A photo of the start of the universe?
big bang that started the universe, but a big bang from a firework, part of Fireworks Night held in the UK on the 5th of November to remember a failed attempt by Guy Fawkes and 12 others to kill the British king and members of Parliament in 1605.
In the west of London
This wonderful park covers a huge area. It would take about three hours to walk around the outside of
Richmond Park, and you can easily get lost in the centre.
The UK’s biggest animal , the
Red Deer, lives freely in this park, there are hundreds of them.
Which is better, a sunrise or a sunset?
This is one gorgeous early morning sunrise taken somewhere in Poland.
Not a bad view from the living room
It’s not only Mongolia where yurts can be found. This one is in a village in
Tajikistan. And it is more than 150 years old. I can’t believe that the outer walls haven’t been replaced numerous times, but it has been positioned in the same place all this time.
The temperature dips to -50C in the depths of winter so the
yurt must have excellent insulation.
Altitude about 1,000m
Went on a short trip to the
Hakone region, a small mountain range near to Mt Fuji.
A series of ropeways (or cable-cars) straddles the range and gives some spectacular views. You can even see Lake Ashino in the top left of the picture.
A backhand volley from Nadal
How to play a backhand volley.
This is Rafael Nadal playing in the men’s final at Wimbledon today. He hasn’t won yet, but I am sure he will!
Wimbledon is my hometown. It’s very strange to see your hometown on TV every day for two weeks.
Taken by my friend last week
A beautiful sky over the Isle of Skye in Scotland, a great range of colour.
I wish all escalators were like this
This is an escalator in the Korean pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai.
If the escalator is this colorful the rest of the pavilion must be out of this world.
Last week a student wrote about visiting
Universal Studios Florida. I asked her if she meant Universal Studios Hollywood, and that I thought there was no USF. She said she really meant USF.
Yes, there is a Universal Studios Florida
I was wrong, and she was right. There is a Universal Studios in
And it looks like a lot of scary fun!
Bob Allen on the left, Caroline Allen on the right
The world’s largest operational tall ships sailed up the Thames in central London a few days ago.
It almost looks like a scene from a hundred years ago.
This is for real
A stick insect, recently discovered in Borneo, which is about 1 metre in length, if you include the antennae, is the world’s longest insect.
The new season’s green tea is now available in Shizuoka, the main growing area in Japan.
And what a great photo, taken by my friend dragonlife.
You can see the
full story on the Shizuoka gourmet blog.
Yesterday the space shuttle Discovery was launched and one of the people on board is a Japanese housewife, Naoko Yamazaki. I hope she is an inspiration to many of my students.
Why is it called skeleton?
Britain’s 9th gold medal in the Winter Olympics! I mean ninth in total, since the first ever winter olympics in 1924.