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Salento is a geographic region at the southern end of the administrative region of Apulia in Southern Italy. It is a sub-peninsula of the Italian Peninsula, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot", it encompasses the entire administrative area of the province of Lecce, a large part of the province of Brindisi and part of that of Taranto. The peninsula is known as Terra d'Otranto, in the past Sallentina. In ancient times it was called variously Messapia. Messapia was the ancient name of a region of Italy corresponding to modern Salento, it was inhabited chiefly by the Messapii in classical times. Pokorny derives the toponym from the reconstructed PIE *medhyo-, "middle" and PIE *ap-, "water". Pokorny compares the toponym Messapia to another ancient Italic toponym, Salapia, "salt water", a city in Apulia. Salento peninsula is composed of limestone. Known as "peninsula salentina", from a geo-morphologic point of view it encompasses the land borders between Ionian and the Adriatic Seas, to the “Messapic threshold”, a depression that runs along the Taranto-Ostuni line and separates it from the Murge.

Its borders are: Taranto, in the Province of Taranto Pilone, in the territory of Ostuni, in the Province of Brindisi Santa Maria di Leuca, in the Province of Lecce. Acquarica del Capo, Alezio, Andrano, Arnesano, Bagnolo del Salento, Calimera, Campi Salentina, Caprarica di Lecce, Carpignano Salentino, Castri di Lecce, Castrignano de' Greci, Castrignano del Capo, Cavallino, Copertino, Corigliano d'Otranto, Cursi, Diso, Gagliano del Capo, Galatone, Giuggianello, Guagnano, Lequile, Lizzanello, Martano, Matino, Melissano, Miggiano, Minervino di Lecce, Monteroni di Lecce, Montesano Salentino, Morciano di Leuca, Muro Leccese, Nardò, Nociglia, Ortelle, Palmariggi, Patù, Porto Cesareo, Racale, Salice Salentino, San Cassiano, San Cesario di Lecce, San Donato di Lecce, San Pietro in Lama, Sannicola, Santa Cesarea Terme, Seclì, Sogliano Cavour, Specchia, Squinzano, Supersano, Surbo, Taviano, Trepuzzi, Tuglie, Uggiano la Chiesa, Vernole, Zollino. Brindisi, Cellino San Marco, Francavilla Fontana, Mesagne, Ostuni, San Donaci, San Michele Salentino, San Pancrazio Salentino, San Pietro Vernotico, San Vito dei Normanni, Torre Santa Susanna, Villa Castelli.

Avetrana, Faggiano, Grottaglie, Lizzano, Maruggio, Monteparano, Roccaforzata, San Giorgio Ionico, San Marzano di San Giuseppe, Torricella. Salento, from a cultural and linguistic point of view, does not include the city of Taranto, where the Tarantino dialect is spoken, nor the part of the province of Taranto to the west of the city, nor the rest of the province of Brindisi to north of Ostuni. To the south and east of the above areas, the Sicilian dialect of Salentino is spoken, as well as a Hellenic dialect known as Griko – a Greek variety; the nearest international airports are those of Bari. A 2-lane freeway connects Salento to Bari; the main railway line ends at Lecce. Other locations are served by regional railroads. Leisure ports are those of: Taranto, Campomarino di Maruggio's tourist and leisure Marina, Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto; the coastal towers in Salento are coastal watchtowers, as the peninsula's coast was long subject to maritime attacks by the Saracens. The first towers may have been built by Normans.

The remaining historic towers are from the 15th and 16th centuries. Many are now in ruins. Salento area recipes are appreciated for their flavors that recall the region tradition; some of the most popular and flavoursome recipes are: Orecchiette, hand-made pasta cooked with tomato sauce and a strong taste creamy cheese called ricotta schianta or with turnips. Media related to Coastal towers in Apulia at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Salento at Wikimedia Commons Salento travel guide from Wikivoyage

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Goodbye, Dragon Inn is a 2003 Taiwanese film directed by Tsai Ming-liang about the last screening of the old film Dragon Inn before the closure of an old movie theater. Goodbye, Dragon Inn is set in the 90 minutes of the last feature at an old Taipei cinema, closing down, showing King Hu's 1967 sword-fighting classic Dragon Inn. Only a few people are present in the cinema, a variety of subplots are developed around them. Throughout the film, the ticket woman tries to find the projectionist, searching for him in order to present him with a steamed bun, she wears an iron brace on her leg. She walks around the theater throughout the film, struggling down stairs. A young Japanese tourist wanders around the cinema in search of a homosexual encounter. Chen Chao-jung tells him that the cinema is haunted. Jun Shi, one of the actors who appeared in the original Dragon Inn, watches the film with tears in his eyes. Outside the theater, he encounters Miao Tien, watching the film with his grandson; the film is shot with no camera movement, most shots lasting well over 30 seconds.

There are only about a dozen lines of dialogue. Lee Kang-sheng as the projectionist Chen Shiang-chyi as the ticket woman Mitamura Kiyonobu as the Japanese tourist Jun Shih as himself Miao Tien as himself Chen Chao-jung as himself Yang Kuei-mei as the peanut-eating woman On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 78% positive rating from critics, with an 85% positive rating from top critics. A. O. Scott of The New York Times praised the film, saying "'Goodbye Dragon Inn' has a quiet, cumulative magic, whose source is hard to identify, its simple, meticulously composed frames are full of feeling. J. Hoberman of The Village Voice liked the film: "And because Tsai is the director, Goodbye Dragon Inn is a movie of elegant understatement and considerable formal intelligence."Tsai considers this one of his best films and chose it as one of his entries of the 10 greatest films of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound Directors' Poll. Directors Monte Hellman and Apichatpong Weerasethakul voted for this film in the same poll.

The film won several awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the 60th Venice International Film Festival and the Best Feature Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. Goodbye, Dragon Inn on IMDb Goodbye, Dragon Inn at AllMovie

Peter Cheyney

Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney, known as Peter Cheyney, was a British crime fiction writer who flourished between 1936 and 1951. Cheyney is best known for his short stories and novels about agent/detective Lemmy Caution, starting in 1953, were adapted into a series of French movies, all starring Eddie Constantine. Although out of print for many years, Cheyney's novels have never been difficult to find second-hand. Several of them have been made available as e-books. Peter Cheyney was born in Whitechapel 1896, the youngest of five children, educated at the Mercers' School in the City of London, he began to write skits for the theatre as a teenager, but this ended when the First World War began. In 1915 he enlisted in the British Army as a volunteer, in 1916 was wounded on active service and published two volumes of poetry, Poems of Love and War and To Corona and Other Poems; the next year, 1917, his military service ended. Starting in the late 1920s, Cheyney worked for the Metropolitan Police as a police reporter and crime investigator.

Until he became successful as a crime novelist, he was quite poor. It is said. Cheyney sold his first story as the result of this bet. Cheyney wrote his first novel, the Lemmy Caution thriller This Man Is Dangerous in 1936 and followed it with the first Slim Callaghan novel, The Urgent Hangman in 1938; the immediate success of these two novels assured him of a flourishing new career, Cheyney abandoned his work as a freelance investigator. Sales were brisk. A meticulous researcher, Cheyney kept a massive set of files on criminal activity in London, but these were destroyed during the Blitz in 1941. Cheyney dictated his work. Cheyney would "act out" his stories for his secretary, Miss Sprauge, who would copy them down in shorthand and type them up later; the Caution books read much like what they are: pulp stories written in ersatz American by a British writer. With the private detective Slim Callaghan however, he invented a non-American, based in Cheyney's home territory of London. Callaghan in the first book works from Chancery Lane in a Marlowe-type shabby office and he has difficulty paying the bills.

However, unlike Marlowe, Callaghan is ambitious and after a success helping a rich female client, he is able to make the step up to having his own agency, with a fancy office and pretty secretary, in swanky Berkeley Square. Subsequent novels in the series follow much the tried and tested pattern. Callaghan's services are sought by attractive female client; the Lady in question is, of course involved in some upsetting business that precludes going to police. Callaghan meets the lady, likes what he sees, is nonchalant and impudent, which both upsets and attracts lady; the Lady of course is either afraid to tell all facts or is being deliberately misleading and Callaghan must work out truth for himself. Callaghan begins his investigating, in Marlowe-style, by putting himself about and stirring up trouble, which attracts the attention of a number of people involved in the puzzle who supply him with enough pieces to get the whole picture and to plan strategy. During these cases Callaghan will push himself to the limit.

He will get no sleep, drink continually, drive his Jaguar long distances as part of his overall plan. At the same time, he will meet s string of attractive women who will, of course, throw themselves at him during the story, but he however only has eyes for his refined client, hand out and receive beatings, tamper with evidence, outsmart both criminals and the police until the case is solved and his refined client is extricated from trouble and danger. Only will he reap the dual reward of favours from the refined client, accompanied by a substantial checque. Cheyney's "Dark" series was praised during World War II for bringing more realism to espionage fiction. In their casual brutality and general "grubbiness," the "Dark" novels seem to have foreshadowed much of the Cold War fiction of the mid to late 1960s. Anthony Boucher placed these works in the context of Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad; the characterisation of Ernest Guelvada in the "Dark" series is one of the high points of Cheyney's career.

A cheerfully sadistic war operative whose objective is to deplete the ranks of opposing forces in a leisurely but thorough fashion, the loquacious Guelvada still finds the time to dress immaculately, drink immoderate amounts of alcohol and remain a counter agent. Cheyney published one volume of short stories, advice to critics and a few poems in No Ordinary Cheyney. Cheyney makes a cameo appearance in the Dennis Wheatley/J. G. Links "dossier" mystery "Herewith the Clues," published in 1939. Cheyney appears as man-of-fortune William Benson, one of the suspects. Cheyney died after having fallen into a coma, he was buried at Putney Vale Cemetery in London. From all accounts, Cheyney lived much like his characters, w

Syrian opposition

The Syrian opposition is an umbrella term for the political structure represented by the Syrian National Coalition and associated Syrian anti-government groups with certain territorial control in the form of a proto-state as an alternative Syrian government, claiming to be the legitimate Syrian Arab Republic and sometimes known just as the Republic of Syria. The Syrian opposition evolved since the beginning of the Syrian conflict from groups calling for the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria and who have opposed its Ba'athist government. Prior to the Syrian Civil War, the term "opposition" had been used to refer to traditional political actors, for example the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change; the first opposition structures to form in the Syrian uprising were local protest-organizing committees. These formed in April 2011, as protesters graduated from spontaneous protests to protests organized by meetings beforehand; the Syrian uprising phase, from March 2011 until the start of August 2011, was characterized by a consensus for nonviolent struggle among the uprising's participants.

Thus the conflict could not have been yet characterized as a "civil war", until the organization of armed struggle began on the anti-government side. This occurred 2012, allowing the conflict to meet the definition of "civil war."Opposition groups in Syria took a new turn in late 2011, during the Syrian Civil War, as they united to form the Syrian National Council, which has received significant international support and recognition as a partner for dialogue. The Syrian National Council was recognized or supported in some capacity by at least 17 member states of the United Nations, with three of those being permanent members of the Security Council. A broader opposition umbrella group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, was formed in November 2012 and has gained recognition as the "legitimate representative of the Syrian people" by the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and as a "representative of aspirations of Syrian people" by the Arab League.

The Syrian National Coalition was subsequently considered to take the seat of Syria in the Arab League, with the Syrian government representative suspended that year. The Syrian National Council a part of the Syrian National Coalition, withdrew on 20 January 2014 in protest at the decision of the coalition to attend the Geneva talks. Despite tensions, the Syrian National Council retained a degree of ties with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. Syrian opposition groups held reconciliation talks in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2015. In late 2015, the Syrian Interim Government relocated its headquarters to the Turkish-occupied areas in North Syria and began to execute some authority in the area. In 2017, the opposition government in the Idlib Governorate was challenged by the rival Syrian Salvation Government, backed by the Islamist faction Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. A July 2015 ORB International poll of 1,365 adults across all of Syria's 14 governorates found that about 26 percent of the population supported the Syrian opposition, compared to 47 percent who supported the Syrian Arab Republic's government, 35 percent who supported the Al-Nusra Front, 22 percent who supported the Islamic State.

A March 2018 ORB International Poll with a similar method and sample size found that support had changed to 40% Syrian government, 40% Syrian opposition, 15% Syrian Democratic Forces, 10% al-Nusra Front, 4% Islamic State. Syria has been an independent republic since 1946 after the expulsion of the French forces. For decades, the country was stable with a series of coups until the Ba'ath Party seized power in Syria in 1963 after a coup d'état; the head of state since 1971 has been a member of the al-Assad family, beginning with Hafez al-Assad. Syria was under emergency law from the time of the 1963 Syrian coup d'état until 21 April 2011, when it was rescinded by Bashar al-Assad, Hafez's eldest surviving son and the current President of Syria; as the revolutionary wave referred to as the Arab Spring began to take shape in early 2011, Syrian protesters began consolidating opposition councils. The Istanbul Meeting for Syria, the first convention of the Syrian opposition, took place on 26 April 2011, during the Syrian civil uprising.

There followed the Antalya Conference for Change in Syria or Antalya Opposition Conference, a three-day conference of representatives of the Syrian opposition held from 31 May until 3 June 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. Organized by Ammar al-Qurabi's National Organization for Human Rights in Syria and financed by the wealthy Damascene Sanqar family, it led to a final statement refusing compromise or reform solutions, to the election of a 31-member leadership. After the Antalya conference, a follow-up meeting took place two days in Brussels another gathering in Paris, addressed by Bernard Henri Levy, it took a number of further meetings in Istanbul and Doha before yet another meeting on 23 August 2011 in Istanbul set up a permanent transitional council in form of the Syrian National Council. The Syrian opposition does not have a definitive political structure. In December 2015, members of the Syrian opposition convened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 34 groups attended the convention, which aimed to pr

Milorad Bata Mihailović

Milorad Bata Mihailović was a Serbian painter. Mihailović was born in Belgrade oblast. Since 1946, he studied in the class of professor Ivan Tabaković at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade. One year Mihalović went to Zadar and was one of young Serbian painters who founded the art commune Zadarska grupa; the group comprised young and gifted painters such as Mića Popović, Ljubinka Jovanović, Petar Omčikus, Kossa Bokšan and Vera Božičković. He worked and lived in Zadar from March to August 1947. In 1951, he was one of the founders of the art group Eleven in Belgrade. Mihailović left Yugoslavia and went to Paris with his wife Ljubinka Jovanović in May 1952. For the next decades, he worked alternately in Paris and Belgrade. In 1985, Mihailović was elected member of Serbian Academy of Arts, he died in Paris. Mihailović was one of the first representatives of Serbian postmodern Art, he painted landscapes, still lifes, self-portraits and interiors. His painting was influenced by abstract Art.

Since 1947, when he first exhibited in Belgrade, Mihailović had about one hundred group exhibitions on all continents. In 1951, his first solo exhibition was arranged in Belgrade and a retrospective at Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion in 1981. Galerie Rive Gauche Paris in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1968. Galerie Jeanne Bucher Paris in 1958. Galerie Ariel Paris in 1961, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1980 and 1985 Galerie Nova Spectra The Hague in 1962. Galerie Le Zodiaque Brussels in 1963. Galerie Birch Copenhagen in 1964. Salon Muzej Savremene Umetnosti Belgrade in 1965. Galerie Nord Lille in 1967 and 1970. Galleri Haaken Oslo in 1969. Galleri Eklund Umeå in 1975. Galerie Médicis Ostend, Kunsthandel M. L. de Boer Amsterdam and Galleri Galax Gothenburg in 1976. Galerie Nadar Casablanca in 1978 and 1983. Galerija likovnih umetnosti poklon zbirka Rajka Mamuzića Novi Sad in 1979. Stojan Ćelić, Slikarstvo Miloroda Bate Mihailovića: pamćenje zemlje, velike priče, SANU, Belgrade 1989. Dinko Davidov, Milorad Bata Mihailović, Galerija Srpske Akademije Nauke i Umetnosti, Belgrade 2005, ISBN 86-7025-382-8

Acropolis Rally

The Acropolis Rally of Greece is a rally competition which used to be part of the European Rally Championship schedule, was a round of the World Rally Championship. The rally is held on dusty and rocky mountain roads around Athens during the Greek hot summer period; the rally is known for being tough on the competing cars and drivers. The Acropolis Rally has been held since 1951 by the Greek Motorsports Organization Automobile and Touring Club of Greece, making it one of the longest-standing competitions in world rallying. Many world renown drivers have won this event including Walter Röhrl, Björn Waldegård, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Juha Kankkunen, Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae, among others. Due to the nature of the race, with a mix of rough, twisty mountain stages and coupled with blistering heat and choking dust, the Acropolis Rally is one of the toughest on the European and world rally circuits; the cars used in the race must be built with extra sturdiness in order to cope with the fast but rock-strewn stages.

Drivers and co-drivers have to contend with the pounding terrain and high summer temperatures which reached 50 °C within the cockpit. In 2005 a new stage was introduced; the Super Special Stage was the highlight of the rally as well as the 2005 WRC schedule and in the same year, the Acropolis Rally was awarded the “Rally of the Year” title. In 2006 there were 2 superspecials, again in the same stadium; the rally headquarters and the service park moved from Lamia to the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. In the 2007 event, the superspecial moved to the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. In 2008 the super special stage was held twice at the Tatoi military airport. In 2009 the rally headquarters and the service park were moved to the Greek city of Loutraki near the Corinth Canal. For the 2016 ERC Season, the rally headquarters were moved back to the classic mountain stages above Lamia. Since 1973, the first WRC season. Official site Previous Acropolis Rallies History of the Acropolis Rally Acropolis Rally of Greece at Official organizers' site Historic Acropolis Rally Acropolis Rally Results