Tangasseri or Thangassery is a populated beach area on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kollam city, India. Tangasseri is located about 5 kilometres from the city centre and 71 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. Archaeologists discovered Chinese coins and other artefacts along the coast, which reveal the historic background of the location. Kollam Port makes Tangasseri an important place on the world maritime map. In 1502, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish a trading centre in Tangasseri and the area soon became a major centre for the pepper trade. Tangasseri's St Thomas Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1517, was destroyed in the subsequent wars with the Dutch. In 1661, the Dutch took possession of the city; the remains of both the Dutch and Portuguese forts can still be seen in Tangasseri. In the 18th century, the kingdom of Travancore first conquered Kollam, followed by the British in 1795. Tangasseri remains an Anglo-Indian settlement in character, though there are few Anglo-Indians in the population.
The Infant Jesus Cathedral in Tangasseri an old Portuguese-built church, remains as a memento of Portuguese rule. The old cathedral was replaced by a new cathedral at a cost of around ₹ 4.5 crore. The metallic cross on the top is one of the largest crosses in India. Tangasseri is a picturesque seaside village with a three kilometre long beach on which stands a 144 feet tall lighthouse—a silent sentinel warning seamen since 1902 of the treacherous reefs. There are ruins of Portuguese and Dutch forts and 18th century churches; the fishery harbour at Tangasseri is a basin for traditional fishermen, achieved by the construction of two breakwaters. The length of the main breakwater is of the leeward breakwater 550 m; this provides sufficient beach length for landing facilities for all operational craft. Tangasseri is home to Kerala's oldest schools, Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School and Infant Jesus School Kollam. Official website A brief history of Tangaserri
The grand skink, Oligosoma grande, is an endangered species of large skink endemic to the central Otago region of New Zealand. Grand skinks are large compared to other New Zealand skinks, capable of growing to lengths up to 11 inches, they are marked with yellow-green speckling, which provides excellent camouflage in their rocky habitat of lichen-covered rocks and schist outcrops. Like most skinks, grand skinks are omnivores and feed on a wide variety of insects and fleshy fruits. Grand skinks are only found in specific locations in Otago, are limited to the large schist rock outcroppings found in that region, they can be seen sunning themselves on these rocks. As of 2000, the range of the grand skink has decreased by 90%. Although it was once widespread, land use change the intensification of farming, the introduction of mammalian predators has led to a decline in the population; the New Zealand Department of Conservation estimates that there are only 2,000 to 5,000 individual grand skinks remaining.
As at the last reassessment in 2012, grand skinks have been classified as Nationally Endangered under the New Zealand Threat Classification System. Australasian Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group. "Oligosoma grande". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e. T15257A4506709. Doi:10.2305/IUCN. UK.1996. RLTS. T15257A4506709.en. Listed as Vulnerable The diet of grand skinks and Otago skinks in Otago seral tussock grasslands. New Zealand journal of Zoology. 2003. Volume 30. Video of Grand skinks from the New Zealand Department of Conservation Image of a Grand skink
'Til Death Do Us Unite is the eighth studio album by German thrash metal band Sodom, released on February 24, 1997 by Steamhammer/SPV. It had a controversial album cover, showing the bellies of a naked pregnant woman and an obese man pressing a human skull together, it is the first Sodom album with drummer Bobby Schottkowski. A video was made for the song "Fuck the Police". All tracks are written except where noted; the track "Hazy Shade of Winter" was written by Paul Simon. Sodom intended it to be a cover of the version performed by the Bangles. SodomTom Angelripper – vocals, bass guitar Bernd "Bernemann" Kost – guitars Bobby Schottkowski – drumsAdditional musicianAlex Kraft - Guitar solo on "Hey, Hey Rock'N' Roll Star"ProductionHarris Johns - Producer Kai Blankenberg - Remixing