Posts Tagged 'England'
Tags: 100 year old, advice, Amelia Harper, centenarian, Cliff Crozier, England, Harry Lauder, John Denerley, life lesson, longevity, positive attitude, UK
Tags: Bradford, England, Great Britain, India, Karam Chand, Kartari Chand, longest marriage, marriage, United Kingdom
A man who was one half of what is believed to be the longest-married couple in the UK has died aged 110. Karam Chand, of Bradford, died on Friday after 90 years of marriage to his wife Kartari. The pair, who tied the knot in India in 1925 during the British Raj and moved to England 40 years later, have eight children and 27 grandchildren.
Tags: carved turnip, England, halloween, history, Ireland, Jack O'Lantern, jack-o-lantern, scarey, spooky, turnip
According to English Heritage, which manages over 400 of England’s historic buildings, monuments and sites, jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland, “where people have been carving turnips and other root vegetables for centuries, to ward off evil spirits.” Irish legend holds there was an actual man named Jack, who was “cursed to spend all of time roaming the earth with only a burning coal (inside a carved out turnip) to light the way, as his punishment for trying to trick the devil.”
Tags: acetate disc, Alan Turing, Computer Generated Music, England, Great Britain, history, mainframe, Manchester, Mark II computer, sound generator
In 1951, a BBC outside broadcast unit in Manchester used a portable acetate disc cutter to capture three melodies played by a primeval computer. This gigantic computer filled much of the ground floor of Alan Turing’s Computing Machine Laboratory. Today, all that remains of the recording session is a 12-inch single-sided acetate disc, cut by the BBC’s technician while the computer played.
Tags: Aconitum, agriculture, Alnwick Castle, Belladonna, England, gardening, Giant Hogweed, Laurel, Monkshood, Northumberland, plant science, Poison Garden, poisonous plant, video
Tags: Architect, art installation, Bristol University, England, Hollow, Katie Paterson, lumber, Timber, wood, woodwork, Zeller & Moye
Architects Zeller & Moye and artist Katie Paterson have installed a public artwork in the grounds of Bristol University, England, which is made up of samples from more than 10,000 tree species. Entitled Hollow, the installation’s exterior structure, made of Douglas Fir, is designed as a forest canopy, with the arrangement of posts representing the varying heights of trees.
Tags: Brașov, British Columbia, England, Exeter, Fan Tan Alley, Gamla stan, Germany, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, narrowest road, Parliament Street, Reutlingen, Romania, Spreuerhofstraße, Stockholm, Strada Sforii, Sweden, tourism, travel, Victoria
At what point does a street cease to be a street? According to the Guinness Book of Records, the narrowest street in the world is located in the old town of Reutlingen, in Germany. It is actually a narrow alley, called Spreuerhofstraße, between two closely built houses. The “street” is only 31 centimeters wide at its narrowest point and 40 centimeters wide on the average. The street isn’t particularly long either — just 3.8 meters. But since it is located on municipal land, the folks of Reutlingen insist it’s a public street.