Age-old traditions of great Britain. Native English customs
There is no mask more mysterious than the open and friendly face of an Englishman. Having lived in England for more than four years, I already know them, of course,…

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The Rock of Gibraltar - Pillar of Hercules
The Rock of Gibraltar is a geology miracle located on the British territory of Gibraltar, on the Iberian Peninsula. This magnificent monolith is owned by the United Kingdom, located on…

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National parks and reserves in the Cayman Islands
Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park lies halfway between the Eastern edge of North Sound and the East coast of Grand Cayman, about 20 minutes ' walk from Georgetown. The Park…

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Cromarty Firth Oil Platform Cemetery

In the remote harbor in the north of Scotland, between two steep promontories are dozens of old oil platforms. They have been idle for several decades, quietly waiting for the hour when the drilling of offshore oil will again become profitable.

Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) was founded in 1972 as a dry dock for the repair and assembly of oil platforms operating in the North Sea. This region covers the shallow waters of Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, being one of the most active coastal drilling zones in the world. Once, hundreds of drilling platforms could be observed here, but these times are over. With the constant decrease in oil prices, many oil companies have decided to suspend work, still hoping for a further increase in prices. You can read about the era of cheap oil in a separate collection.

Instead of dismantling the oil platforms, these companies towed them away from the open sea to the safe harbor of Cromartie Firth. Here you can save the platform for a long time and again put into the sea, as soon as the economy will turn in their favor. Some of these rigs are still operational. On board is a special team that supports the basic mechanisms of an expensive installation. Other platforms are closed completely, and some of them have already become unusable and turned into scrap metal.

According to Bloomberg, only 63 percent of oil and gas drilling rigs in the North Sea were in use as of January 2016. Due to lower energy prices, most drillers stopped the most expensive projects. According to analysts, about 150 oil platforms will be withdrawn from British waters over the next 10 years. While thousands of people in the oil industry lost their jobs, oil platforms ultimately benefited Cromartie Firth. The port has recently built a new pier for 25 million, it is also planned to build new processing plants, where local residents will be involved.

Britain. Greenwich for all
The trouble with many visitors to London is that, having crushed each other's feet in the Tate gallery, at Westminster and big Ben, they imagine that they have already seen…

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Rest in England with a glass of wine. English wine - exotic product
Today we will talk about alcoholic beverages. Nice subject, isn't it? I myself love, a sinful deed... But not keen. I advise you. Recently invited to the feast "Beaujolais Nouveau"…

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history of Scotland
Scotland was originally inhabited by people engaged in hunting and gathering, who came from England, Ireland and Europe about 6000 years ago. They brought the Neolithic era with them to…

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Skyscraper Mary Ex. London cucumber
The Mary Eix skyscraper, better known as the London Cucumber, is one of the most attractive buildings in London and stands out against the backdrop of the city skyline. Mary…

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Scotland's Culture. Scotland Traditions. Scottish Cuisine
Historically, Scots have been underrepresented in British art and music, but they have nonetheless given the world a huge legacy in science, literature and philosophy. The Scots discovered logarithms, the…

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