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Portrait: The Rockefeller family

Portrait: The Rockefeller family

[caption id="attachment_162119" align="aligncenter" width="338"] John D. Rockefeller in 1885[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Rockefeller family is an American industrial, political, and banking family that made one of the world's largest fortunes in the oil business during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with John D. Rockefeller and his brother William Rockefeller primarily through Standard Oil. Their economic rise coincides with the so-called Gilded Age. The family is also known for its long association with and control o...

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

[caption id="attachment_26505" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Datastat/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA). Proponents say the agreement would result in multilateral economic growth. The American government considers the TTIP a companion agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After a proposed draft was leaked in March 2014, the European Commission launche...

Theme Week Balearic Islands

Theme Week Balearic Islands

[caption id="attachment_152413" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Ciudadela - Menorca © J. Braun[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Balearic Islands are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The four largest islands are: Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain with Palma as the capital city. The co-official languages in the Balearic Islands are Catalan and Spanish. The main islands of the autonomo...

Theme Week India - Bangalore

Theme Week India - Bangalore

[caption id="attachment_196182" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bangalore Palace © Nikkul/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million, making it a megacity and the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau at an elevation of over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, which is the highest among India's major cities. It reflects its m...

The islands Île de Ré, Île d'Oléron and Île-d'Aix in the Atlantic

The islands Île de Ré, Île d'Oléron and Île-d'Aix in the Atlantic

The island Île de Ré [caption id="attachment_150707" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Île de Ré - Saint-Martin de Ré © Brice Rothschild[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Île de Ré is an island off the west coast of France near La Rochelle, on the northern side of the Pertuis d'Antioche strait. The island highest point has an elevation of 20 m ; the island is 30 km long and 5 km wide. A 2.9 km bridge, completed in 1988, connects it to La Rochelle on the mainland. The area is a popular tourist destination. It has approxim...

Great Market Hall in Budapest

Great Market Hall in Budapest

[caption id="attachment_200740" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Dd-ang2s[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall (Hungarian: "Nagyvásárcsarnok") is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. The idea of building such a large market hall arose from the first mayor of Budapest, Károly Kamermayer, and it was his largest investment. He retired in 1896 and participated in the opening ceremony on February 15, 1897. It is located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street Váci utca...

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