Imagine being caught in turbulent seas like this. Their scythe like waves are intent on annihilating all in its path. Yet somehow the ships both large and small, survive them. I guess that I was not born to be a seaman.
Some people are different especially when they do not want contact with other people. In that case, they will go to extreme lengths to obtain seclusion. Others want their house to be unique. Whatever their reasons, all of these houses reflect the iconoclastic nature of these individuals.
Main picture: Did the finance bank factor in an elevated rate of melting based upon the latest outlook of global warming?
Every five years the parade of ships ‘Sail Amsterdam’ takes place. In August thousands of vessels, from small sailboats to large replicas of caravels, arrive together at the IJ bay north of the city and then pass to the capital of the Netherlands. In 2015 involving 8,000 vessels!
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?
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.
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