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Sunday, 23 September 2012

23 September 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. A River of Beer at Oktoberfest

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Every year, the legendary Oktoberfest festival in München attracts millions of tourists. However, the locals call it the Wies’n, which in the Bavarian dialect means “meadow”. That isn’t surprising… traditionally, the venue of the festivities is a special area in the city centre called the Theresienwiese.

The history of Oktoberfest dates back to the 19th century, when the first festival honoured the wedding on 10 October 1810 of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Thérèse of Saxe-Hildburghausen, after whom the meadow where the modern event is held is named. Later, due to the peculiarities of weather in München, the authorities decided to change the date of the traditional celebration to the end of September. However, of necessity, the last Sunday of Oktoberfest must take place in October. The locals have strictly honoured this tradition up to our day. The modern Oktoberfest lasts 16 days. Each year, not less than 6 million visitors visit this colourful event, and München brewers brew up special Oktoberfest Beer for the holiday, with an alcohol content of 5.8 to 6.3 percent. If there’s no such beer, well, there can’t be a festival.

21 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20120921/175932784.html

Saturday, 10 September 2011

10 September 2011. Don’t Try This at Home Without Adult Supervision… “It Was a Good Idea at the Time”…

I saw this on one of my fave Russian sites… Swiss daredevil Freddy Nock balances on a cable ropeway leading to the summit of the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze (2,962 metres (9,718 feet)), near the resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Regierungsbezirk Oberbayern. Bundesland Bayern). At a charity event, Nock walked 995 metres (3,265 feet) up the cable to beat his own record.

Don’t try this yourself… please…

BMD

Saturday, 5 March 2011

5 March 2011. Just How Cold IS It?

South Haven MI USA

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Finse (Hordaland) NORWAY

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Fichtelgebirge (Freistaat Bayern) GERMANY

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Hjelmeland (Rogaland) NORWAY

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Zugersee (between Lozärn and Zürich) (Canton of Zug/Canton of Schwyz/Canton of LozärnSWITZERLAND

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Alberta CANADA

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Helmcken Falls. Wells Gray Provincial Park BC CANADA… find the two people in the picture… they’re there.

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Somewhere in Siberia RF

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Lake Balaton. Fonyód (Somogy County) HUNGARY

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Yenisei River near Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk KraiSiberian Federal District) RF

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Salekhard (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Tyumen OblastUrals Federal District) RF

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Zell am See (Bundesland Salzburg) AUSTRIA

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Meteora (Trikala Subperiphery. Thessalia Periphery) GREECE

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Russian soldier in the snow, somewhere in the Rodina… on guard for peace… don’t mess with the best!

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Aurora Borealis. St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Kenai AK USA

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Aurora Borealis. Arkhangelsk (Arkhangelsk OblastNorthwestern Federal District) RF

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

22 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Ornithology Bavarian Style: Inimitable Mimicry

Ornithology Bavarian Style: Inimitable Mimicry

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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Armin Gögren, an ornithologist from Bavaria who can imitate several dozen bird calls, came to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East to carry out research work at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Gögren started imitating birds at the age of six. This ability led to his choice of a profession. In recent years, Gögren worked as a researcher with the municipal government of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany. He is one of the few ornithologists with this rare talent. “I’ve read much on and studied photos of the avifauna of the peninsula, for me, it’s true exotica. In addition, in Germany, there’s always a road, you can reach almost anywhere easily by car and take measurements. However, your scientists are pioneers; they encounter extreme conditions in the field. Nevertheless, it’s well worth it, for the natural habitat in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve is pristine and pure”, a spokesman for the reserve quoted Gögren as saying.

22 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.rian.ru/ecocartoon/20100722/257353045.html

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