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Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built 330 years ago, The Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian lines is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world.

The Meridian is an imaginary line which runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. It runs through the main telescope at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south-east London.

The point is known as Zero Longitude and it is the line from which all other lines of longitude are measured. 00° 00' 00""


Nuku'alofa -Where Time Begins


On Crystal Serenity's World Cruise in 2011, we  crossed the international dateline, or IDL.

The International Date Line (IDL) is an imaginary line on Earth's surface defining the boundary between one day and the next.

The International Date Line is located halfway around the world from the prime meridian (0° longitude) or about 180° east (or west) of Greenwich, London, UK, the reference point of time zones.

The cognitive dissonance is sorted.

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I meat/meet:therefore I am






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 The Tassle Is Worth The Hassle. Graduation was 2 days ago. Congrats to all. The students who are coming back next semester are long gone but the city center is busy for a Sunday with everyone else besides the "town and gown" including the cows and dogs and boats  and we tourists.





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50 miles North of London, sits Cambridge University, host to 30 colleges, the most renowned being Trinity College.

Cambridge alumni include a large number of the world’s greatest scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians, writers and philosophers. 


The list includes: Sir Issac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Jane Goodall, Robert Oppenheimer, J.J. Thompson, John Maynard Keynes, Leo Strauss, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, Michael Crichton, Vladmir Nabokov, Nick Drake, John Rutter, E.M. Forster, Lord Byron, Francis Crick and James Watson.



Cambridge has been home to 65 Nobel Prize winners. This is the largest number of any university in the world. 
Old School Graduation Today

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Iceland Is Green. Greenland Is Ice



The Vikings sent word back to Norway that their island was actually an ice-land, but that another island — more distant, larger and indeed covered by ice — was inhabitable green-land.
It won't rain today... but it might snow



Part Hawaii and part Alaska, the landscape is an amalgam of both: lava rocks and the black sandy beaches of Kona, the bedrock and glacier waters of Juneau and the annual rainfall and percipitation of Ketchikan.

The Vikings were fierce people to venture out into these lands. We may never know exactly why they sailed here but we know how they did it. The had help in the form of a stone known as The Viking Compass.When Leif Eriksson ventured far out into the Atlantic, away from any coastline that could help them determine their position, they had a secret gem weapon: the Ocean Sapphire, aka, Iolite. The Viking Mariners used thin pieces of it as the world's first polarized sun glasses! Crystal Magic Power. As long as the sun was visable, latitude could be determined, but in bad weather, these Norse Navigators looked through an iolite lens. So, with the sun hidden by clouds, they were STILL able to determine the exact position of the sun, and navigate their way safely to the New World known as Iceland...and beyond


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Santa Monica Beach by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean. 

The Mother Road, Route 66,  ends right here.

Santa Monica Pier Group 

The Pacific Ocean

Malibu is in the distance 
Away from Los Angry Cars (Los Angeles), you can smell the roses 

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The crowd was 300,000+ More than the total number of inhabitants of the 24th largest city in America,  Chincanati

Go Big Or Go Bigger



With Brother Bob




Salute to the troops on this Memoral Day


Colors

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With The Captain, Roger Penske, whose Team won with driver Will Power Today


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Every Memorial Day Weekend, there is The Biggest Spectacle in Motorsports-The Indy 500.

Its more than just kissing bricks and drinking milk. (That's what the winner does). It's a little early to do the end zone dance as the race starts tomorrow. Here are some photos of races past:




2014

2012


2008

2009

2008



You win some, you lose some, you wreck some...




Here a 2012 trip report: The 96th Indianapolis 500- the best way to convert money into noise---was fast paced with lots of lead changes and drivers dabbling in and out of the boundaries of disaster. There’s no secret to ovals. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left. The drivers who think the brakes are for stopping usually don't win. As Mario Andretti said, "“If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.” These open wheel drivers are like fighter pilots, flying in a gymnasium. The crashes fans remember, but drivers remember the near misses, but nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second. For the record, New Zealand's Scott Dixon was runner-up this time. The weather was hot in America's Midwest after an emotional tribute to last year's winner Dan Wheldon, the popular Englishman whose thrill of speed overcame the fear of death and in fact, actually died horrific crash in Las Vegas in October.

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I Love Ewe
Today, in England, our house is surrounded by the familiar green pastures and yellow fields we have come to adore.

 Mother Nature has truly put the awe in awesome. Watching the west wind moving over the fields is like seeing waves on an ocean of emerlds and gold--- a sea of thoughts leads back to Stings lyrics.

 Father Time makes promises to us and bonds strengthened by the cycles of the seasons. This perfect symmetry is summed up by Albert Camus-“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” and so the invisible has becomes visible today.

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Cádiz  the  ancient port city in the Andalucia region of southwestern Spain is still new.




...I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question unless I am in Spain because Spain is like a hundred countries in one.