Kombi ute “rustoration” sparks boy’s passion, unites city and country

A nine-year-old boy and his dad who restored a 1956 Kombi van abandoned in a paddock have found its original owner thanks to a small Queensland town.
Sammy Young’s dad Scott saw an advertisement on social media for the rusted old vehicle on a grazier’s property in Barcaldine and was immediately intrigued.

I like Good News/Happy Stories [Ed]

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New Zealander Scott Donaldson becomes first person to kayak solo across Tasman Sea

Scott Donaldson looked weary and a little bedraggled when he raised his arms in jubilation on Monday night. He was helped up a beach by supporters after arriving at the New Zealand town of New Plymouth, two months after leaving from Coffs Harbour on Australia’s east coast. The 48-year-old said the journey was “epic” and his arrival was giving him sensory overload.

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Art silos a ‘bit of a lifesaver’ for struggling rural communities

Using silos as a canvas for giant works of public art is an idea that has swept across country Victoria like a dust storm.
Since 2016, when Guido van Helten began plying his brush to silos in the west Victorian town of Brim, close to a dozen other communities have followed suit.
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World-first’ 3D-printed homes to be built in The Netherlands

A Dutch neighbourhood will be the site of a what is claimed to be a world-first 3D-printed housing development, with the first residents due to move in as soon as next year.
The partners in the project, called Project Milestone, said it is a world-first because the 3D-printed houses in the development will all be occupied. Their plan is to print five multi-storey, sustainable, fully habitable concrete homes

In some respects at least, we’ve moved a long way from “the cave” [Ed]

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Digital clocks spell the death of analog, but does it alter our perception of time?

Alarm bells rang following reports from the UK that digital clocks are replacing their analog counterparts in high school exam rooms. Is it true that children are increasingly incapable of reading analog clocks and, more importantly, does it matter?
While reading this article I was directed to Dave Allen’s comic take on these complexities – it’s a must view. [Ed]

Dumpster diving in full swing as cost of living pinches Queenslanders looking for a meal

Some people say it is because they cannot turn down a free lunch, others might be doing it tough financially — whatever the reason, hundreds of Australians are fishing through dumpsters, hoping to score their next meal.Dumpster diving typically involves rummaging through a rubbish heap behind a retailer, with the view to find salvageable food.

the “Lucky Country”. . really?? [Ed]

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At the age of 104, David Goodall finally departs on a journey with no return

Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.
As a group of family and friends gathers on a busy Wednesday afternoon in the departure hall of Perth Airport, it could be mistaken for just your regular farewell. The group clusters around a frail-looking man in a wheelchair, smiling, sharing a joke and a hug, as he prepares to board his flight. But at this farewell, there will be no coming home. David Goodall is going to die.

Make sure you have your Tissue’s handy – I have [Ed]

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Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa set a new world record for the largest wave ever ridden. The athlete from Guaruja beat Garrett McNamara’s 2011 wave by two feet.
The judging panel for the Big Wave Awards concluded that the record-breaking wave surfed by Koxa at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017, was 80 feet (24.38 meters) overtaking Garrett McNamara’s record, whose wave was marked at 78 feet (23.77 meters) in 2011.
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In a tech-dominated world, are we losing our grip on reality?

If you hunger for the authentic Venetian experience you might want to try Las Vegas, Nevada, not the Veneto region of Italy. There’s a scaled-down replica of the ancient city inside the glitzy Venetian resort casino, complete with canals, gondolas and even a pocket version of the Piazza San Marco. It’s fake, of course — but then so is the real Venice. The Italian version just happens to be bigger and older: a glitzy, camp, shell of what was once a dominant military and trading power.

I am a “real” person . . . I think ? 🙂 [Ed]

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Quirky tin shed bookshop ‘borne out of laziness’ offers booklovers’ sanctuary

Imagine pitching a business model to a bank manager for a bookshop that’s open 24-hours-a-day, with no security and payment being optional.
It defies logic and common sense, but it works. Logical Unsanity Books and Miscellaneous Phantasmagoria is little more than a tin shed wedged between a group of shops in leafy Bardon, in Brisbane’s western suburbs. It is not your average bookshop — it is not entirely weather proof, the shelving is made of old styrofoam vegetable boxes, discarded government bookshelves and even an old safe, with a mishmash of second-hand furniture.

Occasionally my faith in humanity is restored [Ed]

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WAHINE Disaster – 50 Years of Pain

April 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wahine tragedy, which claimed the lives of 53 people after the ferry ran aground in Wellington Harbour.
With 734 passengers and crew, Wahine left Lyttelton at 8.43pm on her final voyage and was due in Wellington the next day. In the run up the Canterbury and Kaikoura coast and across Cook Strait, conditions deteriorated. As the ferry entered the funnel of the Wellington Harbour entrance it was hit by Giselle’s high, strengthening winds and towering waves that were later in the morning estimated to be up to 12m high.
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Polish yacht Katharsis II eyeing Hobart as record-breaking Antarctic voyage nears end.

It has been a freezing journey full of icy hazards around the world’s most remote continent, but Polish businessman Mariusz Koper and his crew have achieved their goal of an historic circumnavigation of Antarctica.The fierce weather hasn’t been the only foe, with crew members overcoming significant personal challenges to join the voyage.
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Your cat is telling people where you live.

The internet loves cats.
There are about 15 million pictures tagged with the word “cat” publicly available on image hosting sites such as Instagram and Flickr.

You can see most of them at the website I Know Where Your Cat Lives — an experiment set up to show how easy it is to access data and photos online.
The website’s map uses an image’s geolocation metadata to pinpoint where it was created and uploaded with an estimated accuracy of 7.8 metres.

My Dog told me ya can’t trust Cats ! [Ed]

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The horses nobody wants & The dogs that wouldn’t leave.

I had to share these two Animal Stories that tugged at my heartstrings on the same day. [Ed]

Alan Gent didn’t know his purpose in life until he retired and bought his granddaughter a horse named Rebel. That sparked a passion to save these loving creatures from the knackery, and restore the “soft and bright” look to their eyes.
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An old man dies. Alone except for his two old dogs, Indigo and Blue. They stayed by his side for weeks until his body is found. It’s the sort of tragic story that makes people wonder how it could happen, and often ends sadly for all involved — including the faithful pets. More . .

What maritime law says about salvaging shipwrecked and washed-up goods

Picture this — you’re walking along the beach and come across a washed-up shipping container chock-full of goodies.
You can hardly believe your luck, and begin to grab everything you can get your hands on. But is it legally yours now?
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Oldest-known message in a bottle found on WA beach after 132 years.

A Perth family has made an extraordinary historical discovery after becoming bogged on a West Australian beach.
The message was dated June 12, 1886, and said it had been thrown overboard from the German sailing barque Paula, 950km from the WA coast.

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Epic adventure or epic fail? The family that tried to sail to England in a rubber boat

A young English family of five, desperate to visit a sick relative back home, attempts to sail from Australia in a rubber dinghy; instead they take a 6,500 kilometre, nine-month detour via Indonesia.
That is the absurd plot for Melbourne filmmaker Alessandro Frosali’s next project — but incredibly, it’s a true story.
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Rubber Ducky Really Ridiculous ! [Ed]

King Island kelp-getters

Father and son Johann and Caelan Pretorius are a kelp-getting team who are often alone on the rugged — even jagged — southern tip of King Island.
Father and son are friendly and well-spoken, but Caelan’s neckerchief gives him the look of a bandit, and with Johann’s hair flying away in the harsh wind, it’s little wonder some travellers are wary of approaching them. “We’ve got big knives and . . . . .
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Pedal the Pond team break world record with 40-day Atlantic crossing

Four young men have completed an epic 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic in a pedalo to help raise funds and awareness about mental health.
Henry Quinlan, Max Mossman, Paddy Johnson and Hector Turner left Gran Canaria on January 7th, and arrived to cheers in Antigua on Friday February 16th.
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How your worst fears stack up against reality

For those of us who can’t stand the thought of creepy crawlies or who jump at the sight of a shadow in the ocean, summer in Australia can be a challenging time.  Deadly snakes, sharks and spiders — you name it, we’ve got it.  But just how deadly are these creatures and how disproportionate is our fear of them? To find out we compiled a list of deaths commonly associated with summer.
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kim jong un scares me 😦 [Ed]

Lions maul ‘poacher’ to death in South Africa, leaving ‘his head and some remains’

Lions have killed and eaten a man believed to have been poaching animals in a South African nature reserve, leaving behind “his head and some remains”.
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Now that’s what I call true justice – obviously his head was no good 🙂 [Ed]

Dining goes sky-high with suspended restaurant

“gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air”

Dining in Auckland is about to be taken to new heights with some of the country’s best chefs serving gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air. Renowned Kiwi chefs Simon Gault and Gareth Stewart are among those involved in Dinner in the Sky, which sees 22 diners seated at a specially engineered table hoisted by crane over the city.  Diners board the platform at ground level and are strapped into seats with a harness with legs left dangling underneath. Guests are told to leave all belongings, apart from a camera or phone, on the ground.
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Donald Trump asks for Van Gogh painting, is offered gold toilet instead

Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from New York’s Guggenheim Museum, but have instead been offered a working solid-gold toilet made by an Italian artist, a report says.
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Is this for a VIPooo ? [Ed]

Space is open for business: NZ start-up successfully launches rocket

New Zealand has trumped Australia in the space race, with a spaceflight start-up successfully launching a rocket from its own launch pad on the North Island.
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Look out Kim Jong-un we are firing this right over the top of Australia and into your Bunker ! 🙂 [Ed]