The National Basketball Association Finals is the championship series for the NBA and the conclusion of its postseason. All Finals have been played in a best-of-seven format, are contested between the winners of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, except in 1950 when the Eastern Division champion faced the winner between the Western and Central Division champions. From 1946 through 1949, when the league was known as the Basketball Association of America, the playoffs were a three-stage tournament where the two semifinal winners played each other in the finals; the winning team of the series receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. The current home-and-away format in the NBA Finals is 2–2–1–1–1, used in 1947–1948, 1950–1952, 1957–1970, 1972–1974, 1976–1977, 1979–1984, 2014–present, it was in a 2–3–2 format during 1949, 1953–1955, 1985–2013, in a 1–1–1–1–1–1–1 format during 1956 and 1971, in a 1–2–2–1–1 format during 1975 and 1978. The Eastern Conference/Division leads the Western Conference/Division in series won.
The defunct Central Division, in existence during the 1949–50 NBA season when the NBA was divided into three divisions and different from the current Central Division created in 1970 when the existing Eastern Division was upgraded as a conference, won one championship. The Boston Celtics and the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers alone own half of the titles, having won a combined 33 of 73 championships; as of 2019, the defending champions are the Toronto Raptors, making history as the first team from outside of the United States to win. The first brackets in the Western champion and Eastern champion columns indicate the teams' playoff seed; the second brackets indicate the number of times that teams have appeared in an NBA Finals as well as each respective team's NBA Finals record to date. Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award List of NBA G League champions List of NBA championship head coaches List of NBA players with most championships List of NBA franchise post-season droughts List of NBA franchise post-season streaks List of National Basketball Association longest winning streaks List of National Basketball League champions NBA.com: List of champions
The British Deputy High Commission, Chennai is the United Kingdom diplomatic mission with responsibility for southern India, the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry. The Deputy High Commissioner is equivalent to a Consul-General, reports to the British High Commission; the current Deputy High Commissioner is Oliver Ballhatchet. He succeeds Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford; the consular section of the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai, is located at 20 Anderson Road, Nungambakkam. The British Council and the British Library are located at Anna Salai; the consular section of the British Deputy High Commission provides consular assistance and protection for British citizens. The Chennai consular region has a trade office at Hyderabad and a Deputy High Commission office at Bangalore, functioning from 2009, for which visas are issued from the Deputy High Commission office at Chennai; the visa application centres are located in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. List of Deputy High CommissionersBelow is the list of deputy high commissioners of the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai: Sir Christopher Masterman, CSI, CIE Charles A. Gault, CBE James W. D. Locker, OBE George E. Crombie, CMG Leonard J. D. Wakely, CMG, OBE Ronald G. Chisholm Mark E. Allen, CMG, CVO William J. M. Paterson, CMG Clifford B. B.
Heathcote-Smith, CBE Victor C. Martin, OBE John E. A. Miles, CBE Alfred C. Hall, CBE Neville A. I. French, CMG, LVO Arthur S.-M. Marshall, CBE Thomas Stubbs, OBE David K. Sprague, MVO Anthony B. N. Morey, CBE David Cockerham, CBE Sidney H. Palmer Michael E. J. Herridge Stuart H. Innes Michael L. Connor Michael S. Nithavrianakis Bharat Joshi Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford Oliver Ballhatchet, MBE In 2006, the Deputy High Commission at Chennai processed 11,224 visa applications, next only to the Mumbai Centre; the High Commissions at Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata processed 14,366, 6,688 and 1,328 applications, respectively. In 2008, of the 336,000 student visas issued in India, around 20 percent were issued in Chennai. Of late, the visa rejection rate from the Deputy High Commission at Chennai has been increased; as part of the U. K. Border Agency's new guidelines, the Deputy High Commission started processing U. K. visa applications from the British High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in a phased manner.
As of 2011, the U. K. Border Agency in Chennai processed most visa applications from Sri Lanka. In December 2013, the Deputy High Commission launched a pilot passport pass-back service, a user-pays service that enables applicants to retain their passport for the majority of the application processing period, for the first time in the country; the British Council division of the Deputy High Commission is the United Kingdom's primary cultural relations organisation and is responsible for activities in education, English language, governance and the arts. The British Council office at Chennai covers the South Indian region, it plays an important role in helping Indian students pursue their studies in the United Kingdom. The council manages the British Library; the British Council division publishes two magazines—Postgraduate U. K. and Club U. K. the latter meant for Indian students. According to 2004 U. K. government figures, of the 14,000 Indian students studying in the United Kingdom, 43 percent hail from South India.
In 2010, the British Council launched the British Council IELTS Scholarship Award with the objective of assisting Indian students to continue their postgraduate study at any university abroad. List of diplomatic missions in Chennai India–United Kingdom relations List of diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom Foreign relations of India Foreign relations of the United Kingdom Official website of the British Deputy High Commission Chennai Official website of the British Council
C81 was a cassette compiled for the British music paper NME in 1981 and released in conjunction with the record label Rough Trade. Featuring a number of contemporary musical acts and performers, it was intended to mark the first five years of the independent label movement in the UK record industry and Rough Trade itself, it was the first in a series of many cassette releases from the paper, including the C86 compilation of 1986. C81 was compiled by NME journalist Roy Carr, Christopher Rose, who worked in public relations for Rough Trade. To obtain a copy, NME readers needed to collect two coupons from the magazine and send off £1.50. The first printed coupons and advertisement for the cassette were in the issue dated 31 January 1981. By the time C81 went on general sale at the end of May that year, 25,500 copies had been sold through the coupon offer, which represented a "big commercial success" according to Carr; the tape contained a set of 25 diverse tracks ranging from post-punk, poetry, electronic to veteran'Canterbury Scene' performer Robert Wyatt.
It was accompanied by the'C81 Owner's Manual', a 32-page booklet of lyrics and artwork that readers would assemble themselves by cutting up and folding a page from the tabloid sized magazine. This consisted of 16 small double sided panels, was designed to be slipped into the cassette case. A running joke throughout the booklet was the comparison of a number of acts on the tape to various periods in the history of The Velvet Underground; when C81 went on general sale in May 1981 Chrysalis Records refused to re-licence the tracks by The Specials and Linx, these were replaced by Panther Burns and Television Personalities. Publishing a tape was an acknowledgment of the flourishing self-published cassette culture of the time that the NME had been supporting during its short lived Garageland column. An alternative view, was that the C81 cassette was more akin to'bandwagon jumping', drawing on the enthusiasm and momentum of the cassette culture movement and using this as a promotional tool, whilst failing to acknowledge that movement, ignoring its inherent critique of the established music industry.
British music writer Simon Reynolds called it "post punk's swan song", noting the appearance of three acts from Scottish independent label Postcard Records and the emerging new pop tendency of bands such as Linx and Scritti Politti, that NME stopped publishing the Garageland column in the same month that C81 went on general sale, an acknowledgement that the DIY cassette culture movement was on the wane. "The "Sweetest Girl"" – Scritti Politti "Twist and Crawl Dub" – The Beat "Misery Goats" – Pere Ubu "7,000 Names of Wah!" – Wah! Heat "Blue Boy" – Orange Juice "Raising the Count" – Cabaret Voltaire "Kebab-Träume" – Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft "Bare Pork" – Furious Pig "Raquel" – The Specials "I Look Alone" – Buzzcocks "Fanfare in the Garden" – Essential Logic "Born Again Cretin" – Robert Wyatt "Shouting Out Loud" – The Raincoats "Endless Soul" – Josef K "Low Profile" – Blue Orchids "Red Nettle" – Virgin Prunes "We Could Send Letters" – Aztec Camera "Milkmaid" – Red Crayola "Don't Get in My Way" – Linx "The Day My Pad Went Mad" – The Massed Carnaby St John Cooper Clarke "Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher" – James Blood Ulmer "Close to Home" – Ian Dury "Greener Grass" – Gist "Parallel Lines" – Subway Sect "81 Minutes" – John Cooper Clarke DIY punk ethic Fanzine WaveCat Playlist Review of C81 Cassette