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  • February 16, 2009

    One of the most famous place in Klaipeda area is Lithuanian Sea Museum

    Filed under: Daily life in our town — pikrides @ 3:54

    Museum’s collection
    The museum collections include the sea fauna and insects, archaeological, ethnographic and iconographical items, coins, documents, ships and their equipment.
    The collection of the museum consists of 60 062 items kept.
    In the main stock - 36 425 items.
    In the supplementary stock - 23 627 items.
    The biggest collection - preparations of sea fauna (cockleshells, corals, crustaceans, echinoderms, sea birds, fishes, sea mammalia). There are 19 787 items kept in it.
    Other collections of the museum: collections of geology, archaeology, ethnography, numismatics, cartography, ship technique, the written language, photo-material, philately.
    Special stock of the Lithuanian Maritime Museum - animate exhibits: sea mammalia, birds, fishes.
    The stock of animate exhibits consists of 957 animals. Freshwater fishes of the Baltic sea and Lithuanian rivers and lakes make the greatest part of the collection - 800 items, corralling fishes - 35 items, tropic freshwater fishes - 78 items, colony of penguins - 21 penguin, sea mammalia (gray Baltic seals, sea lions of the North and Californian seas etc.) - 20 items.
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    Museum’s history fragments
    The idea of the museum was nurtured and implemented by a group of architects, engineers and museum workers united by the head of Klaipeda administration of many years standing A. Zalys.
    Lithuanian Maritime Museum was established in the place called Kopgalis where fishermen’s village started settling since the 19th century. The fortress of Kopgalis was destroyed in 1945 and was not used for some time. 
    Maritime division of Klaipeda ethnographic museum (now Museum of history of Lithuania Minor) having propagated the idea of this unique museum, collected exhibits, prepared expositions made the start for the Lithuanian Maritime Museum in 1971.
    In the history of its establishment three stages are distinguished:
    1) 1970-1979
    The central readout of the fortress was rebuilt, the fortress of Kopgalis restored, an exposition arranged. Aquarium with freshwater fishes of Lithuanian lakes and rivers and the Baltic Sea was built, expositions of sea fauna etc. arranged. In the first stage of the establishment of the museum the exposition became a composite one, embracing all spheres of relations between the man and the sea.
    On July 28, 1979 the exposition was opened to public.
    2) 1980-1985
    It was a turning point to the attractiveness of the museum. It was aimed to excite the curiosity of visitors in the sea flora and fauna, to encourage perceiving and preserving it. Four open-air pools for large sea-mammalia and performance grounds with a little pool were built, near-by - a viewing-stand arranged.
    Animal breading was commenced. 
    3) 1986-1994
    This period is connected with the arrangement of the dolphinarium.
    Sea animals were bred successfully.
    In 1997 the museum was granted the status of the Republican museum. 
    Since 1998 the museum is within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

    KlaipÄ—da University: facts and rating

    Filed under: Possibilities to get higher education in our Town — pikrides @ 3:36

    About the University

    KlaipÄ—da University was established on the basis of decree Nr. 1 - 640, adopted by the Supreme Council (Constituent Parliament) of Lithuanian Republic on January 1, 1991. It started its academic activity on September 1, 1991, having three faculties (the Humanities and Natural Sciences, Marine Engineering and Pedagogy) and about 3 000 students. The University was building up on the basis of faculties and subdivisions of higher schools, functioning then in KlaipÄ—da.

    Today KlaipÄ—da University is already in second decade of its existence. It is the only state classical university in exceptional (from economical, cultural and geopolitical viewpoints) coastal area of Lithuania, in the sole port of the country.

    A rapidly developing University has around 10 000 students and 600 professors, docents, lecturers, studying and working in 7 faculties (Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Humanities, Marine Engineering, Fine Arts, Pedagogy, Social Sciences, Health Sciences), 2 study institutes (Maritime and Continuing Studies), 5 scientific research institutes (Baltic Coastal Research and Planning, Baltic Regional History and Archaeology, Marine Landscape, Mechatronics, Regional Policy and Planning) scientific research and study centres,  library, the Botanical gardens, publishing office, Career centre. Klaipėda University owns „Brabander“, the largest Lithuanian exploratory – training sailer, designed for students’ practice and marine expeditions.

    The University implements the mission of human education and development of intellectual society, enshrining cultural and historic heritage of Western Lithuania and upholding its old traditions. Unity of science and studies, their qualitative integration into national and European scientific space remain the basic principle of its activity. Mission of the University is both universal and exceptional, satisfying demands of Lithuania as a marine state for qualified specialists, fundamental and applied researches.  

    KlaipÄ—da University is orientated towards the model of democratic universities in Western countries. It offers study programs, corresponding to requirements of European and American universities. It develops as an autonomous, modern nursery of science and studies, being important for entire country and the region, for union of universities around the Baltic Sea.

    The University develops professional artistic activity. Artistic groups and single performers of Klaipėda University achieved good results, representing it successfully and remaining as its  trademark in Lithuania and elsewhere.

    Historic structures of University campus

    Klaipėda university builds up in former cantonment, in 23,6 ha territory of which there are 6 neo-gothic  style structures – monuments of architecture. In the first half of 20th century these two/four storey red brick buildings, erected back in 1904–1907,  were a place of two residential blocks for servicemen, a chapel-canteen-club, HQ and a guardhouse, a residential block for officers and an accoutrements storehouse. In different time it was a place for German, French, Lithuanian and Russian troops. 
    In 1993 the cantonment and the structures ( 23,6 ha) were consigned to the university, which was necessary for its development and academic progress. In 1994 historic researches of these structures were performed. Almost a century employed for military purpose, historic complex of buildings was finally adapted for science and studies.

    Students and studies

    Klaipėda University offers a developed three level study system: 67 bachelor, 4 specialilized vocational, 48 master, 3 doctoral study programs.
    Trends of scientific research, artistic and academic activity, which are not developed in other Lithuanian universities, remain dominant in Klaipėda University. They are: marine environment research and engineering of marine transport, hydrology and oceanography, port technologies and engineering, history and languages of Lesser Lithuana and Baltic region, ecological engineering, landscape architecture, underwater  archaeology, recreation and tourism, care, social geography, jazz music, sporting dances and choreography, childhood pedagogy. It can also offer 7 international study programs for foreign students.
    Students flock into different associations.
    Students’union (KUSS), the largest self-management organization of students, started its activity in 1994. 
    They also have clubs of Economists, Historians, Political scientists, Recreation, Sport, Tourists, etc.

    February 10, 2009

    The most famous thing in our area, Trondheim

    Filed under: Daily life in our town — Toriz @ 11:25

    Rosenborg Ballklubb (RBK) - Trondheim’s pride above all!!

    ..is a Norwegian football club from the city of Trondheim, currently playing in the Norwegian Premier League. With 20 league titles and nine Norwegian Cup (Norwegian Championship) titles, the club is the most successful in Norway, and has dominated Norwegian football since the start of the 1990s. Rosenborg’s domestic title streak of 13 consecutive wins is second in the world only to the 14-year streak of Skonto Riga of Latvia, their runs both ending in 2005.

    Rosenborg were founded as Odd in 1917. Their home ground since 1957 is Lerkendal stadion, a modern all-seater stadium most recently upgraded from 2000 to 2002. Average attendance in the 2007 season was a record 19,903.

    Colours and badge: The founding members of Rosenborg bought their first kits in 1918. The shirts were blue with a yellow vertical stripe on the front and the shorts were white. The current white shirts and black shorts, introduced in 1931, were another tribute to the football club Odd. A shirt sponsor was introduced for the first time in 1971. Rosenborg normally use black shirts and white shorts for away matches, or either all-white or all-black kits.

    February 3, 2009

    Famous Person From Cyprus

    Filed under: Famous Person in our Town — pikrides @ 12:05


    Famous People

    There have been many famous people connected to Cyprus, below are just a few.

      Kings of Cyprus en.wikipedia.org
      Queen of Cyprus  
    James Alexandrou James Alexandrou Star of Eastenders bbc.co.uk
    Peter Andre Peter Andre Singer and married to glamour model Jordan  peterandremusic.com
    St. Barnabas Saint  Barnabas Jewish-Cypriot convert to Christianity, apostle of Jesus Christ. churchsaints.btinternet.co.uk  newadvent.org
    Michael Cacoyannis
    Michael Cacoyannis Film and theatre director and producer,famous for “Zorba the Greek”. Writer and translator of classical Greek drama and also of the plays of William Shakespeare.  geocities.com 
    Tina Charles Tina Charles Born in the United Kingdom to Greek Cypriot parents. Singer of the number one hit “I Love To Love” in 1976 tinacharles.com
    Levon Chilingirian Levon Chilingirian Violinist, born in Cyprus to Armenian parents  wikipedia.org
    Constantinos Christoforou Constantinos Christoforou Eurovision song contestant   constantinoschristoforou.com
    Nicky Clarke Nicky Clarke Famous hairdresser and stylist, his mother is Greek Cypriot. nickyclarke.com
    Caterina Cornaro Caterina Cornaro 1454–1510, queen of Cyprus  boglewood.com  answers.com
    Antony Costa Antony Costa Boy band Blue fansite.blue10.co.uk   sing365.com
    Hara, & Andros Constantinou Hara, & Andros Constantinou 1997 Eurovision Contestants
    Stella Georgiadou Stella Georgiadou Singer stellageorgiadou.com
    George Grivas Georgios Grivas Digenis formed EOKA   helleniccyprus 
    Stelios Haji-Ioannou Stelios Haji-Ioannou Easy Jet founder
      Heracleides Won the 192 m sprint at the 144th Olympics in 204 BC
    Cyprien Katsaris Cyprien Katsaris French-Cypriot pianist and composer oxfordphil.com cyprienkatsaris.net
    Stylianos Kiriakidis Stylianos Kiriakidis Marathon runner. Stylianos Kyriakides, champion of the Balkans, ran the 1946 Boston Marathon to save his country from famine.
    Tony Kleanthous Tony Kleanthous Chairman of Barnet FC
    Spyros Kyprianou 1932–2002, Greek Cypriot political leader and president of Cyprus (1977–1988). He served (1960–72) as foreign minister, and opposed efforts by Athens to unify the island with Greece, which sparked a Turkish invasion (1974). In 1976 he was a founder of the Cypriot Democratic party. He succeeded Archbishop Makarios III as president on the latter’s death. He was re elected in 1983, but lost office in 1988 elections. He proved unable to negotiate an end to Cyprus’s partition into Greek and Turkish sectors. Kyprianou again served in parliament after losing the presidency.  cyprus.gov.cy
    Tony Lambrianou Tony Lambrianou Junior members of the Kray firm moon-palace.de  cyprus.typepad.com   thekrays.co.uk
    Kristian Leontiou Kristian Leontiou Music industry kristianleontiou.com
    King Richard I
    King Richard I Lionheart allcrusades.com  nndb.com The site of Richard the Lion Heart’s victory over Isaac Comnenus; the church of St. Spyridon.  allcrusades.com
    Dimitris Lipertis Dimitris Lipertis Poet (1866 Larnaca – 1937) kypros.org
    Guy of Lusignan Guy of Lusignan Received the island of Cyprus from King Richard I  factmonster.com

    Makarios III Makarios III Born Michael Mouskos. Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Greek-Cypriot President of the Republic of Cyprus. freeessay.com   helleniccyprus  
    Kostas Malekos. Kostas Malekos. Famous Cypriot football player  official website
    George Michael George Michael Georgios Kyriakos Panayiotou   georgemichael.com  sonymusic.co.uk
    Kostas Montis Kostas Montis Poet costasmontis.com
      Onisicrates Onisicrates Won the 192 m sprint In the 150th Olympics in 180 BC
    Theo Paphitis Owner of La Senza, Ryman and Milwall FC
    Theodosis Pierides Theodosis Pierides Poet (1908 Tseri Cyprus – 1968)
    Peter Polycarpou Peter Polycarpou Best known for ‘Birds of a Feather’  imdb.com
    Stelios Papadopoulou Stelios Papadopoulou Musician
    Anthos Rodinis Anthos Rodinis Poet
    Nicos Sampson Born Nicos Georghiades. EOKA gunman who schemed with the Greek colonels to overthrow Makarios and become the coup leader in July 1974. cyprus-conflict.net
    Cat Stevens Cat Stevens Born Steven Georgiou yusufislam.org.uk
    Angelis Vasiliu Angelis Vasiliu Violinist
    Fatama Whitbread Fatama Whitbread British/Turkish Cypriot-Turk Olympic women’s javelin throwing gold  medalist.
      Zeno Zeno (Zenon) of Kitium (Citium) phoenicia.org
    Dr. Panayiotis Zavos Dr. Panayiotis Zavos Performed the first human cloning  zavos.org

    Higher Education In cyprus

    Filed under: Possibilities to get higher education in our Town — pikrides @ 11:36

    The Department of Higher and Tertiary Education (DAAE) aims at the creation of the appropriate conditions for the provision of tertiary education and training in academic and professional programmes of studies to the larger possible number of people. With the reshaping of the economies of almost all countries as a result of globalisation and the rapid development of technology, participation in higher education is now an essential qualification for the personal, economic and social development of individuals, groups and states. Thus, it constitutes the most significant level of education because it is directly linked to employment and contributes significantly to development and social coherence. Higher and Tertiary Education is also directly linked to the European membership of Cyprus since matters such as the recognition of academic qualifications and student and academic staff mobility are dominant among the issues handled by the DAAE

    Higher and Tertiary Education is provided through a wide range of means and methods in public or in private institutions, through full-time, part-time, distance and other forms of attendance. EU intention to promote “Lifelong Learning” has extended the role of Higher and Tertiary Education and created new needs such as the creation of the Open University of Cyprus. At the same time, the state policy for the substantial increase of expenditure on research and the establishment of Cyprus as a regional educational and research centre, creates new prospects for the development of tertiary education and indicates that there are great possibilities for tertiary education to contribute to the economic development of the country.

    Measures to promote HE in Cyprus
    During the past twenty one years of the operation of the Department of Higher and Tertiary Education, a series of measures have been promoted which aim at the expansion of Higher Education and especially at University-level:

    1. The establishment and operation of the University of Cyprus in 1992. This measure contributed to the upgrading of tertiary education and laid the foundations for the involvement of the University in the social and economic life of Cyprus. The efforts continued and were intensified in the following years with the improvement of the graduate and postgraduate programmes of studies of the University of Cyprus as well as
    2. The establishment of another two state universities
      1. The Open University of Cyprus
      2. Cyprus University of Technology
    3. The creation of suitable institutional framework for the operation of Private Institutions of Tertiary Education (PITE).
    4. The establishment of the Council of Educational Evaluation-Accreditation,  the competent authority responsible for the educational evaluation-accreditation of programmes of studies offered by PITE. The first programmes of studies were evaluated in January 2000, an event which proved to be a milestone for the development of PITE. The result of this evaluation was the institutions’ significant effort to improve their infrastructure, which contributed positively to the increase of the number of students both Cypriot and international attending these institutions.
    5. Approval of the Law which regulates the establishment and operation of Private Universities in June 2005 by the House of Representatives for further upgrading the private tertiary education

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