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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. Some modern editions use a revised version printed in 1817. Along with other poems in Lyrical Ballads, it is considered a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic literature; the Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man, on his way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story; the wedding-guest's reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the mariner's story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem. The poem begins with an old grey-bearded sailor, the Mariner, stopping a guest at a wedding ceremony to tell him a story of a sailing voyage he took long ago.

The Wedding-Guest is at first reluctant to listen, as the ceremony is about to begin, but the mariner's glittering eye captivates him. The mariner's tale begins with his ship departing on its journey. Despite initial good fortune, the ship is driven south by a storm and reaches the icy waters of the Antarctic. An albatross appears and leads the ship out of the ice jam where it is stuck, but as the albatross is fed and praised by the ship's crew, the mariner shoots the bird: The crew is angry with the mariner, believing the albatross brought the south wind that led them out of the Antarctic. However, the sailors change their minds when the weather becomes warmer and the mist disappears: They soon find that they made a grave mistake in supporting this crime, as it arouses the wrath of spirits who pursue the ship "from the land of mist and snow". In anger, the crew forces the mariner to wear the dead albatross about his neck to illustrate the burden he must suffer from killing it, or as a sign of regret: After a "weary time", the ship encounters a ghostly hulk.

On board are Death and the "Night-mare Life-in-Death", a deathly pale woman, who are playing dice for the souls of the crew. With a roll of the dice, Death wins the lives of the crew members and Life-in-Death the life of the mariner, a prize she considers more valuable, her name is a clue to the mariner's fate: he will endure a fate worse than death as punishment for his killing of the albatross. One by one, all of the crew members die, but the mariner lives on, seeing for seven days and nights the curse in the eyes of the crew's corpses, whose last expressions remain upon their faces: Eventually, this stage of the mariner's curse is lifted after he begins to appreciate the many sea creatures swimming in the water. Despite his cursing them as "slimy things" earlier in the poem, he sees their true beauty and blesses them; as he manages to pray, the albatross falls from his neck and his guilt is expiated. It starts to rain, the bodies of the crew, possessed by good spirits, rise again and help steer the ship.

In a trance, the mariner hears two spirits discussing his voyage and penance, learns that the ship is being powered supernaturally: Finally the mariner wakes from his trance and comes in sight of his homeland, but is uncertain as to whether or not he is hallucinating: The rotten remains of the ship sink in a whirlpool, leaving only the mariner behind. A hermit on the mainland who has spotted the approaching ship comes to meet it in a boat, rowed by a pilot and his boy; when they pull the mariner from the water, they think he is dead, but when he opens his mouth, the pilot shrieks with fright. The hermit prays, the mariner picks up the oars to row; the pilot's boy laughs, thinking the mariner is the devil, cries, "The Devil knows how to row". Back on land, the mariner is compelled by "a woful agony" to tell the hermit his story; as penance for shooting the albatross, the mariner, driven by the agony of his guilt, is now forced to wander the earth, telling his story over and over, teaching a lesson to those he meets: After finishing his story, the mariner leaves, the wedding-guest returns home, waking the next morning "a sadder and a wiser man".

The poem received mixed reviews from critics, Coleridge was once told by the publisher that most of the book's sales were to sailors who thought it was a naval songbook. Coleridge made several modifications to the poem over the years. In the second edition of Lyrical Ballads, published in 1800, he replaced many of the archaic words; the poem may have been inspired by James Cook's second voyage of exploration of the South Seas and the Pacific Ocean. On this second voyage Cook crossed three times into the Antarctic Circle to determine whether the fabled great southern continent Terra Australis existed. Critics have suggested that the poem may have been inspired by the voyage of Thomas James into the Arctic. According to William Wordsworth, the poem was inspired while Coleridge and Wordsworth's sister Dorothy were on a walking tour through the Quantock Hills in Somerset; the discussion had turned to a book that Wordsworth was reading, A Voyage Round The World by Way of the Great South Sea by Captai

Metro Headquarters Building

The Metro Headquarters Building is a 398 ft high rise office tower in Los Angeles, California. It is located in Northeastern Downtown Los Angeles, east across the tracks from Union Station. Completed in 1995, it serves as the main headquarters for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; the $300 million building is the main fixture of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza and features exquisite artwork throughout the exterior facades and the interior lobby. The building's design features a blend of contextual influences of 1930's Hispanic-Deco and post-modern architecture, it features four levels of underground parking. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Future's End", a digitally-altered image of the building was used to represent the 1996 headquarters of villain Henry Starling; the building was again seen, this time on a matte painting depicting a building on the Mari homeworld in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Random Thoughts" in 1997. The building was home to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority from 2011 to 2018.

Prior to its completion, the building was criticized for its use of expensive construction materials as a public agency. One critic dubbed it as a "Taj Mahal" in reference to its Italian granite, English brick and a $300,000 aquarium. However, proponents of the project argued that it will revive a forgotten but important part of Downtown and create a new public place for a city with many communities but few communal gathering places. Officials contended that the Metro-owned headquarters will save money by bringing together over 2,000 workers scattered around town at leased quarters. Officials said that by putting both staffs under the same roof, the new building would help put an end to the rivalries between staffs of the old transit agencies, the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, which were merged to form Metro. List of tallest buildings in Los Angeles Emporis: MTA Building McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners: MTA Headqiarters

United Nations Security Council Resolution 253

United Nations Security Council Resolution 253, adopted unanimously on May 29, 1968, after reaffirming previous resolutions, the Council noted with concern that the measures taken so far have failed to bring the rebellion in Southern Rhodesia to an end and condemned the recent "inhuman executions carried out by the illegal regime in Southern Rhodesia which have flagrantly affronted the conscience of mankind". After further condemning the regime and calling upon the United Kingdom to end the rebellion in Southern Rhodesia the Council decided that all member states would: -prevent importing products originating in Southern Rhodesia after the date of this resolution regardless of the legal nature of those products - suspend any activities of their nationals in the territories of UN member states designed to promote the export of commodities of products from Southern Rhodesia - prohibit the shipment of vessels or aircraft registered in Southern Rhodesia or by Southern Rhodesians from coming into their territory.

- prevent the sale or supply by their nationals or from their territories of any commodities or products - prohibit the shipment of goods by vessels, aircraft or land transport across their territory intended for Southern RhodesiaThe Council decided that member states should not make available to the regime any commercial, industrial or public utility undertaking, including tourist enterprises, in Southern Rhodesia any funds for investment or any other financial of economic resources and shall prevent their nationals or anyone in their territories from making available any such funds or resources and from remitting any other funds to persons or bodies within Southern Rhodesia, save for pensions, humanitarian, news and in some circumstances food-stuffs. The Council further decided that member states would prevent the entry into their territory of anyone traveling on a Southern Rhodesian passport as well as persons whom they have reason to believe to be ordinarily a resident of Southern Rhodesia and whom they have reason to believe to have furthered or encouraged, or to be to further or encourage, the unlawful actions of the illegal regime.

The Council decided that all member states would prevent airline companies constituted in their territories as well as aircraft of their registration or under charter to their nationals from operation to or from Southern Rhodesia or linking up with any airline company constituted or aircraft registered in Southern Rhodesia. UN specialized agencies were called upon to take all possible measures to prevent activities promoting, assisting or encouraging emigration to Southern Rhodesia; the Council requested member states and UN agencies to assist Zambia as a matter of priority, as the carrying out of this resolution would create economic problems in that country. The Council decided to establish a Committee to report on the implementation of this resolution. List of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 201 to 300 Text of the Resolution at Works related to United Nations Security Council Resolution 253 at Wikisource

Pearry Reginald Teo

Pearry Reginald Teo Zhang Pingli known as Pearry Teo, is a Singaporean film director and producer. He is considered the first Singaporean movie director to make a Hollywood film. Teo began his career with as a school making quirky horror films, with borrowed cameras, his first film, Liberata Me, won the New York International Film Festival for best horror film. Shortly after, his following films won him awards leading to his first feature film deal The Gene Generation. A fashion design drop out, Teo attended school in Melbourne, Australia before arriving to the United States to pursue his career in filmmaking, his fan base comprises those in the underground sub-culture, whose keen interest in him lies in his unique but dark visual style. The movie, The Gene Generation, stars Faye Dunaway; the movie was released on DVD on 27 January 2009. In August 2009, Teo shot NBC / Universal first production in China called "Witchville" which stars Luke Goss, MyAnna Buring and Sarah Douglas; the film has a release date of 22 May 2010 on the Syfy Channel.

In 2013, Teo collaborated with author Christine Converse on Bedlam Stories, a fictional account of famous reporter Nellie Bly's stay in a mental institution in the 1920s. The novel combines the fictional worlds of Alice in Wizard of Oz in a horror genre; the Assent producer/director The Ghost Beyond Ghosthunters The Curse of Sleeping Beauty Strange Blood Dracula: The Dark Prince The Evil Inside Witchville Necromentia The Gene Generation Take Me Somewhere Nice Children of the Arcana Liberata Me, aka Fade to Black Official Site Syfy's Saturday Night Movies Pearry Reginald Teo on IMDb Pearry Reginald Teo on Twitter

Vijf tegen Vijf

Vijf tegen Vijf was a Dutch game show based on the original American format of Family Feud. In the game, two teams consisting of five contestants play against each other and have to answer questions based on surveys taken by random people from the Netherlands, they have to guess. It was first aired by the VARA in 1983, the show was hosted by Willem Ruis. However, the show was cancelled in 1986 because of the death of Willem Ruis; the VARA revived the series in March 1992 with Peter-Jan Rens as the host, but the show went to the commercial channel RTL 4 in 1993, because host Peter-Jan Rens went to that channel. The show was sponsored by the Lotto. RTL 4 cancelled the program in 1998; when the commercial channel Talpa started in 2005, they began airing new episodes of the show. At Talpa, the show was hosted by singer Gordon Heuckeroth from 2005 to 2006, in 2006, Winston Gerschtanowitz became the host. In 2008, RTL 5 began airing reruns of the Talpa episodes. On June 6, 2009, RTL 4 aired. In this episode celebrities tried to win as much money as possible for charity.

The rules are the same as the other versions, except for a few minor differences. Unlike most other versions, the teams in the Dutch version don't always consist of five family members, but sometimes the teams consist from friends, members of a sports team, etc. After four questions, with only the last question being worth twice the value, the team in the lead won the championship; when the show moved to RTL 4 in 1993, a bonus game was added, played at the beginning of the program. In it, every contestant had to answer a question; when one got the number one answer, his or her team would get ƒ1000. If they got the number two answer, the team would get ƒ500, if they got the number 3 answer, the team would get ƒ250. From 1983 until 1998, the top prize of the show was ƒ5000, awarded when a team got over 200 points in the final round. If the team failed to score 200 points, each point earned one Dutch guilder in addition to one guilder per point in the main game.. If they had earned additional money in the bonus game, that money would be added to the top prize.

After the RTL 4 version ended in 1998, the bonus game was not played anymore. From 2005 and on, the top prize was €5000, awarded when a team got over 200 points in the final round. Vijf tegen Vijf official website Site from host Peter-Jan Rens with images from and information about the program

USS Fanning (DD-37)

The first USS Fanning was a modified Paulding-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I and in the United States Coast Guard, designated as CG-11. Her namesake was Nathaniel Fanning. Fanning was launched on 11 January 1912 by Newport News Shipbuilding Company, Newport News, Virginia, she was classified DD-37 on 17 July 1920. In the years that preceded World War I, Fanning took part in the training schedule of the Atlantic Fleet, sailing to the Caribbean for winter maneuvers, exercising off the coast of New England in the summers. Based at Norfolk, Virginia during the major portion of each year, she joined in gunnery practice in this area; as war raged in Europe, Fanning intensified her preparations for any eventuality. When two German auxiliary cruisers visited Norfolk in September 1916, Fanning acted as part of their escort while they sailed in United States territorial waters. On 8 October, Fanning put out of Newport, Rhode Island, to search for the crews of ships sunk not far from Nantucket Light Ship by the German submarine U-58.

The destroyer landed them at Newport, Rhode Island the next day. The presence of U-58 led to the speculation that a secret German submarine base might exist in the Long Island Sound—Block Island Sound area. During the latter half of October 1916, Fanning and the fuel ship Jason conducted experiments to develop methods of oiling at sea, a technique which has since given the United States Navy unbounded mobility and sea-keeping qualities. Torpedo and gunnery practices, fleet maneuvers during the next eight months sharpened Fanning's war-readiness, so that she was able to sail for distant service when called on in June 1917. Based on Queenstown, Ireland and her sister destroyers patrolled the eastern Atlantic, escorting convoys and rescuing survivors of sunken merchantmen. At 1615 on 17 November 1917, Coxswain Daniel David Loomis sighted the periscope of U-58, the Officer of the Deck Lieutenant Walter Owen Henry ordered the destroyer to attack. Fanning's first depth charge pattern scored, as destroyer Nicholson joined the action, the submarine broke surface, her crew pouring out on deck, hands raised in surrender.

The depth charge had hit near the submarines diving planes, forcing the submarine to surface, knocked out the main generator aboard Fanning. Fanning maneuvered to pick up the prisoners as the damaged submarine sank, the first of two U-boats to fall victim to US Navy destroyers in World War I. Coxswain Daniel David Loomis and Lieutenant Walter Owen Henry both received the Navy Cross for this action. Fanning continued patrol duty for the duration of the war. Though she made numerous submarine contacts, all of her attacks were inconclusive. On many occasions, she went to the aid of torpedoed ships, rescuing survivors and carrying them into port. On 8 October 1918, she picked up a total of 103 survivors, 25 from a merchantman and 78 from the Dupetit-Thouars. Fanning passed in review before President Woodrow Wilson on board the transport George Washington in Brest Harbor on 13 December remained at Brest until March of the following year. After a quick voyage to Plymouth, Fanning departed Brest for the States, by way of Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, Azores, in company with several other destroyers, escorting a large group of submarine chasers.

Fanning was placed out of commission at Philadelphia on 24 November 1919. On 7 June 1924, Fanning was transferred to the Coast Guard with whom she served until 24 November 1930, she was sold for scrap on 2 May 1934. Robert Carney served aboard Fanning as gunnery and torpedo officer, contributed to the sinking of German submarine U-58. On 29 July 1943, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and became Chief of Staff to Admiral William Halsey, Jr. commander, South Pacific Force, which included all ground and air forces in the South Pacific area. Carney wrote that "Admiral Halsey unfailingly gave credit to his subordinates for successes achieved, took all blame for failures on his own shoulders." During World War I, Fanning was commanded by Lieutenant Arthur S. Carpender Vice Admiral in charge of the entire Atlantic Destroyer fleet during World War II. From 1925 to 1926, Fanning was commanded by Lieutenant Commander James Pine Vice Admiral and Superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

The entry can be found here. Photo gallery of USS Fanning at NavSource Naval History