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Dianella, Western Australia

Dianella is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is within the local government area of the City of Stirling. Dianella was named after the botanical title of a small blue lily, Dianella revoluta, a narrow-leafed plant, plentiful in the area prior to residential development. Early development of the area was slow, as the sandy soil, part of the Banksia sandplain, was considered unsuitable for agriculture. Much of Dianella was subdivided in the 1880s by the Intercolonial Investment Company of Sydney, but growth was still slow and by 1919, the only development was along Walter Road, a track leading to dairy farms in the Morley area. Dianella comprised localities known as East Yokine, Morley Park and Bedford Park, they were amalgamated into Dianella in 1958. Development progressed during the 1960s and housing construction first occurred north from Walter Road and Grand Promenade, with St Andrews, Montclair Rise and Dress Circle Estates being the last major areas to be developed in the early 2000s.

The character of housing ranges from modest post-war homes to modern two storey dwellings. Dianella was Western Australia's media centre. Channel 9 and Channel 10 left the suburb in 2016 and are now in St Georges Terrace and Subiaco, respectively. There are a number of small parks in a large regional open space. Vicinity Centres Dianella is the major shopping centre in the suburb, with several smaller local stores. Education is provided by a number of primary schools as well as high schools in Mirrabooka and Morley. Dianella Regional Open Space is at the junction of Alexander Drive and Morley Drive and provides a landscape feature for the suburb as well as sporting facilities; the area is home to a number of sporting codes, including lacrosse, little athletics and cricket as well as many more indoor sports. In 2015 StirlingBuzz announced Ashington Crescent had taken out the prize of best street gardens in Dianella. Prevelly Parkway was named as best community street and Tame Court took out the best small street award.

Dianella lies at the heart of Perth's small Jewish community. Although this is the third largest Jewish community in Australia, numbers have never reached more than 6000 members. Dianella itself is home to a number of community institutions such as a Jewish day school, a sports club, an aged home and a small synagogue known as "Dianella Shul". A number of streets in the region are named after Jewish icons such as Menora and Golda Meir. Despite a small but steady stream of Jewish immigration from South Africa and China Kaifeng, the community in Dianella and surrounding suburbs is shrinking as many young people leave Perth heading to the larger Australian Jewish communities in Melbourne and Sydney. Dianella is part of Perth's small Greek community, the second biggest hub for the Greek Orthodox Community in Perth, the biggest being in the centre of Northbridge. During the early 1990s, the Greek community of Perth wanted a Greek Orthodox College so that children of Greek origin could learn the Greek language and to be engaged in the Greek culture while going to school.

Today, there is a Greek day school, located in the St Andrews Land Estate and a small Greek Orthodox Church located in the northern sector of the suburb just next to the Dress Circle Land Estate. Next to the Greek Orthodox College there is a Greek retirement home; some streets in the northern sector of the suburb have names of Greek origin such as Hellenic Drive in the St Andrews Land Estate

Dengie Peninsula

Dengie is a peninsula in Essex, that once formed a hundred of the same name. The peninsula is formed by the River Crouch to the south, the Blackwater to the north, both of which are tidal, the North Sea to the east; the eastern part of the peninsula forms the Dengie Marshes. The western boundary of Dengie hundred ran from North Fambridge to a bit west of Maldon; the peninsula forms about half of the Maldon local government district. Places on the peninsula are: Althorne, Asheldham Bradwell-on-Sea, Bradwell Waterside, Burnham-on-Crouch Cold Norton, Creeksea Dengie Hazeleigh Langford Latchingdon Maldon Mayland, Mundon North Fambridge Ostend Purleigh Ramsey Island Snoreham, Steeple, Stow Maries, St Lawrence Bay Tillingham Woodham Mortimer, Woodham Walter The soil on the Dengie Peninsula is rich; the area has mild winters. The Dengie Peninsula is home to some of the oldest and largest vineyards in the UK, including: Clayhill Vineyard New Hall Vineyard Dengie SPA Photographs of the Dengie Hundred Information and photographs of the villages of the Dengie Hundred Information and photographs of Burnham on Crouch, the main town of the Dengie Hundred The local magazine for Burnham-on-Crouch and the Dengie Hundred villages The history of the Dengie Hundred Photographs of the Dengie Peninsula at geograph.org.uk Bellringing on the Dengie Peninsula

White Bluff (Demopolis, Alabama)

White Bluff known as Ecor Blanc, is a historic site located along the Tombigbee River in Demopolis, Alabama. It is a chalk cliff one mile long, composed of a geological layer known as the Demopolis Chalk Formation, part of the Selma Group; the upper portions of the cliff stood 80 feet above the river before the construction of the Demopolis Lock and Dam downriver. It now averages about 30 feet above the river. White Bluff was first named Ecor Blanc by 18th century French map makers, it became known as the Chickasaw Gallery because early Native American inhabitants harnessed their boats at the foot of the cliff. It was the site where French Bonapartist refugees landed in 1817 and established their Vine and Olive Colony. White Bluff is the site for the main event of the annual Christmas on the River festival