Brushed by Bertha

Originally posted on Tootlepedal's Blog:

Today’s guest picture is a sculpture in Melbourne which my brother passed on his way to New Zealand last month.

Melbourne, Australia July 2014 - 19

We spent the day wrapped in the coat tails of downgraded tropical storm Bertha.  It was raining when we got up and whenever I looked out of the window, which was infrequently, it still seemed to be raining.   It is raining as I write this in the evening.

I improved the morning by putting a a cassoulet into the slow cooker and retiring for a bath.  When I got out, not only had Mrs Tootlepedal returned from singing in the church choir but a magical plate of drop scones, a tin of sardines and a packet of tea from Sri Lanka had appeared on the kitchen table.

Upon enquiry however, it turned out that Dropscone himself rather than any magic had provided the treats.  His youngest son had just returned…

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New images provide clearest look yet at iPhone 6 front panel

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

Images of what appears to be the face and screen assembly of the next iPhone have appeared on the Taiwanese blog AppleClub [translation]. In the photos, you can see both the inside and outside of the 4.7″ device’s front panel. For the most part it looks just like the current-generation iPhone 5s, though it’s obviously much larger.

Unfortunately it’s impossible to tell from these photos if the phone is utilizing a glass or sapphire crystal display. Most analysts expect this model to ship with a sapphire crystal screen, though others have claimed that only the larger 5.5″ model would feature that. Both models recently entered mass production and are expected to be revealed at an unannounced media event on September 9th.

More photos of the front panel are below:

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Carlos Gonzalez lands on disabled list with knee issue

Originally posted on HardballTalk: beat writer Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies have put outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis. It’s yet another dagger in what has been a highly frustrating season for the dynamic 28-year-old.

CarGo needed surgery in early June to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger and has been bothered off and on by knee issues since April.

This has all led to him posting a disappointing .238 batting average and .723 OPS (89 OPS+) over 70 games. He had a .300 batting average and .887 OPS (125 OPS+) in 691 career games prior to the start of the 2014 campaign.

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Visiting Kangaroo Valley Permaculture

Originally posted on Milkwood: homesteading skills for city & country:

kangaroo valley permaculture

Kangaroo Valley is this rather special place where a thick mist rests, each morning, until about 10am. And then magically lifts, to reveal lush farmlands, rivers, creeks, and escarpment rainforest, all around.

Recently I went there to visit Kangaroo Valley Permaculture – an established permaculture homestead that is a bit of a  jewel within a jewel – a special place nestled in this magical valley… 

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Sesame Halloumi + Plum Salad with Garlic Chives

Originally posted on Thyme & Honey:


It’s taken me some time to get this post up, largely due to laziness but truthfully I’ve been putting it off because by posting this I’ll have conceded that my holiday is well and truly over. SAD FACE.

I was in Cyprus (on what I consider my annual pilgrimage) sun-seeking, road-tripping and visiting friends and family. But most importantly I make this trip each year to visit my bapou, pictured below. He’s 93 going on 94 and as of today he is one of two left of his generation, which must be incredibly difficult for him. He’s the definition of a pessimist and longs for the good old days, specifically 1945 Nicosia when he was a 25 year old rum-drinking, cigarette-smoking vagabond. His nickname was ‘Nick the killer’, the reason behind this he avoids disclosing when I probe him for an explanation.

However these days he’s more concerned with when…

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Someone’s mother carved this Love Live! watermelon art, left the Internet applauding

Originally posted on RocketNews24:


There is, obviously, an unending supply of anime available for your viewing pleasure in Japan. Whether you want giants, cyborgs, or balls from dragons, there’s something for everyone. But one of the most popular shows right now is the high-school-idol series Love Live!. The anime has proven so popular, it even inspired a bizarre recruiting tweet from the Japan Self-Defense Forces last year and this massive back-piece tattoo earlier this summer.

Recently, a main character of the show, Honoka, had her birthday, and a dedicated Japanese Twitter user’s mother carved this surprisingly detailed piece of watermelon art in celebration.

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Video: Jay Bruce robs Giancarlo Stanton of a home run

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Watch as Reds right fielder Jay Bruce climbs the wall to rob Giancarlo Stanton of a home run in the top of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park …

That would have been the second home run of the day (and 30th of the season) for Stanton, who cranked a solo shot off Reds starter Johnny Cueto in the top of the first inning. Cincinnati won the game 7-2.

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