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TARDIS

TARDIS is a fictional time machine and spacecraft that appears in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs. The TV show Doctor Who features a single TARDIS used by the central character the Doctor. However, in the series other TARDISes are sometimes used; the Doctor's TARDIS has a number of features peculiar to it, notably due to its personality. While other TARDISes have the ability to change their appearance in order to blend in with their surroundings, the chameleon circuit in the Doctor's TARDIS is broken, it always resembles a police box. However, in the new series, a perception filter is used to make the TARDIS blend in with the surroundings, so that it is ignored by passersby. While the exterior is of limited size, the TARDIS is much bigger on the inside, containing an infinite number of rooms and storage spaces. Doctor Who has become so much a part of British popular culture that the shape of the police box has become associated with the TARDIS rather than with its real-world inspiration.

The name TARDIS is a registered trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The police box design has been registered as a trademark by the BBC, despite the design having been created by the Metropolitan Police; the word TARDIS is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. When Doctor Who was being developed in 1963 the production staff discussed what the Doctor's time machine would look like. To keep the design within budget it was decided to make it resemble a police telephone box; this was explained in the context of the series as a disguise created by the ship's "chameleon circuit", a mechanism that changes the outside appearance of the ship the millisecond it lands in order to fit in with its environment. The First Doctor explains that if it were to land in the middle of the Indian Mutiny, it might take on the appearance of a howdah; the Ninth Doctor explains that if, for example, a TARDIS were to materialise in ancient Rome, it might disguise itself as a statue on a plinth. Within the context of the series the Doctor's TARDIS has a faulty chameleon circuit that keeps it permanently stuck in the police box form.

Despite being shown several times trying to repair it, the Doctor claims to have given up the attempt as he has grown accustomed to its appearance. The idea for the police-box disguise came from a BBC staff writer, Anthony Coburn, who rewrote the programme's first episode from a draft by C. E. Webber. In the first episode, "An Unearthly Child", the TARDIS is first seen in a junkyard in 1963, it subsequently malfunctions. The first police box prop to be built for the programme was designed by Peter Brachacki, who worked as designer on the first episode. One story has it that the box came from Z-Cars, while Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat has said that the original TARDIS prop was reused from Dixon of Dock Green, although this is explicitly contradicted by the research cited on the BBC's own website. Despite changes in the prop, the TARDIS has become the show's most recognisable visual element; the dimensions and colour of the TARDIS props used in the series have changed many times, as a result of damage and the requirements of the show, none of the BBC props has been a faithful replica of the original MacKenzie Trench model.

This was referenced on-screen in the episode "Blink", when the character Detective Inspector Shipton says the TARDIS "isn't a real. The phone's just a dummy, the windows are the wrong size." The production team conceived of the TARDIS travelling by dematerialising at one point and rematerialising elsewhere, although sometimes in the series it is shown to be capable of conventional space travel. In the 2006 Christmas special, "The Runaway Bride", the Doctor remarks that for a spaceship, the TARDIS does remarkably little flying; the ability to travel by fading into and out of different locations became one of the trademarks of the show, allowing for a great deal of versatility in setting and storytelling without a large expense in special effects. The distinctive accompanying sound effect – a cyclic wheezing, groaning noise – was created in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop by Brian Hodgson; when employed in the series, the sound is synchronised with the flashing light on top of the police box, or the fade-in and fade-out effects of a TARDIS.

Writer Patrick Ness has described the ship's distinctive dematerialisation noise as "a kind of haunted grinding sound", while the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips traditionally use the onomatopoeic phrase "vworp vworp vworp". In 1996 the BBC applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office to register the TARDIS as a trademark; this was challenged by the Metropolitan Police, who felt that they owned the rights to the police box image. However, the Patent Office found that there was no evidence that the Metropolitan Police – or any other police force – had registered the image as a trademark. In addition, the BBC had been selling merchandise based on the image for over three decades without complaint by the police; the Patent Office issued a ruling in favour of the BBC in 2002. TARDISes are grown, as stated by the Tenth Doctor in "The Impossible Planet", new TARDISes cannot be grown to replace a missing TARDIS unless the Doctor is on his home planet, Gallifrey, they draw their power from several sources, but from the Eye of Harmony, said to be the nucleus of a black hole created by the early Time Lords.

In The Edge of Destruction, the power source of the TARDIS (referred to as the "

List of creative works by Akira Kurosawa

The following is a list of works, both in film and other media, for which the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa made some documented creative contribution. This includes a complete list of films with which he was involved, as well as his little-known contributions to theater and literature. A documentary film about the Noh theater, Gendai no No, begun by the director during a break in the shooting of Ran, but was abandoned after about fifty minutes were filmed, is being completed according to Kurosawa's script and notes. Note: Data for the remainder of this filmography is derived from the complete filmography created by Kurosawa's biographer, Stuart Galbraith IV, supplemented by IMDb's Kurosawa page. For the following films that Kurosawa directed, he received a production credit: Stray Dog Throne of Blood The Lower Depths The Hidden Fortress The Bad Sleep Well Yojimbo Sanjuro High and Low Red Beard Dodesukaden Kagemusha. In addition, Kurosawa received a production credit on one film that he himself did not direct: Haru no tawamure and directed by Kajiro Yamamoto, on which he served as an associate producer.

Kurosawa wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for all the films he himself directed. However, to supplement his income, he wrote scripts for other Japanese directors throughout the 1940s, through the 1950s and part of the 1960s, long after he had become world-famous, he worked on the scripts for two Hollywood productions he was slated to direct, but which, for complex reasons, were completed by and credited to other directors. Near the end of his life, he completed scripts he intended to direct but did not live to make, which were filmed by others. A table of all these screenplays is given below. In addition, Kurosawa wrote the following unproduced scripts, composed during the pre-war period in the 1930s and the wartime period in the 1940s, either when he was still an assistant director or had just graduated to full director; some of these won prizes in screenwriting contests, establishing his reputation as a promising talent though they were never filmed. Deruma-dera no doitsujin – A German at Daruma Temple Shizukanari – All Is Quiet Yuki – Snow Mori no senichia – A Thousand and One Nights in the Forest Jajauma monogatari – The Story of a Bad Horse Dokkoi kono yari – The Lifted Spear San Paguita no hana – The San Pajuito Flower Utsukishiki koyomi – Beautiful Calendar Daisan hatoba – The Third Harbor Kurosawa edited all his own films, though he only took screen credit for it.

There are, only a few instances in which he edited the work of others, as listed below. Horse, directed by Kajiro Yamamoto Snow Trail, directed and co-edited by Senkichi Taniguchi The Hiba Arborvitae Story, directed by Hiromichi Horikawa Legacy of the 500,000, AKA 500,000, directed by Toshiro Mifune During the mid-to-late 1940s, for the first and the only time in his career, Akira Kurosawa involved himself in a number of theater-related projects. Shaberu – In 1945 after the war, Kurosawa wrote a one-act play entitled Talking, for, in his words, "Kawaguchi's troupe"; the central character of the drama is a fish merchant who, during the war admires Prime Minister Tōjō. In emulation of his patriarchal hero, the merchant plays the tyrant at home, but when the war ends, his angry family members air their long pent-up grievances against him. Kurosawa called it "a comic treatment of... Japanese who all begin talking at once", because "we, able to express nothing of what we were thinking up to that time all began talking at once."

Yoidore Tenshi – During the Toho strike of 1948, when Kurosawa could not work, he wrote and directed a stage adaptation of his acclaimed 1948 film, with Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune playing the same roles they played in the movie. The production ran for brief periods in a number of Japanese cities with great success. Predlozhenia by Anton Chekhov – Also during the Toho strike, Kurosawa directed a production of this popular early Chekhov farce. Neither the actors who appeared in the production nor its reception by the public is known. Shortly before the theatrical release of Dodesukaden, a TV documentary about horses called Uma no Uta, directed by Kurosawa, was broadcast in Japan on August 31, 1970. Nothing is known about this documentary and, as of August 2010, it is not available on home video in any form. Prior to writing the screenplay to his film, Stray Dog, Kurosawa created, in about six weeks, a novel based on the same story, which he never published, it was written in the style of one of the French crime author Georges Simenon.

Writing it was supposed to help him compose the script as as possible, but he found that writing the scr

1977 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season

The 1977 Tampa Bay Rowdies indoor season was the third indoor season of the club's existence. Despite much lobbying from Rowdies owner, George W. Strawbridge, Jr. the North American Soccer League voted not to sanction an indoor season or tournament in 1977. As such, Tampa Bay played only two indoor matches that year; the first one versus the Fort Lauderdale Strikers was played on February 27. This marked the first meeting of what would soon become one of the most enduring rivalries in North American soccer, the Florida Derby; the Rowdies' other match was an international friendly against Zenit Leningrad on March 9. At the time Zenit was the reigning champion of the Soviet indoor league; the Rowdies were the defending NASL indoor champs. Both matches were played at the Bayfront Center in Florida. Tampa Bay had planned on playing FC Dynamo Moscow, but the match was canceled because of government delays in the Soviet Union; the Rowdies were the first NASL side to be invited to the Wembley Indoor Invitational in mid June.

The ten-team tournament featured other top squads from Europe. Although they planned to attend the London event the Rowdies canceled and scheduled an outdoor international friendly in Tampa versus A. S. Roma instead. Not only was this brief indoor season the flash-point for one of the longest running soccer derbies in North America as mentioned, but it was significant for another reason; when Ed Tepper approached Earl Foreman about starting a professional indoor-only league, he used a videotape of the 1977 Rowdies–Zenit Leningrad match to show not only the game's potential, but the crowd's enthusiastic responses to the end-to-end action. By October 1977 the pair announced the formation of the Major Indoor Soccer League; that league would grow to become the sport's standard bearer for many years gaining a regular slot in the ESPN line up, before folding in 1992. Today, though most popular in North America, indoor soccer is played throughout the world, with its own FIFA-like governing body; the World Minifootball Federation, based in the Czech Republic, is the international federation dedicated to promoting the sport.

G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points 1977 team indoor stats

Harry Dimoline

Brigadier Harry Kenneth Dimoline CBE MBE DSO TD CPM was an officer in the Royal Artillery during World War II. A part-time officer in the 59th Medium Brigade, Royal Artillery of the Territorial Army during the 1920s and 1930s, Dimoline had risen to be second-in-command of the regiment by 1939, he was charged with raising and commanding a duplicate regiment as the TA expanded just before the outbreak of World War II. He commanded 68th Medium Regiment at the Battle of Keren in East Africa and in the Western Desert. In March 1942 he was promoted to Commander Royal Artillery in 4th Indian Infantry Division, serving with it in North Africa and Italy, he served as CRA with 47th Infantry Division in the UK before taking up the same role with 17th Indian Infantry Division in Burma. Dimoline served as Honorary Superintendent Auxiliary Police, Federation of Malaya, during the Malayan Emergency. Commissioned into 59th Medium Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery, Territorial Army as second lieutenant Promoted lieutenant Promoted captain a provisional rank confirmed Promoted major Promoted lieutenant-colonel commanding 68th Medium Regiment, RA Commander Royal Artillery 4th Indian Division, North Africa - Italy Acting major-general Acting General Officer Commanding 4th Indian Division, Italy Commander Royal Artillery 47th Infantry Division Commander Royal Artillery Indian 17th Infantry Division, Burma Substantive colonel Supernumerary colonel and honorary brigadier Transfer to Territorial Army Reserve of Officers Retired His elder brother was Major-General William Alfred Dimoline Ammentorp, Steen.

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Tyne Renewable Energy Plant

Tyne Renewable Energy Plant is a proposed biomass power station, to be built on the north bank of the River Tyne at North Shields. The plant has been developed by MGT Power, along with their similar project, the Teesport Renewable Energy Plant on Teesside, it is expected to have a generating capacity of 295 megawatts, enough to power around 600,000 homes, making it one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. It is hoped; the plant would be built on a 14 acres industrial site at the Port of Tyne in North Shields adjacent to the proposed North Shields Bio Diesel Plant on the north bank of the River Tyne. The construction of the plant would create around 600 jobs, as well as 150 full-time jobs once the plant was completed, 300 to 400 indirect jobs in the supply chain. There would be an annual spend of £30 million in the local economy. Official website

Uniplaces

Uniplaces is an online marketplace for booking student accommodation. Based in Lisbon, the platform was founded in 2012 by Mariano Kostelec and Ben Grech; as of October 2015, students from over 140 countries have booked with Uniplaces for a total of more than 500,000 nights. The platform’s name is derived from “university” and “places”, abbreviated to “Uniplaces”. Uniplaces was founded in 2012 by Miguel Amaro, from Portugal, Ben Grech, from England, Mariano Kostelec, from Argentina, having its headquarters in Lisbon and an office in London; the three co-founders met at the University of Nottingham and at King's College London, first came up with the concept in the Summer of 2011. In November 2011, they participated in Lisbon’s Startup Weekend and created the first version of the platform. By the beginning of 2012, after a positive response, the trio built a working version of the website and secured several partnerships with universities in Portugal. After having hired a new Head of Design in 2014, Uniplaces unveiled its new website on 7 March 2015, featuring an redesigned branding and logo.

In May 2015, Martin Reiter, former VP at Airbnb, joined Uniplaces as an investor and advisor to help the company expand internationally. 2015 marked the launch of the Uniplaces Scholarship and the Uniplaces Guarantee, as well as a partnership with Google. 2013 marked the company’s expansion to Porto and London, on, in May 2014, to Madrid. After raising its third investment round, in October 2014, Uniplaces expanded to 39 cities in 8 countries across Europe by April 2015. Uniplaces completed a €200k seed round from a group of top European investors in July 2012. Included in the deal were Portugal’s top angel fund Shilling Capital Partners as well as Alex Chesterman one of the UK’s most successful internet entrepreneurs, having founded Zoopla.co.uk and LOVEFiLM.com, William Reeve who co-founded LOVEFiLM.com. Uniplaces secured a second seed round in 2013, bringing in a further investment of €1M by British VCs Octopus Investments. In October 2014, Uniplaces completed its first Series A round, raising €3M from its previous investors, as well as former Managing Director at Barclays Capital, Rob McClatchey.

On 3 November 2015, during Web Summit, Uniplaces announced a €22M Series A round at Google HQ, in Dublin. This round was led by Atomico, counted with previous investors Octopus Investments and Shilling Capital Partners; the site launched with university specific search, allowing students to search properties directly suitable for their university. It is free for landlords and real estate agencies to add any property listings and it’s completely free for the students to search for accommodation. Once a booking is accepted, Uniplaces charges the property manager a commission over the total contract value, a service fee to the student. Uniplaces offers customised accommodation portals to their university partners, which they promote directly to their students; these partnerships are supported by exclusive, 4 year promotional agreements. Include classified advertising like OLX, real estate platforms, national property portals, Erasmus portals, flat share portals and hotels that offer long-term stays.

Vacation rental sites like Airbnb and Wimdu offer alternatives to traditional accommodations by allowing people to rent private apartments, but tend to focus more on short-term. Uniplaces has been criticized for its guerilla marketing tactic which included posting links to offers on uniplaces.com in many Facebook groups dealing with apartment offers in Germany. Uniplaces Official Site