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Theme Week Ireland - Mullingar

Theme Week Ireland - Mullingar

[caption id="attachment_171184" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market House © Ultrafighter/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Mullingar (Irish: An Muileann gCearr, meaning "the left-handed mill") is the county town of County Westmeath in Leinster province. It is the 3rd most populous town in the Midlands Region with a population of 21,000. Mullingar is famous for the neighbouring lakes, Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh, which attract many anglers, and Belvedere House and Gardens which is heavily promoted for...

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The Uffizi in Florence

The Uffizi in Florence

[caption id="attachment_23403" align="alignleft" width="590"] Uffizi © Riccardo Speziari/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Uffizi Gallery is a museum in Florence, Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates - hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). The Palazzo degli Uffizi brought together under one roof the administrative offices, the Tribunal and th...

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Skagen, the Land of Light

Skagen, the Land of Light

[caption id="attachment_149007" align="aligncenter" width="391"] The lighthouse © Martin Olsson[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Skagen (The Skaw) is a projection of land and a town, with a population of 8,636 (1 January 2010), in Region Nordjylland on the northernmost tip of Vendsyssel-Thy, a part of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. Skagen is located in Frederikshavn municipality. The area is extremely picturesque, and distinguished by its low, yellow houses with red tile roofs nestled into the beach areas. The impressive a...

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The European Union: Quo vadis?

The European Union: Quo vadis?

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"](Latest update: 7 June 2022) Best of all first: The EU and the Eurozone today have greater approval among its citizens than it did in the past 35 years. This is not just any indicator, but a solid basis and a work order that has so far been adopted only in part to actually address ambitious, long overdue reforms and the necessary reorientation of the EU. A nicely written white paper by the European Commission, which presents possible scenarios until 2025, isn't enough. What is needed is a "EU Vision 2030" plan w...

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Portrait: John Maynard Keynes, English economist

Portrait: John Maynard Keynes, English economist

[caption id="attachment_228597" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury, Harry Dexter White (left) and John Maynard Keynes © International Monetary Fund[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was an English economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. Originally trained in mathematics, he built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles. One of the most influ...

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The island of Crete

The island of Crete

[caption id="attachment_150176" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pavlos © Kramer96[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece; while it retains its own local cultural traits (such as its own dialect, poetry, and music). Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (circa 2700–1420 BC), the first civili...

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Cape Verde

Cape Verde

[caption id="attachment_153817" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mindelo, Baía do Porto Grande and Monte Cara © ElsondeMadrid[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Republic of Cape Verde is an island country, spanning an archipelago of 10 islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa. The islands, covering a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi), are of volcanic origin and while three of them (Sal, Boa Vista and Maio) are fairly flat, sandy and dry, the rem...

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Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel

[caption id="attachment_167535" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Kim Payant/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Fairmont Banff Springs or simply the Banff Springs Hotel is a former railway hotel constructed in Scottish Baronial style located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The original hotel, designed by American architect Bruce Price, was built between spring of 1887 and 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, at the instigation of its President, William Cornelius Van Horne. The hotel was publicly opened on Jun...

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Portrait: James Lewis Kraft, founder of the world's third largest food company

Portrait: James Lewis Kraft, founder of the world's third largest food company

[caption id="attachment_164466" align="aligncenter" width="294"] James Lewis Kraft © culturecheesemag.com - Echtner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]James Lewis Kraft was a Canadian-American entrepreneur and inventor. Kraft was the first to patent processed cheese. Kraft was born near Stevensville, Ontario, Canada to parents Minerva Alice née Tripp and George Franklin Krafft, a farmer. He was of German origin. The Kraft family farm (at Bowen Road at Winger Road) still exists as the area has remained agricultural. Kraft was educated i...

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30 St Mary Axe in the City of London

30 St Mary Axe in the City of London

[caption id="attachment_153890" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Edward Simpson/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]30 St Mary Axe, widely known informally as "the Gherkin" and previously the Swiss Re Building, is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on a street called St Mary Axe, on the site of the former Baltic Exchange, which was extensively damaged in 1992 ...

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