Thorvaldsen Museum

The Thorvaldsen Museum is a single-artist museum in Copenhagen, dedicated to the art of Danish neoclassicistic sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who lived and worked in Rome for most of his life. The museum is located on the small island of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen next to Christiansborg Palace. Designed by Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll, the building was constructed from 1838–48 following a public collection of funds in 1837; the idea of a Bertel Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen emerged in the mid 1830s. A committee was in December 1836 set up at the initiative of Hans Puggaard, its members included consisting was established b Joakim Frederik Schouw, Henrik Nicolai Clausen, Niels Laurits Høyen, Hermann Ernst Freund, Jonas Collin and Just Mathias Thiele. On 10 January 1837, it launched a nation-wide fund raising campaign; the following 15 men were elected as board members on a General Assembly held on 21 June 1837: H. N. Clausen, Just Mathias Thiele, Jonas Collin, N. L. Høyen, Hermann Ernst Freund, J.

F. Schouw, Gustav Friedrich Hetsch, Herman Wilhelm Bissen, Søren Ludvig Tuxen, Peder Brønnum Scavenius, Heinrich Gamst, Hans Puggaard, Friederich Ernst von Prangen, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen and Jørgen Hansen Koch. In addition, Joseph Hambro, Carl Moltke, J. H. Lund or J. L. Lund, Hans Christian Ørsted, Heinrich Reventlow-Criminil were elected as alternates; the building is inspired by antique Greek architecture and built around an inner courtyard where the artist is buried. The courtyard is notable for being painted in Egyptian motifs: tall date palms; the Egyptian influence on the exterior is more chaste. Here, enormous doors in severe trapezoidal style define the architect's intentions to pay homage at once to Attic Greek and Egyptian style, it is noteworthy for its unique use of colors both outside. Every room in the museum has a unique ceiling decoration in the grotesque style; the outside is adorned with a frieze depicting Thorvaldsen's homecoming from Rome in 1838, made by Jørgen Sonne.

The museum displays a comprehensive collection of the artist's works in marble as well as plaster, including the original plaster models used in the making of cast bronze and marble statues and reliefs, which are now on display in museums, at other locations around the world. The museum features paintings, Greek and Egyptian antiques and prints that Thorvaldsen collected during his lifetime, as well as a wide array of personal belongings that he used in his work and everyday life. Thorvaldsen Museum Thorvaldsens Museum is used as a location in the following films: Alle gaar rundt og forelsker sig Vi kunne ha' det saa rart Naar man kun er ung Mød mig på Cassiopeia Dorte Ved Kongelunden Kvindelist og kærlighed Forelsket i København Stine og drengene Olsen-banden går i krig Snøvsen ta'r springet Official website

Ken Dodd

Sir Kenneth Arthur Dodd was an English comedian and occasional actor. He was described as "the last great music hall entertainer", was known for his live stand-up performances. A lifelong resident of Knotty Ash in Liverpool, Dodd's career as an entertainer started in the mid-1950s, his performances included rapid and incessant delivery of surreal jokes, would run for several hours past midnight. His verbal and physical comedy was supplemented by his red and blue "tickling stick" prop, introduced by his characteristic upbeat greeting of "How tickled I am!" He interspersed the comedy with songs, both serious and humorous, with his original speciality, ventriloquism. He had several hit singles as a ballad singer in the 1960s, appeared in dramatic roles, he performed on radio and television, popularised the characters of the Diddy Men. He was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to charity, his stage career lasted for over 60 years, he continued to perform until the end of 2017, when his health permitted.

Kenneth Arthur Dodd was born on 8 November 1927 in a former farmhouse in Knotty Ash, a suburb of Liverpool, to Arthur Dodd and Sarah. He had William and a younger sister, June, he went to the Knotty Ash School, sang in the local church choir of St John's Church, Knotty Ash. He was to live in Knotty Ash all his life, dying in the house in which he was born, referred to the area—as well as its mythical "jam butty mines" and "black pudding plantations"—in his act, he attended Holt High School, a grammar school in Childwall, but left at the age of 14 to work for his father, a coal merchant. Around this time he became interested in show business after seeing an advert in a comic: "Fool your teachers, amaze your friends—send 6d in stamps and become a ventriloquist!" and sending off for the book. Not long after, his father bought him a ventriloquist's dummy and Ken called it Charlie Brown, he started entertaining at the local orphanage at various other local community functions. His distinctive buck teeth were the result of a cycling accident after a group of school friends dared him to ride a bicycle with his eyes closed.

Aged 18, he began working as a travelling salesman, used his work van to travel to comedy clubs in the evenings. He gained his big break at age 26 when, in September 1954, he made his professional show-business debut as Professor Yaffle Chucklebutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter at the Nottingham Empire, he said, "Well at least they didn't boo me off". He continued to tour variety theatres up and down the UK, in 1955 he appeared at Blackpool, where, in the following year, he had a part in Let's Have Fun, his performance at the Central Pier was part of a comedy revue with Jimmy Company. On the same bill were Jimmy Clitheroe and Roy Castle. Dodd first gained top billing at Blackpool in 1958. Dodd was described as "the last great music hall entertainer", his stand-up comedy style was fast and relied on the rapid delivery of one-liner jokes. He said that his comic influences included other Liverpool comedians like Arthur Askey, Robb Wilton, Tommy Handley and the "cheeky chappy" from Brighton, Max Miller.

He interspersed the comedy with occasional songs, both serious and humorous, in an incongruously fine light baritone voice, with his original speciality, ventriloquism. Part of his stage act featured the Diddy Men. At first an unseen joke conceived as part of Dodd's imagination, they appeared on stage played by children. Dodd worked as a solo comedian, including in a number of eponymous television and radio shows and made several appearances on BBC TV's music hall revival show, The Good Old Days. Although he enjoyed making people laugh, he was a serious student of comedy and history, was interested in Sigmund Freud and Henri Bergson's analysis of humour, he appeared in dramatic roles, including Malvolio in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on stage in Liverpool in 1971. Marking Dodd's 90th birthday, a fulsome appreciation by Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington noted that “Ken has done just about everything: annual Blackpool summer seasons, nationwide tours, TV and radio, he was a fine Malvolio.”

Dodd was renowned for the length of his performances, during the 1960s he earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours, undertaken at the Royal Court Theatre, where audiences entered the show in shifts. Dodd appeared in many Royal Variety Performances; the last was in front of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, at the London Coliseum. Dodd toured throughout his professional career, performing lengthy shows into his eighties, that did not finish until after midnight. In his final year, he continued to tour the UK extensively, with his comedy and variety show, his final performance was on 28 December 2017 at the Echo Arena Auditorium in Liverpool. He said the secret of his success was "I love what I do". Dodd had many hit records, charting on 18 occasions in the UK Top 40, including his first single "Love Is Like a Violin", produced on Decca Records by Alex Wharton, which charted at number 8. H

East Kilbride railway station

East Kilbride railway station serves the town of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and it is a terminus on the former Busby Railway; the station is 11 1⁄2 miles southeast of Glasgow Central. Opened in 1868, operated by the Caledonian Railway Company from Glasgow via Busby, a spur from the Glasgow to Barrhead railway at Pollokshaws, the line was extended eastwards in 1888 to Hunthill Junction, near High Blantyre, with an intermediate halt at Calderwood Glen. At Hunthill was a triangular junction where the line from Strathaven joined the line proceeded towards Auchinraith Junction where it joined the current Hamiton – Blantyre section of line; this extension of the line was never busy and traffic was suspended during the 1914–18 war, with complete closure coming about as a consequence of the 1939–45 war, after which the line was cut back to Nerston where it serviced some local industries such as Mavor and Coulson Mining Equipment. The section beyond East Kilbride station was used for many years for shunting etc. and photographs exist of a derailment of a locomotive in this section in 1951.

The section between Busby and East Kilbride has always been a single line and was worked by a token arrangement until the resignalling of the East Kilbride Line on 24 February 1974. The section from Nerston to the current station was closed on 24 January 1966, shortly before the last steam-hauled passenger services ceased in March of that year; some of the track beyond East Kilbride was in situ until the early 1970s although not in use. The course of the former railway is built on beyond the station; the line is in fact a footpath between Main Street and East Mains Road and to this day is still recognisable as a former railway. The former viaduct at High Blantyre is long gone but the piers are still visible. Beyond High Blantyre the route is replaced by housing but is still possible to follow with a careful eye on Google Maps. Despite the postwar development of East Kilbride as a'New town' development, serious consideration was given to the closure of the line following the'Beeching Report'. However, a concerted effort by the Glasgow-East Kilbride Railway Development Association in the late 1960s secured the line's survival into the present era.

Goods traffic, latterly domestic coal for Kanes, based in the old goods yard, survived until 1983-4 although the yard itself was not dismantled until the winter of 1988–9, after which the land was sold and redeveloped as private flats. The Caledonian goods shed survived the loss of general freight in the late 1960s and was occupied by scrap merchants until about 1990 being demolished during redevelopment of the site; the station is considered to be poorly positioned for modern uses, as it is built near the heart of the old village of East Kilbride, only serves the large new area that has grown since it opened. Since the 1970s, there have been a number of plans to extend the line to East Kilbride Shopping Centre and the bus station; the last such proposal in 1989, which involved tunnelling beneath the area around the Civic Centre to reach the new bus station, was defeated by protests from local'NIMBY' interests. British Rail & SPTE published plans in the early 1980s to re-route services west of Clarkston onto the Neilston branch of the Cathcart Circle Lines using a short-lived connection between the two routes first laid in 1903.

This would have brought overhead electrification to the branch and seen trains run via Muirend and Cathcart to Glasgow, but seen Giffnock & Thornliebank stations closed. The proposals were not implemented. In spite of the aforementioned setback, several service improvements have been made since 1990, including the introduction of a half-hourly train services following the installation of a passing loop between East Kilbride and Hairmyres, platform lengthening and expansion of'park and ride' facilities. Additional peak hour services were provided by additional trains which shunted from the siding at East Kilbride, although this fell into disuse after the half hourly service was introduced and was dismantled and lifted in 2005; the once quite extensive infrastructure that existed at East Kilbride is no more and only a single line to the buffer stop now exists. There is room available for future expansion to two platforms should the need arise with electrification planned in the medium term by the Scottish Government.

The station hosts a ticket kiosk, open most of the hours that trains run to and from the station, as well as a small News Kiosk shop. There is a daily half-hourly service northwestbound to Glasgow Central with extra journeys during Monday to Friday peak periods; the average journey time to Glasgow Central is 30 minutes. The earliest train leaving the station is at 6:18am Monday to Friday, 8:26am on Sundays; the last train to arrive at the station is at 11:50pm. Brailsford, Martyn, ed.. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man. Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8. Butt, R. V. J.. The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt and stopping place and present. Sparkford: Patrick S