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The Stardroppers

The Stardroppers is a science fiction novel by British writer John Brunner. It was published at novella-length in 1962 as Listen, the Stars, in Analog and as part of an Ace Double in 1963; the Stardroppers is about an undercover United Nations agent investigating a new fad, "stardropping", whereby physics-violating equipment is used to listen to sounds believed to be alien or paranormal signals. Superficially a harmless but expensive hobby, stardropping reigns in a fanaticism resembling addiction, where some users assemble in semi-social communes and spend all of their money on improved equipment; the fad gains an additional aspect of risk when users begin disappearing into thin air, in cases of increasing profile and witnessing. Lester del Rey characterized the novel as "a good adventure story not of one Brunner's stronger literary efforts."

Gilbert Hutton

Gilbert "Bunty" Hutton was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1953 to 1958 as a representative of the Social Credit League, his middle name is alternately listed as "Alexander" and "Eugene". Hutton was educated in local schools, received a journeyman's electrician certificate in 1936, he owned an Appliance business in Minnedosa from 1952 until the 1970s. He was a fan of music, played the violin at local dances, he served on the Minnedosa town council. Hutton was elected to the assembly in the 1953 provincial election, defeating incumbent Liberal-Progressive Henry S. Rungay by thirty-two votes in the constituency of Minnedosa, he was one of only two Social Credit MLAs to serve in the legislature in this period, the only one who remained with the party through to the 1958 election. According to reports from the Winnipeg Free Press, the Social Credit MLAs focused on the need for monetary reform in their first speeches to the legislature; the Social Credit League was eliminated from the legislature in the 1958 election, Hutton was resoundingly defeated in Minnedosa by Liberal-Progressive MLA Charles Shuttleworth, whose previous constituency had been eliminated by redistribution.

Hutton moved to Estevan, Saskatchewan in the 1970s, worked for a co-operative. He returned to Minnedosa in 1973. Hutton died there at the age of 76

Australian Cup

The Australian Cup is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for horses three years old and older, held under Weight for Age conditions, over a distance of 2000 metres, at Flemington Racecourse, Australia in March during the VRC Autumn Racing Carnival. Total prize money for the race is A$1,500,000; the race was once Australia's premier long distance race, raced at a distance of 18 furlongs - thus, longer than the Melbourne Cup. In 1943 the race was shortened to 17 furlongs 110 yards to allow the race to be started from the top of Flemington's famous Straight Six, to have bigger fields; the VRC in the early 1960s shortened the distance to ​1 1⁄4 miles to attract classier middle distance gallopers. Stakes were increased from $1 million to $1.5 million in 2016. 1863–1942 - ​2 1⁄4 miles 1943–1962 – 2 miles ​1 1⁄2 furlongs 1963 - ​1 3⁄4 miles 1964–1972 - ​1 1⁄4 miles 1973 onwards - 2000 metres 1863–1978 - Handicap 1978–1981 - Weight for Age 1982–1986 - Handicap 1987 onwards - Weight for Age 1863–1979 - Principal Race 1979 onwards - Group 1 In 2007 the race was run at Caulfield Racecourse due to refurbishment work at Flemington Racecourse.

Makybe Diva won this race in 2005 in the Australian record time of 1:58:73, which beat Northerly's previous record. The most successful trainer has been Bart Cummings with thirteen wins – 1968, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2008; the most successful jockey is Tom Hales who won the Australian Cup eight times – Lurline, Savanaka, Morpeth, Carlyon, Dreadnought. List of Australian Group races Group races

WWF European Rampage Tour

WWF European Rampage Tour is a game based on the World Wrestling Federation, created by Arc Developments in 1992 for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and MS-DOS. It capitalizes on the success of the previous WWF game for home computers, WWF WrestleMania, was aimed predominantly at the European markets, it was the last WWF game released for home computers until the release of WWF With Authority! in 2001. One or two players form a tag team choosing from Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart and must first defeat the tag teams of The Nasty Boys, The Natural Disasters and Money Inc. three times each. The final match is a championship bout with The Legion of Doom in New York City's Madison Square Garden; each wrestler possesses several basic wrestling attacks like punches and kicks, clotheslines, press slams and backbreakers. The action can be less confined to the ring as the player has more room to move around the centre stage and can choose from a variety of weapons to use against opponents.

Unlike its predecessor WWF WrestleMania, there is no time limit for the matches. The game features a two-player practice mode featuring the four selectable wrestlers; the Commodore 64 version plays much like its counterparts. The four selectable wrestlers from the other versions are present in this version; the player must defeat Typhoon from The Natural Disasters, Irwin R. Schyster from Money Inc. and Jerry Sags from The Nasty Boys in various venues before challenging Animal from The Legion of Doom for the championship. A two-player practice mode is included. List of licensed wrestling video games List of fighting games

Albert Belan

Albert V. "Bud" Belan was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate. A native of Munhall, Pennsylvania, he earned a degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966 and from Penn State University in 1967, he was a board member of the West Mifflin Area School District from 1970 to 1971 and a member of the West Mifflin Borough Council from 1972 to 1976. He earned a Certification for District Justice from the Wilson College for Minor Judiciary in 1975 and served as a District Justice for Magisterial District 05-2-14 from 1976 through 1988, he represented the 45th legislative district in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1989 through 2000. Belan died on June 7, 2011. "State Senator Albert V. "Bud" Belan". Archived from the original on 1999-10-07. Retrieved 2009-12-14. - official caucus webpage

Odontadenia macrantha

Odontadenia macrantha is a vine of the family Apocynaceae native to Central and South America. The cylindrical stem is either woody or just woody at the base; the smooth oval leaves are 9–35 centimetres long by 4–15.5 centimetres wide, sit on 1–1.3-centimetre long petioles. They are oppositely arranged on the stem; the orange or yellow flowers are 6–10 centimetres in diameter with a 3–4.5-centimetre long tube. However, flower shape and colour can vary considerably. Flowering takes place all year, with a peak from December to August, while fruiting peaks from April to October, it was described as Echites macrantha by Austrian botanists Johann Jacob Roemer and Josef August Schultes in 1819 from material from Brazil. The species name is derived from the Ancient Greek words makros "long" and anther "flower". George Bentham described it as Odontadenia speciosa in 1841 from material collected from Guyana in 1837, it is the type species of the genus. Odontadenia caudigera was described by Ann Woodson in 1936 from a collection from Belize.

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, this was considered a separate species on account of its smaller and differently shaped corolla, but intermediate flowers have been found on the same plant so is regarded as conspecific. Odontadenia sylvestris, described by Brazil as distinct on a similar basis, is regarded as a variant of O. macrantha. Odontadenia macrantha is native to Central and South America, from Guatemala in the north to Brazil in the south, as well as the West Indies, from sea level to 800 metres elevation, it is cultivated in Singapore