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W. G. Grace

William Gilbert "W. G." Grace was an English amateur cricketer, important in the development of the sport and is considered one of its greatest-ever players. Universally known as "W. G.", he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, the Gentlemen, Marylebone Cricket Club, the United South of England Eleven and several other teams. Right-handed as both batsman and bowler, Grace dominated the sport during his career, his technical innovations and enormous influence left a lasting legacy. An outstanding all-rounder, he excelled at all the essential skills of batting and fielding, but it is for his batting that he is most renowned, he is held to have invented modern batsmanship. Opening the innings, he was admired for his mastery of all strokes, his level of expertise was said by contemporary reviewers to be unique, he captained the teams he played for at all levels because of his skill and tactical acumen. Grace came from a cricketing family: E. M. Grace was one of his elder brothers and Fred Grace his younger brother.

In 1880, they were members of the same England team, the first time three brothers played together in Test cricket. Grace took part in other sports also: he was a champion 440-yard hurdler as a young man and played football for the Wanderers. In life, he developed enthusiasm for golf, lawn bowls and curling, he qualified as a medical practitioner in 1879. Because of his medical profession, he was nominally an amateur cricketer but he is said to have made more money from his cricketing activities than any professional cricketer, he was an competitive player and, although he was one of the most famous men in England, he was one of the most controversial on account of his gamesmanship and moneymaking. W. G. Grace was born in Downend, near Bristol, on 18 July 1848 at his parents' home, Downend House, was baptised at the local church on 8 August, he was called Gilbert in the family circle, except by his mother, who called him Willie, but otherwise, as "W. G.", he was universally known by his initials.

His parents were Henry Mills Grace and Martha, who were married in Bristol on Thursday, 3 November 1831 and lived out their lives at Downend, where Henry Grace was the local GP. Downend is near Mangotsfield and, although it is now a suburb of Bristol, it was "a distinct village surrounded by countryside" and about four miles from Bristol. Henry and Martha Grace had nine children in all: "the same number as Victoria and Albert – and in every respect they were the typical Victorian family". Grace was the eighth child in the family; the ninth child was his younger brother Fred Grace, born in 1850. Grace began his Cricketing Reminiscences by answering a question he had been asked: i.e. was he "born a cricketer"? His answer was in the negative because he believed that "cricketers are made by coaching and practice", though he adds that if he was not born a cricketer, he was born "in the atmosphere of cricket", his father and mother were "full of enthusiasm for the game" and it was "a common theme of conversation at home".

In 1850, when W. G. was two and Fred was expected, the family moved to a nearby house called "The Chesnuts" which had a sizeable orchard and Henry Grace organised clearance of this to establish a practice pitch. All nine children in the Grace family, including the four daughters, were encouraged to play cricket although the girls, along with the dogs, were required for fielding only. Grace claimed, it was in the Downend orchard and as members of their local cricket clubs that he and his brothers developed their skills under the tutelage of his uncle, Alfred Pocock, an exceptional coach. Apart from his cricket and his schooling, Grace lived the life of a country boy and roamed with the other village boys. One of his regular activities was stone throwing at birds in the fields and he claimed that this was the source of his eventual skill as an outfielder. Grace was "notoriously unscholarly", his first schooling was with a Miss Trotman in Downend village and with a Mr Curtis of Winterbourne. He subsequently attended a day school called Ridgway House, run by a Mr Malpas, until he was fourteen.

One of his schoolmasters, David Barnard married Grace's sister Alice. In 1863, Grace was taken ill with pneumonia and his father removed him from Ridgway House. After this illness, Grace grew to his full height of 6 ft 2 in, he continued his education at home where one of his tutors was the Reverend John Dann, the Downend parish church curate. Grace never went to university, but Grace was approached by both Oxford University Cricket Club and Cambridge University Cricket Club. In 1866, when he played a match at Oxford, one of the Oxford players, Edmund Carter, tried to interest him in becoming an undergraduate. In 1868, Grace received overtures from Caius College, which had a long medical tradition. Grace said he would have gone to either Cambridge if his father had allowed it. Instead, he enrolled at Bristol Medical School in October 1868, when he was 20. Henry Grace founded Mangotsfield Cricket Club in 1845 to represent several neighbouring villages including Downend. In 1846, this club merged with the West Gloucestershire Cricket Club whose name was adopted until 1867.

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2009–10 Stevenage Borough F.C. season

The 2009–10 season was Stevenage Borough F. C.'s 16th season in the Conference Premier. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, lists all matches that the club played during the season, their fifth-place finish and subsequent play-off semi-final defeat in the 2008–09 season meant it was their sixteenth successive season of playing in the Conference Premier. It marked the second year in charge for manager Graham Westley during his second spell at the club; the majority of the squad that performed so well in the second half of the club's 2008–09 campaign were retained, with little transfer activity in comparison to previous seasons. Steve Morison, the club's top goalscorer for the past three seasons, moved to Millwall for a fee of £130,000, while both John Martin and Calum Willock were released in late May 2009. Midfielder Gary Mills was the last departure of the close season. Five players joined the club during the close season. Charlie Griffin was the first signing of the season, joining Stevenage from Salisbury City on a free transfer.

Yemi Odubade, Chris Beardsley, Joel Byrom signed for the club shortly after. The last signing of pre-season was Stacy Long. No players departed the club during the season, with Tim Sills the only addition – signing for an undisclosed fee from Torquay United in January 2010. Stevenage's league campaign got off to a patchy start. Following a 2–1 defeat to Oxford United in August 2009, the team went on a 17-game unbeaten run that stretched four months from August to December 2009, propelling the club into the top two. A 4–1 victory against Cambridge United on New Year's Day meant that Stevenage hit top-spot for the first time in the season. However, two defeats on the road within the space of a week in February meant that rivals Oxford United had an eight–point lead going into March 2010; the team responded well. Borough brushed aside a late challenge from Luton Town, securing promotion to the Football League with two games to spare following a 2–0 win against Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.

The team won their last six games of the league campaign without conceding a single goal, recorded 42 points from a possible 45 from their last fifteen league fixtures. Stevenage finished the season having amassed a total of 99 points from 44 games, winning the league by 11 points; the club featured in the final of the FA Trophy against Barrow – losing 2–1 after extra–time. Yemi Odubade finished as the club's top goalscorer for the season after scoring 16 goals, 14 of which came in the league and two in the FA Trophy. Scott Laird, who played a total of 53 games throughout the season, more than any other player in the squad, was named as Player of the Year. Last updated on 18 April 2010; the squad at the end of the season. Manager: Graham Westley Assistant manager: John Dreyer First team coach: Dino Maamria Goalkeeping coach: Ali Uzunhasanoglu Fitness coach: Neil Withington Physiotherapist: Paul Dando On 3 June, Stevenage Borough announced that their pre-season campaign would consist of seven friendlies to open the 2009–10 season.

Stevenage Borough began their pre-season schedule on 15 July with a trip to Melbourne Stadium in Essex to play Chelmsford City. All five of Graham Westley's summer signings featured in the match, with both Charlie Griffin and Chris Beardsley getting on the scoresheet in a 2–1 victory. Three days Borough hosted League One outfit Brighton & Hove Albion in their first pre-season friendly at Broadhall Way. Stevenage won the game 2–1 despite trailing at the half-time interval. Second-half goals from Mitchell Cole and Stacy Long secured the turn-around and a second pre-season victory. With their pre-season schedule well underway, Stevenage travelled to Southern League Premier Division side Cambridge City for their third pre-season friendly on 21 July; the game ended 1–1, with both sides scoring a penalty a-piece. Stevenage hosted three Football League sides at Broadhall Way within the space of six days. Firstly, Borough entertained Millwall on 25 July as part of the £130,000 deal that took ex-Stevenage striker Steve Morison to The Den in May 2009.

Stevenage lost the game 2–1, with a goal from Mitchell Cole sandwiched in between two from Morison for Millwall. Borough hosted Peterborough United, who annually visit Broadhall Way as part of the deal that took winger George Boyd to the Cambridgeshire based club in January 2007. Stevenage lost the game 2–0, with Shaun Batt, who came through the youth system at Stevenage, scoring one of the goals. Borough midfielder Mitchell Cole was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the first half of the same game; that week, it was announced that utility player Peter Vincenti had gone on a three-month loan deal to relegated Conference South side Woking. On 31 July, Stevenage played League One club Southend United. Stevenage won the game 2 -- 1, with two first half goals from Darren Murphy; the following day, Stevenage played out a 0–0 draw with Conference South side Woking in their final pre-season fixture. Despite joining Woking on-loan, Peter Vincenti featured for his parent club, whilst former Mansfield Town winger Natha

Ted Bateson

Edward Bateson was a rugby union, professional rugby league and association footballer, cricketer of the 1920s and 1930s, playing representative level rugby union for Yorkshire, at club level for Skipton RFC as a wing, i.e. number 11 or 14, club level rugby league for Wakefield Trinity, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5, club level association football for Blackburn Rovers, representative level cricket for Lancashire, he participated at athletics and tennis. Ted Bateson was born in Settle, West Riding of Yorkshire, his death was registered in Lewes, Sussex. Ted Bateson played right wing, i.e. number 2, in Wakefield Trinity's 3-10 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1926 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1926–27 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Wednesday 1 December 1926, the original match on Saturday 27 November 1926 was postponed due to fog. Ted Bateson made his début for Wakefield Trinity in the 8-3 victory over Batley on Saturday 19 December 1925, he appears to have scored no drop-goals, but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether.

In addition, prior to the 1949–50 season, the archaic field-goal was still a valid means of scoring points. Ted Bateson extended the'most tries in a season' record for Wakefield Trinity with 26-tries scored in the 1928–29 season, 27-tries scored in the 1929–30 season, this record was extended by Freddie Smart to 29-tries in the 1931–32 season. Ted Bateson is twelfth on Wakefield Trinity's all time try scoring list. Search for "Bateson" at Statistics at

Catya Plate

Catya Plate is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. She is best known for her stop-motion animated short-films The Reading, Hanging by a Thread and Meeting MacGuffin. Plate was born in Barcelona and grew up in Cologne, Germany, she attended to Schiller Gymnasium, Germany before earning her fine arts degree at the Kölner Werkschulen and relocated to New York in 1987 through a Fulbright Scholarship for post-graduate Fine Arts studies at the School of Visual Arts. In 1997, she received an Artist in the Marketplace award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and in 2008 her work was selected for permanent inclusion in the Art Base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Plate's debut stop-motion animated short film The Reading, won Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, her second stop-motion animated short film Hanging By A Thread, premiered at Nevada City Film Festival, where it won the Best Animated Short. It won Spirit Award for Animation at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

In 2017, the second short in the trilogy, Meeting MacGuffin, the sequel of Hanging By A Thread, screened at the Academy Awards qualifying Holly Shorts in 2017, won Grand Prize for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, Shorts Production Design Award at the Other Worlds Austin Festival, Merit Award at the Indie Fest, Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and Jury Citation Award for Best Animation at the Black Maria Film Festival. 2018 Solo - Meeting MacGuffin, Torrance Art Museum 2015 Group - The Drawing Center, OPEN SESSIONS GROUP 5 2014 Solo - A New Brave New World, Indianapolis Art Center 2010 Solo - Clothespin Tarot, Center for Book Arts 2009 Solo - Tiny Messengers, Ў Gallery 2003 Solo - Close Up, Galerie Elten & Elten 2003 Solo - Extra Sensory Perception, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum Catya Plate on IMDb Official website

John Williamson (New Zealand politician)

John Williamson was a New Zealand politician and newspaper proprietor. Williamson was born in 1815 in County Down, Ireland, he served his apprenticeship as a printer. He married in either 1833 or 1834 to Sarah Barre, they were to have five children, they emigrated to Sydney in Australian in 1840, where he worked for The Australasian Chronicle and The Sydney Monitor. He moved to Auckland, New Zealand, in mid-1841, he purchased his own printing press in 1845 and started the New Zealander, which became Auckland's leading newspaper. The editorial approach of the New Zealander, was to support the Māori, he was joined by partner W. C. Wilson in 1848, until Wilson left to found The New Zealand Herald in 1863; the New Zealander ceased in 1866. He was a member of the Auckland Provincial Council in the first council from 22 July 1853, representing the Pensioner Settlements electorate, he served until 15 November 1856 as a councillor. He was, over three periods, the fourth Superintendent of Auckland Province. On 28 December 1865, he became a member of the Auckland Executive Council as commissioner of waste lands under Frederick Whitaker as Superintendent, until he succeeded him in 1867 following his resignation.

Williamson represented the Pensioner Settlements in the 2nd New Zealand Parliament from 1855 to 1860, represented the City of Auckland West electorate in the 3rd Parliament, the 4th Parliament, the 5th Parliament from 1861 to 1875. He was a minister without portfolio in the second Fox Ministry in July/August 1861, he died in 1875. Scholefield, Guy. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949. Wellington: Govt. Printer. 1861 election results by polling place

Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries is a reality TV series produced by Diverse Bristol for BBC Two. Each series follows a team of adventurers with disabilities as they take on some of the toughest expeditions on the planet under the guidance of ex-SAS Major Ken Hames; the first series of Beyond Boundaries Nicaragua follows a group of eleven men and women, each of whom have a physical disability, as they trek across the rainforests, deserts and mountains of Nicaragua. The arduous route takes the participants from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, they start on the treacherous Mosquito Coast, escorted by armed soldiers to protect them from bandits and drug traffickers. They make their way through a jungle and crocodile infested rivers, climb a live volcano to make it to their finish line — the Pacific Coast, they have twenty-eight days to cross twenty miles. The team included Ade Adepitan, Jane Atkinson, Amar Latif, Sophie Morgan, Daryl Beeton, Warren Wolstencroft, Karl Sacks, Glenn Kirk, Lorraine Pooley, Charlie Fennel and Toby Farrar - two in wheelchairs, one deaf, one blind, one double foot amputee, two arm amputees, one with spina bifida and the other three were single leg amputees.

Only seven participants finished the expedition. This series was first transmitted on BBC Two in October 2005. Beyond Boundaries: The African Challenge follows a group of adventurers with disabilities on a 2,000 mile journey across continental Africa, they have to work together as a group to cross the two oldest deserts in the world, avoid lions and rhinos, ride the world’s most dangerous rapids at Victoria Falls before reaching their destination on the Skeleton Coast. This series was first transmitted on BBC Two in October 2006. 10 teenagers with physical disabilities cross the Andes, one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. Over a period of four weeks and 400 km, these young people will have to fight their way from the edge of the Amazon Basin, climb to over 5000m to reach the snowline on Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, descend to sea level, wading through miles of swamp before reaching the Pacific Ocean, they are led by ex-SAS commando Ken Hames. This series was first transmitted on BBC Two in May 2008.

Across the Andes: Beyond Boundaries Beyond Boundaries: Where Are They Now? Diverse Bristol Beyond Boundaries on IMDb