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Vickers-Armstrongs

Vickers-Armstrongs Limited was a British engineering conglomerate formed by the merger of the assets of Vickers Limited and Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Company in 1927. The majority of the company was nationalised in the 1960s and 1970s, with the remainder being divested as Vickers plc in 1977. Vickers merged with the Tyneside-based engineering company Armstrong Whitworth, founded by W. G. Armstrong, to become Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd. Armstrong Whitworth and Vickers had developed along similar lines, expanding into various military sectors and produced a whole suite of military products. Armstrong Whitworth were notable for their artillery manufacture at Elswick and shipbuilding at a yard at High Walker on the River Tyne. 1929 saw the merger of the acquired railway business with those of Cammell Laird to form Metropolitan Cammell Carriage and Wagon. In 1935, before rearmament began, Vickers-Armstrongs was the third-largest manufacturing employer in Britain, behind Unilever and ICI. In 1960 the aircraft interests were merged with those of Bristol, English Electric and Hunting Aircraft to form the British Aircraft Corporation.

This was owned by English Electric and Bristol. BAC in turn owned 70% of Hunting; the Supermarine operation was closed in 1963 and the Vickers brand name for aircraft was dropped by BAC in 1965. Under the terms of the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act 1977 BAC was nationalised to become part of British Aerospace; the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act led to the nationalisation of Vickers' shipbuilding division as part of British Shipbuilders. This division was privatised as Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd in 1986 passing to the GEC group as part of Marconi Marine and survives to this day as part of BAE Systems. Vickers Container and Packaging Machinery Division, including the Vickers Stitcher and Vickers Hardness Machine business, was bought by Fords Industrial Products, part of Barry Wehmiller in 1986. In 1991 the Vickers Hardness Machinery business was bought by the field engineers, continues today as UK Calibrations Limited based in Kidderminster; the Vickers Stitcher was still being manufactured in India as as 2005.

The steelmaking division became part of British Steel Corporation and the remaining interests were divested as the public company Vickers plc, whose various components were split. The Vickers name ceased to exist in 2003. Vickers-Armstrongs inherited the Vickers machine gun of 1912 used in World War I from Vickers Limited. There were other Vickers machine guns aside from the regular water-cooled model: the Vickers-Berthier machine gun used by the Indian Army, the Vickers "K".303 aircraft machine gun developed from it, the Vickers "S" 40 mm aircraft gun. An unusual machine gun made was the Vickers Higson. Vickers produced larger weapons such as the Ordnance QF 2-pounder gun used on tanks. In 1948 Vickers bought the Australian business of Charles Ruwolt Ltd for £750,000 following Ruwolt's death in 1946. During World War II Ruwolt's firm produced armaments for the Australian Government, including field artillery such as mortars and howitzer cannon. After the 1927 merger, the company possessed a major yard on each coast of Britain.

Vickers-Armstrongs was one of the most important warship manufacturers in the world. These interests were renamed as Vickers-Armstrongs Shipbuilders in 1955, changing again to Vickers Limited Shipbuilding Group in 1968; the Barrow yard was nationalised and became part of British Shipbuilders in 1977, was privatised as VSEL in 1986 and remains in operation to this day as BAE Systems Submarines. Meanwhile, the Naval Yard at High Walker on the River Tyne passed to Swan Hunter in 1968, was nationalised and became part of British Shipbuilders in 1977, was privatised still as Swan Hunter in 1986 but closed down during the 1980s. Vickers-Armstrong built the VA-3 hovercraft; the company was known for its tank designs, starting with the used Vickers 6-Ton. It produced the influential, if never produced, Independent A1E1 tank. One of the company's most important designs was the Valentine Infantry Tank, produced in the thousands in World War II; the military vehicle manufacturing interests were divested into Vickers plc, would pass to Alvis Vickers, now part of BAE Systems Land and Armaments.

Notable Vickers-Armstrongs military vehicles include. The aircraft interests of Armstrong Whitworth were not acquired in the merger and passed to the Hawker Aircraft group. In 1928 the Aviation Department became Vickers Ltd and soon after acquired Supermarine Aviation Works, which became the Supermarine Aviation Works Ltd and was responsible for producing the revolutionary Spitfire fighter. In 1938, both companies were re-organised as Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, a new'art deco' headquarters designed by architect C. Howard Crane was built at its Brooklands factory in Surrey although the former Supermarine and Vickers works continued to brand their products under their former names. In 1960 the aircraft interests were one of the founding companies merged to form BAC; the hovercraft activities of Vickers-Armstrongs were merged with those of the Westland Aircraft company to form the British Hovercraft Corporation in 1966 wi

Duane Bobick

Duane Bobick is a retired boxer from the United States. As an amateur he fought at the 1972 Olympics, he turned professional and retired in 1979 with a record of 48 wins and four losses, all by knockout. Bobick grew up with the sport in the 1960s. A good puncher who developed well early by virtue of countless hours in the gym and ring, Bobick had an outstanding amateur career that included a win over Teófilo Stevenson at the 1971 Pan American Games. Bobick added another future champion to his list when he beat Larry Holmes to be named to the 1972 U. S. Olympic boxing team, but lurking on Bobick's amateur record were two devastating second-round one-punch knockout losses at the hands of future heavyweight contender Ron Lyle. The first time, Lyle dispatched of him at the national AAU quarterfinals; the second time, fighting for a spot on the national team, Bobick was dropped with a straight right at 30 seconds of the second round, was unconscious in the ring for over five minutes. While being an amateur Bobick served as a quartermaster in the U.

S. Navy, he was a three-time Navy Heavyweight Champion, two-time All-Service Heavyweight Champion and two-time International Military champion. He was touted as a rising star at this early stage, may have been overconfident as he met Stevenson again at the 1972 Olympics; the fight was after two rounds with Stevenson getting the edge in round one and Bobick rallying in round two. In the third round, Bobick fell victim to a nemesis that would bedevil him for the rest of his boxing career, the overhand right. Stunned and defenseless, Bobick was pounded by the Cuban champion until the bout was stopped. By that time he had a record of 10 losses. All-Navy Championships, Mare Island, April 1971: Finals: Defeated Rick Harris KO 2 Inter-service Championships, Mare Island, April 1971: 1/2: Defeated Kenneth Hassan KO 1 Finals: Defeated Louis Slaughter by decision National Championships, New Orleans, April–May 1971: 1/16: Defeated William Anderson KO 2 1/8: Defeated Michael Weaver KO 1 1/4: Defeated Don Nelson KO 1 1/2: Defeated Fred Houpe KO 2 Finals: Defeated Ronald Draper by decision1971 Pan-American Games Heavyweight champion 1972 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion Bobick trained hard to start his pro career, which did not begin until the spring of 1973.

He was managed by heavyweight legend Joe Frazier. Bobick's first match was against Tommy Burns, he sent Burns to the canvas four times on his way to a first-round KO. Bobick had 14 other fights in 1973, winning them all by KO, including a win over former contender Manuel Ramos. Bobick won his first 19 fights by knockout, he had 10 more fights in 1974, winning them all again, eight by KO. Knockout wins that year included future champion Mike Weaver, he decisioned veteran boxer Billy Daniels. With a 25-0 record and 23 KOs he was rated as the sport's new "White Hope," taking that label from then-declining Jerry Quarry. Frazier himself was approaching retirement and focusing on upcoming paydays with protégé Bobick. Bobick gained top-10 ranking in 1975 with eight more fights and wins, all again by KO, he was now being dodged by some. He had a tentative contract with Muhammad Ali in 1976. Instead he met and defeated lower ranked contender Larry Middleton, fellow Minnesotan Scott LeDoux, Bunny Johnson and veteran Chuck Wepner among his five 1976 fights, all wins with two KOs.

Having a 38-0 record with 32 KOs he fought the future champion Ken Norton in a prime time network television bout in May 1977. Both fighters appeared cautious from the opening bell. Norton connected with an unexpected overhand right flush onto Bobick's chin, he staggered wildly unable to avoid Norton's furious assault. Norton trapped Bobick in a corner landing several roundhouse rights. One of the punches that connected was a right uppercut. Staggered, blind from his tearing eyes as a result of the throat punch and walloped by another huge right hand, Bobick went to the canvas face first, he rose. Bobick swayed on unsteady legs and the bout was stopped; the fight lasted just 58 seconds, but the actual length of the contest was about 70 seconds. Trainer Joe Frazier had advised Bobick not to take the fight. Despite the embarrassing defeat, Bobick was back in the ring two months winning a rematch with Scott LeDoux, he finished the year 1977 at 40-1 with 34 KOs. In 1978, he was upset in the third round by South African Kallie Knoetze for his second KO loss, again falling victim to an overhand right.

Cut over his right eye and floored, Bobick rose at the count of 8. He fought eight more times against second-tier fighters in 1978, winning all by KO, he was looking to return to top-level contention in 1979 securing a nationally televised bout with future belt-holder and Stevenson's 1976 Olympic KO victim John Tate. Bobick talked pre-bout of his new commitment to training and conditioning, citing reduced body fat statistics as proof of his seriousness to return to the top of the heavyweight ranks. Hurt early in the first round by an overhand right as in the Norton fight, Bobick couldn't clinch to clear his head and continued to move forward absorbing terrible punishment. A knockdown followed by a dozen overhand rights from Tate forced the referee to stop the bout a little over two minutes into the first round. A TKO loss to prospect Ge

Table squash

Table squash is a sport for two players, an evolution of table tennis and uses similar rules and equipment. The game is played by placing a table tennis table against a playing wall with the net remaining on the table perpendicular to the wall; each player stands on the opposite side of the table facing the wall on either side of an imaginary line as if the net was extended backwards. Players each use table tennis rackets and take turns to play a table tennis ball off the playing wall onto the table on the opponents side of the net, except on serves where the ball must first bounce on the servers side of the net on the table; the game was created in 2009 in United Kingdom. Played using a domestic kitchen table smaller than a table tennis table, the game was created as an alternative to traditional table tennis for locations where there isn't room for a full size table and room to navigate around it; the game originated with few rules as a social occasion to strike a ball around before the initial draft of the official rules was generated in October 2009.

Any standard table tennis bats and balls maybe used, along with a standard sized table tennis table, as prescribed by the International Table Tennis Federation. The table is placed against the wall, the net should be perpendicular to the wall with the regulation 15.25 cm net overhang left as a gap to the wall known as the crack. Play begins by playing for serve; the ball is bounced off one players side of the table, off the wall, off the opposing players side of the table. The opposing player should strike the ball so that it bounces straight off the wall and back onto the serving players side of the table; the server continues and strikes the ball again directly off the wall onto the opponents side of the table, after this point the point can be won. A point is won when the ball does not complete the required sequence of bouncing off the wall and the opponents side of the table. Once this process is completed the turn passes to the opponent. Whomever turn it is upon a point not being completed, either by the ball striking the floor, the table on the wrong side of the net or in the wrong order will lose the point.

A turn is not completed if the ball falls down the crack, the player that played the stroke will lose the point. To serve a player should play the ball off their own side of the table, followed by the wall, followed by the opponents side of the table. Play continues as normal; the point can be won directly off the serve. If the ball touches the net but still completes the required bounces in order a let is called and the serve is replayed. If the required order of bounces is not completed the point is lost by the server. A player can only score on his own serve, if a player wins the point against the serve they will take the serve but not score a point; the server is always the player. Games are played as the first to eleven, but in order to win a player must win by 2 points or more, if this is not the case on reaching 11 points, play will continue until one player has a two point lead, this player is the winner of the game; when one player reaches 6 points players should swap sides and continues play, unless an agreement is reached beforehand to remain on the same side throughout the game.

If a player steps on the floor over the imaginary line extending from the net, a foul is called and the offending player loses the point. If a player interferes with another players shot by reaching over the imaginary line a foul is called. There are several variations on the official rules that are played, major examples of these include. A term relating to the origins of the game when rules were less defined. In this version of the game, a point is not over until the ball strikes the floor, comes to a complete halt or hits a players racket twice without hitting anything else; this allows players to make multiple hits and allows for longer and more complex rallies, which may feature playing the ball off other obstacles. When playing these rules a judgmental element is included for poor sportsmanship. If a player en devours to play repeated shots in order to set up winning shot, such as repeated hits off the wall whilst positioning themselves in a place to slam the ball in an unreturnable manner poor sportsmanship is called and this player forfeits the point.

Due to the nature of courts being dependent on available conditions, funding problems preventing any official table squash courts to be purpose built, there are different features around the court that may influence play. The rules regarding these features should be agreed before commencing play. For example there may be additional walls around the table or a roof in position these surfaces can be played off without a point ending as long as the correct sequence of playing off the scoring wall and the opponents side of the net is completed also. If the scoring wall has obstacles on it decision should be made before commencing play whether striking these should constitute a foul. Under official rules all attempts to minimize such obstacles should be made but striking them should not constitute a foul; the game can be played on any available rectangular table on which a net may be affixed, gameplay can be altered by using different size tables which alter the available space in which to hit the ball.

Alternatively a two piece table can be folded into a right angle. With the net secured to the edge of the horizontal surface and allowing a small gap between the vertical surface; the game commences making use of the

Reckoning (Smallville)

"Reckoning" is the twelfth episode of the fifth season of the superhero television series Smallville and the hundredth episode of the overall series. It aired on The WB in the United States on January 26, 2006, on E4 in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2006; the episode was written by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, directed by Greg Beeman. The series follows the adventures of the young Clark Kent in the town of Smallville, before he becomes Superman. In this episode, Clark reveals his secret to Lana Lang. Jonathan Kent and Lex Luthor learn the results of the senatorial election and the life of someone Clark loves is taken from him. There were two potential plotlines for the episode before it was decided that one of the main characters would be killed; this concept was positively received by studio executives. Schneider approved of the idea, compared his departure to that of John Wayne in The Cowboys. Jonathan Kent's death was used to emphasize the theme that Clark has to accept the consequences of his decisions.

So as to keep Jonathan Kent's death a secret, the script was given to fewer people, the network issued promotional trailers that featured the possible deaths of both Lana and Jonathan. Upon its premiere, "Reckoning" earned a Nielsen household rating of 2.2, was watched by 6.28 million viewers in the United States. The episode received positive reviews from commentators, who felt that Jonathan's death was both emotional and pivotal. One faction of fans was unhappy with the choice of Jonathan, however, as they would have preferred Lana dying instead. Clark Kent sits in his loft waiting for Lana Lang to arrive, he takes her to the Kawatche Caves, where they are transported to the Fortress of Solitude. Lana is in shock. Clark expresses fear that Lana is drifting away because of his secret, so he decides to reveal his powers to her. Clark uses the coal to make a diamond ring and proposes marriage. Afterward, Clark reveals what he did to his parents and Martha Kent, who tell him that he is old enough to make decisions on his own without the advice of his father.

After some initial doubt, Lana returns to the Kent farm to accept Clark's proposal. Lois Lane holds an election party for Jonathan at the Talon, where his supporters learn that he defeated Lex Luthor in the Kansas State Senate race. Lana meets him at his mansion. After seeing Lana's engagement ring, Lex realizes that Lana knows Clark's secret and reacts aggressively. Lana leaves. Distracted, she does not see an approaching school bus. Clark realizes that Lana's life is the price that Jor-El promised to collect when he resurrected Clark in "Hidden". However, Jor-El provides a crystal that will allow Clark to reset the day, but warns him that the universe will find someone else's life to exchange for Lana's; when Clark takes the crystal, he is sent back to the moment. This time, Clark decides not to reveal his secret. Upset, Clark goes to Metropolis and tells Chloe Sullivan everything, including how he had lived the day, his proposal to Lana. Chloe promises to keep an eye on Lana to prevent her from dying once more.

At the election party, Lana arrives with Chloe. This time Lex kisses her. Like before, Lex pursues Lana. Jonathan goes to the farm after receiving a mysterious call during the party, is greeted by Lionel Luthor. Lionel insinuates he knows Clark's secret and shows a picture to Jonathan, which causes Jonathan to begin punching Lionel in anger. Jonathan laboriously walks away, breathing heavily. Martha and Clark drive up and catch him as he has a heart attack, after taking a final look at his family, Jonathan dies in the arms of Martha and Clark. At Jonathan's funeral, all of Clark's close friends attend, as well as the Luthors; when the funeral is over, Clark sprinkles it into his father's grave. The writers developed two potential plotlines for the episode: one in which Clark and Lana would get married, another in which one of Clark's parents would die; the producers chose only to kill one of the parents. The producers debated the idea of other characters dying, but realized that none would have as much resonance as one of Clark's parents.

Once the basic plot was decided, a group of Smallville writers used whiteboards to flesh out the story, the details were arranged. After the main story line was developed, the supervising producers presented it to several of the executive vice presidents at The WB Television Network; the executives enjoyed the story: Michael Roberts, a senior executive, called the episode's plot "great" and noted that "the conceit is cool". According to writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, "Reckoning" had been chosen as the episode's title before the script had been finalized. Peterson explained that the theme revolved around the idea that "you reap what you sow"; this idea was an expansion of the theme from "Hidden", in which Clark was resurrected by his biological father Jor-El, only to be informed that the life of someone he loves would be exchanged in the fu

Wat Bot City F.C.

Wat Bot City Football Club, is a semi professional football club based in Phitsanulok, Thailand. The club is playing in the Thai League 4 Northern region. In 2018, the club has established by a football fan in Wat Bot and competed in Thailand Amateur League Northern region. In the end of season, the club has promoted to Thai League 4. In 2019, The club has moved their ground to the Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University Stadium, they competed in Thai League 4 Northern region and finished in the 2nd place, qualified to the champions league stage. The club is planning to construct an own stadium in Phitsanulok. In the end of 2019 season, Wat Bot City has promoted to 2020 Thai League 3 by competed in the upper region. In addition, in the end of 2019 season, Wat Bot City was the champion of Thai League 4 Champions League. Thai League 4 Champions: 2019 "official! เช็กชื่อสโมสรผ่าน Club Licensing พร้อมลุย T3 -T4". FA. Thailand. Retrieved 2018-12-13. "ด้วยรักจากหัวใจสู่ปฐมบทวัดโบสถ์ ซิตี้". Thailive.net. Retrieved 2018-11-13.

"ขอแบบยิงกระจุย! "บอสไกร" ลั่นต่างชาติ 3-4 รายดีจริงเหมาหมดเข่ง". Thailive.net. Retrieved 2018-12-31. "น้องใหม่ไซส์ "อำเภอ" เจอกันได้ไทยลีก 4 โซนบน". Dailysoccer.in.th. Retrieved 2018-12-14. "ขอแบบโหด! วัดโบสถ์ดึงดาวยิงทีมชาติคองโกเทสส่งฟัดสุโขทัยดีจริงเซ็นเลย". Thailive.net. Retrieved 2018-12-14. "วัดโบสถ์ซิตี้คว้า ราเชน กุลคง ลุยที4". Siamsport.co.th. Retrieved 2018-12-03. Official facebook

Skatt Brothers

The Skatt Bros. were a band from Los Angeles, formed in 1979. At first they were compared to bands like the Village People for parallels in music on their first album, but returned to their more rockish roots with the release of their second album titled "Rico & The Ravens", issued in Australia only. Sean Delaney formed the band in 1979. Signed to Casablanca Records by Neil Bogart, the original lineup consisted of Delaney himself as well as Peter Sweval, Richard Martin-Ross, David Andez, Richie Fontana and Craig Krampf. Andez and Krampf were replaced with Danny Brant. In 1979, the band released "Walk the Night", on the Strange Spirits album. "Walk the Night" was popular, reaching No. 9 in the Billboard charts and No. 1 on various national charts. "Walk the Night" is considered most famous release. In 1980 the band obtained gold record status in Australia for their hit single “Life At The Outpost”; the video for "Life At The Outpost" was generated by their distributing record company in Australia, is regarded as a misrepresentation of the band.

No members of the Skatt Bros. appeared in the video. The Skatt Bros. were real musicians who wrote the songs, played the instruments, performed the vocals and co-produced their recordings. "Life at the Outpost" managed to sell over 50,000 copies in Australia, earning it an Australian Gold Record award. In 2010, European music company Premium Series reissued the Strange Spirits album; the reissue claimed to be "24 bit digitally re-mastered from original master tapes". The band's classic "Walk the Night" appeared on the official soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, released in 2008. According to Rockstar Games, the company thought the song so important to have on the soundtrack that they hired a private investigator to locate Delaney's surviving relatives and secure the rights to include it."Walk the Night" was used under the credits in The Righteous Gemstones Season 1 Episode 7 "And Yet One of You is a Devil". The North Queensland Cowboys play the song through the stadium when they have a win at their home ground in Townsville.

Unofficial victory song. Richie Fontana's homepage: Skatt Bros