Hi, I'm Owlbut! Welcome to my World of Learning!

I've set this website up so everyone can learn more about their world but also have some fun while doing it. There's lots to do and see and you can also join in. Take a good look around.


This year I'm hoping to go on two different journeys and I will have a chance to meet some of you as I travel. It's so exciting. Do join me.

Richard would like teachers to give us their thoughts on something he has written about teaching history. It's all here. You can find his email address in the "Get In Touch" section.

I didn't want to be outdone so I've written something for my owlettes, telling you how to keep safe on the internet and that's here.


Our country uploads are now taking a two week Easter break. We'll be back to finish Asia on 29th April and then head into our final continent of Africa. See you then.

The next countries are:
  • 29th April: Jordan
  • 30th April: Israel
  •    1st May: Palestine
  • Into Africa
  •   2nd May: Egypt
  •    3rd May: Libya


14 April 2019
Today was the 1,000 World Championship race since the championship started in 1950. History is not all about wars and battles, kings and queens so Owlbut tells you about that first race here.

12 April 2019
We end our week, and take a 2 week Easter break, by looking at Saudi Arabia. It is the 5th largest country in Asia by area but only the 20th highest population.

11 April 2019
Yemen became a country in 1990 when North and South Yemen merged. Since then there have been numerous civil wars, the most recent starting back in 2011 and resulting in a horrendous humanitarian crisis today.

10 April 2019
Oman is a country, a Sultanate, at the foot of the Persian Gulf and strategically very important. The present Sultan is the longest serving ruler in the Arab world coming to power in 1970

9 April 2019
The UAE is a federation of monarchies. The federation council is made up of the Emirs of each emirate. The seven are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain.

8 April 2019
Last full week in Asia begins in Qatar, famous for disproving the rule that Q has to be followed by U. Qatar has 1 elderly person (over 65) to each 100 people of working age, one of the lowest in the world.

5 April 2019
We end our penultimate full Asian week in Bahrain, the third smallest country in Asia. Unemployment is low except among young females. You need the dinar to buy your dinner even in a diner.

4 April 2019
Today it's Kuwait. Not only can you find out our facts in the Know Your Continent section but we also have a Times Past page about the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990. That one's here

3 April 2019
We look at another war-torn country today, Iraq. If you're interested it was once part of a large area known as Mesopotamia. If you're not, it still was. "Maybe where the wheel was invented", said a spokesman

2 April 2019
Today, Syria, a country ranked last on the Global Peace Index making it the most war-torn country in the world. Accurate population figures are difficult because of the number of refugees and displaced people.

1 April 2019
Off we go and we're looking at Lebanon. Occupied by Syrian troops until 2005 and some Israeli forces in the south of the country, it is now estimated that there are over 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

29 March 2019
We finish our week in Cyprus, a divided island with the northern part occupied by Turkey. Some argue that Cyprus is part of Europe but the normally accepted geographical boundaries put it in Asia.

28 March 2019
Turkey today and you can gobble up all the facts here.

27 March 2019
Today it's Armenia. During WWI over 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated by the Ottoman empire in what has become known as the Armenian Genocide.

26 March 2019
Azerbaijan, like its neighbour Georgia, became independent in 1991. It has a blue, red and green flag and the National Anthem is called March of Azerbaijan and adopted in 1992.

25 March 2019
We start our week in Georgia, which became an independent country in 1991 and suffered civil conflicts until the so-called Rose Revolution in 2003.

22 March 2019
We finish our week in Russia and could easily get lost there. It's a massive country but sparsely populated. What's more, it's not too warm in Moscow for the next few days. Check that out and other things here.

21 March 2019
Not a great surprise to learn that we're looking at South Korea today. Richard spent a night in its capital Seoul on his flight back to the UK in 2009. Actually his hotel was the only building on a development site. Never mind

20 March 2019
Today it's North Korea, possibly the most secretive country in the world but don#'t tell anyone; it's a secret. The war with South Korea in the 1950s ravaged most of the country. An armistice, but no treaty, was signed in July 1953.

19 March 2019
Welcome to Japan, a large country made up of over 6,800 islands, of which 430 are inhabited. The four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. These islands make up over 95% of Japan's land area.

18 March 2019
We start this week in Taiwan, officially the Republic of China. Taiwan is an island state and not a member of the United Nations. China, which disputes ownership of Taiwan, does not agree with Taiwan becoming a member.

15 March 2019
China today. The largest country totally in Asia with the biggest population, bordering 14 other countries and with over ¾ of a billion people available for work. China is big. Our slightly smaller info is here

14 March 2019
Welcome to Mongolia, Asia's 7th largest country by land area but 41st most populated. Mongolia is in fact the most most sparsely populated sovereign state in the world and also the second largest landlocked country.

13 March 2019
Today sees the end of the countries ending in “stan”. We are looking at Tajikistan, home of the Tajiks. Once part of the Soviet Union and before that part of Uzbekistan, it is now an independent country.

12 March 2019
Today we are looking at Kyrgyzstan, the only country in the world with 2 Ys and 1 Z in its name. All the information is here

11 March 2019
Kazakhstan starts our week. The 4th largest country in Asia with the 25th highest population. Our density chart looks very yellow. Not very warm at the moment.

8 March 2019
Uzbekistan which, if you read yesterday's tweet, must be the home of the Uzbeks. Every country that borders Uzbekistan ends in “stan” too. Its capital Tashkent was once destroyed by Genghis Khan (Look him up).

7 March 2019
It's the third of four countries this week ending in “stan” and there's another 3 next week. “stan” is a Persian word meaning country of, so today we are in the country of the Turkmens. It's Turkmenistan

6 March 2019
Once known by the Greeks as Persia, today we are looking at Iran. It is the 8th largest country in Asia, has the 10th highest population and borders 7 other countries. Our info is here.

5 March 2019
Today we look at Afghanistan, a country devastated by internal conflict over many years, The life expectancy for males and females is below 55 and less than 50% of the population have a proper toilet.

4 March 2019
We start our week in Pakistan. Once two landmasses, separated by northern India, East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1972. India, Pakistan and China still have disputes over the territory of Kashmir. Our info is here.

1 March 2019
The Maldives are a group of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean and the smallest country by area and population in Asia. Also one of the world's lowest countries and prone to extinction with a small rise in sea levels.