Interesting Bits and Pieces

From recent happenings or stories around Australia and the world.


Taliban hunts for priceless Bactrian Treasure hoard of 20,000 gold artefacts that date back over 2,000 years after  they went missing during takeover of Afghanistan 

Taliban thugs launch hunt for priceless Bactrian Treasure hoard

Taliban thugs in Afghanistan are hunting for a priceless collection of gold artefacts dating back over 2,000 years. The treasure known as the Bactrian Treasure is one of the largest collections of gold in the world and represents the history and culture of the Ancient Silk Road. But during the Taliban's takeover of the country following US and UK troop withdrawals at the end of August, it disappeared. Now in a chilling message Ahmadullah Wasiq deputy head of the Taliban's Cultural Commission said efforts had begun 'to track and locate' the 20,000 priceless pieces.


Hope they don't destroy it.

They probably will RnR they don't have much in the way of intelligence!

Ancient earthquakes shaped the mighty Murray River.

The modern course of the Murray River was carved 70,000 years ago when a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that went for years lifted the ground along a fault line in southern NSW. It was an event local Dreaming says was the rainbow serpent's tail flicking.

The Barmah Millewa Forest in southern NSW was created by the series of earthquakes on the Cadell Fault. Supplied: MDBA.

The 80-kilometre Cadell fault line stretches from Deniliquin through Echuca, to Rochester in northern Victoria. A series of six very large earthquakes events formed the fault scar, which is up to 10 to 15 metres high at Mathoura.

Full ABC story.

Very interesting

Poor old world, so many fault lines on this planet over the thousands of years, but they are always of interest to follow so long as one is not nearby at the time.

Thanks RnR.


Very brave of him at his age.

I hope he's had a full physical as he looks a bit overweight there. And just think, he'll be sporting the first wig ever to fly into space. 

A cute wee green spider in my garden.

Yes the Mopsus mormon is defiitely a cutie ... good for catching flies and other insects

Has been known to give a painful bite but generally not known to be serious problems for humans.

Thanks for sharing this girl with us :) Great shot.

What sort of camera do you use ???

Thanks Suze, the camera is a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.

Brilliant RnR, so clear and the colours are wonderful.


He does look cute RnR and I can imagine some other bug thinking the same!

Fat and juicy!


The Highgrove life! Yours for £7.5m, the Cotswolds estate that comes with 117 acres of land... and Charles and Camilla as next door neighbours Yours for £7.5m, the 117-acre Cotswolds estate that comes with Charles and Camilla as

NEW The 117-acre Elmestree House Estate (main), right next to Prince Charles's Highgrove country retreat in Gloucestershire ( pictured top right; left inset: map showing the proximity of the estates), is on the market for the first time in more than 70 years... for offers in excess of £7.5million. The Grade II-listed house boasts a ballroom among its six reception rooms (centre right, bottom right), while a three-bedroom annexe, a four-bedroom farmhouse and a two-bedroom lodge cottage are also included in the sale price (pictured bottom inset: one of the outbuildings that comes with Elmestree). A stable block, coach house, courtyard, farm buildings and a walled garden set among parkland and ponds contribute to the rural idyll. Princess Diana often walked and jogged through the estate before her marriage to the prince soured - she was once pictured listening to her Sony Walkman as she strolled through a meadow there.

Lovely looking property.

Pioneering Scottish photographer John Thomson took some of the earliest pictures of China on record.

He was born in Edinburgh in 1837 and set off for the Far East in 1862 where he spent the next decade capturing images from all walks of life. In 1866 he became the first person to photograph the now world-famous Angkor Wat religious monument in Cambodia. Images from his journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the 19th Century.

A Manchu bride, Beijing 1871–72.

Full BBC story with more photos.


Thank you RnR for this fascinating BBC story.   I remember many years ago when I was living in Malaysia I saw a very elderly Chinese woman who had had her feet bound.  This was customary among the the elite of her generation and earlier.

From earliest childhood, these little girls would have their feet arched with the frontal toe area increasingly bent towards the heel area and bound.

Their steps were very tiny ... and indicative of the fact that women of elite status never worked.


Very interesting and enjoyable RnR thank you.  I am limited to what I could read but it must have been just before the Boxer Uprising?  Must get husband into this to read!


The ghost mantis grows to about 45-50 mm long camouflaged as dead withered leaves.

What a beautiful creature the Ghost Mantis is ... never had the pleasure of seeing one in real life.

Beautiful photo of the Ghost Mantis, never heard of them but now I've seen one. 

I find that quite fascinating to see RnR thank you.

Eltz Castle In Wierschem, Germany has been owned and occupied by the same family for over 850 years.

It is still owned by a branch of the Eltz family that lived there in the 12th century, thirty-three generations ago.

It looks dark and terrifying, hope the family aren't vampires. lol

Agree it looks creepy Toot.

Vampire myths originated with a real blood disorder.

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus is an 1818 novel written by English author Mary Shelley. Shelley travelled through Europe in 1815 along the river Rhine in Germany, stopping in Gernsheim, 17 kilometres away from Frankenstein Castle, where two centuries before, an alchemist engaged in experiments. She then journeyed to the region of Geneva, Switzerland, where much of the story takes place.

Frankenstein Castle

The interior of the Eltz Castle is so different to the exterior

A journey through 850 Years in one Castle

Eltz Castle: Home of the Knights | Castles interior, Historical interior,  Beautiful interiors

A journey through 850 Years in one Castle

Looks amazing Suze, light and beautiful, thanks for the photos.

Wish I could pop over and visit!  

Image result for eltz castle  pretty large castle looks lovely, but I would not have liked to have lived there one hundred years ago it would be freezing cold in winter.

Lovely pictures of the interior Suze.


With the cleaning required for a place that size -  you would not have time to be cold :)

LOL  Who is cleaning?   I would let the servants do that Suze!   

Well we can always dream!

Thankfully then Celia

you will also have servants that will put bed warmers under your bed to keep you warm

so you can dream on :)

                  File:An elderly land-lady taking a warming-pan to put in her lodgers bed,  which is already occupied Wellcome V0011176.jpg - Wikimedia Commons 

Australian bird of the year poll 2021

The Australian bird of the year 2021 is the ... Superb fairywren.

Full story.

How sweet they are!  Lovely little birds thanks RnR.

Thanks RnR for this beautiful photo. Is that the same bird we used to call the Willy Wagtail?

No Hola, different birds.

Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2021.

Some award winners below from the Revealing Nature Category.

Two Bornean orang-utans cuddling.
— Pedro Jarque Krebs.

Baby Asian elephant sitting on its mother's back.
— Pedro Jarque Krebs.

Flying fruit bats swooping on a lake in Sydney.
— Robin Moon.

Full story.

What beautiful photography, but I must say the Baby Elephant and it's Mother is my favourite. 

:) Thought you might like the elephants Hola.


What a delightful photo of a selection of parents with their off spring Thanks RnR.

But I didn't like the snake!

From a skill in photography point my pick has to be the

Flying fruit bats swooping on a lake in Sydney 

Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel breaks record for number of successful English Channel crossings.

Melbourne marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel set a new record for swimming the English Channel after completing her 44th crossing on Wednesday.

Full ABC story.

Police patrol in Longreach Queensland.

Mum is always on guard, whilst the chicks are happy grazing, mum is keeping an eye on the camera man.

Amateur diver recovers 'crusader sword' from Mediterranean seabed

A sword believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the 'Holy Land' almost a millennium ago has been recovered from the Mediterranean seabed off Israel thanks to an eagle-eyed amateur diver. Though encrusted with marine organisms, the metre-long blade, hilt and handle were distinctive enough to notice after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it.

Full ABC story.

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