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The Beach boys in a recording studio in 1962


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An androgynous idol of goddess Laxmi and god Narayan which was stolen around 38 years ago and trafficked to the US has been reinstated at its rightful temple at Patan in Patko Tole today amidst a function.

The unique idol depicting both sexes was lost one night during the month of June or July in 1984. It is said that smugglers had stolen the statue in nexus with security forces. 

The idol was returned from Dallas Art Museum which had held the statue for 30 years. However, it is still not clear how the statue reached there. The theft has been documented in Krishna Deva's 'Images of Nepal' and 'Stolen Images of Nepal' (1989) a book written by artist and art historian Lain Singh Bangdel.


So many stolen and appropriated idols and artefacts being returned now ... good to see IMO.

Sealand, North Sea

The self-declared principality of Sealand, a disputed micronation about seven miles off the coast of Suffolk, now requires visitors to show a negative Covid test before being winched up on to the deck

Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images


People view a total solar eclipse from Polar Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica on Saturday. Photo: AP


A total solar eclipse plunged Antarctica from summer into darkness early Saturday in a rare astronomical spectacle witnessed by a handful of scientists and thrill-seekers – and countless penguins.

Very dramatic photo, thanks Toot.


A paddle race on the Seine in Paris, 5 December, 2021.

Adrienne Surprenant / AP / SIPA

The star news anchor Chris Cuomo has been sacked by CNN for helping his brother, the former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, fight sexual harassment allegations.

Having suspended its highest-rated anchor last week, the network dismissed Cuomo on Saturday, after an internal investigation revealed he had a much closer role in his brother’s political affairs than CNN had previously realised. An allegation of sexual misconduct was also levelled at Cuomo during the course of the investigation, which he has denied.



Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife minutes before assassination that would lead to WW1, 1914 [Colorized]


What a catastrophe ensued ...

World War I began on 28 July 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918. It involved much of Europe, as well as Russia, the United States and Turkey, and was fought in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia.

One of the deadliest conflicts in history, an estimated 9 million were killed in combat, while over 5 million civilians died from occupation, bombardment, hunger or disease. Genocides and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic spread by the movement of combatants during the war caused many millions of additional deaths worldwide.


Arctic sea ice is growing fast this year


The Arctic sea ice extent is actually growing faster than in the latest years.

For this reason, several cargo ships transiting through the Northern Sea Route were caught by surprise. Several of them became frozen in, and are now waiting for icebreakers to free them. Several could be stranded for months as they wait for icebreakers to reach them

Tough situation.

Samding Dorje Phagmo (center) the female reincarnated lama, is ‘struggled’ against in the courtyard of her home in Lhasa, Tibet, together with her mother and father by Chinese Red Guards, during the Cultural Revolution - 1960s 


Struggle sessions were a form of public humiliation and torture and used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at various times in the Mao era., particularly during the years immediately before and after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (PRC) and during the Cultural Revolution. The aim of struggle sessions was to shape public opinion, as well as to humiliate, persecute, or execute political rivals and those deemed class enemies.


US congressman Thomas Harold Massie has faced a barrage of criticism after he posted a Christmas photograph of his family posing with military-style rifles, just days after a deadly school shooting.


Thomas Harold Massie is an American Republican Party politician. 

There is something wrong with people who think they look Macho carrying a rifle, I call them a "(Bunch of Wankers).

Agree Hola, what on earth was he thinking.  

The USA have a very serious gun culture. Historically the "right to bear arms" was a factor of fighting against the British.  I doubt it was intended to become domestic policy.

Now it is used as a right to defend themselves,  Yet I have never seen it used when someone is firing on innocents and someone else fires back in defense.

This was probably so in the Wild West, not now.

We have to thank Prime Minister John Howard who pressured the states to adopt the gun laws after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.

Yet, people still vote for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.


People must feel/be very inadequate if they think guns make them appear macho.

Sick IMO.

Skiers dressed as Santa Claus ride the lifts to participate in the charity Santa Sunday at Sunday River ski resort in Bethel, Maine. Reuters/Brian Snyder

:) That's certainly different LOL.


Houses remain isolated as lava continues to flow from a volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain


Wow ... what a dramatic photo, thanks Toot.

Feel so sorry for those impacted by unstoppable natural events.


Saint Nicholas and his reindeers fly above Lake Leman at the Christmas Market in Montreux, Switzerland


 Delightful, thanks Toot.


A man dressed as an astronaut takes a ride in metro as part of a campaign to promote a NASA Space Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. AP

Russian soldiers and World War II re-enactors dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms take part in a staged battle to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow, in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia.  AP

Hope they don't invade the Ukraine after their recent "massing" on the border.

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