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Covid-19 - your unique chance

Covid-19 - your unique chance

[caption id="attachment_221800" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Covid-19 © Colin D. Funk, Craig Laferriere, and Ali Ardakani/cc-by-4.0[/caption]"If someone thinks that the corona vaccinations could alter his or her genes, then he/she/it should take advantage of this unique opportunity, because it will not repeat itself that quickly. This is their big chance, as things are looking pretty unpleasant for them so far." - Twitter At the same time, of course, one must also resolutely oppose the common conspiracy myth that unvaccinated people would allegedly be discriminated: This is not true...

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Sligo, the center of the Irish Border Region

Sligo, the center of the Irish Border Region

[caption id="attachment_161102" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bridge over the Garavogue River © geograph.org.uk - Kenneth Allen/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sligo is the county town and the most populous urban area in County Sligo. With a population of 19,500 in 2011, it is the second-largest urban centre in the province of Connacht. Sligo is a major economic, educational, administrative and cultural centre of Ireland's Border Region, a region of over 500,000 people which comprises the counties of Sligo, Do...

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Vichy, the queen of the spa towns

Vichy, the queen of the spa towns

[caption id="attachment_160563" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palais des Congrès - Opera © FRED[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vichy is a commune in the department of Allier in Auvergne in central France. It belongs to the historic province of Bourbonnais. With 80,194 inhabitants, Vichy's urban area is the second largest in the Auvergne region behind Clermont-Ferrand. It is known as a spa and resort town and was the de facto capital of Vichy France during the World War II Nazi German occupation from 1940 to 1944. The 195...

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Theme Week Scotland - Kirkcaldy

Theme Week Scotland - Kirkcaldy

[caption id="attachment_152537" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery © Kilnburn/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kirkcaldy (Scottish Gaelic: Cair Chaladain) is a town and former royal burgh in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. It is approximately 11.6 miles (19 km) north of Edinburgh and 27.6 miles (44 km) south-southwest of Dundee. The town had an estimated population of 49,560 in 2010, making it the biggest settlement in Fife. Kirkcaldy has long been nicknamed the Lang Toun (Scots for "lo...

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Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem

Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem

[caption id="attachment_172158" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tango7174/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Abbey of the Dormition is an abbey and the name of a Benedictine community in Jerusalem on Mount Zion just outside the walls of East Jerusalem's Old City near the Zion Gate. Between 1998 and 2006 the community was known as the Abbey of Hagia Maria Sion, in reference to the Basilica of Hagia Sion that stood on this spot during the Byzantine period, but it resumed the original name during the 2006 celebrations of th...

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Theme Week Emilia-Romagna - Ravenna

Theme Week Emilia-Romagna - Ravenna

[caption id="attachment_152601" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Garibaldi statue © flickr.com - currybet[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ravenna is the capital city of the Province of Ravenna. It was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until that empire collapsed in 476. It then served as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths until it was conquered in 554. Afterwards, the city formed the centre of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion of the Franks in 751, after which it became the seat of th...

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Theme Week Brunei

Theme Week Brunei

[caption id="attachment_219874" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque © flickr.com - sam garza/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, the country is completely surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is separated into two parts by the Sarawak district of Limbang. Brunei is the only sovereign state compl...

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Shenyang in China

Shenyang in China

[caption id="attachment_171608" align="aligncenter" width="590"] West Pagoda Street © Ecabal/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Shenyang, formerly known by its Manchu name Mukden or Fengtian, is the provincial capital and the largest city of Liaoning Province in the People's Republic of China, as well as the largest city in Northeast China by urban population. The city's urban area has 6.3 million inhabitants, while the total population of the Shenyang municipality, which holds the administrative status of a sub-provincial ...

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Rieti, the midpoint of Italy

Rieti, the midpoint of Italy

[caption id="attachment_160712" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Vicentini Palace Gardens © Alessandro Antonelli[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rieti is a city and comune in Lazio, central Italy, with a population of 47,700. It is the capital of province of Rieti. The town centre rests on a small hilltop, commanding a wide plain at the southern edge of an ancient lake. The area is now the fertile basin of the Velino River. Only the small Ripasottile and Cantalice lakes remain of the original large one. The downtown of the an...

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Musée des Blindés in Saumur

Musée des Blindés in Saumur

[caption id="attachment_215401" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Kev22/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Musée des Blindés ("Museum of Armoured Vehicles") or Musée Général Estienne is a tank museum located in the Loire Valley of France, in the town of Saumur in the Maine-et-Loire departement of the Pays de la Loire region. It is now one of the world's largest tank museums. It began in 1977 under the leadership of Colonel Michel Aubry, who convinced both the French military hierarchy and the local political autho...

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Theme Week La Rioja - Calahorra

Theme Week La Rioja - Calahorra

[caption id="attachment_153260" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Parque de las Víctimas del Terrorismo © Zarteman/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Calahorra is a municipality in the comarca of Rioja Baja, near the border with Navarre on the right bank of the Ebro. The city is located on a hill at an altitude of 358 metres at the confluence of the Ebro and Cidacos rivers. Calahorra is the second-largest city in La Rioja in population and importance, after the capital, Logroño. Its population is at 24,000 inhabitants. ...

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