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The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate is a 1999 mystery thriller film directed, co-written by Roman Polanski. An international co-production between the United States, Portugal and Spain, the film is loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte's 1993 novel The Club Dumas; the plot involves authenticating a rare and ancient book that purportedly contains a magical secret for summoning the Devil. The premiere showing was at San Sebastián, Spain, on 25 August 1999, a month before the 47th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Though critically and commercially unsuccessful in North America, where reviewers compared it unfavorably with Polanski's supernatural film Rosemary's Baby, The Ninth Gate earned a worldwide gross of $58.4 million against a $38 million budget. Dean Corso, a New York City rare book dealer, makes his living conning people into selling him valuable antique books for a low price, re-selling them to private collectors. Corso meets with wealthy book collector Boris Balkan, who has acquired a copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th-century author Aristide Torchia, one of only three extant copies.

The author adapted the book from one written by the Devil himself, was burned for heresy. "The Nine Gates" purportedly contains the means to summon the Devil and acquire invincibility and immortality. Balkan believes, he hires Corso to acquire the legitimate one by any means necessary. Balkan's copy was acquired from Andrew Telfer. Telfer's widow Liana seduces Corso, in a failed attempt to get the book back. Meanwhile, Corso leaves the book for safekeeping with bookseller Bernie Rothstein, murdered. Corso travels to Spain; the Ceniza brothers, book restorers who sold Balkan's copy to Telfer show him that three of the nine engravings are signed "LCF", rather than "AT", which aligns with the rumors that Lucifer himself was Aristide Torchia's co-author, implies Satan designed the three images personally. Corso travels to Portugal, to compare Victor Fargas' copy of the book to Balkan's. To Corso's surprise, he discovers that the signature "LCF" is found in three different engravings, which vary in small but significant details from the "AT" images in the Balkan copy.

The next morning, a mysterious young woman who appears to have been shadowing Corso since Balkan hired him, awakens Corso and leads him to Fargas' house. He finds the "LCF" - signed engravings ripped out of that copy. In Paris, Corso visits the Baroness Kessler. At first, the Baroness refuses to cooperate, but Corso intrigues her with evidence that the engravings differ among the three copies, he explains his idea: each copy contains a different set of three "LCF"-signed engravings, therefore all three copies are required to acquire the complete set of 9 images for the ritual. Corso finds "LCF" on three different engravings in the Baroness's book. Kessler is killed, the Girl rescues Corso from Liana's bodyguard; when Liana steals Balkan's copy from Corso's hotel room, he follows her, witnesses her using the book in a Satanic ceremony. Balkan interrupts the ceremony, kills Liana, leaves with the engraved pages and his own intact copy. Corso pursues Balkan to a remote castle, depicted in one of the engravings, finds Balkan preparing the final ritual.

After a struggle, Balkan traps Corso in a hole in the floor. Balkan performs his summoning ritual: he arranges the engravings on a makeshift altar, recites a series of phrases related to each of the nine engravings. Balkan douses the floor and himself with gasoline and sets it alight, believing himself to be immune to suffering. Balkan's invocation fails, he screams in pain as the flames engulf him. Corso frees himself, shoots Balkan, takes the engravings, escapes. Outside, the Girl appears and has sex with him by the light of the burning castle, her eyes and face seeming to change as she writhes on top of Corso, she tells him. On her suggestion before she disappears, Corso returns to the Ceniza brothers' now vacant shop. By chance, he finds there the authentic ninth engraving. On it, there is a likeness of the Girl riding a multiple headed beast, reminiscent of the Whore of Babylon. With the last engraving in hand, Corso returns to the castle, he crosses through the Ninth Gate into the light. Roman Polanski read the screenplay by Enrique Urbizu, an adaptation of the Spanish novel El Club Dumas, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Impressed with the script, Polanski read the novel, liking it because he "saw so many elements that seemed good for a movie. It was suspenseful and there were a great number of secondary characters that are tremendously cinematic". Pérez-Reverte's novel, El Club Dumas features intertwined plots, so Polanski wrote his own adaptation with his usual partner, John Brownjohn, they deleted the novel's literary references and a sub-plot about Corso's investigation of an original manuscript of a chapter of The Three Musketeers and concentrated upon Dean Corso's pursuing the authentic copy of The Nine Gates. Polanski approached the subject skeptically. I don't believe. Period." Yet he enjoyed the genre. "There a great number of clichés of this type in The Ninth Gate, which I tried to turn around a bit. You can make them appear serious on the surface

Killer Elite (film)

Killer Elite is a 2011 action thriller film starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and is directed by Gary McKendry. In 1980, mercenaries Danny Bryce, Hunter and Meier are in Mexico to assassinate a man. Danny is shot when he becomes distracted after realizing he has killed the man in front of the target's young child. Affected by this, Danny returns to his native Australia; the following year, Danny is summoned to Oman to meet The Agent. He learns. If Danny does not complete Hunter's mission, Hunter will be executed. Sheikh Amr, a deposed king of a small region of Oman, wants Danny to kill three former SAS troopers—Steven Harris, Steven Cregg, Simon McCann —for killing his three eldest sons during the Dhofar Rebellion. Danny must videotape their confessions and make their deaths look like accidents, all before the terminally ill sheikh dies; this will allow Bakhait, to regain control of his father's desert region.

Davies and Meier agree to help Danny for a share of the money. Danny and Meier sneak into Harris's house. After Harris confesses on videotape, they take him to the bathroom, intending to make it look like he slipped and hit his head. However, Harris's girlfriend knocks on the door. While Danny and Meier are distracted, Harris attempts to break free. In England, Davies questions bar patrons about former SAS members; this is reported to a secret society of former operatives protecting their own. Their head enforcer, Spike Logan, is sent to investigate. Davies discovers Cregg preparing for a long nighttime march in wintry weather on the Brecon Beacons mountain range. Danny infiltrates the base, disguised in uniform, drugs Cregg's coffee. Danny follows Cregg on the march and makes him confess before the drug sends him into shock to die of hypothermia. For their last target, their plan is to crash a remote-controlled truck into McCann's car. With the help of the inexperienced Jake, Meier kills McCann. A gunfight ensues, Jake accidentally kills Meier.

Danny and Davies part ways. Davies is tracked down by Logan's men, is hit by a truck and killed while trying to escape. Danny gives the sheikh the last confession, which he has faked. Hunter is released, while Danny heads back to Australia and reunites with Anne, a childhood acquaintance. Soon, he is informed by the Agent that there is one last man who participated in the sheikh's sons' murders and that this man, Ranulph Fiennes, is about to release a book about his experiences in the SAS. Danny sends Anne to France; the sheikh's son confirms. Logan, traces Danny through the Agent and sends a team to protect the author, but Jake distracts them, allowing Danny to shoot Fiennes, he only wounds the man, taking pictures that appear to show him dead. Logan captures Danny, taking him to an abandoned warehouse, but a government agent arrives and reveals that the British government is behind the events because of the sheikh's valuable oil reserves. A three-way battle ensues, with Danny Logan shooting the government agent.

In Paris, the Agent tries to kidnap Anne for ransom, but Hunter beats the henchman and shoots the Agent in the leg. Hunter spares his life. Danny and Hunter head to Oman to give the sheikh the pictures. However, Logan arrives first, tells the sheikh the pictures are fake and stabs him to death; the sheikh's son does not care. Hunter spots Logan leaving, they chase after him, along with the sheikh's men. After stopping the sheikh's men and Hunter confront Logan on a desert road. Hunter takes some of the money for his family, they leave the remainder, telling Logan that he will need it to start a new life after killing the government agent and acting against the wishes of the Feather Men and the British government. Danny says that Logan must make up his own mind what to do. Danny reunites with Anne; the Internet Movie Database cites a number of locations used for filming. Filming began at Docklands Studios Melbourne in May 2010. In July 2010, Jason Statham's scenes were shot at the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

Robert De Niro filmed a scene in Melbourne's Spring Street set in 1970s Paris. The scene of McCann's death by tanker truck was filmed on Melbourne; the final scene was filmed on Little Collins Street in Melbourne. Some London scenes were filmed in Cardiff—in July 2010, De Niro and Statham were seen filming outside The Promised Land Bar on Windsor Place. Other scenes shot in Cardiff were on Windsor Place, showing the City United Reformed Church, Buffalo bar and various small business buildings. Agent's several meetings with other characters at a stone, columned monument were shot at the Welsh National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff. A scene where The Welshman leaves a building was shot on Kings Road, showing Kings Road Doctors' Surgery and residential buildings. Another scene was shot at The Blue Anchor Inn in Vale of Glamorgan. In July 2010, filming took place near the Storey Arms outdoor centre in the Brecon Beacons. A number of 1970s period cars were in evidence a bright orange Austin Maxi.

The film, which had a gala-premiere at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2011, has received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes

Shotley Bridge Hospital

Shotley Bridge Hospital is a healthcare facility in Shotley Bridge, County Durham, England. It is managed by Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; the hospital originated with the acquisition of the Whinney House Estate in 1912. The facility, designed by Newcombe and Newcombe as a tuberculosis hospital, opened in 1912, it became a mental health facility known as the Shotley Bridge Mental Defectives Colony in 1927. It served as the Shotley Bridge Emergency Hospital during the Second World War specialising in plastic surgery, before joining the National Health Service as Shotley Bridge General Hospital in 1948. Although it was once one of the largest hospitals in the Northern Region, after most of the earlier buildings had been demolished in the late 20th century, it refocused as a community hospital. In April 2019 the trust announced a consultation on the possible transfer of clinical services to a smaller medical centre. Official site

January 2014 Cairo bombings

On 24 and 25 January 2014 a series of bombs exploded in Greater Cairo. The first four explosions occurred on the day before the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, with the fifth coming on the anniversary itself; the first was at the police headquarters in Cairo, which were attacked with a large truck bomb just after 06:30 local time. CCTV caught a white truck stop at 06:29 outside the building, with the driver jumping into another car; the blast could be heard across the city, gunfire was heard after the explosion. At least five people were killed and 75 injured; the front of the multi-storey building was badly damaged, as were the National Archives building and the Museum of Islamic Art, whose collection was damaged. Irina Bokova, Unesco's director-general, said: "This raises the danger of irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people." After the explosion a large crowd gathered, some of whom sang chants against the Muslim Brotherhood, including ""The people demand the execution of the Brotherhood."

Three more bombs exploded in western Cairo: the first was near the Behoos Metro Station in the Dokki district, the second was at a police station near the Giza pyramids, the third at the Radobis cinema in Giza. On 25 January another bomb exploded at 07:00 local time in the Ein Shams district of eastern Cairo but there were no casualties. Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a group affiliated to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for all the bombings, saying in a statement, "We tell our dear nation that these attacks were only the first drops of rain, so wait for what is coming up." A group called. European Union – The EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton, condemned the bomb attacks in Egypt and urged Egyptians to keep their unity. Iran – Iran condemned the bombings and called on Egyptians to keep their national unity. Russia – Russia’s Foreign Ministry condemned the bombings and released a statement saying: "As for the events in Cairo, we reiterate our principal position of firm condemnation of all terrorist acts, including those directed against administrative facilities, no matter what motives the organizers and perpetrators declare, solidarity with the Egyptian authorities’ policies, aimed at stabilizing of the situation in the country and promotion of the reformations course basing on results of the January all-nation referendum on the new draft constitution."

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia condemned the bombings, saying that the bombings were committed by a "criminal group that seeks to break up the unity of Egypt". United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates condemned the bombings and urged countries that oppose extremism to stand by the Egyptian government. United States – The United States condemned the bombings and called for calm. A White House spokesperson said: "These crimes should be investigated and the perpetrators should be brought to justice." CCTV recording of the police headquarters explosion

Evening Telegraph (Dundee)

The Evening Telegraph is a local newspaper in Dundee, Scotland. Known locally as the Tele, it is the sister paper of The Courier published by Dundee firm D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. Though now allied to Thomson's conservative and populist policy, the early paper was quite different and emerged in 1877 with the radical and reforming ethos of Sir John Leng who became Liberal member of parliament for the city. Historical copies of the Dundee Evening Telegraph, dating back to 1877, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive. John Leng and Co. prospered and among the new titles produced were'The People's Friend' and'The People's Journal'. These journals did not have the folksy sentimentality which appeared in the Thomson era, but as the titles intended, had Leng's aim of improving literacy and educational standards. Leng set up a Trust in 1901 which gave prizes for essays on literary and scientific subjects by young people, the Trust organised competitive solo singing of Scottish songs.

Leng's offered a number of new'Evening Telegraph' trophies for local sport, his magnificent cup for a Scottish Amateur golf championship, an event ignored by the elite clubs, brought up the standard of artisan golf in Carnoustie. Leng's company was taken over by Thomson in 1927; the present paper addresses the surrounding area on a daily basis. It was published in four editions until Friday 2 November 2007; those were: Fifth: Released around lunchtime Sixth: Released mid-afternoon Late Extra: Released late-afternoon and is the last edition sold in corner shops outside of Dundee city centre City: Released early evening and is only sold in Dundee city centre and supermarkets. From Monday 5 November 2007 the editions were: 1st Edition: Early edition for the Dundee Area. Counties Late: Early edition for outside Dundee, based on the Late Extra. Late Extra: Released late-afternoon, contains the Court Reports feature; the City edition is planned to only be produced. Official website

William M. Whitney

William M. Whitney was an American politician and real estate developer from upstate New York. In Illinois, he served as Recorder for eight years. Whitney served one two-year term. In 1873, he led the effort to incorporate Illinois. William M. Whitney was born in Ontario, New York on September 23, 1828, he became a teacher in 1848 and married Sarah Lavilla Clark in 1851. Whitney came to Winfield, Illinois in 1858. Two years he was elected DuPage County Circuit Clerk and Recorder, he served in this role until 1868. Whitney moved to Naperville the DuPage County seat, in 1862. Six years the seat was moved to Wheaton, which may have caused Whitney to not seek re-election in his role, he never practiced law. Starting in 1865, Whitney became involved with real estate dealings. In 1868, he platted one of the first subdivisions in Downers Grove with Charles W. Richmond. By 1870, Whtiney was worth $17,000. In 1870, Whitney was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives as the only representation from DuPage County.

He served in the 27th General Assembly. After his term expired, Whitney returned to his home in Hinsdale. Whitney's petition was approved on March 29, 1873. From 1872 to 1876, Whitney was a member of the State Board of a tax assessment board; the Panic of 1873 ruined Whitney financially. By 1879, Whitney was in debt and sold his house to pay back taxes. Whitney served as Hinsdale's police magistrate from 1878 to 1880. In 1879, he took a position managing accounts for the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane, where he worked for eight years. Sarah Whitney died in 1880, his daughter Annie became a prominent doctor in Batavia. In 1904, Whitney was living in Wisconsin. By 1908, Whitney had cared for a small apiary. Whitney's role in incorporating Hinsdale was rediscovered during the village centennial in 1973. On October 19, 1989, his Hinsdale house was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places