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Mahón

Maó-Mahón, sometimes written in English as Mahon is a municipality, the capital city of the island of Menorca, seat of the Island Council of Menorca. The city is located on the eastern coast of the island, part of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, Spain. Maó-Mahón has one of the longest natural harbours in the world: 5 km long and up to 900 metres wide; the water is deep but it remains clear due to it being enclosed. It is said to be the birthplace of mayonnaise, its population in 2009 was estimated to be 29,495. The name's origin is attributed to the Carthaginian general Mago Barca, brother to Hannibal, thought to have taken refuge there in 205 BC. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it became part of the Eastern Empire. Maó-Mahón was captured in 1287 from the Moors by Alfonso III of Aragon and incorporated into the Kingdom of Majorca, a vassal kingdom of the Crown of Aragon, its harbour, one of the most strategically important in the western Mediterranean, was re-fortified.

In 1535, the Ottomans under Hayreddin Barbarossa attacked Maó-Mahón and took 6,000 captives as slaves back to Algiers, in the Sack of Mahon. Menorca was captured in 1708 by a joint British-Dutch force on behalf of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, during the War of the Spanish Succession; the British sought to take full control. Its status as a British possession was confirmed by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. During the island's years as a British dependency, the capital was moved from Ciutadella de Menorca to Mahon, which served as residence for the governor, the most famous being General Richard Kane. During this period the natural harbour leading to the town and surrounding settlements were sometimes collectively known as "Port Mahon"; the island was lost to the French in 1756 following the naval Battle of Menorca and the final Siege of Fort St Philip, which took place several miles from the town. After their defeat in the Seven Years' War, France returned the island to the British in 1763. In a joint Franco-Spanish effort and following a long five month invasion, the British surrendered the island again in 1782.

The British recaptured the island during the French Revolutionary Wars. The British and the French tried to end hostilities between themselves with the Treaty of Amiens in 1802. Both nations agreed to cede or withdraw from certain territories, with the island of Menorca passing to the Spanish, with whom it has remained since. A small but important Royal Navy Dockyard was established by the British on the north side of the harbour, opposite the town, in 1715, it served as the Royal Navy's principal Mediterranean base for much of the 18th century, remains in use today as a Spanish Naval station. Several Dockyard buildings, dating from the 1760s, can still be seen on Illa Pinto including a Naval Storehouse with clock tower. There have been moves to establish a maritime museum here; the island has a distinctive octagonal shape, formed when wharves were constructed around it in the 1760s to enable several warships to be careened there all at once. The ruins of a former Royal Naval Hospital, founded in 1711, stand on another nearby island.

They have been restored. During the Spanish Civil War, the island remained loyal to the Republic, but was captured by the Nationalists in 1939. During the battle to capture the islands from the republicans, Maó-Mahón was bombed by Italian and Spanish Nationalist bomber planes. Spanish leader Francisco Franco visited the city on 11 May 1960 to open a new thermal power station; the event was used by the authorities to further promote Francoist Spain. Today it serves as the seat of the Island Council of Menorca. Towards the end of the 20th century, the renovation of its historic centre was made possible by income from tourism. A traditional cheese made on the island is named after the city; some believe that the name of mayonnaise are found in this Menorcan city. In Spanish mahón is the name of nankeen the blue cloth. Captain Alexander Cosby, distinguished british military officer. Major-General Sir Henry Augustus Montagu Cosby, celebrated british military officer, son of Captain Alexander Cosby, born George Town, Minorca when father stationed.

Joan Ramis and historian Pasqual Calbó i Caldés, painter Mathieu Orfila, toxicologist. Orestes Araújo, Uruguayan historian and educator Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí, architect and writer. Marcelino Gavilán Bofill, otorrinolaringologist. Francesc de Borja Moll i Casasnovas and philologist. Rafita Gomar Moreno, actor. Sergio Llull, basketball player in Real Madrid. At 39°51'25"N 4°17'26"E, there is a large military-used Wullenweber antenna for radio direction finding. Cervia, Italy Official website Municipality of Maó-Mahón, WebMenorca site: walking tour Maó-Mahón Note about the toponomy Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. From the Onomastics office of Universitat de les Illes Balears

Wroxham Broad

Wroxham Broad is an area of open water alongside the River Bure near the village of Wroxham in Norfolk, England within The Broads National Park. The Norfolk Broads were formed by the flooding of ancient peat workings. Wroxham Broad has a mean depth of 1.3 metres. It lies with two navigable openings between river and broad; the village and broad lie in an area of intensive agriculture, with areas of wet woodland adjoining the broad and river. Since 1937, under lease from the Trafford estate, the broad has been home to the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. Visiting boats are not allowed to land. Between 2000 and 2005 the island between the two channels linking Wroxham Broad to the Bure underwent restoration to stop erosion and improve the island's ecology, which had become degraded; the project was a joint initiative involving the Broads Authority, Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and the local landowner, Trafford Estates. Scrub was cleared and a stretch of piling installed, allowing sedge and rush to grow back.

By 2005 it was reported that more birds, including kingfishers, were nesting on the island and the rare Cetti's warbler was spotted. Greater numbers of ducks, including pochard and tufted ducks, now wintered nearby and there was a greater profusion of wild flowers and marsh flora including orchids. During the course of the work, in 2004, volunteers came across an unexploded Second World War hand grenade in the dredgings, exploded by an army bomb disposal team. Close to Wroxham Broad stands the early 18th century Broad House, a Queen Anne style estate house and the seat of the local land-owning Trafford family. In 2006, it became a well-regarded'boutique' hotel which closed in late 2010. There are proposals. Alfred John Norman Chamberlin, his wife Betsy, owned the Broad House property and most of the Wroxham Broad, before the Traffords acquired it after Alfred's death about 1885. People flocked to their property to watch the Wroxham Regatta. Alfred had inherited the 300 acre property about 1858 from Elizabeth Foulsham.

She had inherited it from her unmarried half-brother, William Buckle who had inherited it from his maternal grandfather, John Howse. Howse's forebears had owned the property since 1735. Prior owners have been recorded back to 1593. There is a locomotive at the Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk, named after Wroxham Broad; the Broad features in Coot Club and The Big Six, two books by Arthur Ransome set in the Norfolk Broads

Rock Solid Guitar

Rock Solid Guitar is the seventh studio album by guitarist David T. Chastain; the last song on the album, "Hats Off to Angus and Malcolm", is Chastain's tribute to the AC/DC brothers and Malcolm Young. All songs by David T. Chastain, except where noted "Burning Passions" - 4:39 "Sounds Cool to Me" - 5:28 "Dancing with the Devil's Mistress" - 4:49 "Never Too Much" - 4:50 "Getting a Little Crazy" - 3:52 "In Memoriam" - 4:34 "Riding In Style" - 4:07 "Keeper of Tomorrow" - 4:29 "Hats Off to Angus and Malcolm" - 6:58 David T. Chastain - Electric Guitar Mike Haid - Drums Don Mitchell - Photography Steven Taylor - Bass, Graphic Design Luther Vandross - Composer