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Theme Week New Zealand - The Sky Tower in Auckland

Theme Week New Zealand - The Sky Tower in Auckland

[caption id="attachment_167443" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Heinz Albers/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland in New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the 23rd tallest tower in the world. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland's skyline ...

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Beyoğlu in Istanbul

Beyoğlu in Istanbul

[caption id="attachment_192392" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Monument of the Republic, to commemorate the founding of modern Turkey in 1923 © Nevit Dilmen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Beyoğlu is a district located on the European side of İstanbul, Turkey, separated from the old city (historic peninsula of Constantinople) by the Golden Horn. It was known as Pera during the Middle Ages, and this name remained in common use until the mid-20th century and the ethnic cleansing of its large Greek population. The distr...

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Edinburgh - Books, beer and cookies

Edinburgh - Books, beer and cookies

[caption id="attachment_152534" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hopetoun House © George Gastin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, the second largest city in Scotland and the seventh-most populous in the United Kingdom. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city was one of the major centres of the Enlightenment, led by the University ...

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Joint Security Area between North and South Korea

Joint Security Area between North and South Korea

[caption id="attachment_192256" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Military Demarcation Line © Kallgan[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face. It is often called the Truce Village of Panmunjom in the media and various military accounts. The JSA is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Natio...

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Portrait: Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, national poet and founder of modern Russian literature

Portrait: Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, national poet and founder of modern Russian literature

[caption id="attachment_27419" align="aligncenter" width="508"] Alexander Pushkin by Orest Adamowitsch Kiprenski[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, born on 26 May 1799, was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His matrilineal great grandfather was Abram Gannibal, who was brought over as a slave from what is now Cameroon. Pus...

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Dallas in Texas

Dallas in Texas

[caption id="attachment_192310" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Southfork Ranch © Sf46[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dallas is a city in Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city's population ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. T...

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The Caribbean island of Barbados

The Caribbean island of Barbados

[caption id="attachment_153454" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bridgetown - Parliament building © regani[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and as much as 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, amounting to 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vin...

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Bondi Beach in Australia

Bondi Beach in Australia

[caption id="attachment_153671" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - John Lindie/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bondi Beach is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales. Bondi Beach is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. In 2007, the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit photo shoot was set at Bondi Beach, with 1,010 women wearing bikinis taking part. Bondi Beac...

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