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Stratford-on-Avon District

Stratford-on-Avon is a local government district of southern Warwickshire in England. The district is named "Stratford-on-Avon" to distinguish it from its main town of Stratford-upon-Avon where the district council is based; the district is rural and covers most of the southern half of Warwickshire. As well as Stratford, the district includes the towns of Alcester and Shipston-on-Stour, the large villages of Studley and Wellesbourne; the district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon, Alcester Rural District, Shipston-on-Stour Rural District, Southam Rural District and a majority of Stratford-upon-Avon Rural District. In the state sector, children start school in the school year, they stay at primary school for seven years. As part of Warwickshire, Stratford-on-Avon still maintains the grammar school system. In the final year of primary school, children are given the opportunity of sitting the eleven plus exam in order to compete for a place at one of the grammar schools.

The grammar schools in the district are King Edward VI, Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls and Alcester Grammar. The area gets the best GCSE results overall in Warwickshire. Elections to the district council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 53 seats on the council being elected at each election; the Conservative party has controlled the council for most of the time since the first election in 1973, has had a majority since the 2003 election. As a result of the last election in 2010 the Conservatives had 30 councillors, compared to 20 Liberal Democrats and 3 independents. Other than Stratford-upon-Avon the district includes: Admington, Alderminster, Ardens Grafton, Arrow, Aston Cantlow, Atherstone-on-Stour, Avon Dassett and Willington, Barton-on-the-Heath, Beaudesert, Bidford-on-Avon, Binton, Bishops Itchington, Broom, Burton Dassett, Butlers Marston Chadshunt, Chapel Ascote, Cherington and Kingston, Clifford Chambers and Milcote, Compton Verney, Compton Wynyates, Coughton Dorsington Ettington, Exhall Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Fulbrook Gaydon, Great Alne, Great Wolford Halford, Hampton Lucy, Haselor, Henley-in-Arden and Wills Pastures, Honington Idlicote, Ilmington Kineton, Kinwarton Ladbroke, Lighthorne, Lighthorne Heath, Little Compton, Little Wolford, Long Compton, Long Itchington, Long Marston, Lower Shuckburgh, Luddington Milcote, Moreton Morrell, Morton Bagot Napton-on-the-Hill, Newbold Pacey, Northend Oldberrow, Oversley Green, Oxhill Pillerton Hersey, Pillerton Priors, Preston Bagot, Preston-on-Stour, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston Quinton Radbourne, Radway and Upton Salford Priors, Shipston-on-Stour, Snitterfield, Spernall, Stoneton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stretton-on-Fosse, Sutton-under-Brailes Tanworth-in-Arden, Temple Grafton, Tredington, Tysoe Ufton, Upper Shuckburgh, Watergall, Welford-on-Avon, Weston-on-Avon, Whichford, Wilmcote, Wolverton, Wootton Wawen, Wormleighton List of wards in Stratford district by population Stratford-on-Avon District Council YouTube channel

Cardiff GAA (St. Colmcilles)

St Colmcilles Cardiff is a GAA club that plays Gaelic football and is based in Cardiff, Wales. It is affiliated with Gloucestershire GAA and British GAA; the club provides exercise for the Irish communities of Cardiff and the South Wales area and is always looking for new players of all levels and abilities. St Colmcilles was established in 1956 as a successor club to the Emmetts, which had ceased to operate in 1915 due to the First World War. St Colmcilles won the league in 1961 and a first county championship in 1967, they won the championship of Great Britain in 1973. However, in 1974, they ceased to operate, only to be revived for football at underage level in 1983. After this, a senior football team was put together, a camogie team for the ladies. St Colmcilles went on to win county league and championship at every grade, completed by the club's under-14 team winning the 1988 All-Britain; the Emmets were the original GAA club that operated in the Cardiff in the early 1900s, but they folded in 1915 due to the outbreak of the First World War.

Following the demise of The Emmets, Cardiff went without a GAA club until 1956 when the current club St Colmcilles was founded. During this time the South Wales County Board collapsed and on the foundation of St Colmcilles in 1956 the club was aligned with the Gloucester County Board, it was set up as a hurling club and wore purple and gold, reflecting the large number of Wexford men in the side. At this time, so that both codes could flourish, there was an arrangement with near neighbours Newport's Pride of Erin that their footballers could hurl for Cardiff and the Cardiff footballers line out for Newport. St Colmcilles soon became a force to be reckoned with, winning the hurling league in 1961 and their first County Hurling Championship in 1967; this proved to be the first of five championships in six years. However, the club fell on hard times following that period of success and folded in 1976 due to the lack of players. After nearly a decade of inactivity the club again sprang to life again in 1983 with underage football teams and a camogie side.

A senior football was added. It was at this reincarnation the club adopted their current colours of blue and white, following the trend set by the other major sporting clubs in the city. Success soon followed with a first senior football county title coming in 1989, a year after the under-14 team won the All Britain title in 1988 which remains the club's only top grade provincial title. Following this success the 1990s proved to be a barren decade, with years and inactivity and non-competitiveness; the late 1990s and early 2000s brought an influx of students who would become Cardiff stalwarts during the next decade. As a result, the club went through a golden period in the first decade of the 21st century; the current senior side have won seven of the last eleven Gloucestershire Senior Football Championships, including an historic four-in-a-row, as well as three from five Gloucestershire Senior Football League titles. A renaissance in underage development occurred, with the under-14 footballers winning the British Provincial U14 Plate Championship in 2010.

The underage membership of the club is increasing annually thanks to a number of club–school links established in the Cardiff area. The formation of a ladies' football team came about. Adult Gloucestershire Senior Football: 1989, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Gloucestershire Senior Hurling: 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 Gloucestershire Senior Camogie: 1992, 1993, 1994Underage All Britain U14 Football Champions: 1988 All Britain U14 Football Plate: 2010 Feile U13 Plate: 2010 Official St. Colmcilles Cardiff Website Official St. Colmcilles Cardiff YouTube Channel Official St. Colmcilles Cardiff Facebook Group British GAA Website

Marcello Morandini

Marcello Morandini is an Italian architect and graphic designer. His visual style involves assembling of repetitive simple forms in just black and white, into complex objects. Marcello Morandini was born 15 May 1940 in Mantua and moved to Varese in 1947, he studied at the Brera Academy in Milan and began working as an industry designer and graphic artist. In 1965, ten of his works were exhibited in a solo show in Genoa, during which time he opened his own design studio in Varese. In 1967 he participated in exhibitions in Milan, Cologne and, by an invitation from the critic Gillo Dorfles, in São Paulo. Since he held numerous solo exhibitions worldwide. During the Venice Biennale in 1968, he was given an entire room of the Italian Pavilion; as an architect, Morandini designed and made his own home-studio in Varese in 1968. In 1974 he carried out the project of a 30-meter wide square inside the INA Varese mall. In 1982, through a collaboration with architecture studios Mario Miraglia in Varese and Ong & Ong in Singapore, he designed the 38-story Goldhill Centre in Singapore.

In 1984 he designed 220-meter-wide facade of the "Thomas" porcelain brand factory from Rosenthal GmbH chain in Speichersdorf. Three years he continued collaboration with Rosenthal for the 64-meters wide facade of their new administrative building in Selb. In 2005, he designed the ground floor of the Piazza Montegrappa in Varese, in 2007 Das kleine Museum of Weißenstadt. In 1990 Morandini designed and built a sculpture at the entrance of the Museum für Konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt, Germany; as a designer, Morandini designed Bine chair for Sawaya and Moroni, the bench owned by Cleto Munari, the black and white chair Cà Pesaro in 2008, the Spyder table and cabinet Valentina for residential baleri Bergamo, a table lamp for Tecnodelta. As homage to Philip Rosenthal, he created collections Constructed Wave, Motion, Chapeau Philip, Kunstdruck Nr. 1, the bookcase Corner, the chessboard Morandini. Since 1994 Morandini was a member of the jury of the Design Centre in Essen, until 1997 he was president of the International Museum of Ceramic Design in Cerro, hamlet of Laveno-Mombello in Lombardia.

Between 1995 and 1997, Morandini taught design at the Summer Academy in Salzburg. He was a visiting professor at École cantonale d'art de Lausanne 1997–2001, a professor at the Brera Academy in Milan in 2003 and at the HEAA school of watchmaking in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In 2004 he was appointed Royal Designers for Industry for the ceramics arts by the Royal Society of Arts in London. Morandini's materials of choice are glossy panels of acrylic lacquered wood. In his words, "all my works of art are born under the sign of architecture, his style is characterized by the use of white and black, "simple colors that allow you to focus on the form rather than on superficial aesthetics ". Official website

Campaigning in the 2008 Austrian legislative election

A legislative snap election for the National Council in Austria was held on 28 September 2008. The previous election was held on 1 October 2006; the election was caused by the withdrawal of Austrian People's Party leader Wilhelm Molterer from the governing grand coalition on 7 July 2008. Due to dissatisfaction with the grand coalition and the two main parties, it was expected to be a realigning election, with gains for the opposition and up to seven parties expected to be in the National Council after the election; the losses for the government parties resulted in strong gains for the far right, while neither the Liberal Forum nor the Citizens' Forum Austria gained as much as 2% of the vote, defying earlier expectations. The result of the election was seen as strong in support of Eurosceptics. Molterer resigned as party chairman as a result of the losses suffered by the ÖVP and was replaced by environment minister Josef Pröll. Due to the LIF's failure to enter parliament on its own, LIF founder Heide Schmidt and financier Hans-Peter Haselsteiner both declared their complete withdrawal from politics, the LIF's fate was seen as uncertain.

Shortly after the election, BZÖ leader and Carinthian governor Jörg Haider died in a car accident. Inflation was seen as a major election topic. Discussions over solutions to the problem of rising prices began back in February 2008. Gusenbauer proposed to support households with €100 as an offset to the rising prices. In the end, the coalition compromised by increasing the mileage allowance and the commuter lump sum payment and by lowering the unemployed contribution for those who earn least. Furthermore, the cost of the autobahn vignette was not raised, which relieved Austrian motorists by at least €8.4 million. The ÖVP saw the lowering of brokerage commissions and the charges for arrears letters of debt collection agencies and winter fuel payments for lower-income households as appropriate measures against the inflation; the SPÖ proposed a stricter controlling of prices in addition to the reduction of brokerage commissions. FPÖ and BZÖ saw the main problem in the rising fuel prices; the BZÖ announced a people's initiative calling for a stop to rising prices.

"Ecology against inflation" was the concept proposed by the Greens. The Greens stated that the rising oil price, the main reason for the high inflation, would nullify other attempts at relief; the lower inflation would come at a high cost through a higher trade deficit. In contrast, the Greens called for a conversion of oil and gas heating to wood heatings and for a prescribed redevelopment of badly insulated residential houses to reduce energy consumption and thereby costs. On 25 August 2008, the Greens called for a strong increase in funding for public transport, for a nationwide lorry toll and for a moratorium on road construction. A special parliamentary session was to take place in mid-September 2008, shortly before a regular parliamentary session on 24 September 2008; the SPÖ announced on 25 August 2008 that it would like to vote on a number of measures against the rising prices before the election, revoking the Stillhalteabkommen with the ÖVP: the halving of value added tax on food, a reduction of the payroll tax, an additional thirteenth family subsidy in October and an increase of home care subsidies.

The SPÖ explained its step with the reluctance and refusal of the ÖVP to constructively negotiate on a package of measures against the rising prices. The Greens called for a vote on abolishing university tuition fees, which the SPÖ had refused to do when it still considered itself bound to the Stillhalteabkommen. Faymann became more specific on the same day, saying that the SPÖ would propose five measures against the rising prices in the session in what was called a five-point plan. Faymann stated he didn't expect the ÖVP to seek revenge by supporting the motion of no confidence against Darabos. Reactions of other parties were mixed: The ÖVP criticised Faymann's decision to revoke the agreement and announced it would consider outvoting the SPÖ on other issues such as security and immigration with the support of FPÖ and BZÖ; the FPÖ stated it did not believe that the SPÖ would outvote the ÖVP before the election but indicated support for some of the measures, but late


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Reginald Dare

Reginald Arthur Dare was an English first-class cricketer and footballer. Dare was a right-handed batsman. Dare made his first-class debut for Hampshire against Oxford University in 1949. Dare represented Hampshire in 109 first-class matches from 1949 to 1954, with his final first-class appearance for the county coming against Essex in the 1954 County Championship. In his 109 first-class matches for the county Dare scored 1,679 runs at a batting average of 12.25, with three half centuries and a single century score of 109* against Worcestershire in 1952. With the ball Dare took 185 wickets at a bowling average of 35.02, with 5 five wicket hauls and best figures of 6/28 against Oxford University in 1950. In the field Dare took 70 catches for Hampshire. In 1958 Dare joined Buckinghamshire, making his debut in the Minor Counties Championship against Norfolk. Dare played 20 Minor Counties matches for Buckinghamshire, with his final match for the county coming in 1963 against Oxfordshire. Dare played football for both Southampton.

Dare died in October 1993 at Dorset. Reginald Dare at Cricinfo Reginald Dare at CricketArchive Matches and detailed statistics for Reginald Dare