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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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Kalamata on the Messenian Gulf

Kalamata on the Messenian Gulf

[caption id="attachment_150869" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Kalamata's promenade © Pfloros/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. The capital and chief port of the Messenia regional unit, it lies along the Nedon River at the head of the Messenian Gulf. Kalamata is renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance and of the Kalamata olives. In independent Greece, Kalamata beca...

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Portrait: Werner von Siemens, founder of modern electrical engineering

Portrait: Werner von Siemens, founder of modern electrical engineering

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ernst Werner Siemens was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens’s name has been adopted as the SI unit of electrical conductance, the siemens. He was also the founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens. After finishing school, Siemens intended to study at the Bauakademie Berlin. However, since his family was highly indebted and thus could not afford to pay the tuition fees, he chose to join the Prussian Military Academy's School of Artillery and Engineering, between the years 1835-1...

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The Museum Island in Berlin

The Museum Island in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_161243" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © museumsinsel-berlin.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Museum Island (German: Museumsinsel) is the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, the site of the old city of Cölln. It is so called for the complex of five internationally significant museums, all part of the Berlin State Museums, that occupy the island's northern part: The Altes Museum (Old Museum) completed on the orders of Karl Frie...

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Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News

Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News

[caption id="attachment_201508" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Mytwocents/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Mariners' Museum and Park is located in Newport News, Virginia, United States. Designated as America’s National Maritime Museum by Congress, it is one of the largest maritime museums in North America. The Mariners' Museum Library, contains the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere. The museum was founded in 1930 by Archer Milton Huntington, son of Collis P. Huntington, a rail...

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Theme Week Carinthia - Villach

Theme Week Carinthia - Villach

[caption id="attachment_153248" align="aligncenter" width="590"] View across the Drava river towards the cross church in Perau © Hrald/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Villach is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. It represents an important traffic junction for southern Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region. Together with other Alpine towns Villach engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achie...

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Theme Week United Arab Emirates - Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Theme Week United Arab Emirates - Emirate of Abu Dhabi

[caption id="attachment_168443" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Abu Dhabi view from Marina village © panoramio.com - patano/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is the largest emirate by area (67,340 km2), accounting for approximately 87 percent of the total land area of the federation. Abu Dhabi also has the largest population of the seven emirates. The population is at 2.8 million, of which less than 20% are Emirati citizen...

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Cathedral of Commerce, the Woolworth Building in Manhattan

Cathedral of Commerce, the Woolworth Building in Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_24787" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Woolworth Building seen from the Hudson River © flickr.com - Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Woolworth Building, at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, built in 1910, is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the United States. The building opened on April 24, 1913. President Woodrow Wilson turned the lights on by way of a button in Washington, D.C. that evening. More than a century after the start of its construction, it remains, at 241.4 meters...

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Torre Agbar in Barcelona

Torre Agbar in Barcelona

[caption id="attachment_153052" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © ArquiWHAT/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Torre Agbar is a 38-story skyscraper / tower located between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos and built by Dragados. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcel...

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Budva in Montenegro

Budva in Montenegro

[caption id="attachment_160836" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Igycg[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Budva is a coastal town in Montenegro. It has around 18,000 inhabitants, and it is the centre of municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva Riviera, is the centre of Montenegro's tourism, and is well known for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and examples of Mediterranean architecture. Budva is 3,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic sea coast. The Old Town in B...

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Holy Land

Holy Land

[caption id="attachment_224152" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Star of Bethlehem in the nativity grotto of the Church of Nativity in Betlehem © Dirk D./cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Holy Land is an area roughly located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Bank of the Jordan River. Traditionally, it is synonymous both with the biblical Land of Israel and with the region of Palestine. The term "Holy Land" usually refers to a territory roughly corresponding to the modern State of Israel, the State of Palest...

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