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St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków

Saint Mary's Basilica is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 m tall, it is famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss. In 1978 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the Historic Centre of Kraków. On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary's two towers; the plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate a famous 13th century trumpeter, shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before a Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station. Saint Mary's Basilica served as an architectural model for many of the churches that were built by the Polish diaspora abroad those like Saint Michael's and Saint John Cantius in Chicago, designed in the Polish Cathedral style.

The church is familiar to many English-speaking readers from the 1929 book The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly. According to chronicler Jan Długosz, Saint Mary's Basilica in the Main Square in Kraków was founded in 1221–22 by the Bishop of Kraków, Iwo Odrowąż; the building was destroyed during the Mongol invasion of Poland. Between 1290–1300 the new early Gothic church was built on the remaining foundations, it was consecrated twenty years in 1320. The church was rebuilt during the reign of Casimir III the Great between 1355 and 1365 with substantial contributions from wealthy restaurateur Mikołaj Wierzynek; the presbytery was elongated and tall windows added. The main body of the church was completed in 1395–97 with the new vault constructed by master Nicholas Wernher from Prague. However, the vault over the presbytery collapsed in 1442 due to a possible earthquake, which has never happened before nor since in Kraków. In the first half of the 15th century, the side chapels were added. Most of them were the work of master Franciszek Wiechoń.

At the same time the northern tower was raised and designed to serve as the watch tower for the entire city. In 1478 carpenter Maciej Heringh funded a helmet for the tower. A gilded crown was placed on it in 1666, still present today. At the end of the 15th century, Saint Mary's church was enriched with a sculptural masterpiece, an Altarpiece of Veit Stoss of late Gothic design. In 1536/37, King Sigismund I. declared that the sermons in the church should be changed from German to Polish. The large German community of Kraków were relocating their place of worship to the smaller Saint Barbara's church. In the 18th century, by the decision of vicar Jacek Augustyn Łopacki, the interior was rebuilt in the late Baroque style; the author of this work was Francesco Placidi. All 26 altars, furniture and paintings were replaced and the walls were decorated with polychrome, the work of Andrzej Radwański. At the beginning of the 19th century, the city decided that a cemetery near the Basilica was to be shut down and replaced by a public square.

Today, it is known as Plac Mariacki. In the years 1887–1891, under the direction of Tadeusz Stryjeński, the neo-Gothic design was introduced into the Basilica; the temple gained a new design and murals painted and funded by Jan Matejko, who worked with Stanislaw Wyspianski and Józef Mehoffer - the authors of stained glass in the presbytery. Since the beginning of 1990s, the Basillica underwent an extensive renovation. In 2003, in the final stage of the works, the roof of the church was replaced. On 18 April 2010, in Saint Mary's Basilica, a funeral ceremony for Polish President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria was held; the coffins were transported and buried in one of the crypts of Wawel Cathedral. Ołtarz Wita Stwosza Jan Matejko 19th century design contribution Polish Cathedral style Roman Catholicism in Poland Roman Catholic Marian churches official website 360° virtual tour of St Mary's church at night in Krakow Krakow: everything about St. Mary's Church Marek Strzala, Kosciol Mariacki - the basilica of the Virgin Mary in Krakow

Reveille (band)

Reveille was an American rap metal band from Harvard and Shirley, United States. The band recorded a six-track demo that attracted the attention of major labels. After a standout performance at the famous CBGB in Manhattan, New York the band signed with Elektra Records, they gained nationwide exposure with their debut album, Laced, in 1999. The album featured a guest appearance by Cypress Hill rapper B-Real; the band played Warped Tour 1999, Woodstock 1999, Ozzfest 2000, toured with Godsmack, Machine Head, Powerman 5000. Reveille's follow-up album, Bleed the Sky was released in 2001; the album featured appearances from Cold singer Scooter Ward. In 2001 the group received the Boston Music Award for "Rising Star" and embarked on a tour with Static-X; the following year Bleed the Sky was nominated for Boston Music Award's "Album of the Year". In 2002, their original guitarist, Greg Sullivan, decided to leave the band citing "creative differences", he was replaced by Chris Turner. Though announcing the band would be releasing a third album through Elektra Records, once again enlisting the help of producer Howard Benson, this album never saw release and they soon departed the label.

Singer Drew Simollardes claimed Reveille had been pressured to make more accessible radio-oriented music by the label, stating "Our biggest problem was always battling with people at the label. They were kind of trying to market us to 12 year old girls and it didn't work; that was our big problem with them." Reveille did one tour with Sevendust before breaking up in 2003. Their final show was the "3rd Annual Hometown Throwdown" at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on December 28, 2002 where they performed two live new songs titled "Your Life" & "Nothing No One", supposed to be for their third album. On October 20, 2008 it was announced that Reveille would be reuniting for one night in Worcester, Massachusetts for a show dubbed "Reveille Reborn". Asked about Reveille's reunion in an interview with the Worcester Telegram from December 2008, Simollardes replied: The biggest reward will be seeing the fans again. We aren’t promoting a new album or a new tour, so this isn’t about making money or furthering our future as a band.

When we broke up, we vanished without a trace. This is our chance to pay homage to the couple hundred thousand people who bought our records and believed in what we did; the show itself will be the reward for us … experiencing that personal interaction with our fans. The concert took place December 26, 2008 with opening bands Nullset, CrowneVict and Breathe; the venue was sold out with over 2000 people in attendance. Future plans for Reveille are unknown at this point. Drew Simollardes - vocals Greg Sullivan - guitar Steve Miloszewski - guitar Carl Randolph - bass Justin Wilson - drums Chris Turner - guitar Laced Bleed the Sky "First demo" 6 tracks Reveille 4 tracks Reveille songs "The Phoenix" and "Untied" were featured in a 2007 commercial for World of Warcraft, starring actor Verne Troyer. "What You Got" is featured in EA Sports MMA. Bassist Carl Randolph joined the alternative rock band Oma in 2003. Guitarist Steve Miloszewski was a member of the band City Sleeps from 2005 to 2008. Chris Turner is now in a band known as Vera Mesmer with two releases: "The Gypsy Magician " and "Orphans - EP".

Greg Sullivan has his band called "Truth ending cycle" with two releases: "Motion" and "The Obvious" Singer Drew Simollardes and original Reveille guitarist Greg Sullivan formed a new band called Genuflect with the old member of 7th rail crew in 2005. The band released two albums: "The End of the World" and "The Shadow Side" and broke up in 2011; the band reunited with a new line-up and plan on releasing a new album, but no release date has been scheduled. Drummer Justin Wilson played in "Drum Hall" and is now in the band "Sleep alive" as well as an accomplished GB musician Greg Sullivan, Jeff Lawn & Tim Munroe are part of the band "Shadow Therapy" Reveille Reborn on Myspace

Laurent Didier

Laurent Didier is a Luxembourgish former professional road bicycle racer, who competed between 2006 and 2018 for the Kuota–Senges, Designa Køkken, Saxo Bank–SunGard and Trek–Segafredo teams. Didier is from Dippach and his ancestors are no strangers to the world of cycling, his father, Lucien Didier, was part of winning team time trial squads in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, his grandfather Bim Diederich won three stages of the Tour and wore the yellow jersey for three days. Laurent is good in various terrains. From October 2008 to early February 2009, Didier rode for Danish Team CSC, moved home to Designa Køkken in Denmark. In 2009, he finished second at the Luxembourgish National Road Race Championships behind Andy Schleck and was runner-up in the Luxembourgish National Time Trial Championships behind Kim Kirchen. To most cycling experts it was a huge surprise that Didier was selected for the 2013 Tour de France, at the expense of former Belgian champion Stijn Devolder. Team Saxo Bank profile Laurent Didier at Cycling Archives

Kim Min-kyun

Kim Min-kyun is a South Korean association footballer who plays as midfielder for Seoul E-Land. Kim Min-kyun was drafted from Myongji University to Daegu FC in 2009, he made his Daegu FC first-team debut on 8 March 2009 in a match against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, established himself as one of the first choice midfielders in the squad. Kim scored his first goal against Gangwon FC on 16 May 2009. During the 2010 season, Kim was used as a substitute player, making eight out of his ten appearances in the K League from the bench. Kim left Daegu FC after reaching an agreement with the club for a mutual termination of his contract in March 2011. On 20 April 2011 he joined Fagiano Okayama. During his time at Fagiano Okayama, Kim became an ever-present member of the starting eleven as an attacking midfielder. Kim played in 73 out of 79 league games during his time at Fagiano Okayama and featured in the starting eleven on 66 of those games. Kim scored his first league goal for Fagiano Okayama in a 2–1 loss against Consadole Sapporo on 29 May 2011.

On 28 January 2013 he joined Jagiellonia Białystok on a ​2 1⁄2-year contract. Kim failed to secure himself as a first team regular during his time in Poland, featuring in five league games without playing the full 90 minutes in any of those games. Additionally, Kim played four games in the Młoda Ekstraklasa, the under-21 league for youth players in the Ekstraklasa. On 15 July 2013 Kim left Jagiellonia Białystok after reaching an agreement with the club for a mutual termination of his contract. On 31 July 2013, Kim returned to Fagiano Okayama. After a few substitute appearances, Kim once again became a starting regular in midfield, where he was present in the starting eleven in all eight league matches from 15 September 2013 to 10 November 2013, he scored his first goal since coming back in a 3–1 loss against Tochigi SC on 25 August 2013. On 10 January 2014 Kim joined Ulsan Hyundai on a three-year contract, he scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against Suwon Samsung Bluewings on 19 April 2014.

Kim was a squad member of the South Korea U-20 team which participated at the 2006 AFC Youth Championship. As of 3 October 2017 Kim Min-kyun at J. League Kim Min-kyun – K League stats at Kim Min-kyun at

Martin Lacey Jr.

Martin Lacey Jr. is an award-winning English circus performer and trainer of wild animals who has achieved fame in Germany. He is the son of Martin Lacey, the circus ringmaster and animal trainer who bred most of the tigers used in the Esso television advertisements in the 1970s. Lacey is the director of predatory animals at Circus Krone, the largest circus organisation in Europe; as well as lions, he works with a rhinoceros. In 2004 he performed in the German television series Anke Late Night, he has appeared on German news and entertainment TV shows. Lacey's performances with wild animals have won him various circus awards: Golden Crystal, Animal Trainer Circus Festival, Massy Silver Clown award, International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo Gold Star, International Circus Festival, Grenoble Golden Clown award, International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo In 2008, Indian newspaper The Tribune reported that Lacey was hand-rearing three lion cubs at Circus Krone, as their mother Ruth was unable to provide enough milk.

His father, Martin Lacey, is director of the Great British Circus. His mother, Susan Lacey, is a retired animal trainer who performed in the circus industry for many years, he has two brothers: Alexander, who works as an animal trainer and performer, Richard. Martin Lacey Jr. has a son, Alexis Henry Lacey-Krone. CIRCUS KRONE The official website of Martin lacey Jr. and Alexander Lacey


Uffculme is a village and civil parish located in the Mid Devon district, of Devon, England. It is home to one of the best secondary schools in the country Uffculme School. Situated in the Blackdown Hills on the B3440, close to the M5 motorway and the Bristol–Exeter railway line, near Cullompton, Uffculme is on the upper reaches of the River Culm; the 2001 census recorded the population of the parish as 2,631. It is surrounded, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Culmstock, Sheldon, Cullompton, Willand and Burlescombe. Uffculme was a parish in Bampton Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Prebendary of Uffculme, Salisbury Cathedral. Uffculme is of particular interest to local historians because the wills and inventories for Uffculme have survived due to the parish being a peculiar of the Bishop of Salisbury, hence they were not among the Devon probate records that were destroyed by fire in Exeter following a bombing raid during the Baedeker Blitz of World War II; the earliest census put the population of Uffculme parish at 1837.

From the 16th century, Uffculme was a significant part of the West Country's wool industry, reaching its height in the middle of the 18th century "when large quantities of Uffculme serges were exported to Holland by the Tiverton merchants". Coldharbour Mill, the last woollen mill to operate in the village was built in 1799 by Thomas Fox. In 1983, Coldharbour Mill was opened as a working museum. On 17 November 1998 a major explosion occurred at a fireworks factory in the village. Windows of homes near to the plant were broken by the blast, which could be heard 10 miles away in Tiverton. £300,000 of damage to the roof of St Mary's Church was caused but there were no serious injuries. The firework company pleaded guilty to six charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act; the firm resumed trading a week after the blast and continued until December 2003 when it went into liquidation. The Culm Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1876, had two stations in the village; the railway, operating between Tiverton Junction railway station and Hemyock closed to passenger traffic in 1963, in 1975.

A path on the route to Coldharbour Mill takes in the old railway bridge. A grammar school known as "Uffculme Free-School" was founded in 1701 by Nicholas Ayshford, of nearby Ayshford Court, who endowed it with £47 per annum. Uffculme now has two schools - Uffculme Primary School, a secondary - Uffculme School which specialises in mathematics and computing. Uffculme School is one of the few secondary schools in the country to be rated'outstanding' by OFSTED and has now become an academy; the large Elizabethan manor house of Bradfield, with Victorian extension, the historic home of the Walrond family, is situated within the parish of Uffculme. The other utilities include a public house, a male-only working men's club, three churches, some shops and a take away which sells various foods. There is a vet's surgery, library, Co-op and post office / general stores. Coldharbour Mill remains a popular tourist attraction, with its working wool museum exhibits, as do the scenic old railway and riverside walks.

During 2008 the village's Langlands Business Park featured in the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary Wonky Willie's Chocolate Factory, being the location of Willie Harcourt-Cooze's chocolate factory, one of the first places to make cocoa in the UK since the Cadbury family. The singer Joss Stone lived near Ashill, a hamlet in the parish of Uffculme, attended Uffculme School. Snooker player Sam Baird comes from the village. Uffculme School Uffculme Primary School The Ostler Inn Uffculme Sheep Show Coldharbour Mill BBC News Article on Fireworks Factory Explosion St. Mary's Church, Uffculme Uffculme United Reformed Church