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Trinity Tales

Trinity Tales was a 1975 British television series, consisting of six 50-minute programmes, written by Alan Plater and shown on BBC2. It was loosely based on updated to a modern setting; the series evolved from a stage play by Plater, "Trinity Tales or The Road to Wembley", performed by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company from 30 January 1975 to 22 February 1975. A bus carrying supporters of rugby league club Wakefield Trinity is on its way from Wakefield to a Challenge Cup Final at London's Wembley Stadium. To pass the time each of the characters on the bus tells a story; the teller of the best tale will win a free fish-and-chip supper provided by "Stan the Fryer", a chip shop proprietor. Along with Stan, the travellers are Nick, the bus driver, "Smith, the Man of Law", "Alice, the wife of Batley", "Dave the Joiner", his girlfriend "Judy the Judy" and a writer referred to as "Eric the prologue". On the way they stop off at several pubs. At one stop-off point they pick up Reuben. Names such as "Stan the Fryer" and the "Wife of Batley" are parodies of the names of the Chaucerian characters, the Wife of Bath and the Huberd the Friar.

The figure of Chaucer himself is replaced by the writer Eric. Plater adapted five of the original stories: the Miller's Tale, the Wife of Bath's tale, the Reeve's Tale, the Knight's Tale and the Franklin's Tale. Another story begun by Eric is cut off by the other pilgrims for being boring, just like Chaucer's tale of Sir Thopas in the original; the tales are told in film clichés of the era. Thus The Man of Law's Tale, is a pastiche of 1973 film, The Sting, Eric's unfinished tale is told in the style of an arty film noir; the actors playing the "pilgrims" perform the roles of the characters in the various tales reflecting the personality of their pilgrim. The tales involve techniques such as breaking the narrative with songs, comic Brechtian alienation devices, including characters commenting on their own roles in the story; the tales were first broadcast from 21 November to 26 December 1975 on BBC2. The series was repeated in 1977; the Driver's Tale - 21 November 1975: Con-man "Big George" attempts to swindle rugby fans by selling tickets for a non-existent trip to Wembley.

The Fryer's Tale - 28 November 1975: Arthur, a weedy youth, is in love with Dorothy, the wife of rich man. He has to play rugby for Britain to win her interest; the Judy's Tale - 5 December 1975: Sam and Charlie compete for the favours of a barmaid, Judy. She tells them to perform a series of tasks in the pub to prove their worth, which ends up with both passed-out drunk; the Joiner's Tale - 12 December 1975: Eric attempts to tell a Chandleresque film noir story but is cut off. Dave butts in with a different tale. Two workmen outwit an obnoxious businessman while building a cocktail bar at his house, continually managing to extend the job. In the end they complete the work by "testing" the bar with the help of the man's wife and daughter, ending up in bed with them; the Wife Of Batley's Tale - 19 December 1975: A would-be trendy DJ for "wonderful radio Batley" is sacked by his boss but is helped by a mysterious woman. The Man Of Law's Tale - 26 December 1975: A financial scam goes wrong. Bill Maynard Francis Matthews Colin Farrell Gaye Brown John Stratton Susan Littler Paul Copley Peter Benson Audio Cues Music recording

Kristoffer Skjerping

Kristoffer Skjerping is a Norwegian former professional road racing cyclist, who rode professionally between 2012 and 2019 for the Cannondale–Drapac, Joker Icopal and Uno-X Norwegian Development Team teams. Born on 4 May 1993, in Bergen, Skjerping spent his adolescence in Sotra, Norway. Skjerping resides in Norway. Between 2012 and 2014, Skjerping competed with Joker -- a UCI Continental team. Skjerping signed with Cannondale–Garmin, a UCI ProTeam, for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Sources: Kristoffer Skjerping at Cycling Archives Cycling Base: Kristoffer Skjerping Cycling Quotient: Kristoffer Skjerping Kristoffer Skjerping at ProCyclingStats Cannondale-Garmin: Kristoffer Skjerping

Emma Gillett

Emma Millinda Gillett was an American lawyer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the advancement of legal studies for women. After being denied from local law schools because of her gender, she was admitted by Howard University, a black college and university. Yet, the Washington College of Law, which she founded in 1898, did not accept people of color until 1950. Gillett was born on July 1852, in Princeton, Wisconsin, to Wisconsin homesteaders, she was educated in Girard, where her family moved following the death of her father. In 1870, she graduated from Lake Erie College and taught for the following ten years in the Pennsylvania public school system. During her time as a teacher, she became frustrated with the meager wages paid to single women teachers. After the death of her mother, Gillett's role in the settlement of her estate sparked an interest in law, as well as being a better paying profession. Encouraged by the news of Belva Lockwood, who had become the first female law student at National University in Washington, DC.

She found that National University had closed its doors to women. Gillette did gain admission at Howard University and graduated in 1882 with an LLB, followed in 1883 with an LLM, she passed the bar in the District of Columbia the same year. She became first woman to be appointed a notary public by the president of the United States. After admission to the bar, she formed a partnership with Watson J. Newton, which continued until the death of Newton in 1913. At one time she was connected with the District Title Insurance Company and was Vice President of the Realty Appraisal & Title Company. During this time, her colleague and friend, Ellen Spencer Mussey, sought her assistance in the education of women in the field of law. Mussey had been approached in 1895 by Delia Sheldon Jackson, an aspiring attorney, to apprentice her as a student of law. Realizing both the scope of the task and the significance of the opportunity, Mussey sought out the assistance of Gillett; the two opened the first session of the Woman's Law Class on February 1, 1896.

The class had an enrollment of three: two other women, Nanette Paul and Helen Malcolm. Within a few years, the program had expanded and several prominent Washington, DC, attorneys were brought in for assistance. Although Mussey and Gillett had not aspired to establish an independent law school, when Columbian College refused their request to take on the women they had educated for their final year of education—on grounds that "women did not have the mentality for law"—the two decided to establish a co-educational law school open to women. Thus, in April 1898, the Washington College of Law–newly merged with American University–was incorporated in Washington, DC, as the first law school in the world founded by women. Gillett helped in the establishment of a women's club, "The Wimondaughsis", in DC. With Ellen Spencer Mussey, her colleague and co-founder of the Washington College of Law, Gillett founded the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Responding to the written invitation issued by Mussey, calling an initial meeting of "an association of women lawyers in the District of Columbia" on May 17, 1917, 29 other women lawyers joined Gillett and Mussey as charter members of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

At that time, only New York City and Omaha had organized women's bar associations. Gillett held many additional roles, including Vice President for the District of Columbia of the American Bar Association in 1922. Gillett died on January 23, 1927, after contracting pneumonia while confined to her bed after breaking her hip the previous October


Mardella is an outer suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, lying 41 kilometres south-southeast of the central business district. It is located within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, at the 2011 census had a population of 303 people. Although falling within the Perth metropolitan area, Mardella is rural in nature, with a significant proportion of the population engaged in farming. Mardella is named after the Mardella Farm, established in the first few decades of European settlement; the names of both Mardella and the nearby Medulla Brook are derived from the same Aboriginal root word. Mardella has been used as a locality name since at least 1898, when a railway siding on the South Western Railway was opened under that name. However, it was only formally gazetted as a suburb in 1997. A community organisation erected a district hall in the 1950s, at one stage Mardella supported a general store; the Serpentine River flows through Mardella, forming parts of southern boundaries.

The suburb contains Medulla Brook, a small ephemeral stream. The western portion of Mardella contains a significant amount of uncleared bushland, as well as a small pine plantation; the rest of the suburb is farmland. Mardella's eastern boundary is the South Western Highway. Part of its northern boundary is the route of a proposed extension to Tonkin Highway. List of Perth suburbs

David Dawson (actor)

David Robert Dawson is an English actor. He has had a varied career on television, including roles in The Road to Coronation Street, series 2 of Luther, Ripper Street, The Secret Agent, as King Alfred in The Last Kingdom and as Joseph Merrick in Year of the Rabbit. On stage, Dawson received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for playing Smike in the 2007 production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other notable performances have been in the 2009 production of Comedians, the 2010 production of Posh, the 2011 production of Luise Miller. Dawson was born in Widnes and attended Fairfield High School and Warrington Collegiate Institute before being accepted to RADA on the acting programme in 2002. Whilst in high school he was a member of the Musketeer Theatre Company where he played Dogberry in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing amongst other roles. At just 17 he wrote a play called Divorced and Desperate which ran at the Queen's Hall Theatre, for three nights. A year he wrote and starred in the play The Boy in the Bed at the Tower Theatre, Islington with financial backing from Barbara Windsor and Julie Walters to whom he had written for help.

David has a younger brother, James. After leaving RADA in 2005, Dawson's first professional role was as understudy to Kevin Spacey as the eponymous hero of Shakespeare's Richard II for Trevor Nunn. Dawson has appeared in the television shows Doc Martin, The Thick of It, Damage and Up Close and Personal, he played Harry Parr-Davies in the BBC drama Gracie! about the life of English singer Gracie Fields. He starred as Coronation Street creator Tony Warren in the BBC drama The Road to Coronation Street, he played Toby Kent in three episodes of the second series of Luther for the BBC. In 2012, Dawson appeared in two BBC Two literary adaptations, playing Bazzard in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Poins in Henry IV, Parts I and II, he appeared in the first three BBC-produced series of Ripper Street. In 2016, he appeared in the BBC One's version of The Secret Agent. Dawson portrayed David Collins in the BBC Two series Banished and King Alfred in BBC America and BBC Two's historical drama series The Last Kingdom.

In 2008 Dawson was nominated for Best Newcomer in a Play at the Olivier Awards for his role as Smike in Nicholas Nickleby. He was nominated in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor in the What's On Stage awards for his role as Gethin Price in Comedians. Dawson drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of writer Tony Warren in the BBC Four drama The Road to Coronation Street. For the New Statesman Rachel Cooke wrote: "I think; when he is doing his thing, it is hard to take your eyes off him". The Daily Express said "It is David Dawson and some judged dialogue which brings this drama to light" while The Mirror's Jane Simon called him "absolutely brilliant". David Dawson on IMDb Dawson's CV at United Agents