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VIDEO: Scotland debate: Views from York pub

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 23:26
English people reflect on the issue of Scottish independence after watching the debate at a pub in York.
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VIDEO: Voters react to referendum debate

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 22:57
Voters give their reactions to a second televised debate on Scottish independence between Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling.
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VIDEO: Leaders face off for Scotland debate

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 22:36
Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling meet in Glasgow for the second Scottish referendum debate.
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10 must see UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Heritage Daily - Mon, 2014-08-25 21:09
To date there are over 1000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites so it is pretty unlikely that one person will be able to see the whole cohort of beautiful sites. However, here listed are just 10 of the must see UNESCO World Heritage Sites that our world has to offer.

 

1 Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor is a dedication to the Hindu god Vishnu and is located in the Cambodian Jungle.

Angkor Wat: WikiPedia

The site served as the home of the Khmer Empire, which lasted between the 9th and the 15th centuries. The ruins still stand today and are visited annually by a wealth of visitors.

 

2 Acropolis, Greece

This Grecian citadel was constructed in the 5th century BC and overlooks the beautiful city of Athens.

Acropolis: WikiPedia

In its history the site has been attacked numerous times by various different civilizations including the Byzantines and the Venetians. Acropolis is very easily accessible from Athens.

 

3 Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean near Ecuador.

Galapagos Islands: WikiPedia

British naturalist, Charles Darwin, famously discovered the islands, which led to the inception of his ‘Theory of Evolution’. Today the islands have a population of just over 25,000 and are home to a vast array of animal species that are reside only on these islands.

 

4 Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey

The Göreme National Park is located in a remote part of Turkey but is easily visited when travelling from Istanbul.

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia: WikiPedia

The valley and its surrounding rock-hewn sanctuaries were sculpted through erosion. As well as seeing these spectacular rock formations ancient villages and underground towns can also be explored on the site.

 

5 Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Located in Australia the Great Barrier Reef comprises of over 3,000 individual reefs and more than 600 tropical islands. The site is so large it can be seen from space.

Great Barrier Reef: WikiPedia

Despite its protected status, which was instigated back in 1981, a study conducted in 2012 found that more than half the coral has been lost due to various factors including climate change.

 

6 Hampi, India

Hampi is a village located in northern Karnataka state.

Hampi: WikiPedia

The site is made up of large monuments that were once the former capital of the last Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagra. These include the elephant stables and the Virupaksha Temple.

7 Iguazu National Park, Brazil and Argentina

The Iguaza National Park makes up part of the Brazil Argentina border and is a particularly spectacular sight.

Iguaza National Park Falls: WikiPedia

The border is made of an impressive semicircular waterfall of almost 300 meters in diameter and up to 80 meters high. Within the national park there is also a wealth of wildlife tropical rainforest to discover.

 

8 Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Located in the south of Patagonia the Los Glaciares National covers a massive 726,927 hectares, making it the largest ice mantle that exists outside of Antarctica.

Perito Mereno Glacier: Wikimedia

The most famous glacier the site has to offer is the Perito Mereno Glacier.

 

9 Machu Picchu, Peru

Considered one of the world’s most photographed cities, Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan city that resides in Peru.

Machu Picchu: WikiPedia

Machu Picchu is a 15th century settlement that is believed to have been constructed as an estate for the ancient emperor Pachacuti. The site is situated 2,430 meters above sea level and Peru runs many treks to allow visitors to access the site.

 

10 Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mount-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, less than a mile from France’s northwestern coast.

Mont-Saint-Michel: WikiPedia

The fortified village was built in the Gothic style and was originally dedicated to archangel St. Michael. Despite its somewhat unstable appearance, the structure has survived since the 11th century.

 

 

 

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10 reasons when you know you’re a true archaeologist…

Heritage Daily - Mon, 2014-08-25 20:53

1. Many sizes are compared in life, from shoe sizes, to erm… *cough* But for you, what matters the most is the size of that trusty trowel. That blade, worn down to a bone is a monument to the past year of digging away in soggy wet fields. As an archaeologist, you take so much pride in showing off to your colleagues that circumcised piece of solid forged steel…

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2. You guard your tool kit like the crown jewels. Having learnt from experience, that when someone asks on site “can I borrow a pen?”… it feeds the illicit underground trade in stolen site pens.

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3. You never follow the fashions.. And why would you? All those wannabe archaeologists pottering around in their “I dug ******** 2008″ tshirts. You’d never follow the crowd.. For you, that old cardigan and coffee stained jeans is your idea of archaeological Gucci.

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4. You’ve become so accustomed to explaining to your friends that you “Don’t dig dinosaurs” – that their stupidity no longer causes frown lines and wanton acts of dino related aggression on your part. And no, “not like Ross from Friends”….

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5. As an academic, you’ve written so many intricate site reports, evaluations and desk based assessments. Unfortunately, such eye for detail has meant that logging into Facebook and seeing that newsfeed, unleashes the angry “grammar police” side in you.

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6. You are the “destroyer” of hand shovels. Having never actually read the instructions on their proper usage, you’ve brutally snapped the neck of these innocent metal scoopers.

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7. You may be young at heart, and still being able to hold your own in the pub. But years of digging have left you feeling that everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work.

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8. Having realised that your career choice in life basically means that you will never own a Porsche, riverside apartment or being able to afford the top table at Jamie Olivers new restaurant, you are resorted to working your way through the entire gourmet collection of pot noodles as your idea of on-site cuisine.

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9. The History Channel was once your no1 viewed TV Channel. But there’s only so much Ancient Aliens, Swamp Men, American Pickers and Pawn Stars you can take….

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10. You’re the last person anyone wants to sit next to during an “historical” blockbuster movie, such as U571, Last Legion and The Eagle. You’re the sort of person who points out all the script flaws, inconsistencies in the plot and #historyfails.

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VIDEO: Man treated for Ebola in the UK

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 19:10
Doctors at a hospital in north-west London have begun treating a Briton who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.
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VIDEO: John Terry's tribute to Attenborough

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 17:05
Chelsea captain John Terry has paid tribute to Lord Attenborough, the club's life president, who has died at the age of 90.
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VIDEO: Net immigration targets 'make no sense'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 15:26
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, says he believes students should not be counted in the immigration figures.
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VIDEO: Giant sinkhole 'could keep growing'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 15:04
A giant sinkhole in County Durham is causing increasing concern as it threatens to get bigger, according to a landowner.
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VIDEO: Carnival pensioners go to seaside

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 15:02
A group of over-65s have been taken to Eastbourne for the weekend to escape the noise and disturbance of the Notting Hill Carnival.
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VIDEO: Warning over biker deaths rise

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 14:29
Two Welsh chief constables are warning that motorcycle deaths in their area have seen a significant increase this year.
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VIDEO: Mother jailed for killing Mikaeel

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 14:14
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has been jailed for 11 years after she admitted killing her son and hiding his body in a suitcase.
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VIDEO: Attenborough 'pin-up boy of the 1950s'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:54
Tributes have poured in from the worlds of entertainment and politics following the death of Richard Attenborough.
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VIDEO: "This is war... this is our life"

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 12:13
As Ukraine celebrated Independence day over the weekend, Sergiy Burnus from 'Euromaidan in London' explained how they were helping the Ukrainian Army fight the Pro-Russian separatists.
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VIDEO: Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 10:40
Deadly on a Mission's Steve Backshall speaks to BBC Breakfast about his latest Pole to Pole adventure which airs on BBC One on Sunday evenings
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AUDIO: Ebola patient 'no risk to others'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 09:48
A man being treated for the Ebola virus poses no risk to anyone, according to a tropical disease specialist.
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VIDEO: Will smartphones change shopping?

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 07:20
Many people are familiar with buying goods online, but now technology can also play a part when shopping on the High Street.
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VIDEO: Salmond and Darling set for TV clash

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 07:09
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling will go head-to-head on Monday in a live TV debate on independence.
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VIDEO: Tributes paid to Attenborough

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 06:42
Friends and fans across the world pay tribute to the filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90.
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VIDEO: Is video gaming a spectator sport?

BBC test - Mon, 2014-08-25 06:20
Video game fans descend on Coventry for the UK's biggest gaming festival but is watching others play really a spectator sport?
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