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List of recurring The Simpsons characters

The Simpsons includes a large array of supporting/minor characters: co-workers, family friends, extended relatives, local celebrities, fictional characters within the show, animals. The writers intended many of these characters as one-time jokes or for fulfilling needed functions in the town. A number of them have subsequently starred in their own episodes. According to the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, the show adopted the concept of a large supporting cast from the Canadian sketch comedy show Second City Television. Agnes Skinner is the mother of Principal Skinner and first appeared in the first season episode "The Crepes of Wrath" as an old woman who embarrassingly calls her son "Spanky". However, as episodes progressed, the character turned bitter, she is controlling of her son and treats him as if he is a child. She hates Edna Krabappel due to her son's feelings for the other woman. Agnes has married four times. Several Springfield residents are afraid of her; when "the real Seymour Skinner" arrives in Springfield, Agnes ends up rejecting him in part because he stands up to her, but because unlike Skinner/Tamzarian, her biological son is independent and does not need her anymore, while Skinner reverts to a good-for-nothing without her.

Agnes' first name was revealed in the seventh season episode "Bart the Fink". Before that, the character was known as "Mrs. Skinner". In the beginning of the series, the writers made several references to Agnes and Seymour's unhealthily close relationship as similar to that of Norman Bates and his mother. In "Boy Meets Curl", it is revealed that Agnes' resentment towards Seymour may have begun before her son was born—during the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Agnes competed in the pole vaulting event while nine months pregnant; when Seymour makes his first kick, he hits the bar, thus making Agnes lose and subsequently crushing her dreams. However, this would contradict the earlier episode when it is revealed that Seymour is not her birth son. In "Grade School Confidential", it is revealed that Agnes enjoys collecting pictures of cakes that she cuts out of magazines, a hobby she began in 1941. However, she does not care for cake, finding it "too sweet". In the 26th-season episode "Sky Police" she mentions.

Akira works as a waiter at a Japanese restaurant in Springfield. He first appeared in the second season in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blue Fish". Actor George Takei voiced Akira in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blue Fish". Since Akira's speaking role in "When Flanders Failed" where the character is depicted as a karate teacher, Hank Azaria has voiced the character, doing an impression of Takei for the voice. Takei returned to voice Akira in season 24's "What Animated Women Want". Allison Taylor skipped a grade and has a lot in common with Lisa, she first appeared in "Lisa's Rival", in which Lisa feels threatened by Allison's talents and abilities. During a school competition Lisa has Bart sabotage Allison's Tell-Tale Heart diorama with a cow's heart in a box and hides the original diorama beneath a floorboard. Wracked with guilt, Lisa returns Allison's real diorama. Lisa and Allison both lose to his Star Wars figurines. Afterwards, Lisa apologizes and the two make amends. Allison has had a few speaking roles after that and has been friends with Lisa, Janey and Terri at school.

Arnie Pye is a disgruntled, somewhat eccentric helicopter traffic reporter for Springfield's KBBL-TV. He dislikes pompous anchorman Kent Brockman, with whom he gets into arguments on the air. Brockman once snarled that Pye was a "jackass", with Arnie responding that he believes Kent's soul is "as black as the ace of spades", he sometimes attempts to join the action himself, such as his attempting to hit a fleeing Homer Simpson's car with a shoe in "Children of a Lesser Clod". His appearance and name are inspired by Pulitzer winning journalist Ernie Pyle. Arthur Crandall and Gabbo are a puppet and ventriloquist who start their own TV show, in competition with Krusty the Clown's; the show is a huge hit that ruins Krusty's career, but Bart ruins Gabbo's future by capturing him making a rude comment on TV. The pair are reduced to low-paying work such as a show at an Indian casino; the pair appeared in season four's "Krusty Gets Kancelled" but they appeared in "Bart to the Future", "Homerazzi", "All About Lisa" and The Simpsons Movie.

Artie Ziff is a narcissistic Internet entrepreneur, infatuated with Marge Simpson, his former high school classmate. He is voiced by Jon Lovitz, except for a brief appearance in "The Front", in which he was voiced by Dan Castellaneta. Animator David Silverman based Ziff's appearance and body language on a former high school classmate. Ziff first appears in "The Way We Was"; when Artie tries to grope her in his car, Marge rejects him and drives off, encountering Homer on her way home. In adulthood, Artie tries to coerce Marge into choosing him over Homer, with Patty's encouragement as she saw him more as the ideal husband for her sister. It's implied that former principal, Harlan Dondelinger, favored Artie more than Homer believing that he would be a multimillionaire and do tasks that Homer and Barney would never do. In "Half-Decent Proposal", Marge learns that Artie is wealthy, having made his fortune in computers by inventing an adapter that turns dial-up modem handshaking noises into easy-li


Sugarpills is the debut album from New Zealand electropop band Kids of 88 released 16 August 2010. Singles released off the album include "My House", "Just a Little Bit" and most "Downtown", it was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards. Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald gave Sugarpills 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "good-time party music" and saying that "You'd have to be a prude, or a killjoy not to want Sugarpills banging away at your house." "My House", the first single from Kids of 88 was first heard on a C4 television advertisement. The song peaked at number 3 on the RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart and remained in the chart for 17 weeks. "Just a Little Bit", the second single from Kids of 88 was first heard on a Glassons NZ television advertisement. The song peaked at number 11 on the RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart and remained in the chart for 19 weeks. "Downtown", the third single from Kids of 88 was first heard on radio station The Edge. The song has peaked at number 21 on the RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart and is still in the chart.

All tracks are written by Sam McCarthy & Joel Little except "Cotton Mouth" written by Sam McCarthy & Jaden Parkes and "San Fran" written by Sam McCarthy, Joel Little & Jordan Arts. Sugarpills at Discogs

Peka Peka

Peka Peka, sometimes spelled Pekapeka, is a populated seaside locality on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Its population according to the 2001 New Zealand census is 195, an increase of 35.4% or 51 people since the 1996 census. It is located just off State Highway 1 and the North Island Main Trunk railway between Waikanae and Te Horo. Peka Peka was internationally famous when a young emperor penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet, appeared on Peka Peka beach on 21 June 2011. Emperor penguins are only found in the Antarctic. Peka Peka Beach is a clothing-optional beach by custom. New Zealand has no official nude beaches, as public nudity is legal on any beach where it is "known to occur"

Owen Copp

Owen Copp, M. D. was a psychiatric administrator. He was president of the American Psychiatric Association from 1921 to 1922, proposed a progressive program in mental health in the United States. Copp was born in Salem, New Hampshire, in 1858, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1881, from Harvard Medical School in 1884. In 1885, he was appointed assistant physician at Taunton State Hospital in Massachusetts and served as assistant superintendent for the hospital. In 1898, the Massachusetts Hospital for Epileptics was opened in Palmer and Copp was appointed to direct the construction and remodeling of the hospital; the following year he was appointed executive officer of the new Massachusetts State Board of Insanity. In 1900, he proposed to the state legislators a program to take care of three kinds of patients: the acute and curable, the chronic, those who would live in a colony-type setting; the Gardner State Colony for the Insane was opened in 1902 in Gardner, it pioneered the use of cottage residences for mental ill patients.

In 1908, Copp proposed the need for a psychopathic hospital for scientific research, medical education, outpatient services, he advocated for the construction of a metropolitan-styled mental hospital for 2,000 patients. In 1909, laboratory services in the state hospitals were increased and a state pathologist was appointed. In 1911, Copp left Massachusetts to become physician-in-chief and superintendent of the Department of Mental Diseases of the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he hired new medical staff. From 1922 to 1929, he was relieved of his administrative responsibilities and became a full-time consultant on the building of a new institute. Copp was active in the revision of Pennsylvania mental health laws by advocating state involvement in mental hygiene and community mental health services. After his retirement in 1921, he remained a consultant for development at the Pennsylvania hospital. In his Presidential address to the American Psychiatric Association in 1921, Copp pointed out the needs for psychiatric and mental hygiene programs which would be appropriate into the twenty-first century.

Many of his proposals have since been adopted by state legislatures. He died in Seville, Spain, in 1933. Copp, Owen. “Sulphonal as Hypnotic,” American Journal of Insanity: 499-503. Copp, Owen. “Characteristics of the Scotch Lunacy System,” American Journal of Psychiatry 61: 55-69. Copp, Owen. “Mental Disease and Mental Defect: Their Magnitude and Import,” Transactions of the College of Physicians: 139-147. Copp, Owen. “An Administrative Ideal in Public Welfare Work,” American Journal of Insanity: 1-14. Copp, Owen. “The Duty of the State and the Physician to the Mental Patient,” The Pennsylvania Medical Journal: 152-155. Copp, Owen. “Presidential Address: Some Problems Confronting the Association,” American Journal of Psychiatry 78: 1-13. Copp, Owen. “The Private Corporate Endowed Mental Hospital: Its Past and Future,” Proceedings of the Connecticut State Medical Society: 99-109. Bond, Earl D. “In Memoriam: Dr. Owen Copp,” American Journal of Psychiatry 90: 225-226

Injalak Arts

Injalak Arts is a non-profit, community owned Aboriginal art centre located in Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. It was incorporated in 1989, it is known for artists working in a figurative style, continuing and developing the West Arnhem rock art tradition. It is known for pandanus weavings. Artists are Kunwinjku people. While working within the continuous art history of the Arnhem region, Injalak Arts is part of the wider contemporary Aboriginal Art movement, which has made a large impact on the Australian and international art world; the demand for art and artefacts from the Gunbalanya area began long before the incorporation of Injalak Arts and Crafts. Since early European contact, several notable collections were created and much informal trade took place; the anthropologist Baldwin Spencer visited Gunbalanya in 1912 in his role as Special Commissioner for Aboriginals and Chief Protector, staying with Paddy Cahill, the founder of the cattle station in Gunbalanya.

He collected many bark paintings and fibre works, Cahill continued to send him new works for the collection until around 1922. The American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land arrived in Gunbalanya in October 1948, its leader Charles Mountford commissioned many paintings on bark. However, for him, as for Spencer, these were still ethnographic rather than art objects, a practice “comparable with that of our stone-age ancestors of Europe”. Both the year before and the year after the Mountford expedition, the area was visited by the anthropologists Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt of the Australian National Research Council, working for Professor A. P. Elkin of Sydney University, they too created a notable collection. The market for Kunwinjku art began to expand from the late 1950s thanks to major purchases by government institutions; the major collectors included Dorothy Bennett and Dr Scougall for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the anthropologist Karel Kupka for the Basel Ethnographic Museum, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, his private collection, as well as Helen Groger-Wurm for the Darwin Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

From the 1962 to 1974, the Church Missionary Society marketed the “art and crafts” of Arnhem Land, selling them through a dedicated outlet in Sydney. The fourth “classic” collection of art from Gunbalanya was gathered through this source, by the Australian Aboriginal Arts Board. By the 1970s, visiting collectors and casual visitors comprised a ready market for West Arnhem Land art; the history of Injalak Arts began with a screenprinting group started in 1986. In that year, a representative of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme visited Gunbalanya with funding for people to participate. Wendy Kennedy, a teacher who came to Gunbalanya in 1974, had in 1983 accepted a position as adult educator in Gunbalanya, she and a group of her students decided on trying screenprinting for the'hobby' element required by the award. The screenprinter Ray Young was hired to assist, with the women sewing, they were soon producing printed fabric, calico skirts, baby wraps and singlets. A number of the original participants in the Duke of Edinburgh's award, including Gabriel Maralngurra and Donna Nadjamerrek, are still involved in Injalak Arts to the present day, having become leaders within the organisation.

In 1988, the men of the group moved from the adult education centre to a shed near the community council office. Around this time, the printers began moving away from generic figurative designs to designs influenced by the traditional style and subject matter of West Arnhem Land art; this raised the attention of elders and traditional custodians of the designs such as Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek. But while this could have led to conflict, it developed into a system of cultural protocols around commercial painting still in play at Injalak today; the screenprinting group caught the attention of the Commonwealth Government's Community Development program, keen to promote local business. In 1986–87, discussions and consultations were held about expanding the operations of the group to become an art centre trading a range of artistic media; this was in the context of the expanding Aboriginal Art movement at the time. In 1988, the screenprinting group applied for $500,000 in funding from the Commonwealth Government, which led to the building of the Injalak Art Centre where is stands today.

It was incorporated on 12 April 1989. Art production picked up following the creation of the new building. Screenprinting and sewing continued, painting and weaving increased dramatically. Wendy Kennedy stayed on until 1990, before handing over interim management to the screenprinter Ray Young; the first appointed manager, Felicity Wright, arrived in October 1991. Critical in the early days of the art centre was the senior painter Thompson Yulidjirri, who mentored the younger artists and developed Injalak as a place for the transmission of cultural knowledge outside the traditional venues. Felicity Wright stayed on as manager until 1995, a time which saw increasing recognition for Gunbalanya artists. Samuel Namundja won the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award in the bark painting category in 1993. A series of managers between 1995 and 2001 included Andrew Headley, Matthew Johnson, Anthony Murphy and Paul Magin, until Anthony Murphy took up the position full-time ag

Sebastian Beach

Sebastian Beach is a fictional character in the Blandings stories by P. G. Wodehouse, he is the butler at Blandings Castle, seat of Lord Emsworth and his family, where he serves for over eighteen years. Beach's name was inspired by Beach Road, a road in the town of Emsworth, that leads to the seashore; the road is located near a cottage called Threepwood. Like all butlers in properly run Edwardian homes, Beach is always known by his surname, he is a heavy-set man, whose favourite pastime is drinking port in the pantry, though he switches to brandy during crises. He has a pleasant singing voice, a mellow baritone reminiscent of a cask of old, dry sherry, he is somewhat more emotional than Wodehouse's other famous domestic servant, although, when in the company of his masters, Beach limits himself to a raised eyebrow when moved. According to Richard Usborne, Beach is a hypochondriac in Something Fresh and complains about corns, an ingrowing toenail, swollen joints, nervous headaches, the lining of his stomach.

However, this is not the case in the books. Before joining the staff at Blandings, he was once employed by the somewhat eccentric Major-General Magnus, he has grown proud of the castle and of its museum. A discerning man, he regrets Lady Constance's fondness for artistic types, finding their dress sense inappropriate, he is very proud of the Hon. Galahad, who, in the general opinion of the Servants' Hall, sheds lustre on the Castle, he is fond of Ronnie Fish, whom he has known from childhood and used to take fishing on the lake. Grateful for Ronnie's reliable racing tips, he is at one point persuaded to assist Ronnie in keeping the Empress of Blandings in a cottage in the woods; the strain on his conscience is, grave. He repeats the feat, helping Fish load the pig into the dicky of his car, he has similar relationships with Angela, whom he has known since her childhood and for whose entertainment he impersonated a hippopotamus, as well as with Millicent, who sported in Beach's pantry when a child.

His mother lives in Eastbourne. As mentioned in Galahad at Blandings, Beach won a choir boys' bicycle race in his youth, won the Market Blandings Darts Tournament, he inherits the library of thriller novels. Beach plays some part in all of the Blandings stories. In early stories, such as Something Fresh and Leave It to Psmith, he is required to do little more than buttle, which he of course does with effortless dignity, he decides to give notice on one occasion, because of Lord Emsworth's beard, an admittedly dubious fixture which Beach fears will ruin Emsworth's respectability in the community. Since he cannot honorably criticise his employer while serving as a butler, Beach makes the painful decision to resign first, but is prevented from doing so by his master's decision to shave, in "Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best", he is placed in a similar position soon afterward, when Emsworth expects him to stand in the moonlight practising pig-calls, a practice he considers beneath his dignity, but is persuaded to overcome his foibles by the presence of young Angela, in "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey".

His strength of character is sorely tested, when called upon by Ronnie Fish to help in his schemes involving the Empress, in Summer Lightning and Heavy Weather. However, Emsworth cannot do without his butler, he assures his faithful servant of continued employment, in "The Crime Wave at Blandings", he buttles on through Uncle Fred in the Springtime and Full Moon, but returns to the fore in Pigs Have Wings, where not only does he celebrate a birthday, but he is called on once again to assist in the affairs of the Empress and her challengers, feeding one of Parsloe-Parsloe's pigs when it has been kidnapped by Galahad, moving it when its location has been discovered by the enemy camp. His pantry is the scene for several councils of war between Gally and Penelope Donaldson, while his niece Maudie pays a visit to the castle under an assumed name. In the short "Sticky Wicket at Blandings", his position at the castle is again threatened, when Lady Constance decides he has become rather slow and wheezy in his old age, considers replacing him with a younger, smarter butler.

Her scheme is foiled after Gally persuades Beach to undertake a daring and dangerous night-time rescue of his master from the clutches of Colonel Fanshawe. TelevisionFelix Felton played Beach in a televised play based on the short story "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey" in 1954. Raymond Rollett portrayed the character in televised plays adapted from "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey" and "Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend" in 1956. In the BBC's 1967 series of Blandings short-story adaptations, broadcast as the first series of The World of Wodehouse, Stanley Holloway played Beach. John Savident portrayed Beach in the 1981 television film Thank P. G. Wodehouse. In the 1995 television film Heavy Weather made by the BBC and partners, broadcast in the United States by PBS, Beach was played by Roy Hudd. In the 2013–2014 BBC series Blandings, he was played by Mark Williams in the first series and Tim Vine in