Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Missing the Tour de France? Take your own European cycling trip

Now that the Tour de France has finished, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali donning the yellow jersey, many cycling fans may be left dreaming of their own two-wheeled tour of Europe.

If your love of cycling has been reignited and the Tour de France has left you wanting more, this may be the perfect time to consider your own cycling trip. Whether you like cities, hillsides, wining and dining or would rather just stay closer to home, there are plenty of fantastic tours you can make on your own two wheels. Here’s a selection of some of Europe’s most impressive cycling regions to whet your appetite.

For Tour de France fans: The Pyrenees

A cyclist in The Pyrenees
Image courtesy of kingArthur_aus

One of the key routes of the Tour de France, the Pyrenees offer challenging routes and winding pathways between the area’s many peaks. These hefty climbs reward cyclists with high speed descents and awe-inspiring views of mountains, forests and high altitude lakes.

Beginners could start with the Col des Ares climb, which offers gentle gradients of 310m in total, with winding turns throughout. Cycle 6.7km from la Moulette to the summit, where you’ll be able to celebrate your journey with a cooling beverage.

Another great climb, and one of the most popular, is Guardader d’Arres, which can be started on the Spanish side of the border. This winds through tall forests before offering jaw dropping views across the valley. Following the moderately steep, but steady climb, cyclists can enjoy a fun descent, speeding through the village of Arres, with plenty of hairpin bends to get the heart racing.

Monday, 28 July 2014

10 Really Dumb Ways To Die

   Old age, illness or a heavy duty accident - those are the most common deaths we face in the world. However, there are those truly unlucky folk, who die in equal parts comic and tragic situations. Here are the ten most dumb ways to die.

1. The Magic Trick

Tommy Cooper, a famous British illusionist died on stage in front of millions of viewers behind the telly. In 1984, he was making an appearance in Her Majesty's Theatre. 
While he was presenting his act, he collapsed due to a heart attack. The most tragic in the situation is the public including his assistant all though it was a joke or a part of the act and laughed their heads off while the man passed away

Unique Pictures from History

first picture ever

The first picture ever taken. This is Nicéphore Niépce's earliest surviving photograph. It is called "View from the Window at Le Gras". Created in 1826.

Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith

Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. They were arrested as suspects for a robbery, murder and rape. It was said that they have robbed and murder Claude Deeter, and later raped his girlfriend. An angry mob broke in to the jail so they can lynch them. The third man (James Cameron) escaped. No one was accused in murdering the two suspects. Later all charges were taken off, because the girlfriend (Mary Ball) of the murdered man testified she was never raped.

a baby in a window cage

Baby Cages. These inventions were created in the US back in 1922. They were made for people who lived in the city, in small apartment flats, with no spaces. With them, the youngsters could benefit from the sunlight and the fresh air.

boy reading books after the bombing of London in WW2

Holland House, Kensington, London. The book store was bombed in World War 2. This young man is reading History of London.
The first flight under the Arc de Triomphe in paris

Charles Godfrey flying under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This happened in 1919 and it's the first flight of its kind. Since then there have been two other flights under the Arc.
mother selling her 4 children

4 Children for Sale. The picture was taken in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. The mother was 24 and their father was 40. They were both unemployed and had no food so their only logical decision was to sell the kids. She had a fifth kid in her belly. The children were sold and each have their tragic story to tell.

construction of the capital of Brazil

The building of Brasilia. This is the beginning of the construction of the new capital of Brazil.

one of the first McDonald's ever

One of the first McDonalds ever.

Hitler in Paris

Hitler in Paris. 1940

the hotel manager is pouring acid in the pool where black people have jumped

Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it, 1964. This happened at the Monson Motor Lodge, where black and white protesters for civil rights jumped in to the pool. The managers of the lodge, poured muriatic acid.
A soldier is about to shoot The Last Jew in Vinnitsa

The Last Jew in Vinnitsa. Made in 1941, we see a member of Einsatzgruppe D just about to shoot the last Jewish man in the region. All 28 000 Jewish people were slaughtered. 

This is bombed London in 1940. A little girl is sitting in the ruins of a building with her dolly. 

Beach police measuring female swimsuits

Back in the days when women would be fined if they wore short bathing suits. The picture is taken in Washington DC, 1920. The swim suits can't be higher than 6 inches above the knee. They even had beach police.

first chimp in to space

Ham the Chimp. This is the first chimp launched in to outer space. Don't think he has a silly name, because it actually is an acronym - Holloman Aerospace Medical Center. 

Testing Bullet proof vests

Testing bullet proof vest 1923. Because this is how they tested things back in the days - on humans, not on dolls. Because men were real men. The men were selling the vest to the police department. You can see a coloured version here.

If you want more historic photos check out this gallery.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Rock Will be a DC Superhero

If you are a DC fan you've probably already heard rumours about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing a major role in future films. Many people thought he would be the famous Green Lantern, but as we saw, Ryan got the role.

The Rrock will play Shazam

And there were even more speculations about The Rock playing the bounty hunter Lobo. Even though he is not the most popular DC character, his comicbooks are fun to read and there is a big fanbase. But Dwayne is not playing Lobo either.

In a interview for Total Film about Hercules, the interviewer asked The Rock:

"You've wanted to talk about wanting to do a DC movie. There's been talk about Lobo and Black Adam. Which character are you most excited to potentially play?"