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The Kung Fu Instructor

The Kung Fu Instructor is a 1979 Shaw Brothers martial arts film directed by Sun Chueng, starring Ti Lung. In the town of Ho Si, two prominent Chinese clans have a family feud dating back centuries; the ancestors of the malevolent Mong clan and the righteous Chows split up their territories with a property line and instituted laws to keep each faction from crossing those lines. Those brave enough to traverse the line have their legs cut off by the opposing clan; the Chows want to establish relations with the Mongs. But the clan leader Mong Fan wants nothing more than to eradicate his hated enemies, he seeks to recruit the best Kung Fu teacher in Wong Yang to train his family members. Teacher Wong refuses because he knows that Mong Fan's men will use his teachings only for selfish purposes. Mong Fan comes up with an idea to frame Teacher Wong for murder, he arranges for a hired hand to start a fight with Teacher Wong in the center of town in front of the townsfolk. The man who challenges Teacher Wong is no match for him, when the guy stumbles backwards after Teacher Wong pushes him away, he ends up falling onto wooden spikes that puncture his flesh.

The guy promptly dies in view of everyone, the townspeople turn against the respected Kung Fu instructor. Rather than face arrest, Teacher Wong flees. An emissary of the Mong clan finds Teacher Wong hiding out, claims that in exchange for martial arts lessons, Mong Fan will use his political clout to clear his name. Rather than face the alternative, Teacher Wong agrees to educate the Mongs in the ways of Kung Fu. Chow Ping is a member of the Chow family who risks life and limb to traverse the boundary lines in order to witness Teacher Wong's agonizing lessons. Chow Ping returns to his makeshift training room to practice what he learned from the training sessions. At the Mong palace, Teacher Wong meets a beautiful young lady who takes a liking to him; the careless Chow Ping is captured on the Mong territory and brought to Mong Fan for sentencing before they remove his limbs. Teacher Wong speaks up on behalf of Chow Ping. Teacher Wong tells Mong Fan. Both Teacher Wong and Chow Ping fight their way through the Mong hordes and cross over the border where the Chow clan are happy to welcome them.

Teacher Wong is impressed with Chow's Ping's desire to learn Kung Fu and offers to teach him the martial arts. One of Mong Fan's lackeys crosses the border to deliver a message to Teacher Wong. Mong Fan begs Teacher Wong to continue training the Mongs. Teacher Wong insists they meet up to discuss the matter. During the negotiations, Mong Fan requests that Teacher Wong teach his men the unbeatable Shaolin Pole Style. Mong Fan firsts tries to bribe him, tries to blackmail him. Teacher Wong responds by accusing the Mongs of setting him up on the murder charge. Mong Fan tells him to leave the Mong property; as Teacher Wong starts to do so, he is assaulted by Mong soldiers and wounded. Chao Cheh tends to his wounds while the Mongs continue to search for him. Mong Fan orders his men to murder some monks, so he can use his clout to place the blame on the Chow clan; the police soon round up the Chows and it looks like Mong Fan will have his way. But Teacher Wong vows to tutor Chow Ping in the ways of the Shaolin Pole Style.

After some intensive training, Chow Ping comes up to speed. Teacher Wong insists that they pay a visit to the home of Mong Fan and expose the truth and clear the name of the Chow family. However, Mong Fan learns of their upcoming arrival, plans a trap to eradicate his enemies; the Kung Fu Instructor was the first Shaw Brothers film shot with a steadicam. Ku Feng – Mong Fan Ti Lung – Wong Yang Wang Yu – Chow Ping The Kung Fu Instructor on IMDb

Anatomy of Criticism

Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays is a book by Canadian literary critic and theorist, Northrop Frye, which attempts to formulate an overall view of the scope, theory and techniques of literary criticism derived from literature. Frye consciously omits all specific and practical criticism, instead offering classically inspired theories of modes, symbols and genres, in what he termed "an interconnected group of suggestions." The literary approach proposed by Frye in Anatomy was influential in the decades before deconstructivist criticism and other expressions of postmodernism came to prominence in American academia circa 1980s. Frye's four essays are sandwiched between a "Polemical Introduction" and a "Tentative Conclusion." The four essays are titled "Historical Criticism: A Theory of Modes", "Ethical Criticism: a Theory of Symbols", "Archetypal Criticism: A Theory of Myths", "Rhetorical Criticism: A Theory of Genres." The purpose of the introduction is to defend the need for literary criticism, to distinguish the nature of genuine literary criticism from other forms of criticism, to clarify the difference between direct experience of literature and the systematic study of literary criticism.

There are a number of reasons why the introduction is labeled as a'polemic'. In defending the need for literary criticism, Frye opposes a notion common to Tolstoy and Romantic thought that'natural taste' is superior to scholarly learning. Frye accuses a number of methods of criticism as being embodiments of the deterministic fallacy, he is not opposed to these ideologies in particular, but sees the application of any external, ready-made ideology to literature as a departure from genuine criticism. This results in subjecting a work of literature to an individual's pet philosophy and an elevation or demotion of authors according to their conformity to the pet philosophy. Another point is to distinguish the difference between genuine criticism. Personal taste is too swayed by the prevailing morals and tastes of the critic's society at that point in history. If taste succumbs to such social forces, the result is the same as that of consciously adopting an external ideology described above, yet if there is a consensus among critics that the works of John Milton are more fruitful than R. D. Blackmore, a critic contributes little by saying so.

In other words, value judgments contribute little to meaningful criticism. In place of meaningless criticism, Frye proposes a genuine literary criticism which draws its method from the body of literature itself. Literary criticism ought to be a systematic study of works of literature, just as physics is of nature and history is of human action. Frye makes the explicit assumption that in order for systematic study to be possible, the body of literature must possess a systematic nature. Frye claims that we know little about this system as yet and that the systematic study of literature has progressed little since Aristotle. Frye concludes his introduction by addressing the weaknesses of his argument, he mentions that the introduction is a polemic, but written in first person to acknowledge the individual nature of his views. He concedes that the following essays can only give a preliminary, inexact, glimpse of the system of literature, he admits to making sweeping generalities that will prove false in light of particular examples.

He stresses that while many feel an "emotional repugnance" to schematization of poetry, the schematization should be regarded as an aspect of criticism, not the vibrant, direct experience of the work itself—much as the geologist turns away from his or her systematic work to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Frye's systemization of literature begins with three aspects of poetry given by Aristotle in his Poetics: mythos and dianoia. Frye sees works of literature as lying somewhere on a continuum between being plot driven, as in most fiction, idea driven, as in essays and lyrical poetry; the First essay begins by exploring the different aspects of fiction in each mode and ends with a similar discussion of thematic literature. Frye divides his study of tragic and thematic literature into five "modes", each identified with a specific literary epoch: mythic, high mimetic, low mimetic, ironic; this categorization is a representation of ethos, or characterization and relates to how the protagonist is portrayed in respect to the rest of humanity and the protagonist's environment.

Frye suggests that Classical civilizations progressed through the development of these modes, that something similar happened in Western civilization during medieval and modern times. He speculates that contemporary fiction may be undergoing a return to myth, completing a full circle through the five modes. Frye argues. Tragedy is concerned with the hero's separation from society. Mythic tragedy deals with the death of gods. Romantic tragedy features elegies mourning the death of heroes such as Beowulf. High mimetic tragedy presents the death of a noble human such as Oedipus. Low mimetic tragedy shows the death or sacrifice of an ordinary human being and evokes pathos, as with Thomas Hardy's Tess or Henry James's Daisy Miller; the ironic mode shows the death or suffering of a protagonist, both weak and pitiful compared to the rest of humanity and the p

Black Out the Sun Tour

The Black Out the Sun Tour was the sixth headlining concert tour by American country music group the Zac Brown Band, in support of their album Jekyll + Hyde. The tour began on March 19, 2016, in Teton Village and ended on April 21, 2017, in Sydney, Australia; the band announced the tour in February 2016. On September 21, 2016, two Australian tour dates were announced; the show covers. They perform songs from their current album Jekyll + Hyde such as "Castaway", "Beautiful Drug", "Homegrown", "I'll Be Your Man", past hits like "Chicken Fried", "Knee Deep", "Colder Weather" and covers such as Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic", The Who's "Baba O'Riley", Dolly Parton's "Jolene"; the back of the stage is covered by a video screen that shows visuals. There is another video screen on the stage where the horns and percussionists stand. Drake White & The Big Fire Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Marty Stuart Not all songs are performed at every show, in not always in the same order. Festivals Cancellations and rescheduled shows Timothy Finn of The Kansas City Star says "the show wasn't flawless" and did not like how long the band introductions went but overall "was one long exhibition of this band's virtuosity and personality"

Here Come the Brides

Here Come the Brides is an American comedy Western series from Screen Gems that aired on the ABC television network from September 25, 1968 to April 3, 1970. The series was loosely based upon the Mercer Girls project, Asa Mercer's efforts to bring civilization to old Seattle in the 1860s by importing marriageable women from the east coast cities of the United States, where the ravages of the American Civil War left those towns short of men; the producers said the show was inspired by the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in an interview with LA Times TV critic Cecil Smith. As a television western, set shortly after the end of the Civil War, the series featured any form of gunplay, violence was limited to comical fistfights; this was in keeping with the restrictions on television violence at the time. Stories highlighted the importance of cooperation, inter-racial harmony, peaceful resolution of conflict. Plots were a mix of drama and humor. Being one of the first shows targeted at young women, most of the humor was at the expense of the men, but not bitingly so.

The 1951 movie Westward. In the pilot episode, smooth-talking, charismatic logging company boss Jason Bolt is faced with a shutdown of his operation as lonely lumberjacks are ready to leave Seattle due to the lack of female companionship, he promises to find marriageable ladies willing to come to the frontier town and stay for a full year. Sawmill owner Aaron Stempel puts up much of the expense money as a wager that Bolt won't succeed in bringing 100 suitable women; the Bolts travel to New Bedford, recruit the women charter a mule-ship to take them back to Seattle. The local saloon owner, Lottie takes the women under her wing and becomes a mother figure to them, while Bolt works to keep the women from leaving at the next high tide; the women decide to give Seattle and the loggers a chance. The ship's captain, develops a relationship with Lottie and becomes a regular character in the series. Much of the dramatic and comedic tension in the first season revolved around Stempel's efforts to sabotage the deal and take over the Bolts' holdings.

Stempel became more friendly in the second and final season, which focused more on the development of individual characters and the conflicts associated with newcomers and with people just passing through. One running theme is the importance of family, as the Bolt brothers show through the closeness of their relationships, that by sticking together, democratically taking family votes, they can overcome the surprising obstacles life presents. Bobby Sherman and David Soul were propelled to pop stardom as Jason's brothers and Joshua. Jeremy took a prominent role, not only as the boyfriend of Candy Pruitt, the beautiful, unofficial leader of the brides, but as a young man struggling with a conversation-stopping stammer. In one episode, he is temporarily cured of his impediment, following coaching by a traveler who has come to Seattle. Upon discovering that his benefactor is a con artist, his faith is shaken so that the stammer returns; the show addressed many social issues — racism, ethnic discrimination, treatment of the handicapped and mentally impaired, business ethics, ecology.

A young Bruce Lee appeared as a Chinese immigrant named Lin in the episode "Marriage Chinese Style". This character was the only dramatic English language non-martial arts role in Lee's acting career. Character actress Nora Marlowe played Mrs. Bronson in the same episode. Cicely Tyson, Jane Wyatt, Edward Asner, Majel Barrett, Barry Williams, Marge Redmond and Madeleine Sherwood, Bernard Fox, Vic Tayback, Lynda Day George, Bob Cummings, Daniel J. Travanti and James B. Sikking, Larry Linville and Billy Mumy all made guest appearances. Mitzi Hoag, who played Miss Essie during the season 1, had two guest roles in season 2 as different characters, one as a Greek immigrant in the episode "Land Grant" and another as a nun in the episode "Absalom". First season ratings were impressive enough to ensure its renewal for a second season, though only 152 ABC affiliates agreed to broadcast the series, compared to another Screen Gems' series, broadcast on 217 ABC affiliates in the same 1968/69 season, prompting ABC affiliated radio & television stations to add a voice-over in all related HCTB promotional commercials inviting viewers to watch "...

Here Come the Brides!, Wednesdays at 7:30, 6:30 central, over MOST of these ABC stations!" For the second season, the family-geared series was moved from the 7:30 Wednesday night "Family Hour" to the more adult-oriented time slot of 9:00 Friday night in September 1969. This move to the Friday night death slot combined with the low ABC affiliate support caused the ratings to slide out of the top 40, production ceased in the spring of 1970, although most of those ABC affiliates repeated episodes throughout the summer months, as was a standard procedure with most series; the final primetime episode in the United States was broadcast on Friday September 18, 1970. Joan Blondell received Emmy Award nominations each season for her performance as Lottie Hatfield, she lost to Barbara Bain in 1969, to Susan Hampshire in 1970. The theme song "S

Thiruvananthapuram–Kasargode Semi High Speed Rail Corridor

The Thiruvananthapuram–Kasargode Semi High Speed Rail Corridor is a proposed high-speed rail corridor in India that would connect the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram with Kasaragod in Kerala. The Detailed Project Report of the project is being prepared by K-Rail, a joint Venture Company between Ministry Of Railways and Government of Kerala; the 532 km SHSR corridor named Silver Line connecting Kasaragod and Thiruvananthapuram eases the transport between north and south ends of the state and reduces the total travel time to less than 4 hours, compared with the present 10 to 12 hrs. The proposed rail lines is designed to run at a Semi-High Speed of 200 km/h. Kochuveli, Chengannur, Ernakulam, Tirur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod will be the stations in this corridor. Kerala has 1.62 lakh kilometres of roads, 4.2% of India's total length. It is quite high considering; the existing railway network in the state is not suitable for faster travel. The average speed of journey by rail and road in the state is about 30% to 40% lower than in the neighbouring states.

The journey becomes slower in the rainy seasons because of deterioration in the condition of the roads and railway lines. Because of the adverse terrain, there is little scope of economically raising speed of trains on the existing railway line in the corridor. With the above in mind, the Government has decided to build the Thiruvananthapuram - Kasaragod corridor as a Semi high-speed line, covering the coastal region, the most densely populated region of the state. Kerala being a densely populated state, most of the commuters depend on the conventional modes of transport; the proposed Silver Line will bring about a remarkable change in local commute, by improving the travel time and quality of transportation. There will be a substantial reduction in road accidents due to the reduction of congestion on roads; this includes the last mile connectivity using aggregate services and feeder services, which will transform the people's perception towards public transportation. The Silver Line will be duly integrated with the existing Indian Railway network for the benefit of interstate and long distance travellers.

Transport systems bring enormous benefits to society providing access and mobility that are essential for modern societies and economic growth. However, transport activities have many undesirable external impacts as well, such as CO2 emissions, accidents, land use and many more; the urge to fight these challenges is therefore pushing economies towards more efficient, sustainable solutions. Silver Line is a suitable alternative as it saves time and helps in reduction of carbon footprint by relying on renewable energy sources for its stations, providing last mile connectivity to and from the station using electric vehicles, facilities for parking/charging EVs at the stations; the proposed RORO services contributes in reducing pollution and congestion compared to road transport of goods vehicles. The Thiruvananthapuram–Mangaluru high-speed rail corridor was mooted in the 2009-10 budget speech of the LDF government; the project was cleared by the State Cabinet in February 2010. The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation was appointed as the nodal agency to develop the project.

In September 2011, a special purpose vehicle, the Kerala High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. was formed to implement the project. The Ministry of Railways has stated that the project is feasible and has expressed full support for the project; the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation conducted the pre-feasibility study of the project. The KHSRC requested the DMRC to submit a detailed project report for the project by November 2012. However, the DPR faced several delays. In February 2014, the Indian media reported; the Times of India quoted unnamed sources as stating, "It has not been scrapped but it is at a dead stage. The estimated project cost has doubled now, the more the delay, the costlier the project would become." The cost of constructing the project was estimated to be 1.80 lakh crore, much higher than the estimated 1 lakh crore. 80% of the cost was proposed to be funded by JICA, the remaining 20% by the State and Central governments. In March 2014, T. Balakrishnan and Managing Director of KHSRCL, denied that the project had been scrapped.

In October 2014, Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy stated that the government wished to implement the project, that the project was stalled due to protests. He stated that the survey had been completed and the project would be implemented only with the support of people. In June 2016, the newly elected Left government asked the DMRC to complete the DPR; the DMRC submitted the detailed project report to the state government in July 2016. The DMRC proposed constructing a 430 km line from Kochuveli in Thiruvananthapuram up to Kannur, with an option to extend the line up to Mangalore in a phase; the Union Government approved the DMRC's draft report on 9 July 2016. In August 2016, the KHSRCL announced that it would conduct survey to determine public opinion of the proposed alignment; the survey is intended to prevent any possible protests over land acquisition and suppress dissent from opponents of development projects in the state. The results of the survey, published in February 2017, found that 86% of the 13,447 people interviewed across 110 assembly constituencies in 11 districts were in favour of the project.

Only 9 % of those surveyed opposed the project. 73% of the respondents were aware of t