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Ancient Stone Circles

In hidden corners of the British Isles and northwestern France, you can find stone circles: mysterious and often beautiful monuments created in the distant past by Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples who arranged large boulders into circular formations. Their purposes…

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Thursday, 21st June 2012

Population: One

Recently the town of Burford, Wyoming made the headlines when it was sold for $900,000, which isn’t a bad price for a town where only one person lives. This got me thinking – how many towns, villages, valleys and islands…

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic

On the 15th April 1912, exactly 100 years ago this weekend, the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Titanic had 2,223…

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Friday, 13th April 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
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