10 Most Famous Submarines

9. U-boats The Treaty of Versailles limited the number of a German surface navy. Therefore, the rebuilding of the German navy involved mainly the building of Unterseeboot (undersea boat) which is anglicized into U-boat. The newly created U-boat navy was one of the least politically Nazi in all German army. Before and during the World … Continue reading

10 Forgotten People who made a Profound difference

10. John Fielding introduces law and order, crafts modern police force With his brother Henry, Sir John Fielding (above left as seen in TV series City of Vice) established the Bow Street Runners, the world’s  first professional police force in 1750. John Fielding was blinded in a navy accident at the age of 19 but … Continue reading

12 Most Famous Stairs

12. The stairs of the House of Slaves Slave exports from Goree Island off the coast of Senegal began about 1670. Despite its notoriety as the final exit point of the slaves from Africa, only an estimated 26,000 of the 12 million slaves that were abducted from Africa are thought to have passed through the … Continue reading

Why Sudan must not be new Rwanda

Generation Y and Z are the terms demographers use to categorize the people born in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The world was at least a more serene place then, the Berlin Wall was coming down, the Communist bête noir is finally slain, and the forces of democracy seems thriving: from China to … Continue reading

10 Famous Bridges

10. Chapel Bridge of Lucerne The oldest wooden bridge in Europe and the most photographed entity in Switzerland,  the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) spanning the Reuss River in Lucerne was built in 1333. Originally designed to protect the city from attacks, the original bridge and its paintings dating from the 17th century were destroyed in a … Continue reading

9 Previous Economic Panics

1637: Tulipomania In 1593 tulips were introduced to the Netherlands from Turkey. The novelty made it expensive. Later,   tulips contracted a virus known as mosaic, which altered some causing “flames” of color to appear upon the petals. The color patterns increased the rarity of the bulb. Everyone began to deal in bulbs, and as in … Continue reading

TIME Person of the Year: Barack Obama

TIME magazine today named U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama as her Person of the Year for 2008. This coming after rounds of debates and expert opinions (where they even considered iObama, his online persona) is a surprise indeed. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/personoftheyear However, strictly speaking, this is Mr. Obama’s fourth Person of the Year honor. Born in 1961, Mr. … Continue reading

Britain's Worst Prime Ministers

Arthur Balfour (1902-05) A member of the powerful Cecil family, Arthur Balfour was given prominent government posts by his uncle, 3-time Prime Minister Lord Salisbury. Balfour excelled at those positions and when Salisbury retired, he was unanimously chosen by the conservatives to lead the country. The early days of Balfour Ministry were pleasant: reform-minded new … Continue reading

8 things we don’t need on airliners

Commercial air travel has become so expensive that a lot of airlines have either increased their fares or cancelled some of their routes or both. Can we get to the solution of the problem with a few modifications to the existing flying conditions? Here follows eight things that the airliner of the future shouldn’t have… … Continue reading

Bratislava, Slovekia

The old guidebook which I found still refers to Bratislava by its pre-1919 German name Pressburg. The name is perhaps a fitting tribute to the city which has remained in an Austro-Hungarian time-capsule for the past century. The capital of the Magyar Kingdom under the Habsburgs from 1536 to 1783, Bratislava again became a capital … Continue reading