Monuments

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

MLB Stadium Tour – American League

With Major League Baseball having recently paused for its mid-season All Star Game break, this is the first of a two-part tour of stadiums across North America, focusing on somewhat fanciful features in recently constructed ballparks. We begin with the…

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Thursday, 28th July 2011

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The Republic of South Sudan came into existence. The nation is so new that Google Maps doesn’t yet show it. However,…

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Tuesday, 19th July 2011
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