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Lafcadio Hearn

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, known by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was a writer, known best for his books about Japan his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In the United States, Hearn is known for his writings about the city of New Orleans based on his ten-year stay in that city. Born in Greece to a Greek mother and an Anglo-Irish father, a complex series of conflicts and events led to young Lafcadio Hearn being moved to Ireland, where he was abandoned first by his mother his father and by his father's aunt, appointed his official guardian. At the age of nineteen he was put on a boat to the United States, where he found work as a newspaper reporter, first in Cincinnati, in New Orleans. From there he was sent as a correspondent, first to the French West Indies, where he stayed for two years, to Japan, where he would remain for the rest of his life. In Japan he married a Japanese woman with whom he had four children, became a naturalized Japanese citizen.

His writings about Japan offered the Western world a glimpse into a unknown but fascinating culture. Hearn was born in and named after the island of Lefkada, one of the Greek Ionian Islands, on 27 June 1850, he was the son of British Army surgeon Charles Bush Hearn and Rosa Antoniou Kassimatis, a Greek woman of noble Kytheran lineage through her father, Anthony Kassimatis. His father was stationed in Lefkada during the British proctectorate of the United States of the Ionian Islands. Lafcadio was baptized Patrikios Lefcadios Hearn in the Greek Orthodox Church, but he seems to have been called "Patrick Lefcadio Kassimati Charles Hearn" in English. Hearn's parents were married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on 25 November 1849, several months after his mother had given birth to the couple's first child, Hearn's older brother, George Robert Hearn, on 24 July 1849. George Hearn died on 17 August 1850, two months after Lafcadio's birth. Hearn's father was promoted to Staff Surgeon Second Class and in 1850 was reassigned from Lefkada to the British West Indies.

Since his family did not approve of the marriage, worried that his relationship might harm his career prospects, Charles Hearn did not inform his superiors of his son or pregnant wife and left his family behind. In 1852, he arranged to send his son and wife to live with his family in Dublin, where they received a cool reception. Charles Hearn's Protestant mother, Elizabeth Holmes Hearn, had difficulty accepting Rosa Hearn's Orthodoxy and lack of education. Rosa found it difficult to adapt to a foreign culture and the Protestantism of her husband's family, was taken under the wing of Elizabeth's sister, Sarah Holmes Brenane, a widow who had converted to Catholicism. Despite Sarah Brenane's efforts, Rosa suffered from homesickness; when her husband returned to Ireland on medical leave in 1853, it became clear that the couple had become estranged. Charles Hearn was assigned to the Crimean Peninsula, again leaving his pregnant wife and child in Ireland; when he came back in 1856 wounded and traumatized, Rosa had returned to her home island of Cerigo in Greece, where she gave birth to their third son, Daniel James Hearn.

Lafcadio had been left in the care of Sarah Brenane. Charles Hearn petitioned to have the marriage with Rosa annulled, on the basis of her lack of signature on the marriage contract, which made it invalid under English law. After being informed of the annulment, Rosa immediately married Giovanni Cavallini, a Greek citizen of Italian ancestry, appointed by the British as governor of Cerigotto. Cavallini required as a condition of the marriage that Rosa give up custody of both Lafcadio and James; as a result, James was sent to his father in Dublin and Lafcadio remained in the care of Sarah Brenane. Neither Lafcadio nor James saw their mother again. Rosa was committed to the National Mental Asylum on Corfu, where she died in 1882. Charles Hearn, who had left Lafcadio in the care of Sarah Brenane for the past four years, now appointed her as Lafcadio's permanent guardian, he married his childhood sweetheart, Alicia Goslin, in July 1857, left with his new wife for a posting in Secunderabad, where they had three daughters prior to Alicia's death in 1861.

Lafcadio never saw his father again: Charles Hearn died of malaria in the Gulf of Suez in 1866. In 1857, at age seven and despite the fact that both his parents were still alive, Hearn became the permanent ward of his great aunt, Sarah Brenane, she divided her residency between Dublin in the winter months, her husband's estate at Tramore, County Waterford on the southern Irish coast, a house at Bangor, North Wales. Brenane engaged a tutor during the school year to provide basic instruction and the rudiments of Catholic dogma. Hearn began exploring Brenane's library and read extensively in Greek literature myths. In 1861, Hearn's aunt, aware that Hearn was turning away from Catholicism, at the urging of Henry Hearn Molyneux, a relative of her late husband and a distant cousin of Hearn, enrolled him at the Institution Ecclésiastique, a Catholic church school in Yvetot, France. Hearn's experiences at the school confirmed his lifelong conviction that Catholic education consisted of "conventional dreariness and ugliness and dirty austerities and long faces and Jesuitry and infamous distortion of children's brains."

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Tokyu Hands

Tokyu Hands Inc. known as Tokyu Hands, is a Japanese department store. Tokyu Hands is part of the Tokyu Department Store, its first store opened in Shibuya, Tokyo in 1976. Tokyu Hands got its start as a DIY store, hence the logo with two hands, the emphasis on crafts and materials for projects. Tokyu Hands focuses on home improvement and lifestyle products. At the Shibuya flagship store, products include toys, novelty items, gift cards, gift wrap, bicycles, travel products, hobby materials, household hardware, tools, do-it-yourself kits, pet supplies, office supplies and stationery. Of note is the Ikebukuro location, which contains a cat café called Nekobukuro, or "Cat's House"; some 20 cats roam free in this area. Most branches offer free workshops and have demonstrations running on various floors during busy periods. There is a delivery service available for purchases. Tokyu Hands operates 49 stores in Japan, including in: Shibuya Shinjuku Shinsaibashi Ginza Orchard Central Suntec City Westgate Jewel Changi Airport Paya Lebar Quarter In 2000, an overseas branch of Tokyu Hands, named Hands Tailung opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in the Ximending area.

Official website Tokyu Land Corporation Hands Tailung Website "Shiny balls of Mud: William Gibson Looks at Japanese Pursuits of Perfection" -

When I Said Goodbye / Summer of Love

"When I Said Goodbye"/"Summer of Love" is a double A-side single, the tenth single released by Steps. "When I Said Goodbye" is a ballad taken from the album Steptacular, while "Summer of Love" was a unavailable track. The latter is a Latino-flavoured uptempo pop song, which appeared on their third album Buzz, it features various lyrics in Spanish which include: Pienso que te quiero. When released, the double A-side peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and number 18 in Ireland. "When I Said Goodbye" features Claire and H on lead vocals. It was re-recorded with an orchestra for the single release. Summer of Love features Claire, Lisa and H on lead vocals. "When I Said Goodbye"/"Summer of Love" peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart and spent 11 weeks in the top 75, two of which were spent in the top 10. It is their earliest single release not to have reached at least a Silver certification; the song reached number 18 in Ireland. The video for "When I Said Goodbye" was a black-and-white video shot in Italy.

It featured shots of the members singing solemnly. In contrast, the video for the Latin-flavoured "Summer Of Love" featured brightly coloured clothes and energetic dancing, it portrayed Steps and their dancers as "good Steps" and "bad Steps". CD "When I Said Goodbye" – 3:32 "Summer of Love" – 3:52 "Summer of Love" – 6:38Cassette "When I Said Goodbye" – 3:32 "Summer of Love" – 3:52 When I Said Goodbye Summer of Love Summer of Love Summer of Love Summer of Love Summer of Love Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics


Brandjacking is an activity whereby someone acquires or otherwise assumes the online identity of another entity for the purposes of acquiring that person's or business's brand equity. The term combines the notions of'branding' and'hijacking', has been used since at least 2007 when it appeared in Business Week referencing the term used in a publication by the firm MarkMonitor; the tactic is associated with use of individual and corporate identities on social media or Web 2.0 sites, as described in Quentin Langley's 2014 book Brandjack, may be used alongside more conventional campaign activities. While similar to cybersquatting, identity theft or phishing in nature and in possible tactics, brandjacking is particular to a politician, celebrity or business and more indirect in its nature. A brandjacker may attempt to use the reputation of its target for selfish reasons or seek to damage the reputation of its target for hostile, malicious or for political or campaigning reasons; these reasons may not be directly financial, but the effects on the original brand-holder may include financial loss - for example, negative publicity may result in the termination of a celebrity's sponsorship deal, or, for a corporation lead to lost sales or a reduced share price.

Coca-Cola - in 2013, a commercial, "The Bitter Taste of Sugar", for Oxfam parodied a Coca-Cola Zero commercial, drawing attention to its unsustainable business practices. Starbucks - in 2006, a YouTube-hosted video presented a spoof advert for a Starbucks Frappuccino underlining the contrast between consumption and poverty. Nestle - in March 2010, Greenpeace campaigners used a YouTube video that parodied Nestlé's KitKat'Take a Break' advertising, to draw attention to the multinational's use of palm oil from unsustainable operations in Indonesia and the consequent impact on Orangutan habitats. Protesters outside Nestlé's UK head office in Croydon carried signs with the words'Give me a break' and'Killer' printed in the distinctive red and white Gill Sans. Exxon Mobil - in 2008, a Twitter account was set up purporting to be the views of an official spokesperson for the oil company, only for it to be exposed as fake. On Twitter, @BPglobalPR is not an official voice for BP, but a satirical account that has grown in popularity during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, attracting more followers than the official BP Twitter account.

Politicians - fake Facebook pages were created for US President Barack Obama and US Republican governor Sarah Palin. Major corporations have been the subject of brandjack-based protests on Facebook. Fake blogs - may be considered a form of brandjacking if created by a critic or opponent of the person or brand supposed to be behind the blog. Affiliate Brand Bidding - This is a tactic used by some affiliate marketers; some consider Black Hat. The method is to bid on keywords related to your site / product, but to do so as a competitor. Colleges and Universities - In 2008, college guidebook company College Prowler created hundreds of Facebook groups purporting to consist of actual incoming first-year students of various universities in order to surreptitiously gather their personal data and promote the business. In June 2011, Greenpeace activists launched a campaign against Mattel's use of a packaging supplier, APP, said to be desecrating Indonesian rainforests, using images of Mattel dolls Barbie and Ken.

A Greenpeace video showed Ken dumping Barbie, the group created a mock Twitter feud and a stunt involving Barbie in a pink bulldozer, unfurled a banner on the wall of Mattel’s Los Angeles headquarters. In October 2011, Mattel announced a global policy to keep rainforest destruction out of its supply chains. Brandjack author Quentin Langley praised Greenpeace for its integration of offline. Brandjacking avoidance may include: Pre-emptive registration of brand names and sub-brands as screen names on social media sites. Staying vigilant Use of social media and general media monitoring tools to seek evidence of infringement Legal action against those seen as responsible for the infringement. However, action against the brandjackers and their supporters can draw attention to the problem. For example, following Greenpeace's KitKat campaign, Nestlé had the video removed from YouTube, but Greenpeace re-posted it to video-sharing site and highlighted the attempted censorship using Twitter and other social media.

Attempts by Nestlé to constrain user activity on its Facebook fan page further fanned the controversy. Culture jamming Cybersquatting Fake blog Identity theft Phishing Subvertising Online brand-jacking increasing


Berlare is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Berlare proper and Uitbergen, as well as the village Donk; the Donkmeer, a large lake and a regional tourist attraction, is located centrally in the municipality. On January 1, 2012, Berlare had a total population of 14,690, it was where the 1798 rebellion against French rule, known as the "Peasants' War" began in 1798. The church of Saint Martin and a 17th-century pillory in the center of Berlare proper; the Castle of Berlare in the town center, was opened to the public in 2012. The Bareldonk Chapel, built in the 14th century and expanded in 1774 in Rococo style, is situated in Donk. There is calvary with sculptures by Aloïs De Beule next to the chapel; the Donkmeer is a lake, about 86 ha in size, that came into existence through the harvesting of peat. Recreation area Nieuwdonk. Forested areas with trails include the Gratiebossen. Riekend Rustpunt is a small museum about the historic river transport of manure from the city to the countryside.

Tjörven De Brul, soccer player Fred De Bruyne, cyclist and TV commentator Karel De Gucht, politician Paul Cammermans, film director and actor Yves Van Der Straeten, soccer player Preben Van Hecke, cyclist Frank Van Laecke, opera, musical and TV director Jarno Van Mingeroet, cyclist Media related to Berlare at Wikimedia Commons Official website

Revolution Mini-500

The Revolution Mini-500 is a 1990s American single-seat light helicopter and built by Revolution Helicopter Corporation as a kit for homebuilding. Revolution Helicopter went out of business in November 1999 and kits are no longer available; the Mini-500 was designed as a light helicopter that resembles a scaled-down Hughes 500, powered by a Rotax 582 64 hp two-stroke engine. The Mini-500 design was based upon Augusto Cicaré's control system design as incorporated in his CH-6 prototype helicopter, but Fetters and Cicaré were unable to agree on licensing terms. Fetters instead elected to design and patent a "newly improved control system"; the Mini-500 has a tubular steel fuselage with glass-fibre structure cabin. It has a conventional two-blade tail rotor; the first Mini-500 flew in 1992 and the company delivered the first production factory-assembled helicopter in July 1994. Production of kits ceased in 1999 and the company claimed that more than 500 had been sold; the factory advertised the kits, saying: "no machining, welding or cutting is required and the package includes pre-drilled guide holes for easy alignment during construction... pre-fabricated, lightweight superstructure with all complicated components pre-assembled at the factory, i.e. upper main transmission/reduction with rotor head, instrumentation panel, tail rotor gear box assembly)."

Included in the kit were the composite cabin structure, transmission cover and horizontal stabilizer. The initial kit price was US$24,500 and included the Rotax 582 powerplant, fiberglass enclosure, basic instrumentation, electric starter, landing lights and navigation lights; the components came pre-painted in a variety of optional colors. The composite tail and main rotor blades were advertised as “lifetime on condition", indicating no fixed lifespan. Assembly time was advertised as 40 hours. After Revolution Helicopter ceased operations, there was an attempt in 2003 led by Richard Stitt and Stitt Industries, Inc. to restart production of the Mini-500. The company started providing replacement engines to existing Mini-500 owners to replace the under-powered Rotax 582s and intended to produce new Mini-500s. Initial intentions were that it would be powered by a Mazda Wankel engine, but this was abandoned and plans shifted to the Solar T62 turbine engine. There is no indication, it is unclear how may Mini-500s have been built, with the company claiming to have sold over 500 Mini-500s kits with more than 400 built and flown, it has been claimed by critics that no more than 100 have been built and flown.

On 10 February 2010, 172 Mini-500s remained on the Federal Aviation Administration registry, with an additional 81 registrations cancelled. Of those that did fly there were many component failures, dozens of accidents and incidents and nine fatalities; the aircraft developed a poor safety reputation and this curtailed kit sales. The Rotax 582 two stroke engine proved to be underpowered in this application and many failed in flight; the engine's vibration levels proved to be a problem as they, combined with excessive rotor vibrations, lead to cracked frames and other component failures. Owners complained; the president of the International Experimental Helicopter Association, the Mini-500 aircraft type club, Bill Phillips, who completed a kit, but did not fly it stated: "You can tell it is junk just by looking at it" and described Revolution Helicopter Corporation president Dennis Fetters as "one of the biggest cons that’s hit the kit industry". Fetters denied that the design had safety issues and issued statements indicating that all accidents were due to improper maintenance, failure of builders to carry out rotor tracking and balancing or lack of piloting skills.

In response to customer complaints in 1998 Fetters did add a tuned exhaust system to increase engine output, stronger transmission gears and a mast support kit to reduce vibrations. Engine manufacturer Rotax warns owners of the 582 engine in the Owners Manual about its limitations: "This engine, by its design, is subject to sudden stoppage. Engine stoppage can result in forced landings or no power landings; such crash landings can lead to serious bodily injury or death... This is not a certificated aircraft engine, it has not received any safety or durability testing, conforms to no aircraft standards. It is for use in experimental, uncertificated aircraft and vehicles only in which an engine failure will not compromise safety. User assumes all risk of use, acknowledges by his use that he knows this engine is subject to sudden stoppage... Never fly the aircraft equipped with this engine at locations, altitudes, or other circumstances from which a successful no-power landing cannot be made, after sudden engine stoppage.

Aircraft equipped with this engine must only fly in DAYLIGHT VFR conditions." Mini-500 Original version, empty weight 330 lb Mini-500B Improved model with upgraded tail rotor tips, main transmission and airframe. Empty weight 485 lb Data from Taylor and Southeast Recreational HelicoptersGeneral characteristics Crew: 1 Length: 22 ft 6 in Main rotor diameter: 19 ft 0 in Width: 5 ft 3 in Height: 8 ft 1 in Empty weight: 330 lb Gross weight: 820 lb Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 piston engine, 64 hp Performance Maximum speed: 115 mph Cruise speed: 75 mph Range: 225 miles Endurance: 3 hours 0 min Service ceiling: 10,000 ft Rate of climb: 1100 ft/min Photo of Mini-500 on Demo Video on YouTube