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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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You name it: Karma or what? Judges in tears: 7yo sings very sad song once banned; goose stalks man; bond between Giant & Tiny


Man, goose form odd-couple friendship

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7-Year-Old Stuns Viewers When She Sings 'Gloomy Sunday' By Billie Holiday (VIDEO)
When 7-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar got onstage to sing "Gloomy Sunday" for "Norway's Got Talent," no was expecting this voice to come out of such a little girl. Her smoky, soulful tone is reminiscent of Billie Holiday, and makes her seem wise beyond her years. It takes a truly old soul to capture the feeling of Lady Day, let alone audiences' hearts. Her incredible performance earned her a standing ovation and the tears of several audience members.

The BBC once banned the song as too sad to be broadcast.

Angelina's performance elicited both tears and a standing ovation from the stunned judges. But just how much did this sweet child grasp the gravity of what she was singing?
"I felt something special about it. It's hard to explain in words," said Angelina, explaining to a Norwegian television station that she speaks English and "understood [the song] very well … when I sang it for my mum, she said that this song is nice, but it was an incredibly sad song."

This young girl obviously has a very old soul.

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Nature's Awe. In front of your eyes (time-lapse video) snowflake comes to life; plants make choice; music from ice


"Watch A Snowflake Come To Life"


"plants seem to exhibit intelligence, intention, and even choice"

Norway’s Ice Music Festival
"It's said the full moon can bring on unusual behaviour, and that certainly seems to be the case in Norway. For the last seven years, to mark the first full moon of the year, musicians from all over the world perform at a festival where all the instruments are made from ice and snow."

Photo courtesy visitnorway.com and icemusicfestival.no

Queen:"reflection, meditation and prayer make us better people"; remained constant is "family, friendship & good neighborliness"

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Watch the Queen's Christmas Day message 2013 in full
The Queen reflected on prominent events from the past year during her Christmas broadcast - from the service that marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation to the birth of Prince George

"balance between action and reflection"
"reflection, meditation, prayer help to renew us"
"family, friendship, neighborliness"
"principle and service"

Her broadcast began with the Queen telling her audience how a man she once knew gained a clearer insight into the world after spending a year in a plaster cast recovering from a back operation.
She said: "He read a lot, and thought a lot, and felt miserable. Later, he realised this time of forced retreat from the world had helped him to understand the world more clearly.
"We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock."

The Queen, who was dressed in a single crepe wool primrose dress which she wore to William and Kate's wedding in April 2011, also said in her broadcast: "As with all who are christened, George was baptised into a joyful faith of Christian duty and service. After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph.

"It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations."

The Queen also looked back over the past 12 months to the 60th anniversary of her coronation, celebrated with a national service in June.

She said: "I myself had cause to reflect this year, at Westminster Abbey, on my own pledge of service made in that great church on Coronation Day 60 years earlier.  read more »

Intelligent and Kind: mammal dolphins, whales and humans have fun together/ rescue each other - stunning stories, photos, videos


calf floating alongside mother whale beneath whale-watching ship

Swimming along with curious whale calf and mother was nerve-racking

Moko the dolphin enjoys playing with swimmers, pushes kayaks along

a whale that helped a drowning athlete

2nd whale stays by side of friend tangled in rope until she's freed

grateful whale nuzzled each of her rescuers/divers in turn and flapped around

dolphins rescue surfer (severely injured) from becoming shark’s bait

7-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Rescued In Uruguay


Wild Dolphin "Asks" Divers to Help Free Itself from Hook
(Video Comment by M13: "And in JAPAN... they hunt dolphins by cutting off a BABY dolphins fin... then throwing it back in the water. And while its family refuses to leave the crying baby... then can take their time to kill the entire family one by one.")  read more »

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