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Lee Falk

Lee Falk, born Leon Harrison Gross, was an American writer, theater director and producer, best known as the creator of the popular comic strips Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom. At the height of their popularity, these strips attracted over 100 million readers every day. Falk wrote short stories, he contributed to a series of pulp novels about The Phantom. A playwright and theatrical director/producer, Falk directed actors such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, Chico Marx and Ethel Waters. Falk was born in St. Louis, where he spent his boyhood and his youth, his mother was Eleanor Alina, his father was Benjamin Gross. Both of his parents were Jewish. Lee was raised Jewish. Benjamin Gross died when Falk was just a boy, after a time, his mother Eleanor married Albert Falk Epstein, who became the father figure for Lee Falk and his brother, Leslie. Falk changed his surname after leaving college, he took the middle name of his stepfather, but "Lee" had been his nickname since childhood, so he took that name also.

His brother, Leslie took the name "Falk". When Falk began his comic strip and comic book writing and drawing career, his official biography claimed that he was an experienced world traveler who had studied with Eastern mystics. In fact, Falk had made it up in order to seem more like the right kind of person to be writing about globe-trotting heroes like Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom, his trip to New York City to pitch Mandrake the Magician for publication by the King Features Syndicate was at that time the farthest that he had traveled from home in St. Louis. In life, however, he became an experienced world traveler for real – at least he said, to avoid the embarrassment of having his bluff inadvertently called by genuine travelers wanting to swap anecdotes. During World War II, Falk worked as chief of propaganda for the new radio station KMOX at St. Louis, where he became the leader of the radio foreign language division of the Office of War Information. Lee Falk married three times, to Louise Kanaseriff, Constance Moorehead Lilienthal, Elizabeth Moxley.

Elizabeth sometimes helped him with the scripts in his years. She finished his last The Phantom stories after he died. Falk became the father of three children and Diane and Conley. Falk died on March 13, 1999. Falk had had a fascination for stage magicians since he was a boy. Falk, according to his own recollections, sketched the first few Mandrake the Magician comic strips himself; when asked why the magician looked so much like himself, he replied, "Well, of course he did. I was alone in a room with a mirror when I drew him!". The Phantom was inspired by Falk’s fascination for myths and legends, such as the ones about El Cid, King Arthur and Greek folklore heroes and popular fictional characters like "Tarzan" and "Mowgli" from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, he was fascinated by the Thugs of India, hence based his first Phantom comic on the "Singh Brotherhood". Falk considered the idea of calling his character "The Gray Ghost", but decided that he preferred "The Phantom". Falk revealed in an interview that Robin Hood, depicted as wearing tights, inspired the skin-tight costume of "The Phantom", known to have influenced the entire superhero-industry.

In the A&E Network's Phantom biography program, Falk explained that Ancient Greek stone busts inspired the notion of pupils of the eyes of "The Phantom" not showing whenever he wore his mask. The old Greek busts had no eye pupils, which Falk felt gave them an interesting look, it is probable that the look of "The Phantom" inspired the look of what has today become known as the "superhero". Falk thought that his comic strips would last a few weeks at best. However, he wrote them until the last days of his life. Falk's next large passion after cartooning was the stage plays. During his lifetime, Falk ran five theaters, at one time or another, he produced about 300 plays, directed about 100 of them. Falk wrote 12 plays, including two musicals: Happy Dollar and Mandrake the Magician, which were both based on his comic strip character. After Falk's death, his widow Elizabeth directed a musical called Mandrake the Magician and the Enchantress, written by Falk, and, the same as his previous Mandrake the Magician musical.

Some of his plays drew well-known actors and actresses such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Celeste Holm, Constance Moore, Basil Rathbone, Chico Marx, Ethel Waters, Paul Newman, Ezio Pinza, James Mason, Jack Warner, Shelley Winters, Farley Granger, Eve Arden, Alexis Smith, Victor Jory, Cedric Hardwicke, Eva Marie Saint, Eva Gabor, Sarah Churchill, James Donn, Eddie Bracken, Ann Corio, Robert Wilcox and Paul Robeson to perform in them. The actors and actresses were all paid for their work, but many of them worked on small fractions of what they would earn with their movie work. Falk was proud to state that Marlon Brando had turned down an offer of $10,000 a week to act in Broadway plays, in favor of working for Falk in Boston in the play and the Man. In 1953, Brando's contract for Falk's play paid less than $500 a week. Falk won many awards for his dedication to the field of writing for comics and theatre. Here a

Alexander Fridlender

Alexander Grigoryevitch Fridlender was a Soviet composer and conductor, Professor at the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire. Fridlender was born in Saint Petersburg, he studied at the Leningrad Central Music College and graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1933. He worked as the conductor of the Voronezh Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1934-1935, the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater. After that he moved to Sverdlovsk, he spent the rest of his life there. Fridlender conducted the orchestra of the Sverdlovsk State Philharmonic Hall and the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, he taught at the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire. He composed several instrumental music such as suites, music for plays, songs. 1941: The Mountain Fairy Tale, a ballet based on "The Mistress of the Copper Mountain". 1944: The Stone Flower, a ballet based on the story of the same name. 1958: Without a Dowry, a ballet based on the play of the same name. 1962: Snow, a ballet 1966: Zoya, a choreographic poem 1967: Petersburgers, an opera based on the poem by Olga Bergholz.

1970: The Cake in the Sky, a comedy opera based on the story by Gianni Rodari La torta in cielo. 1977: Lieutenant Lermontov, a choreographic poem List of compositions


A narrowboat is a boat of a particular design, made to fit the narrow canal locks of the United Kingdom. The UK's canal system provided a nationwide transportation network during the Industrial Revolution, but with the advent of the railways commercial canal traffic diminished and the last regular long-distance traffic disappeared in 1970. However, some commercial traffic continued into the beyond. To enter a narrow lock, a narrowboat must be under 7 feet wide, so most narrowboats are just 6 feet 10 inches wide). A narrowboat's maximum length is 72 feet. Anything wider or longer will be unable to navigate most of the British canal network; some locks are shorter than 72 feet, so to access the entire canal network the maximum length is 57 feet The first narrow boats played a key part in the economic changes of the British Industrial Revolution. They were wooden boats drawn by a horse walking on the canal towpath led by a crew member. Horses were replaced with steam and diesel engines. By the end of the 19th century it was common practice to paint roses and castles on narrow boats and their fixtures and fittings.

This tradition has continued into the 21st century. Modern narrowboats are used for holidays, weekend breaks, touring, or as permanent or part-time residences, they have steel hulls and a steel superstructure. The hull's flat base is 10mm thick, the hull sides 6mm or 8mm, the cabin sides 6mm, the roof 4mm or 6mm; the numbers of boats have been rising, with the number of licensed boats on canals and rivers managed by the Canal & River Trust estimated at about 27,000 in 2006 and over 30,000 in 2014. Although a small number of steel narrowboats dispense with the need for a rear steering deck by imitating some river cruisers in providing wheel steering from a central cockpit, most narrowboats' steering is by a tiller on the stern. There are three major configurations for the stern: traditional stern, cruiser stern and semi-traditional stern. Narrowboats are "Category D" boats which are intended only for navigating rivers and small lakes; the narrowboat definition in the Oxford English Dictionary is: A British canal boat of traditional long, narrow design, steered with a tiller.

One not exceeding 7 feet in width or 72 feet in length Earlier quotations listed in the Oxford English Dictionary use the term "narrow boat", with the most recent, a quotation from an advertisement in Canal Boat & Inland Waterways in 1998, uses "narrowboat". The single word "narrowboat" has been adopted by authorities such as the Canal and River Trust, Scottish Canals and the magazine Waterways World to refer to all boats built in the style and tradition of commercial boats that were able to fit in the narrow canal locks. Although some narrow boats were built to a design based on river barges and many conform to the strict definition of the term, it is incorrect to refer to a narrowboat as a barge. In the context of the British inland waterways, a barge is a much wider, cargo-carrying boat or a modern boat modelled on one more than 7 feet wide. Another historic term for a narrow boat is a long boat, this name was used in the Midlands and on the River Severn and connecting waterways to Birmingham.

Usage has not quite settled down as regards boats based on narrowboat design, but too wide for narrow canals. Narrowboats may have ship prefix NB; the key distinguishing feature of a narrowboat is its width, which must be less than 7 feet wide to navigate British narrow canals. Some old boats are close to this limit, can have trouble using certain narrow locks whose width has been reduced over time because of subsidence. Modern boats are produced to a maximum of 6 feet 10 inches wide to guarantee easy passage throughout the complete system; because of their slenderness, some narrowboats seem long. The maximum length is about 72 feet. Modern narrowboats tend to be shorter, to permit cruising anywhere on the connected network of British canals — including on canals built for wider, but shorter, boats; the shortest lock on the main network is Salterhebble Middle Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation, at about 56 feet long. However, the C&H is a wide canal, so the lock is about 14 feet 2 inches wide.

This makes the largest "go-anywhere-on-the-network" narrowboat longer than the straight length of the lock, because it can lie diagonally. Some locks on isolated waterways are as short as 40 feet. Where it was possible to avoid going through locks, narrow boats were sometimes built a little larger. Wharf boats or more usually'Amptons, operated on the Wolverhampton level of the Birmingham Canal Navigations and were up to 89 feet in length and 7 foot 10.5 inches wide. Hire fleets on British canals consist of narrow boats in varied lengths from 30 feet upwards, to allow parties of different numbers or varying budgets to be able to hire a boat and get afloat; the first narrow boats played a key part in the economic changes of the British Industrial Revolution. They were wooden boats drawn by a horse walking on the canal towpath led by a crew member a child. Narrow boats were chiefly designed for carrying cargo, though some packet boats, carried passeng

List of Pakistan One Day International cricket records

This is a list of Pakistan One-Day International cricket records, record team and individual performances in One Day International cricket. Records for Test cricket are at List of Test cricket records; this list is based on the List of One-Day International cricket records. The top five to seven records are listed for each category, except in "team wins and draws" and "highest wicket partnerships". Tied records for the fifth place are listed as well. Explanations of the general symbols and cricketing terms used in the list are given below. Specific details are provided in each category where appropriate. List of One Day International cricket records List of batsmen who have scored over 10,000 One Day International cricket runs List of One Day International cricket hat-tricks List of Test cricket records List of List A cricket records List of Cricket World Cup records

Lorai: Play to Live

Lorai: Play to Live is an Indian Bengali sports drama film directed by Parambrata Chatterjee, which stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar and Indrasish Roy in lead roles. The film is produced by Shyam Sunder Dey under the Greentouch Entertainment; the film was released on 9 January 2015. Sebastian Ryan, an alcoholic ex-football star, is assigned the task of training the youths of a remote violence-torn village in Purulia. Though he is sceptical about the task at the outset, circumstances force him to change his perception. Prosenjit Chatterjee as Sebastian Ryan Payel Sarkar as Anuradha Indrasish Roy as Deep Narayan Chowdhury Kanchan Mullick Kharaj Mukherjee as Moktar Alam Gargi Roychowdhury Deepankar De Biswajit Chakraborty Bharat Kaul Koushik Kar as Chipla Rajat Ganguly Alvito D'Cunha Apurbo Roy Parambrata Chatterjee as Naxalite leader Manas Lorai was slated to release with Ebar Shabor, but the producers of this film backed it by a week to avoid competition. Greentouch Entertainment released the film's trailer on 2 December 2014 at the presence of the lead cast and the director.

The film had a grand premiere at INOX of South City Mall. Lorai have run into trouble with the censor board; the board has asked the makers to get an NOC from the Animal Welfare Board of India for a chicken chase sequence. Story goes that the makers had not taken a prior NOC, mandatory for censoring a film. Says a source close to the unit, "In the synopsis of the film, there was no mention of the sequence and the Animal Welfare Board has raised an objection to it; the film, starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, is set for release this weekend. A representative from the production house is in Chennai to do the needful. Says Parambrata, "The review committee will look into the sequence featuring chickens. Hope things fall into place." Reviewer from The Times of India commented Lorai is a good-hearted film that gives us a fair share of drama, humour and, of course, football. And despite our inclination to draw parallels with hits that have similar storylines — like Chak De! India — Lorai still manages to make a good impression.

Neel Dutt of The Telegraph reviewed "Parambrata’s choice of genre as well as his concept set me thinking not just about the film but about contemporary Bengali cinema and its new breed of young filmmakers. It’s a breath of freshness to watch a young filmmaker daring to get away from the glossy plastic world of our city to engulf an earthy India far bigger than our provincial smartphone existence; the charm of the film lies in this rusticity, an essence that’s beautifully and painstakingly shot by cinematographer Gopi Bhagat. Kharaj Mukherjee’s optimistic and pleasing Mokhtar is the actor’s most pleasant performance since Patalghar. Just when one stopped expecting anything from Kanchan Mullick, he surprises as the chicken thief, his funny ostrich-like Doa with all its oddities and idiosyncrasies will keep you glued till the end. In fact, Doa’s crafted introduction and climax are two of the most enjoyable sequences in the film, but the surprise of the film lies in its two young actors — Indrasish Roy as Deepnarayan, the rakishly handsome captain of the football team, is stunning.

And debutant Kaushik Kar as the quiet and confident Chipla Mahato is brilliant. Both these fine young actors show a lot of promise. I loved the gentle accordion melody accompanied by a stringed instrument used in a couple of scenes after Sebastian Ryan enters Kushumdi."IMDb gave a rating to the film. Music Composer Indradeep Dasgupta was roped in to score the music for the film. Arijit Singh launched the music of the film was held at a city hotel, with the entire cast and crew in attendance; the soundtrack was ranked Best Bengali Album of March 2015 by Deccan Music Lorai: Play to Live on IMDb

Malabar Hill

Malabar Hill is a hillock and upmarket residential neighbourhood in South Mumbai, India. Malabar Hill is the most exclusive residential area in Mumbai, home to several business tycoons and film personalities. Notable residents include Adi Godrej, Cyrus Broacha,the Birla family, Shashi Ruia & family, Pallonji Mistry, Mahesh Jethmalani, the Jindal family, the Petit family, the Thakkar family and the Lal family etc. Prominent landmarks include the Chief Minister of Maharashtra's Bungalow, Government Guest House Sahyadri, official residences of VVIP state officials and additionally the Hanging Gardens, Jain Temple & Banganga Tank. Malabar Hill is the location of the Walkeshwar Temple, founded by the Silhara kings; the original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese, but rebuilt again in 1715 by Rama Kamath, by 1860, 10 to 20 other temples were built in the region. Mountstuart Elphinstone built the first bungalow in Malabar Hill while he was Governor of Bombay, between 1819 and 1827. Following his example, the place soon became an affluent locality.

Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Maharashtra,'Varsha', the official residence of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra,'Glenogle' the official residence of the General Manager of Central Railway are located here. Houses here are amongst the most expensive in the world. An unhindered view of Back Bay, with the Girgaon Chowpatty beach in the foreground, the Nariman Point skyline in the background is one of the reasons for the sky-high real estate prices in this district. In January 2012, Maheshwari House was sold to industrialist Sajjan Jindal of Jindal Steel for 400 crores or > Rs. 92,000 per square foot. ). The most expensive private residence lies just outside Malabar Hill on Altamount Road off Pedder Road, namely Antilla, the 27-storey, billion-dollar tower in Mumbai, owned by India's richest and the world's ninth-richest person Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries. Buses only started serving this area during World War II. South Court, the former residence of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan is present here, but is closed to public due to property disputes.

Of note in the Malabar Hill district, there is a cremation ground that sits near the sea, home to the samadhi shrines of several famous Indian saints. Notably among them is the samadhi shrine of the guru of Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, as well as the samadhi shrine of his devoted disciple Shri Ranjit Maharaj. Http://