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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

Procession: Princess Anne and Prince William walk ahead of the Queen and Prince Philip at the service


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.


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Photos: fans having fun at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil


2014 FIFA World Cup: a tournament for the men's football world championship. Brazil: June 12 to July 13


opening ceremony: World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June12

World Cup 2014 Mexico vs. Cameroon
Rafael Marquez (C) and Javier Hernandez (R) of Mexico go for a header: Mexico vs Cameroon

World Cup 2014 Greece vs Columbia
France's Karim Benzema scores a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and France.


German fans before the game against Portugal


U.S. fans during the match with Germany


Belgian fans celebrate during the 2-1 win over Algeria.


Mexico fans before the game against Croatia


Dutch fans prior to the match against Australia

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Nothing funnier - Putin pokes fun at Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony: reprise the failed 5th snowflake Olympic Ring


One of the Olympic rings failed to open during the opening ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.


Sochi 2014's organisers made a joke at their own expense during the closing ceremony with the fifth Olympic ring "failing" to unfurl.

"Remember when planking was like the cool thing to do in 2011? Well, Australian aerial skier David Morris is singlehandedly trying to bring it back in extreme fashion."

2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Mascots extinguish Olympic flame during the closing ceremony

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Oscar, 8 times nominated legend Peter O'Toole left behind Creator ("The Big Picture"), My Favorite Year, Lawrence Of Arabia

"Farewell, Peter."
Peter O'Toole (1932-2013)


"We're all missing 'The Big Picture'."
Opening scene of the film 'Creator' starring Peter O'Toole.


"My Favorite Year" - Trailer
Peter O'Toole gives a knock-out performance as Alan Swann...


ABC - "Remembering Peter O'Toole"
Noel Coward: "If you had been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia."


"David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. "

Why int'l experts not step in? Fukushima, Japan: 1,331 used fuel rods =14,000 x atomic bomb on Hiroshima

the spent fuel pool at the unit four reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant

process of fuel rod removal at Japan's Fukushima nulcear power plant

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Fukushima, Japan. Highly dangerous and unprecedented removal of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods begins on Nov18
The fuel assemblies are in a 32 x 40 feet concrete pool, the base of which is on the fourth story of the damaged reactor building. The assemblies - which contain plutonium, one of the most toxic substances known - are under 23 feet of water.

If the fuel rods - there are 50-70 in each of the assemblies, which weigh around 661 pounds and are 15 feet long - are exposed to air or if they break, catastrophic amounts of radioactive gases could be released into the atmosphere.

The 1,331 used fuel rod assemblies contain radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.

“Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date,” say independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt in a recent World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima
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8. One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.  read more »

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