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Shannara is a series of high fantasy novels written by Terry Brooks, beginning with The Sword of Shannara in 1977 and continuing through The Skaar Invasion, released in June 2018. The series blends magic and primitive technology and is set in the Four Lands, which are identified as Earth long after civilization was destroyed in a chemical and nuclear holocaust called the Great Wars. By the time of the prequel First King of Shannara, the world had reverted to a pre-industrial state and magic had re-emerged to supplement science; the Shannara series is set in a post-apocalyptic world called the Four Lands. This world is a futuristic version of our own, not a secondary world; the Genesis of Shannara trilogy reveals the Four Lands to be located in the modern Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. Much of the landscape has been changed by a future atomic war holocaust called The Great Wars, but some landmarks remain. For example, the Columbia River still exists; each land is named after the compass point it faces: the Northland, the Southland, the Eastland, the Westland, is the primary home of different peoples.

The Westland is the homeland of the elves, while the Northland is inhabited by trolls and the Eastland is the home of dwarves and gnomes. The Southland is the homeland of humans. Maps of the Four Lands: Allanon, described as Brooks' "most enigmatic character", is secretive and the last remaining Druid of the original order. Trained by Bremen, he lived an unexpectedly long life, being the Druid that summons the Ohmsford family during the original trilogy, he is never honest, telling many white lies or half-truths, provides others with information only if it is dangerous, crucial, or required. Allanon called on the aid of the Ohmsford family in the novels, as they are descendants of Jerle Shannara and therefore the only ones who can use the Sword of Shannara, he called upon Shea Ohmsford in The Sword of Shannara, Wil Ohmsford in The Elfstones of Shannara and Brin and Jair Ohmsford in The Wishsong of Shannara. Galaphile was the Elf, responsible in the creation of the Druids. Meeting at Paranor, it was he that believed that the Druids shouldn't belong to any one race, so they became separated from the people.

The Druids are an order of historians, magic-users and researchers. The greatest minds that remained in the Four Lands were first assembled by Galaphile at the fortress of Paranor. Druid Magic, like most of the magic that originates in the Four Lands, is elemental, it draws from the earth, air and water in various forms. Its power is weakened by the strength of the user; some users would find more success with talismans like the Sword or the Elfstones than others. Sometimes the magic of a talisman or an external source links with the magic innate in a user, causing various results. Unlike science, magic is uncertain, the results of its application are not always predictable; the Warlock Lord was a Druid named Brona, removed from the walls of Paranor for studying and practicing forbidden magic. He and his followers inhabited the Skull Kingdom deep in the Northland. King of the Silver River - a Faerie creature who appears throughout the series. Skull Bearers were Druids once upon a time, but they were subverted by the Ildatch along with the druid Brona, who would become the Warlock Lord.

They "sacrificed their humanity" to become "winged black destroyers". Reviewers and critics had mixed opinions on the Skull Bearers. Praise for them came from Frank Herbert, the author of Dune, who liked all of the "monsters" in The Sword of Shannara, he said that " Brooks creates distillations of horror that hark back to childhood's shadows, when the most important thing about a fearful creature was that you didn't know its exact shape and intent. You only knew; the black-winged skull bearer, for instance, is more than a euphemism for death." Tom Shippey wasn't so positive, as he thought that the Skull Bearers were familiar to those who had read The Lord of the Rings: he found that the Skull Bearers were "analogues" for the Nazgûl. Demons is a common name for many different creatures in novels by Terry Brooks, they are creatures. The Dagda Mor is the antagonist of The Elfstones of Shannara, he is the most powerful Demon locked inside the Forbidding. As such, most of the others obey him out of fear, with a few notable exceptions, such as the Reaper.

He channels his magic through his Staff of Power. Shea Ohmsford is the protagonist of the Sword of Shannara, he has the blood of Jerle Shannara, making him the only one who can wield the powerful Sword of Shannara to vanquish the Warlock Lord. A major theme of The Sword of Shannara revolves around Shea. Part of his quest, in addition to killing the Warlock Lord, includes finding a belief in himself, so that he will have confidence to go on; this is a search. Scholar Tom Shippey believed that Shea was too familiar to those who had read The Lord of the Rings: he found that Shea and Flick were "analogues" for the hobbits of Tolkien's stories. Terry Brooks stated in his autobiography that " protagonists are cut from the same bolt of cloth as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins." Garet Jax is known as the "Weapons Master" Garet first appears when he rescues Jair Ohmsford from a band of nine Gnome Hunters, defeating eight of them single-handedly—he killed six, knocked out their leader, one fled. The ninth, doesn't eve

Kaizers Orchestra

Kaizers Orchestra was a Norwegian alternative rock band formed on 1 January 2000. They are notable for being among the first non-black metal Norwegian artists singing in their native language to become popular beyond Scandinavia. To other Norwegians, the band is recognizable both because of their unique, unpredictable style, because of vocalist Ottesen's distinctive Jæren dialect, shared by four of the other band members. In 2012, the group announced, their final concert was held on 14 September 2013 at DNB Arena in Stavanger, was streamed live online. In 1998, childhood friends Janove Ottesen and Geir Zahl released their only album by their band gnom called Mys. Of its 1000 copies, only 500 or so were sold the first year, they were pretty much ignored. However, they were known well in the area around Stavanger in Norway, having played as the local band Blod, snått & juling, one of the songs they wrote after Mys called "Bastard" got good crowd response. A line from "Bastard" and the song's overall crowd response became a source of inspiration for Ottesen, after gnom dissolved after disappointing record sales, he formed Kaizers Orchestra.

In 2000, Kaizers Orchestra recorded the Kaizers Orchestra EP, an EP containing four songs: "Bastard", "Bøn fra helvete", "Katastrofen" and "Dekk bord". During by:Larm, a Norwegian festival focusing on up-and-coming artists, the band's songs were played on the radio. Kaizers Orchestra's special sound and creative use of instruments was noticed by the small, Scandinavian label Broilerfarm, their first album, Ompa til du dør, was released on this label in September 2001. It was critically acclaimed and became a success, first in Norway in Denmark and the Netherlands; the album won a Spellemannpris for "best rock album", as well as two Alarm-awards. Ompa til du dør made Kaizers Orchestra the highest-selling rock debut to be released in the Norwegian language; the second album, Evig pint, was released in February 2003. The third album, Maestro was released on 15 August 2005 in Europe. In connection with the release of Maestro, Kaizers Orchestra signed an international record deal with Universal Germany, taking them from one of the smallest labels to one of the biggest.

Their 5 and 6 October 2005 performances at Vega, in Copenhagen, were recorded for a live DVD, titled Viva La Vega, double CD, Live at Vega. A book, written in Nynorsk by Geir Zahl's older brother Jan, called Kontroll på kontinentet was released 18 October 2006, it is close to 300 pages long and include 150 pictures documenting the 2005 Maestro tour. At the book signing in Oslo to promote its release over 400 copies of the 3,000 first editions of the book had been sold; the book was sold during their 2006 "Grand Finale Tour", a tour which included the bassist, Øyvind, painting a picture throughout the concerts and selling it at the end. In 2007, the members of Kaizers Orchestra took a break from playing live. All members are involved in some sort of side-project, they concentrated on these in their break time, they only played three shows in 2007. On September 6, 2006, the band released information about their upcoming fourth album; the album was recorded in Berlin, assisted by producer-engineer Mark Howard.

The audio mixing for the album was done in California. The album title was revealed to be Maskineri in December 2007, around the same time, the first single, "Enden av november", was released; the album was released on February 19, 2008, on Sony BMG. They claimed to have chosen the smaller label instead of working with Universal for more freedom. On 12 December 2007, Kaizers Orchestra received "Bragdprisen" from the county of Rogaland, due to their efforts to promote their native Bryne dialect. Helge Risa was the only one available to show up at the award ceremony, as the rest of the band were busy doing the album mixing. In February 2008, the band released their fourth album, toured to support it, recording the audio of all the concerts. Not long after that, in fall 2008, they released; the live album consisted of what they thought were the best songs recorded while they were in Germany and Switzerland. The album was released on vinyl, but it was made available as a digital download through the iTunes Store.

They supported the release of that album by a "rarities" tour, playing songs they played live. After that it was believed they were taking a break, for the members to work on their other projects and work on writing songs for the next album, but on 14 February 2009, they revealed that in January they had recorded several songs for a compilation album scheduled for release on April 20, pushed back to April 27 for marketing reasons; the album, Våre demoner, consists of surplus material from each of their previous studio albums. Both singles from the album, "Die Polizei" and "Prosessen", received a modicum of success. On 18 December 2009, "Ompa til du dør" was voted as the best Norwegian song of the decade in a public poll on the website of NRK P3, one of the biggest radio stations in Norway. "Kontroll på kontinentet" and "Maestro" got fourth place in the same list. The band performed. At a press conference in August 2009, the band announced that they were working on a stage musical together with Tore Renberg.

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Villa Nordstern

The Villa Nordstern is a former grand residence on the Iltener Straße in Lehrte, Lower Saxony, Germany. It was built for industrial magnate Hermann Manske in 1892. Since 1990 it has stood abandoned, although there have been a variety efforts to restore it as a historic monument or private development. In 1892, the cement manufacturer and horse breeder Hermann Manske had a home built in the village of Ilten 15 km east of the city of Hannover, it served both as his residence and headquarters of his portland cement company, Alemannia H. Manske & Co. Manske developed a successful stud farm and maintained large areas around the villa to support it, he named the villa after his famous stallion "Nordstern", which made considerable profits on English racetracks. This gray stallion is said to be buried in the park of the villa. After Manske's death, the villa passed through a variety of owners and was used as a children's home until about 1990. After that it became the property of the Hannover regional government.

In 2004, the villa was in need of renovation and sold to a private individual. A new neighborhood called. In 2008, the city of Lehrte tried again to renovate the villa as an historical monument, but plans never materialized; the building remains in disrepair and the owner has filed multiple police reports regarding trespassing. Popular internet videos depict the villa as haunted in local lore; the villa was purchased by a new owner on September 1, 2018. Plans are to create condominiums and reserve part of space of the villa for a kindergarten. Bilder vom Inneren der Villa

Emma Gad

Emma Gad, born Emma Halkier, was a Danish writer and socialite who wrote plays and books that were satirical. Although she was a prolific writer, many of her works fell into obscurity after her death. One work that remained popular was a book of etiquette she wrote in old age, she received a gold Medal of Merit in 1905. Today her plays are preserved in Denmark's Royal Library. Gad grew up in a affluent home and received a good education for a woman at the time, she married Nicolas Urban Gad, a rear admiral, in 1872. They had two sons: Henry and Peter Urban Gad, who became a filmmaker, she was a member of many trade unions and women's societies in Copenhagen, her home was an important meeting place for intellectuals in Denmark at the turn of the century. In 1886 she premiered as a dramatist at the Royal Danish Theatre's Ny Scene. In the mid-1890s, she was the driving force behind the successful 1895 Copenhagen Women's Exhibition. In 1898 she co-founded the Women's Trade and Clerical Association, the first professional organization of women in the office.

Gad's book Etiquette - About Dealing with People was published in 1918. Her oft-repeated point is that when visitation is between considerate people "etiquette" is not necessary, it is the indifferent, selfish, or directly ruthless people that create the need for a formal etiquette. On January 21, 2013, Google made a doodle for Emma Gad's 161st birthday, in honor of her book of etiquette. Works by Emma Gad at LibriVox

Laure Olga Gondjout

Laure Olga Gondjout is a Gabonese politician. She served in the government of Gabon as Minister of Communication from 2007 to 2008, as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008, again as Minister of Communication from 2008 to 2011. Subsequently she was Secretary-General of the Presidency from 2011 to 2014, she has served as Ombudsman since 2014. Goundjout is the daughter of Paul Gondjout, a Gabonese politician prominent during the 1960s, she was President Omar Bongo's private secretary for years. On 21 January 2006, she was appointed as Minister-Delegate to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Jean Ping, in the government of Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong. After nearly two years in that position, she was appointed as Minister of Communication, Telecommunications, New Information Technologies on 28 December 2007. Soon afterwards, Jean Ping was elected Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, on 4 February 2008 Gondjout was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs to replace him, she took office as Foreign Minister on 6 February.

In the April 2008 local elections, Gondjout headed the candidate list of the Gabonese Democratic Party in the third arrondissement of Libreville. Gondjout served as Foreign Minister for eight months. In the government appointed on 7 October 2008, she was moved back to her old position as Minister of Communication, Telecommunications, New Information Technologies. Shortly after the death of President Omar Bongo at a Spanish hospital on 8 June 2009, Gondjout said that the constitution and the institutions of the Republic would be respected. Gondjout subsequently supported Bongo's son, Ali Bongo Ondimba, when he ran to succeed his father as President in the 2009 presidential election. After winning the election, Bongo retained Gondjout as Minister of Communication, but he moved her to the powerful post of Secretary-General of the Presidency on 14 January 2011. Gondjout reached the age of 60, the official retirement age for administrative positions, in December 2013. Bongo moved Gondjout from her prominent post as Secretary-General of the Presidency to the comparatively obscure post of Ombudsman on 16 January 2014.

She was sworn in as Ombudsman on 11 February 2014. Speaking to PDG activists in the third arrondissement of Libreville on 15 February 2014, a member of the PDG Political Bureau, said that she had not resigned from the party, but that she could not hold elective office while serving as Ombudsman and had to relinquish her seat as a municipal councillor in the third arrondissement

Flathead Indian Reservation

The Flathead Indian Reservation, located in western Montana on the Flathead River, is home to the Bitterroot Salish and Pend d'Oreilles tribes – known as the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. The reservation was created through the July 1855, Treaty of Hellgate, it has land in four of Montana's counties: Lake, Sanders and Flathead, controls most of Flathead Lake. The Flathead Indian Reservation, west of the Continental Divide, consists of 1,938 square miles of forested mountains and valleys. Native Americans have lived in Montana based on archaeological findings; the Bitterroot Salish came from the West Coast, whereas the Kootenai lived in the interior of present-day Idaho and Canada. The Kootenai left artifacts in prehistoric time. One group of the Kootenai in the northeast lived on bison hunting. Another group lived on the lakes of the mountains in the west; when they moved east, they turned to eating plants and bison. During the 18th century, the Salish and the Kootenai tribes shared hunting grounds.

As European-American settlers entered the area, the different cultures of peoples came into conflict. In 1855 the United States made the Treaty of Hellgate, by which it set aside a reservation for use of the Flathead, encompassing an area including much of Flathead Lake. By the late 19th and early 20th century, the federal government had adopted a policy of allotting lands to individual Indian households from their communal holdings, in order to encourage subsistence farming and adoption of European-American ways; such allotments took place in what became the state of Oklahoma, former Indian Territory, in order to extinguish Indian land claims. Although the Flathead opposed such European-style allotments and farming, the US Congress passed the 1904 Flathead Allotment Act. After allotments of land to individual households of members on the tribal rolls, the government declared the rest of the communal land to be "surplus" and opened the reservation to homesteading by whites. United States Senator Joseph M. Dixon of Montana played a key role in getting this legislation passed.

Its passage caused much resentment by the Flathead, the allotment of reservation lands remains "a sensitive issue". The Flathead still would like to regain control of their reservation lands; the area was favorably compared to the Yakima River Valley in Washington State. Thousands of acres on the reservation were reserved for town sites and the National Bison Range; the Flathead were given first choice of either 160 acres of land per household. The rest was made open to whites in 1910. A total of 81,363 applications by whites were received for 1,600 parcels of land; the applications were placed in plain brown envelopes, piled onto a pallet, three young girls drew 6,000 of them, choosing who would have a chance to homestead on the land. The first 3,000 were notified in the spring and the second 3,000 were notified in the fall. But, lottery winners took only 600 tracts; these were taken in what the tribe considers a subsequent "land grab". The distribution of their lands did not end the Native American problems with whites.

According to their treaty, the tribes have the right to off-reservation hunting, but the state believed it could regulate those activities. State game wardens were responsible for a confrontation in 1908 with a small Pend d'Oreilles hunting party, which resulted in deaths of four of the Native Americans, in what is known as the Swan Valley Massacre. A court challenge to their hunting rights reached the US Supreme Court, which upheld tribal treaty rights to hunt off-reservation in their former territory. All but the northern tip of Flathead Lake is part of the reservation. Flathead Lake lies in the northeast corner of the reservation, with most of the reservation to the south and west of the lake. Polson, the county seat of Lake County, is located at the southern end of the lake and within the reservation boundaries. Part of the Mission Mountains range is on the reservation; the western end of the range is protected by the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness and the eastern end of the range is protected by the Mission Mountains Wilderness.

Parts of the Bob Marshall Wilderness are nearby. Recent years have seen a decline in the numbers of native fish species, which include: bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, northern whitefish, northern pikeminnow. Non-native species include: yellowstone cutthroat trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, lake whitefish, black bullhead, kokanee salmon, yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass; the tribe prohibits hunting furbearing animals on the reservation. The tribe permits hunting by non-natives of the following birds: Hungarian partridge, ducks, geese and coots. Other animals that can not be hunted by non-natives are: elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, grizzly bear, moose. Wolves, bison and falcons are present; the total population of the reservation was 28,324 as of the 2010 census, an 8% increase over the 2000 census. Some 9,138 persons living there identified as Native American; the largest community on the reservation is the city of Polson, the county seat of Lake County.

The seat of government of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation is Pablo. The tribes derive income from selling timber and from operating a variety of businesses: Gray Wolf Peak casino in the south of the reservation between Arlee and Evaro, KwaTaqNuk ("where the water leaves th