Australians in Antarctica have held an Anzac Day dawn service against a “backdrop of icebergs”.

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By Nick Baker
Australians working in Antarctica have held the southern-most Anzac Day dawn service, at temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius.

A team of 26 expeditioners who are spending the winter at the Casey research station gathered at the station’s flag-pole just before dawn.

They lowered the Australian flag to half-mast, listened to several readings and held the traditional two minutes of silence.

via Australian Antarctic base marks Anzac Day in subzero temperatures


President Trump: Can We Have Our Government Back Now?

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The rapidly spinning maelstrom which has become the abnormal normal of the Administration of Donald Trump over the year plus that has elapsed since his inauguration has seemed to accelerate in recent weeks. Whether the news concerns primarily new developments in the Special Investigation led by Robert Mueller, more self-inflicted turmoil in terms of hiring, firing and/or otherwise dealing with turnover in his cabinet and other key White House staffers, or using his inimitable style to either create or deal with chaos on the international scene, the 24 hour news cycle seems to be covering our President almost to the exclusion of anyone or anything else.

As a week began with a ratcheting up of the Mueller investigation with a related warranted search of a key Trump lawyer’s home, office and hotel gave the vaunted Trump twitter feed a not-unexpected jolt. Speculation continues unabated as to how he will react…

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A Tree.

Several years ago, after Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Vermont, lightning struck a backyard maple tree. There was a ferocious crack and the darkness outside the kitchen windows briefly turned day-bright. It wasn’t until spring that we knew for certain the tree was dead.

via What makes a tree a tree?

Shackled by Choice!!

Politics today is characterised by polarisation. To be able to choose between two clearly demarcated opposing positions has come to be perceived as truly “having a choice”. Reflection and compromise are seen as admitting weakness, defeat, and even a betrayal of one’s position.

From Donald Trump to Brexit, this polarised discourse is built on the distinction between “the national” and a threat from the outside.

via Breaking the shackles of the national mindset in a polarised world

Why He Kayaked Across Sea at 70.

When Aleksander Doba kayaked into the port in Le Conquet, France, on Sept. 3, 2017, he had just completed his third — and by far most dangerous — solo trans-Atlantic kayak trip. He was a few days shy of his 71st birthday. He was unaccustomed to wearing pants. He’d been at sea 110 days, alone, having last touched land that May at New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay.

via Why He Kayaked Across the Atlantic at 70 (for the Third Time) – The New York Times

16 Times History Made Us Hungry For Pi Day

Pieces of History

Happy Pi Day! Are you baking up a fresh dessert to celebrate? Get inspired by some historic pie deliciousness, fresh from our archives.


Everything about this photo is vintage #piegoals. The apron, the polka-dot potholders, that oven!

27-0753a (1)Elderly lady removes pie from oven.” From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library


Does your pie make THE CUT? These pie judges can tell with just ONE SLICE. 

JudgesPie-Judging Contest with Dr. Louise Stanley and Mary Lindsay


You get a slice! And you get a slice! Everyone gets a slice! We’re pretty sure that this 700-pound pie—the largest ever baked at the time—would’ve been an Insta-hit.

31-1927-b80Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover slices into the pie as Congressman Arthur Free of California watches. 1927. From the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Sure, meeting world leaders is great. But getting to meet the National Cherry Pie Queen? That’s the…

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Easter Island is Eroding – Again.

HANGA ROA, EASTER ISLAND — The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one.

For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous.

via Easter Island Is Eroding – The New York Times