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Marie LaforĂȘt

Marie Laforêt was a French singer and actress well known for her work during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1978, she moved to Geneva and acquired Swiss citizenship, her first name Maïtena, of Basque origin, means "beloved", is sometimes used by the inhabitants of Languedoc of Pyrénées and resembles the diminutive of the name Marie-Thérèse, "Maïthé". Doumenach, her last name, is Catalan in origin – Domènec in Catalan, her birth name Maïtena Marie Brigitte Doumenach, her repertoire which included pieces inspired from world folklore, have led to speculation of an Armenian origin of her parents. The singer herself used to define herself sometimes as "ariégeoise", i.e. from the region of Ariège in the south of France. Marie Laforêt was born at Soulac-sur-Mer, in Médoc, in the villa "Rithé-Rilou", named after her aunt and her mother: Marie Thérese and Marie Louise Saint Guily, her father's family, were from Olette, a village in the Pyrénées Orientales, on the border of Têt. Her paternal great-grandfather, Louis Doumenach, led a textile factory at Lavelanet, in Ariège and his son, Charles-Joseph Doumenach, was a colonel and municipal counsellor.

The singer's maternal grandfather built "cabanons" in the resort of Soulac-Sur-Mer, in Gironde in 1886. During the Second World War, the artist's father, an industry man, was captured and detained as a prisoner of war in Germany until the liberation in May 1945. Laforêt, her sister Alexandra and their mother knew a period of many hardships. At the age of three Laforêt suffered a sexual trauma. During the war, the Doumenachs found shelter at Cahors and in the province of their ancestors Ariège, in the village Lavelanet. After the war, the family moved to Valenciennes, they settled in Paris. After becoming more religious and having considered becoming a nun, Laforêt continued her secondary studies at the Lycee La Fontaine in Paris. There she began to show interest for the dramatic arts and her first experiences in this domain proved to be therapeutically useful for her through their cathartic effect, her career began accidentally in 1959 when she replaced her sister at the last minute in a French radio talent contest Naissance d'une étoile and won.

Director Louis Malle cast the young starlet in the film he was shooting at the time, Liberté, a project he abandoned, making Laforêt's first appearance on screen her turn opposite actor Alain Delon in René Clément's 1960 drama Plein Soleil. After this film she became popular and interpreted many roles in the 1960s, she married director Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, who cast her in some of his own works, including La Fille aux Yeux d'Or, based on the Balzac story, which would become her nickname. In her second film, Saint Tropez Blues, accompanied by a young Jacques Higelin at the guitar, she sang the title song and started releasing singles, her first hit being 1963's Les Vendanges de l'Amour, her songs offered a more mature, tender alternative to the light, teenage yé-yé tunes charting in France at the time. Her melodies borrowed more from exotic folk music South American and Eastern European, than from contemporary American and British pop acts. Laforêt worked with many important French composers and lyricists, such as André Popp and Pierre Cour, who provided her with a panoply of colorful, sophisticated orchestral arrangements, featuring dozens of musical instruments and creating a variety of sounds, sometimes Medieval, Renaissance or Baroque, other times quite modern and innovative.

With businessman Judas Azuelos, a Moroccan Jew of Sephardic descent, she had two children, a daughter and a son. The daughter, Lisa Azuelos, is a French director and producer, who made a film about another famous French singer, Dalida, in 2017. At the end of the 1960s, Laforêt had become a rather distinctive figure in the French pop scene, her music stood out too much for her new label CBS Records, which expected of her more upbeat, simpler songs. She was interested in making more personal records, but gave in. Although her most financially successful singles were released in the 1970s, Laforêt progressively lost interest in her singing career, moving to Geneva, Switzerland in 1978, where she opened an art gallery and abandoned music. In the 1980s, Laforêt concentrated on her acting career, appearing in a few French and Italian films; some music singles were released, but were not popular. She made a comeback, however, in 1993 with her final album. In the 1990s, she again continued to work both on screen and on stage.

She performed in a number of plays in Paris over the years, acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. In September 2005, she sang once again, going on tour in France for the first time since 1972; every concert was sold out. Laforêt obtained Swiss citizenship. Laforêt was fond of folk music since she began recording in the early 1960s, she helped popularize the Bob Dylan song "Blowin' in the Wind" in France with her 1963 interpretation. On the B-side of the same EP she sings the classic American folk ballad "House of the Rising Sun", her other folk recordings include: "Viens sur la montagne", a 1964 French adaptation of the African-American spiritual "Go Tell It on the Mountain", recorded by American folk trio Peter and Mary the previous year, "Coule doux", another Peter and Mary song, 1966's "Sur l

Anuha Island Resort

Anuha Island Resort is located on Anuha Island in the Florida Group in the Solomon Islands and is pronounced Anuca by the locals. The Island itself is located 35 miles from Honiara, 15 minutes from Henderson airfield; the resort was burned down over a land ownership dispute in 1988. More plans have existed to re-open the resort under the legal ownership and guidance of the Solomon Island Tourism Ltd group. Private security forces are included in the redevelopment plan. Anuha Island is surrounded by a shallow lagoon. Anuha Island remains a popular dive location with nearby wrecks at Guadalcanal; as of 2014, Anuha Island is under the legal ownership of Solomon Island Tourism Ltd and is moving forward with redevelopment plans. The resort was styled in timber and bamboo - Melanesian style. Accommodation was offered through exclusive private villas with ocean views, individually decorated by the locals; the central resort area comprised a reception, boutique shop, main restaurant and cocktail bar, outdoor eating areas and pool area.

The resort was developed and managed by Pacific Resorts Ltd in 1983, by Queensland based businessmen, John Donnelly and Peter Cornish. It was a major draw-card for tourism in the region. Ownership changed hands over the course of the Resort's history. Anuha Island Resort played host to a number of well-known celebrities. Transportation to the resort was through its own charter boat fleet; the resort generated its own water supply. Sofield, T. H. B.:'Anuha Island Resort: A Case Study Of Failure', in R. Butler and T. Hinch,'Tourism and Indigenous People', Routledge, 1996. Anuha Island Resort website. Smith Plans Injunction Against Sky Airworld Plans, Solomon Times Online, 16 December 2008. Sofield, Trevor H. B.. Empowerment for Sustainable Tourism Development. Emerald Group Publishing. P. 235. ISBN 978-0-08-043946-4

Romsey (UK Parliament constituency)

Romsey was a seat of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament 1983–2010 which accordingly elected one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election. It is tantamount to its replacement Romsey and Southampton North which takes in two typical-size local government wards of the United Kingdom named after and approximate to the Bassett and Swaythling parts of Southampton. 1983–1997: The Borough of Test Valley wards of Abbey, Blackwater and Nursling, Field, North Baddesley, Romsey Extra, Tadburn, the District of New Forest wards of Blackfield and Langley, Colbury and Hythe North, Dibden Purlieu, Fawley Holbury, Hythe South, Netley Marsh, Totton Central, Totton North, Totton South. 1997–2010: The Borough of Test Valley wards of Abbey, Blackwater and Nursling, Dun Valley, Harewood, Kings Somborne and Michelmersh, Nether Wallop and Broughton, North Baddesley, Over Wallop, Romsey Extra and Tadburn, the Borough of Eastleigh wards of Chandler’s Ford, Hiltingbury East, Hiltingbury West, the City of Southampton ward of Bassett.

The constituency was approximate to the Test Valley district of Hampshire and covered a smaller area as parts of the north of Test Valley fell into part of the North West Hampshire seat to ensure equal size electorates. The main town within the constituency was Romsey; the constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of New Forest. It was named Romsey and Waterside and included areas such as Hythe and Fawley on the west side of Southampton Water. In 1997 it lost the Waterside area and gained the Bassett Ward of the City of Southampton, new territory in the north of the Test Valley district, was renamed to just Romsey; the first MP, Michael Colvin, held the constituency from its creation until his death in 2000. This led to a by-election, won by Liberal Democrat Sandra Gidley, who held the seat in the two subsequent General Elections. Following their review of parliamentary representation in Hampshire, the Boundary Commission for England created a modified Romsey constituency called Romsey and Southampton North, to reflect the fact that two wards of Southampton form part of the constituency.

Sandra Gidley lost to the Conservatives in the 2010 general election when she contested the new seat. She was succeeded by Caroline Nokes. List of Parliamentary constituencies in Hampshire