Monuments

Einstein Is Everywhere

The 14th of March marks the 133rd birthday of the most famous theoretical physicist in history, Albert Einstein. While the man passed on nearly six decades ago, his name remains synonymous with genius and intellectual capability. Now, we could devote an entry to the myriad institutions and statues dedicated in his honour, or we could show you his greatest legacy of all – that of a corporate pitchman!

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Tuesday, 13th March 2012

Rock ‘n’ Roll R.I.P.s

The world has a certain reverential (or just morbid) fascination with the death sites of famous musicians. The pantheon of dead music legends is far too great (and depressing) to capture in just one article, but here’s a look at just some of the famous/infamous places where great talents have met untimely ends.

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Tuesday, 28th February 2012

Napoleon in Exile

When Napoleon’s reign over much of Europe came to an end in 1814, his opponents shipped him off to the Italian island of Elba. When Napoleon made his way back to France anyway and was deposed yet again, the British sent him to the remote Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Here are the various homes and locales Napoleon called home during his island imprisonments.

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Friday, 17th February 2012

Valentine’s Wood

This is the English county of Wiltshire – legendary home of crop circles, but they don’t only cut down the local flora to make pretty shapes here, as shown by this lovely heart-shaped wood. Overlooking the village of Oare, the…

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Tuesday, 14th February 2012

Ontario’s namesakes

As Canada is a relatively young country, many of its towns and cities were named by immigrants wanting to retain memories of their homelands. This can quite often lead to amusing comparisons between the original location and the (usually smaller)…

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Thursday, 10th November 2011

Naypyidaw, An Unconventional Capital

In 2005, the military government of Burma (Myanmar) made one of its most curious moves yet when it gave its ministerial officials less than a day’s notice that they were to pack up and move to a new capital almost 400 km north of the old capital, Rangoon, under threat of arrest or imprisonment. The government had secretly been constructing a capital in the middle of the nowhere called Naypyidaw; a way for the government to escape the congestion and chaos of Rangoon in a purpose-built capital in which everything would be under their control. Naypyidaw covers a sprawling 4,800 km2 – that’s 78 times the size of Manhattan!

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Wednesday, 5th October 2011
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