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Travel: The Market

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Beautiful impressions of Bangkok’s Maeklong market that remind us to soon go travel again despite all the atrocities the NeoCon countries and their vassals have created on their quest to treat most people worse than cattle…

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Travel: Historic tours of NZ Northland and Angkor Wat in 1930/40s

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Two film documents of travel 70-80 years ago from the Travel Film Archive (link below) that has many other history film documents from places around the world.

The first one is a tour of the ancient Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat and Bayon in the 1930s. If you recently had a chance to visit these wonders of the world, you will realize from watching the film how much this place has deteriorated within about 80 years.

The second film (in color) shows you around the New Zealand Northland popular with many tourists touring from Auckland. Many places there are now…

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Visual Language: Communicate anywhere in the world

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Visual language is any communication which is primarily visual. It focuses on improving thinking, learning and communication by making it more visual. Driven by globalization, increased complexity in the things of our daily life and the convergence of vocabularies from different fields, visual language is composed of tightly integrated textual and visual elements.

Key to the concept of visual language is the possibility to communicate critical information items to anyone, in any language…

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Photography: Branson DeCou Archive

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Photographer Branson DeCou traveled the world for thirty years before his death in 1941. Since 1971, when the University of California – Santa Cruz received his huge slide collection it has been the home of the archive of photographer Branson DeCou.

Branson DeCou produced mainly lantern slides imprinted on glass twice as big as 35-mm slides, that made them delicate to handle and almost impossible for general or public use.

Thanks to a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation the UCSC could buy state-of-the-art scanning equipment and process 1,475 of the 10,000 DeCou slides in their collection.

The 1,475 slides processed and made available online are photographs that Branson DeCou took in Italy during several trips in the 1920s and early 1930s. They show scenes of daily life as well as artwork and destinations…

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World: The price of beer in 128 countries

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How much will it cost you to shout out “Mine’s a pint!” in pubs around the globe? Well, a new online database of beer prices in 128 countries will provide the answer.

With the price of a pint of beer being a similar economic indicator as the BigMac index, there might be more to it then just finding the best watering hole. Pint Price – as the database is called – provides the most data in beer drinking countries like the UK (more than 50 cities listed), US (more than 20 cities) or Germany (4 cities list) but also more exotic destinations like…

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HDR: Tokyo Gardens (2)

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Another shot of an old Japanese Garden in central Tokyo.

This one had huge water features with lots of fish in them. There was something rather peculiar about these fish.

When a person was crossing one of the bridges they…

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