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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag is a town and a municipality in Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag; the man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag written about by Jim Corbett dwelled here. Rudraprayag district is located at 30.28°N 78.98°E / 30.28. It has an average elevation of 895 metres. Many of the newer buildings and the sangam area was damaged in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods. A footbridge over the Mandakini river, a road bridge six km downstream at Raitoli was washed away; the layout of the sangam has altered significantly. The road along the Mandakini valley, leading to Kedarnath, was damaged at many points. 2011 census population of rudraprayag city is 9,313 of which 5,240 are males while 4,073 are females. Female Sex Ratio of Rudraprayag is 777 against state average of 963. Moreover Child Sex Ratio in Rudraprayag is around 803 compared to Uttarakhand state average of 890.

Literacy rate of Rudraprayag city is 89.42 % higher than state average of 78.82 %. In Rudraprayag, Male literacy is around 93.43 % while female literacy rate is 84.24 %. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun 183 km away; the nearest railway station is at Rishikesh. However, Rishikesh is a small railway station not connected by fast trains. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India and is, the railhead for Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Therefore, all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through Rudraprayag on the way to Joshimath and further north. Rishikesh is a starting point for road journeys to Rudraprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Rudraprayag; the road distance from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag is 141 km via Srinagar.

Haridwar to Rishikesh 24 km Rishikesh to Devprayag 74 km Devprayag to Srinagar 34 km Srinagar to Rudraprayag 33 km Rudranath Temple Rudraprayag is named after Lord Shiva and temple of lord Rudranath is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini. According to mythology Narada Muni worshiped god Shiva here to learn music from him; the god taught him music in his form of Rudra. There used to be a rock called Narad Shila. Dhari Devi mandir is situated at Kalyasaur in between Rudraprayag. Distance between Srinagar-Dhari Devi and Dhari Devi-Rudraprayag is 20 km respectively. One can reach here with no trouble by taxi or bus from Rudraprayag. Chamunda Devi Temple Chamunda Devi temple is situated at confluence of the holy rivers. Chamunda as wife of Lord Rudra is worshiped here. Koteshwar Koti means crore and Ishwar means god; this is again a temple of Lord Shiva made in natural caves. Shree Tungeshwar Mahadev Ji, Phalasi Near Chopta This temple has been here for centuries. Folklore has it. On the way from Chopta there were many small temples up to the Tunganath Temple, the remains of some are still there.

On the temple wall there are Shiva-Parvati figurines. Kartik Swami The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to lord Kartikeya - son of Lord Shiva, it can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village, located on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri route, 38 km from Rudraprayag. Visitors can see the snow-clad Himalayan range from the Kartik Swami temple. Basukedar Basukedar. It's a Shiva temple constructed by Pandava. Architecture and idols seems to be at least 1000 yrs old. A good place for meditation and dhyan yoga; this is around 35 km from Agustmuni. Around 1.30 hr by drive. This is an old track to visit Kedarnath, it is said that Lord Shiva stayed a night in Basukedar while he was travelling to Mount Kailash this is the reason this place is called Basukedar Leopard of Rudraprayag Rudraprayag city, Official website Rudraprayag district website Rudraprayag at wikimapia

HMS Kelly (F01)

HMS Kelly was a K-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy, flotilla leader of her class. She served through the early years of the Second World War. Throughout her service, Kelly was commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten, as commander of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla, she was lost in action in 1941 during the Battle of Crete. Kelly was built by Hawthorn Company at Hebburn on the River Tyne, she was laid down on 26 August 1937, launched on 25 October 1938 and commissioned on 23 August 1939, just 11 days before commencement of hostilities. She was named after Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Kelly. On the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were brought from France, where they were living, back to Britain on board HMS Kelly. On the afternoon of 14 December 1939, the tanker Atheltemplar struck a mine laid by German destroyers off the Tyne Estuary. Kelly and the Tribal-class destroyer HMS Mohawk were dispatched as escorts for the rescue tugs Great Emperor and Langton.

During the operation, Kelly struck a mine and sustained damage to her hull. While Mohawk put a party aboard Atheltemplar, Joffre and Langton took the tanker under tow, Kelly herself was taken in tow by Great Emperor and returned to the Tyne. Reaching the Tyne just before midnight, Kelly was assisted up river by the tugs Robert Redhead and Washington, she was towed to Hawthorn Leslie's yard for repairs. This was the second of Kelly's misfortunes, having just returned to active service after a month in dry dock following storm damage. Repairs were completed on 28 February 1940, Kelly returned to the fray. Astonishingly, she was involved in a collision with HMS Gurkha just two days on 2 March, necessitating a further 8 weeks in dry dock, this time on the Thames, she was released on 27 April, in time to assist with the evacuation of allied forces from Namsos. On the night 9 May/10 May 1940, during the Battle of Norway, Kelly was torpedoed amidships by the German E-boat S 31, under command of Oberleutnant zur See Hermann Opdenhoff.

Damaged, she was taken under tow by the tug Great Emperor and for four days she was attacked by E-boats and bombers as she struggled back to port at three knots. The Navy Controller wrote that she survived "not only by the good seamanship of the officers and men but on account of the excellent workmanship which ensured the watertightness of the other compartments. A single defective rivet might have finished her." She was returned to service. On return to Hebburn shipyard she was de-commissioned before undergoing extensive repairs, her bad luck had seen her on active service for less than two weeks over the previous 14 months. During this period her captain, Louis Mountbatten, as Captain, was forced to lead his flotilla from temporary placement in other ships of the flotilla. Kelly re-joined 5th Flotilla after re-commissioning in December 1940. In April 1941 she joined HM ships Abdiel, Jackal, Kashmir and Kipling at Gibraltar to form Force S, an escort for reinforcements to the Mediterranean Fleet.

She arrived in Malta on the 28th and was deployed with her flotilla to join Force K for attacks on Axis shipping to North Africa. On 8 May, following the loss of HMS Jersey to a mine and the subsequent clearance of her wreck, the flotilla left Malta and joined Ajax, Dido and Perth to escort supply convoys to Egypt and Greece. On 10 May she led the destroyers to bombard Benghazi before returning to Malta. On 21 May she was despatched to Crete with Kashmir and Kipling and began patrols north of the island the next day. On 23 May, during the evacuation of Crete, she was sunk, with half her crew killed. Kelly did succeed in shooting down three of the attacking Stukas, while another was badly damaged and crashed upon returning to base; the survivors were affected by the loss of their ship. The 1942 film In Which We Serve starring Noël Coward and John Mills and telling the story of "HMS Torrin", is based on the career of Kelly; the HMS Kelly Association hosts commemorations. Notable supporters of the association have included Sir John Mills.

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Ben Knight (actor)

Ben Knight is an Australian actor. Knight credited as Ben Kermode commenced his career as an actor in 1997, when he made a guest appearance in the Australian television series State Coroner. What followed was two further guest roles on the series Good Guys Bad Guys and Introducing Gary Petty before his career took a five-year hiatus. In 2005, Knight returned to acting with the short film Smacked Out Kisses. In 2009, he received a short recurring role on Seven Network soap opera Home and Away, for which he played Hazem Kassir, the love interest of Leah Patterson-Baker, he played the role of Hazem near the end of the 2009 season until early 2010 when his character was involved in a controversial storyline, in which he is brutally beaten by a group of racist thugs on Australia Day. In 2009, Knight starred in the short film Rikki, in which he served as director, producer and composer of the film, he has appeared in several feature films during his career, first being an uncredited role in the thriller The Nines, with Ryan Reynolds, David & Fatima and the horror film Prey, with Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

His other credits include the short film Road to Ramadi, the television series Review with Myles Barlow, City Homicide, Neighbours. Ben Knight on IMDb Ben Knight website

London Spy

London Spy is a British-American five-part drama television serial created and written by Tom Rob Smith that aired on BBC Two from 9 November until 7 December 2015. It was aired on Netflix in 2018. London Spy begins as the story of two young men: Danny —gregarious and romantic—falls in love with Alex —asocial and brilliant. Just as they discover how perfect they are for each other, Alex disappears. Danny finds Alex's body, they lived different lives: Danny is from a world of clubbing and youthful excess. Although utterly ill-equipped to take on the world of espionage, Danny decides to fight for the truth about Alex's death. Ben Whishaw as Daniel "Danny" Edward Holt Jim Broadbent as Scottie Edward Holcroft as Alistair "Alex" Turner Samantha Spiro as Detective Taylor Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Turner / Nanny David Hayman as Mr. Turner / Groundsman Clarke Peters as the American Charlotte Rampling as Frances Turner Mark Gatiss as Rich Harriet Walter as Claire James Fox as James Adrian Lester as Professor Marcus Shaw Riccardo Scamarcio as Doppelganger Josef Altin as Pavel Zrinka Cvitešić as Sara Nicolas Chagrin as Charles Turner Richard Cunningham as Danny's Lawyer The series was commissioned by Janice Hadlow and Polly Hill, produced by Guy Heeley for Working Title Television.

The executive producers were Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Polly Hill. Filming began in 2014 in London, West London Film Studios, Kent, on the Isle of Grain and at Dartford; the story is based on the death of Gareth Williams, an MI6 agent found dead under similar, mysterious circumstances. The first episode premiered in the U. K. on BBC Two at 9pm on Monday 9 November 2015, the serial concluded 7 December 2015. In the U. S. it premiered on BBC America starting 21 January 2016. In 2018 it was carried on Netflix. Reviewing Episode One for The Guardian, Lucy Mangan called it "an unutterably delicious, satisfying dish," with "Jim Broadbent, in teddy-bear-carrying-a-switchblade mode.." and Whishaw "the most powerful actor made out of thistledown and magic." The Daily Telegraph's Jasper Rees was unconvinced: "Whishaw's intense fixity of purpose could do nothing to defibrillate his DOA dialogue..." The same newspaper's Harry Mount gave a critical review of episode 3 which he regarded as "wearily unconvincing" with "long spells of ennui."

In the Daily Mail, Christopher Stevens wrote: "Believe it or not, BBC execs reckon there is not enough gay drama on the Beeb You might think that it's become impossible to switch the telly on without seeing two men locked in a naked clinch, or in drag, or snogging." The Huffington Post UK reported that Stevens' review had inspired a reader backlash, with online comments noting, "It's not a gay spy drama, it's a spy drama and some of the characters happen to be gay."After Episode 4 had screened, several prominent critics agreed that, whatever they thought of its story, the series possessed a haunting quality. Gabriel Tate of The Daily Telegraph wrote: "London Spy, has been abhorred, its ambition has delighted and infuriated, its obfuscation has frustrated. It is, if nothing else, a singular vision..." A. A. Gill of The Sunday Times wrote: "This is a strange, inexplicably compelling story. There are vast lacunas in the plot, filled with the unblinking performance of Ben Whishaw, made more memorable because most of it is done without words.

Everyone else revolves around him, but he remains a hole at the centre of the doughnut. It is a characterisation of great depth, in a plot, nothing more than a series of enigmas, presented enigmatically."Jack Searle in The Guardian called it an "intoxicating series" with "a beguiling emotional aesthetic." "It was inevitable that, when prosaic explanation had to intrude on all this elliptical artistry, the spell was broken. A thriller hasn't so boldly made the genre beautiful since The Shadow Line. London Spy has lived in the gap between plot and subtext – between what it's about, what it's about. It's about self-knowledge, how lovers try to know each other while lying about themselves."Following the screening of the final episode, Gabriel Tate wrote in The Guardian that the series had "a somewhat daft and implausible ending, but there was still much to enjoy from the brilliant Ben Whishaw." Benji Wilson in The Daily Telegraph called it "wonderful and infuriating in equal measure.. Has there been a television series that's frustrated as much as London Spy?

Over five weeks this contemporary thriller has scaled giddy heights and plumbed ludicrous depths, gone from being gripping to turgid as hell, thrown up single scenes of startling brilliance followed them with some preposterous self-indulgence... London Spy's great script was in desperate need of some doughty editing." The Guardian's Mark Lawson named the series one of the best shows of 2015. The series was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Limited Series. London Spy at BBC Programmes Official website London Spy on BBC America London Spy on IMDb

Titanoeca quadriguttata

Titanoeca quadriguttata is a species of spider in the family Titanoecidae. It is widespread in Europe, though absent from Great Britain, is found in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, Ukraine; the females of the species are 6 mm long and have a dark brownish plain abdomen and dark cephalothorax. Males are about 4.5 mm and have a broad light reddish brown cephalothorax and a slimmer black abdomen with two pairs of shining white dots. Though similar in general appearance to Titanoeca psammophila, it is larger and the epigyne and male palpal organs are distinctive, as is the palpal tibia, viewed from above and the male lacks the spots. Like the rest of the genus, the spider has a calamistrum on the metatarsus of the fourth pair of legs, which comprises a single row of bristles and extends along most of its length; the spiders are mature in spring. It is found amongst leaf litter or under logs and stones where the spiders have retreats and an open-meshed cribellate web extends around the opening.

Males tug at the threads of females' webs prior to mating. The female remains with the egg sac in the retreat; the male resembles superficially the male of Callilepis schuszteri, but the latter has protruding spinnerets and a silvery carapax. T. quadriguttata was described as Aranea obscura by Walckenaer in 1802. However, this proved to be preoccupied by Olivier, 1789 and Fabricius, 1793. Hahn described the species as Theridion 4-guttatum from which the recent name is derived. There is another species, Goeldia obscura, known by this name. Bellmann, Heiko. Kosmos-Atlas Spinnentiere Europas. Kosmos. ISBN 3-440-10746-9 Platnick, Norman I.. The world spider catalog, version 8.5. American Museum of Natural History. Michael J. Roberts. Collins Field Guide to the Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins. ISBN 0-00-219981-5 Frithjof Kohl: Picture of a female T. quadriguttata NaturePhoto-CZ: Picture of a male

Church of St. Paraskevi, Novgorod

Church of St. Paraskevi in Veliky Novgorod is one of Russia's oldest churches, dating from 1207; the church is located at the former Yaroslav's Court and the market square. It is a museum; the Church of St. Paraskevi is on the World Heritage list as a part of object 604 Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings; the building was designated an architectural monument of federal significance. The church was built in 1207 by Novgorod merchants. Saint Paraskevi was the patron saint of the merchants. Church of St. Paraskevi is one of the few survived churches in Russia which were built in the beginning of the 13th century. At least two different wooden Saint Paraskevi churches were standing at the same place, one constructed in 1156 and the second one in 1191; the church was rebuilt several times. In particular, the dome was made in the 18th century. Between 1954 and the 2000s, the church was extensively restored, the early walls were uncovered; this is a small crossed dome church with four pillars.

The walls are constructed of limestone. The church does not close analogs with other contemporary Novgorod buildings, however, it is in many respects similar to the Saint Michael Church in Smolensk, it is presumed. The decorative elements used in the design of the church were however taken over by Novgorod architects and became common in Novgorod ecclesiastical architecture of the 14th and the 15th centuries