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The Beach boys in a recording studio in 1962


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Aussies are being warned of a new scam pretending to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Scamwatch issued the alert on Monday, urging people to be aware of the email fraud.

The email pretends to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and looks like a Census data form.

However, authorities warn the ABS only ever sends emails from a address, and will never request private information by email.

“This convincing new scam is an attempt to steal your personal info,” Scamwatch said.


Yes, I've had one of these.

Looks very realistic.


The Dark Hedges

Credit:  Stephen Wallace

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland


What a magnificent view, thanks Toot.


toot - that's lovely, it looks like a painting. 


Personnel from HMS Enterprise have been marching through the capital to pay 'the Constables Dues'.  It is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century, when ships who turned up in London were ordered to pay a form of toll to the king.  The payment would range between anything from wine to oysters.  It used to be a regular tax but now the ceremony takes place on average once a year.


Today, the Royal Navy paid their dues with rum.


Interesting, thanks Toot.

Holon, Israel

Hai Shaulian, a well-known activist against coronavirus vaccines died yesterday morning.  He called on his followers not to get vaccinated under the headline "There is no epidemic - the vaccine is unnecessary and dangerous." 


"There is no epidemic - the vaccine is unnecessary and dangerous."

Have no idea what these people think is happening in our hospitals.


Malka Leifer the former principal of a Melbourne ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls school is charged with 74 offences against three sisters between 2004 and 2008. Photograph: Mahmoud Illean/AP

The alleged victims of accused child abuser Malka Leifer have started to give evidence against her in her committal hearing in a Melbourne court.  Leifer, the 55-year-old former principal of a Melbourne ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls school, is charged with 74 offences against three sisters between 2004 and 2008.


Great that authorities were finally able to extradite her, after more than 13 years as a fugitive in Israeli-controlled territory. She arrived back in January 2021.

She's a creepy looking woman. 

The hosts of Sunrise, Australia’s most popular breakfast show, have refused to have their noses powdered and hair styled by any unvaccinated crew members, in what is likely to be a landmark development for the entire local television industry.

Don't blame them.

Me either.

Sept 14 (Reuters) - Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the deadly arrest of George Floyd entered not guilty pleas to federal charges of violating Floyd's civil rights at an arraignment yesterday.

Be interesting to see the result.

A Winnie the Pooh inspired house in the Ashdown Forest which is available to book on Airbnb as part of Disney’s 95th Anniversary celebrations of the children’s character.

Photograph: Henry Woide/Airbnb/PA

:) Very cute.

Toot - How quaint is that?

That's so cute, thanks RnR

Amritsar, IndiaOne of the Punjab police force’s Shakti teams – all-female squads formed with the aim of tackling crime against women – attend a launch ceremony

Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

Shakti teams – all-female squads formed with the aim of tackling crime against women.

Good luck with that ... so many horrific crimes against women in India.

Some Scots can’t say purple burglar alarm


Oh dear !!

“Death blowing bubbles,” 18th century. The bubbles symbolize life's fragility. This plaster work appears on the ceiling of Holy Grave Chapel in Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg, Germany. Credit:  Johann Georg Leinberger, 18th Century



Well that certainly wouldn't cheer you up as you were saying your prayers.


That plaster reminds me of where Prince Philip and the Queen stayed for their first night of their marriage at Broadlands in Hampshire.  The interior of some of the rooms just looks like Wedgewood plastering.

See the source image

See the source image


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a landmark deal with the US and UK for Australia’s submarine program to “go nuclear” under a defence pact that has been described as “China’s worst nightmare”.


The new grouping to be known as AUUKUS will advise Australia on how to identify the best way to acquire nuclear-powered submarine capability and share advanced technologies involving artificial intelligence.

The pact was announced on Thursday morning via a joint press conference with Mr Morrison, US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

I wish New Zealand was with us, we are related by blood lost in both wars.


When did NZ leave the ANZUS Treaty?


In response, the United States formally suspended its treaty obligations to New Zealand in 1986 and reduced the two countries' military ties.


Mmmm ... wonder how long the nuclear sub plan will last.


Visitors at The Tretyakov Gallery view an exhibition titled ‘Rejected Masterpieces: Pavel Tretyakov’s Challenge’ which features a selection of artworks of the second half of the nineteenth century that stimulated debate and controversy.

Photograph: Gavriil Grigorov/TASS


Sounds interesting.

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