The rocket tower being built in tropical jungle

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To get the best view of the vast European spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana, you have to climb a steep hill through tropical jungle. It’s a strenuous and, frankly, sweaty hike. But that’s not the worst of it.

At the top, the trees give way to a roofed wooden observation deck with ‘Casa Araign’es’ (‘House of Spiders’) scrawled on a board above the entrance. Everywhere you look there are hand-sized spiders, their webs stretched across the wooden beams.

Only if you pick your way carefully past them (the thought of getting entangled in a giant spider’s web is truly terrifying), can you see the landscape below and, dotted across the cleared jungle, the launch towers for Europe’s three rockets: Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega.

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Around 1886, in the Kingdom of Buganda in present day central Uganda, 45 young Christian men defied a ruthless king and refused to renounce their faith. Their fate was unspeakably gruesome: they were burnt alive, beheaded, castrated and dismembered. Of the 45 martyrs, 22 were Catholic, while 23 were Anglican. They are now known as the Martyrs of Uganda.

It is said that while the early missionaries sowed the seed of Christianity in Uganda, it was the blood of the martyrs that actually watered it. Given the record-keeping limitations of 19th century Uganda, their inspirational stories would have been lost. In the 1920s, witnesses to the brutalities were tracked and identified, making them of great interest to The Vatican. Perhaps the most famous of them was Dennis Kamyuka. Kamyuka, one of the few who narrowly escaped martyrdom, lived to tell the story, passing on at the age of 90. The most credible witnesses were invited to The Vatican in Rome, were their accounts of the martyrs’ torture and executions were documented in graphic detail.

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Theme parks are famous for using cutting-edge wizardry to immerse guests in fantasy lands but actually their format hasn’t changed for decades. Parks are packed with rides, which are usually grouped into lands, and the more there are, the better. Industry giant Disney is turning that on its head but it is taking much more than the wave of a magic wand to do it.

When legendary animator Walt Disney swung open the ornate iron gates to California’s Disneyland in 1955 he changed the landscape of the leisure sector. The amusement parks of his era had few rides that parents could enjoy with their children and they were often dirty and unsafe. Disney changed that by infusing his rides with the stories which had become famous in his blockbuster movies.

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