Throughout today and this evening, I have been experiencing severe computer and internet connectivity problems. Rather than skip the day entirely, I present just the stamp without the details. It was released by CTT Correios de Portugal SA on October 11, 2005, as part of a set of eight portraying various media. Listed in the German-language Michel stamp catalogue as #Mi 2990, the stamp was … Continue reading Internet Problems
I have a confession to make. Growing up, I never really cared that much for dinosaurs. The just didn’t hold the same sort of fascination for me that so many kids today seem to have for them. It wasn’t until I became a teacher that I saw dinosaurs as something students of all ages were interested in enough to try and incorporate into lessons. I … Continue reading Muttaburrasaurus
Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometer (0.6 miles) off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares (247 acres) in area. As of 2009, the island had a population of 44. The Mont has a circumference of about 960 meters (3,150 feet) and its highest point is 92 meters … Continue reading Le Mont-Saint-Michel
I’ve been enamored of different modes of transport for my entire life. While watercraft, particularly the classic transatlantic ocean liners, have always been my favorite type of vehicle, trains are a close second. I have memories of visiting the railyards of Dallas, Texas, with my father and sister at a very young age to look at the steam engines kept on the back lots and … Continue reading The Siemens Velaro ICE 3 (Class 403) High-Speed Train
Horse-drawn vehicles have been around for a very long time. These mechanized pieces of equipment either pulled by one horse or a team of horses typically had two or four wheels and were used to carry passengers and/or a load. They were once common worldwide, but they have mostly been replaced by automobiles and other forms of self-propelled transport. A two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle is a cart. … Continue reading The Horse-Bus
At dawn on Sunday, June 25, 1950, the Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel behind artillery fire. The KPA justified its assault with the claim that ROK troops attacked first and that the KPA were aiming to arrest and execute the “bandit traitor Syngman Rhee”. Fighting began on the strategic Ongjin peninsula in the west. There were initial South Korean claims that they captured … Continue reading The Final North Korean Anti-USA Month?
High on my list of places I’d like to visit someday is the archipelago of the Faroe Islands (Føroyar). This is a group of 18 major islands between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Iceland and Norway. The Faroes are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark with rugged terrain and a subpolar oceanic climate: windy, wet, cloudy, and cool. Despite … Continue reading Post Office at Gjógv in the Faroes
In Māori mythology, the primal couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatūānuku) appear in a creation myth explaining the origin of the world (though there are many different versions). In some South Island dialects, Rangi is called Raki or Rakinui. The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, originating with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of … Continue reading The Māori Legend of Rangi and Papa