Watch: The schoolgirl who has devoured 942 books in one year tells us why she ...
A schoolgirl has proved she is a true bookworm after reading an incredible 942 books in just one year. Faith Jackson, 10, has devoured everything from Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl classics to newer favourites like the Harry Potter series, and everything ...
January 8, 2015
One Summer's Day: Make it a date for our photo competition
Attached is a photograph taken at Titanic Quarter on Saturday 29 June 2013. I wanted to Mellow evening light on the river Bann, after a very dull day. That's Irish . I am attaching two photos taken last Saturday of the interior of the two ...
July 10, 2014
10 endangered state parks
As for California: As of press time, 65 of the 70 endangered parks had been temporarily spared-including Mono Lake-thanks to help from the communities that depend on them. They've cobbled together private donations, volunteer staffing, and funding by ...
October 5, 2012
For Old-School Art Pickers, the Thrill is Fading, and So's the Payoff
Michael Robertson, who did most of his own picking for the antique shops he once owned in Phoenix and San Diego, recalls having to get up at 4 in the morning to stand in line at better estate sales, which Robertson calls "a kind of an indoor yard sale ...
December 2, 2009
World in Pictures: striking photographs from around the globe
After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union. (Photo by ...
September 21, 2013
Ohio offers personal look at largest region of working Amish
In homage to its heritage, the store also has a nice selection of cuckoo clocks. People who make their home in Western Pennsylvania might think the center of Amish life revolves around Lancaster County, which is home to America's oldest Amish ...
July 13, 2008
48 hours In: Tel Aviv
Today, Jaffa has been absorbed and gentrified, a shadow of its former biblical self, now sanitised as a touristy artists' quarter — while its modern neighbour has become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Middle East. Key areas are, in the ...
November 16, 2009
A schoolgirl has proved she is a true bookworm after reading an incredible 942 books in just one year. Faith Jackson, 10, has devoured everything from Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl classics to newer favourites like the Harry Potter series, and everything in between. Proud parents Laura and Paul have kept a list of every book she finished in 2014 and worked out that their speedy reader averaged 464 pages every day. And her feat is far better than the New Year resolution made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who has promised to read a book every two weeks. “It’s really hard to choose just one favourite but I’ll say the Harry Potter books, especially the first one because I love magic and adventure, and it has both, which makes it one of the best. When she was about six or seven, she could hardly read at all and at school they said she might be dyslexic. I think the main thing was we didn’t push her and they didn’t make her read all the time at school. “We just read to her instead to help her enjoy books rather than making it a big deal.
They're beautiful, they're close to home, and they're steeped in history. But the best reason to vacation in one of our 6,624 state parks. California's Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve has made big news twice in the past two years. That was when California's state parks department announced that Mono Lake itself was about to be wiped out--though by a far more mundane force. See the State Parks Now. Mono was one of 70 parks targeted by the state in an effort to cut $22 million from California's budget gap, which totaled $9. 2 billion at the time. New York, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Virginia, and Idaho have contemplated closing parks in recent years. What gets lost in this game of budgetary Russian roulette is how precious these lands can be. State parks, such as the ones you'll see here, often rival their national-park cousins in sheer beauty: Did you know that Niagara Falls is actually a New... Last year, the nation's 6,624 state parks attracted 720 million visitors, more than twice what the national parks see, and they do it with almost $1 billion less in annual operating revenue.
There's a big plaster duck in the driveway of Rick Orr's mobile home in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you know Rick Orr, you know this can't possibly be just any plaster duck. it's almost certainly one of the world's rarest plaster ducks, probably worth tens of thousands of dollars and crafted by some dead guy no one's ever heard of but whose work is deeply coveted. And given the duck's placement, about halfway between the door of Orr's house and the bumper of his big, beat-up Ford van, you—if you know Rick Orr—would have to assume the duck is about to be delivered by Rick to some rich guy who's waiting... But the rich guy won't be paying thousands of dollars for the plaster duck to Rick Orr—who's spent his whole adult life schlepping rare artifacts from other people's driveways to the homes of wealthy collectors. He'll be paying Orr a couple of bucks for fixing the duck's beak. Because Orr, who's made his living for nearly 40 years hunting for treasure among other people's trash, is presently making money as a handyman to the rich people to whom he used to sell million-dollar paintings. If he's lately reduced to repairing expensive lawn ornaments, Orr is still known among the art collectors and dealers who've heard of him—and they are legion—as the King of the Pickers.
River City Five Maple Leaves and One Bird One Day Hand-Carved Cuckoo Clock
(example: at one o'clock the bird will cuckoo once. at eight o'clock the bird will cuckoo eight times) The half hour is announced with one cuckoo call. The cuckoo sound ... Please see the River City Clocks Warranty Page for more information about the ...
December 10, 2013
Villengen Hand Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
Styled after the traditional German Black Forest tradition, this cuckoo clock is a graphic, stylish addition to any ... The Quartz movement chimes the cuckoo call with a waterfall background . Volume control. Auto night off. 11.75 in.
September 7, 2010