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Soft Machine

Soft Machine are an English rock band from Canterbury formed in mid-1966 consisting of John Marshall, Roy Babbington, John Etheridge, Theo Travis. As a central band of the Canterbury scene, the group became one of the first British psychedelic acts and moved into progressive and jazz-rock, their varying lineups have included prominent former members such as Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper, Kevin Ayers. Though they achieved little commercial success, the Soft Machine are considered by critics to have been influential in rock music, Dave Lynch at AllMusic called them "one of the more influential bands of their era, one of the most influential underground ones"; the group were named after the novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. Soft Machine were formed in mid-1966 by Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen and Mike Ratledge plus, for the first few gigs only, American guitarist Larry Nowlin. Allen and future bassist Hugh Hopper first played together in the Daevid Allen Trio in 1963 accompanied by Ratledge.

Wyatt and Hopper had been founding members of The Wilde Flowers, incarnations of which would include members of another Canterbury band, Caravan. This first Soft Machine line-up became involved in the early UK underground, performing at the UFO Club and other London clubs like the Speakeasy Club and Middle Earth, their first single, "Love Makes Sweet Music", was released by Polydor in February, backed with "Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'". In April 1967 they recorded seven demo songs with producer Giorgio Gomelsky in De Lane Lea Studios that remained unreleased until 1971 in a dispute over studio costs, they played in the Netherlands, on the French Riviera. During July and August 1967, Gomelsky booked shows along the Côte d'Azur with the band's most famous early gig taking place in the village square of Saint-Tropez; this led to an invitation to perform at producer Eddie Barclay's trendy "Nuit Psychédélique", performing a forty-minute rendering of "We Did It Again", singing the refrain over and over in a trance-like quality.

This made them instant darlings of the Parisian "in" crowd, resulting in invitations to appear on television shows and at the Paris Biennale in October 1967. After their return from France, Allen was denied re-entry to the United Kingdom, so the group continued as a trio, while he returned to Paris to form Gong. Sharing the same management as Jimi Hendrix, the band supported the Jimi Hendrix Experience's North America tour throughout 1968. Soft Machine's first album was recorded in New York City in April at the end of the first leg of the tour. Back in London, guitarist Andy Summers of The Police, joined the group following the breakup of Dantalian's Chariot. After a few weeks of rehearsals, the quartet began a tour of the U. S. with some solo shows before reuniting with Hendrix during August and September 1968. Summers was fired at the insistence of Ayers, who departed amicably after the final tour date at the Hollywood Bowl in mid-September, for the remainder of 1968 Soft Machine were no more.

Wyatt stayed in the U. S. to record solo demos, while Ratledge began composing in earnest. One of Wyatt's demos, Slow Walkin' Talk, allowed Wyatt to make use of his multi-instrumentalist skills and featured Hendrix on bass guitar. In December 1968, to fulfill contractual obligations, Soft Machine re-formed with former road manager and composer Hugh Hopper on bass added to Wyatt and Ratledge and recorded their second album, Volume Two, which started a transition toward jazz fusion. In May 1969 this line-up acted as the uncredited backing band on two tracks of The Madcap Laughs, the debut album by Syd Barrett. In 1969 the trio was expanded to a septet with the addition of four horn players, though only saxophonist Elton Dean remained beyond a few months, the resulting Soft Machine quartet running through Third and Fourth, with various guests jazz players. Fourth was the first of their instrumental albums and the last one featuring Wyatt, their propensity for building extended suites from regular sized compositions, both live and in the studio, reached its apogee in the 1970 album Third, unusual for its time with each of the four sides featuring one suite.

Third was unusual for remaining in print for more than ten years in the U. S. and is the best-selling Soft Machine recording. They received unprecedented acclaim across Europe, they made history by becoming the first rock band invited to play at London's Proms in August 1970; the show was broadcast live on national TV and appeared as a live album. After differences over the group's musical direction, Wyatt left the band in August 1971 and formed Matching Mole, he was replaced by Australian drummer Phil Howard. This line-up toured extensively in Europe during the end of 1971 and attended the recording of their next album, but further musical disagreements led to Howard's dismissal after the recording of the first LP side of Fifth before the end of 1971 and some months in 1972 t

Malvinas Argentinas Partido

Malvinas Argentinas Partido is a partido in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in the Gran Buenos Aires urban area. It has an area of 63.8 km2 and according to the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, the population was 321,833 inhabitants.. Its name reflects Argentina's claims of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, it was created on October 20, 1994 by Provincial Law #11551, taking some of the territory of former General Sarmiento Partido. Los Polvorines is its capital, founded on the Ferrocarril General Manuel Belgrano railway, along with the neighboring town of Del Viso; the union of the lands around these two train stations originated the district. By Decree #4520, the federal government on 17 December 1908, created the train stop Los Polvorines, which name came from the Sargento Cabral munitions depot, established by the Argentine Army nearby. El Triángulo Los Polvorines Grand Bourg Ingeniero Adolfo Sourdeaux Ingeniero Pablo Nogués Tierras Altas Tortuguitas Villa de Mayo Municipalidad de Malvinas Argentinas InfoBAN noticias de Malvinas Argentinas

Career Girls Murders

The "Career Girls Murders" was the name given by the media to the murders of Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie in their apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on August 28, 1963. George Whitmore, Jr. was charged with this and other crimes but cleared. The actions of the police department led Whitmore to be improperly accused of this and other crimes, including the murder of Minnie Edmonds and the attempted rape and assault of Elba Borrero. Whitmore was wrongfully incarcerated for 1,216 days — from his arrest on April 24, 1964, until his release on bond on July 13, 1966, from the revocation of his bond on February 28, 1972 until his exoneration on April 10, 1973; this was after what author T. J. English called, in his book The Savage City, "a numbing cycle of trials, convictions overturned and appeals", Whitmore was cleared of all charges and set free. Whitmore's treatment by the authorities was cited as an example that led the U. S. Supreme Court to issue the guidelines known as the Miranda rights, with the Supreme Court calling Mr. Whitmore's case "the most conspicuous example" of police coercion in the country when it issued its 1966 ruling establishing a set of protections for suspects, including the right to remain silent, in Miranda v. Arizona.

On August 28, 1963, Patricia Tolles, 23, who worked at the book division at Time-Life, returned to her apartment on the third floor of 57 East 88th Street. There she found the apartment covered in blood; the bodies of her roommates, Newsweek researcher Janice Wylie and schoolteacher Emily Hoffert, were in one of the bedrooms. Both had been stabbed over 60 times with knives from their own kitchen and there was evidence that Wylie, wearing only a towel, had been sexually assaulted; the case was dubbed the "Career Girls Murders" by the media because Wylie, the daughter of an advertising executive and novelist Max Wylie and niece of novelist Philip Wylie, Hoffert were representative of the thousands of young women who had come from all over America to New York and other larger cities to seek jobs and careers. Others like the police were under pressure to solve the case. Hundreds of detectives were assigned to the investigation and thousands of people were interviewed, but as the weeks went by no arrests were made.

Police believed that the victims knew their killer. The level of violence found is an indication of a personal relationship with the victim. There were no signs of forced entry and the apartment, on the third floor of a nine-story building, was guarded by a doorman. Though the apartment was in disarray, nothing appeared to be stolen so robbery was not believed to be a motive; the victims' hands and feet were bound and they were tied back-to-back to each other while Wylie was nude and Hoffert was dressed. Two bloody 10- to 12-inch carving knives were found next to the bodies and an additional knife in one of the two bathrooms. Police theorized that the women were attacked and murdered in the bedroom where their bodies were discovered, they did not release information regarding the rape of Wylie. In fact, they told the press that it did not appear that either had been raped, but allowed that an autopsy might reveal otherwise, they did say that the women had been slashed in the neck and abdomen. The focus on interviewing the people named in Wylie's green address book did not lead to identifying a suspect.

A $10,000 reward was established to aid in the apprehension of a culprit. Janice Wylie's father, Max Wylie, penned a book "Career Girl, Watch Your Step!", a year after the murders, warning career girls of safety and the need to be aware and "feel threatened" as a defence. Like Max Wylie, everyone believed that the attacks were against women who had careers, as both of the victims fit that profile. Women white women, were left to feel vulnerable despite their desire to gain freedom and independence through their careers. Many other handbooks, aimed at the safety of single women, were written as an aftermath and issued by local police departments and public safety departments; these handbooks emphasized the importance of prevention of the attacks including having male protection and needing physical security. In April the following year, Elba Borrero identified George Whitmore, Jr. a nineteen-year-old day laborer, as the man who had attempted to rape her a few days prior. Borrero would acknowledge that Whitmore was the only suspect police had shown her.

When Whitmore was arrested, it was found that he was in possession of a photo of a white blonde woman. Brooklyn detectives Joe DiPrima and Edward Bulger jumped to the conclusion that the blonde in the photo was Janice Wylie, although her family denied it; the photo was that of Arlene Franco, a high school classmate of Whitmore, living in New Jersey, who had lost or discarded it in a park, where Whitmore found it and for some reason decided to keep it in his wallet. Whitmore became a suspect in the Wylie and Hoffert double murder. Detectives DiPrima and Bulger proceeded to question Whitmore about the Wylie-Hoffert murders and after hours of leading questions Whitmore confessed. New York City police announced that Whitmore had confessed to the murders of Wylie and Hoffert, as well as the murder of Minnie Edmonds and the attempted rape of Borrero; the NYPD announced Whitmore had given details of the Wylie-Hoffert killings which only the murderer could have known, but Manhattan prosecutors noticed that every detail in the Whitmore confession was known to the police beforehand.

Police stated he had drawn a detailed diagram of the apartment and had in his wallet a photo of Janice Wylie, stolen from the flat. Whitmore repudiated his confessions, cl

Konstantin Zakharov

Konstantin Mikhailovich Zakharov is a Belarusian professional ice hockey right winger. He plays for HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Zakharov made his senior debut playing for Yunost Minsk moved to HK Gomel, playing at better than a point per game pace in the Belarusian Extraliga. After being drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, he moved to the QMJHL, with the Moncton Wildcats, he scored 33 goals in Moncton. After that season, he moved to the Worcester IceCats. However, he had just 14 points in 59 games, the next season split time between the Alaska Aces of the ECHL and Yunost Minsk in the Belarusian Extraliga, he returned to North America for the start of 2006-07, playing with the Peoria Rivermen, but returned home at the end of the season, again playing with Yunost, where he has played since, helping the team to three consecutive league titles between 2009 and 2011. Zakharov played four games for Kontinental Hockey League team HC Dinamo Minsk in 2009-10, returning to Yunost Minsk after that.

Zakharov was selected for the Belarus national men's ice hockey team in the 2010 Winter Olympics, playing in four games and scoring a goal, in the shootout loss to Switzerland that eliminated Belarus from the tournament. As of 2013, Zakharov's only time representing Belarus at the senior level, but he played multiple times for both the under-20 and under-18 teams, he competed in four World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, the first coming in 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, when he was just 15. In 2003, he was the leading scorer at the Under-18 championships, recording more points than future stars Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or The Internet Hockey Database

Beaudesert railway line

The Beaudesert railway line is a disused branch railway in South East Queensland, Australia. The first section opened in 1885, the line was completed in 1888 and operated as a Queensland Government Railways line until 1996. A heritage operation was undertaken for a short period in 2003; the Canungra railway line connected at Logan Village between 1915 and 1955, the Beaudesert Shire Tramway connected with the terminal between 1903 and 1944. A study was undertaken in 2010 by the Queensland government concerning a potential Salisbury to Beaudesert rail corridor as a long term potential proposal; the 43 kilometre-long line branches off the Beenleigh Line at a triangular junction south of Bethania station 35 kilometres south of Brisbane progresses south-west to Jimboomba and generally south to its terminus at Beaudesert. In 1877, a line was proposed from Wacol to Logan Village and Tamrookum. A trial survey was taken around 1881 with the route commencing from Goodna; this line proposed 1-in-30 grades, the steepest on the QGR system at the time, as well as requiring a bridge over the Logan River.

The line as built commenced at Bethania on the Beenleigh railway line, south of the Logan River and had the advantage of being a shorter distance of new construction. The section from Bethania to Logan Village was opened on 21 September 1885, with the Logan Village to Beaudesert section opened on 16 May 1888. All trains were'mixed' until 1929, when a rail motor passenger service was introduced, being withdrawn in 1961. Freight services continued until 20 May 1996. In 2001, a grant provided by the federal government was given to a local group of Beaudesert people who traded as " Beaudesert Rail"; the group locomotives. The line was upgraded to C17 use; when QGR services still operated on the Beaudesert Branch, only PB15's, B13's, B15's and 60t diesels were used. In order for Beaudesert Rail to commence steam services on the line, they needed to upgrade their track to carry the weight of their C17; the first Beaudesert rail service was held on 18 December 2002 with a run from Beaudesert to Logan Village and return.

On 8 March 2003, Beaudesert Rail commenced steam-hauled services. Beaudesert Rail's steam locomotive was an ex-QR C17 #967. Built by Walkers Limited in Maryborough, 967 was in service for 19 years before being placed in a park at Caloundra. In 1985, the Ghan railway bought 967 as a gate train. In 2000, 967 was road-hauled to Beaudesert. Beaudesert rail commenced services to Bethania on 4 April 2003; the last service to Bethania took place on 28 June 2003. On that date, Beaudesert Rail's ex-Emu Bay diesel 1105 derailed about 3 kilometres south of Bethania, between the Dairy Creek Road and Easterly Street level crossings. Beaudesert rail experienced financial problems and the group disbanded in 2005. In 2006, the Zig Zag Railway acquired the former Beaudesert Rail carriages for use on their Blue Mountains system. Whilst the track has not been removed, many level crossings have been removed and paved over; the corridor is overgrown and many sections are utilised for livestock grazing. At Logan Village, only the platform remains and is covered with growth, the station area is mown and fences have collapsed.

At the Waterford - Tamborine road crossing the signals and signage have been removed after intersection upgrades. At Jimboomba, all that remains is the track. An attempt to remove the section of line here was made, but not completed. At Beaudesert the station building, water tower stand and the floor of the goods shed. South of the Station building, the line has been covered with dirt and is now a car park. However, the station building has been repainted and a new station nameboard installed. A 2010 Queensland government study has proposed a new passenger rail line to Beaudesert utilising the dual gauge line from Salisbury to Kagaru a new alignment to Veresdale, where the final ~9 km original alignment to Beaudesert would be utilised. Given Beaudesert's current population of ~6,000, this is a long term proposal; as of November 2019 the Queensland and Federal governments have agreed to fund a business case to investigate construction of two electrified narrow-gauge passenger tracks from Salisbury to Beaudesert and two dual-gauge freight tracks between Acacia Ridge and Kagaru.

Rail transport in Queensland Media related to Beaudesert railway line at Wikimedia Commons 1925 map of the Queensland railway system

Nydia Westman

Nydia Eileen Westman was an American actress and singer of stage and television. Westman's parents and Lily Westman were active in vaudeville in her native New York City. In addition to their working together on stage, her mother was a writer and her father was a composer, she attended the Professional Children's School. Her sisters and Neville, were actresses, her brother, was an actor and playwright. Westman's career ranged from episodic appearances on TV series such as That Girl and Dragnet and uncredited bit roles in movies to appearances in groundbreaking films such as Craig's Wife, which starred Rosalind Russell, the first film version of Little Women. Westman's screen debut came in Strange Justice, she appeared in 31 films in the 1930s. She appeared as the housekeeper Mrs. Featherstone in the 1962–1963 ABC series, Going My Way, which starred Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll as Roman Catholic priests in New York City. Westman's first Broadway play was Pigs, she broke ground on stage, debuting the role of Nell off-Broadway in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, for which she won one of the first Obie awards.

Westman was married to Robert Sparks, a producer, from 1930 until 1937. Westman died of cancer at the age of 68 in California. Nydia Westman on IMDb Nydia Westman at the Internet Broadway Database bio Nydia Westman at AllMovie Nydia Westman at Find a Grave