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birling

(bûr`lĭng), sport in which two competitors try to maintain balance on a floating log, each seeking to rotate the log and spill the other into the water. With origins in the spring log drives in New England, it became popular with American lumberjacks after the middle of the 19th cent. The first public sponsored match was in 1888.
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Sussex Police discovered the bodies of a man and two young boys at Birling Gap, Eastbourne, and later contacted the Met.
Birling Gap, near the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, was evacuated by emergency services after people complained of breathing difficulties and irritation to their eyes and throats at about 5pm on Sunday.
The hill on which the Belle Tout lighthouse stands does not count, as this is not one of the Sisters: the Seven Sisters are between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by the death of a young woman.
Friedrich Illert, en la que le enviaba algunos datos sobre los Birling y Lisperg dispersos en varias obras de literatura, asi como una lista incompleta del Consejo Comunitario de Worms donde esos nombres eran mencionados (4).
With Arthur and Sybil Birling (Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson) among the prime suspects, Goole attempts to get to the bottom of the case.
Death is everywhere, but the mouse, birling (if only barely) in his Binding Nexus Drive, is determined to narrate the universes away from their demise.
Birling Gap, part of the Seven Sisters chalk clis in East Sussex, experienced seven years of erosion this winter - leaving its cafe and shop teetering metres from the edge.
Local businesses, including shops and service providers, are eligible for their own webpage on the West Malling Local Shops website if they are located in West Malling, Kings Hill, East Malling, Offham, Birling, Ryarsh, Addington, Trosley or Leybourne.
The story centres around a family gathering at the home of Arthur Birling, a wealthy mill owner and local politician played by Mike Franklin whose character, if I was to be really picky, could have been played with a bit more northern grit, because his daughter, Sheila, played soundly by Siubhan Neilsen, is, after a long and somewhat shaky romance, about to wed his competitor's upper class son, whose eyes had strayed over the summer with 'you know who'.
Arthur Birling (played by Mike Franklin), his wife Sybil (played by Anne Koheji), their daughter Sheila (played by Siubhan Nielsen), and son Eric (played by Jacob Rusling) are in the drawing room just after dinner celebrating Sheila's engagement to Gerald Croft (played by Tony Wilson), son of Sir George Croft, and heir to the most successful family business in the North of England.
JB Priestley's three-act drama, penned in 1944, takes place on a single night in 1912 at the home of the prosperous Birling family.