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Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood, was an English comedienne, singer, screenwriter and director. Wood wrote and starred in dozens of sketches, musicals and sitcoms over several decades, her live comedy act was interspersed with her own compositions, which she performed on the piano. Much of her humour was grounded in everyday life and included references to activities and products that are considered to exemplify Britain, she was noted for her skills in satirising aspects of social class. Wood started her career in 1974 by appearing on the ATV talent show New Faces, she established herself as a comedy star in the 1980s, winning a BAFTA TV Award in 1986 for the sketch series Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, became one of Britain's most popular stand-up comics, winning a second BAFTA for An Audience with Victoria Wood. In the 1990s, she wrote and co-starred in the television film Pat and Margaret, the sitcom Dinnerladies, which she produced, she won two more BAFTA TV Awards, including Best Actress, for her 2006 ITV1 television film, Housewife, 49.

Her frequent long-term collaborators included Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Anne Reid. In 2006, Wood came tenth in ITV's poll of the British public's 50 Greatest TV Stars. Victoria Wood was the youngest child of Stanley Wood, an insurance salesman, who wrote songs for his company's Christmas parties, Nellie Wood, she had three siblings: a brother and two sisters and Rosalind. Wood was born in Prestwich and brought up in Bury, both in Lancashire, she was educated at Fairfield County Primary School and Bury Grammar School for Girls, where she found herself out of her depth. She recalled in an interview for Desert Island Discs in 2007: I was always top of the class, when I went to grammar school I could not deal with everyone being as clever... I went under. I was a bit of a misfit. I didn't have any friends, let alone try to be funny... I didn't have clean clothes and didn't wash. If I didn't have any money I'd steal from people, if I hadn't done my homework I'd steal someone else's. I was envious of all the groups: the horsey group, the girls who went out with boys, the clever ones.

Looking back, I feel sorry for that little girl. Wood developed eating disorders, she said of this unhappy time "The good thing about being isolated is you get a good look at what goes on. I was reading and working at the piano all the time. I was doing a lot of other things that helped me to perform"; that year, she joined the Rochdale Youth Theatre Workshop, where she felt she was "in the right place and knew what I was doing" and she made an impression with her comic skill and skill in writing. She went on to study drama at the University of Birmingham. Wood began her show business career while an undergraduate, appearing on the TV talent show New Faces in 1974, it led to an appearance in a sketch show featuring the series' winners The Summer Show. A further break came as a novelty act on the BBC's consumer affairs programme That's Life! in 1976. She met long-term collaborator Julie Walters in the early 1970s, when Wood applied for Manchester Polytechnic, coincidentally met again when they appeared in the same theatre revue In at the Death in 1978.

Its success led to the commissioning of Wood's first play Talent, starring Hazel Clyne, for which Wood won an award for the Most Promising New Writer. Peter Eckersley, the head of drama at Granada Television, saw Talent and invited Wood to create a television adaptation; this time, Julie Walters took the lead role. The success of the television version of Talent led to Wood writing the follow-up, Nearly a Happy Ending. Shortly afterwards she wrote a third play for Granada, Happy Since I Met You, again with Walters alongside Duncan Preston as the male lead. In 1980, she starred in the stage play Good Fun. Recognising her talent, Eckersley offered Wood a sketch show, although she was unsure of the project: she only agreed to go ahead if Walters received equal billing. Eckersley came up with an obvious title – Wood and Walters, the pilot episode was recorded, it led to a full series, featuring a supporting cast. In the period between the completion of the pilot and the shooting of the series, Eckersley died.

Wood credited him with giving her her first big break, felt that Wood and Walters suffered due to his death. She was not impressed by Brian Armstrong, his fill-in, was of the opinion that he hired unsuitable supporting actors. Wood appeared as a presenter in Yorkshire Television's 1984 schools television programme for hearing-impaired children, Insight, in a remake of the series presented by Derek Griffiths. In 1982 and 1983 she appeared. In October 1983, Wood performed her first solo stand-up show, Lucky Bag in a five-week run at the King's Head Theatre in Islington; the show transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre for a twelve night run in February 1984. Lucky Bag went on a short UK tour in November and December 1984 and was released as a live album recorded at the Edinburgh Festival in 1983. Wood left Granada in 1984 for the BBC; that year, her sketch show Victoria Wood as Seen on TV went into production. Wood chose the actors: her friend Julie Walters once again starred, as did Duncan Preston.

Wood's friend Celia Imrie and Susie Blake and Patricia Routledge were in the cast. As Seen on TV had the Acorn

Bernard SIMB AB 10

The Bernard SIMB AB 10 was a French single-engine, single-seat streamlined, all-metal low-wing monoplane of advanced design. It first was not ordered into production; the Bernard SIMB AB 10 or Bernard SIMB AB 10 C 1 single-seat fighter, which first flew in the Summer of 1924, first appeared in public as the SIMB AB-C 1 at the Paris Aero Show of 1922. The AB in this name stood for Adolphe C for chasseur with 1 indicating single-seat. Advanced for its time, it was a streamlined cantilever low-wing monoplane with a cowled, liquid-cooled engine; the AB-C.1 was an all-metal aircraft with straight-edged tapered wings which had straight wing tips tips rounded at the leading edge. Ailerons extended to the tips; the tail surfaces had straight swept leading edges but had rounded trailing edges on the control surfaces. The tailplane was mounted on top of the fuselage and the rudder extended to the bottom of the fuselage, moving between separate elevators, its fuselage, rounded in cross-section, tapered to the rear and curved down forwards over the engine to the low-mounted two-blade propeller.

The open cockpit, with a brief, faired headrest, was placed over the middle of the wing. It had a conventional undercarriage with a pair of single mainwheels and a tailskid, but the mainwheel mounting was unusual, a wide-chord faired inverted T-shaped pylon; the engine was a 224 kW Hispano-Suiza V-8, cooled by a pair of Lamblin radiators placed horizontally side by side below the fuselage. It was at this stage of its development that the AB-C.1 was displayed at the Paris Aero Show in December 1922, though without its rather ugly radiators. Over twenty months passed before the first flight of what became the SIMB AB 10. In this period the wing structure was revised and the span extended by 800 mm with more squared-off tips; the fin area was increased with the elevator trailing edge straightened. The SIMB AB 10 had its radiators close to each other and side by side, just ahead of the central undercarriage member. A late alteration braced the faired axle with vertical V-form struts on each side, it flew in August 1924, piloted by Florentin Bonnet.

In a biplane age it was judged too radical and expensive, so no production order was awarded. Data from Liron p.224General characteristics Crew: 1 Length: 7.00 m Wingspan: 11.00 m Height: 2.75 m Wing area: 19.20 m2 Gross weight: 1,350 kg Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 8Fb V-8 water cooled piston engine, 220 kW Propellers: 2-bladedPerformance Maximum speed: 245 km/h Service ceiling: 6,000 m Bernard 1

South Hempstead, New York

South Hempstead is a hamlet and census-designated place in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 3,243 at the 2010 census. South Hempstead is in the town of Hempstead, it is south of Hempstead village. South Hempstead is located at 40°41′00″N 73°37′15″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,188 people, 1,044 households, 842 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 5,441.1 per square mile. There were 1,075 housing units at an average density of 1,834.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.8% White, 5.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 3.5% from other races, 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population. There were 1,044 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 19.3% were non-families.

15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.40. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $85,130, the median income for a family was $98,259. Males had a median income of $70,057 versus $55,599 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $32,534. About 1.8% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over

Barracuda 945

Barracuda 945 is a naval thriller written in 2003 by Patrick Robinson. It is the sixth book to feature Arnold Morgan as a main character; the book follows Major Ray Kerman as he attempts to "acquire a nuclear submarine, train a crew, sail the Pacific and bring the United States to its knees." The story begins with the interrogation of SAS British Captain Ray Kerman, Muslim born and Harrow educated. Kerman's character is developed; the operation goes wrong and Kerman meets the beautiful Shakira. He kills two British NCOs, he disappears to join the Arabs. The story reaches the ears of Admiral Morris, director NSA. Guided by Lt Jimmy Ramshawe, they suspect Kerman may be with Hamas, staging recent bold, bank heists. Admirals Morgan and Morris agree to keep watch on the situation. Captain Kerman is now General Ravi Rashood of Hamas, he leads a team of men into Israel and breaks into a gaol, freeing all the prisoners. Rashood meets Iranian and Arab military leaders and proposes a plan to persuade the Americans to leave the Middle East.

He suggests they buy two nuclear submarines from the Russians using the Chinese as their agents. Rashood learns that Morgan is a threat to the terrorists' plans, that Morgan is coming to London and that his parents have a good horse entered at Ascot, he goes to Ascot, is spotted by an old school friend, sees his parents, returns to London, kills the friend and his porter. He decides. Rashood learns about submarines from the Russians. Rashood and Captain Badr take the first submarine from Araguba, near Murmansk to Petropavlosk, Kamchatka; the second submarine goes silently past Ireland, heading for Africa. Ramshawe watches both. Rashood makes her a Lt-Commander, she joins him on the first ship. They sink a fishing trawler by getting caught in its nets, they head for Alaska going north of the Aleutian islands. They destroy an oil port, they head south for frogmen to cause two major breaks in an oil pipe. They destroy an oil refinery and fuel farm at Grays Harbor with more cruise missiles; the Russians tell the Americans.

They imply. They fire more missiles at Lompoc Power Station; the second submarine arrives at Petropavlosk. They enter the Panama Canal, controlled by the Chinese who close the canal; the personnel are spotted by three American tourists. Morgan sends SEALs to blow up a lock gate; the water released smashes the next gate. The lake reveals the empty submarine. Epilogue. USA takes over the Panama canal. Rashood has escaped to fight another day. Al Hutchison of The Tampa Tribune called the book a "gripping tale"

Michael O'Keefe (Tasmanian politician)

Michael Ignatius O'Keefe was an Australian politician who served in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1912 until his death, representing the Labor Party. O'Keefe was born near Westbury, Tasmania, he married Beatrice Dutton in 1896, had four children. Before entering politics, he worked as a miner at Gormanston, he was a branch secretary of the Amalgamated Miners' Association. O'Keefe was elected to parliament as one of the members for Wilmot; when Labor won the 1925 election, he was elected Speaker of the House. On 15 July 1926, O'Keefe suffered severe injuries when the car in which he was travelling collided with a goods train near Perth, he lingered for several months before dying in Beaconsfield on 2 October. Future prime minister Joseph Lyons was injured in the crash

2012 Tour Down Under

The 2012 Santos Tour Down Under was the 14th edition of the Tour Down Under stage race. It took place from 17 to 22 January in and around Adelaide, South Australia, was the first race of the 2012 UCI World Tour; the race was won by Australian Simon Gerrans of the GreenEDGE team, after taking the lead on the penultimate stage of the race and held the race leader's ochre jersey to the finish, the next day, in Adelaide. Gerrans and runner-up Alejandro Valverde – in his first race since a two-year doping ban expired at the end of 2011 – of the Movistar Team, both finished the race in the same total time, but due to better finishes throughout the week, despite Valverde winning the race's queen stage at Willunga, Gerrans was awarded overall victory via a tie-break situation. RadioShack–Nissan's Tiago Machado completed the podium, eight seconds down on Gerrans. In the race's other classifications, Rohan Dennis of the UniSA-Australia team won the black jersey for the highest placed rider under the age of 26, by placing fifth overall in the general classification, Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen took home the blue jersey for amassing the highest number of points during stages at intermediate sprints and stage finishes.

Dennis won the King of the Mountains classification, with RadioShack–Nissan finishing at the head of the teams classification. As the Tour Down Under was a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Together with a selection of Australian riders forming the UniSA-Australia squad, this formed the event's 19-team peloton; the 19 teams invited to the race were: The route for the race was announced on 13 June 2011. 17 January 2012 — Prospect to Clare, 149.3 km A quartet of riders – UniSA-Australia's Rohan Dennis, Vacansoleil–DCM rider Marcello Pavarin, Martin Kohler of BMC Racing Team and Team Katusha's Eduard Vorganov – made the early breakaway from the field, managed to extend their advantage over the main field to in excess of eleven minutes at one point during the stage, run in conditions of 40 °C. As such, the riders between them managed to take all sub-classification points on offer during the stage, at both of the intermediate sprints and the single categorised climb at Taylers Run.

Their advantage out front dwindled as the peloton – led by Team Sky, Lotto–Belisol and GreenEDGE – gathered pace, taking three minutes from the quartet over 20 km, leaving them with just 90 seconds of a lead out front. Lotto–Belisol lost their attacking impetus at that point after Greg Henderson, one of the lead-out men for André Greipel and could not recover back to the main field. With the field closing yet further, Dennis made a solo bid for victory from 15 km out and was clear by around a minute before being caught several kilometres towards the run-in to Clare. After Dennis' team-mate Will Clarke had been closed down after a late counter-attack, the field set up for a bunch sprint into Clare. In the final kilometre, a crash involving numerous riders split the field, with many hitting the ground. Three riders – Lotto–Belisol's Jürgen Roelandts, Ag2r–La Mondiale's Matteo Montaguti and FDJ–BigMat rider Frédéric Guesdon – were taken to hospital, along with a spectator, hit by a rider during the incident.

Greipel was delayed on the run-in but managed to bridge back to the front and managed to out-sprint Alessandro Petacchi to the line, achieved his ninth stage win at the Tour to take the race's first ochre jersey. Petacchi finished second, despite being reviewed by race commissaires, after Greipel complained over Petacchi's tactics in the closing stages, with Yauheni Hutarovich picking up the remaining bonus seconds on the line for FDJ–BigMat, finishing third. Greipel was the first leader of the sprints classification, Dennis held the lead of the youth classification, Pavarin held the mountains jersey after leading over the only climb of the day and Vorganov was named most combative rider for the stage. 18 January 2012 — Lobethal to Stirling, 148 km Just as he had done the previous day, Martin Kohler of BMC Racing Team made it into the race's primary breakaway of the day, was joined again by a rider from the UniSA-Australia team, with Will Clarke – fresh from a late-stage attack the previous day – joining Kohler out front.

Clarke and Kohler remained together for just over 60 km, with Clarke taking maximum points in the categorised climb at Lenswood, while Kohler twice bested Clarke at the intermediate sprints during the early running, with the bonus seconds, it allowed him to move into the virtual lead of the race, as he was only four seconds behind race leader André Greipel overnight. The pair extended their advantage over the peloton to eleven minutes, before Kohler sat up and elected to return to the main field. After Clarke had been left on his own, the advantage dropped to around eight minutes but after he had steadied himself for a solo escape, the gap to the main field grew once again; the gap was held around the ten-minute mark by the peloton, but extended out to over twelve minutes at one point, by the time Clarke entered the finishing circuit, 21.6 km in length, at Stirling for the first of three laps, it was back around ten and a half minutes. Several teams – including Team Sky and GreenEDGE – comprising many of the general classification contenders for the Tour, brought their riders towards the front of the main pack in order to try to get the gap to Clarke down to a sustainable level in order to catch him.

Clarke remained ten minutes clear as he entered the second lap of the circuit and despite the panic that had set in to the teams in t