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In Greek mythology, there were two women known as Philonoe or Phylonoe: Philonoe, a Spartan princess as the daughter of King Tyndareus and Leda, daughter of King Thestius of Pleuron. She was the sister of Castor and Pollux, Clytemnestra and Phoebe. Artemis made her immortal. Philonoe, daughter of Iobates and first wife of Bellerophon by whom, she became the mother of Isander and Laodamia. Philonoe was the sister of Stheneboea who loved Bellerophon more than her current husband, King Proetus of Argos, she was promised to Bellerophon after he vanquished the Chimera, the Amazons, more tasks. Bellerophon was given half the kingdom as well as Philonoe's hand in marriage, she was known under several other names: Alkimedousa, Pasandra or Cassandra. Hesiod, Catalogue of Women from Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle, Homerica translated by Evelyn-White, H G. Loeb Classical Library Volume 57. London: William Heinemann, 1914. Online version at Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F.

B. A. F. R. S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website. Strabo, The Geography of Strabo. Edition by H. L. Jones. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Strabo, Geographica edited by A. Meineke. Leipzig: Teubner. 1877. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library

Trigg Island

Trigg Island is a small "island" off the coast of the suburb of Trigg in Perth, Western Australia. It is named after Henry Stirling Trigg, Superintendent of Public Works in the Colony of Western Australia from 1838 to 1851. Trigg Island is a small rocky aeolianite limestone remnant of Pleistocene dunes, better characterised as an outcrop than an island, as such is typical of the Perth coast, it is sometimes physically joined to the beach by movements of the tide. Trigg Island is notorious for its blue hole, located at the north end of the island; the first recorded incident of a death was in 1907. In September 1931, four men nearly died. In May 1947, two brothers died in the blue hole, that year in July a nun named Sister Mary Chrysostom, her would-be rescuer Frederick Charles Floyd drowned. A plaque commemorating the deaths of the latter two is stored in the Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club facilities; these events were the main factor in the establishment of the Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club.

Many others have been died in or near the blue hole since. The beaches around Trigg Island are patrolled by the Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club. List of islands of Perth, Western Australia

List of ambassadors of Australia to Hungary

The Australian Ambassador to Hungary is the Australian Government's foremost diplomatic representative in Hungary. The Australian Government established an embassy in Budapest in October 1984, appointed its first resident Ambassador, Oliver Cordell. Responsibility for Australian diplomatic representation in Hungary was held in Austria. At the time, Bill Hayden Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, said that closer ties with Hungary could help Australia to encourage dialogue between the United States and the Soviet Union on matters such as disarmament; the Australian Embassy in Budapest closed in July 2013. The Government at the time said; the Australian Ambassador to Hungary is accredited from Vienna. The current ambassador is Brendon Hammer. John Rowland Robert Furlonger James Cumes Duncan Campbell John Kelso Oliver Cordell Doug Townsend Donald Kingsmill Patrick Robertson Mark Higgie Leo Cruise Clare Birgin Alex Brooking John Griffin David Stuart Brendon Hammer

Sparky's Magic Piano

Sparky's Magic Piano is the second in a series of children’s audio stories featuring Sparky, an original character created for Capitol Records in 1947. Sparky is a little boy with an overactive imagination, his adventures involve inanimate objects which magically talk to him. Sparky And The Talking Train was Sparky's first adventure on Capitol Records, it was a fantasy story, without the musical or educational element which marked three of the following stories. Sparky's Magic Piano became the best-known of all the Sparky stories. Sparky's Music Mix-up was the last Sparky record to be voiced by Henry Blair, featured Stan Kenton and his orchestra. "Do you believe in Santa Claus?" / "I don't want a lot for Christmas" Sparky's Magic Echo featured a new voice for Sparky, tells how Sparky lost his echo in mountains, goes in search of it. Sparky's Magic Baton returns to the musical vein, tells how Sparky finds a conductor's baton in the street, meets all the instruments of the orchestra. Sparky was voiced here by June Foray.

Sparky was portrayed in the first three episodes in the series by Henry Blair, but was voiced by Lee LeDoux and June Foray. The series was produced by Alan Livingston with orchestration by Billy May; the piano pieces on Sparky's Magic Piano were performed by Ray Turner. The voice of the piano was generated by an early version of the talk box; the series featured many voices familiar to fans of Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons, as well as notable Capitol music artists, such as Stan Kenton. Sparky albums were released on standard shellac 10-inch 78 RPM records with three discs in each album and sold in the book-like covers, whence the term “album” originates; these six-sided record albums had a total playing time of about 20 minutes. In years, the series was reissued on vinyl 78, 45, LP, CD. Sparky’s Magic Piano was the most popular album in the series, it is one of the few children’s albums of the period to remain available. Therefore the original 78s have a low collectors' value; however it is not easy to acquire a complete set of the original shellac records.

The shellac records are distinguishable by their black Capitol labels. Vinyl 78 versions are more common, with purple Capitol labels and sometimes a “Bozo Approved” logo in the corner of the album cover; the unusual popularity of Sparky’s Magic Piano can be attributed to the fact that the album is not only an excellent work of children’s fantasy. Thus the album is a practical teaching tool as well as entertainment; because of the success of Sparky’s Magic Piano, two of the subsequent Sparky albums involved talking musical instruments giving lessons for music students. Therefore the series seems to have taken a different direction to that which may have been intended. Sparky is a young child. One day, when he expresses his dislike for practicing, the piano talks to him, tells him that he will show him what it is like to play the piano well, that all Sparky has to do is run his fingers over the keys, the piano will play whatever Sparky chooses. Sparky amazes his mother with his playing, she calls his piano teacher.

The two adults decide to book concerts with Sparky as a solo pianist. Sparky insists that he must take his own piano with him to all his concerts, his mother agrees. However, the piano will only play for Sparky for a limited time, during his biggest concert in New York, after he finishes his repertoire and the audience requests for an encore, time runs out. Sparky begs the piano to play, but it does not respond, Sparky is reduced to banging helplessly on the keys, he hears his mother calling him, he awakens and finds himself at home. It becomes apparent to the listener, to Sparky, that the entire experience was a dream, but it has given Sparky a new appreciation of the piano, he vows to keep practising until he can play as well as he did in his dream. The following are the piano works which appear in Sparky's Magic Piano in the order in which they appear in the story. Léonard Gautier - The Secret Chopin - Waltz in E minor, Opus posth. Chopin - Etude in C minor, Opus 10 number 12 Rimsky-Korsakov - The Flight of the Bumblebee Chopin - Etude in C sharp minor, Opus 10 number 4 Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody no.

2, in C sharp minor Beethoven - Piano Sonata number 14 in C sharp minor, Opus 27 number 2 Chopin - Waltz in C sharp minor, Opus 64 number 2 Rachmaninov - Prelude in C Sharp Minor Mendelssohn - "The Spinning Song", Opus 67 number 4 In 1987, “Sparky’s Magic Piano” was animated for television, was released on video, but is now out of print. The animated version features an expanded story running 48 minutes; the pace of the story is slowed: Sparky is portrayed with

John Harvey Finlayson

John Harvey Finlayson and part-owner of the South Australian Register. He joined The Register in 1861 and became head reporter 1866, a proprietor in 1877 and editor in 1878, succeeding John Howard Clark, resigning in 1899 due to ill-health, he was appointed resident reporter in Britain until retiring and returning to Adelaide in 1908, dying 7 years later. As an editor he was an outspoken supporter of female suffrage, free secular education, free trade between the Colonies, Federation. Finlayson was an active Congregational churchman and was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1880. In 1878 Finlayson built a residence "Strelda" in North Adelaide which still stands, at 217-221 Stanley Street. Finlayson Place, in the Canberra suburb of Gilmore, is named in his honour. Finlayson was born at "Helenholm", South Australia, he was one of nine children born to his wife, née Helen Harvey. He was educated at George Mugg's school and Adelaide Educational Institution, where he emulated the successes of his older brother R. K. Finlayson.

Finlayson married Alice Shoobridge on 20 March 1878. They had a son who never married. Mennell, Philip. "Finlayson, John Harvey". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource

Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion

Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion is a 1648 painting known as Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion and The Ashes of Phocion Collected by his Widow, by French artist Nicolas Poussin. Phocion was an Athenian statesman from the 4th century BC. "It is a picture about exile. Phocion, an Athenian general, was falsely condemned and executed, his unburied corpse banished, taken to the outskirts of Megara where it was burnt. At the front his faithful widow gathers up his ashes, her servant keeps look out. And the outcasts are placed directly below the mighty nucleus of temple-rock-cloud, but nothing in the scene indicates that the civilisation from which they're excluded is itself evil, corrupt or doomed, that they're well out of it. No, their exile from the good life is sheer tragedy; the majestic symphony of the city continues undiminished." The painting is housed at part of the National Museums Liverpool, England. The same year Poussin painted a companion piece to Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion, The Funeral of Phocion, in three versions.

Another version of this painting is in the Holburne Museum. Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool page on the painting Article on the two companion Phocion paintings Artcyclopedia article