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Monthly Archives: June 2021
Views: ‘Sea Lions – Life By A Whisker’ (Video Trailer)
A heartwarming journey about a sea lion pup and the man who devoted his life to saving the Australian sea lion.
Filmmakers: Amelia McCarten & Paul Phelan (Australië, 2020, 42 min 41 sec)
Collections: Viewing Rare Birds In Digital 3-D (Video)
How close have you ever gotten to a wild bird? Can you remember the details of its plumage or the curvature of its beak? Did it sit in one place long enough for you to really study all of its colors and other characteristics? Probably not—at least if it was alive. The avid birders among us sometimes search their whole life for a glimpse of a particularly rare species. But if you are just a casual observer of the winged creatures around us, the ones you do see likely come and go as flashes of color and sound. For ornithologists, the elusive nature of birds is just part of the job. Beyond fieldwork, though, access to rare or extinct species or those with a limited range can be especially difficult to get. If you were, say, hoping to study the green-headed tanager (a riotously multicolored songbird native to South America) and unable to travel to the northeastern region of the continent where it can be found, you would have to ask a museum to send you a specimen in the mail. Access to rare specimens, such as those of extinct birds, can be especially difficult to get.
FRONT PAGE VIEW: The WALL STREET JOURNAL (JUNE 30)
Water Sports: Hydrofoil Windsurfing In Spain
In the southern Spanish windsurfing paradise of Tarifa, top German athlete Nico Prien demonstrates his trick to ‘fly’ across the water; hydrofoiling. With the support of a fin-like foil, the board is held up above the waterline – and it’s said to feel as if you were flying above the surface. Is foiling the future of water sports?
Infographic: 5 Foods To Improve Brainpower
Walking Tour: Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland (4K)
Walking Tour of Edinburgh the capital of Scotland – Old Town, Royal Mile High Street to Princes Street. Edinburgh has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings, which will be covered in the next video. Filmed on 26 June 2021
POINTS OF INTEREST 00:00 – Edinburgh Castle 2:13 – Castlehill 4:42 – Lawnmarket 6:01 – High Street (The Royal Mile) 10:36 – Hunter Square 12:52 – Cockburn Street 17:08 – Craig’s Cl 18:04 – Market Street 18:43 – Waverley Bridge 20:34 – Princes Street
Morning News: Delta Variant In Africa, China Ride-Hailing Giant DIDI
A.M. Edition for June 30. WSJ Africa Deputy Bureau Chief Gabriele Steinhauser on how the region is dealing with a surge of the more-transmissible Delta variant.
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is set to begin trading today in the U.S. And, differing stances on vaccine passports. Marc Stewart hosts.
Aerial Views: Brisbane – Eastern Australia (4K)
Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Country Estates: Elton Hall In Peterborough, UK
Elton Hall, near Peterborough, is a house of many faces. It is formal and Classical on the approach, yet reveals on inspection a complex architectural history stretching back to the Middle Ages. All this with gardens that extend and frame it with a kind of painterly stillness. Inside, the house has one of the best private art collections in the East of England.
As it survives today, the house bears the stamp of important changes undertaken from 1857 by Granville Proby, the 3rd Earl of Carysfort, which is remarkable, given that he was 74 when he inherited the estate in 1855. He had grown up on the family’s Glenart estates in Co Wicklow, Ireland, fought at the Battles of the Nile and Trafalgar asa naval officer and later rose to the rank of Admiral. What inspired him to undertake this work is not now clear, but it may have been the poor condition of the building.
The architect he chose was Henry Ashton, a pupil of Smirke who served as an assistant to Sir Jeffry Wyatville from 1828 during the latter’s transformation of Windsor Castle (and who edited Wyatville’s posthumously published Illustrations Of Windsor Castle, 1841). It must have been through Windsor that Ashton caught the eye of the anglophile Willem II (Prince of Orange until 1840), who commissioned him, in 1838, to design a summer palace at the Hague. Nothing came of the project.