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National Comics (series)

National Comics was an anthology comic book series published by Quality Comics, from July, 1940 until November, 1949. It ran for 75 issues. National Comics #1 introduced Will Eisner's Uncle Sam, a superhero version of the national personification of the United States. Other running features in the title included Wonder Boy, The Barker, Quicksilver. In addition to Eisner, other comic artists and writers who contributed to National Comics included Jack Cole, Lou Fine, Reed Crandall. National Comics #18, which hit the stands on November 1941, notably depicted a German attack on Pearl Harbor, a month before the actual Japanese attack on the U. S. naval base. National Comics #1 was a one-shot comic published by DC Comics as part of the Justice Society Returns storyline. On April 9, 2012, DC announced a revival of National Comics in order to expand upon the New 52 universe by focusing upon more obscure characters, such as Eternity, Madame X, Rose and Thorn, Looker

The Chariton Collector

The Chariton Collector was a local history and folklore magazine published biannually between 1980 and 1989 by students at Kirksville High School, Missouri. The magazine took its name from the Chariton River. In Fall of 1979 a new class, Local History, was offered as an elective at Kirksville High School under the direction of Mrs. Carol Trowbridge. Instead of standard textbook instruction Mrs. Trowbridge envisioned an interactive learning experience where students would collect oral histories from the people of Adair County and the larger northeast Missouri area; this was inspired by the success of the Foxfire books and magazines along with an increased interest in local history brought about by the U. S. Bicentennial. In the summer of 1980, realizing that the stories written and interviews conducted during the class year should be preserved and published for the general public to enjoy, Mrs. Trowbridge and student volunteers compiled and edited the first issue of The Chariton Collector, released in Fall, 1980.

From the first issue the general public greeted The Chariton Collector with eagerness, all of the initial printing of 1,250 magazines selling out within a few weeks time. A change in leadership took place in Fall, 1982 as Mrs. Mary Grossnickle took over the renamed "Local and State History" class from the departing Mrs. Trowbridge. Operated on a non-profit basis, any proceeds from sales of Collector issues were used to fund the next issues printing as well as purchase supplies needed to fulfill the classes primary mission of recording and cataloging oral histories. Over a ten-year period a total of eighteen issues, comprising over 150 stories were published. Little-known or forgotten tales from the whimsical to the gruesome found their way into the pages of the Collector. A typical issue might include the famous, like author Lester Dent and circus impresario William Preston Hall, or the unknown like local basket weavers and former residents of a coal mining camp. In the late 1980s the Kirksville R-III school district was facing substantial budget shortfalls, necessitating cutbacks in various classes and extracurricular activities.

Despite the fact that The Chariton Collector was self-funded, the class responsible for its publication, now named "Missouri History", was removed from the elective offerings and the final issue of the Collector published in Spring, 1989. Thanks to the internet and the work of Ms. Katherine Goodwin, a student at Truman State University, The Chariton Collector experienced a rebirth of sorts in 2006. All stories and photographs from each of the eighteen issues were scanned and placed online for free use by the general public via the website of Truman State's Pickler Memorial Library. Additionally, Kirksville High School donated interview tapes and photographs associated with The Chariton Collector to Pickler Libraries' Special Collections department. Rare copies of the Collector can sometimes be found for sale online or at public auctions, but always for many times the original cover price. Http://library.truman.edu/scpublications/Chariton%20Collector/main.asp The Chariton Collector online

A Library Burning

A Library Burning is a 1974 oil on canvas painting by the Portuguese artist Maria Helena Vieira da Silva in the Modern Art Center José de Azeredo Perdigão in Lisbon. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, was a student of Fernand Léger, Roger Bissière, was a member of the "Second School of Paris"This painting shows a brownish-framed series of vertical rectangles that are reminiscent of books on library shelves; the title may allude to the burning of the Library of Alexandria. The whole is painted in muted tones of red and brown and is reminiscent of the artist's work for the Church of St. James in Reims, where modern windows were installed to replace the damage done in World War I; the window commission was won by her and the Czech painter Josef Sima and were designed during the years 1966-1976 while working in the workshop of master glazier Jacques Simon who worked with Marc Chagall on his windows in the nearby Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame. Sima was known for his book bindings and symmetrical shapes

√Člie Gesbert

Élie Gesbert is a French racing cyclist, who rides for UCI ProTeam Arkéa–Samsic. Gesbert competed in the Tour de France in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Born in Saint-Brieuc, Gesbert rode the Tour de France for the first time in 2017, started as the first rider in the opening stage individual time trial, he took his first professional win at the Tour du Limousin, as he won stage 1, where he finished 2nd overall. Gesbert rode his first Monument classic in 2018, at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, finished 91st, he participated in the Tour de France during which he was the victim of a punch from fellow competitor Gianni Moscon, which Moscon was disqualified from the race for. Élie Gesbert at ProCyclingStats

Pulpit Rock, Portland

Pulpit Rock is a coastal feature at Portland Bill, the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, England. Representing an open bible leaning on a pulpit, Pulpit Rock was formed in the 1870s after a natural arch was cut away by quarrymen at Bill Quarry; as a quarrying relic, the rock is similar to that of Nicodemus Knob, another quarrying landmark on the island. Pulpit Rock has become a popular tourist attraction on the island and is photographed. Despite the danger, for many decades it has been a popular place for tombstoning. Pulpit Rock is a popular point for wrasse anglers; the British record Ballan wrasse was caught there in 1998 by Pete Hegg. The geological succession up from sea level is: Portland Cherty Series Portland Freestone a cap of thin-bedded limestones which are part of the basal Purbeck Formation. List of rock formations in the United Kingdom Tar Rocks Media related to Pulpit Rock, Isle of Portland at Wikimedia Commons Panoramic view

Mont Cenis (train)

The Mont Cenis was an international express train linking Lyon in France with Milan in Italy. The train was named after the mountain range through which it crossed, inside the Fréjus Rail Tunnel on the French-Italian border; the Mont Cenis was the upgrading and successor of the French Rapide Le Transalpin running since 1954 between Lyon and Milan on the same route. In 1957 the TEE network was split in a southern part. Centre of the southern part was Milan and it was planned to have four TEE services from and to Milan; however the Italian ALn 442-448 trains weren't available in time for the launch of the TEE network on 2 June 1957, the Mont Cenis, operated with French RGP-825, was the only one entering service on time. The RGP-825 was replaced by the Italian ALn 442-448 diesel multiple units on 29 May 1960, so the entire southern part of the TEE network was operated by Ferrovie dello Stato; this replacement wasn't an improvement at all because the ALn 442-448 trains could hardly cope, as seen before on the Brenner route, with the slopes in mountainous aerea's, the average speed dropped from 85 km/h to 75 km/h.

In 1966 Le Catalan was introduced on the Geneva - Portbou relation and in order to create a timed connection at the crossing point Chambéry the schedule of the westbound Mont Cenis was put forward half an hour, thus creating a first-class link between Milan and Spain. The last timetable of the Mont Cenis as part of the TEE network, France is in the Central European timezone and Italy at that time in the Eastern European timezone, the real traveltime between Modane and Bardonecchia is 20 minutes. On 30 September 1972 the ALn 442-448 DMUs were withdrawn from service and replaced by Italy's second generation TEE stock; the Mont Cenis was replaced by a first-class only Rapide operated with French RGP DMUs, although this was former TEE stock the train was painted in Orange/Grey SNCF livery and wasn't part of the TEE network any more. On 28 mei 1978 the rolling stock was replaced by locomotive hauled trains consisting of French Corail and Italian Eurofima coaches. On 1 June 1980 the Mont Cenis was labelled as international InterCity.

It was not until 29 September 1996, nearly ten years after the introduction of the EuroCity network, that the Mont Cenis became qualified to be a EuroCity. On 29 September 1996 five EuroCity trains were introduced between Turin. Three of them, Mont Cenis, Alexandre Dumas and Manzoni ran as far east as Milan; the Alexander Dumas and Manzoni were TGVs linking Milan and Paris, the other three were operated with FS Class ETR 460 tilting trains. Due to the tilting features the ETR 460 was able to work the mountain railway 30 minutes faster than a TGV; however this Italian train appeared as reliable as the ALn 442-448 stock some decades earlier and after two winters one of the Italian services was withdrawn, in order to enable the other two to be ridden with the trainsets that were available between maintenance. In May 2000 the French wanted to get rid of this Italian troubles and they pushed to replace the ETR 460 with locomotive hauled trains; this materialized on 15 December 2002 and the change of locomotive took place in Modane.

One year the Mont Cenis was replaced by the TGV service Caravaggio and the Mont Cenis became history. Media related to Mont Cenis at Wikimedia Commons