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Exploring Vietnam’s Paradise Cave (Động Thiên Đường)

For more photos and videos from Paradise Cave, browse the #ParadiseCave hashtag and explore the Động Thiên Đường (Paradise Cave) location page.

500km (310 miles) south of Hanoi in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a small portion of a beautiful cave opened in 2011 and now attracts local and visiting Instagrammers to capture what’s inside. Paradise Cave (Động Thiên Đường) is part of cave system that extends for 31km (19 miles), making it one of the longest dry caves in the world. Though originally discovered by a local in 2005, the cave was later explored in full by the British Cave Research Association. The explorers also gave the cave its name after being impressed by the extraordinary limestone formations with towering stalactites and stalagmites that they found inside.


Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia, ruled an empire that stretched from Greece in the west to India in the east and as far south as Egypt. The Macedonian Empire he forged was the largest in antiquity until the Roman, but unlike the Romans, Alexander established his vast empire in a mere decade. As well as fighting epic battles against enemies that far outnumbered him in Persia and India, and unrelenting guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan, this charismatic king, who was worshiped as a god by some subjects and only 32 when he died, brought Greek civilization to the East, opening up East to West as never before and making the Greeks realize they belonged to a far larger world than just the Mediterranean.

See more images from our slideshow on the rise and fall of the Macedonian Empire.

Image: from By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire. Used with permission.

Happy 24th Birthday, Chris! 

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You can either go to the church of your choice
Or you can go to Brooklyn State Hospital
You’ll find God in the church of your choice
You’ll find Woody Guthrie in Brooklyn State Hospital

And though it’s only my opinion
I may be right or wrong
You’ll find them both
In the Grand Canyon
At sundown

—Bob Dylan, “Last thoughts on Woody Guthrie”

Bob Dylan celebrates his 73rd birthday on 24 May. Dylan has been one of the most influential figures in folk music and popular music and culture since the release of his first album in 1962. Read more about the language and influences of the early Bob Dylan.

Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.; close-up view of vocalist Bob Dylan, August 28, 1963 by Rowland Scherman on assignment from The US Information Agency, 1963. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


#Cornell14 selfie with Ed Helms and a group of Senior Class officers. Photo by David Skorton.


Teen Wolf + Characters

  • The Hunter / The Banshee / The Fox / The Mother /
  • The Human / The Wolf / The Protector / The Sheriff /

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Teen Wolf + Characters

  • The Hunter / The Banshee / The Fox / The Mother /
  • The Human / The Wolf / The Protector / The Sheriff /

(via lonewolfed)

Reflecting the lack of interest in the candidates, in third place right now in a number of polls is “Voto en Blanco” — literally, “a vote for the blank,” or a vote that is a political expression of abstention or nonconformity with the slate of candidates altogether
Luis Vivano on Colombian elections on 25 May 2014 and a possible cycling president.  (via oupacademic)

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Congratulations Tom Jaine on his Derek Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2014 BBC Food and Farming Awards

Tom Jaine is the organiser of the Oxford Food Symposium and editor of The Oxford Companion to Food. His work has contributed to increasing our knowledge of good practice in food, gastronomy and farming. Among his many achievements, Tom Jaine is also the author of four books; he has written for national newspapers; and presented The Food Programme on Radio 4. He was Editor of the annual Good Food Guide from 1989 to 1994. He owns Prospect Books, a micro-publisher focusing on the history, culture and ethnology of food.


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