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Contest #127

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February 26th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 12 comments

Contest #126 answer: Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

The Winter Olympics are in full swing and one of the most peculiar events is Curling.

curling

Originated in medieval Scotland and once popular in the low Countries,  nowadays 90% of the curling players are Canadian.

The curling stones are preferably made of a very special kind of granite (Riebeckite granite), only found in Ailsa Craig, a small island off the coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde.

ailsa craig

Ailsa Craig is basically an extinct volcano and has no population. The granite quarry is now closed but there still is a supply for stone making that will last until 2020.

(Oh, and I will never try to predict again wether a contest will be hard to find or not…)

Those who won the curling competition:

  • hhgygy
  • Ivar Bonsaksen
  • Joel Zirmer
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • ACG
  • Exsanguinator
  • David Kozina
  • Dennis S.
  • Andy McConnell
  • Willem
  • Galileo
  • Gareth Wilson
  • Pascal Gilbraith
  • Max_Power
  • Malcolm
  • OTazMan
  • Andy M, USA

February 26th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #126

I made it a bit harder this week. However this site has somehow a relation with a current event.

February 19th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 23 comments

Contest #125 answer: Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

The Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib, is the main sacred place for the Sikhs.

golden-temple

It is located in the city of Amritsar, India and surrounded by a large lake, known as the AmritSar which means The Pool Of The Nectar Of Immortality.

amritsar

Those who entered this sacred site:

  • Andrew Siann
  • hhgygy
  • Smeulders B.
  • Dennis S.
  • Per Svolsbru
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • David Kozina
  • Ivar Bonsaksen
  • ACG
  • Andy McConnell
  • Mash
  • Sarah G
  • charlie my boy
  • LegoMan
  • Doc Will
  • Malcom
  • Willem
  • Max Power
  • Andy M
  • David Denniston

February 19th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #125

February 12th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 24 comments

Contest #124 answer: Alang, India

One of the world largest shipbreaking operations is located on the beaches of Alang, India. According to Wikipedia, approximately half of the decommissioned ships are demolished here.

alang2

It is notoriously famous for the environmental and safety hazards. Local workers are exposed to PCBs and asbestos and safety accidents occur on a daily basis.

alang1

I found this video footage of the beaching of a ship. I am not sure that this is in Alang too, as there are several of these locations around the world, but you get the idea…

Those who beached the ships:

  • Per Svolsbru
  • Willem
  • Doc Will
  • Stephen Hope
  • ACG
  • Ivar Bonsaksen
  • OTazMan
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Andy M
  • John_B
  • David Kozina
  • Andy McConnell
  • charlie my boy
  • Dennis S.
  • Max_Power
  • Andrew Smith
  • Smeulders B.
  • Neil
  • Robert Matney
  • Ole Ivanoff

February 12th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment

Contest #124

February 5th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 23 comments

Contest #123 answer: Nordkapp, Norway

Supposedly the most northern point of Europe is the Nordkapp (North Cape) in Norway. But it is actually located on an island and furthermore it is not on the most northern part in that neighbourhood, but that proved to be no objection to become a popular tourist attraction.

nordkapp

Those who reached 71° 10′ 21″ N

  • Milosh, Serbia
  • LegoMan
  • ACG
  • Ivar Bonsaksen
  • Andy McConnell
  • David Kozina
  • andy h
  • Galileo
  • Exsanguinator
  • Willem
  • hhgygy
  • Michael T
  • Doc Will
  • Per Svolsbru
  • Dennis S.
  • Max_Power
  • Joey
  • Andy M, USA

February 5th, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments