Australia, as described by NBC: “Located in central Europe, bordered to the north by Germany and the Czech Republic, to the west by Switzerland and Liechtenstein, to the south by Italy and Slovenia, and to the east by Hungary and Slovakia. Is primarily mountainous with the Alps and foothills covering the western and southern provinces.”

Freshly shaved alpacas are seen at Alpaca-Land farm in Goeming in the Austrian province of Salzburg. The annual shearing of Alpacas is done in the spring to make the animals more comfortable for the summer months, and it gives them plenty of time to grow a thick new coat before winter. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Top: Space Shuttle Enterprise going over NYC in 1983. It was on its way back from the Paris Air Show.
Bottom: The Space Shuttle Enterprise rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over New York on April 27, 2012. The Space Shuttle Enterprise officially arrived in New York to be placed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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Top: Space Shuttle Enterprise going over NYC in 1983. It was on its way back from the Paris Air Show.
Bottom: The Space Shuttle Enterprise rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over New York on April 27, 2012. The Space Shuttle Enterprise officially arrived in New York to be placed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
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Top: Space Shuttle Enterprise going over NYC in 1983. It was on its way back from the Paris Air Show.

Bottom: The Space Shuttle Enterprise rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over New York on April 27, 2012. The Space Shuttle Enterprise officially arrived in New York to be placed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

International Pillow Fight Day in GermanyDown feathers flew during a pillow fight that took place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on April 7, 2012. The event was organised through a Facebook page where participants were alerted of the feather-flying-fracas. Photo credit: Thomas Peter / Reuters
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International Pillow Fight Day in GermanyDown feathers flew during a pillow fight that took place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on April 7, 2012. The event was organised through a Facebook page where participants were alerted of the feather-flying-fracas. Photo credit: Thomas Peter / Reuters
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International Pillow Fight Day in Germany

Down feathers flew during a pillow fight that took place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on April 7, 2012. The event was organised through a Facebook page where participants were alerted of the feather-flying-fracas. Photo credit: Thomas Peter / Reuters

(Source: Daily Mail)

A shark gives a diver a high-five. Eli Martinez was interacting with the lemon shark in the balmy waters off the coast of The Bahamas. Eli, who works as the editor of Shark Diving magazine, said: “This particular shark I had encountered before. She is very laid-back so I knew if I held my hand out she would come over. At first she was swimming straight towards me, but I didn’t expect her to turn at the last moment. She tapped my palm with her fin like we were high-five-ing.”

Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground in Wagga Wagga.
The danger may have passed for the residents of Wagga Wagga, but spare a thought for these little guys and gals. These thousands upon thousands of hairy-legged critters, who now have to rebuild their houses.
When floodwaters swept through the town and surrounding paddocks, the local spiders had no choice but to flee up, spinning their webs across sticks and bushes. [Article]
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Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground in Wagga Wagga.
The danger may have passed for the residents of Wagga Wagga, but spare a thought for these little guys and gals. These thousands upon thousands of hairy-legged critters, who now have to rebuild their houses.
When floodwaters swept through the town and surrounding paddocks, the local spiders had no choice but to flee up, spinning their webs across sticks and bushes. [Article]
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Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground in Wagga Wagga.
The danger may have passed for the residents of Wagga Wagga, but spare a thought for these little guys and gals. These thousands upon thousands of hairy-legged critters, who now have to rebuild their houses.
When floodwaters swept through the town and surrounding paddocks, the local spiders had no choice but to flee up, spinning their webs across sticks and bushes. [Article]
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Thousands of spiders build new webs after floodwaters forced them to move to higher ground in Wagga Wagga.

The danger may have passed for the residents of Wagga Wagga, but spare a thought for these little guys and gals. These thousands upon thousands of hairy-legged critters, who now have to rebuild their houses.

When floodwaters swept through the town and surrounding paddocks, the local spiders had no choice but to flee up, spinning their webs across sticks and bushes. [Article]

A RECORD number of Australians are expected to travel to the US this year as airlines slash their fares to around $1000.

Visit USA estimates more than one million Australians will travel to America in 2012. “It’s a remarkable number considering the population is 22 million,” Visit USA spokesman Mark Sheehan said.

"The population of the US is 322 million people and even with Oprah it only manages to send 500,000 Americans to Australia each year.”

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Any fellow Aussies going this year? I know I am :-)

New Stamps Celebrate Roald Dahl 
Roald Dahl’s work is being celebrated in a set of special stamps.
The set of six Royal Mail stamps, which also depict the work of  illustrator Quentin Blake whose drawings are synonymous with Dahl’s  stories, feature six of the author’s best-loved novels.
One of Dahl’s most famous tales, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, appears with a beaming Charlie Bucket on the 46p first-class stamp.
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New Stamps Celebrate Roald Dahl 
Roald Dahl’s work is being celebrated in a set of special stamps.
The set of six Royal Mail stamps, which also depict the work of  illustrator Quentin Blake whose drawings are synonymous with Dahl’s  stories, feature six of the author’s best-loved novels.
One of Dahl’s most famous tales, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, appears with a beaming Charlie Bucket on the 46p first-class stamp.
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New Stamps Celebrate Roald Dahl 
Roald Dahl’s work is being celebrated in a set of special stamps.
The set of six Royal Mail stamps, which also depict the work of  illustrator Quentin Blake whose drawings are synonymous with Dahl’s  stories, feature six of the author’s best-loved novels.
One of Dahl’s most famous tales, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, appears with a beaming Charlie Bucket on the 46p first-class stamp.
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New Stamps Celebrate Roald Dahl 
Roald Dahl’s work is being celebrated in a set of special stamps.
The set of six Royal Mail stamps, which also depict the work of  illustrator Quentin Blake whose drawings are synonymous with Dahl’s  stories, feature six of the author’s best-loved novels.
One of Dahl’s most famous tales, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, appears with a beaming Charlie Bucket on the 46p first-class stamp.
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New Stamps Celebrate Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s work is being celebrated in a set of special stamps.

The set of six Royal Mail stamps, which also depict the work of illustrator Quentin Blake whose drawings are synonymous with Dahl’s stories, feature six of the author’s best-loved novels.

One of Dahl’s most famous tales, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, appears with a beaming Charlie Bucket on the 46p first-class stamp.

(Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk)