his sons, John Berney Crome and William Henry Crome were both notable landscape painters. In 1803 Crome and Robert Ladbrooke formed the Norwich Society of Artists, a group that included Robert Dixon, Charles Hodgson, Daniel Coppin, James Stark and George Vincent, their first exhibition, in 1805, marked the start of the Norwich School of painters, the first art movement created outside London. Crome contributed twenty-two works to its first exhibition, held in 1805.

He held the position at the time of his death. With the exception of the times when he made short visits to London, he had little or no communication with the great artists of his own time, he exhibited thirteen works at the Royal Academy between 1806 and 1818. He visited Paris in 1814, following the defeat of Napoleon, exhibited views of Paris and Ostend. Most of his subjects were of scenes in Norfolk. Crome was drawing master at Norwich School for many years. Several members of the Norwich School art movement were educated at the school and were taught by Crome, including James Stark and Edward Thomas Daniell, he taught his pupils including members of the influential Gurney family, whom he stayed with whilst in the Lake District in 1802. He died at his house in Gildengate, Norwich, on 22 April 1821, was buried in St. George's Church. On his death-bed he is said to have gasped, "Oh Hobbema, my dear Hobbema, how I have loved you". A memorial exhibition of more than 100 of his works was held in November that year by the Norwich Society of Artists.

Crome's Broad and nearby Crome's Farm in The Broads National Park are named after him. The area surrounding Heartsease is covered by the Crome ward and division on Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council respectively. An incident in Crome's life was the subject of the one-act opera Twice in a Blue Moon by Phyllis Tate, to a libretto by Christopher Hassall: it was first performed in 1969. In the story Crome and his wife split one of his paintings in two to sell each half at the Norwich Fair. Crome worked in both watercolour and oil, his oil paintings numbering more than 300. Between 1809 and 1813 he made a series of etchings, they were not published in his lifetime, although he issued a prospectus announcing his intention to do so. His two main influences are considered to be the work of Wilson. Along with John Constable, Crome was one of the earliest English artists to represent identifiable species of trees, rather than generalised forms, his works, renowned for their originality and vision, were inspired by direct observation of the natural world combined with a comprehensive study of old masters.

Art historian Andrew Hemingway has identified a theme of leisure in Crome's work, citing his works depicting the beach at Great Yarmouth, the River Wensum in his native Norwich. An example of the latter is the oil painting Boys Bathing on the River Wensum, painted in 1817. Although catalogued by the Yale Center for British Art with an alternative title of View on the Wesum at Thorpe, which lies to the east of Norwich, other studies suggest it depicts a scene at New Mills, to the west of Norwich, the site of several of Crome's works. Works Stephen, Leslie, ed.. "Crome, John". Dictionary of National Biography. 13. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 140–3. Binyon, Lawrence. John Crome and John Sell Cotman. Cole, Timothy. Old English Masters p. 141 ff. Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Crome, John". Encyclopædia Britannica. 7. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 483–484. Cundall, H. M.. The Norwich School. London: The Studio. Mottram, R. H.. John Crome of Norwich. London: John Lane The Bodley Head Limited. Clifford, Derek & Timothy. John Crome..

Goldberg, Norman L. John Crome the Elder: text and a critical catalogue – 2 vols.. ISBN 0-7148-1821-6Hemingway, An

Clay Hill, London

Clay Hill is an area of Enfield, England. It is located to the north of Enfield Town and is a residential area which borders Crews Hill to the north and forms part of London's Green Belt, it is in the historic county of Middlesex. Places of interest include Whitewebbs Park, Hillyfields Park and Forty Hall; the North Enfield Cricket Club ground is located within the Clay Hill area, at the top of Hilly Fields Park. Clay Hill is recorded as Clayhillgate. However, the local name Claysmore, earlier Clayes More Grove, is associated with the family of William atte Cleye, John Clay. Clay Hill may derive from a surname rather than the word clay. Whitewebbs has links with the Gunpowder Plot, as Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators are known to have used a safe house in Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield; the claim as to location of this safe house is held by the Rose and Crown public house, extended into what would have been cottages at the time. Fawkes met with Robert Catesby at the original Whitewebbs House, located on the site of what is now Guy's Lodge Farm opposite the King and Tinker public house.

Clay Hill is part of the large Chase ward, which covers Botany Bay, Crews Hill and Bulls Cross. The 2011 census showed. 5 % was 3 % Black Caribbean. Crews Hill Forty Hill Gordon Hill Enfield Town The King and Tinker public house

Monton Sports

Monton Sports is a Chinese sports equipment manufacturing company headquartered in Guangdong. The company, focused on road bicycle racing products, has additional offices in Taichung, Pahang, North Carolina and Slovakia. Sportswear manufactured and commercialised by Monton include jerseys, shorts, t-shirts, as well as helmets, gloves, water bottles, among other products. Started in Guangzhou in early 2009 by Cai Jianxiong, the first products launched in June of that year; the name MONTON was taken from the words Mountain, promoting the green life of cycling. In 2012, Monton partnered with a Taiwan designer, a cyclist to create a range of fashionable cycling clothing and accessories. In 2015, Monton has sponsored 6th Tour of Poyang Lake, bike race which 22 teams, 179 cyclists had taken part in. In 2016, Monton has sponsored three UCI continental cycling teams with custom cycling clothing: Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan in Argentina Terengganu Cycling Team in Malaysia Dukla Banská Bystrica cycling team in SlovakiaIn 2016, Monton has been the exclusive clothing supplier of Tour of China bike race.

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2016 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2016 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament was held from May 24 through May 29 at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Western Carolina University won the tournament; the annual event determines the conference champion of the Division I Southern Conference in college baseball. The tournament winner earns the league's bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament; this is the last of 20 athletic championships held by the conference in the 2015–16 academic year. The tournament was held from 1950-53, when the Southern Conference was a large conference composed of several small schools and several large schools, the latter of which would form the Atlantic Coast Conference after the 1953 season; the event has been held every year since. Western Carolina has claimed nine championships, the most of any school, with The Citadel close behind at eight tournament wins. Furman is the only other school current school with multiple championships. East Tennessee State, UNC Greensboro, VMI have never won a title, although East Tennessee State and VMI returned to the conference in 2015 after over ten years in other conferences.

Defending champion Mercer claimed the conference championship in its first appearance. The tournament will be played in Greenville. All nine teams will participate in the tournament, with the bottom two seeds playing a single-elimination play-in round; the winner will play the top seed, as part of the double-elimination tournament


WBLM 102.9 FM is a Mainstream Rock radio station serving the central and southern Maine and northern and eastern New Hampshire listening areas from Portland, Maine. The station has a studio in One City Center, along with co-owned Townsquare Media stations WJBQ, WCYY, WHOM and WPKQ; the station serves as the Portland market affiliate for the New England Patriots Radio Network. WBLM is one of the most powerful FM stations in New England, licensed to operate at 100,000 watts, it broadcasts from a transmitter tower near Route 121 in Raymond, the second tallest man-made structure in Maine. In the movie City Slickers, Billy Crystal's character claimed to have been a sales executive for the fictional station "WBLM Radio". WBLM signed on the air on March 1973 on 107.5 MHz. By day, it played Beautiful Music with free-form progressive rock airing from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The station was licensed to Lewiston and its antenna was located in Litchfield, Maine the site of the original studio, a double-wide mobile home.

That year, WBLM became a full-time progressive rocker. The first rock song the station played on the air was The Story in Your Eyes by the Moody Blues. Given that the transmitter site was some 40 miles away from Portland, the station's signal was somewhat spotty in Portland and beyond. In 1979, it modified its format to mainstream album-oriented rock, after being challenged in the ratings by what at the time was a new 3,000-watt album rock station, 100.9 WLOB-FM, known as "FM 101" and WYNZ. In fact... Air personality John Clark from FM-101 defected to WBLM in late 1981. On December 6, 1989 it switched frequencies with 102.9 WTHT. 102.9 was beautiful music station WGAN-FM from its sign-on in February 1967 until 1985. Prior to 1966, 102.9 was WLOB-FM, but not related to today's AM 1310 WLOB. The 107.5 frequency is now WFNK a direct competitor to WBLM with a classic rock/classic hits format. The two stations are at the top of the Portland ratings list. WBLM has a colorful connection to rock acts Frank Captain Beefheart.

WBLM's nickname is "The Rock and Roll Blimp". The stations on air catchphrase is: "It's The Blimp Frank it's The Blimp!". It's The Blimp "Frank" is in reference to Frank Zappa as the portion of the song used for the catchphrase is a recording of a phone call made from Beefheart's recording session back to their record label owner Frank Zappa about their new song titled "The Blimp"; the "Cosmic Muffin" astrological forecast, a daily report on WBLM for years used as its theme song "Muffin Man" by Frank Zappa the vocal portion proclaiming "The man thought he was a man but he was a muffin." On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 stations from Cumulus Media, including WBLM, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; the sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013. Official website Query the FCC's FM station database for WBLM Radio-Locator information on WBLM Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WBLM

GRB 030329

GRB 030329 was a gamma-ray burst, detected on 29 March 2003 at 11:37 UTC. A gamma-ray burst is a luminous flash associated with an explosion in a distant galaxy and producing gamma rays, the most energetic form of electromagnetic radiation, followed by a longer-lived "afterglow" emitted at longer wavelengths. GRB 030329 was the first burst whose afterglow definitively exhibited characteristics of a supernova, confirming the existence of a relationship between the two phenomena. GRB 030329 was one of three gamma-ray bursts detected on 29 March 2003; the other two were labeled GRB 030329a and GRB 030329b. GRB 030329 was detected by multiple instruments onboard HETE at 11:37 UTC and lasted 25 seconds; the burst's optical afterglow was first observed from Siding Spring Observatory less than two hours after the burst had been detected. The X-ray afterglow was first detected by RXTE five hours after the burst; the radio afterglow was first detected by the Very Large Array and, at the time of its discovery, was the brightest radio afterglow observed.

The burst was located at a sky position of R. A. = 10h 44m 49.95957s, Dec. = +21° 31′ 17.4375″ and had a redshift of z = 0.1685, corresponding to a distance of 587 Mpc. GRB 030329's proximity to Earth enabled its afterglow to be studied in great detail. A spectrum taken of the burst's optical afterglow on 6 April 2003 showed peaks at 570 nm and 470 nm; this spectrum was reproduced by combining a power-law distribution with the spectrum from SN 1998bw. These supernova-like features continued to develop in the weeks after the initial burst. Optical observations taken at Kitt Peak National Observatory on indicated that the burst's optical afterglow was brighter than a power-law decay would have predicted, a deviation that could have been explained by additional light from a supernova. On 10 April 2003, NASA announced that GRB 030329 had provided the definitive link between gamma-ray bursts and supernovae; the supernova was referred to as SN 2003dh