Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Canada

Arctic char

Arctic char is a freshwater and saltwater fish in the Salmonidae family in alpine lakes and coastal waters. No other freshwater fish is found as far north. It is the only species of fish in Lake Hazen, on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. It is one of the rarest fish species in Britain, found only in deep, cold, glacial lakes, mostly in Scotland, and is at risk from acidification. It is also found in deep mountain lakes in Ireland. In other parts of its range, such as Scandinavia, it is much more common in Siberia.




Pamela Anderson

Pamela Denise Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, the daughter of Carol, a waitress, and Barry Anderson, a furnace repairman, on July 1, 1967 . Her great-grandfather, Juho Hyytiäinen, was Finnish. Anderson also has Russian ancestry on her mother's side. She is a Canadian-American actress and also a famous glamour model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl. Pamela is known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch, and V.I.P. In February 1990 she was chosen as a Playmate of the month for Playboy magazine. For a time, after marrying Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee she was known as Pamela Anderson Lee (or Pamela Lee).





Head-Smashed-In buffalo jump

The buffalo jump was used for 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo, by driving them off the 10 metre high cliff. The Blackfoot drove the buffalo from a grazing area in the Porcupine Hills about 3 kilometres west of the site to the "drive lanes," lined by hundreds of cairns, then at full gallop over a cliff, breaking their legs, rendering them immobile. The cliff itself is about 300 metres long, and at its highest point drops 10 metres into the valley below. The site was in use at least 6,000 years ago, and the bone deposits are 10 metres deep. After falling off the cliff, the buffalo carcasses were processed at a nearby camp.




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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wales

Shirley Bassey

Her full name is Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey and she was born on 8 January, 1937 in Cardiff. She is a Welsh singer who became famous in the late 1950s. She is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films. And also she is a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Bassey has had two marriages. The first with Kenneth Hume and the second with Sergio Novak. She had two daughters but unfortunately one of them died in 1985. Shirley has got many awards. She has been Best Female Singer for three times.



Love Spoon

Love spoon is a hand maded wood spoon that has carvings. The earliest surviving example was found in about 1667. But the tradition has been probably even older. The love spoon was supposed to be given to a young women by her suitor. Gor girl’s father was that important, because it showed that the young man was capable of providing for the family and woodworking. Originally the love spoon was “cawl“ spoon, but over generations it has lost it’s original practical use. The ceratin symbols have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, a wheel supporting a loved one and a lock for security, among others. Today love spoons are given as wedding and anniversary gifts, as well as birthday, baby gifts, Christmas and "just because".



Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born in 25 September 1969. She started acting in 1984, she was only 15 then. She became famous with roles in Hollywood movies such as The Phantom, Entrapment and The Mask of Zorro. Catherine is married to actor Michael Douglas. They have 2 children. She was raised Catholic. Her name comes from her grandmothers: Catherine Fair and Zeta Jones. She then attended the The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London, for a full-time three-year course in musical theatre. Some of the movies, she has been in: Ocean’s Twelve, No Reservations, The Rebound, Chicago and The Haunting. And she will be in movie named Cleo, whixh will be realased in 2011. Catherine will play the part of Cleopatra.







Monday, March 8, 2010

New Zealand

Sky tower

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328 meters (1,076 ft) tall, it is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and according this fact it takes 14th place as a member of the tallest World Federation of Great Towers. Thanks to its shape and height, especially when compared to the next tallest buildings, it has become an iconic structure in Auckland's skyline. The tower attracts an average of 1,450 visitors per day.



Mount Cook

Aoraki or Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It is 3,754 meters high. It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. It is a favorite challenge for mountain climbers and also a popular place for tourists. Aoraki/Mount Cook consists of three summits lying slightly south and east of the main divide, the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak, with the Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west.









Swanndri

Swanndri is a popular trade name of New Zealand outdoor clothing.The first wearers of these trend item were farmers, but in recent years the popularity of swanndri has grown and it has become something of a fashion item. The Swanndri company also now produces a range of urban-focussed clothes. The classic "swanny" or bush shirt is a heavy woollen garment with a lace up section at the neck. Although a big pick of colours and patterns are available, the traditional swanny pattern is a dark tartan, with thick criss-crossing stripes of either blue or red over a black base.










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Sunday, March 7, 2010

England

The London Eye

The Merlin Entertainments London Eye (known as The London Eye or The Millennium Wheel. It was constructed in 1998-1999. It’s located between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The London Eye is about 135 metres high. It’s the most popular(paid) tourist acctraction in the United Kingdom and is visited by over three million people in one year. The Wheel has many architects. Some of them are David Marks, Julia Barfield and Malcolm Cook. The wheel has 32 sealed and air-conditioned egg-shaped passenger capsules. Each capsule is about 10 tonnes heavy and holds 25 people. The ride takes about 30 minutes. Usually the wheel doesn’t stop, when taking on passengers, because it moves so slowly.





Durex

Durex is a condom company. It’s named by "Durability, Reliability, and Excellence", but some people accitently think, it’s "Durable Latex" or "During Sex". It was founded in London, 1915 by Stephen O’Kennedy. It’s the most popular condom brand in the UK. They have twelve varieties of condoms. And they’re also good for users who are allergic to latex. There are 17 factories all over the world. The international standards for condom are that it has to contain 18 litres of air in ’air burst test’. But Durex condom can typically hold 40 litres of air without bursting. So it shows that Durex condoms have a high quality.



Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium, simply said Wembley is a football stadium. It’s located in Wembley and was opened in 2007. The owner of the stadium is The Football Association. The stadium was designed by Populous and Foster and Partners. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million. It’s circumference is 1 km. There are 2618 toilets. Many famous singers have sung there. Singers/bands like Metallica, Madonna, Foo Fighters and so on. The old Wembley Stadium was opened, it was one of the world’s most famous football stadiums until its demolition, which was in 2003.


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Australia

Ugg boots

Ugg boots are a style of unisex sheepskin boot lined with wool on the inside and with a tanned outside. They often have a synthetic sole and can be worn only in dry weather. Heights range from around the ankle to above the knee. The thick fleecy material on the inner part of the boots allow air to circulate and keep the feet at body temperature. That means that you can wear ugg boots in without sock in really cold weather.The ugg boot style is believed to have originated in Australia or New Zealand, although there is no exact date-they have been at different times, identified with pilots in World War I, also with surfers and competitive swimmers who wore them in the 1960s and 1970s for keeping warm while out of the water. In the early 2000s, they became a fashion trend in the United States, leading to increased global sales.




Chris Murphy

Christopher Bryce Murphy is an Australian male singer-songwriter. He was born in 25 March, 1976 in Perth, Australia. He became famous when he placed fourth in Australian Idol 2006. Chris started with piano lessons at the age of 11, he added guitar to his list of skills and began playing in his band, 'Murphy's Lore' at the age of 16. Over the years, Chris has worked part time jobs and has given guitar lessons to supplement his income. Chris is also the lead singer of an Australian band, Murphy's Lore. Murphy's band includes his two brothers, Courtney (who came third in Australian Idol 2004) and Kieran. The band have had 3 independent albums released - "People in Grass Houses" (1995), ("Best Laid Plans" (1999), “The Universe Conspires"(2002).




Sydney Opera House

It’s an arts complex on Bennelong Point in Sydney, Australia. It was built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. It was completed in 1973 and also opened in the same year on 20 October, by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. It’s made in expressionist architectural style. In the builging there is The Concert Hall, The Opera Theatre, The Drama Theatre, The Playhouse, The Studio, The Utzon Room and The Forecourt. It has three stages: Podium, Roof and Interiors. It costed 102 million dollars. There are about 1500 performances each year and it’s visited by 1,2 million people. The building covers 1,8 hectares of land, is 183 metres long and 120 metres wide.



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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ireland

Giant’s Causeway


The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40 000 interlocking basalt columns. It’s the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It’s located in Country Antrim, on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. In 2005, the Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Most of the columns have six sides, but some of them are also with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest column is about 12 meters high. It’s the most popular tourist attraction in Northen Ireland. The area of the Giant’s Causeway is about 0.7 km2. It belongs to National Trust.





Irish Coffee


Irish coffe is a coctail. It consist hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, stirred and topped with thick cream. Irish people call it Caife Gaelach. The original Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan. The recipe of the coffee is: 2 parts of Irish Whiskey, 4 parts of hot coffee, 1½ parts of fresh cream and 1tsp of brown sugar. The original recipe consists of cream, that has not been whipped, but it’s often used. The standard drinkware is the Irish coffe mug. It was first time served in the 1940s, when Sheridan added to the coffee whiskey. And served it to the American passengers to warm them.








Enya


Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin is better known as Enya (Brennan). She was born on 17 May, 1961. She is an Irish vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and producer. Enya has been active since 1982. She began her musical carreer in 1980. And before she started her solo carreer, she had joined with her famili band Clannad. Her musical genres are New Age, Celtic and World. Her first studio album was released in 1987, it was named Enya. Last year (2009) she released album, with the best songs of her (The Very Best of Enya). She was named the world’s biggest selling female artist of 2001 and has won four grammy’s.



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Sunday, January 31, 2010

USA

Flag of the United States

Flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen red and white horizontal stripes. It has ablue rectangle on it’s left corner, with 50 white stars. There are rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The fifty stars represent the 50 states of America. And the 13 stripes represent the original colonies. It has nicknames like Stars and Stripes, Old Glory and The Star-Spangled Banner. The colours of the flag are dark red, white and navy blue. The original 13-star version was adopted in June 14, 1777. But the current 50-star version in July 4, 1960.


Hollywood sign

The Hollywood Sign is a famous landmark in USA. It’s located in the Hollywood Hills area of Mount Lee in Los

Angeles, California. The architect was Thomas Fisk Goff. It is 15m tall and about 61m long. They started to

create that in 1923 and finished it in the same year. The old sign (1923-1978) was made of wood and sheet

metal. But the recent one, from 1978 is made of steel. There was a public campaign in 1978 to restore the sign. They got 249,993 dollars. It means, that every letter coasted 27,777 dollars. The sign has been several times

used in films.





DC Shoes

DC Shoes is an American company what produces

footwear for extreme sports, including skateboarding,

snowboarding, BMX, motocross, rally car racing, and

surfing. And also snowboards, shirts, jeans, hats, and

jackets. DC Shoes' most asked for shoe was the "Lynx 2", but once they stopped making them. Skateboarders who have skated the shoe said, that the "Lynx 2" were the best shoe they have ever skated. The company was

opened in 1993 and is based in Vista, California. The original name of DC Shoes is “Droors City Footwear”, but no longer has ties to Droors and simply DC Shoes.


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