England

Royal Shrovetide Football, Ashbourne

The small Derbyshire town of Ashbourne is home to an ancient and extremely unusual sporting event – the Royal Shrovetide Football Match, which lasts for two days and involves hundreds of participants. This pre-Lent tradition is believed to date back…

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Tuesday, 19th October 2010

Airport Emergency Training Locations

As a moderately frequent flyer, I enjoy looking out for fire and emergency training locations at airports. It’s fascinating because, for anybody who is even vaguely nervous about flying, the sight of a twisted and charred fuselage is probably the…

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Friday, 27th August 2010

Google Street View uncovers death, idiocy, incompetence and supernatural powers

Last week newspaper websites across the world published a story about a young girl who appeared to be lying dead on the pavement of an English street, proving that the worldwide fascination with Google Street View continues unabated. Fortunately the…

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Wednesday, 18th August 2010

Masonic Temples Around the World

Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. It’s also sort of hard to define. It’s a fraternal organisation, but it’s also bound up with ideas of morals, charity, and social gatherings.1 For centuries, Masons have taken pride in constructing…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

New GSS design launched!

After what feels like months of work1, we’ve finally launched our brand new design for Google Sightseeing (14 weeks after we originally planned to launch it, on our 5th birthday). Today we’re very proud to bring the new design to…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

World Fair Trade Day

Tomorrow is World Fair Trade Day, an annual global event held by by producers, retailers and supporters of this alternative trading system.1 To celebrate, we’re taking a tour of the Fair Trade Google Earth layer. Full instructions on how to…

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Friday, 7th May 2010
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Decadent Dubai on hold

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re fond of the excesses that are common in the oil-rich city of Dubai.1 Before the…

Top 5 Busiest Airports of 2011

Spend any time browsing Google Maps or Earth and you’ll soon spot an airport – they’re usually easy to spot…

Via Appia Antica

Via Appia (The Appian Way) was one of the earliest Roman Roads, running south-east of the Italian capital towards Brindisi.…

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