Thursday, 30 May 2013

Kildavnet Tower

Carrickkildavnet Castle, also known as Grainne's tower, is located in the south-east corner of Achill Island, County Mayo. It is a excellent example of a 15th century Irish tower house.

Carrickkildavnet Castle
The Gaelic Chiefs of the time copied a Norman design and constructed many such tower houses.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Chomolungma!

Chomolungma means Holy Mother of the Earth. Europeans named it as Peak XV; later renamed after George Everest.

May 29, 1953 Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of the top of the highest mountain.

Chomolungma from Tibet

It was a great day.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Prometea

Ten years ago Prometea was born.

Prometea was a Haflinger foal, the first cloned horse and the first to be born from and carried by its cloning mother. Her birth was announced publicly only August 6, 2003. Born 36 kg after a natural delivery and a full-term pregnancy in Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona, Italy, Prometea at 2-month-old is 100 kg.

Foal of Haflinger Horse like Prometea
Dr. Cesare Galli and others at the lab experimented with 841 reconstructed embryos; of the 14 viable embryos four were implanted in surrogate mothers, only that of Prometea succeeded in being born. Texas A&M University was also undertaking a horse cloning project when the Italian team first succeeded.

Monday, 27 May 2013

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Shortest rivers

What river is the shortest in the World?

That is hard to measure the length of any river. The measurements should take to verify the length such as tide, source, spring or other water inflows.

Mountain River
What named river is the shortest on the Earth?

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Notre Dame de Paris: Tragedy and Farce

Again... One of symbols of France Notre Dame de Paris became a center of news.

May 21 French historian, journalist and essayist Dominique Venner committed suicide near altare inside the cathedral.

Notre Dame de Paris

The next day there was a new event.

Sorry, Warrah

130 years ago, in May 1883, a human killed last warrah (or Falkland Islands wolf, or Falkland Islands dog, or Falkland Islands fox or Antarctic wolf) aka Dusicyon australis, endemic of the archipelago.

Falkland Islands fox

Warrahs were predators and hunted sheep.

Sheeps was saved. And there are millions of sheep in the World. Where is Warrah? Warrah is in history like Dodo, Steller's Sea Cow and many species...

Great Explosion

Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range with one of the largest lava domes on the Earth.

Great Explosion

On May 22, 1915, Lassen Peak exploded in a powerful eruption that blasted volcanic ash, rock fragments, and pumice high into the air. This created the larger and deeper of the two craters seen near the summit of the volcano today. A huge column of volcanic ash and gas rose more than 10,000 m into the air, and was visible from as far as Eureka, 240 km to the west, on the Pacific Coast.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Protest and Suicide

An ultra right French historian and writer Dominique Venner shot himself near altar of Notre Dame de Paris. It led to the evacuation of more than 1500 visitors from the cathedral.

The main reason of the suicide was a protest against a law about same-sex marriages in France...
Notre Dame de Paris and Dominique Venner

Dominique Venner was famous as a member of the Organisation de l'armée secrète. Later he became an European nationalist. As historic Venner specialized in military and political history.

Car bombs hit

Two car bombs hit Dagestan capital Makhachkala.

At least four people were killed by second explosion.

Local media reported that more than 20 people had been wounded by the blasts, which took place minutes apart.

Dagestan is facing an insurgency by Islamist militants who want to carve out an independent states in Caucasus.

Monday, 20 May 2013

RIP, Ray

Founding member of the Door Ray Manzarek die in Germany. He was 74.

Last years he was fighting with bile duct cancer.
The Doors. One of the most famous photos of the band

The Doors were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. This American band found fame in the 1960s with hits such as The End, Break on Through to the Other Side and Hello I Love You. The death of Morrison in Paris on 3 July 1971 became the end for the Doors.

Living member tried to reunite in 1978, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2011. However they couldn't achieve popularity of Morrison's Doors.

In May 2010, Manzarek recorded with slide guitarist Roy Rogers in Studio D in Sausalito.

After he had a long battle with illness.

Farewell, Ray!

RIP, Noh Mul

Noh Mul is (or was?) an archaeological site of Maya in Belize.

But workers bulldozed Mayan relic in May 2013.

One of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids and one of main site became a history. Yes, 2,300 year old site almost was destroyed by a construction company to make gravel for road fill.
Demolition job

What will happen with vandals? The company will only be fined ($5,000). It's sadly.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sweden!

Sweden team won the World Ice Hockey Championship in Sunday, defeating Switzerland 5-1 in the gold-medal game in Stockholm.

Sweden won!

The U.S. team downed Finland in a shootout to claim its first medal at the World Hockey Championship since 2004.

Very good...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 165 m and a lower falls of 21 m.

A Bridge over Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River

Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Rynda Bay

Rynda Bay of the Russky Island is a former paradise.

Rynda Bay Beach

Even a case of cannibalism was registered here in June 2012.

It was a nice bay with fabulous beach. RIP.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Drury Lane Theatre

350 years!

The Theatre Royal in Westminster aka Drury Lane was opened May 7, 1663. Its architect was Thomas Killigrew.
An interior of the Theatre Royal in 1808 before the Fire

It was rebuilt three times: in 1674 by Christopher Wren (and renamed as Royal), in 1794 by Henry Holland, and in 1812 by Benjamin Dean Wyatt after Drury Lane theatre building burned down on 24 February 1809.

Today the Drury Lane Theatre is the oldest theater in the United Kingdom. Also the Theatre Royal was famous for the Ghost known as Man in Grey.

In February 1958 the building was included in the Grade I List.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Tragedy in Abhazia

Two tourists from Russia were drowned in the Bzyb river. The other three tourists were rescued.

Bzyb river

Bzyb is a mountain river with very rapid current. Its length is 110 km, the second in the country. Bzyb Gorge greets travelers with winds blowing from the mountain valleys towards the sea.

A beautiful Qingdao

Today Qingdao is a major city in eastern Shandong province. This is a nice big city with a population of over 8 million.

It means green island.

Modern Qingdao

Qingdao has a great history. First human settlement here dates 6,500 years ago. After 1891 Tsingtao was under German occupation. After China conceded this territory to Germany the following year, and the Kiautschou Bay concession, as it became known, existed from 1898 to the First World War.

Grill's department store (1897)

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May Day


May Day is a big holyday of the international labour movement. It is a rest-day in more than 80 countries and celebrated in many other countries unofficially. But it is forbidden in some countries.

Column of Russian Communist Worker's Party on May Day's demonstration in Izhevsk, Russia

There was a great festival and parade in the Soviet Union. Now the biggest celebration in North Korea, where it is known as International Workers' Day.