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2018 marked the 10th anniversary of World Culture Pictorial online journal, and we’re ringing in 2019 with a site relaunch with more mobile-friendly and other features for your viewing enjoyment.
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Publisher, WcP Blog
Greetings, dear readers!
Britain’s first plastic-free nursery has been unveiled, as artificial toys are swapped with wooden alternatives and food with unrecyclable packaging is banned.
New World Nursery in Washington, Tyne and Wear, has spent two years and £400 making its rooms eco-friendly to help stimulate children’s read more
Next year, French company Agripolis is opening a 150,000-square-foot urban farm in Paris, where, according to The Guardian, it will grow more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every day during high season. The farm is located in the 15th arrondissement, where it will occupy the rooftop of a sprawling entertainment complex that’s currently read more
Brazil has banned most legal fires used to clear land for 60 days in a bid to stop the spread of burning which has destroyed parts of the Amazon rain forest. The ban coincides with the dry season in Brazil, which is when most fires are usually set.
There has been more than an 80 per cent increase in the number of fires read more
Endless federal red ink may doom Social Security recipients
According to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the average federal deficit is now expected to hit an eye-popping $1.2 trillion per year between 2020 and 2029—a total of $12.2 trillion over that period.
The new deficit figures read more
He’s over the moon! British photographer spends two years getting the perfect shot on 1,000ft hill
The magical picture shows a few walkers standing on the top of the 1000 ft Teesside hill as the moon lights up their silhouettes.
Astrophotographer Andrew Dawson, 44, snapped read more
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few” was a speech made by the British prime minister Winston Churchill on 20 August 1940 during World War II. The name stems from the specific line in the speech, Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few, referring to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force crews read more
Charles Santore, 84, nationally known illustrator from South Philadelphia was born into an Italian-Irish family. He began his career in 1956 working as a freelance illustrator for local advertising agencies and publications such as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Redbook, and the Ladies’ Home Journal. read more
Team Malizia, skippered by Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann have the great honour and pleasure to sail Greta Thunberg from the UK to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit on Malizia II. The journey will start in mid-August. Greta chose to sail with Team Malizia as they offered a zero-carbon mode of transport to reach the USA.
Pierre read more
See why the world’s best subway lines are destinations unto themselves
These subterranean train rides are packed with striking architecture, historic sites, and surprising views.
Blue Line, Stockholm
Larger-than-life sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, art installations and engravings adorn 90 of the 100 read more
The city of Augsburg, in Germany’s beautiful region of Bavaria, is a pleasant, affluent town, known for its 11th-century cathedral and stunning Renaissance buildings. The city grew up amid the commercial revolution of the Middle Ages, and quickly became established as an important trading hub.
In 1514, a new social housing project was born, the first read more
A year after Toys R Us closed, tens of thousands of laid-off workers are getting a portion of the severance promised and then rescinded as the retailer unraveled.
While workers are getting $2 million, a fraction of the $56 million in fees awarded to Kirkland & Ellis, the law firm representing Toys R Us, read more
The iconic mansion that inspired “Gone with the Wind” is for sale The instantly-recognizable plantation house that set the stage for the Wilkes family home in the movie “Gone with the Wind” is now on the auction block. And frankly, my dear, it’s a bargain
According to its website, read more
A vine place to lay your head: Sleep inside a giant wine barrel at this vineyard in Portugal This is a wacky and wonderful place to plonk your head after a day, well, on the plonk.
The Quinta da Pacheca vineyard in Douro, Portugal, has a number of hotel suites inside giant wine barrels.
Image courtesy JP Castro for Quinta da Pacheca, and Booking.com