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Thomas Fairfax

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron known as Sir Thomas, Lord Fairfax, was an English nobleman, politician and Parliamentary commander-in-chief during the English Civil War. An adept and talented commander, Fairfax led Parliament to many victories, notably the crucial Battle of Naseby, becoming military ruler of England, but was overshadowed by his subordinate Oliver Cromwell, more politically adept and radical in action against Charles I. Fairfax became unhappy with Cromwell's policy and publicly refused to take part in Charles's show trial, he resigned, leaving Cromwell to control the country. Because of this, his honourable battlefield conduct and his active role in the Restoration of the monarchy after Cromwell's death, he was exempted from the retribution exacted on many other leaders of the revolution, his dark hair and eyes and a swarthy complexion earned him the nickname "Black Tom". Thomas Fairfax was born at Denton Hall, halfway between Ilkley and Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on 17 January 1612, the eldest son of Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

He studied at St John's College and Gray's Inn volunteered to join Sir Horace Vere's expedition to fight for the Protestant cause in the Netherlands. In 1639 he commanded a troop of Yorkshire dragoons which marched with King Charles I against the Scots in the First Bishops' War, which ended with the Pacification of Berwick before any fighting took place. In the Second Bishops' War the following year, the English army was routed at the Battle of Newburn. Fairfax fled with the rest of the defeated army but was knighted in January 1641 for his services; the Fairfaxes and son, though serving at first under King Charles I, were opposed to the arbitrary prerogative of the Crown, Sir Thomas declared that "his judgment was for the Parliament as the king and kingdom's great and safest council". When Charles endeavoured to raise a guard for his own person at York, intending it, as the event afterwards proved, to form the nucleus of an army, Fairfax was employed to present a petition to his sovereign, entreating him to hearken to the voice of his parliament, to discontinue the raising of troops.

This was at a great meeting of the freeholders and farmers of Yorkshire convened by the king on Heworth Moor near York. Charles attempted to ignore the petition, pressing his horse forward, but Fairfax followed him and placed the petition on the pommel of the king's saddle; when the civil war broke out in 1642, his father, Lord Fairfax, was appointed general of the Parliamentary forces in the north, Sir Thomas was made lieutenant-general of the horse under him. Both father and son distinguished themselves in the campaigns in Yorkshire. In 1643 a minor battle between Royalists for Charles I and a small group of Roundheads under Fairfax, who were en route from Tadcaster to Leeds, took place at Seacroft. Fairfax was obliged to retreat across Bramham moor and summed up the Battle of Seacroft Moor as'the greatest loss we received'. Sometimes defeated, but more successful, always energetic and resourceful, father and son contrived to keep up the struggle until the crisis of 1644, when York was held by the Marquess of Newcastle against the combined forces of the English Parliamentarians and the Scots, Prince Rupert hastened with all available forces to its relief.

A gathering of eager national forces within a few square miles of ground led to a battle, Marston Moor proved decisive for the struggle in the north. The younger Fairfax bore himself with the greatest gallantry in the battle and, though wounded, managed to join Oliver Cromwell and the victorious cavalry on the other wing. One of his brothers, Colonel Charles Fairfax, was killed in the action, but the Marquess of Newcastle fled the kingdom, the Royalists abandoned all hope of retrieving their affairs. The city of York was taken, nearly the whole of the north submitted to the Parliament. In the south and west of England, the Royalist cause was still strong; the war had lasted two years, the nation began to complain of the contributions that were exacted of and the excesses that were committed by the military. Dissatisfaction was expressed with the military commanders and, as a preliminary step to reform, the Self-denying Ordinance was passed; this involved the removal of the Earl of Essex from the supreme command, along with other Members of Parliament.

This was followed by the New Model Ordinance, which replaced the locally raised Parliamentary regiments with a unified army. Sir Thomas Fairfax was selected as the new Lord General, with Cromwell as his Lieutenant-General and cavalry commander. After a short preliminary campaign, the New Model Army justified its existence, "the rebels' new brutish general", as the king called him, proved his capacity as commander-in-chief in the decisive Battle of Naseby; the king fled to Wales. Fairfax besieged Leicester, was successful at Taunton and Bristol; the whole of the west was soon reduced. Fairfax arrived in London on 12 November 1645. In his progress towards the capital he was accompanied by applauding crowds. Complimentary speeches and thanks were presented to him by both houses of parliament, along with a jewel of great value set with diamonds, a sum of money; the king had returned from Wales and established himself at Oxford, where there was a strong garrison but vacillating, he withdrew secretly, proceeded to Newark

Mike Fisher (Only Fools and Horses)

Michael David "Mike" Fisher was a fictional character in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. He was publican of the Nag's Head and appeared in the show from 1983 to 1996. Mike was portrayed by Kenneth MacDonald. Mike first appeared in Only Fools and Horses in the episode, Who's a Pretty Boy?, in which Del ingratiated himself with the new landlord by agreeing to a deal which would see Mike accept Del's £2,000 offer to re-decorate the pub, leaving them with £500 apiece and using the remaining £1,000 to pay Brendan O'Shaughnessy. With many scenes in subsequent episodes set in the Nag's Head, Mike became a regular character. Good-natured but gullible, Mike was on the receiving end of Del's scams or attempts to sell his low-quality goods, he managed to get to Del to pay off his bar tab or to pay for his drinks as he ordered them. Among the goods he bought from Del were a hairdryer, a paint stripper, a deep fryer and a fax machine that didn't work. On the other hand, he was quite happy to con people out of their money when he could, evidenced by one occasion where he sold Denzil a plate of stew for a pound sold the same thing to a yuppie for £2.50, instead calling it "Boeuf Bourguignon."

When Kenneth MacDonald died in 2001, writer John Sullivan added a storyline to new episode "If They Could See Us Now", which explained that Mike had been caught up in Del and Rodney's shady financial dealings and attempted to embezzle the brewery in order to cover his losses, for which he was imprisoned. Cafe owner Sid took over Mike's position of landlord, it was revealed in the fictional 2015 Del Boy autobiography He Who Dares that Mike's prison sentence had been reduced, he had retired to the Isle of Wight to write a memoir of his time inside. Del had left him a number of messages, but had never received any responses

Beautiful People (manga)

Beautiful People is a josei manga by Mitsukazu Mihara. It is a collection of six short stories and was published by Shodensha on October 20, 2001. Beautiful People consists of six unrelated short stories, a format Mitsukazu Mihara uses for her narrative. In "Princess White Snow", a man finds an abandoned snow maiden, he brings her back to his apartment, but despite his efforts to keep her alive she dissolves into water after the air conditioning is turned off. He uses the water to help grow something she had always wanted. "World’s End" focuses on the two survivors of a biochemical weapon: a spoiled lesbian and a male homosexual. Both live together but most of the time are annoyed by each other's presence. At one point the tension rises to unbearable levels for both and she forces him to leave, only to realize that she needs him; the third story, "Electric Angel", features a bullied teenage boy who discovers that his online friend might be his mother, who left him with his father when he was young.

In "The Lady Stalker", a woman who believes she is stalked by a co-worker is revealed to be delusional since the co-worker is in fact stalking her friend. The protagonist of "Beautiful People" has plastic surgery done in the hope that she would become beautiful and loved, but after meeting a girl stitched from corpses, realizes that it was the girl, beautiful since she gave love; the last story, "Blue Sky", focuses on the lifelong relationship between an abandoned girl and a vampire. Reviewers have identified literary elements in the manga. Mania Entertainment's Sakura Eries wrote that while the collection lacked "an overt theme," the effect of a person on another is the focus of the six stories. IGN's A. E. Sparrow considered the theme of Beautiful People to be the meaning of beauty, Mihara argues that beauty is found in one's character. Mikhail Koulikov of Anime News Network classified "Princess White Snow", "Blue Sky", "beautiful people" as urban fantasy. Eries categorized "World's End" as post-apocalyptic fiction, while Koulikov considered it a modernized version of "Time Enough at Last", a Twilight Zone episode.

Koulikov wrote that "Electric Angel" and "The Lady Stalker" examines a darker side of the Japanese society not presented in manga. Written and illustrated by Mitsukazu Mihara, the six short stories of Beautiful People were published in a tankōbon volume by Shodensha on October 20, 2001. Tokyopop licensed the manga for an English-language release in North America along with four of her other works: The Embalmer, IC in a Sunflower, Haunted House and R. I. P.: Requiem in Phonybrian. Translated by Haruko Furukawa and adapted for an English-language audience by Nathan Johnson, Beautiful People was published it on February 7, 2006. However, Tokyopop's North American branch stopped publishing on May 31, 2011. Beautiful People was positively received by English-language readers, it reached the 98th place in the list of 100 best-selling graphic novels for January 2006 with an estimated 823 copies sold. Reviewers praised Mihara's short stories and the ideas examined. Koulikov described it as "one of the finest examples of literary manga available in English."

Sparrow wrote that some of the stories would have a lasting appeal, ranked it 4th in the list of the top ten manga of 2006. Eries enjoyed the design of the English-language cover, recommended that high school students read it. Mihara, Mitsukazu. Beautiful People. Los Angeles: Tokyopop. ISBN 978-1-59816-243-1. Beautiful People at Tokyopop's website Beautiful People at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

Deja Voodoo (New Zealand band)

Deja Voodoo are a rock band from Auckland, New Zealand, where they formed in 2002. Deja Voodoo began as the fictional house band in the New Zealand television show Back Of The Y Masterpiece Television, which featured them in 15 seconds of mimed rock n' roll at the start of each episode; this led to a nationwide tour, which featured a finale where the band members smashed ten burning acoustic guitars over Chris Stapp's head. The tour was featured in the now TV special Back of the Y goes to Hollywood, with the band supplying the soundtrack. On returning from the tour, drummer Phil'Spanners Watson' Bruff left the band, to be replaced by Matt's girlfriend’s little brother James. Five sold out gigs around Auckland followed; the band was put on hold when Chris and Matt sold their TV show to MTV and decided to go to the UK, but they were back within six months. On their return to New Zealand they signed a four figure record deal with Liberation Music and recorded their first studio album, Brown Sabbath.

Brown Sabbath was to be a beer drinking concept album of epic proportions. Songs included "Beers", "Feelings", "We are Deja Voodoo", "Today Tomorrow Timaru". Brown Sabbath was released in July 2004. Thousands of copies have been sold New Zealand wide, the album has made it to Australian record shelves. In early 2006, a new single was released from their upcoming album Back in Brown entitled "Can't do". In typical Deja Voodoo tradition its main chorus line is "Can't do what I wanna do with you", their second single from Back in Brown was "Shotgun" - another typical tongue in cheek approach for the band featuring the main chorus line "I call Shotgun on you". Back in Brown was due to be released on 13 July 2006, but due to scheduling the release was pushed back to 17 July. Matt Heath Chris Stapp Piers'Wheels' Graham Gerald Stewart Official Deja Voodoo web site Deja Voodoo's myspace profile Deja Voodoo's record company profile

Paa Grant Soccer Academy

Paa Grant Soccer Academy is a Ghanaian association football club and academy based in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana. They are a competing in the GAFCOA; the team was founded in 2009 in honour of George Alfred Grant, by his grandson Kim Tyrone Grant, a former Black Stars member and England legionnaire. Paa Grant Soccer Academy is the reserve and youth team of F. C. Takoradi. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Paa Grant Soccer Academy – Official website F. C. Takoradi – Official website


Tjølling is a former municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. Tjølling was established as a municipality January 1, 1838. Together with Brunlanes and Hedrum, it was merged into Larvik on January 1, 1988. Tjølling coves. Tjølling is known as a popular holiday area. People from other parts of the country spend their summer vacations there. Popular tourist sites include Kjerringvik; the coastline is a beautiful area. Boat lovers travel the fjords and spend time on the islands. Tjølling is the site of one of the oldest Viking Era settlement within Scandinavia. Kaupang was a big trading centre for the Vikings. There have been excavations at Kaupang. In 1867 Antiquarian Nicolay Nicolaysen mapped one of the grave-fields around the former town and excavated 79 grave mounds, he uncovered a cremation cemetery dated to the 10th century. Charlotte Blindheim started excavating in 1947 and completed her last publication in 1999. In 1997, Dagfinn Skre and his associates from the University of Oslo undertook a new program of work at Kaupang followed by a large excavation that ran over three years, from 2000 till 2002.

Most it has been the site of post-excavation work conducted by the University of Oslo. Tjølling Church at Larvik in Vestfold was constructed as a medieval stone churchin the 12th century; the church was hit by a fire in 1360 and was rebuilt. An earthquake damaged the church in the 1750s, it was rebuilt from 1762 to 1767 as a Romanesque church with interiors from different eras. The restoration in 1860 gave Tjølling church its present appearance; the site was the location of a Thing for the district long before the introduction of Christianity. The municipality is named after the old church site; the Old Norse form of the name was Þjóðarlyng. The first element is the genitive case of þjóð f'crowd of people. Blindheim, Charlotte Kaupang: Vikingenes Handelsplass ISBN 8252700551 Helle, K. et al. Norsk Byhistorie ISBN 978-82-530-2882-8 Krohn-Holm, Jan W. Tjølling bygdebok ISBN 82-990341-0-8 Skre, Dagfinn Kaupang in Skiringssal ISBN 978-87-7934-259-0 Skre, Dagfinn.