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Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama

Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama

[caption id="attachment_153659" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Panama map © Zakuragi/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Pearl Islands (Spanish: Archipiélago de las Perlas or Islas de las Perlas) are a group of 100 or more islands (many tiny and uninhabited) lying about 30 miles (48 km) off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. The islands were first occupied by Indians who were (with their leader Terarequí) wiped out within two years of the islands' discovery by the Spanish. Spaniard Vasco Nunez...

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The research vessel Meteor

The research vessel Meteor

[caption id="attachment_196071" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Studgeogr/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The RV Meteor (also Meteor III) is a multidisciplinary research vessel operating mainly in high seas. She is owned by the German state represented by its Federal Ministry of Education and Research and registered in Hamburg. The operator is the University of Hamburg. RV Meteor operates mainly in the areas of the Atlantic, the eastern Pacific, and the western Indian Ocean, as well as the Mediterranean and th...

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_192782" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Orator/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (German: Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial (German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid patte...

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Vancouver Island in British Columbia

Vancouver Island in British Columbia

[caption id="attachment_151839" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Oak Bay © flickr.com - rpaterso/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vancouver Island, located in British Columbia, Canada, is the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand. Originally called Quadra and Vancouver Island after Spanish navigator Juan de la Bodega y Quadra and British navy officer George Vancouver, the island was first explored by British and Spanish expeditions in the late 18th century. The former's name was eventually dropped and it has since be...

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Riva motor yachts

Riva motor yachts

[caption id="attachment_153873" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Riva boat cockpit © Viborg[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]1842. Lake d’Iseo. A sudden storm wreaks what appears to be irreparable havoc: damaged boats, disheartened fishermen with no means with which to work. But a skilled young carpenter, newly arrived in the area from Laglio on Lake Como, accomplishes a miracle, managing to repair most of the boats, earning himself the esteem and admiration of the people of the town. This is how the Riva story began - from ...

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Volgograd in southern Russia

Volgograd in southern Russia

[caption id="attachment_151735" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © www.volganet.ru/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Volgograd, formerly Tsaritsyn, 1589–1925, and Stalingrad, 1925–1961, is an important industrial city and the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast. It is 80 kilometers (50 mi) long, north to south. It is situated on the western bank of the Volga River. The population is 1,021,000. The city became famous for its resistance — and the extensive physical damage and death toll it suffered — du...

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The Gasometer in Vienna

The Gasometer in Vienna

[caption id="attachment_6335" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Gasometer Vienna © Andreas Poeschek - www.wiener-gasometer.at / CC-BY-SA-2.0-at[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Gasometers in Vienna are four former gas tanks, each of 90,000 m³ storage capacity, built as part of the Vienna municipal gas works Gaswerk Simmering in 1896–1899. They are located in the 11th district, Simmering. They were used from 1899 to 1984 as gas storage tanks. After the changeover from town gas to natural gas between 1969 and 1978, they were no lo...

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The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

[caption id="attachment_7209" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © ROFI44WIK/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului) in Bucharest, Romania is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building. The Palace was designed and nearly completed by the Ceaușescu regime as the seat of poli...

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Manchester in North West England

Manchester in North West England

[caption id="attachment_153114" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © flickr.com - Stevo1000/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Manchester Listeni/ˈmæntʃɛstər/ is a city and metropolitan borough in North West England with an estimated population of 503,000. Manchester lies within the United Kingdom's third largest urban area which has a population of 2,240,230. The local authority is Manchester City Council. Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the...

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Theme Week East Anglia - Bury St Edmunds

Theme Week East Anglia - Bury St Edmunds

[caption id="attachment_150394" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Abbey Gardens and Cathedral © geograph.org.uk - Robert Edwards/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bury St Edmunds is a market town in the county of Suffolk, and formerly the county town of West Suffolk. It is the main town in the borough of St Edmundsbury and known for the ruined abbey near the town centre. Bury is the seat of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, with the episcopal see at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The town, originally called Beod...

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