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The port city of Aalborg

The port city of Aalborg

[caption id="attachment_152743" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Nytorv Square © Tomasz Sienicki[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aalborg is a Danish industrial and university city in North Jutland. The city of Aalborg has a population of 102,312 (124,921 including Nørresundby) making it the fourth largest city in Denmark in terms of population. The municipality of Aalborg has a population of 197,426 (2010) making it the third most populous municipality in the country after Copenhagen and Århus. The earliest settlements date back to...

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Orlando in Florida

Orlando in Florida

[caption id="attachment_169226" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Downtown Orlando - Church Street Station © Miosotis Jade/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Orlando is a city and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2.4 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, ...

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Spa in the Ardennes

Spa in the Ardennes

[caption id="attachment_160781" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jean-Pol GRANDMONT/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Spa is a municipality of Belgium. It lies in the country's Walloon Region and Province of Liège. It is situated in a valley in the Ardennes mountain chain, some 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Liège, and 45 km (28 mi) southwest of Aachen. Spa has a total population of 10,600. As the famed site of healing cold springs, Spa has been frequented as a watering-place since as early as the 14th century. Though...

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The Trinity College Library in Dublin

The Trinity College Library in Dublin

[caption id="attachment_6629" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Long Room © flickr.com - Nic McPhee/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Trinity College Library, located at Trinity College, Dublin, is the largest library in Ireland. As a "copyright library", it has legal deposit rights for material published in the Republic of Ireland; it is also the only Irish library to hold such rights for the United Kingdom. The library is also the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells. Two of the four volumes are on publi...

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The Norwegian Gem

The Norwegian Gem

[caption id="attachment_152123" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Norwegian Gem in Sicily © Corgi5623/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Norwegian Gem is a Jewel class cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Gem is the fourth of Norwegian's Jewel-class. She was preceded by Norwegian Jewel in 2005, and both Norwegian Jade (originally Pride of Hawaii) and Norwegian Pearl in 2006. Each ship has unique amenities, but has a similar exterior and interior design. Norwegian Gem has a similar exterior appearance to Norwegian'...

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The Grand Princess

The Grand Princess

[caption id="attachment_203471" align="aligncenter" width="590"] in Split © Ivan T./cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with hull number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million. She was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013...

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United States presidential election of 2016

United States presidential election of 2016

[caption id="attachment_164853" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Lipton sale/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]In the face of the 18-month presidential election campaign, which more and more degenerated into the mud fight, not only the Americans will be happy about the fact that at least this very inglorious episode has now been surpassed. The US voters initially elected the electors of choice in their federal state. On 19 December 2016 the so-called Electoral College will officially elect the new president. The inaugura...

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The university town of Marburg

The university town of Marburg

[caption id="attachment_160551" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old University building, now departement of Theology © Willow[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marburg is a city in the state of Hesse, Germany, on the River Lahn. It is the main town of the Marburg-Biedenkopf district and its population 80,000. Marburg is the seat of the oldest protestant founded university in the world, the University of Marburg (Philipps-Universität-Marburg), founded in 1527. It is one of the six smaller "university towns" in Germany, the other five ...

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Lamu Island in Kenya

Lamu Island in Kenya

[caption id="attachment_206490" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lamu Town © flickr.com - Erik (HASH) Hersman/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lamu Island is a port, city, and island just off the shore of Kenya in the Indian Ocean approximately 150 miles from Mombasa. It is a part of the East African country of Kenya. Lamu was founded in the 12th Century. Lamu is one of the longest established, and best preserved remaining settlements of the Swahili tradition in east Africa that remains today. The island has continually been...

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The European Union: Climate Policy

The European Union: Climate Policy

[caption id="attachment_208812" align="aligncenter" width="590"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"](Latest update: 8 May 2022) The European Union's climate policy is a European policy area that aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to transform European economies into a low carbon economy. On the one hand, the EU's climate policy aims to reduce its own emissions of greenhouse gases (mitigation), for example through the emissions trading system that has existed since 2005. However, since limiti...

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