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Wally Hammond

Walter Reginald "Wally" Hammond was an English first-class cricketer who played for Gloucestershire in a career that lasted from 1920 to 1951. Beginning as a professional, he became an amateur and was appointed captain of England. A middle-order batsman, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack described him in his obituary as one of the four best batsmen in the history of cricket, he was considered to be the best English batsman of the 1930s by commentators and those with whom he played. Hammond was an effective fast-medium pace bowler and contemporaries believed that if he had been less reluctant to bowl, he could have achieved more with the ball than he did. In a Test career spanning 85 matches, he took 83 wickets. Hammond captained England in 20 of those Tests, winning four, losing three, drawing 13, his career aggregate of runs was the highest in Test cricket until surpassed by Colin Cowdrey in 1970. In 1933, he set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, surpassed by Len Hutton in 1938.

In all first-class cricket, he scored 50,551 runs and 167 centuries the seventh and third highest totals by a first-class cricketer. With the ball, he took 732 wickets. Although Hammond began his career in 1920, he was required to wait until 1923 before he could play full-time, after his qualification to play for Gloucestershire was challenged, his potential was spotted and after three full seasons, he was chosen to visit the West Indies in 1925–26 as a member of a Marylebone Cricket Club touring party, but contracted a serious illness on the tour. He began to score after his recovery in 1927 and was selected for England. In the 1928–29 series against Australia he scored 905 runs a record aggregate for a Test series, he dominated county cricket in the 1930s and, despite a mid-decade slump in Test form, was made captain of England in 1938. He continued as captain after the Second World War, but his health had deteriorated and he retired from first-class cricket after an unsuccessful tour of Australia in 1946–47.

He appeared in two more first-class matches in the early 1950s. Hammond was married twice, divorcing his first wife in acrimonious circumstances, had a reputation for infidelity, his relationships with other players were difficult. He was unsuccessful in business dealings and failed to establish a successful career once he retired from cricket, he moved to South Africa in the 1950s in an attempt to start a business. As a result, he and his family struggled financially. Shortly after beginning a career as a sports administrator, he was involved in a serious car crash in 1960 which left him frail, he died of a heart attack in 1965. Hammond was born on 19 June 1903 in Dover, his parents, William—a corporal in the Royal Garrison Artillery—and Marion Hammond, lived in the married quarters at Dover Castle where Walter was born. They had wed the previous December. Hammond spent his early years in Dover playing cricket; when he was five years old, his father was posted to Hong Kong to serve on the China Station and promoted to sergeant.

The family remained there until 1911, followed by a posting to Malta until 1914. Hammond recalled playing cricket in Malta using improvised equipment, including a soldier's old bat which he believed taught him to strike the ball powerfully; when the First World War broke out, the Hammonds returned to England with the rest of the 46th Company of the Royal Garrison Artillery. William was subsequently posted to France where, promoted to major, he was killed near Amiens in 1918. Marion settled in Southsea and sent Walter to The Portsmouth Grammar School, before moving him in 1918 to board at Cirencester Grammar School, believing that he would benefit from living away from home and hoping to encourage a career in farming, he did not enjoy an easy relationship with his mother staying with friends during holidays in preference to returning home. At both Portsmouth and Cirencester, Hammond excelled at sports including cricket and fives. At Cirencester, he played football for the school first eleven in his first term.

He reached the school cricket first eleven, where he outperformed the other players and became captain in his second season. His first century was scored in a match against a parents' team from the school. In an inter-house match, he scored 365 not out, albeit against weak bowling; these achievements brought him some local acclaim. Hammond enjoyed less success in the classroom. Leaving Cirencester in July 1920, Hammond planned to go to Winchester Agricultural College, following the path into farming mapped out by his mother. However, his plans changed when his headmaster wrote to the captain of Gloucestershire, Foster Robinson, reporting Hammond's school cricket record and suggesting that they take a look at him. Hammond, who scored a century in his first appearance in adult cricket days after leaving school, played in a trial match for the Gloucestershire Club and Ground, scoring 60 runs, taking two wickets and impressing the local press. Subsequently, two members of Gloucestershire's committee visited Hammond's mother in an attempt to sign him for the club.

Hammond's mother was reluctant, but his eagerness convinced her and he signed a professional contract. Hammond made his first-class debut for Gloucester

Bert Whalley

Herbert Whalley was a footballer for Manchester United from 1934 to 1946 serving on the coaching staff at the club. He died in the Munich air disaster in 1958, at the age of 44. Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Whalley first played for Stalybridge Celtic before transferring to Manchester United on 7 May 1934, he made his debut for Manchester United in 1935 as a left-half. The war years prevented him from making more than the 35 appearances he accrued. Upon Matt Busby's appointment as manager in 1945, Whalley was made first-team coach. After chief coach Jimmy Murphy became assistant manager to Busby in 1955, Whalley was promoted to the role of chief coach. Whalley was played by actor Dean Andrews in the 2011 television drama United, which centred on the successes of the Busby Babes and the decimation of the team in the Munich crash. Profile at StretfordEnd.co.uk Profile at MUFCInfo.com http://menmedia.co.uk/tamesideadvertiser/news/s/1035544_moving_tributes_to_tragic_united_coach

Shawnee Tribe

The Shawnee Tribe is a federally recognized Native American tribe in Oklahoma. Known as the Loyal Shawnee, they are one of three federally recognized Shawnee tribes; the others are the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Non Recognized Absentee-Shawnee of the Ohio Valley The headquarters of the Shawnee Tribe is Miami, Oklahoma. There are about 10,000 enrolled tribal members, with 1,070 of them living within the state of Oklahoma. Ron Sparkman is the elected chairman serving a four-year term; the Shawnee Tribe issues its own tribal vehicle tags. They operate their own housing authority as well as a tribal smoke shop, the Shawnee Trails Gift Shop and Gallery, Shawnee Development LLC, Shawnee Heritage Government Solutions, their annual economic impact is estimated by the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commissions to be $3 million. Shawnee Development LLC is an economic development corporation established in 2001, owned by the tribe but conducting business separately from the general government functions.

The Shawnee Journal is a newspaper published by the tribe and distributed at no cost to all tribal members. Some traditional ceremonies, such as the Spring and Fall Bread Dance, the Green Corn ceremony, stomp dances are still held; these take place in Oklahoma. Some Shawnees are members of the Native American Church peyote ceremonies, with most attending in the winter outside of the traditional Shawnee ceremonial cycle; the Shawnee Tribe is an Eastern Woodland tribe. They came from Ohio and Pennsylvania, were the last of the Shawnee to leave their traditional homelands there. In the late 18th century, European-American encroachment crowded Shawnee lands in the East, one band migrated to Missouri — becoming the Absentee Shawnee. Three reservations were granted to the Shawnee in Ohio by the 1817 Treaty of Fort Meigs: Wapakoneta and Hog Creek. After the Indian Removal Act of 1830 passed, another Shawnee band relocated to Indian Territory in the July 1831; the final band, who would become the Shawnee Tribe, relocated to Kansas in August 1831.

Their Kansas lands were drastically reduced in 1854 and broken up into individual allotments in 1858. During the Civil War many of the Shawnee Tribe fought for the Union, which inspired the name, "Loyal Shawnee." Instead of receiving compensation or honors for their service, they returned to their Kansas lands, only to find much of it taken over by non-Indian homesteaders. Settlers were granted 130,000 acres of Shawnee land, while 70,000 acres remained to for the tribe, of which 20,000 acres were granted to the Absentee Shawnee. In 1861 Kansas became a state, the White people of Kansas demanded that all Indian tribes must be removed from the state; the Loyal Shawnee made an agreement with the Cherokee Nation in 1869, allowing 722 to gain citizenship within the Cherokee tribe and receive allotments of Cherokee land. They predominantly settled in what is now Rogers County, Oklahoma, they became known as the "Cherokee Shawnee," settling in the areas of Bird Creek. The Shawnee Reservation in Kansas was never dissolved and some Shawnee families still hold their allotment lands in Kansas.

Beginning in the 1980s, the Shawnee Tribe began an effort to regain their own tribal status, independent of the Cherokee Nation. Congress passed Public Law 106-568, the Shawnee Tribe Status Act of 2000, the Shawnee Tribe was able to organize as their own autonomous, federally recognized tribe. James R. Squirrel was the initial Chairman, was recognized by the AARP in 2009, as being instrumental in the Shawnee Tribe being federally recognized. Heidi BigKnife, jeweler/silversmith Ruthe Blalock Jones, painter and arts educator Yvonne Chouteau, prima ballerina. Black Bob Shawnee Tribe, official website Constitution of the Shawnee Tribe

Thin Line Between Love and Hate

"Thin Line Between Love and Hate" is the title of a 1971 song by the New York City-based R&B vocal group The Persuaders. The song was written and produced by the Poindexter brothers and Richard, was co-written by Jackie Members; this was the group's biggest hit song, spending two weeks atop the Billboard R&B chart in late 1971. It reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a certified Gold Record by the RIAA; the song has been sampled by many musical acts. The rock band The Pretenders recorded a cover version of this song, included on their 1984 album Learning to Crawl. Featuring Paul Carrack on keyboards and backing vocals and released as a single, peaking at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #49 on the UK Singles Chart; this version changed the lyrics from first-person viewpoint to second-person. A sample of "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" was featured in the song "Washed Away" by the hip-hop band Arrested Development; this song can be found on their 1992 album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of....

In 1992, rapper Kid Frost sampled this song on his track "Thin Line". This song is reached # 82 on the Billboard R&B chart. In 1995, Annie Lennox recorded a cover of this song, featured on her second solo album Medusa. In 1996, R&B vocal trio H-Town recorded the song, included in the film A Thin Line Between Love and Hate starring Martin Lawrence. Released as "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate", this version featured Shirley Murdock on female vocals and reached #6 on the Billboard R&B chart and #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. R&B number-one hits of 1971 1971 Persuaders single info From discogs.com 1984 Pretenders single info From discogs.com Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Fjotland

Fjotland is a village in Kvinesdal municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The village is located in the northern part of the Kvinesdalen valley on the northeast side of the lake Fjotlandsvatnet. Fjotland is about 17 kilometres southeast of the village of Haughom in Sirdal and about 25 kilometres north of Liknes. Fjotland was the administrative centre of the old municipality of Fjotland which existed prior to 1963. Fjotland Church is located in the village; the name of the municipality comes from the old Fjotland farm. The first element in the name comes from the word fjøs which means "barn" and the last element in the name comes from the word land which means "land". Weather information for Fjotland

Theme Aquarium

Theme Aquarium is a simulation video game published by Electronic Arts Square, in which the player creates and controls a sea life aquarium. It was released on 17 December 1998 for PlayStation only in Japan; the game was ported to Microsoft Windows under the name Aquarium and was released in Europe. The gameplay is similar to the other games in the Theme series, the graphics are similar to Theme Hospital. In Theme Aquarium, the player begins with an expanse of empty floor space and the task is to construct a maritime attraction for visitors which must be filled with interesting and appropriate creatures at the same time as dealing with all the attendant challenges of running a profitable business. There are two ways of getting fish and other sea life, either by buying them off sellers or by catching them yourself. Dolphin shows can be created and serve as the star attraction of the aquarium. Staff must be hired to maintain the aquarium and to take proper care and attention to the animals. In a 1999 interview, Bullfrog Productions co-founder Les Edgar stated that Theme Aquarium was produced and tested in the United Kingdom, but implemented in Japan.

His intention was to "cross barriers" between the United Kingdom and Japan, produce a game suitable for both markets, as, due to the success of Theme Park and Populous in Japan, he thought Bullfrog were more successful than other companies in producing games that were successful there. He commented that it sold well in Japan, but would not in the United Kingdom, that the idea of having the producers in the United Kingdom and the development team in Japan worked. In 2012, Bullfrog programmer Jonty Barnes asked fourteen ex-colleagues about the game, none of whom were familiar with it, with one describing it as "one of those obscure titles", although he stated that it was known that it was intended for a Japan-only release on the PlayStation; the game was intended to only be released in Japan, however Electronic Arts developed an English version of the game. This version however was not to be on PlayStation, the game's original platform, but rather on Microsoft Windows. Not only was the English version on a different platform but it was renamed.

It was released as Aquarium on 15 December 2000 only in Europe. A "Collector's Edition" version was released a year on 5 October 2001. Theme Aquarium has been released as a PSone Classic in Japan, allowing it to be played on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, it was released on 24 September 2009 and is available to download from the PlayStation Network store. Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania, a similar simulation game. Theme Aquarium at MobyGames