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Mount Archer National Park

Mount Archer National Park is a national park in Central Queensland, Australia, 522 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. It makes up the backdrop to the city of Rockhampton, it comprises 4250 ha of open forests and woodland and its highest peak is Mount Archer which stands at 604m above sea level. The Darumbal tribe Raki-warra clan considers the park as a part of its traditional country, it was explored by the Archer brothers in 1853 and was named after them. In 1898, the site of the park was set aside as a water reserve and a timber reserve in 1940; the grazing went on until 1985 and the area came under the supervision of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. It became an environmental park in 1987 and was declared a national park in 1994; the vegetation is open eucalypt woodland with patches of vine scrub. The rufous shrikethrush, white-browed scrubwren, powerful owl and glossy black cockatoo are some of the bird species found in the park. A road leads to the summit of Mount Archer, where there are a few bushwalking and rock climbing opportunities.

Protected areas of Queensland Mount Archer National Park - Queensland Holidays

Montgomery Dinghy Dawdle

The Montgomery Dinghy Dawdle was an event held annually between 1985 and 2011 to promote use and awareness of the Montgomery Canal, to highlight the road bridges, lowered. It involved unpowered craft such as dinghies and coracles travelling along the canal. Early events involved stopping the traffic and carrying boats over a road where a low bridge prevented using the canal. Increasing difficulty with supervising this aspect of the event led to it being held on sections that did not involve crossing roads, so it became a social event, rather than a campaigning tool; this led the organisers, the Shropshire Union Canal Society, to cancel the event after 2011, but the Friends of the Montgomery Canal took it over, turned it into a triathlon, with cycling, walking or running, paddling, covering the whole length of the canal. The Montgomery Dinghy Dawdle was first held in 1985, was seen as a way to highlight the problem of bridges, lowered, thus preventing navigation, to show the public that the canal could be used by boats.

Mary Awcock, the founder of the event, stated at the time that "It is important to demonstrate that a restored canal will provide a valuable local and tourist amenity." The first event covered a stretch of canal either side of Gallowstree Bridge in Welshpool, lowered and carried the A483 road over the canal. Some 30 boats took part, when they got to the Bridge, volunteers stopped the traffic while all of the boats were carried across the road. Leaflets were given to the waiting drivers, the event was a success, with good coverage in local newspapers and on the radio; the following three events all focused on Gallowstree Bridge or Whitehouse Bridge, dropped bridges which were either side of Welshpool. The events appeared to be having the required impact, in late 1988, Mary Awcock announced that the fifth Dinghy Dawdle, to be held in 1989, would be the final one, as there would be no more road bridges around which boats needed to be portaged, her optimism was caused by the fact the British Waterways had obtained an Act of Parliament undoing the abandonment order of 1944, allowing them to reinstate the entire canal.

Grant aid was available from the European Union, with half of the total cost of £32 million needing to be raised locally. The project had the support of Powys County Council, Montgomeryshire District Council, the Welsh Tourist Board and the Mid-Wales Development Board. However, because of the amount of money involved, the approval of the Welsh Office was required, this was refused by the Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Walker, in December 1988; the fifth Dinghy Dawdle was therefore not the last. Gallowstree Bridge was rebuilt to allow navigation in 1992, was opened by David Suchet at the eighth rally, while Whitehouse Bridge was rebuilt in 1995, the 1996 Dinghy Dawdle was able to pass under it with ease. With the Welshpool section making good progress by 1997, the organisers looked at holding future Dinghy Dawdles on other stretches of the canal, again with the main aim of highlighting lowered bridges, but there have been occasions when progress was celebrated, thus the 2002 Dawdle included the reopening of Brynderwen Lock by Janet Lewis-Jones, a board member at British Waterways, the 2003 event was held on the newly-reopened stretch of canal from Gronwen Wharf to Queen's Head.

The 2001 event had to be cancelled due to an epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease. The 2004 and 2005 events were held on the Welshpool section, with the aim of reminding the public that boats bring a canal back to life. A total of 65 boats took part in the 2005 Dawdle; the following year saw Lembit Öpik, the member of parliament for Montgomeryshire, performing an opening ceremony at Newhouse Lock, on the section to the south of the Welshpool section. The aims of the event remained the same: to demonstrate the benefits of a functioning canal, raise awareness of the need to reinstate bridges. In 2010, there were still ten. In 2011, the 26th and final Dinghy Dawdle event was held. 14 of the participants withdrew at the last minute due to inclement weather. There had been increasing difficulty with supervising the crossing of roads in the latter years, so the event tended to stick to sections where this was not necessary, it thus became more of a social event, rather than a campaigning tool, so the Shropshire Union Canal Society took the decision to stop holding it.

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal took it over in 2012, turning it into a triathlon with cycling, running or walking, but with paddling instead of swimming, covering the whole length of the canal. The course involved cycling from Newtown to Welshpool, paddling from there to Llanymynech, walking to Frankton. By 2015, the composition of the event had been changed somewhat, with the first 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay completed on a bicycle, along part of the Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury cycle route; the next 10.5 miles was completed by walking or running, included part of Offa's Dyke as well as crossing Vyrnwy Aqueduct. The final 7.5 miles involved paddling, with the boats being carried around the three Aston Locks and the Graham Palmer Lock, which commemorates Graham Palmer, one of the founders of the Waterway Recovery Group. There were over 230 participants for the 2015 event, with 170 covering the full distance of 35 miles; the use of small boats to highlight the plight of the canal was not new when the first Dinghy Dawdle was held.

The canal had been abandoned by an Act of Abandonment obtained by the London and Scottish Railway in 1944, although it had effectively

Vincenzo Carducci

Vincenzio Carduccio was an Italian painter. He was born in Florence, was trained as a painter by his brother Bartolomeo Carduccio, whom he followed to Madrid as a boy, he Initially painted some works at Valladolid and helped his brother in painting at the Escorial for Philip II of Spain. He returned to the court of Philip III in Madrid in 1606 and helped decorate the rebuilt Palacio del Pardo. While at work his brother died, Vicente took his place, he painted there a history of Achilles. When finished, he was employed for four years by the monks of the Chartreuse of el Paular to decorate their monastery with 54 canvases of historical figures the great cloister. 27 represent the live of 27 of martyrs. He worked a great deal for the subsequent monarch, Philip IV, his best pictures are those he executed for him as decorations in the Prado. Examples of his work are preserved at Toledo and several other Spanish cities. For many years he labored in Madrid as a teacher of his art, among his pupils were Juan Ricci, Pedro Obregon, Francisco Collantes, other distinguished representatives of the Spanish school during the 17th century.

He authored a treatise, De las Excelencias de la Pintura or Diálogos de la pintura, su defensa, essencia, definición, modos, y differencias, published in 1633. Written in classical tradition as a dialogue between a master and an apprentice. Following strict piety of the Spanish realm, the text urges: "Shame on me and all those who rash and impudent, without meditation and without improving our souls, in this world set out to paint a portrait of the most Holy Queen of Angels, Mother of the Almighty, she, full of grace, she who will be our means for gaining heaven... How well this was understood by that holy monastic painter Brother Juan Fesulano.. never started to paint without praying first..and wept whenever he painted Christ on the Cross."Carducho assailed the verism of practiced by some such as Velázquez, was critical of Caravaggio and his followers, on whom he wrote: "His new dish is cooked with condiments, with so much flavor and relish that he has surpassed everybody with such choice tidbits and a license so great that I am afraid the others will suffer apoplexy in ther true principles, because most painters follow him as if they were famished.

They do not stop to reflect of the fire of his talent, so forceful, nor whether they are able to digest such an impetuous, unheard of, incompatible technique, nor whether they possess Caravaggio's nimbleness of painting without preparation. Did anyone paint, with so much success, as this monster of genius and talent without rules, without theory, without learning and meditation by the power of this genius and the model in front of him which he copied so admirably.? I heard a zealot of our profession say that the appearance of this man mean a foreboding of ruin and end of painting, how at the close of this visible world the Antichrist, pretending to be the real Christ with false and strange miracles and monstrous deeds would carry with him to damnation a large number of people moved by his works which seemed so admirable."Thus this Anti-Michelangelo with his showy and external copying of nature his admirable technique and liveliness has been able to persuade such a large number of all kinds of people that his is good painting and that his theory and practice are right, that they have turned their backs on the true manner of perpetuating themselves and on true knowledge in this matter."Carducho died in Madrid.

A Documentary History of Art, Volume II, Michelangelo and the Mannerists. Doubleday Anchor Book. P208-212. Madrazo, Pedro de. Catálogo Descriptivo e Histórico del Museo del Prado de Madrid. Calle del Duque de Osuna #3. P. 366. CS1 maint: location Bartolommeo and Vincenzo Carducci - Catholic Encyclopedia article Velázquez, exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Carducci

Mekhilta of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

The Mekhilta of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai is a Halakic midrash on Exodus from the school of Rabbi Akiva, attributed to Shimon bar Yochai. No midrash of this name is mentioned in Talmudic literature, but medieval authors refer to one which they call either "Mekhilta de-R. Simeon b. Yohai" or "Mekhilta Ahrita de-R. Shimon", or "Mekhilta Akheret". Passages from this Mekhilta are cited in works by Nahmanides in his Pentateuchal commentary, by R. Todros ha-Levi in his works Sefer ha-Razim and Otzar ha-Kabod; until the early 1900s, aside from these quotations and some given by certain authors of the 16th century, the only known extract of any length from Mekhilta de-R. Shimon was the one published by R. Isaac Elijah Landau from a manuscript of R. Abraham Halami, as an appendix to his edition of the Mekhilta. There were, various erroneous opinions regarding this lost work. Zunz considered it as a kabbalistic work ascribed to R. Shimon bar Yochai. M. H. Landauer identified it with the Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael, while J. Perles held that the medieval authors applied the name "Mekhilta de-R. Shimon" to his maxims which were included in the Mekhilta de-R. Yishmael, since separate sentences could be called "mekhilta".

M. Friedmann was the first to maintain that, in addition to R. Ishmael's work, there was a halakhic midrash to Exodus by R. Shimon, called the "Mekhilta de-R. Shimon," and that this Mekhilta formed part of the Sifre mentioned in the Talmud Bavli; this assumption of Friedmann's was subsequently confirmed by the publication of a geonic responsum, where a baraita from the Sifre de-Bei Rav to Exodus is quoted, the same passage as that cited by Nahmanides from the Mekhilta de-R. Shimon b. Yochai, in his commentary on Exodus 22:12; this extract designates the work of R. Ishmael as the "Mekhilta of Palestine," in contradistinction to R. Shimon b. Yochai's midrash, it is clear, that the Mekhilta of R. Shimon was implied in the title Sifre de-Bei Rav. Yohai, it is possible that Shimon himself intended to refer to his midrash in his saying: "Learn my middot". The Judean sources, the Yerushalmi and the aggadic midrashim, introduce baraitot from this Mekhilta with the phrase, "Teni R. Shimon" = "R. Shimon has taught".

The phrase "Tana de-Bei R. Shimon" is rare, however, in the Talmud Bavli, where this midrash ranks as one of the "Sifre de-Bei Rav". Many sentences of R. Shimon are quoted there in the name of his son Eleazar, so that Hoffmann has plausibly concluded that Eleazar edited his father's midrash; the Mekhilta de-R. Shim'on had disappeared, but some extracts from it were preserved in the collection known as Midrash haGadol, as Israel Lewy first pointed out; these fragments were collected by David Zvi Hoffmann and published under the title Mechilta des R. Simon b. Jochai; this Mekhilta compiled from Midrash haGadol preserves abundant material from the earliest Scriptural commentaries, for instance, a sentence from the Doreshei Reshumot on Exodus 21:12, found nowhere else. It contains much from post-Talmudic literature, for the collector and redactor of the Midrash haGadol had a peculiar way of dressing sentences of such medieval authorities as Rashi, Ibn Ezra and Maimonides in midrashic garb and presenting them as ancient maxims.

A critical version, using newly discovered fragments of texts, was published by Yaakov Nahum Epstein and his student Ezra Zion Melamed. Nelson, Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yoḥai: Translated into English, with Critical Introduction and Annotation, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society. M. Friedmann, introduction to his edition of the Mekhilta, pp. 51-73, Vienna, 1870. Jewish Encyclopedia article for Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon, by Isidore Singer and Jacob Zallel Lauterbach. Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon by Epstein David Hoffman, Einleitung in hal. Midraschim, freecopy This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Singer, Isidore. "article name needed". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. Israel Lewy, "EinWort ü. Mechilta..." defect scan, maybe corrected

Charles Bere

Charles Sandford Bere was an English first-class cricketer and clergyman. The son of Montague Baker-Bere and Wilhelmina Jemima Sandford, he was born in January 1829 at Marylebone, he was educated before going up to Lincoln College, Oxford. While studying at Oxford, Bere made two appearances in first-class cricket for Oxford University in 1851, playing against the Marylebone Cricket Club and Cambridge University, he scored 43 runs in his two matches, with a high score of 23. He took 8 wickets, including six wickets in an innings against the MCC. After graduating from Oxford, he took holy orders in the Anglican Church, with his first ecclesiastical posting as rector of Uplowman coming in 1858, he served as the vicar of Morebath in 1885, where he died four years in May 1889. He was survived by Frances Lydia Dyke Troyte, with whom he had two children, his nephew, Arthur Hook played first-class cricket. Charles Bere at ESPNcricinfo

1974–75 Washington Bullets season

The 1974–75 Washington Bullets played in their 14th season and 2nd in the Washington, D. C. area. The franchise changed their name from the Capital Bullets to the Washington Bullets; the franchise captured its 6th division title in 7 years by posting a franchise best record of 60–22. The Bullets were nearly unbeatable at home posting a record of 36–5 at the Capital Centre; the Bullets won their second Eastern Conference title, but were swept in the NBA Finals in four games by the Golden State Warriors. Notes z, y -- division champions x -- clinched playoff spot. In the playoffs the Bullets would survive a tough 7-game series against the Buffalo Braves. A highlight of the series was. Washington Bullets vs. Buffalo Braves: Bullets win series 4–3 Game 1 @ Washington: Buffalo 113, Washington 102 Game 2 @ Buffalo: Washington 120, Buffalo 106 Game 3 @ Washington: Washington 111, Buffalo 96 Game 4 @ Buffalo: Buffalo 108, Washington 102 Game 5 @ Washington: Washington 97, Buffalo 93 Game 6 @ Buffalo: Buffalo 102, Washington 96 Game 7 @ Washington: Washington 115, Buffalo 96 Boston Celtics vs. Washington Bullets: Bullets win series 4–2 Game 1 @ Boston: Washington 100, Boston 95 Game 2 @ Washington: Washington 117, Boston 92 Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 101, Washington 90 Game 4 @ Washington: Washington 119, Boston 108 Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 103, Washington 99 Game 6 @ Washington: Washington 98, Boston 92 The Bullets reached the NBA Finals but found themselves swept in 4 straight by the Golden State Warriors, although the Warriors would only win 2 of the 4 games by 1 point.

Washington Bullets vs. Golden State Warriors: Warriors win series 4–0 Game 1 @ Washington: Golden State 101, Washington 95 Game 2 @ Golden State: Golden State 92, Washington 91 Game 3 @ Golden State: Golden State 109, Washington 101 Game 4 @ Washington: Golden State 96, Washington 95 Elvin Hayes, All-NBA First Team Phil Chenier, All-NBA Second Team Elvin Hayes, NBA All-Defensive Second Team Bullets on Basketball Reference