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Walter Leaf

Sir Walter Leaf was an English banker, classical scholar and psychical researcher. He published a benchmark edition of Homer's Iliad and was a director of Westminster Bank for many years becoming its chairman, he was a co-founder and president of the International Chamber of Commerce, served as president of the Institute of Bankers, the Hellenic Society and the Classical Association. He married daughter of John Addington Symonds, he was a Cambridge Apostle. Walter Leaf was born on 26 November 1852. In 1865 he won a scholarship to Winchester College. However, his parents became concerned that living conditions at Winchester would be unacceptable so they rented a house at Harrow on the edge of London from where their boy enrolled in April 1866 at Harrow School as a day pupil. From Harrow he progressed to Cambridge, he won a scholarship to Trinity in 1870, became senior classic in 1874 and was elected to a fellowship the following year. He was concerned with uncovering the physical reality of the classical world, in contrast to the Cambridge Ritualists, was the foremost Homer scholar of his generation.

His edition of the Iliad was published in two volumes and was regarded for several decades as the best English edition of Homer's epic poem. Leaf translated works from Russian and Persian, was fluent in several European languages, including French and German, he was president of the Classical Association. He took interest in ancient geography. In 1877 he entered the family textile firm, becoming in 1888 chairman of Company Ltd.. In 1892 Leaf & Co merged with Co to become Pawsons and Leafs Limited. Walter became a director of what would become Westminster Bank in 1891, its chairman from 1918 until his death. From 1919 to 1921 he was president of the Institute of Bankers, he worked tirelessly for the International Chamber of Commerce, of which he was a co-founder in 1919 and elected president in 1925. Leaf was a member of the Society for Psychical Research, he translated Vsevolod Solovyov's A Modern Priestess of Isis. Leaf studied the medium Leonora Piper, he did not believe that the personality of a person could survive death but came to the conclusion that "memories of the dead survive and are under special conditions accessible to us."

This was in opposition to sceptics such as psychologist G. Stanley Hall who described her mediumship as a case of secondary personality, it was his doctor who early in 1927 recommended him to visit Torquay, in the south-west of England, for the sake of his health. After a few weeks he died however, his funeral ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Iliad of Homer: Done into English Prose A Companion to the Iliad for English Readers A Modern Priestess of Isis Troy: A Study in Homeric Geography Homer and History Quatrains From the Greek Little Poems From the Greek Strabo on the Troad Banking Walter Leaf, 1852–1927: Some Chapters of Autobiography Works by Walter Leaf at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Walter Leaf at Internet Archive Works by Walter Leaf at The Online Books Page Newspaper clippings about Walter Leaf in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW

Lawn ornament

Lawn ornaments are decorative objects placed in the grassy area of a property. Animal forms: animal statues such as frogs, rabbits and ducks are cast in plastic or cement. Bathtub Madonna: a statue of Mary the mother of Jesus is placed in a bathtub half buried under the ground. Statues of Mary are most made of white concrete, but are sometimes painted with a blue garment. Bird bath: a structure designed to hold water for birds to bathe in or drink supported upon a pedestal, is known as a bird bath. Bird feeder: a container for foods such as bird seeds is designed to look like a miniature house or barn, may be mounted on a stake, post, or column. Concrete Aboriginal, a lawn ornament once common in Australia. Concrete goose, a popular lawn ornament in the United States. Found object art: items such as bowling balls, toilet planters, antique farm equipment may be repurposed as lawn ornaments. Francis of Assisi: a saint associated with nature and animals may be cast in plaster or cement. Garden gnome: a small colorful gnome statuette.

Human form: a depiction of a human being. Human form lawn ornaments can be two-dimensional vertically supported by being thrust in the ground, or three-dimensional. Examples of human form lawn ornaments include lawn jockey and groomsman. Examples of two-dimensional human form lawn ornaments include renditions of Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch people. A variation of the Pennsylvania Dutch human form is a depiction of an older female bending over as in gardening, thus revealing her undergarments. Jigglers: plastic or metal flowers and insects fitted on spring-loaded stakes so that they jiggle when the wind blows on them. Lawn jockey, or Jocko, or Groomsmen: an diminutive statuette of a black horse attendant dressed in slave clothing called a Jocko. Groomsmen were used as hitching posts; the origin of the groomsman is disputed, but it is accepted that they originated in the U. S. South. No longer as common since the civil rights movement; the "Cavalier" variation depicts a white figure. One legend has it.

Lighthouses: small-scale representations of local lighthouses are popular in coastal areas. Nest box/bird house: a small house for a bird made of wood and on a stake. Plastic flamingo: a lifesize replica of a pink flamingo. According to some, the origin of the plastic flamingo was in 1946 with the company Union Products in its "Plastics for the Lawn" product line, their collection included dog, frogs, a flamingo. Spinners: shaped like flowers with petals that spin in the wind. Variations include insects with spinning wings. Statuary and outdoor sculpture Topiary specimens Whirligig: an animalistic sculpture supported vertically by being pushed in the ground characterized by at least one rotating member designed to appear as a bodypart of the sculpture. Windmill: a disconnected but free-spinning miniature in the American Aermotor style having about a dozen metal vanes, or the traditional Dutch style having four wood vanes. Yard globe: a light-reflective sphere, as large as 12" in diameter or more and displayed on top of a support structure.

Called gazing globes or gazing balls. Garden Garden design Garden ornament Landscape design Goings, Kenneth W. Mammy and Uncle Mose: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping. Varkonyi, Charlyne, A Bird in the hand: The Story of the Pink Flamingo, Sun-Sentinel. A Guide to Freedom - Jockey statues marked Underground Railroad, Lexington Herald-Leader, February 22, 1998

Kam (name)

Kam is a given name or surname. As a given name, Kam may be short for Kameron, a variant of Cameron, a given name which originated from a Scottish surname. Another similar shortened form is Cam. People with the given name or nickname Kam include: Kam Fong Chun, American actor best known for playing Chin Ho in the original television series Hawaii Five-O Kam Franklin, American singer-songwriter Kam Heskin, American actress Kam Lee, American death metal musician Kam Mickolio, American baseball pitcher Kam Selem, Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Kam Tang, British illustrator Kam Yuen, Chinese-born American martial arts expert As a Chinese surname, Kam may be a spelling of the pronunciation in different varieties of Chinese of the following surnames, listed based on their Pinyin spelling: Gān, spelled Kam based on its Cantonese and Hokkien pronunciations Jīn, homophonous with the above surname in Cantonese, though not in other varieties of Chinese Qín, spelled Kam based on its Cantonese pronunciation The Dutch surname Kam originated in multiple ways.

As an occupational surname, it came from both Dutch kam meaning "comb", or from Middle Dutch kamme meaning "brewery". As a toponymic surname, it is a reduced form of Van Kam, referring to Chaam in North Brabant, near Breda; the Jewish surname Kam spelled Kamm, originated from various German words, including Middle High German kâm "mould" or kam "comb". As a Korean surname, Kam is the McCune–Reischauer and Yale Romanization spelling of the surname transcribed in the Revised Romanization of Korean as Gam; the bearers of this surname in Korea identify with a number of bon-gwan, including Changwon, Geochang, Changnyeong and Happo, but all of these are branches of the Hoesan Gam clan, claim common descent from Gam Gyu, a Chinese civil official who came to Goryeo in the retinue of Princess Noguk for her marriage to King Gongmin. It was one of eighteen Korean clans founded by Yuan Dynasty officials who accompanied princesses to Korea. In the Netherlands, there were 157 people with the surname Kam as of 2007, up from 38 in 1947.

The 2000 South Korean census found 5,998 people in 1,910 households with the surname. A study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports found that 70% of applicants with this family name spelled it in Latin letters as Kam in their passports, while 20% spelled it Gam. Rarer alternative spellings included Kahm; the 2010 United States Census found 3,749 people with the surname Kam, making it the 8,749th-most-common name in the country. This represented an increase from 3,358 in the 2000 Census. In both censuses more than 70% of the bearers of the surname identified as Asian, about 15% as White, it was the 404th-most-common surname among respondents to the 2000 Census. Surname 甘: Alex Kam, South Korean figure skater Genervie Kam, Malaysian classical musician Kam Nai-wai, Hong Kong politician Kam Ning, Singaporean violinist Richard Kam, South Korean ice dancer, younger brother of Alex Kam Wai Leung, Hong Kong fencer Kam Woo-sung, South Korean actorSurname 金: Elaine Kam, Taiwan-born Hong Kong actress Peter Kam, Hong Kong film music composerOther: Anat Kam or Kamm, Israeli journalist Isca Kam, Nauruan weightlifter Joseph Kam, Dutch missionary in Indonesia Lyn-Wannan Kam, Nauruan politician Moshe Kam, Israeli electrical engineer and academic Roray Kam, American surfer Sharon Kam, Israeli classical clarinetist Søren Kam, Danish World War II Waffen-SS officer and wanted Nazi war criminal

Baishazhou Yangtze River Bridge

The Baishazhou Yangtze River Bridge, sometimes referred as the Third Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge for being the third Yangtze river bridge in Wuhan, is a highway bridge over the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is located 6.8 kilometres southwest of the First Bridge. The two bridge names come from the order of construction, from the name of the small island located under the bridge; the bridge construction started in 1997 and was completed in September 2000. The final construction cost of the bridge was $380 million, it is 28.5 metres wide, has six lanes and a capacity of 50,000 vehicles a day. The bridge serves as a major passage for the Third Ring Road enormously easing the city's traffic and aiding local economic development. Yangtze River bridges and tunnels List of largest cable-stayed bridges

Ben Pollack

Ben Pollack was an American drummer and bandleader from the mid-1920s through the swing era. His eye for talent led him to employ musicians such as Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Jimmy McPartland, Harry James; this ability earned him the nickname the "Father of Swing". Ben Pollack was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1903, he formed groups on the side, performing professionally in his teens. He joined the Harry Bastin Band and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the 1920s. In 1924 he played for several bands, including some on the west coast, which led to his forming a band, the 12-piece Venice Ballroom Orchestra, there in 1925. In 1926, he had a band named the Ten Californians, which had some performances broadcast on WLW radio in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pollack formed his own band in 1926. Over time the band included Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy McPartland. One of the earliest members of his band was Gil Rodin, a saxophonist whose business acumen served him well as an executive for the Music Corporation of America.

From about 1928, with involvement from Irving Mills, members of Pollack's band moonlighted at Plaza-ARC and recorded a vast quantity of hot dance and jazz for their dime store labels — Banner, Domino, Lincoln, Romeo — under the names Mills' Merry Makers, Goody's Good Timers, Kentucky Grasshoppers, Mills' Musical Clowns, The Lumberjacks, Dixie Daises, The Caroliners, The Whoopee Makers, The Hotsy Totsy Gang, Dixie Jazz Band, Jimmy Bracken's Toe Ticklers. Combining Pollack's regular recordings with these side groups made Pollack's one of the more prolific bands of the 1920s and 1930s. Pollack's band played in Chicago and moved to New York City around the fall of 1928, having obtained McPartland and Teagarden around that time; this outfit enjoyed immense success, playing for Broadway shows and winning an exclusive engagement at the Park Central Hotel. Pollack's band was involved in extensive recording activity at that time, using a variety of pseudonyms in the studios; the orchestra made a Vitaphone short subject sound film.

Pollack, in the meantime, had fancied himself as more of a bandleader-singer type instead of a drummer. To this end, he signed Ray Bauduc to handle the drumming chores. Benny Goodman and Jimmy McPartland left the band in the summer of 1929, they were replaced by Jack Teagarden's brother, Charlie, on trumpet. Eddie Miller was signed as a tenor saxophonist in 1930; the band broke up in 1934. Many of its members soon formed a group led by brother of Bing Crosby. Pollack reformed his band with Irving Fazola. With James he wrote the hit "Peckin'". In the early 1940s, he organized a band led by comedian Chico Marx, he started Jewel Records, opened restaurants in Hollywood and Palm Springs, appeared as himself in the movie The Benny Goodman Story, made a cameo in The Glenn Miller Story. Pollack's bands from the 1920s–1940s included Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, Dick Cathcart, Eddie Miller, Frank Teschemacher, Freddie Slack, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Irving Fazola, Jack Teagarden, Jimmy McPartland, Joe Marsala, Matty Matlock, Muggsy Spanier, Yank Lawson.

Pollack and Doris Robbins, who had no children, were divorced in 1957. In years, after suffering a series of financial losses, Pollack grew despondent and committed suicide by hanging in his home in Palm Springs in 1971, he was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In 1992, Pollack was inducted into the Big Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1926, Pollack began recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company. A 1927 newspaper ad promoted "a new Victor organization – Ben Pollack and His Californians."Pollack left Victor in late 1929 and recorded for Hit of the Week, the dime store labels, Columbia, Brunswick and Variety, Decca. Most of these records are listed in discographical books as by Irving Mills. Jack Teagarden's Music lists them as a "Ben Pollack Unit". Pollack co-wrote the jazz standard "Tin Roof Blues" in 1923 when he was a member of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings; the band's trombonist George Brunies is credited as a composer. In 1954, Jo Stafford recorded "Make Love to Me", which used Pollack's music from "Tin Roof Blues".

"Make Love to Me" was No. 1 for No. 2 in Cashbox. The song was recorded by Anne Murray and B. B. King. Presenting Lily Mars – saxophonist in Bob Crosby's Orchestra Dark City – bettor Disc Jockey – himself The Glenn Miller Story – himself The Benny Goodman Story – himself Jack Teagardenn's Music – His Career and Recordings by Howard J. Waters, Jr. Jazz Records 1897–1942 by Brian Rust, 5th revised and enlarged edition Discography of American Historical Recordings

Leptodactylus discodactylus

Leptodactylus discodactylus is a species of frog in the family Leptodactylidae. It is found in the Amazonian Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. Leptodactylus discodactylus is a medium-sized, moderately robust-bodied frog. Males measure 28–35 mm and females 32–35 mm in snout–vent length; the colouration is reddish brown, with paler flanks. The dorsum is smooth with some small tubercles; the fingers may or may not have disks, whereas the toes end in expanded and rounded disks. The species shows local-scale variation in colour pattern and advertisement call. Leptodactylus discodactylus is a reasonably common and widespread species active by day and night, it can be found on the forest floor and in swampy areas in the forest, seasonally flooded forests, open areas. The eggs are laid close to water. Leptodactylus discodactylus is locally suffering from habitat loss