Amazing Bridges from All Across the World

Architecture is a form of art that had no limits nor boundaries and can be found just anywhere across the world, from houses to skyscrapers, buildings to bridges.

Here are 8 of one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, designed by world-renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava.

(Images credit to Yahoo! News)

Prime Minister Najib Razak Statement on MH17 Agreement

Tuesday, July 22, 12:45 AM GMT +0800 Prime Minister Najib Razak Statement on MH17 Agreement

In recent days, we have been working behind  the scenes to establish contact with those in charge of the MH17 crash site.

That contact has now been made. Under difficult and fluid circumstances, we have been discussing the problems that have occupied us all: securing vital evidence from the aircraft, launching an independent investigation, and above all recovering the remains of those who lost their lives.

Tonight, we have established the basis of an agreement to do just that.

Earlier this evening I spoke to Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the region where the tragedy occurred. We have agreed the following:

Firstly, the remains of 282 people, currently in Torez, will be moved by train to Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to representatives from the Netherlands. The train will depart this evening Ukraine time, and will be accompanied by six Malaysian members of the recovery team. The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team. Following any necessary forensic work, the remains of Malaysian citizens will then be flown home to Malaysia.

Secondly, at approximately 9pm tonight Ukraine time, the two black boxes will be handed over to a Malaysian team in Donetsk, who will take custody of them.

Thirdly, independent international investigators will be guaranteed safe access to the crash site to begin a full investigation of the incident.

I must stress that although agreement has been reached, there remain a number of steps required before it is completed.

There is work still to be done, work which relies on continued communication in good faith. Mr Borodai and his people have so far given their co-operation.

I ask that all parties continue to work together to ensure that this agreement is honoured; that the remains of our people are returned, that the black box is handed over, and that the international team is granted full access to the site.

Only then can the investigation into MH17 truly begin; only then can the victims be afforded the respect they deserve. We need to know what caused the plane to crash, and who was responsible for it, so that justice may be done.

In recent days, there were times I wanted to give greater voice to the anger and grief that the Malaysian people feel. And that I feel. But sometimes, we must work quietly in the service of a better outcome.

I understand that for the families, nothing can undo this damage. The lives taken cannot be given back; the dignity lost cannot be regained.

My heart reaches out to those whose loved ones were lost on MH17. We hope and pray that the agreement reached tonight helps bring them a clear step towards closure.

Photos: Hidden Gems Of Europe

Lisse, Netherlands
Lisse, Netherlands

Here are photos of some of the less known beautiful places in Europe.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey
Lecce, Italy
Lecce, Italy
Sintra, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal
Dijon, France
Dijon, France
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

Amazing Hyper-Realistic Paintings By Roberto Bernardi

Italian artist, Roberto Bernard uses oil on canvas techniques to paint his incredible hyper-realistic paintings.

Hyper-realistic painting looks like a photograph and the artist must make sure to paint all the little details so that the painting looks real.

Roberto Bernard spend up to one month to finish a painting.

In 2012, I wrote a post about a Netherlands, Tjalf Spaarnay who paints life-like picture of food.

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Major Atlantic Storm Killed 11 In Northern Europe

Large waves break against the dyke Monday at the port of Boulogne, France.
Large waves break against the dyke Monday at the port of Boulogne, France.

The death toll from the major Atlantic storm rises to at least eleven across northern Europe on Monday.

Four people were killed in Britain, three in Germany, two in Netherlands, one in France and one in Denmark.

According to Britain’s Met Office national weather centre, winds reached 99 miles (159 kilometres) per hour on the Isle of Wight off the southern English coast.

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The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 4: Trip To Russia)

Please click here for, ‘The Mystery of The Deforested Woods (Chapter 3: Suspects)’

Od Woods

They all thought hard. “I know!” shouted Pete. “I think I know the person who cut down the trees in the woods. Henry! It should be him. It can’t be Ivan; because if Ivan cut down the trees, there won’t be any noise so we won’t be hearing the clattering sound. But first, we need to find out more information about Henry and Ivan. All lumberjacks in this country must be members of the Lumberjack Club and we can check their resumes at the club office,” continued Pete.

Safora and Mic volunteered to go to the Lumberjack Club to check if Henry and Ivan are members of the club. An hour later, they returned to Mic’s house with good news.

“Okay,” started Safora. “We have good news. They are both members of the Lumberjack Club and here is what we found out about them.” She took out her note-book and read, ” Henry is now 57 years old. He was born in Dillenburg, Netherlands. And Ivan is now 53 years old. He was born in the lands of Kolomenskoye, Russia.”

“And I have another good news,” said Mic excitedly. “Tomorrow my father is going to Russia and he is taking Reen and I along for a holiday. We’ll try to see if we can find more information about Ivan as our father will be meeting his old friend, a lumberjack named Akbar over there. Akbar was born in India but he now lives in Russia. Our father said that some of Akbar’s fingers had turned crooked or pointy, I can’t remember which; so he wants to visit him and see if he can help Akbar.”

“Where was Akbar born, Mic?” asked Pete.

“Agra, near the Taj Mahal. And I’ll try to ask him questions to find out if he came to Woodsland recently,” answered Mic.

The next day, Mic and Reen were very excited; they could hardly wait for the time to go to the airport. Their flight to Russia would be departing from the Woodsland International Airport or WIAIR at 12 o’clock noon and they were going to the airport two hours earlier. Mic and Reen said goodbye to Pete and Safora, and they promised to bring back something special from Russia for their friends.

“When will you be back from Russia?” asked Safora.

“We’ll be there for six days and we will be arriving back here at 7 o’clock in the morning on Monday,” answered Mic. “I have never been to Russia before and I hope that it is going to be fun over there,” continued Mic. Safora and Pete said goodbye to Mic, Reen and their parents as they departed for the airport.

Six days later at 7 o’clock in the morning, an AeroBratsk aeroplane landed on Woodsland International Airport’s runway from Russia.  Fifteen minutes later, out came some Russians from the aeroplane. Then a boy with his little brother walked out from the aeroplane together with their parents, followed by an Indian manIt was Mic and Reen and their parents. They came back to Woodsland together with their friend Akbar.

Two hours later, Pete, Safora, Mic and Reen got together at Mic’s house. They were so happy to see each other again. Mic and Reen told Pete and Safora about their experiences in Russia and gave them some beautiful Russian Nesting Dolls, snow globes and some Russian postage stamps. Akbar saw the children talking excitedly to each other in the garden, so he walked towards them. Reen introduced Akbar to Pete and Safora and as Akbar decided to join them, they could not discuss about the mystery. Looking at each other, they wondered, who could be the lumberjack who cut down the trees in the woods ….

To be continued …

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Amazing 3D Art By Ramon Bruin

It’s amazing how Ramon Bruin could draw those wonderful 3D illustrations.

Ramon is a freelance Dutch artist who graduated from the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands.

Feather of a raven: “Airbrushing is a great technique for making paintings with depth and realism,” Bruin told the New York Daily News. The 31-year-old artist’s work weaves, bends, and wraps across the page.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Hold the candle: And, indeed, to get his creations to come alive and jump off the pages, he adds subtle props such as a candle, pencils, pens, or even his own fingertips.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Come out and play: There is a certain sneaky quality to his drawings. Bruin calls the technique “anamorphis.”
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Bridge: Bruin has been airbrushing for 10 years, but only began experimenting with 3-D illusion drawings in 2010, he told the Daily News.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Beezzz: “Within these 10 years I tried many different techniques and styles,” Bruin told the Daily News.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Toiletpaper planecrash: … yes, toilet paper rolls.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Ladderboys: His illustrations reveal his imagination, creativity, originality, and …
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)

Magnifying glass: Although some of his work appears rather simplistic, other illustrations are…
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Maya temple: And, each illustration is much more than a simple sketch on paper.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)

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Will Spain Be The FIFA World Cup Champion?


On Sunday July 12, 2010 Spain will face Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup final.

Who will be the FIFA World Cup 2010 champion?

Spain or Netherlands?

Who will Paul the octopus predict to win the match

I hope Spain will be the World Cup champion because Spain has never win the World Cup.

Or will Netherlands win the match?

Keep guessing until the final match ends 🙂 🙂 🙂

Latest List Of Airspace And Airport Closed (1942 GMT Saturday)

Most airports in Europe are still closed and some may not be open on Monday.

Please click here for the new list of airport and airspace status as of 2030 GMT Sunday.

I got this latest list from Reuters.

I wonder when will this disaster ends?

Here is a list of countries affected as of 1942 GMT on Saturday:

BELGIUM – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday. Main airline, Brussels Airlines, cancels all flights until Monday.

BELARUS – Airspace closed on Saturday for flights operating between 6,000 meters and 11,000 meters. Some routes east and south open.

BRITAIN – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday. British Airways cancels all flights on Sunday.

DENMARK – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

ESTONIA – Airspace closed until at least 2400 GMT Saturday.

FINLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday.

FRANCE – Paris airports will be closed until at least 0600 GMT Monday, as will Nice and Marseille and northern airports. Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz and Perpignan remain open.

GERMANY – German airspace shut until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

IRELAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday.

ITALY – Northern airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Monday.

LATVIA – Airspace closed Saturday.

NETHERLANDS – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

POLAND – Airspace closed since Friday, partial reopening possible on Sunday.

PORTUGAL – Airports operating for flights to and from everywhere other than northern Europe.

RUSSIA – All airports open.

SLOVAKIA – Airspace closed as of 1300 GMT on Friday.

SPAIN – Madrid airport open, but carrier Iberia cancels all its European flights except those to or from Portugal, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey. Seven airports in northern Spain were re-opened shortly 1900 GMT on Saturday after being closed at 1800 GMT.

SWEDEN – Airspace closed on Saturday.

SWITZERLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday, except for aircraft able to fly at altitudes of 36,000 feet or higher.

UKRAINE – Kiev airport closed to flights until at least 1200 GMT Saturday. Airports in Lvov, Odessa, Donestsk, Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk also closed for an unspecified period.

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