Tumuluri

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Tumuluri is a last name of people originating from Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, India. “Tumuluru” is a small village near Tenali. People with this last name belong to a class of Vaidika Brahmins who belong to the clan/gotra of “Haritha”. The people bearing this last name are descendants of the King Haritha who belonged to Suryavansha dynasty

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, King Ambareesha who belonged to Ikshvaku dynasty and King Yuvanashva who also belonged to Ikshvaku dynasty.Since they are descendants of the three kings trained by Angeerasa they have all qualities of a King or “kshatriyas”. This created, according to the Linga Purana, ‘Brahmins with the qualities of Kshatriyas. The Pravara of this gotra, used in ceremonies to refer to the ancestors of the participant Brahmin has 2 variations: 1)Angiras, Ambarisha, Yuvanaswa, which is most commonly used 2)Harita, Ambarisha, Yuvanaswa. Several people with this last name have migrated to US and other parts of the world. There are several great personalities bearing this last name. Many others are silently contributing immensely in various fields to make this world a better place for everyone.

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29th Brigade (Australia)

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World War II
The 29th Brigade was an infantry brigade of the Australian Army that was raised for service during World War II. Formed in late 1941 as part of the Militia, the brigade was initially formed for home defence in response to Japan’s entry into the war. Composed of three Queensland-based infantry battalions and various supporting elements, the brigade initially undertook defensive duties around Townsville in 1941–42 before deploying to New Guinea in 1943. There, the brigade undertook garrison duties before taking part in the Salamaua–Lae campaign. After a period of almost 18 months overseas, the brigade’s elements were returned to Australia for a period of rest and reorganisation before later being assigned to the Bougainville campaign in 1944–45. After the war, the brigade was disbanded in December 1945, along with its component units.

Raised on 20 December 1941 for service during World War II, the 29th Brigade was formed as part of the Militia, Australia’s part-time military force. Initially tasked with defending Townsville against possible invasion from the Japanese, in March 1942, the brigade’s three infantry battalions—the 15th, 42nd and 47th Battalions—began concentrating in Tiaro where they formed part of the 5th Division. In April 1942, the brigade began moving to Townsville to take up defensive duties, constructing defences along line between Giru and Rollingstone. During the Battle of Coral Sea, when the threat of invasion seemed imminent, the brigade was moved to the coast, issued ammunition for the first time and stood-to in preparation for a Japanese landing. In the event, this invasion did not occur and the brigade was stood down, returning to more mundane garrison duties, before moving to Mount Spec, to undertake jungle training in preparation for overseas service.
In January 1943, with the threat of invasion over, the brigade was deployed to New Guinea, with the 42nd Battalion moving to Gilli Gilli and Rabi, near Milne Bay, to relieve the 7th Brigade’s 61st Battalion, which had fought a successful defensive action there against the Japanese the previous year during the Battle of Milne Bay. Meanwhile, the 47th Battalion garrisoned Goodenough Island and the 15th Battalion was stationed at Buna initially before later moving to Morobe.
The brigade was later committed to the Salamaua–Lae campaign in August 1943

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, taking part in the fighting around Nassau and Tambu Bays, in support of the advance on Salamaua. Throughout late August and early September, the 15th Battalion launched an attack around the right flank of the US 162nd Infantry Regiment, against a Japanese position along the Lokanu and Scout Ridges. Against steep terrain and heavy resistance, the battalion eventually took the ridge, securing it by 9 September. Following up, on 9 September the 42nd Battalion attacked Charlie Hill as part of the final assault on Salamaua, which was captured several days later. Later, in early 1944, as the 7th Division advanced through the Markham and Ramu Valleys, the 15th Battalion assisted the division’s operations around Lae, conducting patrols in the area until August 1944 when they were withdrawn to Australia for rest and re-organisation having been deployed for over a year-and-a-half. The brigade was then concentrated around Petrie and Strathpine, in Queensland, in preparation for further action overseas. The brigade was subsequently assigned to the 3rd Division and 1944–45 took part in the Bougainville campaign.
On Bougainville, the Australians had taken over from an American garrison in late 1944 in order to free up US troops for the fighting in the Philippines. Prior to their arrival, the US garrison had maintained a largely defensive posture, but the Australians launched a limited-scale offensive on the island which evolved into three main drives in the north, south and in the centre of the island. The 29th Brigade relieved the US 182 Infantry Regiment and was subsequently assigned to the southern drive towards Buin, where the main Japanese force was based.
The 15th Battalion commenced the brigade’s campaign on Bougainville, being committed to the fighting in December 1944, while the 42nd and 47th Battalions joined them later the following month. During the initial stages, the 15th Battalion patrolled along the western coast, clearing the Japanese from an area between the Jaba and the Tavera Rivers. In early January, the 15th Battalion married up with the 42nd and 47th Battalions and the brigade advanced to Mawaraka, fighting a series of minor actions in the jungle and swamps before it was relieved by the 7th Brigade in the middle of the month, at which time the 29th Brigade was moved back to the major Australian base at Torokina for rest. The 29th Brigade was committed for a second effort in early July 1945 advancing from the Mivo River to the Oamai River during the final stages of the campaign. Two companies from the 15th Battalion led the advance, setting out from Sisikatekori, while the 47th Battalion positioned a company along the river near a track dubbed “Lawne’s Track”, and the 42nd sat stride the Buin Road, just short of the Mobiai River. The brigade’s efforts to secure a crossing over the Silibai River were frustrated by determined Japanese defence which held them up between 3 and 10 July, when the Australians successfully pushed their way across. Temporary positions were then established on the opposite bank and the patrols began ranging south towards the Oamai River; further advances, though, were hampered by heavy rain, which held up the advance on the Japanese strong hold around Buin until the end of the war. The brigade’s headquarters was disbanded in December 1945; its component units subsequently returned to Australia where they were disbanded during the early months of 1946.
The 29th Brigade typically consisted of:
The following officers served as commanding officer of the 29th Brigade:

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Missy Malone

Posted By on 28 juni 2016

Missy Malone is a Scottish burlesque performer currently based in central England.

An only child, Malone was born in 1985 and grew up in Livingston in Scotland. Throughout her childhood she attended dance and drama classes. She studied drama and art throughout high school and spent one school year training at ‘Powder’ circus school in Glasgow specialising in trapeze and stilt walking. Malone attended Edinburgh College of Art 2003–2007 graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Performance Costume Design. During school holidays as a teenager she worked in a local alternative record store. A huge fan of American popular culture she makes regular trips to Los Angeles. Malone specialised in striptease and acrobalance costumes and corsetry design for her final year of her costume design degree. She makes or customises/creates all her own performance costumes and has styled many photo shoots.
Inspired by classic American pin-up artwork particularly WWII aircraft nose art, she studied this imagery in her art work and costume designs. Classic American pin-up beauties remain to be a large influence on her style.
The distinctive white streak in Malone’s naturally dark hair has been maintained since she was a teenager. Her father would affectionately call her ‘Mallen’ after the family from the 1979 TV series The Mallens.
Malone is most known for her work as a burlesque performer. As soon as Malone turned 18 she started performing. She developed a wide range of acts and is mostly known several: her stilt walking 9 ft ‘Bride’ act a tribute to the 1935 classic movie ‘Bride of Frankenstein’

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, fan dance with 4 ft long white feather fans, ‘Jack Frost’ in a rich black velvet cloak, a variety of other acts including a champagne themed balloon dance, a gambling cowgirl act entitled “Ace of Spades”, a classic 1950s bump and grind act “Comanche”, and several character acts depicting cupid, a nurse, pirate, and sailor.
She quickly was recognised as Scotland’s top burlesque dancer. Malone also works regularly with her dance partner Leyla Rose, their double acts include a classic Hawaiian hula, a pillow fight, and a rock & roll military act.
From 2003 Malone became a regular performer in the British Burlesque scene, performing across the country in shows like Candybox burlesque in Birmingham and Torture Garden London. In August 2006 Malone performed at the Italian rockabilly festival ‘Summer Jamboree’ with her then dance partner Foxy (Rachel) Rouge for over 2000 people. Malone took up full-time work as a burlesque performer from December 2007 when she toured with The Damned on their ‘twisted Cabaret’ UK/Ireland tour.
She now regularly performs across continental Europe and the UK, she is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each year and has appeared in a Bollywood movie ‘Raftaar’ and on Italian television.[citation needed]
In 2009, Malone hosted a large scale variety show alongside Leyla Rose as Part of The Glasgow Cabaret Festival. The Missy & Leyla Show was produced by Rhymes with Purple Productions and featured a line-up of performers that Malone and Rose chose themselves. Passing on her performance knowledge Malone now conducts burlesque workshops with her dance partner Leyla Rose throughout the UK.
At 15 years old Malone got her first professional acting job in a Scottish (H.E.B.S) Anti-Smoking television commercial (Club Smoking). Other commercial works include a Royal Bank of Scotland T.V Commercial and an Olympus magazine promotional advertisement, she has also been interviewed on several European television programmes.
Malone has appeared in several short and feature length films including
Malone has featured in Bizarre magazine, Practical Photography, Borne Magazine, Alternative Magazine, ScotsGay, Custom Car Magazine, Kustom Magazine, I-ON Edinburgh Magazine, Shimmy Magazine, The List magazine, Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics Magazine, One and Milkcow Magazine. She has also been on the cover of The List, Burlesque Magazine, Leither, Fools in print and Civvy Street.
Newspaper features include: The Sun, Metro, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Evening News, The Evening Times, and The Courier.
She has promoted and been the face of brands such as Buttress and Snatch, Vivien of Holloway, Toxico, Clutterfly Jewellery, What Katie Did, Lily Lo Lo Mineral cosmetics, Vintage Lime, Olympus cameras, Xbox game “Battlestations Midway” and “Battlestations Pacific”. Missy is also signed up to Stolen Model Agency.
Malone has also been painted by many artists including famed low-brow artist Vince Ray.

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James Dundas, Lord Arniston

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Sir James Dundas, Lord Arniston (died 1679) was a Scottish politician and judge. He served as a shire commissioner to the Scottish Parliament.

He was son of Sir James Dundas of Arniston, Midlothian, governor of Berwick under James I, by Marie, daughter of George Home of Wedderburn. He was educated at the University of St. Andrews. In 1639, he signed the national covenant; in 1640 he was appointed an elder of the church, and on 16 November 1641, he was knighted by Charles I.
He represented Edinburgh in parliament in 1648, and was commissioner for war within the sheriffdom of that city between 1643 and 1648, sat on a commission composed partly of lawyers and partly of laymen, to which the liquidation of the insolvent estates of the Earl of Stirling and Lord Alexander was referred in 1644; on a parliamentary committee of eighteen appointed to consider of dangers threatening religion, the covenant, and the monarchy, and how to meet them; on another “close and secret” committee of six empowered to take steps rendered necessary by the presence of garrisons of “malignants and sectaries” in Berwick and Carlisle in March 1648; and on 11 May was appointed one of the “committee of estates” in which supreme power was vested during the adjournment of parliament. The same year he was also a member of a committee for considering of ecclesiastical matters in conference with the commissioners of the kirk, and was added to the “commission for the plantation of the kirks”. He signed the solemn league and covenant, apparently with some reluctance, in 1650. From that date his history is a blank until we find him again a member of the commission for the plantation of kirks in 1661, and also one of the commissioners for raising the sum of £40,000 granted to the king in that year.
Though not a trained lawyer, he was nominated an ordinary lord of session, and assumed the title of Lord Arniston, on 16 May 1662; and having satisfied the court of his knowledge of law was admitted to the College of Justice on 4 June. His tenure of office, however, was brief. In 1663 a statute was passed requiring all public officials to subscribe a declaration, affirming the duty of passive obedience, and renouncing the solemn league and covenant. Being unable conscientiously to sign the declaration, Dundas sent in his resignation. It was signed by ten of the Judges on 10 November 1663, Dundas being absent. Though the time for signature was extended in his case until 8 January 1664, and then for a further period of eighteen months, and though he was frequently pressed to reconsider the matter, Dundas steadily refused to sign unless he were permitted to qualify the clause in the declaration abjuring the covenant by the words, “in so far as it led to deeds of actual rebellion”. The compromise was not accepted, but it was notified to him that if he would sign the declaration as it stood the king would permit him to make reservation in private audience. To this Dundas replied: “If my subscription is to be public, I cannot be satisfied that the salvo should be latent”. On 28 August 1665, Sir John Lockhart of Castlehill was appointed to succeed him.
Dundas died at Arniston in October 1679.
He married, first, in 1641, Marion, daughter of Robert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd, by whom he had one son, Robert Dundas, also a lord of session, and three daughters; secondly, Janet

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, daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn of Humbie, and widow of Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston, by whom he had three sons; thirdly, in 1666, Helen, daughter of Sir James Skene, president of the court of session, and widow of Sir Charles Erskine of Alva.

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Archbold, Ohio

Posted By on 28 juni 2016

Archbold is a village in Fulton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 4,346 at the 2010 census.
Archbold is home to Northwest State Community College. It was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Archbold had its start in 1855 when the railroad was extended to that point. The village was probably named for John Archbald, a railroad promoter. According to another tradition, the name is an amalgamation of Arch and Bald, the names of two railroad officials. A post office called Archbold has been in operation since 1855.
Archbold is located at 41°31′6″N 84°18′20″W / 41.51833°N 84.30556°W / 41.51833; -84.30556 (41.518290, -84.305483).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.07 square miles (13.13 km2), of which, 4.93 square miles (12.77 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,346 people, 1,760 households, and 1,178 families residing in the village. The population density was 881.5 inhabitants per square mile (340.3/km2). There were 1,876 housing units at an average density of 380.5 per square mile (146.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 5.6% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.8% of the population.
There were 1,760 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.1% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the village was 41 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,290 people, 1,717 households, and 1,167 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,009.2 people per square mile (389.7/km²). There were 1,807 housing units at an average density of 425.1 per square mile (164.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 91.54% White, 0.47% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 5.78% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.42% of the population.
There were 1,717 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44, and the average family size was 3.05.
In the village the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20

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.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $43,155, and the median income for a family was $52,050. Males had a median income of $37,243 versus $25,990 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,971. About 1.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
Archbold is home to Archbold Area Schools, the only school district in the village of Archbold. Four County Career Center is also in Archbold, which is a career based technical school for students currently in their junior or senior year. Northwest State Community College is also in Archbold, a local community college.

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Sing girls

Posted By on 28 juni 2016

“Sing girls” (Chinese: 星女郎; pinyin: xīng nǚ láng) is a nickname for actresses who starred alongside Stephen Chow, often as the main character’s romantic interest. Many are young, new actresses who go on to receive considerable media attention after appearing in one of Chow’s films, and their success is often attributed to the attention brought to them by Chow—Zhang Yuqi, for example, has been referred to as Chow’s “protégée” after appearing in the 2007 film CJ7

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. The Chinese word 星 xīng refers both to Chow’s nickname 星爷 (Sing Yeh, “Grandmaster Sing”) and to 明星, the word for a star or celebrity.
Chow has not always chosen newcomer actresses to co-star with him; for example, Vicki Zhao already had a successful music and film career when she appeared as the female lead in Shaolin Soccer, and Gong Li was already famous as an “Yimou girl” (谋女郎) for her frequent collaboration with director Zhang Yimou before she starred in two Stephen Chow films in the early 1990s. Many times, though, starring with Chow has been a “Sing girl”’s first major role and has kick-started her career, as King of Comedy did for Cecilia Cheung. Eva Huang and Kitty Zhang both gained considerable attention from media and netizens after appearing in Kung Fu Hustle and CJ7, respectively, even though their roles were relatively small (Huang’s role had no lines at all).
Kingdom Yuen appeared in numerous 1990s Stephen Chow films not as a lead female or romantic interest, but rather in minor roles as a comedic stock character.
The youngest “Sing girl” is 7 year old Zhang Yuwen, who appears in Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.

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Battle of the Aguadores

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The Battle of the Aguadores was a sharp skirmish on the banks of the Aguadores River near Santiago de Cuba, on 1 July 1898, at the height of the Spanish–American War. The American attack was intended as a feint to draw Spanish defenders away from their nearby positions at San Juan Hill and El Caney, where the main blows fell later that day.
Poor coordination between Duffield’s column and the North Atlantic Fleet led to an ineffective bombardment of the Spanish positions. By the time the Americans arrived, the west end of the only bridge had been dismantled and the river gorge was impassable.:132 Seven hundred men of the 33rd Michigan Regiment pressed the attack on land but proved unable to close on the Spanish positions. Spanish rifle fire checked the American advance at the river crossing and Duffield, sustaining casualties from accurate small-arms fire, called off the attack and withdrew to Siboney.
The Spanish did not shift any forces from Santiago to Aguadores after all. While the Secretary of the Army declared the feint prevented the reinforcement of the San Juan Heights, no evidence was found to support this claim.
Transport in the heavily wooded coastal area proved inadequate, and the National Guard of the 33rd Michigan had to take the train twice to within 1 mi (1.6 km) of the river. 1st and 2nd Battalions could not both fit on the train at the same time. The resulting noise to their front that early in the morning alerted the Spanish that an attack was forthcoming.
The morning attack began with a naval artillery barrage from a small squadron off the coast. At 09:00, the armored cruiser USS New York opened fire, followed by two smaller cruisers, USS Suwanee and Gloucester. A chance shot from Suwanee struck down the banner atop the small Spanish fort,:133 but the naval bombardment otherwise had little material effect; with no way to adjust the fire onto the rifle pits below the crest or on the fortified houses on top, no targets could be hit

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. Spanish artillery units hunkered down and waited out the naval gunfire.
Spanish gunfire from modern Mauser rifles supported by directed artillery, meanwhile, bit into the approaching American infantry, which halted on the east bank above its objective of the railroad bridge near the Morro batteries. In the cover of the brush above the river, the Americans’ .45/70 Trapdoor Springfields gave away their position every time they fired, in contrast to the Spanish, who enjoyed smokeless powder weapons.
Brigadier General Duffield kept up a desultory fire for much of the afternoon. Unable to advance any further, and not knowing if they had drawn off any defenders from the Santiago Heights, he ordered his men to break off at 13:30.:133 They had drawn rations and ammunition at 01:30. and had been continuously moving or fighting in the thick brush since. The first to leave, as always in the U.S. military, were the wounded on the first train out.

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Rodger Doxsey

Posted By on 28 juni 2016

Rodger Evans Doxsey (March 11, 1947 – October 13, 2009) was an American physicist and astronomer who made major contributions to the scientific and operational success of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST). He joined the HST Project at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), located at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1981, and was head of the Hubble Missions Office at his death.
Of Doxsey

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, STScI Director Matt Mountain said, “Rodger was the heart and soul of Hubble here at the Institute…. He … knew everything about the space telescope, from the smallest anomaly to the breadth of the extraordinary science delivered by the telescope he had worked with for over 28 years.”

Dr. Doxsey was born in Schenectady, New York, raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and earned his Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his doctorate, he worked at MIT on the third NASA Small Astronomy Satellite (SAS 3), an X-ray astronomy mission, and then on the first High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO 1), which was launched in August 1977.
The Institute’s first director, Riccardo Giacconi, hired Doxsey nine years before the HST launch in 1990, to be the mission operations scientist. During the following years he was responsible for mission science specifications and requirements, data calibration, operational planning and scheduling, as well as the actual day-to-day commanding of the observatory. Doxsey worked on the development of new, state-of-the-art instruments for HST with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which contributed to the enormous advance made in Hubble’s scientific capabilities after launch, by replacing, in the course of several Space Shuttle visits from 1993 to May 2009, the original suite of instruments which had been specified and designed on the basis of technology that was many years old by the time HST finally became operational. Doxsey was also responsible for hiring many of the STScI’s staff.
Among Doxsey’s many awards and honors, especially notable are:

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HMAS Broome (J191)

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HMAS Broome (J191), named for the town of Broome, Western Australia, was one of 60 Bathurst-class corvettes constructed during World War II and one of 20 built for the Admiralty but manned by personnel of and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

In 1938, the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board (ACNB) identified the need for a general purpose ‘local defence vessel’ capable of both anti-submarine and mine-warfare duties, while easy to construct and operate. The vessel was initially envisaged as having a displacement of approximately 500 tons, a speed of at least 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph), and a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km; 2,300 mi) The opportunity to build a prototype in the place of a cancelled Bar-class boom defence vessel saw the proposed design increased to a 680-ton vessel, with a 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h

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; 17.8 mph) top speed, and a range of 2,850 nautical miles (5,280 km; 3,280 mi), armed with a 4-inch gun, equipped with asdic, and able to fitted with either depth charges or minesweeping equipment depending on the planned operations: although closer in size to a sloop than a local defence vessel, the resulting increased capabilities were accepted due to advantages over British-designed mine warfare and anti-submarine vessels. Construction of the prototype HMAS Kangaroo did not go ahead, but the plans were retained. The need for locally built ‘all-rounder’ vessels at the start of World War II saw the “Australian Minesweepers” (designated as such to hide their anti-submarine capability, but popularly referred to as “corvettes”) approved in September 1939, with 60 constructed during the course of the war: 36 ordered by the RAN, 20 (including Broome) ordered by the British Admiralty but manned and commissioned as RAN vessels, and 4 for the Royal Indian Navy.
Broome was laid down by Evans Deakin and Company at Brisbane on 3 May 1941, launched on 6 October 1941 by Mrs. M. J. McKew, wife of the shipyard’s works manager, and commissioned on 29 July 1942.
The corvette operated during World War II, and was awarded the battle honours “Pacific 1942-45” and “New Guinea 1942-44” for her service.
HMAS Broome paid off on 24 August 1946, was sold to the Turkish Navy and renamed Alanya. The vessel left Turkish service in 1975. The ship’s bell was recovered before the sale, and returned to Broome. It was presented to the Broome Road Board in June 1952, who then passed the bell on to Broome State School in November. The bell later ended up at the town’s Returned and Services League club.

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, founded by Bob Baker and Alton Wood in 1963, is the oldest children’s theater company in Los Angeles. In June 2009, the theater was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Bob Baker (1924–2014) was an American puppeteer whose marionettes have entertained thousands of children and adults worldwide for more than 70 years.
At age eight, Baker trained with several different Los Angeles-based companies before giving his first professional performance for director Mervyn Leroy. While attending Hollywood High School, he began manufacturing toy marionettes that sold both in Europe and the United States. After graduation he became an apprentice at the George Pal Animation Studios. A year later he was promoted to head animator of Puppetoons. After World War II, Baker served as an animation advisor at many film studios, including Disney. His puppetry was featured on TV in Bewitched, Star Trek, Land of the Giants and NCIS; and on film in the 1944 movie Bluebeard

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, in A Star Is Born, G.I. Blues, Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Baker was also instrumental in championing union membership for puppeteers. As a result, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA now recognize puppeteers as actors with a special skill. He has also provided a place of learning for the next generation of puppeteers, including Scott Land and Michael Earl.
Baker and partner Alton Wood turned a run-down scenic shop near downtown Los Angeles into a family entertainment institution: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The Bob Baker Marionettes have performed around the globe (even on Navy ships and submarines), with an inventory of nearly three thousand puppets. Like Bil Baird before him, Bob Baker is an American pioneer in the art of puppetry.
The theater was built in 1953. It is a one-story commercial building of modern Vernacular architecture. The theater is believed to have been built as a workshop for Academy Award-winning special effects artist M.B. Paul. In 1961, Baker and Alton Wood purchased the property for use as a live puppet theater and permanent showcase for hand-crafted marionettes.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is reportedly the longest-running puppet theater in the United States.[according to whom?]
During the June 2009 Los Angeles City Council meeting at which the theater received its historic monument designation, Baker’s marionettes made an appearance. The Los Angeles Times described the scene:
A parade of puppets strung along Los Angeles City Council members today long enough to persuade them to designate a West 1st Street marionette theater a historic cultural landmark. The puppets danced and pranced around the City Council’s ornate horseshoe-shaped desk in the City Hall chambers before officials voted 14-0 to place the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on the city’s landmark list.
Puppeteer Bob Baker died on November 28, 2014 of natural causes. He was 90.
Coordinates: 34°03′43″N 118°15′32″W / 34.061998°N 118.259001°W / 34.061998; -118.259001

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