Saturday, 30 November 2013

Ukraine: First Blood

Ukraine's political opposition has said it will call a country-wide general strike to force the resignation.

First Blood in Ukraine

Some 10,000 demonstrators against the Ukraine's decision to not sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union descended on a square outside a monastery early Saturday in response to a police crackdown on the earlier protests.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Survivors of Suicide Day

National Survivors of Suicide Day was designated by the United States Congress as a day when the friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. This day always falls on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving.

A girl caught after suicide attempt

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of National Survivors of Suicide Day. He is a survivor of his father's suicide. As citizens of other countries began observing the day in their local communities, it was renamed as International Survivors of Suicide Day.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


This is an alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii).

Macrochelys temminckii

What a good thing for turtle soup for any holiday!

Have a nice day!

Monday, 18 November 2013


Fifty people are killed when Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashes at Kazan Airport.

The Flight was a scheduled domestic passenger flight operated by Tatarstan Airlines on behalf of Ak Bars Aero from Moscow to Kazan, Russia. On 17 November 2013, at 7:20 p.m. local time, a Boeing 737-500 crashed at Kazan International Airport while attempting to land, killing all 44 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

Boeing 737-53A in May 2001

There were no survivors.

Thursday, 14 November 2013


What is Surtsey? Where is it?

50 years ago, by 11:00 on 14 November 1963, the eruption column had reached several kilometres in height. At first the eruptions took place at three separate vents along a northeast by southwest trending fissure, but by the afternoon the separate eruption columns had merged into one along the erupting fissure.

The Birth of Surtsey

Over the next week, explosions were continuous, and after just a few days the new island, formed mainly of scoria, measured over 500 metres (1640 ft) in length and had reached a height of 45 metres (147 ft).

Happy Birthday, Surtsey!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Awesome Cape Town

The central area of Cape Town aka Kaapstad and the Waterfront Harbour as seen from Table Mountain.


The Island on the left is Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was kept imprisoned for so many years.

Awesome bird's-eye view!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

1991 and 2011

November 7 was in a main holiday in the USSR.

Parade, 1970s.

And last days of the Soviet Union...

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


November 5, 1913 small Alaskan town of Sitka was incorporated and became the City of Sitka.

Russian House, 1907

Sitka's location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago. In 1799 Russians founded a settlement which named Novoarhangelsk (literally New Arhalgelsk).