Planeteer: Paris’ love-lock campaign, martial arts comes to Kazakhstan, snake on a piste

Oslo Opera House. Image by Ole.Pophal / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Oslo Opera House. Image by Ole.Pophal / CC BY-SA 2.0

Oslo’s Opera House recruits marble experts
Italian marble experts have been hired to determine the cause of the discolouration of Oslo’s iconic Opera House. The building, located on the city’s eastern waterfront, is made from white marble that is gradually yellowing, apparently due to the effect of seawater on the stone. It represents another blow for Norwegian Opera & Ballet, which has already had to request extra funding due to rising costs within the organisation. Read more:

Spain’s National Archaeology Museum opens after six-year facelift
Spain’s National Archaeology Museum in Madrid has opened after a costly six-year renovation project. Some of the improvements include new audiovisual material, simplified explanatory texts, space for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, a conference room and better access for disabled people. Read more:

New metro line for Budapest
The fourth line of Budapest’s metro, the M4, is now open. Its construction started in 2006 and it’s the first new line in the city since 1976, running 7.34km. There are 10 stops on the line, which runs underneath the Danube and connects a railway station on the Pest side of town with the Buda side. The trip from one end of the line to the other takes approximately 15 minutes. Read more:

Greece honours Melina Mercouri with an exhibition
Benaki Museum in Athens is hosting a large exhibition to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of famous actress, singer and politician Melina Mercouri. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Melina Mercouri Foundation. It’s on show at the museum’s Pireos Annexe until 25 May. Read more:

Thousands of locks adorn Paris’ bridges. Image by JD / CC BY 2.0

Campaigners aim to ban Paris’ ‘love locks’
A new campaign has called for a ban of the iconic ‘love locks’ that adorn bridges around Paris. The padlocks, which are placed along bridges by couples as a sign of everlasting love, have drawn criticism from campaigners, who say the more than 700,000 locks are putting the bridges’ structural integrity in danger. Read more:

Poland’s roads among Europe’s deadliest
The European Commission has released a report showing that Poland has the second-worst road accident rate in Europe. While …read more


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