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"We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly..." Michel de Montaigne on "remarkable act of friendship"
"We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him."
- Michel de Montaigne
"I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine."
- Oliver Goldsmith
Scotland: Big Roman Week; Knights of Thistle; Doors Open Days; longest golf club; 4th Road Bridge 50th anniv; Sept2014 vote
*update 20 Sept 2014* National Geographic: BBC: Scotland's staying put
*update 14 Sept 2014* National Geographic: Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés
If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action! Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37-m-long (14-ft 5-in) club and has used it to achieve a drives of over 165 metres.
Yao Ming stands tall for Elephants: "Say No To Ivory"; trio - Prince William, David Beckham & Yao Ming - for Rhinos
Prince William, David Beckham and Yao Ming for WildAid
The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and Yao Ming are speaking out to protect rhinos for future generations in this WildAid message. The trio met in London in September 2013 to film two messages that began airing globally, with targeted outreach in China and Vietnam, beginning in January 2014 as part of WildAid's demand reduction campaign and the Royal Foundation's United for Wildlife Collaboration.
“'The End of the Wild' aired last week in China, and it airs on Animal Planet this Autumn. Yao Ming is an incredible ambassador for +WildAid & also now for United for Wildlife!”
Yao Ming: "Say No To Ivory"
To better understand what’s happening to these species as a result of Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn, Yao Ming traveled to Africa for the first time to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most majestic species - the elephant and the rhino. read more »
Photos: modern cruiseship vs Titanic; truck stuck under bridge; wrangle mammoth alligator; how fish get bigger and bigger?
Titanic compared with modern day cruise ships
Tourists offered boat tours to see the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner
Alabama Family Catches Record-Breaking Alligator
roof torn off truck as driver attempts to fit under bridge in Melbourne
"No You Can’t"
How safe is it?
Eagle Scout catches huge 335-pound halibut, leads derby
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Jimmy Fallon: "genius comedian and actor Robin Williams...He's one of a kind. He's one in a million. He's unbelievable"
August 13, 2014 Jimmy Fallon Pays Tribute to Robin Williams to honor the late comedian, choking back tears, before doing his best impersonation of the legend -
*update* 20 August 2014 2014 Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. At 2013 Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters.
Unbreakable bond. Christopher Reeve: the greatest gift from Robin Williams is laughter
Robin Williams - Inside The Actors Studio - FULL Video
young Robin Williams (credit: childhood-images1)
"The good is the beautiful."
"Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state."
- John Locke