Pleasure piers

Piers have been built for several purposes, and because these different purposes have distinct regional variances the term is principally associated with the image of a Victorian cast iron pleasure pier. However, the earliest piers predate the Victorian age and were of wooden construction. Providing a walkway out to sea, pleasure piers often include amusements and theaters as part of the attraction. Such a pier may be open air or partly open, partly closed.

Sellin Pier in the Baltic seaside on the German island of Rügen. The original pier was 500 meters long and was built in 1925.

Photo credit: Raico Bernardino Rosenberg/Flickr

Continue reading

Advertisements

Train in China passes through the center of a block of flats

Chongqing is one of the most densely populated cities in China with a population of over 30 million. When railway engineers were asked to build a new line to cope with overcrowding in the city, they came up with an ingenious way of getting round the problem of demolishing people’s homes by building the track so it runs right through a residential building. The train line is located on the sixth to eighth floor of the building and it even has its own stop.
Locals say  that the noise is not a big problem. Because of noise reducing equipment the train produces just 60 decibels of noise as it passes through the building — about as loud as a dishwasher.
Continue reading

Spite houses: How to annoy your neighbors

A spite house is a building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors or any party with land stakes. Spite houses may create obstructions, such as blocking out light or blocking access to neighboring buildings or can be just symbols of defiance. Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures.
More info wikipedia
Continue reading

Monilaria Obconica: A cute rabbit ears cactus plant

image credit

Monilaria Obconica is a small clump-forming succulent plant. As it grows, it’s two smallish leafy branches start to resemble rabbit ears. The bunny ears are part of the growing process, eventually its leaves grow lengthier (and loose their bunny-like appearance) and turn purple in the sunshine with light rose flowers.
Continue reading

Guelta d’Archei – an oasis in the Sahara desert

Dario Menasce at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Guelta d’Archei is probably the most famous guelta – a lower level of height  ground between rocks which holds water – in the Sahara. It is a barren place located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad .The reservoirs of this wetland is supported by groundwater. The guelta  is  a watering place for camels. and it is also inhabited by a very small number of the Nile crocodile.
info
Continue reading