Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham, UK in 2008. With 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks it is estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to music from the pianos. Since then more than 1500 street pianos have been placed in 50 cities, which have been played and listened to by more than 10 million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the artwork becomes part of this growing international legacy.

Some Happy News at last ! – what a beautiful idea.[Ed]

‘The idea for Play Me, I’m Yours came from visiting my local launderette. I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. I suddenly realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space. Where people have met for the first time around the pianos, the project has led to several marriages around the world. ’
Luke Jerram, International artist and creator of ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’
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North Korea missile launch alert sent by Japanese broadcaster NHK in error

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

I am speechless – the second “Human Error” in a week . . .and we are worried about “Global Warming” ?? It’s only a matter of time and we’ll all get very very warm, very very quickly ! [Ed}

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. . .and what would happen if it was Real ?

How a love of sailing helped Einstein explain the universe

The then 18-year-old had just learnt to sail but . . .

If the world’s most famous physicist Albert Einstein is any guide, modern-day scientists need to get out of the lab more and onto the water.
Around 1900, a cheeky Swiss patent clerk wrote to a friend about four scientific papers he had been working on in his spare time. He described them as revolutionary, claiming they would one day modify the “theory of space and time”.
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False ‘ballistic missile threat to Hawaii’ message sent to residents in error, US military says

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a “full investigation” into a false wireless emergency alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission says.

Seek immediate shelter in your bathtub !
Ooops. . . your State Authority mistakenly transmitted this alert due to human error !
Sorry Hawaii but you are a S*****hole Country anyway. . .goodbye !
I wonder how long before human error pushes the big Red Button ? [Ed]

The alerts to Hawaii mobile users were issued at about 8.07am local time, saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”.
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Cars that can automatically dial triple-0 after a crash become reality

Imagine your car could automatically call triple-0 after a crash, even if you were trapped or unconscious, and communicate your GPS location, the type of the accident and the number of people on board to emergency services.

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How well do you know the road rules? Take our quiz for a drive

Nothing makes blood boil quite like a motorist who doesn’t know what they’re doing behind the wheel.

How they do things in QLD 🙂 (Ed)

Each week on Facebook, Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads asks its followers for the solution to some everyday scenarios they may come across when behind the wheel.
Most get it right, but others need a refresher. And fast.
Now it’s your turn. We’ve taken the best questions and present them to you now.

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Good news of 2017 you probably missed while worrying about nuclear war

8543688-3x2-700x467If you’ve been reading the news this year, we wouldn’t blame you for being curled in foetal position by the end of 2017.
They say history tends towards progress, but it can be hard to keep sight of this when we bear witness to violence and misery through a device that most of us carry 24/7. So to balance the doom and gloom, here are 12 good news stories you probably missed in 2017.

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French sailor Francois Gabart sets around the world in 42 days solo record

French sailor Francois Gabart has broken the record for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours.
That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year.

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Stars shine on silo art in epic road trip

Grain silo art drive leaves mates starstruck
What do you get when two camera-crazy mates head off on a road trip? A glimpse of the grain silo art trail under the stars.
Grant Schwartzkopff and Tony Virgo captured these images of seven silos on a 500km, 10-hour drive one night in October.

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Cheap travel anywhere on Earth within an hour using new rocket.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to just half an hour.

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World’s tallest sandcastle, standing at more than 16 metres, built in German city

Using almost 4,000 metric tonnes of sand, 19 sculptors have built a 16.68-metre tower featuring a number of famous landmarks to claim the world record for tallest sandcastle.

The team spent more than three weeks in the western German city of Duisburg working on the artwork, which includes a sandy replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza, Venice’s Rialto Bridge and the grave of Elvis Presley.

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Groundbreaking projects vying for one of Australia’s top science prizes.

Eureka Prize finalists show off Australian-grown science ingenuity — from new ways to protect us from sunburn to a stem cell pen for surgeons, 45 finalists with groundbreaking projects are vying for one of Australia’s top science prizes.
Where else but this sunburnt country would scientists invent a sticker that changes colour when you have had too much sun.

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Solo sailor arrives in Albany after historic Antarctic circumnavigation

Scores of supporters have welcomed Queensland sailor Lisa Blair back into Australia, capping off her 184-day journey around Antarctica.
Blair, 32, set off from Albany in Western Australia in January and is set to be named the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo.

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Are we sleepwalking to World War III?

Australia is plunging headlong into catastrophe and we are utterly unprepared. In fact, we may be past the time when we can prepare.
The time-bomb is ticking and it will explode in our lifetimes. All certainty will be lost, our economy will be devastated, our land seized, our system of government upended. This isn’t mere idle speculation or the rantings of a doomsday cult, this is the warning from a man who has made it his life’s work to prepare for just this scenario. Admiral Chris Barrie was chief of Australia’s Defence Force between 1998 and 2002. He has seen war and sent troops into battle. Now, he says we are sleepwalking towards a conflict that will alter the world as we know it. Australia, he says, will be invaded. He fears for the country his grandchildren will inherit.

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The most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tucked away inside a modest-looking building at the Australian National University is the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Its high-performance computer, Raijin, is able to cope with enormous amounts of data. “We have over 50 petabytes of research data stored at NCI and a high-performance cloud,” NCI spokesperson Lucy Guest said. In digital storage terms, one petabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (one quadrillion bytes or 1,000 terabytes).
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Emirates Team New Zealand win the 35th America’s Cup

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup. Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013. The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to ORACLE TEAM USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1.

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Cold War-era kits on surviving nuclear fallout unearthed by historian

In the early 1960s Washington was a city on edge and the threat of a nuclear attack was not far from the minds of the powerful. It was a threat considered so real that boxes of medical supplies were distributed across America — intended to aid survivors of an attack for the days and weeks after the blast.

Today, the threat of an attack has resurfaced amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s missile capabilities.

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Are table manners a thing of the past … and should we care?

In the opening credits of period drama Downton Abbey, a servant leans over a dining table with a tape measure, gauging the space between a gold-rimmed china plate, a silver spoon and several table knives of varying sizes.
At the turn of the 19th century, ornate and complex table settings like these were a mark of class and breeding — and so were the good habits of the diners who used them. In Australia in 2017, knowing which knife to use in a posh restaurant is still a handy skill.
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and Social Etiquette Tips

Exploring Auckland’s west coast beaches

The image of black-sand beaches didn’t initially appeal to me, as a golden- sand, Pacific Ocean, East Coaster. But I didn’t know they would sparkle in the sun and shine like pewter, or that the sand at Piha would feel like softest talcum powder and leave a shimmer on my skin.

Now I’m feeling homesick (Ed)

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Most Travel-Restricted Places in the World

Thanks to technology, the world is virtually accessible to everyone. If you have the money, you can take a plane and get to most destinations in the world under 24 hours.
That’s why it’s fascinating to think about how even the wealthiest couldn’t (or shouldn’t) go to certain locations. You have to be in-the-know, a head of state, a priest, or a native member of a tribe that hasn’t had contact with the modern world (don’t worry, you’ll see in the list here).

Please don’t blow us to smithereens !

Some mornings I wake up, read the news, and experience an intense urge to bolt the doors, board up the windows, go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head.

At this stage, who knows what comes next?

If the world were a car, I’d wonder whether the driver was asleep at the wheel, foot jammed firmly on the accelerator, with a gleeful toddler sitting on their lap careering the thing wildly down a potholed road crying, “broom, broom!”

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The 10 most Australian values that make Australia so valuable

One of the recurring themes of Australian public discourse is the vexed issue of “Australian values”, and how best to promote and disseminate them.
It’s clear that Australian values are enormously popular and we’d all love to see more of them about the place. But what exactly are they?

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Or take the new Citizenship Test

New Zealand PM calls Australian immigration changes ‘disappointing’

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has called Australia’s immigration changes “disappointing”, saying they will force New Zealanders to wait longer for citizenship.

Ahhh yes I’m sure Kiwi’s just can’t wait to come to “The Lucky Country” (Ed)

Mr English said there had been no formal contact between the Turnbull Government and himself or his ministers before Australia unveiled its immigration crackdown last week.

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