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Lyudmila Smirnova

Lyudmila Stanislavovna Smirnova is a retired pair skater who competed for the Soviet Union. With partner Andrei Suraikin, she is the 1972 Winter Olympic silver medalist. With partner and former husband Alexei Ulanov, she is a two-time World silver medalist. Smirnova began figure skating in 1955 and became a member of the USSR National Team in 1968, she trained in Leningrad at Spartak and competed with Suraikin. Smirnova and Suraikin were coached by Maya Belenkaya, they were the 2nd strongest Soviet pair behind Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov, placed second behind them at both the World and European Championships three times. Smirnova and Ulanov, skating for rival teams, fell in love; the pairs decided to separate -- a decision. Rodnina and Ulanov won the gold, Smirnova and Suraikin the silver. Thereafter Smirnova began skating with Ulanov. Smirnova and Ulanov competed for two seasons, they won silver medals at the 1973 European Championships. The next season, they won European bronze and World silver medals.

In 1972 Smirnova was awarded the Medal For Labour Heroism. Smirnova and Ulanov married and divorced after having two children, Nikolai Ulanov and Irina Ulanova, their daughter, Irina Ulanova, is a former pair skater who skated with Alexander Smirnov, Maxim Trankov for about three years. Smirnova and Suraikin profile Smirnova and Ulanov competition results

Ismail Abdul Rahman

Tun Dr. Ismail bin Dato' Abdul Rahman was a Malaysian politician from the United Malays National Organisation, he held several Malaysian ministerial posts and was appointed as the second Deputy Prime Minister in 1970 by prime minister Tun Abdul Razak. Three years Ismail died in office due to a heart attack. Ismail has been called "the man who saved Malaysia" for his actions as Minister of Home Affairs after the May 13 Incident of racial rioting in 1969. Ismail was born on 4 November 1915 in Johor, he was the son of Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Yassin, of Buginese descent. Dato Abdul Rahman was the first President of the Dewan Negara of the Parliament of Malaysia, the first chairman of Malayan Banking, his maternal grandfather was Haji Mohamed Salleh bin Abdullah, an ethnic Chinese convert to Islam and former State Treasurer of Johor. After Ismail's mother Zahara binte Abu Bakar, Abdul Rahman's wife, died in 1936, Abdul Rahman married Kamariah, the sister of Dato Onn Ja'afar, the Menteri Besar of Johor.

The remarriage was encouraged by Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, who sought to unite the Johor aristocracy by blood. Abdul Rahman himself became Menteri Besar according to Ismail, but failed because he "refused to indulge in intrigues". Ismail was raised by his maternal grandmother due to his mother's various illnesses, received his primary education at Sekolah Bukit Zaharah, although his education was interrupted by frequent trips to see distant relatives. Ismail's initial friends were predominantly Malay, but when he continued his education at the English College Johore Bahru, Ismail gravitated to non-Malays due to his interest in the opposite sex – Chinese girls being given more freedom to mingle than their Malay counterparts in those days. Ismail said: "I am convinced that this early mingling with the other races during the most impressionable stage of my life had a lot to do with my non-racial outlook." Ismail forged close friendships with the daughters of Cheah Tiang Earn, a friend of his father's.

Eileen and Joyce Chuah would both marry into the influential Kuok family, which Ismail got to know through them. Ismail befriended the children of Joseph Chako Puthucheary, who would become important players in Malaysian and Singaporean politics. TryIsmail's father believed in the benefits of education, unlike many Malays of the time, ensured his children received the best education possible. Two of his sons became another an economist. In 1939, the British General Adviser W. E. Pepys lamented that "the only Johore Malay who has got a university degree is Inche Suleiman bin Abdul Rahman, the son of Dato Abdul Rahman, State Treasurer, Johore." Ismail himself went on to obtain a degree at the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore. In 1945, he became the first Malay to obtain a MBBS from University of Australia. Ismail's son said that his education in Australia impacted his worldview: "He was on his own and a member of a minority there, he didn’t have other Malays to prop him up and he had a sense of loneliness.

He felt that he was treated as an equal and that this was the way he would want to treat other people as well." In 1946, the British formed the Malayan Union, a polity seen as infringing on the special position of the Malays and the Malay Rulers. Ismail's family was involved in the anti-Malayan Union campaign led by the United Malays National Organisation. After the successful campaign led to the replacement of the Malayan Union with the Federation of Malaya, Ismail was appointed to the Johor state legislative assembly by Dato' Onn Ja'afar, the Chief Minister of Johor. Ismail was offered a seat on the Federal Legislative Council by Onn, but on the condition that Ismail join UMNO. Ismail refused, insisting that he would only join UMNO if it committed itself to fighting for Malayan independence. In the Johor state legislative assembly, his first action was to declare his opposition to the UMNO-supported federation, which he considered in contravention of the Johor state constitution. Ismail focused on his private practice, founding the Tawakkal Clinic which he ran from 1947 to 1953.

During this period, Ismail co-founded the Malay Graduates' Association, a political discussion group for intellectuals. Ismail observed: It was impossible to influence people to support the independence movement by writing articles because time was against it and in any case all the newspapers that enjoyed a wide circulation were not anxious to do the wrong thing against the government in power, it was impractical for the intellectuals to form their own party because such a party would not get mass support. The only alternative was to join a political party that had mass support and which could be directed to fight for the independence of the country. In 1950, Ismail married Norashikin Mohd Seth in an arranged marriage. On passing through Kuala Lumpur on the way to their honeymoon in Penang, they met Tunku Abdul Rahman, who would succeed Dato Onn as President of UMNO. Ismail recounted that the Tunku had invited him and his new bride to the Kuala Lumpur Flying Club to dance, but upon finding that they were newlyweds "bundled us off telling us that we had no business being on the dance floor so late when we should be in bed enjoying our honeymoon."

The Tunku cited the support of Ismail and the Malay Graduates Association as the major impetus for his decision to become President, while Ismail in turn claimed he decided to join UMNO only after the Tunku became President in 1951. Ismail would have six children with Neno: Tawfik, Badariah, Zamak

Rapture (poetry collection)

Rapture is a collection of poetry written by the Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy, the British poet laureate from 2009 to 2019. It marks her 37th work of poetry and has been described as "intensely personal and elegiac, markedly different from Duffy’s other works" by the British Council. Rapture was first published in 2005 in the UK by Picador, in 2013 in the US, by Farrar and Giroux. Rapture received the 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize. Rapture follows the narrator through a love story, it begins with falling in love. “ Uninvited, the thought of you stayed too late in my head, so I went to bed, dreaming you hard, woke with your name, like tears, salt, on my lips, the sound of its bright syllables, like a charm, like a spell.” On, the tone of the book shifts from head over heels in love to brokenhearted." The garden tenses, lies face down, has wept its leaves. The Latin names of plants blur like belief. I walk on ice, it grimaces breaks. All my mistakes are frozen in the tight lock of my face. Bare trees hold out their arms, entreat, cannot forget.

The clouds sag with the burden of their weight. The wind screams at the house, betrayed; the sky is flayed, the moon a fingernail and frayed." The main themes of Rapture are love, loneliness, gender issues, death. Critical reception for Rapture has been positive. In a review for The Guardian Margaret Reynolds praised Duffy's lyrical voice and her attention to repetition and wordplay, stating "Reading about an affair is not supposed to have the same effect, but it does in the case of Carol Ann Duffy's Rapture." In his review for The New York Times William Logan focused on Duffy's language, comparing her work to Auden and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Rumpus praised Duffy's writing and wrote that "In Rapture, surprises land like a lover’s touch and scribble on your skin, right off the page". T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry

Christopher Pearson (journalist)

Christopher Pearson was an Australian journalist who wrote for national broadsheet The Australian and who for many years before had edited a monthly cultural magazine, The Adelaide Review. Born in Sydney, he spent most of his life in Adelaide, he received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Flinders University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Adelaide. As proprietor of the Adelaide Review, he bought the name of the Wakefield Press from the South Australian government and operated the company from 1986 to 1988, he was a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia in 2005/6. He was on the board of the government-owned SBS television station, he served as a speech writer to the Prime Minister, John Howard, was a friend and mentor to another Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, whose books he edited. He was employed by The Australian, where he wrote commentary and articles that covered a wide variety of cultural and religious matters pertaining to Australian society.

He had, on occasion, discussed international issues such as global warming. In a September 2009 piece in The Australian, Pearson wrote about how he reconciled his homosexuality with his Catholicism, he had converted to Catholicism in 1999. A selection of Pearson's writings, edited by Nick Cater and Helen Baxendale, was published in 2014 under the title A Better Class of Sunset, with introductions by Abbott and Jack Snelling, both of whom had written or spoken admiringly of his work

Boulevard de S├ębastopol

The Boulevard de Sébastopol is an important roadway in Paris, which serves to delimit the 1st and 2nd arrondissements from the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of the city. The boulevard is 1.3 km in length, starting from the place du Châtelet and ends at the boulevard Saint-Denis, when it becomes the Boulevard de Strasbourg. The boulevard is a main thoroughfare, consists of four vehicular lanes, one of, reserved for buses. Although the road is line with some shops and restaurants, its importance is that of a thoroughfare running north–south in central Paris, it separates Le Marais from Les Halles. The boulevard de Sébastopol is one of the most important roads opened up by the Baron Haussmann during his transformation of Paris in the 1850s, it was conceived as a major artery running a north–south axis across Paris, leading to the Gare de l'Est. The road was christened Boulevard du Centre when it was opened in 1854. Following Napoléon III's victory at the port of Sevastopol, in the Crimea of 8 September 1855, it was given its current name.

For several years, the name belonged to the road known since 1867 as Boulevard Saint-Michel, along the Rive Gauche up to Rue Cujas. Louis-Napoleon, when touring with Tsar Alexander II of Russia in 1867 during the Exposition Universelle, had decided on Boulevard de Sébastopol as a peaceful area to bring the foreign guest through, but Louis-Napoleon was disappointed, as shouts from crowds surrounding their vehicle could be heard, "Long live Poland!" France portal Siege of Sevastopol Boulevards of Paris Official nomenclature of Parisian roads