Thought for the day….” You may delay, but time will not”
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”.
Sharing borders with 6 countries, Afghanistan (population 32 million) became independent from the UK in 1919. Pashto (a form of Persian) and Dari are the two official languages. Kandahar was the original capital, before it was moved to Kabul. The national game is not football, but buzkashi, or goat grabbing, where people in two teams on horseback try to catch a goat. Kite flying is also a popular sport. The highest mountain, Nowshak, rises to 7485m. It is the world’s largest producer of opium, and since the US occupation which started in 2001, opium production has been on the rise. It is said to also be the largest producer of cannabis in the world.
Today’s photo is of an Afghan market trader, complete with the usual headscarf…..
and another photo from the archives….a 747 of Singapore Airlines leaves Zurich, Switzerland….nearly 400 tonnes !
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Thought for the day….” Patience is the companion of wisdom ” ” Freedom is the oxygen of the soul”r
” A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top ”
A photo of an Artic Poppy today, and a nice close up. Again, this shows what you can do with a normal, cheap consumer camera. The most famous product from poppies is opium, but poppies are also used in the production of other drugs and also in food. Poppies are rich in oil, carbohydrates, calcium and protein. Poppy oil can be used in cooking, as a salad dressing oil, or for making margarine. Poppies are also used in paints, varnishes, and cosmetics. Due to their connection with strong drugs, the red poppy has become known as a symbol of sleep, and due to the colour (red) of the most common poppy, they have become connected with blood and death. The poppy also forms part of the flag of the Republic of Macedonia. Very interesting that the Artic Poppy uses its petals to warm the air inside its centre, rather like a solar reflector, and also turns to follow the sun around the sky, in the same manner as sunflowers do. The plant is classified as vulnerable due to its sensitivity to rises in temperature caused by global warming.
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