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Can you touch the stones at Stonehenge?

Stonehenge by night (photo by Smoobs - CC-BY)Nine hundred thousand people visit the Stonehenge monoliths each year, but the experience is tightly controlled by English Heritage. If you visit Stonehenge as a tourist you’ll find that you’re not allowed to touch the stones. You’ll be able to view them from the visitor’s centre. Normally you can also walk along a path which [more...]

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How to make world’s easiest sponge cake recipe?

Chocolate sponge cake decorated with strawberries (Photo by happy_camper CC-BY)Sponge cake is one of the easiest and quickest desserts you can make and the variations for fillings and embellishments are endless. Sponge cake can be very simple and plain or it can be luxurious and fancy. Most cookbooks, and especially books on baking basics, will provide you with a recipe for sponge cake. There [more...]

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What is Phnom Penh city profile?

Royal Palace - courtesy alex.ch - CC-BYPhnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and the country’s largest city. In 1866, under the reign of King Norodom I, Phnom Penh became the permanent seat of government.  This was the beginning of the transformation of a riverside village into a city. By the 1920s, Phnom Penh was known as the Pearl of Asia. [more...]

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What is Nicosia city profile?

partial view of the old city - courtesy sk12 - CC-BYNicosia is the capital of Cyprus and the country’s largest city. Nicosia was a city-state known as Ledra or Ledrae in ancient times. By 348 AD, the town was called Lefkousia or Ledra. Still under the name Lefkosia, the city became the capital around the 10th century. The name “Nicosia” began with the arrival of  [more...]

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What is Panama City city profile?

panama city old and new - courtesy Young in Panama - CC-BYPanama City is the capital of the Republic of Panama and the country’s largest city. Panama City was founded in 1519.  It was the first European settlement on the continental American Pacific Coast. The pirate Henry Morgan, with 1400 men, attacked the city, which was subsequently destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1673 in [more...]

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What is Niamey city profile?

Niamey from space (NASA photo - PD)Niamey is the capital of Niger and the country’s largest city. Niamey was probably founded in the eighteenth century. It had little importance until the French developed a colonial post there in the 1890s. In 1926 it was made the capital of Niger. Much of its present importance is due to its location on the [more...]

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What is N’Djamena city profile?

Chad - Coronation - courtesy mknobil - CC-BYN’Djamena is the capital city of Chad and the country’s largest city. N’Djamena was founded by the French as Fort-Lamy in 1900. Its name was changed to N’Djamena in 1973. The city was largely destroyed during the Chadian Civil War, in 1979 and once again in 1980. On April 13, 2006, a rebel United Front [more...]

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What is New Delhi city profile?

Lotus Temple, New Delhi - courtesy emisar - CC-BYNew Delhi is the capital of India. New Delhi is a small part of the Delhi metropolitan area and is a 20th century planned city. However, New Delhi is laid out on the same site as seven ancient cities and so includes many historic monuments such as the Jantar Mantar and the Lodhi Gardens. Human [more...]

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What was a chip bonnet?

Willow was used for chip bonnets and chip hats. (Photo by Margaret   Anne Clarke - CC-BY)A bonnet made of wood? Yes, the chip in 18th and 19th century chip bonnets and hats was actually made from thin strips of shaved wood. It was used by hat-makers in a similar way to braided straw, and so was sometimes called “chip straw” or “chip braid”. But it was still wood. It could [more...]

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Were Easter bonnets worn in the 1800s?

Victorian spring bonnets from 1850s and 1860s AmericaThe Easter bonnet custom grew from the tradition that spring was a time for fresh clothing. There was a connection between new garments and Easter-time in many parts of Europe, going back for centuries. In the 1800s if a woman couldn’t afford a brand new outfit, a spring bonnet was a nice way to renew [more...]

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