Noble House is a novel by James Clavell, published in 1981 and set in Hong Kong in 1963. The novel is over a thousand pages long, contains dozens of characters and numerous intermingling plot lines. In 1988, it was adapted as a television miniseries for NBC; the miniseries updates the storyline of the novel to the 1980s. The Noble House is a nickname of Struan's, the trading company featured prominently in most of Clavell's novels. Noble House is set in 1963; the tai-pan, Ian Dunross, struggles to rescue Struan's from the precarious financial position left by his predecessor. To this end, he seeks partnership with an American millionaire, while trying to ward off his arch-rival Quillan Gornt, who seeks to destroy Struan's once and for all. Meanwhile, Chinese communists, Taiwanese nationalists, Soviet spies illegally vie for influence in Hong Kong while the British government seeks to prevent their actions. Anyone seeking to stop them cannot do so without enlisting the aid of Hong Kong's criminal underworld.
Other obstacles include water shortages, bank runs and stock market crashes. In Noble House, Dunross finds his company the target of a hostile takeover at a time when Struan's is overextended, he is embroiled in international espionage when he finds himself in possession of secret documents desired by both the KGB and MI6. The novel follows Dunross' attempts to extricate himself from all this and to save Struan's, the Noble House. Struan and Company is based on Jardine Matheson Holdings, which continues to exist as an Asian trading company; the chief character, Ian Dunross, is believed to be a composite character of two real life Jardine Matheson tai-pans, Sir Hugh Barton and Sir Michael Herries. Rothwell-Gornt is based on Swire, now known as Swire Pacific. Quillan Gornt is based on two Swire tai-pans, John Kidston "Jock" Swire and William Charles Goddard Knowles. Unlike the other Asian Saga novels, Noble House is not based on a specific series of events, but is more a snapshot of the 1960s in Hong Kong, serving as a capsule history of Jardines against the backdrop of the impending Vietnam War and the recent Kim Philby defection.
Though the prologue is set on June 8, 1960 against the backdrop of the real Typhoon Mary, the story opens on Sunday, August 18, 1963, runs through the days preceding the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. In 1961 Jardine Matheson became a public company, with the initial offer oversubscribed over 56 times, attributed in the novel to tai-pan Ian Dunross. In 1963 the Hongkong Land subsidiary of Jardine opened what was the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which has today become one of the world's leading hotels; the Dairy Farm subsidiary of Jardine moved into the supermarket sector in 1964 with the acquisition of Wellcome. A Jardine representative office was established in Australia in 1963; the Ho Pak bank run storyline mirrored the real Hang Seng Bank run in 1965. The two primary banks, Victoria Bank and Blacs, were the fictionalized HSBC and Standard Chartered respectively; the big set-pieces — the fire on the boat and the landslide — are closely modeled on real events. The Macau businessman who controlled the gold trade in partnership with Struans, Lando Mata, is based on a composite of two famous Macau businessmen, Pedro José Lobo and Stanley Ho.
The Noble House compradore family the Chens are based on the Hotung family. The American-Chinese scientist who defected to China and helped develop the first atom bomb for China, Dr. Joseph Yu, is a fictionalized version of renowned Caltech scientist Dr. Qian Xuesen. Sir Dunstan Barre is based on Sir Douglas Clague. A major difference between the original novel and the miniseries adaptation is that the television version changes the setting from 1963 to the late 1980s, updates visible technology and the general atmosphere accordingly; the looming return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 is mentioned, not a major concern in the 1960s. Ian Dunross - Tenth tai-pan of Struan's, who rose to that office in 1960 and took the company public. Prior to this, he was a son and grandson of previous tai-pans. During World War II, Dunross served as a fighter pilot until being grounded after being shot down. Dunross finds his company the target of a hostile takeover from his arch-rival Quillan Gornt at a time when it is overextended.
He is embroiled in international espionage when he finds himself in possession of secret documents desired by both the KGB and MI6. Though one of many characters in the novel, Dunross is the only one involved with all the main plot lines. In the 1988 NBC miniseries Noble House, Dunross was portrayed by Pierce Brosnan. Quillan Gornt - Gornt is the tai-pan of Rothwell-Gornt, a major Hong Kong trading company based on the real company Butterfield and Swire; as a descendant of Tyler Brock, he is the blood enemy of Ian Dunross and the entire Struan's company, which Gornt seeks to destroy. Gornt schemes to persuade millionaire Lincoln Bartlett to partner with him, rather than with Dunross, he uses whatever devious and underhanded means available to accomplish this, while trying his best to seduce Bartlett's partner and vice-president Casey Tcholok. Quillan Gornt is loosely based on the composite of two real life Swire taipans John Kidston "Jock" Swire and William Knowles. In the miniseries he is played by John Rhys-Davies.
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Robert E. Armstrong
Robert E Armstrong was an American politician who served as mayor of Fort Wayne, former councilman of Allen County and former athletic director of Snider High School. Mayor Bob Armstrong was a graduate of Fort Wayne's Central High School where he played on the State Championship Basketball Team in 1943, he attended Indiana University where he received a B. S. in Education and Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1949 and a M. S. in Administration in 1954. At Indiana, he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and played and lettered on both the varsity basketball and football teams, continued as a life member of the Indiana University Alumni Association as well as the Indiana University Varsity Club and I-Mens Association. Armstrong completed Post Graduate Coursework at Purdue University. From 1944-1945, Armstrong served in the United States Army Air Forces, he was training as a pilot to fight in World War II when the war ended, cutting his military service short. Bob was an active member of his local American Legion Post 47 throughout his life.
Mayor Armstrong defeated Democratic incumbent Mayor Ivan Lebamoff in 1975 in a tight 27,145 to 26,761 victory. Armstrong helped Fort Wayne become a sister city with Japan. A large focus of his tenure was improving the city's budget. According to a 2000 News-Sentinel article, " took a'pile of studies' on downtown revitalization that languished on shelves and put them to use."Bob Armstrong had been a candidate for Fort Wayne City Council in the 1971 municipal election. Since his time as Mayor, Bob Armstrong had held other elected positions throughout Fort Wayne and Allen County. Beginning in 1990, Bob represented the Second district on the Allen County Council, he held this position for 12 years and served as President from 1996 to 1998. In 2002, he and three other council members lost reelection to a slate of younger candidates. Armstrong was elected as one of Indiana's thirteen Presidential Electors and he cast his vote for Ronald Reagan on December 15, 1980. Starting in 1958, Armstrong was elected to serve as a delegate to the State Republican Conventions.
Armstrong served on the Indiana State Education Committee for Ronald Reagan's re-election, was a political analyst on WANE-TV in 1980 on behalf of Republican candidates Ronald Reagan, Robert Orr, Dan Quayle, Dan Coats. Residents of Fort Wayne have continually confused former mayor Robert E. Armstrong with another local, Robert A. Armstrong; the Robert Armstrong name recognition allowed Robert A. Armstrong to win a spot in the 2002 Fort Wayne Community School Board election, despite having spent zero money campaigning and his absence of any related experience. Despite attempts of local newspapers The News-Sentinel and The Journal Gazette to inform the public of these differences, the confusion has persisted. In 2008, Robert A. Armstrong won nomination as a Republican candidate for an at-large position on the Allen County Council despite having not spent a single dollar on his campaign. Armstrong served as athletic director and school administrator at Snider High School from 1964-1991, with the exception of the time he was mayor.
Before this he was an educator at Boswell High School in Boswell, Washington Junior High School in Fort Wayne, Central High School in Fort Wayne. As Snider athletic director, Armstrong was a founding member of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and was president of the organization for the 1969-1970 school year. At Snider, Armstrong was responsible for directing and managing all athletic programs and personnel, as well as the physical plant, priority use and planning and registration for athletes and officials, he was additionally responsible for handling all public relations for Snider, was a guidance counselor. In 1992, the Robert E. Armstrong Scholarship was established at R. Nelson Snider High School. A scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding scholar-athlete to further their college education. 17 Scholarships have been awarded to date, providing assistance to these students in the furtherance of their education. Armstrong began the Fort Wayne tradition of neighborhood summer swim clubs with the establishment of Pocahontas Swimming & Tennis Club in 1959.
From 1959 to 1973, Armstrong managed and coached the swim teams at Pocahontas Swimming & Tennis Club and Lake Forest Swimming & Tennis Club. Under his coaching, Pocahontas went undefeated for 7 years and Lake Forest went undefeated for 3 years. Armstrong was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, where he served as a long time Deacon and usher; as a member of the Allen County Board of Library Trustees, Armstrong was involved in the construction a new main branch library. He resigned from this position in spring of 2008. At the April 24, 2008 meeting, the Allen County Board of Library Trustees passed Resolution No. 2008-5, "Resolution Honoring Robert E. Armstrong for Distinguished Service to the Library and the Community." Armstrong was a member or participant in numerous other community organizations including: American Legion Post 47. Bob Armstrong was married to wife, Nila on September 9, 1948. Nila was a kindergarten teacher in t
Robert P. Armstrong
Robert Patrick Armstrong is a Canadian lawyer and retired judge. He served on the Court of Appeal for Ontario from 2002 until his retirement in 2013. Before serving on the bench, Armstrong was a partner at Torys and was lead counsel in the Dubin Inquiry on steroid use in Canadian sports. After leaving the bench, Armstrong joined Arbitration Place, a Canadian group specializing in alternative dispute resolution. Armstrong was born on March 7, 1938, he was a student at Carleton University, the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics. He earned his LLB from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1965 and was called to the bar two years in 1967. Armstrong began practicing law with Dubin in Toronto. Armstrong joined Torys in Toronto in 1972, where he would stay until his 2002 appointment to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Armstrong became a partner at Torys in 1973, was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1978. Armstrong was commission counsel in the 1981 Grange Commission on Railway Safety, formed to study the 1979 Mississauga train derailment.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Armstrong's "tenacious grilling" of witnesses in the Grange Commission bolstered his reputation. Armstrong served as lead counsel for the 1989 Dubin Inquiry, a federal inquiry launched after Ben Johnson's doping scandal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Armstrong worked with his mentor Justice Charles Dubin, the chair of the inquiry, to guide the testimony of witnesses such as Ben Johnson, Angella Taylor-Issajenko, Charlie Francis about the extent of their anabolic steroid use and how they avoided discovery; the inquiry recommended random, unannounced drug-testing of athletes to deter the use of anabolic steroids. Armstrong has appeared in important cases including the 1995 case of Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto in the Supreme Court of Canada. Armstrong was a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1995 to 2002 and the 56th Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1999 to 2001, he is a former member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the former president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.
Armstrong was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal on January 25, 2002. He was one of the last judges on the Court of Appeal to not have held a judicial position, a widespread practice for federal appointments. In October 2002, Armstrong was awarded a Doctor of Law honorary degree by the Law Society of Upper Canada for his contributions to Canadian law. In December 2008, Armstrong wrote the majority decision upholding a lower court's decision that unions cannot force courts to enforce fines it imposes on its members who cross picket lines. Armstrong, with Justice Paul Rouleau concurring, found that the union's constitution created a power imbalance with its members, making it unconscionable for the court to enforce the fines. Armstrong's colleague, Justice Russell G. Juriansz, dissented saying that the imbalance of power had not been abused and the workers were always free to leave the union; the union in the case applied for leave to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, but the application was dismissed with costs.
In February 2009, Armstrong wrote a decision holding that a defendant had been found guilty of criminal harassment though there was no previous contact and there was only a single incident, unlike the repetitive nature of traditional stalking cases. Armstrong wrote that this was because the defendant's actions – jumping out of a bush at the complainant and chasing her down a street – were "highly threatening and persistent" and had caused the complainant to reasonably fear for her safety; the defendant's application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court was dismissed. In February 2013, supported by the other two Court of Appeal judges hearing the case, dismissed the appeal in R v Fearon. Armstrong wrote that Fearon's right to privacy was not violated because a cellphone without password protection can be searched by police during an arrest without a warrant. Armstrong's decision was appealed to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the appeal in a 4–3 decision in 2014. Armstrong became a supernumerary judge for the court in September 2012, was replaced as a full-time judge by Peter Lauwers from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Armstrong retired in March 2013 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. A year after retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2013, Armstrong joined Arbitration Place, a Canadian arbitration firm, as a resident arbitrator and mediator. Armstrong was a Distinguished Visiting Jurist for the 2013 – 2014 school year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Court of Appeal for Ontario biography Arbitration Place profile
Robert Armstrong (actor)
Robert Armstrong was an American film and television actor remembered for his role as Carl Denham in the 1933 version of King Kong by RKO Pictures. He uttered the famous exit quote, "'it wasn't the airplanes, T'was beauty killed the beast," at the film's end. Born Robert William Armstrong in Saginaw, lived in Bay City, Michigan until about 1902 and moved to Seattle, Washington, he attended the University of Washington, where he studied law, became a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. Armstrong gave up his studies to manage his uncle's touring companies. In his spare time, Armstrong wrote plays, which led to him appearing in one of them when it was produced. Armstrong served in the United States Army in World War I, upon his return home after the war, Armstrong discovered his uncle had died while he was away. In 1926, he appeared for a season on the British stage. Armstrong's silver screen career began in 1927 when he appeared in Pathé's silent drama The Main Event, he appeared in 127 films between 1927 and 1964.
He is best known for his role as director Carl Denham in King Kong. Months he starred as Carl Denham again in the sequel, Son of Kong, released the same year, he resembled King Kong producer and adventurer Merian C. Cooper, Cooper used him in several films as more or less a version of himself; the Most Dangerous Game was filmed at night on the same jungle sets as King Kong, shot during the day, with Armstrong and Fay Wray starring in both pictures. In 1937, Armstrong starred in With Music, released by Grand National Films Inc.. He worked throughout the 1930s and 1940s for many film studios. Prior to World War II, in 1940, Universal Pictures released Enemy Agent, about countering a Nazi spy ring. In the film, Armstrong co-starred with Richard Cromwell and Jack La Rue. In 1942, he was reteamed with Cromwell in Baby Face Morgan, a notable B movie for PRC. In that decade, Armstrong played another Carl Denham-like leading character role as "Max O'Hara" in 1949's Mighty Joe Young; this film was another stop-motion animation giant gorilla fantasy, made by the same King Kong team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B.
Schoedsack. In the 1950s, he appeared as Sheriff Andy Anderson on Rod Cameron's syndicated western-themed television series, State Trooper. Armstrong made four guest appearances on Perry Mason during its nine-year run on CBS: in 1961 he played the title character and murder victim Captain Bancroft in "The Case of the Malicious Mariner". Peggy Allenby Ethel Virah Smith Gladys Dubois Claire Louise Frisbie Armstrong died of cancer in Santa Monica, California, he and King Kong's co-producer, Merian C. Cooper, died within sixteen hours of each other. Robert Armstrong on IMDb Robert Armstrong at AllMovie Robert Armstrong at the Internet Broadway Database Robert Armstrong at Virtual History
Robert Armstrong (1792–1854)
Robert Armstrong was an officer in the United States Army, a candidate for the position of Governor of Tennessee, a United States consul to Liverpool. He was born in Abingdon, Virginia, in 1792, he served as a sergeant in the Army during the War of 1812, as a lieutenant of artillery under Andrew Jackson during the Creek War, getting wounded at the Battle of Enitachopco Creek in 1814, served as a member of Jackson's staff at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. In 1829, he was named the postmaster of Nashville and remained in that position through 1835, he was commissioned a brigadier general during the Second Seminole War during 1836 and 1837, was engaged in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp. He was an unsuccessful candidate to be Governor of Tennessee in 1837. In 1845, he was appointed consul in Liverpool, a position he remained in through 1849. In 1851, he became the owner of the Washington Union, in Washington, D. C, he remained in that position until his death in 1854 in Washington, D. C, he married Margaret Nichol in June 1814 and died in 1861 Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume 1607–1896.
Chicago: Quincy Who's Who, 1963. Ewing, Robert. "Portrait of General Robert Armstrong". Tennessee Historical Magazine. 5: 75–80
Robert Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster
Robert Temple Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster, is a British Lord Temporal and former civil servant. Armstrong was born in Headington on 30 March 1927, the only son of the musician Sir Thomas H. W. Armstrong and his wife Hester M. Draper, who were married in the City of London in Q2, 1926, his sister Helen was born in Exeter, Q3, 1930. Armstrong was educated at the Dragon School and at Eton College, where he was a King's Scholar, following which he went up to Christ Church, where he read Greats. In Wantage, on 25 July, 1953, Armstrong married Serena Mary Benedicta Chance, daughter of Sir Roger James Ferguson Chance, 3rd Bt. and Mary Georgina Rowney. Armstrong and his wife have two daughters, both born in Marylebone, Jane Orlanda Armstrong, born 1954, Teresa Brigid Armstrong, born 1957; this marriage ended in divorce, in 1985 he married Mary Patricia Carlow, daughter of Charles Cyril Carlow. In a long civil service career, Armstrong worked in several departments, including HM Treasury and the Home Office.
From 1970 to 1975 he served as the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. He was knighted in 1978. From 1979 to 1987, he served as Cabinet Secretary under Margaret Thatcher. Armstrong was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1974, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1975 Birthday Honours. In the 1978 Birthday Honours he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath and to Knight Grand Cross in the 1983 New Year Honours, he was created a life peer as Baron Armstrong of Ilminster, of Ashill in the County of Somerset on 26 February 1988, sits as a crossbencher. He is credited with bringing the phrase "economical with the truth" into popular usage, after he used it during the Spycatcher trial in 1986 – his use of the phrase was subsequently included in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. From 1994 to 2006, Lord Armstrong was Chancellor of the University of Hull, he was chairman of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation until 2013. In 1986, Armstrong was the key witness for the British Government as it sought to suppress the publication of Spycatcher, in which it alleged its author, Peter Wright had attempted to disclose confidential information.
At the time Wright was a retired high-ranking member of MI5 and was about to publish his book in Australia. The evidence given by Armstrong was ridiculed by the British press for its absurd ambiguity and deceptive nature. Wright's lawyer, Malcolm Turnbull, who became the Prime Minister of Australia, was successful in lifting the publication ban. Turnbull described Armstrong as being like "Sir Humphrey Appleby" from Yes and said "If he is an honest man he appears rather like a well-educated mushroom". Armstrong was aware of Sir Peter Hayman's paedophilia, since leaving office, has commented "Clearly, I was aware of it at the time but I was not concerned with the personal aspect of it.". Armstrong gave Margaret Thatcher what he calls a "veiled" warning not to sanction Jimmy Savile's knighthood for charitable work, due to allegations around his sexual abuse of children. Armstrong was warned by the security services in 1986 that an MP had'a penchant for small boys', but no action was taken and Armstrong, who refused to name the MP involved, insisted the allegations were just'shadows of a rumour'.
He said he believed the decision not to investigate the paedophile claims was'correct at the time'. Armstrong has been portrayed by the following actors in film and television productions: Rupert Vansittart in the 2002 BBC production of Ian Curteis's controversial The Falklands Play. Timothy West in the 2004 BBC production of The Alan Clark Diaries.. The Future of the National Art Library: A Pamphlet Concerning the Victoria and Albert Museum's Responsibility Towards the Documentation of the History of Art and Design 1927–1974: Mr Robert Armstrong 1974–1975: Mr Robert Armstrong 1975–1978: Mr Robert Armstrong 1978–1983: Sir Robert Armstrong 1983–1988: Sir Robert Armstrong 1988–present: The Rt Hon The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster Baron Armstrong Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005 Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard Voting record at PublicWhip.org Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
Robert John Armstrong
Robert John Armstrong, was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento and was its longest serving ordinary. Bishop Armstrong served during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, he gave the benediction at the inauguration of Governor Frank Merriam, a former "farm boy". Robert Armstrong was born in San Francisco and moved with his family to the state of Washington, he studied at Gonzaga University, graduating in 1904, the Grand séminaire in Montréal, Canada. He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Seattle on December 10, 1910, he served as a curate in Spokane and was pastor of St. Paul's Church in Yakima, Washington from 1914-1929. Armstrong would be transferred to the Diocese of Spokane where he became the assistant pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, he was "became a chaplain of the order. Armstrong spent 15 years in Yakima and was known as "Father Bob" and "Bishop Bob". On January 4, 1929 Pope Pius XI named Father Armstrong the fourth bishop of the diocese located in Sacramento, California.
He was consecrated a bishop on March 1929 by Bishop Edward John O'Dea of Seattle. The co-consecrators were Joseph McGrath of Baker City. During the week of August 2, 1930, Captain Michael Riordan and Armstrong hosted a lay retreat for men from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Sacramento Valley region at a Jesuit retreat center near Los Altos, California. On Aug 29, 1932, Armstrong gave a short address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. On January 8, 1935, Armstrong gave the benediction at the inauguration of Governor Frank Merriam, a "farm boy". On December 13, 1936, Armstrong travelled to Sacred Heart Church in Gridley, California to establish a men's Holy Name Society; the bishop preached that its purpose was for "each man to labor for the glory of God's name."On April 8, 1940, Armstrong was the concluding speaker at a three-day Catholic Confraternity of Christian Doctrine convention in Portland, Oregon. He postulated that religion "cannot enter our public schools and pupils think it of little importance when it cannot be taught as other subjects."Armstrong led his ecclesial community through the Great Depression and World War II while becoming known for his casual and approachable manner.
He became involved in government and legislative issues. He upgraded its Catholic school system. After these turbulent periods, Sacramento’s population doubled in 20 years. By 1957 there were 209,281 Catholics in the diocese, a 255% increase from 1940. Armstrong established over 28 new parishes. On April 14, 1942, Armstrong returned to Spokane to celebrate a pontifical requiem Mass for his mother, Margaret Armstrong, who died at age 80, she was a member of the St. Aloysius altar society. Armstrong's health declined in 1954. On October 26, 1955 Pope Pius XII named Bishop Joseph Thomas McGucken, an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, as Coadjutor Bishop with the right of succession. Armstrong died in January 1957. At his death, the diocese encompassed 36 Northern California counties. Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States List of the Catholic bishops of the United States Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento Retrieved 2010-05-20. "Diocese of Sacramento". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney.
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