Each country has its own unique sense of humour and signs. Even without being informed to which country they belong, it is usually quite obvious which country it is. Being Australia, they will always relate to animals, drinking and females. These will not disappoint in any of these categories.
Our world is wondrous yet weird, surprising yet monotonous, always ready to amaze. This gallery of photographs reinforces my view that one can never stop being enchanted with the wonders of the world until one’s dying days.
Main picture: A village in Yemen
I daresay that some TV watchers have not yet viewed at least a few episodes of the award winning show “The Big Bang Theory.” If not, they would not have had to wince, cringe or shake their heads in horror at the lead character, Sheldon Cooper, a complex mosaic of child prodigy with a genius level IQ, highly idiosyncratic behaviour, lack of humility, empathy or tolerance of weaknesses in lesser mortals.
Coupled with a tenuous understanding of humour, he also exhibits extreme difficulty in recognising irony and sarcasm in other people.
If not, I hereby usher in a whole host of similar infuriating geniuses except that they actual operate in the real world.
Main picture: Technically correct, but why be condescending?
As the maxim states, “Different strokes for different folks.” That is great as far as it goes but these antics are downright dangerous, death defying even. Either they cannot foresee the consequences of their actions or they have a death wish. Whatever it is, does not make a difference, as either way, they will not survive to old age.
Or maybe I am a wussie and too risk averse.
Main picture: Would you allow somebody to angle grind using your back as a work bench?
Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin was a famous silent film movie actor and Helen Keller was an author, political activist and lecturer who was deaf and blind. She still learned to communicate. Bizarrely there is a photograph of Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller meeting each other in 1912 Hollywood. They are standing face to face and Helen appears to be touching Charlie’s face to read his expression. It’s probably not seen often because it looks like a photograph a friend may have taken as a keepsake of the meeting.
Oddities prevail everywhere. Whether it is people with too much time on their hands who design the most exquisite but odd creations to an ape grooming a buck as if it were a fellow ape, the world has seen it all. Some are just happenstance – chance in modern parlance – being in the right place at the right time, such as a ship crashing into a pier or due to exquisite timing when a fish eagle catches a fish.
All in their own way are highly unusual. This blog reveals forty such eclectic oddities.
Main picture: Who would want to cycle around on a toilet? Clearly the designer / builder is not out to impress the females but rather his own ego.
It is not that I am au fait with Cape Town but apart from Port Elizabeth, I possess a natural affinity for Cape Town. Besides spending three months in Cape Town performing a due diligence and many an Easter participating in the Two Oceans, I have never actually spent much time there.
Nonetheless photographs of the old Cape Town always appeal to me. Here are my latest batch.
Main picture: The majestic Table Mountain
Imagine sailing through the ocean and suddenly land rises in the middle of the sea with a plume of smoke arising from an underwater volcano. These unsuspecting sailors were witnessing the birth of an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in March 2016.
This is the incredible story of the crew of the yacht Maiken which was sailing through the south Pacific near the Vava’u Islands in Tonga. Oot the blue they noticed that the water in the distance had turned a strange colour. Then, as they approached it, the sea mysteriously turned to stone.
Main picture: The eruption occurred at an underwater seamount called Home Reef near the Vava’u Islands in Tonga
Seventy two years after the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in France, are the places in these iconic images still recognisable today? Surprisingly most locations can still be identified 72 after that momentous and pivotal day.
Four years ago, Nigel and I traipsed across some of these beaches and cliffs. Standing at the German gun emplacements on Omaha Beach, one wonders how anybody could have survived the landing on this exposed beach.
Main picture: The sounds of Nazi jackboots have been replaced with the slap of sandals on the tar
This stunning array of colourised photographs showcases a bygone era. Amongst them is a photograph of Union soldiers in 1863 during the American Civil War. Another one shows Madison Square in 1900. Most like a pilot receiving a haircut beside his plane during the Battle of Britain represent prosaic yet enlightening scenes.