Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


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Ha Long Bay, literally: "Descending Dragon Bay" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, has an area of around 1,553 km2,  includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.

The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
SIMPLY STUNNING!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Brigade of Gurkhas


The Brigade of Gurkhas is the collective term for units of the current British Army that are composed of Nepalese soldiers. The brigade, which is 3,640 strong, draws its heritage from Gurkha units that originally served in the British Indian Army prior to Indian independence, and prior to that of the East India Company. The brigade includes infantry, engineer, signal, logistic and training and support units.

They are famous for their ever-present kukris, a distinctive heavy knife with a curved blade, and for their reputation of being fierce fighters and brave soldiers. They take their name from the hill town of Gorkha from which the Nepalese kingdom had expanded. The ranks have always been dominated by four ethnic groups: the Gurungs and Magars from central Nepal; and the Rais and Limbus from the east, who live in hill villages of hill farmers.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crocosaurus Cove & The Cage of Death

 
 
 
 

This  theme park in Australia  hopes to lure tourists into a "Cage of Death" for a close encounter with a 5.5m crocodile. Just 4cm of acrylic will separate brave punters from the jaws of Choppa - a feisty saltwater croc. Saltwater crocodiles are the world's largest reptile and can grow up to 7 metres. They have become increasingly common in Australia's tropical north since hunting, which almost extinguished the species, was banned in 1971.

Top End tourists will climb into a clear box before being lowered into Choppa's lair.They'll then spend 15 minutes inside the 2.8m high cage and watch Choppa, who lost both front feet while fighting other crocodiles, trying to take a bite out of them. People who climbed into the Cage of Death said it was a scary experience. They say that the power can only be felt when the croc hit the cage. At this time… You would not have a chance (without the cage)!

Visit the Website:  CROCOSAURUS COVE

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th


Friday the 13th is an unlucky day in much of Western Europe, North America, and Australia. Many people avoid travel and avoid signing contracts on Friday the 13th. Floors in tall buildings often skip from 12 to 14. And while the superstition is believed to be fading, it nonetheless has deep roots in both Christian and pagan culture. 
Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason, knowledge or experience. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational. This leads to some superstitions being called "old wives’tales". It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the irrational belief that future events can be influenced or foretold by specific unrelated prior events. 
The etymology is from the classical Latin superstitio, literally "a standing over", hence: "amazement, wonder, dread, especially of the divine or supernatural". The word is attested in the 1st century BC, notably in Cicero, Livy, Ovid, in the meaning of an unreasonable or excessive belief in fear or magic, especially foreign or fantastical ideas. By the 1st century AD, it came to refer to "religious awe, sanctity; a religious rite" more generally.
Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Harmony

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So graceful Hummingbirds

Look at how beautiful they are!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Minimun Wages in Europe


                                                                             In  EUROS:

Albânia:  18,000 lekë                                                129,00

Andorra: 915.20 euro                                               915,20

Arménia:  25,000 dram                                              47,80

Austria: 1,000 euro                                                1.000,00

Azerbaijan: 60 manat                                                 54,73

Belarus: 229,000 rubles                                             57,37

Belgium: 1,440.67 euro                                         1.440,67

Bosnia Herzegovina: 320 convertible marka            163,61

Bulgária:  240 leva                                                  122,59

Croatia:  2,814.00 kuna                                          388,05

Cyprus:  840 euro                                                   840,00

Czech Republic: 8,000 koruna                                314,91

Denmark: - - - - Has no minimum wages law

Estonia:  4,350 krooni                                             278,02

Finland:  - - - - Has no minimum wages law

France: 1,343.77 euro                                          1,343,77

Georgia:  115 lari                                                     48,98

Germany:  - - - Has no minimum wages law

Greece:  €740.00                                                    740,00

Hungary: 73,500 forint                                           277,36

Iceland: 130,000 króna                                           751,59

Ireland: 1,499.33 euro                                          1.499,33

Italy:  - - - - Has no minimum wages law

Latvia: 180 lati                                                         54,94

Liechtenstein: - - - -

Lithuania:  800 litai                                               231,70

Luxembourg1,682.76 euro                               1.682,76

Republic of Macedonia:  - - - -

Malta: 634.75 euro                                                 634,75

Moldova:  766.10 lei                                                46,18

Monaco 1,509.73 euro                                         1.509,73

Montenegro: 55.00 euro                                           55,00

Netherlands: 1,398.00 euro                                  1.398,00

Norway:  - - - - Has no minimum wages law

Poland:  1,317 złotych                                             337,80

Portugal : 475.00  euro                                           475,00

Romania:  600 lei                                                   147,34

Rússia: 4,330 rubles                                               109,22

San Marino: 1,220.27 euro                                  1.220,27

Serbia: 12,133.33 dinars                                        121,33

Slovakia: 307.70 euro                                             307,70

Slovenia: 734.15 euro                                             734,15

Spain: 633.30 euro                                                 633,30

Sweden - - -   - Has no minimum wages law

Switzerland - - Has no minimum wages law

Turkey:  693 lira                                                    336,19

Ukraine: 625 hryven                                                 57,56

United Kingdom: 1,005.33 pound                       1.163,77

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tapeworks Art by Mark Khaisman


Mark Khaisman has recreated stills from some of his favourite movies using nothing more than brown parcel tape. At first glance it appears they could have been made using state-of-the-art computer software but these images are created by layering strips of ordinary brown tape over each other... 

Visit his website: Mark Khaisman Tapeworks