Year: 2008

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Let's Make Europe Work Better - For the Rich, originally uploaded by blather. Click for high resolution version of Lisbon Treaty photo » Editorial Use Only: "Let's Make Europe Work Better - For the Rich" Defaced poster for the Yes campaign on Clonliffe Road, Dublin's north city, during Friday rush hour. The vote takes places on 12 June 2008. As of June 6th, the no-vote was reportedly overtaking the yes campaign.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Red light for Lisbon Treaty at Ballybough, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather. Editorial Use Only: Red light for Lisbon Treaty at Ballbough, Dublin. Poster calling for a no against "foreign rule". Former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern looks on from another poster, calling for a "yes". The vote takes places on 12 June 2008. As of June 6th, the no-vote was reportedly overtaking the yes campaign.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather. Ingredients: Perfect sky, a wide-angle lens, a polarizing filter and a great building. Christ Church Cathedral - the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals. It is officially claimed as the seat or cathedra of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. In practice it has been the cathedral of only the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, since the Irish Reformation. The cathedral was begun in 1038 by King Sitric Silkenbeard, the Danish Viking King of Dublin, for the first Bishop of Dublin. Henry II attended the Christmas service at the cathedral in 1171, and in the years thereafter, Strongbow and other Anglo-Norman magnates...

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Showing off a horse at Smithfield Horse Market, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather. The horse market at Smithfield, Dublin takes place on the first Sunday of every month. People come from all over Ireland to trade horses and equipment. It's absolute chaos, with young kids galloping across the cobbles on distressed looking ponies, horses whinnying, gardai chasing jaunting cars on their bicycles. A big part of the horse scene involves the keeping of animals, by Dublin urban youth, in gardens or public areas. The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that the market facilitates the sale of horses to under-16s, who are then unable - or unwilling to look after them. Amongst the dozens of horses visible, I did see a couple of...

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Sydney Opera House, Australia, originally uploaded by blather.Click for high resolution » Looks a lot different up close! The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007. Based on the competition winning entry by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most distinctive 20th century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. It is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The building and its surroundings are one of the best known icons of Australia. (wikipedia)

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I took this as a long exposure on the railing of the boardwalk, praying the hordes of soccer louts beating seven shades of shite out of each other would fail to notice me. My prayers were answered. The Ha'penny Bridge, known later for a time as the Penny Ha'penny Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 over the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. Originally called the Wellington Bridge (after the Duke of Wellington), the name of the bridge changed to Liffey Bridge, its official name to this day. It is still commonly known as the Ha'penny Bridge. The toll itself was dropped in 1919; before this there were turnstiles either end of it. Irish Architecture » Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin, originally uploaded by blather.Download high resolution photograph of the Ha'penny Bridge »

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Waving for the camera - Busy Pedestrian Crossing at Shibuya, Tok, originally uploaded by blather. A French tourist waves for the cameras at the scramble crossing at Hachiko Square Shibuya, reportedly the world's busiest pedestrian crossing. It's surrounded by video screens, giving a very Bladerunner feel. It's overlooked by one of the busiest Starbucks cafes in the world, from where this photograph was taken. The crossing also features in a scene from Lost in Translation with Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson.

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Yushin Whale meat shop, Asakusa, Tokyo, originally uploaded by blather. Click for high resolution » Yushin whale meat shop Asakusa, Tokyo. In the photograph you can see a toy whale perched a shelf containing tinned whale meat, selling for about US$4-6. In the background left is a potential customer and child. To the right is a member of staff. Next door is a whale meat restaurant, also called Yushin. The meat for both premises comes from the factory vessel Nisshin Maru, which carries out controversial "scientific whaling research" in the Southern Ocean every year, killing hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. After the whaling fleet arrive back in Japan, the whale meat is sold off to shops like Yushin. Critics, such as Greenpeace,...

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Irei no Izumi, Soul Comforting Spring at Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo, originally uploaded by blather. Click for high resolution » Irei no Izumi, Soul Comforting Spring is dedicated to those who died of thirst in battle situations. It's within the Yasukuni Shrine complex in Tokyo. Yasukuni Shrine, originally named Tokyo Shokonsha was constructed in June 1869 by order of the Meiji Emperor to commemorate soldiers who had died in the Boshin War and had fought on the side of the Restoration. At that time it was one of several dozen such shrines built throughout Japan. In 1879, the shrine was renamed Yasukuni Jinja and became one of the principal shrines associated with State Shinto as well as the primary national shrine for commemorating Japan's war dead. The...

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.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Yushima Seido Confucian Temple, Tokyo, originally uploaded by blather. Get high resolution version » Yushima Seido located in the Yushima neighbourhood of Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan, was constructed by Hayashi Razan as a Confucian temple in the Genroku era of the Edo period (end of the 17th century). It was closed in it was closed in 1871 after the Meiji Restoration. Apparently it was used as a location in the TV series Monkey during the 1970s, and today is used as a place of prayer for students studying for exams. Wikipedia »