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Stig, Stig, wherefore art thou Stig?

BBC TV’s Top Gear programme features a famously mysterious racing driver known only as “The Stig“, who (ironically for someone so secretive about their identity) can be found in numerous places on Google Street View. More bizarre however are Google’s…

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Friday, 16th April 2010

Fake villages

On a remote lane in South Wales, the Street View car catches a glimpse of an attractive hilltop town in the distance, with red-roofed houses clustering around the church spire. An aerial view of the town shows it to be…

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Wednesday, 7th April 2010

The Boat Race

The 156th annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs will take place this Saturday, April 3rd, on the River Thames in London. The first Boat Race between the two rowing clubs took place in 1829, followed by…

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Friday, 2nd April 2010

Secret feature lets users unblur Street View photos

After strong criticism from campaign groups, Google today caved under the pressure and announced the ability to request removal of the face-blurring on Street View images. Google blurs certain elements of Street View images, including license plates and detectable faces,…

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Thursday, 1st April 2010

World’s Shortest Commercial Flight

The world’s shortest commercial flight is between the airports on the islands of Papa Westray and Westray in the Orkney Islands. Part of the daily service operated by Logan Air, the journey has a scheduled duration of just 2 minutes…

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Tuesday, 30th March 2010

The Pennine Way

The recent expansion of Street View in the UK allows us to visit sections of the Pennine Way, Britain’s most well known long distance walking path, where we can admire the scenery of three national parks without the inconvenience of…

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Friday, 26th March 2010

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

Could you be one of our authors? We're looking for more freelance writers - please get in touch for more information.

Previously on Google Sightseeing

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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  1. seefit: Thanks for the link to your original post, Ian. Another fine article (as always). :-) It’s nice to know...
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