Crikey!

September 4, 2007 at 4:08 PM | Posted in Animals, History, TV | Leave a comment

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Photo courtesy of Lindsey L., a.k.a kenobiwolf42

It has been exactly a year ago today when Steve Irwin — the world’s most famous crocodile hunter — died of a diving accident. I remember it was a shock to me when I first found out about his death. I was channel surfing that day (yes I do this a lot) when I happened to catch a public announcement on Animal Planet about Steve’s death. I couldn’t believe it at first. But when every major news channel on TV reported it, I finally realized that it was true. The Crocodile Hunter was dead. I’m not exactly a fan of Steve Irwin but I do admire him. I watched his show once in a while because he used to amuse me as he was always so hyper and overexcited. He introduced a whole new approach to what could have been a boring TV program on wildlife conservation and such. He was so energetic and full of life. He is surely missed by millions of fans around the world.

England’s Rose Commemorated

August 31, 2007 at 11:36 AM | Posted in Current Events, History | Leave a comment
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Today is the 10th-year anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. For the past few months, people who claimed to be “experts” on the life and times of the late princess were coming out again to provide a “new light” or a “new perspective” on Diana’s tumultuous life and the events that led to her death. These people have come up with new biographical books this year that claim never-before-seen-or-heard stories about Princess Diana’s private life and the tragic car crash that made headlines around the world.

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Image courtesy of Dettagli Minimali

Personally, I do not even want to read or hear these “new” stories they’re telling. I mean, the topic has been covered so many times before and I’m tired of hearing their different “versions” of the truth. They claimed to be close to the late princess but they just ended up betraying her by giving personal information about her. Princess Diana had already suffered so much from the paparazzi and the media constantly hounding her private life. I think it’s time that they let her give the respect she long deserved and not dig up another set of nasty information they could find about her — however well-intentioned it might be.

The commemoration of the death anniversary of the People’s Princess today includes a memorial service that will be attended by her two sons, Princes William and Harry, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth II herself. I have heard on the news that the service would just be a quiet one — which is a good decision if I may say so. There’s no need to make the anniversary a lavish one, with lots of fanfare and stuff. A simple memorial service will do. This is what millions of fans of Princess Diana, including myself, would prefer. For me, I will always remember her as the princess with a kind and loving heart for the poor.

Dracula’s Castle, Anyone?

July 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM | Posted in History, Travel | Leave a comment
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Just found out from the news yesterday that the Bran Castle — popularly known as Dracula’s Castle — is up for sale for an estimated price of $135 million. The castle’s owner, Archduke Dominic von Habsburg, who is the son of the late Romanian Princess Ileana, said that maintenance of the castle has become costly and he and his family are willing to sell it to someone who will respect and continue to preserve its history.

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Photo courtesy of AboutRomania.com

This medieval castle, which was built in 1377, has 57 rooms and a secret passageway that leads up to the watch towers. It is situated atop a rocky hill that overlooks the village of Bran bordering between Transylvania and Wallachia. It is currently being used as a museum and is Romania’s top tourist attraction. It was said that Vlad the Impaler stayed in this castle for one night back in the 1400s.

It would be interesting to visit this place. I’d like to see this castle myself someday. Just to roam around the castle and look at its interiors including its collection of antique furniture and other pieces of medieval art would be a thrilling experience.  I bet it would be pretty exciting (not to mention scary!) to sleep in one of the rooms of the castle even for just one night.

New 7 Wonders of the World: Redux

July 10, 2007 at 1:43 PM | Posted in Current Events, History, Travel | 1 Comment

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.org

Well the official declaration was done. Here is the list (in no particular order) of the New 7 Wonders of the World:

1. The Great Wall of China (China)

2. Taj Mahal (India)

3. The Colosseum (Italy)

4. Machu Picchu (Peru)

5. Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)

6. Chichen Itza Pyramid (Mexico)

7. Petra (Jordan)

It’s a shame that The Acropolis in Greece wasn’t included. 😦 I voted for it. I think it deserved to be in the list. UK’s Stonehenge and France’s Eiffel Tower weren’t also included.

The New 7 Wonders of the World on 7-7-7

July 6, 2007 at 10:55 AM | Posted in Current Events, History, Travel | Leave a comment

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Photos courtesy of Eureka Puzzles, Galen Frysinger, & Britannica.com

One more day to go before the declaration ceremony of the New 7 Wonders of the World! This history-making event will happen tomorrow, July 7, 2007 (or 7-7-7) at Lisbon, Portugal. A special show has been arranged and celebrities like Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Kingsley will be attending the said event. There will also be performances by Chaka Khan, Jose Carreras, Alessandro Safina, among others.

I’m really excited to find out which historical places around the world would be chosen as the official New 7 Wonders of the World. I hope all the places I voted would be chosen. I actually had difficulty voting because there were just so many amazing places to choose (you only get to pick 7 out of the 21 places from around the world). Well, whatever the outcome, the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt will surely be included. So that means that technically, there will be 8 new wonders of the world declared tomorrow. This was because a few months ago, Egyptian officials got indignant and protested why they had to compete with the other places when in fact, the Pyramids of Giza were already long established as part of the wonders of the world. So it was decided that the Giza Pyramids would already be included in the new list among the other 7 places that would be chosen.

This once in a lifetime event will be broadcasted around the world. I only hope this will be shown in the local channels.

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