Bellerby & Co Globemakers

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There aren’t many frontiers left in the world. Explorers have scaled the world’s tallest mountains and taken samples from Antarctica’s deepest subglacial lakes. You can visit remote, exotic locales like the Galapagos from your web browser. And yet, some hidden corners of the Earth still remain essentially uncharted, home to very few people and investigated by only the most daring travellers. . What follows is part I of some of the coolest unexplored places around the globe. . >> Vale do Javari, Brazil << This region is home to at least 14 of the Amazon’s uncontacted tribes and it is one of the most isolated places in the world, in part by design. . An estimated 2,000 indigenous people live autonomously from the Brazilian government in an area about the size of Austria. . The tribes’ right to live in isolation is protected by a federal agency charged with preventing outsiders from invading indigenous territories. . >> Northern Patagonia, Chile << Home to temperate rainforests, glaciers, fjords, and hot springs, northern #Patagonia is one of Chile’s wildest landscapes. . It’s the country’s most sparsely populated region, and has only been accessible by highway since the ‘80s. . The Northern Patagonian Ice Field remains one of the largest masses of ice outside the polar regions. . >> Kamchatka, Russia << Russia’s eastern peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular volcanic activity on Earth, with more than 300 volcanoes, including one that has been erupting continuously since 1996. . It’s home to the most diverse range of salmon species and is the most densely populated brown bear habitat in the world. However, the region was closed to Westerners until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and even before that, only 400,000 people (all with military clearances) were allowed to live in the territory, which is around the size of California. . #GlobeFacts via MetalFloss. Continues tomorrow with part II. #WorldFacts #RussiaFacts #ChileFacts #BrazilFacts . Pictured : 36cm Livingstone in bespoke colouring.
As Alex shades his way through the mountains of Afghanistan, Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan & up towards Russia... we are still taking a look at places "not on the map" .. click back to yesterday's post for part one. . HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is one of the most controversial operations currently active in the United States. The Gakona, AK site and its ionospheric testing is believed by some conspiracy theorists to be the cause of everything from floods to earthquakes, although the evidence of this is very minimal. . The big one is of course North Korea. You won’t see it on Google Maps, the entire country exists in images but without highway markers, street names, or any other identifying details. . Reims Airbase, France is blocked out along with many other airstrips & Nuclear related facilities. . Indian Point Power Plant, New York, USA. Everyone from Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo to former Republican Congresswoman Sue Kelly has called for the Indian Point Power Plant to be shut down. On top of environmental concerns, the upstate New York structure is, according to experts in the energy field, not strong enough to withstand an earthquake like the one that recently devastated Japan. . Volkel Airbase, Netherlands. It’s pretty ridiculous how blatantly blurred this one is, but then again, WikiLeaks did publish a diplomatic cable that confirmed the presence of nuclear warheads at this base. . #GlobeFacts via HuffingtonPost & Wikipedia. Continues tomorrow! . Globe : 80cm diameter in Glacial Blue. For more info check the link in our bio.
Since we were talking about fake towns intentionally put on maps these past couple days... let's go to places not even on the map for today's #GlobeFacts. . There are still several areas which are not covered by Google intentionally, after claims by governments to remove images of the sites from the service. . Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. This NATO air force hub is a retreat for the Operation Iraqi Freedom forces, and as such could definitely be considered a terrorist target. That could explain why the facility is partially blanked out on Google Maps. . Pacific Northwest, USA. What exactly are we not seeing here? The site is close to the Washington-Oregon border and is rumored to have something to do with FEMA, HAARP or, really, anything at all. Prison Planet readers inspected the site in person and could find no identifying details other than an ominous fence and unmarked entrance. . Baker Lake, NU, the Inuit nation in northern Canada. A man indentified as “Dr. Boylan” believes that the blacked out area seen above and those found in several other locations are blocking the locations of extraterrestrial beacons 👽! . Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary. One of the strangest acts of alleged “censorship” is this Hungarian oil facility, which is simply rendered green. That’s right — the grounds are deleted, the buildings are missing, and what you have left is flat grass. . Huis Ten Bosch Palace, Netherlands. You wouldn’t think the Dutch Royal Family would be a prime target for madmen, but the Huis Ten Bosch Palace remains heavily pixilated on Google Maps no matter the angle. (The surrounding area and trees therein, on the other hand, come in crystal clear at close range.) . Continues tomorrow! Source : Huffington Post. . Pictured : Peter Bellerby working on a 50cm globe. For more info our website is linked on our profile.
Yesterday's #GlobeFacts were on the topic of fake towns on maps, put there to catch copycats. Most famously, Agloe the fake town that became real. . Agloe’s fate may be among the strangest, but it is not the only copyright trap that took on a life of its own. . Take Argleton, a town in northeastern England - or, more accurately, an empty field in northeastern England. Yet, for a while, Argleton existed on Google Maps, & websites listed hotels, businesses, & apartments for rent in the town. The businesses were real, but they just existed in other nearby towns. In 2009, Google erased Argleton from its digital map. . Moat Lane is supposed to be a curving road in Finchley, North London, though Google’s satellite view reveals only trees & gardens. Like Argleton, Moat Lane was likely carried over from the TeleAtlas directory, which formed the early basis for Google Maps in Europe. It has since been erased. . The A-Z map of Bristol contained a little dead-end street called Lye Close, jutting out of Canynge Square. Not indexed in the map’s list of streets & oddly placed, though aptly named ;). Good job, mapmaker. . Because the practice of trap streets is unofficial, sometimes it’s not so clear if a nonexistent street was deliberate or an error. Kemp Ave in Toronto, was (is?) an unmarked & unpaved lane behind some houses. It’s was erased from Bing, but remained in Google. . The fates of many of these copyright traps have ended with being erased by Google or Bing.. or some other keeper of the digital map space. With multiple maps of every square mile of the world at our fingertips, trap streets are no longer the secret they once were. . But that doesn’t mean digital mapmakers don’t still have tricks up their sleeves. . A class of 'Easter Eggs' can be implemented by digital map providers who do not want their raw map data (vectors) copied. The lower bits of the geographic coordinates are mangled in some systematic way so that it would not be obvious to a user of the map, but could be used in a Copyright trial to show that the data had been copied. . Via Gizmodo Pictured : strips of the map called "gores" being painted, sent to customers to help finalise colour choices.
Back when mapmaking was still a fledgling profession in the U.S.... cartographers had a trick up their sleeves: they would insert fake towns into the maps they drew. Not to screw up travellers trying to navigate, but to catch copycats. . Forgery was a big problem, and the practice of copying and profiting off maps created by someone else was common. . But if a fake town was spotted in a competitor's map, it was easy to prove copyright infringement. . The first fake town to appear was Agloe, New York, which appeared in the 1930s on a map by the General Drafting Co. . It then reappeared on maps produced by Rand McNally when mapmakers for the company found someone had started a business at the exact spot of the fictitious Agloe and named it the Agloe General Store—thereby making the town “real." . Something you will be familiar with if you have seen the movie Paper Towns! . Globe : 80cm Galileo in Gagarin. Website linked in profile! #GlobeFacts
We might be painting Antarctica but we are thinking Belgian National Day! . Belgian National Day celebrates the birth of the Belgian nation, Belgian culture and pride and Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands. . On July 21, 1831, Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg and Gotha swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution and became King Leopold I, the first King of the Belgians. The new King’s swearing in marked the beginning of a constitutional monarchy that ruled over the independent state of Belgium. . The primary catalyst that led to Belgium’s independence was the Belgian Revolution that occurred on 25 August, 1830. Revolutionaries destroyed industry buildings and looted shops. Army recruits deserted, which left the military powerless. . The current king of Belgium is Filip Leopold Lodewijk Maria. He ascended to the throne in 2013 when his father, King Albert II, stepped down. . The day typically starts with a Catholic Te Deum service in Cathedral of Brussels attended by the King and other dignitaries. . In the afternoon, the Belgian Army and police are reviewed by the King, and parade past the Royal Palace and around the Parc de Bruxelles. There is a flypast by the airforce. The military, civil defense and emergency services and other government departments typically have stalls in the nearby Place Poelart, Rue de la Régence, Place Royale and surroundings which explain their roles to the public. . Many notable buildings in Brussels that are usually closed are also open to the public on National Day. . A variety of entertainment is presented in several venues around the city, particularly in the city center. In the evening, a large fireworks display occurs in the Parc de Bruxelles. . #GlobeFacts More ---> #BelgiumFacts #JonTheGlobemakerFanclub
Taking a look at our 23cm Celestial Globe & since we are in the final days of the Cancer star sign.. today's #GlobeFacts look at the crab! . In mythology, Cancer is associated with the crab in the story of the Twelve Labours of Heracles (represented by the Hercules constellation). In the myth, Hera sends the crab to distract Hercules while the hero is fighting the Lernaean Hydra, the serpent-like beast with many heads and poisonous breath, represented by Hydra constellation. When the crab tries to kill Hercules, the story goes, Hercules kicks it all the way to the stars. . In another version, the crab gets crushed instead and Hera, a sworn enemy of Hercules, places it in the sky for its efforts. However, she places the crab in a region of the sky that has no bright stars, because despite its efforts, the crab was not successful in accomplishing the task. Cancer does not have any stars brighter than fourth magnitude. . The Cancer constellation is located in the northern sky. Its name means “the crab” in Latin. . Cancer is the faintest of the 12 zodiac constellations. Its symbol is ♋. The constellation was first catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century. . Cancer contains a number of famous deep sky objects, among them the open cluster Praesepe, also known as the Beehive Cluster (Messier 44), the open cluster Messier 67, and the interacting spiral galaxies NGC 2535 and NGC 2536. . Globes : www.bellerbyandco.com Website linked on our profile page for more information.
Looking back to working on a special globe we made for Royal Ascot this year... Jon laying the last gore (strip of the map). . Adorned with 30 hand painted illustrations.. it tells the tale of Royal Ascot’s long-standing traditions and rich heritage. . The Royal Procession, Ascot’s iconic Greencoats, the finest thoroughbreds running through waves, a statue of Yeats, a fleet of helicopters, well-dressed ladies, a Champagne waterfall, a floating cake stand representing Afternoon Tea and the famous Bandstand are just some of the highlights, that together tell the story of everything that Royal Ascot represents. . The globe, titled ‘A World Like Nowhere Else’, was unveiled at The Goring Hotel in London – & then embarked on a journey around the capital and the South of England for members of the public to see. . It then took centre-stage at the racecourse for Royal Ascot.. it was on display until Saturday 24th June. . The making of the globe took just under three months to complete. The illustrations were created, and then Bellerby & Co. used their knowledge to shape the artwork so it could be mapped on to a sphere. . Our cartographer then worked with the globemaker, Peter Bellerby, to test that everything was laid correctly on gores, before printing out copies which were then cut by hand, painted and applied to the sphere. Once this process was completed the painters spent a further two weeks colouring the illustrations to match Ascots requirements. . The globe really was a team effort, passing through the hands of two globe-makers (Peter & Jon), two separate painters (Rachel & Alex), two wood workers (Rebecca & Grant), and a cartographer (Lia). . The design of the base was inspired by a traditional Philips globe from the early twentieth century, hand-turned and polished in London from cherry wood. The brass arm was made to order and hewn from a solid piece of brass before being hand polished. . Photos of the complete globe on our blog, bellerbyandco.com/blog & online with a google of 'Ascot Globe'. . More on the making & a photo at #AscotGlobe.
My eye is going from the top of Rachel's paintbrush up for today's #GlobeFacts. . Quttinirpaaq National Park is a Canadian national park. Located on the northeastern corner of Ellesmere Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut. . The most northerly extent of Canada, it is the second most northerly park on Earth after Northeast Greenland National Park. . In Inuktitut, #Quttinirpaaq means "top of the world". . The reserve covers 37,775 square kilometres (14,585 sq mi), making it the second largest park in Canada. . Due to its high latitude and limited wildlife, there has never been any significant human presence. The pass from Tanquary Fiord through to Lake Hazen shows evidence of being used by Arctic people since about 5000 years ago. . The east and north end of the island was used as a starting point for various polar explorations. . In 2004, the park was one of nine sites added to Canada's tentative list of potential World Heritage Sites. . Lower down #Nunavut is inhabited. . Because Nunavut is by far the most secluded territory in Canada with virtually no roads and most of the area being islands, food costs are sky high because they require planes to fly in. . Staples like bread, milk and eggs are up to 10x what you would pay anywhere else in the country. . Nunavut has no paved highways, and no paved roads between communities and no real paved roads in the smaller towns… However there is roughly 8KM of paving within the city of Iqaluit (5 miles). . Nunavut has no local or city police, Iqaluit has one branch of RCMP which is staffed with newly graduated officers who have been placed in the city for their training. . Homes in Nunavut must be built on stilts, a minimum of 1 metre above the ground. This is because year round the residents of have to deal with permafrost, essentially where the ice has frozen the ground to make it stable. If homes are built without the stilts the heat from within will melt the permafrost over time and the home will sink into the ground. . #CanadaFacts via Wikipedia & Plus2intell. Click the # for more! Globe : 36cm in Mint Green! Website linked in profile.
Technically speaking, even referring to the Earth with words like "up" or "down" .. or comparing places with words "above" or "below" is flawed, considering that Earth is a spherical body (it's actually slightly "fatter" at the equator) and flying through three dimensional space with no reference of up or down. . However, the issue of "up" and "down" does become an issue when viewing the surface of the Earth projected onto a flat piece of paper (a map). And the effect of the orientation of a map is more significant than you might realise. . As all maps require orientation for reference, the issue of how to layout the map orientation is as old as maps themselves. As map orientation is completely arbitrary, it is not surprising that they differed throughout time periods and regions. . The convention of North-up is usually attributed to the Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy (90-168 AD). Justifications for his North-up approach vary. . In the Middle Ages, the East was often placed up top. This is the origin of the term "The Orient" to refer to East Asia. . During the age of exploration, European cartographers again followed the North-up convention... perhaps because the North Star was their fixed reference point for navigation, or because they wanted (subconsciously or otherwise) to ensure Europe's claim at the top of the world. . #GlobeFacts via UpsideDownMaps. Pictured : 80cm "upside down" globe in Taupe.
On a Sunday.. what better than #GlobeFacts being #CatFacts! Looking towards ancient Egypt. . Cats, known in ancient Egypt as "Mau", were considered sacred in ancient Egyptian society. Based on recent DNA comparisons of living species, it has been estimated that cats were first domesticated from the Middle Eastern subspecies of the wildcat about 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent. . Thousands of years later, the peoples in what would later be Upper & Lower Egypt had a religion centering on the worship of animals, including cats. . Praised for controlling vermin & its ability to kill snakes such as cobras, the cat became a symbol of grace & poise. . Wealthy families would often curate examples of well bred felines, show them, & pride themselves in the colouration & behavioural adaptations that are seen in today's organized shows. . The goddess Mafdet, the deification of justice and execution, was a lion-headed goddess. The cat goddess Bast (also known as Bastet) eventually replaced Mafdet, and Bast's image softened over time and she became the deity representing protection, fertility, and motherhood. . As a revered animal and one important to Egyptian society and religion, some cats received the same mummification after death as humans. . In 1888, an Egyptian farmer uncovered a large tomb with mummified cats and kittens. This discovery outside the town of Beni Hasan had eighty thousand cat mummies, dated after 1000 BC. . The punishments for harming cats were severe. . Wild cats earned their place in towns and cities by killing mice, venomous snakes, and other pests. They were worshipped by the Egyptians and given jewelry in hieroglyphics. . Small cats would often be found underneath women's chairs on reliefs, evoking fertility & sexuality. The lion, was also prevalent in Egyptian culture. Although lions were rare in pharaonic times, they were extremely important in Egyptian iconography. Lions represented royal authority because of their aggressive nature & power. . Click #CatGlobeFacts to read about cats in Turkey. . #EgyptFacts via Wikipedia. Globe : 36cm Albion in Prussian Blue. Cat : Niles in British Blue showing a gummy smile.
Hello all new friends - thanks to @instagram & thank you for taking interest in what we are doing! . Our website is experiencing high traffic (good news right!) so you may have trouble accessing it for the next few hours. . Some questions answered. . We ship worldwide from London. . All of our globes are made bespoke to order. You choose the size, colours & base and have the option of bespoke cartography & added detail like travel routes or hand drawn & hand painted illustrations. . We hired 4 new artists in the last month, for future job opportunities check our blog or look for posts on here. All of our team come from an arts & design background. . Any questions email me direct on jade @bellerbyandco.com . Longtime followers check out 'stories' on @instagram 🙌🏼🌏💕
Our studio is up a little mews in Stoke Newington, North London. We were originally a few streets away on Kynaston Road, back when it was just Peter making and painting the globes alongside a woodworker turning the wood for the bases and helping him finish them. . When we got our first order for a 127cm globe... we realised it would not fit through the doors & Peter had to look for somewhere bigger. . Our current studio is a large warehouse that was once a Cash & Carry.. and had stood empty a few years. . First it was too big for us.. Peter installed a mezzanine and hired out spaces to other artists and art directors. Walls went up that now have come down. Slowly we’ve taken over almost all the studio now as our team has grown to 20... and because globes are difficult to store.. both as raw materials and finished editions!
On this day… #GlobeFacts for July 13th.. looking back in time. . In 587 BC… Babylon's siege of Jerusalem ended following the destruction of Solomon's Temple. . In 1249… coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots. . In 1787… Continental Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also established procedures for the admission of new states & limits the expansion of slavery. . In 1794.. Battle of the Vosges was fought between French forces & those of Prussia and Austria & 1814 the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy was established. . 1863.. New York City draft riots. Opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded as the worst in United States history. . And in 1878 we were looking at the Treaty of Berlin. The European powers redrew the map of the Balkans. Serbia, Montenegro and Romania became completely independent of the Ottoman Empire. . In 1923 The Hollywood Sign was dedicated in LA. It originally read "Hollywoodland," but the four last letters were dropped after renovation in 1949. . In 1973 Butterfield revealed the existence of the "Nixon tapes" to the committee investigating the Watergate break-in. . 1977… Somalia declared war on Ethiopia, starting the Ogaden War. . 1977.. NYC. Amidst a period of financial & social turmoil experiences an electrical blackout lasting nearly 24 hours & leading to widespread fires & looting. . 1985 – The Live Aid benefit concert took place in London & Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Moscow & Sydney. . 2008.. The Battle of Wanat begins when Taliban and al-Qaeda guerrillas attack US Army and Afghan National Army troops in Afghanistan. U.S. deaths were, at that time, the most in a single battle since the beginning of operations in 2001. . In 2011… Mumbai was rocked by three bomb blasts during the evening rush hour, killing 26 and injuring 130. . 2013… Typhoon Soulik kills at least 9 people & affects more than 160 million in East China & Taiwan. . And this time last year… 2016.. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron resigns, and is succeeded by Theresa May. . Source : Wikipedia | Globe : 80cm Gagarin
I am not sure where in the world I want to go today... so here are some random #GlobeFacts. . In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price rose to $3,000 before eBay shut it down. . In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck. . During WWI, German measles were called "liberty measles" and dachshunds became "liberty hounds." . When three-letter airport codes became standard, airports that had been using two letters simply added an X. . Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration. . A British man changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for telemarketers to pronounce. . Prairie dogs say hello with kisses. . Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Disney considered Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful. . A 2009 search for the Loch Ness Monster came up empty. Scientists did find over 100,000 golf balls. . Crabs have their own version of the fist pump. Male crabs wave their claws in the air to attract females. . Now where should we go tomorrow... somewhere obscure & random or a country / city I have forgotten to so far explore! . Globe : 23cm in Cool Blue.
Discovered on Easter Day 1722, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and one of the most interesting. In addition to figuring out how to get to there, here are some crazy travel facts about #EasterIsland that might just inspire you to go. . The Mataveri International Airport or Isla de Pascua Airport (IPC) is the most remote airport in the world. . The airport runway was expanded in the late 1980s to accommodate NASA’s space shuttle in case of emergency landings. . The largest of the 887 Easter Island heads weighs 82 tons and stands over 32 feet in length. . Upon discovery of Easter Island by Europeans, all of the Moai (the head statues) were knocked down, it is believed, by tribal wars. . Similar to the mystery surrounding Stonehenge, nobody knows for certain how the Moai were placed in their final locations or erected. . Diving conditions are excellent with 60+ meters of visibility compared to 20-30+ meters of visibility on a typical dive. . The Moai underwater seen while diving off of the coast of Rapa Nui are made of concrete and were placed there for tourists. . Prior to their discovery by Europeans in 1772, the native people of Rapa Nui, for 500 years, believed they were they only people on earth. . Airlines : LAN Airlines is currently the only airline offering flights to and from Easter Island. . Departure Points : You have two options as a departure point, 1) Santiago de Chile offers daily flights to Easter Island and 2) Tahiti offers flights once per week. . Flight Time : Minimum flight time is 5.5 hours to the nearest continent. . By Sea : For you really adventurous travelers, and not for those with sensitive stomachs, you can hop on board a sail boat from New Zealand with Tallship Soren Larsen on their once annual journey to Easter Island. By the way, it takes 35 days... . #GlobeFacts #SouthAmericaFacts Source : Huffington Post
No-one argues that at one stage in its history, Easter Island went through a devastating deforestation. . The prevailing theory has long been that the islanders felled (or burned) trees to clear land and carve canoes to serve the growing population, and possibly to transport the moai. . More recent theories suggest that the wide-scale deforestation was the work of Polynesian rats that came over with the first canoes. . What anthropologists do agree on is that at some point in the 1700s, there was a rebellion or rioting by the islanders. . Tired of dwindling resources, clans began to clash, tearing down each other’s moais. It’s reported that by 1868, there were no upright statues on the island apart from the partially buried ones on the outer slopes of Rano Raraku. Many have of course since been re-erected. . #GlobeFacts #SouthAmericaFacts via AtlasandBoots. Globes : www.bellerbyandco.com. . Pictured : 36cm Albion in Cool Blue.
Continuing on with #GlobeFacts Easter Island. . Archaeologists have known since the earliest excavations in 1914 that the Easter Island statues have bodies. The public, however, widely referred to them as ‘Easter Island heads’ because the most commonly photographed moai were those buried up to their shoulders. . In 2012, photos of an excavation led by the Easter Island Statue Project coupled with a photo taken in the 1950s began to circulate, illustrating just how big the statues actually are. The sight was so striking that several national publications ran a story about it. . In 2008, a Finnish tourist was found on Anakena beach hacking an ear off a moai. An islander saw Marko Kulju, 26, fleeing from the scene with a piece of the statue in his hand. She reported the incident to the Police who identified Kulju by the tattoos on his body. . The Finn was placed under house arrest and fined nearly 17,000 USD – light punishment given that he was facing up to seven years in prison. . Kulju issued a public apology through a Chilean newspaper shortly after his capture. As a consequence of the incident, there are tighter controls on tourist access, with one quarry being cordoned off far from the main attraction. . Continues tomorrow! #SouthAmericaFacts thanks to AtlasandBoots. . Globe : 80cm in Gagarin colouring.
A 36cm Mint Green Albion 36 headed to Toronto, Canada when it is complete! . Somehow another picture centred on South America! #GlobeFacts looking at Easter Island. . First thing’s first, Easter Island is far. Very, very far. . In fact, it is one of the most remote communities in the world. Its closest inhabited neighbour is Pitcairn, 2,000km (1,200mi) to the west while the nearest continental land lies in Chile at a distance of 3,700km (2,300mi). In short, it’s not a short hop. . Of all the interesting Easter Island facts, the transportation of the island’s statues (“moai”) is considered remarkable given that they were moved 18km (11mi) across the island without the use of wheels, cranes or large animals. . Scientists have tested several theories most commonly concluding that islanders used a combination of log rollers, ropes and wooden sledges. In 2011, however, Terry Hunt of the University of Hawaii and Carl Lipo of California State University Long Beach worked with National Geographic to prove that a mere 18 people could move a 3m (10ft) moai replica weighing 5 tonnes a few hundred metres with just three strong ropes and some practice. . It’s unclear if this method would have worked on Paro, the tallest moai erected at almost 10m (33ft) in height and 82 tonnes in weight, or indeed the heaviest moai which weighs a whopping 86 tonnes. . Continues tomorrow! #SouthAmericaFacts thanks to AtlasandBoots. . Globes : www.bellerbyandco.com
We’re sure that when you think of Argentina, Tango is one of the first things that comes to mind. The first Tango song to be published was called ‘Tomá Mate Ché’ - you can’t get more Argentine than that! This distinct and sensual dance has been around for a century and a half and has been constantly altered and developed, without losing its Argentine roots. . The tango sprung from the poor and underprivileged areas of the docklands of Buenos Aires. Like jazz, Tango started with the impoverished working class. The dance has its genesis in the middle of the 19th century in the south of Buenos Aires where the African and European immigrants would dance in the street and in the brothels. For this reason, Tango is a fusion of European, African and gaucho styles. . The tango became popular due to a shortage of women. The majority of immigrants came to Buenos Aires for economic purposes: to raise enough money to take back to their families, and thus they were mostly men. In fact, in 1914 there were 100,000 more men than women in Argentina. The only way for a man to get close to a woman was either to go to a brothel or to dance, and be a good dancer at that. It is no surprise then that tango exudes passion, desperate longing and sexual innuendo. As the famous saying goes ‘Tango is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire’. . The wealthy upper class Porteños looked down on the dance that they saw as a lowly and scandalous act. . During 1955-1983 .. Tango went underground. When the right wing, conservative coup overthrew general Peron in 1955 they did their best to rid society of Tango. The new military power was made of members of the upper class who tended to judge anything that Peron said was good to be bad. Peron being a nationalist and a populist often used Tango for political purposes. The military government prosecuted dancers and banned several Tango songs. . #GlobeFacts #ArgentinaFacts #SouthAmericaFacts thanks to voluntarioglobal.org.