Theudebert I

Theudebert I was the Merovingian king of Austrasia from 533 to his death in 548. He was the father of Theudebald. Most of what we know about Theudebert comes from the Histories or History of the Franks written by Gregory of Tours in the second half of the sixth century. In addition, we have diplomatic correspondence composed at the Austrasian court, the poems of Venantius Fortunatus, an account from Procopius' work and a small number of other sources. During his father's reign, the young Theudebert had shown himself to be an able warrior. In 516 he defeated a Danish army under King Chlochilaich, his reputation was further enhanced by a series of military campaigns in Septimania against the Visigoths. Upon his father's death, Theudebert had to fight both his uncles Childebert and Clotaire I to inherit his father's kingdom. In the end, his military prowess persuaded Childebert to abandon the dispute and adopt Theudebert as his heir. Together they campaigned against Clotaire but sued for peace after their armies were hit by storm.

After relations between the Frankish kings had settled down, Theudebert found himself embroiled in the Gothic War started when the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I attempted to subdue the Ostrogoths in Italy. Justinian saw Theudebert as an ideal ally: Austrasian lands flanked the Ostrogoths in northern Italy; the emperor paid Theudebert handsomely for his assistance, but Theudebert proved an untrustworthy ally. The Frankish armies saw the Italian conflict as an opportunity for plunder and a chance to exert their own claims to northern Italy. In the event the Byzantines were forced to fight the Franks as much as the Ostrogoths. Theudebert seems to have revelled in his power growing on the European stage, his letters show him laying claim to a vast array of lands around Austrasia, including Byzantine lands. Since the fall of the Roman Empire, the Frankish kings had always shown a certain deference to the Byzantine Emperor, but Theudebert rejected his status as an inferior leader: for example, he broke imperial custom by minting gold coins containing his own image.

Hitherto former Frankish kings had respected imperial convention and circulated gold coins with the image of the emperor. Not perhaps, the Byzantine chronicler Agathias recorded the rumour in Constantinople that the Byzantines suspected Theudebert of planning an invasion of Thrace. In common with other Frankish rulers at the time, Theudebert took several wives as and when he wanted; as heir to his father's kingdom, he was betrothed to Wisigard, daughter of Wacho, king of the Lombards. This sort of political match was rare for the Merovingian kings. Theudebert abandoned her for a Gallo-Roman he had met while on campaign in southern Gaul. However, his supporters were not best pleased by his treatment of Wisigard because of the political dimension, persuaded Theudebert to take her back. Wisigard, soon died, Theudebert married again; as well as being renowned for his military prowess, Theudebert was lauded by contemporaries for his patronage of the Gallic Church. Gregory of Tours reserves special praise for him in this regard, but his piety is mentioned by Fortunatus.

Theudebert died in the 14th year of his reign. He was killed by a bison during a hunting party. Theudebald, his son by Deuteria, succeeded him. In contrast to that experienced by many Merovingian kings, Theudebald's accession was peaceful

Lee Altus

Lee Altus is a Russian American musician and heavy metal guitarist. Altus first came to public attention in the mid-1980s with Heathen, he served as the principal songwriter and a founding member of Heathen playing on all three of their LP's, Breaking The Silence, Victims of Deception and The Evolution of Chaos. In 1990, Altus was considered for the position in Megadeth vacated by Jeff Young, but declined, the job was given instead to Marty Friedman, he became a permanent member of the band Exodus. After Heathen broke up in 1992 Altus moved to Germany along with his fellow ex-Heathen members Doug Piercy and Darren Minter. Altus and Minter played in the industrial metal group Die Krupps for much of the remainder of the 1990s, he participated in a reunited version of Angel Witch. Returning to America around 2001, Altus reunited Heathen along with Minter, vocalist Dave White, bassist Mike Jastremski and guitarist Ira Black; the band put out an EP entitled Recovered, made up of rare material and, with a new second guitarist and bassist, in 2010 released The Evolution of Chaos.

In 2005 Altus replaced Rick Hunolt in San Francisco thrash metal band Exodus, with whom he still plays, performing on their Shovel Headed Kill Machine, The Atrocity Exhibition, Let There Be Blood, Exhibit B: The Human Condition and Blood In, Blood Out albums. Altus is working on a new album with Heathen. Lee is a longtime fan of the Philadelphia Flyers NHL franchise, including wearing Flyers shirts while headlining the 2020 70,000 Tons of Metal festival. Altus endorses ESP Guitars, though he used to play Jackson King V guitars. Altus was a long time user of Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers as well, but is an ENGL endorsee. Interview with Lee Altus and his mother from CBS News, 1987

Bhavani IPS

Bhavani IPS is a 2011 Tamil action film directed by G. Kicha and starring Sneha in the titular role as the police officer; the film has Vivek, Sampath Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao. Others in the cast include Yasmin Khan, it is the remake of Vyjayanthi IPS played by Vijayashanti. It was released in Tamil on 11 March 2011. Bhavani, an honest police officer in Hyderabad, is posted as Assistant Commissioner of Police in Tirunelveli upon the request of the Tamil Nadu government; the town is controlled by Sivalingam, a baddie and aspiring politician who indulges in all unlawful activities. Bhavani resolves to put an end to all his acts. Meanwhile, Surya voices against Sivalingam; as it happens, Sivalingam's son Ranjith plays spoilsport in the life of Bhavani's sister Deepa. Efforts to prove him guilty by Bhavani end in vain. Now, a conspiracy is hatched by Bhavani in the company of Surya, Ranjith is killed. An enraged Sivalingam takes Bhavani head-on. Sivalingam vows vengeance, what happens from there forms the rest of the story.

Sneha plays the tough police officer in this movie. Sneha will have a look to suit the character, she has done bike-racing chasing scenes. She got hurt too many times; the shooting started in Tirunelveli and the filming was canned for 25 days continuously and the second schedule took place in Chennai and third in Hyderabad. The film was shot within a short span of 65 days; the music was composed by Dhina. Bhavani IPS was released on 11 March 2011 after a week from the scheduled release date of 4 March 2011 due to financial problems; the movie opened to mixed reviews of critic praising Sneha, for her performance as "It is a Sneha's show all through. The actress is at her best donning the khaakhi, she is agile and active. In stunt sequences, she is at ease." The movie was released with 160 prints in Tamil Nadu and in 12 screens in Mumbai, highest for a non-hero movie. On the opening week-end, the movie collected average returns at the box-office; as the movie got a good response from the audience, the director has planned for a sequel with a fresh script.

Sneha, overwhelmed with the response, adds, "It was because of my director I accepted Bhavani since I was apprehensive to go for an image makeover. For the sequel, I would take time off and prepare myself before getting into action." Bhavani IPS on IMDb Bhavani from 4 March 2011 Photo Gallery of Bhavani IPS Photo shoots Sneha as Bhavani IPS Sneha worried for Bhavani Sneha Bhavani Release Bhavani press meet images