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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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Theme Week Normandy - Bayeux

Theme Week Normandy - Bayeux

[caption id="attachment_152722" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Anton Bielousov/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bayeux is a commune in the Calvados department. Bayeux is a sub-prefecture of Calvados. It is the seat of the arrondissement of Bayeux and of the canton of Bayeux. The River Aure flows through Bayeux, offering panoramic views from a number of locations. The Jardin botanique de Bayeux is a botanical garden dating from 1864. Bayeux is a major tourist attraction, best known to British and French visitor...

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Theme Week British Channel Islands

Theme Week British Channel Islands

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Portrait: Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, national poet and founder of modern Russian literature

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Durban in South Africa

Durban in South Africa

[caption id="attachment_153871" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Durban Waterfront © Simisa/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. It forms part of the eThekwini metropolitan municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa and Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and ...

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Theme Week Lorraine - Thionville

Theme Week Lorraine - Thionville

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Rosenheim in Upper Bavaria

Rosenheim in Upper Bavaria

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Jewish Museum in Berlin

Jewish Museum in Berlin

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Negev in Israel

Negev in Israel

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Theme Week Castile-La Mancha - Albacete

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[caption id="attachment_153323" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Deputation of the Province of Albacete © Siempremolinicos[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Albacete, the capital of the province of Albacete, is a city in southeastern Spain, 258 kilometres (160 miles) southeast of Madrid and 127 kilometres (79 miles) northwest of Murcia. The city has 173,000 inhabitants and 218,000 in the metropolitan area, being the city with the highest number of inhabitants in all Castilla-La Mancha, and one of the main urban areas of the country. Al...

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Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_163313" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ansgar Koreng/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Potsdamer Platz (literally Potsdam Square) is an important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin, lying about 1 km (1,100 yd) south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km (16 mi) to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Po...

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