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Museo di Capodimonte

Museo di Capodimonte is an art museum located in the Palace of Capodimonte, a grand Bourbon palazzo in Naples, Italy. The museum is the prime repository of Neapolitan painting and decorative art, with several important works from other Italian schools of painting, some important ancient Roman sculptures, it is one of the largest museums in Italy. The vast collection at the museum traces its origins back to 1738. During that year King Charles VII of Naples and Sicily decided to build a hunting lodge on the Capodimonte hill, but decided that he would instead build a grand palace because his existing residence, the Palace of Portici, was too small to accommodate his court, because he needed somewhere to house the fabulous Farnese art collection which he had inherited from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese, last descendant of the sovereign ducal family of Parma. Over the years the palace was filled with more art. In 1787, on the advice of Jacob Philipp Hackert, a laboratory for the restoration of paintings was created.

When the Parthenopaean Republic was declared in 1799, King Ferdinand IV fled to Palermo on board Nelson's Vanguard, taking the most valuable items from the museum with him. What remained was looted by the French troops of General Championnet who were billeted there during the short life of the Republic in 1799. On during the ten years of French reoccupation, the art collection was transferred to the Naples National Archaeological Museum; when King Ferdinand returned from Sicily in 1815, he employed many painters and sculptors to work on the redecoration of the palace. It was completed in 1840, a gallery housing contemporary art was added. After the palace passed in 1861 to the House of Savoy, further pieces were added to the art collections, appointing Domenico Morelli as consultant for new acquisitions, they added an extensive collection of historic firearms and other weapons. In 1866, the boudoir of Maria Amalia of Saxony was transferred to Capodimonte from the Palace of Portici, in 1877 a Roman era marble floor was brought in from a Roman villa on Capri.

After the end of the monarchy, the palace became purely a national museum in 1950, with many of the exhibits being returned from the National Museum. The first and second floors house the Galleria Nazionale, with paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries including major works by Simone Martini, Titian, Masaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgio Vasari, El Greco, Jacob Philipp Hackert and many others; the museum is by far the best place to see paintings of the Neapolitan School under-appreciated by the wider world, with large holdings of Jusepe de Ribera, Luca Giordano, the Neapolitan Caravaggisti and many others. Much of the ground floor is taken up by part of the magnificent Farnese collection of classical Roman, monumental sculpture, which survives here and in the Naples National Archaeological Museum intact. Elsewhere in the palace the royal apartments are furnished with antique 18th-century furniture and a collection of porcelain and majolica from the various royal residences Nicola Spinosa.

Capodimonte. Milan: Electa. ISBN 88-435-8613-0. Le Guide di Dove - Campania, Corriere della sera, 2007. Il Museo di Capodimonte, valori di Napoli, Pubblicomit, 2002. Museo di Capodimonte official website

Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park

Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park was an amusement park on the west shore of Lai Chi Kok Bay in Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong. It was once the largest amusement park in Hong Kong, attracted people from all walks of life in the territory; the park was opened by businessman Cheung Kwan On in 1949. In 1961, Deacon Chiu started improving it. In 1976, the park started losing business to Ocean Park. In 1995 the Ferris wheel was temporarily closed because engineers were dissatisfied with its condition; the admission fee started at 60 HK cents for both adult and child admission, but by 1997 it had risen to HK$12–$25. A monorail, which cost $13, let; the park featured theatres, amusement rides and various water games. Amusement rides included a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a carousel, distorted mirrors, a gondola, a coffee cup ride, ghost house, a ding-dong boat. Knife-throwing performances attracted visitors. An ice rink was part of the winter display, which included a Snow garden where snow was created for people who had never seen it in the hot climate of Hong Kong.

Some of the names of rides and stops include the Song dynasty village, Twin Dragon, Space Car, Sky Merry, Dragon Coaster, Dark Ride, Astro Swinger, Astro Air Boat, Orient Express, Surprising House, Haunted Mansion and Grandish House. Fortune telling was available at the park. Beneath the restaurant was Hong Kong's largest wax museum at the time, featuring many leading figures from China's history. Cantonese opera and singing performances in the park nurtured TV and cantopop stars like Anita Mui. Lai Chi Kok Zoo, located on the west shore of Lai Chi Kok Bay, was a small private zoo which operated between 1951 and 1993, it had 21 pens in a crescent shaped grounds with a variety of animals from around the world, including binturong, Sika Deer, goat from Germany, Chinese Alligator, black panther, peacock, Bactrian Camel, Asian elephant, Saltwater crocodile, Siberian tiger. In 1996, 12 young crocodiles from Thailand were brought to the park. All of them were offspring of the world's largest crocodile recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Its star attraction was an Asian elephant Tino, While a baby, Tino was part of a circus and was given to the Zoo in 1958. It was the most popular animal in the 1950s to 1970s and suffered from pneumonia and was put down in February 1989. After 1976, the zoo suffered from competition with the much larger Ocean Park. On 31 July 1993, the zoo was closed; this decision was hastened by the Hong Kong Government refusing import licences for new animals, it has since been redeveloped for residential purposes. Most of the remaining animals were sent to Xili Lake Wild Animal Park in Shenzhen. Concern has subsequently been expressed about their welfare in view of criticism of the Safari Park's standards of animal care; the Saltwater Crocodiles remained at the Park until it closed in 1997 and were taken to Shek Kwu Chau. On 31 March 1997, the park was closed after the Hong Kong Government decided to use the land for residential public housing. Many additional visitors came to the park as it was about to close, there were 80,000 visitors on the last two days alone.

The animals from the zoo were sent to Shek Kwu Chau. In 1997, Regional Services Department curators spent months negotiating with Far East Hotels and Entertainment to buy the amusements from the closed park, with their historical value. Popular rides such as the Ferris wheel and the ding-dong boats were moved to Hai Mun county, Shanghai where the owner Deacon Chiu Te-kan has family ties; the oldest rides, such as the dodgem cars, were demolished. In 2005 the owner Yau negotiated with the government to build a new amusement park on Lantau Island; however no results have yet been achieved on this matter. A new version of Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park will be opened in Central, Hong Kong Island on 26 June 2015. Being free of admission fee, some games are charged with game coins. Media related to Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park at Wikimedia Commons Historical pictures of Lai yun Old photos from the park

Johnny Bucyk

John Paul "Chief" Bucyk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Having played most of his career with the Boston Bruins, he has been associated in one capacity or another with the Bruins' organization since the late 1950s. In 2017 Bucyk was named one of the'100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. Bucyk was born in Edmonton to Sam and Pearl Bucyk, Ukrainian immigrants from the village of Butsiv, in what is now Mostyska Raion, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine; the family was poor, with Pearl working two jobs and his father, was unemployed for over four years. His father died. Bucyk was a skilled left winger, the largest of his day. While he never was regarded as the best at his position, he had a long and stellar career, retired as the fourth leading point scorer of all time and having played the third most games in history. Despite his reputation for devastating hip checks, he was a notably clean player who won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974.

Bucyk played junior hockey for four seasons for his hometown Edmonton Oil Kings before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in 1955. Two modest years in 1957, he was traded to the Bruins in a surprising deal for Terry Sawchuk, one of the greatest goaltenders of the day. Bucyk became the top left wing in Boston playing with his Uke Line partners of Vic Stasiuk and Bronco Horvath, who had played together in Edmonton. Bucyk established himself as a durable winger, strong in the corners with consistent scoring numbers. However, thereafter the team fell on hard times in the sixties, finishing in last place five straight seasons, during which time Bucyk — paired with centre Murray Oliver and winger Tommy Williams — led the team in scoring several times; when the Bruins became a powerhouse in the late Sixties, Bucyk — by the team captain — rose with the pack, with great production including a 51-goal season in the 1970–71 season in his mid-thirties, helping the Bruins to win two Stanley Cup titles in 1970 and 1972.

Bucyk proved effective playing on the left side on Boston's feared power play unit, which featured Phil Esposito, John McKenzie, Bobby Orr and Fred Stanfield. Bucyk starred into his penultimate season, ended his playing career after the 1978 season, after which the Bruins retired his number #9 jersey. At the time of his retirement, Bucyk was fourth all-time in goals, he scored 545 goals as the most in franchise history. Only Ray Bourque assists. Bucyk's 40 playoff goals for Boston places him fourth on the team's all-time list. Bucyk remains affiliated with the Bruins, serving on various occasions as a broadcaster and in the front office, he served as the team's director of road services, is now listed by the team as ambassador. As part of Boston's coaching and administrative staff, Bucyk had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for a third time with the Bruins in 2011, his 53rd consecutive season with the organization. Bucyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981; as of the end of the 2018–19 season, Bucyk is 27th for career goals in the National Hockey League and 25th for points.

Retired as the leading career point scorer among left wings, a record since surpassed by Luc Robitaille. Retired third behind Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio in all-time NHL games played. Recorded sixteen twenty-goal seasons. Named a First Team All-Star in 1971 and a Second Team All-Star in 1968. Won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974 Won Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in the United States in 1977. Played in the All-Star Game in 1955, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1971. Stanley Cup winner in 1970 and 1972. Career leader in goals and consecutive games played for the Bruins. Known as the "Chief" due to presumed Native American looks by a mistaken Boston cartoonist. A Ukrainian Canadian and member of the "Uke" line with Bronco Horvath and Vic Stasiuk When the Bruins ended their twenty-nine year championship drought in 1970, Bucyk was given the honour of being the first player of the team to hoist the Stanley Cup around the Boston Garden, since he was the most senior Alternate Captain.

His nephew Randy Bucyk played for the Northeastern University Huskies and the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames organizations, earning a Stanley Cup ring with Montreal in 1986. Randy Bucyk played for the Canadian national team in 1989. Oldest player to score 50 goals at age 35. Oldest player scoring 50 or more for 1st time in career.. Played the most number of NHL games before scoring 500 goals - 1,370. In 1998, he was ranked number 45 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. In January, 2017, Bucyk was part of the first group of players to be named one of the'100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. List of NHL statistical leaders List of NHL players with 1000 points List of NHL players with 500 goals List of NHL players with 1000 games played Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database