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Old Lille (Vieux Lille), France

This photo was taken in Lille, a city in northern France, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country behind those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
Lille features an array of architectural styles with various amounts of Flemish influence, including the use of brown and red brick, and grand architecture and cobbled streets of Vieux Lille medieval centre. See Lille Tourism Office.


The Quay, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall

This photo was taken in Newlyn harbour, southwest Cornwall, England. Interestingly, there are some red lamps on the quay. Newlyn harbour is the largest fishing port (by turnover >£18 million 2004) in England.


Charlot The Tramp in Modern Times

This photo was taken in front of the London Movieum, the Movie Museum where some interesting animations with famous movie character were taking place.


Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

This photo was taken at Beachy Head, a chalk headland on the south coast of England, close to the town of Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex, immediately east of the Seven Sisters. The cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 m above sea level.
The name Beachy Head appears as 'Beauchef' in 1274, and was Beaucheif in 1317, becoming consistently Beachy Head by 1724, and has nothing to do with beach. Instead it is a corruption of the original French words meaning Beautiful Headland.


Oriental Delight, Chinatown, Soho, London

This colorful photo was taken in Chinatown, London, in the Soho area of the City of Westminster, occupying the area in and around Gerrard Street. It contains a number of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, souvenir shops, and other Chinese-run businesses. You can look at London Chinatown offical website to know more.


"What the...", De Nootzaak Gotjé, Amsterdam

This photo was taken in Amsterdam. As if the De Nootzaak Gotjé truck wasn't enough, I like the turned head of the bicyclist who is no doubt thinking the same as I was when I took the picture, i.e "What the . . . ?"


Kangaroos, Australia

This photo was taken... in Australia ! There are four species that are commonly referred to as Kangaroos:

1 The Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest surviving marsupial anywhere in the world. Fewer in numbers, the Red Kangaroo occupies the arid and semi-arid centre of the continent. A large male can be 2 metres tall and weigh 90 kg.
1 The Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is less well-known than the red (outside of Australia), but the most often seen, as its range covers the fertile eastern part of the continent.
1 The Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) is slightly smaller again at about 54 kg for a large male. It is found in the southern part of Western Australia, South Australia near the coast, and the Darling River basin.
1 The Antilopine Kangaroo (Macropus antilopinus) is, essentially, the far-northern equivalent of the Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroos. Like them, it is a creature of the grassy plains and woodlands, and gregarious.

In addition, there are about 50 smaller macropods closely related to the kangaroo in the family
Macropodidae (wallabies, tree-kangaroos, pademelons and several others).



Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetière de Montparnasse), Paris, France

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetière de Montparnasse) is a famous cemetery in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris. Created from three farms in 1824, the cemetery at Montparnasse was originally known as Le Cimetière du Sud. Cemeteries had been banned from Paris since the closure, owing to health concerns, of the Cimetière des Saints-Innocents in 1786. Several new cemeteries outside the precincts of the capital replaced all the internal Parisian ones in the early 19th century: Montmartre Cemetery in the north, Père Lachaise Cemetery in the east, and Montparnasse Cemetery in the south. At the heart of the city, and today, sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, is Passy Cemetery.
Montparnasse Cemetery is the eternal home of many of France's intellectual and artistic elite. There are also monuments to police and firefighters killed in the line of duty in the city of Paris.
Because of the many notable French and international
people buried there, it is a highly popular tourist attraction.


Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

These are two photos of very iconic Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones, source of many theories...


Kakadu National Park, Australia

This is a photo taken in Kakadu National Park, located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia, extending nearly 200 kilometres from north to south and over 100 kilometres from east to west.
Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40 000 years. Kakadu National Park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. There are more than 5000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. The archaeological sites demonstrate Aboriginal occupation for at least 20 000 and possibly up to 40 000 years. The cultural and natural values of Kakadu National Park were recognised internationally when the Park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kakadu is ecologically and biologically diverse. The main natural features protected within the Park include four major river systems, six major landforms (estuaries and tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands, the stone country, the outliers and the southern hills and basins), a remarkable variety and concentration of wildlife (over 280 bird species, over 60 mammal species, over 50 freshwater species, over 10 000 insects species, over 1600 plant species).


London Eye or Millenium Wheel

No need really to introduce the London Eye.
1 Sir Richard Rogers, winner of the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize, wrote of the London Eye in a recent book about the project :“The Eye has done for London what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris, which is to give it a symbol and to let people climb above the city and look back down on it. Not just specialists or rich people, but everybody. That's the beauty of it: it is public and accessible, and it is in a great position at the heart of London”
1 Writing for G2 in an article from August 2007, Steve Rose described the Eye as follows : “The Eye... exists in a category of its own.... It essentially has to fulfil only one function, and what a brilliantly inessential function it is: to lift people up from the ground, take them round a giant loop in the sky, then put them back down where they started. That is all it needs to do, and thankfully, that is all it does”.
On the 5th of June 2008, it was announced that 30 million had ridden the London Eye since its opening in March 2000.


DR Congo : Laugh A Little - Cheka Kidogo

This photo was taken during Cheka Kidogo exhibition on London's South Bank (Outside the National Theatre, South Bank / 21 October - 21 December 2008), organised by Oxfam and sponsored by The Co-operative Bank.
Earlier this year, celebrated photographer Rankin briefly turned his back on the glitz and glamour and took his camera to the refugee camps of the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. These portraits capture the true personalities of people living in one of the most troubled places on earth.
From 1998 to 2003, the country suffered greatly from the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the "African World War"). This was the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.
Thousands of people displaced by conflict in DR Congo are still unable to return home. An estimated 5.4 million people dead since 1998. Around 1 million people made homeless. Rape used as a systematic weapon of war.
Related fighting and civil war acts continue in the east of the country as per recent developments.
See these links to know more and support UNHCR - United Nations Refugee Agency and UNHCR - DR Congo.

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Protest Against The Iraq War, March 19th 2005, London

This photo of one of the many protests against the Iraq War was taken a while ago, on March 19, 2005 (in London where organizers claim over 150,000 participant) to mark the second anniversary of start of the Iraq War. On that day and on the 2oth, several protests were held across the world : according to a survey (mainly of the reports of organizers), it has been claimed that, across the world, over one million people marched.



Tour Eiffel - Champ de Mars - Palais Chaillot, Paris, France

This photo was taken from the top of the Tour Montparnasse and shows :
- the
Champ de Mars at the foreground, a large public green-space. Champ de Mars means "Field of Mars", after Mars the god of war. It was named for its original use of military drills;
- the
Eiffel Tower
- and the
Palais de Chaillot at the background


Easy, Barack !

This photo was at the Barclaycard Free Run Zone and taken during the Thames Festival 2008.
It shows a graffiti left on the specially commissioned structure set up to show off the best of this amazing street sport.
I find the image symbolic of Barack Obama's election. Time for change.


Portloe, Roseland peninsula, Cornwall, England

This is a photo of Portloe, a tiny, untouched, fishing village of Cornwall, United Kingdom. Portloe is considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of the Roseland peninsula and one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. Its name develops from the Cornish 'Porth Logh' meaning “cove pool”. The naturally sheltered position meant that the village grew in the seventeenth and eightheenth centuries as a busy pilchard fishing port. At the beginning of the twentieth century there were more than fifty boats fishing here - now only three boats work from the cove mainly for crab and lobster.


Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

This photo shows the Palm House of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to simply as Kew Gardens, which are extensive gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in southwest London, England.
The Palm House was built by architect Decimus Burton and iron-maker Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848, and was the first large-scale structural use of wrought iron. The structure's panes of glass are all hand-blown.


All Saints' Day

This photo was taken in the Putney Lower Common Cemetery, which lies on Mill Hill and Lower Richmond Road, Putney, borough of Wandsworth, Southwest London. The cemetery opened in 1885 and is the smallest cemetery in Wandsworth. Burials no longer take place here, and this mature cemetery has been designated as a site of ecological importance in the borough, and now forms a kind of quiet nature reserve.
November 1st is
All Saints' Day, a feast celebrated in Western Chritianity in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In terms of Roman Catholic theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatic vision in heaven, while the next day, All Souls' Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.
As I could not make up my mind of which of the Black & White and Color versions to post, here are both of them ! can let me know which one you prefer!