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The Beach boys in a recording studio in 1962


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Northumberland, UK
Participants in the annual North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay

Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

Brrrr ... LOL.

Can't think of anything worse and I used to love swimming in in the surf.

Rostov, Russia
A Cossack casts his ballot at a polling station on the last day of three-day parliamentary elections in the settlement of Krasny Kolos in the Rostov region

Photograph: Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters


On August 3, 1941 70,000 Cossacks went over to fight for the Germans. Another 50,000 joined them by October 1942. 


Wasn't aware the Cossacks were still so active.

After World War II, the Soviet Union disbanded the Cossack units in the Soviet Army. During the Perestroika era in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, descendants of Cossacks moved to revive their national traditions. In 1988, the Soviet Union passed a law allowing the re-establishment of former Cossack hosts and the formation of new ones. During the 1990s, many regional authorities agreed to hand over some local administrative and policing duties to their Cossack hosts.

In the 2002 Russian census, 140,028 people declared Cossack ethnicity, while 67,573 people identified as Cossack in the 2010 census. Between 3.5 and 5.0 million people associate themselves with the Cossack identity across the world. Cossack organisations operate in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, and the United States.


Hampshire, UK
Members of the Herigeas Hundas living history group watch the burning of a ceremonial Viking long boat during the equinox at Butser Ancient Farm

Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

What an interesting tradition ... boat-burning traditionally happened at Viking funerals.

Venice, Italy
Noah’s Violin, a giant floating artwork by the Venetian sculptor Livio De Marchi, makes its maiden voyage on the Grand Canal. The makers said it symbolised the rebirth of Venice through art, culture and music

Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Brilliant ... love that idea.

Florida, US
The quartet of citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashes down off the coast near Kennedy Space Center

Photograph: SpaceX/Reuters

Such a triumph for the project and its participants.


People walk along the Camps Elysees Avenue, Paris during the “day without cars”.


The Arc de Triomphe was wrapped up in fabric to celebrate late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo died last year and his partner Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.

The 14 million-euro ($22.58 million) project was financed through the sale of Christo’s preparatory studies, drawings, scale models, and other pieces of work. The project was submitted to the Centre des monuments nationaux by the Centre Pompidou and is supported by the Paris city council.


Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the US from Mexico, 18 September 2021 in Del Rio, Texas




Meanwhile the US has launched a mass expulsion of the Haitian migrants pictured above from Texas. Three flights with 145 passengers each arrived in Port-au-Prince, and Haiti said six flights were expected Tuesday. In all, US authorities moved to expel many of the more 12,000 migrants camped around the bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after crossing from Ciudad Acuna in Mexico. 

When you try to wear your old jeans


He he he he!!!

Funny Toot!  Cats love to get into odd places.

LOL ... what a face!!

Guess who this is?

Julie Bishop, 65, stuns in a body-hugging frock alongside beau David Panton at Brownlow


Julie Bishop.  She gave a very long service to the Liberal Party, it must have been disappointing when they didn't want to keep her when crunch time came.  So much for loyalty.


She shapes up well for 65.

I thought she looks awful!

Christian Porter will move to the backbench after resigning from Scott Morrison's Cabinet.( ABC News: Matt Robert)



"This is Christian, he'll be the Prime Minister one day," his Olympic silver medal winning father is said to have said when introducing his son to members of the political elite.



Can you imagine what the consequences could be of his decision not to tell who his supporters are?   He would be in the position to make decisions in their favour.  


Am watching the new show about Bill Clinton, he managed to hold on regardless of the Monica scandal.  Porter must be seething.



Christian Porter  has never had a good track record with the  women in his life.  He seems to be always ducking and weaving to get out of sticky situations.  To say he  never knew who  his "mystery donor" was is laughable. 


For some reason, I just can't take to this man. Good riddance IMO.

Apparently, NSW police said they “never had the opportunity to commence the investigation” into an allegation of rape against Christian Porter.  His accuser withdrew her complaint and took her own life in June 2020, without police having taken a witness statement from her.

The police assessment of the investigation into her claims, which was first produced in a more redacted form to the NSW parliament, concludes that, as a result, an alleged victim of “childhood sexual abuse” had died “without having her wish of the person of interest being held to account”.

The issues listed in photo above seem more than reasonable to me ...

teatv apk

spice money


These animals need more trees


Agree Toot.

Sierra Nevada, US

Flames climb a tree as the Windy fire burns in the Sequoia national forest in California

Photograph: Noah Berger/AP


So sad to see.

Melbourne, Australia

Construction workers clash at a protest at the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union headquarters. The workers are protesting against mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations

Photograph: James Ross/AAP


Union head CFMEU secretary John Setka says 'morons' and 'professional protesters' caused the construction shutdown and he believes only a small number of protesters who were at the union headquarters yesterday taking part in action that turned violent were actually union members.

He said he believed there were neo-Nazis in the crowd, despite also saying "I wouldn't know one if I fell over one". He said there were also anti-vaccination protesters not involved in the construction industry.

"Thanks to these morons, 300,000 Victorians are sitting at home for at least the next couple of weeks," he said. "It could drag out even longer."

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