Thursday, 16 August 2012

Flood devastates Devon village in 1952

August 16, 1952... This day has ill fame for a flood in Devon known as the Lynmouth Flood.

Twelve bodies have been recovered and 24 people are missing feared dead in the flood which has swept through Lynmouth in north Devon.

The 1952 Flood Disaster

The normally picturesque holiday village was evacuated early today as troops and council workers were brought in to begin clearing the devastation.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

London Bye-bye!

The 2012 Summer Olympics Games ended.

Pixels. The 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony

The closing ceremony was held on 12 August in the Olympic Stadium. The worldwide broadcast began at 21:00 BST (UTC+1) and finished at 00:11.

A miniature version of London landmarks

Bye-bye London! Olá Rio!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Summer in Taiga

Summer and winter are the main seasons in the taiga. The spring and autumn are very short. In the Northern taiga summer is short too.

But even on the North a summer in taiga is often very hot.

Summer is a rainy, hot and short season in the taiga. But fires are not uncommon in the taiga during the summer.

Taiga near Igarka, the North Of Siberia

The zone of forest-tundra is located between taiga and tunra. It extends across Alaska, Northern Canadian territories and Russia from the Kola peninsula to the Chukotka.

Taiga and forest-tundra have no comfort season. At summer months the taiga and the tundra fill up with millions or billions of insects like during one of the Biblical Plagues of Egypt. There is no insects in winter but very cold. Also taiga is an areal of brown bear and wolf.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Out of the Solar System

Voyager 1 is a spacecraft launched on September 5, 1977 from Cape Canaveral.

Voyager 1

Today it became a first man-made thing outside of the Solar System!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Marilyn Monroe

50 years ago Marilyn Monroe has been found dead in bed at her home in Los Angeles.

Her body was discovered in the early hours of this morning by two doctors who were called to her Brentwood home by a concerned housekeeper.

The doctors were forced to break into Miss Monroe's bedroom after being unable to open the door. She was found lying naked in her bed with an empty bottle of Nembutal sleeping pills by her side.

Marilyn Monroe

The local coroner, who visited the scene later, said the circumstances of Miss Monroe's death indicated a possible suicide.

She was 36 only. After Monroe was interred in a crypt at Corridor of Memories at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Olympic tennis

The women's singles tennis tournament was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon from 28 July to 4 August 2012.

Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka

Serena Williams won the gold medal. She beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in final. Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka won the Olympic bronze. No any sensation.

Grass courts were very good.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

US' victory

The United States crew throw their coxswain Mary Whipple into the cold water as they celebrate with their gold medals during the medal ceremony after the Women's Eight final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney.

A flight of Mary Whipple

It is an old rowing tradition. A winning coxswain must be a wet.