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Know : Track Earthquakes in Real Time with map.


You know today 82 earthquakes happened around the globe.

Where is the epi-center near your home? How many earthquakes happened today in the world? Stay up-to-date, live about various earthquakes, nearest earthquake region from your home, measures, etc. With map. is a wonderful website with educates about earthquakes to us and understand better. Please click the image or click here to go to their website.

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Giant Snails

snailMy niece is currently working in Sydney, and has come across a number of giant neon molluscs who have appeared in the city in recent days.  These vibrant snails are part of the Art and About Festival in Sydney and will be around for the next month.  Made of recycled plastic the snails are designed to encourage people to consider more sustainable environments.

As art projects go, I can’t help thinking these snails lack some of the endearing nature and public appeal of many of the other art projects included in this blog.  What do you think?

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Know: List of Micro Nations (small countries)


List of sovereign nations with a non-sea area less than 1,000 km2 (386 sq mi)

Rank Country / Territory Area (km²/sqmi) Region
1 Vatican City Vatican City 0.44 km2(0.17 sq mi) Europe
2 Monaco Monaco 2.02 km2(0.78 sq mi) Europe
3 Nauru Nauru 21 km2 (8 sq mi) Oceania
4 Tuvalu Tuvalu 26 km2(10 sq mi) Oceania
5 San Marino San Marino 61 km2(24 sq mi) Europe
6 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 160 km2(62 sq mi) Europe
7 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 181 km2(70 sq mi) Oceania
8 Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 261 km2(101 sq mi) Caribbean
9 Maldives Maldives 298 km2(115 sq mi) Asia – Indian Ocean
10 Malta Malta 316 km2(122 sq mi) Europe –Mediterranean Sea
11 Grenada Grenada 344 km2(133 sq mi) Caribbean
12 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 389 km2(150 sq mi) Caribbean
13 Barbados Barbados 430 km2(166 sq mi) Caribbean
14 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 443 km2(171 sq mi) Caribbean
15 Seychelles Seychelles 455 km2(176 sq mi) Africa – Indian Ocean
16 Palau 

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Trains and Ducks

K&EDS3Mapsareus is not the only one to enjoy steam trains around here!  When we were down in Sussex recently we had a great afternoon on the Kent & East Sussex Railway running between Tenterden and Bodiam chugging through the enigmatic Rother Valley and past Bodiam Castle.  At one point during the journey our train was ‘buzzed’ by what I think was a restored Spitfire plane! Although most of the afternoon was cloudy and overcast we had a good time spotting the various engines in steam that day.


We later finished the day in sunshine and stopped for refreshments at a local cafe where we were joined by several small birds who hopped up onto the tables in search of crumbs, much to the delight of everyone.  We were also joined by several ducks, who not to be outdone by their smaller brethren were also coming up very close in search of titbits, and frightened one or two people by also flying up onto the tables!


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Guten Tag, Bonjour, Buen Día, Buongiorno!

9781780042725I am conscious that once again I am about to travel to another country, this time Germany, with little or no knowledge of the local language beyond ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ and ‘Do you speak English?’

What is it about the British that arrogantly assumes that we can always speak to others and be understood by them in our own language, and expect them to respond to us in English as well?  It amazes me as I have travelled around Europe (to date I have only left Europe briefly, and that was to the USA), that everywhere I go; most people speak or at least understand English.  It makes us British lazy, in that we do not attempt to learn other languages, (and I include myself in this), and it embarrasses me when I deal with our European customers that I do not have the knowledge, or even if I do, the confidence to speak to them in their own language, even when they are struggling to communicate with me in English.

For now, I apologise in advance to all the German people I will meet in Berlin in a couple of weeks for my lack of knowledge of the German language, and I will try to do better, before I go abroad again!