Thursday, 31 December 2015

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Namibia: ''Martin Luther'' steam engine Swakopmund | Мартин Лютер Намибия

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''Martin Luther'' steam engine in Swakopmund, Namibia

Martin Luther is a steam locomotive abandoned in the desert at the Atlantic coast of Namibia outside of the town of Swakopmund.

''Martin Luther'' steam engine in Swakopmund, Namibia


The “road locomotive” was brought to German South West Africa by First Lieutenant Edmund Troost of the Schutztruppe for use for freight service between Swakopmund and the interior of the country, for which ox wagons had been used. The route had insufficient grazing for the oxen because of droughts and seasonal conditions, and a great many oxen died along the way.

In order to remedy this situation, Troost purchased a steam locomotive in Germany in early 1896, from Fr. Dehne in Halberstadt, and had it shipped from Hamburg to Swakopmund. However, at its destination it was found that the offloading facilities could not cope with the locomotive’s weight of 280 cwt (ca. 14 metric tonnes), and the ship continued to Walvis Bay, where the locomotive could be offloaded.

''Martin Luther'' steam engine in Swakopmund, Namibia


The locomotive then remained in Walvis Bay for the next four months, as Troost had other obligations in Cape Town. When Troost was able to attend to the matter again, the engine driver hired to drive it had already left for Europe again. The engine was then driven by an American and a Boer to Swakopmund over the next three months, with the engine sinking in sand almost every 50 metres. Enormous quantities of water were also required for the operation of the locomotive.

In Swakopmund, only inadequate service was available, and very few spare parts. However, the engine transported a few loads to Nonidas (ca. 11 km) and to Heigamchab.


''Martin Luther'' steam engine in Swakopmund, Namibia


At the beginning of 1897, due to incorrect handling, the engine ground to a halt about 4 km outside of Swakopmund, and was abandoned there. A local resident Max Rhode is said to have said in a gathering in the Bismarck Hotel the following words: “Did you know that the steam ox is called ‘Martin Luther’ now because it can also say — ‘Here I stand, I can do no other’ ”. Thus the engine gained its present name, although recent scholars have doubts as to whether Luther ever did utter these words.

''Martin Luther'' steam engine in Swakopmund, Namibia


The engine has been restored twice, first in 1973, and more recently between 2000 and 2004. After the second restoration job, a protective house was built for the engine, as it was by then apparent that the frequent mists of Swakopmund would quickly damage the engine again.
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'Karma' GoPro Drone With 360-Degree Camera In 2016 | Карма ГоПро дрон

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'Karma' GoPro Drone With 360-Degree Camera Coming In 2016



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Monday, 28 December 2015

Sunday, 27 December 2015

How to Volunteer Your Drone for Search and Rescue Missions

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How to Volunteer Your Drone for Search and Rescue Missions
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Drones growing in popularity | Дроны набирают популярность

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Drones growing in popularity
Flying drones seen as "fun hobby"

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Drones: safe flying

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How to fly your drone safely... and avoid arrest

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New drone regulations

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New law requiring registration of drones takes effect

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Building Your Own Drones

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BOOK NOTES: 'Building Your Own Drones' ... 'Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed' ... 'American Hunter'

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DJI Inspire 1 drones, LightBridge controller and follow-focus system updated

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Firmware Friday: DJI Inspire 1 drones, LightBridge controller and follow-focus system updated

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What You Should Know Before You Test The Holiday's 'Flyest' Gift

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What You Should Know Before You Test The Holiday's 'Flyest' Gift

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Namibia: Toko Lodge abandoned equipment | Токо Лодж Намибия

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Toko Lodge Namibia - old machinery

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Namibia: Old Breweries Craft Market in Windhoek | Старая пивная фабрика Виндхук Намибия

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Windhoek Craft Market in Old Breweries building offers Namibia's greatest selection of traditional Namibian and African souvenirs. Center was opened in 1990 and located at 40 Tal Strasse. Total shopping area hosts around 4 000 local producers' artifacts and souvenirs from all regions in the country.

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At the beginning of  the century there were four breweries in the country: Kronen Brewery in Swakopmund, Omaruru Brewery, Klein Windhoek Brewery and Felsenkeller Brewery in Tal valley in Windhoek. The demand for local beer was increasing rapidly and the brewery was expanded in 1912. After World War One a number of German citizens were deported back to Germany and smaller breweries had to close down. Omaruru and Klein Windhoek breweries were purchased by Herman Olthaver and Carl List. Hnasa Brewery joined the Consortium in 1968 when the South West Breweries were formed, renamed to Namibia Breweries after Independence.


German Old Breweries Windhoek, Namibia

German Old Breweries Windhoek, Namibia

German Old Breweries Windhoek, Namibia

German Old Breweries Windhoek, Namibia

German Old Breweries Windhoek, Namibia
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Namibia: Owambo Campaign Memorial Windhoek | Овамбо мемориал Виндхук Намибия

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Garden of Remembrance, Owambo Campaign Memorial, Namibia, Windhoek

Owambo Campaign Memorial 1919

This memorial, located 50 m from Windhoek historical railway station, was erected by members of the South African Army in 1919 in memory of their comrades killed on the 6th of February 1917 near Ehole (Oihole) in a battle against uprising of King Mandume Ndemufayo of Kwanyama. The chief depleted all of his firepower and committed suicide rather than surrendering. His head was cut off. According to a legend his head is buried under the memorial. One of the main Windhoek's avenues connecting railway station to Eros Airport bears his name.


Ovambo Campaign Memorial Windhoek, Namibia

Ovambo Campaign Memorial Windhoek, Namibia

Ovambo Campaign Memorial Windhoek, Namibia

Ovambo Campaign Memorial Windhoek, Namibia

Ovambo Campaign Memorial Windhoek, Namibia
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Namibia: Himba village: photo gallery | Племя Химба Намибия

Namibia: Himba village: photo gallery | Племя Химба Намибия
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