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"(Diego) Ordaz' s next exploit was to climb the volcano Popocatépetl and he was able from that height to observe and, later, describe the beautiful site of Mexico/Tenochtitlan on its lake. It was the first mountain ascended in the Americas. The Spaniards, therefore, knew which route to take to the Mexican capital. Understandably, ordaz took a volcano as his coat of arms. He lost a finger in the fighting 'on the bridges' in 1520."--- Hugh Thomas : THE AGE OF GOLD.Book I Luke 12:31

HMS Bramble underway. The 1300 ton minesweeper went into the attack when confronted by the eight inch guns of the 16,000 ton Admiral Hipper and was sunk with all hands.1942

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On The Rocks Boutique Hotel , stands proudly at 200 meters above the Caldera basin. Situated in the famous village of Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece @jyrbrn

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Rouen ~ is a city on the Seine River in northern, France with soaring Gothic cathedrals, charming half timbered houses and excellent museums.

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Bram "Boco" Sels shows us how to develop the head of a character, including some awesome tips for creating hair, in Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters. Here's a brief glimpse of some of his WIPs!

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from Mail Online

Queen gives Bank chiefs a ticking orf over the crash as she visits vaults

Queen Elizabeth II waves during her visit to the Bank of England in central London where she inspected vaults with thousands of slabs of gold

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