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Joop Zoetemelk

Hendrik Gerardus Joseph "Joop" Zoetemelk is a retired professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands. He finished the Tour de France 16 times, which were both records when he retired, he holds the distance record in Tour de France history with 62,885 km ridden. He won the 1979 Vuelta a España, the 1980 Tour de France and finished 8th, 5th, 4th and 2nd, he was the first rider to wear the Tour de France's Polka Dot Jersey as the King of the Mountains. He won the World Professional Road Championship in 1985 at the age of 38, with a late attack surprising the favorites of LeMond, Roche and Millar, he completed a total of 16 World Championships, notable considering more than half the field abandons nearly every World Championship and in addition to his win he has come in the top 10 seven other times. As of 2019, he is the oldest men's individual road race world champion, his record number of starts in the Tour de France was surpassed when George Hincapie started for the 17th time, but Hincapie was disqualified from three tours in October 2012, for doping offenses, giving the number of starts record back to Zoetemelk.

Nobody other than Zoetemelk achieved sixteen Tour de France finishes until Sylvain Chavanel did so in the 2018 Tour de France. Three riders have had more than 16 starts in the Tour de France, but no one has yet exceeded the record of finishing the event 16 times, he retired from the sport to run a hotel at France. Zoetemelk was raised in the son of Maria and Gerard Zoetemelk, he started working as a carpenter. He became a speed-skater and a regional champion before turning to cycling in 1964, he joined the Swift club in Leiden and made a fast impression, winning youth races in his first season. He rode well as a senior in multi-day races, he won the Tour of Yugoslavia, the Circuit des Mines, three stages and the mountains prize in the Tour of Austria, the 1969 Tour de l'Avenir. He won a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City in the 100 km team time-trial with Fedor den Hertog, Jan Krekels and René Pijnen. Zoetemelk turned professional for Briek Schotte's Belgian Mars-Flandria team in 1970.

He came second to Eddy Merckx in that year's Tour de France. He would wear the Yellow Jersey for the first time in the 1971 Tour de France and for the second time after winning the Prologue in the 1973 Tour de France, while picking up another Stage win in that years edition. Zoetemelk won Paris–Nice, the Semana Catalana and the Tour de Romandie in 1974 and crashed into a car left unattended at the finish of the Midi Libre in Valras-Plage, France, he came close to dying. He returned next season to win Paris–Nice again and caught meningitis, he never recovered and the head injury reduced his sense of taste. He won 20 races that season, including Paris–Nice, the Tour of Holland and the Dwars door Lausanne and a stage of the Tour de France, he came fourth in the Tour de France. During the 1975 Tour de France Zoetemelk won stage 15 and finished overall, placing behind only Bernard Thevenet, Eddy Merckx and Lucien Van Impe in a Tour where the next closest contenders were close to 20:00 or more behind the winner.

In the 1976 Tour de France he won stage 9 up Alp d’Huez by:03 in a hard fought climb where he and Van Impe dropped all other riders and were alone crossing the finish. In stage 10 Zoetemelk once again won the stage, this time beating Van Impe and Thevenet by just one second, in the process coming within just seven seconds of the Yellow Jersey. On stage 14 however, Van Impe for all intents and purposes won the tour. Zoetemelk would win again on Stage 20 but he remained more than 4:00 behind Van Impe as every other rider was more than 12:00 back. In the 1977 Tour de France he would have the worst Tour placing of his career up to that point, because he was penalized ten minutes and had a stage win revoked, he still finished in the Top 10 overall. During the 1978 Tour de France he won stage 14 and took the Yellow Jersey on Alp d’Huez, which he would hold for 6 stages before losing it on the final ITT to Bernard Hinault. In the 1979 Tour de France he survived the ‘'hell of the north” cobbles of Roubaix on Stage 9, a notorious stage where several riders can get multiple flat tires and there are always many crashes.

Zoetemelk survived with four other riders in the winning group, won 3:45 over the next finishers and moved into the yellow jersey, which he would hold for 6 stages. Following the stage 11 time trial it was a two way battle between him and Hinault and it was possible that he would win the Vuelta-Tour Double. In the end Hinault would take the lead and he and Zoetemelk finished nearly a half hour ahead of the rest of the field as Zoetemelk refused to give up and attacked on the final stage into Paris, it was not enough to break Hinault however. The following year he was riding with a new team in TI-Raleigh, one of the strongest cycling teams in the world and they grew stronger after signing Zoetemelk. At one point in this Tour TI-Raleigh won seven stages in a row, one of, an ITT won by Zoetemelk where he gained 1:39 on Hinault and pulled within 0:21 of the overall lead prior to the first stages in the high mountains. Hinault withdrew and Zoetemelk remained the strongest rider in the Tour despite suffering a violent crash on Stage 16 which cut his arm and leg open.

He would claim another stage win during the final ITT winning the 1980 Tour de France by nearly 7:00 over Hennie Kuiper and Raymond Martin. In 1981 he would finish 4th overall and he would finish 2nd for the 6th and final time during the

Bruno Comparetti

Bruno Comparetti is a contemporary Franco-Sicilian tenor. He studied singing in Barcelona with the Spanish tenor Edouardo Gimenez who taught him the art of bel canto as well as the singing technique inherited from his friend and teacher, Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus. Comparetti was born in France to Sicilian parents, he began his career in 1999, in the role of Count Almaviva. in Rossini's Barbier de Séville at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. He sang on lyrical stages such as the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra de Marseille, the Capitole de Toulouse, the Opéra national de Bordeaux, the Opéra de Tours, the Opéra de Besançon, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Toulon Opera, the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, the Opéra d'Avignon, the Angers-Nantes Opéra as well as abroad, Liverpool Opera, the Theater Freiburg, the Bremen Opera and at the Gdansk Opera. From 2001 to 2003, he was artist-in-residence at the Opéra National de Lyon; these roles include among others: Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Opéra National de Lyon under the direction of Maestro Maurizio Benini and Arturo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Italian versions, Adolphe Adam's Le postillon de Longjumeau, the title roles in Auber's Haydée, Halévy's Charles VI, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, Alfredo in Traviata, the Duke of Mantova in Verdi's Rigoletto, Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette and Gounod's Mireille, Offenbach's Barbe Bleue, Federico in Donizetti's Emilia di Liverpool, Eisenstein in J.

Strauss's la Chauve Souris… In early 2006, he was engaged at the Opéra Bastille to sing the lead role in the rehearsals of opera Julietta by Martinů. In September 2007, he performed at the Opera de Marseille for the world premiere of Marius et Fanny after Marcel Pagnol composed by Vladimir Cosma in the role of Mr Brun with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu directed by Jean-Louis Grinda, he has performed with conductors such as Giuliano Carella, Maurizio Benini, Miquel Ortega, Luciano Accocella, Claude Schnitzler, Iván Fischer, Yuri Temirkanov, Lawrence Foster, Nader Abbassi and directors such as Yannis Kokkos, Willy Decker, Jean-Louis Grinda, Carlos Wagner, Vincent Boussard, Mireille Larroche, Renée Auphan, Petrika Ionesco… For the 2011-2012 season, he sang Tybalt in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and the serenade singer in Henri Sauguet's la Chartreuse de Parme at the Opéra de Marseille as well as the Brazilian in Offenbach's la Vie Parisienne at the Angers-Nantes Opéra. In August 2012, he returned to Vincent's role in Gounod's Mireille for the 1st edition of the "Opera Côté jardin" Festival at the Théâtre de Verdure de Gémenos.

At the end of 2012, he sang Anselmo in Mitch Leigh's Man of La Mancha for his debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. In August 2013, Bruno Comparetti sang again the role of Alfredo in Verdi's Traviata at the "Opéra Côté jardin" Festival at the Théâtre de Verdure de Gemenos, direction Pierre Iodice. Among his plans for 2014 is the world premiere of the opera Colomba after Prosper Mérimée at the Opéra de Marseille composed by Jean-Claude Petit for the role of Orlanduccio Barricini and a sailor; as of 2014-2015, he sang the title role in Francis Lopez's The Prince of Madrid in Lagny-sur-Marne to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Luis Mariano's birth He began his career in 1999 at the Angers-Nantes Opéra in the role of Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, a role that he will resume in 2000 at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Some of the steps in his career include Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Opéra national de Lyon under the direction of maestro Maurizio Benini as well as at the Freiburg Opera.

He sang in productions of Verdi's Otello, Massenet's Werther with Béatrice Uria-Monzon at the Opéra national de Lyon, Le postillon de Lonjumeau at the Opéra de Dijon for the bi-centenary of the birth of Adolphe Adam. The title roles in Auber's Haydée, in Halévy's Charles VI dir. Miquel Ortega at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne. In parallel to his career as a lyrical singer, Bruno Comparetti is passionate about teaching singing in all musical styles. "Biographie". Www.brunocomparetti.com. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2018. Le retour d’une exceptionnelle Haydée à Compiègne on ResMusica Interview with Bruno Comparetti Bruno Comparetti CHARLES V - Halevy - Compiègne on YouTube

Thirlmere Aqueduct

The Thirlmere Aqueduct is a 95.9-mile-long pioneering section of water supply system in England, built by the Manchester Corporation Water Works between 1890 and 1925. Incorrectly thought of as one of the longest tunnels in the world, the aqueduct's tunnel section is not continuous; the aqueduct was built to carry 55,000,000 imperial gallons per day of water from Thirlmere Reservoir to Manchester. The construction of the reservoir and aqueduct was authorised by the Manchester Waterworks Act of Parliament; the first phase was completed in 1897 and, for the pipeline sections, subsequent phases were completed in 1925. The first water to arrive in Manchester from the Lake District was marked with an official ceremony on 13 October 1894. In 1874 John Frederick Bateman advised Manchester Corporation that the increasing demand for water averaging 18,000,000 imperial gallons per day, would soon exhaust the available supply from Longdendale, his first recommendation was to source water from Ullswater, but it was decided to seek powers to acquire Thirlmere and build a dam there.

In the face of local opposition the project received Royal Assent in 1879. Under this act Manchester was granted priority of right to 25 imperial gallons per person per day. A pumping station was built at Heaton Park Reservoir in 1954–1955 incorporating a large relief by Mitzi Cunliffe signed and dated 1955; the building materials and the reliefs are all symbolic of the achievement in bringing water from the Lake District to Manchester. The building was given grade II listing in 1988; this tunnelled section under Dunmail Raise was dug by two teams mining towards each other. The two tunnel sections joined within 20 cm of centre; the dam at Thirlmere 54°33′41″N 3°04′05″W rises 64 feet above the old stream bed, the reservoir when full has a surface area of 814 acres, a holding capacity of 8,235,000,000 imperial gallons above the level to which water may be drawn The total dry-weather yield of Thirlmere Reservoir is reckoned at about 40,500,000 imperial gallons per day, out of which compensation water in respect of the area now draining into the Lake 10,120 acres, amounting to 4,658,000 imperial gallons per day average, is sent down the St. John's Beck.

Manchester Corporation has acquired the drainage area of 10,800 acres. The aqueduct is 95.9 miles long from Thirlmere reservoir to Heaton Park Reservoir 53°32′32″N 2°15′41″W, Prestwich. Its most common form of construction is cut-and-cover, which consists of a "D" section concrete covered channel 7.1 feet wide and between 7.1 feet and 7.9 feet high. There are 37 miles of cover, made up of concrete horseshoe-shaped sections 12 inches thick; the conduit has 3 feet of cover and traverses the contours of hillsides. It is the longest gravity-fed aqueduct in the country, with no pumps along its route; the water takes just over a day to reach the city. The level of the aqueduct drops by 20 inches per mile of its length. Sections of the route of the aqueduct have over time been modified for the construction of modern motorways. During the construction of the M6 and M61 connection a short section was diverted. A short section of the aqueduct near Worsley, Greater Manchester, was re-routed in the late 1960s during the construction of the M62/M63/M602 motorway interchange.

Salford council website showing listed status and an image North West Public health Observatory: Crytosporidium in the North West water supply Mansergh, James. "The Thirlmere water scheme of the Manchester Corporation: with a few remarks on the Longdendale Works, water-supply generally." London: Spon, 1879 - popularising lecture, with copious plans & elevations, including map showing aqueduct route

Giles Corey (band)

Giles Corey is a musical project formed by Have a Nice Life member Dan Barrett. It incorporates elements of dark ambient and experimental rock; when speaking of his plans for the debut album, Barrett said "Giles Corey as a project started off differently from where it ended. I was just wondering if I could write country and western songs, sort of turn folk music into something that sounded like it came from me. I put restrictions on the kinds of instruments I could use, so on; that kind of faded away as the record took on a life of its own" as well as "Giles Corey was meant to have no electronic instruments and to be influenced by country music, the songwriting style grew out of that". The self-titled album, "Giles Corey", was released on March 2011 to critical acclaim. On August 25, 2012, they released their second album, "Deconstructionist"; the album, unlike the previous, was Ambient music, described by Barrett as "designed to induce trances, possession states, out-of-body experiences". It was followed by an extended play released on 21 February 2013 titled "Hinterkaifeck".

Lastly, it was followed by a live album, "Live in the Middle of Nowhere", released February 27th, 2013. The album was recorded at the Enemies List Home Recordings Warehouse in Meriden, CT and features accompaniment from Flenser labelmate Thom Wasluck, who played the keyboard on "Earthmover". Giles Corey Deconstructionist Hinterkaifeck Live in the Middle of Nowhere "Giles Corey". Giles Corey Bandcamp. Retrieved October 31, 2019

Monique Velzeboer

Monique Cornelia Annamaria Velzeboer is a Dutch skater and photographer. At the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 she won Gold and bronze in the short track skating discipline, when short-track speed skating was held as a demonstration sport, she ranked 4th in the 500 metres of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Her life as an elite sport star ended early, during a training for the 1994 Winter Olympics Monique had a bad fall in Font-Romeu and she broke both her wrists and became paraplegic. After a difficult period Monique is now full of life. Monique is a photographer and travels around the world to the most impressive places to photograph, she was in Mexico, Rwanda and Nepal. Monique photographs for the Liliane Fund, a Fund, committed to children with disabilities in developing countries. Through the Monique Velzeboer Foundation, she sells photos, calendars and the proceeds are going to the Liliane Fund, her two siblings and Mark were speed skaters. Monique Velzeboer Foundation Monique Velzeboer Photography

Kieldson Double House

The Kieldson Double House in Boise, Idaho, is a 2-story and stone building with a Renaissance Revival facade containing late medieval elements. The duplex was designed by Tourtellotte & Co. and constructed in 1903. It features two beveled bays each on either side of a common porch; the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Louis P. Kieldson was a brick and stone mason who arrived in Boise City in 1891. Kieldson was employed as a contractor on many local building projects, including the Idanha Hotel, Carnegie Library, Garfield School. In 1904 he constructed his own house adjacent to the Kieldson Double House on Jefferson Street, although the Kieldson House is not listed on the NRHP. Kieldson served on the Boise City Council. Media related to Kieldson Double House at Wikimedia Commons