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Sid James

Sidney "Sid" James was a British character and comic actor born into a middle-class Jewish family in South Africa. Appearing in British films from 1947, he was cast in numerous small and supporting roles into the 1950s, his profile was raised as Tony Hancock's co-star in Hancock's Half Hour, first in the radio series and when it was adapted for television and ran from 1954 to 1961. Afterwards, he became known as a regular performer in the Carry On films, appearing in nineteen films of the series, with the top billing role in 17. Meanwhile, his starring roles in television sitcoms continued for the rest of his life, he starred alongside Diana Coupland in the 1970s sitcom Bless This House until his death in 1976. Remembered for a lascivious persona in the Carry On films, with the Snopes website describing him as "the grand old man of dirty laughter", he became known for his amiability in his television work. Bruce Forsyth described him as "a natural at being natural". On 26 April 1976, while touring in The Mating Season, James suffered a heart attack while performing on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.

Some, including comedian Les Dawson, claim to have seen the ghost of James at the theatre, subsequently refused to appear at the theatre again. James was born Solomon Joel Cohen on 8 May 1913, to Jewish parents in South Africa changing his name to Sidney Joel Cohen, Sidney James, his family lived on Hancock Street in Johannesburg. Upon moving to the UK in life, he claimed various previous occupations, including diamond cutter, dance tutor and boxer, it was at a hairdressing salon in Orange Free State, that he met his first wife. He married Berthe Sadie Delmont, known as Toots, on 12 August 1936 and they had a daughter, born in 1937, his father-in-law, Joseph Delmont, a Johannesburg businessman, bought a hairdressing salon for James, but within a year he announced that he wanted to become an actor and joined the Johannesburg Repertory Players. Through this group, he gained work with the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Toots divorced him in 1940. During the Second World War, he served as a lieutenant in an entertainment unit of the South African Army, subsequently took up acting as a career.

He moved to the United Kingdom in December 1946. According to rumour, Sid had an affair with the daughter of an important member of Johannesburg society, he worked in repertory before being spotted for the nascent British post-war film industry. James made his first credited film appearances in Black Memory, both crime dramas, he played the alcoholic hero's barman in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Small Back Room. His first major comedy role was in The Lavender Hill Mob: with Alfie Bass, he made up the bullion robbery gang headed by Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. In the same year, he appeared in Lady Godiva Rides Again and The Galloping Major. In 1953, he appeared as Harry Hawkins in The Titfield Thunderbolt, had a major, starring role in The Wedding of Lilli Marlene, he joined Alec Guinness again in "The Detective " in 1954. In 1956, he appeared in Trapeze as Harry the snake charmer, a circus film, one of the most successful films of its year, he played Master Henry in "Outlaw Money", an episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood.

He had a supporting part as a TV advertisement producer in Charlie Chaplin's A King in New York, a non-comic supporting role as a journalist in the science-fiction film Quatermass 2, he performed in Hell Drivers, a film with Stanley Baker. The next year, James starred with Miriam Karlin in East End, West End by Wolf Mankowitz, a half-hour comedy series for the ITV company Associated Rediffusion. Set within the Jewish community of London's East End, the series of six episodes was transmitted in February and March 1958, but plans for further episodes were abandoned after a disappointing response. For a while though, it had looked as if his commitment elsewhere might end his work with Tony Hancock, one of the most popular television comedians of the time. In 1954, he had begun working with Tony Hancock in his BBC Radio series Hancock's Half Hour. Having seen him in The Lavender Hill Mob, it was the idea of Hancock's writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, to cast James, he played a character with his own name, a petty criminal and would manage to con Hancock in some way, although the character ceased to be Hancock's adversary.

With the exception of James, the other regular cast members of the radio series were dropped when the series made the transition to television. His part in the show now increased and many viewers came to think of Hancock and James as a double act. Feeling the format had become exhausted, Hancock decided to end his professional relationship with James at the end of the sixth television series in 1960. Although the two men remained friends, James was upset at his colleague's decision; the experience led to a shift away from the kind of roles. He remained the lovable rogue but was keen to steer clear of criminal characters - in 1960 he turned down the part of Fagin in the original West End staging of Oliver! for that reason. Galton and Simpson continued to write for both James and Hancock for a while, the Sidney Balmoral James character resurfaced in the Citizen James series. Sid James

Mike Dempsey (intelligence)

Michael P. Dempsey is the former acting Director of National Intelligence, serving from January 20, 2017 to March 15, 2017. Dempsey began his intelligence career with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1990 and has served in a number of management and analytical positions there, including Deputy Director of the Weapons Intelligence, Arms Control Center, as well as Deputy Associate Director for Military Affairs, he served as Deputy CIA Representative to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States National Security Council. Prior to joining the CIA, Dempsey served for four years as an artillery officer in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, he is now the National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations


HMS C21 was one of 38 C-class submarines built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. The boat survived the First World War and was sold for scrap in 1921; the C-class boats of the 1907–08 and subsequent Naval Programmes were modified to improve their speed, both above and below the surface. The submarine had a length of 142 feet 3 inches overall, a beam of 13 feet 7 inches and a mean draft of 11 feet 6 inches, they displaced 290 long tons on 320 long tons submerged. The C-class submarines had a crew of fourteen ratings. For surface running, the boats were powered by a single 12-cylinder 600-brake-horsepower Vickers petrol engine that drove one propeller shaft; when submerged the propeller was driven by a 300-horsepower electric motor. They could reach 13 knots on 8 knots underwater. On the surface, the C class had a range of 910 nautical miles at 12 knots; the boats were armed with two 18-inch torpedo tubes in the bow. They could carry a pair of reload torpedoes, but did not as they would have to remove an equal weight of fuel in compensation.

C21 was laid down on 4 February 1908 by Vickers at their Barrow-in-Furness shipyard, launched on 26 September and was completed on 18 May 1909. During World War I, the boat was used for coastal defence and training in home waters. C21 was sold for scrap on 5 December 1921. Akermann, Paul. Encyclopaedia of British Submarines 1901–1955. Penzance, Cornwall: Periscope Publishing. ISBN 1-904381-05-7. Colledge, J. J.. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. Gardiner, Robert & Gray, eds.. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906–1921. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-85177-245-5. Harrison, A. N.. "The Development of HM Submarines From Holland No. 1 to Porpoise ". Submariners Association: Barrow in Furness Branch. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015. MaritimeQuest HMS C21 pages

Nadia Lapusta

Nadia Lapusta is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology. She designed the first computational model that could and efficiently simulate sequence of earthquakes and interseismic slow deformation on a planar fault in a single consistent physical framework. Lapusta was born in Ukraine, she completed her bachelor's degree at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, where she graduated with the highest honours in 1994. She moved to America for her doctoral studies, earning a Master's degree in 1996 and a PhD in 2001, her doctoral work considered the dynamics of frictional sliding on planar interfaces and was supervised by James R. Rice. During her doctoral studies she was awarded an outstanding student presentation award from the American Geophysical Union and Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, her thesis was awarded the Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics from the American Physics Society.

Lapusta joined California Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics in 2002. She is a member of the Caltech Seismological Laboratory and the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Faculty in the division of Engineering and Applied Science, her research group focuses on studying mechanics of geomaterials, fundamentals of friction, solid-fluid interactions and earthquake source processes. In particular, Lapusta is interested in the mechanics and physics of seismic deformation and aseismic creep, uses both analytical and numerical modelling to study friction and fracture phenomena, she was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop an interdisciplinary framework for the fundamental understanding and prediction of earthquake processes. The unique computational framework developed by Lapusta and collaborators have provided transformative insights into the nature of earthquake processes and fault slip across scales; the model can predict the aseismic behaviour.

She used this model to simulate various fault behaviours, including earthquake nucleation, post-seismic slip and inter-seismic deformation. Using a single model to simulate all fault behaviours made it possible for Lapusta et al. to demonstrate that during an earthquake the stable zones behave differently when penetrated by earthquake ruptures, can in fact contribute to the generation of massive earthquakes through dynamic weakening. Her model could qualitatively reproduce the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. Uncovering the critical role of small scale frictional and hydromechanical processes and pointing to complex feedback interactions between fault slip and heterogeneous hydraulic properties that may qualitatively and quantitatively alter fault response from what may be inferred from small scale experiments Lapusta's work on small repeating earthquakes, interaction of seismic and aseismic slip in complex fault structures, dynamic weakening that may control the final size of an earthquake following its nucleation, has demonstrated the importance of rigorous mechanics-based modelling of earthquake processes, how this may be informative to seismic hazard calculations when data is scarce as it is the case for large earthquakes.

For example, Lapusta studied the large areas of aseismic creep after the 2007 Peru earthquake, which can act to lower the seismic hazard in a particular region. Her computational work includes using probabilistic inversion tools to understand tsunamis generated in during subduction zone earthquakes in deep-ocean trenches in Japan and Chile. In collaboration with Ares Rosakis at Caltech, Lapusta is co-leading an National Science Foundation research project that aims at coupling rigorous computational tools and laboratory earthquake experiments to elucidate the fundamental nature of the dynamic friction laws and frictional slip modes across scales. Dynamic friction determines how earthquake ruptures move along faults such as the San Andreas Fault, but is still misunderstood. Lapusta applies her continuum mechanics based computational models to understand the interplay between friction, stress evolution, past seismicity, future behaviour of fault segments. In 2017 Lapusta was awarded the Caltech Graduate Student Council Mentoring Award.

She was the vice chair of the Southern California Earthquake Center Board of Directors, co-leads its interdisciplinary working group on Fault and Rock Mechanics. She has been involved with the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program

Henry Blount (knight)

Sir Henry Blount was a 17th-century English landowner and author. He was the third son of Sir Thomas Pope Blount of Blount's Hall and Tyttenhanger, Hertfordshire and was educated at St Albans Free School and Trinity College, Oxford, he travelled extensively in Europe and the Levant and was author of Voyage into the Levant published in London in 1634. He was knighted in 1639, he served Charles I during the English Civil War and was present at the Battle of Edgehill but he was acquitted by Parliament and served in 1655 on a Commission to consider methods of improving the trade and navigation of the Commonwealth of England. He was heir of his elder brother Thomas and inherited the estate at Tyttenhanger in 1654, he replaced the old manor house with a new mansion Tyttenhanger House in about 1654. He served as High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1661, his likeness painted by Sir Peter Lely is exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery. Blount married Hester Mainwaring, née Wase and had seven sons including Thomas Pope Blount and Charles Blount.

Coote, Charles Henry. "Blount, Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. 5

Percy Warner

Percy Warner was an American businessman from Nashville, Tennessee. He was active in public utility across the Southern United States. Percy Warner was born on March 4, 1861, his father, James C. Warner, was the owner of mining interests, he had Edwin Warner. He grew up at a mansion in East Nashville. Warner started his career by working for his father's mining business. Warner served as the President of the Nashville Railway and Light Company, which controlled the streetcar system in Nashville, he resigned in 1914. He was active in utility companies in "Memphis, Birmingham, Little Rock and New Orleans." Additionally, Warner served on the Board of Directors of the National Light and Power Company of New York. Warner served on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Trust Company, he served as the Chairman of the Building Committee of the Young Women's Christian Association Building in Downtown Nashville. Warner served on the Nashville Board of Park Commissioners, he helped save Centennial Park. Warner married the daughter of Dr John Berrien Lindsley.

They resided at a mansion in Nashville. Two of his daughters and Percie, were the first and second wives of Luke Lea, who served as the Senator from Tennessee from 1911 to 1917. Warner died on June 18, 1927, he was buried at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Tennessee. The Percy Warner Park in Nashville was named in his honor