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Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake (Sinhalese: බෝගම්බර වැව/ කිරි මූද), also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king's helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

History

The beautiful lake in front of the Temple of the Tooth was formerly a stretch of paddy fields known as Tigolwela. It was converted to a lake by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha in 1807. As there had been a beautiful pond named 'Kiri-muhuda' (a 'sea of milk') in the middle of the Tigolwela, the lake constructed subsequently too was named, 'Kiri-muhuda'. Deveda Moolacharya is considered the architect of the Kandy Lake. The king first built a dam across the paddy fields, starting from the Pattiruppuwa (Octogen) side, where the steps leading into the lake by the Mahamaluwa (Esplanade) are still visible, stretching across to the Poya-maluwa. The dam, upon which a roadway was constructed, allowed the king to go across to the Malwatte Vihare. According to D’Oyley, the dam was constructed between 1810–1812.

Description

The extent of the Kandy Lake is 6,544 sq. meters. The circumference is 3.21 km. The highest depth is 18.5 meters. The parapet wall giving the appearance of a cloud, is popularly called Walakulu Bemma and measures 633.82 meters. The building located at the center of the lake, together with some ancient ruins, was known as Diyatilaka Mandapaya in the past. It is believed that the Kings used this pavilion for relaxation.

The Kandy Lake offers a place for a stroll or a jog. The shady path surrounding the lake provides a view of the hills and the town. The Malwatte temple, one of the two head temples of the Siyam Nikaya sect of Theravada Buddhism, is also located overlooking the lake.

Jayatilleke Mandapaya

Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe built a dam for the purpose of reaching the opposite side of the lake. The king removed the soil from both the palace end and the Malwatte Vihare end, leaving an island behind. At first this island was used as the Royal Summer House for the Queen and the ladies of the court to relax. The British later used it as an ammunition store and added a fortress-style parapet around its perimeter.

Walakula Bamma

The lake is surrounded by a wall called Walakulu Bamma (Sinhalese: වළාකුළු බැම්ම) or Clouds Wall, which was built to increase the beauty of the Kandy Lake. It extends around half of the lake and has taken one skilled architect to build it. Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was unable to complete the wall before the city was captured by the British and he was forced to relinquish the Kandian kingdom. The Walakulu Bamma still lies unfinished. The triangular shaped holes in the wall were used in the past for lighting oil lamps on festival days.

Ulpange

Ulpange or Queens Bathing Pavilion is situated partly in the waters of the Kandy Lake. The wives and concubines of Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe used the pavilion when bathing in the lake. After the British captured the city they added another storey and used the building as a library. It is currently used as a police post.

Facts about the lake
  • Spill level above: 1740 M.L.S
  • Capacity: 704 acre-feet
  • Perimeter of the tank: 3.4 kilometres (2.1 mi)
  • Maximum depth: 18 metres (59 ft)
  • Length of the decorative wall: 630 metres (2,070 ft)
  • Catchment area: 1.045 Q.M.I

There are a variety of different trees planted around the lake including Nuga trees, palm trees, fruit trees, Sal trees and Mara trees. Some of the trees are about 74 years old. The trees are now maintained by the Municipal Council of Kandy.

There are a number of bird species found on the lake, including:

  • Diyakawa (Indian cormorant)
  • Koka (white egret crane)
  • Ali koka (wood stork)
  • Karawal koka (pelican)
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Pollution

Pollution of the lake is a serious problem. The government and the surrounding schools are trying to decrease the problem by putting signs and operating environmental societies. Until 1960 the Kandy water board used the lake to distribute water to the surrounding areas. They stopped pumping water from the lake because of the increase in pollution.

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Devaka Fernando

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Devaka Fernando , MBBS , MSc , MD , FRCP , is an award-winning Sri Lankan physician and academic. He was president of the Osteoporosis Society of Sri Lanka and a professor of medicine at the University of Sri Jayawardanapura . Education Fernando was educated at Dean Row School in Cheshire, UK , Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia , Sri Lanka . He received a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo . Fernando received a Doctor of Medicine degree and membership of the Royal College of Physicians, trained in public health at the University of Manchester (Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology) and trained as a specialist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary . Educational and professional activities Fernando was a consulting physician in diabetes and the endocrinology department of the Sri Jayawardanapura General Hospital and a senior lecturer in the faculty of medicine at the University of Colombo. ...more...



Aleister Crowley

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Aleister Crowley ( ; born Edward Alexander Crowley ; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist , ceremonial magician , poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer . He founded the religion of Thelema , identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. A prolific writer, he published widely over the course of his life. Born to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family in Royal Leamington Spa , Warwickshire, Crowley rejected this fundamentalist Christian faith to pursue an interest in Western esotericism . He was educated at the University of Cambridge , where he focused his attentions on mountaineering and poetry, resulting in several publications. Some biographers allege that here he was recruited into a British intelligence agency , further suggesting that he remained a spy throughout his life. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn , where he was trained in ceremonial magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers ...more...

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Timothy Abercrombie (Timothy Abercrombie)

Real person who may have been used by author Ian Fleming to create a character in his novel Casino Royale, the first James Bond novel which he wrote.


Amarapura

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Amarapura ( Burmese : အမရပူရ , pronounced  ) is a former capital of Myanmar , and now a township of Mandalay . Amarapura is bounded by the Irrawaddy river in the west, Chanmyathazi Township in the north, and the ancient capital site of Ava (Inwa) in the south. It was the capital of Myanmar twice during the Konbaung period (1783–1821 and 1842–1859) before finally being supplanted by Mandalay 11 km north in 1859. It is historically referred to as Taungmyo (Southern City) in relation to Mandalay. Amarapura today is part of Mandalay, as a result of urban sprawl . The township is known today for its traditional silk and cotton weaving , and bronze casting. It is a popular tourist day-trip destination from Mandalay. Etymology Amarapura comes from Pali : Amarapūra ( အမရပုရ ), which means "city of immortality." History Royal palace of king Bodawpaya at Amarapura, during the visit of the British Embassy of Michael Symes , in 1795 Amarapura was founded by King Bodawpaya of the Konbaung Dynasty . He founded Amarapura as ...more...



List of Doctor Who robots

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The long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who has featured many robots . The Daleks and Cybermen are not listed as they are organic beings that become cyborgs and therefore not true robots. A Adherents of the Repeated Meme Robots that worked for Lady Cassandra and were defeated by the Ninth Doctor . As the Doctor points out, "repeated meme" is just another way of saying "idea". Their jobs was to distribute spheres housing the spider-like robots that infiltrated the systems of Platform One, and sabotage it. Advertising satellite A small robot that delivers junk mail to advertise events, as in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy . The advertising satellite was able to use the TARDIS' viewing screen to show the advertisement. It has some degree of sentience as it took insult to Ace's commit about it being junk mail. Androids (Androzani) Androids created by Sharaz Jek. They are perfectly duplicates of the person they are modeled after, hence why the originals must be gotten out of the way. And ...more...



List of A1 roads

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A list of roads designated A1 , sorted by alphabetical order of country. A01 highway (Afghanistan) , a long ring road or beltway connecting Kabul, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar A1 motorway (Albania) , connecting Durrës and Kukës A001 highway (Argentina) , a beltway surrounding the city of Buenos Aires A1 road (Australia) may refer to several roads part of the highway 1 including the following segments: A1 highway (Queensland) , connecting Brisbane and Cairns A1 highway (South Australia) , connecting Victoria via Mount Gambier, Adelaide and Port Augusta to Western Australia A1 highway (Victoria) , connecting New South Wales via Melbourne and Portland to South Australia A1 (New South Wales) , consisting of several discrete sections including the Princes Highway and Pacific Highway A1 motorway (Austria) , connecting Vienna and Salzburg. A1 motorway (Belgium) , connecting Brussels, Antwerp and Breda A1 highway (Bosnia and Herzegovina) , carrying Corridor Vc A1 highway (Botswana) , connecting Gaborone and Francistown ...more...



Kabir Hashim

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Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Kabir ( Sinhala : කබීර් හෂීම්, Tamil : கபீர் ஹாசிம்; born 19 May 1959) known as Kabir Hashim is a Sri Lankan politician and economist. Member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka from Kegalle District and currently serving as General Secretary for the United National Party and Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion . He was educated at Royal College Colombo and Trinity College Kandy . Political career Kabir was first elected as Member of Parliament in 2001 and had the highest preferential votes in the Kegalle District in 2004. He also served as Minister of Higher Education under former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe 's Government from 2001 to 2004. General Secretary of United National Party On 8 December 2014, Kabir was appointed as General Secretary of United National Party by Ranil Wickremasinghe , In the same day former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake defected to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party . External links Biographies of Member of Parliament Right Royal ra ...more...



Battaramulla

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Battaramulla is a suburb of the city of Colombo , situated 5.2 miles from the City Centre at Colombo Fort , near the Parliament of Sri Lanka. It is one of the fastest developing administrative, commercial and residential areas in the Colombo District being home to the country's elite. By present Battaramulla has been an important town in Sri Lanka, because of the Sri Lanka government decided to locate all the government department head offices in this town. History of Battaramulla Battaramulla has always been an adjunct to Kotte , which lay on the opposite side of the Diyawanna Oya. At the time of the Kotte Kingdom , the cooks at the royal palace would travel there daily by ferry across the Diyawanna Oya. The place they embarked was called bat-tota-mulla ('cooked rice-landing-corner', 'cooked rice' being a synonym for a meal), which became 'Battaramulla'. Kotiyagoda, a suburb of Battaramulla, derived its name from kotuwe-egoda ('the shore opposite the fortress'). This pattern was followed when the Parliament ...more...



Labor omnia vincit

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Labor Omnia Vincit 1657, Glasgow Cathedral Labor omnia vincit is a Latin phrase meaning "Work conquers all". The phrase is adapted from Virgil 's Georgics , Book I, line 145–6: ...Labor omnia vicit / improbus ("Steady work overcame all things"). The poem was written in support of Augustus Caesar 's "Back to the land" policy, aimed at encouraging more Romans to become farmers. Labor movement A frequent motto within the U.S labor movement, the phrase is an historically significant slogan . Used by the earliest U.S labor unions such as the American Federation of Labor and other precursors to the modern AFL-CIO , the motto continues to be a traditional and defining statement of purpose on contemporary labor union emblems including the International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America . The motto also appears on the original 1925 flag of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters , the labor union of African-American Pullman Company porters founded by civil rig ...more...



List of Test cricket records

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Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test cricket Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket Test cricket is played between international cricket teams who are Full Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Unlike One Day Internationals , Test matches consist of two innings per team, having no limit in their number of overs . Test cricket is first-class cricket , so statistics and records set in Test matches are also counted toward first-class records. The duration of Tests, currently limited to five days, has varied through Test history, ranging from three days to timeless matches . The earliest match now recognised as a Test was played between England and Australia in March 1877; since then there have been over 2,000 Tests played by 11 teams. The frequency of Tests has steadily increased partly because of the increase in the number of Test-playing countries, and partly as cricket boards seek to maximise their revenue. Cricket is, by its nature, ...more...



Chandran Rutnam

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Chandran Rutnam (born 29 December 1948) is a Sri Lankan film maker and entrepreneur. Rutnam has hosted numerous Hollywood films for their location shoots in Sri Lanka and Malaysia . He was the Line Producer/Production Supervisor on several international productions including the Sri Lankan location shoot of Paramount Pictures ' Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indochine (1992). He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Film Location Services which mostly hosts foreign films to be shot in South and South East Asia. Steven Spielberg once referred to Rutnam as "Our most valued friend in the Far East". Rutnam has also worked with Sir David Lean , Sir Carol Reed , John Boorman , Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Regis Wargnier . Rutnam wrote the screenplay, produced, directed and edited the film The Road from Elephant Pass , which was a Finalist Award Winner at the New York International Television and Film Awards in 2011. He also wrote the adapted screenplay and produc ...more...



Oskar Spate

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Oskar Hermann Khristian Spate (30 March 1911 – 29 May 2000) was a geographer best known for his role in strengthening geography as a discipline in Australia and the Pacific . Early life Spate was born to a German father and an English mother in the Bloomsbury district of London , England . During the First World War , his father was interned as a German national and Spate fled to Iowa in the United States . He returned to England in 1919, where he developed an early interest in geography and history. He went on to study at St Catharine's College , Cambridge University in the 1930s. It was during this period that many of Spate's characteristic personality traits revealed themselves: he studied both English as well as Geography, thus cementing a deeply humanistic tendency that would become obvious in his future thinking. His irreverence and sense of humor was also manifest as well – he joined a Communist cell but was thrown out for his frivolity. He was later to claim that he could be 'solemn but not serious'. ...more...



Larry Holmes

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Larry Holmes (born November 3, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 2002. He grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania , which gave birth to his boxing nickname of the "Easton Assassin". Holmes, whose left jab is rated among the best in boxing history, held the WBC heavyweight title from 1978 to 1983, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles from 1980 to 1985, and the inaugural IBF heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985. He made 20 successful title defenses, placing him third all time, behind only Joe Louis at 25 and Wladimir Klitschko at 22. Holmes is one of only five boxers—along with Joe Frazier , Ken Norton , Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick —to defeat Muhammad Ali ; he is the only one to have stopped Ali. Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts, including victories over Norton, Ali, Earnie Shavers , Mike Weaver , Gerry Cooney , Tim Witherspoon , Carl Williams and Marvis Frazier , and falling one short of matching Rocky Marciano 's career record of 49–0 when he lost to M ...more...



List of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants

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This is a list of contestants who have appeared on the American television show RuPaul's Drag Race . Contestants compete against each other and are progressively eliminated, until just a winner remains, who is crowned "next drag superstar". They are judged by drag queen RuPaul and her panel of judges. The series first aired in 2009 and as of 2017, there have been nine seasons of the show. A total of 113 different participants have been selected as finalists in the show in its eight years running, with nine drag queens — BeBe Zahara Benet , Tyra Sanchez , Raja , Sharon Needles , Jinkx Monsoon , Bianca Del Rio , Violet Chachki , Bob the Drag Queen , and Sasha Velour being crowned so far as "America's Next Drag Superstar". In addition, an All-Stars season aired in 2012 featuring twelve returning contestants from the first four seasons, each competing for a place in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame". The season was won by Chad Michaels , previously a runner-up in season four. In 2015, it was announced All Stars had be ...more...



List of airports in Sri Lanka

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This is a list of airports in Sri Lanka . Airports Airport names shown in bold indicate the facility has scheduled passenger service on a commercial airline. International airports Location served Province ICAO IATA Airport name Usage Runway(s) Coordinates Colombo Western VCBI CMB Bandaranaike International Airport Public/Military 3,350 m (10,990 ft) 4,000 m (13,000 ft) 07°10′52″N 79°53′06″E  /  7.18111°N 79.88500°E Colombo Western VCCC RML Ratmalana Airport Public/Military 2,000 m (6,600 ft) 06°49′23″N 79°53′12″E  /  6.82306°N 79.88667°E Hambantota Southern VCRI HRI Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Public 3,500 m (11,500 ft) 06°17′10″N 81°07′32″E  /  6.28611°N 81.12556°E Domestic airports Location served Province ICAO IATA Airport name Usage Runway(s) Coordinates Ampara Eastern VCCG ADP Ampara Airport (Gal Oya) Military/Public 1,097 m (3,599 ft) 07°20′15″N 81°37′32″E  /  7.33750°N 81.62556°E Anuradhapura North Central VCCA ACJ Anuradhapura Airport Military/Public 1,493 m (4,898 ft) 08°18′05″N ...more...



List of wars involving the United Kingdom

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This is a list of wars involving the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its predecessors the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland and generally the British Isles . Notable militarized interstate disputes are included. The Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in 1707 through the Acts of Union 1707 , which united the kingdoms of England and Scotland into a single kingdom encompassing the whole island of Great Britain and its outlying islands. It did not include the Kingdom of Ireland , which although under British control, remained a separate realm. On 1 January 1801, the kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland were merged to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1922, five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the United Kingdom and the state was renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. During its history, British forces or forces with a British mandate have invaded, had some control over ...more...



List of railway stations in Sri Lanka by line

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Ordered by railway track Colombo to Badulla Colombo Fort - Western province Maradana - Western province Dematagoda - Western province Kelaniya - Western province Wanawasala - Western province Hunupitiya - Western province Ederamulla - Western province Horape - Western province Ragama Junction - Western province Walpola - Western province Batuwaththa - Western province Bulugahagoda - Western province Ganemulla - Western province Yagoda, Sri Lanka - Western province Gampaha - Western province Daraluwa - Western province Bemmulla - Western province Magalegoda - Western province Heendeniya Pattiyagoda - Western province Veyangoda - Western province Wadurawa - Western province Keenawala - Western province Pallewela - Western province Ganegoda - Western province Wijaya Rajadahana - Western province Meerigama - Western province Wilwatta - Western province Botale - Western province Ambepussa - Western province Yaththalgoda - North Western province Bujjomuwa - North Western province Alawwa - North Western province Wal ...more...



List of cities by longitude

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The following is a list of cities by longitude . Both the latitude and longitude are shown for the following cities , which are sorted by longitude from the west of the Prime Meridian to the east. Each heading should be considered the exact value. For example, 10°E corresponds to exactly 10°00′00.00″E and everything further west should be above this heading while everything further east should be below this heading. Latitude Longitude City Province/State Country 16°30′S 180°00′W Rabi Island N/A   Fiji 51°53′N 176°39′W Adak   Alaska   United States 13°17′S 176°11′W Mata-Utu Wallis and Futuna   France 21°08′S 175°12′W Nukuʻalofa N/A   Tonga 13°50′S 171°45′W Apia N/A   Samoa 14°17′S 170°42′W Pago Pago   American Samoa   United States 19°03′S 169°55′W Alofi   Niue   New Zealand 21°12′S 159°46′W Avarua   Cook Islands   New Zealand 21°19′N 157°50′W Honolulu   Hawaii   United States 71°18′N 156°46′W Barrow   Alaska   United States 19°42′N 155°05′W Hilo   Hawaii   United States 61°13′N 149°54′W Anchorage   Alaska   U ...more...



Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)

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Sunday Observer is a weekly English-language newspaper in Sri Lanka , published on Sundays. The Sunday Observer and its sister newspapers the Daily News , Dinamina , Silumina and Thinakaran are published by Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House), a government-owned corporation. The paper, which was established in the present-day format in 1928, has roots that date back to 1834 when Sri Lanka was under the British rule . It is the oldest Sri Lankan newspaper in circulation apart from the Government Gazette . Present Editor is Lakshman Gunasekara. History Origins The British captured the coastal areas of Sri Lanka in 1796 and had consolidated their power throughout the island by 1818. In 1829 the Colonial Office appointed the Colebrooke-Cameron Commission to evaluate the administration of the country under the Governor of Ceylon , Edward Barnes , and to recommend reforms. The commission's recommendations, presented in 1833, marked the beginning of the modern period of Sri Lanka. One was to la ...more...



Rohana Wijeweera

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Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera ( Sinhalese : පටබැඳි දොන් නන්දසිරි විජෙවීර ; 14 July 1943 – 13 November 1989) known as Rohana Wijeweera , was a Sri Lankan Marxist politician, rebel and the founding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna . Wijeweera led the party in two unsuccessful insurrections in Sri Lanka , in 1971 and 1987 to 1989 . Early life Wijeweera was born on 14 July 1943 ( Bastille Day ) to Patabendi Don Andris Wijeweera and Nasi Nona Wickramakalutota who lived in Kottegoda, a coastal fishing village situated in southern Sri Lanka and belonged to the Karava caste hierarchy. The eldest in the family, he had a younger brother Ananda and a younger sister Chitranie. His father was an active member of Ceylon Communist Party (pro-Soviet wing) and very close to Dr. S. A. Wickramasinghe . He was disabled after an attack by thugs believed to be members of an opposing political party during the 1947 Parliamentary election campaign for the candidate Premalal Kumarasiri. He died in 1965. Education Wijeweera ...more...



Hairpin turn

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Hairpin turn in Oregon, US, and its namesake . 21 turns in Guizhou , China Road D2204 ascends to the Col de Braus using hairpin bends in the Alpes Maritimes in the French Alps ( 43°51′58.0″N 7°22′50″E  /  43.866111°N 7.38056°E ) Some of the 48 hairpin turns near the top of the northern ramp of the Stelvio Pass in Italy Hairpin turn on Mont Ventoux in France Hairpins on a track to the south of Mont Valier , Pyrenees A hairpin turn (also hairpin bend , hairpin corner, etc.), named for its resemblance to a hairpin/ bobby pin , is a bend in a road with a very acute inner angle, making it necessary for an oncoming vehicle to turn about 180° to continue on the road. Such turns in ramps and trails may be called switchbacks in American English , by analogy with switchback railways . In British English "switchback" is more likely to refer to a heavily undulating road—a use extended from the rollercoaster and the other type of switchback railway. Description Hairpin turns are often built when a route climbs up or dow ...more...



Xanth

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Xanth ( ZANTH ) is a fantasy world created by author Piers Anthony for his Xanth series of novels, also known as The Magic of Xanth. Anthony originally intended for Xanth to be a trilogy , and after the success of the first three books expanded the series to nine books. A devoted fan base persuaded the author to continue writing the series, which is now open-ended. In an interview with AgonyBooth.com, Anthony stated that he has kept the series going as long as he has because the Xanth novels are "just about the only thing the publishers want" from him. Name The name Xanth pronounced as part of the author's name ("Pier s Anth ony"), is in itself an unintentional pun, matching the playful tone of the books. Books As of August 2017, there are 41 novels, with the latest novel being released in April 2017. Number Title Pub. Year Main character 1 A Spell for Chameleon 1977 Bink 2 The Source of Magic 1979 Bink 3 Castle Roogna 1979 Dor 4 Centaur Aisle 1982 Dor 5 Ogre, Ogre 1982 Smash Ogre 6 Night Mare 1983 Mare Imbri ...more...



Royal College, Colombo

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Royal College ( Sinhala : රාජකීය විද්‍යාලය Rajakiya Vidyalaya) ( Tamil : றோயல் கல்லூரி Royal Kalloori) (also referred to as Royal College Colombo , Royal College, Colombo 7 , Colombo Royal College , or simply as Royal ) is a selective entry boys' school located in Colombo , Sri Lanka . Started as a private school by Rev Joseph Marsh in 1835, it was established as the Colombo Academy by Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton in January 1836, the first government-run secondary school for boys in the island. Royal College is considered to be the leading public school in Sri Lanka and is often referred to as the " Eton of Sri Lanka". The school was founded in the British public school tradition, having been named the Royal College Colombo in 1881 with royal consent from Queen Victoria , and it was one of the first schools to be designated as a national school by the Sri Lankan government in the 1980s. As a national school it is funded by the government as opposed to the provincial council providing both primary and second ...more...



Coverage of Google Street View

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Google Street View was first introduced in the United States on May 25, 2007, and until November 26, 2008, featured camera icon markers, each representing at least one major city or area (such as a park), and usually the other nearby cities, towns, suburbs, and parks. Many areas that had coverage were represented by icons. Key additions Timelapse additions from the start of the service to present, including countries with public street view available On May 25, 2007, Street View was announced. On May 30, 2007, at the Where 2.0 Conference, Immersive Media was identified as the contractor that captured the imagery for four of the five cities initially mapped by Street View, using its patented dodecahedral camera array on a moving car. Immersive Media continued to do image capture for Street View until Google developed its own capability to do so. Since July 2007, Google has used imagery that belongs exclusively to Google. On April 16, 2008, Street View was fully integrated into Google Earth 4.3 . On May 12, 2 ...more...



Muttiah Muralitharan

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Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan ( Tamil : முத்தையா முரளீதரன் , Sinhalese : මුත්තයියා මුරලිදරන් ; also spelt Muralidaran ; born 17 April 1972) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match. Muralitharan holds the world record for the most wickets in both test and one-day cricket. In 2017, he became the only Sri Lankan to included to the ICC Hall of Fame. He won the Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year in 2017. Muralitharan took the wicket of Gautam Gambhir on 5 February 2009 in Colombo to surpass Wasim Akram 's ODI record of 502 wickets. He became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he overtook the previous record-holder Shane Warne on 3 December 2007. Muralitharan had previously held the record when he surpassed Courtney Walsh 's 519 wickets in 2004, but he suffered a shoulder injury late ...more...



Captain Beefheart

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Don Van Vliet ( , born Don Glen Vliet ; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart . His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1964–1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. His music integrated elements of blues , free jazz , rock , the avant-garde , and contemporary experimental composition with his surrealist wordplay, powerful singing voice, and wide vocal range . Beefheart was also known for often constructing myths about his life and for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians. An artistic prodigy in his childhood, Van Vliet developed an eclectic musical taste during his teen years in Lancaster, California , and formed "a mutually useful but volatile" friendship with musician Frank Zappa , with whom he sporadically competed and collaborated. He began performing with his Captain Beefheart persona i ...more...




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