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Joseph McElderry (Singer, The X Factor, UK, 2009)


Joe McElderry Is The X Factor UK, 2009 Winner (13 December 2009)

Joseph McElderry Demographics:

  • Name - Joseph McElderry
  • Age - 18-year-old (2009)
  • Home - Westoe, South Shields
  • Occupation - Newcastle College Performing Arts student
Joseph McElderry Information:
  • Joe appeared on X Factor, UK (2009).
  • He started singing 4 years ago through karaoke & the Shields Gazette.
  • From Cheryl Cole's hometown (South Shields).
  • Cheryl Cole was his mentor for the Live Shows on X Factor, UK (2009).
  • He auditioned in Manchester where he sang Luther Vandross’s “Dance With My Father”.
  • Joe reached the boot camp stage of last year's X Factor UK (2008), but felt too young & opted to walk away.
  • One punter in South Shields, possibly a family member, has bet £500 on Joe winning The X Factor, which has won them ~ £7,000.
  • Joe made it to the - Final of The X Factor UK, 2009.
  • Joe performed a duet with George Michael in the final (12 December 2009).
  • Following Saturday's Final Vote - Joe made it to the final 2 with Olly Murs on Sunday 13 December 2009.
  • Joe won the public vote to become - Winner of The X Factor 2009.
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Extinct Mammals (Modern Times)

The following is an alphabetical list of mammals which have become extinct in modern times.

The list excludes prehistoric mammals.

Arabian Gazelle (1825)
Atlas Bear (1840's)
Auroch (1627, Poland)
Baiji
Balearic Shrew
Bali Tiger (1937, Indonesia)
Barbados Raccoon (1964, Barbados)
Barbary Lion (1912)
Big-eared Hopping Mouse (1843, Australia)
Blue Antelope (1799)
Bluebuck
Broad-faced Potoroo
Bubal Hartebeest (1923, Algeria)
Bulldog Rat
Burchell's Zebra (1910)
Cape Lion (1860, South Africa)
Cape Warthog (1900)
Caribbean Monk Seal (1922)
Caspian Tiger (1959, Iran)
Caucasian Wisent (1926, Russia)
Christmas Island Shrew
Crescent Nailtail Wallaby (1956, Australia)
Cuban Coney (1500, Cuba)
Cuban Monkey
Dang's Giant Squirrel (1940, India)
Darling Downs Hopping Mouse (1846, Australia)
Darwin's Galapagos Mouse (1930, Galapagos Islands)
Desert Bandicoot
Desert Rat-kangaroo
Dusky Flying Fox
Eastern Elk, (1880, USA)
Eastern Hare Wallaby (1890, Australia)
Emperor Rat (1960's Solomon Islands)
Falkland Island Fox (1876, Falkland Islands)
Flores Cave Rat
Golden Bear (1925, USA)
Gould's Mouse (1930, Australia)
Guadalcanal Rat (1899, Solomon Islands)
Guam Flying Fox (1968, Guam)
Hispaniolan Edible Rat (1994, Hispaniola)
Hispanolan Monkey
Hungarian Wisent
Ilin Island Cloudrunner
Imposter Hutia (1996, Hispaniola)
Indefatigable Galapagos Mouse (1934, Galapagos)
Jamaican Monkey
Japanese Sea Lion (1950's, Japan)
Japanese Wolf
Javan Tiger (1979, Indonesia)
Kansas Bog Lemming (1946, US)
Kenya Oribi (1996, Kenya)
Lake Mackay Hare-wallaby
Large Palau Flying Fox (1874, Palau)
Lesser Bilby
Lesser Mascarene Flying Fox (1864, Reunion, Mauritius)
Lesser Stick Nest Rat (1933, Australia)
Little Swan Island hutia
Long-Tailed Hopping Mouse (1901, Australia)
Lord Howe Long-eared Bat
Maclear's Rat
Madagascan Dwarf Hippopotamus
Madagascan Pygmy Hippopotamus
Marcano's Solenodon
Martinique Giant Rice Rat (1902, Martinique)
Martinique Musk Rat (1903, Martinique)
Merriam's Elk (1906, USA)
Mexican grizzly bear (1960s, Mexico)
Miss Waldron's Red Colobus (1978, Ghana)
Montane Hutia (1996, Hispaniola)
Nebraska Bog Lemming (1968, US)
Nelson's Rice Rat (1990, Mexico)
Nendo Tube-nosed Fruit Bat (1907, Solomon Islands)
New Zealand Greater Short-tailed Bat (1988, New Zealand)
Oriente Cave Rat (1994, Cuba)
Panay Giant Fruit Bat (1892, Philippines)
Pemberton's Deer Mouse
Philippine Bare-backed Fruit Bat (1970, Philippines)
Pig-footed Bandicoot
Portuguese Ibex (1892, Portugal)
Puerto Rican Flower Bat
Pyrenean Ibex (2000, Spain)
Quagga (1883)
Queen Charlotte Caribou (1935, Canada)
Queen of Sheba's Gazelle (1951, Yemen)
Red Gazelle (1894, Algeria)
Red-bellied Gracile Opossum
Roberts' Lechwe (1994, Zambia)
Sardinian Pika
Schomburgk's Deer (1932, Thailand)
Sea Mink (1890, USA)
Seladang
Short-tailed Hopping Mouse (1896, Australia)
Shou
St Lucy Giant Rice Rat (1852, Saint Lucia)
Steller's Sea Cow (1768, USA)
Sturdee's Pipistrelle (1915, Japan)
Swan Island Huita (1996, Honduras)
Syrian Wild Ass (1927, Syria)
Tarpan (1880, Poland)
Thylacine (1936, Tasmania)
Toolache Wallaby
Torre's Cave Rat (1994, Cuba)
Verhoeven's Giant Tree Rat
Western Black Rhinoceros
White-footed Rabbit-rat
White-footed Tree-rat (1870's, Australia)
Wisconsin Cougar (1925, USA)


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The Tyger (Poem by William Blake)


Important Facts:
  • "The Tyger" is a poem written by the English poet William Blake.
  • Published in 1794 as part of his collection Songs of Experience (see plate from book at right).
  • The choice of the spelling "tyger" has been interpreted as being for dramatic effect because the use of tyger (rather than tiger) was already dwindling at the time of publication.
  • In the late 18th century it was also quite unusual for writers to show an interest in wild animals as they were not part of the common collective public consciousness (no wildlife documentaries in those days!).
  • Blake may have been trying to display something about the majesty & power of God's creation in the natural world with this poem.
  • He also makes a contrast between the meek lamb and the terrifying tyger, perhaps to highlight the prevailing contradictory ideas about the natural world.

The Tyger

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

by William Blake


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Saveloy (Sausage Variety)


Saveloy Important Facts:
  • Saveloy is a type of well seasoned or salted, smoked pork sausage.
  • Typically bright red, as coloured with saltpetre.
  • Similar in taste to that of a frankfurter.
History:
  • Appears to have been first used in popular English literature before 1838.
  • Word comes from the modification of French cervelas, a pork sausage, via Italian cervellato (from cervello brain, from Latin cerebellum).
  • Historically, at one time made from pigs' brains (ie Italian connection).
  • In Australia, saveloys where usually known as frankfurters until the outbreak of World War I (1914) when many German named items or places were changed to English sounding names.
Popular Culture:
  • Sold in English fish and chip shops (see image), where it is sometimes fried in batter.
  • Also available in Australia, where it is usually battered & locally known as a "battered sav".
  • Normally eaten with chips, or in a sandwich.
  • Words rhyming with "saveloy" include - Accloy, Cloy, Disemploy, Loy, Misemploy, Overcloy, Preemploy, Surcloy.
Image Credit - by celie (cc)

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ACORN (Demographics Information System)

Important ACORN Facts:
  • Acronym for - A Classification Of Residential Neighbourhoods.
  • Geodemographic information system.
  • It organises United Kingdom postcodes into various categories based upon census data and various other surveys.
  • The developer is Richard Webber (CACI Limited).
  • The system is useful for planning or marketing purposes.
The Major Categories Are:
  • Wealthy Achievers
  • Urban Prosperity
  • Comfortably Off
  • Moderate Means
  • Hard Pressed


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