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Australia Has Promised Britain 50,000 More Men
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England Expects Every Man To Do His Duty
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The Second World War In Colour


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September 1944 – Dutch civilians dance in the streets after the liberation of Eindhoven by Allied forces.
September 1944 – Dutch civilians dance in the streets after the liberation of Eindhoven by Allied forces.


July 1944 – The RAF’s top-scoring fighter pilot, Wing Commander James ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, with his Spitfire and pet Labrador ‘Sally’ in Normandy.
July 1944 – The RAF’s top-scoring fighter pilot, Wing Commander James ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, with his Spitfire and pet Labrador ‘Sally’ in Normandy.


October 1944 – British soldiers admire the Caryatids on the Acropolis while sightseeing in Athens.
October 1944 – British soldiers admire the Caryatids on the Acropolis while sightseeing in Athens.

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September 1943 – A 5.5-inch gun crew from 75th (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, in action in Italy.
September 1943 – A 5.5-inch gun crew from 75th (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, in action in Italy.


1944 – Lieutenant Vernon R Richards of the 361st Fighter Group flies his P-51D Mustang, nicknamed ‘Tika IV’, during a bomber escort mission.
1944 – Lieutenant Vernon R Richards of the 361st Fighter Group flies his P-51D Mustang, nicknamed ‘Tika IV’, during a bomber escort mission.


A German heavy cruiser abandoned in a dry dock at Kiel in May 1945
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Local workers helping RAF fitters change the engine of a Lockheed Hudson at Yundum in the Gambia in April 1943
Local workers helping RAF fitters change the engine of a Lockheed Hudson at Yundum in the Gambia in April 1943


Local children crowding aboard a Sherman tank of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in Sicily, August 1943
Local children crowding aboard a Sherman tank of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in Sicily, August 1943


1943 Lancaster bombers nearing completion in Avro’s assembly plant at Woodford near Manchester.
1943 Lancaster bombers nearing completion in Avro’s assembly plant at Woodford near Manchester.

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February 1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters in London.
February 1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters in London.


October 1944 – Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery explains Allied strategy to King George VI in his command caravan in Holland.
October 1944 – Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery explains Allied strategy to King George VI in his command caravan in Holland.


April 22, 1944 British paratroopers prepare for a practice jump from an RAF Dakota based at Down Ampney in Wiltshire.
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c. 1941 An Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden inspects damaged buildings in Holborn, London.
c. 1941 An Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden inspects damaged buildings in Holborn, London.


March 1944 Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during battle training in Britain.
March 1944 Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during battle training in Britain.


August 1943 Nurses and convalescent aircrew at Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Hospital at Halton in Buckinghamshire.
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May 1943 A crew from the 16th:5th Lancers, 6th Armoured Division, clean the gun barrel of their Crusader tank at El Aroussa in Tunisia.
May 1943 A crew from the 16th:5th Lancers, 6th Armoured Division, clean the gun barrel of their Crusader tank at El Aroussa in Tunisia.


December 1942 An Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) ‘spotter’ at a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun site.
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A copy of Super Mario 64 just sold for $2 million. This is why it happened, and what it means


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Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64


In 1996, Nintendo released Super Mario 64 — the first 3D game featuring their company mascot, Mario, that would go on to become a genre-defining classic.

You could buy it for $99.

In 2021, a sealed copy of that game just sold at auction for $US1.56 million ($2.08 million).

Here's what we know about what is now the most expensive video game ever sold:

Video games were taking their first tentative steps into 3D in the late 90s, and not all of them were great.

Super Mario 64 changed that with more innovations than you could point a goomba at.

The game was the first to feature a camera that could be controlled by players independent of the character, a non-linear way to progress through the game and movement with an analog stick that was more precise than anything that had come before it.

This game was like The Simpsons or The Sopranos for television, Gone with the Wind or Titanic for cinema, Abbey Road or Dark Side of the Moon for music: it wasn't just good, it defined and inspired everything that came afterwards.

Plus, it was simply as fun as heck no matter if you were nine or 59 years-old.

Got it. But aren't there, like, millions of copies?

Yep. But this one is pretty special for a couple of reasons.



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For one, someone resisted the urge to tear off the plastic cover within 10 seconds of getting it on Christmas morning.

It's also been rated at 9.8 on the Wata scale (which goes to a maximum of 10), a system used to rank the condition of super rare video games. Wata also scored that plastic seal an A++, the highest-possible rating.

If you prefer words to numbers, Heritage Auctions described the condition of the copy as "breathtaking".

Heritage says it's one of less than five copies of the game in existence in almost perfect condition.

That yellowed cartridge with the sticker peeling off that starts one out of five times you plug it in isn't going to fetch a similar price, I'm afraid.

Bummer. Who bought it?

We don't know.

Heritage Auctions didn't disclose the buyer who shelled out the big bucks to secure this copy.

So, it's an important and popular video game in near mint condition?

Yep.

Put 'em together and you get a mind-boggling bid of $US1.56 million ($2.08 million).

That's a lotta Super Mushrooms.

It's the most money ever paid for a single copy of a video game.

Want to know something even wilder?

Of course!

The previous record was set just two days ago.

An unopened copy of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda sold for $US870,000 ($1.15 million).

It smashed the previous record of $US660,000 ($881,000) set in April by an unopened copy of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. — that item was bought in 1986 and misplaced in a desk drawer.

So yes, auctions for rare video games are suddenly getting a bit silly. Last year, the record was held by a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, which sold for $US156,000 ($208,000) in November 2020.

Little more than six months later, a game has now sold for 10 times that amount.

Why are records being broken so quickly?

The world of collecting is on fire, not just for rare video games.

Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering and sports trading cards are selling for obscene amounts.

NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are going for similarly baffling amounts.

Why? Well, blame the waves of nostalgia, internet influencers inflating markets for content and coronavirus lockdowns prompting plenty of people to go digging in closets for long-lost treasure.

Happy hunting!

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Winston Churchhil Cigars
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There is an unproven legend that when meeting with foreign heads of state, Churchill would insert a straightened paper clip into his cigar to keep the ash from falling and unnerve the other man with the distractingly long ash.

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There are many scientific names for water such as dihydrogen monoxide (subject of a famous hoax), oxidane, hydrohydroxic acid, hydric acid, hydrogen oxide, hydrol, and hydrogen hydroxide. Most of these names are not widely used, but are technically correct.

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Cane toads used for 1950s pregnancy testing by Australian scientists
Louis Tuttle and Bill Horsfall

A cane toad sits on a log. After WWII, Cairns pathologists sent cane toads around Australia for pregnancy testing. (Reuters: David Gray)
A cane toad sits on a log. After WWII, Cairns pathologists sent cane toads around Australia for pregnancy testing. (Reuters: David Gray)
They are without doubt one of Australia's most obnoxious and noxious pests, but in the decade after World War II, cane toads played an important role in Australian women's pregnancy journeys.

Key points:

Cane toads were used for pregnancy testing in Australia during the 1950s
Children in Cairns were paid to collect cane toads that were then sent around Australia to testing laboratories
The practise was phased out when immunological testing was developed in the 1960s

In 1928, German researchers had discovered that when a woman was pregnant, her urine contained gonadotropic hormones, which when injected into mice, caused a reaction.

Soon after, researchers from the United States began similar testing on virgin female rabbits, but they needed a workaround, because the animals kept having to be killed to be internally inspected.

In the 1930s, South African researchers discovered toads would be reusable because their reaction was able to be gauged without the animals being killed.

What developed was a highly reliable test that came at just the right time for Australia as the country began facing an overpopulation of cane toads.

Renowned Cairns-based Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Caroline de Costa said the toads played an important role in mid-20th century gynaecology.

"They were very useful for many, many years in diagnosing pregnancy in women — it was very accurate," she said.

"It was an available service and a very useful service to the women themselves, but also to the doctors and midwives that were looking after them to know whether a woman was pregnant or not when she presented for care."

Toads were reusable and probably drunk

If there was going to be a headquarters for cane toad pregnancy testing in Australia, Cairns was its natural home.

Less than 20 kilometres south of the Cairns Hospital at the Meringa Sugar Experiment Station cane toads were introduced to Australia in 1935 in a pest-control experiment gone wrong.

The late Bill Horsfall and Louis Tuttle, behind their toad-testing operation at Cairns Base Pathology Lab in 1955.(Supplied)
The late Bill Horsfall and Louis Tuttle, behind their toad-testing operation at Cairns Base Pathology Lab in 1955.(Supplied)

The opportunity to use Australian toads was recognised by two technicians working at the Cairns Hospital pathology lab during the 1950s, the late Bill Horsfall and Louis Tuttle.

The tests worked by isolating the male toads from females for up to three weeks until sperm production ceased.

A suspected pregnant woman's urine was then centrifuged and mixed with pure alcohol before being injected into the male toads, which, if confirming pregnancy, produced sperm.

Professor de Costa co-authored an article with Bill Horsfall's friend Tony Kloss that chronicled the era of toad pregnancy testing in Far North Queensland.

"At the rear end of the toad, it has an organ called the cloaca, which is rather exposed to the outside," she said.

"It is possible to inspect the cloaca and, if the frog or toad has been injected with urine containing the gonadotropic hormone, there will be changes there."

Toad-testing supply chain


Professor de Costa said the men also set up a system to supply the rest of Australia with toads for testing.

"What Bill and Louis set up in Cairns Hospital was a transport system," she said.

"They nurtured the toads, fed them very well, packed them in boxes and sent them by plane around to all of the CSL laboratories stations around Australia."

Special wooden boxes lined with straw transported up to 12 toads at a time and were flown to Brisbane then onto other hospital destinations.
Cairns-based Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Caroline de Costa. (Supplied: Sean Davey)
Cairns-based Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Caroline de Costa. (Supplied: Sean Davey)
Children living around Cairns were tasked with capturing the cane toads for distribution.

"They instructed them in how to identify whether a toad was male or female and bringing the toads in. They had to be healthy," Professor de Costa said.

"The boys and girls of Cairns were very willing to do this, I think they were being paid sixpence a toad, and they banded together to get a shilling per toad."

She said the process did not result in the spread of cane toads around Australia as only the males were sent.

Cane-toad pregnancy testing was phased out as immunological testing for pregnancy developed during the 1960s.

"This was a robust and useful service that went on for a long time," Professor de Costa said.

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Been There Before
There came a stranger to Walgett town,
To Walgett town when the sun was low,
And he carried a thirst that was worth a crown,
Yet how to quench it he did not know;
But he thought he might take those yokels down,
The guileless yokels of Walgett town.
They made him a bet in a private bar,
In a private bar when the talk was high,
And they bet him some pounds no matter how far
He could pelt a stone, yet he could not shy
A stone right over the river so brown,
The Darling River at Walgett town.

He knew that the river from bank to bank
Was fifty yards, and he smiled a smile
As he trundled down; but his hopes they sank,
For there wasn’t a stone within fifty mile;
For the saltbush plain and the open down
Produce no quarries in Walgett town.

The yokels laughed at his hopes o’erthrown,
And he stood awhile like a man in a dream;
Then out of his pocket he fetched a stone,
And pelted it over the silent stream –
He’d been there before; he had wandered down
On a previous visit to Walgett town....

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Friday the 13th.


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Piece of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake sells for $3,480



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World's Largest Ball of Stamps, Boys Town, Nebraska




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I wonder if all of my many duplicates would make a bigger one. :o 8-) :lol: :lol:

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To My Valentine by Ogden Nash


More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That's how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That's how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That's how you're loved by me.

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100 years ago we were warned

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How Elephants Avoid Cancer



How Elephants  Avoid Cancer
How Elephants Avoid Cancer


Elephants have evolved extra copies of a gene that fights tumour cells, according to two independent studies1,2 — offering an explanation for why the animals so rarely develop cancer.

Why elephants do not get cancer is a famous conundrum that was posed — in a different form — by epidemiologist Richard Peto of the University of Oxford, UK, in the 1970s3. Peto noted that, in general, there is little relationship between cancer rates and the body size or age of animals. That is surprising: the cells of large-bodied or older animals should have divided many more times than those of smaller or younger ones, so should possess more random mutations predisposing them to cancer. Peto speculated that there might be an intrinsic biological mechanism that protects cells from cancer as they age and expand.

At least one solution to Peto's paradox may now have been found, according to a pair of papers independently published this week. Elephants have 20 copies of a gene called p53 (or, more properly, TP53), in their genome, where humans and other mammals have only one. The gene is known as a tumour suppressor, and it snaps to action when cells suffer DNA damage, churning out copies of its associated p53 protein and either repairing the damage or killing off the cell.

The elephant's tale

Uncovering TP53's role has taken a few years. Joshua Schiffman, a paediatric oncologist and scientist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, first heard about Peto’s paradox three years ago at an evolution conference, when Carlo Maley, an evolutionary biologist now at Arizona State University in Tempe, revealed he had found multiple copies of TP53 in the African elephant's genome.

Schiffman specializes in treating children missing one of their TP53 gene's two alleles, which leads them to develop cancer. So after hearing Maley's talk, he wondered whether elephants held some biological insight that could help his patients. He teamed up with Maley, who had not yet published his work, and asked elephant keepers at Salt Lake City’s zoo whether they could spare some elephant blood so that he could test how the p53 protein works in the mammals' white blood cells.

At about the same time, in mid-2012, Vincent Lynch, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, was preparing for a lecture on Peto’s paradox, and wondered about mechanisms that could explain it. “Right before I gave the lecture, I searched the elephant genome for p53, and 20 hits came up,” says Lynch.

Schiffman and Lynch’s teams have now independently revealed their findings — Schiffman's in the Journal of the American Medical Association1, and Lynch's in a paper2 posted to the bioRxiv.org preprint site, but which is in review at the journal eLife.

Using zoo autopsy records for 36 mammals — from striped grass mice to elephants — Schiffman’s team recorded no relationship between body size and cancer rate. (Around 3% of elephants get cancer, according to the team’s analysis of hundreds of captive-elephant deaths).

The researchers found that elephants produce extra copies of the p53 protein, and that elephant blood cells seem exquisitely sensitive to DNA damage from ionizing radiation. The animals' cells carry out a controlled self-destruction called apoptosis in response to DNA damage at much higher rates than do human cells. Schiffman suggests that, instead of repairing the DNA damage, compromised elephant cells have evolved to kill themselves to nip nascent tumours in the bud. “This is a brilliant solution to Peto’s paradox,” he says.

Mammoth set

Lynch’s team — working with African and Asian elephant skin cells from the San Diego Zoo in California — found similar results. They also discovered more than a dozen TP53 copies in two extinct species of mammoth, but just one copy in elephants’ close living relatives, manatees and hyraxes (a small, furry mammal). Lynch thinks that the extra copies evolved as the lineage that led to elephants expanded in size. But he thinks that other biological mechanisms are involved too.

Mel Greaves, a cancer biologist at the Institute for Cancer Research in London, agrees that TP53 cannot be the only explanation. “As large animals get bigger, they become more and more sluggish,” he notes, thereby slowing their metabolism and the pace at which their cells divide. And protective mechanisms can only do so much to stop cancer, he adds. “What would happen if elephants smoked and had a bad diet,” he says. “Would they really be protected from cancer? I doubt it.”

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12 Lonely Negative Words



Are you disgusted, disgruntled and disheveled? Well, unfortunately you’re never going to be gusted, gruntled or sheveled. Disgusted, disgruntled and disheveled are what you might call “lonely negatives.” They’re negative words whose positive partners have vanished or never existed in the first place.

1. Disgust

(Via French or Italian, from Latin dis- ‘expressing reversal’ + gustāre ‘to taste.’)

English adopted only the negative version, leaving us without the useful expression, ”That gusts me.”

2. Disheveled

(From the late Middle English word, now obsolete, 'dishevely,' which derives from Old French deschevelé, past participle of descheveler, based on chevel, 'hair,' from Latin capillus. Originally it meant 'having the hair uncovered' and later it referred to the hair itself, hanging loose, and so messy or untidy.)

You can be disheveled without ever being “sheveled.” It’s pronounced /di-SHEH-vuhld/, not as you sometimes hear it, /dis-HEH-vuhld/.

3. Inscrutable

(From late Latin in- ‘not’ + scrūtārī ‘to search or examine thoroughly’ + -able. Scrūtārī comes from scrūta)

Inscrutable refers to "something that cannot be searched into or found out by searching; unfathomable, entirely mysterious." But you’ll search harder to find the word scrutable; it’s used mostly in opposition to inscrutable.

4. Ineffable

(Via French from Latin in- ‘not’ + effāri ‘to utter’)

Ineffable—something "that cannot be expressed or described in language"—can breathe a lonely wordless sigh. Its partner doesn’t come around much any more. Effable once meant "sounds or letters, etc. that can be pronounced." It is used only rarely to mean "that which can be, or may lawfully be, expressed or described in words," or as a snickery double entendre:

She: Are you dumping me? What went wrong?
He: I can’t explain. It’s ineffable.
She: Are you saying I’m not f—able?

5. Disappoint

Disappoint was once was the negative of appoint. It meant "to undo the appointment of; to deprive of an appointment, office, or possession; to dispossess, deprive." It was used that way in 1489, but by 1513, it was stretched to its present meaning: "to frustrate the expectation or desire of (a person)." You wouldn’t know the two words were once partners.

6. Indelible

(From the Latin indēlēbilis, from in- ‘not,’ dēlēre ‘delete’ and -ble ‘be able.’)

You know about indelible ink and indelible memories, but when have you heard of anything being “delible”? During the 17th and 18th centuries the word delible, meaning "capable of being rubbed out or effaced" was used, but it’s gone without a trace. It was delible.

7. Impeccable

(From late Latin impeccābilis, from im- ‘not’ + peccāre, ‘to sin.’)

Although impeccable now means "adhering to the highest standards" and we speak of impeccable manners or taste, originally it meant "not capable of or liable to sin." These days, peccable is used only facetiously, as in this 1992 quote from the New York Times: “Its credentials are about as impeccable as you can find in the peccable atmosphere of Hollywood.”

8. Indolent (From late Latin indolent, from in- ‘not’ + dolere, ‘suffer or give pain.’)

When it entered English in the 17th century, indolent meant "causing no pain." Doctors spoke of an indolent tumor or ulcer. Maybe some folks misinterpreted the meaning as "inactive," but somehow in the 18th century, indolent gained its current meaning in reference to people: "lazy or idle." The word dolent, meaning "sorrowful or grieving," existed for a few centuries, but it’s obsolete now and never meant the opposite of present-day indolent.

9. Indefatigable

(Via French, from Latin in- ‘not’ + dēfatīgāre ‘to wear out’ + –ble ‘able to’)

An indefatigable person is "untiring; incapable of being wearied." The word defatigable, "capable of being wearied," exists, but it’s too beat to show up very much, leaving indefatigable pretty lonely.

10. Incessant

(Via Old French, from late Latin in- 'not’ + cessant- ‘ceasing’)

Incessant refers to something unpleasant that continues without pause or interruption. Cessant was around briefly in the 17th and 18th centuries, but it has ceased to appear these days.

11. Reckless

(From the Old English reccelēas, from the Germanic base reck, an archaic word meaning ‘care.’)

Reckless describes a person or the actions of a person who acts without thinking or caring about the consequences. There never was a word like reckful to serve as a positive counterpart to reckless, but reckless people have their fill of wrecks.

12. Disgruntled

Disgruntled is a ringer. This time the prefix “dis-“ is not a negative, but an intensifier. If you’re disgruntled you’re extremely gruntled. And what, pray tell, does it mean to be gruntled? “Gruntle” was a diminutive of “grunt,” dating from around 1400, meaning "to utter a little or low grunt." Later it came to mean "to grumble or complain."

Sources: OED [Oxford English Dictionary] Online, New Oxford American Dictionary (Second Ed.), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fifth ed.)

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Captain of Blue Dolphin Marine Tours Pete Lynch said the calf was probably less than four weeks old. (Supplied: Pete Lynch)
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Lucky whale watchers are reliving the moment a two-tonne humpback calf leapt out of the water and played near their boat off the Queensland coast.
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The playful moment comes only days after researchers said there had been fewer reported sightings
Tourism operators expect almost 50,000 whale watchers to visit the region this year

Skipper Pete Lynch captured the calf's antics less than 100 metres from his boat during a tour off Hervey Bay last week.

He estimated the young humpback was a month old and measured about four metres long.

"It's very rare, but every now and then you get a very exuberant young animal," he said.

Mr Lynch said the encounter happened when his tour group spotted the whale and its mother splashing in the distance.

"We headed over that way and they had gone very, very quiet," Mr Lynch said.

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"Both the mum and the calf did a bit of a breath and a head rise, arched their back and lifted their tale."

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