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Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill is a suburban district of north London. It is in the London Borough of Haringey with a small part in the London Borough of Barnet, it is between Hampstead Garden Suburb, East Finchley and Crouch End. It has many streets with Edwardian architecture. Muswell Hill is in the N10 postcode district and in the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency. Muswell Hill, as defined by its postcode district, had a population of 27,992 in 2011; the earliest records of Muswell Hill date from the 12th century. The Bishop of London, the Lord of the Manor of Haringey, owned the area and granted 65 acres, located to the east of Colney Hatch Lane, to a newly formed order of nuns; the nuns called it Our Lady of Muswell. The name Muswell is believed to come from a natural spring or well, said to have miraculous properties. A traditional story tells that Scottish king Malcolm IV was cured of disease after drinking the water; the area became a place of pilgrimage for healing during medieval times. The River Moselle, which has its source in Muswell Hill and Highgate, derives its name from this district.

Until the 1950s, the town's name was pronounced "Muzzle Hill". In the 18th century Muswell Hill was a scattered village consisting of detached villas with large gardens. In 1787 one commentator wrote that nowhere within 100 miles of London was there a village so pleasant or with such varied views. Little had changed by the middle of the 19th century. One of the houses of the time was The Limes; this house occupied the angle of Muswell Hill Road with Colney Hatch Lane and was a three-storeyed house with portico and two-storeyed wing approached by a double carriage drive through impressive gateways. The large grounds of the house included a lake. Opposite The Limes was Muswell Hill beyond that the Green Man inn, built of stone. Further down the hill past the Green Man was The Elms, a squat three-storeyed house improved by Thomas Cubitt standing in 11 acres, part of the grounds of which were laid out by Joseph Paxton. A short distance down the north side of Muswell Hill was The Grove, three storeys high and had nine bays with pedimented projections at each end.

It stood in 8 acres of grounds. In 1774 the house was occupied by Topham Beauclerk. A little farther down the hill stood Grove Lodge in wooded grounds. Altogether there were eight properties in Muswell Hill worthy of note in 1817. Parallel with Muswell Hill was a track known as St James's Lane which ran across a triangle of wasteland. By the middle of the 19th century houses were dispersed along the lane at the foot of, Lalla Rookh, a two-storeyed villa with a wide verandah. Other buildings there were cottages or huts, both single and in terraces, it was not until the end of the 19th century that Muswell Hill began to be developed more densely from a collection of country houses to the London village that it is today. The development was spurred by the opening in 1873 of Alexandra Palace, a massive pleasure pavilion built on the most easterly of north London's gravel hills and intended as the counterpart to the Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill in south London. Alexandra Palace was served by a branchline railway from Highgate, with an intermediary station at Muswell Hill.

The foot of Alexandra Palace was served by another rail network with connecting services to Finsbury Park and Kings Cross stations. Most development was initiated in the early 20th century when the current street pattern was set out and elegant Edwardian retail parades were constructed; the shopping centre is based on roads that form three sides of a square: Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill Broadway and the extension of the Broadway into Colney Hatch Lane. At each node point is a church: United Reformed, Church of England and Roman Catholic. One of the nodes, opposite St James's CoE, was the site of the Athenaeum music hall, opposite which a surviving art deco Odeon cinema was built in the 1930s; the site of the Ritz, a cinema at the top of Muswell Hill on the next node to the east, has been redeveloped as offices. Until the mid-20th century there was a rail branch line, the Muswell Hill Railway, from Highgate which passed through Muswell Hill, terminating at a station at Alexandra Palace, it was intended under the Northern Heights plan to integrate this into the London Underground Northern line.

However, this plan was cancelled after the Second World War, the railway line was abandoned in 1954. The line was converted to become the Parkland Walk; until the reorganisation of London's local government in 1965, Muswell Hill formed part of the Borough of Hornsey within the administrative county of Middlesex. The area subsequently became part of the London Borough of Haringey; the northern portion of Muswell Hill was part of the Friern Barnet Urban District in Middlesex, which subsequently became part of the London Borough of Barnet. In 1964, three young Muswell Hill residents, the brothers Ray and Dave Davies and Pete Quaiffe, formed The Kinks. Categorised in the United States as a British Invasion band, the Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era; the Davies' parents' home at 6 Denmark Terrace, Fortis Green, remains a magnet for rock music tourists. In 1979 Wetherspoons opened their first pub, on Colney Hatch Lane. In March 2013 Muswell Hill was named one of the five most desirable places to live in London in the Sunday Times

Friends & Family

Friends & Family is a 2001 gay-themed comedy film directed by Kristen Coury and starring Greg Lauren, Christopher Gartin, Tovah Feldshuh. Stephen Torcelli lives with his partner Danny Russo in New York City; when Stephen's parents call to announce a surprise visit for his father's birthday and Danny scramble to conceal their double lives. The Torcellis know that Stephen and Danny are gay. Stephen's father is an undercover FBI agent and if he learns of their criminal affiliation he'll be obligated to report them. Stephen and Danny have told them that they run a catering company though neither of them can cook. Meanwhile, Don Patrizzi's daughter Jenny has announced her engagement. Though her fiancé is not Sicilian, Don Patrizzi decides to throw her a lavish engagement party which gets combined with the birthday party for Mr Torcelli. Mrs Torcelli suggests. One of Don Patrizzi's sons is an excellent chef - and the other is a master decorator - so the Patrizzi boys take care of the food and the decor.

As a special treat for Jenny, Don Patrizzi forcibly "invites" a U. S. Senator under his control to the party, it is this guest, of the most interest to the Jenningses, the parents of Jenny's fiancé. They run a militia group which has declared war on the United States government and they want to take the opportunity to hold the Senator, a representative of that government, hostage. Oblivious to this threat, Don Patrizzi's soldiers have been enlisted to serve as waiters for the party. Reasoning that a catering company owned by a gay couple would have gay employees, they recruit a flamboyant friend of the Danny and Stephen's to give them a crash course on gay. At the party all is going well until their militiamen strike, they force the Senator to record a message for the media. Stephen and Danny, fearful that the tape will lead to police action and a deadly shootout, neutralize the militia with the help of the newly gay-acting Patrizzi soldiers and some random drag queens that were brought to the party for a vaguely defined purpose.

With their cover blown and Danny tell Mr Torcelli that they're ready for him to turn them in. However, the birthday he's celebrating is his 60th, meaning that he's been mandatorily retired and is no longer with the FBI. In other happy news for Don Patrizzi, Jenny's fiancé turns out to be adopted and he was born Sicilian after all. Greg Lauren as Stephen Torcelli Chris Gartin as Danny Russo Rebecca Creskoff as Jenny Patrizzi Edward Hibbert as Richard Grayson Allison Mackie as Cheryl Meshach Taylor as Bruno Beth Fowler as Mrs. Torcelli Frank Pellegrino as Mr. Torcelli Johnny Russo as Max Sam Coppola as Carlo Ricci Danny Mastrogiorgio as Vito Patrizzi Friends & Family was released on Region 1 DVD on October 21, 2003. Friends & Family on IMDb

Willard Francis Mallalieu

Willard Francis Mallalieu was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1884. Willard was born in Massachusetts, he was of Huguenot ancestry. He was converted to Christ at the age of twelve, having indicated his desire to seek Jesus Christ at the first Methodist class meeting he attended. After preparatory training at East Greenwich Academy, Willard entered the Wesleyan University at Middletown, from which he graduated; the Rev. Mallalieu entered the New England Annual Conference of the M. E. Church in 1858, he spent twenty-four years in the Pastorate. He declined educational positions; the Rev. Mallalieu became favorably known to his denomination through able contributions to Methodist periodicals, he was notable as a platform speaker at places like Chautauqua and elsewhere. He was a valued friend of Bishop Gilbert Haven, appointed to prepare the Memorial of him for the General Conference of 1880. Rev. Mallalieu was a delegate to the General Conferences of 1872, 1884, he was thought of as "a practical wide-awake minister, makes a good speech in a way that assures you he could preach a better sermon..."

The Rev. Mr. Willard Francis Mallalieu was elected to the Episcopacy by the 1884 General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. "Our New Bishops," Western Christian Advocate, 1884. List of Bishops of the United Methodist Church

Coban Lookchaomaesaitong

Coban "The Cruncher" Lookchaomaesaitong is a Thai former Muay Thai kickboxer and World Champion. He won his first world title in 1985, he moved to New York to coach. He coached at New York Jiu Jitsu in lower Manhattan and Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia, PA. Coban now splits his time between Buriram, Thailand at Camp Lookchaomaesaitong and Coban's Muay Thai Camp in New York City. Coban was born as Banlu Anwiset in Buriram, near the Cambodian border to a farmers' family of seven. One day while attending a local temple fair, he noticed that fighters were making what looked like easy money with their exhibitions. Seeing this as an opportunity to help his family, he resolved to become the best fighter in Thailand, dreamed about fighting in Lumpinee stadium someday. At 11, he started to train muay thai. With no money or resources, he made his own equipment by stuffing rice hulls and sawdust into canvas rice bags. Mimicking the moves of local fighters, he practiced daily after attending school and completing his farming chores.

That same year he entered his first fight at a local temple. The little money he earned went towards his education. Thus, his career was born, it was at this time that Banlu acquired his fight name, "Coban," from a teacher of his who said that he looked like the actor Charles Bronson while riding on his Buffalo. At a point in his career, American fans dubbed him Coban "The Cruncher." In 1978, while training at the recreational center, a ringside doctor named Sam Rhung Jong Gon noticed him. He was so impressed with Coban's determination that he became his official mentor; when Coban was 13, Doctor Gon sent him to a Muay Thai camp called Lookchamaesaitong where he trained for the next 9 years. By the age of 15, he had fought more than 35 fights. At 19, Coban had won his first World Championship at Lumpinee stadium. In 1990, Camp Lookchamaesaitong closed. To honor the camp, Coban adopted Lookchamaesaitong as his "fighting last name." Coban fought more than 270 fights in his 23-year career. His last fight was against former student Danny Steele at the Warrior’s Cup in California in September 2000.

Despite not having fought in 3 years, Coban won the match. In 2010, Camp Lookchaomaesaitong in Buriram, Thailand, re-opened. Camp owner, Mr. Nipon Chotison and his son-in-law, Namkabuan Ratchapuekcafe decided to re-open the original site after being closed for 20 years. Coban has joined the team, their mission is to preserve the ancient and authentic art and lifestyle of Muay Thai; the toughest fights of his career were against Ramon Dekkers. He fought him a total of four times, resulting in two losses; the Coban vs. Dekkers fights have been rated as the best by any standards, by Muay Thai fans worldwide. Muay Thai List of K-1 events List of male kickboxers

The Flying Irishman

The Flying Irishman is a 1939 biographical drama film produced by RKO Pictures about Douglas Corrigan's unofficial transatlantic flight the previous year in a dilapidated Curtiss Robin light aircraft. The film was directed by Leigh Jason based on a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo; the Flying Irishman covers the material of Corrigan's autobiography, That's My Story, from his early life to his return from his wrong-way flight. Because of the huge popularity of Corrigan and his flight, the screenplay assumes that the material is familiar to its audience. In 1938, an unlikely event unfolds as pilot Douglas Corrigan returns to the United States after his transatlantic flight, made "the wrong way" across the Atlantic; the passion to fly was there from an early age as young Douglas faced some hardships as his parents separated, leaving his mother to rear two sons and a daughter. When his mother dies, Douglas becomes the family breadwinner, putting his brother Henry through college. With his own funds, he becomes partners with his friend Butch, an experienced pilot, in the purchase of an aircraft.

Doug aspires to attain a pilot's job, but increasing regulation of commercial aviation keeps putting the job beyond his grasp: by the time he gains the experience required, the qualification standards have been increased again. After a series of setbacks, including losing his aircraft in a crash and seeing the qualification requirements include a college degree beyond his means, Doug begins to plan an audacious feat, flying across the Atlantic just like Charles Lindbergh, to prove his exceptional ability. After earning enough money as a welder to purchase and modify a second-hand aircraft, Doug goes into business with Henry as a barn-stormer to finance a transatlantic attempt, but Henry tires of the drudgery of eking out a living day to day. Doug learns about a new commercial airline route to Ireland and decides to make a solo flight to prove his qualifications. In New York, after his plane is grounded by an inspector, Doug's brother arranges a return flight to San Diego, lifting the flight ban.

Once in the air, Doug instead heads off to Ireland, and, 28 hours makes it to Dublin. When Doug rejects an airline offer of a job as vice-president and chief pilot because he only wants to be a pilot, he is told that his goal is impossible, because passengers going "to Cheyenne" want to be confident of arriving at the correct destination! The Flying Irishman was made with principal photography taking place from November 15 to December 1938 in Van Nuys and Culver City, California, to exploit the huge public interest in the adventure. Although the production attempted to provide an accurate account of his life story, with Corrigan as himself in the lead role, many of the other parts were played by established character actors, which undermined its attempt at realism; the Flying Irishman was a typical "B" film in terms of length and treatment as well as having an uncomfortable individual featured in the lead role, yet the "fun" of the unlikely tale was conveyed. Frank Nugent of The New York Times charitably called it a "freak picture" that, was "... lively, unassuming and entertaining."

Notes Citations Bibliography The Flying Irishman on IMDb The Flying Irishman at the TCM Movie Database The Flying Irishman at AllMovie


Kwabenya is an upmarket suburb in the Ga East Municipal district, a district in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. There are a number of high-end gated communities and estates in the area, including two Regimanuel Gray estates, some of Ofankor Hills Estate, some of Franko Estates amongst others, which border with the neighboring suburb of Pokuase. Kwabenya is only separated from its neighbor Pokuase by the Pokuase Interchange and the two areas may soon merge into one when the linking roads between the two areas are completed by October 2020. There are a number of hotels, shopping areas and supermarkets in the area, including a large Citidia, it boasts a campus of the University of Ghana Legon as well as a number of tertiary institutions. The suburb is under the jurisdiction of the Ga East Municipal District and is in the Dome-Kwabenya constituency of the Ghana parliament