Pictures : Typhoon Haiyan after Disaster


A weakened Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it entered southern China later in the day, but the damage and death tolls appear nothing like the havoc the storm wreaked upon the Philippines on Friday. Despite an official death toll of just over 250, authorities there fear it could climb to 10,000 or more. 

11 Nov 2013:  News Courtesy – ABC News

Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday’s disaster and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. Large areas along the coast had been transformed into twisted piles of debris, blocking roads and trapping decomposing bodies underneath. Ships were tossed inland, cars and trucks swept out to sea and bridges and ports washed away.

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Travel Photography Competition – week 62

Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

Hello everyone and welcome to the 62nd edition of our popular Travel Photography Competition! This week we will be looking at photos sent into our Facebook page between 29th September and 6th October.

The first winning shot shows the Ring of Brodgar, located on the Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland. The Ring is a Neolithic stone circle, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. They are examples of the northernmost stone henges in Britain and are believed to have been erected between 2500 BC and 2000 BC. The stone circle’s diameter is 104 metres. It originally contained 60 stones, of which only 27 remain.

Jo Hanna - Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland
This stunning picture was taken by Jo Hanna. Visit her wonderful blog for more!


In second position we have this wonderful photo showing Dante’s View, Death Valley NP, California, USA. Dante’s View is a…

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Iran, the Scorpion and the Frog


Iran is the scorpion and Secretary Kerry is the frog.

Here is the fable of the scorpion and the frog:

The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

Scorpion and frog

Secretary Kerry apparently went to Geneva to bring peace in our time by signing a deal with Iran on its nuclear conduct and ambitions. The deal was not signed, largely due…

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BBC manages to report on three terror attacks without mentioning the word terror

BBC Watch

On November 8th an article titled “Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops in West Bank” appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website. 

Machsom Hakiosk incident

The article actually relates to three attempted terror attacks which took place between the evening of Thursday November 7th and the morning of Friday November 8th, with the incident described in the opening of the BBC article being the second of those incidents.

That incident occurred at around 23:15 on Thursday evening at the Kiosk (Wadi Nahar) checkpoint.

“A Palestinian man was shot at a checkpoint in Abu Dis near Jerusalem after he tried to stab a Border Police guard late Thursday night, Israel Radio reported.

The Border Police guards manning the checkpoint were inspecting another car when a Palestinian man in his 20s came at them, brandishing a knife, according to the report.

One of the guards spotted…

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Story : Everyone needs a Little Motivation


514_400x400_NoPeelDante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man.
The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.

Rossetti looked over them carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless but Rossetti was a kind man, he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The man was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti’s judgment. 

The old man then apologized for taking up Rossetti’s time, but asked him to look at a few more drawings.
Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these…

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A Beautiful Day in Joshua Tree National Park

Bookworm on the loose

Joshua Tree California Travel

One of Southern California’s biggest outdoors attraction is Joshua Tree National Park, a couple hours east of Los Angeles. It is full of short and long hike opportunities, as well as a climber’s mecca thanks to the beautiful rocks and boulders. Plus, it is a popular day or one-night trip for college students. Yesterday I went for the second time, visiting the Integratron, where visitors can take what is called a Sound Bath, then scrambling for a while in the park, which is about half an hour away. The area is downright beautiful–look at that picture perfect blue sky–and the weather was to die for. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people visit the park each week and if you are ever in the Southern California area and you enjoy the outdoors even just a little bit, this is a place that you should not miss.

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