Lower Kachura Lake, Skardu.

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Lower Kachura Lake, also known as Shangrila Lake is located in Kachura village 20 minutes from Skardu city town. The lake is also known as Shangrila lake after a resort built on its bank in 1983.

It is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby. Shangrila was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan. Shangrila Resort Hotel was founded by the late Muhammad Aslam Khan, the first commander of the Northern Scouts of the Pakistan Army.

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The area is famous for other attraction’s such as the K-2 mountain- the 2nd highest peak in world.Also, a daily flight of Boeing 737 from Islamabad takes only 45 minutes to reach Gilgit, and by road you can reach the destination via Karakoram Highway.

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Shangrila Resort offers many activities which includes: boating, tennis, trout farm, large zoo, indoor games, and…

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It’s evolution, baby

Las crónicas del Otro Mundo

Con la economía mundial creciendo prácticamente a la mitad de la tasa que en el 2008, todo el planeta se encuentra bailando un trágico tango al borde del abismo. El descenso del consumo en el mundo occidental por culpa de la crisis; la fuerte desaceleración que han sufrido países como China, Brasil o la India, que a su vez, ha supuesto una drástica disminución en la demanda de insumos energéticos, agravando la situación de potencias productoras como Rusia, Nigeria, Venezuela o Arabia Saudita, que ya llevan tiempo sufriendo los efectos del abaratamiento en el precio del barril de petróleo, por el uso de nuevas técnicas como el fracking, empleada por Estados Unidos, nos está llevando a una situación de desestabilidad geopolítica alarmante, que sin duda no hará otra cosa que agravarse a medida que los efectos del aumento en la temperatura global, comiencen a hacer mella en nuestros sistemas…

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Richness is not having many possessions. Rather, true richness is the richness of the soul . . . Gerçek zenginlik, mal çokluğu değil, gönül tokluğudur . . . The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)

YA BAKİ ENTEL BAKİ

When we think of a religious person who Allah loves, we tend to think of a man who has a beard, wears an ‘imama and a juba, always lives in the mosque, constantly prays, fasts and recites the Qur’an.

*But you know who we tend to forget that Allah loves?*

The mother who manages to get up for Fajr despite sleeping less than an hour because her baby was up all night.

The young person who is fighting depression but still musters the strength to get through the day because of a belief that he has in Allah.

The woman who has to speed through her prayer because her little one is crying.

The man who lays down the mat and prostates whilst at work.

The lady who wears the hijab correctly in public despite the pressures.

The student who lowers his…

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Just to be clear

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When I published ‘natural selection’ last week the agreed price with Lulu Press was and is $9.95. In time, that price may go down but I assure you it will never increase.
Then it came to my attention the book was available on Amazon at $20. I wish to say I did not sanction that nor was I consulted, it seems the people at Amazon are a law unto themselves
and I’m surprised and annoyed they jacked the price up so much, double in fact.
I didn’t publish my book to exploit customers, I published it to share my poetry at what I consider is the fair and reasonable price of $9.95.
I wrote a note of complaint to Amazon and didn’t receive a reply, but I see today they list the book with the comment ‘temporarily unavailable’ – good!
The book is available at Lulu Press, and their website…

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A Book by the Brook — Read! Read! Read!

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Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

A Book by the Brook: Book Reviews at FriendlyFairyTales.com

From its cover image of a book as a flying carpet to “stories/ that fly like birds”, Read! Read! Read! uplifts and envigorates. Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater dance happily beside Ryan O’Rourke’s illustrations, and my favorite is the happy child disappearing into a magazine with actual magic! Really!

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Museo Van Gogh, canales de Ámsterdam, Zona Roja

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El Barrio de los Museos o Museumplein de Ámsterdam representa el acervo cultural de la ciudad. Está ubicado en las proximidades del Voldenpark, en una zona apacible pese a la muchedumbre que transita por las pinacotecas más relevantes entre las que destaca el museo Van Gogh, dedicado al artista nacido en Groot-Zundert en 1853 y cuya muerte a los 37 años se produjo cuando sólo había podido vender un cuadro de su prolífica obra.

Hijo de un matrimonio formado por un pastor protestante y un ama de casa, Vincent desarrolló una temprana vocación por el arte que procuró sofocar, quizás debido a la influencia paterna, hasta que a instancias de su hermano Theo se inscribió en 1880 en la Academia de Bellas Artes. A partir de ese momento más de 200 pinturas y 500 dibujos habrían de surgir del talento innato del artista en las diferentes etapas de su…

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The Fire God Waits by L. Martel

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This is a 5″ x 7″ acrylic on canvas board painted in 2016. The colours remind me of a fresh fire just waiting to take off.

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