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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth's magnum opus is considered to be The Prelude, a semi-autobiographical poem of his early years that he revised and expanded a number of times, it was posthumously titled and published by his wife in the year of his death, before which it was known as "the poem to Coleridge". Wordsworth was Britain's poet laureate from 1843 until his death from pleurisy on 23 April 1850; the second of five children born to John Wordsworth and Ann Cookson, William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 in what is now named Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, part of the scenic region in northwestern England known as the Lake District. William's sister, the poet and diarist Dorothy Wordsworth, to whom he was close all his life, was born the following year, the two were baptised together, they had three other siblings: the eldest, who became a lawyer.

Wordsworth's father was a legal representative of James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale and, through his connections, lived in a large mansion in the small town. He was away from home on business, so the young William and his siblings had little involvement with him and remained distant from him until his death in 1783. However, he did encourage William in his reading, in particular set him to commit large portions of verse to memory, including works by Milton and Spenser. William was allowed to use his father's library. William spent time at his mother's parents' house in Penrith, where he was exposed to the moors, but did not get along with his grandparents or his uncle, who lived there, his hostile interactions with them distressed him to the point of contemplating suicide. Wordsworth was taught to read by his mother and attended, first, a tiny school of low quality in Cockermouth a school in Penrith for the children of upper-class families, where he was taught by Ann Birkett, who insisted on instilling in her students traditions that included pursuing both scholarly and local activities the festivals around Easter, May Day and Shrove Tuesday.

Wordsworth was taught the Spectator, but little else. It was at the school in Penrith that he met the Hutchinsons, including Mary, who became his wife. After the death of Wordsworth's mother, in 1778, his father sent him to Hawkshead Grammar School in Lancashire and sent Dorothy to live with relatives in Yorkshire, she and William did not meet again for another nine years. Wordsworth made his debut as a writer in 1787; that same year he began attending Cambridge. He received his BA degree in 1791, he returned to Hawkshead for the first two summers of his time at Cambridge, spent holidays on walking tours, visiting places famous for the beauty of their landscape. In 1790 he went on a walking tour of Europe, during which he toured the Alps extensively, visited nearby areas of France and Italy. In November 1791, Wordsworth visited Revolutionary France and became enchanted with the Republican movement, he fell in love with a French woman, Annette Vallon, who, in 1792, gave birth to their daughter Caroline.

Financial problems and Britain's tense relations with France forced him to return to England alone the following year. The circumstances of his return and his subsequent behaviour raised doubts as to his declared wish to marry Annette. However, he supported her and his daughter as best he could in life; the Reign of Terror left Wordsworth disillusioned with the French Revolution and the outbreak of armed hostilities between Britain and France prevented him from seeing Annette and his daughter for some years. With the Peace of Amiens again allowing travel to France, in 1802 Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy visited Annette and Caroline in Calais; the purpose of the visit was to prepare Annette for the fact of his forthcoming marriage to Mary Hutchinson. Afterwards he wrote the sonnet "It is a beauteous evening and free," recalling a seaside walk with the 9-year-old Caroline, whom he had never seen before that visit. Mary was anxious. Upon Caroline's marriage, in 1816, Wordsworth settled £30 a year on her, payments which continued until 1835, when they were replaced by a capital settlement.

The year 1793 saw the first publication of poems by Wordsworth, in the collections An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches. In 1795 he received a legacy of £900 from Raisley Calvert and became able to pursue a career as a poet, it was in 1795 that he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Somerset. The two poets developed a close friendship. For two years from 1795, William and his sister Dorothy lived at Racedown House in Dorset—a property of the Pinney family—to the west of Pilsdon Pen, they walked in the area for about two hours every day, the nearby hills consoled Dorothy as she pined for the fells of her native Lakeland. She wrote, "We have hills which, seen from a distance take the character of mountains, some cultivated nearly to their summits, others in their wild state covered with furze and broom; these delight me the most as they remind me of our native wilds." In 1797, the pair moved to Alfoxton House, just a few miles away from Coleridge's h

Nicolas Kelaidis

Nicolas Kelaidis is a Greek former professional tennis player. Kelaidis was born in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, which had a large Greek population at the time, he played college tennis in the United States, at Clemson University from 1968 to 1971. During the 1970s, Kelaidis competed on the professional tennis circuit and was a regular member of the Greece Davis Cup team, featuring in a total of 10 ties, he appeared in the main draws of the Australian French Open and Wimbledon. For most of the 1980s he was a coach for the Swiss Tennis Federation spent a decade coaching for the French Federation, with his roles at both focusing on women's tennis, he married Swiss tennis player Lilian Drescher. Nicolas Kelaidis at the Association of Tennis Professionals Nicolas Kelaidis at the Davis Cup Nicolas Kelaidis at the International Tennis Federation

National Sports Centre (Isle of Man)

The National Sports Centre in Douglas Isle of Man is a large multi-sports centre and athletics stadium. The NSC is owned by the Department of Tourism and Leisure of the Isle of Man Government and operated by the Manx Sport & Recreation; the NSC is built on the site of the former Belle Vue and King George V Park with phase one being opened in 1991. The centre is Quest Accredited and has maintained its commended status since it was first awarded in December 2001; the 2001 Island Games was held on the Isle of Man with the NSC being used for some of the sports and the closing ceremony. In August 2007 the NSC won the runner-up award in the European City of Sport competition after a visit of assessors from the European Capitals of Sport Association; the centre hosts the annual Manx Youth Games. The opening ceremony is held in the athletics stadium and there are twelve different sports staged throughout the venues in the centre with teams from all over the island; the centre hosts the annual Manx Gateway Games, with the ninth games being held in July 2008.

In March 2008 the NSC was announced as one of 73 venues earmarked as possible training venues in North West England for the 2012 Summer Olympics, with the NSC listed for Road cycling, Mountain biking and Shooting. In 2009 the Isle of Man Institute of Sport moved into a new purpose-built facility at the athletics stadium in the NSC; the NSC was one of the venues for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games, staged on the Isle of Man. The athletics stadium staged the opening ceremony on 8 September 2011 as well as all the athletics events; the swimming pool staged the swimming events and the main sports hall staged badminton with seating for 1,000 spectators. The site suffered damage during a 2015 flood, as well as a fire in March 2018; that August, the swimming pools were closed to enable a nine-month refurbishment to take place. The 4.2 million pound works include replacement of the moveable floor in the competition pool, as well as replacement of the two flumes. Facilities at the NSC include - The three outdoor facilities have six group/team changing rooms and two en-suite changing rooms for match officials.

For individual competitors there are separate male and female changing areas equipped with lockers and showers. The outdoor facilities are - The athletics stadium has a 400-metre, six lane floodlit synthetic running track with a 500-seat grandstand; the track has a current United Kingdom Athletics Certificate and there is an 11-metre hammer/discus cage. Alongside the athletics stadium is a full size floodlit all-weather synthetic pitch; the pitch was renewed by AstroTurf in 2002 with a water based playing surface. The pitch is used for various sports including hockey; the other outdoor facility is an 800 metres lit tarmac raceway, which forms the perimeter of the outdoor provision and has a competition and training facility for Cycling Criterium racing and Road running. The competition pool is a 25-metre state-of-the-art Short course pool with two floating floors and a retractable boom to divide the pool lengthways; the leisure pool has flume rides and a flow pool with a separate shallow pool a children's beach area and a spa pool.

The NSC has a full-size sports hall with an electronic scoreboard and a PA system and a four-court secondary sports hall. The main hall can be divided into ten badminton courts; the secondary sports hall can be divided into four badminton courts with facilities for cricket and archery practice. The Fitness Zone gym and spa suite has a range of cardiovascular resistance equipment; the health suite has steam room and a whirlpool spa. The Bowls Hall has five rinks and a master scoreboard, electronic digital lane scoreboards and a spectator/refreshment area. Portable tiered seating units can be installed to house 100 spectators for special events; the centre is home to the Isle of Man National Sports Centre Indoor Bowls Association. The Squash Centre has six squash courts. Four of the courts have glass backs, three of which are portable and can be moved to create two show courts; these can accommodate fifty spectators for each court in portable tiered seating units. The NSC has a bar and café in the main atrium between the pools and dry sports facilities with views of the athletic stadium.

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