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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Who does not recognice the Opera House when seen on a photo, its sight is impressive when you see it from a ferry and it represents Australia. In the late 1950s the New South Wales (NSW) Government established an appeal fund to finance the construction of the Sydney Opera House, and conducted a competition for its design. The Danish architect Jorn Utzon won the competition. Utzon spent a couple of years reworking the design and it was 1961 before he had solved the problem of how to build the distinguishing feature - the ’sails’ of the roof. Because there where arguments about cost and the interior design, and the Government withholding progress payments - reached crisis point and Jorn Utzon resigned from the project. The building was eventually completed by others in 1973. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October of that year. It hat cost arround 102,000,000 to build it Conducts 3000 events each year, it has an annual audience of 2 million for its performances, and it includes 1000 rooms, it is 185 mtr long and 120 metres wide. The Sydney Opera House also embodies timeless popular metaphors. The building’s organic shape and lack of surface decoration have made it both timeless and ageless. Moreover, it demonstrates how buildings can add to environmental experience rather than detract from it - something of spiritual value independent of function. I was amazed when i saw it and it was a great feeling to see it for myself rather than seeing it on tevee or on photo’s.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Sydney Harbour Bridge - 75 years old

The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, was opened on March 19th 1932 by Premier Jack Lang, However before he could use the official scissors to cut the ribbon, the Commanding Office of the Right Wing militia group, The New Guard, Captain Francis DeGroot charged up to the ribbon on horseback and slashed it with his sword, delcaring the bridge open in the name of His Majesty The King. Captain DeGroot was arrested and fined AU£10 (AU$20.00) for the misdemeanour which was about four weeks wages at the time. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has the largest steel arch in the world and is the widest of any bridge in the world. There have been many copies made around the world, in Europe and the United States, but none command the respect and awe of the original and none will last for as many generations to come. Made almost exclusively of the best British steel. The Sydney Harbour Bridge hasn’t a single weld in its arch. but it contains 6 million hand driven rivets. When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross. A horse and rider was 3 pence. These days a return trip costs two dollars twenty. Horses and riders are banned, that’s the changing times. You can walk across free and you are allowed to bicycle in a special lane.Its total length including approach spans is 1149 metres and its arch span is 503 metres. The top of the arch is 134 metres above sea level and the clearance for shipping under the deck is a spacious 49 metres. The total steelwork weighs 52,800 tonnes, including 39,000 tonnes in the arch. The 49 metre wide deck makes Sydney Harbour Bridge the widest Longspan Bridge in the world. Now on New Year there is a big Firework on the bridge that celebrates the start of a New Year, the Fire Works seem to get bigger and bigger every year and they take a year to plan.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Liberation Day May 5th 1945

Nederlandse vlag

Liberation Day May 5th 1945

We the Dutch people thank our freedom to the American, Canadian, English, Australian and even Polish soldiers. Who came all the way over here to help us to be a free country again. Many of them lost there lives for us and we have to thank them for that. At the beginning of the war nobody thought that Nazi Germany could be defeated, but in september of 1944 it was realliy happening, the invasion hat begun. The 15th of september 1944 Maastricht was the first city to be liberated, but for the rest of Holland it would take another 7 months before they could call them selfs free of the German occupation. They went to a bad winter, we call it “Hongerwinter” with no food, no medicins, people where so hungry that they started to eat tulip bolls. Even after liberation it was hard for the people to get something to eat. On the 5th of may the rest of Holland was liberated, and Jewish family’s who’s relatives hat been taken away to German concentrationcamps would find out they would never see their loved ones again. 62 Years afterwards we still thank those soldiers who where brave enough to go to war and risk there lives to give us back our freedom. On May 4 the Dutch remember the people who have fought for and died during World War II, and wars in general. There is a remembrance gathering in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and at the National Monument on the Dam Square in Amsterdam .Throughout the country two minutes of silence are held at 8 p.m.. On May 5 the liberation is celebrated and festivals are held in most places and Dutch flaggs are to be seen everywhere. So once more for all the soldiers that fought for our freedom, THANKS…..

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