The Cannonball Run

The Cannonball Run is a 1981 American comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, an all-star supporting cast. Filmed in Panavision, it was directed by Hal Needham, produced by Hong Kong's Golden Harvest films, distributed by 20th Century Fox; the film is based on the 1979 running of an actual cross-country outlaw road race beginning in Connecticut and ending in California. It was one of 1981's most successful films at the box office, it was followed by Cannonball Run II, Speed Zone. This and the 1984 sequel were the final film appearances of actor Dean Martin, it featured Jackie Chan in his second Hollywood role. This plot is used in the 2011 video game Need for Speed: The Run where Jack Rourke competes in the race for a $25,000,000 prize. Race teams have gathered in Connecticut to start a cross-country car race. One at a time, teams drive up to the starters' stand, punch a time card to indicate their time of departure take off. Among the teams: JJ McClure and Victor Prinzi, drive a souped-up, but otherwise authentic, Dodge Tradesman ambulance.

Former open-wheel icon Jamie Blake and his teammate Morris Fenderbaum, dressed as Catholic priests, drive a red Ferrari 308 GTS 1979. Jill Rivers and Marcie Thatcher, two attractive women who use their looks to their advantage, start the race in a black Lamborghini Countach. Jackie Chan and Michael Hui race in a high-tech, computer-laden Subaru GL 4WD hatchback with a rocket booster engine. A pair of good ol' boys, played by Terry Bradshaw and Mel Tillis, drive a street-legal replica of Donnie Allison's Hawaiian Tropic-sponsored NASCAR Winston Cup Series Chevrolet stock car owned by Hoss Ellington. Roger Moore plays Seymour Goldfarb, Jr. "heir to the Goldfarb Girdles fortune," who perpetually identifies himself as actor Roger Moore and signs into the race under that name. His character behaves to James Bond and only once is called by his real name, he drives a silver Aston Martin DB5. Jamie Farr portrays an oil-rich Middle-Eastern sheikh. At the starting line, observing from the shadows, is Mr. Arthur J. Foyt, a representative of the "Safety Enforcement Unit", who tries to stop the race because of its environmental effects and safety issues.

In the car with Foyt is a photographer and tree lover, Pamela Glover. Beyond the starting line, JJ and Victor come across Foyt and Glover, who have been involved in a minor fender-bender. Glover implores JJ and Victor to help, but when they tell Foyt to enter the ambulance through the back door, they kidnap Glover and take off without Foyt; as the race progresses, Victor turns into his alter ego, superhero "Captain Chaos". The spooky Dr. Van Helsing and his huge hypodermic needle are in the ambulance to "help" keep Glover quiet during the race. Various teams are shown either evading law enforcement, most of which deal with talking their way out of a possible ticket, or concocting crazy schemes to outmaneuver their opponents. Jill and Marcie use sex appeal as their weapon, unzipping their race suits to display copious amounts of cleavage during traffic stops. In New Jersey, the ambulance is pulled over by state troopers; the Subaru team is able to turn off their car's headlights and use infrared sensors for racing at night.

Seymour Goldfarb is shown evading police by using various James Bond-type gadgets, such as oil slicks, smoke screens, switchable license plates, all installed in his Aston Martin DB5. Mr. Compton and "Super Chief" Finch disguise themselves as a newlywed couple on a motorcycle, but Finch's extra weight forces the two to ride cross-country in a continuous wheelie; the primary rivalry is between the Ferrari. In Ohio and Blake are able to convince Victor to pull over the ambulance in order to bless the patient on board. While Blake carries out the blessing, Fenderbaum flattens one of the ambulance's rear tires. JJ gets his revenge in Missouri by convincing a nearby police officer that the two men dressed as priests are Communists and sex perverts who are responsible for the flashing victim in the ambulance; the leading teams find themselves stopped on a desert highway, waiting for construction workers to clear the road. A biker gang begins harassing Compton and Finch, it gets out of hand and a free-for-all fistfight ensues.

"Captain Chaos" re-emerges to fight the bikers. The Subaru team joins in and fists and kicks fly; the construction crew announce

Park Square, London

Park Square is a large garden square or private appendix to Regents Park in London and is split from a further green, the long northern side of Park Crescent, by Marylebone Road and Regent's Park tube station. It consists of two facing rows of large classically formed, terraced houses with decorative lower floor balconies and a colonade of consecutive porticos by architect John Nash, was built in 1823–24. Alike, shorter-length terraces flank its corners at right angles Grade I listed buildings: Ulster Terrace, Ulster Place, St Andrew's Place and Albany Terrace. Park Square Gardens at centre are private communal grounds for residents. Fronting the north side is the traffic-calmed Outer Circle of Regent's Park; the square is in the Marylebone historic parish addition to the City of Westminster save for the eastern side: in Camden. On the east side of the square was Britain's longest-lasting of four national exhibitions of the Diorama, the building of which remains, in other use – it opened from 1823 until 1832.

North-east beyond much smaller St Andrews Place, about twice the Diorama's size, was London Colosseum, built for the largest painting made and, demolished in 1874 – both had large foyers and attracted many visitors. Unusually it has eight buildings within it, omitting which space, the garden added to east and west sides' roads and footways spans 2.5 hectares. The gardens are owned by the Crown Estate, it opens to the public a few times per year for London Gardens Squares Weekends. It is dominated by plane trees; the first set were planted in 1817 to celebrate the peace won by the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Of interest is a tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera. An 1821-built feature in the garden is the "Nursemaids' Tunnel", a private, communal pedestrian tunnel, rare in today's Inner London boroughs linking the gardens with those of Park Crescent, its portals are well-executed in stucco, each with fluted Doric columns flanking the arched entrances. The tunnel has groin vaults supported by brick pilasters and concave walls.

The busy road was considered dangerous to children who were taken to the park by a nursemaid, leading to the wealthy to-be residents petitioning for its building. In the highest, rarest level of listed building are both built-up sides. In the east all but the end houses comprise "Park Square East"; this exclusion of ends from the street's own numbering is mirrored on the other side. The latter is Grade I-listed; the four corner houses project and co-front shorter terraces yet their design is similar by Nash, of the same date. Those short perpendicular rows are recognised and protected with the same status: Ulster Terrace, Ulster Place, St Andrew's Place and Albany Terrace. Two small garden-keeping buildings are listed in the extreme southern corners, the garden-surrounding railings and 18 street lamps. All in the mainstream, initial category, grade II. Non-listed similar-size buildings comprise those in the northern angles: 12 Park Square East.

Bedër University

Bedër University is a private non-profit university in Tirana, Albania. It was established in 2011 by the Muslim Community of Albania, thus completing the education cycle started with the reopening of the madrasas in 1991. At the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Beder University is ranked as the fifth university in Albania. BU is a coed institution, it offers Master of Science and Professional Master degrees in English and Albanian. Two bachelor programs are 100% English. On June 3 of 2013 Beder signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Tirana, they have started the construction of their modern campus in Sauk. The name of Bedër University derives from Badr meaning "full moon" in Arabic; the Albanian name is Universiteti Hëna e Plotë. The current rector is Ferdinand Gjana. List of universities in Albania