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Dorothy Counts-Scoggins

The First Black Girl To Attend An All White School In The United States

So courageous.

Poor girl, I bet she was subjected to terrible tormenting. 

Apparently so Hola ...

Counts-Scoggins was dropped off on her first day of school by her father, along with their family friend Edwin Thompkins. As their car was blocked from going closer to the front entrance, Edwin offered to escort Counts-Scoggins to the front of the school while her father parked the car. As she got out of the car to head down the hill, her father told her, "Hold your head high. You are inferior to no one."

There were roughly 200 to 300 people in the crowd mostly students. The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, an officer of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to "keep her out" and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her, saying: "Spit on her, girls, spit on her." Counts-Scoggins walked by without reacting, but told the press later that many people threw rocks at her—most of which landed in front of her feet—and that students formed walls but parted ways at the last instant to allow her to walk past. Photographer Douglas Martin won the 1957 World Press Photo of the Year with an image of Counts being mocked by a crowd on her first day of school.

Thank you RnR I ploughed through this!

Took me ages, but it is very emotional, reminds me of having to put up with certain people on this site with my writing!

I am so glad she ploughed through that first lesson too.

Lately we have been watching a lot of American programmes on house renovations and the like and it is very interesting to witness the couples that have selected to appear on the programme I would say about a third of them are of mixed colour, with white women marrying black guys.   How lovely to see the improvement the USA has made.   

It also reminds me of one of my favourite movies on Space and how John Glen was helped by the coloured lady scientist movie black lady scientist helping the space flights in the 1950s - Bing images 

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Mary Jackson I think her name was, what a strong lady she was also having to put up with rude people she even had to use various WCs miles away from her working environment.   

If you have not seen this movie I can recommend it to you!

'Hidden Figures' No More: Meet The Black Women Who Helped Send America To Space : NPR


Negev desert, Israel
Members of a team of astronauts from Europe and Israel walk in spacesuits during a training mission for planet Mars at a site that simulates an off-site station at the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon

Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Certainly looks like the right site for practice.


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Guess where these are taken?

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Years ago I said to hubby when he was working up the north west putting in new railway lines for the new mines that it could be taken for Mars!  It is so red and sandy.

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So isolated it makes me wonder how much more our planet can take of this sort of weather conditions before we loose the planet and it ends up just like Mars?



So true Celia, lovely pics.

Soldiers of the Guard Battalion, which has several dozen members under investigation



The German military is investigating a self-styled “wolf pack” of alleged right-wing extremists in the unit that forms a guard of honour at state visits.  At least one corporal has been suspended and several dozen soldiers are being questioned amid claims that their ringleader wore a T-shirt glorifying Adolf Hitler and encouraged his underlings to force fresh recruits through humiliating “hazing” rituals. 

Such a rise of the far right and the far left in recent times ... fanatics on both sides IMO.

Actor Tom Cruise smiles during Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu).


 Several viewers took to Twitter and remarked on Cruise’s appearance, noting he looked different from his usual on-screen self.

Aaaah ... the fuller-faced age-related scenario ... happens to the best of us.


As part of Sydney’s ‘freedom day’ yesterday after reaching 70 per cent fully vaxxed, people line up outside Hype, the sneaker store in Sydney.


LOL ... amazing what some people crave.

?zmir, Turkey
A 1,800-year-old mosaic is being restored at Metropolis ancient city in Torbal? district. After using modern techniques that ensure the preservation of colours and grains for a longer time, mosaics resembling paintings of Eros, Dionysus and his wife Ariadne were visible again.

Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images


Replica of Britain's largest Roman mosaic to go on sale... but buyer will need an empty 2,200 sq ft to show it off | Daily Mail Online

photos of mosaics in england from the romans - Bing images

The two sights above show how much has been found in the UK over the years with ceramics dating back many many years, it is amazing how they have lasted this long.

As I child I used to love to visit Bath, a city in the south west of the UK built by the Romans.

Last visited in 2006, well worth a visit if you have the chance to fly away one day to visit the UK.

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Beautiful mosaic in Torbay ... thanks Toot. 

Bath looks so interesting, thanks Celia.

Your so lucky to have visited Bath Celia, it looks fascinating.

Sydney, Australia
Police on horseback ride past Sydney Opera House after Covid stay-at-home orders were lifted in New South Wales

Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Hope the end of lockdown in Sydney goes well.

A demonstrator wears a traditional Native American headdress during an Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest outside the White Hiuse, Washington, US. 11 October 2021.  Reuters/Sarah Silbiger TPX



A gallery assistant poses by a sculpture entitled ‘Dark Place’ by Australian artist Ron Mueck displayed at Thaddaeus Ropac gallery in London.  Reuters/Matthew Childs


Wow ... what a realistic sculpture.

He's the best in the world IMO.

Myrtle Corbin, a girl who was born with two sets of legs, two pelvises, and two functional sets of sexual / reproductive organs


At age 19 she married James Clinton Bicknell, with whom she had four daughters and a son."It was "determined that it was in her left uterus that Mrs. B. was pregnant." "physicians determined that Corbin preferred intercourse in the right side, and this fact was commented upon in several subsequent reports."

Corbin was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee.  Her parents were William H. Corbin, aged 25 at the time of his daughter's birth, and Nancy Corbin (née Sullins), aged 34.  Both parents were described by physicians who examined the infant shortly after her birth as being very similar in appearance, "both having auburn hair, blue eyes, and very fair complexion"; in fact, they looked so similar that the physicians felt compelled to point out that they were not "blood kin" The Corbins had four children in total, including a child from Nancy's first marriage.

Myrtle's birth was not marked by anything "peculiar about the labour or delivery" according to her mother. Doctors who examined the child shortly after her birth noted that a breech presentation "would have proved fatal to the infant, and possibly to the mother."  Corbin soon showed herself to be a strong child, weighing 10 lb (4.5 kg) three weeks after the birth, and it was reported in a journal published later that year that she "nurses healthily" and was "thriving well".



Poor girl/woman ... what a bizarre story.

Stevin "Hedake" Smith, the star point guard at the center of the 1994 Arizona State point-shaving scandal. (Photo: Netflix)


A new Netflix documentary series which explores the dark side of the sports world, specifically, six instances when crime and athletics intersected in dramatic ways.


Don't miss this one.


I forgot the name, it's called 'Bad Sport'

Rosa Parks sits at the front of a bus following the end of racial segregation by the transit company, circa 1965.


Rosa Parks was an African-American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. 

On 1 December 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to vacate a row of four seats in the "colored" section in favor of a white passenger, once the "white" section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) believed that she was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, and she helped inspire the black community to boycott the Montgomery buses for over a year. The case became bogged down in the state courts, but the federal Montgomery bus lawsuit Browder v. Gayle resulted in a November 1956 decision that bus segregation is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Elephant in the room, by Adam Oswell, Australia

Zoo visitors watch a young elephant performing underwater. Oswell was disturbed by this scene, and organisations concerned with the welfare of captive elephants say performances like this encourage unnatural behaviour. In Thailand, there are now more elephants in captivity than in the wild. With the Covid pandemic causing tourism to collapse, elephant sanctuaries are becoming overwhelmed with animals that can no longer be looked after by their owners.


Photograph: Adam Oswell/2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Such sad exploitation.

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