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Martin Beck

Martin Beck is a fictional Swedish police detective, the main character in a series of ten novels by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, collectively titled The Story of a Crime. The stories are referred to as the Martin Beck stories. All of the novels have been adapted into films between 1967 and 1994, six of which featured Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck. Between 1997 and 2018 there have been 38 films based on the characters, with Peter Haber as Martin Beck. During the 1960s and 1970s Sjöwall and Wahlöö conceived and wrote a series of ten novels about the exploits of detectives from the special homicide commission of the Swedish national police. Both authors wrote novels separately. For the Martin Beck series, they plotted and researched each book together, wrote alternate chapters; the books cover ten years and are renowned for extensive character and setting development throughout the series. This is in part due to careful planning by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. Roseanna The Man Who Went Up in Smoke The Man on the Balcony The Laughing Policeman The Fire Engine That Disappeared Murder at the Savoy The Abominable Man The Locked Room Cop Killer The Terrorists Martin Beck The protagonist of the series, throughout the novels, Martin Beck goes from being an unhappily married man and father of two young teenagers, to a divorced man in a happy unmarried relationship with Rhea Nielsen, a kind and emphatic landlady whom Beck meets while investigating the death of a man, Nielsen's tenant.

Beck is prone to colds and suffers from ailments and physical discomforts. Beck gets several promotions, from Detective to Inspector, Chief of the National Murder Squad by the end of the series much to the chagrin of everyone involved, including himself as he hates the vision of being confined to desk work, though in Cop Killer, he is thankfully spared a promotion to a Commissioner. In The Terrorists, he is however forced to become Chief of Operations in an important job protecting an American senator, meaning that he is for once, in theory, higher in position than his superior, Malm, he is allowed to assemble his perfect team, consisting of himself, Larsson, Rönn, Skacke and Melander. He does well coordinating the desk work and keeping in communication, impressing the Commissioner. In The Abominable Man he is shot and wounded, quits smoking after the incident as his favourite manufacturer discontinues his preferred type of cigarette. Lennart Kollberg Beck's most trusted colleague: a sarcastic glutton with a Socialist worldview.

He is newly married in fathers two children over the course of the series. In The Fire Engine That Disappeared, he refers to Gunvald Larsson as "the stupidest detective in the history of criminal investigation", in The Abominable Man, Larsson informs him, "I've always thought you were a fucking idiot", though they end up, through working with each other on numerous investigations, understanding each other, he resigns from the force at the end of the penultimate book, Cop Killer, after realising he was ashamed of what the police force had become, but still has the last word in the final installment. Gunvald Larsson A former member of the merchant marine and the black sheep of a rich family, he is one of few people outside East Germany who owns and drives a sports car manufactured by Eisenacher Motorenwerk. He is disliked by most of his colleagues, he and Kollberg share a mutual antipathy, but are capable of working together efficiently when the occasion demands it. However, despite the fact that he treats Einar Rönn with the same boorishness and insensitive tactlessness that he does everybody else, Rönn is his only friend and the two are close spending time together outside of the job.

His rich, cultured family taught him how to behave in all circumstances, something which the Commissioner notes that he tries to conceal. His upbringing has meant that Larsson has a penchant for expensive clothes, not least tailored suits, which have a tendency to in various ways, get ruined during his investigations, he is tall and has china blue eyes, is in good shape, being noted as the best in the team at breaking down doors. Einar Rönn Larsson's friend from the rural north of Sweden, he is calm and peaceful, only losing his temper once in all the books. By the end of the series, Beck notes that he had defied all expectations to become a valuable asset to the team, someone whom he could trust. Benny Skacke A young ambitious and sometimes hapless detective, he is introduced in the fifth book as a new member of the homicide commission, but transfers to Malmö for personal reasons. Skacke is still somewhat naïve, seeking to become police commissioner, but he is noted by Beck in the last book as having matured significa

Joanne Heywood

Joanne Heywood is an English television actress best known for her role as Jessica Lovelock in Grace & Favour, a spin-off series of Are You Being Served?. Born in York, Heywood was educated in Sydney, Australia, she studied Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and, after graduating, made her professional stage debut in 1985 production of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at York's Theatre Royal. For the next decade, she appeared in pantomime at the same venue in the coveted role of Principal Boy. During this period, she performed in stage musicals, including regional productions of Annie and Camelot, as well as the world premieres of Scrooge: The Musical and the stage adaptation of High Society. Heywood's television debut was in the role of Dilys on the short-lived BBC series First of the Summer Wine. In 1991, she made guest appearances on the television shows The New Statesman and The Brittas Empire. In addition to her role as Jessica Lovelock, Heywood played Sally Bennett in the Gerry Poulson film Stanley's Dragon.

She has guest-starred in Knightmare, Next of Kin, two episodes of Coronation Street and A Prince Among Men. In recent years, her television appearances have become less regular, she has appeared in Emmerdale Farm and My Hero. Since Heywood has continued to perform in regional and West End theatre productions, including plays and pantomimes. Joanne Heywood on IMDb


The Monaspa or Mona-spa was an elite unit of the Georgian army, from the 11th to the 12th centuries that performed a dual role of both personal bodyguard and standing army to the Georgian monarchs. The Monaspa was well trained and armed mounted shock cavalry, numbering some 5,000 men, it was known for being composed of landless nobles and foreign mercenaries North Caucasian steppe nomads: Alans and Kipchaks of which 14,000 Kipchak families were settled in Georgia's frontier regions in 1118 and baptized. The "Monaspa" was dependent on the king and had no bonds with the feudal nobility. Monaspa along detachments provided by feudal lords and mercenaries were commanded either by the monarch or an amirspasalar. In 1118, after successful completion of David IV's military reform, a Royal Guard of about 5,000 horsemen was formed; the king directed the training and equipment of his troops. The new type of army would stand up better to the Seljuk Turkish military organization, go over to a methodical offensive with the aim of expelling the Seljuks first from Georgia and from the whole Caucasus.

During the period of 106 years, the Georgian army won four great victories over the Seljuk Turks in the battles of Ertsukhi, Didgori and Basiani. This organisation of the army created by David remained unchanged throughout the 12th century. In the late 12th century most of the Monaspa became feudal landholders and part of new Georgian military aristocracy. After 1184 Monaspa's are not mentioned; some monaspa members gained prominence at the Georgian royal court and acquired their status during the reign of George II and Queen Tamar: Sargis Mkhargrdzeli, Ivane Mkhargrdzeli, Zakaria Mkhargrdzeli, Kubasar etc. Cataphract Heavy cavalry Lancer Knight

Steven Epstein (music producer)

Steven Epstein is an American record producer. He has won fifteen Grammy Awards, two Latin Grammys, nominated 35 times, he has won Grammy Awards for Classical Producer of the Year seven times. While he is known for his work in classical music, Epstein has Grammy nominations and wins for albums in musical theater, musical show, crossover and spoken word for children, he has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Plácido Domingo, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Bobby McFerrin, Juilliard String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, Punch Brothers. He has worked with the Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, with the Chicago, London, Philadelphia and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras. Epstein grew up in Queens Village, New York, had an interest in classical music from a young age, he studied the credits of albums he imagined being in the concert hall. Tom Frost, the record producer, was a name that came up in his collection. In the early to mid-1960s, he was building short-wave radios.

He attended Martin Van Buren High School. He performed with the New York All-City High School Orchestra, he corresponded with Tom Frost. Frost advised Epstein to major in music and minor in communications because there were no programs in recording technology at the time. Epstein attended Hofstra University from 1969 where he played with the college's orchestra and worked at the radio station, WVHC-FM, all four years, he sought out chamber groups to record. His senior year, Epstein purchased a Revox 77 tape recorder for $600, his goal was to ask Frost for a job. Epstein graduated in 1973 with a degree in Music Education. Epstein got an interview with Tom Frost and Tom Shepherd at Columbia Records and was called back for a second interview, he knew there was one job, two applicants, the other applicant was more qualified. Both of them were hired in September 1973. Epstein started as music editor for Columbia Masterworks and became senior executive producer at the label. Epstein worked as an employee for 33 years with Columbia Sony/BMG/Masterworks.

He was senior executive producer of Sony Classical. Epstein worked with engineer Buddy Graham until Graham's retirement and has done many recordings with engineer Richard King; as of 2006, he is a freelance producer. Labels he recorded for include CBS Records Masterworks, Sony Classical, RCA Red Seal, Deutsche Grommophon, Columbia Records, Naxos and PS Classics, he has been an adjunct professor of the Sound Recording Program at McGill University in Montreal since 1996. He teaches Classical Music Recording. Steven Epstein biography

Mere Oblivion

Mere Oblivion is a 2007 short comedy-drama film and directed by Burleigh Smith. It features Elizabeth Caiacob; the film premiered at the world's largest short film festival. Kenny Bunkport gets more than he bargains for the night he takes his elderly grandmother out to dinner. Kenny, a librarian in his twenties, reflects on old age and how the elderly all look the same to him, he tells of the night he takes his grandmother to dinner, hurriedly collecting Robyn from her nursing home and rushing her by taxi to an upmarket restaurant. Once seated, Robyn makes Kenny uncomfortable by interrogating him and lecturing him on his love life, she reveals she is not his grandmother at all, but his grandmother's next door neighbour, has been playing him all night. Shocked, Kenny rushes back to the nursing home for his real grandmother and can only offer her dinner at a fast food chain; the style of the film is inspired by the work of Woody Allen, from the opening titles to the direct address to camera, the bespectacled protagonist to the offbeat humour.

The film's title is derived from the monologue, All the World's a Stage, in William Shakespeare's As You Like It: - Act II Scene VII Burleigh Smith as Kenny Bunkport Elizabeth Caiacob as Robyn Michael Su as Tai Van Ngyen Kate Ritchie as Sonia The film was Smith's acting debut. Thelma Lumsden withdrew from the project during rehearsals. Due to Elizabeth Caiacob's limited availability, Maggie Anketell played Robyn in some scenes. Mere Oblivion was shot on 16 mm film but technical problems saw the film damaged and it was re-shot on HDV to meet the Tropfest deadline. Swing Punch and performed by Heinz Kiessling Sugar Daddy'O, written and performed by Werner Tautz The film was selected from over 600 entries to screen at Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival. Elizabeth Caiacob won Best Female Actor at Tropfest; the award was presented by Susie Porter. Smith accepted in Caiacob's absence. Discussing the film for Empire magazine, Oscar Hillerstrom wrote "Melange of stylistic influences leads to a black and white story about a man and his grandmother.

Not quite funny, with sharp, truthful barbs."Simon Sellars wrote "Mere Oblivion is snide, just a cheap excuse to take pot-shots at immigrants and old people. It screened on national television on the Nine Network and the ABC. Film industry in Western Australia 2007 Tropfest finalists Tropfest Then She Was Gone Fixed Mere Oblivion on IMDb Mere Oblivion at Screen Australia Mere Oblivion at the National Library of Australia Mere Oblivion at Tropfest's YouTube Channel Wavebreaker production company website Tropfest the world's largest short film festival

A1 Team Singapore

A1 Team Singapore is the A1 Grand Prix national team representing Singapore. Singapore took part in this competition for the first time in its history in October 2006. Christian Murchison, Denis Lian and Hafiz Koh were the original drivers for the team; the team was launched on 19 September 2006 by sports minister Vivian Balakrishnan, with West Surrey Racing to run the car. The future of the Singapore A1 team is in doubt for the third season, with both drivers Denis Lian and Hafiz Koh being dropped from the team in season 2. After participating in the A1 Grand Prix Race of South Africa held in Durban, the Singapore A1 Grand Prix team has not raced in all of the subsequent legs, namely the Mexican and British A1 Grand Prixs; this is due to an injury suffered by their one and only driver, Christian Murchison, in the South African leg of the season. "spr" indicate a Sprint Race, "fea" indicate a Main Race