22nd May 2023.Reading time 12 minutes.
World Turtle Day is an annual event that has been taking place since 2000. It was founded by American Tortoise Rescue (founded in 1990), a non-profit organisation that rescues and rehabilitates all species of tortoise and turtle. It also does a lot of work on protecting the environments in which these animals live. The purpose […]
15th May 2023.Reading time 5 minutes.
Getting from a to b is a simple type of equation. But what if getting from a to b is hindered by ‘x’ (type of terrain, geographic location, costs, etc)? Maybe ‘y’ has to be inserted into the equation to solve the problem. So, ‘y’ can be a solution based on cost, being resourceful, creative, […]
5th May 2023.Reading time 13 minutes.
The coronation ceremony in the United Kingdom of Charles III and his wife Camilla as King and Queen takes place Saturday, May 6 at Westminster Abbey in London. Coronations at Westminster are rare spectacles – there have only been 39 in the past one thousand years! Please enjoy the attached gallery of some of those coronations. […]
1st May 2023.Reading time 9 minutes.
“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars” – Ernest Hemingway In some ways he was right but perhaps not about city squares. A city square, especially the main one of a capital or major city really does seem to […]
24th April 2023.Reading time 5 minutes.
In July 2005 the Old Bridge and Old City section of the historic town of Mostar were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Mostar, a city of more than 110,000 people located in southern Bosnia and Herzogovina, was first developed during the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town. The town is named after its […]
17th April 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
Progress in our society, culture, economy, technology and specifically in this case, our built environment – architecture, is an unstoppable force in modern civilisation. However, that does not stop us bemoaning or even being sentimental for buildings that no longer exist through decisions to demolish them to make way for new developments. Especially so in […]
27th March 2023.Reading time 4 minutes.
Located nearly 100 miles south of the Jordanian capital city of Amman, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra stands as a half-built, half-carved into rock, archaeological site. Situated between the Dead and Red Seas, Petra has been inhabited since prehistoric times and served as a major caravan center for the incense of Arabia, the silks […]
20th March 2023.Reading time 10 minutes.
This year the Spring Equinox for the northern hemisphere falls on the 20th March. The equinox is when day and night are the same lengths. The word equinox meaning ‘equal night’‚ in Latin. To many cultures, Spring equinox is traditionally celebrated as a time of rebirth with spring holidays and festivals. As we emerge from […]
13th March 2023.Reading time 9 minutes.
Not too long ago there was hope that Russia and the West would soon be allies and that Europe would enjoy a long-lasting peace. Much of the credit for that hopeful era belongs to Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the 20th Century’s most consequential and transformative leaders. Thirty-eight years after Gorbachev became the final General Secretary of the Communist […]
6th March 2023.Reading time 6 minutes.
By Francesca Lungarotti At UIG we eye-scan an immense amount of images every day and as content editors we think about them not only for the subjects they depict and the categories they fall under, but also for the type and nature of the images. There are many that we could define as beautiful, balanced, […]