Steven Jay Blum is an American voice actor of anime and video games known for his distinctive deep voice. He provides the voice of TOM, the host of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's Toonami programming block; some of his major roles in anime include Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Eikichi Onizuka in Great Teacher Onizuka and Mitsuo Yamaki in Digimon Tamers, Shishio Makoto in Rurouni Kenshin and Orochimaru and Zabuza Momochi in Naruto. In animation, he has voiced Vilgax and Ghostfreak in Ben 10, Starscream in Transformers: Prime, Wolverine in Wolverine and the X-Men, Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels and Amon in The Legend of Korra, he was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor in 2012, with roles in franchises such as Call of Duty, God of War, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Transformers and X-Men. In 2014, he voiced Sparky in the animated film The Boxtrolls. In 2015, he appeared in a rap album by Logic, his credits include the voice of Spike Spiegel in the anime show Cowboy Bebop.
He provided the voice of Jack Cayman, the main character of the video game MadWorld. He provides the voice of Vincent Valentine in the Final Fantasy VII compilation, he voices Cliff Hudson in Dead Rising. In September 2000, Blum voiced the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block. Blum replaced Sonny Strait in the character's second through fourth incarnations, until the cancellation of Toonami on September 20, 2008; when Toonami was revived on May 26, 2012, Blum returned as the voice of TOM. He is the announcer for 7-Eleven's "Oh Thank Heaven" television and radio advertisements, partnered with Vic Mignogna in the series Real Fans of Genius, he is well known in American Union animation as the voices of Heatblast and Vilgax in the Ben 10 franchise. He is known for his voice portrayals of Starscream in Transformers: Prime. On June 5, 2012, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor, having 261 credited appearances on May 10. Beck, Jerry.
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Ben Watton is an English child actor and drummer for Galaxy Thief from Bournemouth, England. Ben Watton's first professional stage appearance was at the age of 6, appearing as a mini Bobby Ball opposite the comedians Cannon and Ball in A Night of a Thousand Laughs at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth. At age 7, he was chosen to play Tiny Tim in a new musical adaptation of Scrooge with Jakes Ladder Theatre Company, a small professional company, at Bryanston Arts Centre in Blandford and at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, under the direction of Steve Eaton-Evans. At age 8, he played Michael Darling in a Michael Rose musical production of Peter Pan at the Lighthouse, alongside Matthew Kelly, Tracey Childs and Michael Medwin, under the direction of Michael Rose and David Morgan. Watton made his West End debut aged 9, having been chosen at age 8 from nationwide open auditions to play Michael Banks in the original cast of the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh musical Mary Poppins, appearing at both the Bristol Hippodrome and the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End, under the direction of Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne.
He appeared in November 2005 as the Court Jester in the world premiere of George and the Fairytale, a play co-written and directed by the actress Sandra Dickinson and her partner Mark Osmond. In 2006-2007 he played the juvenile lead in Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood for UK Productions, at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth, he is an accomplished drummer. On 9 January 2014, Watton joined the Bournemouth-based Mod band The Generation, he was a member of Bournemouth-based rock/pop cover band Mr Wiseguy between 2013–16, is now the drummer for the up-and-coming rock/indie/pop band Galaxy Thief. Watton's TV credits include the part of Andrew in the CBBC drama Living It, the part of Fernando in Series 7 of the popular children's sitcom My Parents Are Aliens, the part of Peter Masterson in the long-running BBC hospital-drama Casualty, he was chosen to appear in a lead role in a performed reading of the pilot of a new children's sitcom, performed at a live Granada TV Showcase in London, featured in the 2006 Are You There Yet?
BBC ident. He was involved in a script reading at Elstree Studios of the feature film Rocket Boy, reading the principal role of Davey, he has appeared in 14 short films. Watton appears in leading roles in two separate series of educational DVDs, both now being used in various European countries to teach English to foreign students
Watton-at-Stone is a village in the English county of Hertfordshire, situated midway between the towns of Stevenage and Hertford in the valley of the River Beane. The 2011 census showed a population of 2,272 living in 946 households. Watton-at-Stone is a civil parish in East Hertfordshire District Council. There is little employment directly within the village and it serves as a dormitory for commuters to London or to the nearby towns with hourly trains to Moorgate station; the village has a primary nursery school. The co-educational Heath Mount independent school is located on the outskirts in the private estate of the Grade II* listed Woodhall Park; the A602 ran through the centre of the village between Stevenage and Hertford before a bypass was built in the 1980s through farmland to the north-east. The section of the road to Hertford was renamed the A119, the A602 ran out of Watton-at-Stone to Ware. Watton-at-Stone is served by a railway station on the Hertford Loop Line; the station opened for passengers on 2 June 1924, was closed on 11 September 1939, reopened on 17 May 1982, paid for by public subscription.
A war memorial lies in a field adjoining the church. In the village itself there is a small convenience store, café and takeaway restaurant as well as a hairdressers, newsagent and a butcher's shop; the name Watton first appeared in writing in an 11th-century publication of 10th century Anglo-Saxon wills as Wattun. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as both Wodtune and Watone; the origin of the word is uncertain, is variously ascribed to Old English wád or woad, ton meaning small farming settlement. The suffix -at-Stone dates from the early 13th century and may be derived from the presence of two large examples of Hertfordshire puddingstone, now situated at the Waggon and Horses public house. However, it is far more that the suffix refers to the Roman road that ran from Verulamium, fording the River Beane at Watton-at-Stone; the area where the bridge over the railway was built was shown on tithe maps as a common, the fields to the east and west of this point were named Stoneyfield and Further Stoneyfield.
It is deduced that the Roman Road passed through this area, the village took its name from the important routeway. In the 1950s, sections of the road agger, composed of large flint nodules, could still be seen at several points in the village. In years, the natural springs in the area once made the village a popular spa town; the village has a number of dwellings dating from early Tudor, such as Watton House, through to late Georgian constructions. The parish church is dedicated to St Mary, it dates from the fifteenth century, is built in the Perpendicular style. The building is constructed from flint, is protected by a Grade II* heritage listing; the Iron Age Aston Mirror was found nearby, closer to Watton-at-Stone than to the village of Aston, but technically in Aston parish due to the convoluted border. It is now kept at the British Museum. A collection of Belgic armour and weaponry was discovered in the mid-19th century by workers digging a drain at the north end of the village. Watton-at-Stone is home to the boxing promoter Frank Warren.
The Sun's racing tipster'Templegate' was a previous resident of the village. It was the childhood home of the actor Rupert Grint, well-known from his role of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series; the locomotive engineer Sir Nigel Gresley lived in Watton House until his death in 1941. The evangelical author and social campaigner Edward Bickersteth was rector of the church for twenty years from 1830 until his death in 1850, his one-time curate was the theological scholar Thomas Birks. For the summer of 1923, the Georgian red-brick rectory at Watton-at-Stone became the short-lived home of Alan Turing, founder of computer science and the leading cryptologist at Bletchley Park in World War II. Andrew Hodges in his biography: Alan Turing: The Enigma tells of how a gypsy fortune teller at the church fête foretold that he would be a genius; the name is spelled unhyphenated as Watton at Stone and appears in this form on Ordnance Survey maps. The County Council favours the hyphenated version. Both spellings are valid.
Locally, the'-at-Stone' suffix is dropped. Parish council website Village primary school website Heath Mount school website Watton-at-Stone The Aston mirror Image gallery
The Barracks, Brecon
The Barracks, Watton is a military installation in Brecon in Wales. The original barracks, which were constructed of red brick, were built at the Watton in 1805 and extended in 1813. In 1873, as part of the Cardwell Reforms, the barracks became the depot for the two battalions of the 24th Regiment of Foot, which began recruiting throughout South Wales. In the mid-1870s, troops from the barracks were despatched to the Cape Colony. During January 1879, the 24th Regiment became famed for its role at two momentous battles of the Anglo-Zulu War – Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift; that same year, a keep, for the storage of arms and ammunition, was added to the barracks. Following the Childers Reforms, on 1 July 1881, the 24th Regiment was renamed the South Wales Borderers; the South Wales Borderers Museum, now the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, opened at the barracks in 1935. The barracks were designated as a Regional Seat of Government in the Cold War. Headquarters Wales was established at the barracks in 1972.
In 1991, the first of the minor districts to be amalgamated were North West District, the former West Midlands District and Wales, to form a new Wales and Western District. The enlarged district was disbanded on the formation of HQ Land Command in 1995; the barracks are now the home of 160th Brigade. In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2027. Tones, Theophilis. History of Brecknockshire. Blissett, Davtes & Co
Watton's Green or Wattons Green is a hamlet near the M25 motorway, in the Brentwood, in the county of Essex, England. It is located about 4 miles away from the town of Brentwood. Essex A-Z 2010
Watton, East Riding of Yorkshire
Watton is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The village is situated on the A164 road, about 6 miles north of Beverley and 6 miles south of Driffield. According to the 2011 UK census the civil parish of Watton had a population of 259, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 238. In the 6th century Watton was home to a Frankish saint, Monegunda of Watton and in the 13th century to William de Malton, master-mason who built Beverley Minster was buried here; the Venerable Bede in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People tells of a miracle of Saint John of Beverley that took place in Watton. It is the setting for the 12th-century miracle story De Sanctimoniali de Wattun. Watton is the location for Watton Priory, a Gilbertine double monastery founded in 1150 by Eustace fitz John; the present building dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, although it has earlier origins, a house was added in the 19th century. It is a Grade I listed building; the priory was dissolved in 1539 by Henry VIII.
The Nun of Watton, famous from Ailred of Rievaulx's De Sanctimoniali de Wattun, is noted for her pregnancy while in the priory. Near to the priory is the Church of St Mary, designated a Grade I listed building in September 1966 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England; the church building is of 15th century construction but some 13th century materials remain, while the south porch, north vestry are dated 1859. The parapet to tower is 20th century; the origin of the word Watton is uncertain, but suggestions include Old English wád, or woad, ton meaning small farming settlement. Watton in the Domesday Book
Watton is a market town in the district of Breckland within the English county of Norfolk. The A1075 Dereham-Thetford road and the B1108 Brandon-Norwich Road meet at a crossroads here, where the town developed, about 20 miles west of Norwich; the civil parish covers an area of 7.2 km2 with about 6,800 inhabitants in 3,000 households, increasing to a population of 7,202 in 3,226 at the 2011 Census. The Domesday Book recorded that Watton featured manor house and Anglo-Saxon settlement. A station at Watton, on the Thetford & Watton Railway, opened in October 1869 and closed in June 1964; the line itself was closed in April 1965. In 1984 Watton was twinned with the Lower Rhine town of Weeze, with the subsequent twinning charter being formally signed in 1987. A market is held every Wednesday, between 9.00am and 1.00pm, although stalls are kept open on the high street well after this time. Like many Norfolk markets, Watton market always has a wide variety of fresh sea produce available caught the previous day.
It has available such regional delicacies as samphire and fresh water crayfish. The Lord of Watton Hall, John de Vaux, obtained a charter for a market to be held on Fridays. But, the people of nearby Saham Toney complained to the King that the market was harming their own held on the same day, their complaints were upheld and the charter was withdrawn. John de Vaux conveyed the manor to his brother Oliver, evidently on better terms with the King since he obtained a new charter for a Wednesday market; the market centred on Market Square in front of Wayland Hall, as it grew it spread westwards along High Street. A market cross stood in the square supported by eight oak pillars; this cross was demolished in 1820 and replaced by a milestone showing the distances to neighbouring towns. The nearby Wayland Wood is the setting of the old English ballad "Babes in the Wood". First published in 1595, it tells the tale of two Norfolk children abandoned and left to die in the woods by their uncle; the legend is depicted on the town sign, which occupies a prominent position in High Street in front of the clock tower.
Wayland wood is a popular dog relaxation spot. The wood is now a nature reserve owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust; the clock tower of Watton was built in 1679 by a wealthy mercer. The tower was built to hold a fire warning bell following the'Great Fire of Watton' that destroyed more than sixty properties in 1674; this early warning bell, known as'Ting-Tang,' is hung in an ornate cupola on top of the tower. The brick tower was rendered with cement and a new clock, donated by a local citizen, was installed in 1827. To commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in 1935, a new clock face was installed; the clock is still working in the 21st century. The building is now home to local information centre. Watton hosted a large RAF station for many years, namely RAF Watton, which stimulated the town's economy. After the Second World War and changes, the RAF station was used as a Transport Command airfield and as a radar station, as well as providing housing for many RAF personnel and their families.
Most of the station has been developed as part of the Blenheim Grange housing estate. The runway is being returned to agricultural land. Part of the old military land was developed as Wayland Prison. Before housing construction, the base was used by the USAF from the nearby RAF Mildenhall for training, using C130s for refuelling exercises and parachute training, it was part of the Stanford Training Area and used for army training purposes. The annual Wayland Show is one of Norfolk's oldest agricultural events, having been held for more than 140 years. Held on the first Sunday in August, the show attracts crowds of more than 5,000 people to see displays of livestock; the event features displays of classic cars, vintage tractors, gun dogs and horse and carriage rides, many equestrian events. It is held with the show ground being accessed off Brandon Road. Watton's Sports Centre was built in three separate stages between 1973 and 1984; the first stage was opened by Sir Edmund Bacon, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk in 1974, consisted of a main games hall, bar area, committee rooms, changing rooms and a car park.
The second stage contained two squash courts and a meeting room and was opened by the chairman of the National Playing Fields Association in 1976. The third phase was completed in 1983 using profits generated from stages one and two and provided facilities for five-a-side football, cricket nets and basketball; the centre is home to Watton United F. C. who play in Division Four of the Anglian Combination. There is a hockey club who play on the astro there, they are needing a new one as it is becoming too old to play on. As part of the Sustrans Connect2 project Stan's Walk has created a cycling and walking route between Watton and the village of Griston; the new route follows the eastern boundary of Watton airfield and provides a shorter, traffic free alternative to the A1075. Norfolk County Council have allocated a £40,000 contribution towards funding of the scheme. A schematic map of the scheme has been published online. Wayland Academy, Watton Watton town council