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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, is a Japanese anime series animated by Studio Gallop based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series written by Kazuki Takahashi. It is the second anime adaptation of the manga following the 1998 anime television series produced by Toei Animation; the series revolves around a young High School boy named Yugi Mutou who battles opponents in the Duel Monsters card game. The series begins from the end of volume 7 before adapting the remaining chapters of the original manga. Yu-Gi-Oh! Aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 2000 to September 2004. A remastered version, highlighting certain duels, began airing in Japan in February 2015. An English-language adaptation of the series by 4Kids Entertainment aired in the United States from September 29, 2001, to June 10, 2006, on Kids' WB; the series has since spawned its own metaseries. Duel Monsters would be succeeded by Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, an American-produced miniseries set during the fifth season, aired in the United States in 2006.

Three animated films based on the series have been produced: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions. The story follows Yugi Muto, a boy who completed an ancient Egyptian artifact known as the Millennium Puzzle, which led to him to inherit a spirit known only as Pharaoh. After defeating his rival, Seto Kaiba, in a game of Duel Monsters, Yugi is approached by Maximillion Pegasus, the creator of Duel Monsters, who uses the power of another Millennium Item, the Millennium Eye, to kidnap the soul of Yugi's grandfather. Joined by his friends Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner, Yugi enters Pegasus' Duelist Kingdom tournament, battling against many opponents in order to defeat Pegasus and free his grandfather's soul. After the tournament, Yugi battles Duke Devlin in Dungeon Dice Monsters. Yugi learns that the spirit dwelling within him is a nameless Pharaoh from Egyptian times, who doesn't remember his past. Yugi enters Kaiba's Battle City tournament in order to obtain the three Egyptian God cards needed to unveil the Pharaoh's past.

Along the way, Yugi encounters stronger opponents and more Millennium Items, including Marik Ishtar, the wielder of the Millennium Rod. Yugi and his friends get sucked into a virtual world run by Noah, the legitimate son of Kaiba's adoptive father, Gozaburo. After defeating Noah and the corrupt former KaibaCorp executives known as the Big Five, their minds are returned to the real world, the finals of the Battle City tournament commence. Yugi defeats Marik to gain all three Egyptian God cards; the order of Orichalcos drains the power from the Egyptian God cards and begins gathering souls in order to revive the ancient dragon, Leviathan. Yugi and Kaiba are each given a legendary dragon card to fight the Orichalcos. Pharaoh faces Dartz, the leader of the order of Orichalcos, to release all of the stolen souls, including those of Yugi, Joey and Pegasus. Yugi and his friends battle in the KaibaCorp Grand Championship. Yugi wins the championship, they all return home. Meanwhile, Ryo Bakura, the owner of the Millennium Ring, is overcome by the dark spirit within the Ring, which possesses his body and begins collecting the Millennium Items.

Yugi and his friends go to Egypt, where Yugi presents the Egyptian God cards in front of a stone tablet related to the Millennium Items and finds himself sucked 5,000 years into the past, to the time when the Pharaoh lived. Pharaoh and the dark spirit of Bakura battle and the Pharaoh discovers more about his life in Egypt. Yugi and Pharaoh together discover the Pharaoh's true name and summon the three Egyptian Gods to defeat Bakura's evil, returning them to the present day. With all the Millennium Items gathered and Atem duel. Yugi defeats the spirit. Starting from the point in the manga where the Toei series left off, Duel Monsters at first appears to serve as a continuation of the earlier series, but there are differences between the two adaptations that cause them to overlap. In particular, the Death-T tournament between Yugi and Seto Kaiba and the entire Monster World RPG arc from the original series are both redone as single games of Duel Monsters. Miho Nosaka, a one-shot character from the manga who became a main character in the Toei series does not appear in Duel Monsters, while Ryo Bakura, part of the main cast in the manga and accompanied Yugi and his friends on their adventures, has a recurring role in this series, is formally introduced in the middle of the Duelist Kingdom saga, despite joining the group an arc prior in the manga and at the end of the Toei series.

While the Toei series introduces the characters individually and shows Yugi obtaining and solving the Millennium Puzzle, Duel Monsters begins with the characters together. It skips the first fifty-nine chapters of the manga, although several scenes and plot points from chronologically earlier events in the manga are reworked. Another notable change is that unlike the manga, the Duel Monsters anime, as the title suggests, focuses exclusively on the Duel Monsters card game. Many Duel Monsters scenes that were not in the original manga itself are added changing parts of the plot to fit around added duels; the Duelist Kingdom, Dungeon Dice Monsters, the Millennium World arcs of the anime feature heavy differences from their manga counterparts to the point

Cobras (Serbia)

The Cobras is a military police unit of the Serbian Armed Forces, responsible for counter-terrorism, close protection and special operations. The unit consists of one battalion and 200 members and is notably responsible for protection of military officials and the President, it is one of several special forces of Serbia, the oldest anti-terrorist unit in former Yugoslavia. The unit was first established by the order of the Secretary of Defense on 14 April 1978; the unit was included in a special'anti-terrorist department' within the 282nd battalion of the Yugoslav People's Army. In 1985 the department expanded and transformed into a'anti-terrorist platoon' which led the Guard Brigades, it continued to exist after the breakup of Yugoslavia as a special unit of the FR Yugoslav/Serbia and Montenegro Armed Forces. It was active in the Yugoslav Wars. In 1992 it was transferred to the Special Units Corps, which included the 63rd Parachute Battalion, 72nd Assault Battalion and 1st Guard Brigade. In 2000 the unit was placed under the direct command of the Chief of General Staff.

The unit further expanded, much thanks to colonel Stojan Kljajić who commanded the unit until 2005. In this period the symbol of a winged cobra twisted around a sword was adopted, it was organized as an anti-terrorist detachment until 2006, when it became the present-day battalion, since a component of the Serbian military police. Special Brigade List of military special forces units Military Police Battalion Cobra at VSCG SPECIAL FORCES

Alastair Bellingham

Alastair John Bellingham was a British haematologist. Bellingham was born to Sybil Mary Milne, he was a graduate of University College London Hospital Medical School. Bellingham did research on red cell abnormalities including sickle-cell disease. From 1974 to 1984 he was at the Department of University of Liverpool. Bellingham was a professor at King's College London, 1984–1997, he was married to Julia Bellingham. Bellingham died on 4 December 2017. President of the British Society for Haematology President of the Royal College of Pathologists Chairman of the National Health Service Information Authority CBE FRCP FRCPE FRCPGlas FRCPath

Jean-Louis Anselin

Jean-Louis Anselin was a French engraver. Amongst his best work is an engraved portrait of Madame Pompadour as "La Belle Jardinière". Anselin was born in Paris, his name was "Enslyn", his grandfather, who came to France after the reign of James II of England, was of Scottish origin. Jean-Louis became one of his best pupils, he started off by engraving subjects in fashion, finding a ready market both in France and abroad at the end of the reign of Louis XV and his successor. "Le Satyre impatient" was engraved under the direction of Saint-Aubin. Amongst his early, works were two erotic compositions after Antoine Borel - "Vous avez la clef, mais il a trouvé la serrure" and "La faute est faite, permettez quil la répare" - and "The pleasures of Anacréon", after Jean-Bernard Restout. Not long after the death of King Louis XV's chief mistress, Madame Pompadour, he engraved a portrait of her as a shepherdess after Charles-André van Loo, he engraved portraits of Cardinal de Bouillon. Amongst other large works, he engraved "The Siege of Calais", after Jean-Simon Berthélemy.

He dedicated the engraving to the National Assembly, who accepted the honour in a session of 16 September 1789. The citizens of Calais showed their appreciation by making him a "Burgher of Calais" on 21 January 1790, he engraved, after Nicolas-André Monsiau, "Molière lisant son Tartuffe chez Ninon de Lenclos. Anselin engraved the frontispiece, after Charles Monnet, for an edition of "The works of Bertin". Anselin was nominated, with Bervic, to the "education committee" for "La société populaire des arts" serving during one of the most violent times of the revolutionary era. Jena-Louis Anselin died in Paris on 15 March 1823

International Imitation Hemingway Competition

The International Imitation Hemingway Competition known as the Bad Hemingway Contest, was an annual writing competition begun in Century City, California. Started in 1977 as a "promotional gag", held for nearly thirty years, the contest pays mock homage to Ernest Hemingway by encouraging authors to submit a'really good page of bad Hemingway' in a Hemingway-esque style. Submissions have included such titles as "Big Too-Hardened Liver", "The Old Man and the Flea", "The Bug Count Rises," "Across the Suburbs and Into the Express Lane at Von's" and "The Short, Happy Life of Frances' Comb." The competition, as created, be funny. First prize was round-trip tickets and dinner for two at Harry's in Italy. In addition to the humor of the contest, there is irony in its existence, as Hemingway famously said: "The step up from writing parodies is writing on the wall above the urinal." The contest had thousands of dedicated enthusiasts among writers and Hemingway fans, drawing more than 24,000 entries in its first ten years of operation.

Many notable literary figures judged the contest over the years, including Digby Diehl, Ray Bradbury, Barnaby Conrad, George Plimpton, Bernice Kert, Jack Hemingway, A. Scott Berg, Joseph Wambaugh. In the late 1970s, seeking to promote Harry's Bar & American Grill in Century City, bar owners Jerry Magnin and Larry Mindel consulted advertising executive Paul Keye, who suggested the contest to capitalize on Hemingway's literary references to "Harry's"; the contest announcement in The New Yorker magazine stated, "One good page of bad Hemingway will send you and a friend to Italy for dinner." For the 11th Annual Contest, to promote the contest's move from Century City to the San Francisco Harry's, PR firm Tellem Worldwide recruited noted San Francisco authors Herb Caen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Cyra McFadden as judges. In 1988, after 11 years of contests, Spectrum Foods Inc. the new owners of Harry's in Los Angeles, ended their sponsorship of the contest because of escalating costs. At this time literary organization PEN Center West took over sponsorship.

American Airlines' in-flight magazine American Way began printing contest-winning entries, continued the grand prize of a flight to Italy. In 2000 United Airlines assumed sponsorship of the contest, publishing winning entries in their in-flight and online Hemispheres Magazine. United Airlines' support continued until the 2005 contest; the final winning parody was entitled "Da Movable Code."Hemingway's spare writing style had been imitated prior to the contest. Since two anthologies of Imitation Hemingway have been published and include contest winners as well as satires of Hemingway written by E. B. White, Raymond Chandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Plimpton. 1986 International Imitation Hemingway Award Winner Mark Silber. 1992 International Imitation Hemingway Award Winner "Big Too-Hardened Liver", Ken Bash 2000 International Imitation Hemingway Award Winner "Across the Suburbs and Into the Express Lane", Scott Stavrou

Krzysztof Niemczyk

Krzysztof Niemczyk was a Polish writer, painter and situationist. He lived in Kraków, he collaborated with Tadeusz Kantor and Galeria Krzysztofory, became a prominent figure in Krakow's artistic life in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the nephew of Leon Niemczyk. Krzysztof Niemczyk was born in 1938 to violinist Wacław Danuta. After the Warsaw Uprising, his family moved to Kraków, where Niemczyk lived and worked for the rest of his life. In 1946, his father abandoned his family. In 1950, Niemczyk contracted meningitis, he was cured following treatment. Niemczyk began writing stories in the 1960s. Out of the 20 stories that he wrote the two most prominent are: "Tragiczna łąka" and "Chłopczyk rozbijający rodzinę". From 1965 through 1968, he worked on his novel Kurtyzana i pisklęta, czyli Krzywe zwierciadło namiętnego działania albo inaczej Studium chaosu. In the 1960s, Niemczyk got involved with the artistic environment of Tadeusz Kantor's Cricot 2 theater, the Krzysztofory Gallery in Krakow and the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw.

He was a member of the Kraków hippie community and entered a relationship with a fellow member, Jacek Gulla. Cooperation with Kantor's theater ended after the success of My nie śpimy. Niemczyk and Tomasz Wawak all claimed authorship, which led to a quarrel and artistic split that launched Niemczyk's fall into obscurity. In 1968, the Służba Bezpieczeństwa offered to collaborate with him and recruited him as a secret collaborator. However, Niemczyk did not keep their collaboration a secret. During militia raids, he referred to contacts with Major Olszówka, called "his" officer so that the militia would bring his partner, did not report anyone. Due to these activities, his "collaboration" with the SB was considered one of Niemczyk's performances. In 1971, Niemczyk was committed to a psychiatric hospital. In 1992, he was hospitalized in Paris with serious diabetic complications, he died alone two years in a hospital in Krakow. In Kraków's artistic world, Niemczyk was known for his eccentric provocative actions.

Although in the 1960s the activities of street artists gained the status of legal happenings, Niemczyk did not employ this protection. As Ptaszkowska said, " exploded the frames of art, just as he boldly strained the limits of life."In 1969, Niemczyk took part in the Złote Grono symposium in Zielona Góra, as part of the exhibition Critics present Artists. At the invitation of Anka Ptaszkowska, he participated in the performance of Tadeusz Kantor's students under the title My nie śpimy. In the exhibition hall, some artists lay on camp beds with the title slogan in the background, some artists were a "permanent jury". Niemczyk came up with banners for performances, such as "Only sleep guarantees impunity" and "We demand control". Participants in this performance were invited by Pierre Restany to participate in the exhibition Art Concepts from Europe at the Bonino Gallery in New York. Niemczyk responded to the invitation by sending a "funny and insignificant telegram". Kurtyzana i pisklęta, czyli Krzywe zwierciadło namiętnego działania albo inaczej Studium chaosu, Ha!art, Kraków 2007, ISBN 978-83-89911-42-1 French edition: La courtisane et les poussins, tr. Jacques Burko, La Différence, Paris 1999, ISBN 2729112413 Anna Ptaszkowska Traktat o życiu Krzysztofa Niemczyka na użytek młodych pokoleń esej w "Kurtyzana i pisklęta...

Ha!art, Kraków 2007, ISBN 978-83-89911-42-1