Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan is a Scottish actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role in Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe, for which he won Best Actor Award at 1998 Cannes Film Festival, The Claim, he is winner of the World Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performances at 2011 Sundance Film Festival for his work on Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur. Mullan appeared as supporting or guest actor in numerous cult movies, including Riff-Raff, Trainspotting, Young Adam, Children of Men, War Horse and the Harry Potter film series. Mullan is an acclaimed art house movie director, he won a Golden Lion at 59th Venice International Film Festival for The Magdalene Sisters, listed by many critics among the best films of 2003 and nominated for BAFTA Award for Best British Film and European Film Award for best film, a Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival for Neds. He is the only person to win top prizes both for acting and for the best film at major European film festivals. In television, Mullan appeared in Gerard Lee's and Jane Campion's acclaimed miniseries Top of the Lake as Matt Mitcham, head of the Mitcham family and father of Tui Mitcham, whose disappearance is the main topic of the series.

He was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for his work in the series. He played a lead role in the 2008 ITV series The Fixer. Beginning in 2017, he has appeared in both seasons of the Netflix series Ozark opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Since 2016, Mullan has starred in the BBC Two sitcom Mum. In 2018, he stars in the second season of HBO's Westworld. Mullan is politically active, supporting left-wing causes and protests. Mullan was born in Peterhead, Scotland, the son of Patricia and Charles Mullan; the seventh of eight children, Mullan was brought up in a working class Roman Catholic family. They moved to Mosspark, a district in Glasgow. An alcoholic, Mullan's father became tyrannical and abusive. For a brief period, Mullan was a member of a street gang while at secondary school, worked as a bouncer in a number of south-side pubs, he was homeless for short periods at the ages of 15 and 18. Mullan went on to the University of Glasgow to study economic drama. There he began continued stage acting after graduation.

He had roles in films such as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and Riff-Raff. His first full-length film, won an award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002, he returned to directing and screenwriting with the controversial film The Magdalene Sisters, based on life in an Irish Magdalene asylum. Mullan won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. Mullan's role as a recovering alcoholic in My Name Is Joe won him the Best Actor Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. A self-styled Marxist, Mullan continues to support hard-left causes and was a leading figure in the left-wing theatre movement that blossomed in Scotland during the Conservative Thatcher government; these included stints with the Wildcat Theatre companies. A passionate critic of Tony Blair's New Labour government, he told The Guardian "the TUC and the Labour Party sold us out big style, unashamedly so". Mullan took part in a 2006 occupation of the Glasgow offices of the UK Immigration Service, protesting against the UKIS's "dawn raid" tactics when deporting failed asylum seekers.

In January 2009, Mullan joined other actors in protesting against the BBC's refusal to screen a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza. They told BBC director general Mark Thompson: "Like millions of others, we are appalled at the decision to refuse to broadcast the appeal. We will never work for the BBC. We will urge others from our profession and beyond to do likewise." Mullan has agreed to appear in an adaptation of Iain Banks’ novel Stonemouth after the BBC aired a DEC appeal for Gaza in late 2014. Mullan was a supporter of the Yes Scotland campaign in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. In 2015, he criticised the BBC for "horrendous bias" against the Yes campaign and told the Radio Times that "to see the BBC used as a political cudgel against a legitimate democratic movement... broke my heart.”Mullan married Ann Swan, an actress and scriptwriter, in 1989. He has four children - three with one with former girlfriend, activist Robina Qureshi. Peter Mullan on IMDb Peter Mullan at the BFI's Screenonline

46610 BĂ©sixdouze

46610 Bésixdouze, provisional designation 1993 TQ1, is a bright background asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt 2 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 15 October 1993, by Japanese amateur astronomers Kin Endate and Kazuro Watanabe at the Kitami Observatory in eastern Hokkaidō, Japan; the asteroid was named after home of The Little Prince. Bésixdouze is a non-family asteroid from the main belt's background population, it orbits the Sun in the inner main-belt at a distance of 1.9–2.7 AU once every 3 years and 5 months. Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.18 and an inclination of 2° with respect to the ecliptic. The asteroid was first identified as 1986 RU7 at Crimea–Nauchnij in a single image taken in September 1986. According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Bésixdouze measures 2.064 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.262, indicative for a stony composition. As of 2018, no rotational lightcurve of Bésixdouze has been obtained from photometric observations.

The body's rotation period and shape remain unknown. The name was suggested by F. Hemery and Jiří Grygar as a reference to the French novella The Little Prince; the title character lived on an asteroid named B-612, the number 46610 written in hexadecimal notation. Bésixdouze is one way. Like the asteroid in The Little Prince, Bésixdouze was first observed in a single night, several years before its official discovery; the official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 20 November 2002. It says: "The decimal number 46610 translates to the hexadecimal B612, the designation of the fictitious minor planet in de St. Exupéry's 1943 novel Le Petit Prince. B612 was spotted on a single night in 1909 and reported at a meeting in 1920; the name was suggested independently by F. Hémery and J. Grygar." 2578 Saint-Exupéry B612 Foundation Petit-Prince Asteroid Lightcurve Database, query form Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Google books Asteroids and comets rotation curves, CdR – Observatoire de Genève, Raoul Behrend Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets - – Minor Planet Center 46610 Bésixdouze at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 46610 Bésixdouze at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters

Beachmaster Unit One

Beachmaster Unit One, is a United States Navy amphibious beach party unit based at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in Coronado, California. BMU-1 is the sister unit of Beachmaster Unit Two located in Virginia. Beachmaster Unit One deploys and supports combat ready Beach Party Teams in support of amphibious operations around the world, their function is to control landing craft and amphibious vehicles in the vicinity of the beach from surf line to high water mark, coordinate movement over the beach of equipment and supplies. They maintain observation of wind and surf conditions, provide limited assistance in local security and beach defense, they have the capability to provide beach and surf zone salvage with use of their LARC-V vehicle and provide the evacuation of casualties, prisoners-of-war, non-combatants. Beachmaster Unit 1 reports to Naval Beach Group 1. Beachmaster Unit was formed from the Navy Shore Party of World War II; the Shore Party formed the nucleus to which the various land and naval elements were assigned for an operation.

The naval elements included the Underwater Demolition Team, a Naval Pontoon Unit, a Boat Pool. Units called Beach Parties were formed and were composed of members of the ship's crew to ensure the mass movement and orderly flow of troops and supplies, through the surf zone, onto the hostile shore, across the assault beaches to achieve the success of the amphibious operations; the original units consisted of two officers and thirty men, to support the landing of the battalion of troops. In July 1948, the Chief of Naval Operations ordered the commissioning of the Beachmaster Unit as a separate command with designation as Beachmaster Unit One. Beachmaster Unit One was commissioned at the U. S. Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, July 13, 1949. Beach Party Teams are responsible for controlling the boat traffic in the surf zone, controlling the beaching and retracting the landing craft, directing the smooth and efficient flow of personnel and material over the beach. Beach Party Teams are led by the Beachmaster Team Commander.