Category Archives: history

Tallest lighthouses of the Indian Subcontinent


A minimum tower height of 100 feet is required for inclusion in this impressive list of handsome lighthouses located on the Indian subcontinent, which for this post includes, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and The Maldives. Neither Nepal or Bhutan … Continue reading

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Urban Areas within Rift Valleys


Many are familiar with the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. But, it is certainly not the only rift valley on Earth. In fact, there are a number of rift valleys (also sometimes referred to as grabens) located on the … Continue reading

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India’s five colorful cities as an urban art form


Five cities in India are famous for their mesmerizing colorful images. Depending on the city, natural and/or human-made forces helped create their artistic and elegant appearance upon Earth’s canvas. These lovely cities are presented in alphabetical order. All of them … Continue reading

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It was forty years ago today…


—– Spoiler Alert – If you don’t want to know what happens in the book, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, stop here. —– No, it wasn’t “…when Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.” It was, on Christmas Eve in … Continue reading

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Fictional cities of television commercials


While writing this post, I’ve been trying to recall past examples of where imaginary cities were created as a part of a product’s television advertising campaign. Thus far, I have struck out – any help or suggestions would be appreciated. … Continue reading

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Largest “pur” suffix cities of India and beyond


Continuing with our tabulation of city suffixes, the following list identifies the world’s largest cities containing the suffix of “pur” along with two variations, “pura” and “pore.” Pur and pura are suffixes meaning “city” or “settlement”, used in several place … Continue reading

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50+ Favorite Holiday Season Tunes


Film and Television Originals “Where Are You, Christmas?” – Faith Hill from the film¬†Grinch “Christmas Time Is Here” – from A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special “Somewhere in My Memory” – John Williams from the film Home Alone “I Wish … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2019


Below are my favorites in film television, books, and music for 2019, subject to possible additions during the last two weeks of the year. Films Released and Seen in 2019 Favorite Drama Ford vs. Ferrari – favorite overall motion picture … Continue reading

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World’s largest “burg,” “burgh,” or “bourg” suffix cities


  By far the longest and most geographically diverse list to date identifies cities and towns of 10,000 residents or more whose name contains the suffix of “burg,” “burgh,” or “bourg.” ¬†Cities/towns for four (4) continents are represented – Europe, … Continue reading

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World’s largest “boro” and “borough” suffix cities


  Continuing with our city name suffix series, below are the world’s largest cities ending in “boro” or “borough.” Please note there a a few cities in the UK that use a slight variation of “brough,” as well and these … Continue reading

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