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  • National Geographic Has Digitized Its Collection of 6,000+ Vintage Maps

    “As some of the finest fictional world-builders have understood, few things excite the imagination like a map.”

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  • TED Talk: Record Collectors and Cultural Archivists

    “For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by “digging” for obscure music created by overlooked artists.”

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  • The Ghan – 17hr broadcast

    “Cruelly tasked with sitting through Australia’s first foray into ‘slow TV’, Naaman Zhou finds The Ghan both mesmerising and rewarding”

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  • TED Blog Article: 40 Idioms That Can’t Be Translated Literally

    Potentially useful when travelling. Funny to read.

    Our favourite:

    The idiom: Tomaten auf den Augen haben.
    Literal translation: “You have tomatoes on your eyes.”

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  • Art Dealer, Ray Hughes does ‘Sunday Brunch’ with Simon Marnie

    Ray Hughes died earlier this month, aged 72.

    “Listen to Ray’s life and career as he does Sunday Brunch with Simon Marnie”.

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  • Laika the Space Dog

    The Russian street dog was the first living creature to orbit the Earth. She was sent into space in November 1957. She died after orbiting the Earth four times. Professor Victor Yazdovsky was nine years old when his father brought Laika back from the laboratory to play with him. He has been speaking to Olga Smirnova for Witness.

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  • Buzkashi

    In buzkashi, Afghanistan’s violent and ancient national pastime, riders battle for control of an animal corpse that they carry toward a goal. Sixteen years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, the sport is dominated by rival warlords who will do anything to maintain power in a turbulent country that once again is up for grabs.

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  • Azerbaijan Carpet Museum – Virtual Tour

    The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum was created under the Decree No. 130 dated March 13, 1967 of the Council of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR.

    At the time of establishing, it was the only museum that was dedicated to the art of carpet weaving. The main purpose of the creation of the museum was to store, research, and demonstrate unique examples of the carpet weaving art, which are the Azerbaijan’s national heritage.

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  • The death of VET FEE HELP

    It was the student subsidy that was too good to be true. Students were the losers when billions were rorted by cowboys who spotted a government scheme that was just too easy to rip-off.

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  • The History Of Light

    For thousands of years, getting light was a huge hassle. You had to make candles from scratch. This is not as romantic as it sounds. You had to get a cow, raise the cow, have food to feed the cow, kill the cow, get the fat out of the cow, cook the fat, dip wicks into the fat. All that—for not very much light. Now, if we want to light a whole room, we just flip a switch. The history of light explains why the world today is the way it is. It explains why we aren’t all subsistence farmers, and why we can afford to have artists and massage therapists and plumbers. (And, yes, people who do radio stories about the history of light.) The history of light is the history of economic growth—of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

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