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Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the music group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 and 1997 to 2018. In addition to his tenure with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham has released six solo albums and three live albums; as a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Buckingham was ranked 100th in Rolling Stone's 2011 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Buckingham is known for his fingerpicking guitar style. Fleetwood Mac, the band that gave Buckingham his greatest exposure, had been around since the late 1960s, beginning as a British blues outfit led by Peter Green. After Green left the group, they experienced several tumultuous years without a stable frontman. Buckingham was invited to join the group in 1974; as a stipulation to joining, Buckingham insisted his musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks be included. Buckingham and Nicks became the face of Fleetwood Mac during its most commercially successful period, highlighted by the multi-platinum album Rumours, which sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

Though successful, the group experienced constant creative and personal conflict, Buckingham left the band in 1987 to focus on his solo career. A one-off reunion at the 1993 inauguration ball for President Bill Clinton initiated some rapprochement between the former band members, with Buckingham performing some vocals on one track of their 1995 album Time, rejoining the band full-time in 1997 for the live tour and album The Dance. On April 9, 2018, Buckingham was unexpectedly fired from Fleetwood Mac and replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Lindsey Adams Buckingham was born in California, to Rutheda and Morris Buckingham, he had two older brothers and Gregory. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Atherton, he attended Menlo Atherton High School where Buckingham and his brothers were encouraged to swim competitively. Though Buckingham dropped out of athletics to pursue music, his brother Gregory went on to win a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Buckingham did not graduate.

Buckingham's first forays into guitar playing took place on a toy Mickey Mouse guitar, playing along to his brother Jeff's extensive collection of 45s. Noticing his talent, Buckingham's parents bought their son a $35 Harmony guitar. Buckingham never does not read music. By age 13, he became interested in folk music and, influenced by banjo methods, practiced the energetic style of the Kingston Trio. From 1966 to 1971, Buckingham performed psychedelic and folk rock with the high school rock band named The Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band as a bassist and vocalist; the band regrouped in 1967 due to band member changes and shortened their name to Fritz, Buckingham invited friend Stevie Nicks to join Fritz as a second vocalist. Their romantic relationship began. Buckingham and his then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks recorded seven demos in 1972 on a half-inch 4-track Ampex recorder kept at his father's coffee roasting plant in Daly City drove to Los Angeles to pursue a record deal. In 1973, Polydor Records signed the pair.

Their album, produced by Keith Olsen and second engineer Richard Dashut, Buckingham Nicks, was released in September 1973. To help make ends meet, Buckingham toured with Don Everly's backing band, singing Phil Everly's parts. While investigating Sound City recording studio in California, Mick Fleetwood heard the song "Frozen Love" from the Buckingham Nicks album. Impressed, he asked. By chance and Nicks were in Sound City recording demos, Buckingham and Fleetwood were introduced; when Bob Welch left Fleetwood Mac in December 1974, Fleetwood contacted Buckingham and offered him the vacant guitar slot in his band. Buckingham told Fleetwood that he didn't want to work without her. Fleetwood agreed to hire both of them, without an audition. Buckingham and Nicks began a short tour to promote the Buckingham Nicks album; the touring band included drummers Bob Aguirre and Gary Hodges and bassist Tom Moncrieff, who played bass on Nicks' 1981 album Bella Donna. When they played in Alabama, the one area where they saw appreciable sales, they told their fans they had joined Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac released their eponymously titled album in 1975, which reached number one in the American charts. Buckingham contributed several songs to the album including "Monday Morning" and "I'm So Afraid" while singing lead on "Blue Letter". I'm So Afraid and "Monday Morning" were intended for the second Buckingham Nicks LP, but they were instead used with Fleetwood Mac. Despite the success of the new line-ups first album, it was their second album, that propelled the band to superstar status, when it became one of the best-selling albums of all time. Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way" was the lead single. Buckingham sang co-lead vocal on two of the bands biggest live staples "The Chain", written by the entire band and "Don't Stop" a Christine McVie number. After the resounding commercial success of Rumours, Buckingham was determined to avoid falling into repeating the same musical pattern; the result was Tusk, a double album that Buckingham directed

Anatoly Pakhomov

Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov is a Russian politician. He is the mayor of Sochi. Pakhomov served as the mayor of the town of Anapa from 2005 until 2008. In October 2008 Pakhomov became the fourth occupant of the mayoralty of Sochi since the announcement of the city as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. On 24 March 2009 the United Russia party announced that Pakhomov would be its candidate for the April 26 elections for mayor of Sochi. On 27 April 2009 it was announced. Boris Nemtsov, who came second with around 14% of the vote, contested the fairness of the election, alleging that he was denied media access and that government workers had been pressured to vote for Pakhomov. Pakhomov received the Olympic flag from IOC president Jacques Rogge at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pakhomov claimed that homosexuality was not accepted in the Caucasus and that there were no gay people in Sochi. In August 2019, Pakhomov announced, his term of office ended on 9 September 2019, Alexey Kopaigorodsky was elected the new mayor of Sochi.

In 2014, Pakhomov was awarded the Paralympic Order

Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell is an English horror fiction writer and critic, writing for well over fifty years. He is the author of over 30 novels and hundreds of short stories, many of them considered classics in the field and winners of multiple literary awards. Three of his novels have been filmed. Since he first came to prominence in the mid-1960s, critics have cited Campbell as one of the leading writers in his field: T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today", Robert Hadji has described him as "perhaps the finest living exponent of the British weird fiction tradition", while S. T. Joshi stated, "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood." Campbell was born in England, to Alexander Ramsey and Nora Campbell. He was educated by Christian Brothers at Liverpool. Campbell's childhood and adolescence were marked by the rift between his parents, who became estranged shortly after his birth.

Campbell's father became a shadowy presence more heard than seen. Campbell states, "I didn't see my father face to face for nearly twenty years, and, when he was dying." Years Campbell's mother degenerated into paranoia and schizophrenia, rendering his own life a living hell—an experience he has discussed in detail in the introduction and afterword to the restored text of The Face That Must Die. Other autobiographical pieces regarding Campbell's life are available in Section V, "On Ramsey Campbell" in his essay collection Ramsey Campbell, Probably: 30 Years of Essays and Articles. Campbell's mother "wrote a great deal, novel after novel, but was unpublished aside from a handful of short stories in writer's magazines." She encouraged her young son to send his writing off from an early age. Growing up in the blitzed landscape of post-war Liverpool, Campbell avidly consumed the work of Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Franz Kafka and the cinema of film noir. Campbell's earliest tales, written when he was 11 years old, comprised a self-illustrated collection of sixteen stories and a poem he entitled "Ghostly Tales".

Campbell intended to submit to Phantom, but his mother, who regarded literary success as a possible way of financing her escape from her disastrous marriage, persuaded him to wait until he had a whole book to show to publishers. His English teacher, Brother Kelly, used to have him read his stories to the class. Campbell submitted Ghostly Tales to "numerous publishers" including Tom Boardman publisher; this collection of juvenilia was published thirty years as a special issue of Crypt of Cthulhu magazine titled Ghostly Tales: Crypt of Cthulhu 6, No 8, whole number 50, Michaelmas 1987, edited by Robert M. Price, it is of interest that, though the stories are mainstream spectral lore, one story can be considered a early mythos yarn. Another issue of this magazine Crypt of Cthulhu No 43, titled The Tomb-Herd and Others collects various early stories, including some early drafts of tales published revised in Campbell's first book, The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants ); the manuscripts of Campbell's early tales are housed at the Local History Library of the Liverpool Public Libraries.

Campbell first encountered H. P. Lovecraft at age eight, via the story "The Colour Out of Space", which he found in the Groff Conklin anthology Strange Travels in Science Fiction, within the next few years read "The Rats in the Walls" and "The Dunwich Horror", encountered in the Wise and Fraser anthology Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural. At the age of twelve, Campbell attempted to write a novel titled Broken Moon, influenced by Arthur Machen, but it petered out after fifty pages. By the age of 14, he discovered Lovecraft's Cry Horror!, a British edition of the collection entitled The Lurking Fear, read it in one day, finding the fiction's sense of awesomeness as well as horror extraordinarily appealing. He had read Arthur Machen's major horror stories by this age, some works by John Dickson Carr, which led him to write a 100-page Carr pastiche titled Murder By Moonlight. On leaving school at age sixteen, Campbell went to work in the Inland Revenue as a tax officer. Campbell sold various of his early stories to editors including August Derleth and Robert A.

W. Lowndes, his concept of what was possible in the weird genre became imbued with the influence of Lovecraft for the next few years. In December 1961, Campbell completed the story "The Church in High Street" which he sent to August Derleth at Arkham House, an imprint singlehandedly responsible for preserving the legacy of H P Lovecraft. Derleth accepted the story in February 1962 and it became Campbell's first professionally published tale, appearing in the Derleth-edited anthology Dark Mind, Dark Heart. Campbell wrote various other tales of the Cthulhu Mythos between 1961 and 1963. Derleth gave the young writer invaluable advice on improving his writing style. Forming his literary apprenticeship with stories modelled after Lovecraft's themes, Campbell's first collection, The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants, published when he was but eighteen years old, collects his Lovecraftian pastiches to that date. Campbell has writ

Andrew Biankin

Andrew Victor Biankin is a Scotland-based Australian clinician-scientist, best known for his ongoing research into the treatment of pancreatic cancer. From 2013 Biankin was appointed the Regius Professor of Surgery and Director of the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre at the University of Glasgow, he is Chair of Precision-Panc UK, has been Director of the Glasgow Precision Oncology Laboratory at the University of Glasgow since 2016. From 2005 until 2014, Biankin was the head of pancreatic cancer research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and he helped establish the Australian Pancreatic Genome Initiative, of which he was chairperson from 2009 until 2014. Biankin co-founded Cure Forward where he was the chief medical and scientific advisor from 2012 until 2017. From 2014, Biankin worked as a clinician-scientist for Cancer Research UK and as a senior investigator for the Wellcome Trust. In 2018 he was appointed Executive Director and Chairman of the International Cancer Genome Consortium.

Biankin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has written over 160 articles in major medical journals relating to cancer and precision medicine. In 2019, Biankin was recognised for his distinguished service to medical research and to the treatment of pancreatic cancer, as a clinician-scientist, by being appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours

Vesta, Minnesota

Vesta is a city in Redwood County, United States. The population was 319 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.41 square miles, all of it land. The Redwood River flows through the southeastern corner of the city. Minnesota Highway 19 skirts the western edge of Vesta. Vesta was platted in 1899, named after Vesta, Roman goddess of the hearth and home. Vesta was incorporated in 1900; as of the census of 2010, there were 319 people, 124 households, 83 families living in the city. The population density was 778.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 136 housing units at an average density of 331.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 0.9% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 1.9% from two or more races. There were 124 households of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 33.1% were non-families.

29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.24. The median age in the city was 33.5 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 52.4 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 339 people, 132 households, 86 families living in the city; the population density was 853.2 people per square mile. There were 142 housing units at an average density of 357.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 98.53% White, 0.29% Asian, 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population. There were 132 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.8% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.36. In the city, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $25,536, the median income for a family was $34,583. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $19,000 for females; the per capita income for the city was $12,302. About 9.3% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over. City of Vesta - official site

AGS-40 Balkan

AGS‑40 Balkan is a Russian 40mm caseless automatic grenade launcher and successor to AGS-17 and AGS-30, introduced and adopted by the Russian military in 2018 for operational evaluation. The AGS-40 has a range of 2,500 m and a rate of fire of 400 rounds per minute, with short burst, long burst, continuous fire modes; the weapon is equipped with a tripod and a PAG-17 2.7× telescopic sight. A unique feature of the AGS-40 is a detachable seat that allows for more stabile shooting using the weight of an operator. Caseless high-explosive-fragmentation 40mm 7P39 grenades. 7P39P and 7P39U practice rounds Development of the AGS-40 started in 1980 but stalled after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent economic decline in Russia. However, the project was revived in the early 1990s under the codename "Balkan", was put into operational evaluation in 2018. AGS-40 can be installed on armored vehicles; the AGS-40 can be integrated with Kalashnikov MBDU remote weapon station. Russian Federation RGS-50M RGSh-30 RPO Rys MRG-1