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The International House Sonnenberg near St Andreasberg/Oberharz

The International House Sonnenberg near St Andreasberg/Oberharz

[caption id="attachment_161225" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © sonnenberg-international.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Sonnenberg-Kreis e.V. is an independent provider of international, non-school based education in Europe, its work is solely and exclusively not for profit. The International House Sonnenberg near St Andreasberg/Oberharz is its conference centre. Conferences take place there throughout the year, primarily on subjects in the area of political education. The conferences often have an international di...

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The United States Military Academy at West Point

The United States Military Academy at West Point

[caption id="attachment_4631" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="West Point - Aerial view © USMA Public Affairs Office"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The United States Military Academy at West Point (also known as USMA, West Point or Army) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildin...

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Building automation

Building automation

[caption id="attachment_3042" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="© gira.com"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Building automation describes the functionality provided by the control system of a building. A building automation system (BAS) is an example of a distributed control system. The control system is a computerized, intelligent network of electronic devices designed to monitor and control the mechanical and lighting systems in a building. BAS core functionality keeps the building climate within a specified range, ...

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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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Theme Week Algeria - Algiers

Theme Week Algeria - Algiers

[caption id="attachment_168307" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Bologhine district © flickr.com - Damien Boilley/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria. The city's population is at 3.5 million and the population of the larger metropolitan city to be around 6.3 million. Algiers is located on the Mediterranean Sea and in the north-central portion of Algeria. Sometimes nicknamed El-Behdja or alternatively Alger la Blanche ("Algiers the White") for the glistening white of its buildin...

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The White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover

[caption id="attachment_152961" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dover Seafront and Castle © James Armitage[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. It faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel, and lies south-east of Canterbury; east of Kent's administrative capital Maidstone; and north-east along the coastline from Dungeness and Hastings. The town is the administrative centre of the Dover District and home of the Dover Calais ferry th...

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Union for the Mediterranean: Bon appétit!

Union for the Mediterranean: Bon appétit!

[caption id="attachment_170711" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Union for the Mediterranean © AndrewRT/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an intergovernmental organization of 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 28 member states of the European Union and 15 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East (the western and middle part of the Middle East & North Africa region (MENA)) and Southeast Europe. It was created in July 2008 at the Paris ...

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The Somerset House in London

The Somerset House in London

[caption id="attachment_25018" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Jan van der Crabben/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in central London overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. The building, originally the site of a Tudor palace, was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776, and further extended with Victorian wings to the north and south. The East Wing forms part of the adjacent King's College London. In t...

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Oak Park in Illinois

Oak Park in Illinois

[caption id="attachment_192505" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Lake Street © Dennisyerger84/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of Chicago. It is the 29th largest municipality in Illinois. The village has a population of 52,000. Oak Park was settled beginning in the 1830s, with rapid growth later in the 19th century and early 20th century. It incorporated in 1902, breaking off from Cicero. Development was spurred by railroads and street cars connecting the village to jobs in ...

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Vigo in Galicien

Vigo in Galicien

[caption id="attachment_153068" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Centre and harbor © Kanchelskis/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vigo is a city and municipality situated in north-west Spain, in the Spanish autonomous community of Galicia, and on the ria, or bay, of the same name, on the Atlantic Ocean. Vigo is the most populous city in Galicia, and the 14th in Spain. It is located in the south-west of Galicia, in the southern part of the Vigo Bay. In the north-east it borders with the municipality of Redondela, i...

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