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Michael Heseltine

Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, is a British politician and businessman. Having begun his career as a property developer, he became one of the founders of the publishing house Haymarket. Heseltine served as a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, was a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter. Heseltine entered the Cabinet in 1979 as Secretary of State for the Environment, where he promoted the "Right to Buy" campaign that allowed two million families to purchase their council houses, he was considered an adept media performer and a charismatic minister, although he was at odds with Thatcher on economic issues. He was one of the most visible "wets", whose "One Nation" views were epitomised by his support for the regeneration of Liverpool in the early 1980s when it was facing economic collapse; as Secretary of State for Defence from 1983 to 1986, he was instrumental in the political battle against the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

He returned to the back benches. Following Sir Geoffrey Howe's resignation speech in November 1990, Heseltine challenged Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party, polling well enough to deny her an outright victory on the first ballot. After Thatcher's subsequent resignation, Heseltine lost to John Major on the second ballot, but returned to the Cabinet when Major became Prime Minister; as a key ally of Major, Heseltine rose to become President of the Board of Trade and, from 1995, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State. He declined to seek the leadership of the party following Major's 1997 election defeat, but remained a vocal advocate for modernisation in the party. In May 2019, he had the whip suspended after saying he would vote for the Liberal Democrats, rather than the Conservatives, at the 2019 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom. Michael Heseltine was born in Swansea in Wales, the son of Eileen Ray and Rupert Heseltine, a factory owner, he is a distant descendant of the composer and songwriter Charles Dibdin, honoured by one of his middle names, at the time of his parents' marriage in 1932, his father gave his name as Rupert Dibdin-Heseltine.

His father's ancestors were farm labourers in Pembrey. His mother originated in west Wales, his maternal great-grandfather worked at the Swansea docks, as a result of which Heseltine was made an honorary member of the Swansea Dockers Club, his maternal grandfather, James Pridmore, founded West Glamorgan Collieries Ltd, a short-lived company that worked two small mines on the outskirts of Swansea. Eileen Pridmore was born in Swansea in 1907. Heseltine was brought up in relative luxury at No. 1, Uplands Crescent. He told Tatler interviewer Charlotte Edwardes in 2016: "At prep school, I started a birdwatching club called the Tit Club; every member was named after a member of the tit family: the Blue Tit. I was the Great Tit", he once feared the story might reach the press: "I just know if that had got out when I was in active politics, I would never have recovered". Heseltine won a junior competition, he was educated at Oakleigh House Shrewsbury School. Heseltine campaigned as a volunteer in the October 1951 general election before going up to Pembroke College, Oxford.

While there, in frustration at his inability to be elected to the committee of the Oxford University Conservative Association, he founded the breakaway Blue Ribbon Club. Along with undergraduates Guy Arnold, Julian Critchley and Martin Morton he canvassed workers at the gates of the Vickers Shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness. Julian Critchley recounted a story from his student days of how he plotted his future on the back of an envelope, a future that would culminate as Prime Minister in the 1990s. A more detailed apocryphal version has him writing down:'millionaire 25, cabinet member 35, party leader 45, prime minister 55', he became a millionaire and was a member of the shadow cabinet from the age of 41, but did not manage to become Party Leader or Prime Minister. His biographers Michael Crick and Julian Critchley recount how, despite not having an innate gift for public speaking, he became a strong orator through much effort, which included practising his speeches in front of a mirror, listening to tape recordings of speeches by television administrator Charles Hill, taking voice-coaching lessons from a vicar's wife.

He was elected to the Library Committee of the Oxford Union for Hilary Term 1953. The Oxford Union minutes record after a debate on 12 February 1953 that "Mr Heseltine should guard against artificial mannerisms of voice and calculated flourishes of self-conscious histrionics, he was elected to the Standing Committee of the Oxford Union for Trinity Term 1953. On 30 April 1953 he opposed the setting up of the Western European Union, not least because it might antagonise the USSR following the supposed "recent change of Soviet attitudes". On 4 June 1953, he called for the development of the British Commonwealth as a third major power in the world. At the end of that summer term he stood unsuccessfully for the Presidency but was instead elected to the top place on the committee

Messinian erosional crisis

The Messinian Erosional Crisis is a phase in the Messinian evolution of the central Mediterranean basin resulting from major drawdown of the Mediterranean seawater. As outlined in numerous studies, erosional events along the margins of the Mediterranean Basin during the Messinian timespan and during the evaporite deposition, were common; those authors showed that predating the deposition of the first cycle of evaporites, a major erosional phase can be observed along the basin margins, corresponding to a major "relative sea level drop", associated with tectonic activity. Following this assumption that this major event corresponds to the major Messinian drawdown, Bache et al. concluded that the Mediterranean bathymetry decreased before the precipitation of central basin evaporites. Van Dijk et al. had termed this end member scenario the "Hunchback Scenario". Regarding these works, a deep water formation for central Messinian evaporites seems unlikely; the assumption that central basin evaporites deposited under a high bathymetry and before the major phase of erosion should imply the observation of a major detritic event above evaporites in the basin.

Such a depositional geometry has not been observed on data, as the detritic wedges are confined to the basin marginal areas. Another major point of discussion regards the presence of erosional deep canyons along the continental margins of the Basins; these should be expected to be present because of the assumption of a major sea level drop. In fact, they have been described by several authors. Most of them are infilled by early Pliocene sediments; as outlined in van Dijk et al. this phenomenon can be explained in two ways: A major eustatic sea level drop, or a tectonic uplift of the margins. It constitutes, not a real proof for the desiccation of an existing deep basin; the third much-disputed element is the recognition of the so-called "MES", the Messinian Erosional Surface. This surface can well be traced in seismic sections along the Basin margins, showing angular and non-angular unconformities, somewhere within the evaporite deposits, or between evaporite and non-evaporite deposits. Nice examples are shown by Roveri et al..

As extensively discussed in van Dijk, the erosional surfaces within the Messinian clastic and evaporitic and mixed series are confused. Only high resolution and complete series such as those in the Crotone Basin in Calabria can solve this matter, the authors have shown that the erosional surfaces and there probable relationships with relative sea level fluctuations and tectonic activity can be mapped well

Yamaha Vino 125

The Yamaha Vino 125 is a scooter introduced by Yamaha Motor Company in 2004 as a larger brother to the 49 cc Yamaha Vino/Vino Classic, replacing the Yamaha Riva 125 scooter. Little has changed since the 2004 introduction of the Vino 125 with the exception of color choices; because of the engine size and top speed, in many US States, the Vino 125 requires a motorcycle license to operate. The Vino 125 has a low seat height, making it popular among smaller riders; the motorcycle was sold until 2009 in the United States The Vino 125 has an air-cooled 124 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke SOHC engine. The engine has a fan for supplemental cooling, it has a Mikuni BS carburetor with an carburetor heat device. Emissions controls are a catalyzed muffler, AIR Injection system, an evaporative fuel canister; the braking system is a 110 mm drum rear brake. The tires are 3.50x10. The Vino has a similar counterpart in Thailand, called Fino, which looks identical. Review of the 2004 Vino 125 Motorscooter Guide Official website archived from the original on May 17, 2012

Noiseworks (album)

Noiseworks is the debut album by Australian rock band, Noiseworks. It was released by CBS Records in June 1987; the album peaked at No. 6 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart, with the introduction of the ARIA Album Charts in the beginning of 1988, the album was still in the charts at No. 37. Noiseworks sold more than 210,000 copies in Australia. Steve Balbi - bass Stuart Fraser - guitar Kevin Nicol - drums Justin Stanley - keyboards Jon Stevens - vocals Mastering - Leon Zervos Engineer - Alan Wright Assistant Engineers - Heidi Cannavo, John Darwish, Mark Roberts, Paul Kosky, Paula Jones Photography - Gary Heery Produced - Mark Opitz http://www.noiseworks.com.au/discography.html

Charles Horsfall

Charles Horsfall was a merchant and slave-owner who served as Mayor of Liverpool 1832–1833. Horsfall was born in Huddersfield, the son of Joseph Horsfield and Anna Hodgson, was baptised at St Peter's Church, Huddersfield on 17 July 1776. On 20 November 1792, aged 16, he sailed to Jamaica, where he established himself as a commodities trader, he returned to England around 1803, on 9 June 1803, he married Dorothy Hall Berry at Trinity Church, Liverpool. Dorothy was born in Jamaica as daughter of Thomas Berry and Dorothy Hall, they had seven sons and five daughters: Ann, Thomas Berry, Mary Sale, Charles Hodgson, Eliza Dorothy, Ellen, Louisa, Sarah Sophia, William Joseph and George Henry. In 1811 he constructed his family on Netherfield Road North, Everton, he was Bailiff of Liverpool in 1829 and Mayor in 1832. He was an avid botanist, his wife was a noted horticultural artist who contributed many plates to books and magazines of the time, his botanical passions were fuelled by his business trade connections with West Africa, the West Indies and the Americas.

He was in partnership with another notable merchant family, the Tobins and his cousins the Hodgsons, Jamaican plantation owners. He was a leading member of the Liverpool West India Association. An 1823 slave register indicates. After the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833, he was awarded compensation of £840,000, for slaves on the New Hope Estate in British Guiana and the Knowsley estate in Jamaica in his own right, three others as an executor, he died on 18 June 1846 in Crosby, Sefton, of "senile decline after paralysis". He is buried in Everton, his estate was valued at £262,000. In his honour his family, led by his son Robert, built Christ Church on Great Homer Street in Everton, it was consecrated on 30 October 1848 by the Bishop of Chester. According to the Liverpool Evening Express of 9 September 1948, the cost of building was borne by the Horsfall family of Liverpool, its patronage was vested in Trustees. The church was destroyed by German bombing in the May blitz of 1941, his descendants, the Horsfall family, became notable for their building of churches in the Liverpool area

Immortal (Highlander)

An Immortal is one of a group of fictional characters seen in the movies and series of the Highlander franchise. Since they are immune to disease and stop aging after becoming Immortals, they can live forever and die only when they are beheaded; the Immortals were first introduced in Highlander in 1986. They were created by script writer Gregory Widen who, according to Bill Panzer, producer of the Highlander franchise, "was a student at film school, he wrote this as his writing class project, he was travelling through Scotland on his summer vacation and he was standing in front of a suit of armor, he wondered,'What would it be like if that guy was alive today?' And that's where everything fell into place — the idea that there are Immortals and they were in conflict with each other, leading secret lives that the rest of us are unaware of."In the Highlander universe, the origin of the Immortals is unknown. Panzer states, "We don't know. Maybe they come from the Source." It is not known yet what the Source is.

An attempt to explain the origin of the Immortals was made in the theatrical version of Highlander II: The Quickening, which revealed that Immortals are aliens from the planet Zeist. This was edited out of the 1995 director's cut, Highlander II: The Renegade Version, in which the Immortals are from Earth, but from a distant past. Neither of the two versions is mentioned in movies or the television series. In either version of Highlander II, Immortals themselves do not know where they come from or for what purpose they exist. In Highlander, the Immortal mentor Ramírez, when asked by newly Immortal Connor MacLeod about their origins, answers, "Why does the sun come up? Or are the stars just pinholes in the curtain of night? Who knows?" In Highlander: Endgame, Connor MacLeod says, "We are the seeds of legend, but our true origins are unknown. We are." In the television series episode "Mountain Men", Duncan MacLeod expresses the same ignorance when he tells Caleb Cole, a fellow Immortal, "Whatever gods made you and me... made us different," and in his next line, deleted from the episode, he says, "They're just having a little fun."Wherever they come from, the Highlander franchise assumes that there have always been Immortals on Earth, well before the beginning of civilization.

In the first film, Ramírez's narrative starts, "From the dawn of time we came. We were with you and we are with you now." The Immortals do not live as a united people on a territory of their own, but are scattered around the world and across history. The only bond between them are oral traditions; the creator of the Rules is unknown. The Rules are never enumerated, like a body of laws, but they are quoted according to the circumstances, they are taught to newborn Immortals by Immortal mentors called First Teachers. The main Rules are: No Immortal may fight on Holy Ground, no matter who regards it as Holy Immortal combat is one on one only — no outside interference Mortals must not learn about Immortals — if you are killed, you move on When only a few are left, all Immortals will feel drawn to a distant land, to fight for the Prize — this is the time of the Gathering In the end, there can be only one — the last one will receive all the power of all the Immortals who livedCreative Consultant David Abramowitz says, "When you do a show like this, what you do is you make up a lot of it as you go along.

The fans used to ask,'Do you know all the rules from the beginning?' and it's just like in life: You don't know any of the rules. You make them up as you go along and you try your best to be consistent and so that no one turns around, says,'Wait a minute, you're cheating!' Because that's one thing we didn't want to do. We didn't want to cheat."The Rules are more of a code of ethics and conduct, as violating them never results in any sort of penalty. For instance, in Highlander: Endgame, Immortal Jacob Kell amasses great power by ignoring the Rules of The Game; the Rules dictate that all Immortals are to fight and behead each other until only one of them remains. As Ramírez reminds Connor MacLeod, "If your head comes away from your neck, it's over." This concept of Immortals beheading each other to be the "last man standing" is referred to as "the Game" and is summarized in the signature Highlander motto, "In the End, there can be only one." As a result, Immortals who live long enough develop strong fighting skills transmitted from teacher to student, as Ramírez did with Connor in Highlander.

Most Immortals can fight with several kinds of weapons. Immortals are very fond of their weapons, always have them handy; the script of the Highlander: The Series pilot episode "The Gathering" says about Duncan MacLeod: "Seemingly out of nowhere MacLeod lifts a beautiful Samurai sword. We can see that it is as familiar to him as a.38 Police Special would be to a cop." When he gives a similar sword to Immortal Felicia Martins, Duncan tells her, "Take good care of it. Make it a part of you, it may be the only friend you have." She breaks the sword in a fight with Duncan, showing neglect of the sword and henceforth demonstrating the student-teacher relationship throughout the series. The Rules dictate that when one challenges another to combat, the two Immortals are supposed to duel one-on-one. For example, in "The Gathering", Slan Quince challenge