Bulldozed three or four times by the Soviet authorities the Hill of Crosses in Northern Lithuania always came back. Today, over 50,000 crosses of all sizes are found at this site which occupies perhaps 1,800 square metres of land, spread over two hillocks, 12km north of the city of Siauliai, Lithuania’s 4th largest city. The crosses are mainly placed here by devout Catholics who regard the Hill of Crosses as a place of pilgrimage largely because in 1993, Pope John Paul II held a mass at the site.
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I hadn’t visited Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, in nearly 25 years. I had gone there to see the outside of the new Selfridges shop, which had looked so amazing in pictures.
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Al Gore gave his talk “An Inconvenient Truth” in Vancouver on Saturday, September 29th. It was an awful, wet evening outside – the rain lashed down and the wind howled along the concrete canyons of the downtown. Inside the Westin Bayshore hotel were the great and the good of Lower Mainland society. And me.
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