An Interactive Lesson in History
Dive into the deep waters of history with this terrific interactive map. All you have to do is click on an area in the world, and choose the time period in the horizontal ruler above. Then you can pick and read about any of the major historical events that took place there and then. It’s great fun and a great source of knowledge that let’s you attach a place to an event. Try it by clicking here or on the photo below.
Originally posted on allaboutlemon-All Around, In, And Out Of My Own Universe:
Originally posted on BBC Watch:
Within hours of Zarif’s finger having hit the ‘Tweet’ button (a privilege of course not afforded to the vast majority of his countrymen), the BBC News website had published an article based on that ’140 characters or less’ agitprop under the none too subtle headline “Iran’s Zarif says Israel lying about Gaza rocket ship” - and thrown in a bit more Hamas propaganda for good measure.
Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:
China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Posted March 24, 2013
China’s instinct is to stand by its strategic partner, but Russia’s intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea appears to violate China’s principle of strict state sovereignty.
The Thousand Faces of Humanity
We keep thinking of ourselves as living in the 21st century, and all that age entails. But outside the large cities, where there is no wifi, no internet, no computer or even mp3 players – live the rest of humanity.
They don’t chat online, they don’t text. They don’t worry about charging anything or about the next evaluation day at the company they work for. They don’t worry about taxes, insurence or morning traffic. They don’t read articles, they don’t play video games and they definitely don’t watch reality tv. They are the rest of humanity, the varied, colorful outskirts of our race that live their own life, unperturbed by the very different world of men surrounding them.
This beautiful photo series gives us a little look at that other part of our race, the part some have left behind, while others still embrace.
Originally posted on The Slog.:
There was no going back to bed now, so I sawed up some more wood from what used to be the first floor here, and put the fire on. I went outside to give the motor home a cuddle, but was immediately distracted by the extraordinary dawn light. It turns the grass a vibrant but deep emerald colour when it’s like this, and there’s a magical ten minutes or so when every cloud becomes a pink punctuation of the thinned-blue sky. The best mornings in the Spring here are living proof of the Buddhist maxim “Everything is in transition”. I sat on a battered old plastic chair, resplendent in dressing gown and socks, to watch it all take place. Then I thought ‘Don’t be daft lad, it’s f**king freezing’, and went back inside.
It really is Spring now. There were geckos darting about this afternoon, and the Lot is like one wildflower tableau full of cream, pink and white blossom in the fruit orchards. The builders arrived slightly late, but they’d been watching the early light as well. We talked about it for a few minutes, and then they continued the process of chucking 3 square miles of tongue and groove out the windows. Undeterred by the noise, a large buzzard took over from the (by now, I assume, fast asleep) owl in gliding and fluttering and swooping in my neighbour’s field. Suddenly, it dropped like a stone. This is always the prelude to a kill.
So it proved. No more than a second later, the bird took off again with a wriggling thing in its claws. One small rodent had arisen this morning to think ‘In’t life brirrant, eh?’ and was now off to meet an unpleasant end. Life’s like that in the wild.
Originally posted on Daily Bale:
The Union flag is a historic cultural and patriotic symbol that binds the realms of the United Kingdom under one proud standard but now the Daily Bale has learnt that if Labour comes to power In 2015 they will be looking to change the flag in favour of something that represents ‘culturally changing’ Britain.