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A city of northern California on San Francisco Bay north of Oakland. A branch of the University of California is here (established 1868).


(Placename) a city in W California, on San Francisco Bay: seat of the University of California. Pop: 102 049 (2003 est)


1. (Biography) Busby. real name William Berkeley Enos. 1895–1976, US dance director, noted esp for his elaborate choreography in film musicals
2. (Biography) George. 1685–1753, Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop, whose system of subjective idealism was expounded in his works A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713). He also wrote Essay towards a New Theory of Vision (1709)
3. (Biography) Sir Lennox (Randal Francis). 1903–89, British composer; his works include four symphonies, four operas, and the Serenade for Strings (1939)


(ˈbɜrk li; for 2,3 also Brit. ˈbɑrk-)

1. George, 1685?–1753, Irish bishop and philosopher.
2. Sir William, 1610–77, British colonial governor of Virginia 1642–76.
3. a city in W California on San Francisco Bay. 103,660.
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Noun1.Berkeley - Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)Berkeley - Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
2.Berkeley - a city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco BayBerkeley - a city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay; site of the University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Berkeley - a university in Berkeley, California
Calif., California, Golden State, CA - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
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1895: Busby Berkeley, choreographer and director who devised a style which revolutionised Hollywood musicals, was born.
Included here are a soup tureen designed by Jean Puiforcat; Edward Steichen's portrait of Fred Astaire; a brass-framed mirror by Austrian Franz Hagenauer; a still from the Busby Berkeley film, Footlight; and The Portrait of a Young Girl in a Green Dress by the Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka.
In 1935, the Busby Berkeley movie musical ''Gold Diggers of 1935'' was released by Warner Bros.
He has also, in days gone by, worked with names like Busby Berkeley and Ruby Keeler.
Boring, bought and traded, lugubrious and endless shams that try to convince the naive and gullible that one should waste an entire TV evening just to "see what the lades are wearing on the red carpet" I had to murder my beloved wife with an Anthony Bourdain cheese grater when she uttered those words and cozened me into exhausting 500 years of my remaining life watching the most recent Oscar extravaganza of bad gags, false humility, inflated encomia and dance routines that haven't been inventive since Busby Berkeley worked with Ruby Keeler.
The best way I could describe it would be Busby Berkeley on acid.
The highlight of these sequences is the marriage of the quartet's gay friends Anthony (Mario Cantone) and Stanford (Willie Garson), which is over-the-top in a Busby Berkeley way and features an exuberant performance by Liza Minnelli.
In the Depression of the 1930s, their favourite form of escape was Busby Berkeley musicals.
moment came when I referred to something looking like a Busby Berkeley musical and getting That Stare.
The group forms several counter-revolving circles, like a fascist Lord of the Flies gang doing Busby Berkeley, flex-kicking like mad.
Musical numbers include one in sailor suits and another with fans which nods in the direction of burlesque and Busby Berkeley.
Equally impressive are the Busby Berkeley inspired song and dance numbers, including the centrepiece sequence to the toe-tapping "Boogie Wonderland" which is a triumph of choreography and swooping camera movements.