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The Sandman: Season of Mists

Season of Mists is a 1992 American seven-part comic and the fourth collection of issues in the DC Comics' The Sandman series. It collects issues #21–28, it was written by Neil Gaiman. In 2004 this collection received the award for the best scenario at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, it is followed by A Game of You. The issues in the collection first appeared in 1990 and 1991; the collection first appeared in paperback and hardback in 1992 with an introduction by Harlan Ellison. The title is the opening phrase of John Keats' "To Autumn", it was followed by A Game of You. The 2003 graphic novel Death: At Death's Door by Jill Thompson is related. Kelley Jones pencils the bulk of the story, inked in various issues by Malcolm Jones, Dick Giordano and P. Craig Russell. Jones's larger-than-life grotesques and obvious sense of humour make him ideal for gods and other supernatural figures, his episodes are bookended by a prologue and an epilogue drawn by Mike Dringenberg, the former inked by Malcolm Jones III, the latter by George Pratt.

It introduces Endless siblings Destiny and Delirium, features Thor and Loki from Norse mythology. Season of Mists marks the introduction of the Norse gods for the first time in the series; this collection begins with an Endless family meeting, wherein Desire taunts Morpheus about his intolerant treatment of a former lover, the African queen'Nada', whose story formed the prologue to the second collection, The Doll's House, Death angers him further by agreeing with Desire, whereupon Morpheus visits Hell to retrieve Nada. As he arrives, Lucifer expels all the demons and damned souls from Hell, abdicates as its ruler, gives Morpheus the key to Hell's gates. Word of Lucifer's abdication spreads to other immortals, who visit the Dreaming to bargain for it: Odin wishes to control Hell to avoid Ragnarök and travels to the Dreaming with Loki and Thor. Order is personified as an empty cardboard box carried by a djinn-like being, while Chaos appears as a small girl in clown makeup; the faerie Cluracan and his sister Nuala appeal to Morpheus to give control of Hell to no one, Cluracan offers his sister in exchange.

Duma and Remiel are set to observe the negotiations. After private negotiations with single divinities that represent each group of gods, Dream gives Duma and Remiel the key. Dream apologizes to Nada for what he has done to her, she is reincarnated as a newborn human child, with permission to enter the Dreaming at will. Between these deliberations is the story ``. Although the two main characters in this tale, the ghosts of two school boys, never appear again in the Sandman series, they appear as "The Dead Boy Detectives" in Gaiman's Vertigo crossover story The Children's Crusade, in a mini-series of the same name by Jill Thompson; the collection presents two simultaneous endings: Dream discovers Loki absconding from his punishment, but decides not to reveal it, proposes the latter a negotiation to set him free. Meanwhile, without his wings, sits on an Australian beach, grudgingly admires a sunset. In the epilogue and Remiel have become the new rulers of Hell, initiate a new regimen of punishment meant to "redeem" the condemned.

Season of Mists is the first appearance of one of the central themes of the series, that of rules and responsibilities. The gathering of the Endless family which opens the book makes the second reference to the "prodigal", an Endless sibling who abandoned his realm and responsibilities; the family gathering leads to Dream deciding that he must return to Hell to right a wrong he committed, an event which triggers a major plot arc throughout the series. American Gods Bender, Hy; the Sandman Companion. New York: Vertigo DC Comics. ISBN 1-56389-644-3. Gaiman, Neil; the Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2. Shawn McManus, Mike Dringenberg, Bryan Talbot, John Watkiss, Kelley Jones, George Pratt, Malcolm Jones III, Colleen Doran. Vertigo Comics. ISBN 1-4012-1083-X; the Annotated Sandman

Irina Salomykova

Irina Salomykova-Vaag was a Soviet-born, Russian sprint canoer who competed from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. She won five medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with four bronzes. Salomykova-Vaag competed in two Summer Olympics for two different nations. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, she competed in two events for the Soviet Union by finishing fourth in the K-4 500 m and fifth in the K-2 500 m events. Four years in Barcelona, Salomykova-Vaag competed for the Unified Team by finishing ninth in the K-4 500 m event though she was eliminated in the semifinals of the K-1 500 m event. ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater: 1936–2007 at WebCite. Additional archives: Wayback Machine. ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite Irina Salomykova's profile at Sports Reference.com

Shaftesbury Theatre (1888)

The Shaftesbury Theatre was a theatre in central London, between 1888 and 1941. It was built by John Lancaster for Ellen Wallis, a well-known Shakespearean actress; the theatre was designed by C. J. Phipps and built by Messrs. Patman and Fotheringham at a cost of £20,000 and opened with a production of As You Like It on 20 October 1888; the theatre had a stage of 28' 6" square. The capacity was 1,196, it was located on the south side of Shaftesbury Avenue, just east of Gerrard Place. The theatre's first big hit was The Belle of New York produced by the prominent Broadway producer, George W. Lederer, which opened on 12 April 1898 and ran for an successful 697 performances. In 1908–09 H. B. Irving presented a successful season of plays. Robert Courtneidge was lessee for most of the early years of the 20th century and produced comic operas and Edwardian musical comedies, including Tom Jones, the record-setting hit The Arcadians, Oh! Oh! Delphine!, The Pearl Girl and many others. In 1914 Basil Rathbone appeared at the Shaftesbury as the Dauphin in Shakespeare's Henry V. Courtneidge's successors, from 1917 to 1921 were George Grossmith, Jr. and Edward Laurillard.

The produced a number of shows, including Arlette by George Arthurs. In 1941 the theatre was so damaged by aerial bombardment that the lease was vacated, in 1956 the site was appropriated by the London County Council for a proposed new fire station to replace the one next door; however it was to remain empty for over 40 years used only as a car park surrounded by advertising boards. The current Soho fire station was built on the site in 1983. Who's Who in the Theatre, edited by John Parker, tenth edition, London, 1947, p. 1184. History of the theatre

Jack Reynolds (broadcaster)

Jack Reynolds, born Joseph James Rizzo, was a broadcaster from Cleveland, Ohio, better known outside of his hometown as a professional wrestling announcer. Cleveland area native Rizzo had a career in television in Cleveland over several decades, he was a DJ/talk show host for the old WGAR AM 1220 and the old WWWE AM 1100. He was the booth announcer for then-independent TV station WUAB channel 43, where he was the original host of the long running afternoon Prize Movie, he was an on-air spokesman for several local businesses. Reynolds landed a brief speaking part in The Godfather as an Army captain in the wedding scene, his line "I haven't had this much fun since the blitzkrieg" was cut from the finished film. Nationally, Reynolds was known for being a professional wrestling play by play voice, his first stint announcing wrestling came with the short-lived IWA promotion in 1975, which had attempted to establish a national wrestling promotion years before Vince McMahon had done so. He worked alongside Pedro Martinez's son Ron announcing for the Buffalo, NY-based National Wrestling Federation.

This experience had served him well, as Reynolds joined the World Wrestling Federation's broadcast team in September 1984. He replaced Vince McMahon as the play-by-play announcer for the WWF's syndicated program All-Star Wrestling, being taped at various venues in southern Ontario and repackaged and aired in Canada as Maple Leaf Wrestling. At the broadcast table, he was paired with Canadian Football League legend turned professional wrestler Angelo "King Kong" Mosca, but, in January 1985, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, making his broadcasting debut, replaced Mosca as color commentator when Mosca left his broadcasting job to concentrate on managing his son, Angelo Mosca, Jr. who had just entered the WWF. Reynolds and Ventura were the original hosts of WWF Prime Time Wrestling when it debuted in January 1985 on the USA Network. In addition, during his time with the WWF, Reynolds was the regular play-by-play announcer, paired with Billy Red Lyons as color commentator, for matches taped at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto that aired on Prime Time Wrestling or other WWF programming.

In July 1985, Gorilla Monsoon replaced Reynolds as the play-by-play announcer for All-Star Wrestling. Monsoon had replaced Reynolds as host of Prime Time Wrestling. Reynolds stuck around as a fill-in announcer before calling one last show in Detroit for the WWF in April 1986. Post WWF Reynolds continued to work in wrestling, traveling around the world on tours with former WWF stars such as Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, King Kong Bundy, Brutus Beefcake, others all throughout the'90s and into the 2000s. Reynolds died at age 71 on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio after complications from a recent surgery

Ali Al Hajj

Ali Al Hajj is the former major general and director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces. Hajj was born into a Sunni family based in northern Lebanon in 1955. Hajj was in charge of government protection for Rafik Hariri from 1992 to 1998, he was removed from his post when Hariri discovered Hajj was working for Syrian intelligence. He was appointed the director general of the Lebanese internal security forces in 2004 by Interior Minister Suleiman Frangieh, he was replaced by Ashraf Rifi. He was one of seven pro-Syrian officials whose resignations had been requested by the Lebanese opposition after the assassination of Hariri; the first UN team investigating the Hariri assassination led by Irish deputy Garda Commissioner Peter Fitzgerald discovered that the wreckage of Hariri's six-car motorcade had been removed from the crime scene at midnight on 14 February 2005. It was further found that other materials were not associated with the bomb placed in the massive crater; the man responsible for doing so was General Ali Al Hajj.

It was found that General Hajj after being appointed to the post as the head of the internal security forces reduced the number of state bodyguards of Hariri from 40 down to eight in November 2004. The reason for this reduction was given to be a letter from Lebanese president Emile Lahoud and Lebanese prime minister, indicating that Lebanese law should be applied on all levels and in all matters. According to a decree, the number of security staff for a person in the Hariri category should be eight. On 30 August 2005, the Lebanese authorities arrested and detained four high-level officials including general Jamil Al Sayyed, former head of the Lebanese general security, general Ali Al Hajj, former head of the internal security forces, general Raymond Azar, former head of military intelligence, they were arrested at the request of German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, carrying out the UN investigation about the assassination. The Mehlis report dated October 2005 quoted a witness stating that Jamil Al Sayyed cooperated with Mustapha Hamdan and Raymond Azar in the preparation of the Hariri assassination and that Hajj knew about the attack in advance.

However reports about the assassination did not repeat the allegations against these Lebanese generals. Hajj and other generals were held in Roumieh prison, northeast of Beirut from 2005 to April 2009, they were released from the prison upon the order of the Special Tribunal Lebanon pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen due to lack of evidence. They were not charged with any crime. Ali Al Hajj is a Sunni Muslim, he married a social activist Samar Al Hajj. His son is a Major in the Lebanese Internal Security Forces

Col du Berthiand

The Col du Berthiand is a mountain pass rising to 780 metres above sea level, situated on the Montagne de Berthiand in the Jura mountains. It is located in the department of Ain in France and joins the commune of Serrières-sur-Ain with Nurieux-Volognat; the name, like those of the Montagne de Berthiand and the hamlet of Berthiand originate from Bertoldingos derived from the family name Bertoald. The Tour de France has traversed the Col du Berthiand on four occasions, the last being during the 2016 Tour de France; the riders who crossed in the lead are shown in the table: In the more distant past, it illustrated the skill of Charly Gaul, in particular during the Circuit des Six-Provinces in 1954, but during the Tour des provinces du Sud-Est in 1955