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Kids from around the World with their favourite Toys   2 comments


By Kaushik

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti is always traveling the world in search of adventure, good stories, and interesting people. For his latest project entitled “Toy Stories”, Galimberti photographed children from around the world with their most prized possesion. He did not expect to uncover much we did not already know. “At their age, they are pretty all much the same,” is his conclusion after 18 months working on the project. “They just want to play.”

But it’s how they play that seemed to differ from country to country. Galimberti found that children in richer countries were more possessive with their toys. “At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them,” says the Italian photographer. “In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”

However, there are many similarities in which the kids regard their toys, especially when it comes to their function. Galimberti met a six-year-old boy in Texas and a four-year-old girl in Malawi who both maintained their plastic dinosaurs would protect them from the dangers that await them at night. More common was how the toys reflected the world each child was born into – the girl from an affluent Mumbai family loves Monopoly, because she likes the idea of building houses and hotels, while the boy from rural Mexico loves trucks, because he sees them rumbling through his village to the nearby sugar plantation every day. A Lativian kid plays with miniature cars because his mother drove a taxi, while the daughter of an Italian farmer has an assortment of plastic rakes, hoes and spades.

Working for Toy Stories, Galimberti learned as much about the parents as he learned about the children. Parents from the Middle East and Asia, he found, would push their children to be photographed even if they were initially nervous or upset, while South American parents were “really relaxed, and said I could do whatever I wanted as long as their child didn’t mind”.



Watcharapom – Bangkok, Thailand



Stella – Montecchio, Italy



Ralf – Riga, Latvia



Botlhe – Maun, Botswana



Orly – Brownsville, Texas



Noel – Dallas, Texas



Maudy – Kalulushi, Zambia



Li Yi Chen – Shenyang, China



Chiwa – Mchinji, Malawi



Davide – La Valletta, Malta



Cun Zi Yi – Chongqing, China



Arafa & Aisha – Bububu, Zanzibar



Tyra – Stockholm, Sweden

Posted December 19, 2016 by markosun in World

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House in the desert   Leave a comment


A couple and their two teenage daughters decided to get away from it all.  They were living in the Los Angeles area and got fed up with the fast pace, noise and crazy traffic.  Husband and wife are both professionals in television and commute back to L.A. a few days a week.  But their home is now located dab smack in the barren desert of Death Valley, California. 

There are no neighbours for over 20 miles.  The nearest town is 35 miles away.  They are out there with the coyotes and eagles.  Complete isolation.  Strangely enough, it does look quite peaceful, yet invigorating.  After all, they are out there with nature in its most pure state.





The house derives most of its power from solar panels.  Water is provided from a natural spring nearby.


The desert sun keeps the house perpetually bright.

No swimming pool, but a little hot tub to cool off during the day, or warm up at night.

















Posted November 20, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Bureaucrats from around the world   1 comment


Bureaucratics by Dutch photographer Jan Banning is a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents. Jan traveled to Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, Yemen and the United States to snap photographs of civil servants – from fiscal authorities to police, from governors to local clerks – seated behind his or her desk. The result is a fascinating look at the lives of bureaucrats.

India, Bihar

Sushma Prasad (b. 1962) is an assistant clerk at the Cabinet Secretary of the State of Bihar (population 83 million) in The Old Secretariat in the state capital, Patna. She was hired “on compassionate grounds” because of the death of her husband, who until 1997 worked in the same department. Monthly salary: 5,000 rupees ($ 110, euro 100).



Surinder Kumar Mandal (b. 1946) is circle inspector of taxes in Thakurganj block, collecting taxes in a specific part of Kishanganj district, State of Bihar. Monthly salary: 9,500 rupees ($ 208, 189 euro). Surinder Kumar Mandal (b. 1946) is “circle inspector” van belastingen in Thakurganj Block, Kishanganj district, State of Bihar. Maandsalaris: 9,500 rupees (euro 189, US$ 208).



China, Shandong


Qu Shao Feng (b. 1964) is chief general of Jining Public Security Bureau Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration in Jining City, Shandong province. Monthly salary: 3,100 renminbi (US$ 384, 286 euro).


Wang Ning (b. 1983) works in the Economic Affairs office in Gu Lou community, Yanzhou city, Shandong province. She provides economic assistance to enterprises in her region and is the liaison officer between the government and local enterprises. Wang Ning is not married. She lives at home with her parents. Monthly salary: 2,100 renminbi (US$ 260, euro 228).



France, Auvergne


Roger Vacher (b. 1957) is a narcotics agent with the national police force in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome department, Auvergne region. Monthly salary: euro 2,200 (US$ 2,893).


Maurice Winterstein (b. 1949) works in Clermont-Ferrand for the Commission for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity and Citizenship at the combined administrative offices of the Auvergne region and the Puy-de-Dome department. He also is in charge of the portfolio of religious affairs, Islam in particular. Monthly salary: euro 1,550 (US$ 2,038). The young lady next to him is Linda Khettabi (b. 1989), an intern pursuing training as a secretary.





Major Adolph Dalaney works in the Reconstruction Room of the Traffic Police at the Liberia National Police Headquarters in the capital Monrovia. Traffic accident victims at time are willing to pay a little extra if Dalaney’s department quickly draws up a favorable report to present to a judge. Monthly salary: barely 1,000 Liberian dollars ($18, €17).


Henry Gray (1940), acting commissioner for Gbaepo district, Kanweaken, River Gee County. During the Civil War, the office was completely looted and destroyed: only one wall remained. Gray has 11 personnel, of whom only 4 are paid. The rest are volunteers. He has no budget and over two years salary owing. Yesterday, he went to the capital Fishtown to collect last two months salary, two times 975 Liberian dollars (2x US$ 17, 2x euro 16). All he got was 600 dollars (US$ 11, euro 10). Gray is father to 34 children (sic), 13 of them depending, and has 18 grandchildren.



Russia, Siberia


Marina Nikolayevna Berezina (b. 1962), a former singer and choir director, is now the secretary to the head of the financial department of Tomsk province”s Facility Services. She does not want to reveal her monthly salary.


Nikolajevich Ilyich Volkov (b. 1954) is administrator of the village of Alexandrovskoye (some 1,000 inhabitants), Tomsk province. Monthly salary: 9,000 rubles (US$ 321, euro 243).



U.S.A., Texas


Rudy Flores (b. 1963) is one of the 118 Texas Rangers, state law enforcement officers who cover 254 counties between them. He is based in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, and is responsible for three counties. Monthly salary: $5,000 (€3,720).


Dede McEachern (b. 1969) is director of licensing, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, in the state capital, Austin. Monthly salary: US$ 5,833 (euro 4,240).





Ali Abdulmalik Shuga (b. 1964) is responsible for the archives of the Ministry of Trade and CommerceÍs governorate s office in the city of Taizz, Taizz Governorate. Monthly salary: 30,500 rial (US$ 171, euro 117).


Nadja Ali Gayt is an adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture’s education center for rural women in the district of Manakhah, Sana’a Governorate. Monthly salary: 28,500 rial ($160, €110).



Bolivia, Potosi


Constantino Ayaviri Castro (b. 1950), previously a construction worker, is a police officer, third class, for the municipality of Tinguipaya, Tomas Frias province. The police station does not have a phone, car or typewriter. Monthly salary: 800 bolivianos ($100, €189).


Marcial Castro Revollo (b. 1942) is shopkeeper and, at the desk in the back, civil servant for the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the village of Millares (350 inhabitants), municipality of Betanzos, Cornelio Saavedra province, Department Potosi. Also, at the desk in the front, he is responsible for the polling station of the Corte Departemental Electoral de Potosi (elections office). Monthly salary: 500 bolivianos (euro 55, US$ 62).


Posted April 18, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The CBC Winner of The Politically Correct Person of the Year   Leave a comment

Please meet Elroy (nee Judy) Hazelhoffer from Jasper, Alberta.


Elroy is a transgender former prisoner who likes British miniature Bulldogs.  She, or he, has a penchant for spaghetti and gluten free meatballs. Elroy spent the better part of his life in a maximum security prison for selling crack to the Feds. Inside the slammer, Judy decided she was a man trapped inside a woman’s body. The inmates raised enough money by performing live choir performances to fund a sex-change for Judy.

The CBC had sent their politically correct panel in search of the most brazen and downtrodden abnormal. Elroy won by a landslide.

I listen to a lot of CBC radio. Recently they have had 10-15 documentaries on trans-gender people. I don’t know what trans-gender really is, but it seems very strange to me. I think these people should be forced to talk to a very good psychiatrist before they make a decision.

CBC is so politically correct, the traffic guy on CBC Winnipeg recently recommended changing the name of manholes to person-holes.  Of course he didn’t go as far as Woman-hole.

Posted February 16, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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German Teenager Makes Illegal Climb of The Great Pyramid of Giza   Leave a comment


A German teenager found himself in hot water with Egyptian authorities after being arrested for climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Andrej Ciesielski scaled the legendary monument earlier this month in a daring daylight climb that amazingly only took him about 8 minutes to accomplish.

Despite being spotted by police during his ascent, Ciesielski continued to the top of the pyramid to savor the once-in-a-lifetime view and document his incredible feat.

Upon returning to ground level, the young man was arrested and could have faced up to three years in jail for the stunt.

He was eventually released after agreeing to let authorities delete the footage and photos from his climb.

Fortunately, Ciesielski had a way to recover the digital material and is now sharing the evidence of his awesome adventure with the world.  

One slip and it’s going to be a head-over-heels crash that could cause permanent damage.


Here are some photos of Russian adventurers who climbed the pyramid a few years ago.









After a hard day of pyramid climbing, go to the KFC and indulge in Goat Tongue and Jackass Testicle Stew.  Available only at Egyptian KFC outlets.



Posted January 31, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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New Barbie Dolls available in ‘curvy, tall and petite’ sizes   Leave a comment




Barbie, the iconic plastic toy doll model, is getting three new body types this year.

The US company behind the famous toy, Mattel, is adding “tall, curvy and petite” body shapes to its line-up of the fashion dolls.

Several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles will also be added to the collection, the company said.

Barbie’s figure has come under fire for years, with critics arguing it set an unrealistic body image for girls.  With the new body shapes, the toy makers say they are “offering girls choices that are more reflective of the world they see today”.

Last year, the company introduced 23 new dolls to its so-called Fashionistas line with varied skin and hair colours, and a much touted flat foot – replacing Barbie’s signature heels.

With this year’s update, the Barbie Fashionistas line will feature:

  • 33 new dolls
  • 30 hair colours
  • 24 hairstyles
  • 22 eye colours
  • 14 face shapes
  • 7 skin tones
  • 4 body shapes – original, plus tall, curvy and petite




Barbie is finally sort of all-inclusive: almost all shapes, heights and races. Way to go Mattel.




However, some people think Mattel hasn’t gone far enough. Since Mattel is trying to include young females from all possible life scenarios, here are some life situations that Barbie experiences that are real and unabashed.



Hot sensuous Barbie



Couch-potato dope smoking plump Barbie.



Sedentary and lethargic Barbie.



Addicted to crack street Ho Barbie.


Barbie and Ken EXPLOSION!


Posted January 28, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”   Leave a comment

Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game Oct 1, 2015

What is wrong with these old curmudgeon baseball announcers? Don’t they realize this is 2015!  Smart phones are the norm. Totally transfixed on the devices all day is completely mainstream and healthy. Extreme narcissism is commonplace, fun and natural. We were born to fall in love with ourselves, it is soo “On Fleek.”

Posted October 2, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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80-Year-Old Man builds Dog Train to take Stray Dogs on Fun Rides   1 comment


Eugene Bostick, an 80-year-old retiree in Fort Worth, Texas, spends his days operating what just might be the coolest train in the world. His homemade dog train takes rescued strays out for fun rides around the neighborhood and in the surrounding woods.

Eugene and his brother Corky live on a dead-end street where many locals bring their unwanted dogs to leave them behind. Eugene began adopting them and taking them for rides with his tractor. “We started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live,” Eugene told Dodo.

“I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train.’ I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together,” Eugene continued. “Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited.”

dog train

“I started out with my tractor… I’d put 4-5 dogs in there and take them riding”

dog train1

“All of a sudden, a couple more dogs showed up. I said, ‘Oh, that’s not enough room’ – and that’s when I came up with THAT”

dog train2

“I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under…”

Now, the 80-year-old retiree takes his rescued dogs on a train ride twice a week

“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited”

dog train3

Posted September 24, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Cool and unusual campers and trailers   Leave a comment

Dreadin’ that next family road trip to Banff, in the station wagon pulling the old camper behind you… Well, you wouldn’t be if your parents hit up Mehrzeller to design your ultra-cool custom camper. Why look like the Hendersons when you can be like the Jetsons?


Coolest motorcycle trailer ever.


A collaboration between MINI, Airstream trailers and Danish furniture designers Republic of Fritz Hansen has resulted in this hip, beach-ready design study made up of a modified MINI Cooper S Clubman and a customized 6.8m long Airstream trailer.


The Sportsmens’ Show is a haven for hunters and fishers and all kinds of motorized vehicles; and there are always a few finds, like this amazing Sylvan Sport GO trailer with pop-up camper; the smallest, lightest and coolest I have ever seen.

The remarkable thing about this is how it is really a trailer rather than a tent; you can carry bikes and sporting goods in it. But where is the tent? It is hidden in that lid.


This is the Sealander, a camping trailer small enough to be towed behind a regular-sized car that, when backed into the water, turns into a lil boat. The tiny trailer can be pulled behind a car, the interior rearranges from kitchen to sleeping area, and best of all, you can put the pod out on the water if you feel like going boating for a bit.


In an age of monster SUV’s and rock-star RV’s hogging the roads, it’s nice to see a modern twist on the 1940′s Teardrop Trailer. These trailers hearken back to a simpler time, but are tricked out now with all the modern amenities one needs: stainless sink, maple interior, glistening aluminum, Sunbrella awnings, LED lighting and ventilation systems.




Posted May 27, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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What will they sell next? Pen and lighter matching set sold at Dollarama!   Leave a comment


For the computer illiterate smoker.



Posted May 6, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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