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Oedipus

Oedipus was a mythical Greek king of Thebes. A tragic hero in Greek mythology, Oedipus accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother, thereby bringing disaster to his city and family; the story of Oedipus is the subject of Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus Rex, followed in the narrative sequence by Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone. Together, these plays make up Sophocles' three Theban plays. Oedipus represents two enduring themes of Greek myth and drama: the flawed nature of humanity and an individual's role in the course of destiny in a harsh universe. In the best known version of the myth, Oedipus was born to Queen Jocasta. Laius wished to thwart the prophecy, so he sent a shepherd-servant to leave Oedipus to die on a mountainside. However, the shepherd took pity on the baby and passed him to another shepherd who gave Oedipus to King Polybus and Queen Merope to raise as their own. Oedipus learned from the oracle at Delphi of the prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother but, unaware of his true parentage, believed he was fated to murder Polybus and marry Merope, so left for Thebes.

On his way he killed him in a quarrel. Continuing on to Thebes, he found that the king of the city had been killed, that the city was at the mercy of the Sphinx. Oedipus answered the monster's riddle defeating it and winning the throne of the dead king – and the hand in marriage of the king's widow, his mother Jocasta. Years to end a plague on Thebes, Oedipus searched to find who had killed Laius, discovered that he himself was responsible. Jocasta, upon realizing that she had married her own son, hanged herself. Oedipus seized two pins from her dress and blinded himself with them; the legend of Oedipus has been retold in many versions, was used by Sigmund Freud to name and give mythic precedent to the Oedipus complex. Variations on the legend of Oedipus are mentioned in fragments by several ancient Greek poets including Homer, Pindar and Euripides. However, the most popular version of the legend comes from the set of Theban plays by Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone. Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta and queen of Thebes.

Having been childless for some time, Laius consulted the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. The Oracle prophesied. In an attempt to prevent this prophecy's fulfillment, when Jocasta indeed bore a son, Laius had his ankles pierced and tethered together so that he could not crawl. However, rather than leave the child to die of exposure, as Laius intended, the servant passed the baby on to a shepherd from Corinth and who gave the child to another shepherd; the infant Oedipus came to the house of Polybus, king of Corinth and his queen, who adopted him, as they were without children of their own. Little Oedipus was named after the swelling from the injuries to his ankles; the word "oedema" or "edema" is from this same Greek word for swelling: oedēma. After many years, Oedipus was told by a drunk that he was a "bastard", meaning at that time that he was not their biological son. Oedipus confronted his parents with the news. Oedipus went to the same oracle in Delphi; the oracle informed him that he was destined to marry his mother.

In an attempt to avoid such a fate, he decided not to return home to Corinth, but to travel to Thebes, closer to Delphi. On the way, Oedipus came to Davlia. There he encountered a chariot driven by King Laius, they fought over who had the right to go first and Oedipus killed Laius when the charioteer tried to run him over. The only witness of the king's death was a slave who fled from a caravan of slaves traveling on the road at the time. Continuing his journey to Thebes, Oedipus encountered a Sphinx, who would stop all travelers to Thebes and ask them a riddle. If the travelers were unable to answer her they would be killed and eaten; the riddle was: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?". Oedipus answered: "Man: as an infant, he crawls on all fours. Oedipus was the first to answer the riddle and, having heard Oedipus' answer, the Sphinx allowed him to carry on forward. Queen Jocasta's brother, had announced that any man who could rid the city of the Sphinx would be made king of Thebes, given the widowed Queen Jocasta's hand in marriage.

This marriage of Oedipus to Jocasta fulfilled the rest of the prophecy. Oedipus and Jocasta had four children: two sons and Polynices, two daughters and Ismene. Many years after the marriage of Oedipus and Jocasta, a plague of infertility struck the city of Thebes, affecting crops and the people. Oedipus asserted, he sent Creon, to the Oracle at Delphi, seeking guidance. When Creon returned, Oedipus learned that the murderer of the former King Laius must be brought to justice, Oedipus himself cursed the killer of his wife's late husband, saying that he would be exiled. Creon suggested that they try to find the blind prophet, Tiresias, respected. Oedipus sent for Tiresias, who warned him no

The Good Neighbor (film)

The Good Neighbor is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Kasra Farahani and written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard. The film stars Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist; the film was released on September 2016, by Vertical Entertainment. Ethan and Sean are tech-savvy high-school teenagers who decide to prank their neighbor Harold Grainey by convincing him that his house is haunted; when Grainey leaves home one morning, the two set up equipment to simulate the haunting, as well as hidden cameras that will broadcast Grainey's reactions. As the basis for a school project, Ethan requests Sean's assistance in setting up hidden cameras at Grainey's home so both can view a person's unfiltered reaction to being haunted by a poltergeist, despite Sean's initial reservations; the cameras are set up so that both can monitor Grainey's reactions for six weeks live from computers in Ethan's bedroom. Grainey has a reputation for being hostile, a recluse, a "creepy old man" in the neighborhood, which makes it easier for Ethan to justify choosing him as his subject.

Ethan starts to initiate activities aimed at unsettling Grainey to make him believe the house is haunted, including making the kitchen door bang loudly in the middle of the night, disabling the heating system, activating the stereo in the middle of the night. Throughout the movie, we are shown flashforwards to a criminal trial and flashbacks of Grainey and his wife; these flashbacks are all linked with the "paranormal" activities that the boys try to use to unsettle Grainey. For example, a flashback shows Grainey's wife dancing to music at 3 a.m. and crying, one of the activities the boys do is play the same song at a similar time. Another example is how Grainey's wife used to complain about the door not shutting and banging; the first activity the boys did was slam the door continuously, leading to Grainey destroying it with an axe. But both Sean and Ethan are mystified by Grainey's ability to withstand all these strange occurrences. In one instance, they observe Grainey being disturbed by all the strange noises and going down to the house's basement.

The duo is not able to observe what he does, as they were not able to set up a camera there as the door was locked. Grainey only emerges after 7:30 a.m.. This leaves Ethan perplexed, he vows to determine the reason, they try claiming they heard a woman screaming in his basement. The police officer arrives and Grainey allows him to look in the basement, the cop leaves after being satisfied there is nothing in there. Ethan begins to push for them to break into Grainey's basement. In an argument with Ethan, Sean discloses to Ethan that he knows the true reason why Ethan has targeted Grainey: Grainey was responsible for sending Ethan's father to jail many years ago. Ethan's father was an alcoholic. During one such episode, Ethan's mother ran to Grainey for help. Grainey informed the police, which led to Ethan's father being jailed and getting divorced from his wife. Ethan believes Grainey is responsible for making him lose his father. In the meantime, Ethan throws a Halloween party, Sean and his new girlfriend decide to make out in a spare bedroom.

His girlfriend notices a camera installed on top of the bed. Sean asks Ethan to return all his equipment, but Ethan refuses, threatening Sean with the fact that the equipment was purchased using his credit card and that it is covered in Sean's fingerprints. In the middle of their argument, they observe Grainey's cat toppling over one of the living room cameras. Ethan runs to his home to collect the camera, in doing so finds the basement door unlocked, he goes down to find. Ethan lifts a bell which Grainey gifted his wife, causing the bell to make a sound which awakes Grainey. Fearing for his safety, Ethan hides in the living room. Grainey kills himself with his gun, it is revealed in a series of flashbacks that Grainey loved his wife dearly, he had set up a room where he could take care of her, including arranging a nurse. The viewer realizes that every activity performed by the boys related to Grainey's wife somehow, Grainey is convinced that he is being haunted by his wife. A flashback is shown when Grainey first gives her the bell, saying that whenever she needed him, she only had to ring the bell.

The bell noise that woke him and the fact that the bell was on the table leads Grainey to believe it was as a sign that his wife wants him to be with her, why he killed himself. Ethan and Sean are arrested and sentenced to two years' probation and 500 hours of community service. Leaving the courthouse and the girls seem to share a glance and head in opposite directions. Ethan is surrounded by a slew of cameras. Having gained the attention he admitted to craving in an earlier scene, a slight smile appears on his face. James Caan as Harold Grainey Logan Miller as Ethan Fleming Keir Gilchrist as Sean Turner Laura Innes as Caroline Grainey Edwin Hodge as Officer Christopher Palmer Anne Dudek as Elise Fleming Bailey Noble as Carly Lili Reinhart as Ashley Mindy Sterling as Mae Nik Dodani as Sanjay Tamlyn Tomita as Heather Cromwell Dean Cameron as Defense Attorney William Charles Mitchell as Judge Billy Khoury as Neighbor Ted King as Sean's Father Luke Spencer Roberts as Ted Spiegelman Elyse Dinh as Reporter #1 Hannah Else Pilkington as Reporter #3 The Austin, Texas premiere, through the South by Southwest Film Festival, was well attended and featured appearances from the

Michael Varah

George Peter Michael Varah was a British international middle-distance runner and a Chief Probation Officer. Varah was eldest of triplet boys born in the vicarage of Holy Trinity, Blackburn to Dr Chad Varah and his wife Susan, his father was the local Anglican vicar, who founded the Samaritans charity in 1953. His mother became world president of the Mothers' Union in the 1970s. Varah was educated at Raine's Foundation Grammar School for Boys in Stepney and at Loughborough College, he was an excellent track and field athlete, captain of the Loughborough College athletics team. He became a member of the Great Britain athletics team in 1965, ran the second leg in a 4 x 800m relay that broke the world record at Crystal Palace in 1966, he England in the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston and the 1967 Summer Universiade. At one point, he held the British Indoor Athletics record at 800 metres, he became Master in Charge of Athletics at Rugby School in 1968. He worked as a volunteer tutor at Onley Borstal.

After post-graduate study at Leicester University, he joined the Warwickshire Probation Service in 1973. He worked as a basic-grade Probation Officer ran Community Service in Warwickshire, became assistant chief of the West Midlands Probation Service, he became Chief Probation Officer in Surrey in 1988. His rise from the lowest grade of Probation Officer to Chief Probation Officer was the fastest in the history of the Probation Service, he was the longest-serving Chief Officer in the National Probation Service when he retired in 2004, having spent 35 years working in the criminal justice system. He worked for many charities, he and a friend, Jim Higgins, founded the Rugby Mayday Trust in Warwickshire. He founded the independent Surrey Springboard Trust, he became chairman of Crimestoppers in 2004. He was a trustee of Samaritans, of Victim Support, he served on employment tribunals from 2005. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, had been nominated to serve as High Sheriff of Surrey in 2008–9.

He died of viral double pneumonia. He was survived by his wife Sally, his father, a daughter and a son. Http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1837119.ece http://www.guardian.co.uk/otherlives/story/0,2101398,00.html