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From Olympic glory to prehistoric wonders, they have witnessed it all

Background imageMetres Collection: Kenenisa Bekele & Hicham El Guerrouji

Kenenisa Bekele & Hicham El Guerrouji
Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham El Guerrouji 5000 Metres World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 31 August 2003 Date: 31 August 2003

Background imageMetres Collection: Olympic 400m race finish 1924, Eric Liddell

Olympic 400m race finish 1924, Eric Liddell
End of the 400 metres final at the 1924 Paris Olympics, showing Scot, Eric Liddell, crossing the finish line first. Liddell was made famous in the film, Chariots of Fire. Date: 1924

Background imageMetres Collection: Harold Abrahams wins 100m - 1924 Olympics

Harold Abrahams wins 100m - 1924 Olympics
Harold Maurice Abrahams, CBE, (18991978) - a British athlete of Jewish origin. He was champion in the 100 metres sprint at the 1924 Olympics in Paris (July 7th)

Background imageMetres Collection: Glyptodon Asper

Glyptodon Asper
a gigantic forerunner of the armadillo, from the Pleistocene period in South America (near Buenos Aires) more than two metres in length

Background imageMetres Collection: National Electric Grid

National Electric Grid
Part of Britains National Grid, this is the sub-station at Yoker, near Glasgow, Scotland. The tower is 90 metres tall and carries the lines across the Clyde

Background imageMetres Collection: Skywriting 1922

Skywriting 1922
Skywriting from an aeroplane, at 4000 metres

Background imageMetres Collection: Sohns Device

Sohns Device
At Daytona Beach, Florida, American birdman CLEM SOHN leaves a plane at 4000 metres, and glides to 700 metres before opening his parachute

Background imageMetres Collection: Zeppelin shed at Nordholz, aerial photograph during WW1

Zeppelin shed at Nordholz, aerial photograph during WW1
Aerial photograph of a Zeppelin shed on a turntable, after its reconstruction and extension to a length of 200 metres, at the Nordholz Zeppelin Base in northern Germany during the First World War

Background imageMetres Collection: Diagram of the Wright Brothers aeroplane

Diagram of the Wright Brothers aeroplane
A diagram from 1908 showing a perspective view of the Wright Brothers aeroplane. Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight on December 17th 1903, covering 36 metres in 12 seconds

Background imageMetres Collection: Nice Beach Postcard / 1920

Nice Beach Postcard / 1920
Ingenious machines enable bathers to go a few metres out to where the Baie des Anges is deep enough for plunging or diving

Background imageMetres Collection: Extinct / Plesiosaurus

Extinct / Plesiosaurus
PLESIOSAURUS DOLICHODEIRUS (about 7 metres in length)

Background imageMetres Collection: Hezekiahs Tunnel, Jerusalem

Hezekiahs Tunnel, Jerusalem
Hezekiahs Tunnel (Siloam Tunnel), Jerusalem, a subterranean channel cut through the rock, 533 metres long. It was designed as an aqueduct linking the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. Date: 1920s

Background imageMetres Collection: Southwold Lighthouse

Southwold Lighthouse, Suffolk, England, was erected by Trinity House in 1889. It is 30.8 metres high and its 1500 watt light can be seen for 18 nautical miles. Date: 1889

Background imageMetres Collection: Beebe in Atlantic

Beebe in Atlantic
Professor Beebe in his BATHYSPHERE, 1000 metres below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean

Background imageMetres Collection: Taylorcraft DC-65 XK-ATY

Taylorcraft DC-65 XK-ATY (msn 0-4247. built as an L-2A ), at Mangere, NZ. (The aircraft and pilot Alexander N. Clark went missing on 23 November 1956, and were found in the bush 30 months later)

Background imageMetres Collection: Dermot Donnelly

Dermot Donnelly 5000 Metres 16 February 1995 Date: 16 February 1995

Background imageMetres Collection: Curtis Robb

Curtis Robb 800 Metres 17 August 1992 Date: 17 August 1992

Background imageMetres Collection: Linford Christie

Linford Christie Wins Olympic 100 Metres Final 26 August 1992 Date: 26 August 1992

Background imageMetres Collection: Reggie Walker Athletics

Reggie Walker Athletics
Reginald (Reggie) Edgar Walker (16 March 1889 5 November 1951) was a South African athlete and the 1908 Olympic champion in the 100 metres. Date: 1909

Background imageMetres Collection: Lake Lucerne with Pilatus mountain, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne with Pilatus mountain, Switzerland
A view of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, with the Pilatus mountain in the background (height of 2132 metres). Date: circa 1940

Background imageMetres Collection: Lecture on Stephen Grays discoveries in electricity

Lecture on Stephen Grays discoveries in electricity
A lecture at the Charterhouse, London on Stephen Grays discoveries in electricity. In the early eighteenth century, Gray demonstrated that charges of electricity could be conducted by some materials

Background imageMetres Collection: Gloster Meteor T. 7 WA669 27

Gloster Meteor T. 7 WA669 27
Royal Air Force - Gloster Meteor T.7 WA669 27, of the Central flying School, at RAF Little Rissington, on 1 August 1970. (RAF Little Rissington is the highest active airfield in the British Isles)

Background imageMetres Collection: Olympics / 1932 / Hammer

Olympics / 1932 / Hammer
Hammer: O Callaghan (Eire) wins with a throw of 53.92 metres

Background imageMetres Collection: Henson and Stringfellow's 1843 design for steam-powered flying machine, 1843 (lithograph)

Henson and Stringfellow's 1843 design for steam-powered flying machine, 1843 (lithograph)
530320 Henson and Stringfellow's 1843 design for steam-powered flying machine, 1843 (lithograph); (add.info.: for steam-powered flying machine. Webbed tail 15.24m, and beneath it a rudder)

Background imageMetres Collection: Fingal's Cave, best-known of the caves in the basalt stacks on the southwest coast of Staffa

Fingal's Cave, best-known of the caves in the basalt stacks on the southwest coast of Staffa, Inner Hebrides
537950 Fingal's Cave, best-known of the caves in the basalt stacks on the southwest coast of Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland; (add.info)

Background imageMetres Collection: David slaying the Philistine giant Goliath

David slaying the Philistine giant Goliath
536233 David slaying the Philistine giant Goliath.; (add.info.: David slaying the Philistine giant Goliath.Bible I Samuel 17. Goliath 6 cubits (approx 3 metres) tall

Background imageMetres Collection: Samir Benfares

Samir Benfares 1500 Metres, Helsinki 1994 17 August 1994 Date: 17 August 1994

Background imageMetres Collection: Linford Christie John Regis

Linford Christie John Regis 100 And 200 Metres 19 August 1993 Date: 19 August 1993

Background imageMetres Collection: Victims of the First Gas Attack Memorial, Steenstraat

Victims of the First Gas Attack Memorial, Steenstraat
This 15 metres high Cross of Reconciliation, commemorates the victims of the first gas attack of the war made by the Germans on 22 April 1915

Background imageMetres Collection: Rumbelows Sprint Challenge Final, Wembley Stadium, Sunday 12th April 992

Rumbelows Sprint Challenge Final, Wembley Stadium, Sunday 12th April 992. The aim of the challenge was to find the fastest player in the League

Background imageMetres Collection: Rumbelows Sprint Challenge 1st Semi Final, Wembley Stadium, Sunday 12th April 992

Rumbelows Sprint Challenge 1st Semi Final, Wembley Stadium, Sunday 12th April 992. The aim of the challenge was to find the fastest player in the League

Background imageMetres Collection: Siege of Port Arthur - 203 Hill - Japanese Memorial

Siege of Port Arthur - 203 Hill - Japanese Memorial
Japanese memorial on the summit of 203 Hill, high ground located in Lushunkou District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China - scene of bloody fighting between Japanese

Background imageMetres Collection: London Eye, 2005. Creator: Ethel Davies

London Eye, 2005. Creator: Ethel Davies
London Eye, completed in 2000, once the largest ferris wheel in the world, now the 4th, although still considered the ‘ tallest cantilevered observation wheel, various architects

Background imageMetres Collection: Llyn Llydaw And Moel Siabod

Llyn Llydaw And Moel Siabod
A watercolour landscape painting which provides an aerial view of Llyn Llydaw, a lake located in Snowdonia National Park, Wales, the mountain named Moel Siabod is also visible

Background imageMetres Collection: Switzerland - Rosenlaui, Falls of Reichenbach (2)

Switzerland - Rosenlaui, Falls of Reichenbach (2)
Coloured lantern slide of a view of the Reichenbach Falls. Rosenlaui is the highest settlement in the alpine valley of Reichenbachtal with its water, the Reichenbach

Background imageMetres Collection: Switzerland - Rosenlaui, Falls of Reichenbach (1)

Switzerland - Rosenlaui, Falls of Reichenbach (1)
Coloured lantern slide of a view of the Reichenbach Falls. Rosenlaui is the highest settlement in the alpine valley of Reichenbachtal with its water, the Reichenbach

Background imageMetres Collection: CARRIED ALOFT BY BALLOON

CARRIED ALOFT BY BALLOON
An Italian soldier gets entangled with a balloon's mooring rope, and is swept 300 metres into the air before falling to his death. Date: 1899

Background imageMetres Collection: DDE-90035589

DDE-90035589
Summit of the Monch, 4, 107 metres (13, 474 feet) from West, Bernese Alps, Switzerland. Date: 17/02/2005

Background imageMetres Collection: Adrian Moorhouse

Adrian Moorhouse 100 Metres Breaststroke 29 July 1992 Date: 29 July 1992

Background imageMetres Collection: Nick Gillingham

Nick Gillingham 200 Metres Breaststroke 29 July 1992 Date: 29 July 1992

Background imageMetres Collection: Sarah Hardcastle

Sarah Hardcastle 800 Metres Freestyle 01 August 1996 Date: 01 August 1996

Background imageMetres Collection: John Mutai

John Mutai 3000 Metres Norwich Union British Grand Pr Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead, England 27 June 2004 Date: 27 June 2004

Background imageMetres Collection: Adam Steele

Adam Steele 4x400 Metres World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 29 August 2003 Date: 29 August 2003

Background imageMetres Collection: Natalya Tsyganova

Natalya Tsyganova 800 Metres Norwich Union British Grand Pr Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead, England 27 June 2004 Date: 27 June 2004

Background imageMetres Collection: Mitch Potter

Mitch Potter 4x400 Metres World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 29 August 2003 Date: 29 August 2003

Background imageMetres Collection: Calvin Harrison

Calvin Harrison 4x400 Metres World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 29 August 2003 Date: 29 August 2003

Background imageMetres Collection: Helen Karagounis & Jennifer Meadows

Helen Karagounis & Jennifer Meadows 4x400 Metres World Athletics Championships Stade De France, St Denis, Paris, France 29 August 2003 Date: 29 August 2003

Background imageMetres Collection: Ana Guevara

Ana Guevara 400 Metres Norwich Union British Grand Pr Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead, England 27 June 2004 Date: 27 June 2004



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From Olympic glory to prehistoric wonders, they have witnessed it all. In the historic 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell's electrifying finish in the 400m race left spectators breathless with awe. Meanwhile, Harold Abrahams' lightning-fast sprint secured him a gold medal in the 100m event. But let's not forget about the incredible Glyptodon Asper, an extinct giant armadillo that roamed our planet millions of years ago. Its massive size and unique armor make it a fascinating creature to study. While athletes pushed their limits on tracks and fields, another marvel was taking place behind the scenes - the development of the National Electric Grid. This revolutionary system brought power to countless homes and businesses, transforming society as we know it. Innovations continued to soar through the sky with skywriting making its debut in 1922. Words etched across blue canvases amazed crowds below as messages floated high above their heads. Speaking of inventions, who can overlook Sohns Device? This groundbreaking technology revolutionized communication by allowing people to transmit sound wirelessly over long distances – a true game-changer for humanity. On Reggie Walker Athletics' stage, records were shattered and dreams realized. His remarkable achievements inspired generations of aspiring athletes worldwide. Meanwhile, Liz McColgan conquered her own challenges on running tracks around the globe. Her determination and resilience made her an icon in women's athletics. Away from sports arenas and technological advancements lies tranquility captured beautifully on a Nice Beach postcard from 1920. The serene waves crashing against golden sands transport us back to simpler times where relaxation reigned supreme. Diving deeper into history takes us back millions of years when Plesiosaurus ruled ancient seas before becoming extinct. These majestic marine reptiles leave us awestruck at nature's ability to create such magnificent creatures. Venturing underground brings us Hezekiah's Tunnel in Jerusalem - an engineering marvel dating back to biblical times.