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Yukio Mishima

Kimitake Hiraoka, known under the pen name Yukio Mishima, was a Japanese author, playwright, model, film director and founder of the Tatenokai. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century, he was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, but the award went to his countryman Yasunari Kawabata. His works include the novels Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the autobiographical essay Sun and Steel. Mishima's work is characterized by its luxurious vocabulary and decadent metaphors, its fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Western literary styles, its obsessive assertions of the unity of beauty and death. Mishima's personal life was controversial. Ideologically a right wing nationalist, Mishima formed the Tatenokai, an unarmed civilian militia, for the avowed purpose of restoring power to the Japanese Emperor. On November 25, 1970, Mishima and four members of his militia entered a military base in central Tokyo, took the commandant hostage, attempted to inspire the Japan Self-Defense Forces to overturn Japan's 1947 Constitution.

When this was unsuccessful, Mishima committed seppuku. Mishima was born in the Yotsuya district of Tokyo, his father was Azusa Hiraoka, a government official, his mother, was the daughter of the 5th principal of the Kaisei Academy. Shizue's father, Kenzō Hashi, was a scholar of Chinese classics, the Hashi family had served the Maeda clan for generations in Kaga Domain. Mishima's paternal grandparents were Natsuko Hiraoka, he had a younger sister, who died of typhus in 1945 at the age of 17, a younger brother, Chiyuki. Mishima's early childhood was dominated by the presence of his grandmother, who took the boy, separating him from his immediate family for several years. Natsuko was the granddaughter of Matsudaira Yoritaka, the daimyō of Shishido in Hitachi Province, had been raised in the household of Prince Arisugawa Taruhito. Through his grandmother, Mishima was a direct descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Natsuko was prone to violence and morbid outbursts, which are alluded to in Mishima's works, it is to Natsuko.

Natsuko did not allow Mishima to venture into the sunlight, to engage in any kind of sport or to play with other boys. Mishima returned to his immediate family when he was 12, his father, a man with a taste for military discipline, employed parenting tactics such as holding the young boy up to the side of a speeding train. He raided Mishima's room for evidence of an "effeminate" interest in literature and ripped apart the boy's manuscripts. At the age of six, Mishima enrolled in the Peers' School in Tokyo. At twelve, Mishima began to write his first stories, he voraciously read the works of numerous classic Japanese authors as well as Raymond Radiguet, Oscar Wilde, Rainer Maria Rilke and other European authors, both in translation and in the original. He studied German and English. After six years at school, he became the youngest member of the editorial board of its literary society. Mishima was attracted to the works of the Japanese author Michizō Tachihara, which in turn created an appreciation for the classical Japanese poetry form of waka.

Mishima's first published works included waka poetry. He was invited to write a short story for the Gakushūin literary magazine and submitted Hanazakari no Mori, a story in which the narrator describes the feeling that his ancestors somehow still live within him. Mishima's teachers were so impressed that they recommended the story to the prestigious literary magazine Bungei-Bunka; the story makes use of the metaphors and aphorisms that became his trademarks and was published in book form in 1944 in a limited edition because of the wartime shortage of paper. To protect him from a possible backlash from his schoolmates, his teachers coined the pen-name "Yukio Mishima". Mishima's story Tabako, published in 1946, describes some of the scorn and bullying he faced at school when he confessed to members of the school's rugby union club that he belonged to the literary society; this trauma provided material for the story Shi o Kaku Shōnen in 1954. Mishima received a draft notice for the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

At the time of his medical check up, he had a cold, the young army doctor heard rales from the lung, misdiagnosed as tuberculosis. Although his authoritarian father had forbidden him to write any further stories, Mishima continued to write every night in secret and protected by his mother, always the first to read a new story. Attending lectures during the day and writing at night, Mishima graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1947, he obtained a position as an official in the government's Finance Ministry and was set up for a promising career. However, Mishima had exhausted himself so much that his father agreed to his resigning from the position during the first year of employment to devote himself to writing. Mish

Aditi Mittal

Aditi Mittal is an Indian stand-up comedian and writer. One of the first women to do stand-up comedy in India, Mittal has been rated amongst India's top 10 stand-up comedians by The Times of India. CNNIBN.com named her as one of the top 30 "witty and funny" Indian women to follow on Twitter. Mittal has written columns and articles in Grazia Men magazine, DNA, Firstpost.com and Financial Times. Mittal is one of the better-known faces of the Indian English stand-up comedy scene in India. In 2009, she was one of the first 5 Indians to be featured in an Indians-only stand-up show called Local Heroes, organized by the U. K based “The Comedy Store.” Today, she is a regular at Canvas Laugh Factory, Comedy Store Mumbai and has performed at venues and humor festivals across the country, clubs in UK and at Laugh Factory, Los Angeles. In 2013, Mittal was invited by the BBC for the prestigious 100 Women Conference in London, she first performed her solo show ‘Things they wouldn’t let me say’ in July 2013 at the Canvas Laugh Factory, Mumbai.

The tour features an appearance by sex therapist Dr. Mrs. Lutchuke and the “thinking” Bollywood starlet Dolly Khurana. Along with American and South African comics, Mittal has been featured in the American documentary Stand-Up Planet, which depicts a stand-up comic's quest to find some of the best humor from corners of the developing world, she has appeared on CNN-IBN's Phenking News with Cyrus Broacha, is a staple on the political satire show Jay Hind. She was one of the founding members of the Ghanta Awards and the Filmfail Awards, two of the biggest parody award shows in India, she has featured in Ripping the Decade with Vir Das, Fools Gold Awards on Comedy Central India, Bollywood OMG on Channel V. Mittal was featured on BBC World and BBC America among “India’s trailblazers”, appeared on BBC Asia with RJ Nihal, her material has been described as “acerbic and cutting edge”. Her jokes cover everything from Osama bin Laden to sanitary napkins, toddlers to Miss India winners, she says, “My brand of humour is personal.

It’s observational.” She developed the character of Dr. Lutchuke because she did not like the way sex was portrayed by the media. Mittal has spoken at India's 1st Sex Exposition by India Today, WIFT India, Indian School of business and comedy festivals across the country, she has comprehension in French and Spanish. Mittal believes. A fan of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, she stepped into the stand-up comedy scene after quitting her job in New York and moving to India. Allured by the burgeoning interest in it, she trained herself, subsequently moving on to live performances. In October 2014, she was included again in the BBC's 100 women. In December 2014, Mittal featured as a part of the Roast panel on the AIB Knockout. In February, she appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show. Mittal's YouTube series Bad Girls showcases women activists; the first episode, released in February 2017, focused on Nidhi Goyal

Agboville Department

Agboville Department is a department of Agnéby-Tiassa Region in Lagunes District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 292,109 and its seat is the settlement of Agboville; the sub-prefectures of the department are Aboudé, Ananguié, Attobrou, Azaguié, Céchi, Grand-Morié, Guessiguié, Loviguié, Oress-Krobou, Rubino. Agboville Department was created in 1969 as one of the 24 new departments that were created to take the place of the six departments that were being abolished, it was created from territory, part of Sud Department. In 1997, regions were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. Agboville Department was combined with Adzopé Department to form Agnéby Region. In 2011, districts were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. At the same time, regions were reorganised and became second-level subdivisions and all departments were converted into third-level subdivisions. At this time, Agboville Department became part of Agnéby-Tiassa Region in Lagunes District.

Agboville Department retains the same boundaries that it had in 1969.

Dry Jack

Dry Jack is an American jazz fusion band, active during the 1970s and the 1980s. Dry Jack formed in 1973 by his bassist brother Rich. Drummer Jon Margolis joined a year and guitarist Rod Fleeman in 1977. Dry Jack was cited in Rolling Stone's History of Music as “one of the premier, cutting edge bands of the electric jazz movement.” They followed on the heels of Larry Coryell's The Eleventh House, Chick Corea's Return to Forever, Weather Report. Dry Jack shared the stage with many musical greats, including Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner. Chuck Lamb described the inspiration for the band's name as coming from a patron, who after listening to the music declared, "That's dry, jack." The band released two albums: Whale City through the Inner City Records label. Regular band members were his brother Rich Lamb on bass guitar. Other band members included Jon Margolis on drums. Theano Anifantakis was featured on vocals in the 1980s. In 2016, the band started to record a third album, called alien intervention.

Band members include Chuck and Rich Lamb, Jon Margolis, Rod Fleeman. The excitement behind Dry Jack is the energy of their gigs and the faithful fans surrounding the events at venues in New York, Kansas City, Rapid City, SD. Yacht rock Dry Jack at AllMusic 2015 Reunion concert in Colorado at YouTube

Herbert Stern, 1st Baron Michelham

Herbert Stern, 1st Baron Michelham, known as Sir Herbert Stern, Bt, between July and December 1905, was a British financier, philanthropist and a member of the Stern banking family. Stern was the son of Hermann de Stern, a German-born banker, head of the merchant bank Stern Brothers and Portuguese baron, Julia Goldsmid, he was the first cousin of Sir Edward Stern. On his father's death Stern inherited the Portuguese barony and a fortune of £2 million, which he increased during his lifetime, he was a prominent philanthropist, notably contributed to the National Gallery. During the First World War he acquired Hotel Astoria in Paris to be used as a hospital for British troops, he was involved in thoroughbred horse racing and is known for having bred Plucky Liege, one of the most important broodmares of the 20th century. Stern was created a Baronet, of Strawberry Hill in the Parish of Twickenham and County of Middlesex, in July 1905 and raised to the peerage as Baron Michelham, of Hellingley in the County of Sussex, in December of the same year.

Lord Michelham was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1912. Lord Michelham died in Paris in January 1919, aged 67, was succeeded by his son, Herman. Orbell, John. "Stern family". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/53820

Gary M Dobbs

Gary Martin Dobbs (Known by the pen name Jack Martin is a British writer and actor, known for a string of Western novels for Robert Hale's Black Horse Western imprint, including Arkansas Smith, The Ballad of Delta Rose, The Afterlife of Slim McCord. In 2016 a digital edition of Tarnished Star was issued by Piccadilly Publishing under the alternative title of LawMaster; the title change refers to the title used for the script by Neil Jones and Gary Dobbs, optioned for a feature film. Dobbs is the writer of the series of mysteries featuring the character of Granny Smith; as an actor Dobbs has appeared in many British TV shows, as well as in the films The Reverend and Risen. In 2014 Dobbs wrote the 2013 non-fiction historical book and the Valleys in the Great War, published by Pen and Sword Books. Other non fiction works include Dark Valleys,Cardiff at War 1939 - 1945 and A Date with the Hangman: A history of capital punishment. Gary Martin Dobbs was born in 1965 in South Wales to Violet Dobbs, his early life was spent in Gilfach Goch.

His adolescence was, in his own words, idyllic with his love or reading and writing instilled in him by his mother who, after discovering he was a poor reader, sat him down and taught him to read. In an interview with BBC Radio Wales, Dobbs stated, "I was eleven years old at the time, and it was the best thing anyone did for me. As soon as I conquered the act of reading the written word a whole new world opened for me." Dobbs wrote his first novel at fifteen years of age, which went unpublished, but it was an experience he never forgot and has been writing since. Dobbs has claimed that being born into a working class area, educated at the local comprehensive school, he was denied encouragement by the education system and owes his love of literature to his mother and grandfather, Jack Martin, it was his grandfather's name that Dobbs used as a pen-name for his string of best-selling western novels published first by Robert Hale Ltd and by Crowood Press. Template:Http://www.crowood.com/default.asp A Policeman's Lot Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs Granny Smith Investigates Granny Smith: The Welsh Connection A Man called Masters Arkansas Smith The Ballad of Delta Rose The Afterlife of Slim McCord The Tarnished Star Wild Bill Williams Granny Smith: The Welsh Connection Riding the vengeance Trail Massacre at Red Rock 2016 Red Sky at Night 2020 Dark Valleys 2016 Non Fiction Cardiff and the Valleys in The Great War 2014 Non Fiction Cardiff and the Valleys at War 1939 - 1945 2019 Non Fiction A Date with the Hangman 2019 Non Fiction Southers Arizona New Examiner Radio InterviewGary Dobbs pen and sword Official website Gary M. Dobbs at the Internet Movie Database Southern Arizona Radio Interview Southern Arizona News Examiner Wales Online article [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gary-M.-Dobbs/e/B0080GNDKA