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Proteus

In Greek mythology, Proteus is an early prophetic sea-god or god of rivers and oceanic bodies of water, one of several deities whom Homer calls the "Old Man of the Sea". Some who ascribe a specific domain to Proteus call him the god of "elusive sea change", which suggests the changing nature of the sea or the liquid quality of water, he can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar to several cultures, will change his shape to avoid doing so. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, meaning "versatile", "mutable", or "capable of assuming many forms". "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility and adaptability. Proteus' name suggests the "first", as prōtogonos is the "primordial" or the "firstborn", it is not certain to what this refers, but in myths where he is the son of Poseidon, it refers to his being Poseidon's eldest son, older than Poseidon's other son, the sea-god Triton. The first attestation of the name, although it is not certain whether it refers to the god or just a person, is in Mycenaean Greek.

The children of Proteus, besides Eidothea, include Polygonus and Telegonus, who both challenged Heracles at the behest of Hera and were killed, one of Heracles' many successful encounters with representatives of the pre-Olympian world order. Cabeiro, mother of the Cabeiri and the three Cabeirian nymphs by Hephaestus, was called the daughter of Proteus. According to Homer, the sandy island of Pharos situated off the coast of the Nile Delta was the home of Proteus, the oracular Old Man of the Sea and herdsman of the sea-beasts. In the Odyssey, Menelaus relates to Telemachus that he had been becalmed here on his journey home from the Trojan War, he learned from Proteus' daughter Eidothea, that if he could capture her father, he could force him to reveal which of the gods he had offended and how he could propitiate them and return home. Proteus emerged from the sea to sleep among his colony of seals, but Menelaus was successful in holding him, though Proteus took the forms of a lion, a serpent, a leopard, a pig of water or a tree.

Proteus answered truthfully, further informing Menelaus that his brother Agamemnon had been murdered on his return home, that Ajax the Lesser had been shipwrecked and killed, that Odysseus was stranded on Calypso's Isle Ogygia. According to Virgil in the fourth Georgic, at one time the bees of Aristaeus, son of Apollo, all died of a disease. Aristaeus went to his mother, for help. Aristaeus had to hold him, no matter what he would change into. Aristaeus did so, Proteus gave up and told him that the bees' death was a punishment for causing the death of Eurydice. To make amends, Aristaeus needed to sacrifice 12 animals to the gods, leave the carcasses in the place of sacrifice, return three days later, he followed these instructions, upon returning, he found in one of the carcasses a swarm of bees which he took to his apiary. The bees were never again troubled by disease. There are legends concerning Apollonius of Tyana that say Proteus incarnated himself as the 1st century philosopher; these legends are mentioned in the 3rd century biographical work Life of Apollonius of Tyana.

In the Odyssey Menelaus wrestles with "Proteus of Egypt, the immortal old man of the sea who never lies, who sounds the deep in all its depths, Poseidon's servant". Proteus of Egypt is mentioned in an alternative version of the story of Helen of Troy in the tragedy Helen of Euripides; the unconventional playwright introduces a "real" Helen and a "phantom" Helen, gives a backstory that makes the father of his character Theoclymenus, Proteus, a king in Egypt, wed to a Nereid Psamathe. In keeping with one of his themes in Helen, Euripides mentions in passing Eido, a daughter of the king and therefore sister of Theoclymenus who underwent a name-change after her adolescence and became "Theonoë," "god-minded," since she was as it turned out capable of foreseeing the future--as such, she is a prophet who appears as a crucial character in the play; the play's king Proteus is dead at the start of the action, his tomb is present onstage. It appears that he is only marginally related to the "Old Man of the Sea" and should not be confused with the sea god Proteus, although it is tempting to see Euripides as playing a complex literary game with the sea god's history--both Proteuses, for example, are protectors of the house of Menelaus, both are connected with the sea, both dwell in Egypt, both are "grandfatherly" or "ancient" figures.

At Pharos a king of Egypt named. In Hellenistic times, Pharos was the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; the German mystical alchemist Heinrich Khunrath wrote of the shape-changing sea-god who, because of his relationship to the sea, is both a symbol of the unconscious as well as the perfection of the art. Alluding to the scintilla, the spark from ‘the light of nature’ and symbol of the anima mundi, Khunrath in Gnostic vein stated of the Protean element Mercury: our Catholick Mercury, by virtue of his universal fiery spark of the light of nature, is beyond doubt Proteus, the sea god of the ancient pagan sages, who hath the key to the sea and …power over all thin

Beast Wars II: Lio Convoy's Close Call!

Beast Wars II: Lio Convoy in Imminent Danger! is a 1998 Japanese film based on the Beast Wars II: Super Life-Form Transformers anime series, a Japan-only spinoff of the Beast Wars television show. The film was never released outside Japan because Beast Wars II aired only in Japan, as a filler between dubbing the first and second seasons of Beast Wars, it was released as part of Beast Wars Special Super Lifeform Transformers, as one of three features within it. The others are Clash! Beast Warriors, a clip show that recaps the first season of Beast Wars and Beast Wars Metals, the Japanese dubbed version of the Beast Wars season 2 episode; the entire special was distributed to Japanese theatres by Toei Company though Ashi Productions provided the animation for the Beast Wars II portion of the movie. The film revolves around the Maximals, led by Lio Convoy, the Predacons led by Galvatron and a mysterious device that has crashed on Planet Gaia, leading to the arrival of Maximal warrior, the protagonist of the original Beast Wars series, Optimus Primal.

Galvatron uses the device to summon a monster Decepticon called Majin Zarak who threatens to destroy all the Maximals. In Gaia’s atmosphere, the Jointrons and the Seacons battle each other but both factions are interrupted by the arrival of a large space ship which rams into them and sends them all flying into space before crash landing on the planet, the Maximals and Predacons are alerted. On the Galvaburg II, Gigastorm recommends destroying the ship but Galvatron is interested and believes it may hold good fortune for the Predacons. On the Yukikaze Lio Convoy orders a unit sent to investigate the ship but Lio Junior, Lio Convoy’s son, wishes to go but the other Maximals shoot him down, but Tasmania Kid stands up for him and asks if both can go and Lio Convoy approves and has Stanton and Skywarp accompany also; the 4 Maximals arrive at the ship and discover a “teleport gate”, an ancient device capable of opening a doorway into the past and transporting any living creature into the present, Transformers included but it requires a control unit to function.

When Lio Junior finds it the Predacon Combaticons Hellscream, Dirgegun and Max-B swoop in and steals it but Lio Junior dives off after it alone and the Predacons overpower and nearly kill him, but before Hellscream can fire a finishing blow Kid takes the hit as the other Maximals arrive and scare off the Predacons and secure the control unit. When Kid doesn’t respond to medical treatment the other Maximals blame Lio Junior for his condition and he becomes mad at them as they have the ship and the control unit, is frustrated of not having any respect. Lio Convoy though agrees with his troops and scolds Lio Junior’s actions calling him reckless, impatient and is more concerned with destroying Predacons, not protecting innocent lives as per the Maximals code. Lio Junior though snaps and runs off vowing to kill the Predacons himself but forgetting to return the control unit first; as the Maximals return to their ship to tend to Kid’s wounds Dirgegun informs Galvatron how the machine works and seeking advantage of Lio Junior’s feud with his father, seeks him out and deceives him.

He tells Lio Junior that the Predacons accidentally activated the teleport gate and it will self-destruct in under an hour and destroy the whole planet unless the control unit is returned. A functioning Tasmania Kid however arrives and begs Lio Junior not to trust him but Galvatron knocks him out and despite his hatred for Galvatron, Lio Junior accompanies him back to the Galvaburg to shut down the machine, to prove his worth to the Maximals, but once Galvatron has the control unit he drops the facade and has Lio Junior imprisoned in the ship. Galvatron announces his intention to the Predacons, Lio Junior, to summon the Predacon Megatron from the Beast Wars on prehistoric Earth to assist him destroying the Maximals. After Kid awakens and returns to the Maximal’s ship he informs Lio Convoy of his son’s defection and Galvatron having possession of the control unit so Lio Convoy orders the Maximals to rescue his son and stop Galvatron from activating the teleport gate. Before doing so Lio Convoy expresses a deep resentment for his son’s actions but Kid begs him not to treat him so harshly as he is just young, Lio Convoy eases up.

Elsewhere Gigastorm activates the teleport gate to summon Megatron but miscalculates and instead summons the colossal Decepticon giant Majin Zarak but due to his immense strength and arsenal of weapons Galvatron is more pleased. Galvatron assumes command of the mindless giant and transforms him into aircraft carrier mode and takes Hellscream, Max-B and the Autorollers to face down the Maximals while Dirgegun and Thrustor guard Lio Junior; the Maximals detect the arrival of Majin Zarak, much to their horror, prepare to face him using a small shuttle but Zarak’s firepower proves too intense to evade and they regroup for a land ambush. Meanwhile, Lio Junior escapes as Stanton and Skywarp arrive and Lio Junior apologises for his rash behaviour and asks them to accompany him to the teleport gate, as he plans to the odds, they agree and the trio combine into Magnaboss who defeats Thrustor and Dirgegun but not before the former delivers a fatal blow to his chest and with his last ounce of strength, Magnaboss uses his own spark energy to activate the teleport gate and summon someone else to assist them.

In a canyon Lio Convoy leads the other Maximals against the Predacons, using Majin Zarak as their new base. The Maximals are able to force Hellscream, Max-B and the Autorollers into retreating but Galvatron and Gigastorm continue to hav

Stephen Simmonds

Stephen Guy Simmonds is a Swedish recording artist born in Täby, Sweden, 26 June 1975. Born to a Jamaican father, a musician by profession, a Swedish mother, he was raised in Sweden, the United States, Israel, he studied both in Stockholm, Sweden. After recording a demo with Swedish producer Peter Cartriers, Simmonds signed record deals with Parlophone/EMI in the UK and Priority Records in the United States, his first album, was released that year, was nominated for five Grammys. Alone was renamed Spirit Tales for his UK and US release. In 1997, Simmonds had his breakthrough with the hit "Tears Never Dry" a duet with Lisa Nilsson that proved his biggest single hit. Since Alone/Spirit Tales, he has released three more albums: For Father in 2002, This Must Be Ground in 2004 and, after a long hiatus, Anomie in 2010. In 2003, his song "Where Is My Love" was used as a soundtrack for the Swedish film Rånarna. In winter 2009-2010, he appeared in the Swedish TV comedy series Cirkus Möller broadcast on TV4.

Other singles 1997: "All the People" 1997: "Alone" 1998: "Now's the Time" 1998: "Get Down" 2000: "I Can't Do That" 2003: "Let Me Touch" 2003: "For Father" 2004: "Louder" 2010: "Adiyeah" 2010: "Just Love" Official website myspace