Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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Curling Stones: A Precious Resource

Copyright: J. Durnan, http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/988485.  Licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence. Ailsa Craig is the little white dot at the south end of the Firth of Clyde. Ailsa Craig.  A formidable, solitary, dome-shaped rock island lying in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde 16 km (10 mi) off the Ayrshire coast.  Uninhabited…

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Lovely Marilyns You’ve Got There: Hill Lists in the British Isles

Peak bagging may sound like a euphemism for something else, but don’t worry, it’s actually something quite noble: the task of attempting to reach the summits of a collection of mountain peaks. Some climbers achieve great notoriety by completing one of these lists, the most famous being the ‘Seven Summits’, the highest peak of each…

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Geographic Centres of Championships of Major Sports in the United Kingdom

Today, it’s instalment number two of our look at geographic centres of major sporting championships, in which we answer the question, ‘What if you were to calculate a geographic centre of championships won in a certain sport in order to determine where the historical balance-of-power lies?’, much as one would calculate the geographic population centre…

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