the little tinker lad

By: Saiful Bahri

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Saturday, 4-Feb-2006 16:26 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.: Cymru- Caerdydd & Abertawe :.

Cardiff City Hall
 
Millennium Centre 1
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Wales (Welsh: Cymru; pronounced kemri/, approximately "CUM-ree") is one of the four constituent parts of the UK.
Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital of Wales since 1955 , although Caernarfon was the first capital and location where the Prince of Wales is invested. Cardiff is the youngest city in Europe, largest city of Wales and is the 16th largest settlement in the United Kingdom (imagine how 'big' it is)
Swansea (Welsh: Abertawe, "mouth of the Tawe") is a city and county in South Wales. Swansea is Wales's second city, and it grew to its present importance during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, becoming a centre of heavy industry. The name Swansea is believed to come from "Sweyn's Ey" ("ey" being a Germanic word for "island") and to have originated in the period when the Vikings plundered the south Wales coast

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff


Millennium Centre, Cardiff


Cardiff Castle (founded in 1091) & Castell Coch: Enchanting Sleeping Beauty castle (1875)


Swansea's Lighthouse & Pier Head at The Mumbles (Welsh Y Mwmbwls)

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(Catherine Zeta Jones was born in Swansea & brought up in Mumbles)


Thursday, 2-Feb-2006 19:41 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.: Postcards from Edinburgh :.

 
 
 
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Photos taken during last trip to Scotland. Some of the photos were taken by our UK friend, Kabir.

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Scotland flag & national flower (tistle)



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A great moment especially the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party



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Places of interests in Edinburgh







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Happy moment



Saturday, 28-Jan-2006 00:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.:time to relax :.

bila malam menjelang tiba
maka keluarlah ia menuju...
lampu-lampu neon
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Finally, exam is over..and i need to go out just to have some good time.


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Planned to watch a live band playing but there was none except video clips..huh..
The lady asked me what do I want and I said "can i have a coke please.." She looked at me and smile..hmm..and she said this to me when she gave me my drink..."don't worry sir, you wont get drunk with coke" My friend just lough at me and I just smiled at her..don't want to be bothered about it tho..anyway, i had a good time.





Thursday, 19-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.:Jalan-jalan Stirling:.

 
Entrance Stirling Castle
 
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It was foggy when we arrived at the Stirling Castle..and there was nothing to see. We waited for half hour..frustrated so we went down..(to satisfy myself, i iploaded photo of Stirling Castle from the internet as shown below...)
We stopped at nearby cemetry and take photos there coz the surrounding was beautiful, with snow and bit foggy..looks like in a movie.


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Stirling Castle
There may have been earlier forts but it was King Alexander I in early 12th century who built a chapel there and he probably died at Stirling in 1124. Later, Stirling was one of five Scottish castles passed over to Henry II of England in payment for the release of William the Lion. Although it was later returned to Scotland, King Edward I took over all the Scottish royal castles in 1291. Temporarily captured by William Wallace after the Battle of Stirling Bridge it returned to English hands. By 1313 Stirling was one of only three castles held by Edward II and it was when attempting to relieve the castle that Edward was defeated by Robert the Bruce at nearby Bannockburn in 1314. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543 and her son, James VI was christened in the nearby parish church. James VI spent a lot of time at Stirling Castle and his first son, Prince Henry, was born there. But after the Union of the Crowns in 1603, the next royal visit was by King Charles II in 1650. Now owned by Historic Scotland, Stirling is second only to Edinburgh Castle in the number of visitors each year.


Wallace National Monument
A group of prominent Scots formed a National Monument Committee in the 1830s. However, in typical committee fashion, it took until the 1850s before serious steps were taken to build a monument. The design of the monument is in the Scottish "Baronial" style and represented a Scottish Medieval tower, rising from a courtyard, with a representation on the top of the Crown Royal of Scotland. The design has been much criticised for its fanciful combination of secular and ecclsiastical elements.
The monument is 220 feet high, 54 square feet at its base, with the tower 36 square feet. The walls are 16/18 feet at their thickest, tapering to 5 feet thick at their thinnest. It is estimated that there were in excess of 30,000 tons of stones used in the construction. The statue of Wallace on the outside of the building is solid bronze and was sculpted by David Watson Stevenson. It is situated approximately 30 feet from the ground, and the statue itself stands around 15 feet tall. Other motifs on the building include the Scottish Thistle, the Wallace coat of arms - surrounded by a knotted rope.


Stirling Bridge



Monday, 16-Jan-2006 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
.:Appleomango:.

never seen this kind of mango..bought it 4 for 1pound..
it looks interesting and taste good as well
the guy said it's uk's mango but i doubt it. they planted mango here?



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