Planeteer: NYC Beer Week, Mexico’s drug laws & a Beijing smog warning

Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Image by d.i. / CC BY 2.0

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Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Image by d.i. / CC BY 2.0

iPhone app recreates concert at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial
Visitors to Berlin’s Holocaust memorial can now recreate a unique 2008 concert using their iPhones. In the original performance, musicians from the Berlin Chamber Orchestra were spread throughout the 2711 cement blocks of the memorial, and the app uses GPS to accurately recreate how an audience member would have heard the emotive piece depending on their position within the memorial. Read more:

Spanish parliament rejects Catalonia independence bid
The Spanish parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to deny a referendum on secession by Catalonia. The Catalonia-based government plans to hold the vote in November, but the ruling means that its outcome will be rejected by the central government. Read more:

Two female Resistance fighters to enter the Panthéon
The remains of two women, Germaine Tillion and Genevievè de Gaulle (Charles de Gaulle’s niece) who fought in the Resistance will be moved to the Panthéon in Paris, a place reserved for national heroes. They are to become the third and fourth women to be honoured there after an outcry over the lack of females interred in the Panthéon. Read more:

Strike causes flight delays & cancellations at Frankfurt Airport
Travellers are being advised to check their airline’s website before they travel to Frankfurt Airport in Germany on Friday, as security staff strike over pay. Workers want hourly rates to be increased to €16 at the country’s largest airport. Read more:

Documentary film festival in Zagreb
The 10th anniversary edition of the Zagrebdox annual documentary film festival will start on Sunday in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. The week-long festival involves the screening of over 150 films, including four that have been nominated for Oscars. Read more:

Venetian defensive works considered for Unesco status
A vast network of defensive structures designed and built by the Serenissima Republic of Venice between the 15th and 17th centuries has been proposed for nomination for Unesco World Heritage site status. The site extends over 1000km between Bergamo in the Italian pre-Alps, along the Croatian Adriatic coast to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, and the building of the fortifications involved the most important architects and engineers of the time. Read more:

Hugh Frazer’s Battle of Clontarf. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Viking defeat celebrated, with a little help from Hawaii
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