Picardy is a historical territory and a former administrative region of France. Since 1 January 2016, it has been part of the new region of Hauts-de-France, it is located in the northern part of France. The historical province of Picardy stretched from north of Noyon to Calais, via the whole of the Somme department and the north of the Aisne department; the province of Artois separated Picardy from French Flanders. From the 5th century the area formed part of the Frankish Empire, in the feudal period it encompassed the six countships of Boulogne, Ponthieu, Amiénois and Laonnois. In accordance with the provisions of the 843 Treaty of Verdun the region became part of West Francia, the Kingdom of France; the name "Picardy" was not used until the 13th century. During this time, the name applied to all lands where the Picard language was spoken, which included all the territories from Paris to the Netherlands. In the Latin Quarter of Paris, people identified a "Picard Nation" of students at Sorbonne University, most of whom came from Flanders.

During the Hundred Years' War, Picardy was the centre of the Jacquerie peasant revolt in 1358. Beginning in 1419, the Picardy counties were acquired by the Burgundian duke Philip the Good, acquisitions confirmed by King Charles VII of France at the 1435 Congress of Arras. In 1477 King Louis XI of France occupied key towns in Picardy. By the end of 1477, Louis would control most of Artois. In the 16th century, the government of Picardy was created; this became a new administrative region of France, separate from what was defined as Picardy. The new Picardy included the Somme département, the northern half of the Aisne département, a small fringe in the north of the Oise département. In 1557, Picardy was invaded by Habsburg forces under the command of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy. After a seventeen-day siege, St. Quentin would be ransacked, while Noyon would be burned by the Habsburg army. In the early 18th century, an infectious disease similar to English sweat originated from the region and spread across France.

It was called Picardy sweat. Sugar beet was introduced by Napoleon I during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, in order to counter the United Kingdom, which had seized the sugar islands possessed by France in the Caribbean; the sugar industry has continued to play a prominent role in the economy of the region. One of the most significant historical events to occur in Picardy was the series of battles fought along the Somme during World War I. From September 1914 to August 1918, four major battles, including the Battle of the Somme, were fought by British and German forces in the fields of Northern Picardy. In 2009, the Regional Committee for local government reform proposed to reduce the number of French regions and cancel additions of new regions in the near future. Picardy would have disappeared, each department would have joined a nearby region; the Oise would have been incorporated in the Île-de-France, the Somme would have been incorporated in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Aisne would have been incorporated in the Champagne-Ardenne.

The vast majority of Picards were opposed to this proposal, it was scrapped in 2010. Today, the modern region of Picardy no longer includes the coastline from Berck to Calais, via Boulogne, now in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, but does incorporate the pays of Beauvaisis, Noyonnais, Soissonnais, among other departments of France; the older definition of Picardy survives in the name of the Picard language, which applies not only to the dialects of Picardy proper, but to the Romance dialects spoken in the Nord-Pas de Calais région, north of Picardy proper, parts of the Belgian province of Hainaut. Between the 1990 and 1999 censuses, the population of Oise increased 0.61% per year, while the Aisne department lost inhabitants, the Somme grew with a 0.16% growth per year. Today, 41.3% of the population of Picardy live inside the Oise department. Picardy stretches from the long sand beaches of the Somme estuary in the west to the vast forests and pastures of the Thiérache in the east and down to the châteaux of Chantilly or Pierrefonds near the Paris Area and vineyards of the border with Champagne to the south.

The president of the regional council is Claude Gewerc, a Socialist in office since 2004. That year he defeated longtime UDF incumbent Gilles de Robien. Since 2008, the mayor of the city of Amiens, the regional capital, has been Socialist Gilles Demailly, he defeated longtime mayor Gilles de Robien of the New Centre party. The region of Picardy has a strong and proud cultural identity; the Picard cultural heritage includes some of the most extraordinary Gothic churches, distinctive local cuisine and traditional games and sports, such as the longue paume, as well as danses picardes and its own bagpipes, called the pipasso. The villages of Picardy have a distinct character, with their houses made of red bricks accented with a "lace" of white bricks. A minority of people still speak the Picard language, one of the languages of France, spoken in Artois

Leon Frierson

Leon Curtis Frierson is an American actor, rapper and comedian, best known for his work on the Nickelodeon comedy show All That. In 1997, Leon Frierson, Christy Knowings, Danny Tamberelli joined the cast of All That to replace the departing Katrina Johnson and Alisa Reyes. Leon's agent had called him about the job and he auditioned at the Nickelodeon/MTV building in Los Angeles, he did impressions of "an old man, Jim Carrey and Mike Tyson." Leon's recurring sketches and/or characters include Have a Nice Day with Leroy & Fuzz, CJ and the Cloudy Nights and Billy Fuco. He stayed on the show until the end of Season 6 in 2000, he appeared, during his run on All That, as a panelist on the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out. When Leon Frierson ended his run on All That, he had appeared in the movies Snow Day, he appeared in a December 12, 2003 episode of Boston Public as Brady Bennett. Frierson was a member of the group The Circuit out of Pomona, CA. Going by "Sha' Boy Malloy", he was joined by other members including Michael Rios aka "Marvel The GR8" and Courtney Linsey aka "V.i.

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Black-chinned babbler

The black-chinned babbler is a babbler species in the Timaliidae family. It occurs in the foothills of the Himalayas from the Murree Hills in Pakistan to eastern Nepal, it inhabits temperate forests at 245 -- 2,750 m altitudes. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, it is biscuit-coloured, has a black chin and a buffy grey crown. It is 10 cm long and weighs 8–12 g. Stachyris pyrrhops was the scientific name proposed by Edward Blyth in 1844 who described a greenish olivaceous babbler with a black chin and black lores from Nepal, it was placed in the genus Stachyridopsis. BirdLife International. "Black-chinned Babbler Cyanoderma pyrrhops"