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  • All That Fall


    All That Fall is a one-act radio play by Samuel Beckett produced following a request from the BBC. It was written in English and completed in September 1956. The autograph copy is titled Lovely Day for the Races. It was translated, by Robert Pinget, as Tous ceux qui tombent. When the germ of All that Fall came to him, Beckett wrote to a friend, Nancy Cunard: "Never thought about radio play technique but in the dead of t’other night got a nice gruesome idea full of cartwheels and dragging of feet and puffing and panting which may or may not lead to something."Although the play was written quickly and with few redrafts, the subject matter was deeply personal causing him to sink into what he called "a whirl of depression" when he wrote to his US publisher Barney Rosset in August. In fact in September "he cancelled all his appointments in Paris for a week simply because he felt wholly incapable of facing people" and worked on the script until its completion. It was first broadcast on the BBC Third Programme, 13 January 1957 featuring Mary O'Farrell as Maddy Rooney with J. G. Devlin as her husband, Dan. Soon-to-be Beckett regulars, Patrick Magee and Jack MacGowran also had small parts. The producer was Donald McWhinnie.

  • FMC Corporation


    FMC Corporation is an American chemical manufacturing company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company was founded by chemist John Bean in 1883 as the Bean Spray Pump Company in Los Gatos, California, producing piston pumps for insecticides. In 1928, Bean Spray Pump purchased two companies: the Anderson-Barngrover Co. and Sprague-Sells Co. At this time the company changed its name to Food Machinery Corporation, and began using the initials FMC. In 1941 the company FMC received a contract to design and build amphibious tracked landing vehicles for the United States Department of War, and afterwards the company continued to diversify its products. Later FMC produced the M113, one of the most widely used AFVs ever. FMC employs 7,000 people worldwide, and had gross revenues of US$2.8 billion in 2017.

  • Lightening holes


    Lightening holes in Bulleid Firth Brown (BFB) railway locomotive wheelLightening holes are holes in structural components of machines and buildings used by a variety of engineering disciplines to make structures lighter. The edges of the hole may be flanged to increase the rigidity and strength of the component. The holes can be circular, triangular, elliptical, or rectangular and should have rounded edges, but they should never have sharp corners, to avoid the risk of stress risers, and they must not be too close to the edge of a structural component. Drilling out components was a popular way to lighten racing bicycle components in the 1970s. Eddy Merckx's hour record-winning bike has heavily drilled handlebars and chainring. Cyclists jokingly refer to the incorporation of "drillium" in the machine, as if it were an exotic metal which confers lightness.

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