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Professor Moriarty

Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character in some of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarty is a machiavellian criminal mastermind whom Holmes describes as the "Napoleon of crime". Doyle lifted the phrase from a Scotland Yard inspector, referring to Adam Worth, a real-life criminal mastermind and one of the individuals upon whom the character of Moriarty was based; the character was introduced as a narrative device to enable Doyle to kill Sherlock Holmes, only featured in two of the Sherlock Holmes stories. However, in adaptations, he has been given a greater prominence and treated as Sherlock Holmes' archenemy. Professor Moriarty's first and only appearance occurred in the 1893 short story "The Adventure of the Final Problem", in which Holmes, on the verge of delivering a fatal blow to Moriarty's criminal organization, is forced to flee to continental Europe to escape Moriarty's retribution; the criminal mastermind follows, the pursuit ends on top of the Reichenbach Falls, an encounter that ends with both Holmes and Moriarty falling to their deaths.

In this story, Moriarty is introduced as a criminal mastermind who protects nearly all of the criminals of England in exchange for their obedience and a share in their profits. Holmes, by his own account, was led to Moriarty by his perception that many of the crimes he investigated were not isolated incidents, but instead the machinations of a vast and subtle criminal organization. Moriarty plays a direct role in only one other Holmes story, The Valley of Fear, set before "The Final Problem" but written afterwards. In The Valley of Fear, Holmes attempts to prevent Moriarty's agents from committing a murder. In an episode in which Moriarty is being interviewed by a policeman, a painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze is described as hanging on the wall; the work referred to is La jeune fille à l'agneau. Holmes mentions Moriarty reminiscently in five other stories: "The Adventure of the Empty House", "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter", "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client", "His Last Bow".

More obliquely, a 1908 mystery by Doyle, named "The Lost Special" features a criminal genius who could be Moriarty and a detective who could be Holmes, although neither is mentioned by name. Doctor Watson when narrating, never meets Moriarty, relies upon Holmes to relate accounts of the detective's feud with the criminal. Doyle is inconsistent on Watson's familiarity with Moriarty. In "The Final Problem", Watson tells Holmes he has never heard of Moriarty, while in The Valley of Fear, set earlier on, Watson knows of him as "the famous scientific criminal". In "The Empty House", Holmes states that Moriarty had commissioned a powerful air gun from a blind German mechanic surnamed von Herder, used by Moriarty's employee/acolyte Colonel Moran, it resembled a cane, allowing for easy concealment, was capable of firing revolver bullets at long range, made little noise when fired, making it ideal for sniping. Moriarty has a marked preference for organizing "accidents", his attempts to kill Holmes include a speeding horse-drawn vehicle.

He is responsible for stage-managing the death of Birdy Edwards, making it appear that he was lost overboard while sailing to South Africa. Moriarty is ruthless, shown by his steadfast vow to Sherlock Holmes that "if you are clever enough to bring destruction upon me, rest assured that I shall do as much to you". Moriarty is categorised by Holmes as an powerful criminal mastermind, purely adept at committing any atrocity to perfection without losing any sleep over it, it is stated in "The Final Problem" that Moriarty does not directly participate in the activities he plans, but only orchestrates the events. As Holmes states below, what makes Moriarty so dangerous is his cunning intellect: Holmes described Moriarty as follows: He is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. At the age of twenty-one, he wrote a treatise upon the binomial theorem which has had a European vogue. On the strength of it, he won the mathematical chair at one of our smaller universities, had, to all appearances, a most brilliant career before him.

But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers. Dark rumours gathered round him in the University town, he was compelled to resign his chair and come down to London, he is the Napoleon of Watson. He is the organiser of half, evil and of nearly all, undetected in this great city... Holmes echoes and expounds this sentiment in The Valley of Fear stating: But in calling Moriarty a criminal, you are uttering libel in the eyes of the law—and there lie the glory and the wonder of it! The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every devilry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations—that's the man! But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those words that you

Lady Angela Stakes

The Lady Angela Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race run annually during the third week of May at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. An Ontario Sire Stakes, it is a restricted race for three-year-old fillies contested over a distance of seven furlongs on Polytrack synthetic dirt. Inaugurated in 1982 at Greenwood Raceway, it was raced at a distance of six and one half furlongs in its first year but in 1983 was modified to its present seven furlongs; the event was moved to the Woodbine track in 1984. The race is named for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Lady Angela; the Irish-bred daughter of the important British sire Hyperion, she was the dam of Nearctic. Speed record: 1:22.97 - Blonde Executive Most wins by an owner: 2 - Eaton Hall Farm 2 - Knob Hill Stable Most wins by a jockey: 4 - Mickey Walls Most wins by a trainer: 2 - Michael J. Doyle 2 - Robert E. Barnett 2 - Reade Baker The 2009 Lady Angela Stakes at Woodbine Entertainment

Rodney Pattisson

Rodney Stuart Pattisson, MBE is a British yachtsman. He is a double Olympic gold medalist in sailing won at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and 1972 Munich Olympics all in the Flying Dutchman class, he won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the same class to become Great Britain’s most successful Olympic yachtsman until Ben Ainslie overtook him with 3 gold medals and a silver medal at four different Olympic Games at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Pattisson was a member of Itchenor Sailing Club. Pattisson was born in Campbeltown, Scotland, where his father was posted as an airman during World War II, his family left Scotland just two months after Rodney's birth, he has never lived in Scotland since then. Both his parents were English, he identifies himself as English, not Scottish, despite being referred to as a Scot in public sources, he went to school at Pangbourne College, founded in 1917 as the Nautical College Pangbourne. The College prepared boys to be officers in the Merchant Navy although many students joined the Royal Navy, a tradition he followed on leaving the college.

He teamed up with the London solicitor Iain MacDonald-Smith and won the 1968 Olympic trials. They travelled to Mexico two months before the start of the Olympics in order to acclimatise themselves to the local conditions. In 1968 Pattisson and MacDonald-Smith won the gold medal in the Flying Dutchman class in the Olympic Games on their boat Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, shortened by race officials to Superdocious. Notes from the race indicate; the boat is now in the collection of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. At the time it was noted that in winning the gold, Pattisson became the first "Scot" to win an Olympic medal in sailing. Both Pattisson and MacDonald-Smith went on to win the FD World Championship in 1969 and 1970. After his Olympic victory in 1968, Pattisson resigned his commission in the Royal Navy so as to give himself more time for training; as Lieutenant Rodney Stuart Pattisson, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1969 New Year Honours for his services to yachting.

He won another World Championship in 1971. A second Olympic gold medal followed in 1972 with Christopher Davies and in 1976 Pattisson took the silver medal again with Julian Brooke-Houghton. Pattisson was honoured by being the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Pattisson retired from the Olympics and co-skippered the Victory 83, the Peter de Savary entry in the America's Cup in 1983, he was elected to the Sailing Hall of Fame. Pattisson, Rodney. Tactics. Camden, Me: International Marine Pub. Co. ISBN 0-87742-233-8. Pattisson, Rodney. Boatspeed: supercharging your hull and gear.. Steyning, W. Sussex: Fernhurst Books. ISBN 0-906754-25-9. Media related to Rodney Pattisson at Wikimedia Commons