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Strictly Ballroom

Ballroom is a 1992 Australian romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. The film, Luhrmann's feature directorial début, is the first in his "Red Curtain Trilogy" of theatre-motif-related films. Ballroom is based on a critically acclaimed stage play set up in 1984 by Luhrmann and fellow students while he was studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. An expanded version of the play became a success at the Czechoslovakian Youth Drama Festival in Bratislava in 1986, and, in 1988, it made successful season at Sydney's Wharf Theatre, where it was seen by Australian music executive Ted Albert and his wife Antoinette, they both loved it, when Albert soon after set up the film production company M&A Productions with ex-Film Australia producer Tristram Miall, they offered Luhrmann to transform his play into a film. He agreed on the condition that he would get to direct it. Scott Hastings is the frustrated son of a family of ballroom dancers, training since childhood.

His mother Shirley teaches ballroom dancing, his father Doug meekly handles maintenance chores at the dance studio, while secretly spending hours in a back room watching old footage of his bygone dance competitions. Scott struggles to establish his personal style of dance on his way to win the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, but his innovative and flashy steps are not considered "strictly ballroom", as such are denounced by Australian Federation head Barry Fife. Scott loses a competition because he started dancing his own steps, his dancing partner Liz leaves him to team up with Ken, whose partner Pam Short has broken both her legs in a car accident. With Scott now alone with only three weeks until the championships, Shirley Hastings and her co-instructor at the studio, embark on a desperate hunt for a new partner for Scott. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to both Shirley and Les, Scott is approached by Fran, an overlooked "beginner" dancer at the studio. Scott agrees to partner with Fran, intrigued by her willingness to dance "his way".

The pairing faces its first challenge when Fife, in an effort to pull Scott into line and prevent him from threatening the Dancesport status quo, arranges for Scott to become the new partner of Tina Sparkle, an established Champion dancer. When Shirley and Les hear the news, they are overjoyed; when she realises the truth, she devastated. Scott chases after her and, although she is hurt, he entices her to dance backstage with him, her anger is forgotten. However, their dance is witnessed by several onlookers, among them Shirley and Les, who do everything they can to persuade both Scott and Fran that the best way forward for all concerned is for Scott to forget about Fran and sign on as Tina Sparkle's partner. Fran, accused of damaging Scott's chances, reluctantly returns home crestfallen. Scott argues with his mother, telling her and all he won't be manipulated, so won't become Tina's partner, he follows Fran home, where he is challenged by Fran's overprotective Spanish father. Scott, to appease the father, proposes.

Fran's father and grandmother demonstrate how the Paso Doble should be danced, offer to teach the youngsters. Fran and Scott spend the next week training, supported by her family. However, Fife intervenes, telling Scott that Scott's father, ruined his career by dancing his own steps too, which he's regretted since. Not wanting to cause his parents further heartache, Scott reteams with Liz to attempt win the Pan-Pacific. During the competition, Doug tells Scott that Fife's story is a lie: he had convinced Shirley not to dance with him so he, could win the competition, it is revealed that Fife is plotting to sabotage Scott in favor of audience favorite Ken Railings. Scott persuades her to dance with him. In the next round and Fran make their own dramatic entrance and begin dancing riveting the audience. Fife tries to disqualify them, but Scott's friend Wayne, having overheard Fife's treachery, disconnects the PA system, allowing Scott and Fran to dance a Paso Doble routine that wins the audience over.

Desperate, Fife tries to turn off the music, but Scott's sister Kylie and her partner Luke interfere until Fife's girlfriend Charm Leachman disconnects the sound system. Fife disqualifies Scott and Fran, but Doug begins clapping out a beat to enable Scott and Fran to continue dancing; the audience claps along, as Fran begin dancing again. Liz restores the music, Scott and Fran's spirited dancing brings down the house. Doug asks Shirley to dance with him and the whole audience joins them on the floor; as the performance finishes and Fran kiss, the competition forgotten. Paul Mercurio as Scott Hastings Tara Morice as Fran Bill Hunter as Barry Fife Pat Thomson as Shirley Hastings Gia Carides as Liz Holt Peter Whitford as Les Kendall Barry Otto as Doug Hastings John Hannan as Ken Railings Sonia Kruger as Tina Sparkle Kris McQuade as Charm Leachman Pip Mushin as Wayne Burns Leonie Page as Vanessa Cronin Antonio Vargas as Rico, Fran's father Armonia Benedito as Ya Ya, Fran's grandmother Jack Webster as Terry Lauren Hewett as Kylie Hastings Steve Grace as Luke, Kylie's dance partner Kerry Shrimpton as Pam Short The film plays with clichés and stereotypes and embracing them at the same time.

Luhrmann has commented that the film revolves around stories similar to David and Goliath and The

Harvey Pitcher

Harvey Pitcher is an English writer and translator. He was born in London, attended Merchant Taylors' School. During his National Service, he studied Russian at the Joint Services School of Linguists, qualifying as an interpreter. Afterwards, he read Russian at St John's College, graduating in 1960 with First Class Honours, he taught Russian at the University of Glasgow from 1961 to 1963, when he was asked to start the Russian department at the University of St Andrews. He stayed at St Andrews till 1971, he took early retirement to concentrate on his writing, moving to Cromer on the Norfolk coast where he has lived since. Pitcher published his first book in 1964, his two interests are Anton Chekhov and the British expatriate community in pre-revolutionary Russia. He wrote a biography of the actress Olga Knipper, he co-translated Chekhov's early stories with Patrick Miles. He wrote an account of English governesses in Russia, titled When Miss Emmie was in Russia, reprinted in 2011 by Eland Books, he wrote The Smiths of Moscow and Muir & Mirrieless.

Understanding the Russians The Chekhov Play: A New Interpretation Chuckle with Chekhov When Miss Emmie was in Russia: English Governesses before and after the October Revolution Chekhov’s Leading Lady: A Portrait of the Actress Olga Knipper The Smiths of Moscow Lily: An Anglo-Russian Romance Myur i Meriliz: Shotlandtsy v Rossii, Moscow, 1993 Muir & Mirrielees: The Scottish Partnership that became a Household Name in Russia Witnesses of the Russian Revolution Responding to Chekhov: The Journey of a Lifetime First Night: play to commemorate centenary of the Moscow Art Theatre production of The Seagull, performed by Iain Marshall at the Auden Theatre, Holt Chekhov's Comic Twists: programme of early stories translated and adapted for the stage by Harvey Pitcher, the one-act farce The Bear and adapted by Patrick Miles, Little Theatre, Sheringham, 18–20 November 2010 Chekhov: The Early Stories 1883–88, translated by Patrick Miles and Harvey Pitcher Chekhov: The Comic Stories, translated by Harvey Pitcher If Only We Could Know!

An Interpretation of Chekhov, by Vladimir Kataev and edited by Harvey Pitcher "A Scottish View of Catherine's Russia: William Richardson’s ‘Anecdotes of the Russian Empire’ ”, Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol. III, No.3, July 1967, pp.236–251 “Governess to Tanya Tolstoy”, Illustrated London News, September 1978, pp. 77–79 “Chekhov’s Humour”, in A Chekhov Companion, ed. Clyman, Greenwood Press, 1985, pp. 87–103 “Chekhov and the English Governess: The Prototype of Charlotta Ivanovna in The Cherry Orchard”, Oxford Slavonic Papers, vol.xx, 1987, pp. 101–109. L. Rabenek, Posledniye minuty Chekhova, first published in Vozrozhdeniye and with an introduction by Harvey Pitcher, Times Literary Supplement, 2 July 2004. Kataev.

Tom Allen (comedian)

Tom Allen is an English comedian and writer, known for his hyperbolic comedy. In 2005, Allen won the So. Allen attended Coopers School in Chislehurst, south east London, he trained with the National Youth Theatre, performing with the company in London and Manchester, in addition to working on outreach projects and forming part of their Company Management Team. In 2005, at the age of 22, Allen won the UK comedy newcomer award, So You Think You're Funny; the same year, he won the BBC New Comedy Award. In 2016, he supported Sarah Millican on her sold-out tour of Australia, New Zealand and the UK, he has supported Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan and Michael McIntyre. After a sell-out run of his show Indeed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, he returned to The Pleasance in Edinburgh the following year with his show Absolutely. Allen subsequently embarked on his first solo tour around the UK in September 2017, extended the tour into 2018, including two London runs at the Soho Theatre. Allen's film work includes Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McAvoy and Mark Gatiss and Tamara Drewe.

In 2009, Allen appeared on Channel 4's weekly TNT Show and presenting Dictionary Corner. He appeared on Law of the Playground for the same broadcaster. For the BBC, he has appeared in the series Sensitive Skin and The Cut, as well as biopics of Fanny Cradock and Frankie Howerd. In 2008, Allen made his own documentary about identity for E4, titled Who Is Tom Allen?. In August 2015 and March 2016, Allen appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown as a Dictionary Corner guest. In October 2016, he appeared as a guest on BBC2's The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, in January 2017, he made his debut on Live at the Apollo in an episode hosted by Sarah Millican; the following month, he appeared. In July 2017, he appeared on a celebrity special version of gameshow The Crystal Maze and – an hour the same night – on Mock the Week, he has appeared on Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Big Brother’s Little Brother. In 2018, Allen appeared on the BBC One comedy quiz show Ready or Not, he co-hosts Bake Off: The Professionals with former contestant from The Great British Bake Off Liam Charles, joined the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice as a regular contributor.

In 2019 it was announced that he would become the new host of The Apprentice: You're Fired!, taking over from Rhod Gilbert. Allen has co-written and recorded two series of The Correspondent for BBC Radio 4. In 2009, he made guest appearances on The Richard Bacon Show, he took the lead role of young Pip Bin in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Bleak Expectations, which has so far run to five series, co-starring with Anthony Head and Richard Johnson. In 2008, he recorded a radio adaptation of The Wooden Overcoat with Julia Davis and David Tennant, written by Mark Gatiss. Allen has guested as a panellist on BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute, in August 2015 and February 2017. Allen portrayed Oliver Harper, the travelling companion of the First Doctor and Steven Taylor during a limited three-story arc in the Big Finish Productions audio dramas based on the Doctor Who series, his character is a city trader from 1966, who joined the First Doctor and Taylor in the audio plays The Perpetual Bond, The Cold Equations and The First Wave.

Harper was the first ongoing companion created for the Companion Chronicles range. Since October 2015, Allen has co-hosted the podcast Like Minded Friends with comedian Suzi Ruffell. So You Think You're Funny BBC New Comedy Award Official website Chortle Page

Băile Tușnad

Băile Tușnad is a town in Harghita County, Romania. It lies in an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania. With a population of 1,617, it is the smallest town in Romania by population, it is located at an altitude of 650 metres in the southern reaches of the Ciuc depression, between the Harghita and Bodoc mountains, in the valley of the Olt, is to this day an important spa town. The town administers Carpitus; the town and the surrounding area are famous for their spas and mineral waters received from seven springs. Nearby is the Lake Sfânta Ana, a famous volcanic crater lake, the only one of its kind in Romania; the water has long been used for bathing by the Székely people. The most probable date for the founding of the bathing station is 1842, it was an alleged miraculous healing of the son of a shepherd from his rashes that first attracted widespread attention to the therapeutic properties of local mineral waters, after which a company was founded to develop the springs in 1845. The bathing station was destroyed in the skirmishes of 1849, but Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, on visiting the town in 1852, ordered the reconstruction of the baths.

The rapid development of the town began after 1860. The Mikes-source was named in honour of count Benedek Mikes, chairman of the spa committee, who appointed a chemist at his own expense to analyse the water of the spring bearing his name; this marked the start of the scientific utilisation of local mineral waters. The Stefánia Medical Center was opened in 1890 and remained the treatment center of the spa until 1975. Lake Csukás was artificially created in 1900, the big hotels of the town were built in the 1970s; the settlement was part of the Székely Land area of Transylvania and belonged to Csíkszék district until the administrative reform of Transylvania in 1876, when it fell within Csík County in the Kingdom of Hungary. After the Treaty of Trianon of 1920, it became part of Romania and fell within Ciuc County during the interwar period. In 1940, the second Vienna Award granted the Northern Transylvania to Hungary and it was held by Hungary until 1944. After Soviet occupation, the Romanian administration returned and the town became part of Romania in 1947.

Between 1952-60, the commune fell within the Magyar Autonomous Region, between 1960-68 the Mureș-Magyar Autonomous Region. In 1968, the province was abolished, since the commune, as a town, has been part of Harghita County; the population of the town is 1,617. There are small communities of ethnic Romanians and Romani. Historical demographic data: Demographic trends according to the censuses: Cardiovascular disease; the town is twinned with: Budapest 18th district, Hungary Harkány, Hungary Jászkarajenő, Hungary Orosháza, Hungary Bicske, Hungary Tab, Hungary Picture gallery in Băile Tuşnad Photos Baile Tusnad A short movie about Tusnad Spa St. Anna lake and Tusnad Spa viewed from paraglider Tusnad mineral waters

Boyd Hill

Boyd A. Hill was an American basketball coach, he served as the head football coach at Central State Normal School—now known as the University of Central Oklahoma—in 1904, the Haskell Institute—now known as Haskell Indian Nations University—in 1905, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College—now known as Oklahoma State University–Stillwater—in 1906, compiling a career college football record of 8–11–3. Hill was the head basketball coach at Oklahoma A&M for one season in 1907–08, tallying a mark of 2–3. Hill was born on September 16, 1878, in Harlem and graduated from high school in Belvidere, Illinois, he died of meningitis on December 1908, at his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Boyd Hill at Find a Grave

2016 Australian Capital Territory general election

A general election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly was held on Saturday, 15 October 2016. The 15-year incumbent Labor Party, led by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, won a fifth term over the main opposition Liberal Party, led by opposition leader Jeremy Hanson. On election night, ABC analyst Antony Green predicted that Labor would once again form a minority government with the support of the Greens, with Liberal leader Hanson saying in a speech it would be difficult for the Liberals to win government. On 22 October, the final list of elected candidates was confirmed. Labor and the Greens subsequently signed off on a formal Parliamentary Agreement, which outlined shared policy priorities and allowed Greens leader Shane Rattenbury to retain a seat in the Cabinet whilst mandating that the Greens not move or support any motion of no confidence in the Labor Government, except in instances of gross misconduct or corruption. Prior to this election, candidates were elected to fill all 17 Legislative Assembly seats in the unicameral parliament which consisted of three multi-member electorates, Brindabella and Molonglo, using a proportional representation single transferable vote method known as the Hare-Clark system.

On 5 August 2014, the Assembly voted to increase the size of the Assembly to 25 members, elected from five electorates of five seats each. The Hare-Clark system continued; the election was conducted by the ACT Electoral Commission. Of the 25 elected members, 13 were women, representing the first female parliamentary majority in Australian history. Last day to lodge applications for party register: 30 June 2016 Party registration closed: 8 September 2016 Pre-election period commenced and nominations opened: 9 September 2016 Rolls close: 16 September 2016 Nominations close: 21 September 2016 Nominations declared and ballot paper order determined: 22 September 2016 Pre-poll voting commences: 27 September 2016 Polling day: 15 October 2016 Last day for receipt of postal votes: 21 October 2016 The incumbent Labor Party led by Chief Minister Andrew Barr attempted to win re-election for a fifth term in the unicameral ACT Legislative Assembly. Labor, led by Katy Gallagher, formed a minority coalition government with the Greens after the 2012 election, where Labor won 8 seats, Liberal 8 seats, Greens 1 seat.

The Greens retained their balance of power in the election despite losing the majority of their 4-seat representation, with sole remaining representative Shane Rattenbury entering the cabinet to form a coalition government. Gallagher resigned as Chief Minister and Labor leader on 5 December 2014 to enter the Senate in the vacancy left by Kate Lundy, she was replaced by her deputy Andrew Barr on 11 December 2014. The opposition, the Liberal Party had a change in leadership. Zed Seselja, the leader of the party since 2007, stood down on 11 February 2013, to challenge Liberal Party pre-selection for the Senate at the 2013 federal election. Seselja won his pre-selection bid, was elected Senator for the Australian Capital Territory at the federal election, he was replaced as leader of the Liberal Party by Jeremy Hanson. All members of the unicameral Assembly faced re-election, with members being elected by the Hare-Clark system of proportional representation; the Assembly was divided into three electorates: five-member Brindabella and Ginninderra and seven-member Molonglo.

These electorates, were redistributed following the increase in the size of the Assembly to 25 seats. At the end of May 2015, the following electorates were announced: Brindabella – contains the district of Tuggeranong. Ginninderra – contains the district of Belconnen. Kurrajong – contains the districts of Canberra Central and Majura Murrumbidgee – contains the districts of the Woden Valley, Weston Creek, Molonglo Valley and the Tuggeranong suburb of Kambah. Yerrabi – contains the districts of Gungahlin and the Belconnen suburbs of Evatt, Kaleen, McKellar and Lawson. Election dates are set in statute with four-year fixed terms, to be held on the third Saturday of October every four years. Twelve parties were registered with the ACT Electoral Commission as eligible for the October 2016 election, ten of which nominated candidates for the election. Animal Justice Party Australian Labor Party Australian Sex Party ACT Canberra Community Voters Liberal Democratic Party Liberal Party Like Canberra Sustainable Australia The ACT Greens The Community Alliance Party The Flux Party – ACT VoteCanberra Simon Corbell Val Jeffery Five seats were up for election.

Five seats were up for election. Five seats were up for election. Five seats were up for election. Five seats were up for election. 2012 Australian Capital Territory general election Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, 2012–2016 Elections ACT: 2016 Legislative Assembly election Australian Broadcasting Corporation: ACT Election 2016