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Thief of Time

Thief of Time is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 26th book in his Discworld series. It was the last Discworld novel with a cover by Josh Kirby; the Auditors hire young clockmaker Jeremy Clockson to build a perfect glass clock, without telling him that this will stop time and thereby eliminate human unpredictability from the universe. Death discovers their plans, but cannot act against them directly, so he instead sends his granddaughter Susan Sto Helit. Meanwhile, Lu-Tze of the History Monks leads gifted young apprentice Lobsang Ludd in a desperate mission. Death – the anthropomorphic personification of Death, or Grim Reaper, a recurring and popular character in the Discworld series. Jeremy Clockson – a master clockmaker tasked with creating the perfect clock Susan Sto Helit – Death's granddaughter. Lu-Tze – a powerful member of the History Monks masquerading as a humble sweeper. Lobsang Ludd – apprentice of Lu-Tze Thief of Time was shortlisted for the 2002 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

At The Guardian, Sam Jordison called it "as complicated, daft and satisfying as vintage PG Wodehouse: part kung fu epic, part philosophical novel, part mind-bending experiment with chaos theory", categorized it as a book to "give hope". At the SF Site, Steven H Silver observed that the book's parodying of action films is "masterful", commended Pratchett for how "fresh" the humor was—while conceding that "reader may not laugh out loud... but there will be plenty of internal chuckling". At Infinity Plus, John Grant noted that it has "fewer moments of uproarious humour than" the majority of Pratchett's oeuvre, that the "narrative fails to engender any sense of urgency in the places where it should", concluding that although "one could swiftly lay hands on a dozen genre-fantasy novels that are less worthwhile", it was not Pratchett's best work. During a 2011 interview, Pratchett discussed his process for writing, mentioned a self-invented goddess of writers called Narrativia, whom he believed to be smiling upon him throughout his career.

One example of Narrativia's intervention from Thief Of Time was the naming of a key character, Ronnie Soak, the forgotten fifth horseman of the apocalypse. Pratchett stated that he had picked the name at random, was "astonished when he noticed what it sounded like backwards, he knew of what this particular horseman would be a harbinger." In a direct quote Pratchett revealed his satisfaction with this coincidence, "I thought chaos – yes! Chaos, the oldest. Stuff just turns up like that." Thief of Time title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Annotations for Thief of Time Quotes from Thief of Time Thief of Time at Worlds Without End

Clontuskert Abbey

The Priory of Saint Mary, Clontuskert-Hy-Many called Clontuskert Abbey, is a medieval Augustinian priory and National Monument located in County Galway, Ireland. Clontuskert Abbey is located 5 kilometres south of Ballinasloe, south of the Ballinure River; this was an early monastic site, founded c. AD 800 by Saint Boedan and located in the kingdom of Uí Maine, it should not be confused with Cloontuskert, located near Lanesborough and founded by Faithleach in the 6th century. Local tradition states that Boedan's monastery was located not here, but at the ringfort at Chapelpark; the Priory of St Mary, a priory of the Canons Regular, was founded for the Arroasian Order by the Ó Ceallaigh family c. 1180. It was built in the claustral plan in which the church and domestic buildings are arranged around a central cloister garth. Clontuskert appears in the Calendar of Papal Petitions for 1379, where "Nicholas O’Quinaeych, Augustinian Canon of St. Mary’s Cluyctenagentomany " was given a dispensation by Pope Urban VI to become prior of the monastery.

It burned down in 1404. It was soon rebuilt, with ten-year indulgences granted to those; this included the great four-order west doorway, erected 1471. The O'Kellys continued to influence appointment of the prior. In 1444, prior Breasal O'Kelly died in battle. In 1473, prior Donatus O'Kelly was accused of keeping a concubine. Clontuskert was dissolved in 1562 and the land passed to the Burkes, although some monks remained until some time after 1637; the east gable wall collapsed in 1918, but was rebuilt in 1972. Excavation took place in 1970–72; the buildings feature nave, rood screen, cloister, chapter room, cellars, an oven and a vaulted room in the southeast. The great west doorway features many carvings, including Michael the Archangel with a sword and the scales for weighing souls; the mermaid is similar to one at Clonfert Cathedral, while the doorway is similar to the one at Clonmacnoise. The inscription reads MATHEV DEI GRA EPS CLONFERTENS ET PATRE ONEACDAVAYN CANONIE ESTI DOMINE FI FECERT ANO DO MCCCCLXXI.

Clontuskert Abbey is mentioned in Mary Pat Kelly's novel Galway Bay. This abbey is mentioned as well in Lina Callejon’s novel “Ien Seu: El Camino”

Alameda Park

Alameda Park located in Santa Barbara, California, in the U. S. adjoining Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, is the location for many citywide celebrations, including Summer Solstice. It is one of the city's oldest parks. Occupying two blocks, Alameda Park is home to a gazebo as well as the 8,000-square-foot Kids World playground, it has many rare trees. Set aside by a municipal ordinance on April 29, 1853, Plaza Alameda comprised blocks 88 and 89 between East Sola and East Victoria Streets, adjacent to the southeast of the park's present location. However, an 1853 map of the City of Santa Barbara drawn by civil engineer Vitus Wackenreuder indicates six blocks as Garden de Alameda, which further include blocks 58 and 59 adjoining to the northwest between East Micheltorena and East Arrellaga Streets. What was indicated in the Wackenreuder map as block 58 is the present day site of Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. On March 15, 1868, an ordinance stated that blocks 74 should compose Plaza Alameda.

In April of that year, block 88 was sold to Antonio Arrellanes and on July 13, block 89 was sold to Emanuel R. Den. Ordinance 47 hence revoked the dedication of blocks 89 for public use. In 1874, picket fences were installed around the plazas and trees were planted within the park. A Park Board was formed in the early 1880s. In 1888, a petition was granted to erect a band or music stand in the park to cost not less than $250, along with a tool house that would cost $250. In 1909, Charles Mulford Robinson stated that Alameda had a: "high order of merit." Parks Superintendent, Dr. Augustus Boyd Doremus planted countless trees and shrubs for which the park remains famous today. A plaque was erected in 1929 in his honor, located at the northeastern corner of East Sola and Santa Barbara Streets. In 1985, 29-year-old Michael Stephenson was murdered in the park gazebo. Stephenson, homeless at the time, was sleeping on the gazebo platform when he was attacked and stabbed to death by two students of a nearby private school.

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John Howlett

John Howlett was an English author and screenwriter who lived in Rye, East Sussex. He started his writing career by co-writing the screenplay of the 1968 feature film if.... Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Howlett attended Oxford where he studied history, his writing credits include both writing and adaptation. 1999 Doomwatch: Winter Angel 1999 Darkness Falls 1993 Colpo di coda 1992 Touch and Die 1992 Bonne chance Frenchie 1990 Where Were You That Night? 1989 Crossing the Line 1988 Game and Match 1985 Murder of a Moderate Man 1968 Thirty-Minute Theatre 1968 if.... He was a researcher on the 1975 TV documentary James Dean: The First American Teenager, he is the author of the 1980 biography of Frank Sinatra, together with a biography of James Dean and a number of works of fiction. His full book credits are:Fiction The Christmas Spy Tango November Maximum Credible Accident Orange Murder of a Moderate Man Cry Love Of An Unknown Soldier A Long Road Home When War Came Again First Snow Of Winter Non fiction James Dean Frank Sinatra Theatre Dean - West End musical with Robert Campbell.

Subsequently produced in Japan by the Takarazuka Revue Lorca - Musical with Theo Jaskolkowski & Robert CampbellRadio - Soldier, Poor man, Thief Next Man Through the Door Gone for Soldiers Maximum Credible Accident John Howlett on IMDb

Mean arterial pressure

In medicine, the mean arterial pressure is an average blood pressure in an individual during a single cardiac cycle. Total Peripheral Resistance is represented mathematically by the formula:mean arterial pressure R = ΔP/QR is TPR. ΔP is the change in pressure across the systemic circulation from its beginning to its end. Q is the flow through the vasculature In other words: Total Peripheral Resistance = / Cardiac Output Therefore, Mean arterial pressure can be determined from: M A P = + C V P where: C O is cardiac output S V R is systemic vascular resistance C V P is central venous pressure and small enough to be neglected in this formula. While MAP can only be measured directly by invasive monitoring it can be estimated using a formula in which the lower blood pressure is doubled and added to the higher blood pressure and that composite sum is divided by 3 to estimate MAP. In patients with sepsis, the vasopressor dosage may be titrated based on estimated MAP; this is only valid at normal resting heart rates during which M A P can be approximated using the measured systolic and diastolic blood pressures: M A P ≃ D P + 1 3 or equivalently M A P ≃ 2 3 + 1 3 or equivalently M A P ≃ + S P 3 or equivalently M A P ≃ D P + 1 3 P P where P P is the pulse pressure, S P − D P At high heart rates M A P is more approximated by the arithmetic mean of systolic and diastolic pressures because of the change in shape of the arterial pressure pulse.

For a generalized formula of M A P: M A P ≃ D P + 0.01 × exp. M A P is considered to be the perfusion pressure seen by organs in the body, it is believed that a Mean arterial pressure more than the observed is serious M A P, greater than 70 mmHg is enough to sustain the organs of the average person. M A P is between 65 and 110 mmHg. MAP may be used to Systolic blood pressure in monitoring and treating for target blood pressure. Both have been shown advantageous targets for sepsis, major trauma, intracranial bleed, hypertensive emergencies. If the M A P falls below this number for an appreciable time, vital organs will not get enough oxygen perfusion, will become hypoxic, a condition called ischemia. Blood pressure Hypertension Pulse pressure Mean Arterial Pressure Calculator More Information on usage of the Mean Arterial Pressure


Kayvân is a Persian masculine given name meaning Saturn. It is related to the word for Saturn in several old languages, including "Kaimanu" in Sumerian, "Kayamanu" in Akkadian, "Kion" in Syriac, "Kewan" in Middle Persian; that a 16th-century high priest of Estakhr was named Azar Kayvan suggests that "Kayvân" was used as a name for a person in Iran as early as that time, at least among Zoroastrians. "Kayvân" is distinct from the similar Persian word "Kayhan", meaning "universe" used as a masculine given name. To English speakers, the spelling Kayvon is closest to the Persian pronunciation. "Saturday", the day of Saturn, finds its Classical Persian equivalent in "Keyvansheed". In the Geocentric model, Saturn was on the seventh; as a result, in Persian poetry, “Kayvan” connotes physical elevation or exalted status. Related to this connotation are compound adjectives of praise such as "Kayvân-manesh", “Kayvân-manzelat”, or "Kayvân-jenab"; the 14th century poet Khajoo Kermani writes to his beloved: Neither are you one to tend to my tired cries, Nor am I one to not let them to "Kayvân" rise.

Three centuries earlier, Sanai is doubtful that just any poet can match his own skills: Reaching “Kayvân", fancies he, with his arrow? Mere fancy: mere iron is his bow. Rumi writes: Drop your business: "horse and cargo"; the cup's load the wine. Into the sky watch go High as “Kayvân”, your business, divine, it is high praise to suggest. Khajoo writes: Brahmin of the world of the six doors, Soaring "Kayvân" is but an agent of our will. Saturn's other associations appear less frequently, it is the constable of the heavens. It appears darker than the inner planets. In Roman and Greek mythologies and its Greek origin Cronus were at times associated with old age. In astrology, Saturn is the bringer of bad luck; this last association appears not to affect contemporary Persian-speaking parents' choice of names for their sons. Khaghani, writing in the 12th century, complains: By the curses of life, on the seventh sky I landed, Like “Kayvân”: not one cohort of luck, stranded. While referring to Saturn's status, Masud Sa'd Salman contrasts old and young and good and bad luck: This child, though great as old "Kayvân", as all appraise, The luck of the young, like a governess, will raise.

Putting together another combination, Sa'di compliments his beautiful and tall beloved. The dark Indian dot on her forehead is likened to the constable Saturn. On the roof of that house of beauty, your face, Your Indian “Kayvân” stands guard with grace. Kayvan Khalatbari, American entrepreneur Keyvan Jenkins, American footballer Kayvan Mirhadi, Iranian composer Kayvan Najarian, Iranian scientist Kayvan Novak, British actor Adrian Kayvan Pasdar, American actor and film director Kayvon Webster, American football player Kayvon Zand, American musician Azar Kayvan, a Zoroastrian high priest of Istakhr