Thursday, July 31, 2008

whales off bondi

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Right on ... The Southern Right Whale and her calf off Sydney.
A SOUTHERN right whale and her calf have delighted beachgoers as they passed through Tamarama and Bondi, frolicking with surfers just metres from shore.

Surfers have told how the playful pair appeared unphased by the extra attention as they swam down the coast this afternoon.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

nuclear explosions

July 3, 1970, by the French army in the Fangataufa atoll.
Operation Upshot-Knothole, conducted at the Nevada Proving Ground between March 17 and June 4, 1953, consisted of 11 atmospheric tests: three airdrops, seven tower tests and one airburst.
July 1, 1946, in the Marshall Islands: A mushroom cloud erupts in the North Pacific Ocean over the Bikini Lagoon
the Marshallese Island
1945, at a location 35 miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what is now White Sands Missile Range,
Fat Man bomb, using the same conceptual design, was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

BADGER was a 23 kiloton tower shot that was fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series.

BADGER was a 23 kiloton tower shot that was fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks at the end of World War II against the Empire of Japan
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hair Mistakes that women Make

The Dirty Dozen: 12 Hair Mistakes You May Be Making - Beauty & Fashion - MSN Lifestyle
Here, the most common mistakes women make when it comes to their hair care—plus expert advice on how to fix them.
1. Washing your hair every day—or more.
While we’re not advocating the greasy grunge look circa 1992, it can be good for your hair to get a break from daily washing, drying and styling. If you color your hair, skipping the shampoo on occasion will help your shade stay rich longer since the sulfates in many shampoos fade away color. And for all but the oiliest heads, daily (or even twice daily if you hit the gym) washing can strip away too much of your natural oil, leaving hair dry, brittle and more susceptible to breakage. Try every-other-day washing, and if the roots look a little greasy on day two, sprinkle on some dry shampoo or hair powder and brush it out thoroughly.
2. Not getting regular haircuts.
If you’re trying to grow your hair out of a style you no longer like (or just desperately wanting to add inches to your strands), you might be tempted to avoid your stylist’s scissors for months on end. But you’re really not doing your hair any favors. Not only will you wind up with so many split ends that you will need to lose several precious inches anyway, but your hair will quickly start to look obviously overgrown. “Your hair can look good at every stage of transition between styles or while waiting for your bangs to grow out,” says Cohen. “By continuing to get trims, your hair will look fuller and healthier, and you’ll never have that ‘I’m growing my hair out’ look.”
3. Using too much conditioner.
It makes sense that fine hair will get weighed down by excessive conditioner, but even dry, coarse hair may not need as much as you think. “If you routinely use too much, the product can build up on your hair and leave a residue that makes hair appear dull and lifeless,” says Cohen. Try using the lightest formula your hair can handle (a detangling rinse is perfect for normal to fine hair), and doing an occasional deep treatment if hair needs it. And when you apply your conditioner, skip the areas closest to the scalp and concentrate the product more toward the ends of the hair.
4. Overheating your hair.
Chances are you blow dry your hair at least once a day for several minutes. And you might even follow that up with more hot stuff—like a curling or straightening iron. So it’s no wonder that your hair looks a little fried. “You might literally be burning your hair,” says Cohen. To protect it, she recommends using a product specifically made to protect hair from heat—it will help seal up the cuticle to keep the heat from damaging the strand. And ditch any brushes that have metal paddles or bristles—they will heat up as you blow dry and can singe fragile locks.
5. Fighting your hair’s natural texture.
There’s nothing technically wrong with trying to curl your straight hair or straighten your curly hair. But just know that you’re setting yourself up for spending a lot of time and energy—and possibly frustration—to achieve your desired style. And sometimes, all that effort may be for naught. If it’s a humid day, you are much better off letting your hair remain in its natural state—because the second you walk outside, it’s going to revert back to it anyway!
6. Choosing the wrong styling products for your hair type.
Just as you select your moisturizer and makeup to suit your skin type, you need to select the right kinds of styling products in order for your hair to look its best. Loading up your fine hair with a heavy styling cream or a silicone product will leave your locks limp. And trying to style your thick, coarse, curly hair with just a spritz of spray gel won’t tame your frizz or help hold your style all day long. For best results, look for a line of products that are designed specifically for your hair type and style.
7. Thinking that more is better.
Even if you’re using the correct styling product, you can still ruin your look by using too much or too little of it. Too little just means that you won’t get the most benefit from the product (i.e., not using enough frizz-taming serum will leave you still frizzy). But too much can cause several problems. “It can actually make your hair harder to style because as the product dries in your hair it can get so stiff that it‘s hard to get the brush through,” explains Cohen. Excess product can also flake after it’s dry—making you look as if you have dandruff. Surplus silicone-based serum will leave hair limp and greasy looking. How much to use? For silicone products, Cohen recommends starting with as little as possible (just rub a drop between your palms and run over hair) and adding more if needed. For styling cream or gel, an amount the size of a quarter should do the trick. And with mousse, a handful is about right.
8. Pulling back your ponytail with just any elastic.
Before you grab an elastic and use it to secure your hair, take a closer look at it. If it’s not covered (and ideally continuous, without any metal showing), you run the risk of damaging your hair. An uncovered elastic (like a plain rubber band from your desk drawer) will snag in your hair, causing breakage and possibly even pulling hair out at the root when you try to remove the elastic. A covered band—secured loosely at the nape of your neck—will protect hair from harm.
9. Getting stuck in a style rut.
Take a look at a photo of yourself from 10 years ago. Now look in the mirror. If the hairstyle you see in both places is the same, you are long overdue for an update. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go in for a complete style overhaul—the fix could be as simple as a few tweaks to keep your look current. “Changing the length or adding some layers or flattering bangs will keep you from looking like you’re stuck in a time warp,” says Cohen. Another reason to modernize your style: one that’s outdated may no longer be flattering and that can make you look older.
10. Brushing your hair too much.
The old advice about giving your hair one hundred strokes a night is not a recipe for healthy hair. While brushing once or twice a day is a great way to stimulate the scalp and distribute oil down the hair shaft, too much brushing could have the opposite effect—leaving hair more vulnerable to breakage. And brushing wet hair (which is more fragile than dry hair) is never a good idea. Cohen recommends instead using a wide-tooth comb when you get out of the shower.
11. Ignoring the health of your scalp.
The follicles in the scalp are the birthplace of every strand of hair on your head. And if those factories aren’t kept clean and healthy, they won’t produce full, strong, healthy hair. While there are many products on the market to cater to the health of your scalp, treating it well can be as simple as giving it a little extra massage every time you wash your hair to stimulate it. And be sure to rinse all product off your scalp before you leave the shower to ensure that there’s no residue left behind to clog hair follicles.
12. Yanking out your gray hairs.
No, it’s not true that two will grow back in place of every one you pull out. But you’re not really getting rid of them with this method either. “It will grow back, and when it does it may be more wiry, and because it’ll be shorter, it’ll stick straight up till it grows in,” say Cohen. While even she concedes that pulling out a couple isn’t going to kill you, if you find yourself harvesting several every day, it’s time to consider coloring your hair. As you start to go gray, hair can look a bit dull and washed out, so by getting your hair colored a rich, glossy shade, you’ll immediately take 10 years off your look.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hammer's Green gets greedy

West Ham warn Green and close in on Behrami - Transfers, Football - The Independent
West Ham were yesterday close to completing their first major signing of the summer, with the £5m acquisition of the highly-rated Swiss international Valon Behrami from Lazio. However the deal was over-shadowed by a public admonishment for Robert Green after the goalkeeper said he felt "completely undervalued"

Such is West Ham's anger over Green's comments – he further went on to say that the club "doesn't care about me" – that they are examining whether he can be fined and disciplined. They are insistent that they will not enter into negotiations over a new contract - especially as a new five-year deal was only signed last summer.

In a statement, chief executive Scott Duxbury said: "Less than a year ago Robert Green entered into a five-year contract. The club were delighted to recognise his status as our number one goalkeeper and rewarded him with a long-term deal. At the time the player entered into a new contract, he requested a mechanism to review the terms in summer 2009. This was and remains the appropriate time to review. We value Robert Green very highly. That is why we gave him a five-year deal less than 12 months ago. We have no intention of selling him."

Green is believed to earn around £26,000- the top earner at the club is Fredrik Ljungberg, who is paid £85,000-a-week in a deal that contributed to Eggert Magnusson's downfall as chairman. West Ham would be keen to sell Ljungberg but have not had any offers.

West Ham are already in the market for a new goalkeeper but are looking for a young, promising player who could become Green's under-study

It's clear that Nani has been instrumental in West Ham's transfer dealings and has played a major role in the arrival of Behrami, a 23-year-old of Kosovan descent who can play at right-back or on the right of midfield. He started all three of Switzerland's games in the recent European Championships

my's good that Hammers are now going the youth as most of their purchases last 2 years have been old farts. Saw Neill get beaten countless times last season by quickness and would like to see him go even if i am an ozzie.

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Airplanes of the rich & famous

Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates - his Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express was built in 1999. It is rumoured that the initials
Bill Gates - his Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express was built in 1999
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Russia's richest man and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich - After making his money mainly during the privatisation of Russia's oil industry, his private Boeing 767-33A is a common sight at Luton Airport, some 40 miles north of London, where Abramovich spends much of his time. The 767's interior is reportedly fitted out with chestnut and decorated with gold.
Russia's richest man and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich - After making his money mainly during the privatisation of Russia's oil industry, his private Boeing 767-33A is a common sight at Luton Airport,
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President of the USA - At present the aircraft used to transport George W. Bush on important state and domestic visits, Air Force One is the property of the United States Government and is the official presidential aircraft. Known as the VC-25A in US Air Force service, Air Force One is a Boeing 747-200B that has been heavily modified with secure communications systems, electronic equipment, a self-contained baggage loader, front and aft air-stairs, and given the ability to refuel in-flight. (Get
President of the USA - At present the aircraft used to transport George W. Bush on important state and domestic visits, Air Force One is the property of the United States
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Sultan of Brunei - The head of state of the oil-rich nation, the Sultan bought the aircraft brand-new for $100 million. He had it fitted with a special interior and features such as washbasins of solid-gold and Lalique crystal at an additional cost of some $120 million. The Boeing 747-400 is the Sultan of Brunei's largest aircraft.
Sultan of Brunei - The head of state of the oil-rich nation, the Sultan bought the aircraft brand-new for $100 million
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Elvis Presley - Although he owned other aircraft, Elvis bought his own personal jet airliner, a former Delta Air Lines Convair CV880, in 1975 for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. He named it Lisa Marie after his daughter. Presley had the interior customized with 28 seats instead of the 110 seats with which the type was usually fitted in airline service.
Elvis bought his own personal jet airliner, a former Delta Air Lines Convair CV880, in 1975 for the then-substantial sum of $250,000
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

west ham preason game 4 - 2

incredibly creepy Czech tower

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žižkov television tower, žižkov, prague

that last photo’s the clincher for me - creepy as hell - and the fact that there are 10 of these huge crawling babies permanently attached to a television tower in the czech republic really does make me happy. not since watching the tripods as a kid have i been so affected by a 3-legged structure.

creepy as hell - and the fact that there are 10 of these huge crawling babies permanently attached to a television tower in the czech republic
tower itself, sans faceless toddlers, was built in the mid-late 80s and stands 216 metres tall. even without the babies it’d be a strange looking beast, but that didn’t deter the geniuses in charge of the tower from permanently attaching david cerny’s sculptures to its legs - in 2000 they were added as a temporary installation but the public loved them so much that they were kept for good.
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West Ham United snap up teen Eyjolfsson

United snap up Eyjolfsson | West Ham United | News | Latest News | News
West Ham United have signed Iceland Under-21 central defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson on a long-term contract from HK Kopavogur.

The 17-year-old first spent a week on trial at Chadwell Heath back in February having caught the eye as he rapidly rose through the Icelandic youth ranks. Eyjolfsson, who has featured regularly for HK since making his debut at the age of 16, has long attracted the attention of some of Europe's leading clubs but was delighted to make the switch to join Alan Curbishley's squad.

"I am really happy to sign for West Ham," he said after his first day at training with his new team-mates on Friday, having arrived in east London last night and passed a medical. "I have heard of many good players that have come from the club's academy. When I was on trial in February I really enjoyed the tempo and style of training and it helped me take my talent to the next level.

"It is obviously very scary to move away from my family but it is my dream to play in England and what I have always wanted to do so that outweighs any apprehension I had about moving here. Playing for the [Iceland] Under-21s has been the best experience for me and I am so grateful to the coach for giving me that opportunity as it has helped me develop my game so much quicker. I am sure that is part of the reason West Ham signed me."

Eyjolfsson made his competitive debut at U21 level last November and had an instant impact, helping Iceland to their first win of the 2009 European Championship campaign with a 2-1 success in Belgium. Despite his young age - he only turns 18 next month - he has four U21 caps and is set to continue at that level for his country with two qualifiers still to play in September.

Capped previously at U16 and U17 level, Eyjolfsson was a star man at the 2007 European U17 Championship and although Iceland failed to make it beyond the group stage was named by UEFA as one of the players to watch in future. Those finals in Belgium also saw him show his versatility as he played in a holding midfield role, although he prefers to play at the back.

His father Eyjólfur Gjafar Sverrisson is a former Icelandic international who was capped 66 times by his country and enjoyed an illustrious playing career with Stuttgart, Besiktas and Hertha Berlin. In the Bundesliga alone, he played 251 games and scored 30 goals. He also went on to have a spell in charge of the Iceland team and, like his son, could play in both defence and midfield.

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West Ham keep youth policy with signing of Hungarian striker Balint Bajner |

West Ham swoop for Hungarian striker Balint Bajner |
WEST HAM have swooped to sign Hungarian striker Balint Bajner.

The 17-year-old was on trial at Upton Park in April and impressed as he scored two goals in a friendly.

He joins from Romanian second division side CF Liberty Oradea, where he is highly-rated by coaching staff.

Bajner is the second teenager to sign for the Hammers in a week after Iceland Under-21 defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, 17, arrived from HK Kopavogur last Friday.

He could face Irons and England U-19 duo James Tomkins and Freddie Sears when he features for Hungary in the UEFA U-19 Championships, which start in the Czech Republic next week.

Hungary coach Tibor Sisa expects big things from the talented frontman.

Sisa said: "Balint is a very good young player who is heading for the top.

"He is technically gifted and developing well.

"In spring his club sent him over to England for a trial.

"He did well then and I am sure he will be a success."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

elliot - the cutest primate!

Elliott with Safari Park keeper Emma Gatcliffe
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elliot - the cutest primate!

The hand-reared marmoset with his stuffed monkey
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elliot - the cutest primate!

Elliott, the abandoned marmoset
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