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Slartibartfast

Slartibartfast is a character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a comedy/science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. The character appears in the first and third novels, the first and third radio series, the 1981 television series and the 2005 feature film; the character was modelled after actor John Le Mesurier. Slartibartfast is a Magrathean, a designer of planets, his favourite part of the job is creating coastlines, the most notable of which are the fjords found on the coast of Norway on planet Earth, for which he won an award. While trapped on prehistoric Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect see Slartibartfast's signature deep inside a glacier in ancient Norway; when Earth Mk. II is being made, Slartibartfast is assigned to the continent of Africa, he is unhappy about this because he has begun "doing it with fjords again", but has been told by his superiors that they are "not equatorial enough". In relation to this, he expresses the view that he would "far rather be happy than right any day."

In any event, the new Earth is not required and, much to Slartibartfast's disgust, its owners suggested that he take a quick skiing holiday on his glaciers before dismantling them. Slartibartfast's aircar is found near the place where Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent are attacked by cops, who are killed in a way similar to how the cleaning staff in Slartibartfast's study have perished. There is a note pointing to one of the controls in the aircar saying "This is the the best button to press." In Life, the Universe and Everything Slartibartfast has joined the Campaign for Real Time which tries to preserve events as they happened before time travelling was invented. He picks up Arthur and Ford from Lord's Cricket Ground with his Starship Bistromath, after which they head out to stop the robots of Krikkit from bringing together the pieces of the Wikkit Gate. Douglas Adams writes in the notes accompanying the published volume of original radio scripts that he wanted Slartibartfast's name to sound rude, but still be broadcastable.

He therefore started with the name "Phartiphukborlz", changed bits of it until it would be acceptable to the BBC. He came closer to achieving this goal in the following episode, with the double-act Lunkwill and Fook, he adds to this statement in Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion, an analysis by Neil Gaiman:... One thing I don't think I explained in the script book was that I was teasing the typist, Geoffrey's secretary, because... she'd be typing out this long and extraordinary name which would be quite an effort to type and right at the beginning he says'My name is not important, I'm not going to tell you what it is'. I was just being mean to Geoffrey's secretary. Slartibartfast was first portrayed in the 1978 radio serial, in which he was voiced by Richard Vernon, who portrayed him in the 1981 live-action miniseries. Richard Griffiths voiced him in the 2004 radio series, he was portrayed by Bill Nighy in the 2005 film adaptation of the first novel

Kitty Garesche

Katherine Milligan “Kitty” Garesché was the founder and headmistress of the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, Kate Chopin's longtime friend. Katherine Milligan “Kitty” Garesche was born on August 24, 1850, in St. Louis, the daughter of Peter Bauduy Garesche and Juliette McLane, she was the oldest daughter, after her came Lilly and John. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Michigan. While at the Academy she became best friend of Kate Chopin, they were separated in 1863, when the Garesche's were banished from St. Louis for their Confederate sympathies. Garesché attended school in New York and graduated in 1868, she was expected to make her debut when her father died. She entered the novitiate at Maryville, St Louis, took her vows on February 2, 1872, she was the first of her family to enter Order of the Sacred Heart, but her sister Lily and her mother Juliette, followed her. Her mother brought with her the household furnishings, some of which are still in use today at the campus of Maryville College.

Juliette McLane Garesché was born a Protestant but had become interested in Catholicism and during a winter spent in New York she was instructed and baptized by Archbishop Hughes. After the death of her husband and in rapid succession those of her daughter Virginia, son, John Peter, she decided to enter the convent in 1878, she made her vows at the old City House on Broadway, St. Louis, Bishop Ryan, an intimate friend of the family officiating, her two daughters being present, she was sent to Timaru, New Zealand, to assist in starting a convent and school there, in 1881 made her profession in Paris. Returning to St. Louis she was made superior at the City House, but her health failing she was sent to Louisiana in hopes that a warmer climate would be beneficial, she died at St. Michael's in July, 1885. Lilly Garesche was for years superior at Maryville, at Clifton in Cincinnati, at Duchesne, at the City House, she was one of the most beloved nuns St. Louis has known. For many years she was the directress of the Sodality and spent much of her time in the convent parlor, listening to women's troubles and comforting them.

In 1887, together with another classmate from the Sacred Heart Academy who had become a nun as well, Elise "Liza" Miltenberger, Kitty Garesché opened the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. Miltenberger was the daughter of an old St. Louis French family; the new Sacred Heart Academy had a three-member house council: Mother Mary O'Meara, Kitty Garesché and Elise Miltenberger. In 1900 Chopin wrote a poem for Kitty Garesche’s 50th birthday: It is not all of life To cling together while the years glide past, it is not all of love To walk with clasped hands from first to last. That mystic garland which the spring did twine Of scented lilac and the new- blown rose, Faster than chains will hold my soul to thine Thro’ joy, grief, thro’ life- unto its close. There are several letters of Garesché in Her Creole Stories by Daniel S. Rankin. Written in her old age, the letters tell of the friendship with Chopin, their school days and life in St. Louis in the 1860s. In life Garesche became a teacher at the Sacred Heart Academy in Grosse Pointe becoming in the end its superior.

She died on March 10, 1940, in Grosse Pointe, is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Michigan. Kitty Garesche at Find a Grave

Johannes Eder

Johannes Eder is an Austrian cross-country skier who competed between 1998 and 2007. Eder has five individual career victories up to 30 km from 2001 to 2004. In 2006, he was disqualified for doping violations in the last two races he entered for the 2005-06 racing season, but was reinstated in time to compete in the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo. On November 22, 2007, the FIS announced that Eder along with two other cross country skiers from Austria, received two-year bans for doping incurred. All results from the incursion, caught on February 18, 2006 during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin for Eder and the two other skiers to the date of the suspension issued were disqualified and any awards earned were forfeited. Seven months earlier, Eder received a lifetime ban from the IOC for his doping actions in Turin. All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation. FIS announcement on November 22, 2007 about doping violations during the 2006 Winter Olympics - accessed November 29, 2007.

TSN.ca announcement of Eder's ban. Johannes Eder at the International Ski Federation

Antonia (daughter of Mark Antony)

Not to be confused with Antonia Major and Antonia Minor, Antony's daughters by his marriage to Octavia the Younger. Antonia Prima was a Roman noblewoman, she was the daughter and only child of triumvir Mark Antony. Her parents were paternal first cousins, her maternal grandparents were an unnamed Roman woman and politician Gaius Antonius Hybrida, while paternal grandparents were Julia Antonia and praetor Marcus Antonius Creticus). Prima means first. Antonia was the eldest known recorded child of Antony's; some modern historians consider her to be the first child born to Antony. She was raised in Rome. By 47 BC, Antonia’s parents had divorced because her mother had slept with her father’s friend, the tribune Publius Cornelius Dolabella. Antonia’s father had arranged for her to be betrothed in 44 BC, to Marcus Aemilius Lepidus the Younger, the son of triumvir Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. However, for an unknown reason the betrothal was broken off. In years, she appeared to have travelled with her father.

In 36 BC, Antonia married Pythodoros of Tralles, an Anatolian Greek, who originated from Tralles. He was wealthy and was a friend to the late triumvir Pompey. Pythodoros was about 20 years older than Antonia; the reason why Antony married his daughter off to Pythodoros was to gain some of Pythodoros’ wealth for his war chest in his campaign to invade Parthia. This was a testament to Antony’s Eastern perspective, as at that time Antony was married to Ptolemaic Greek Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and was living with her at her palace in Alexandria, Egypt. Antonia’s marriage to Pythodoros and her father’s motive for the marriage to occur horrified the Roman Senate Octavian; this was among one of the reasons that Octavian in 31 BC, declared war on her stepmother. In the following year, her father and stepmother committed suicide when Octavian defeated them and conquered Egypt. Antonia and Pythodoros settled in Smyrna. Either in 30 BC or 29 BC, Antonia bore Pythodoros, a daughter and only child Pythodorida, who through her marriages became Queen of Pontus and Cappadocia.

Pythodorida was raised in Smyrna. After that moment, nothing more is known about Antonia. Dio 44.5.3, 46.38.52. BC 5.10.93

Wolf River (Manitoba)

The Wolf River is a river in census division No. 22 in Manitoba, Canada. It is a right tributary of the Hayes River; the river heads northeast to Bayly Lake. From Bayley Lake, one can make a short portage east to Bayly Bay on Gods Lake, source of the Gods River; the Wolf River heads north to Fishing Eagle Lake turns west and reaches its mouth on the east side of Knee Lake. Knee Lake empties via the Hayes River to Hudson Bay. Knee Lake Airport and Knee Lake Water Aerodrome are 8 kilometres and 8.5 kilometres from the river mouth on the opposite shore of Knee Lake List of rivers of Manitoba

Anil Dharker

Anil Dharker is an Indian journalist and writer. He is the Founder and Director of the Mumbai International Literary Festival, held in November every year, he is the Founder and Director of Literature Live! which holds literary evenings through the year in different locations in Mumbai. After completing a degree in Mathematics in India, he left for England, where he did a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of London, he joined the academic staff of the University of Glasgow, where he specialised in Building Services Engineering. On returning to India, he joined the leading architectural firm, Phoroze Kudianavala and Associates as a Senior Consultant. Here he pioneered the concept and practice of fire safety in multi-storied buildings a much-neglected field in India, he initiated the use of smoke detectors, positive air pressure and other practices which are now prescribed by law for new buildings. Due to his extensive writing on cinema, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting placed him on the Advisory Board of the Film Censor Board where he drafted a liberalised and simplified censorship code which formed the basis for the official film certification code.

He moved to the National Film Development Corporation, became its head. During this time, many film-makers who are now household names, made their first movies with NFDC. Examples are Govind Nihalani, Saeed Mirza, Aparna Sen, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ketan Mehta, Goutam Ghose. Dharker was responsible for opening the Akashwani Auditorium in South Bombay as an art movie theatre. Dharker`s most significant contribution to NFDC was to enable it to co-produce Richard Attenborough`s film Gandhi, the multiple Oscar winner. Dharker was on the selection committees for India`s International Film Festivals and represented NFDC in overseas film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and London. Anil Dharker has been Editor of a variety of publications, starting with Debonair, Mid-day and Sunday Mid-day. Dharker left the Times of India group to head India TV a business-cum-entertainment channel promoted by the Dalal Street Journal group, poised to take off, he briefly became Creative Director of the Zee Television Network.

Over the years, he has conducted hundreds of interviews with Prime Ministers, Nobel Prize winning writers, film directors and actors and several others for the national broadcaster, Doordarshan. He is now a regular participant on most news channels where his views are sought on political and social issues. After his foray into television, Anil Dharker returned to full-time journalism, this time as a free-lance columnist. At various times, his columns appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu, The Economic Times, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, The Scotsman, The Sunday Observer, Mid-day and other publications, his columns now appear in The Asian Age, The Financial Chronicle, Deccan Chronicle, OnStage and The Huffington Post. In 2010, Dharker founded the Mumbai International Literary Festival; this takes place in November at the National Centre for Performing Arts in South Mumbai and at Prithvi Theatre in North Mumbai. Dharker continues as the Festival Director of the litfest. Literature Live! the organisation he founded to run the litfest organises literary events through the year in different parts of Mumbai.

Anil Dharker has been a versatile sportsman. He captained the Table Tennis teams of London University and Glasgow University and played for the Combined British University Table Tennis team, he played cricket and badminton, representing his university in all sports. He was the recipient of the YMCA London`s Sportman of the Year award, he has represented Bombay Gymkhana in tennis. Anil Dharker is the Chairman of the Single Malt Club of Bombay. Dharker is the Chairman of Citizens for Justice and Peace, a Mumbai-based NGO fighting for redressal in miscarriages of justice. Anil Dharker has been an invited member of 100 Citizens of Bombay, a member of the Advisory Boards of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the Children`s Film Society of India and several film funds for production of films in India, he has been the recipient of several awards for journalism. For several years Dharker has lived in Mumbai with Amy Fernandes, he has the former Bharat Natyam dancer Minal Dharker and the writer Rani Dharker.

He has one daughter, the actress Ayesha Dharker from an earlier marriage with the poet Imtiaz Dharker. Sorry, Not Ready: Television in the Time of PM Darshan The Romance of Salt about Mahatma Gandhi`s Dandi March Icons: Men and Women Who Made Modern India Man Who Talked to Machines The Possible Dream: The Story of the Mumbai Marathon