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October 31, 2008

Halloween's Cat...

... grinning a special Halloween's grin !

There was an old cat, in an old farm.
The old cat used to sit on the top of an old fridge, in the old farm's kitchen just watching on you
The infrared film makes the cat look ghostlike.

October 30, 2008

From G@tto's Paris Album...

Just 3 pics from a walk around the Branly Museum...

Square Rapp, on avenue... Rapp (from my Flickr).

Detail of the Art Nouveau building on the left side of the square.
(Jules Lavirotte,1899).

Yellow Eiffel
and the Iron Lady, of course...
the Eiffel Tower.

October 29, 2008

Who's afraid of Bloggers ?

Jonathan Elendu last interview has been released !
Nigerian Curiosity got the news from his family and will have more details, soon.

Jonathan Elendu is a blogger
He is deeply concerned with his country's future...
Nigeria's future, meaning he writes
about corruption, fraud, violence,
the economic and ecological disaster in the Niger delta
and other sensitive matters.

He runs ElenduReports from Michigan, US, where
he was safe.
Alas ! Jonathan Elendu has been naïf
and too confident. He should have known better...

Last Saturday, when he landed at Abuja airport on
a visit to his relatives, he was arrested by the State
Security Service (SS +S, ouch !) "for a talk"
at their
.. then transferred to the anti-corruption agency,
the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission).

SSS or EFCC, nobody could say Elendu is in good hands.

Because Nigeria could be a better place...

(According to Nigerian law, anyone arrested must be

charged in court within 48 hours, but Nigerian law is frequently broken).

Global Internet Freedom > Corporate Responsibility and the Rule of Law.
"Human Rights Watch believes that the internet is a transformative force that can help open closed societies
and provide the near-instantaneous flow of information to inform the public, mobilize for change, and ultimately
hold institutions accountable. In this testimony, Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights Program director,
discusses some governments' restrictions on the internet, ongoing efforts for self-regulation and prospects for
government-led change to ensure respect for human rights".

The PM News
Sahara Reporters
BBC News
Nigerian Curiosity

October 23, 2008

Gosh ! another serial killer spider !

Giant bird-eating spider struck in a backyard in Atherton, west of Cairns,

- Spider is a Golden Orb Weaver

- Bird was a Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said the spider
is a Golden Orb Weaver.
They usually feast on large insects and break down prey with their venom into a liquid
soup. It's unusual to see one eating a bird," he told 9msn.com.

Found on Telegraph, Oct 08/22, by Bonnie Malkin, Sidney... then redirected to 9msn.
Thanks to Bonnie & co. from all PPG's spider admirers ! Yes, those who still come
to PPG to see once more the legendary
camel spider !

Now, if you want to know more about this web weaver specialist...
go ahead >
(Script : Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide)

The 'Golden Orb Web Spiders', Nephila spp. are among the largest of the spiders
to build aerial webs.
They sit in the middle of their large 'orb' or circular shaped web usually with their
legs spread out and head pointing downwards.The abdomen is elongated and often
decorated with blacks, yellows and whites.

These spiders are referred to as a 'golden orb web' not because of the colours
found on the spider (that can include golden yellows), but because, at the
right angle, the
yellow silk of the web takes on a very delicate golden colour.

Unlike many spiders, they often leave their web up for some time, merely effecting
repairs. They can do this because their web of yellow silk is one of the strongest
the spiders (Preston-Mafham and Preston-Mafham 1998).This is probably a
reflection of
the large size of much of the prey they capture, for even the remains of
birds have been
recorded in their webs (Raven 2000).

Most specimens of Golden Orb Web spiders observed are the females. This is because
Nephila genus has the biggest size difference between females and males of any
with the tiny males sometimes being seen in the web.

(Smiling Golden Orb's portrait by Pagebao in Taiwan).

Before I leave you, I think it could be of some interest and pertinence to quote the
following sentence found somewhere in my searching about the Golden Orb
"Mostly harmless, but they have inadvertently killed some 20 people over the years.
People died either from fright or tripping over as they tried to avoid or escape from
their rather strong webs."

Pat the spider now !
[More posts about spiders...]

When it comes to optical Cats !

Cat lovers...
will prefer the cat for sure,
isn't it ?

This one starring here looks optically satisfied.
(Click below to see the video)

(Video by wwwsikhote / Discovered on Moillusions.com)

October 17, 2008

I couldn't resist and posted this...

A great street show in Nigeria !

(by tosche22)

... and later, added 2 more, because the show must go on !

(by preplan)

... and it does !
In Manila and NY and in many other places where people know better !

(by snubbens)

October 15, 2008

2008 Blog Action Day... but keep campaigning !

GRID-Arendal is a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP).
Established in 1989 by the Government of Norway as a Norwegian Foundation,
their mission is to communicate environmental information to policy-makers and
facilitate environmental decision-making for change.
(go to site).

(Now, when these decisions wil be taken and who's going to take them...)

"Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.
It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated
by the actions of human beings." (Nelson Mandela).

The change will be long without everyone's involvment and will,
so take action now
and keep campaigning
to make poverty and poverty's B(log)A(ction)D(ay)... history

2008 > 12,800 Bloggers - 14,053 Blog Posts - 13,498,280 Readers

October 11, 2008


104 - a building's story beginning in 1873...

... and continuing with today's opening as an Arts' new center.

When ?
Today, Saturday, October 11/2008 - from 2;30pm to 2:00am.
What for ? Discover its different spaces through the pieces of artists from all disciplines.
Where ? At 104, rue d'Aubervilliers, of course !
and What ? The Guardian says...

The International Arts Network :

- Los Angeles, CalArts
- Berlin, RadialSystem
- Rome, ZoneAttive

- Madrid, Matadero

- Paris, Centquatre

(For those who visited Andy's photo exhibition, on last February, at Jardins d'Eole,
the 104 is just a bit higher, righthand, along the same rocking street).

October 09, 2008

KatuHoria's SlideShows...

There is a beautiful road in the Basque Country...
climbing from Pas de Roland after Itxassou village, following the
Nive river and sneaking across some fairy woods,
then leading
up on
the Artzamendi (Bear Mountain).


Pas de Roland.
(oh! mais où est-il donc passé ?)

Philippe Moçotéguy, a Basque
guy, explains what the
Country is...

Don't leave yet, I'm going to show you some streets of Bayonne and a few
other Basque spots around the town...
just follow KatuHoria's steps.


October 08, 2008

KatuHoria in the Basque Country...

The Basque Country is the territory which is historically,
ethnically and culturally Basque.
Spanish and French may call Basque Country (Pays
Basque, País Vasco) only to a portion of the country, not
the whole nation.
Nevertheless, Basques conceive their country as
embracing the area of the traditional seven provinces :

Lapurdi, Nafarroa Beherea and Zuberoa on the French
side, and
Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Araba and Nafarroa on
the Spanish side.

The Basque name of the Basque Country is Euskal Herria.
The Basque name of G@ttoGiallo is K@tuHoria.

(K@tuHoria recommends a conscientious approach
of the Basque culture before you go farer).


October 02, 2008

Dear PPG Readers, I'm sorry...

I am in the Basque Country having fun with Bidaia...

and some new local friends :

... but don't worry !
I'll be back one of these days with a lot of basque
red&green pics.

Yours faithful,


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