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‘AMERICAN NIGHTMARE’

Justine Damond reportedly called 911 about a possible assault in the alley behind her home on the southwest side of Minneapolis.

After police arrived, an officer opened fire, fatally striking her.

Her death has been ruled a homicide. Her family wants answers.

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Australia native Justine Damond, 40. (Photo: Stephen Govel via Reuters)

Damond moved from Sydney to Minneapolis several years ago and was planning to marry her fiance, Don Damond, in the coming weeks.

“Basically, my mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers,” the slain woman’s stepson-to-be, Zach Damond, said in a video posted to Facebook. “I’m so done with all this violence. It’s so much bull—-. America sucks. These cops need to get trained differently. I need to move out of here.”

“This is clearly a tragic death,” the Minneapolis police chief said in promising an independent investigation. 

Nearly 9,000 miles away, in Australia — where lawmakers have passed some of the world’s most restrictive gun-control laws — people were struggling to make sense of Damond’s death.

“AMERICAN NIGHTMARE,” blared a headline on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, a Sydney newspaper.

“Why on Earth did U.S. cops kills Aussie who called for help,” the Courier-Mail, an Australian tabloid, asked on its cover.

Damond was the 541st person shot and killed by police in 2017, according to a Washington Post database of deadly encounters with law enforcement officers in the U.S.

Read the rest of the story: ‘AMERICAN NIGHTMARE’: Australians react to fatal police shooting in ‘very risky’ United States

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Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me more about high school events in the US? Like, homecoming, prom, etc. And like sports related events too, if it's not much trouble, Because my story is in the States, but I'm from Brazil, and google is not always reliable. Thanks anyway :)

Hi! I can help with a lot of this, but considering that I go to a private school, not all my information is going to be perfect, unfortunately. Still, I’ll do what I can!

For one, public high schools in the US are huge – at least they are in big cities like the one I live in. Location does matter – it’s the difference between state-of-the-art facilities and very poor funding. For example, in San Antonio, Texas, high schools on the North side and in nice subdivisions like Castle Hills are a lot more likely to get better facilities and possibly better teachers than high schools on, say, the South or Southwest side.

As for football games: here in Texas football is a big thing, but I’m not sure about other states. As far as I can tell, Texas is the only state that puts so much stock on football, both high school and professional, but I could be wrong, considering I’ve never lived anywhere else. Regular games are a big deal, but two occasions in particular are big deals: when a school plays their rival, and when a game is a school’s homecoming game. My school has a huge celebration over the week leading up to homecoming: we have dress-up days and the classes earn points based on their participation in said dress up days; each class decorates a door and gains points based on what place they earn; the Friday of the homecoming game is a half-day (we’re released at 12:15 instead of 3:25), and we have a three hour long pep rally in which the classes play games and put on skits that they wrote, and earn points based on how well they do. However, as I said, I go to a private school – we have all those festivities, but from what I understand, public schools don’t (except for maybe the pep rally – public schools definitely have those). However, my school doesn’t have a dance, and public schools do. I can’t tell you much about the dances that they have, except that it’s like a mini-prom: the girls dress up in party dresses, the guys wear suits or tuxes, and they all go. I’m not sure how long it lasts or if afterparties are commonplace, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. Also, in Texas, we have mums – basically they’re giant flowers you pin to your shirt, and they’re meant to show school spirit. They’re painted in the school colors and can be customized for each person: they can have football decals, choir decals, band decals, volleyball decals, bells, streamers, and so on. But I’ve heard that Texas is the only place in the US that does this, so take it with a grain of salt.

Now, for prom. A lot of people go all-out for prom: prom-posals are never too extra (in fact, the more extra the better). Usually the guy will prom-pose to the girl, but a girl prom-posing to a guy isn’t unheard of or wrong. For transportation, people hiring limos is pretty commonplace; some people figure out ways to really get attention when they get out of the limo, because “making an entrance” is a must (I once saw a post about a girl who was lifted out of the limo inside a coffin, because she was known as goth). Girls wear formal dresses (possibly floor-length, possibly with mesh cut-outs on the waist, usually with jewels and glitter on them) and get their nails done and their eyebrows waxed; guys wear tuxes and buy the girls a corsage (a flower to wear on their wrist – it’s usually best if said flower matches the color of the girl’s dress). Alcohol and drugs are prohibited, naturally, but from what I understand, it’s pretty commonplace for someone to spike the punch with whiskey or vodka or some kind of alcohol; people will also smuggle alcohol and drugs in, and get lit together in the school bathrooms. A lot of people lose their virginity on prom night, if they have it; if they don’t, then they just get laid (but prom night is notorious for deflowering a lot of girls). Afterparties are popular, and are places where the alcohol and drugs can be used freely.

That’s about all I can think of. I really hope this helps! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask. - @authors-haven

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The Guldara stupa is not far from the village of Guldara (Guldarra or Gol Darreh) in the Kabul Province of Afghanistan set on the summit of a high hill at the end of the Valley of Guldara (‘Valley of Flowers’). It appears to have been established in the late 2nd century CE, as it contained six gold coins of the Kushan king Vima Kadphises ruled c. 113-127 CE, the father of Kanishka I, and two from Huvishka, Kanishka’s son, who is thought to have ruled c. 150-190 CE. None of the coins appear very worn, and the two Huvishka coins look to be in almost mint condition.

The Guldara stupa is about 22 km or 14 miles south of Kabul. It is a large stupa, a solid mass made of rough stone and mud and is probably the best-preserved in Afghanistan. A small stupa, a replica of the main one, is set on the side of the hill and, nearby, are the remnants of a fortified monastery. Facing the monastery “was a group of very large standing figures” of which the excavators only found two large feet which have since disappeared. Close to the village of Shiwaki nearby is another monastery and stupa. The stupa itself stands on a square base with two cylindrical domes topped with a dome above it.

“The base is decorated with false Corinthian columns flanking, on three sides, a central niche, and on the southwest side, a staircase leading to the top of the base. Statues once occupied the niches. The decoration of the first drum is similar to that of the base but the second drum is more elaborately embellished with a false arcade of alternating semicircular and trapezoidal arches. The motif between the arches represents the umbrella mast with which stupas are usually crowned. The walls present a fine example of Kushan workmanship known as "diaper masonry”, consisting of thin neatly placed layers of schist interspersed with large blocks of stone. The construction of the capitals is also especially interesting and most effective in its simpolicity. The entire stupa was originally plastered and painted ochre-yellow with red designs.“

"In a valley called Guldara, or the vale of flowers, on the opposite side of this ridge, is a tope which was also examined by M. Honigberger. As he had penetrated only the basement, I directed it to be re-opened at the line where the superstructure reposes on it. My search was successful, and at the centre were discovered in an apartment mingled with ashes, gold medals of Kadphises, and of the earlier princes of the Kanerki family, which it was interesting to meet with in company with each other, and numerous ornaments of gold, apparently buttons, resembling such articles even to being provided with shanks.”

Between a half and three-quarters of the way up the stupa there was a small chamber containing a reliquary and some treasure. The 19th century British adventurer Charles Masson opened the chamber and recovered eight gold Kushan coins some other gold ornaments. As well as the gold coins mentioned above there were also ninety-six gold buttons with bronze loops with an average diameter of 2.1 cm., and “a small quantity of ashes and fragments of bones”.

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The camera sweeps up a set of concrete steps on the southwest side of the school, focusing on a boy sitting on the landing. The boy is Danny. He wears Nike tennis shoes, denim shorts, and a green Sony T-shirt. It is a sunny day in August 1998. It is eight months before he will die at the bottom of these stairs, wearing this shirt, in the madness of April 20, 1999. It is the umpteenth time Sue and Rich have watched the 42-second video clip, but the first time in a while. The camera zooms in on Danny. “Can we ask you some questions,” another student, an unseen narrator, asks. “Sure,” Danny says. “Do you ever use the vending machines?” the narrator asks.“Sometimes,” Danny says. “And why do you use the vending machines?“ "Well, because I don’t feel like waiting in line to buy food,” Danny says.“And how do you use the vending machines?” “I put coins in and push buttons,” Danny says. Smiles come to Sue and Rich as they think about the boy they both miss.

All these years later, Sue remembers the phone call so clearly.

It came from Bethanee Scott, whose sister, Rachel, had been murdered at Columbine. She and other family members were looking through videotapes. One looked like something Rachel had taped at school, and when Bethanee looked at it, she recognized Danny.

She called Sue.

Sue and Rich rushed over to see the tape. When they watched it, Sue’s wish was answered. Sue had other videotapes of Danny, but they’d all been filmed when he was much younger.

This was something special. This was the quintessential Danny near the end of his too-brief life. Young. Innocent. Happy.

And today it still brings smiles to the faces of Sue and Rich as they watch it. Rich half chuckles as he sees Danny on his computer screen.

“That captures his whole personality, doesn’t it?” he asks. “I mean, that’s the way we was. That was him.”

Nine Christmases have come and gone since that first, bewildering holiday faced by the Columbine families.

For Sue Petrone, nothing has ever come close to the gift in 1999 from another grieving family, a gift that, she says now, “gave me a piece of me back.”

It will always be, she believes, the best Christmas present ever.

“It’s like one of those gifts that just came out of nowhere,” she says. “I’ll be forever grateful that I have it.”

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Chicago citizen with concealed-carry stops cop shooter

(NBC) A Cicero police officer was shot Thursday on the city’s Southwest Side.

Officer Luis Duarte, who was involved in an investigation at the time, was shot multiple times near I-55 and Cicero Avenue about 5:17 p.m., authorities said. He was taken to the hospital and was expected to undergo surgery.

Police said Duarte and his partner attempted to pull over a vehicle as it was in traffic attempting to get on the expressway. The vehicle would not stop, so the officers boxed it in with their cruiser, police said. The driver of the suspect vehicle got out and began shooting at the two officers who were in their squad car, police said. Duarte, 31 years old and a four to five year veteran of the force, was struck multiple times.

At some point during the exchange of gunfire with police, a citizen who police said is authorized to carry a concealed weapon was in the area and began shooting at the suspect with the police. The suspect was hit at least once by gunfire but it was not known if Cicero police or the armed citizen fired that shot, police said.

                  Althorp

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Althorp is the Spencer ancestral home located in Northamptonshire, England which is about 75 miles from London.  The Spencer family has lived there for more than 500 years and Diana spent her childhood years there.  Althorp is now currently the home of Charles Spencer the 9th Earl of Spencer.

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Althorp has existed since medieval times as a small hamlet which was originally situated on the southwest side of the property just east of the current West Lodge.  By the 15th century the small population had dwindled and eventually all the residences had moved away.

The original home built at Althorp in 1677 was a classic Tudor style red brick building.  The current building dates back to 1688 with alterations made in 1788 with Yorkshire stone and four Corinthian pilasters or columns and large sash windows surrounded in stone which were added to the front exterior.  It has been said that the stone used for the pilasters was originally intended by Sir Christopher Wren to be used for the construction of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

In 1508, John Spencer purchased the Althorp property from the Catesby family with money earned from his sheep business.  The land consisted of 300 acres of grassland and another 100 acres of woodland with 40 acres covered with water.  Over the next four years, Spencer worked hard and the property was divided into four large sheep pastures.

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Sir Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton

When John Spencer died in 1522, the estate passed to his youngest son, William. 

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John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer 

William was the Sheriff of Northamptonshire and he owned it until his death in 1532. 

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John Spencer`s daughter Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

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The Hon. John Spencer (1708–1746), his son the 1st Earl Spencer (1734–1783) 

Over the next several years the property remained in the Spencer family with ownership passing from father to son.  By 1603, Robert Spencer had been made the 1st Baron of Wormleighton and King Charles I had planned a Royal visit to the estate.  Althorp was enlarged to accommodate the King and his court, a new drawing room was built and the main hall was enlarged for a grand banquet.

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After Robert Spencer’s death in 1627, Althorp went to his son William.  Several more years passed and the estate ownership went from father to son. 

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Henry Spencer, the eldest son of William was rewarded the title of Earl of Sunderland after his Honorable military service, unfortunately he was killed in battle at the age of 23.  At the time of his father’s death, his eldest son, Robert, was only two years old.  Robert grew into a temperamental young man and subsequently became Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household in April 1697.  During his time as owner and custodian of Althorp, Robert had rebuilt the house and also made many improvements and changes to the grounds.

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Robert died in 1702 and his son Charles inherited the estate and held Althorp for twenty years and he greatly expanded the library by adding several hundred volumes of books. 

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George John, 2nd Earl Spencer 

In 1700 Charles brought a higher level of notoriety to the family when he married Anne Churchill, the daughter of John Churchill the first Duke of Marlborough; the marriage brought an important connection between the Spencer and the Churchill families.

Over the next fifty years, Althorp passed through several more generations from father to son to brothers to son again.  The rules of British inheritance were very strict regarding property and aristocratic titles, so for this reason the title of Duke of Marlborough came to the Spencer family through their connection with the Churchill family.  Also the monetary value of the estate had increased dramatically throughout this period, when John Spencer died in 1746 his son, also named John, received the largest inheritance in England at the time.

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George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough, DCL (27 December 1793 – 1 July 1857), styled Earl of Sunderland until 1817 and Marquess of Blandford between 1817 and 1840, was a British nobleman, politician, and peer. The great-grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill, he served as Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire between 1842 and 1857.

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John, the 7th Earl of Sunderland and 4th Duke of Marlborough,

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served as a Member of Parliament representing Warwick from 1756 to 1761.  When he turned 21 years old, there was a large ball for 5,000 guests held at Althorp in December 1755 and during the party John secretly married Margaret Poyntz and they waited to announce their marriage until a few days after the party.  The good fortune of John continued and in 1761 King George III made him a Baron and he became Viscount Spencer, then in 1765 he became Earl Spencer.

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Arms of Sir Winston Churchill as Knight of the Garter, showing the combined Spencer-Churchill shield and crests.

In 1783, upon the death of his father, George Spencer (2nd Earl of Spencer) inherited Althorp and he went onto have a very successful political life.  He served as Whig MP for Northampton from 1780 to 1782 and then for Surrey from 1782 to 1783.  George was also very interested in Althorp’s library and, through his literary pursuits, turned it into the one of the largest private libraries in Europe.   

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The Library in 1822

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John, the 3rd Earl of Spencer, was able to work through his father’s debts without losing Althorp’s large book collection.  He was also to maintain the estate as well as the additional Spencer houses and properties which had become quite extensive.  There was Spencer House in London, a home in Wimbledon, a farm in Wiseton and a hunting lodge in Norfolk.  John drastically reduced his living expenses and reduced the staff of Althorp by living the majority of the year at the small house in Wiseton. 

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Lord Spencer, in the robes of a Knight of the Garter 

The other Spencer lands and properties were leased or sold and gradually by the time of John’s death in 1845, the Spencer estate was profitable once again.  By the time of John Spencer, the 5th Earl of Spencer also known as the Red Earl,

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inherited the estate in 1857 it was once again in financial debt.  To clear the debt and maintain the estate’s many holdings, the majority of the large book collection was sold to be used in the University of Manchester.

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Charles Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer, who owned Althorp from 1910 until his death in 1922

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By the time of Albert Spencer, the 7th Earl of Spencer, inherited in 1922 the fortune of the estate was still financially troubled and despite his heightened interest in art, he needed to sell many of Althorp’s paintings and other pieces of artwork to help decrease the debt owed.  

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After the war, the Althorp estate was opened to the public for tours in 1953 to raise revenue for taxes.  Upon the death of his father in 1975, Edward Spencer, the 8th Earl of Spencer, inherited the estate.  (Edward served as Equerry to King George VI and later for Queen Elizabeth II) 

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It was a this time that Edward and his young family of three girls and one boy came to live at Althorp, the youngest daughter was destined to marry Prince Charles the heir to the British throne in 1981 and she became Diana, the Princess of Wales. 

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Diana and siblings enjoyed their childhood at Althorp despite the fact that their parents had gone through a bitter divorce in 1969 and their mother’s subsequent abandonment when Edward was awarded custody of the children.

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By the time of his death in 1992, the Althorp estate was still losing money regardless of the fact that many pieces of antique furnishings were sold.  Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl of Spencer

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The Spencer family has lived there for more than 500 years and has paid host to various Kings and Queens throughout its long history.  In 1603, Robert Spencer held a grand banquet for King Charles I.  In 1761, King George III made John Spencer a Viscount and later the first Earl of Spencer.  In 1913, King George V and Queen Mary visited the estate and stayed in the room at Althorp that is now known as the Queen Mary bedroom.  Edward Spencer, the 8th Earl of Spencer served as Equerry to King George VI and later for Queen Elizabeth II.  The current 9th Earl of Spencer is the brother of the late Princess Diana and is the uncle of her children, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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and current owner of Althorp, has been able to slowly pay off some of the debt to keep the estate running. 

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The interior of Althorp features well-appointed rooms with a central grand staircase leading to the upper floor.  The rooms are beautifully decorated with furniture, paintings and objects of art including numerous pieces of priceless porcelain.  In World War II during the Blitz antique furniture, marble fireplaces and other valuable items from the Spencer House in London were moved to Althorp for safekeeping.  Some interesting and unique items included doors from the Spencer House dating back to the 18th century which featured curled “S” (for Spencer) doorknobs.

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The Saloon – The Saloon is located adjacent to Wootton Hall and was originally the open inner courtyard of Althorp where carriages would arrive and guests would disembark into the house.  In the 1660s, a roof was put over the area and as a result of the courtyard enclosure a beautiful walnut staircase was installed.   In the late 1800s, the chandeliers were wired for light and the Saloon became the first room in Althorp to have electricity.

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Wootton Hall - The grand entrance area located on the ground floor of Althorp is known as Wootton Hall, the name honors the English equestrian painter John Wootton.  The Spencer family commissioned Wootton in 1733 to create several fox hunting paintings that still hang in the entrance hall.  The space is beautifully proportioned with ceilings that rise two-stories high.  The 18th century plaster floral ceiling by Colen Campbell and the floor is made of black and white Italian marble time laid out in a checkerboard style during the 1910.  It has been said that the entrance hall of Althorp was one of the most grand of the Georgian style country homes in England. The acoustics in the Wootton Hall are excellent and for this reason a teenage Diana Spencer (the future Princess of Wales) liked to practice tap dancing in this area of Althorp.

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The South Drawing Room – The South Drawing Room is located in the west wing of Althorp.  The room retains an elegant Georgian style; the walls are a beautiful shade of blue, there are dark green window curtains, a large gilded framed mirror is positioned between the windows and the room is furnished with peach floral patterned sofas.  The stone fireplace was built in 1802 and the plaster ceiling was done in 1865.  This room is also known as the Rubens Room because there are four paintings by Peter Paul Rubens hanging on the walls, there are also fifteen Joshua Reynolds portraits.

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Located in one of the room’s alcoves is a collection of miniature portraits displayed in a cabinet, take a close look to find one of Admiral Lord Nelson.

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The Sutherland Room – The Sutherland Room is located in the east wing of Althorp.  When the house was first built centuries ago, it was once customary for the owners to occupy the ground floor to use as bedrooms and the guest bedrooms would be on the upper floor.  The room has the original moulding and the fireplace in the room was originally from the Spencer House in London.  The current paintings in the room were chosen to honor John “Jack” Spencer, the 3rd Earl of Spencer, and reflect his passion for foxhunting.  After the room ceased being used as a bedroom was used as just another reception room in the house. Traditionally, the Sutherland room has been decorated specifically for the children of Althorp on Christmas Day.  There would be a fully decorated Christmas tree and mechanical Santas, snowmen and angels would be placed around the room as festive holiday decorations.  As a special treat for the children, individual cakes were set out in the room with the names of the children written in icing.

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The Picture Gallery – The Picture Gallery is located on the first floor of the west wing at Althorp.  The Picture Gallery is most famous for the collection of 60 portraits, 10 of those portraits are Sir Peter Lely paintings of King Charles II ten mistresses that have become known as “The Windsor Beauties”.  The 115 feet by 21 feet room is decorated with lovely oak paneling and oak flooring which at one time was painted white, fortunately the paint was removed during a restoration project in 1904

The Picture Gallery has a wonderful collection of paintings, including Van Dyck painting “War and Peace”, John de Critz portrait of King James I and Mary Beale portrait of Charles II (where he is forever joined with “The Windsor Beauties”)  In Tudor times, the room’s dimensions were put good use when during inclement weather the ladies would use the Gallery to promenade (walking as a form of exercise and socialisation) indoors to avoid soiling their dresses in the rain and mud.

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The Great Dining Room – The Great Dining Room was part of the east wing extension which was built back in 1877.  The relatively small room is said to have gotten inspiration for the red damask silk wall coverings from the much larger and grander ballroom of Buckingham Palace.  The two large tapestries cover the oak paneling that was originally from another property of the Spencers owned and it was brought to Althorp specifically for installation in this room

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The Marlborough Room – The Marlborough Room is located next to the Sunderland Room and adjacent to the Library.  The room is named to honor Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.  Since the 1900s, the room has been used for large formal dinners, the Victorian rosewood dining table can accommodate up to 42 guests.  Previously, the space had been divided into two different rooms, one was used as a reception room and the other was the old billiard room.  In the 1950s as part of a restoration project at Althrop, two chimney pieces from Spencer House were installed in the room. The portraits of various Spencer ancestors painted by famed artist such as Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and George Romney are hung in the Marlborough Room.

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The Library – The Library is located on the first floor in the west wing of Althorp, it is sometimes referred to as the “Long Library”.  When George Spencer (2nd Earl of Spencer) inherited the estate, he was very interested in his literary pursuits and his book collection turned the Althorp library into the one of the largest private libraries in Europe.  As George became an old man, his book collecting became an obsession as he attempted to collect every volume published in Britain.  Five rooms at Althorp were needed to store the large collection and eventually the rooms were combined into one long 200 feet by 20 feet room, hence the name of “Long Library”. The ceiling of the original library collapsed in 1773, it was replaced and a new floor was also installed. By the time of George’s death in 1834 he was deeply in debt and a major portion of the collection was sold to the University of Manchester.  The books seen in the library today on a tour of Althorp were fairly recent acquisitions and the dark and rich coloured spines of the books are beautifully displayed against the off-white painted shelving.

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The Oak Bedroom – The Oak Bedroom is located on the first floor to the rear of the west wing at Althorp.  The room is beautifully decorated with crimson wallpaper, a polished oak floor and repeated in the room several times is the Spencer “S” most notably on the blue velvet bed cover, above the large bed and near the fireplace.  The room was the site of an important event in the history of the Spencer family.  On the night of December 20, 1755, during a ball being held in celebration of John Spencer’s 21st birthday, the first Earl of Spencer secretly married Margaret Georgiana in the Oak Bedroom.

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The Princess of Wales Bedroom – The Princess of Wales Bedroom, as most people would assume, was not named for Diana but another beloved Princess of Wales.  It was Princess Alexandra, the wife of the future King Edward VII who came to visit the 5th Earl of Spencer (the Red Earl) at Althorp in 1863.  The room was renovated in 1911 ad retains a distinct Georgian style of decoration.  The large and luxurious bed is draped in fabric originally designed during the renovation.  Two portraits of note in the room are the painting by Spanish artist Murillo of a young princess and the other is a painting by the School of Leonardo da Vinci of a young lady that bears a striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa.

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The Queen Mary Bedroom – The Queen Mary Bedroom is named for Queen Mary, the wife of King George V who visited Althorp in 1913.  The centerpiece of the room is the tall bed which is draped in green taffeta and designed in an 18th century style.  An item of note in the room are two antique chairs with needlework design and personally created by Albert Spencer, the 7thEarl of Spencer who was the Chairman of the Royal School of Needlework. 

To pay for an extensive restoration project to repair the roof and stonework of Althorp, Charles auctioned hundreds of furnishings and other items which had long been in storage. 

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The Althorp estate included not only the elegant house and adjacent beautiful garden but all the surrounding 13,000 acres property.  There are 28 other buildings or structures on the estate grounds including the large building known as the Stable Block.  The Althorp Park area of estate is wonderfully landscaped with rows of trees and a large pong with a small island positioned in the middle. 

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The Round Oval and Diana Memorial – The lake located on the Althorp estate, known as the Round Oval, was constructed in 1868.  The Doric-style Temple located south of the Round Oval was original located in the gardens of Admiralty House in London.  It was commissioned by George Spencer, the 2nd Earl of Spencer, to celebrate the British naval victory led by Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson over General Napoleon Bonaparte French forces in the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

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The Temple was moved to Althorp in 1926 and after the death of Princess Diana it was rededicated to her memory.  The Temple now bears the name of Diana which is inscribed at the top and it contains a large black marble silhouette of the Princess set on white marble and placed in the middle of the Temple.  The large medallion is flanked by two large stone tablets, one inscribed with a quote from Diana regarding her charity work and the other is inscribed with Charles Spencer’s speech given at his sister’s funeral in 1997.

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After the death of his sister, Diana, in tragic car crash in Paris in 1997 and her burial on a small island on Round Oval Lake at Althorp visitors flocked to the estate to pay tribute.   

The Althorp estate covers over 13,000 acres of land in Northampshire.  Besides the main house there are 28 other buildings and structures located on the property.  The estate is beautifully landscaped first by Henry Holland in the 1780s and then by William Teulon in the late 1800s.  After Diana’s death in 1997, when the Memorial was moved to its current site, Dan Pearson was commissioned to upgrade the park and gardens to accommodate the increased number of visitors that would be coming to Althorp.  Pearson planted 36 oak trees along the access road to commemorate Diana’s age at the time of her death.  Over one hundred white water lilies were added to waters of the Round and one hundred white roses were planted on the island.  The story of the famed Spencer Sweet Pea began back in 1901 when the 5th Earl of Spencer’s chief gardener, Silas Cole, cultivated a variety of sweet pea that produced large pink flowers with wavy edged petals which he named the “Countess Spencer”. 

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This variety of sweet pea has been growing on the Althrop estate now for almost 115 years.

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I helped plant fifteen trees yesterday at Fox Hollies park, here is a quick guide I drew late on Friday night when someone said that oh yeah we totally should have something like this to show the people who may have never planted anything before.  Ultimately planting a tree is as simple as “stick in the ground with the root end down” but if you want to give it the best possible start then little tricks like making sure you loosen the soil under the roots and staking it in help a lot.  Staking it on southwest side is something relevant to the UK where primary wind direction is from the southwest.  As a general rule, the stake should be on the side whereever you get most wind from where you are (thus in windy weather the tree will pull away from the stake and not rub against it).

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There was the faint sound of metal clanging, and gunpowder booming. somewhere off in the southwest, two sides writhing and drawing blood from one another. and at the helm of it all was the leader of a giant mafia and the leader of a Yakuza. the news reporters were currently recording the whole fight so they could get their ratings up like always. 

Leading the charge against the large Mafia was a red haired demon standing tall, blade in hand and out of the whole bunch of the demons. carrying the strongest presence. crimson eyes burning with the flames of ambition. unlike the Mafia bosses who all hid behind the hordes of demons they had at their call. this one stood in front and make it so there was no faltering within his people. 

The demon casually walking towards one of the bases of his foe. this way of fighting having gone on for about a month now, the whole swarm of demons moving as one large group and taking out hideout after hideout. though it wasn’t like their home was left defenseless.

With a devilish smirk on his face and the pelt of a fox-demon draped over his shoulders. the commander in charge of the forces. broke right on threw into another hideout, one of the lasts ones, and slayed everyone demon inside that opposed him. the only ones to survive were the ones to lay their weapons down and run.. 

Once done so, the swarm set up a camp sight. the whole lot of them throwing a party and drinking like no tomorrow. with the leader of it all sitting in the back with a rather large Sakazuki cup. watching his people with a prideful smirk on his face. 

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Arrival

Joseph approached the town on his cart. Tall wooden palisades surrounded the parameter with two gates, one at each side, guarded by a single soldier. “Hey,” it called out, noticing Joseph’s approach. “Second one today, how are ya’!”
Joseph looked down at the guard to notice his two furry ears standing upright and disregarded him with a small wave. “Staying a night,” he said.
“You gotcha’! Stables to the right, hotel’s down the road, can’t miss it!” He waved goodbye as Joseph passed him and took a right after the gate.
The buildings were simple. The entire town had taken most of its resources from a nearby forest to the southwest. On the other side of the town spread the usual sight of fields with the occasional house. A well-worn path went from the gate to the forest and a couple workers could be seen preparing a log to haul back to the town.
Joseph started hearing clicking from somewhere on the road and his beasts began to turn. He pulled on the reins, though they always managed to pull back harder. He was steered towards a small wooden three-stall barn where the clicking stopped, the cart stopped, and something could be heard undoing the beast’s gear. “Excuse me,” he called out. A single click could be heard in response. He shuffled to the side of the cart and hopped off. A small black beaked head popped out from behind the beasts to check what was going on before returning to his work.

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Curie High School’s Musicality Vocal Ensemble covers “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the hit musical “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Curie HS is a Chicago Public School on Chicago’s Southwest side. Thank you for watching!

Soloists and featured singers:
Angie Leon, Ulises “Zazz” Rincon, Philip Xu (background vocals to Hamilton’s parts), Anna Huang, Roxanne Andrade (trio harmonies), Diana Cruz (trio harmonies), Sara Bautista.

Other Singers: Axel Sandoval, Ernesto Martinez, Victor Valdez, Ephraim Andrewin, Violetta Chyc, Zindy Macias, Norberto Chavez, Jane Perez.

previously from Musicality: Wait For It