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London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics (Part 1)

It may have escaped your attention, given the lack of publicity, but there is a large sporting event about to get underway in England’s capital city. The London 2012 Summer Olympics start tomorrow, with the Paralympics to follow on August…

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Thursday, 26th July 2012

The Republic of San Marino

Holding the distinction of being both the oldest and the smallest republic in the world, the tiny, scenic country of San Marino is over 1,700 years old. Surrounded entirely by Italy, 32,000 residents are packed into 61 sq km (24 sq mi) in the middle of the Apennine Mountains.

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Wednesday, 18th July 2012

The Gobi Desert (Desert Week 2012)

The rain shadow caused by the massive bulk of the Himalayan mountains creates arid conditions for a huge distance to the east. The 1,600km (1,000 mile) long arc of the Gobi Desert spans the border between China and Mongolia; it…

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Monday, 9th July 2012

The Beatles’ Liverpool

Fifty-five years ago today a teenager named Paul McCartney somewhat grudgingly went to a concert by The Quarrymen at St Peter’s Church in Woolton, only agreeing to go after being told by a friend that it would be a good…

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Friday, 6th July 2012

Norway’s Stave Churches

Stave churches are a type of medieval wooden place of worship that were once common across Europe. Today however, Norway is the only country where more than a single example of a stave church has survived into the 21st century1.…

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Thursday, 14th June 2012

Urban Decay in Detroit

For the first half of the twentieth century, the city of Detroit enjoyed decades of prosperity and spectacular development driven by a booming motor industry. But since the 1950s, a succession of challenges – including economic recessions, competition from overseas…

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Wednesday, 6th June 2012
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