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Marge Simpson

Marjorie Jacqueline Simpson is a fictional character in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons and part of the eponymous family. She was voiced by Tracey Ullman and by Julie Kavner, first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Marge was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters, he named the character after his mother Margaret Groening. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, the Simpson family received their own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989. Marge is the matriarch of the Simpson family. With her husband Homer, she has three children: Bart and Maggie. Marge is the moralistic force in her family and provides a grounding voice in the midst of her family's antics by trying to maintain order in the Simpson household.

She is portrayed as a stereotypical television mother and is included on lists of top "TV moms". She has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons—including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride and comic books—and inspired an entire line of merchandise. Marge's distinctive blue beehive hairstyle was inspired by a combination of the Bride's in Bride of Frankenstein and the style that Margaret Groening wore in the 1960s. Julie Kavner, a member of the original cast of The Tracey Ullman Show, was asked to voice Marge so that more voice actors would not be needed. Kavner has won several awards for voicing Marge, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992, she was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature for her performance in The Simpsons Movie. In 2000, along with the rest of her family, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the Simpsons uses a floating timeline, as such the show is assumed to be set in the current year.

In several episodes, events have been linked to specific time periods, although this timeline has been contradicted in subsequent episodes. Marge Simpson is the wife of Homer and mother of Bart and Maggie Simpson, she was raised by her parents and Clancy Bouvier. She has a pair of the joyless Patty and Selma, both of whom vocally disapprove of Homer. In "The Way We Was", it is revealed via flashback that Marge attended Springfield High School, in her final year met Homer Simpson, after they both were sent to detention—Homer for smoking in the bathroom with Barney, Marge for burning her bra in a feminist protest, she was at first wary of Homer, but agreed to go to the prom with him, although she ended up going with Artie Ziff after Homer received tutoring lessons as a means to get to know her better, while knowing that she needed to sleep for a school meet. However, she regretted going with Artie. At the end of the evening, while Artie drove her home after receiving a slap, she spied Homer walking along the side of the road with the corsage meant for her.

After hearing her parents voicing their negative opinions about Homer, she took her own car and went back to give him a ride. She told Homer she should've gone to the prom with him and he fixes her snapped shoulder strap with the corsage. During the ride, he tells her he will kiss her and never be able to let her go. After the two had been dating for several years, Marge discovered she was pregnant with Bart, she and Homer were married in a small wedding chapel across the state line. Bart was born soon after, the couple bought their first house; the episode "That'90s Show" contradicted much of the established back-story. As with many Simpsons characters, Marge's age and birthday changes to serve the story. In season one episodes "Life on the Fast Lane" and "Some Enchanted Evening", Marge was said to be 34. In "Homer's Paternity Coot", Marge states that Emerald would have been her birthstone if she had been born three months placing her birthday sometime in February. In "Regarding Margie", Homer mentioned that Marge was his age, meaning she could have been anywhere between 36 and 40.

During this episode, Lisa questions Homer's memory of Marge's birthday. When he can not remember, Marge yells. In the season eighteen episode "Marge Gamer" she states that she and actor Randy Quaid share the same birthdate. Marge has been nonworking for most of the series, choosing to be a homemaker and take care of her family. However, she has held several one-episode jobs in the course of the series; these include working as a nuclear technician alongside Homer at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in "Marge Gets a Job". While Marge has never expressed discontent with her role as a homemaker, she has become bored with it. In "The Springfield Connection", Marge decided that she needed more excitement in her life and became a police officer. However, by the end of the episode, she quit. Matt Groening first conceived Marge and the rest of the Simpson family in 1986 in the lobby of produ

Ernest Pike

Ernest George Pike was an English tenor of the early 20th century. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music in London, he worked as a bank clerk and sang as a church tenor before making his first recording "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company in 1904, he became the house tenor for HMV and made several hundred records in a career that spanned over twenty years. Pike has been called "England's most recorded tenor", his "silver voice" became a favourite in thousands of homes – remaining so until well into the 1920s. For a time his popularity was as great as that of the singer Peter Dawson, his repertoire was varied and included grand opera, light opera and ballads and popular songs of the Edwardian era, the First World War and the 1920s. He was a favourite of royalty, he recorded under a number of pseudonyms – most Herbert Payne. Ernest Pike was born in Pimlico, England in 1871 the son of Richard Pike, a builder; as a young tenor he sang in several choirs.

In 1887 at the age of 16 and using the pseudonym Herbert Payne, he toured with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's "B" Company playing one of the ghosts of the ancestors in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music in London for two years before continuing his musical studies privately. After completing his studies in the early 1890s, Pike worked as a clerk for a bank in Victoria, London. Sometime during the 1890s he was appointed principal tenor at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London - a post that he still held in 1903, he sang at The Spanish Church, Spanish Place, London. The church singing was done in his free time, his profession was still that of a commercial clerk when he married May Stevens in 1900. They had a daughter Maud, born in 1901, he soon began to receive invitations to sing at the London Ballad Concerts which were held at the Queen's Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London. He started to receive many offers of provincial engagements.

With a now busy concert schedule and the start of his recording career in 1904, he was able to resign his post at Holy Trinity Sloane Square. In January 1905 he performed for King Edward VII at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire for three nights in succession when the King was in residence for a visit to the Devonshire Hospital in Buxton; the 1913 Zonophone record catalogue described him as "The late King Edward's favourite tenor". During the Edwardian era he toured the country singing in towns. In 1909 he sang in Galatea at a Henry Wood Promenade concert in London. By the 1911 census the family was living in Balham, South London and his profession was given as that of a singer. In April 1904 Pike made his first recording: "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes" for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company. From 1906 many of his recordings were released on the Gramophone Company's Zonophone label but he released on Columbia and Duophone. In addition, he recorded 2-minute Edison cylinders in 1907 starting with "When the Berry's on the Holly", 4-minute Edison cylinders 1908–1910 starting with "Always", Sterling cylinders c. 1907 and Pathé discs in 1908 starting with "I'll Sing Thee Songs of Araby".

After 1922 he recorded only for Columbia's budget Regal label. Between the early 1900s and the mid-1920s Pike recorded more than 2,400 matrixes for HMV. Assuming an average of three takes per song, this would equate to 400 double-sided 78rpm gramophone records for HMV alone. An estimate of the total count of all his recordings has put the figure at well over 500, he has been called "England's most recorded tenor" with his records of popular ballads becoming favourites in thousands of homes. For a time his popularity was as great as that of Peter Dawson. By the First World War he had become the house tenor for HMV. Pike used many different pseudonyms the greatest number being for his Zonophone recordings; these are listed as follows with associated record companies in brackets if used for companies other than HMV. Any variations in pseudonym are shown in brackets: Herbert Payne, Harold Payne, David Boyd, Arthur Brett, Eric Courtland, Arthur Gray, Alan Dale, Richard Pembroke, Jack Henty, Sam Hovey, Arthur Adams, Arthur Edwards, Edgar Froome, Charles Nelson, Billy Murray and J. Saunders.

He was the Murray of "Murray & Denton", "Murray & Fay" and "Strong & Murray" and Cobbett in "Cobbett & Walker". He was Bernard Moss in some duets with Peter Dawson. Pike sang in the earliest and incomplete recordings of Gilbert and Sullivan and other light operas of the era. In December 1906 he shared the role of Nanki-Poo in the first recording of The Mikado; this was released on single-sided gramophone records by G&T re-released on double-sided discs by HMV in 1912. He shared the role of Sir Joseph Porter on the first recording of the G&S opera H. M. S. Pinafore, recorded by the Russell Hunting company on eleven Edison cylinders in 1907. In 1999 these early cylinders were re-discovered, he sang Marco in The Gondoliers - credit being given to the "Sullivan Operatic Party" and not to individual artists for this recording. He sang both Colonel Fairfax and Leonard Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard (19

Anne Gittinger

Anne Gittinger is an American billionaire heiress, the granddaughter of John W. Nordstrom, the co-founder of the Nordstrom department store chain, she is the granddaughter of the co-founder of the Nordstrom department store chain, John W. Nordstrom, the sister of Bruce Nordstrom, the company's former chairman and CEO, she has a degree from the University of Washington. As of October 2015, she had a net worth of $1.6 billion. She was married to a pitcher on the Husky baseball team from Kellogg, Idaho. After graduating from UW in 1954 and its law school in 1957, he was a partner in the Seattle law firm Lane Powell and a former Nordstrom director, they had two children, lived in Seattle. Canine Companions for Independence – Board and Leadership

African Socialist Movement

African Socialist Movement was a political party in French West Africa. The MSA was formed following a meeting of the Section française de l'Internationale ouvrière federations of Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, French Sudan, Guinea, Oubangui-Chari, Senegal. At that meeting it was decided that the African federations would break with its French parent organisation and form the MSA; the first meeting of the leading committee of MSA met from 9 to 10 February in Dakar the same year. Two SFIO delegates attended the session. MSA opted for a federalist solution for French West Africa. On 26 March 1958, the MSA signed a declaration in Paris merging itself into the African Regroupment Party. At its founding, Lamine Guèye became the president of MSA, Barry III the general secretary and Djibo Bakary the deputy general secretary; the Senegalese section of MSA was the Senegalese Party of Socialist Action, it was led by Lamine Guèye. In Guinea, the Socialist Democracy of Guinea was the section of MSA; the Sudanese section of MSA was the Progressive Sudanese Party, while what became the Niger section retained the MSA name as the Mouvement Socialiste Africain-Sawaba

Lo Hin Shing

Lo Hin Shing was a barrister and magistrate of Hong Kong. Educated in China, Hong Kong and Cambridge, he was called to the English and Hong Kong bar in the 1920s. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, he was obliged by the Japanese authority to give his opinion on matters of English law. After the second world war, he became one of the first Chinese to be appointed as magistrate, his magisterial life spanned some 17 years until his final retirement in 1970. Lo Hin Shing was born in Hong Kong in 1889, his ancestral village was in Taishan in Guangdong Province of China, to which he was sent at the age of 5 to receive classical Chinese education in the ancestral halls. In 1905, at the age of 16, he returned to Hong Kong to study English at Queen's College, the prestigious government central school. Lo was appointed Head Prefect in 1912, he frequently contributed essays to The Yellow Dragon, the school's magazine. Lo was admitted to the newly-opened University of Hong Kong in October 1912 as an Arts student.

In 1918, he took the BA degree in History, Political Economy, Public Finance and Administration and Public International Law. As an undergraduate he resided at St. John's Hall, an Anglican hostel established by the Church Missionary Society. For 3 years, he taught History and English at St. Stephen's College on the invitation of the Hall's warden, the Rev. William Hewitt. Lo was elected Chairman of the Hong Kong University Union in 1915. In 1919, Lo was admitted to Cambridge to study law. In 1922, Lo passed the Bar final examinations. On 26 June 1923, he was called to the English Bar at Inner Temple under the sponsorship of Sir Edward Clarke KC and Mr. Travers Humphreys, he took his MA at Cambridge in October 1925. During his years at Cambridge he was the president of the Chinese Students’ Union. Since his early days, Lo had always wanted to devote himself to the service of the Republic of China; the 1925 strike in Hong Kong, the subsequent strained relations between Britain and China, frustrated his plan.

Affected by the strike, he returned to Hong Kong in February 1926 to practise criminal law. On 11 March 1926, Lo was admitted to the Hong Kong bar. Lo had soon established success in his career. In a famous case of the trial of 13 pirates from Bias Bay, Lo defended the prisoners on appeal which spared them from death sentence. Lo was well read in Chinese laws and customs. Since 1926, the Supreme Court of Hong Kong recognised him as an expert on Chinese laws and customs, in which capacity he gave written opinions on Chinese law not just in Hong Kong, but in Australia and Mainland China, he devoted himself to public service. From 1937 to 1939 he was a director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. After the second world war, he was appointed by Governor Alexander Grantham as the First Chairman of the tenancy court to hear disputes under the Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. In 1960, Lo became the first local lawyer to serve as chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association. During the Japanese occupation, an Association of Lawyers was formed under the direction of the Japanese authority.

The association consisted of 2 Chinese lawyers and 1 Taiwan scholar. Lo was elected chairman; the other local lawyers included Mr. P. C. Woo, Mr. Peter Sin, Mr. Lee Hon Chi, Mr. Alfred Hon, Sir M. K. Lo, Mr. M. W. Lo and Mr. George She; the association would meet the Japanese judge once a week, who would explain certain aspects of Japanese law to members in exchange for information about some aspects of English law. The Japanese Judiciary requested members to write papers on legal subjects of their own choice. At other times, the lawyers’ practice under the Japanese occupation was restricted to conveyancing and a few civil suits, with criminal cases out of scope. Lo started his life on the bench in April 1948, when Governor Alexander Grantham appointed him as a magistrate sitting at the Central Magistracy, he was legendary for being one of the first Chinese magistrates in Hong Kong. He became First Magistrate in 1952, a position which imposed on him many administrative work in addition to his judicial work.

In 1959, Lo returned to private practice. In April 1964, on the invitation of the Chief Justice, Sir Michael Hogan, Lo returned to the Bench and sat at the Causeway Bay Magistracy until 1970, when he retired on the eve of his 80th birthday. Lo was well regarded as a magistrate, he was respected for his kindness and compassion for the underprivileged. He was said to have “always tried to give the benefit of the doubt to the underdog”. On occasion he had helped hawkers paid their fines out of his own pocket. On the occasion of his first retirement in 1959, Chief Justice Hogan wrote the following in a valedictory letter: You brought to the magisterial bench a long experience of the affairs of this territory, a deep understanding of the community and a wide knowledge of the culture and ideals that have given it so unique a character. We have great reason to be grateful to you for the manner in which you have used your knowledge on the Bench and you will be missed, not only by your colleagues, but by all those who have come into contact with you during the course of your service and by the general public of Hong Kong.

Your understanding of their difficulties and the sympathy and humanity, which you have brought to their problems have done much to maintain their regard for the administrators of justice. Lo was noted for his good sense of humour, for which he was well liked by lawyers. Lo died at the age of 100 on 2 January 1989. Lo was married and had 2 sons and 1 daughter (Helen Lo Hoi-lun, a

The Tournament at Gorlan

The Tournament at Gorlan is the first novel in the Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years series written by Australian author John Flanagan. It was first released in Australia on 16 September 2015, in the United States on 6 October 2015; the series serves as a prequel to the Ranger's Apprentice series, is a direct sequel to a story in The Lost Stories. In the story "The Hibernian" in The Lost Stories, it is described that Halt was living in Hibernia as an heir to the throne, but his younger brother kills his father to take the throne and attempts to murder Halt, forcing Halt to travel as a fugitive. Along the way, Halt met and was trained by former Ranger Pritchard, dismissed by a baron named Morgarath. Morgarath was holding the King in his castle at Gorlan Fief using the excuse of protecting him from his son Prince Duncan, who had tried to poison the King, he was trying to gain influence over the King to seize the throne, was trying to weaken the Ranger Corps by dismissing all senior "old-fashioned" Rangers and putting his own associates in their place.

Halt and Crowley are journeying together in the woods of Gorlan Fief. They leave the travel to a nearby village for the night. While at the village, they learn that Prince Duncan is raiding villages with a gang of men. Halt and Crowley travel to another village, where they save the inhabitants from foreign invaders angry about Duncan's raiding. While at the village and Crowley hear a raid by Duncan, where they realize that the "Duncan" is an impostor. After leaving the village, they intercept one of Morgarath's messengers, discover through letters a list of 12 Rangers to be dismissed and that the real Duncan is being held captive at Castle Wildriver, while the fake Duncan was someone named Tiller. Halt and Crowley travel to recruit the 12 Rangers, intending to capture Tiller and rescue the King and Duncan, reveal Morgarath's schemes at a tournament, they manage to recruit 11, since 1 Ranger was murdered, as well as Baron Arald, a baron who had defeated Morgarath in a major tournament and wielded significant influence among the barons.

This would give the Rangers more political power. While traveling towards Castle Wildriver, the Rangers reunite with the old Ranger Pritchard; the story not only serves as an introduction for the early Rangers Corps, but it brings new life to characters mentioned in The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge that lead to Will Treaty joining the team and beginning his great adventure. Official site The Tournament at Gorlan at Random House Australia The Tournament at Gorlan at Random House New Zealand The Tournament at Gorlan at Penguin Group