Blackhouse Village - Traditional Scottish Highlands House

Gearrannan Black House Village is one of the most interesting places in Scotland. The blackhouses are traditional type of houses which used to be common in the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides, and Ireland..   It's very close to famous ancient Callanish Standing Stones. Gearrannan Black House Village is in Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.
Blackhouse Village Scotland

English Can Make You Smile - Language & Humor

A few days ago, Japanese Prime Minister Mori was given some basic English conversation training before he visits Washington and meets President Barack Obama . 
The instructor told him, when you shake hand with President Obama, please say 'How are you?'. Then Mr. Obama should say, ' I am fine, and you?'
Now you should say 'me too'. Afterwards, we, translators will do the work for you.

It looks quiet simple but, the truth is..

When Mori met Obama
He mistakenly said 'Who are you?' (instead of 'How are you?')

Mr. Obama was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humor;
'Well, I am Michelle's husband. Ha ha..'

Then Mori replied 'Me too, ha ha ha'

Then there was a long silence in the meeting room..

Language & Humor

Purchase of Christian captives from the Barbary States

Monks paying to pirates to buy and free Christian captives. This is a 17th Century illustration and the author is unknown. It was used a cover image on Wolfgang Kaiser's "Le Commerce des Captifs"

During the 17th century, Barbary pirates and English pirates were in a collaboration against Catholic shipping around Mediterranean.

Monks paying to pirates to buy Christian slaves

First FA Cup Winner Team - First FA Cup Final Winners


FA Cup is one of the most popular football competitions in the world. And the first final was played on 16 March 1872 at Kennington Oval in London, between Wanderers and Royal Engineers. There were 2,000 football fans around the pitch to watch the game live. Wanderers won the match 1 - 0. The winning Wanderers team received the trophy at a special reception at the Pall Mall Restaurant.
This is the only photograph of The Royal Engineers pictured in 1872. Back: Merriman, Ord, Marindin, Addison, Mitchell; Front: Hoskyns, Renny-Tailyour, Creswell, Goodwyn, Barker, Rich.

First FA Cup Final Winner and Teams

The Hedjaz Railway Map - Hejaz Train Line From Damascus to Medina


Arabic Map of Hejaz Railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, through the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa . Hedjaz Train Line was a part of the Ottoman railway network and was built to extend the line from the Istanbul beyond Damascus to the holy city of Mecca.

Opened in 1908
Track length: 1,320 km (820 mi)

Hejaz Railway Line From Damascus to Medina

British Lion and Russian Bear of The Great Game


British Empire and Russian Empire were trying to control Central Asia and Afghanistan  was one of the most important places of this conflict.  This cartoon by Sir John Tenniel ( English illustrator, graphic humourist and political cartoonist ) tells us about the situation of the local rulers during "The Great Game" years. Here we see the Afghan Emir Sheikh Ali Khan with his "friends" Russia and Great Britain.

It was published in Punch magazine, 30 November, 1878

British Lion and Russian Bear of The Great Game

What did Swami Vivekananda Teach Us?


Those who have been interested in yoga for a while or longer already knew about this name.

"Swami Vivekananda" was in India and lived between 1863-1902. He was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.

Swami Vivekananda and Yoga

Blackhouse Village - Traditional Scottish Highlands House

Gearrannan Black House Village is one of the most interesting places in Scotland. The blackhouses are traditional type of houses which use...

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