Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Opal That Turned Into Fire and other Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories

For the Indigenous people of Australia, opals like other minerals, have  spiritual value as representations of their Dreamtime ancestors. The  Wangkumara tribe (western NSW) have a Dreamtime story about how their people obtained fire from opal:

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Up Close and Personal with Opals

Opal takes its name from the Latin word Upala meaning precious stone. The Roman scholar Pliny described opal as ring having the fire of carbuncle (a deep red garnet) and the brilliance of amethyst with the green color of emerald. … Continue reading

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Australian Opals

Australia has a great wealth of opals still hidden in the more remote and forbidding parts of the continent. Unlike many other gemstones, opal does not occur in lengthy veins or in diamond-like concentrations. Small clusters of gem-quality material may … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai Film Blog

Thomat Chiang Mai Film Blog. A report on the film scene in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including what’s playing at the mall cineplexes, the Alliance Française, Film Space at Chiang Mai University, and any film festivals. Show times are currently updated … Continue reading

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Left luggage counters at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok)

There are 2 left luggage counters at Suvarnabhumi Airport and both are open 24 hours.

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