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Laputa is a flying island described in the 1726 book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. It is about 4.5 miles in diameter, with an adamantine base, which its inhabitants can maneuver in any direction using magnetic levitation. It has a cave in the centre, there to gather all the rainwater, it is used by the king to enforce his supremacy. Laputa was located above the realm of Balnibarbi, ruled by its king from the flying island. Gulliver states the island flew by the “magnetic virtue” of certain minerals in the grounds of Balnibarbi which did not extend to more than four miles above, six leagues beyond the extent of the kingdom, showing the limit of its range; the position of the island, the realm below, is some five days' journey south-south-east of Gulliver's last known position, 46N, 183E down a chain of small rocky islands. The island of Laputa is described as being circular and 4.5 miles in diameter, giving an area of 10,000 acres. The island was 300 yards thick, comprised a bottom plate of adamant 200 yards thick, above which lay "the several minerals in their usual order", topped with "a coat of rich mould 10 or 12 ft deep".

In shape the upper surface sloped down from circumference to centre, causing all rain to form rivulets into the centre where four large basins half a mile in circuit lie 200 yards from the absolute centre. In the centre of the island itself was a chasm 50 yards in diameter continuing down into a dome extending 100 yards into the adamantine surface; this dome served as an astronomical observatory, contained the lodestone which enabled the island to fly and move above the realm.. Laputa's population consists of an educated elite, who are fond of mathematics, astronomy and technology, but fail to make practical use of their knowledge. Servants make up the rest of the population; the Laputans have mastered magnetic levitation. They are fond of astronomy, discovered two moons of Mars. However, they are unable to construct well-designed clothing or buildings, as they despise practical geometry as "vulgar and mechanick"; the houses are ill-built, lacking any right angles, the clothes of Laputans, which are decorated with astrological symbols and musical figures, do not fit, as they take measurements with instruments such as quadrants and a compass rather than with tape measures.

They spend their time listening to the music of the spheres. They believe in astrology and worry that the sun will go out. Many of them have heads angled to one side, they suffer from strabismus: one eye turns inward and the other looks up "to the zenith", conditions that Swift uses to mock the microscope and the telescope. Laputans are described as becoming so lost in thought that they cannot focus their attention on a conversation or avoid running into a tree or falling into a ditch unless periodically struck by a bladder full of pebbles or dry peas carried by one or two "flappers" or, in their native language, "climenoles", hired for the purpose. Laputa is a male-dominated society. Wives request to leave the island to visit the land below; the Laputan women are sexed and adulterous, whenever possible, take on lovers out of visitors from the lands below. The Laputan husbands, who are so abstracted in mathematical and musical calculations, might assume their wives are adulterous, but so long as they have no flapper around, they won't notice the adultery should it occur right before their eyes.

The land beneath the floating island, within the region the Laputa can travel, is known as Balnibarbi. Balnibarbi is controlled by the king of Laputa. Laputa's king is able to control the mainland by threatening to cover rebel regions with the island's shadow, thus blocking sunlight and rain, or by throwing rocks at rebellious surface cities. In extreme cases, the island is lowered onto the cities below to crush them, although this is not successful every time, notably in the case of Lindalino; the Balnibarbian language, spoken on both Laputa and Balnibarbi, is described by Gulliver as sounding similar to Italian. Lindalino's rebellion against Laputa is an allegory of Ireland's revolt against Great Britain, Great Britain's violent foreign and internal politics; the Laputans' absurd inventions mock the Royal Society. As "la puta" means "the whore" in Spanish, some Spanish editions of "Gulliver's Travels" use "Lapuntu", "Laput", "Lapuda" and "Lupata" as bowdlerisations, it is given Swift's education and satirical style, that he was aware of the Spanish meaning.

On Mars's largest moon, there is one named regio, Laputa Regio, named after Swift's Laputa because of his'prediction' of the two undiscovered Martian moons, which his Laputan astronomers had discovered. The 1986 Japanese anime film Laputa: Castle in the Sky, directed by Hayao Miyazaki derives its name from Swift's novel. Laputa Page, Michael. Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were. New York: Penguin Studio. Pp. 94, 150–1. ISBN 0-14-010008-3. Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Oxford World Classics, introduction by Claude Rawson, explanatory notes by Ian Higgins. First published 1726. Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift at Project Gutenberg

William Patterson Dunlop

William Patterson Dunlop was a Canadian actor best known to the general public through his roles in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues 1993-97, Due South 1994 and Tommy Boy 1995. But the majority of his career was spent on the stage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Bill's high school graduation was from Sedbergh School in Montebello, Qc, where Bill was introduced to acting by his teacher Patrick Pettigrew and a significant change in Bill's life attitude took place there when physical and intellectual demands were made on him. Bill died of a heart attack on 22 September 2009 in Ontario. A loving and supportive father, jovial spirit and a great-hearted man he is survived by his former wife, two daughters and a stepsister as well as many cousins in Canada, the United States and Ireland. "An Occasion to Celebrate the Memory of William Dunlop" was held on 5 October 2009 at the Performing Arts Lodge in downtown Toronto, attended by family and many in the theatre world. His daughters planted a small tree nearby.

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Miura, Kanagawa

Miura is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As of April 1, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 44,132, with 17,473 households, a population density of 1,400 persons per km2; the total area is 32.05 km2. Miura is located on the southern end of Miura Peninsula in southeast Kanagawa Prefecture, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, with Sagami Bay to the west. To the south of the urban area and port is the island of Jōgashima, connected to the city by a bridge, it is a popular destination for weekend tourism. The Jōgashima Lighthouse was built by the French engineer Léonce Verny at the end of the 19th century. Kanagawa Prefecture Yokosuka The area of modern Miura has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Archaeologists have uncovered numerous remains from the Japanese paleolithic, Jōmon and Yayoi periods. From the late Heian period through the end of the Sengoku period, the area was ruled by the Miura clan. During the Edo period, it was tenryō territory ruled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate.

After the Meiji Restoration, the town of Misaki within Miura District, Kanagawa was created on April 1, 1889. The town was electrified in 1913, but did not have running water until 1934; the area was badly shaken during the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, which had its epicenter in Sagami Bay just a few kilometers offshore from the city. The whole geographical area around the city was lifted by about 10 meters by tectonic movement, before subsiding to its original level during the next few days. No major tsunami was recorded. On January 1, 1955, Misaki absorbed neighboring Minami-Shitaura Town and Hasse Village to create the city of Miura; the city was connected to the Tokyo Metropolis by rail on July 7, 1966 with the opening of Miurakaigan Station on the outskirts of the city. The line was extended to Misakiguchi Station on April 26, 1975, but plans to further extend the line to the city center have been abandoned. Miura has been the arrival point of several trans-Pacific sailboat races, such as the 1969 San Francisco-Tokyo Transpacific Yacht Race.

Misaki was the arrival point of the record solo circumnavigation of 71-year-old Minoru Saito, on June 6, 2005. The economy of the city is dominated by commercial fishing, centered on the harbor of Misaki, Japan's 18th most important fishing harbor, the 2nd for its catch of tuna. Misaki is an important fishing harbor specializing in the processing of tuna; the harbor has a quay which can accommodate sailboats from neighboring marinas. Agriculture remains important to the local economy watermelon and daikon. Keikyū Kurihama Line Miurakaigan – Misakiguchi Japan National Route 134 Miura is home to Misaki Fisheries High School, a specialist fishery high school; the school trains students in one of four commercial fisheries skills: radio communications, food processing, ocean fishing. The school maintains two fishing vessels, one of, the ocean-going tuna fishing ship Shōnan Maru, launched in 2005; the Shōnan Maru is a frequent visitor to the port of Honolulu as part of the training programme. Miura is well known for the Miura Marathon, held in the first week of March.

The race consists of three events: 5 kilometer, 10 kilometer, a half marathon. Suzaka, Japan Warrnambool, Australia. Info about Kitesurfing on the beach Muira is Warrnambools sister City. Media related to Miura, Kanagawa at Wikimedia Commons Official Website Geographic data related to Miura, Kanagawa at OpenStreetMap

Royal Parker

Royal Pollokoff, better known by the stage name Royal Parker, was an American television personality. In a broadcasting career spanning the 1940s–1990s, he appeared in various roles, becoming a staple on television screens in the Baltimore, area. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 8, 1929, Parker graduated from Baltimore City College in 1946, he began his broadcasting career in the late 1940s on WASA, an AM radio station in Havre de Grace, hosting a music program called the Royal Record Review. He moved to television when the medium was in its infancy, joining WAAM-TV in Baltimore in 1951. Parker served in diverse roles during his more than four decade career in television, including newscasts, sports events, children's programs, announcing duties, commercials; as a television newscaster with WAAM-TV in Baltimore, Parker covered the 1952 elections, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected U. S. President and J. Glenn Beall was elected U. S. Senator from Maryland, he created a children's television character, Mister Poplolly, in which he would don an oversized hat and glasses, along with a clown's nose, for a daily show.

He portrayed a Popeye-like sailor hosting a daily cartoon show. Parker did commercials, including The Buddy Deane Show between 1957–1962. In 1962, Parker moved to WBAL-TV, where he hosted such popular televised bowling programs as Pinbusters and Bowling for Dollars in the 1970s. While at WBAL, he played P. W. Doodle, a newsboy character he created based on his own experience selling newspapers in Baltimore as a youth. On November 22, 1963, he was called upon to broadcast the news flash of U. S. President John F. Kennedy's assassination. On his career, Parker broadcaster the resignation of Richard Nixon, economic disasters facing the United States, the Iran hostage crisis and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Parker remained at WBAL-TV until his retirement in 1994. Reflecting on his varied roles in the early pioneering years of commercial television, Parker recalled in 2008 that when he started at WAAM in 1951, earning $45 per week, "We just figured things out as we went along. In six months, you did everything.

I could run a control board, or put on a cooking show". Parker and his wife, had three sons. After leaving broadcasting, he ran for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994, but lost in the primary election, he took a job as an inspector for the Baltimore City Liquor License Board, retiring from that position in 2006. In his retirement, Parker remained active in local charitable work, which included frequent benefit appearances for the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, he died of congestive heart failure on January 8, 2016 in Pikesville, Maryland, at the age of 86. The Royal Parker Photo Album

Keisuke Itagaki

Keisuke Itagaki is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for his martial arts series Grappler Baki and its four sequels, which have sold over 75 million volumes. In 1996, he began working on an original work by Baku Yumemakura, he has collaborated on the series Garōden Boy. Prior to becoming a manga artist, he served 5 years in the 1st Airborne Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. During his service he practiced amateur boxing, has competed in the National Sports Festival, he holds a degree in Shorinji Kempo, which he has practiced since he was a teenager. He is the father of Beastars manga author. Grappler Baki Baki Baki Hanma Baki-Dou Baki Dou Garōden, adaptation of the novel series Tekken 5, Bruce Irvin's extra costume design Keisuke Itagaki at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

Day and Date

Day and Date was a daily hour-long syndicated program in the 1990s. It was syndicated by Group W Productions in 1996, it was hosted by Patrick Vanhorn. The program was intended as a lead-in to local early news programs, it debuted on September 1995 for the start of the 1995 television season. It was picked up by a variety of stations, some of which had just switched to CBS following deals that had taken effect earlier in 1995 resulting from the U. S. television network affiliate switches of 1994. Segments combined news and entertainment issues. Toward the end of its run, Gordon Elliott joined as an occasional correspondent, its second season premiered on 9 September 1996 on 87 stations serving 74 percent of the country, but low ratings spurred Eyemark to cancel Day and Date effective January 3, 1997. Mid-afternoon local newscasts which launched in the 4 p.m. hour throughout the mid-1990s had made the program superfluous with the growth of syndicated and wire service segments featuring the same type of content in the same timeslots Day and Date were in, with much less expense using local staff and more finessing to a local market's tastes than that of a nationally-syndicated program.

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