north entrance

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Mallow Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Mallow Castle is a 33-acre site composed of gardens and parkland on which three buildings sit: the remains of a 16th-century fortified house (pictured above), a 19th-century mansion to the north, and the ruins of a 13th-century castle to the east. The fortified house is a long rectangular three-storey building, with two polygonal towers on the north-west and south-west corners. It is early Jacobean in style, featuring high gables, stepped battlements, and mullioned windows. The wings of the house project from the center of the south and north walls, with the entrance in the north wing. The design of the house was to provide a field of fire around it entirely.

The 16th-century  fortified house is believed to have been built by Sir Thomas Norreys before his death in 1599. Following his death, his niece Elizabeth and her husband Sir John Jephson inherited the house, with their family remaining in Mallow for almost 400 years. It was placed under siege by Richard Butler, Lord Mountgarret, in 1642 during the Irish Confederate Wars and did not fall. It was captured in 1645 by James Tuchet, Lord Castlehaven. The house was badly damaged by fire during the Williamite War and subsequently abandoned by the Jephsons. The Jephsons built the new mansion house on the site of the older castle’s stable block.

Switch and Play Events

After the Nintendo Switch system is unveiled to the world during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, Nintendo’s next home gaming system is traveling across North America.

Preview Tour

The Nintendo Switch system is the star of an interactive multi-city tour providing hands-on time for fans, gamers, families and everyone in between. Each Sunday’s stop is open and free to the public to attend. Please join us to be among the first people in the world to experience Nintendo Switch.

Space is very limited and fans will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is highly recommended.

Toronto Sunday, January 29, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. ET (doors open)

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Hall A, 255 Front Street West, Toronto Note: Exhibit hall A is located in the North building. The entrance is situated at 255 Front Street West, between the InterContinental Toronto Centre to the east, and the CN Tower and Rogers Centre to the west.

Please do not arrive earlier than 7 a.m. ET, as lines will not begin forming until that time. Wristbands will be handed out for specific sessions beginning at approximately 8 a.m. ET.

Minors (17 years of age or younger) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Washington D.C. Sunday, February 12, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. ET (doors open)

Location: Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, Washington DC 20002 The entrance to Dock 5 is located in the rear of Union Market at 1309 5th St NE. Free Parking is available in the Union Market parking lot, which is accessible via 6th St NE.

Please do not arrive earlier than 7 a.m. ET, as lines will not begin forming until that time. Wristbands will be handed out for specific sessions beginning at approximately 8 a.m. ET.

Minors (17 years of age or younger) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Chicago Sunday, February 19, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. CT (doors open)

Location: Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Revel Fulton Market is accessed off of the parking lot doors located at the corner of Racine & Fulton Market street.

Please do not arrive earlier than 7 a.m. CT, as lines will not begin forming until that time. Wristbands will be handed out for specific sessions beginning at approximately 8 a.m. CT.

Minors (17 years of age or younger) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

San Francisco Sunday, February 26, 2017 Time: TBA Location: TBA

Los Angeles Sunday, March 5, 2017 Time: TBA Location: TBA

More chances to experience Nintendo Switch

PAX South Friday - Sunday January 27 - 29, 2017 San Antonio

PAX East Friday - Sunday March 10 - 12, 2017 Boston

SXSW Thursday - Saturday March 16 - 18, 2017 Austin

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Steamy Winter Scenes

Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone National Park // Sony RX1r

Yellowstone is pretty locked down from normal car travel during the winter time. Nevertheless, there is still endless amounts of things to see and experience. I explored Mammoth Springs with Issa, which is just inside the North entrance of the park. I was not expecting such a vast and amazing place just steps inside the entrance. The shadows and soft diffused light was a great combination with the afternoon light.

Edited with Priime for Mac (coming soon)

“All troop carriers will assemble at the north entrance,” Leia is explaining. It’s not clear who put her in charge of the X-wing briefing. But Leia’s the sort of gal who doesn’t need anyone’s permission to take charge.
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The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to be a Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz

You’re damn right she isn’t.

Denmylne Castle, Fife, Scotland

Denmylne Castle (or Denmilne) was built by the Balfours in 1560 on land that was granted to them by the king. The castle stood near an old water mill (mylne in Gaelic means mill) and it is known as King’s Mill since the land was forfeited to the Crown by the early owners, the Earls of Fife. The castle was built over the site of an early fortress belonging to the Earls of Fife. The cross-shaped tower had two rooms on each floor and was inhabited until the 18th century. Today it is privately owned and in a poor state of repair with a tree growing in the middle. The ruins of the castle can be seen southeast of Newburgh in north Fife, opposite the entrance to a large quarry. The remains of the water mill which gave the castle its name are  about 30 yards away.

The Balfours held the castle and surrounding lands for over two hundred years. Sir James Balfour was Lord Lyon King at Arms to Charles I and Charles II but is remembered chiefly for his great collection of old charters and deeds which was housed in chests and left in the castle even after it was abandoned. The remains of the records were eventually rescued and stored safely in Edinburgh.

Sir James died when he was 52, leaving his six year old son Sir Robert as heir. Robert died at age 22 as the result of a duel. The castle then went to Robert’s uncle, the Minister of Abdie, who died a year later. His son Michael was the last in the line, and he mysteriously disappeared in 1709. The castle and estate were abandoned in 1772, when the estate was sold to Major Gen. John Scott of Balcomie. By 1840 it was a complete ruin.

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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion:

Three fragments of a plaster relief fresco representing bull-hunting, or capturing in a rocky landscape with olive trees. Part of a human figure, hunter, or bull-leaper, also belonged to the composition. The main part of the fresco with the bull’s head is a masterpiece of minoan naturalism, a work of high artistic quality and expressive power. The artist captured the intensity of the moment, the anguish of the galloping bull, puffing and struggling with a half-open mouth and dilated eyes to escape its pursuers or even to counter-attack

Knossos, Palace, West Bastion of the North Entrance Passage, Neopalatial Period (1600-1450 B.C)

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