Brushed by Bertha

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

SoraNews24 -Japan News-


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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