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The 1995 Rugby World Cup took place in South Africa. Ireland were drawn in Pool C in the first round.

Pool C

New Zealand 43 Ireland 19 at Johannesburg
Elwood 2

Ireland 50 Japan 28 at Bloemfontein
Penalty Tries 2
Burke 6
Ireland 24 Wales 23 at Johannesburg
Elwood 3

Ireland finished second in the group and qualified for the Quarter Finals.

Quarter Final
France 36 Ireland 12 at Durban
Elwood 4

South Africa became the third World Cup Champions.


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Most Prolific Writers.

21 Most Prolific Writers in Literary History

by Subhakar Das on July 2, 2010

How prolific can a writer be? How many books do you think you will finally publish? I have been doing a bit of armchair research on the internet and came up with some rather startling figures about how much a person can write over his or her lifetime. Here are the writers who apparently had done nothing else, but written all their lives, and written well. Read on for the complete list…

1. Corin Tellado (1927-2009) 4000+ books*
Spanish writer María del Socorro Tellado López, known as Corin Tellado, was a prolific writer of romantic novels. She published more than 4,000 novels and sold more than 400 million books. Her first novel was Atrevida apuesta (1946) and her most popular novel was Luna oculta (1991).
2. Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) 1300+ books
American founder of the publishing syndicate that puts out the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series and other popular books for young readers. Using many pen names, he wrote more than 400 novels himself and outlined hundreds more for staff writers.
3. Ryoki Inoue (1946-) 1086 books
A thoracic surgeon by profession, Brazilian writer of pulp fiction in Portuguese on topics such as western, politics and romance.
4. Kathleen Lindsay (1903-1973) 904 books *
English romance author, who wrote 904 books under eleven pseudonyms including Mary Faulkner, often using names of both sexes. Her novels include There Is No Yesterday, Wind of Desire, and Harvest of Deceit.
5. Lauran Bosworth Paine (1916-) 850+ books
American paperback novelist, Paine has written mostly westerns, such as The Man from Wells Fargo (1961), and some mysteries and romances, using 70 different pseudonyms.
6. Enid Mary Blyton (1897-1968) 800+ books *
English children’s writer, her best-known series are Noddy, Famous Five, and Secret Seven. Her work involves children’s adventure stories, and fantasy, sometimes involving magic. Her work has been translated into nearly 90 languages.
7. Barbara Cartland (1901-2000) 723 books *
British writer of historical fiction, who also uses the name Barbara McCorquodale. She also wrote health and cookery books, as well as stage plays and recorded an album of love songs.
8. John Creasey (1908-1973) 600+ books *
He wrote using 28 different pseudonyms. His Inspector West and Gideon series are the most popular, but he also wrote Westerns under the names of Tex Riley, William K. Reilly and Ken Ranger, and romantic novels under the name of Margaret Cooke.
9. Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski (1812-1887) 600+ books
Polish writer of novels, plays, poetry, essays, biographies, history, memoirs, and political sketches.
10. Prentiss Ingraham (1843-1904) 600+ books
American dime novelist, and a Colonel in the Confederate Army, he is best known for his Buffalo Bill series.
11. Georges Joseph Christian Simenon (1903-1989) 570 books*
A prolific Belgian author who published nearly 200 novels under his own name and over 300 other books under 17 pseudonyms and numerous short works, Simenon is best known for the creation of the fictional detective Inspector Maigret.
12. Jalaluddin Al-Suyuti (1445-1505) 561 books
Egyptian writer, religious scholar, juristic expert and teacher whose works deal with a wide variety of subjects in Islamic theology.
13. Ursula Bloom (1892-1984) 520+ books
English romance novelist, her books include Doctor on Call and The Flying Nurse. A popular novelist, she also wrote over twenty radio plays and non-fiction titles.
14. Howard Roger Garis (1873-1962) 500+ books
American children’s writer, best known for a series of books, that featured the character of Uncle Wiggily Longears, an engaging elderly rabbit.
15. Jirō Akagawa (1948-) 480 books*
Japanese novelist, known for his humorous mysteries. He has written more than 480 novels in the course of his thirty year career, over 300 million individual published volumes.
16. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) 468+ books
American author and Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University, he was best known for his works of science fiction and popular science books.
17. R L Stine (1943-) 430+ books*
American writer, who is the author of hundreds of horror fiction novels horror fiction novels, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Fear Street series.
18. Kyotaro Nishimura (1930-) 400+ books*
Japanese mystery writer best known for his Train Series mysteries.
19. Arthur William Groom (1898-1964) 400+ books
British writer of children’s books and adult fiction and nonfiction under many different pseudonyms. A specialist in westerns, he ‘novelized’ real people as well as created fictional heroes like Hopalong Cassidy.
20. Ned Buntline (1823-1886) 400+ books
A pseudonym of Edward Zane Carroll Judson, best known for his dime novels, he gave William F. Cody the nickname Buffalo Bill and wrote the first stories about him.
21. Evelyn Everett Green (1856-1932) 350+ books
British author of both adult and children books, she wrote about 350 books, more than 200 under her own name, and others using the pen-names H. F. E., Cecil Adair, E. Ward or Evelyn Dare.

All writers with an * also makes the all-time bestselling list. The Wikipedia lists William Shakespeare as the writer with most sales at 4 billion copies for his completed works with Agatha Christie close behind with similar estimated sales for her 85 books. Romance does well, as does children’s fiction, followed by crime and horror fiction and fantasy. Interestingly, Enid Blyton has sold more books than J K Rowling. Dan Brown has sold close to 120 million copies from his 5 books and Stephenie Meyer has done pretty well with sales close to 100 million for her Twilight series.

Ah well, back to writing!

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Countries of the World.

Clipperton Island (French: Île de Clipperton or Île de la Passion) is an uninhabited 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi) coral atoll in the eastern Pacific Ocean, south-west of Mexico and west of Costa Rica, at 10°18′N 109°13′W. It is an overseas possession of France under direct authority of the Minister of Overseas France.

Clipperton Island is low-lying and largely barren, save for scattered grasses and a few clumps of coconut palms. A small volcanic outcrop rising to 29 m (95 ft) on its south-east side is referred to as “Clipperton Rock”. The atoll has been occupied at various times by guano miners, would-be settlers or military personnel, mostly from Mexico, which formerly claimed it until international arbitration awarded it to France in 1931. However, Clipperton has had no permanent inhabitants since 1945. It is still visited on occasion by fishermen, French Navy patrols, scientific researchers, film crews, and shipwreck survivors. It has also proven a popular site for transmissions by ham radio operators.

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The 1991 Rugby World Cup took place in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France. Ireland were drawn in pool 2 in the first round.

Pool 2
Ireland 55 Zimbabewe 11 at Dublin
Robinson 4
Popplewell 2
Keyes 5
Keyes 4

Ireland 32 Japan 16 at Dublin
Mannion 2
Keyes 4
Keyes 2

Scotland 24 Ireland 15 at Edinburgh
Keyes 4

Ireland finished second in the group and qualified for the quarter finals.

Quarter Final
Australia 19 Ireland 18 at Dublin
Keyes 3

Australia were crowned the second World Cup champions.

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Countries of the World.

The Territory of Christmas Island is a colony of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 1,403 residents who live in a number of “settlement areas” on the northern tip of the island: Flying Fish Cove (also known as Kampong), Silver City, Poon Saan, and Drumsite. The majority of the population is Chinese Australian.

The island’s geographic isolation and history of minimal human disturbance has led to a high level of endemism among its flora and fauna, which is of significant interest to scientists and naturalists. 63% of its 135 square kilometres (52 sq mi) is an Australian national park. There exist large areas of primary monsoonal forest.

Phosphate, deposited originally as guano, has been mined on the island for many years.

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Stephen King

Stephen King has a huge back catalogue of work. This is a record of his most famous titles.


Carrie (1974)
’Salem’s Lot (1975)
Rage (as Richard Bachman) (1977)
The Shining (1977)
The Stand (1978; revised edition, 1990)
The Dead Zone (1979)
The Long Walk (as Richard Bachman) (1979)
Firestarter (1980)
Cujo (1981)
Roadwork (as Richard Bachman) (1981)
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (1982; revised edition, 2003)
The Running Man (as Richard Bachman) (1982)
Christine (1983)
Pet Sematary (1983)
Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)
The Talisman (1984, written with Peter Straub)
Thinner (as Richard Bachman) (1984)
It (1986)
The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
Misery (1987)
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987)
The Tommyknockers (1987)
The Dark Half (1989)
Needful Things (1990)
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991)
Gerald’s Game (1992)
Dolores Claiborne (1993)
Insomnia (1994)
Rose Madder (1995)
The Green Mile (1996)
Desperation (1996)
The Regulators (as Richard Bachman) (1996)
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997)
Bag of Bones (1998)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
Storm of the Century (1999) (screenplay)
Plant: Zenith Rising (2000) (e-Book)
Dreamcatcher (2001)
Black House (2001, written with Peter Straub)
From a Buick 8 (2002)
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003)
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004)
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004)
The Colorado Kid (2005)
Cell (2006)
Lisey’s Story (2006)
Duma Key (2008)
Under the Dome (2009)
11/22/63 (2011)
The Dark Tower VIII: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)
Doctor Sleep (2013)
Joyland (2013)

Non-Fiction in Chronological order;


Danse Macabre (1981)
Nightmares in the Sky (1988)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)
Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing (2000)
Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season (2005, written with Stewart O’Nan)

Short Fiction in Chronological Order;

Night Shift (1978, collection)
Different Seasons (1982, collection)
Skeleton Crew (1985, collection)
Dark Visions (with George R. R. Martin and Dan Simmons) (1988, collection)
“Dolan’s Cadillac” (1989, chapbook)
“My Pretty Pony” (1989)
Four Past Midnight (1990, collection)
Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993, collection)
“Umney’s Last Case” (1995, booklet)
Six Stories (1997, limited edition collection)
“The New Lieutenant’s Rap” (1999, chapbook)
Hearts in Atlantis (1999, collection)
Blood and Smoke (1999, audiobook)
“Riding the Bullet” (2000, ebook)
Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (2002, collection)
The Secretary of Dreams (2006, collection)
Just After Sunset (2008, collection)
Stephen King Goes to the Movies (2009, collection)
Full Dark, No Stars (2010, collection)

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The 1987 World Cup took place in Australia and New Zealand. In the first round Ireland was drawn in Group B

Group B
Wales 13 Ireland 6 at Wellington.
Pen: Kiernan 2
Ireland 46 Canada 19 at Dunedin
Tries: Crossan 2
D.G: Ward
Pen: Kiernan 2
Con: Kiernan 5
Ireland 32 Tonga 9 at Brisbane
Tries: Mullin 3
MacNeill 2
Pen: Ward 2
Con: Ward 3

Ireland finished second in the group and qualified for the Quarter Finals.

Quarter Final
Australia 33 Ireland 15 at Sydney
Tries: MacNeill
Pen: Kiernan
Copn: Kiernan 2

New Zealand were the first champions

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