The ultimate laugh-out-loud, good life, meet the eccentric locals, house-hunting, foodie, travel-tour, fun memoir. There were highs, heartbreaks and cliff-hangers as British-born author Diz White scrambled between the Cotswolds, looking for a bargain cottage, and Hollywood taking every hilariously wacky acting job to earn the down payment. Her search doubles as a travel-tour and on her journey she was charged by Chasin' Mason, the bull, auditioned for a horse’s hind end and trampled by 30 children while wearing a bear suit. But her fondness for this region gave her a sense of community missing from her busy urban life. Will her dream become reality? Find out in this witty love note to the Cotswolds. 'It's enchanting...very funny. Diz paints an affectionate canvas' Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly 'Diz White writes about the Cotswolds with such passion.' Debbie McGee, BBC The author of this book, which is being put up for a Grammy, is also an actress and plays 70 characters as she narrates Cotswolds Memoir. A travel guide is included as a PDF file. This audio book is co-produced and directed by Emmy Award Winner Marsha Goodman. Cotswolds Memoir is also available in Kindle & Paperback – with photographs - a wonderful souvenir of the Cotswolds. (All versions on Amazon) Diz enjoys hearing from her listeners and readers. Contact her and read her blog on www.DizWhite.com. She is writing a sequel to Cotswolds Memoir and developing a movie of this book. Diz White is in Star Trek Next Generation with Patrick Stewart and wrote and starred in the movie Bullshot with Billy Connolly, produced by Beatle George Harrison’s HandMade Films. Her voice work includes: How to Train Your Dragon, Titanic, Friends, Boston Legal and many more. This recording is copyrighted and all rights to Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage are reser 1. Language: English. Narrator: Diz White. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018312/bk_acx0_018312_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The dark wood was green and gold - green where the oak trees stood crowded together with misshapen, twisted trunks, red-gold where the great smooth beeches lifted their branching arms to the sky. In between jostled silver birches - olive-tinted fountains which never reached the light-black spruces with little pale candles on each tip - and nut trees smothered to the neck in dense bracken. The bracken was a forest in itself, a curving verdant flood of branches, transparent as water by the path but thick, heavy, secret a foot or two away, where high ferny crests waved above the softly moving ferns, just as the beech tops flaunted above the rest of the wood. The rabbits which crept quietly in and out reared on their hind legs to see who was going by. They pricked their ears and stood erect and then dropped silently on soft paws and disappeared into the close ranks of brown stems when they saw the child. She walked along the rough path, casting fearful glances to right and left. She never ran, even in moments of greatest terror, when things seemed very near, for then they would know she was afraid and close round her. Gossamer stretched across the way from nut bush to bracken frond and clung to her cold cheeks. Spilt acorns and beech mast Iay thick on the ground, green and brown patterns in the upside-down red leaves, which made a carpet. Heavy rains had swept the soil to the lower levels of the path and laid bare the rock in many places. On a sandy patch she saw her own footprint, a little square toe and a horseshoe where the iron heel had sunk. That was in the morning, when all was fresh and fair. It cheered her to see the homely mark, and she stayed a moment to look at it and replace her foot in it, as Robinson Crusoe might have done. A squirrel, rippling along a leafy bough, peered at her and then, finding her so still, ran down the tree trunk and along the ground. Her step was strangely silent, and a close observer would have seen tha 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jilly Bond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020550/bk_adbl_020550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Oedemera nobilis is a beetle in the family Oedemeridae, a common species in Western Europe, including the south of England. The male of Oedemera nobilis, as in most Oedemera species, possesses the hind femora very swollen, whereas in female the femora are thin, the elytra are strongly narrowed towards the apexes, not hiding the membranous hind wings. It is bright green, frequently with a golden or coppery shine, some individuals are blue or violaceous. It can only be confused with Oedemera flavipes (which does not live in England), from which it differs by its colour, as well as by the long white pubescence on the head, pronotum and hind tibiae of males.
Man has a long and very complex history of association with dogs. This relationship has its root in the early domestication of companion animals and has evolved to exist in today's society in a vast variety of forms. Dog ranks first among all the domesticated pet animals. With the dawn of civilization the process began 12,000 to 15,000 years ago by the people of South Western Asia. Demodectic mange or Follicular mange or Red mange is a common skin disease of dogs in which proliferation of Demodex canis, an acarine parasite of canine hair follicles, is associated with the development of cutaneous lesions. The Demodex mite is cigar shaped when viewed under a microscope but is not visible to the naked eye. The affected skin with demodicosis becomes ecologically very suitable for production and growth of these mites. The mite is able to complete its entire life cycle within the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The parasite shows predilection for certain sites, lesions become apparent first on the head, around the eyes and muzzle and on the extremities of the limbs. The head and fore limbs were involved in 30 % cases, while the hind limbs were affected in 40 % of the cases.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Snipe-rail was a relatively small rail which had a bill of about 7 centimetre, very long in proportion to its body size.Its weight was about 240 grams.The type material consists of an incomplete skeleton, including vertebrae, a pelvis, and a hind limb.Since the discovery of these remains, many complete skeletons consisting of hundreds of bones have been unearthed on different sites in the North Island.The Snipe-rail has a specific position among New Zealand rail species . Its evolutionary relationships to other rail species are unclear but the structure of its bones suggests that it might have been a relative of the likewise extinct Chatham Rail. As measured by its body size the Snipe-rail had the smallest wings of all known rail species.It also had a disproportionally large tarsometatarsus.
Arti?cialLifehascomealongway. Sincetheinceptionofthe?eldabout16years ago with a seminal workshop at the Santa Fe Institute, the ?eld has developed quickly. Itsinterdisciplinaryrootshavebeenbothablessingandacurse. Critical people would say that nothing was new in the ideas of Arti?cial Life, since many other disciplines had addressed the very same questions, though probably under di?erent names. Other critics would state that the di?culty of interacting in an interdisciplinary way with colleagues from so many other and divergent ?elds would be so great that true progress could not come from such an enterprise, as those involved would be too busy understanding or misunderstanding each other. Admirers, on the other hand, would speak of a bold new attack on the most fascinating questions of science with this new approach. Others would say that new perspectives were opened by the questions the area of Arti?cial Life askedsopointedly. Forthoseinvolvedinthise?ortoversomeyears,ithasalways been very interesting and fascinating to work on these questions. From our discussions it also seems that Arti?cial Life is beginning to become mainstream. Evolutionarybiology,computationalandsystemsbiology,andc- putational social science, to name a few, are disciplines bene?tting from ideas hedgedinArti?cialLife. This,plusthesuccessofopen-endedevolutionarygames in the entertainment industry, the sensibility achieved with decades of work - hind us in arti?cial evolutionary approaches with ?xed ?tness measures, and the development of technology towards a networked, asynchronous, world of inter- tingentities,haveallconspiredtopreparethe?oorforAliferesearchcominginto its own. Notably the concept of emergence of new qualities from the interaction of entities without this quality has been a huge success in recent years.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Pasha Herona marathus is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in India The adults are dark brown above with two yellow or white discal bands on fore and hind wing. They have a basal streak in vein 1b of forewing. Underside of forewing, in vein 5 with white streak in outer half till termen.Habits:Fairly common up to 4000 ft (1200 m). in Sikkim-Darjeeling area. Most frequent between 2000-3000 ft (600 - 900 m). It is very fond of over-ripe fruits. Visits damp patches for puddling. According to Haribal (1992), when disturbed sits with head down and wings close to tree trunks and thus perfectly camouflaged. Very difficult to catch/locate in this stage. Haribal (1992) saw it in Chungthang and Mangan area of Sikkim.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.The Tiny Grass Blue, Zizula gaika, is a species of blue butterfly.Male Upperside: dull violet-blue, which changes to a brighter tint of violet in certain lights. Fore wing: the costa very narrowly, the termen much more broadly dull brown, this edging to the termen in most specimens decreases in width from apex to tornus, and is outwardly followed by an anticiliary darker brown line. Cilia brownish anteriorly, posteriorly brownish at the base with the apical portions white. Hind wing: the ground-colour brighter than on the fore wing, the costal and terminal margins much more narrowly edged with brown, which edging is merged in the anticiliary dark brown line. Cilia: brown along their basal halves, white apically.
(1) Prologue: »Operation Tür« (Kunduz, Afghanistan, September 2011)September 9 is a day that many of us will remember for a very long time. It has a special significance for many Afghans, too: it is the national day of remem-brance in honor of Ahmad Shah Massoud. The ethnic Tajik became a legend in the late 1980s in the fight against the Soviet army and as the leader of the Muja-hideen fighters, and later became a figure symbolizing the resistance against the Taliban. On 9 September 2001, Massoud died in an attack carried out by two suicide bombers disguised as journalists. Shortly thereafter he was officially declared a national hero by the Afghan President. Exactly ten years later, the engines of German infantry combat and other armored vehicles were to be heard in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The Bundeswehr had been involved in the war in the Hindu Kush for almost a decade now. Over the years, the ISAF mission had developed from a humanitarian stabilization operation into a combat mission and has led to casualties among Bundeswehr and other Alli-ance members. In 2010, the then Major General Hans-Werner Fritz had activated German training and pro-tection battalions which were to operate in the front-line as two fully-equipped task forces: Task Force Kunduz and Task Force Mazar-E-Sharif. By that point at the latest, consideration was finally being given to the changed threat situation at tactical level. As part of Task Force Kunduz III we began »Opera-tion Tür« in the early morning hours of 9 September 2011 in the troubled district of Chahar Darreh. Our intent was to recover two APC Dingo doors left be-hind in the small town of Isa Khel since the Good Friday fire fights of 2010. They bore witness to that bloody day on which three German soldiers had died and several others had been wounded in heavy fight-ing. Aside from the Kunduz bombing in Septem-ber 2009, Good Friday 2010 is considered to be the break or turning point in how the public perceived Germany's mission there. Reinforced infantry platoon Bravo, comprising mounted and dismounted forces, was now at the loca-tion of those past events. Despite the early hour, the thermometer was already showing more than 40 de-grees (100 degrees Fahrenheit), and the heavily laden soldiers were making their way into the small town. Engineers and EOD specialists scanned the ground for booby traps while, under their protection, the ar-mored vehicles pushed on gradually to the river where the company's infantry forces had discovered the doors several weeks before. The dismounted forces conversed with locals and secured the advance of the combat vehicles in all directions. Towards 10:30 hrs, shortly after the arduous recovery of the doors weigh-ing several hundred pounds, the company received information that a combat patrol sent out by the recce company had come under IED attack on the Western Plate of the high plateau near the small town of Nawabad and that German soldiers had been wounded. The operation in Isa Khel was broken off immediately and, after a halt at Hill 432 for coordina-tion purposes during which vital support forces were integrated into already present mechanized infantry platoon Charlie, the alerted forces deployed at full speed to the location of the attack almost ten kilome-ters (six miles) away. The lead Marder armored infan-try combat vehicle (AICV) overheated and broke down at a choke point shortly before reaching the ap-proach to the Western Plate. The Marder following behind pushed it off the road despite the risk of dam-aging its cooling system, enabling the road march to rapidly continue. During our approach we were es-corted by US Black Hawk helicopters that were already in the process of landing and taking on one of the wounded just less than a kilometer (half a mile) away before we reached the site of the attack. Accepting high personal risk, they set down, as they so often do, in a "hot zone", thus ensuring fast medical treatment. After the AICVs had established a defensive perimeter at the site of the attack, our EOD specialists carried out a search to minimize the threat of secondary IEDs. The accompanying recovery forces from Camp Kun-duz loaded the destroyed scout vehicle onto a heavy equipment transporter and then withdrew under our watchful eyes. Contrary to the original operation plan-ning for the company, Bravo platoon then made dis-positions to spend the night on the Western Plate and, in poor visibility, conducted light reconnaissance pa-trols on the outskirts of Nawabad so as to avoid giving the enemy any feeling of triumph. That same night a BM-1 missile fired from the north eastern part of Isa Khel impacted in the immediate vicinity of Camp Kunduz. A post-blast analysis carried out on site on 11 September 2011 together with Afghan security forces yielded no information on the offenders, how-ever. Also that same evening, another missile was fired in the direction of the camp. Consequently, 2nd and 3rd Companies alternately deployed sniper teams ac-companied by infantry who took up positions to ob-serve Isa Khel. Although they did not gather any par-ticular reconnaissance information, they did, temporar-ily at least, prevent further missiles from being fired at the camp.