Photographer Andy Lockley came by the studio & shot some lovely photos which are up on our blog now.
For #GlobeFacts let’s look at Europe as a whole.
To start things off with a bang, Europe is technically not a continent. It’s separation from Asia was actually a Greek idea.
Italians don’t drink cappuccino after 11 AM.
There are more Doner Kebab restaurants in Berlin than in Istanbul.
The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona is taking longer to build than the pyramids (it was started in 1882 and no, it is not done yet).
Only 1% of the items kept at the British Museum are actually on display.
The highest toilet in Europe is on Mont Blanc at over 4,200 meters!
The small country of Belgium has the world’s densest rail network (113.8 km/1,000 Km2).
Perucica in Bosnia is one of the last rainforests in Europe. That’s right, Europe has rainforests!
Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe and it hasn’t changed its name since 681 AD.
Continued tomorrow —> #EuropeFacts
. add a /blog to see full set of photos. Pictured : 23cm mini desk globe in Champagne.

Just one more layer of gloss & we are good to go… ✈️ to Florida.

Continuing on with #GlobeFacts Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka flag contains a golden lion, surrounded by four golden leaves at four corners which represents Buddhism. The green and orange strips represent Islam and Hinduism respectively.

Sri Lankas name in Sinhalese is “Shri Lanka Prajatantrika Samajavadi Janarajaya/Ilankai Jananayaka Choshalichak Kutiyarachu”. Try to say it!

Sinhalese have very long names. The average number of words in a person’s name is five.

The first woman Prime Minister in the world comes from Sri Lanka. Her name is Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

The most popular alcohol is Arrack which is made by fermenting either fruits, coconut, rice or sugarcane.

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea is world famous, but in the 1860s was the world’s biggest coffee producer. Only after a deadly disease stuck the coffee plantations did the British colonists convert them to tea.

Some slang.. correct me if you know better!

A cellphone is referred to as ‘Cell Tell’.

You refer to friends by calling them “Machan” instead of “dude”.

Since ancient times, Sri Lanka was known for its cinnamon, specifically C.verum cinnamon of which the country still produces 80-90 percent of the world supply.

With its cinnamon supply and a large, deep natural harbor strategically positioned along East-West trade routes, Colombo was known to and valued by Indians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Arabs, and Chinese traders more than 2,000 years ago.

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Alex painting a 50cm Britannia in what we call.. Britannia Blue.. before it is glossed it appears much more green!

For #GlobeFacts Cuba III we have a brief history.

The name of Cuba comes from a pre-Columbian Taino language word meaning either ‘abundant in fertile land’ or ‘great place’.

Cuba’s original inhabitants were the Ciboney and Guanahatabey people. About a thousand years ago, the Taino people from Venezuela took over the island.

In 1511, forces from Spain defeated the Taino and claimed the island as a Spanish territory.

The Spanish forced many of the Taino people into slave labour. Most died from overwork and from diseases brought by the Europeans. .

Hundreds of thousands of African slaves were then brought to Cuba, mainly to plant and harvest sugarcane.

American forces helped drive the Spanish out of Cuba in 1898, and by 1902, Cuba had won independence. .

However, the United States had a strong influence over the island until 1959, when the communist revolutionaries took control, led by Fidel Castro.

Cuba has a tropical climate moderated by trade winds. The ‘dry season’ is between November to April and a ‘wet season’ between May and October. The average temperature is 21⁰C in January and 27⁰C in July.

Been to Cuba?
Add your favourite facts or slices of history below!

Bellerby & Co Globemakers | Photos by Jade Fenster

Rachel painting a Cobalt Blue 36cm globe & eye goes to the small islands between Africa & South America.

Cape Verde is named after Cap Vert, which means Green Cape in Senegal, the westernmost point of continental Africa.

The islands are divided into two sections, the Barlavento islands which are windward and the Sotavento islands located on the leeward side. .
Santiago is the largest Island, both in size and population and is home to the capital city, Praia.

The country boasts as West Africa’s highest standard of living as a result of its stable political and economic system.

The country’s president Jorge Carlos Fonseca is a Cape Verdean politician, lawyer, and university professor who has been President of Cape Verde since 2011.

The population is made up of a good mix of African and Portuguese heritage.

Portuguese is the official language but people also speak Crioulo, an Africanised Creole Portuguese.

There are more Cape Verdians living abroad than in the country.

#GlobeFacts #AfricaFacts | | photo by Jade Fenster, Bellerby & Co Globemakers

Today’s let’s go to Cuba with #GlobeFacts
The official name of Cuba is the Republic of Cuba.
Cuba is the largest of all islands in the Caribbean. The country also includes more than 4000 other much smaller islands.
From the air, the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile or alligator and so Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as “El Cocodrilo” or “El Caimá”.
Original indigenous inhabitants of Cuba were the Guanajatabey people followed by the Ciboney and Taíno tribes. In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived on the island and claimed it as a Spanish territory.
Cuba remained a Spanish colony until the Spanish-American War of 1898 when the country became part of the United States. This was only brief though, the country was given independence in 1902.
The United States had a strong influence over the island until 1959, when communist revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, took over. The country remains one of the world’s four self-declared communist states today, although Castro himself stepped aside in 2008 due to health complications.
Cuba is renown for its music, bands play everywhere in the capital Havana. The main musical form is called son, which is a combination of upbeat rhythms with classical guitar.
Sugar from sugar cane is the main crop grown in Cuba, followed by tobacco which is used in the making of hand-crafted cigars that are famous for being the finest cigars in the world.
Nickel is Cuba’s most important mineral resource at 21% of total exports in 2011 nearly 4% of the world’s production.
In a traditional Cuban meal the food is not served in courses, instead all the food is served at the same time.
The game of dominoes is extremely popular in Cuba & baseball is considered the favourite sport.
The worlds’ smallest hummingbird and smallest frog are found in Cuba.
#CubaFacts shall continue tomorrow.
Pictured : 23cm diameter mini desk globe in Mint Green.
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Bellerby & Co Globemakers, photo by Jade Fenster