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New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. Polynesians settled New Zealand in 1250–1300 CE and developed a distinctive Māori culture. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently John Key. Etymology Detail from a 1657 map showing the western coastline of "Nova Zeelandia" History Politics Government Foreign relations and the military Environment Climate Related:  Societal evolution

Árbol del Tule Full width of trunk Dimensions and age[edit] In 2005, its trunk had a circumference of 42.0 m (137.8 ft), equating to a diameter of 14.05 m (46.1 ft),[2] a slight increase from a measurement of 11.42 m (37.5 ft) m in 1982.[3] However, the trunk is heavily buttressed, giving a higher diameter reading than the true cross-sectional of the trunk represents; when this is taken into account, the diameter of the 'smoothed out' trunk is 9.38 m (30.8 ft).[2] This is still slightly larger than the next most stout tree known, a Giant Sequoia with a 8.98 m (29.5 ft) diameter.[4] It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but DNA tests have proven that it is only one tree.[5] This does not rule out another hypothesis, which states that it comprises multiple trunks from a single individual.[6] The tree is occasionally nicknamed the "Tree of Life" from the images of animals that are reputedly visible in the tree's gnarled trunk. Slowly dying[edit] References[edit] Coordinates:

Campaign to Stop Killer Coke | Tell Coca-Cola to STOP the VIOLENCE! Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (Malaysian pronunciation: [ˈkwalə ˈlumpʊr]), often abbreviated as K.L.,[7] is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia.[8] The city covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.6 million as of 2010.[8] Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 6.9 million as of 2010.[4][5] It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the country, in terms of population and economy. Kuala Lumpur is the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia. The city was once home to the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, but they were moved to Putrajaya in early 1999.[9] Some sections of the judiciary still remains in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The official residence of the Malaysian King, the Istana Negara, is also situated in Kuala Lumpur. History[edit] Redevelopment of modern Kuala Lumpur[edit] KapitanYap Ah Loy, founder of modern Kuala Lumpur World War II[edit] Geography[edit]

Vatican City Vatican City i/ˈvætɨkən ˈsɪti/, officially Vatican City State (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano;[note 4] pronounced [ˈstaːto della t͡ʃitˈta (d)del vatiˈkaːno]), is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of around 840.[1] This makes Vatican City the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. Vatican City is an ecclesiastical[1] or sacerdotal-monarchical[2] state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. In the city, there are cultural sites such as St. Vatican City State is distinct from the Holy See,[note 5] which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe. Geography[edit] Map of Vatican City, highlighting notable buildings and the Vatican gardens The territory includes St. St. Climate[edit]

Santa María del Tule The town’s claim to fame is as the home of a 2,000 year old Montezuma cypress tree, known as the El Árbol del Tule, which is one of the oldest, largest and widest trees in the world. Its gnarled trunk and branches are filled with shapes that have been given names such as “the elephant,” “the pineapple” and even one called “Carlos Salinas’ ears.”[2][3][4] History[edit] The municipality of Santa María del Tule used to be a lake surrounded by marshes which included cypress trees.[2][3] This marsh was also filled with bulrushes which accounts for part of the town’s name.[3] The population of Tule had made their living since pre-Hispanic times extracting and processing lime (calcium oxide) for sale in the city of Oaxaca. Over the centuries, the area has dried with the lake and marshes gone.[2] More recently, increased urbanization and irrigated farming has put pressure on aquifers here. The town[edit] The Tule Tree[edit] Main article: Árbol del Tule The municipality[edit] References[edit]

Laptop verschönern - eine Deko-Idee Steampunk ist ursprünglich als Literaturgattung entstanden. Aus den fiktiven Welten hat sich im Laufe der Zeit ein ästhetischer Stil entwickelt, dessen Reiz in der Ablehnung der Computertechnologie liegt: Ideal also, um Ihr Laptop so zu verschönern, dass es gar nicht mehr als solches zu erkennen ist. Steampunk für Ihr Laptop? Steampunk geht davon aus, dass der Computer nie erfunden wurde und stattdessen die Dampftechnik den industriellen und technischen Fortschritt der Menschheit trägt. Mechanische Elemente wie Zahnräder, Nieten, Knöpfe und Hebel sind typisch für den Steampunk-Look. Da die Dampftechnik im viktorianischen England Ihren Höhepunkt hatte, integriert der Steampunk außerdem Elemente aus dieser Periode. So verschönern Sie Ihr Notebook Bekleben Sie Ihr Laptop mit selbstklebender Folie.

Hong Kong Coordinates: Hong Kong (香港; "Fragrant Harbour"), officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a region on the southern coast of China geographically enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea.[8] Hong Kong is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour, and with a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of over seven million people, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.[9] Hong Kong's population is 93.6% ethnic Chinese and 6.4% from other groups.[4] Hong Kong's Cantonese-speaking majority originate mainly from the neighbouring Guangdong province,[10] from which many of them fled to escape wars and communist rule in mainland China from the 1930s to 1960s.[11][12][13][14] Hong Kong was established as a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Name The Mandarin pronunciation of the name Hong Kong is represented in pinyin as Xiānggǎng. History Pre-colonial

Rome Rome (/ˈroʊm/; Italian: Roma pronounced [ˈroːma] ( ); Latin: Rōma) is a city and special comune (named "Roma Capitale") in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the Province of Rome and of the region of Lazio. With 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi), it is also the country's largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The urban area of Rome extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.8 million.[2] Between 3.2 and 4.2 million people live in Rome metropolitan area.[3][4][5][6][7] The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber within Lazio (Latium). Etymology About the origin of the name Roma several hypotheses have been advanced.[15] The most important are the following: History Earliest history Legend of the Founding of Rome Monarchy, republic, empire Map depicting late ancient Rome. Middle Ages Early modern

Edward James Edward William Frank James (1907–1984) was a British poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement. Early life and marriage[edit] Edward James had four older sisters: Audrey, Millicent, Xandra, and Silvia. St Andrew's West Dean, West Sussex, UK James divorced Losch in 1934, accusing her of adultery with Prince Serge Obolensky, an American hotel executive; her countersuit, in which she made it clear that James was homosexual, failed.[9] James was in fact bisexual.[10] After the divorce, James joined a social set in England which included the Mitford sisters and the composer Lord Berners. Surrealism[edit] James is best known as a passionate and early supporter of Surrealism, a movement that was born from the political uncertainty and upheaval between the wars. James appeared in two famous surrealist paintings, both by Magritte: Each suggests an alienated person. New Mexico[edit] Las Pozas[edit] The surrealist sculpture park Las Pozas, Xilitla West Dean[edit] Writings[edit] E.

TasteKid | Recommends music, movies, books, games Tonga Tonga ([ˈtoŋa]; Tongan: Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 176 islands with a surface area of about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people.[4] Tonga stretches over about 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the west. Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power.[6] In 2010 Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy, after legislative reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections. Etymology[edit] History[edit] Geography[edit]

England England ( i/ˈɪŋɡlənd/) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.[1][2][3] It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. The Irish Sea lies north west of England, whilst the Celtic Sea lies to the south west. The North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separate it from continental Europe. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Palaeolithic period, but it takes its name from the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England's terrain mostly comprises low hills and plains, especially in central and southern England. Toponymy The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means "land of the Angles".[10] The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. An alternative name for England is Albion. History Prehistory and antiquity Middle Ages

Institut Le Rosey Institut Le Rosey (French pronunciation: ​[ɛ̃stity lə ʁo.zɛ]), commonly referred to as Le Rosey or simply Rosey, is a school near Rolle, Switzerland. It is one of the most prestigious schools in the world and has educated royalties from around the world. The school was founded by Paul-Émile Carnal in 1880 on the site of the 14th-century Château du Rosey near the town of Rolle in the Canton of Vaud. It is one of the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland. The school also owns a campus in the ski resort village of Gstaad in the Canton of Bern, where the student body, faculty, and staff move to during the Winter months of January through March. In 2014, Le Rosey inaugurated the Paul & Henri Carnal Hall, an arts and learning centre for Le Rosey and the La Côte region.[5][6] The school is also planning the sale of its Gstaad winter campus, and a move to a location that can accommodate more personnel and students.[7][8] Overview[edit] History[edit] Academic curriculum[edit] Student life[edit]

EU-Agrarkommissar Dacian Ciolos - Der Bauern-Schreck - Wirtschaft Anzeige Radikales Umdenken ist angesagt: EU-Agrarkommissar Dacian Ciolos will die Landwirtschaft ökologischer und gerechter gestalten. Seine stärksten Gegner sind die Bauern. Von Daniela Kuhr und Martin Kotynek Wegen dieses Mannes also sind sie alle gekommen. "Sie sind momentan einer der begehrtesten Männer Europas", sagt Christoph Hartmann, FDP-Wirtschaftsminister, als er den Ehrengast auf dem Podium begrüßt. Seit der Agrarkommissar aus Anlass der Grünen Woche am Freitagnachmittag nach Berlin gekommen ist, jagt ein Treffen das nächste. Dioxin-Skandal sorgt für unverhofften Zulauf Ciolos will in den wenigen Stunden in Berlin mit so vielen reden wie möglich - und er will zuhören. Wie umstritten die bisherige EU-Politik ist, wurde am Samstag deutlich wie lange nicht mehr: An die 20.000 aufgebrachte Bürger, Landwirte und Aktivisten waren nach Berlin gekommen, weil sie "es satthaben" und ein radikales Umdenken in der Landwirtschaftspolitik fordern. Ciolos nimmt diese Kritik sehr ernst.