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Montferrat

Montferrat is part of the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy. It comprises the modern provinces of Alessandria and Asti. Montferrat is one of the most important wine districts of Italy, it has a strong literary tradition, including the 18th century Asti-born poet and dramatist Vittorio Alfieri and the Alessandrian Umberto Eco. The territory is cut in two by the river Tanaro; the northern part, which lies between that river and the Po, is an area of rolling plains. The southern part rises from the banks of the Tanaro into the mountains of the Apennines and the water divide between Piedmont and Liguria. On 22 June 2014, Montferrat was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A county, it was elevated to a margravate of the Holy Roman Empire under Count Aleramo in 961, following the transition of power in Northern Italy from Berengar of Ivrea to Otto I of Germany, its marchesi and their family members were related to the Kings of France and the Holy Roman Emperors. Members of the family participated in the Crusades, intermarried with the royal family of Jerusalem and the Byzantine Imperial families of Comnenus and Palaeologus.

The March of Montferrat was controlled by Spain before it passed to the Gonzaga Dukes of Mantua. In 1574, Montferrat was raised to a Duchy by Holy Roman Emperor. With the War of the Mantuan Succession a piece of the duchy passed to the Duchy of Savoy, the remainder passing to Savoy in 1708, as Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor gained possession of the Gonzaga territory; the next heir of the House of Gonzaga was compensated by giving Duchy of Teschen in Silesia to them. There are various interpretations and assumptions concerning the etymology of Montferrat, but to date none are certain. There are many opinions, with Aldo Ricaldone stating the name was derived from "Mount" and farro — a variety of wheat. Another claim is that it comes from the Latin Mons ferax meaning "fertile and rich mountain". Still another refers to the irons left by the Romans in their conquest, Mons ferratus. An interpretation derived from a legend according to which Aleramo of Montferrat, the legendary founder of its march, wanting to shoe a horse, not finding a hammer, used a brick, thereby the horse was shod, hence the name Monfrà yielding Montferrat.

Montferrat can be divided into three main parts: Basso Monferrato or Casalese is characterized by its soft hills, to the exclusion of the Sacred Mount of Crea, never reach heights of over 400 meters. It is bounded on the north and east by the rivers Tanaro. Monferrato Astigiano: Identifies the entire Province of Asti and is characterized by a hilly conformation and several historic towns such Nizza Monferrato, Cocconato and Canelli. Asti is the geographical heart of this macro-region, bordered on the south by the valley of the river Belbo and west from the path of the stream Versa and whose right side is located Asti; the highest point of the area is the hill of Albugnano of 549 meters above sea level. Alto Monferrato: extending south from the Val Bormida up to lick the foot of the Ligurian region, is bounded to the west by the valley of the Bormida Spigno and east by the western portion of the middle valley Scrivia; the main center is Acqui Terme. 20 million years ago the Alps were formed, in the Mediterranean area was produced a new rising heat from the Earth's mantle which resulted in the buckle and rupture of the European crust from which detached the Sardinian-Course block, the micro Sardinian plate did pin on the Ligurian Gulf executing a counterclockwise rotation of 50° and forming the Ligurian Sea.

The sea covered the hill of Turin, the Langhe and the Po Valley. The rotation of the Corsica-Sardinia block opposed by the African block produced a pressure that gave rise to the Apennines. 8 million years ago to the east of the Corsica-Sardinia block opened wide north-south divide that separated the Italian peninsula from Corsica and Sardinia, this gap widened to become the Tyrrhenian Sea. In the period from 7 to 5 million years ago the Mediterranean Sea was closed and remained isolated from the Atlantic Ocean; this resulted in the increase of the temperature of the water that turned the Mediterranean into a low-salt lake with many areas dried up, this condition lasted for several hundreds of thousands of years was deposited sediment type saline evaporites. Subsequently, the Mediterranean Sea was opened, the ocean water began to circulate between the Alps and the Apennines had formed a triangular gulf that covered the entire Po Valley. Due to the continuous lifting of the Alps and the Apennines to the sea withdrew from this gulf and the accumulation of sediments carried by the rivers gave rise to a flood plain which corresponds to the Po Valley.

The marine deposits of this period are visible in the area of Asti. Monferrato is one of the most famous Italian wine regions in the world regarding red wines and sparkling wines; the climate is dry continental with hot summers prone to drought and cold winters and the particular hydrogeological soil are favorable for viticulture, however, is dominant throughout, making the wine not only an element of economic wealth

Doctor Who and the Warlord

Doctor Who and the Warlord is a computer game based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, released for the BBC Micro in 1985. It was promoted as part of the BBC Computer Literacy Project, with one such instance being after a 1985 screening of the 1966 film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A. D.. It is a text-based adventure featuring an unspecified Doctor; the game loaded in two parts, with a password and information from the first half needed to continue into the second part. Each part was recorded on one side of the cassette. There were over 250 locations in each. Former series producer Graham Williams was one of the designers of the game. A ZX Spectrum version was never released. Doctor Who and the Warlord on Tardis Data Core, an external wiki Doctor Who and the Warlord at MobyGames Doctor Who and The Warlord at The Millennium Effect

Hochstra├če (Frankfurt)

The Hochstraße is a short street in the city centre of Frankfurt, located in the Opera Quarter in the western part of the district of Innenstadt, within the central business district known unofficially as the Bankenviertel. It runs from the Opera Square and the western ends of the Freßgass and Goethestraße high-end shopping streets to the Eschenheimer Tor, along the Wallanlagen park area to the north; the Hochstraße includes several listed buildings from the Gründerzeit era. It notably includes the Sofitel Frankfurt Opera five star plus luxury hotel and the Hilton Frankfurt City Centre hotel, both facing the Wallanlagen park from opposite ends; the street has a number of high-end shops, select residential buildings and office buildings for financial institutions. The Hochstraße has a few smaller adjacent streets, including the pedestrian streets Kleine Hochstraße and Kaiserhofstraße, which both lead to the Freßgass main street around hundred meters down the street, the Börsenstraße, which leads to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange 50 metres away from the Hochstraße.

The street is located in close proximity to numerous large financial institutions. The Hochstraße is traditionally considered one of the most fashionable streets in Frankfurt, the street has in recent years regained this position through major developments the construction of the praised Sofitel Frankfurt Opera hotel in a neo-historicist style as a dominant feature of the street