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Happy 2012 to all! Let's raise a "cup o' kindness" ("Auld Lang Syne" music video) and wish "Peace on Earth" (cartoon video)
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."
16 mysterious sights: Salar de Uyuni, Eye of Africa, Desert Floor Drawings, Racetrack Playa, Spotted Lake, Cotton Castle...
Mysterious Sights: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is a magical place: When covered by water, the world’s largest salt flat becomes a mirror, and anyone walking across it appears to be walking on clouds. The salt crust, which covers 4,086 square miles in southwestern Bolivia at 11,995 feet above sea level, is nearly flat, which makes it ideal for calibrating the altimeters of satellites. Salar de Uyuni's origins lie in prehistoric lakes; it is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingoes.
Mysterious Sights: Eye of Africa, Mauritania
The Eye of Africa - whose official name, the Richat Structure, seems so mundane in comparison - was spotted in central Mauritania by astronauts on early space missions. In the expanse of the Western Sahara Desert, the formation has a diameter of about 30 miles. At first, scientists thought a meteorite had hit the Earth, causing this impression. But now it is believed to be a symmetrical uplift that erosion has revealed. No one has explained yet why it is circular.
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Photo: Aurora Borealis (the northern lights), one of nature's most dazzling spectacles, over snow-covered Icelandic mountains
Photo courtesy of Jónína G. Óskarsdóttir / Barcroft Media
New Year 2011 wishes Peace to the World, Health to the Earth, Love to all life, Wisdom to decisions. Be merry.
From the publisher:
"New Year 2011 wishes Peace to the World, Health to the Earth, Love to all life, Wisdom to decisions. Be merry."
Girl in iconic World War II V-Day Time Square Kiss photo, passes away at 91. Rest in Peace: Edith Shain
May all World War II veterans and victims rest in peace.
(June 20, 2010) Edith Shain, the nurse in Alfred Eisenstead's famous Victory over Japan Day In Times Square photo, died in Los Angeles. She was 91.
Photos courtesy of Alfred Eisenstaedt / Getty
Original Source: hollywoodmemoir.com
Asterix turns 50: France's popular cultural hero born under influence of friendship, desperation & a great deal of alcohol
A little-reported ceremony took place a few days ago outside a nondescript apartment block in the Paris suburb of Bobigny. An old man unveiled a plaque to mark the birthplace of one of France's greatest cultural heroes: Asterix.
On 29 October 1959, the first adventure of the diminutive warrior Asterix appeared in the comic magazine Pilote. It was the work of the Italian-born artist Albert Uderzo and his script-writer friend René Goscinny.
According to one of their creators, the small, wily Gaul Asterix and his oversized, clumsy friend Obelix were born under the influence of friendship, desperation and a great deal of alcohol. They met at Uderzo's apartment in the Paris suburb of Pantin to dream up a story and some characters for a comic strip to be published in the first edition of the weekly magazine Pilote. At the time, aside from the Belgian strips Tintin and Spirou, French newspapers carried primarily American comics. The founder of Pilote wanted French children to be able to read stories in which their own culture dominated. 'The Gauls,' they thought, 'liked to have a good laugh, to talk big and were bon vivants. I think we've got something there.' read more »
Tribute to Abbey Rd (40 yrs ago, 08/08'69), to Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr
A day in the life of Abbey Road, an ordinary-looking street in north London.
"A policeman held up the traffic, the band walked back and forth a few times and that was that" - Brian Southall
On the 8 August 1969 that the Fab Four walked out of No 3 Abbey Road, having finished basic work on what would be their penultimate album. The photographer who took the famous cover shot was the late Iain Macmillan, a close friend of Brian Southall's, who knew the Beatles through working with Yoko Ono. "He was given about 15 minutes," says Mr Southall. "He stood up a stepladder while a policeman held up the traffic, the band walked back and forth a few times and that was that."
Photos courtesy of Sang Tan/ Associated Press and BBC News
Original Source: BBC
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