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20:30  30 july  2022
20:30  30 july  2022 Source:   loveexploring.com

amusement parks: When the soundtrack of the rides plays the leading role

 amusement parks: When the soundtrack of the rides plays the leading role The German firm Imauscore has specialized in partitions for amusement parks since 2010 © Babyland Le Pténodon in Babyland Turn rides (2/ 5) - The German firm Imascore has specialized in partitions for amusement parks since 2010 in the amusement parks, it is not only the physical tremors caused by the rides. Music is also part of the experience by sharpening the sensations of visitors. IMASCORE , a German company founded in 2010, understood this.

I always loved those children’s books that offered a map that folded out of the cover. The Lord of the Rings set the standard, allowing you to trace Frodo’s travels through Middle-earth to the far-off lands of Mordor. It was only as an adult that I discovered that those fantasy worlds had been very much closer to home than I’d imagined.

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Like Tolkien, I grew up in Birmingham and it was a smile-inducing wonder to realise that many of the landmarks in the books were based on the geography of the author’s childhood – that the Shire itself was a recreation of the happiness of his infancy at Sarehole Mill; that the Old Forest where Tom Bombadil lived recalled Moseley Bog where the author had his childhood adventures (now preserved as a nature reserve by the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust); that the Towers of Gondor were said to be based on two distinctive structures in Edgbaston: the 100ft Gothic Perrott’s Folly and the Waterworks tower built by John Henry Chamberlain in 1870; and that the haunting Eye of Sauron was reportedly evoked by a memory of the grim weeks Tolkien spent recuperating at the university hospital from “trench fever” contracted in France in 1916, where the illuminated clock tower he could see through the window kept him awake.

Male celebrities rocking skirts and dresses

  Male celebrities rocking skirts and dresses When it comes to fashion, the stereotype for men is to just stick to a traditional suit or tuxedo. However, many male celebs love playing around with fashion. Whether it's a kilt honoring their ancestry or a dress exploring high fashion, these stars are not afraid to rock what was once a traditionally feminine piece of clothing. Want to see male stars stun in skirts or dresses? Then check out the following gallery.

Nadine Dorries spent most of last week embarrassingly suggesting that the Commonwealth Games might finally put Britain’s second city and the entire West Midlands – home to three million – “on the map”. Perhaps the culture secretary should take a day out on the excellent Birmingham Museums Tolkien Trail (and follow it up with a wander around Shakespeare’s Stratford and Dr Johnson’s Lichfield) to get her bearings.

Bird brained

Spare a thought for Professor Nicola Clayton’s defunded rooks. Photograph: Duncan Usher/Alamy © Provided by The Guardian Spare a thought for Professor Nicola Clayton’s defunded rooks. Photograph: Duncan Usher/Alamy

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text: According to John-Paul Boyd, executive director of the Calgary-based Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, who spoke to City News, “people who consider themselves polyamorous prefer to have intimate relationships that involve more than two people, where marriage is not considered necessary.”

Of all the deficits of Brexit, the one that is likely to be felt most keenly for decades to come is the UK’s tragic withdrawal from EU scientific funding, including the £80bn Horizon programme from which British universities and researchers remain excluded, pending a positive resolution of the Northern Ireland protocol. One department that was set to close because of the loss of EU funds was the world-leading Cambridge University comparative cognition lab, which for two decades has done pioneering work in understanding the advanced intelligence of the corvid family of birds, particularly rooks and jays.

WA city Fremantle named in Time Magazine's 50 greatest places for 2022

  WA city Fremantle named in Time Magazine's 50 greatest places for 2022 Time Magazine has named its top 50 best places in the world to visit in 2022 with two Australian destinations making the list. Queensland's Great Barrier Reef was an expected inclusion on the publication's top travel destinations however an unlikely addition was the West Australian port city of Fremantle. Serving as Perth's main port, Fremantle is less than half an hour south of the WA capital's CBD located at the mouth of the Swan River and earned its place on Time's list alongside the Galápagos Islands, Queenstown in New Zealand and even the International Space Station.

Nicola Clayton, who leads the centre, was faced in the spring with the problem of finding new homes for the 32 hand-reared birds that have been the partners in her research. The centre, which has revealed how rooks and jays understand time, exhibit empathy and can use tools, has been saved for the foreseeable future thanks to £500,000 in public donations. Since rooks, however, can live for 80 years, plans for the birds’ middle age remain sadly uncertain.

Don Readies

One of the more surreal moments in the excruciating Tory hustings debates was Liz Truss’s insistence that she would be channelling the spirit of Don Revie were she to become prime minister. Leaving aside the fact that Revie had long left Leeds United by the time Truss arrived in leafy Roundhay, to the north of the city, the Don is a dubious role model. Having been called up for the big job he craved as England boss in 1974, Revie failed to qualify for the European championships and then abandoned the national team midway through a disastrous World Cup exit so he could take up a far more lucrative job in the oil-rich UAE. Perhaps Truss is already imagining a similar career trajectory.

• Tim Adams is an Observer columnist

Joey King will 'never regret' doing the Kissing Booth trilogy .
Joey King will "never regret" doing the Kissing Booth trilogy.Joey King will "never regret" doing the 'Kissing Booth' trilogy.

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