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Baseball

Baseball

[caption id="attachment_167396" align="aligncenter" width="590"] American cultural icons: Apple pie, baseball, and the American flag © USDA ARS - Scott Bauer[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding (Baseball rules). The batting team attempts to score runs by hitting a ball that is thrown by the pitcher with a bat swung by the batter, then running counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third, and home pla...

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Băile Tușnad in Transylvania

Băile Tușnad in Transylvania

[caption id="attachment_153738" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Băile Tușnad © Aakmaros/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Băile Tușnad is a town in Harghita County, Romania. It lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania. The town and the surrounding area are famous for their spas and mineral waters received from seven springs. Nearby is the Lake Sfânta Ana, a famous volcanic crater lake, the only one of its kind in Romania. With a population of 1,600, it is the smallest town i...

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The Hanseatic city of Stralsund, the gateway to the island of Rügen

The Hanseatic city of Stralsund, the gateway to the island of Rügen

[caption id="attachment_152975" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Miniature of the old part of Stralsund © Marcus Sümnick[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stralsund is a city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland). Two bridges and several ferry services connect Stralsund with the ports of Rügen. The main industries of Stralsund are shipyards, fishing, and, to an increasing degree, tourism. In 1293 Strals...

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The Hanseatic city of Stade

The Hanseatic city of Stade

[caption id="attachment_160529" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Former Fish Market Square © Kolossos[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany and part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Hamburg). It is the seat of the district named after it. The city was first mentioned in a document from 994. Stade is located on the German Timber-Frame Road. The German Timber-Frame Road, which covers Germany from north to south, joins unique landscapes, historic sites and carefully restored m...

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Theme Week Cornwall - Zennor

Theme Week Cornwall - Zennor

[caption id="attachment_153191" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Zennor from Trewey Hill © Jim Champion/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Zennor is a village and civil parish. The parish includes the villages of Zennor, Boswednack and Porthmeor and the hamlet of Treen. It is located on the north coast, about 6 miles (10 km) north of Penzance. It lies along the B3306 road which connects St Ives to the A30 road. Alphabetically, the parish is the last in Britain. Its name comes from the Cornish for the local saint, St Senara....

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The Monument of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig

The Monument of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig

[caption id="attachment_25029" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Monument of the Battle of the Nations © André Karwath/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Monument to the Battle of the Nations is a monument in Leipzig to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. Paid for mostly by donations and by the city of Leipzig, it was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle, at a cost of 6,000,000 Goldmark. Between 16–19 October 1813, the Battle of the Nations was fought by th...

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The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park

[caption id="attachment_27188" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Grand Canyon Skywalk © Jonas.tesch/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Grand Canyon National Park is the United States' 15th oldest national park. The park is located in Arizona. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park covers 1,217,262 acres (492,608 ha) of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties. Grand Canyon National Park...

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Theme Week Wales - Newport

Theme Week Wales - Newport

[caption id="attachment_153086" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Newport Arcade © geograph.org.uk - Robin Drayton/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Newport is a city and unitary authority in south east Wales. It is located on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn estuary, 12 miles (19 km) east of Cardiff. It is the third largest city in Wales, with a population of 146,000. During the 20th century, the docks declined in importance, but Newport remained an important manufacturing and engineering centr...

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