Japan Has Made The 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals — But Many Of Their Players Are NOT Japanese!
Yes, I fully understand and appreciate that a lot of countries have foreign players in the national sport sides. But, what surprises I is that the Japanese are SO, SO into racial purity and to put it bluntly are renowned for being racists — considering everyone who is not Japanese inferior! Thus, to I it seems the epitome of hypocrisy that Japan would employ foreigners to represent the country.
Just Google “japanese racism” to see what I mean.
YOU will need Eclipse Glasses.
A ‘transit‘ in astronomy is when celestial body passes in front of another. In this case, it will be Mercury passing in front of the Sun — and we, in New England, will have front-row seats for it, and, moreover, it will be in the morning, around 10 am Eastern. The only thing that can spoil it for us is the weather. I will keep you posted.
Given that this is a solar transit, it is kind of like a solar eclipse — like the BIG one we had in August 2017. And as with a solar eclipse you MUST HAVE eclipse glasses IF you are going to look at the Sun. They are cheap enough. Better get some now. I still have mine from 2017.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
We have been going to the Sandwich Fair, every year, with at most just a couple of exceptions due to SEVERE weather, for the last 22+ years. It is a big deal for us. Something we plan ahead for weeks.
Today was one of the best days in terms of weather in a few years. Just Goldilocks. Not too cold, not too hot. The sun came out. In the afternoon the light was a delight for a photographer like I who insists on just shooting in natural light WITHOUT ‘props’ and post-processing. As is my wont, I took too many pictures — 400+. Yikes. I will try and share the best ones with you. This is but a start. SMILE.
Not often that you get to see women doing the haka and to I it makes this even more special.
Would appear that the whole team (probably upwards of 22) were not there — up front. From what I can see just 4, in orange vests, came as representatives. Not sure what the logistics were. But, you can see that there is genuine passion and affection on all sides.
Just for the record, this was 2015, when the ‘Air New Zealand’ staff did a welcome haka for the victorious ‘All Blacks’ after the 2015 World Cup.
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It has been a few weeks since she first put up the lights and this year, for the first time really, we have competition! That will not do. So, I got her more lights. So, she put those up. we are not done jet. The coup de grâce is yet to come — I think. I have some ideas and Amazon has the goods. SMILE.
3-hour HD version
from Chinese TV.
They marked it with a huge parade. Some claim the largest military parade — at least in recent times.
I am fortunate enough to watch British news — typically Sky News on my Roku — many nights a week. Last two nights British news has started off showing parts of this parade before cutting off to talk about the protests in Hong Kong. I did not see the parade covered at all on CNN and MSNBC news. So, I wanted to make sure YOU at least heard about it.
Definitely worth watching. Lots of high-tech military innovations.
You can thank me later.
Impressive & Topical, 20′ Statue Of 140 Migrants Installed In St. Peter’s Square — By Canadian Sculpture.
Impressive. I am told the first statue to be installed in St. Peter’s Square in 400-years!
Extremely topical subject both in the U.S. and Europe. So, the timing is impeccable. The statue is by Canadian Timothy Schmalz and is called ‘Angels Unaware‘. He is best known for his ‘Homeless Jesus‘.
I like both statues, BUT I will confess that when I saw the pictures of ‘Angels Unaware’ I was immediately — and I mean like at once — reminded of one of my favorite sculptures, Rodin’s ‘The Burghers of Calais‘. Again a story of those forsaken. Yes, Rodin’s only has 6 people. It was just the overall look and theme.