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  • Carpet One Floor & Home is a home design retailers' cooperative in the carpet, rug, and other home design products (i.e.: vinyl, tile, hardwood, laminate, bamboo, cork, countertops, furniture, and window treatments) in North America, New Zealand, and Australia.

  • Australian golfer (born in 1955)

  • United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)

  • In particular, any of the Normans who conquered England in 1066 or their descendants

  • A native or inhabitant of modern Normandy

  • of or relating to or characteristic of Normandy; "Norman beaches"

  • A member of a people of mixed Frankish and Scandinavian origin who settled in Normandy from about ad 912 and became a dominant military power in western Europe and the Mediterranean in the 11th century

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Have A Nice Decade: The '70s Pop Culture Box

Have A Nice Decade: The '70s Pop Culture Box

When this material originally resurfaced in an earlier Rhino-celebrates-the-'70s program, many rock scribes contorted themselves into revisionist pretzels: this isn't so bad, they argued--none too convincingly. There'll be none of that here: much of the music on this colossal box set is godawful. The world doesn't miss the likes of Sammy ("Chevy Van") Johns and Sammy ("Candy Man") Davis. Or at least it doesn't miss the records they cut during the decade of disaster flicks and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. That said, this elaborate box is something to behold. The lovingly compiled 92-page booklet provides background on the ridiculous (David Soul, C.W. McCall, Carl Douglas) and the sublime (Parliament, James Brown, the Staple Singers), and the music swings on the same pendulum, with Harry Chapin, Bill Withers, and Cat Stevens sitting amid Wayne Newton, The Captain & Tennille, and Meco's jittery electro-take on the Star Wars theme. Seven discs, 160 selections! To paraphrase a popular ad slogan of the era, you won't believe you listened to the whole thing. --Steven Stolder

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Cliffords Tower daffodil carpet

Cliffords Tower daffodil carpet

Early morning shot of the Tower taken in March 2007 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens with the focal length set at 10mm. This was taken early morning, so the light wasn't strong, and to get everything in focus I needed a small aperture. As a result the exposure time was longer than I would have liked and because it was windy you can see some movement in the daffodils.

This is about the best time of year to take a picture of Clifford's Tower. The steep banks of the Tower are covered with a carpeting of daffodils. I desaturated this picture in Photoshop because it made the daffodils stand out more

Best viewed in large size because you get a better idea of how dense the daffodil covering is.

Information on the Tower from Wikipedia:

York Castle is a fortification in the city of York, England. The Castle itself was later dismantled, but the site contains Clifford's Tower, a quatrefoil keep built on top of a Norman motte (grid reference SE605515), the courts, Castle Museum and former prisons. It was the site of a massacre of Jews in 1190.

York is located at a crossing of the River Ouse, and the confluence of Rivers Ouse and Foss. Because of the site's strategic importance the Romans established a garrison there. After the Norman Conquest of 1068–1069, William the Conqueror established two Motte and Bailey wooden castles in York. York Castle between the Rivers Ouse and Foss and what is now Baile Hill on the South Bank.

In 1190 the wooden tower was the last refuge of the 150 Jewish residents in York. Richard de Malbis of York was a debtor of Aaron of Lincoln, an influential Jewish banker of the late 12th century. When a fire broke out in the city of York, De Malbis used the opportunity to incite a mob to attack the home of a recently deceased agent of Aaron of Lincoln named Benedict of York, killing his widow and children and burning the house. Joce (Joseph) the leader of the Jewish community of York obtained the permission of the warden of York Castle to remove his wife and children and the rest of the Jews into the castle, where they were probably placed in Clifford's Tower. This was surrounded by the mob, and when the warden left the castle, the Jews would not readmit him for fear of the mob. He appealed to the sheriff, who called out the county militia, who surrounded Clifford's Tower for several days. On 16 March 1190 the Tower was set on fire, and many Jews either perished in the flames or took their own lives rather give themselves up to the mob; those who did surrender were killed. In all around 150 Jews died. A plaque on the hill on which the tower is placed reads:

“ On the night of Friday 16 March 1190 some 150 Jews and Jewesses of York having sought protection in the Royal Castle on this site from a mob incited by Richard Malebisse and others chose to die at each other's hands rather than renounce their faith. „

The walls of the stone tower still stand, but the roof and central pillar are gone.
York Castle (Cliffords Tower) South view.The king's Chancellor dismissed the sheriff and constable for failing to prevent the massacre and imposed a heavy fine on York's citizens. However, the ringleaders had fled and could not be brought to justice.

The tower was rebuilt in stone between 1245 and 1265. The castle's bailey walls, towers, gates, bridges, two halls, a chapel, a kitchen and a prison were all built at this time. The name Clifford’s Tower was first recorded in 1596 and derives its name from Roger de Clifford, who was hanged there in 1322. Before then it was called the Great Tower. Very few examples of this multilobed type of castle tower exist. One is the keep of Pontefract Castle (now badly damaged). An identical example to York can be found at Etampes, France.

In 1536, political leader Robert Aske was hanged above Clifford's Tower on the orders of King Henry VIII, following the failure of his Pilgrimage of Grace against the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

In recent times, the surrounding area of Clifford's Tower has been considered for retail development. Some citizens, visitors, academics, environmentalists, local businesspeople and Jewish groups have opposed the development with some success, winning a lengthy and bitter Public Inquiry in 2003. English Heritage owns the castle.

The motte of Clifford's Tower is believed to be the "hill" that the Grand Old Duke of York marched 10,000 men up and down in the nursery rhyme, although there are several other theories.

John Howard Davies 1939 - 2011

John Howard Davies 1939 - 2011

John Howard Davies, who died on August 22 aged 72, played Oliver Twist in David Lean’s celebrated Dickens adaptation (1948); as an adult he directed and produced some of the greatest comedy series in British television.

Chief among these was Fawlty Towers, which he directed during its first series. On reading the scripts, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, Davies “laughed continuously.” It was he who suggested Prunella Scales for the part of Sybil Fawlty, who proved central to the show’s enduring appeal. “There was another actress Connie and I wanted to use but she didn’t want the part,” Cleese recalled. “Then John Howard Davies suggested Prunella. We realised she was doing it differently but better than the way we had envisaged it when we were writing it.”

By the time that Fawlty Towers was broadcast, Davies had already had a hand in several other landmark comedy programmes, including Monty Python’s Flying Circus. His role was primarily as a producer, but he also directed the first four episodes of Python too. By then the show’s surreal humour was causing a stir at the BBC. According to Terry Jones, one senior executive wailed: “You’ve got to do something about this dreadful programme. It’s simply not funny. ”

Davies was able to see the funny side; he had already produced similarly surreal comedy with The Goodies (1970-72). But he could also appreciate the charms of more traditional sitcoms, like The Good Life, which he produced for its entire run (1975-79). Shows with which he was associated were nominated for seven Baftas, with Fawlty Towers winning best sitcom in 1975.

John Howard Davies was born on March 9 1939 in London; his father was the scriptwriter Jack Davies, who also specialised in comedy, principally for Norman Wisdom. When David Lean was looking to cast the title role in Oliver Twist, he picked John, then nine, whose long thin nose and trembling upper lip conveyed the required innocence for the role .

John’s performance led to roles in three other films, including Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1951); then, after school, he appeared in the television series William Tell before doing National Service in the Navy. He worked briefly in the City and as a carpet salesman before travelling to Australia, only settling into a career in television in 1966, when he joined the BBC.
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From the WebFORM THE WEB:Incredible Photos of Russian Peasants in the 1800s31 Dec 1969(Environmental Graffiti)The Brave Face of Keira Knightley31 Dec 1969(Voguepedia)2011 Fall TV Preview: 13 Shows Worth Watching this Season22 Aug 2011(Black Enterprise)[what's this]He was made a producer in 1968 and worked first on Misleading Cases, a legal satire starring Alastair Sim, moving on to The World of Beachcomber, starring Spike Milligan; and All Gas and Gaiters . Then came Monty Python; The Goodies; Steptoe and Son and Frankie Howerd’s Whoops Baghdad.

In 1973 Davies left to become managing director of EMI television productions, but was back at the BBC within a year, where he became Head of Comedy in 1978, launching yet more famous series, including Yes Minister , Not the Nine O’Clock News, and Only Fools and Horses.

In 1985 he joined Thames Television. But his productions there, barring Mr Bean (1990) and After Henry (1992), were generally regarded as disappointing.

He returned to the BBC in the mid-1990s, directing an Easter special of The Vicar of Dibley in 1996, but increasingly appeared in documentaries recounting the genesis of the great comedies on which he had worked .

Beyond television John Howard Davies enjoyed shooting, painting, and riding motorbikes. He was thrice married and is survived by his wife, Linda, a son and a daughter, and a stepson and stepdaughter.

from The Telegraph 23 August 2011

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