The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show is a comedy television series created by Jim Henson and featuring The Muppets. The series originated as two pilot episodes produced by Henson for ABC in 1974 and 1975, respectively. While neither episode was moved forward as a series and other networks in the United States rejected Henson's proposals, British producer Lew Grade expressed interest in the project and agreed to co-produce The Muppet Show for ATV. Five seasons, totalling 120 episodes, were broadcast on ATV and other ITV franchises in the UK and in first-run syndication in the US from 1976 to 1981; the programme was filmed at England. The Muppet Show is presented as a variety show, featuring recurring sketches and musical numbers interspersed with plotlines taking place behind the show. Within its context, Kermit the Frog acts as showrunner and host of the show, who tries to maintain control of the overwhelming antics of the other Muppet characters, as well as appease the rotating slate of guest stars; the Muppet Show is known for its uniquely designed characters, burlesque nature, physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist humor, parodies.

As The Muppet Show became popular, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film. The cast of performers over the course of the series consisted of Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Fran Brill, Eren Ozker, Louise Gold, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Brian Muehl, Bob Payne, John Lovelady. Many of the performers worked on Sesame Street, whose characters made sporadic appearances on The Muppet Show. Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns were two of the head writers; the music was performed by his orchestra. Since its debut in 1969, Sesame Street had given Jim Henson's Muppet characters exposure. Subsequently, he began conceiving a programme for a more adult demographic. Two television specials, The Muppets Valentine Show and The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, were produced for ABC and are considered pilots for The Muppet Show. Neither of the two specials was ordered to series. However, the prime-time access rule was enacted, shifting the 7:30 to 8 pm ET slot from the networks to their affiliates.

CBS became interested in Henson's series proposals and expressed intent to broadcast it weekly on its owned and operated stations. According to the original pitch reel, George Schlatter was involved. Lew Grade, proprietor of the British commercial station ATV, was familiar with puppet television programmes, having underwritten the various works of Gerry Anderson, while producing two specials with Henson: Julie on Sesame Street and a special on Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Grade offered a deal to Henson that would result in the latter's programme being produced at the ATV studios in Elstree, England. ATV, as part of the ITV network, would broadcast the programme to other ITV stations in the United Kingdom, its distribution arm, ITC Entertainment, would handle international broadcasts. Henson accepted. Meanwhile, Henson's Muppets were featured in The Land of Gorch skits during the first 1975-76 season of the American comedy television program Saturday Night Live. Although they lasted for only that one season on Saturday Night Live due to conflicts with that show's writers and producers and his team learned a great deal from being involved with the production.

They gained institutional knowledge about adapting and creating a television program within a seven-day period. He gained valuable friendships with multiple celebrities through his work on Saturday Night Live, they were able to use these skills and relationships on The Muppet Show. The Muppet Show first aired in September 1976. By Christmas 1976, the series in the UK saw around 14 million viewers tuning in on Sunday evenings. In January 1977, over 100 countries had either acquired the series or were making offers, which had resulted in over £6 million in overseas sales. "The Muppet Show Theme" is the show's theme song. At the end of the song, Gonzo the Great appeared onstage to play the final note, with various comical results; each episode ended with an extended instrumental performance of "The Muppet Show Theme" by the Muppet orchestra before Statler and Waldorf gave the last laugh of the night. Some last laugh sequences featured other Muppets on the balcony. For example, in one episode, the Muppets of Sesame Street appeared behind the duo who told them: "How should we know how to get to Sesame Street?

We don't know how to get out of this stupid theater box!" Every season, the TV version of the song was presented with re-worked lyrics. While the opening sequence evolved visually over the course of the show's five seasons, the musical composition remained the same. Throughout the years, the song has become a staple of the franchise; the Muppet Theater is the setting for The Muppet Show, a grand old vaudeville house that has seen better days. In episode 106, Kermit identifies the name of the theatre as The Benny Vandergast Memorial Theater, although other episodes identify it as "the Muppet Theater." It is identified as "Muppet Theater" in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. It is that the theatre becomes registered as a historical landmark, it cannot be shut down. According to The Phantom of the Muppet Theater, the theatre was built by a stage actor named John Stone in 1802. At some point, a production of Hamlet ran with Stone playing the title role. An alternate exterior is shown in the book.

Locations seen in the Muppet Theater include backstage right, the dressing roo

Institute of Engineering Technology, Sri Lanka

The Institute of Engineering Technology is a diploma-awarding institute in Katunayake, Sri Lanka, specializing in the field of engineering. IET awards the National Diploma in Engineering Sciences, was established as the Technician Training Institute in 1985 to educate and train mid-level engineers in various engineering-based and allied fields. IET awards the National Diploma in Engineering Sciences under the three major fields of civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, eight sub-fields. There are 8 sub fields under above three fields; the distance is around 30 km from Colombo and it takes around 45–60 minutes to reach the institute via main road or from Colombo-Katunayake Expressway it can reach around 15 minuts. Official web portal

Rocas Alijos

Rocas Alijos, or Escollos Alijos are a group of tiny and barren volcanic islets or above-water rocks in the Pacific Ocean at 24°57′31″N 115°44′59″W. They are part of Comondú municipality of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, situated about 300 km west of the mainland; the total surface area is less than 1,000 square metres. The official area figure of 0.012 square kilometres. The group consists of numerous smaller ones. South Rock, the largest of the group, is 34 meters high, with a diameter of only 14 meters. Middle Rock is 18 meters high and about 10 meters in diameter. North Rock, 200 meters north of South Rock, is 22 meters high, with a diameter of 12 meters; the rocks in between those are either submerged or so low that they are visible among the breaking waves. The rocks seem to be known since the early Spanish history of Mexico; the first description is by pirate John Clipperton. But only in 1791 the first exact description was made by a Spanish sailor. South Rock was climbed for the first time in 1990 by an expedition under the leadership of Robert Schmieder, who edited a monograph about the rocks.

The group is located at the transition zone between two major biologic provinces, at a latitude where the Pacific Current turns westward to form the North Pacific trans-oceanic current. The rocks are nesting sites of many seabirds; the two other Mexican island groups in the Pacific Ocean that are not on the continental shelf are Guadalupe Island and Revillagigedo Islands. The breeding marine avifauna of Alijos Rocks consists of Leach's storm-petrel, red-billed tropicbird, masked booby, sooty tern; the magnificent frigatebird is a regular winter visitor but does not breed. The Laysan albatross is an annual visitor to Alijos Rocks during its winter breeding season, may start to nest there in the near future. Radio enthusiast's description more detailed description in German sailing directions Rocas Alijos: Scientific Results from the Cordell Expeditions The Marine Birds of Alijos Rocks, Mexico Cordell Expeditions Homepage Rocas Alijos part of Comondú municipality Video: Tuna fishing beginning at Alijos Rocks, October 2005 Robert W. Schmieder, Ed.: Rocas Alijos: Scientific Results from the Cordell Expeditions, Dordrecht.