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The Beach boys in a recording studio in 1962


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Pope Francis  unveiled a monument in St. Peter's Square dedicated to the world's migrants and refugees.


The "Angels Unaware" boat by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz depicts 140 migrants ranging from a Jewish man escaping Nazi Germany to a Syrian refugee fleeing the civil war.


The 20-foot sculpture by Canadian man Timothy P Schmatz, was unveiled during mass on the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday 19 September 2019. Photo Associated Press.



Morning Light

No, it's not Sydney, but Newcastle in England 


The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne England, viewed from the Newcastle side. 



LOL ... does that mean the SHB is a just a look-alike.

The Tyne bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long of Middlesbrough who based the design on their Tyne Bridge. The Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened on 19 March 1932.


Osama Bin Laden at Oxford in 1971


Mmmm ... so much death and destruction ensued from this innocent-looking teen's ambitions.


Women Afghan players during a training session. 


Afghanistan’s cricket governing body says it still plans to allow women to play the sport, in an apparent backtrack on the new Taliban government’s stance forbidding women to play sports.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board has also implored Cricket Australia not to cancel an upcoming historic test match between the two sides in Hobart, saying it would set a global precedent that could signal the end of cricket in Afghanistan entirely.

“We ask Cricket Australia and the whole cricketing world to keep the door open for us, walk with us, do not isolate us and avoid penalising us for our cultural and religious environment,” Hamid Shinwari, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Cricket Australia warned that it would have “no choice” but to cancel the historic men's cricket test between Australia and Afghanistan in Hobart on 27 November, following comments by the deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq………….

What is wrong with these "men".? why do they think it is offensive to see women's body parts?. If these poor women were allowed to play Cricket then they should have uniforms to suit the game. Can you  imagine what it would be like wearing all that paraphernalia, and all the sweating, they could possibly faint with heat stroke. A friend of mine went to Dubai and she said she was amazed about how many Arab men in their pure white gowns arrived a a high class hotel and they were ushered into a private room where they could pick out prostitutes. They are all hypocrites.  Isn't it marvellous they are  "asking the whole cricketing world to leave the door open, walk with them, and do not isolate us" for their cultural and religious beliefs.

There was a news item on the ABC the other night about Afgan women marching in their streets about women not being allowed to play cricket.   Silly old Mullahs my husband said and I agree with him they are shooting themselves in the food when it comes to international acceptance of their new country politics, but I guess they don't care.   So the rest of the world won't care about them either.

Britain's Emma Raducanu makes history with her US Open triumph over Leylah Fernandez.

Emma beat Canada's Leylah Fernandez in the first all-teenage women's grand slam final since 1999 to win the US Open title. The 18-year-old Brit is the first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014, winning 20 straight sets.

Interestingly, Emma Raducanu was born in Canada too, in Toronto as the daughter of Ian and Renee, who originate from Bucharest, Romania, and Shenyang, Liaoning, China, respectively.

The Queen's Letter


Very nice to hear, it reminds me of when Llayton Hewitt was a youngster and he won his first big match.


Lleyton Hewitt - Australian of the Year


'I'll frame the Queen's letter': Emma Raducanu, 18, says it 'meant everything to get message from Her Majesty' after US Open triumph - and is now 'ready for anything' after becoming UK's first female Grand Slam champ in 44 years 

Emma Raducanu poses outside Arthur Ashe Stadium with the championship trophy after she defeated Leylah Fernandez in the women's singles final of the US Open tennis championships

British tennis superstar Emma Raducanu said it 'meant everything' to get a letter from the Queen congratulating the teenager on her astonishing US Open championship victory on Saturday and revealed she is planning on framing the note. The 18-year-old from Kent, who became Britain's first female Grand Slam champion in 44 years after beating Canadian rival Lelyah Fernandez in straight sets at Flushing Meadows, also said she is 'ready' to deal with 'anything that comes my way'. A message from the Queen at Balmoral to the teenager read: 'I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships. It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication.' The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also hailed Raducanu's 'stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory', while Prime Minister Boris Johnson said 'we are all hugely proud of you' as he praised the Briton's 'extraordinary skill, poise and guts'.




It would have looked more personal if HM had personally signed it


Oh yes I agree Hola, this is what the Royals lack. 

Don't forget she, HM is brought up in a different age I think this has a lot to do with it.

Something that Charles has been battering for years.


In August 2020, a family fishing off the coast of Florida caught a duffel bag filled with 10 to 15 bundles of marijuana.

Benito Mussolini in March 1945.


The dead bodies of Mussolini and Petacci were taken to Milan and left in a suburban square, the Piazzale Loreto, for a large angry crowd to insult and physically abuse. They were then hung upside down from a metal girder above a service station on the square. The corpses were beaten, shot at, and hit with hammers.



Grizzly end.

From left to right, the dead bodies of Bombacci, Mussolini, Petacci, Pavolini and Starace in Piazzale Loreto, 29 April 1945.

Gorgeous choreography … Stephanie McKeon as Anna and Oliver Ormson as Hans in Frozen. Photograph: Johan Persson


With some changes in the kingdom of Arendelle, Disney Theatrical Productions’ Frozen officially opened at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane September 8 following previews that began August 27. Among the adjustments are a new duet between Elsa and Anna, among other script changes, a new 70-foot ice bridge, and an updated set design for the ice palace.  Based on the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film, Frozen tells the story of two sisters—one isolated with a mysterious secret and the other's journey to save her. The musical features music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and a book by Jennifer Lee.



12 September 2021

Flushing NY

Daniil Medvedev of Russia reacts after winning a game in the third set against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open




He won convincingly ... good on him.

Newly discovered Napoleon hat with DNA previews in Hong Kong

Described by Bonhams as the "first hat to bear the Emperor's DNA", it is on display in Hong Kong before it moves to Paris and then London, where it will be auctioned on Oct. 27.



Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Nap Time” by Elissa Title. Location: Svalbard, Norway.

We were watching a documentary about a mother Polar Bear mum and her two cubs only yesterday and the activities she got into!


Mullumbinby -  the Anti-vax capital of Australia


Covid-deniers are plotting to create their own anti-vax paradise in northern NSW to escape restrictions that will prevent them from socialising or living freely anywhere else.   Mullumbimby, 15 minutes' drive from Byron Bay, has been touted as a potential safe haven for people with alternative views who insist on defying science-backed government orders.  The region is considered the anti-vaccine capital of Australia with as little as 39 per cent of residents fully inoculated against Covid 19.....................


Mullumbimby is welcome to them.

The less around the rest of us, the better IMO.

Helen Hayes, leader in Polio awareness, visited University Hospital Respiratory Centre Aril 1953

Actress Helen Hayes was a leader in polio work since the tragic death of her daughter, Mary MacArthur, from that disease in 1949.

Those poor kids (and adults)

Dreadful disease.

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