Buckingham Palace

What a palace…

  • Buckingham Palace has been London’s house of Britain’s rulers since 1837.
  • Visitors are allowed inside Buckingham Palace yearly.
  • Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms – 19 of these rooms are State rooms, 52 are bedrooms, 188 are staff rooms, 92 are offices and 78 are bathrooms.
  • Buckingham Palace is decorated and furnished with many priceless furniture designs and art pieces.
  • More than 50,000 guests are invited to Buckingham Palace for ceremonies and functions yearly.

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Buckingham Palace
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  • Buckingham Palace’s throne room has been used to take formal wedding photos.
  • The ballroom was added to the palace in the 1850’s.
  • The ballroom is the largest multi-purpose room in the Buckingham Palace.
  • The full Buckingham Palace building is 108 meters (354 feet, 3 inches) in length, 120 meters (397 feet, 7 inches) in depth and 24 meters (78 feet, 8 inches) in height.
  • The gardens of Buckingham Palace cover an area of 40 acres.
Bibliography:
Buckingham Palace n.d., The British Monarchy, <http://www.royal.gov.uk/theroyalresidences/buckinghampalace/buckinghampalace.aspx>

Stonehenge

Stonehenge, large Stonehenge.

  • Stonehenge is a large, circular rock structure in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. 
  • It is believed that the construction of Stonehenge started around 3000 BC – 2000 BC and was built for religious purposes.
  • Stonehenge was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.
  • Stonehenge is owned by ‘The Crown’, the Royal Family.
  • Stonehenge is believed to to have taken 1500 years to build.

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The Stonehenge
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  • Stonehenge is a burial place with approximately several hundred burials in the vicinity.
  • William Glowland started a big restoration project on Stonehenge in 1901, which has lasted many years.
  • In British mythology,  it is believed that Stonehenge’s stones were carried by giants.
  • Stonehenge stones, bluestone and sarsen, were from the Preseli mountains, south-west Wales and Marlborough Downs, north Wiltshire.
  • Stonehenge was made from approximately 60 stones that made up the bluestone circle but many have been removed or are broken.
Bibliography:
History15 November, Stonehenge.co.uk, <http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/history.php>
Stonehenge 12 November 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge>

1972 Summer Olympics

The 1972 Summer Olympics may have been one of the saddest Olympics ever, but as they always say, ‘The ten facts must go on!’

  • The 1972 Summer Olympics was held in Munich in West Germany. The opening ceremony started on August the 26th and the closing ceremony ended on September the 10th.
  • The 1972 Summer Olympic games’ logo was a blue solar sun, named ‘Bright Sun’ and the mascot was a colourful Dachshund dog, Waldi.
  • During the stages of the games, a terrorist group attacked and took hostage 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. The hostages were killed in a rescue attempt along with 5 of the terrorists and 1 West German police officer.
  • United States’ Mark Spitz set a word record for winning the most gold medals (7) in swimming events. Spitz was later beaten in 2008 by 1 medal.
  • Americans, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were banned from the Olympic games for eternity since they joked around and showed no respect when they got their medals on the podium.1972 Munich Olympics, Bright Sun, Logo, Ten Random Facts
‘Bright Sun’
  • Slalom canoeing was held for the first time at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games.
  • The top 5 nations to win medals were: on 5th place, Japan (29); 4th, West Germany (40); 3rd, East Germany (66); 2nd, United States (94); and 1st, Soviet Union (99).
  • The 1972 Summer Olympic games medals had a picture of the traditional goddess of victory, which has been used since the 1928 games.
  • 5,000 copies of the 1972 Olympic games’ posters were made for the occasion.
  • 11 new countries participated in the Olympic games for the very first time. These countries were Albania, Burkina Faso, Benin, Gabon, North Korea, Lesotho, Malawi, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Swaziland and Togo.
Bibliography:
1972 Summer Olympics 1 October 2012 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Summer_Olympics>
Munich 1972 Collection 2012, Olympic.org, <http://www.olympic.org/content/Olympic-Games/All-Past-Olympic-Games/Summer/Munich-1972/Munich-1972-Collection/>

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Colosseum

The one and only Ten Random Facts presents ten facts about the popular amphitheatre, the Colosseum!

  • The Colosseum opened in AD 80 and took 10 years to be built.
  • The Colosseum seated an amazing 50,000 people.
  • 5,000 animals were killed for the Colosseum’s opening ceremony.
  • The Colosseum was badly damaged by a major fire in 217 AD and then was damaged by an earthquake in 443 AD.
  • The Colosseum went into repairs in 240, 250, 252, 320, 484, 508 and around 443 AD. The Colosseum is about to undergo major restoration.
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  • The Colosseum is a theatre and arena and has been used for other interesting purposes like a cemetery, quarry and church.
  • The outer wall of the Colosseum was estimated to contain over 100,000 square meters of travertine stone which is held together by 300 tons of iron clamps.
  • The Colosseum arena is 83m by 48m (272ft by 157ft).
  • The Colosseum starred many animals including rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, elephants, giraffes, aurochs, wisents, Barbary lions, panthers, leopards, bears, Caspian tigers, crocodiles and ostriches.
  • Since 1643 AD, 684 species of plants have been recorded at the Colosseum.
Bibliography:
Colosseum 12 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colosseum>
Living History 1999, Two-Can Publishing, London

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