Helicopter view of the fresh lava flow under the volcano Tolbachik, Kamchatka, December 30, 2012
Situated in the centre of the South Island, along the pass between Canterbury and the West Coast, Arthur’s Pass National Park is the third oldest national park in New Zealand. The main road between Christchurch and Greymouth (SH73) travels straight through the centre of the park. One of the world’s great train journeys – the TranzAlpine Express – also passes through the park, offering dramatic views of the mountains and plains.
The top of this spectacular fall (131 metres) can be seen from the main road, but a walk to the base of the waterfall is well worth doing in any weather, any time of the year.
A signpost just north of the Chalet Restaurant points to the carpark where the walk starts. The track goes up the side of the Bealey River and over two footbridges before zig-zagging up steps through the mountain beech forest to the waterfall's base. Return the same way.
China officially opened the world's longest high-speed train line - the route "Beijing - Guangzhou" long 2298 kilometers. CRH train company will move at a cruising speed of 300 km / h and cover this distance in 8 hours instead of the current 22.
Tamara Baikov ('64) and her husband, Yuri lived in a mud hut in the woods near the Belarusian village Yuhnovichi, on the border with Russia, about 20 years. They set out to torture happiness in a remote backwater of Belarus shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, hoping that their cases will go to the mountain, and temporary huts eventually turn into a big, beautiful house, which can be left to children. However, there is nothing more permanent than temporary - and while farming for 20 years has grown at least so that Tamara and Yuri are self-sufficient in food, the dream of the house were only dreams.
While in the United States are seriously considering the possibility of limiting the right to own assault weapons, some enterprising Americans propose to arm the children themselves. But not with weapons but the means of protection against them, such as bullet-proof school bags. Normal appearance school bag contains armor plate and, according to the company Bullet Blocker, can stop almost any bullets fired from a gun, which allowed Americans to own (including semi-automatic rifles from). The cost of this rig is 250 to 600 U.S. dollars, but how much it weighs, not reported.
In French, Lyon hosts regular "Festival of Light" - one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Hundreds of buildings, even the churches and cathedrals, from 6 to 9 December became the backdrop for light installations created by "artists around the world", who came to France from all over the world.
In New Zealand, a dog, instead of chasing cars, learn to drive - at least this is true in mongrel Porter, Monty and Ginny. Three dogs, picked up on the street dog breeder Mark Vette (Mark Vette), already know how to turn the steering wheel, shift gears and turn the wheel of a car. What's surprising is that this project is not carried out within the framework of scientific research, and to promote the adaptation of stray dogs. Vette goal - to show that the dog is actually smart enough to drive a car and that they should keep the house.
In Krasnoyarsk, winter has come much earlier than in the West, Russia, and the people and animals there to be more accustomed to the cold. Here's a picture of severe Krasnoyarsk dog in the snow made correspondent Reuters.
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