Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for twelve seasons from September 22, 2003, to February 19, 2015. Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, the series was about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie Harper, his uptight brother and Alan's troublesome son, Jake. After Alan divorces, he and Jake move into Charlie's beachfront Malibu house and complicate Charlie's freewheeling life. In 2010, CBS and Warner Bros. Television reached a multiyear broadcasting agreement for the series, renewing it through at least the 2011–12 season. In February 2011, however, CBS and Warner Bros. decided to end production for the rest of the eighth season after Sheen entered drug rehabilitation and made "disparaging comments" about the series' creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre. Sheen's contract was terminated the following month and he was confirmed not to be returning to the series. Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace him the following season as Walden Schmidt, a billionaire who buys Charlie's house after his death.

In April 2013, CBS renewed the series for an eleventh season after closing one-year deals with Kutcher and Cryer. Jones, attending college, was relegated to recurring status for season 11 but did not make an appearance until the series finale, he was replaced by Jenny, Charlie's unknown daughter. In March 2014, CBS renewed the series for a twelfth season, announced to be the series' last; the season began airing in October 2014 and concluded in February 2015 with the 40-minute series finale "Of Course He's Dead". The success of the series led to it being the fourth-highest revenue-generating program for 2012, earning $3.24 million an episode. The series revolved around the life of the Harper brothers Charlie and Alan, Alan's son Jake. Charlie is a bachelor who writes commercial jingles for a living while leading a hedonistic lifestyle; when Alan's wife Judith decides to divorce him, he moves into Charlie's Malibu beach house with Jake coming to stay over the weekends. Charlie's housekeeper is Berta, a sharp-tongued woman who resists the change to the household, but grudgingly accepts it.

Charlie's one-night stand. The first five seasons find Charlie in casual sexual relationships with numerous women until the sixth season, when he becomes engaged to Chelsea, but the relationship does not last as Chelsea breaks off their engagement. Afterwards, Charlie flies to Paris in the eighth-season finale with his stalker Rose. In the ninth-season premiere, introducing a revamped show, it is revealed that Charlie died when he fell in front of a subway train in Paris. Suggestions are made that Rose pushed him into the train's path after learning Charlie had cheated on her. Alan's experiences are somewhat different. Throughout the series, Alan continues to deal with his son Jake's growing up, the aftermath of his divorce, while having little success with women, his marriage to Kandi at the end of the third season was short-lived. In the fourth season, Alan is back at the beach house paying alimony to two women out of his meager earnings as a chiropractor. In the seventh season, he begins a relationship with Lyndsey McElroy, the mother of one of Jake's friends.

Their relationship is temporarily suspended when Alan cheats on her and accidentally burns down her house, but the relationship resumes. In the ninth-season premiere, the beach house is sold to Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire going through a divorce from Bridget. Alan leaves to live with his mother Evelyn when the house is sold, but Walden invites both Alan and Jake back to live in the beach house, he needs the three form a tightknit surrogate family. At the end of the ninth season, Jake joins the US Army. In the 10th season, Walden proposes to his English girlfriend Zoey, only to be turned down, discovers she has another man, he becomes depressed. Meanwhile, Alan gets engaged to his girlfriend Lyndsey, while Judith leaves her second husband Herb Melnick after he cheats on her with his receptionist. Alan and Lyndsey's relationship of three years ends. Rose returns and dates Walden stalking him as she did to Charlie. Walden begins to date a poor but ambitious woman named Kate and changes his name to "Sam Wilson", pretending to be poor to find someone who wants him for him, not for his money.

They break up when he reveals who he is, though Kate realizes that Walden's money helped her become a successful clothing designer. Jake announces he is being shipped to Japan for at least a year, so Alan and he go on a father-son bonding trip. Other than a cameo in the series finale, this is the last time Jake appears on the show, though verbal references are made to him. In the 11th season, a young woman arrives at the beach house, announcing that she is Charlie Harper's biological daughter, Jenny, she moves in with Walden and Alan displaying many of Charlie's traits, including a love of women and alcohol. Lyndsey begins dating a man named Larry, in an attempt to learn more about Larry, Alan takes on the pseudonym "Jeff Strongman"

Hector Bolitho

Henry Hector Bolitho was a New Zealand author and biographer, who had 59 books published. Travelled, he spent most of his career in England. Hector Bolitho was born and educated in Auckland, New Zealand, the son of Henry and Ethelred Frances Bolitho, he travelled in the South Sea Islands in 1919 and through New Zealand with the Prince of Wales in 1920. Bolitho lived in Sydney from 1921 to 1923, where he became editor of the Shakespearean Quarterly and literary editor and drama critic of the Evening News in Sydney, he travelled in Africa, Canada and Germany in 1923-4 settling in Britain where he was to remain for the rest of his life. On his arrival in Britain he worked as a freelance journalist. At the start of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as an intelligence officer with the rank of squadron leader, editing the Royal Air Force Weekly Bulletin, which in 1941 became the Royal Air Force Journal. In 1942 he was appointed editor of the Coastal Command Intelligence Review.

Bolitho undertook several lecture tours of America and he revisited Australia in years. Bolitho's long-term partner was an army officer, they met in 1949 and were together until Bolitho's death in 1974. The name Bolitho is of Cornish origin. Dictionary of National Biography Hector Bolitho at Dunedin Public Library website World War I New Zealand Army military personnel file

Romanian Peasant Museum

The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant is a museum in Bucharest, with a collection of textiles, icons and other artifacts of Romanian peasant life. One of Europe's leading museums of popular arts and traditions, it was designated "European Museum of the Year" for 1996. Located on Șoseaua Kiseleff, near Piaţa Victoriei, the museum falls under the patronage of the Romanian Ministry of Culture, its collection includes over 100,000 objects. First founded in 1906 by and managed by Alexandru Tzigara-Samurcaş, the museum was reopened 5 February 1990, a mere six weeks after the downfall and execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu. During the Communist era, the building housed a museum representing the country's Communist party; the building, which uses traditional Romanian architectural features, was built on the former site of the State Mint. Intended as a museum of Romanian art, it was designed by Nicolae Ghica-Budești and built between 1912 and 1941; the building is listed as a historic monument by Romania's Ministry of Culture and National Identity.

The museum was devastated during the June 1990 Mineriad, due to being confused with the headquarters of the National Peasants' Party. One of the museum's most famous exhibits—originally the work of Tzigara-Samurcaș—is "the house in the house"; the house, which belonged to peasant Antonie Mogos of Ceauru village in Gorj County. From the first, the house was displayed in a non-naturalistic way: objects that would be in the interior were displayed in various manners outside; the Communist regime displayed the house much more conventionally, outdoors at the Village Museum. The current display at the Peasant Museum revives the original non-naturalistic approach. For example, from a platform, museum visitors may peer into the attic, part of whose wall is stripped away. In 2002, the museum's exhibit space was expanded as the museum store and offices moved into a new building behind the old one, freeing up a considerable amount of floor space in the museum proper. Museum official website