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The Beach boys in a recording studio in 1962


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NO FREE PASS: Policemen check 'green health passes' as passengers board public transport in Rome, on the first day they went into effect. Italian police can now check whether restaurant or bar patrons have passes certifying that they are either vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo


Toot -  That is so funny. 


Poliosis is a decrease or absence of melanin (colour) in the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or any other hairy area.  It is commonly known as a white forelock when it affects the hair just above the forehead.



Thanks for that Toot

I have one of those patches and always thought it was the old age setting in but checking with Dr Google

"While poliosis is not harmful, it can be a sign of various conditions that are.

The harmful conditions that can trigger poliosis include melanoma skin cancer, thyroid disorders, and inflammatory conditions, among others.

Poliosis can also be triggered by some medications and even by psychological stress. "

Interesting Suze, thanks for the pic Toot.

Toot - Is that what Michael Jackson suffered with?

The man who saved the world

Vasili Aleksandrovich Arkhipov  was a Soviet Navy officer credited with preventing a Soviet nuclear strike during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


As flotilla chief of staff and second-in-command of the diesel powered submarine B-59, Arkhipov refused to authorize the captain's use of nuclear torpedoes against the United States Nasvy, a decision requiring the agreement of all three senior officers aboard.


In 2002, Thomas Blanton, who was then director of the US National Security Archive, said that Arkhipov "saved the world".

Thank you Vasili Aleksandrovich Arkhipov.

and thank you to the captain for respecting the rule requiring three senior officers to agree with a launch decision.

Wow!  That's the first I've ever heard of it, it was indeed a close call. 


Biden/Putin talks

President Putin said NATO was bolstering its military potential near Russia’s borders and “making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory”, the Kremlin said in a statement. “Therefore, Russia is seriously interested in obtaining reliable, legally fixed guarantees that rule out NATO expansion eastward and the deployment of offensive strike weapons systems in states adjacent to Russia.”


Biden administration officials have dismissed that demand, noting that only NATO members decide when other nations join the security alliance. “NATO member countries decide who is a member of NATO, not Russia. And that is how the process has always been and how it will proceed,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.  Source:  Aljazeerai



Posture, posture ... both sides ... a major conflict is just not what the world needs at the moment IMO.

Itzehoe, Germany
Josef Salomonovic (centre), a witness and concentration camp survivor, sits in court with his wife, Elisabeth, and his lawyer, Christoph Rueckel, during the trial of Irmgard Furchner, 96, a former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp. She is charged with complicity in the murder of more than 10,000 people at the camp in occupied Poland

Photograph: Marcus Brandt/AFP/Getty Images


Beijing, China
The Olympic flame safety lantern and torches are paraded during a flame exhibition tour in readiness for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Photograph: China Daily/Reuters


Two motorcyclists dressed up as Santa Claus are seen amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Bellevue square in Zurich, Switzerland.  Reuters

Lovely photo ... love that tram in the background too.

Toot - Now that's what we need to brighten up the World. They all look fantastic. 

A music therapist plays harp during treatment of patients suffering from the COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Havelhoehe community hospital in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 6, 2021.

Hope the poor patients can hear it.

Oh how sad. 

Defending champion Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, during a game against Ian Nepomniachtchi, of Russia, during the 9th round of the FIDE World Chess Championship at EXPO 2020 Dubai, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Magnus Carlsen closes in on World Chess Championship win as blunder costs Ian Nepomniachtchi game nine ...

PRECIOUS METAL: A staff member holds a portable sun-disc, dated 2400-2000 BC and found in Co Wexford, which will go on display at the British Museum in London for its forthcoming The World of Stonehenge exhibition. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire


:) Portable sun dials ... the ancient version of the smart phone LOL

Toot - They were certainly smart people in those days. 

A billionaire US hedge fund manager with a "rapacious" appetite for looted artefacts has agreed to turn over $US70 million ($99 million) worth of stolen antiquities and will be banned from buying any more for the rest of his life, Manhattan's District Attorney says.


Good result IMO.


Machine that assists suicide clear legal review in Switzerland


A coffin-shaped capsule, which promises relatively painless and peaceful death in under one minute, has cleared legal review in Switzerland, its makers claimed.


Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has created a 3D printed suicide machine that allows users to administer their own death in a matter of minutes.  Called Sarco, the futuristic-looking machine features a coffin-like sealed pod with transparent panels. It sits on top of a raised platform that leans at an angle.

By pressing a button on the inside of the pod the machine floods with liquid nitrogen, an unregulated substance that can be easily purchased.  This lowers the oxygen level within the capsule, making the user feel "slightly tipsy" before falling unconscious and ultimately, dying.

Although users must pass an artificial intelligence-powered test to determine their mental capacity to open the hatch, details of the test are not specified.  According to Nitschke, the aim of the machine – which was premiered at this year's Venice Biennale – is to "allow rational adults the option of a peaceful, elective and lawful death in an elegant and stylish environment".

The machine is portable, meaning it can be moved to the user's desired location.



A brilliant invention ... a lot better than the government torture method.

What a marvelous invention

Hand made wedding dress


How tasteless but a lot of work has gone into the fabric.

Love lace!

As a child with the high school a few of us were selected to go to the Brige for  Brussels World Fair I thing it was 1958!   We stayed at a lovely town where ladies sat in the street making lace.  I shall always remember that.

See the source image

See the source image

So intricate, thanks for posting Toot.

That is absolutely beautiful. I only hope the ladies were paid well for the work they put in ,  it must have taken endless hours .

Great photo Celia, never had the pleasure of seeing lace making before.

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