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Martin Amis

Martin Louis Amis is a British novelist, essayist and screenwriter. His best-known novels are London Fields, he has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice. Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Amis's work centres on the excesses of "late-capitalist" Western society, whose perceived absurdity he satirises through grotesque caricature. Inspired by Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as by his father Kingsley Amis, Amis himself has influenced many British novelists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Will Self and Zadie Smith. Amis was born in England, his father, noted English novelist Sir Kingsley Amis, was the son of a mustard manufacturer's clerk from Clapham, London. He has Philip, his parents divorced when he was twelve. Amis attended a number of schools in the 1950s and 1960s—including the Bishop Gore School, Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, where he was described by one headmaster as "unusually unpromising".

The acclaim that followed his father's first novel Lucky Jim sent the family to Princeton, New Jersey, where his father lectured. In 1965, at the age of 15, he played John Thornton in the film version of Richard Hughes' A High Wind in Jamaica, he read nothing but comic books until his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, introduced him to Jane Austen, whom he names as his earliest influence. He graduated from Exeter College, with a "Congratulatory" First in English — "the sort where you are called in for a viva and the examiners tell you how much they enjoyed reading your papers."After Oxford, he found an entry-level job at The Times Literary Supplement, at the age of 27 became literary editor of the New Statesman, where he met Christopher Hitchens a feature writer for The Observer, who remained a close friend until Hitchens died, in 2011. At 5 feet 6 inches tall he referred to himself as a "short-arse" while a teenager; the bitterness in his books, his much-publicised philandering, have been noted.

According to Amis, his father showed no interest in his work. "I can point out the exact place where he sent Money twirling through the air. "Breaking the rules, buggering about with the reader, drawing attention to himself," Kingsley complained. His first novel The Rachel Papers – written at Lemmons, the family home in north London – won the Somerset Maugham Award; the most traditional of his novels, made into an unsuccessful cult film, it tells the story of a bright, egotistical teenager and his relationship with the eponymous girlfriend in the year before going to university. He wrote the screenplay for the film Saturn 3, an experience which he was to draw on for his fifth novel Money. Dead Babies, more flippant in tone, chronicles a few days in the lives of some friends who convene in a country house to take drugs. A number of Amis's characteristics show up here for the first time: mordant black humour, obsession with the zeitgeist, authorial intervention, a character subjected to sadistically humorous misfortunes and humiliations, a defiant casualness.

A film adaptation was made in 2000. Success told the story of two foster-brothers, Gregory Riding and Terry Service, their rising and falling fortunes; this was the first example of Amis's fondness for symbolically "pairing" characters in his novels, a recurrent feature in his fiction since. Other People: A Mystery Story, about a young woman coming out of a coma, was a transitional novel in that it was the first of Amis's to show authorial intervention in the narrative voice, artificed language in the heroine's descriptions of everyday objects, said to be influenced by his contemporary Craig Raine's "Martian" school of poetry, it was the first novel Amis wrote after committing to be a full-time writer. Amis's best-known novels are Money, London Fields, The Information referred to as his "London Trilogy". Although the books share little in terms of plot and narrative, they all examine the lives of middle-aged men, exploring the sordid and post-apocalyptic undercurrents of life in late 20th-century Britain.

Amis's London protagonists are anti-heroes: they engage in questionable behaviour, are passionate iconoclasts, strive to escape the apparent banality and futility of their lives. He writes, "The world is like a human being, and there’s a scientific name for it, entropy—everything tends towards disorder. From an ordered state to a disordered state." Money is a first-person narrative by John Self, advertising man and would-be film director, "addicted to the twentieth century". " satire of Thatcherite amorality and greed," the novel relates a series of black comedic episodes as Self flies back and forth across the Atlantic, in crass and see

Dance Smartly Stakes

The Dance Smartly Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race run annually during July at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. A Grade II stakes race raced on turf, it is open to horses three years of age and older Inaugurated in 1986, it was raced on dirt through 1989 at a distance of ​1 1⁄8 miles. In 1990 it was switched over to the turf course and raced that year at ​1 1⁄16 miles after which it remained on the turf but at its original ​1 1⁄8 miles, it was lengthened to ​1 1⁄4 miles in 2017. It was raced as the Woodbine Handicap until 1998 when it was renamed to honor Dance Smartly, a Canadian and United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee and one of Canada's greatest racing fillies. Time record: 1:44.25 - Overheard Most wins: 2 - Radiant Ring Most wins by an owner: 3 - Sam-Son Farm Most wins by a jockey: 4 - Patrick Husbands 3 - Todd Kabel Most wins by a trainer: 3 - Roger Attfield List of Canadian flat horse races


Clovernook Farm was the family home of poets Alice and Phoebe Cary in what is now North College Hill, Ohio. The farm was once part of a 1 million acre tract of Springfield Township, purchased in 1787 by John Cleves Symmes, a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress and a pioneer in the Northwest Territory; the first member of the Cary family in southwestern Ohio was Revolutionary War veteran Christopher Cary, who emigrated to Ohio in 1803 to claim the land grant he was awarded by the Federal government for his military service. His son Robert worked on the family farm before leaving home to fight in the War of 1812. In 1813-14, Christopher's brother William Cary built a log cabin in the “wilderness” ten miles north of Cincinnati and moved his family to the area, known as Mill Creek Township. Soon after, William purchased an additional 75 acres north of North Bend Road adjacent to his original tract and sold part of this land to his brother's son Robert. Who called the 27 acres Clovernook Farm.

After returning home from the war, Robert erected a small three-room frame house for his family in 1814. Robert laid out the first community in the area, on the east side of Hamilton Avenue, called it Clovernook as well; the white brick house now known as Cary Cottage, which stands on the campus of the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 7000 Hamilton Avenue, was built in 1832. It was a more substantial structure with a frame porch; as their family grew and his wife Elizabeth divided their nine children among the two homes. Late in life, Alice Cary told a friend about her family's home in Ohio: "In the autumn of 1832, by persevering industry and frugal living, the farm was at last paid for, a new and more commodius dwelling erected for the reception of the family; this new dwelling, still standing, is no more than the plainest of farm-houses, yet it represents a degree of comfort only attained after a long struggle." The house contains original wooden floors, a narrow winding staircase, a kitchen fireplace and bake oven, a working outdoor well.

The bricks used in its construction were fired on the property. Restoration and furnishing of the house—begun after it was added to the National Register of Historic Places—were aided by a number of descriptive passages in Alice and Phoebe's poems. In 1903, Cary Cottage became the first home for blind women in Ohio through the work of the Trader sisters and Georgia; the Cary house and the land surrounding it were purchased by William A. Procter, grandson of the Procter & Gamble co-founder, in order to give them in trust to the Traders; as many as thirteen blind and visually impaired women lived in the house as the Trader sisters used the land and the home to provide them employment as a source of dignity and direction. This mission became the work of the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, it now offers instruction, community living and low vision services for men and women; the center runs three manufacturing departments and is one of the country's largest volume producers of Braille publications.

Cincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors, American Guide Series, The Weisen-Hart Press, May 1943, page 500 Cary Sisters Alice Cary Clovernook marks 100th year of opportunities for the blind Touching Words. Accessed 6/19/2011

Sharon plain

The Sharon plain is the central section of the Coastal Plain of Israel. The Plain lies between the Samarian Hills, 15 km to the east, it stretches from Nahal Taninim, a stream marking the southern end of Mount Carmel in the north, to the Yarkon River in the south, at the northern limit of Tel Aviv, over a total of about 90 km. Parts of the Plain are included in the Central, Tel Aviv Districts of Israel; the Plain of Sharon is mentioned in the Bible, including the famous reference to the enigmatic "Rose of Sharon". While some parts of the Sharon plain were fertile, much of it was swampy and malarial, a condition exacerbated by massive Ottoman deforestation. Zionist immigrants arrived in the early 20th century, drained much of the swampy land, populated the region with many settlements. In 2008, it was the most densely populated region of Israel. Excavations were performed before road construction in the north part of Sharon plain. Near En Esur an early Bronze Age planned metropolis – including a temple – stretching over 65 ha for 6,000 inhabitants was discovered.

Underneath this 5000-year-old city, an older settlement from 7000 YBP has been found, according to a report from the antiquities office of Israel from 6 October 2019. Sarona, a Templar settlement in the Plain of Sharon. Media related to Sharon at Wikimedia Commons

K. Chidananda Gowda

Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda is an Indian the former Vice-Chancellor of the Kuvempu University, located in the state of Karnataka, India, he is the son-in-law of the Kannada playwright, after whom the Kuvempu University is named. He has published many papers in the field of pattern recognition. Prof. Chidananda Gowda was born in the village of Chokkady, near Sullia on 15 June 1942, he completed his graduation in Engineering from the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering at Bangalore in 1964. He continued his studies and obtained a Master's degree in Engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1969, he returned to Bangalore and completed his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science in 1979. He married the second daughter of Kuvempu, he spent two years at NASA, United States and one year at INRIA, France for conducting post-doctoral research. Prof. Chidananda Gowda joined the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in Mysore as a Professor in the Computer science department and went on to head the department.

He served as the Vice Principal of the College for about 5 years and as the Principal for about 1.5 years. He was a visiting professor at INRIA, he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kuvempu University of 18 January 2002, a post which he held till 19 January 2006. He has chaired technical conferences at Zurich, Paris and Luxembourg, he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the International School of Information Management, University of Mysore, Mysore. Many refer to him as the father of Symbolic Data Analysis in the English speaking world. During his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor, he had to face tough situations like the allegation that the University colleges were being used as a training centre for Naxalites, he is credited to have improved the infrastructure at the University. He was responsible for starting new departments of business administration, biochemistry in the University; the distance education program saw a significant growth in his tenure. He has authored books in Kannada and English.

Some of his Kannada books include Engineering Geetegalu, Putaanigala Vignyana Padyagalu and Samparka Madhyamagalu. 1986: Prof. Chidananda Gowda was awarded the Kannada Sahitya Akademi award for his book, Putaanigala Vignyana Padyagalu. 1995: He was given the M. Visveswaraya Technical Award for his contributions to engineering. 2019: Rajyotsava award. Family: Tarini Chidananda, Prarthana Kolambe, Anyun Reddy, Smaya Reddy, Puttanna Gowda, Balaki Padejar and Sitama

Nell Murbarger

Nell Murbarger was an American author and reporter, inducted in to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Murbarger is best known for her many articles in Desert Magazine, where she popularized the hobby of " ghost-towning." Murbarger was born to Harry C. and Bessie Nell Lounsberry. Clem Lounsberry was an occasional newspaper reporter. Nell Murbarger's earliest writing for publication was at age ten; the family moved to California in 1923. In 1930, they settled in California. In the 1920s, Murbarger and her mother started the West Coast Curio Company, which sold seashells and gold-rush era relics. In 1931, Murbarger married an amateur archaeologist, she is credited with finding the first specimen of Lithophragma maximum a rare flowering plant found on San Clemente Island. The couple lived in Northern and Central California before they separated and were divorced in 1939. In 1936, Murbarger was working for the Globe-Herald, the Costa Mesa weekly paper, where she became editor, she left in 1939, but returned a few months joining the new Newport-Balboa Press as the local news editor from 1940-1945.

After World War II ended, she retired from the newspaper business and devoted her efforts to freelance writing. She was a regular contributor to magazines such as Desert Magazine, Arizona Magazine and True West Magazine, she had articles published in newspapers such The Christian Science Monitor, The Salt Lake Tribune, smaller papers. Murbarger's first article in Desert Magazine appeared in 1949. Murbarger wrote under pen names such as Dean Conrad, Greta Joens, Dale Conroy, Costa Mesa Slim. In Desert Magazine, she would sometimes have two articles, one under a pen name, the other under her real name. In 1950, she was offered an assistant editor position at Desert Magazine, which she declined so that she could continue her field work. In 1958, Desert Magazine was sold and Murbarger was limited to six articles a year, she received the American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit in 1955. In 1955, she received several awards from the California Association of Press Women, her article "Josie Pearl, Prospector on Nevada's Black Rock Desert" received a first place for interviews, her article about Fort Schellbourne received second prize for special feature articles.

In addition, she took a second prize for articles outside of Nevada. Her book "Ghosts of the Glory Trail" was awarded best nonfiction book of 1956 written by an American woman by the National Federation of Press Women. In 1963, Murbarger claimed that she had published over 1,000 articles about the western United States. Murbarger's freelance career wound down in the 1960's. In the mid-80's she sold the bulk of her photographic collection to Nevada historian Stan Paher; the Costa Mesa Historical Society received her papers a few years later. In the late 80's, she was living with her partner Ed Gueguen in a Costa Mesa bungalow that had the last of the inventory of the West Coast Curio Company. In 1989, Murbarger and Guegen moved to Guegen's family home in Missouri. Murbarger died of Parkinson's disease there in 1991. In 1996, Murbarger was inducted in to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Works by or about Nell Murbarger in libraries