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Vickers Limited

Please refer to the overview article Vickers for other companies known by this nameVickers Limited was a significant British engineering conglomerate that merged into Vickers-Armstrongs in 1927. Vickers was formed in Sheffield as a steel foundry by the miller Edward Vickers and his father-in-law George Naylor in 1828. Naylor was a partner in the foundry Naylor & Sanderson, Vickers' brother William owned a steel rolling operation. Edward's investments in the railway industry allowed him to gain control of the company, based at Millsands and known as Naylor Vickers and Company, it began life making steel castings and became famous for casting church bells. In 1854 Vickers' sons Thomas and Albert joined the business. In 1863 the company moved to a new site in Sheffield on the River Don in Brightside; the company went public in 1867 as Vickers, Sons & Company and acquired more businesses, branching out into various sectors. In 1868 Vickers began to manufacture marine shafts, in 1872 they began casting marine propellers and in 1882 they set up a forging press.

Vickers produced their first armour plate in 1888 and their first artillery piece in 1890. It bought out the Barrow in Furness shipbuilder The Barrow Shipbuilding Company in 1897, acquiring its subsidiary the Maxim Nordenfelt Guns And Ammunitions Company at the same time, to become Vickers, Sons & Maxim; the yard at Barrow became the "Naval Construction Yard". With these acquisitions, Vickers could now produce a complete selection of products, from ships and marine fittings to armour plate and a whole suite of ordnance. In 1901 the Royal Navy's first submarine, Holland 1, was launched at the Naval Construction Yard. In 1902 Vickers took a half share in the famous Clyde shipyard John Company. Further diversification occurred in 1901 with the purchase of Herbert Austin's embryonic car manufacturing plans, Austin himself, from The Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company; the new business was incorporated and named The Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company and works were purchased at Adderley Park.

In 1911 a controlling interest was acquired in the torpedo manufacturers. In 1911, the company name was changed to Vickers Limited and expanded its operations into aircraft manufacture by the formation of Vickers Ltd. Vickers brand aircraft were produced from 1911 to until 1965. In 1919, the British Westinghouse electrical company was taken over as the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company. At the same time they came into Metropolitan's railway interests. Wolseley now Wolseley Motors was sold to William Morris in mid-November 1926 who retained it as his personal property. At the sixtieth Annual General Meeting on 29 April 1927 at the River Don Works, the chairman, General Herbert Lawrence, reported that the ordinary dividend would be passed because of the Coal Strike, his review gave the activities of the main groups of operations divided under five main heads: Armaments and shipbuilding Heavy engineering– these two activities were carried on at works in Sheffield, Erith and Weybridge Rolling-stock – Metropolitan Carriage Wagon and Finance Company Electrical – Metropolitan-Vickers Miscellaneous – they had disposed of Docker Brothers Limited.

He had reported in the year before that an internal reorganization was in progress to deal with those subsidiary branches which proved a heavy drain on financial resources. This internal review led to the retention of the rolling stock group and the disposal of: Vickers-Petters Limited British Lighting and Ignition Company – shut down the plywood department at Crayford Creek Canadian Vickers William Beardmore and Company Wolseley Motors. Subsequently, Vickers carried through a financial reconstruction scheme which after making additional reserves for contingent liabilities reduced their assets by £12.5 million and their total balance sheet from £34.7 to £22.2 million. In 1927, Vickers agreed to merge their armaments and shipbuilding and heavy engineering activities with the Tyneside based engineering company Armstrong Whitworth, founded by W. G. Armstrong, to form Vickers-Armstrong Limited; this merger was to take effect 1 January 1928 and would give Vickers shareholders ownership of two-thirds of the new company.

Metropolitan Carriage Wagon and Finance Company and The Metropolitan -Vickers Company were not included in the merger. Vickers sold the Maxim machine gun, forming a partnership with its inventor, they took over the company and improved the design as the Vickers machine gun, the last major design Hiram Maxim himself worked on. It became the standard machine gun of the British Empire and Commonwealth, serving for some 50 years in the British Army. Vickers sold it all over the world, they scaled it up to larger calibres for the Royal Navy as a 0.5 inch model. Vickers & Maxim introduced one of the first cannons to have an hydraulic recoil absorbing mechanism: in 1900 they produced a small 75 mm cannon that used two cylinders mounted alongside the barrel. Vickers was involved in the production of numerous firearms; the British tested John Pedersen's design for a semi-automatic rifle between World War I and World War II. Vickers made a British version of the rifle, their version of the Pedersen rifle goes by the name "Vickers Pedersen Rifle".

The company was involved in the manufacture of 6,000–10,000 Luger pistols in 1922–24. These 1906 pa

Kiyoshi Sasabe

Kiyoshi Sasabe is a Japanese film director. Born in Shimonoseki, Sasabe graduated from Meiji University before attending the Yokohama Hōsō Eiga Senmon Gakuin, he worked as an assistant director to Yōichi Sai, Seiji Izumi, Yasuo Furuhata before debuting as a director in 2002 with Hi wa mata noboru. He received the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award for Chirusoku no natsu in 2003, his Half a Confession won the best picture award at the 28th Japan Academy Prize. He has directed TV movies. Hi wa mata noboru Chirusoku no natsu Half a Confession Deguchi no nai umi Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite Kono Michi Official site Sasabe Kiyoshi on IMDb JMDb profile

Robert Black (auditor)

Robert William Black is a former public administrator, the first Auditor General for Scotland, holding the post between 2000 and 2012. Black was born in Aberdeenshire, he studied at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with an honours MA degree in economics gained a MSc degree in town planning from Heriot-Watt University, a master's degree in public policy from University of Strathclyde. Black was a local authority chief executive for 10 years, first with Stirling District Council 1985−90 with Tayside Regional Council 1990−95, he became Controller of Audit with the Accounts Commission in 1995, was the first person to hold the position, not an accountant. In May 1999, the Scottish Parliament voted to nominate a person to become the first Auditor General for Scotland. Parliament's choice was approved by the Queen, Black was appointed to the post in February 2000, he was the chief executive of Audit Scotland. In October 2011 he announced. In March 2012, the Scottish Parliament decided that Caroline Gardner should succeed June 2012, he was appointed to the board of the British Library for a four-year term, chairs their public audit committee.

He is a member of the University Court at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, he has an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Aberdeen in 2004 an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Queen Margaret University in 2006. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Accountancy, he received a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours

Burke Lake

Burke Lake is a 218 acres freshwater reservoir in Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, United States. It is contained within Burke Lake Park, a Fairfax County public park owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Burke Lake is formed by a dam on a tributary stream of the Potomac River. Fairfax County permits visitors to use the lake for fishing, electric-motor, paddle/row boating; the lake has 4.5 miles of fishing shoreline, three fishing bulkheads at the state game area, a fishing pier, a public & marina & public launch ramps, a boat launching dock. Both the fishing bulkheads and the fishing pier are accessible to persons with disabilities. Swimming is prohibited. A 4.68-mile trail surrounds the lake starting at the marina parking lot. In 2017, Burke opened a new 64-station lighted driving range with 24 heated stations; the new amenities will accommodate practice and classes year-round at Burke Lake Golf Academy. A rentable area with indoor seating is available for private functions and parties. Burke Lake is owned by the Virginia Department of Inland Fisheries.

Burke Lake Park Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Site for Burke Lake Burke Lake at Wikimapia Media related to Burke Lake Park at Wikimedia Commons

Suddenly (EP)

Is the debut extended play by American pop rock band Allstar Weekend, who were signed with Hollywood Records at the time of release. It was released on July 20, 2010, in Canada, it has been met with some commercial success, debuting at number 62 on the Billboard 200. The track "The Weekend" was not released as a single but a music video was made. "A Different Side of Me" was released as the first single to Radio Disney during February, 2010. It has made it up the charts on the Radio Disney Countdown to the #1 position, it appears on the soundtrack to the film The Last Song starring Miley Cyrus. The music video contains the four members of the band discovering a castle after running from some sort of get-together, they explore the castle going their separate ways, while they reveal everything from a princess, to a witch, to an epic sword battle. "Dance Forever" is the second official single released off the album. The song has made it to #3 on Radio Disney, #16 on Billboard Heatseekers and #45 on Canadian Hot 100.

The music video was released June 4, 2010 and takes place in the backyard of a house where a pool party is being thrown and the band is performing. Both the lead vocalist Zachary Porter, guitarist Nathan Darmody have said that the "Dance Forever" video represents not just one, but all the members of the band's personalities. Http:// Allstar Weekend - Official Website Allstar Weekend - MySpace Allstar Weekend - Facebook Allstar Weekend - Twitter Allstar Weekend - Youtube

Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla was an Italian painter, art teacher and poet best known as a key proponent of Futurism. In his paintings he depicted light and speed. Giacomo Balla was born in the Piedmont region of Italy, he was the son of a photographer. At age nine, after the death of his father, he gave up music and began working in a lithograph print shop. By age 20, his interest in visual art had developed to such a level that he decided to study painting at local academies, several of his early works were shown at exhibitions. Following academic studies at the University of Turin, Balla moved to Rome in 1895, where he met and married Elisa Marcucci. For several years he worked in Rome as an illustrator and portrait painter. In 1899, his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, in the ensuing years his art was shown at major exhibitions in Rome and Venice, as well as in Munich, Berlin and Düsseldorf, at the Salon d'Automne in Paris, at galleries in Rotterdam. Around 1902, he taught Divisionist techniques to Gino Severini.

Influenced by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giacomo Balla adopted the Futurism style, creating a pictorial depiction of light and speed. He was a signatory of the Futurist Manifesto in 1910. Typical for his new style of painting is Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash and his 1914 work Abstract Speed + Sound. In 1914, he began to design Futurist furniture, as well as so-called Futurist "antineutral" clothing. Balla began working as a sculptor, creating, in 1915, the well-known work titled Boccioni's Fist, based on'lines of force'. During World War I, Balla's studio became a meeting place for young artists. In 1935, he was made a member of Rome's Accademia di San Luca. In 1955, Balla participated in the documenta 1 in Kassel, he died on 1 March 1958. Balla's 1909 painting The Street Light typifies his exploration of light and motion. Balla's most famous works, such as his 1912 Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash where efforts to express movement – and thus the passage of time – through the medium of painting. One of Balla's main inspirations was the chronophotography of Étienne-Jules Marey.

Balla's 1912 The Hand of the Violinist depicts the frenetic motion of a musician playing, draws on inspiration from Cubism and the photographic experiments of Marey and Eadweard Muybridge. In his abstract 1912–1914 series Iridescent Interpenetration, Balla attempts to separate the experience of light from the perception of objects as such. Abstract Speed + Sound is a study of speed symbolised by the automobile, it may have been part of a triptych. Balla's 1914 series Mercury Passing Before the Sun depicts the November 17, 1914 transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. Balla created at least a dozen studies of this work. In 1987, some of his artworks were exhibited at documenta 8, an exhibition of modern art and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. Works by Giacomo Balla Italian Futurism Maurizio Fagiolo Dell'Arco, Balla: The Futurist Vivien Greene: Italian Futurism 1909 - 1944. Reconstructing the Universe, Guggenheim Museum 2014, ISBN 978-0-89207-499-0 Giovanni Lista, catalogue général de l’œuvre, vol.

I, Edizioni della Galleria Fonte d’Abisso, Modène, 1982. II, L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne, 1984 Giovanni Lista,Le Futurisme: création et avant-garde, Éditions L’Amateur, Paris, 2001 Giovanni Lista, Balla, la modernità futurista, Edizioni Skira, Milan, 2008 Giovanni Lista, Giacomo Balla: futurismo e neofuturismo, Milano, 2009. Giacomo Balla, Scritti futuristi, raccolti e curati da Giovanni Lista, Milan, 2010. Guide to Balla's paintings, at Artcyclopedia Abstract Speed + Sound by Giacomo Balla, Guggenheim Museum Giacomo Balla's Biography- Guggenheim Museum Article on Italian Futurism exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum