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"There's no finish line. Far from done." World #1 tennis player Federer wins record 15th Grand Slam at Wimbledon

Wimbledon: Roger Federer admits he has surprised himself after claiming a record 15 grand slam titles

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Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player. He is currently ranked world No. 1, having previously held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks. Many sports analysts, tennis critics, former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer holds numerous male singles records, the most notable of which is winning an all-time record 15 Grand Slam titles, including a career Grand Slam. Federer has played an unprecedented 20 career Grand Slam finals, and as of July 2009 Federer has reached the semi-finals (or better) of the last 21 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, a streak spanning over five years. As a result of his successes in tennis, Federer was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for four consecutive years (2005–2008).

Roger Federer celebrates his Wimbledon triumph alongside Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Rod Laver after his thrilling five-set victory over Andy Roddick on Centre Court  read more »

Massive debt, stress, massive heart attack: Michael Jackson, King of Pop. This is IT: lasting legacy. Massive loss

Michael Jackson - the King of Pop; inset - Remember the Time

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His music is a lasting legacy. As a songwriter, singer and dancer, Michael Jackson was an undoubted genius and the most important pop-music figure since Elvis Presley as well as being related to him, marrying Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie in 1964. Michael Jackson has two lovely children: daughter Paris and son Prince with ex-wife Debbie Rowe. Most of Michael Jackson's closest friends had also been child stars, one of them is actress Elizabeth Taylor who said "I loved Michael with all my soul...I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other - the purest most giving love I've ever known."

Guinness World Records artist announce his comeback with an extraordinary concert on O2 arena in London, UK. The last time Michael Jackson performed in UK was in 2006 at the World Music Awards

Michael Jackson portrait

MICHAEL JACKSON  read more »

Burma's Prime Minister-elect, Aung San Suu Kyi, 13 years behind bars out of 19 in politics, turns 64 on June 19

a poster of Aung San Suu Kyi in a cage as Japanese supporters held a demonstration today in Tokyo as part of worldwide protests

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In the 1990 general election, Suu Kyi earned the right to be Prime Minister in a 392-out-of-489-seats landslide victory as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, but her detention has prevented her from assuming that role.

Sept 9 1995 - Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes then United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi spent her 64th birthday in prison Friday, as demands for her freedom erupted across the internet and at rallies worldwide. Suu Kyi has spent more than 13 of the last 19 years in detention, mostly under house arrest. Her party won Myanmar's last elections in 1990 but the junta rejected her victory. After an uninvited American swam to her tightly guarded lakeside home last month, she was arrested and is now on trial for violating the terms of her house arrest.  read more »

Remembering history for future: 65th D-Day tribute to heroes who fought for world's justice & humanity's survival

Normandy Veteran Fredrick William Norris, who was awarded the Military Medal, passes the graves of friends from his regiment, the 5th Assualt Regiment of the Armoured Engineers

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D-Day veterans: 'we wear medals in tribute to men who never lived to receive theirs'

World leaders and veterans gathered along the beach Saturday in Normandy, France, to commemorate D-Day. For the veterans of the Normandy Landings, almost all now in their mid eighties, this was not a moment to acknowledge their own ailments. Instead, they stood proudly in the blazing sunshine to honor the comrades who lost their lives amid the shelling and the terror and the bloodshed that were the D Day landings. To pay tribute to the men with whom they will forever have an unbreakable bond: the servicemen who gave their lives in the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the War.

on the beaches of Arromanches-les-Bains, different generations came together to remember the D-Day landings, and the sacrifices made - 65 years ago  read more »

Even in DNA age we still believe in Sherlock Holmes, world's most celebrated detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle

John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes and Roland Young as Dr. Watson in 1922 version

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Last weekend saw the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the world's most celebrated fictional detective. So what's kept him at the top for 122 years?

In 1887, appearing in print for the first time, Sherlock Holmes set out his purpose in life. The declaration in "A Study in Scarlet" would also come to dictate much of the subsequent career of Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle - not always to his pleasure. "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colorless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it." He went on to define the archetype of the brilliant but troubled detective. Even today the character of Holmes defines what we expect of great fictional detectives. We want them to accept that "duty" to do good - but also to be personally flawed.

John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes and Roland Young as Dr. Watson in 1922 version

The 28 year-old author wasn't the first to spot the narrative potential of an incisive but troubled detective. Conan Doyle himself acknowledged the influence of Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and of Lecoq, created by the now largely forgotten Emile Gaboriau. But almost every fictional detective stands in Holmes' shadow - from Kurt Wallander back to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Chandler once wrote: "Sherlock Holmes is mostly an attitude and a few dozen lines of unforgettable dialogue." This may or may not have been a compliment.  read more »

Humor & Fun: Office Chair Racing, 70 participants race downhill & over ramps. Helmets required. Many chairs didn't make it to en

Office Chair Racing Championship in Germany

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The German Office Chair Racing Championship was held in Bad Koenig-Zell, Germany, on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Seventy participants took a chance and brought their office chair out into the sunshine and put it through its paces. The race down Odenwaelder street was mainly downhill and involved starting on a steep ramp and racing over another ramp.

the first German Championships in Office Chair Racing

The only uniform rule was a crash helmet, which many participants needed. Dozens of racers fell off their chairs, and many chairs didn't make it to the end of the 170-meter race.

German Championships in Office Chair Racing

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Photos courtesy of demonicious.com

Original Source: Cave News and Reuters (with video)

72 years ago today, iconic Golden Gate Bridge finished construction ahead of schedule & $1.3 million under budget

pillar of Golden Gate Bridge

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The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, turned 72 years old on Wednesday. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful, and most photographed, bridges in the world. Its 4,200 foot long main suspension span was a world record that stood for 27 years. It is still the second longest in the United States after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge which links Staten Island to Brooklyn in New York. The bridge's two towers rise 746 feet making them 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument.

Before the bridge was built, people used ferries to travel between San Francisco and Marin. Many wanted to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County. San Francisco was the largest American city still served primarily by ferry boats. Because it did not have a permanent link with communities around the bay, the city’s growth rate was below the national average. Many experts said that a bridge couldn’t be built across the 6,700 ft (2,042 m) strait. It had strong, swirling tides and currents, with water 500 ft (150 m) in depth at the center of the channel, and almost constant winds of 60 mph (97 km/h). Experts said that ferocious winds and blinding fogs would prevent construction and operation.

the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands  read more »

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