More Ethiopian troops seen in central Somalia – residents

More Ethiopian troops seen in central Somalia – residents MOGADISHU (Reuters) – New convoys of heavily-armed Ethiopian troops have crossed into Somalia and are heading for central areas, residents said Sunday, days after Addis Ababa said it planned to send troops to help Somali and Kenya forces fighting Islamist insurgents.

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Somali rebels say Ethiopian incursion shows Kenya failing

Somali rebels say Ethiopian incursion shows Kenya failing MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab militants on Sunday welcomed a reported incursion by hundreds of troops from neighbouring Ethiopia as a sign that Kenya’s offensive against the Islamist rebels was failing.

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Sleeping In A Dung House: Walking In Kalimpong

Sitting on ankle-high stools we ate fresh pork straight from the flames of a dung oven, which we washed down with ‘Tongba’ and home made millet beer. After a few glasses of Rakshi this Arcadian village life became more and more attractive.

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Please Stop Watching Me Wee

There’s a difference between a toilet cleaner and a toilet attendant. A toilet cleaner is someone whose job it is to clean toilets. A toilet attendant, however, is different. Their job is to lurk by the entrance to the convenience and guide you through, as if the ‘Toilet This Way’ sign was not obvious enough, and then point you to a cubical or urinal they believe is most suitable for your requirements. They’ll then mill around close by, putting you off going for a wee.

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Large blast heard near Somali rebel stronghold

Large blast heard near Somali rebel stronghold MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A large explosion was heard near a Somali rebel stronghold about 30 km (19 miles) from the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, residents and a senior rebel official said.

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Bolgatty Girl

Photograph: this is a random portrait of a girl who lives in Bolgatty Island village, where we live. Just happened to be walking past her purple-painted house and she immediately posed for the camera, as is typical here in India. It has quickly become one of my fave street portraits.

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Salty, Buttery Tea: A Trek in the Himalayas

He knew he would never get out alive, so after twelve days he escaped, taking his mother and father with him. He didn’t know how many miles they walked over the mountains, but he told us it took two months to get here and build their first farm out of the local bamboo.

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#OnePrimeWednesday – Early Morning Basket Boy

This is a submission for the theme that asks for a shot taken with a prime lens. A prime lens has a fixed focal length, in this instance 50mm. A 50mm prime lens is the one closest to what a human sees in real life, which is why traditionally crime scene photographers always used 50mm lenses! No crime scene here, alas, just a photograph of a worker with a heavy steel basket on his head.

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#MyTownTuesday – Cochin, Kerala

I went for a wander late afternoon in the market, in between the stall holders and the main depot where they drop off the fruit and veg. This group of workers allowed me to jump up on the lorry and grab a shot of the workers loading up sacks of chickpea on to the workers’ heads.

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#WomenWednesday – School Trip To Madurai

A great group shot of young students taken at Meenakshi Temple. Of course all the boys in the class were jumping in the way of the girls so I ordered them out the frame to get this one. Gotta love their identical hair.

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#TonemapHDRTuesday – Banana Depot

This is an HDR shot, a composite of three identical images exposed differently, to pick up detail in the light and shadow areas. It is a submission for another photographic theme and follows on from the set I took at the banana depot.

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#MyTownTuesday – Cochin, Kerala

This picture, taken in the depot of the market, went down well on Google+ and shows yet another worker with a heavy object on their head. These guys must have necks of steel!

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Kenya-Eritrea row over arms to Somalia heats up

Kenya-Eritrea row over arms to Somalia heats up NAIROBI/MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Eritrea has rejected a Kenyan accusation that it might be arming Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab rebels, and said a threat by Kenya to take unspecified action in response was “unfortunate.”

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Decay Theme – Life On Bolgatty

A submission for the theme Decay. Rather than go for an old, battered, black and white decayed look, I took a photograph of a decaying sign just on my doorstep (the Bolgatty ferry pick-up point) and brightened it up.

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Sunset Over Cochin

I should probably save this photograph for the #SunsetSaturday submission, but I couldn’t resist popping this one up now. It is the view just before I catch the ferry back to Bolgatty Island from Ernakulam. In the far distance are the famous Chinese fishing nets.

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