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Max Boyce

Maxwell Boyce, is a Welsh comedian and entertainer. He rose to fame during the mid-1970s with an act that combined musical comedy with his passion for rugby union and his origins in the mining communities of South Wales, he has sold more than two million albums in a career spanning four decades. Rhosyn Alaw Boyce Jones is his mother. Max Boyce was born in Glynneath, he has always lived there, but his family were from Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. A month preceding Boyce's birth, his father died in an explosion in the coal pit where he was working. At the age of fifteen, Boyce left school, went to live with his grandfather, followed his father's footsteps by working in a colliery "for nearly eight years". In his early twenties, he managed to find alternative work in the Metal Box factory, Neath as an electrician's apprentice, but his earlier mining experiences were to influence his music in years. Boyce first learned to play the guitar as a young man, but he showed no particular flair for the instrument, nor an actual desire to become a performer.

In his own words: " no desire at all to be anything. I had a love of poetry, started writing songs without any ambition to build a career, it just happened. I started writing songs about local things and it evolved." In time he became competent enough to perform at local eisteddfodau, one of the earliest known recordings of his work being "O Na Le", a folk tune in Welsh which he played at the Dyffryn Lliw eisteddfod in 1967. In the early 1970s Boyce undertook a mining engineering degree at the Glamorgan School of Mines in Trefforest, during which he began to pen tunes about life in the mining communities of South Wales, he started out performing in local sports clubs and folk clubs around 1970, where his original set began to take on a humorous element, interspersed by anecdotes of Welsh community life and of the national sport, rugby union. The first recording of Boyce's songs was made at the Valley Folk Club in Pontardawe in 1971 by Cambrian Records, which subsequently released an LP called Max Boyce in Session.

This album included several tracks that were to become his signature tunes, including "Hymns and Arias", "Duw it's Hard" and "Slow – Men at Work". The record sleeve of this album includes the following prediction: In the same year, he recorded Caneuon Amrywiol, a collection of Welsh folk songs under the same label. Boyce remained unknown beyond the music clubs of the South Wales valleys for the time being, where he continued to perform; this all changed towards the end of 1973. Boyce had competed, unsuccessfully, on the television talent show Opportunity Knocks, shortly before record label EMI heard his first album, Max Boyce in Session, came to see him in concert. EMI offered Boyce a two-album contract, arrangements were made to make a live recording of his upcoming concert at Treorchy Rugby Club; this performance, which took place on 23 November 1973, was given in front of an audience who received their tickets free of charge, after these failed to sell for fifty pence. His performance was warmly received by the crowd.

The resulting album, Live at Treorchy, brought Boyce into the public eye, it soon went gold. His next album, We All Had Doctors' Papers, was another live album, recorded this time at Pontarddulais Rugby Club; this was released in late 1975 and, unexpectedly, it reached the No. 1 position on the UK Albums Chart for the week ending 15 November. This recording has the distinction of being the only comedy album to top the UK Albums Chart. Boyce released several albums over the next few years, receiving further gold discs for The Incredible Plan in 1976, I Know'Cos I Was There in 1978; this early pinnacle in Boyce's career coincided with the dominance of the Welsh rugby team in the Five Nations Championship during the 1970s. His songs and poems were real-time reflections on this unfolding history invoking the names of Welsh rugby greats such as Barry John, Gareth Edwards and Dai Morris. Songs such as "Hymns and Arias" soon became popular with rugby crowds, a fact which has played a significant part in his ongoing popularity.

When Swansea City were promoted to the English Premier League in 2011, Boyce was asked to perform for their first game and produced a special version of "Hymns and Arias" for the occasion. His rise to fame was confirmed by an appearance on the long-running biographical series This Is Your Life on 22 February 1978, he had gone to watch Glynneath RFC play against Hawick Trades, was surprised by the host of This Is Your Life, Eamonn Andrews, at the end of the match whilst being interviewed. As Boyce's popularity became established throughout Wales and the United Kingdom, he became involved in many side projects, including three books, several television series and televised concerts, three multi-part television specials produced by Opix Films, his spoken and sung poetry was first collected in Max Boyce: His Songs and Poems in 1976, with an introduction by Barry John. The comic illustrations that accompany the poems were drawn by his friend Gren Jones of the South Wales Echo; this publication was followed up with a similar collection, I Was There!, in 1980.

In 1982, Boyce went to the United States to be filmed participating at a training camp held by the Dallas Cowboys in California. The resulting four-part series, Max Boyce Meets The Dallas Cowboys was screened by Channel 4 in November that year, he returned to America in early 1984 to try his hand at being a cowboy in the rodeos of the Midwestern United States. The result of his bull riding and rodeo clown antics was

Hamlet (1907 film)

Hamlet, released in the United States as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, was a 1907 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès, based on William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. The pioneering Parisian filmmaker Georges Méliès had multiple cinematic encounters with the plays of William Shakespeare; the first, his 1901 film The Devil and the Statue, had alluded to Romeo and Juliet by including a balcony scene and Venetian lovers called Roméo and Juliette. Méliès dabbled in Shakespeare in his 1905 film The Venetian Looking-Glass, which incorporates the character of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice. However, these earlier films had borrowed elements from Shakespearean works. Méliès himself played Hamlet. Special effects used in the film included multiple exposures; the film was the first multi-scene cinematic adaptation of any work by Shakespeare. In 1907, Méliès made his last Shakespearean film, Shakespeare Writing "Julius Caesar", in which Méliès played Shakespeare himself. Hamlet was released by Méliès's Star Film Company, is numbered 980–987 in its catalogues.

It was registered for American copyright at the Library of Congress on 15 October 1907. The film scholar Robert Hamilton Ball, in his study of Shakespearean silent films, highlights the ways in which Méliès adapted the story in order to tell it in cinematic language, a unprecedented achievement. Ball comments: "It is easy to brand this ten-minute film an absurd simplification … but it was a distinct advance over anything which had heretofore been achieved in Shakespeare film."In his book Shakespeare and Society, John Collick compares Méliès's film to the Expressionist theatrical productions of Adolphe Appia and Edward Gordon Craig, saying that Méliès's use of "multiple exposures and dream-like Expressionist imagery … unconsciously recreat the spirit, if not the intention, of Appia's and Craig's ideas." Collick highlights that by condensing the play into a brief succession of fragmentary scenes, Méliès was able to concentrate on the theme of madness in an artistically expressive way. All told, an estimated forty-one film adaptations of Hamlet were made during the silent era.

Like many of these, Méliès's version is presumed lost. Hamlet on IMDb

City Junior A Hurling Championship

The City Junior A Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Seandún Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1926 for junior-graded hurling teams in Cork, Ireland. The series of games are played during the summer months; the championship uses a double elimination format whereby each team is guaranteed at least two games. The City Junior Championship is an integral part of the wider Cork Junior Hurling Championship; the winners and runners-up of the City Championship join their counterparts from the other six divisions to contest the county championship. 13 clubs participate in the City Championship. Brian Dillons are the title-holders after defeating Whitechurch by 0-21 to 0-12 in the 2019 championship final. Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles: 38 years: Brian Dillons 32 years: Mayfield 30 years: Blackrock 27 years: Brian Dillons 27 years: Nemo Rangers 26 years: Na Piarsaigh 21 years: Blackrock 21 years: Mayfield 17 years: Glen Rovers 17 years: Douglas Seandún GAA website

Abdelaziz Tawfik

Abdelaziz Tawfik is an Egyptian footballer who plays for Ghazl El Mahalla SC as a midfielder. Tawfik played in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, he is the elder brother of Egyptian Premier League footballers Ahmed Tawfik of Zamalek and Akram Tawfik of Al Ahly. Tawfik's good spell at El Mansoura convinced ENPPI to lay an offer to win his services, although he was of little to no significance; the young midfielder established himself in his new club and as a result joined the Egypt national football team squad. His good performances did not go unnoticed in Europe, he transferred to Al-Masry since the beginning of season. Abdelaziz Tawfik at Abdelaziz Tawfik at Footballdatabase

Revenge (Kiss album)

Revenge is the sixteenth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on May 19, 1992. It is the band's first album to feature current drummer Eric Singer, following the death of former drummer Eric Carr in November 1991, is the group's last album to feature musical contributions from Carr. Marking a stylistic departure from the pop-influenced glam metal sound which characterized much of the band's 1980s output, the album reached the Top 20 in several countries, though it failed to reestablish the group back in the mainstream and its sales were equal-to or less-than its predecessors only being certified gold by the RIAA on July 20, 1992; the album was dedicated to Carr, the closing track, "Carr Jam 1981," is a demo the drummer had recorded soon after joining the group in 1980. One modification to the song was the dubbing of Bruce Kulick's guitar over Ace Frehley's original work; the main riff of the song was used as the basis for the Frehley's Comet song "Breakout", from the 1987 album Frehley's Comet.

In February 1991, Kiss was asked by the producers of the film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey to record the song "God Gave Rock'n Roll to You II", which would be produced by Bob Ezrin. The band agreed and reunited with Ezrin after 10 years and the debacle they had with Music from "The Elder". Gene Simmons was not sure it was the right move, "especially after the bad experience of The Elder". Simmons and Paul Stanley rewrote the song, which they recorded with both Eric Carr and Eric Singer, with Singer playing the drums while Carr sang the a cappella line " everyone, he gave his song to be sung." The song was featured in the sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey with a 40-second-long Steve Vai solo instead of the Kiss intro found on the album. It was a major success, breaking the Top 30 in seven countries, including United States, United Kingdom and Australia, it was good enough for the band to continue with Ezrin on a Hot in the Shade follow-up. Carr was diagnosed with heart cancer, he underwent open-heart surgery in April 1991 to remove tumors.

Shortly after the surgery, Carr joined the band to perform in the "God Gave Rock'N' Roll to You II" music video. According to Simmons, Carr had lost all his hair due to chemotherapy and had to wear a wig for the shoot. After the shoot and Gene persuaded Carr to take care of his health and not worry about the band. Kiss's original plan was for Singer to play drums with the band until Carr was healthy enough to return. Carr's health continued to decline—and he died in November 1991. Kiss brought in Singer as their new drummer. In December 1991, Kiss and Ezrin returned to the studio to work on a new album. In a surprising move, they sought help from former guitarist Vinnie Vincent. According to Simmons, "Vinnie Vincent came up to me and apologized for causing the band all the grief while he was a member, he wanted to patch things up and wondered if I would consider writing some songs with him.'Sure,' I said. I wanted to let bygones be bygones. I called Paul and told him that Vinnie had changed. Paul wrote songs with him as well.

But before the album was released, Vinnie was up to his old tricks again. He reneged on a signed deal we had decided that he wanted to renegotiate, he sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."Stanley wrote a song, "Do Ya Wanna Touch Me Now," with Dave "The Snake" Sabo of Skid Row. Stanley said about the exclusion of the song from the album: "It's a great luxury to have an album that's so good that another song is only going to detract from it rather than make it any better; as good as the song is, we didn't need it." The two met. They discussed Stanley's possible appearance for Skid Row's recording of Kiss's song "C'mon and Love Me" for an-all covers EP B-Side Ourselves; that was never made, so the two wrote a song in L. A.. Stanley worked with Jani Lane of Warrant on a song, "If You Could See Through My Eyes." The collaboration started before the recording sessions for "God Gave Rock'N' Roll to You II", during the recording sessions for Warrant's most successful album Cherry Pie.

Stanley penned "Take It Off" with Kane Roberts, featured during the tour for the "Revenge" album. Simmons went to work with Bob Dylan; the music was written at Simmons's guesthouse, while Simmons was to write the lyrics to the song, he thought they were not completed and asked Dylan to write them. Dylan insisted. Simmons explained the meeting with Dylan: "I wanted to write a song with Dylan. So, like most things I do, I bullheadedly picked up the phone, tracked down his manager, said,'Hi, I'm that guy who sticks his tongue out, I wanna write a song with Dylan,' or words to that effect; the results could only be'yes' and'no.' Dylan said yes. He came over to my house a few years back, we sat down and started throwing ideas around. Bob came up with a melody/chordal pattern... I chimed in with a melody/chorus idea and voila, we had a song. Lyrics weren't written as yet. I demoed the track with Tommy Thayer. Bob came down to listen; when the demo was done, I asked Bob to write the lyric. He said no. I have tried to write a meaningful lyric.

I've bumped into Bob a few times... in Tokyo, while he was on tour, every time I ask him to write the lyric, he always says,'Mr. KISS, you write it.' The song titled "Laughing When I Want to Cry," was renamed to "Waiting for the Morning L

Multifunctional Information Distribution System

Multifunctional Information Distribution System is the NATO name for the communication component of Link-16. MID is an advanced command, communications and intelligence system incorporating high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital communication links for exchange of near real-time tactical information, including both data and voice, among air and sea elements. MIDS is intended to support key theater functions such as surveillance, air control, weapons engagement coordination and direction for all Services; the MIDS program includes two different families of receiver synthesizer line cards: MIDS-LVT: LVT, LVT, or LVT. MIDS-JTRS. MIDS-JTRS is a Software Defined Radio, compliant with the JTRS Software Communication Architecture. MIDS JTRS maintains the Link-16, J-Voice, TACAN functionality of the older MIDS-LVT standard, adds link-16 enhanced throughput, link-16 frequency remapping, programmable crypto; the MIDS terminal is based on the TDMA data-link technology with 128 time slots per second. To improve the anti-jamming capability signals are spread over 51 frequencies in the 960-1215 MHz frequency band.

The MIDS terminal consists of two different Line Replacement Units: the Main Terminal and the Remote Power supply. The Main Terminal consists of 10 Shop Replaceable Units: Chassis Power Amplifier Exciter/IPF Receiver Synthesizer, Either LVT, LVT, LVT, or JTRS Terminals Signal Message Processor Tactical Air Navigation Voice Tailored Processor /Avionic MUX Data Processor /Ground MUX Receiver-Transmitter Interface In addition there are a few accessories required by some specific platforms: High Power Amplifier Interface Assembly Direct Current Adapter Alternate Current Adapter The MIDS terminal is equipped with four different interfaces to communicate with the host platform: MIL-STD-1553B STANAG 3910 Ethernet X.25Data rate can vary between 108 and 238 kbit/s, depending on the interface used. Secure voice messages are available with two different rates: 2.4 kbit/s. The MIDS SW consists of two main configuration items: Core SW. MIDS Terminals exchange communication data with an onboard computer platform known as the Host which will format, and/or condition communication data for presentation.

MIDS-JTRS is a Software Defined Radio, compliant with the JTRS Software Communication Architecture. MIDS-JTRS adds three additional channels for JTRS wavesforms; as the MIDS-LVT migrates to the JTRS compliance, the system will maintain its link 16 and TACAN functionality with Navy and Air Force platforms that use MIDS-LVT but accommodates future technologies and capabilities as part of MIDS-JTRS. MIDS JTRS improvements include enhanced link 16 throughput, link 16 frequency remappings and programmable crypto. MIDS-JTRS will provide an additional three 2-megahertz or 2 gigahertz programmable channels to accommodate incremental delivery of advanced JTRS waveforms; the MIDS family includes 3 main variants. LVT, developed for integration on a multitude of surface and airborne platforms, is characterized by PhEN 3910, MIL-STD-1553B, X.25 physical interfaces, the adoption of both Voice and TACAN functions. LVT was developed by the US to satisfy the requirements set by the US Army; this terminal is characterized by unique power supply and blower systems, by the Army Data Distribution System Interface X.25 interface.

FDLT or LVT developed to meet the requirements of F-15 fighter platforms. Additional variants: MoS designed for rack mounting, with specific power supply and high power amplifier units. Overall 11 different variants of the MIDS-LVT are known. One used instance of an MIDS is the MIDS Low Volume Terminal, funded by the United States, Germany and Spain and developed by MIDSCO, a joint venture by Thomson CSF, GEC, Siemens and Enosa. Another such terminal is the MIDS-JTRS, under development by the United States. An older MIDS is the JTIDS. There are three production lines, which are competitors: ViaSat, Data Link Solutions LLC, EuroMIDS. Joint Tactical Info Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System Tactical Data Link Link 16 Link 11 Link 4 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminal Development and Integration Programs Towards LINK-16 Network Centric Allied/Coalition Operations, Roberto Sabatini et al. GlobalSecurity's Military Aircraft Systems - MIDS Description