New featured picture: User:MrPanyGoff's aerial image of Tartini Square in Piran, in Slovenia on the Adriatic Coast. The square was named after the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in the town and whose statue, built in 1896, can be seen at the centre of the square.
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From the new FA, HMS Speedy (1782): the Speedy was cruising off Barcelona at dawn on 6 May 1801 when this large enemy frigate was sighted. Despite being massively outnumbered in crew and firepower, the British outsmarted the Spanish by raising the US flag as they closed in.
Salvio giuliano (nom), studied law at the University of Pavia in Italy, specialises in articles on Italian law, and is a member of WikiProject Law. He is active in patrolling new pages, fighting vandalism, and detecting inappropriate usernames. He is a clerk for ArbCom, and has experience working at the Mediation Cabal. He is seeking to adopt new users.
2010 PapaJohns.com Bowl (nom), a post-season college football bowl game between the Connecticut Huskies (UConn) of the Big East Conference and the South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference in Jannuary 2010 at Birmingham, Alabama; it ended in a 20–7 victory for Connecticut. (Grondemar)
HMS Speedy (1782) (nom), a 14-gun Speedy-class brig of the British Royal Navy. Built during the last years of the American War of Independence, the ship served with distinction during the French Revolutionary Wars. (Kirk)
ARA Rivadavia (nom), a battleship of the Argentine Navy. Named after the first Argentine president, the Rivadavia—launched 1911—was the lead ship of its class. (The ed17)
Somerset Levels (nom), a sparsely populated coastal plain and wetland area of central Somerset, South West England, about 650 km2 in area). (Rodw)
Numerical weather prediction (nom), which uses mathematical models of the atmosphere and oceans to predict the weather based on current weather conditions. Although first attempted in the 1920s, it was not until the advent of computer simulations in the 1950s that numerical weather predictions produced realistic results. (Titoxd)
New FP, the Sally Lightfoot crab, eyeing you off. West coast of South America.
Eight images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Tartini Square, Piran (nom; related article), The Tartini Square is the largest and main square in the coastal town of Piran, Slovenia. It was named after the famous violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini (born in the town), whose statue was placed here in 1896. (Created by User:MrPanyGoff.) picture at top
The Sally Lightfoot crab (nom; related article), or red rock crab, Grapsus grapsus, is found along the western coast of South America. (Created by Lieutenant Elizabeth Crapo, US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.)
Himalayan Bluetail (nom; related article), a short-distance migrant species, breeding in mixed coniferous forest with undergrowth at 3,000–4,400 m in the Himalaya and southwestern China, and wintering at 1,500–2,500 m. The males have a the more vivid blue colour. The species is insectivorous. (Created by User:JJ Harrison.)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (nom; related article), like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green, with blue on the rump and lower belly. Its face and throat are yellow with a black eye stripe, and the crown and nape are rich chestnut. The thin curved bill is black. The sexes are alike, but young birds are duller. Adults tend to be 18–20 cm long. (Created by User:JJ Harrison.)
Statue of Gustav Holst at his birthplace, Cheltenham, England.
Gustav Holst's The Planets (nom) – five of the seven movements of an orchestral suite written by the English composer Gustav Holst from 1914 to 1916. The Suite is widely considered to be Holst's most popular piece, in which each movement is named after a planet of the Solar System. These arrangements for military band (without strings), were arranged by Patterson and are performed by the US Air Force Band:
Cantillation (nom; related article), a ritual chanting of readings from the Hebrew Bible in a synagogue service. This one is a Hebrew Torah blessing chanted before the reading of the Torah during a Reform Bar Mitzvah, performed by Cantor Seth Warner.
O Canada (nom; related article), the Canadian national anthem, originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Théodore Robitaille in 1880, and written by Calixa Lavallée as a setting of a French Canadian patriotic poem composed by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier.
Baroque splendour: User:Murdockcrc's photograph of the Upper Belvedere palace in Vienna, Austria, now a featured picture
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