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Tristan Gale

Tristan Gale is an American skeleton racer who competed from 2001 to 2006. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, she became the inaugural women's skeleton champion. Gale dyed her hair with streaks of red and blue for the 2002 Olympics. During the 2002–2003 season, Tristan won a second gold medal on her home track in Salt Lake during a World Cup stop, she remains undefeated at the track in Utah since the Olympics. Gale won a bronze medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2003 FIBT World Championships in Nagano, she retired before the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Gale's best overall seasonal finish in the Skeleton World Cup was third in 2002–3. A native of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Gale lives in Salt Lake City. 20 Questions with Tristan Gale FIBT profile IOC profile List of women's skeleton World Cup champions since 1997. Official website profile United States Olympic Committee Women's skeleton Olympic medalists since 2002 Women's skeleton world championship medalists since 2000

Barratts Shoes

Barratts was a brand of high street shoe shops operating in the UK and Ireland. The Barratts shoes brand traded from Ireland stores; the company was established in Northampton in 1903, became a successful brand known for its lavishly produced boot catalogues during the 1920s. In 1964, it was bought by the company Stylo and, under the Barratts brand name, expanded to over 400 stores at its height, before foreign competition in the 1990s reduced its market share. Barratts entered administration for the third time in five years on 11 November 2013. Stylo Matchmakers The Stylo Matchmakers boot brand was one of the biggest in the 1970s. Pele, George Best and full teams from Liverpool, Leeds United, Sunderland, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest wore the Stylo Matchmakers boots. In May 2017 Stylo Matchmakers were rebooted by British Entrepreneur Scott Michaels. Stylo Matchmakers were launched into clubs and schools exclusively. In 2018 Northern Ireland Footballer Kyle Lafferty became the Brands ambassador.

W Barratt Boot and Shoe Company was established in 1903 by William Barratt, soon became one of the leading shoe manufacturers in Northampton. In 1913 it moved into a neo-Baroque factory designed by John Macvicar Anderson; the Barratts brand entered a new era of prosperity in the 1920s with the publication of luxurious promotional catalogues, including specially commissioned artwork and decorative pages. The 1923 catalogue featured an endorsement by the famed couturier Lady Duff Gordon, who contributed an illustrated introduction to the women's section of this edition; the firm continued to flourish into the mid-20th century under the advertising slogan "Walk the Barratt Way". Stylo was a family run business which originated in 1935, with the consolidation of three separate companies the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange under the trade name Stylo Boot Company Ltd. Having grown to 150 outlets, in 1964 Stylo bought W Barratt and Company, merged the two businesses in Bradford. Developing under the better known Barratts brand, the company developed to over 400 retail outlets.

In the 1996 Barratts purchased Bacons Shoes, ran. The Bacon family in the West Midlands. Bacon's shoes brand was phased out by the Managing Director, Ron Arthur Stark, from 1997 and converted the Bacons stores to Priceless; the first Priceless store conversion was in Sunderland, from a Hush Puppies store and was an instant success, selling self service shoes. The Shoe and Sport Depot brand, ran by Peter Peregrine Lee were converted to Priceless brand created by Ron Arthur Stark; the Priceless brand was operational by 1999. Based in Apperley Bridge, West Yorkshire, the new company operated over 300 UK and Ireland concessions across the Arcadia Group, including within Dorothy Perkins, as well as supporting the Group's online activity. Barratts had an online presence with the retailer Wallis. On 13 February 2008, Stylo purchased 24 stores from collapsed shoe retailer Dolcis as well as the Dolcis brand name; the shops were rebranded as Barratts. Following a trading loss of £12.5 million in 2008, on 26 January 2009, Stylo's shares were suspended.

Barratts and PriceLess soon went into administration and on 13 February 2009, Stylo itself went into administration. On 19 February 2009, administrators Deloitte announced that 220 Barratt and PriceLess stores would be closing, with the loss of 2,500 jobs; the remaining 160 stores and 165 concessions, plus the Barratts and Priceless brands, were sold to a management team led by Michael Ziff, under Barratts Priceless Ltd. In December 2011, BPL called in administrators Deloitte, who closed 100 stores and 359 concessions, resulting in 2,500 job losses. In January 2012, a management team led by CEO Ziff bought 89 Barratts and Priceless stores through a new company, Barratts Trading Ltd; this sold through both its own stores and e-commerce website, plus online retailers, Debenhams and eBay. In 2013, just before administration, Barratts closed its Jersey store, now occupied by Paperchase. In October 2013, it was reported that the business was suffering a cash flow crisis as it struggled to purchase new stock in the run-up to Christmas.

On 11 November 2013, it was confirmed the company had entered administration, with 18 immediate store closures. The retailer Pavers Shoes purchased 14 Barratts stores in December 2013. In January 2014, the Barratts brand and website were purchased by the footwear entrepreneur Harvey Jacobsen and the former buying and merchandising director of Barratts, Simon Robson. Barratts Shoes Priceless Shoes

Kirstie (TV series)

Kirstie is an American television sitcom starring Kirstie Alley that aired on TV Land from December 4, 2013, to February 26, 2014. TV Land cancelled Kirstie on July 29, 2014. Kirstie tells the story of Tony Award-winning actress Madison "Maddie" Banks as she navigates through life after Arlo, the son whom she gave up at birth, reappears. Arlo wishes to reconnect with his biological mother. With her assistant and her driver, encouraging her, Maddie decides it's not too late to give motherhood a try. Kirstie Alley as Madison "Maddie" Banks Eric Petersen as Arlo Barth, Maddie's son Rhea Perlman as Thelma Katz, Maddie's personal secretary Michael Richards as Frank Baxter, Maddie's driver Gilles Marini as Michel, Maddie's first personal chef Xosha Roquemore as Tanya Richard Burgi as Tony Cameron Bryan Callen as Lucas Kogen Larry Joe Campbell as Clown Lucila Sola as Lucila, Maddie's second personal chef Tim Bagley as Robber Michael Dunn as Kevin Geoff Pierson as Hugh Winters Valerie Mahaffey as Victoria Winters Lindsey Kraft as Melissa Winters Christopher McDonald as Jeffrey Sheppard, Maddie's Broadway co-star Kristin Chenoweth as Brittany Gold, the understudy for Madison Banks Cloris Leachman as Shirley Kluszewski, Maddie's mother Kathy Griffin as a fictional version of herself John Travolta as Mickey Russo Kristen Johnston as'the real' Madison Banks George Wendt as Duke Bainbridge, Thelma's gay ex-husband Jason Alexander as Stanford Temple, Maddie's agent A fifth-season episode of fellow TV Land original series Hot in Cleveland has the women from that show visiting Kirstie character Maddie Banks, revealed to be the former acting school roommate of Victoria Chase.

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Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée

The Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée is a research body in Lyon, France that specialises in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the first steps of humanity. It is dedicated to historian Jean Pouilloux. Anne Schmitt, CNRS, took over directorship from Rémy Boucharlat on 1 January 2011 and conducts research programs within the Archéométrie et archéologie laboratory - UMR 5138 of the MOM. Nathalie Donjon serves as secretary general since 2007 after being recruited in 1988 and attached to the CNRS research administration. Founded in 1975, MOMs activity has been characterized by a multidisciplinary working approach, it employs 350 people: archaeologists, historians, with the help of physicists and geologists. Geographers, political scientists and architects are employed, it is classed as a research federation involving five joint research units of CNRS and two other university teams. This federation is linked to the Lumière University Lyon 2 and is concerned with historico-morphological studies.

The MOM has created an online application, an atlas of near east archaeological sites 14000 to 5700 BP, presenting work by a large number of archaeologists. HiSoMA, History and Sources of the ancient world: UMR 5189 CNRS. Archéorient and societies of the ancient East: UMR 5133 CNRS. GREMMO, Group Research and Studies on the Mediterranean and the Middle East: UMR 5195 CNRS. Archaeometry and Archaeology dating and Materials Technology: HiSoMA-UMR 5138 CNRS. APRI, Institute of Research onancient architecture: UMR 6222 CNRS, Lyon office. Romanitas: Young team 2409. Centre Jean Palerne: host team 3067, Saint Etienne. Website of MOM Atlas des sites du Proche-Orient - MOM's online application - Atlas of Near East Archaeological Sites

The Philosophy of Chance

The Philosophy of Chance, with subtitle "Literature in the Light of Empiricism" is an essay by Polish author Stanisław Lem on the literary theory and the influence of literature on the modern culture. However, as literary critic Henryk Markiewicz noted, the subtitle is somewhat misleading: starting with Lem's take on literary theory, the essay turns into the "General Theory of Everything": of the Universe and culture, based on a premise that chance, eventuality is the universal factor; the essay was first published in 1968 by Wydawnictwo Literackie as a book of over 600 pages. In the essay, Lem criticizes the contemporary literary theory, in particular, with Roman Ingarden's Literary Work of Art, proceeds with his own, he cautions that he deals only with the ontological side of the issue, disregarding the esthetical side of literature. Lem's exposition draw on analogies from various natural sciences: probability theory, information theory, computer science, etc; the major idea is. The literary text per se is just an "input instruction set" of an "information program", each reader subject to it produces a particular concretization, which depends on the reader's worldview at the moment of reading, which, in its turn, depends on the established cultural norms.

For example, Lem notices that Kafka's "In the Penal Colony" brings associations with Nazi death camps in modern reader's mind, although in 1914 Kafka could not have been describing these camps. This observation gives Lem an incentive to consider unpredictable arbitrariness in the literary analysis of a particular text. At the same time, there are certain kinds of texts which have a rather rigid structure, which rely on a single possible way of perception to make them meaningful or based on certain pre-set standards and expectations; as Lem himself summarized, "The more original a work, or the more it deviates from the generic model, the more diverse are its interpretation possibilities - like a Rorschach test." In subsequent editions of the essay the view on literature as a domain of random processes was expanded by Lem on culture as a whole, where random forces drive the realizations of eventualities in culture in unpredictable directions. Lem stops short of declaring chance or "blind fate" as a dominating force in cultural dynamics.

In reality forces of chaos are counteracted by the forces of purpose. At the same time, Lem's essay instructs to try and recognize the act of Chance in situations where one would expect an act of Purpose. Two of Lem's novels, The Investigation and The Chain of Chance exploit this concept. In Hospital of the Transfiguration Sekulowski, an eccentric poet and philosopher hiding from the Nazis in an asylum, subscribes to the "philosophy of chance"

Triplemanía X

Triplemanía X was the tenth Triplemanía professional wrestling show promoted by AAA. The show took place on July 2002 in Madero, Mexico; the Main event featured a Lucha de Apuestas match where each wrestler defended the hair of a referee. The participants in this match were Heavy Metal, Sangre Chicana, El Oriental, May Flowers and El Brazo. In early 1992 Antonio Peña was working as a booker and storyline writer for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Mexico's largest and the world's oldest wrestling promotion, was frustrated by CMLL's conservative approach to lucha libre, he joined forced with a number of younger talented wrestlers who felt like CMLL was not giving them the recognition they deserved and decided to split from CMLL to create Asistencia Asesoría y Administración known as "AAA" or Triple A. After making a deal with the Televisa television network AAA held their first show in April 1992; the following year Peña and AAA held their first Triplemanía event, building it into an annual event that would become AAA's Super Bowl event, similar to the WWE's WrestleMania being the biggest show of the year.

The 2002 Triplemanía was the 10th year in a row AAA held a Triplemanía show and the fifteenth overall show under the Triplemanía banner. The Triplemanía show featured eight professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels or faces as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Wagers in match 2Heavy Metal represented Pepi Casas Sangre Chicana represented El Tirantes Oriental represented El Hijo del Tirantes Electroshock represented Raul Copetas Salazar May Flowers represented Piero El Brazo represented El Fresero. Triplemanía X at