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Up up in the sky… by Fotopoulou Sophia


... in my beautiful balloon...

The history of Hot Air Ballooning started in the fall of 1782. On a sunny morning in Annonay France, close to the city of Lyons France, two brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier, inflated a large cloth bag, using the heat from a fire. Although, at the time, they were not sure if the smoke inflated the bag or vapours from the fire filled the bag and lifted it, they decided to do a public demonstration of their bag. The brothers built a linen bag 33.5 feet in diameter and on June 5,…

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Venerable Xuanzang by Lao Xu Jin

Venerable Xuanzang

The sun stood at its noon peak in the flawless sky of a day in 627 CE. Dunes rolled out, burning and lifeless but for a tall man and a red horse. The land was the River of Sand where "there is neither bird nor animal nor water nor grazing." The man was Xuanzang (602-644/664), a Buddhist monk (pronounced SHU-AN ZANG). He had left his monastery in Chang An, the Chinese capital, to travel to India where Buddhism began.

Xuanzang whose lay name was Chenhui, was born into a family possessing erudition for generations. He was the…

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Vespa by Jim Down


Vespa has not only left its mark on an entire era, it even became the symbol of a Europe struggling to rise from the catastrophe of the Second World War. Piaggio came out of the conflict with its Pontedera plant completely demolished by bombs.

Enrico Piaggio, the son of Piaggio's founder Rinaldo Piaggio, decided to leave the aeronautical field in order to address Italy's urgent need for a modern and affordable mode of transportation. The idea was to design a vehicle for the masses that could get post war Italy moving again.

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Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize 2004 by Fotopoulou Sophia

Wangari Maathai

"I don't really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me.

All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. It must be this voice that is telling me to do something, and I am sure it's the same voice that is speaking to everybody on this planet -…

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