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Survivor: Africa

Survivor: Africa is the third season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season was filmed from July 11, 2001 through August 18, 2001 in Kenya's Shaba National Reserve on the African continent, aired weekly from October 11, 2001 until the live finale on January 10, 2002, when Ethan Zohn was named Sole Survivor over Kim Johnson by a jury vote of 5-2. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it consisted of the usual 39 days of gameplay with 16 competitors; the two initial tribes were Samburu, named for the real-life Borana and Samburu tribes. After 12 days, three members of each team switched to the other team, in what became known as the first "twist" in Survivor; when ten contestants remained, the two tribes merged into the Moto Maji tribe. The complete season, including the mid-season recap episode, live reunion show, "Back From Africa" special documenting the post-Survivor lives of the contestants, was released on DVD on October 5, 2010; the collection was released in a 9-disc package, but was reissued condensed into 5 discs.

Ethan Zohn, Lex van den Berghe, Tom Buchanan returned to compete again in Survivor: All-Stars, In 2015, Teresa Cooper was included on the public poll to choose the cast of Survivor: Cambodia, but was not chosen to compete. Zohn returned again for Survivor: Winners at War. Outside of Survivor, Zohn competed on a "Reality All-Stars" episode of Fear Factor and appeared on The Amazing Race 19 with then-girlfriend and fellow Survivor winner Jenna Morasca. In 2013, van den Berghe and Buchanan were both involved in the making of the television series Family Beef; the sixteen castaways were split into two tribes and Boran, were given camps that included pre-constructed fencing to help protect them from wildlife. Samburu took an early lead. At their first Tribal Council, the age blocs left a stalemate tie between Carl and Lindsey, with no previous votes to count, a quiz was used, with Lindsay winning and putting the younger members in control. On Day 13, the tribes were given a vague clue about sending three members on a quest, unaware this would be the first tribal swap for Survivor.

Silas picked himself along with the two remaining older Samburu and Teresa, while Kelly, Big Tom and Lex were picked for Boran. After informed of the tribal swap, these players joined their new tribe; the tribes merged into Moto Maji with ten players remaining, six from the original Boran and four from Samburu. Aware that the Boran players were sticking with original alliances, Boran members of Moto Maji scrambled to stay in. During the first tribal council post-merge, a mystery vote was cast for Lex, sending him on a witch hunt. Deciding it had been Kelly, a member of his alliance that had voted against him, he asked his alliance to turn against one of their own; when she found out what was going to happen, Kelly banded with the Samburu members, but Lex had convinced Brandon to vote with his alliance, leading to Kelly's elimination. Brandon's disloyalty to Samburu would lead to his elimination as well as the elimination of the other remaining original Samburu members; the final four were Ethan, Big Tom, Kim J. Kim won the last two immunity challenges.

At the Final Tribal Council, Kim J. was praised for surviving the game for her age, but accused of riding the coattails of Lex and Big Tom. Ethan was voted the Sole Survivor on a 5-2. In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort. Unlike the previous two seasons, Survivor: Africa received much more criticism for the tough living conditions that the cast had to go through during filming. Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly ranked it as the ninth-worst season of the series, saying that, aside from "Some great challenges, not that much else was great." Tom Santilli of Examiner.com ranked it #26, saying that following Borneo and Australian Outback, "it was a complete dud at the time," while noting that winner Ethan Zohn "was just so-so and not that interesting," and that the cast's "lethargy showed on screen" due to the poor conditions in the filming location. It was ranked 24th by fan site "The Purple Rock Podcast," which said that "this season suffers because of its location," and that "the cast on this season is pretty decent, would have been much better if they weren't sapped of energy by lack of food and water."

In 2015, former Survivor contestant and reality TV podcaster Rob Cesternino ranked the season 26th out of the first 30, while a poll on his site saw it rank 19th. The season was ranked as the fifth-worst by Andrea Deiher of Zap2it in 2013, before it was replaced by Survivor: San Juan Del Sur in 2015. There was some controversy surrounding an immunity challenge in the final episode. In a "Fallen Comrades" challenge, in which the contestants were quizzed on trivia regarding players in the game, voted out, the final question was "Which female contestant has no piercings?" The official answer, given by Kim J to earn the win, was Kelly. Lex answered the question with Lindsey's name, unbeknownst to the producers had no piercing

Yan Yikuan

Yan Yikuan known as Yan Kuan and known as Kevin Yan, is a Chinese actor and singer. He is best known for his roles in the television series Taiji Prodigy, The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin, The Last Princess, All Men Are Brothers & The Glamorous Imperial Concubine, Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties, The Three Heroes and Five Gallants and Treasure Raiders. Yan graduated from the acting department of Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2001 and joined National Theatre Company of China, he made his debut in the film First Opium War. However due to his appearance not fitting the role, his scenes were cut. Yan first gained attention with his appearance in wuxia drama Taiji Prodigy and historical drama The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin. Thereafter, he starred in a series of well-received period dramas, such as Big Shot and Golden Years, which gained him considerable recognition and earned him the title of "Most Handsome Ancient Man" in China, he starred in The Last Princess which yield high audience following during its run and led to a surge in popularity for Yan.

Yan achieved breakthrough in 2011. Yan starred alongside Liu Tao in mythology drama Mazu, a hit in China. Yan headlined historical drama Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties, which marked the turning point of his career; the series earned high ratings. After the series was broadcast in Taiwan, Yan experienced a surge in popularity in the region, his other notable appearances were in Five Gallants and Treasure Raiders. In 2016, Yan starred alongside an ensemble cast in Guo Jingming's epic fantasy film L. O. R. D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties. In 2017, Yan co-starred in the fantasy romance film Once Upon a Time, portraying Demon Lord Qing Cang, he has been cast in the historical drama The Legend of Ba Qing co-starring Fan Bingbing. Yan and his girlfriend of five years, actress Sunny Du held their long-awaited wedding in Bali, Indonesia on the evening of March 22, 2014; the couple were engaged for four months before registering for marriage last August. Yan Kuan changed his name to Yan Yikuan in 2013. Yan Yikuan's official weibo Yan Yikuan on IMDb

Tammany Hall NYC

Tammany Hall NYC abbreviated THNYC, is an independent rock band based in New York City. Their music has been used in various television shows such as The Sopranos, Into Character, Scrubs, It Takes a Thief and Sex and the City, their music has been used in the soundtracks for Into the Fire, an independent film by Michael Phelan, the New York restaurant documentary Eat This New York. Their name is derived from the historic New York political organization Tammany Hall. Tammany Hall NYC formed in 1997, soon began playing in local New York clubs; the group gained a strong local following, releasing their first album, Getawayland in 1999 under the independent label Glass Records. The following year they released Back In The Bottle, an acoustic album that had more of a folk music influence than its predecessor; the use of the song "Always on Sunday" in an HBO advertisement and "Wait for You" during the 2002 season of Sex and the City are responsible for the album's success. The songs "Cindy", "To the Woman" and "Someone" have been used on the NBC show Scrubs.

Buddy, their third album, was released in February 2003, saw them returning to the louder mix of punk and alternative rock that had characterized their debut. The song "To the Woman," from this album, was featured on Scrubs on January 17, 2006. "Cindy," a re-recorded version of the song from Back In The Bottle, was played on Scrubs in October 2003. In 2003, the soundtrack to Eat This New York was released, which showed a wide range of Latin and jazz influences on the band's part. In December 2003 Tammany Hall NYC performed live for the Howard Dean fundraiser at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, where Dean greeted them personally. In July 2005, the band released Marathon, their last studio album. On May 16, 2006, they released the soundtrack of Into The Fire. On May 24, 2006, the 2003-recorded version of "Cindy" reached number 99 on the top 100 singles on iTunes, from the newly released soundtrack to Scrubs. In addition to his work with Tammany Hall NYC, Stephen O'Reilly has been involved in solo projects and has acted in several films.

As of 2017, Stephen and Matt continue to work together writing and performing, principally for commercial clients through their integrated composition and production studio Engine Sound. The band itself describes its style as "The. Matchbox Twenty without the cross over-cheddar. Counting Crows without the Bar band factor. Wilco with hope. Radiohead without the computerized sorrow and bleeps and bloops; the Police without the 80s. Maroon 5 without Stevie Wonder." Their current lineup consists of: Stephen O'Reilly - Vocals, principal songwriter. Matt Anthony - Lead guitar. David Femia - Drums. Bassist Rod Quevedo, has worked on-and-off with the group. Aron Katz was the bassist for the group c. 1998-2000. Joe Chapman was the drummer for the group c. 1998-2000. Getawayland Back in the Bottle Buddy Shiner Marathon Glass Records, the official website for Tammany Hall NYC

Paranormal Mind

Paranormal Mind is a 2015 Hong Kong supernatural crime thriller series produced by Hong Kong Television Network. The first episode premiered on 3 September 2015, it is the last series to air for HKTV. A supernatural-themed detective series – however the ‘supernatural’ won’t be the traditional ghosts and spirits-theme that audiences are used to seeing. Rather, the drama uses ‘super’ scientific concepts as well as realistic methods to investigate a variety of mysterious, unusual cases; the series will revolve around the main character Sun Gei Yuen -- a former high-ranking police inspector who, after being traumatized by the mysterious death of his son, acquires the hidden ability to capture and enter other people’s subconscious, as he believes that his son was murdered in the ‘inner confines of the subconscious’! At the same time, he starts to display signs of having a split personality and works hard to study about the ‘hidden subconscious’ in the hopes of one day finding his son’s killer; each main character in this series will have some sort of ‘hidden ability’ that makes them different from other people.

Though each of them will have a ‘regrettable flaw’ and even be viewed by society as being ‘abnormal’ or ‘weird’, this does not affect their self-esteem. In fact, they are able to turn this ‘regrettable flaw’ into a ‘hidden ability’ and use it to help them solve many mysterious cases. Felix Wong as Sun Gei Yuen Sam Lee as Mo Sir Kelvin Kwan as Car-Man Grace Huang as Madam O Anita Chan as Maggie Adrian Wong Crystal Leung Carlos Koo Lo Hei-loi Lo Hoi-pang as Professor Ko Kathy Yuen Dominic Lam Lam Lei Janice Ting Bryant Mak Cherry Pau A 10-minute preview was released on HKTV's YouTube channel on 27 August 2015. Official website

David Kidney

David Neil Kidney is a British Labour Party politician, the Member of Parliament for Stafford from 1997 to 2010. Kidney attended Pinewood Primary School in Meir, Longton High School the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, he studied Law at the University of Bristol, receiving an LLB. Kidney was a solicitor from 1977–79 in Hanley in Stafford from 1979–97, a Stafford Borough councillor from 1987–97, he was a parish councillor of Checkley from 1983–7. Having fought the seat unsuccessfully in 1992, Kidney was Member of Parliament for Stafford from 1997, when he defeated Conservative candidate David Cameron, to 2010, when he lost to the Conservative candidate Jeremy Lefroy by 5,460 votes in a 7.4% swing. He served on the Modernisation Committee from 2001–2005 and was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from 1997–2001, he was a ministerial aide in the Environment team, but resigned in 2003 when he voted against the Iraq War. He became PPS to Elliot Morley Minister of State, Department for Environment and Rural Affairs in November 2005, in 2006 he became the PPS to the Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, David Miliband.

Following this, Kidney was PPS to Rosie Winterton Minister of State for Work and Pensions. He served as Chair and an officer of several All-Party Groups, including Environment and Conservation & Wildlife, he agreed to chair a new All-Party Group formed to highlight the role of science and technology in British agriculture. Kidney chaired the Associate Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children & Care Leavers and the "Fair Funding F40" group of the 40 lowest funded schools areas in England, campaigning for fairer funding for local schools. In the June 2009 reshuffle Kidney entered the Government as a minister for the first time, becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Energy and Climate Change, replacing Joan Ruddock. After losing his seat Kidney was employed as head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, he became Chief Executive of the UK Public Health Register. He has two children and Katy, is married to Elaine. Kidney is a school governor for Silkmore Primary School.

He supports the football team Port Vale. David Kidney official site Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: David Kidney MP TheyWorkForYou.com – David Kidney MP BBC Politics page Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by David Kidney Caught in a forest fire in Greece in 2006 Campaigning about prejudice against breastfeeding in 2005 Questioning closure of RAF Stafford in 2004 Resigning from the government in 2003

Jens Quistgaard

Jens Harald Quistgaard was a Danish sculptor and designer, known principally for his work for the American company Dansk Designs, where he was chief designer from 1954 and for the following three decades. Though a sculptor and grounded in traditional handicrafts, he established a career as an industrial designer. From the mid-1950s his tableware and kitchenware designs became synonymous with Scandinavian modern and found their way into millions of homes in the USA, Europe and Japan. With his international orientation and success he was groundbreaking, he had great significance for the place which Danish design acquired in the minds of many Americans. In 1958 he received the Neiman Marcus Award and during the following years he was represented at major museums in Europe and the USA. Many of Jens Quistgaard’s works are still produced today. Jens Quistgaard grew up in an artistic home in Copenhagen and as a boy, demonstrated unusual artistic talents; the work with handicrafts began in his mothers kitchen, where he made himself a little workshop with vice and anvil.

Here he produced jewellery, hunting knives and ceramics. When he was young Jens Quistgaard would be found at the village smiths, carpenters or joiners, it was here he acquired the craftsmanship which he used to produce models in wood, metal and glass, he was trained as a sculptor by his father, Harald Quistgaard, was educated as a drawer and silversmith at the technical school in Copenhagen. During the occupation of Denmark he was active in the Resistance movement. Quistgaard started his career drawing portraits, he produced jewellery, hunting knives, ceramic works and graphic design in the form of monograms, town arms and the like. At the end of the 1940s his production included cutlery in silver and steel for different companies, amongst others the silvery cutlery set Champagne and kitchen utensils in steel for, including the little shark fin can opener from 1950, his breakthrough as an industrial designer came in 1953-54, where he fashioned the cutlery set Fjord, the first cutlery set that combined stainless steel with handles of teak.

Around the same time he designed a saucepan in cast iron for De Forenede Jernstoeberier A/S. The pan was marketed under the name Anker-Line and was awarded the gold medal at the Triennale in Milan in 1954. In the same year, Quistgaard received The Lunning Prize. 1954 was the year American businessman Ted Nierenberg visited Europe, on the lookout for talented design which could be launched in the USA. After having seen the cutlery set Fjord at the Danish Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen, he sought out the designer, their meeting led to the foundation of the American company Dansk Designs with Quistgaard as chief designer. Towards the end of 1954, Fjord was introduced in New York, followed the year after by the colourful saucepan range Kobenstyle. Quistgaards designs were a big success from the beginning in the USA and were followed by a series of tableware and kitchenware designs: cutlery in silver and handcrafted steel. Quistgaard was hugely productive and for Danish Designs alone fashioned more than 4000 products.

It is a production which spans a large range of materials and utility items, and, created from a philosophy that utility items for the kitchen and the table should function together harmoniously. To set the table and arrange with Quistgaards designs became from the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s identical with "modern living" and Scandinavian style. Where clean lines, sculptural form and natural materials went hand in hand; the end of the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s were Quistgaard's most productive years for Dansk Designs. In 1958 he designed the cutlery set Toke in steel and bamboo as well as the dinner set Flamestone in stoneware; the series together with the other woodware was produced by Nissens Woodworking Factory in Denmark, which Quistgaard designed special works for in the 1960s, amongst others the unusual Stick chair from 1966. At the end of the 1950s Jens Quistgaard began designing and overseeing the construction of a large villa in Armonk, north of New York, for his American business partner Ted Nierenberg.

Quistgaard designed everything, from the large roof constructions and window sections to the doorhandles and spiral staircase. The villa was completed in 1961 as a demonstration of Quistgaard's ideal about architectural wholeness. Quistgaard's success escalated throughout the 1960s, his works for Dansk Designs were marketed in all major cities in the USA, but he was successful in Europe and Japan. Dansk Designs started their own shop in the High Street in Copenhagen, in London and in Stockholm, Quistgaard's designs were exhibited and sold in Tokyo, Paris, Zürich, Melbourne and many other big cities. Quistgaard continued as chief designer for Dansk Designs until the start of the 1980s, when he moved to Rome, he lived there until 1993, returned to Denmark, where he continued to design until a few months before his death in 2008. In 2006 he received an honorary grant from the Danish National Banks Anniversary Fund of 1968, in 2009 was portrayed as a person and as a designer in the documentary film "A Saucepan for My Wife" Quistgaard died at age