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Author Archives: David Shelton-Smith

Pretty dense

Where is the world’s more densely populated country?       As the country with the world’s highest population, it is not surprising that the Chinese territory of Macau also has the world’s highest population density at 21,081/km². This is followed by the small European city-state of Monaco at 19,256/km², the south-east Asian city-state of […]

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Cave dwellers

In June and July 2018, a widely publicised cave rescue saved the lives of members of a junior football team who were trapped inside this cave system. Twelve members of the team, aged eleven to sixteen, and their 25-year-old assistant coach entered the cave on 23 June after football practice. Shortly afterwards, heavy rains partially […]

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Tomb Raider and all that

Principal photography for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider took place from July 30 to November 30, 2000.  The film was the first major motion picture to be shot in the country since Lord Jim in 1964, following the country’s occupation by the Khmer Rouge regime. Which country and what was the temple where the location was […]

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Cisterns of Tawila

Visitors to the Tanks are often surprised by the words on a plaque near the Coghlan Tank: “Regarding the original construction of which nothing is accurately known…” There is indeed little hard evidence and there are few reliable sources of information about the Tanks. One favored hypothesis is that Himyar, a pre-Islamic Arabian kingdom that […]

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Aberdeen City

Aberdeen is in the North East of Scotland and has two rivers estuaries. Can you name the two rivers?

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