Long John Silver

Long John Silver is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The most colourful and complex character in the book, he continues to appear in popular culture, his wooden leg and parrot, in particular, have contributed to the image of the pirate in popular culture. Long John Silver is a cunning and opportunistic pirate, quartermaster under the notorious Captain Flint. Stevenson's portrayal of Silver has influenced the modern iconography of the pirate. Silver has a parrot, named Captain Flint in honor—or mockery—of his former captain, who perches on Silver's shoulder, is known to chatter pirate or seafaring phrases like "Pieces of Eight", "Stand by to go about". Silver uses the parrot as another means of gaining Jim's trust, by telling the boy all manner of exciting stories about the parrot's buccaneer history. "'Now that bird,' Silver would say,'is, two hundred years old, Hawkins—they lives forever and if anybody's seen more wickedness it must be the devil himself.

She's sailed with England—the great pirate Cap'n England. She's been at Madagascar, at Malabar, Surinam, Providence, Portobello... She was at the boarding of the Viceroy of the Indies out of Goa, she was, to look at her you would think she was a baby."Silver claims to have served in the Royal Navy and lost his leg under "the immortal Hawke". "His left leg was cut off close by the hip, under the left shoulder, he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird. He was tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham—plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling.". He claims to have been the only man whom Flint feared. Like many of Stevenson's characters, there is significant duality in the character, his relationship with Jim Hawkins, the novel's protagonist and narrator, is interesting, as he serves as a mentor and father-figure to Jim, creating much shock and emotion when it is discovered that he is in charge of the mutiny, when Jim must confront and fight him on.

Although treacherous and willing to change sides at any time to further his own interests, Silver has compensating virtues. He is wise enough to save his money, in contrast to the spendthrift ways of most of the pirates, he is physically courageous despite his disability: for instance, when Flint's cache is found to be empty, he coolly stands his ground against five murderous seamen despite having only Jim, a boy in his teens, to back him. When Silver escapes at the end of the novel, he takes "three or four hundred guineas" of the treasure with him, thus becoming one of only two former members of Captain Flint's crew to get his hands on a portion of the recovered treasure. Jim's own ambivalence towards Silver is reflected in the last chapter, when he speculates that the old pirate must have settled down in comfortable retirement: "It is to be hoped so, I suppose, for his chances of comfort in another world are small." Silver is married to a woman of African descent, whom he trusts to manage his business affairs in his absence and to liquidate his Bristol assets when his actions make it impossible for him to go home.

He confides in his fellow pirates, that he and his wife plan to rendezvous after the voyage to Skeleton Island is complete and Flint's treasure is recovered, at which point Silver will retire to a life of luxury. His "share" of Flint's treasure is less than that of Ben Gunn and what Silver boasts was his share from England and from Flint. According to Stevenson's letters, the idea for the character of Long John Silver was inspired by his real-life friend William Henley, a writer and editor. Stevenson's stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, described Henley as "...a great, massive-shouldered fellow with a big red beard and a crutch. In a letter to Henley after the publication of Treasure Island Stevenson wrote: "I will now make a confession, it was the sight of your maimed strength and masterfulness that begot Long John Silver...the idea of the maimed man and dreaded by the sound, was taken from you". A prequel novel to Treasure Island, titled Porto Bello Gold, was published in 1924 by Arthur D. Howden Smith.

British historian Dennis Judd presents Silver as the main character in his 1977 prequel, The Adventures of Long John Silver, in the 1979 sequel, Return to Treasure Island. John Silver is the protagonist in Björn Larsson's fictional 1995 autobiography, Long John Silver: The True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure as a Gentleman of Fortune and Enemy to Mankind, published in Sweden in 1995. Silver is the main character in Edward Chupack's 2008 Silver — My Own Tale as Told by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder. Orson Welles played Silver in a July 1938 broadcast of The Mercury Theatre on the Air. Basil Rathbone starred as both The Narrator and Silver in a 1944 audio recording for Columbia Masterworks Records. William Redfield played Silver on the May 1948 Your Playhouse of Favorites adaptation. Ronald Colman hosted an adaptation of the novel on the April 1948 broadcast of Favorite Story. James Mason played Silver opposite Bobby Driscoll's "Jim Hawkins" on the Lux Radio Theatre's adaptation on January 29, 1951.

James Kennedy played Silver in the Tale Spinners for Children audio adaptation of Treasure Island

Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh

The Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh is a boys grammar school in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the largest grammar school in Omagh; the school was founded on 14 January 1861, on Mount St. Columba; the building has since went into other use as a retreat. A primary school, Holy Trinity, has been the school there since, its original headmaster was Brother John Redmond. On its first day of activity one hundred and twenty boys, all aged between five and fifteen, showed up. In 1902 an extension, a second floor to the school and a third to the brothers' house, was added; this came at the time a considerable cost of £1,200 financed by an £800 loan from past pupils. Operations of the school were moved to Brook Street while construction was under way. Once finished the renovations provided the school with three more rooms; the school moved to is present site on Kevlin Road in 1967. In 1993, after the resignation of Brother McCrohan, the school appointed its first non-clerical headmaster, Roddy Tierney, a former pupil of the school and a teacher in the school.

At present the Principal is Mr. Foncy McConnell, appointed Principal in March 2016, having being acting Principal for the previous year. At the time of appointment he was Vice Principal having taught in the school since 1987. Like Mr. Tierney he is a former pupil of Omagh CBS; the school's focus is academic, offering compulsory subjects of English Literature, English Language and Mathematics until GCSE. The School focuses on the teachings of the Catholic faith, making Religious Studies compulsory at GCSE, as a subsidiary weekly lesson during A Level years. In 2018, 94.2% of its entrants achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths. In 2019 the school was ranked 18th out of 159 secondary schools in Northern Ireland with 86.7% of its A-level students who sat the exams in 2017/18 being awarded three A*-C grades. In Gaelic football, the school has won the MacRory Cup in 1974, 2001, 2005 and 2007, the All Ireland Hogan Cup in 2007. and many other under-age level competitions for example Omagh CBS won the Rannafast Cup in 2009 and 2012 and the McCormick cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011 Phil Taggart - radio presenter Christian Brothers of Ireland Edmund Rice Official website

Fighter Within

Fighter Within is a Kinect-based fighting game developed by Belgian studio Daoka and published by Ubisoft. It was released on November 22, 2013 as an exclusive launch title for the Xbox One as a sequel to Fighters Uncaged, it received negative reviews from critics and is considered to be one of the worst video games of all time. X-One Magazine referred to it as one of the worst games in general. Fighter Within was panned by critics, holds a Metacritic score of 23 out of 100, is ranked as the second lowest-scoring Xbox One game as of September 2019, it became notable for its negative reception. The Kinect controls were universally criticized, with several reviews suggesting problems were just as prevalent as the Kinect for Xbox 360. Game Informer gave the game a 1 out of 10, saying "Fighter Within is garbage." GameZone's Mike Splechta gave Fighter Within a 2.5/10, stating "Fighter Within showcases the larger problem with Kinect only games: they just don't work." IGN gave the game a 2.7 out of 10, saying that Fighter Within was only able to adequately detect basic punches, describing the game as a "disjointed", "haphazard mess" due to its unpredictable motion detection, considered its storyline to be "laughably bad" and a "flimsy excuse" to "fight a long stream of AI opponents who look just as dumb as they fight."

GameSpot, who gave Fighter Within a 2 out of 10, described its gameplay as requiring players to "stand like a lemon in front of the TV for what seems like an eternity as you feel your life ebb away during the excruciatingly long loading times. Fighters Uncaged Official website