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Warwick on the River Avon

Warwick on the River Avon

[caption id="attachment_161116" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Warwick overview © flickr.com - David Alonso Pérez[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire. The town lies upon the River Avon, 11 miles (18 km) south of Coventry and just west of Leamington Spa and Whitnash with which it is conjoined. It has a population of 25,000. There has been human activity at Warwick as early as the Neolithic, and constant habitation since the 6th century. A Saxon burh was created at Warwick in the 9th ce...

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Theme Week Panama - Antón

Theme Week Panama - Antón

[caption id="attachment_168511" align="aligncenter" width="590"] El Valle © Smithsonian Institution - Lee Siebert[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Antón is a corregimiento in Antón District, Coclé Province. It is located near the north-western shore of the Gulf of Panama. It is the seat of Antón District. It has a land area of 106.3 square kilometres (41.0 sq mi) and had a population of 12,000. Most of them are mestizos, Chinese or African Americans. For Panamanian standards, the city is quite small, in the center there is a casin...

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Theme Week Kazakhstan - Atyrau

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Atyrau

[caption id="attachment_191956" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ural River in Atyrau © Ds02006[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Atyrau, known as Guryev until 1991, is the capital of Atyrau Region. It is located at the mouth of the Ural River on the Caspian Sea, 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) west of Almaty and 351 kilometres (218 miles) east of the Russian city of Astrakhan. Modern Atyrau is famous for its oil and fish industries. It has 154,100 inhabitants (2007), up from 142,500 (1999 census), 90% ethnic Kazakhs (up from 80%), the ...

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Ice hockey

Ice hockey

[caption id="attachment_166637" align="aligncenter" width="590"] U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for ceremonial puck drop with U.S. Olympians Blake Wheeler and John Carlson © U.S. Department of State[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. Ice hockey teams usually consist of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up an...

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Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia

Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia

[caption id="attachment_161046" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Brewery Gleumes © DER UNFASSBARE[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Krefeld, also known as Crefeld until 1929, is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located northwest of Düsseldorf, its centre lying just a few kilometres to the west of the River Rhine; the borough of Uerdingen is situated directly on the Rhine. Krefeld is also called the "Velvet and Silk City" and belong to the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. Since 1962, the city has hosted an "honors program...

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Palmyra in Syria

Palmyra in Syria

[caption id="attachment_185897" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cella of the Temple of Bel - destroyed in 2015 © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city (Tadmor) in present-day Homs Governorate, Syria. Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period, and documents first mention the city in the early second millennium BC. Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. T...

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Theme Week Bahrain - Sitra Island

Theme Week Bahrain - Sitra Island

[caption id="attachment_164200" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bahrain Petroleum Company - First Oil Well plaque © flickr.com - David Brossard/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sitra, also known as Sitrah, is an island in Bahrain. It has a distance of 5 km (3.1 mi) south of the capital, Manama, on Bahrain Island. Sitra Island had a mixed Shia and Sunni Arab population. The Sunni inhabitants (including the Al Buainain) tribe which inhabited the now deserted village of Salba, west of Sitra eradicated during the early 1920s...

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The Gulf States: Bon voyage!

The Gulf States: Bon voyage!

[caption id="attachment_170648" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Hégésippe Cormier/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Arabian Gulf (the Arab states call the west side of the Persian Gulf Arabian Gulf) is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia. The body of water is an extension of the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman) through the Strait of Hormuz and lies between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. The Shatt al-Arab river delta forms the northwest shoreline. The gulf has many fishing grounds, ext...

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