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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

A Commercial Airport… on the beach?

The airport on the island of Barra in northern Scotland handles over 1,200 flights a year, but none of them can land at high tide since the runways are on the beach! Located in Outer Hebrides, Scotland, Barra Eoligarry Airport…

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Monday, 19th April 2010

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

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.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Last Day of Woodstock

On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock festival wrapped up on Max Yasgur’s farm, with bands playing through the…

On this day: Tivoli Gardens Opened

On August 15, 1843, Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen. One of the oldest surviving theme parks in the world, this…

The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders…

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