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Mick Fleetwood

Michael John Kells Fleetwood is a British musician and actor, best known as the drummer, co-founder, de facto leader of the rock band Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood, whose surname was merged with that of the group's bassist John "Mac" McVie to form the name of the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Born in Redruth, Fleetwood lived in Egypt and Norway for much of his childhood years as his father travelled with the Royal Air Force. Choosing to follow his musical interests, Fleetwood travelled to London at the age of 15 combining with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning, at Green's behest, to become the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood would remain the only member to stay with the band through its ever-changing line-up. After several album releases and line-up changes, the group moved to the United States in 1974 in an attempt to boost the band's success. Here Fleetwood invited Lindsey Stevie Nicks to join. Buckingham and Nicks contributed to much of Fleetwood Mac's commercial success, including the celebrated album Rumours, while Fleetwood's own determination to keep the band together was essential to the band's longevity.

He has enjoyed a solo career, published written works, flirted with acting and vinification, as well as opened blues-themed restaurants in Alexandria and Hawaii. Michael John Kells Fleetwood was born in Redruth, second child to John Joseph Kells Fleetwood and Bridget Maureen Fleetwood, his elder sister Susan Fleetwood, who died of cancer in 1995, became an actress. In early childhood Fleetwood and his family followed his father, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, to Egypt. After about six years, they moved to Norway, he became fluent in Norwegian. Biographer Cath Carroll describes the young Fleetwood as "a dreamer, an empathetic youth" who, though intelligent, did not excel academically. According to his own autobiography, Fleetwood had an difficult and trying time academically at the English boarding schools he attended, including King's School, Sherborne and Wynstones School in Gloucestershire, he performed poorly on exams, which he attributes to his persistent inability to commit facts to memory.

He enjoyed acting during school in drag, was a competent fencer. At 6'6", he was an imposing figure, sported a beard and long hair for much of his life. "Mick was aristocratic," recalls Ken Caillat, a sound engineer on Rumours. "The way he formed sentences was impeccable. When he spoke, everyone listened, he was quiet and wise, he had a great sense of humour. He loved to laugh, but he was a straight shooter."Diverting from academic pursuits, Fleetwood took up the drums at a young age, grateful to his parents for their recognition that it was in music that he might find a future and their purchasing for him of a small "Gigster" drum kit when he was thirteen. His family encouraged his artistic side. Fleetwood's early drumming was inspired by Cliff Richard's drummer in The Shadows, Tony Meehan, as well as that of the Everly Brothers. With his parents' support, he dropped out of school aged 15 and, in 1963, moved to London to pursue a career as a drummer. At first he stayed with his younger sister Sally in Notting Hill.

After a brief stint working at Liberty in London, he found his first opportunity in music. Keyboard player Peter Bardens lived only a few doors away from Fleetwood's first home in London, upon hearing of the proximity of an available drummer, Bardens gave Fleetwood his first gig in Bardens' band'The Cheynes' in July 1963, thus seeding the young drummer's musical career, it would take him from The Cheynes – with whom he supported early gigs by the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds – to stints in The Bo Street Runners, where he replaced original drummer Nigel Hutchinson, who had enjoyed brief television fame on Ready Steady Go!. However, by April 1965, when Fleetwood joined the band, it was fading into obscurity. By February 1966, Bardens who had left the group called on Fleetwood to join his new band, the'Peter Bs', which soon expanded to become'Shotgun Express'. Peter Green, a guitarist in the Peter Bs, left to join John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, followed by Fleetwood in April 1967, his new band featured John McVie.

Bardens would go on to join the band Camel. Green became a supportive bandmate who helped Fleetwood in his early experimentation with the drum kit. In his personal life meanwhile, Fleetwood soon became infatuated with model Jenny Boyd, the sister of whom, Pattie Boyd, would be wife to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, he was, dismissed from the Bluesbreakers for repeated insobriety during gigs. Both Fleetwood and McVie were heavy drinkers, their combined efforts were too much for Mayall and the band to cope with. Green, feeling trapped within the Bluesbreakers left in June 1967. Recalling "his favourite rhythm section,'Fleetwood Mac'" – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – Green elected to invite both to join him in his new band, Fleetwood Mac. Though McVie hesitated due to financial reasons, both joined Green by the summer of 1967 with a record contract on the horizon; the initial incarnation of Fleetwood Mac performed its first gig in August 1967 at the seventh annual Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival, playing a Chicago-style blues.

McVie hesitant to commit, was prompted to leave the Bluesbreakers and join Fleetwood Mac full-time when the former adopted a horns section with which he disagreed. He replaced Bob Brunning. McVie, Fleetwood and guitar

Cefn-y-Bedd railway station

Cefn-y-bedd railway station serves the village of Cefn-y-bedd in Flintshire, Wales. The station is 4 miles north of Wrexham General on the Borderlands Line, it was opened in 1866 by the Wrexham and Connah's Quay Railway, which became part of the Great Central Railway system. The station used to have a 14-lever signal box to the north of the Bidston-bound platform, a goods yard adjacent to the western side of the station; the signal box was in use until 1945 and the goods yard closed on 14 May 1964. The station became unstaffed in 1969, but the main building on the northbound side has survived and is now owned; the brick shelter on the southbound side is one of only two still standing of that particular design. The station is an unstaffed halt with basic amenities only. Step-free access is available to both sides, though the platform ramps are steep and the only means of access to platform 2 is via a barrow crossing; the station sees an hourly service on weekdays southbound to Wrexham Central and northbound to Bidston for connections to Birkenhead and Liverpool via the Wirral Lines.

On Sundays there is a train every 90 minutes each way. Services for Shrewsbury and beyond can be caught by changing at Wrexham General. Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. Mitchell, Vic. Wrexham to New Brighton. West Sussex: Middleton Press. ISBN 9781908174475. OCLC 859543196. Media related to Cefn-y-bedd railway station at Wikimedia Commons Train times and station information for Cefn-y-Bedd railway station from National Rail

Naoya Tsukahara

Naoya Tsukahara is a former Japanese artistic gymnast and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist now coaching and competing for Australia. He is the son of the former Japanese gymnast, Mitsuo Tsukahara, a multiple gold medalist in the Olympic Games during the 1960s and 70s, he competed at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics as well as many World Championships for team Japan from 1996 until 2006. In 2009, he moved to Australia, gaining citizenship in 2012, represents Australia's national gymnastics team, most competing at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Naoya participated at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta; the Japanese team finished 10th in the team final. Individually, Naoya qualified into the all-around finished 12th in the final. Although Naoya did not get any medal in the 1996 Olympics, he had been quite successful after that. In the 1997 World Championships, he won two bronze medals on parallel bars. In the 1999 World Championships, he had pushed himself to a higher level of success, winning silver medals in all-around and on parallel bars.

Following his successes at the World Championships, Naoya came to his second Olympic Games, the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. This time the Japanese gymnastics team was edged by the Russian team for a bronze medal. Individually, Naoya qualified 6th and 10th into the horizontal bar and all-around final respectively, he finished 18th in all-around final, a fall in the horizontal bar final made him come last, with a score of 8.825. After the 2000 Summer Olympics, Naoya could not regain his form of 2000. In addition, there were some fabulous gymnasts rose in Japan, including Hiroyuki Tomita, Isao Yoneda and Takehiro Kashima. Naoya's character in the national team changed from an all-around competitor into an anchor for the Japanese gymnastics team. In the 2003 World Championships, Naoya made it into the all-around and parallel bars finals, finishing 7th in the all-around while his teammate, Hiroyuki Tomita, won a bronze in that event. Individually, Naoya placed 4th on his strongest event, parallel bars with a score of 9.675.

Naoya made the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Greece. The Japanese team showed strong performances and won the team gold medal. Naoya placed 4th on floor exercise in prelim with a 9.725, the same score of his teammates, Isao Yoneda and Daisuke Nakano. However, the tie-breaker policy favoured his two teammates into the final, he did not qualify into the all-around final. Naoya was 27 when the Olympics in Athens wrapped, an age considered'old' for gymnastics, he kept competing. He won a bronze medal with the team in the 2006 World Championships but could not make the 2008 Summer Olympics, he was still competing as of Summer 2010. In 2009, he moved to Australia and winning at the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 Australian National Gymnastics Championships, winning 2nd place behind Joshua Jefferis in 2012. In 2012, he gained Australian citizenship, allowing him to compete representing Australia in international competitions. However, the process was not completed in time for qualification to the 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2013, he competed at the 2013 World Championships, narrowly missing the all-around finals, but premiering two new variations of the V-cross on still rings. FIG announced the Li Ning 2 to V-cross as the "Tsukahara," named after the athlete; this rare honor for a gymnast is one his father experienced multiple times. He competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, UK. In March 2016, Tsukahara retired. Official site Naoya Tsukahara at the International Gymnastics Federation


Welshampton is a small village located on the A495 road in Shropshire, near to the town of Ellesmere. It is adjacent to the villages of Lyneal and Colemere which comprise part of the so-called'North Shropshire Lake District', all of, within walking distance of Welshampton. At the 2001 Census, the Welshampton and Lyneal civil parish had a population of 839, increasing to 852 at the 2011 Census. With a total population of 3,896 for the Ellesmere and Welshampton ward. According to a small history booklet written by local historian Christopher Jobson, published April 2007 entitled "What was on in Welshampton", "a small mound in the field called'Moat Meadow' was tentatively identified as the site of the house of a Saxon ealdorman or King's Thane by the Rev. Thomas Auden towards the end of the nineteenth century." According to an article by the same author, in the August 2008 edition of "Mere News", the original village was known as'Hampton' and had been in the barony of le Strange from Knockin since the 14th century.

It came into the estates of the Earls of Derby through the marriage of Elizabeth Stanley & Thomas Strange in the early 15th century. The Stanley family is reputedly descended from Adam de Aldithley and the origin of the names may therefore be no mere coincidence; the original site of Hampton was flat hill overlooking a lowland area known as Bradenheath. The oldest known reference with the'Welsh' prefix is 1587 which mentions two members of local families, the Kynastons and Hanmers. An African prince, Jeremiah Libopuoa Moshueshue, who died in Welshampton in 1863, is buried at St Michael and All Angels' Church; the church is reputedly designed by George Gilbert Scott. On 11 June 1897 there was a serious railway accident at Welshampton in which 11 people were killed following a derailment; the line has since been taken up. The village war memorial, within the churchyard, was erected in 1920 and paid for by the Reverend Henry Moody, vicar of the parish for 45 years, his son, Charles Angelo Moody was killed whilst flying over Belgium in 1917 and the memorial was erected in his memory and that of 16 villagers who perished serving in World War I.

Sadly, the Reverend Moody was to lose his other twin son Henry in a flying accident in 1931, a record of it is engraved on the front of the memorial. The Reverend Henry Moody died in 1932; the names of three men who died during World War II and one during the Korean War are engraved on the memorial. In 2010, the war memorial underwent a complete restoration and cleaning, following a campaign to raise funds, spearheaded by Neville Metcalfe, a former resident of the village, his uncle, Francis John Bailey, whose name is engraved on the memorial, served with the 10th. Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, but died on 5 May 1918. A grant from the Ellesmere Local Joint Committee of £500 helped Mr. Metcalfe achieve his aim; the churchyard contains one registered war grave, of a woman of Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps who died in 1920. In 2006, Welshampton Church of England Primary School received the highest Ofsted awards in every single category for a primary school in the UK, describing it as "outstanding".

Walter Nugent Monck, theatre director, was born here. Jeremiah Libopuoa Moshueshue, an African prince, died here Lieutenant Colonel John Lloyd Dickin of Loppington who built Lyneal Lodge This event has been staged each year since 2002 where the people of Welshampton design and build a "themed" bonfire; the event is held before 5 November, the traditional Guy Fawkes Night or "Bonfire night", as it is not associated with the traditional festival. The first Fair took place in 2006, to raise funds for the replacement of the roof of the beautiful listed St Michael and All Angels Church, in Welshampton. Since the Fair has become an annual event, held every Spring Bank Holiday Monday, growing by the year. By 2008, when the church roof was funded, we continued to support the church’s upkeep and Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support, fund-raising for their new cancer support area at the local Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. All proceeds have continued to be donated to these popular charities, totalling in all over £40,000 over the past 10 years, including over £10,000 in 2015.

In addition to raising funds, the Fair promotes Macmillan’s wonderful work in the County – their Shropshire fund-raising manager having an information stall on the day. The AUCTION of special plants continues to grow and grow since its introduction and will hope to be the main event next year in 2016. Now the fair hopes to go List of rail accidents in the United Kingdom Listed buildings in Welshampton and Lyneal Welshampton Featival of Fire

Expansion tank

An expansion tank or expansion vessel is a small tank used to protect closed water heating systems and domestic hot water systems from excessive pressure. The tank is filled with air, whose compressibility cushions shock caused by water hammer and absorbs excess water pressure caused by thermal expansion; the modern vessel is a small tank divided in two by a rubber diaphragm. One side therefore contains water; the other, the dry side, contains air under pressure, a Schrader valve for checking pressures and adding air. When the heating system is empty or at the low end of the normal range of working pressure, the diaphragm is pushed against the water inlet. An older style of expansion tank was larger, oriented horizontally, had no rubber diaphragm separating the water from the air pocket; this now obsolete style would transfer air from the tank to the highest point in the system, due to air dissolving in the water, coming out of solution elsewhere in the system. This in turn required periodic draining of the expansion tank, as well as periodic bleeding of the system, to maintain its effectiveness.

The rubber diaphragm in modern expansion tanks prevents this undesired transfer of air, helps maintain low levels of oxygen within the pipes, reducing corrosion in the system. When expansion tanks are used in domestic hot water systems, the tank and the diaphragm must conform to drinking water regulations and must be capable of accommodating the required volume of water. In the past, domestic plumbing systems contained more air than they do and the trapped air acted as a crude expansion tank. In new and upgraded systems, expansion tanks are used more than in the past. In the UK, prior to the use of sealed expansion tanks, "open" tanks were installed in the roof space to accommodate the water's expansion. This, without effective loft insulation, could fall below freezing, could cause the pipework supplying the tank to freeze. However, with good pipe and tank insulation, this was in practice quite rare. Although such systems were remarkably trouble free, there are concerns about the potability of water from roof tanks due to the possibility of contamination.

The other major disadvantage is that the water pressure from a roof tank is lower than mains water pressure, making the use of mixer taps sometimes unpredictable. Domestic hydronic heating and cooling systems include an expansion tank to buffer pressure changes due to expansion and contraction of the water they use for heat transfer. A minimum pressure of 4-5 psig at the top of a closed hydronic system is suggested. In Europe the design and the construction of expansion tanks are ruled by EN 13831 according to Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC. An expansion tank known as "overflow bottle", is used in the cooling system of most internal combustion engines, to allow the coolant, the antifreeze, the air in the system to expand with rising temperature and pressure; the tank is called a "coolant recovery tank", since it prevents venting and permanent loss of coolant, by allowing it to be sucked back into the cooling system as the engine cools. Similar devices are used in large-scale pumping stations, where they may be called an expansion chamber or a hydrophore, to maintain an pressure and to reduce the effects of water hammer.



Toorlestraun or Tourlestrane, is a village in County Sligo, Ireland. The village of Tourlestrane itself is the smaller of the two villages in the parish of Kilmactigue, the other being Aclare, it is a market centre for local dairy farmers, the location of the main parish church. The townland of Clooncagh is located near the village and famous for a 15th-century battle between two warring clans. Bus Éireann Fridays-only route 479 links the village with Sligo via Coolaney and Collooney Toorlestraun is home to one of County Sligo's most successful Gaelic Athletic Association clubs, dominating the gaelic football scene over the last century and dominating hurling in the county during the'70s and the'80s. Eamonn O'Hara, GAA Toorlestraun, Sligo intercounty, International Rules player. List of towns and villages in Ireland Tourlestrane GAA Club, including the club honours for football and hurling