England

Great Belt Fixed Link

Connecting the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen is the Great Belt Fixed Link, another example of a confusing bridge / tunnel mash-up1. Starting on Funen at the Western end we have a 6611m bridge that carries both road and…

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Monday, 11th February 2008

Teletubbyland

For those of you not familiar with cult 1990s children’s television, Teletubbies was a program primarily aimed at 1-4 year olds which followed the life of four colourful characters, notable for their camp outfits and love of Tubby custard. The…

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Thursday, 7th February 2008

Barton Swing Aqueduct

In the past we’ve featured some incredible feats of engineering in service of canals and their traffic, but perhaps none as elegant as the Barton Swing Aqueduct, England. Designed by Edward Leader Williams1 and first used in 1893, the aqueduct…

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Thursday, 31st January 2008

Cluck! Oink! Baa! Moo!

Baa baa, baa! Cluck cluck, moo? Moo. Moo! Mooooo! Oink! Oink! Oink! (Many thanks to my 18-month-old son, Mylo, for writing today’s post.)

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Friday, 18th January 2008

Steam Trains

Originally developed over 200 years ago, the steam train is easily one of the world’s greatest inventions, as it revolutionised both goods and passenger transport. By the 1970s the steam trains had to give up the commercial and transport railways…

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Tuesday, 15th January 2008

The Needles

Off the west coast of the Isle of Wight, England, stand the unmistakable white chalk stacks known as The Needles. Whilst there’s not a lot needle-like about them anymore (photo), The Needles were originally named for an actually needle-shaped rock…

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Wednesday, 12th December 2007

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

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