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Derren Brown (Mentalist, Illusionist, Magician) b. 1971

Derren Brown Facts:
  • Name - Derren Victor Brown
  • Born 27 February 1971
  • Nationality - British (English)
  • Occupation - Mentalist, magician, illusionist, painter & sceptic.
  • Birth Place - Croydon, South London.
  • Educated - Whitgift School; University of Bristol (Law & German).
  • Much of his TV work is written in collaboration with actor & magician Andy Nyman.
Derren Brown Television Shows:
  • Mind Control (from 2000)
  • Trick of the Mind (2005, 2006)
  • Trick or Treat (2007, 2008)
  • Mind Control with Derren Brown (2007)
  • The Events (for release September 2009)
Derren Brown Television Specials:
Interview of Derren Brown by Sir David Frost on Al Jazeera English (June 20, 2009):



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Derren Brown - Chess Simul (Trick Of The Mind Series)
Derren Brown Being Interviewed By Richard Dawkins For 'The Enemies Of Reason' TV Program


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1700

1700 History Facts:
  • Berlin Academy of Science established.
  • The Vietnamese gain control of the entire Indochina Peninsula.
  • Large part of Edinburgh, Scotland, is destroyed by fire.
  • Medici family of Florence documents the first piano, invented by Bartolommeo Cristofori.
  • One scholar observes that the entire military class of Japan is living "as in an inn, that is, consuming now and paying later".
  • The Cascadia Earthquake, ruptures the Cascadia subduction zone offshore from Vancouver Island to northern California. (January 26)
  • The Great Northern War begins with a joint invasion of Swedish territory in Germany and Latvia by Denmark and Poland/Saxony. (February 12)
  • The island of New Britain is discovered. (February 27)
  • Battle of Narva in Estonia. (November 20)
  • Pope Clement XI succeeds Pope Innocent XII as the 243rd pope. (November 23)
Births:
  • February 9 – Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch mathematician (d. 1782)
  • May 7 – Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-born physician (d. 1772)
  • May 12 – Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect (d. 1773)
  • May 19 – José de Escandón, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1770)
  • May 26 – Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, German religious & social reformer (d. 1760)
  • August 13 – Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (d. 1763)
  • September 11 – James Thomson, Scottish poet (d. 1748)
  • September 30 – Stanislaw Konarski, Polish writer (d. 1773)
  • October 10 – Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor (d. 1759)
  • November 19 – Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot & physicist (d. 1770)
  • November 28 – Nathaniel Bliss, English astronomer (d. 1764)
  • December 25 – Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (d. 1751)
Deaths:
  • 21 January – Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort (b. 1629)
  • 22 January – Jacob Balthasar Schutz, composer (b. 1660)
  • May – Louis Jolliet, Canadian explorer (b. 1645)
  • 12 May – John Dryden, English poet and dramatist who was poet laureate (1670–1688)
  • 15 May – John Hale, American witch hunter (b. 1636)
  • July – John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale, English politician (b. 1655)
  • 29 July – William, Duke of Gloucester (b. 1689)
  • 15 September – André Le Nôtre, French landscape gardener (b. 1613)
  • 27 September – Pope Innocent XII (b. 1615)
  • 1 November – Charles II of Spain (b. 1661)

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Fawlty Towers (TV Program)

Fawlty Towers Facts:
  • Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom produced by BBC Television.
  • It was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975.
  • Only 12 episodes were produced - 2 series (1975 & 1979) with 6 episodes each.
  • Setting is a fictional hotel called Fawlty Towers
  • The hotel is located in Torquay ('English Riviera')
  • Inspired by the Gleneagles hotel in Torquay.
  • Written by John Cleese and Connie Booth.
Fawlty Towers - The Builders (Episode 2) (Full)



Fawlty Towers 03 - The Wedding Party (Full)




Fawlty Towers - The Hotel Inspectors - Episode 4 (Full)




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Stephen Hawking (Theoretical Physicist)


Stephen Hawking Demographics:
  • Name - Stephen William Hawking
  • Birth - January 8, 1942
  • Nationality - British
  • Occupation - Theoretical physicist
  • Honours - CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA
  • Father - Dr. Frank Hawking, a research biologist.
  • Mother - Isobel Hawking
  • Siblings - 2 sisters, Philippa & Mary, & adopted brother, Edward.
Stephen Hawking Interesting Facts:
  • Contributions to the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes.
  • Awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom (August 12, 2009).
  • Elected (1974) as one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society.
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Has a neuro muscular dystrophy which has progressed, leaving him now almost completely paralyzed.
  • Professor Hawking was ranked 25th in the 2002 BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Britons (here).
Stephen Hawking Education & Professional Life:
  • St Albans High School for Girls (1950-1953), admitted boys until age 10 years.
  • St Albans School from age 11 years.
  • Enrolled at University College, Oxford for his degree, choosing physics as mathematics was not available.
  • B.A. degree at Oxford University in 1962.
  • Moved from Oxford to Trinity Hall, Cambridge to study theoretical astronomy & cosmology.
  • Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years (1979 - October 1, 2009).
  • Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
  • Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario.
Stephen Hawking Scientific Plaudits:
  • Provided together with Roger Penrose, theorems regarding singularities in the framework of general relativity, including the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation (Hawking radiation or Bekenstein-Hawking radiation).
  • Lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.
  • Mathematical proof (with Brandon Carter, Werner Israel & D. Robinson) of John Wheeler's "No-Hair Theorem".
  • Multiple other advances in quantum cosmology, cosmic inflation etc.
Stephen Hawking Awards (Chronology):
  • 1975 - Eddington Medal
  • 1976 - Hughes Medal - Royal Society
  • 1979 - Albert Einstein Medal
  • 1982 - Order of the British Empire (Commander)
  • 1985 - Gold Medal - Royal Astronomical Society
  • 1986 - Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
  • 1988 - Wolf Prize in Physics
  • 1989 - Prince of Asturias Awards in Concord
  • 1989 - Companion of Honour
  • 1999 - Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize - American Physical Society
  • 2003 - Michelson Morley Award - Case Western Reserve University
  • 2006 - Copley Medal - Royal Society
  • 2008 - Fonseca Price - University of Santiago de Compostela
  • 2009 - Presidential Medal of Freedom (United States)
Stephen Hawking Popular Publications:
  • 1988 - A Brief History of Time, (Bantam Press)
  • 1993 - Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, (Bantam Books)
  • 2001 - The Universe in a Nutshell, (Bantam Press)
  • 2002 - On The Shoulders of Giants. The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy, (Running Press)
  • 2005 - A Briefer History of Time, (Bantam Books)
In this audio message Stephen Hawking responds to his question on the survival of the human race:



Image Credit - NASA StarChild Learning Center Public Domain

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Baby Chicks

A cute video showing a puppy which is attached to a clutch of baby chicks.

Multiplication (Mathematics)

A interesting video showing a method for multiplication.




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Stalagmite and Stalactite (Mnemonic) - How To Tell Apart



The following is a useful mnemonic to remember the difference between stalagmite and stalactite.

Stalagmites might reach the roof, stalactites have to hang on tight or they will fall off.


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Tags: Geology - Mnemonic - Roof - Stalactite - Stalagmite - Tight
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Necessary (Spelling Mnemonic)

A mnemonic (spelling mnemonic) to remember the spelling of "NECESSARY".

'Never Eat Cakes Eat Sardine Sandwiches And Remain Young.'

N - Never
E - Eat
C - Cakes
E - Eat
S - Sardine
S - Sandwiches
A - And
R - Remain
Y - Young

Another useful pointer to remember that there is one "C" and two "S" in necessary is the sentence:

'One Coffee, Two Sugars'


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Rhythm - Spelling Mnemonic

Mnemonic (spelling mnemonic) for remembering how to spell 'RHYTHM'.

Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move.

R - Rhythm
H - Helps
Y - Your
T - Two
H - Hips
M - Move


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Stavros Flatly (Britain's Got Talent, 2009)

The brilliant Stavros Flatly (Stavros Flatley) act on Britain's Got Talent 2009.




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Paul Potts (Britain's Got Talent 2007)

Paul Potts singing "nessun dorma" at his first audition on Britain's Got Talent (2007).





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Britain's Got Talent

Britain's Got Talent is TV program produced in the UK by ITV.

Series:
  • Britain's Got Talent 2007
  • Britain's Got Talent 2008
  • Britain's Got Talent 2009
The program became known worldwide when a video of Susan Boyle auditioning in 2009 was posted on youtube.

The famous Susan Boyle audition is shown below:



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Stavros Flatly
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Alchemipedia Contents Media

Contents Media:

Radio:

Television (UK):
Britain's Got Talent
Stavros Flatly (Britain's Got Talent, 2009)

Susan Boyle (Britain's Got Talent)

Television (USA):



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Susan Boyle (Singer, Britain's Got Talent 2009) b. 1 April 1961


Susan Boyle Demographics:
  • Name - Susan Magdalane Boyle
  • Born - 1 April 1961.
  • Birthplace - Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland.
  • Occupation - Scottish Singer
  • Father - Patrick Boyle (miner, & WW II veteran), Irish immigrant.
  • Mother - Bridget, Irish immigrant.
  • Siblings - youngest of 4 brothers & 6 sisters.
Susan Boyle Facts:
  • Susan first came to international public attention following her appearance on the reality TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009.
  • At this performance (see below) she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.
  • Susan's 1st album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released in 23 November 2009.
  • The album debuted as a best-selling CD on charts around the world.
Susan Boyle singing on Britain's Got Talent 2009 (episode 1).



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Les Misérables - Scottish - Singer - Susan Boyle

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Vase (Open Cut Flower Container)

Vase Facts:
  • A vase is an open container, usually used to hold cut flowers.
  • It can be made from pottery, ceramics, glass and other materials.
  • Decorating the vase is often done to compliment the beauty of the flowers.

This interesting video shows a cat (Felis catus) descending into a vase.




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