Interesting Bits and Pieces

From recent happenings or stories around Australia and the world.

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Byron Bay police win hearts after cracking the case of a dog missing for weeks.

Sampa was missing for five weeks.

Josh Patterson and Courtney Beaumont thought their 14-month-old golden retriever Sampa escaped from their backyard in Goonellabah and could not be found. The couple posted about their plight on social media, dropped flyers into mailboxes, and even enlisted the help of a search and rescue team to scour locations where there had been sightings of a golden retriever.

Three Byron Bay-based police officers working on night shift got talking about a new dog that had appeared at a home in Byron Bay they frequently visited. Tweed-Byron Police Senior Constable Joanne Turner said something "wasn't quite right" about the situation.

After several attempts, two police officers located the dog at the home, had the dog's microchip verified, and returned it to its grateful owners.

Full ABC story.

Golden Retrievers are so beautiful, I bet they keep a keen eye on him from now on.

 

what a sweet little face!

Coloured footage of Benjamin, the last-known surviving Tasmanian tiger, has been released.

The original footage of the animal walking around an enclosure at Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo was shot by Australian zoologist David Fleay in 1933 on black-and-white film. The remastered footage was released by the National Film and Sound Archive to coincide with National Threatened Species Day on September 7th.

See video at

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-07/tasmanian-tiger-footage-digitised-and-colourised/100439870

Such a strange looking animal.

Conservationists celebrate arrival of eastern quoll joeys at Barrington Tops breeding facility.

There are now almost 30 eastern quoll joeys at a breeding facility in New South Wales. The operations manager Dean Reid said the recent arrival of a large number of healthy joeys was great news. The joeys range from one to three months in age. 

The eastern quoll become extinct on mainland Australia 60 years ago and numbers in Tasmania have been declining.

Full ABC story.

I was just thinking about the coming Federal Elections that are due next year.

What do you think about having an election in the current?

I wonder how the spread of this virus will impact on everyone's health?

and Victorian state election later 2022.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone ... :) Frog Love.

Indonesian wildlife photographer Ajar Setiadi takes photos of frogs that live near his home in Bogor, Indonesia. Images reveal the fascinating behaviour of these colourful animals. Setiadi treats the animals like pets, letting them play in his garden while he turns on his camera to capture these special pictures. According to the photographer himself, capturing these little moments on camera feels like a tiny miracle.

Pretty fog!

RnR - What a lovely photo. 

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So cute Suze, thank you.

Dylan Alcott secures men's Golden Slam tennis sweep after winning US Open Quad title.

The Golden Slam takes in his Australian, French, Wimbledon and now US Open Championships, together with his gold medal from the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The match immediately prior to his, saw women's tennis champ Diede De Groot of the Netherlands clinch the women's Golden Slam in New York.

Full ABC story.

Australia's Sam Stosur and China's Zhang Shuai win US Open women's doubles title, beating Americans Coco Gauff and Caty McNally.

Dylan Alcott is a top sportsman and thoroughly deserves his wins. And congratulations to Daniil Medvedev for his fantastic win beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. 

Agree re Daniil Medvedev Hola ... great result.

After historic fish kills and devastating drought ... Menindee Lakes are full again.

Water has been filling the lake system from January floods upstream in NSW and Queensland.

More than the equivalent of three Sydney Harbours have filled the lake system, located about 1,000km from Sydney, and 200km north of where the Darling and Murray rivers meet.

It was empty when we were there and all the grape vines were dying.  Such a difference.

Rare 'red lightning' weather phenomenon captured by Christchurch photographer.

Red sprites are a unique weather event that creates red lightning bolts 50 kilometres above a storm.

The 28-year-old Christchurch man, who runs Ethan Haze Photography, jumped out of bed on Sunday night as he heard wild weather overhead, packed up all his photography gear and raced to a Halswell Quarry vantage point to capture the unusual shot.

What a strange weather event   -  sure would like to see that

Apparently the red sprites are a unique weather event that creates red lightning bolts 50 kilometres above a storm

 

I have not been able to read all of this, just a little bit, but what does anyone thing please?  Why does the media keep on bringing up the amount of her worth too?

Kevin Rudd's multi-millionaire wife is blasted by MP for demanding to know why Sydneysiders aren't being arrested for LEGALLY sunbathing while she enjoys lockdown-free life in $17m mansion 

Covid-19: Kevin Rudd's wife Therese Rein slammed after tweet calling for Sydney lockdown

In response to a tweet about how 'insanely busy' Sydney's Balmoral Beach was on Saturday, Thérèse Rein wrote: 'Why are they not being arrested?' The multi-millionaire 63-year-old, who lives in a waterfront mansion with former Labor prime minister Mr Rudd on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, did not realise that recreation is allowed under NSW public health orders. Liberal MP Dave Sharma, who has repeatedly defended law-abiding beachgoers in his Wentworth electorate which includes Bondi Beach, said Ms Rein's comments were 'divisive and judgemental'. Mr Sharma said it was wrong for Ms Rein to criticise Sydneysiders for taking in the sunshine while she enjoys lockdown-free life in Queensland

 

Of course Kevin and Therese would like all these beach goers arrested

These beach goers are spoiling their view

Flannel flowers burst into 'spectacular' bloom near Port Macquarie after bushfires and floods.

Some of the flowers are as high as 1.7 metres, much taller than normal.

The flannel flowers have burst into bloom in huge numbers and are reaching towering and unexpected heights in the Lake Innes Nature Reserve, just south of Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast.

Full ABC story.

Absolutely spectacular

It's a bumper wildflower season in the outback sets with deserts blooming and in Perth's Kings Park.

Alice Springs Desert Park has a field of wildflowers. ABC Alice Springs: Emma Haskin.

One of the many poached egg daisies growing at the Alice Springs Desert Park. ABC Alice Springs: Emma Haskin.

The botanic gardens inside Perth's Kings Park in full bloom. ABC Radio Perth: Emma Wynne.

Pink fairy orchids now grow wild in the botanic gardens, without intervention from gardeners. ABC Radio Perth: Emma Wynne.

I was reading the other day that the Chelsea Flower Show 21 is being held this year in September as opposed to  May, the Spring month ., due to the pandemic. It will be interesting to see all the flowers that bloom in Autumn. 

I have never seen this flower before it is lovely!

Notre Dame is finally declared stable enough for repairs to begin more than two years after historic cathedral was devastated by fire

Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt over two years after it was destroyed in a fireThe blaze tore through its roof and knocked down its spire in Paris in April 2019President Macron hopes to have the site rebuilt before the 2024 Paris Olympics

By LAUREN LEWIS FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 01:40 AEST, 19 September 2021 | UPDATED: 01:49 AEST, 19 September 2021

    

Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for the start of work to rebuild it, more than two years after fire tore through its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to bring the rest of the medieval monument down.

The French government agency overseeing the reconstruction announced in a statement on Saturday that work to secure the famous Paris structure - which began the day after the fire on April 15, 2019 - is at last complete.

Carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers, organ mechanics and others took part in the effort, which included special temporary structures to secure the towers, vaults and walls of the huge roofless structure, and a special 'umbrella' to protect it from the weather.

Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for the start of work to rebuild it, more than two years after fire tore through its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to bring the rest of the medieval monument down 

Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for the start of work to rebuild it, more than two years after fire tore through its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to bring the rest of the medieval monument down

The French government agency overseeing the reconstruction announced in a statement on Saturday that work to secure the famous Paris structure 

The French government agency overseeing the reconstruction announced in a statement on Saturday that work to secure the famous Paris structure

Carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers, organ mechanics and others took part in the effort, which included special temporary structures to secure the towers, vaults and walls of the huge roofless structure, and a special 'umbrella' to protect it from the weather 

Carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers, organ mechanics and others took part in the effort, which included special temporary structures to secure the towers, vaults and walls of the huge roofless structure, and a special 'umbrella' to protect it from the weather

Negotiations will now begin with companies bidding to take part in the mammoth reconstruction effort, the statement said.

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It will include some 100 tenders for various projects. Work to restore the organ will begin in the autumn, with other works expected to begin in the winter.

The agency is maintaining President Emmanuel Macron's goal of allowing visitors back inside in 2024, the year Paris hosts the Olympics.

The announcement was made on a weekend that France and countries across Europe celebrate Heritage Days, when historical landmarks, government buildings and other sites are opened to the public.

Fortunately, the cathedral's stone ceiling ¿ above which the lead-covered wooden roof had stood ¿ protected much of the interior, and Notre-Dame's altar, rose windows and pipe organs survived little-to-no damage +14 

Fortunately, the cathedral's stone ceiling — above which the lead-covered wooden roof had stood — protected much of the interior, and Notre-Dame's altar, rose windows and pipe organs survived little-to-no damage

Standing on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the River Seine, Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral consecrated to the Virgin Mary that was constructed from 1163¿1260 under the Bishop of Paris Maurice de Sully 

Standing on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the River Seine, Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral consecrated to the Virgin Mary that was constructed from 1163–1260 under the Bishop of Paris Maurice de Sully

A shard of the spire plummeting down The stump of the spire after it fell 

8.15pm: The main shard of the spire is shown hurtling towards the ground (left) , while seconds later the Paris landscape is changed forever (right) 

On April 15, 2019 millions around the world watched in horror as firefighters battled through the night to save the cathedral as a fire tore through it its roof and toppled the steeple.

There were concerns on the first anniversary of the fire that work had ground to a halt.

Repairs had already been delayed by months after more than 300 tonnes of lead from the roof melted in the blaze, covering the site in toxic particles that have been difficult to remove.

It faced further delays in winter when work was suspended after winds reached speeds of more than 25mph, and the coronavirus shutdown caused further problems still.

Plans to remove 40,000 bars of scaffolding, initially erected for a renovation project, were thwarted by spread of the coronavirus in France and confinement measures that were imposed on March 17, 2020 to contain the infection.

Negotiations for contractors will include some 100 tenders for various projects. Work to restore the organ will begin in the autumn, with other works expected to begin in the winter  

Negotiations for contractors will include some 100 tenders for various projects. Work to restore the organ will begin in the autumn, with other works expected to begin in the winter

Negotiations will now begin with companies bidding to take part in the mammoth reconstruction effort, the statement said 

Negotiations will now begin with companies bidding to take part in the mammoth reconstruction effort, the statement said

 Our Lady of Paris: The 850-year-old cathedral that survived being sacked in the Revolution to become Europe's most-visited historical monument

Intrigued by tales of Quasimodo, fascinated by the gargoyles, or on a pilgrimage to see the Crown of Thorns said to have rested on Jesus' head on the Cross, more than 13 million people each year flock to see Europe's most popular historic monument.

The 12th century Catholic cathedral is a masterpiece of French Gothic design, with a cavernous vaulted ceiling and some of the largest rose windows on the continent.

It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Paris and its 69m-tall towers were the tallest structures in Paris until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.

It survived a partial sacking by 16th century zealots and the destruction of many of its treasures during the atheist French Revolution but remains one of the greatest churches in the world and was the scene of Emperor Napoleon's coronation in 1804. 

 A view of the middle-age stained glass rosace on the southern side of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral  

A view of the middle-age stained glass rosace on the southern side of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral

The foundation stone was laid in front of Pope Alexander III in 1163, with building work on the initial structure completed in 1260. 

The roof of the nave was constructed with a new technology: the rib vault. The roof of the nave was supported by crossed ribs which divided each vault into compartments, and the use of four-part rather than six-part rib vaults meant the roofs were stronger and could be higher.

After the original structure was completed in the mid 13th century - following the consecration of the High altar in 1182 - flying  buttresses had been invented, and were added to spread the weight of the mighty vault.

The original spire was constructed in the 13th century, probably between 1220 and 1230. It was battered, weakened and bent by the wind over five centuries, and finally was removed in 1786. 

During a 19th century restoration, following desecration during the Revolution, it was recreated with a new version of oak covered with lead. The entire spire weighed 750 tons. 

At the summit of the spire were held three relics; a tiny piece of the Crown of Thorns, located in the treasury of the Cathedral; and relics of Denis and Saint Genevieve, patron saints of Paris. They were placed there in 1935 by the Archibishop Verdier, to protect the congregation from lightning or other harm.

The Crown of Thorns was one of the great relics of medieval Christianity. It was acquired by Louis IX, king of France, in Constantinople in AD 1239 for the price of 135,000 livres - nearly half the annual expenditure of France. 

The elaborate reliquary in which just one of the thorns is housed sits in the Cathedral having been moved from the Saint-Chappelle church in Paris. The thorn is mounted on a large sapphire in the centre.

The crown itself is also held in the cathedral, and is usually on view to the public on Good Friday - which comes at the end of this week.

Notre-Dame de Paris is home to the relic accepted by Catholics the world over cathedral. The holy crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ during the Passion 

Notre-Dame de Paris is home to the relic accepted by Catholics the world over cathedral. The holy crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ during the Passion

 

During the 1790s with the country in the grip of atheist Revolution the cathedral was desecrated and much of its religious iconography destroyed. It was rededicated to the Cult of Reason and 28 statues of biblical kings - wrongly believed to by French monarchs - were beheaded. Even the great bells were nearly melted down.

Napoleon returned the cathedral to the Catholic Church and was crowned Emperor there in 1804, but by the middle of the 19th century much of the iconic building.

It wasn't until the publication of Victor Hugo's novel - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - in 1831 that public interest in the building resurfaced and repair works began. 

A major restoration project was launched in 1845 and took 25 years to be completed. 

Architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc won the commission. 

By 1944 the cathedral was to be damaged again and during the liberation of Paris, stray bullets caused minor damage to the medieval stained glass. 

This would be updated with modern designs. 

In 1963 France's Culture Minister, André Malraux, ordered the cleaning of the facade of the cathedral, where 800 years worth of soot and grime were removed. 

Notre Dame has a crypt, called the Crypte archéologique de l'île de la Cité, where old architectural ruins are stored. They span from the times of the earliest settlement in Paris to present day. 

 

The cathedral has 10 bells, the heaviest bell - known as the boudon and weighing 13 tonnes - is called Emmanuel and has been rung to mark many historical events throughout time. 

At the end of the First and Second World Wars the bell was rung to mark the end of the conflicts. 

It is also rung to signify poignant events such as French heads of state dying or following horrific events such as the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001.  

The three stained glass rose windows are the most famous features of the cathedral. They were created in the Gothic style between 1225 and 1270. 

While most of the original glass is long gone, some remains in the south rose which dates back to the last quarter of the 12th century. 

The rest of the windows were restored in the 18th century. 

The south rose is made up of 94 medallions which are arranged in four concentric circles. 

They portray scenes from the life of Christ and those who knew him - with the inner circle showing the 12 apostles in it 12 medallions. 

During the French Revolution rioters set fire to the residence of the archbishop, which was around the side of the cathedral, and the south rose was damaged. 

One of the cathedral's first organs was built in 1403 by Friedrich Schambantz but was replaced in the 18th century before being remade using the pipe work from former instruments.

The Cathedral is also home to a Catholic relic said to be a single thorn from the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross.

 

The three stained glass rose windows are the most famous features of the cathedral. They were created in the Gothic style between 1225 and 1270. 

 

They are wonderful reminds me of the Stain windows in York, Yorkshire.

It is amazing how the craftsmen were able to create these so long ago in the dark ages, in some ways humans were better than they are today Toot.

york minister's stain window photos - Bing images

The photos do not do them justice, it needs the human eye to see them in person.

All beautiful ... thanks Toot and Celia.

Notre Dame Cathedral was built on top of a pagan Roman temple.  A small female ebony figure found there at the time was named the Black Madonna.

I don't know if the Black Madonna survived the fire.

Brisbane scientist Lidia Morawska among Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

The Queensland University of Technology scientist was recognised for standing out "among peers for her work in recognising the importance of aerosol transmission and marshalling the data that would convince the World Health Organisation and other authoritative bodies".

She led a group of more than 200 international experts in an open letter appealing for recognition of airborne transmission from the medical community and authorities worldwide. 

Full ABC story.

"What I have been advising public health authorities in Queensland and nationally is, first of all, there is a need to announce, a very clear, loud announcement, [that] airborne transmission is an important mode of the disease transmission.

"We need to be aware of this, we need to do something."

 

We were caught up in the Newcastle Earthquake in the late 1980's

When the chandeliers started to shake, we took off and went outside, which Interestingly the advice given in NSW was the right thing to do.

Guess it depends on which situation you are in.

 

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