$1,225,000. Able to reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 233 mph. The Zenvo ST1 is from a new Danish supercar company that will compete to be the best in speed and style. The ST1 is limited to 15 units and the company even promised "flying doctors" to keep your car running.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Kerela, amidst the lush green forests of the Western Ghats, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the most famous wildlife sanctuary in South India. It is also commonly known as the “Elephant Reserve” and the “Tiger reserve” and is spread over 777 km out of which the 360 km is covered by dense, evergreen forests.
It was declared a Tiger Reserve in the year 1972. Four species of primates are found at Periyar – the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Gee’s Golden Langur, Common Langur And Bonnet Macaque.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary also has a 100 year old artificial lake which offers a one of a kind experience of observing and photographing wildlife from a very short distance. It is home to a 1000 elephants and 46 tigers as well as sambars, boars, deer, bison, lion-tailed macaques and so on.
As if all this wasn’t enough, this unique sanctuary has 49 species of mammals, 246 species of birds, 28 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians, 22 species of fish and 112 species of butterflies. The Nilgiri Tahr, which is rarely to be seen also inhabits this park.
In addition to all the fauna, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is also known for its flora. Some of the deeper valley contains trees that have grown to a height of up to 130-140 feet and seem as though they’ve been there since the beginning of time. They form an extremely thick cover which even bright sunlight sometimes finds hard to penetrate.
The edges of the lake and other water bodies contain marshy grasslands. Throughout the park one will also find areas of semi-evergreen forest which are used by many of the animal species as cover.
You can also enjoy a trek to the ruins of the Mangala Devi Temple, a picturesque old stone temple situation in the heart of the Thekkady forest. However, most people come to Periyar to watch the elephants that come down to play at the lake.
From the lovely scenery on the road up to the lake cruise and a walk through the jungle makes one long to come back for more.
Ideal time to visit the park: From the months of October till June.
How to Reach Priyar wildlife sanctuary:
Air : Kochi (Cochin) at 200 km or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at 140 km are the nearest airports from Periyar.
Rail : Kottayam at 114 km is the nearest railhead from Periyar.
Road : Kumily, the nearest town from Periyar is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.
2020 VISION is the most ambitious nature photography initiative ever staged in Britain. It aims to establish in the public mind the crucial link between people's wellbeing and a wilder UK - to show that healthy ecosystems are not optional, but are something fundamental to us all. As such 20 of Britain's top nature and wildlife photographers have come together to document some of our country's ecosystems.
An RSPB staff member holds a white tailed sea eagle chick (Haliaeetus albicilla), part of the East Scotland Sea Eagle reintroduction project, Fife, Scotland. Did you know? Sea eagles were wiped out in Britain in 1916 but following a series of reintroductions, around 80 pairs now breed in Scotland.
Visitors on Chanonry Point watch bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) playing and breaching, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Photographer John MacPherson comments: "The tension is palpable. There are around 100 people stood on the beach and an occasional fin shows above the surface. And then like magic two dolphins explode from the water to a collective gasp from gathered onlookers". Did you know? The 130-strong pod of bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth are the most northerly in the world. They are reportedly worth more than £4m to the local tourist economy.
Field of wheat with Halnaker Windmill in the background, Chichester, South Downs National Park, Sussex, England. Did you know? The South Downs National Park is England's newest National Park and only became fully operational on 1 April 2011.
View of a gannet colony (Sula bassana) with flight trails of birds in flight, Hermaness NNR, Unst, Shetland, Scotland. Photographer Peter Cairns comments: "Looking over a 300ft precipice onto a swirling cacophonous gannet colony is an assault on the senses. The sight, sound and smell is something that stays with you forever". Did you know? Gannets can dive for fish at over 60mph. Their faces have special air sacs fitted to cushion the impact - a bit like bubble-wrap.
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) pair in winter plumage camouflaged on snow, Cairngorms NP, Highlands. Photographer Peter Cairns comments: "These 'mountain grouse' are damned tough. Living all year round in the Scottish mountains they have to be. After hours of trudging through deep snow looking for these superbly camouflaged birds, this male appeared just metres away, sitting nonchalantly as the light faded in preparation for another frigid night". Did you know? Wind speeds on top of Scotland's highest mountains often exceed 100mph.
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) male flying through pine forest, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland. Photographer Peter Cairns: "These are normally very shy birds but this male was so sexually charged he was protecting his territory against anything from foxes to cars to photographers. These are big birds and when one flies at you at full speed, it's time to retreat!" Did you know? The capercaillie is the world's largest grouse and is Britain's fastest declining bird.
Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) hibernating in a nest box, Kent. Did you know? A dormouse sleeps so soundly during hibernation that it can be handled without being woken.
Over a 20-month period, the 2020VISION team will carry out 20 iWitness assignments at these locations, producing a set of stunning pictures, along with supporting video footage and sound. The thousands of images and hours of film generated from these assignments will then be woven into compelling narratives and presented in innovative ways, such as the 2020VISION Roadshow, a multi-city event that will reach far beyond 'the converted'.
Urban Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub scavenging from litter bin, West London. Did you know? Apart from humans foxes are the most widely distributed land mammal on earth.
Urban Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub amongst graves, West London cemetery.
Rainbow over Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric, Highland, Scotland. Did you know? Glen Affric has been described as 'the most beautiful glen in Scotland'.
Flock of Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) roosting on power pylon, Rainham Marsh RSPB Reserve, Essex. Did you know? A collection of starlings is known as a murmuration.
Splashing down a weir as though it was his own personal water slide, this otter appears to be having a whale of a time. The cheeky creature was spotted cavorting in a river in Wales by wildlife photographer Andy Rouse, who has had to go to great lengths to track the shy and elusive creatures down. He comments: "Otters are very secretive and elusive, river otters are another notch above that. But a few locals have been helping me out with the otters that they see on their local patch and I have started to get some results".
The Apollo Hoax
Were the moon landings real or were they faked by NASA?
I'll declare my intentions up front. The only reason I have written a page on the moon landings conspiracy theory is to help knock it down. Of course the Apollo moon landings happened. There are thousands of photos , loads of video footage, audio tapes and of course the moon rock samples. However conspiracy theorists still claim that there is 'proof' that the landings did not take place on the moon but were in fact shot in film studios. Fair enough lets look at the main arguments:
Where are all the stars in the photos?
When you see pictures of the astronauts on the moon, the sky is dark and yet you can't see any stars. Why?
The astronauts were out and about on the moon during the day. The sun was above the horizon and was shining down on the moon's surface, the lunar module and the astronaut's white spacesuits. In order to take photos of these relatively bright objects a fast shutter speed was used. This will capture the brightly lit objects (astronauts, Lunar module, moon) but not dim objects (stars). When the astronauts looked overhead they would have seen plenty of stars but with the fast shutter speed on the camera none were caught on film.
The shadows on some photos do not run parallel!! Non-parallel shadows indicate that more than one light source was present (studio lighting) whereas if the photos had really been taken on the moon the only light source would have been the sun.
This a perspective effect that is partly due to the fact that the sun is low in the sky and partly due to the undulating nature of the moon's surface. If there had been two light sources then objects would have cast two sets of shadows but you can clearly see from all the photos that each object casts just the one.
Why does the American flag appear to be blowing in a breeze?
In the vacuum of space this should not be possible.
The flag had a pole inserted across the top edge so that it would be unfurled for the photos and not hanging limply on the flagpole. The Apollo 11 astronauts were not able to extend the horizontal pole fully and it left a crease in the flag. This gave it the appearance of the flag fluttering. The later Apollo astronauts liked the way this looked and decided to also leave the horizontal arm partially extended.
Why weren't the astronauts killed by the enormous dose of radiation they received during the mission?
Much of this argument centres on the Van Allen belts. These magnetic fields around the earth trap particles from the solar winds and the theory is that passing through these regions would have given the astronauts deadly amounts of radiation poisoning. This is true if they stayed in the belts for a long period of time but on the Apollo missions they passed through the belts in about an hour. Also the metal spacecraft protected the astronauts from most of the radiation.
The cameras were mounted on the astronauts chests and would have been very difficult to line up. How come the photos are so good?
The astronauts were given many hours of training purely on taking good shots of the moon. NASA had spent a fortune getting there, they weren't about to leave things to chance. They used specialist cameras from the top manufacturers and extensively tested them. The films were protected from the extreme temperatures of the moon in special canisters and when they arrived back on earth each of the hundreds of frames were individually developed by specialists in their own lab. Any dud photos that were taken would not have been published.
Why is there no blast crater?
When the lunar module landed it should have made a large crater.
By the time the LM was near the landing site it was descending quite slowly and the guidance rockets would have been powered down to less than 3000 pounds of pressure. Unlike on earth where most of the thrust from the rockets would have pushed air downwards and created vertical streams of pressure to disturb the dust, in the space vacuum this pressure disperses in all directions much more evenly and this creates less disturbance of the moon's surface hence no big crater.
These are some of the main arguments that the conspiracy theorists put forward and as you can see with the appliance of science and a bit of common sense they quickly fall apart. Now lets turn the spotlight around 180 degrees and see how the conspiracy holds up when it is examined.
Here are a few of the questions I would like answered by the pro-hoaxers:
The moon landings were the culmination of a fraught space race between the Americans and the Russians. Both nations threw the kitchen sink at trying to get a man on the moon first. Now if the Americans were hoaxing the whole thing the Russians would have quickly latched on to the fact that none of the audio or video transmissions were actually coming from the moon. Why didn't they step forward and declare the whole thing an American sham and gloat about it for the next two decades? It is simply not feasible that NASA could have duped the Russians. On the other hand maybe the Kremlin decided it was such a great wheeze they would play along with it.
THE SCOOBY DOO FACTOR
As we all know when somebody tries to pull a scam like this it normally ends up with the bad guys saying "and if it hadn't been for those pesky kids we would've got away with it."
There would have been hundreds if not thousands of people in on this conspiracy and yet nobody said a word. Surely somebody would have let the cat out of the bag. The astronauts, the NASA management, the NASA technicians, the film crews, the people who created the moon stage, directed the film, dealt with the outtakes, the scientific advisors who would have needed to be on hand to oversee every aspect of every bit of film , video or voice transmission to make it as authentic as possible. Surely some of these people (if not most of them) would have had a guilty conscience and picked up the phone and rung the Washington Post or NBC...surely.
IT'S OK GUYS I'VE HAD AN IDEA
Another question I would like answered by the pro-hoaxers is this.
At what point did the hoax begin?
From Alan Shepard's 15 minute flight that made him the first American in space to the Apollo moon landing, many many missions were flown to try out new technology, gain experience and learn exactly how to get to the moon. The Mercury missions extended the amount of time and earth orbits the astronauts were spending in space. The Gemini missions developed the astronauts ability to manoeuvre and dock space craft and the Apollo missions took the astronauts, first into moon orbit and finally to its surface. Everything was done in relatively small steps. At what point did NASA and the US government decide that rather than land on the moon it would be far easier to con the population of the world with the biggest, most complicated, costly and risky hoax the world has ever known? Never that's when.
If you would like to read more about the moon hoax arguments, I would suggest having a look at the following:
Bad Astronomy. A very well researched site that which is essential reading for anyone interested in this subject.
Moon Hoax. Another site that explains away the great mysteries of the Apollo photos etc.
Ian Goddard. This is great. Ian Goddard has reproduced a lot of the 'discrepancies' in the Apollo photos using models. Well worth a look.
Jadhavgadh Fort is the world’s first museum heritage hotel & resort and offers an unparalleled experience. Built in 1710 by “Pilaji Jadhavrao”, a valiant Maratha general, the Jadhav Gadh fortress lies in the heart of the 25 acre Jadhav Wadi.
An imposing and impressive structure, the Fort Jadhavgadh Pune is now a unique luxury hotel and it stands, quite literally, in two worlds: the traditional and the modern.
Jadhavgadh is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of Saswad located 22 kms away from Pune on the old Pune – Satara Road at a height of 2511 ft above sea level. Fort Jadhavgadh was made in the year 1710 as a place of residence as well as a safe haven when being attacked by enemies. Although not as magnanimous as other Maratha era Forts like Sinhagad, Jadhavgadh had quite a few architectural similarities and a fine example of Maratha craftsmanship. Built on a quaint hill top all that was visible of the fort, and still is, were the gigantic walls of brown black stones.
The steps going up the main entrance were huge stone blocks making it easier for the animals like horses and elephants going up the fort. But the step way itself was curved. A sharp left turn after the initial climb and then again a steep climb with a left turn after entering through the main spiked doorway. This was essentially done to make the task of a probable enemy and his troops all the more cumbersome if they had to force entry through the main door, inadvertently giving precious time for those inside for last minute preparations.
Inside the fort was divided into the outer walled area and an inner structure where the women folk resided. This area was also utilized for rain water harvesting, dexterously taking benefit of the ample showers the region received and saving water for future use. A number of dungeons were also made in the fort, the main purpose of these being to store grains and as was inevitable during those tumulus times, to keep prisoners of war. Till date, four of these enigmatic dungeons have been traced and are being restored. It is believed that one of the dungeons may be a secret pathway that Pilaji Jadhavrao and his men used in times of crisis.
Fort Jadhavgadh is a hotel property with modern amenities catering to International Standards of a leisure hotel, without hurting its heritage status,which truly reflects the spirit of the local province, its people and its customs. Value-for-money luxury, after considering the secluded location and concept of a museum fort hotel, it is extremely neat and clean with the natives of the province making perfectly courteous hosts. Two restaurants, one serving authentic Maharashtrian cuisine and the other, a round the clock eatery, serving continental and Italian food (not quite great ) are the options in-house, whereas several dhabas (street side eateries serving variety of Indian cuisines) are in close proximity which do not belong to the hotel.
The hotel also has a temple (which is a part of the ancient fort) consisting the idol of Lord Ganesha. It has premium rooms (the preferred mid-category to stay) with a choice of mountain views or rain shower equipped bath-spaces attached individually to each of such rooms.
To conclude, Jadhavgadh Fort is a good family outing for the local people whereas a great, one of its kind cultural stay for foreigners seeking an exceptional life-time experience!