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Tuscaloosa Public Library

The Tuscaloosa Public Library is a city/county agency in the city of Tuscaloosa, serving a population of over 184,035 in Tuscaloosa County in the state of Alabama, United States. The Library has 58,037 registered patrons. There are over 225,000 items cataloged in the system; the library has three service outlets: the Main Library, the Brown Branch and the Weaver-Bolden Branch. An 1879 article in The Tuscaloosa Times marks the foundation of a library for Tuscaloosa. J. H. Fitts, Esq. endowed it with a subscription of $50.00 in 100 valuable books. A large number of books belonging to the Young Men's Christian Association were turned over to the library and about 500 books were given by citizens. A "commodious room" housed the library, located over the store occupied by Dr. John Little. By the early 1900s the library had been moved to a small one-room location in the basement of the County Courthouse; the library soon outgrew the Courthouse rooms and moved to what is now known as the "Old Searcy Home" in 1926.

The library shared space with the County Board of Education. Five of the downstairs rooms were dedicated to the library; the monthly appropriation for the library in 1946 was the "pitifully low sum" of $185.00. This stipend was only a slight increase from the 1921 figure of $100.00 per month. The 1952-53 report noted a growth in circulation to 47,335 for adults; the report notes 29,749 books in the collection with an additional 4,373 items to be added in that year. The main library soon outgrew the five room space in the Searcy House and was relocated to the historic Jemison House in 1958; the house, an Italianate villa, was built in 1860-1862 and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was donated by the Friedman family and the library became known as the Friedman Library. By 1966, the book stock numbered some 59,853 volumes. Still the library would outgrow the Friedman building. Bessie Sasser librarian, launched an effort for a new public library building. Located on Jack Warner Parkway, the Tuscaloosa Public Library was realized in 1979 after lengthy construction problems and delays.

It continues to serve as the main library today. The library underwent an extensive renovation in 1999–2001, increasing space and modernizing the structure. Under the leadership of library director Nancy Pack, a new branch was added, the Brown Branch and a new home for the Weaver-Bolden Branch library was built in the McKenzie Courts; the first branch library, Weaver-Bolden, was established in 1948 under the leadership of Ruth Eaton Cummings Bolden who served as librarian there from its beginning to her retirement in 1975. In 1946, a library opened in three rooms of the community Center, located at 18th Street and 30th Avenue in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; the Community Center, site of recreational activities and a radio school, was funded through what was known as the Community Chest and the Tuscaloosa Religious Association. Twice a month, the library carried books to county schools in Holly Springs, Romulus, Dry Creek and Holt. There was no other library service to African Americans in Tuscaloosa County except at the Northport Technical School.

Tuscaloosa County assumed financial responsibility for operating all recreational programs and the Community Center building was torn down. The library was moved first to the Lutheran Church School to a store owned by Mr. Frank Williams; the County appropriated no funds to the library until 1953, when the Tuscaloosa Public Library assumed responsibility for the Library on 18th Street. Ruth Bolden, the first librarian at the branch, requested that the Library Board name the library in honor of George Weaver, a former civic leader who opened his personal library to area students. In 1960, the present building at 2937 19th Street was constructed and dedicated on February 12, 1961 as the Weaver Branch. In 1990, Ms. Ruth Bolden's name was added. A Community Block Grant funded renovations in 1991 and 2003. On November 16, 2010 thanks to a Hope VI grant, Weaver-Bolden was relocated from its original location to a brand new building at 2522 Lanier Avenue; the new location gave additional space for both staff use.

As a way to connect with its past, the sign from the original location was brought to the new location. The Brown branch library opened its doors on Sunday, September 10, 2006, with 4,000 square feet within the Bobby Miller Activity Center in Taylorville; the Brown branch is named after his sister Marine Brown. James and Marine Brown were the children of Judge James Clinton Brown and Mary Grace Maxwell of Tuscaloosa. James Brown was self-employed as a real property appraiser for most of his career, he was best known for chronicling local news and events as editor for 55 years of the Exchange Club's newsletter, the Unitor. Marine Brown is best remembered by the students she taught at Stafford and Verner Elementary Schools in Tuscaloosa. Miss Willie Barnes – 1921–1922 Mrs. Lucy Pou – 1922 – October 1941 Mrs. R. H. Bruck – October–December 1941 Mrs. Venable Lawson – Dec 1941 - June 1942 Louise Williams – June–August 1942 Mary Evelyn Glass – September 1942 – May 1943 Mrs. Mary Lillie Blackmarr – June–August 1943 Mary Guy – September–December 1943 Winona Nicholson – January–June 1944 Mary Guy – July – August 1944 Mrs. Inez Sutton – September 1944 – 1945 Evelyn Glass Reed – 1946–1948 Barbara Davis – 1948–1960 Nell Arsic – 1961–1962 Bessie Sasser – 1962–1980 James Price – 1980–1985 Glen Johnson – 1985–1989 David Bennan – 1989–1994 Dave Davis – 1995–1999 Dr. Nancy Pack – 1999–2010 Dr. Mary Elizabeth Harper – 2011–2014

Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School is a single-sex voluntary controlled grammar school in Canterbury, England. The school originated in the Middle Ages as an educational foundation for children in Canterbury, emerging as a separate school for girls in 1881, its brother school is Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys. The school is'selective' in its intake, with prospective Year 7 students having to take the Kent Procedure for Entrance to Secondary Education examination. Around 155 new students are accepted every year at age 11, around 60 students every year join the sixth form from other schools. 2010 saw the successful introduction of boys into the sixth form. In the school's Ofsted inspection it was rated'Good' overall; the history of the school begins with the Blue Coat Boys' School housed at the Poor Priest's Hospital, founded in the Middle Ages. In 1881, two new schools were called the Canterbury Middle Schools. However, to dispel rumours that they were for the use of the middle classes, they were renamed in 1887 to become the Simon Langton Girls' and Boys' schools, named after Simon Langton, an Archdeacon of Canterbury who in 1248 had left behind legacies to the Poor Priest's Hospital.

During the Baedecker Blitz in the Second World War, the old school buildings were destroyed - they were situated in what is now the Whitefriar's Shopping Centre and rebuilt on its present site in 1950. In 2005, Simon Langton Girls' became a specialist school in music and information and communication technology. In 2008, the national Gold ArtsMark was awarded to the school for the third time in 2008, for excellence in Art, Drama and Textiles. ArtsMark is the benchmark for arts education provision and Simon Langton Girls' received the Gold award in 2002, 2005 and 2008. Jane Robinson became the head teacher in January 2008. In 2010, the school gained the International School Award; the school‘s main classroom block is a 1940s building planned to become a military reserve hospital, which contains thirteen science laboratories, studios for art and drama, Design Technology workshops and a refurbished Sixth Form centre with a library, computer suite and Common Room. The site is charaterised by its green spaces, bordered with steep grassy hills and large trees, which pollinate over the summer.

The school site has a large sports field, as well as a netball/tennis court and an Orchard, run by the Biology Dept. in conjunction with the WellWorld Project, which aims to promote biodiversity in schools. A £20m project has begun to build a new classroom block and Sports Hall on site, to replace the original 1940s building, set to open in September 2020. A 2009 Ofsted inspection found that the overall effectiveness of the mathematics subject to be outstanding, stating that "Many students experience outstanding teaching" from "some exceptionally talented teachers" and "some excellent use is made of computer-linked whiteboards to enhance students’ understanding." "Achievement post-16 is good. Standards are high."Ofsted lead inspector, Ian Stuart, wrote a letter to pupils on 7 June 2007 to tell them they were "developing into fine young people" who were "outstanding ambassadors" for their generation following the 2007 Ofsted inspection which rated the school as "outstanding" in all areas. In 2016 the governing body of Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School began consulting on the possibility of the school converting to academy status.

The application to DfE was cancelled after some protest. Imogen Bain, actress Vicky Beeching, musician Catherine Conybeare and philologist Daphne Todd, artist Dame Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey Sian Gordon, English lawn bowler Anne Pennington, linguist and Professor Catherine Waddams and academic Mary Tourtel, creator of Rupert Bear Andrea Wonfor, TV executive who launched innovative programmes Simon Langton Girls' website Simon Langton Old Girls' Association profile of SLGGS

Coldham Lane Depot

Coldham Lane Depot is a traction maintenance depot located in Cambridge, England. The depot is situated on the eastern side of the Fen Line and is to the north of Cambridge railway station; the depot code was CA. The depot is a three-track dead-end shed, opened by British Rail in 1958; until 1987, when the allocation was withdrawn, the depot had an allocation of Classes 101, 105, 114 and 120 DMUs. Class 08 shunters could be seen stabled at the depot; the depot was used by RES for the maintenance of its rolling stock until 1996, was reopened by Central Trains less than eighteen months later. The Cambridge University Railway Club adopted number of shunting locomotives down the ages at Coldham Lane Depot. For each locomotive, CURC fitted them with nameplate, "EAGLE". In 1996, RES closed down its operations in Coldham Lane, so the loco was going elsewhere; therefore the CURC presented the nameplate to the retiring depot manager. As of 2016, the depot's allocation consists of CrossCountry Class 170 Turbostars.

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Battle of L√ľneburg Heath

The Battle of Lüneburg Heath was a conflict between the army of King Louis III of France and the Norse Great Heathen Army fought on the 2nd February 880 AD, at Lüneburg Heath in today's Lower Saxony. Following defeat by Alfred the Great at the Battle of Edington, the Norse Great Heathen Army moved from England to pillage the Duchy of Saxony; the army of Louis met the Norsemen at Lüneburg Heath. The Saxons were routed with the army being destroyed or captured. Known combatants include Marquard of Hildesheim, Theodoric of Ninden, Lothar I, Count of Stade, an unidentified count named "Bardonum" and Bruno, Duke of East Saxony who according to the chronicles, Annales Fuldenses and the Gesta Francorum drowned in a river during the Saxon retreat; those killed were recognized by the Catholic Church as the Martyrs of Ebsdorf, whose feast day is the 2nd of February. The Norse army was subsequently defeated at the Battle of Thimeon that month and checked at the Battle of Saucourt

Leopold Cafe

The Leopold Cafe and Bar is a large and popular restaurant and bar on Colaba Causeway, in the Colaba area of Mumbai, located across from the Colaba Police station. It was one of the first sites attacked during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, it was founded in 1871 by Iranis. These Zoroastrian Iranians came to India in the late 19th and early 20th century, many of them opened restaurants now termed Irani cafés, it first started out as a wholesale cooking oil store and over the years has variously been a restaurant and pharmacy. Prior to the terrorist attack, it was known as a popular hangout for foreign tourists. After the attack, it is now popular with many Indians to commemorate the spirit of defiance; the Leopold Cafe has preserved some of the signs of the attack as a memorial, whereas at the Taj and Trident, the damage from the attacks has been repaired. It uses an Achaemenid Persian Lion Rhyton as a part of its logo to indicate its Zoroastrian affiliation, it is one of a couple of Irani Cafes that are still doing good business, while many others are fading away.

The cafe was an early site of gunfire and grenade explosions during the 2008 Mumbai attacks by terrorists on Nov 26, at about 9:30 PM. The terrorists an hour after landing, sprayed fire inside the restaurant from outside killing 10 persons and injuring many others; the restaurant was extensively damaged during the attacks. There were blood stains on the floor and shoes left by fleeing customers. Sourav Mishra, a Reuters reporter and one of the first media witnesses of the attack, suffered severe bullet injuries. After spending one and half minutes at the Leopold Cafe, the terrorists walked over to The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the main target; the cafe defiantly reopened four days after the attack, but was reclosed on the recommendation of the police as a safety measure after two hours, due to the unexpectedly large size of crowds gathering there. The cafe was mentioned extensively in the novel Shantaram and its sequel The Mountain Shadow. Shantaram is about an Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escapes from jail and flees to Bombay, as Mumbai was called.

Of all the typical "Bombay" things and places mentioned in the book is the Leopold Café. The novel was the reason. Irani café Café Mondegar Timeline of the 2008 Mumbai attacks Official website Map showing cafe location IraniChai, Mumbai history project