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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - Part II by George Delis

the seven wonders of the ancient world

These creations rivaled many created by nature in their size, majesty, and beauty. Six of the seven wonders no longer stand, having been destroyed by natural disaster or by humans.
The Greek author Antipater of Sidon, who lived in the 2nd century B.C., was one of several writers to list the greatest monuments and buildings known to the classical world. He settled on seven because that was considered a magic number by the Greeks.

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The Statue of Liberty by Jim Down


The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay, commanding the entrance to New York City. Liberty Island, 4 hectares, formerly Bedloe's Island (renamed in 1956), was the former site of a quarantine station and harbor fortifications.

The statue, originally known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was proposed by the French historian Edouard Laboulaye in 1865 to commemorate the alliance of France with the American colonies during the American Revolution.

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Tibetan chant wins Grammy by Jim Down

Monk Tenam Lama accepts the Grammy

Buddhist monks at a monastery in the Indian Himalayas have won a Grammy award for their Tibetan chants.

The monks' CD, Sacred Tibetan Chant: The Monks of Sherab Ling Monastery, won best traditional world music album at the Grammys, which are to music what Oscars are to films.

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Toshiro Mifune by Jim Down

Toshiro Mifune

Born to missionary parents working in China, he grew up there and attended Port Arthur (China) High School. After graduation, he studied photography, then entered the army for the duration of the Second World War. In 1947, he took a test for 'new faces' at Toho Studios, but failed. However, he caught the eye of director Kajiro Yamamoto, who recommended him to director Senkichi Taniguchi, thus leading to Mifune's first film role in Shin Baka Jidai (1947). Mifune then met and bonded with director Akira Kurosawa, and the two joined to become the most prominent actor-director pairing in all Japanese…

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