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Dinesh Dhamija

Dinesh Dhamija is a British Indian business entrepreneur and politician. He is best known as the founder of online travel agency Ebookers, he was Member of the European Parliament for the London region serving for the Liberal Democrats. He was elected to the European Parliament in the 2019 elections and held the role until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU. Dhamija was born in the son of an Indian diplomat, he grew up in India, Afghanistan and the Netherlands. He was educated at Mayo College, King's School and Fitzwilliam College, where he attained an MA in law, he soon left to begin his own business. In 1980, Dinesh and his wife Tani started selling travel tickets from a kiosk at Earl's Court tube station in London. By 1983, the business venture had developed into Flightbookers, a travel agency with three established premises; the firm grew and, in 1987, was appointed General Sales Agent for Royal Nepal Airlines in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Over the next decade, the company became known across Europe and established offices in 12 countries.

In 1996 Dhamija was introduced to the new idea of the Internet. Realising the potential, he began to raise funds for the development of an interactive branch of Flightbookers. In 1999 Ebookers became the first interactive online travel agency in the United Kingdom. Within a few years, the firm had established itself as one of Europe's leading travel agencies. In 2005, Dhamija sold Ebookers for £209m, he is now one of the wealthiest Asian residents in the UK, with an estimated worth of £100m as of 2004. Dhamija was awarded the 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Management Today magazine. More he was the founder and chairman of the Copper Beech Group, a firm involved in residential property development in Romania and education infrastructure in India. Dhamija works as a Board Advisor for serviced apartment provider TheSqua.re. Dhamija joined the Liberal Democrats in 2014. Party leader Tim Farron asked him to be a business adviser to the party in 2016, he and is the party's Deputy Treasurer.

In 2018 he put his name forward for selection as the party's candidate at the 2020 London Mayoral election but lost out to Siobhan Benita. Dhamija was selected as a candidate for the 2019 European Parliament elections, voted second on the list for London, he took unsuccessful legal action in the High Court against his party to take the top list position, on the basis of being a minority ethnic candidate and Liberal Democrats diversity targets. On 23 May 2019 he was elected as one of three Liberal Democrat Members of the European Parliament for the London Region. Https://www.thesqua.re/meet-the-team/staff/dineshdhamjia.html

The Loner

The Loner is an American western series that ran for one season on CBS from 1965 to 1966, under the alternate sponsorship of Philip Morris and Procter & Gamble. The series was created by Rod Serling a year after the cancellation of The Twilight Zone, it was one of the last TV series on CBS to air in black-and-white. The series was set in the years following the American Civil War. Lloyd Bridges played the title character, William Colton, a former Union cavalry captain who headed to the American west in search of a new life; each episode dealt with Colton's encounters with various individuals on his trek west. Rod Serling was the series' creator. Longtime TV Guide critic Cleveland Amory wrote that Serling "obviously intended The Loner to be a realistic, adult Western," but the show's ratings indicated it was "either too real for a public grown used to the unreal Western or too adult for juvenile Easterners." Serling had expressed an open distaste for some of the television Westerns of the time in an editorial that set up the premise for "Showdown with Rance McGrew", an episode of The Twilight Zone in which a primadonna Western actor encounters the ghost of Jesse James.

The Loner aired Saturday nights at 9:30 Eastern. It debuted on September 18, 1965. In June 2016, Shout! Factory, in conjunction with Timeless Media Group, released The Loner as a Region 1 4-DVD set containing all 26 episodes of the series plus a featurette, The Wandering Man's Burden: Making "The Loner"; the DVD set was made available in North America as a Walmart exclusive. In 1998, Jerry Goldsmith's theme music and his two episode scores were released by Film Score Monthly on a limited edition soundtrack album alongside his score for Stagecoach. Amory, C.. Review: The Loner. TV Guide, p. 2 Brooks, T. & Marsh, E.. The Complete Directory To Primetime Network TV Shows. New York: Ballantine Books, p. 357 Tony Albarella's article on The Loner from Filmfax Magazine The Loner on IMDb The Loner at TV.com