Some Things You Will Only See In India…

India is a huge, populous place, where people of many creeds, races and ethnic backgrounds live together. And as big as it is, there are many strange sites that a traveller might see when visiting this huge and ancient land in these modern times. Some of them may look pretty strange to us, such as these fine photos of things you will only see when visiting India:


125 Years of Spectacular Photos!

With National Geographic now nearing its 125th year, the august institution that has taught so many of us about the world, nature and about all living creatures, has released a slew of fantastic photos from all the years it has been going. These golden nuggets of history and beauty give us a little glimpse into what it means to have taken the best photos in the world for over a century!


New BBC backgrounder on Iranian nuclear programme

BBC Watch

For months now the BBC News website has been making do with a pro-forma statement (or versions of it) in reports on the subject of Iran’s nuclear programmeaccording to which: iran

“The West suspects Iran of seeking a nuclear arms capability.

Tehran denies the claim, saying its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.”

On October 14th 2013 – the eve of renewed talks between Iran and the P5+1 – the BBC produced a backgrounder titled “Q&A: Iran nuclear crisis” which opens:

“One of the thorniest disputes between Iran and the international communities is over Iran’s nuclear programme. The two sides have been in stalemate for years, despite several rounds of sanctions and talks. Here is an explainer to the crisis.”

Although it starts off informatively, the backgrounder later moves into more political realms. Despite the fact that concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear aspirations reach far beyond “the West”…

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Iran Nuclear Program Talks Resume

Beyond the Cusp

The talks between the Iranians and the P5+1, which is made up of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Russia, Britain, China, France and the United States, plus Germany, over the Iranian nuclear program and whether it aims to produce nuclear weapons or is simply for civil use such as electricity generation, medical research and other domestic energy uses resumed this week. There is a palpable level of hope and promise from the P5+1 nations that the promises and disarming nature and smile of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani really is an indicator of a new openness and honest forthrightness in dealings allowing full inspections of all locations of nuclear installations and related research by the United Nations IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors. The optimism being shown by the P5+1 runs directly opposite the warnings being sounded by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and other…

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Autumn in New York



Well, technically New York is not New England but we have the same beautiful Maple Trees as does Canada. These are the trees with the vivid red and orange colors that people visit this area to see in October  And it is well worth the trip at least once in your life!

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This year the conditions have been perfect, cool to cold nights, bright sunny days, lots of rain recently but dry now for the vivid colors as well as a huge crop of apples and late berries….blackberries and raspberries.

Flume Covered Bridge in Autumn, Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Lots of beauty to see as  you are “leaf-peeping.)  This is a century old covered bridge.


This lovely vivid berry is called “bittersweet” and is used in decoration and on wreaths. The berries are covered in yellow skin until the near frost temperatures at night help the red berries pop-out!


Decorations are prolific as people celebrate the glorious fruits of…

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These Statues Can’t Be Real, Can They?

Hyper-Realism, the art of making something look incredibly real and detailed, is a trend that has been sweeping the art world in recent years. From paintings that seem like they were photographed to statues that seem to be seconds away from blinking and coming to immediate life. These next examples belong to the latter category, with incredible statues you will have a hard time believing aren\’t real!


Teachers hate Michael Gove the whistleblower, because he speaks unpleasant truths

Teachers are like nurses: you want to love them, but they won\’t let you.

We have a budding teacher in the family. As a teacher\’s assistant last year, he brought home heart-warming tales of insecure children blossoming because they\’d mastered reading, and indifferent 10-year-olds suddenly thrilled by discovering history or chemistry. Our wannabe Mr Chips reminded me that a teacher can save a child\’s life as surely as a nurse can save a patient\’s.

But teachers can also lose all sight of the children in their care as they uphold dogma and pursue an us-and-them mentality. \”Them\”, these days, can be summed up in one word. Gove.


Daddy, How Was I Born?

A little boy goes to his father and asks, ‘Daddy, how was I born?’

The father answers, ‘Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo.

‘Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe.

‘We sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other. There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.

‘As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said’:

Scroll down…You’ll love this ….


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