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Ranulph Fiennes
SIR RANULPH TWISLETON-WYKEHAM-FIENNES, 3RD BARONET, OBE (born 7 March 1944), commonly known as RANULPH "RAN" FIENNES (/ˈrænʌlf ˈfaɪnz/ ), is an English explorer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a prolific writer and poet. Fiennes served in the British Army
British Army
for eight years including a period on counter-insurgency service while attached to the Army of the Sultanate of Oman
Oman
. He later undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica
Antarctica
on foot. In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest
Mount Everest
. According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world's greatest living explorer
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Distinguished Service Order
The DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the Commonwealth of Nations , awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. CONTENTS * 1 Creation * 2 Modern era * 3 Nomenclature * 4 Description * 5 Notable recipients * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links CREATIONInstituted on 6 September 1886 by Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
in a Royal Warrant published in The London Gazette
The London Gazette
on 9 November, the first DSOs awarded were dated 25 November 1886. It is typically awarded to officers ranked major (or its equivalent) or higher, but the honour has sometimes been awarded to especially valorous junior officers . During the First World War
First World War
, 8,981 DSOs were awarded, each award being announced in The London Gazette
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Percy Newson
SIR PERCY WILSON NEWSON, 1ST BARONET (4 April 1874 – 17 May 1950) was a British banker and jute merchant in India . Newson was born in Suffolk . He was senior partner with Jardine, Skinner "> * ^ "No. 31712". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1919. p. 3. * ^ "No. 32346". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1921. p. 4530. * ^ "No. 32586". The London Gazette . 24 January 1922. p. 628
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British Royal Family
The BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY comprises the monarch of the United Kingdom and her close relations. There is no strict legal or formal definition of who is or is not a member of the British royal family, and apart from Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
herself, different lists will include different people. Those who, at a time in question, carry the style Her or His Royal Highness (HRH) , and any styled Her or His Majesty (HM) , are normally considered members, including those so styled before the beginning of the current monarch's reign. By this criterion, a list of the current royal family will usually include the monarch, the consort of the monarch, the widows of previous monarchs, the children and male-line grandchildren of the monarch and previous monarchs, the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
, and the wives or widows of the monarch's and previous monarchs' sons and male-line grandsons
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Naples
NAPLES (/ˈneɪpəlz/ ; Italian : Napoli ( listen ), Neapolitan : Napule or ; Latin
Latin
: Neapolis; Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
: Νεάπολις, meaning "new city") is the capital of the Italian region Campania
Campania
and the third-largest municipality in Italy
Italy
, after Rome
Rome
and Milan
Milan
. In 2015, around 975,260 people lived within the city's administrative limits. The Metropolitan City of Naples had a population of 3,115,320. Naples
Naples
is the 9th-most populous urban area in the European Union
European Union
with a population of between 3 million and 3.7 million. About 4.4 million people live in the Naples metropolitan area , one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea

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S-mine
The German S-MINE (Schrapnellmine, Springmine or Splittermine in German ), also known as the "BOUNCING BETTY", is the best-known version of a class of mines known as bounding mines . When triggered, these mines launch into the air and then detonate at about 0.9 meters (3 ft). The explosion projects a lethal spray of shrapnel in all directions. The S-mine
S-mine
was an anti-personnel mine developed by Germany in the 1930s and used extensively by German forces during World War II . It was designed to be used in open areas against unshielded infantry . Two versions were produced, designated by the year of their first production: the SMi-35 and SMi-44. There are only minor differences between the two models. The S-mine
S-mine
entered production in 1935 and served as a key part of the defensive strategy of the Third Reich
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Mount Everest
MOUNT EVEREST, known in Nepali as SAGARMāTHā and in Tibetan as CHOMOLUNGMA, is Earth
Earth
's highest mountain above sea level , located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas
Himalayas
. The international border between China
China
( Tibet Autonomous Region
Tibet Autonomous Region
) and Nepal
Nepal
runs across its summit point . The current official height of 8,848 m (29,029 ft), recognised by China
China
and Nepal, was established by a 1955 Indian survey and subsequently confirmed by a Chinese survey in 1975. In 2005, China remeasured the rock height of the mountain, with a result of 8844.43 m. There followed an argument between China
China
and Nepal
Nepal
as to whether the official height should be the rock height (8,844 m., China) or the snow height (8,848 m., Nepal)
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Italian Campaign (World War II)
Allied victory; * Collapse of Fascist Italy
Italy
* Surrender of Army Group C BELLIGERENTSALLIES : United Kingdom
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Anti-personnel Mine
ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES are a form of mine designed for use against humans, as opposed to anti-tank mines , which are designed for use against vehicles. Anti-personnel mines may be classified into BLAST MINES or FRAGMENTATION MINES, the latter may or may not be a bounding mine . The mines are often designed to injure, not kill, their victims in order to increase the logistical (mostly medical) support required by enemy forces that encounter them. Some types of anti-personnel mines can also damage the tracks on armoured vehicles or the tires of wheeled vehicles. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines has sought to ban mines culminating in the 1997 Ottawa Treaty , although this treaty has not yet been accepted by a number of countries including the United States, Russia, the People\'s Republic of China , Pakistan
Pakistan
and India
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South Africa
11 languages * Afrikaans
Afrikaans
* Northern Sotho * English * Southern Ndebele * Southern Sotho * Swazi * Tsonga * Tswana * Venda * Xhosa * Zulu ETHNIC GROUPS (2014 ) * 80.2% Black * 8.8% Coloured
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Newlands, Cape Town
NEWLANDS is an upmarket suburb of Cape Town , South Africa . It is located at the foot of Table Mountain in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, and is the wettest suburb in South Africa due to its high winter rainfall. It is home to a number of schools, including the oldest school in the country, South African College Schools (SACS) Junior and High Schools, as well as the Newlands Forest . It is best known for Newlands Cricket Ground and Newlands Stadium , a rugby union and football venue. It is also the original home of Ohlsson's Cape Breweries, which is still located next to the rugby grounds. The original Ohlsson's Anneberg Brewery site is now location of the SACS schoolgrounds . The only remainder of the original brewery is the Josephine Mill, which used a water wheel to grind the grain for the brewery. This is now a historic monument
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List Of Rulers Of Oman
The SULTAN OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN is the monarch and head of state of Oman . It is the most powerful position in the country. The sultans of Oman are members of the Al Said dynasty, which is the ruling family of Oman since the mid-18th century. Since 23 July 1970, Qaboos bin Said al Said is the current sultan
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Oman
Coordinates : 21°N 57°E / 21°N 57°E / 21; 57 Sultanate of Oman سلطنة عُمان ( Arabic
Arabic
) Salṭanat ʻUmān Flag National emblem ANTHEM: نشيد السلام السلطاني "as-Salām as-Sultānī " "Sultanic Salutation" Location of Oman
Oman
in the
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South Yemen
The PEOPLE\'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF YEMEN (Arabic : جمهورية اليمن الديمقراطية الشعبية‎‎ Jumhūrīyat al-Yaman ad-Dīmuqrāṭīyah ash-Sha‘bīyah), also referred to as SOUTH YEMEN, DEMOCRATIC YEMEN, YEMEN (ADEN ) or the SOUTH ARABIAN FEDERATION , was a socialist state in the southern and eastern provinces of the present-day Republic of Yemen
Yemen
, including the island of Socotra
Socotra
. It was united with the Yemen
Yemen
Arab
Arab
Republic (commonly known as "North Yemen") on 22 May 1990, to form the present-day Yemen. After four years, however, South Yemen
Yemen
declared its secession from the north, which resulted in the north occupying south Yemen
Yemen
and the 1994 civil war
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Castle Combe
CASTLE COMBE is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of the town of Chippenham
Chippenham
. The village has two parts: one is in the narrow valley of the By Brook , while Upper Castle Combe
Castle Combe
is on higher ground to the east, on the B4039 road which links Chippenham
Chippenham
with Chipping Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury
. A motor racing circuit is to the south of the upper village. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Religious sites * 2.1 Parish church * 2.2 Congregational Church * 3 Today * 4 In popular culture * 5 Tourist services * 6 Gallery * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYThe village takes its name from the 12th-century castle which stood 600 metres to the north
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20th Century Fox
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION (known as TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION with hyphen from 1935 until 1985, stylized as 20TH CENTURY FOX or simply known as FOX or 20TH CENTURY FOX PICTURES) is an American film studio currently owned by 21st Century Fox . It is one of the Big Six major American film studios and is located in the Century City area of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
, just west of Beverly Hills . The studio was owned by News Corporation
News Corporation
until 2013. 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America
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