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31/03/2009

Lollipops


This is a colorful photo of colorful Lollipops.
A lollipop, pop, lolly, sucker, or sticky-pop is a type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavored sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick and intended for sucking or lickin. They are available in many flavors, colors, and shapes.

The idea of an edible candy on a stick is very simple, and it is probable that the lollipop has been invented and reinvented numerous times. The word "lolly pop" dates to 1784, but initially referred to soft, rather than hard candy. The term may have derived from the term "lolly" (tongue) and "pop" (slap). The first references to the lollipop in its modern context date to the 1920s. Alternatively it may be a word of Romany origin being related to the Roma tradition of selling toffee apples sold on a stick. Red apple in the Romany language is loli phaba.
The first confectioneries that closely resemble what we call lollipops date to the Middle Ages, when the nobility would often eat boiled sugar with the aid of sticks or handles. The invention of the modern lollipop is still something of a mystery but a number of American companies in the early 20th century have laid claim to it.

30/03/2009

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London


This is a photo of Tower 42, which is the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the fifth tallest in London as a whole. It was originally built for the National Westminster Bank (NatWest), hence its former name, the NatWest Tower. Seen from above, the tower closely resembles the NatWest logo (three chevrons in a hexagonal arrangement). The tower, designed by Richard Seifert, is located at 25 Old Broad Street. It was built between 1971 and 1979, and opened in 1980. It is 183 metres (600 ft) high, which made it the tallest building in the UK until the topping-out of One Canada Square in Docklands in 1990.
On 24 April 1993 it was damaged in the Bishopsgate bombing, a Provisional Irish Replublican Army truck bombing in the Bishopsgate area of the City of London. The bomb extensively damaged the tower and many other buildings in the vicinity. The tower suffered severe damage and had to be entirely reclad and internally refurbished (demolition was considered, but would have been too difficult and expensive). After refurbishment, NatWest decided not to re-occupy and renamed the building the International Financial Centre, then sold it. The new owners, UK property company Greycoat, renamed it Tower 42, in reference to its 42 floors. It is now a general-purpose office building occupied by a variety of companies.
Tower 42 contains two restaurants: Rhodes Twenty Four, which is situated on the 24th floor and operated by renowned chef Gary Rhodes; and Vertigo 42, a champagne and seafood bar located on the 42nd floor.

29/03/2009

29 March 2009 : 155th Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race Course

Today 29 March at 15:40 BST was the 2009 The Boat Race, with Oxford winning.

The Boat Race also known as the University Boat Race and The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, is a rowing race in England between the Oxford University Baot Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club. It is rowed annually each spring on the Thames in London. The event is a popular one, not only with the alumni of the universities, but also with rowers in general and the public. An estimated quarter of a million people watch the race live from the banks of the river, around seven to nine million people on TV in the UK, and an overseas audience estimated by the Boat Race Company of around 120 million, however, other estimates put the international audience below 20 million. The first race was in 1829 and it has been held annually since 1856, with the exception of the two world wars.

Members of both teams are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a "Blue Boat", with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue.

The Oxford team 2009 :

The Cambridge team 2009 (Cambridge University celebrates its 800th anniversary this year) :

Departure line in Putney :



The course is 4 miles and 374 yards (6,779 m) from Putney to Mortlake, passing Hammersmith and Barnes; it is sometimes referred to as the Chmapionship Course, and follows an S shape, east to west. The start and finish are marked by the University Boat Race Stones on the south bank.

28/03/2009

Water Dwelling, Tonle Sap, Cambodia


This photo was taken on the Tonlé Sap, Cambodia, and was selected Photoburst Photo of The Day on March 17th 2009.
The
Tonlé Sap is a large body of water (Cambodian meaning "Large Fresh Water River" but more commonly translated as "Great Lake"), it is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot The Tonlé Sap is one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world, supporting over 3 million people and providing over 75% of Cambodia's annual inland fish catch and 60% of Cambodians' protein intake. As this is a unique ecological phenomenon, in 1997, it was successfully nominated Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Here is the color version below, not sure the one you prefer.

27/03/2009

"Sails Out", Sydney, Australia


This photo was of course taken in Sydney as you will have recognised the Sydney Opera House, behind the sailing ship. I found the juxtaposition of both quite striking, as the Opera House precast concrete 'shells' each taken from a hemisphere of the same radius, do appear as the sails of the ship.

26/03/2009

Springbok, Namibia


The Springbok (Afrikaans and Dutch: spring = jump; bok = antelope or goat) (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium sized brown and white gazelle that stands about 75 cm high. Springbuck males weigh between 33-48 kg and the females between to 30-44 kg. They can reach running speeds of up to 80 km/h. The latin name marsupialis derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong floral scent of sweat. This ritual is known as pronking from the Afrikaans, meaning to boast or show off.
Springbok inhabit the dry inland areas of south and southwestern Africa. Their range extends from the northwestern part of South Africa through the Kalahari desert into Namibia and Botswana. They used to be very common, forming some of the largest herds of mammals ever documented, but their numbers have diminished significantly since the 19th century due to hunting and fences from farms blocking their migratory routes.

24/03/2009

Chora, Mykonos (Μύκονος), Cyclades, Greece


Mykonos (Μύκονος) is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Siros, Paros and Naxos. It spans an area of 105.183 km2 and rises at an elevation of 341 m at its highest point. The island is composed primarily of granite. It has little natural fresh water and relies on the desalination of sea water in order to meet its needs.
There are about 10,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town), which lies on the west coast.

23/03/2009

"Misty Morning, Albert Bridge", London


The Albert Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in London, named in memory of Prince Albert of Saxw-Coburg-Gotha, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. The bridge opened first on 31 December 1872 but closed again shortly after, to re-open on 23 August 1873. The designer was Rowland Mason Ordish, who conceived a rigid suspension bridge with a length of 216.4 m, width of 12.5 m and a centre span of 121.9 m.
In 1884 Sir Joseph Bazalgette strengthened and modernised Albert Bridge, rendering it more like a conventional cable-stayed bridge. The bridge came close to being replaced after the Second World War, but a concerted campaign led by, among others, Sir John Betjeman led to its conservation. In the 1970s, central supports were added by the Greater London Council to save the structure from collapse. Weight restrictions have been in place since Bazalgette's time, as have notices requiring soldiers (such as those from nearby Chelsea Barracks) to break step when marching over the bridge for fear that mechanical resonance or other effects might damage the structure. The bridge was given protection as a Grade II* listed structure in 1975.
"Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" is a 1989 single by the British-Irish folk rock band The Pogues.

18/03/2009

La Défense from the top of La Grande Arche, Paris


This photo was taken from the top of the La Grande Arche de la Fraternité, and show a part of the business district of La Défense, looking towards Paris (can you spot the Eiffel Tower ?) and the Axe Historique.

17/03/2009

Saint Patrick's Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)


This photo was taken during this year's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, organised every year in London since 2002.
St Patrick's Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates St Patrick (circa AD 385–461), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is celebrated on March 17.

15/03/2009

Les Trois Nymphes (The Three Nymphs) by Aristide Maillol



These are two photos of "Les Trois Nymphes" (The Three Nymphs) statue of Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), a French Catalan sculptor and painter.
The arrangement of these three nude females recalls the traditional composition of 'The Three Graces'. However, Maillol insisted that they were three nymphs of the 'flowery meadows', and commented that they were too powerful to represent the Graces. His pupil Lucile Passavant, who later became a distinguished sculptor and wood-engraver, posed for the central figure when aged nineteen. Maillol worked on the three figures in plaster between 1931 and 1937. The group was cast in lead in 1938, and the edition size is thought to be six. Maillol preferred the material of lead for this group because he felt that bronze would be too dark in character for the flowery theme.
Seventeen other statues of Maillol have been installed as permanent exhibition in the Jardin des Tuileries (initiative from André Malraux in 1965) and then in the Jardin du Caroussel du Louvre.

13/03/2009

First Anniversary of this PhotoBlog ! COMPETITION : Vote for your Best 10 PHOTOS and win some printings !


This blog has one year today. This photo is not the best photo... but is meant to just be a little "reference" to the
first post made on this blog on 13th March 2008...

I take this opportunity to thank all of you who supported the blog with various techniques from the blogosphere, commented on the posts, subscribed via RSS and/or Email, and showed me their appreciation via very different and various modern media!

It has been a long and demanding journey, with more than 350 photos and posts.
But it also brought some rewarding achievements : excluding hundreds of RSS and Email subscriptions, 36,000 visitors (22,000 unique visitors, and high loyalty from a few hundreds of them), coming from more than 130 countries, and who spent more than 80,000 cumulated minutes viewing more than 100,000 pages.
I hope you took as much pleasure in browsing the pages and get your daily dose of image.

Let's see what this blog will become in its second year as I am not quite sure yet ! Any suggestions to improve are welcome !

I hope this "Friday the 13th" anniversary date will bring many more posts and also… bring you luck for below competition I would like to launch :

1 COMPETITION : VOTE FOR YOUR BEST 10 PHOTOS POSTED IN THE LAST YEAR
To participate, simply send me your Top 10 vote (or less if you wish, but minimum Top 5), including names and post dates of the photos you have selected.
You can send me your choices by email using this
link (or send email to loic.brohard@libertysurf.fr with "Competition : Best 10 Photos" in the subject line).
1 RULES
You can submit your vote between now and the 12th of April 2009.
On the April 13th 2009, there will be a draw from all participants, and 3 lucky winners !
1 WINNING PRIZES
1st Prize : high quality printings of your Top 5 (including a frame with the Top 1), sent over to you by post
2nd Prize : high quality printings of your Top 3, sent over to you by post
3rd Prize : high quality printings of your Top 1, sent over to you by post

In the meantime, in order to make your life easier, I will temporary increase the number of posts shown on the main page
http://brohardphotography.blogspot.com/ so you can see all posts of the previous year in one go just by using the "page down" button !
Good luck and thanks again !

11/03/2009

Haw Kham (Royal Palace), Luang Prabang, Laos


This is a photo of The Royal Palace (official name "Haw Kham") in Luang Prabang, Laos, taken from the top of the Phousi mountain.
It was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The architecture of the building has a mixed of traditional Lao motifs and French Beaux Arts styles. The site for the palace was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly below the palace (Mekong River) and be received there. After the death of King Sisavang Vong, the crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the grounds. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown by the communists. The palace was then converted into a national museum.

10/03/2009

10th March : 50th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day


This photo was taken during a Tibetan solidarity march through the street of London last weekend. Today 10th of March 2009 is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.

09/03/2009

9th March 2009 : Fifty Years of Doll Barbie


The children's doll Barbie celebrates her half-century on 9 March, 2009, and she remains an enduring icon, who, at 50, has kept her youthful physique - even if plastic has had a part to play...

Barbie Millicent Roberts was first introduced to the world in 1959 at the New York Toy Fair. She was named Barbie after her creator Ruth Handler's daughter Barbara. Ruth Handler had seen her child play with baby and toddler dolls, but at the time saw a gap in the American market for a toy which represented a young woman.
The very first
Barbie dolls wore a black and white swimsuit, high-heeled sandals, and had the trademark high eyebrows. More than one billion dolls have been sold since her inception, and according to the dolls makers, Mattel, 90% of American girls aged between three and 10 own at least one.
You can also click on following links for interesting articles of
BBC : "For a woman hitting 50 she's been through a lot" and The Independant : "Happy 50th birthday".

08/03/2009

Une Lueur Dans L'Oeil (Eye Light), London Eye


No need really to introduce the London Eye (on the 5th of June 2008, it was announced that 30 million had ridden the London Eye since its opening in March 2000). The lamp post is one of the newly renovated Westminster bridge's lamp posts.

06/03/2009

Igreja do Carmo (Santo Antônio do Carmo), Olinda, Brazil


This is a photo of the Igreja do Carmo (Santo Antônio do Carmo) in Olinda, Brazil, and it is the oldest church of the Monastery of "Carmelitas" in Brazil - built in 1580.
Olinda is a historic city located on the country's northeastern ocean coast, just north of Recife, and his is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil. Besides its natural beauty, Olinda is famous for its historic downtown World Heritage Site, Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO, for being one of the most important Brazil's cultural centres... and Olinda relives the magnificence of the past every year during the Carnival, in the rhythm of frevo, maracatu and others rhythms.
You can see all other Brazil posts of this blog using this link.

05/03/2009

Camellia


This is a photo of Camellia taken in the tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England.
Camellia, the camellias, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are native to eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya east to japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species.
Camelia sinensis, the tea plant, is of major commercial importance because tea is made from its leaves. While the finest teas are produced by C. sinensis courtesy of millennia of selective breeding of this species, many other camellias can be used to produce a similar beverage. For example, in some parts of Japan, tea made from Christmas Camellia (C. sasanqua) leaves is popular. Many other camellias are grown as ornamental plants for their flowers.

03/03/2009

Longships Lighthouse, Land's End, Cornwall, England





These two photos show the Longships Lighthouse - and the second was taken from helicopter (flying to the Isles of Scilly - 45 km /28 miles off Land's End).
Longships is the name given to a group of rocks situated 1.25 miles to the west of Land's End, in Penwith, Corwall, united Kingdom. Longships Lighthouse is situated at Longships and the original was built in 1795 on the highest point of the largest rock. However, this was only 40 feet above sea level, and the tower itself was only 40 feet tall. High seas therefore obscured its light resulting in Trinity House making the decision to build a taller tower. In 1869 Trinity House instructed William Douglass to begin plans for a new lighthouse. The building of the new tower started in 1870 using much of the equipment that had previously been used in the construction of Wolf Rock lighthouse. The tower was first lit in December 1873. Even after these improvements, the S.S. Bluejacket was wrecked on rocks near the lighthouse on a clear night in 1898, nearly demolishing the lighthouse in the process.
Since 1988, the lighthouse has been unmanned. Its light is 10 seconds bright followed by 10 seconds dark, and has a range of 19 miles. A fog signal sounds every 10 seconds. The gullies, canyons, prolific marine line and shipwrecks at Longships make it a popular diving location.

01/03/2009

The Fisherman, Mekong River


This photo, taken in Laos, is showing a fisherman on the Mekong River.
You can see also refer a previous photo of the same series, posted one month ago, and which was selected Photoburst Photo Of The Day last 27.02.2009.
The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers. It is the 12th-longest river in the world, and 7th longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km2. From the Tibetan Plateau it runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. More than 1200 species of fish have been identified and there could be possibly as many as 1700. Fishing is a very important part of the economic activities in the area and a vital source of protein in the local diet. The water gets a rusty-tan colour from the soil, due to the bank erosion.