One of the sunniest regions of France. Enjoy the green undulating valleys and rolling pastures, rich viticulture heritage, fantastic 500-kilometre coastline, so many castles, architectural delights steeped in intriguing medieval history (Richard Lionheart's territory). Rambling, cycling, canoeing, canal boating, angling, Charente gastronomy, sightseeing, museums, festivals, country markets - well, the list goes on! No wonder, this mild region is sought after for the ideal 2nd home retreat with much leisurely activities, DIY & barn renovation projects. Go to page…


Mauritius Mauritius, with its idyllic climate, is the perfect holiday island due to its magnificent beaches and exotic fauna thanks to its abundant sunshine mostly present in these regions throughout the year. BBC TV, on its profile of the island in April 2013, said: The island has maintained one of the developing world's most successful democracies and has enjoyed years of constitutional order. It has preserved its image as one of Africa's few social and economic success stories. Go to page…


Exotic Nature - the Coconut Crab, also known as robber crab, is a terrestrial crustacean hermit crab. You can find coconut crabs in the Indian and Central Pacific Oceans, with a distribution that closely matches that of the coconut palm. Christmas Island has the largest and densest population of coconut crabs in the world. The coconut crab lives underground during the day, often taking over the burrow of other land crabs (hence the name "robber crab.") Go to page…


Riddles - A worried villager told the king of this and the king demanded the man be sent to court for a sentence immediately. The man went to court, and the king told him "The punishment for lying is death, tell me your last words. If your last words are a lie you shall be burned and die a painful death, if it is the truth you shall die a painless death." The man spoke 4 words, and after that the king had no choice but to set him free.
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Fun Pages - A Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden. "Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit, "They must be British." "Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French." Tthe Russian points out, "No clothes, no shelter, they have only an apple to eat, and they're being told this is paradise! They are certainly Russian."
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Acknowledment and Thanks

Dear friends,

I thank all visitors and friends for the many comments, suggestions, encouragements and graphics/cartoons contributions. I am rather surprised by the interest shown and, it is encouraging that their are many people out there who share similar thoughts and are trying to understand the global nature of our times in this 21st century.

Researched data are from many sources and therefore, it really is impossible to list all sources on such a small budget and limited web site. However, useful links to interesting web sites and references will be shown as much as possible. A few selected articles (reproduced in full, as indicated) and most images on this site, are from the public domain or where sources are unknown. Whenever possible, pictures and graphics used are credited. However, should a copyright exist, I humbly apologise - let me know and I will immediately erase the transgression section.

With my very best wishes, Renaud H.

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Globalisation in our 21st Century has many interpretations and has unequal development across nations. Nonetheless, globalisation, more specifically its phenomenal pace of development, is a remarkable evolutionary milestone for Homo Sapiens. We are racing towards a global identity and growing international awareness and cooperation unequal in the history of mankind. Go to page…


Immigration & Birth Rate Drop - Throughout history, the natural migration of Homo Sapiens has built, shaped and reshaped civilisations and societies across the four corners of the globe. The 21st century is no exception. The cross-borders migration of people continues unabated at global level and is occurring simultaneously in most countries with scant regards to national borders in spite of governments effort at immigration control. Simultaneously, the birth rate in developed countries is falling… What is the correlation? Go to page…


Optical illusions trick us into perceiving something differently than it actually exists. The brain does its best to match the information gathered by the eye to its memory data bank. However, when the brain cannot find any match it tends to provide the closest match possible hence, a perception that does not always tally with a physical shape of the object as seen by the eye. Some illusions show us one thing in a picture, while someone else sees something entirely different in the same picture. Go to page…


Underground Coal fires Internationally, thousands of underground coal fires are burning on every continent except Antarctica. Anupma Prakash, a University of Alaska at Fairbanks geologist who maps the fires, calls them "a worldwide catastrophe with no geographic territory, and if we don't take care of them they're going to take a toll on us." The problem is most acute in industrializing, coal-rich nations such as China, where underground fires are consuming at least 10 million tons of coal annually (other sources say multiply that amount twentyfold). In India, 68 fires are burning beneath a 58-square-mile region of the Jhairia coalfield near Dhanbad, showering residents in airborne toxins. "Go there and within 24 hours you're spitting out mucous with coal particles," Prakash says. Go to page…


Evolution - Big Bang - 15 billion years or so later we have a thriving planet with a remarkable and dominant specie, Homo Sapiens, supreme in his globalised 21st Century. With fondness, he calls his blue planet, Mother Earth. By compressing the history of the universe into a 1-year scale with Big Bang occurring in the first seconds of the 1st January and ending with our current 21st century on the 31st December, we find that each month of the year equals a little over a billion years. Go to page…



Mass Media - News media is now in a radically pluralistic, global community with far-reaching effects by their journalistic reports. The flow of critical event information in one part of the world is virtually known across the whole planet within a few hours. News reports, via satellite or the Internet, reach people around the world and influence the actions of governments, militaries, humanitarian agencies and warring ethnic groups. Therefore, it is essential that an adequate global journalism ethics is in place and adhere to. Go to page…