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Leslie Ward

Sir Leslie Matthew Ward was a British portrait artist and caricaturist who over four decades painted 1,325 portraits which were published by Vanity Fair, under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl". The portraits were produced as watercolours and turned into chromolithographs for publication in the magazine; these were usually reproduced on better paper and sold as prints. Such was his influence in the genre that all Vanity Fair caricatures are sometimes referred to as "Spy cartoons" regardless of who the artist was. Early portraits always full-length, had a stronger element of caricature and distorted the proportions of the body, with a large head and upper body supported on much smaller lower parts; as he became accepted in the society in which he moved to gain access to his subjects, not wishing to cause offence, his style developed into what he called "characteristic portraits", being less of a caricature and more of an actual portrait of the subject, using realistic body proportions. Ward was one of eight children of artists Edward Matthew Ward and Henrietta Ward, the great-grandson of the artist James Ward.

Although they had the same surname before marriage, Ward's parents were not related. Both were well-known history painters, his mother coming from a line of painters and engravers, including her father, the engraver and miniature painter George Raphael Ward, her grandfather, the celebrated animal painter James Ward, she was niece and great-niece of the portrait painter John Jackson and the painter George Morland. Both parents had studios in their homes in Slough and Kensington in London, where they entertained the London artistic and literary elite. Ward's father was a gifted mimic who entertained other eminent guests. Although they never gave their son formal training and their artistic friends encouraged the young Ward to draw and sculpt. Ward had started caricaturing while still at school at Eton College, using his classmates and school masters as subjects. In 1867 his bust of his brother was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. At school Ward had been an unexceptional student, after he left Eton in 1869 his father encouraged him to train as an architect.

Ward was too afraid to tell his father that he wanted to be an artist and he spent an unhappy year in the office of the architect Sydney Smirke, a family friend. The artist W. P. Frith spoke to Ward's father on his behalf, after a great deal of arguing he agreed to support his son's training as an artist, Ward entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1871. In 1873 he sent some of his work to Thomas Gibson Bowles; this led to him being hired to replace "Ape", who had temporarily left the magazine after falling out with Bowles. As his nom de crayon, Ward suggested to Bowles that he use the name "Spy", meaning "to observe secretly, or to discover at a distance or in concealment". Ward's Spy signature was similar to Pellegrini's stylised Ape. Ward drew 1,325 cartoons for Vanity Fair between 1873 and 1911, many of which captured the personality of his subjects, his portraits of royalty and women, were over-sympathetic, if not sycophantic. As he became a member of Society himself, he became more of a complimentary portraitist, moving from caricature to what he termed "characteristic portraits", a charge he acknowledged in his autobiography Forty Years of "Spy", published in 1915.

Ward worked methodically from memory, after observing his'victims' at the racecourse, in the law courts, in church, in the university lecture theatre, or in the lobby of the Houses of Parliament. Sometimes they came to his studio to pose in their uniforms. A caricaturist, Ward believed, was born, not made, he observed, "A good memory, an eye for detail, a mind to appreciate and grasp the whole atmosphere and peculiarity of the'subject' are of course essentials." A caricature, he noted, should never depend on a physical defect, nor should it be forced. "If I could sum up the art in a sentence it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, always devoid of vulgarity."In an 1897 interview given by Oliver Armstrong Fry to Frank Banfield of Cassell's Magazine, it was reported that Ward received a sum of between £300 and £400 for a portrait. Ward was the most famous Vanity Fair artist, he worked for Vanity Fair for over forty years, producing more than half of the 2,387 caricatures published.

Ward's clubs included the Arts, the Orleans, the Fielding, the Lotus, the Punch Bowl, the Beefsteak, where he was one of the original members. There he sketched many of his victims. In 1899, years after her father had refused him permission to marry her, Ward married the society hostess Judith Mary Topham-Watney, the only daughter of Major Richard Topham of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, they had Sidney. Ward's last cartoon for Vanity Fair appeared in June 1911 as he had begun to contribute his "characteristic portraits" to The World and Mayfair, he supplemented his income by painting portraits. In 1918 he was knighted. Ward prophesied that "when the history of the Victorian era comes to be written in true perspective, the most faithful mirror and record of representative men and spirit of their times will be sought and found in Vanity Fair". After a nervous breakdown Ward died of heart failure at 4 Dorset Square, London on 15 May 1922 and was buried on 18 May at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

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Glenfield Rovers

Glenfield Rovers is a semi-professional football club based in Glenfield, New Zealand. That competes in the Lotto NRFL Premier League In 1960 Glenfield Rovers began as the "Chelsea Sugar Refinery" football team, it was reformed under the guidance of Fons Scheirlinck and permitted to play Sunday football. In 1961, Chelsea Association Football Club was formed from the refinery team and affiliated to the Auckland Football Association. In 1963, Chelsea A. F. C. was renamed as Glenfield Rovers A. F. C. and moved to its current home today of McFetridge Park. Today the club has a two-level clubrooms consisting of a formal lounge licensed bar and kitchen, thirteen changing rooms, four full size fields of which three are floodlit, an 85-car capacity car park and 200-person grandstand; the main local rival is Birkenhead United and is viewed by many as the biggest and bitterest rivalry in New Zealand football. It is believed the origins of this bitter rivalry started when Birkenhead AFC held their Chatham Cup parade on an open top double decker pass that passed McFetridge Park.

Birkenhead fans taunted Rovers fans by singing "We've won it 2 times, We've won it 2 times,At Harbour Stadium,We won it 2 times'. This song made reference to their 2 back to back Chatham Cup victories; this song infuriated Rovers fans no end. In a 1993 game between Rovers and Birkenhead, Birkenhead fans taunted Rovers striker Darren Werner by singing " Axl wants his hair back " and "Poor man's Axl" a reference to Werner's admiration of Guns N' Roses frontman W. Axl Rose. Werner plays bass guitar in local band "Despiser". Locals refer to them as "Des-pisser". 900 members enjoy a variety of levels of football which include 18 midget teams, 13 junior and 8 youth teams, 18 senior men's teams and 4 senior women's teams. For many years Glenfield Rovers was the only North Shore team with a Premier Women's team and has a proud history in the women's game The midget programme is run on a Friday night which enables members to enjoy other winter sports as well and gives children the novelty of playing under floodlights.

The junior and youth teams as well as most of the senior teams play in the Northern and Auckland Football Federation competitions in a season which lasts from early April through to late August. The club offers a seven-a-side summer tournament which goes from late October through to early March which attracts over 1000 participating members each year in what is arguably the best run summer football programme on The Shore. Men's Premier Team League Honours: 1965 – Northern League Division Two B 1976 – Northern League Division Two 1987 – Northern League Division Two 1996 – Northern League Division One, Chatham Cup Quarter Finals 2002 – Northern Premier League 2003 – Northern Premier League 2008 – Chatham Cup Semi Finals 2010 – Chatham Cup Quarter Finals 2013 – Northern League Division One 2014 – Northern Premier League Women's Premier Team Honours: 1989 – Northern Women's League Division One 1991 – AWFA Knockout Shield runners-up 2007 – National Women's Knockout Cup runners-up 2010 – Northern Premier Women's League 2011 – National Women's Knockout Cup winner, Northern Premier Women's League, Northern Premier Women's League Cup 2013 – National Women's Knockout Cup runners-up 2014 – National Women's Knockout Cup winners 2015 – National Women's Knockout Cup winners 2016 – National Women's Knockout Cup runners-up 2017 – Kate Sheppard Women's Knockout Cup Winners Club website New Zealand 2004/05 Season Results

Moroccan rock lizard

The Moroccan rock lizard is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family. Its classification is uncertain and it has been placed in the genera Teira, Lacerta or Scelarcis, it has been introduced to the island of Menorca in Spain. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, sea coasts and urban areas; the Moroccan rock lizard is a medium-sized, rather flattened species growing to a snout-to-vent length of 6 cm with a tail about 1.7 times its body-length. Various colour forms exist. In Morocco it is greyish-brown with two broad, pale stripes along the back. In Minorca the colour is grey or greyish-green densely covered with dark, net-like markings. In all areas, the tail is bluish in smaller individuals, it can be distinguished from other similar lizards by the presence of a transparent "window" in its lower eyelid. The underparts are bluish. Occasional dark-coloured individuals occur; the Moroccan rock lizard occurs in northwestern Africa in the mountain of Morocco but down to sea level in Algeria.

It was first recorded in Minorca in 1928. The Moroccan rock lizard is an agile species and is found climbing on rocks, walls and boulders, on tree trunks, on the ground among scrub and around buildings, it forages on the ground as well as on rocks. Its tail is rather fragile and individuals with regenerating tails can be found. Females lay small clutches of one to three measuring 12 to 17 millimetres by 6 to 8 millimetres