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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried is a collection of linked short stories by American novelist Tim O'Brien, about a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground in the Vietnam War. His third book about the war, it is based upon his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division. O'Brien refrains from political debate and discourse regarding the Vietnam War, he was dismayed that people in his home town seemed to have so little understanding of the war and its world. It was in part a response to, it was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1990. Many of the characters are semi-autobiographical, sharing similarities with figures from his memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home. In The Things They Carried, O'Brien plays with the genre of metafiction, his use of real place names and inclusion of himself as the protagonist blurs fiction and non-fiction. As part of this effect, O'Brien dedicates The Things They Carried to the fictional men of the "Alpha Company," contributing to the novel appearing to be a war memoir.

"The Things They Carried" Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, the leader of a platoon of soldiers in Vietnam, carries physical reminders of Martha, the object of his unrequited love. A death in the squad under his supervision causes Cross to reconsider his priorities, heartbroken, he burns and throws away all reminders of Martha in order to focus on the mission and avoid distractions. "Love" Cross and O'Brien reminisce about Martha. O'Brien asks if he can write a story about Cross, expressing his hopes for the future. "Spin" A series of unrelated memories from the war are narrated from O'Brien's point of view. It includes moments of beauty: a joke of a hate letter to the Draft Board. "On the Rainy River" O'Brien gets drafted as soon. He considers fleeing the draft. Near the border, he encounters an elderly stranger who allows him to work through his internal struggle. O'Brien is given the opportunity to escape, he goes to war ashamed with his inability to face the consequences of leaving. "Enemies and Friends" Told in two sections, the developing relationship between soldiers Jensen and Strunk is shown.

At first antagonized by one another, the two are drawn toward respect and friendship by the stress and horrors of warfare. They agree that if one should be wounded, the other must deal a fatal blow as a form of mercy. "How to Tell a True War Story" O'Brien explores the telling of war stories by comrades, revealing that truth is delicate and malleable. Anything can be faked... but only the worst events can be proven real. He concludes that, in the end, the truth of a story doesn't matter so much as what the story is trying to say. "The Dentist" In order to mourn Curt Lemon, a man O'Brien did not know well, he shares a brief recollection about a bizarre interaction between Lemon and an army dentist. Lemon, afraid of dentists, faints before the dentist can examine him; that night, however, he complains of a phantom tooth ache so severe a tooth is pulled - though it's healthy. Lemon has felt he needs to prove himself in front of his men and be the fearless man all soldiers are supposed to be. "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" O'Brien recounts the legendary tale of Rat Kiley's first assignment, near the Song Tra Bong river.

The area is so isolated. At first, she cooks and tends to the soldiers' wounds... but she assimilates into Vietnamese guerrilla culture wearing a necklace made of human tongues, disappears into the jungle. "Stockings" O'Brien explains how Henry Dobbins wore the stockings of his girlfriend around his neck to bed, sometimes to battle. When the girlfriend breaks things off, he keeps the stockings around his neck, as their powers have been demonstrated. "Church" The platoon discovers an abandoned building being used as a sort of church, inhabited by monks who bring them food and supplies. The men discuss their relationships with churches, for the most part, appreciate the interaction with other people and the peace of the building. Henry Dobbins decides otherwise. "The Man I Killed" O'Brien describes a man he killed in My Khe, how he did it. He makes up a life story for the man, torturing himself with the idea that the victim had been a gentle soul. "Ambush" O'Brien's daughter asks. He tells the story of an ambush outside My Khe, in which O'Brien kills a young man who may or may not have wanted to harm him.

"Style"The platoon witnesses a young Vietnamese girl dancing through the burned remains of her village, argue over whether it's a ritual or what she likes to do. Azar mocks the girl, Dobbins rebukes him. "Speaking of Courage" After his service, Norman Bowker is at a loss. His former girlfriend has married someone else, his closest friends are dead, he reflects on the medals he won in Vietnam, imagines telling his father about both these and the medals he did not win. Although he has no one to share these memories with, he finds catharsis in imagined conversations. "Notes" O'Brien says that Bowker asked him to write the previous story, that he hanged himself three years unable to regain his footing and find any meaning in li


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St. John's Cathedral (Belize City)

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist is the primary cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Belize. Based in Belize City and built from 1812 to 1820 with bricks, used as ballast aboard ships, it was the first church to be built in the colony of British Honduras. A parish church, St. John's Church became St. John's Cathedral in 1891, a few years after the Diocese of Belize had been erected, it has numerous alterations dating to more recent renovations. The exterior of the church is of brick, it is a historical landmark of Belize from the colonial influence of the country's past. Attached to the church is the oldest cemetery in the country, Yarborough Cemetery, it was built by the British using slave labour. St. John's Cathedral

Simca do Brasil

Simca do Brasil was a subsidiary of the now defunct French automaker Simca and started out in the late 1950s assembling the Simca Vedette imported in kit form from France and selling it in three versions, the Chambord, Présidence and Rallye. The Company manufactured the radically restyled Esplanada with improved engines and, with increasing control by the Chrysler Group over the French concern, was taken over by the American car giant as majority share holder. During its ten years of market presence Simca defended its market share against fierce competition from Volkswagen, Ford and Willys; the brand disappeared from the Brazilian Market in the late 1960s following a strategic decision by its owners Chrysler. The Simca plant received a visit by Juscelino Kubitschek before his inauguration as president in 1956, organized by a Brazilian General who had a family member employed in Poissy. Kubitschek jokingly invited Simca to build a plant in his home state. Simca took this proposal quite and sent a letter of intent to produce cars in Brazil.

In the interim, Brazil had formed an Executive Group for the Automotive Industry, which had laid forth a set of requirements for any producer wishing to establish a plant in Brazil. Simca claimed that their proposal and arrangement with Kubitschek pre-dated these rules and lobbied for exceptions. Simca lobbied directly in Minas but were in the end forced to present their own proposal, passed with a number of contingencies. Simca do Brasil was founded on 5 May 1958 in the City of Belo Horizonte, capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, as a result of Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek efforts to lure foreign car companies to pioneer this market with huge potential through tempting fiscal advantages. Assembly of the Vedette began in March 1959. Simca do Brasil imported kits of the Simca Vedette supplied by the French Simca HQ and had them assembled in their facilities in São Bernardo do Campo, where the administration would move to on, Rio de Janeiro. In spite of promises made, first to President Kubitschek and to the GEIA, Simca's activities were never moved to Minas Gerais.

The first car left the assembly line in 1959 but was plagued with enormous problems not only because of the 480 strong, but inexperienced workforce. The delays in passing the GEIA rules meant that Simca were unable to access hard currency and suffered severe parts problems as a result. A reputation for low quality developed, one which Simca was unable to shake. Meanwhile, Simca do Brasil imported all the tools and machinery to start its own production and was busy recruiting 980 local OEM parts suppliers to transform the Simca Chambord, Présidence and Rallye models into true Brazilian made cars because of Brazilian government demands in exchange for the benefits granted so far, but the huge problems faced on a daily basis at the assembly line threatened to put the future manufacturing site in severe doubts. A crisis broke out and Simca do Brasil threatened to become paralyzed by the growing problems. Simca France, having invested in their Brazilian offspring sent their top engineer Jacques Jean Pasteur to Brazil not only to streamline the production but to run the entire operation.

By 1961 Pasteur had addressed the issues and cars were being built with 98% of parts from national suppliers. In the second half of 1966 Chrysler took over as majority shareholder, after having bought 92% of Simca France. From August 1967 onwards, cars left the production line with a small badge at the rear saying "fabricado pela Chrysler”, sending out the message of the takeover by the American car brand; the well established Simca name remained in use for another two years. In 1969, the Simca name was laid to rest as the Americans re-introduced one of their internationally renowned brand names by launching the Dodge Dart on the Brazilian market. Simca Chambord Simca Alvorada Simca Profissional Simca Rallye Simca Présidence Simca Jangada Simca Esplanada Simca Regente Simca Tufão Simca GTX Automóveis Brasileiros, Enio Brandenburg, Federação Brasileira de Veículos Antigos, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil The Automobile in South America - The Origins, Álvaro Casal Tatlock, FBVA, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil Automóveis de São Paulo, Malcom Forest, FBVA, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil Brazilian Simca Club

Trans woman

A trans woman is a woman, assigned male at birth. Trans women may transition. Trans women may be heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, or identify with other terms; the term transgender woman is not always interchangeable with transsexual woman, although the terms are used interchangeably. Transgender is an umbrella term. Trans women face significant discrimination in many areas of life, including in employment and access to housing, face physical and sexual violence and hate crimes, including from partners. Both transsexual and transgender women may experience gender dysphoria, distress brought upon by the discrepancy between their gender identity and the sex, assigned to them at birth. Both transsexual and transgender women may transition. A major component of medical transition for trans women is estrogen hormone replacement therapy, which causes the development of female secondary sex characteristics. This, along with sex reassignment surgery can bring relief, in most cases, rids the person of gender dysphoria.

The term trans woman originates from the use of the Latin prefix trans- meaning "across, through, on the other side of, to go beyond" and woman. The term was first used in Leslie Feinberg's 1996 book Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman; the book describes a trans woman as "a male-to-female transgender or transsexual person." This definition is accepted and used in the Oxford English Dictionary. However, she elaborates on it by saying that being a trans woman has a negative connotation, she explains that people refer to trans women as "freaks" and that her gender expression has made her a "target."Heidi M. Levitt provides a simpler description of trans woman, she defines trans woman as "the sex of those who transition from one sex to the other." Levitt mentions how the abbreviation "MTF" is used, meaning male-to-female. A final perspective by Rachel McKinnon explains. While some trans women have undergone surgery and may have female genitalia, many struggle in society to pass as a woman and be accepted.

This ability to pass can cause one, considered a trans woman to be seen just as any other woman. She explains that this is controversial since trans women do not have the biological ability to reproduce and are missing a uterus and ovaries. However, she concludes that "trans women are women" who challenge constructed norms of what it means to be a woman; the CDC refers to the word "transgender" as "an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity or expression is different from their sex at birth". Trans woman is interchanged with other terms such as transgender woman and transsexual woman. According to, transgender means "denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex." However, Heidi M Levitt describes transgender as "different ways in which people transgress the gender boundaries that are constituted within a society." She describes how one must understand the difference between sex and gender in order to understand transgender.

She argues that sex is biological whereas "gender is a social construct." Thus people who are transgender express themselves differently than their biological sex. In contrast, Levitt explains that "transsexual people have a sexual identity that does not match their physical sex" and that some desire sex-reassignment surgery. In addition, the Oxford English Dictionary refers to transsexual as "having physical characteristics of one sex and psychological characteristics of the other" and "one whose sex has been changed by surgery." These definitions show that someone, transsexual expresses their gender differently than assigned at birth. In addition, they may undergo surgery to change their physical appearance, thus trans women fall under the umbrella of being transgender because their gender was assigned male at birth but they identify as a woman. However, not all trans women are transsexual since they may or may not choose to undergo sex-reassignment surgery; some trans women who feel that their gender transition is complete prefer to be called women, considering trans woman or male-to-female transsexual to be terms that should only be used for people who are not transitioned.

Many may not want to be seen as a "trans woman," owing to the societal otherization of trans individuals. Among those who do refer to themselves as trans women, many see it as an important and appropriate distinction to include a space in the term, as in trans woman, thus using trans as an adjective describing a particular type of woman. Trans women may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, or none of the above. A survey of 3000 American trans women showed 31% of them identifying as bisexual, 29% as "gay/lesbian/same-gender", 23% as heterosexual, 7% as asexual, as well as 7% identifying as "queer" and 2% as "other". In a 2008 study

TV Langen

TV Langen, nicknamed Die Giraffen, is a German basketball club based in Langen, Hesse. The club men's senior team plays in the Regionalliga, the fourth tier of German basketball. Langen has played in the first tier Basketball Bundesliga in the seasons of 1981/82, 1985-1988, 1984/85, 1988/89, 1990/91; the club is a cooperation team of the Frankfurt Skyliners, is known for developing young basketball talents. The team's manager has been Jürgen Barth. GermanyDominik Bahiense De Mello 2 seasons:'05-'07 Robin Benzing until -'09 Johannes Herber 3 seasons:'99-'02 Alex King 1 season:'05-'06 Denis Wucherer 1 season:'91-'92 CanadaDaniel Boticki 1 season:'07-'08 SenegalMalick Badiane 2 seasons:'01-'03 Official website