Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Wied iz-Zurrieq Tower

Wied iz-Zurrieq Tower in Malta is one of the seven watchtowers built in the period 1637–1640 by the Grand Master Juan de Lascaris-Castellar of the Knights Hospitaller.

Wied iz-Zurrieq Tower

For centuries the coastline of Malta has been dotted with lookout posts or watch towers that were built by the Knights of St. John (Knights Hospitaller, Knights of Malta) during the 17th century. These towers were manned nightly to watch the seaward approaches and to raise the alarm in the event of imminent threat. The positioning of these towers was planned as such so that one could see both neighbouring towers, which acted as an early warning system against invaders. As soon as one tower spotted a suspicious event, a fire signal was started which was picked up by the neighbouring towers, in so doing carrying on the message.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

International Dance Day

Today is the International Dance Day…

It was introduced in 1982 and is celebrated on April 29 every year.

Pierre Chasselat. Le Fandango

Why this day?

It is a birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), who was a creator of modern ballet.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

The King's Speech

The King's Speech by paukrus
The King's Speech, a photo by paukrus on Flickr.

April 25, 2013 was annual live Q&A conference of the Russian president.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Turismo de naturaleza en Gran Canaria - Islas Canarias - España

Gran Canaria es un continente en miniatura, con un muestrario de paisajes muy poco corrientes, en medio de un archipiélago enormemente diverso. Por ello la Unesco decidió otorgar a la isla el sello de Reserva de la Biosfera. Para apoyar activamente la conservación de las piezas de este puzzle de escenarios naturales, un micromundo diferente y muy particular. Casi la mitad del espacio geográfico de Gran Canaria ha quedado incluido en la Reserva, abarcando seis núcleos de población rurales, vinculados a actividades tradicionales.

Un mundo natural que ha venido viviendo a su aire durante siglos, entre los cambiantes relieves de la isla.Y es en esto, en su relieve, en su especial configuración geomorfológica, donde reside otra de las particularidades de Gran Canaria. Una inmensa caldera de hundimiento, la Caldera de Tejeda, domina el centro de la isla, y despliega a su vez una red de drenaje de aguas pluviales que recorren los barrancos y serpentean hasta llegar al mar. En conjunto, puede considerarse Gran Canaria como un macizo que se eleva desde el nivel del mar hasta los 1.949 metros de altitud del Pico de Las Nieves.
La altitud de la isla y lo abrupto del relieve posibilitan multitud de microclimas y hábitats. En ese sentido, destaca el suroeste de Gran Canaria, que ha mantenido resguardado su entorno natural a lo largo de los siglos. En esa zona se localizan grandes extensiones de bosques de pino canario, un árbol de características peculiares que lo hacen único en el mundo. Por otro lado, las actividades humanas se han ido sumando al entorno, hasta el punto de que es difícil diferenciar los elementos introducidos por las labores tradicionales con el paisaje original de la isla, formando todo un mosaico paisajístico peculiar, que ahora se cuida para futuras generaciones.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Lena's Massacre

101 years ago, April 17, 1912, the Army of the Russian Empire fired upon striking gold miners in northeast Siberia (near Bodaybo) near the Lena River.

After the Lena Execution

It was killing more than 150 people.

The massacre triggered a wave of strikes and protests. Stalin said: The Lena shots broke the ice of silence, and the river of popular resentment is flowing again. The ice has broken. It has started!
 
...Now Nicholas II the Bloody is a Saint...

See also: Ludlow Massacre in 1914.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Vasco Núñez de Balboa

Vasco Núñez de Balboa by paukrus
Vasco Núñez de Balboa, a photo by paukrus on Flickr.
In April 1513 Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa was becoming the first European which reached the Pacific ocean from the New World. Also he founded the settlement of Santa María la Antigua del Darién, which was the first permanent European settlement on the mainland of the Americas.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Songkran

Today is the beginning of Songkran.

It is a New Year in Indochina, Bengal and Sri Lanka.
Songkran

Aries is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac. April in Indochina is the end of hot season and a meeting of rains. Also it is the end of the harvesting season, especially in Cambodia.

Friday, 12 April 2013

52 years ago

April 12, 1961... 27-old Yury Gagarin circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft.
To Space!
To Space!

In Russia and other former USSR countries this date is the Cosmonautics Day.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

500 years ago...

March 27, 1513 by paukrus
March 27, 1513, a photo by paukrus on Flickr.
...April 3, 1513, Spanish explorer and conquistador Juan Ponce de León became first European which landed to modern territory of the United States. It was in Florida. Ponce de León was in looking for the Fountain of Youth.

Monday, 1 April 2013