Posts Tagged ‘China’

Iconic Images

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Watching Al Jazeera English’s live streaming coverage of the riots in Egypt, I find myself waiting for the iconic image. You know, the one that’ll be on the cover of international newsmagazines, and then end up in history books someday.

That got me to thinking of other images from civil unrest past.

Boston in 1770:

Engraving by Paul Revere

Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859:

Illustration from Harper's Weekly

Birmingham, Alabama in 1963:

Photograph by Bill Hudson

Kent State University in 1970:

Photograph by John Filo

Tiananmen Square in 1989:

Photograph by Jeff Widener

Los Angeles in 1992:

Screenshot from KTLA

Seattle in 1999:

Photography by Steve Kaiser


Friday, August 20th, 2010

Just read an interesting fact in an article about Chinese megacities over at Foreign Policy.

In Britain, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, there are only two cities with a population of more than 1 million; in the United States, there are just 10 such cities. But already in China, there are 43 cities of more than 1 million, and by 2030 there will be 221, the McKinsey Global Institute predicts.


World’s Top Selling Beer

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

What’s the top selling beer in the world?

If you said Bud Light, you would have been right, two years ago.

But not today. Today it’s Snow beer (who?) from China (oh!).

According to beer research firm Plato Logic in 2008 the world’s leading beer brands are (in million of hectoliters):

1. Snow – 61.0
2. Bud Light – 55.6
3. Budweiser – 43.4
4. Skol (Brazil) – 35.4
5. Corona – 32.7
6. Heineken – 29.1

A hectoliter, by the way, is 100 liters, or 26.4 US gallons, or since we’re talking beer, 211.33 pints.