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‘Selling Death’: Only in Australia

[AFP}- From the graveside to the dinner plate, olive oil is being harvested from centuries-old trees at a Australian cemetery in a bid to shake up people’s attitudes towards death and burial sites.

The full-bodied oil from Adelaide city’s West Terrace Cemetery is the latest effort by Australian authorities to attract not just the dead — but also the living — to the historic sites.

By reinventing cemeteries as unexplored, lush, green spaces in the heart of crowded cities, they hope to challenge the taboos surrounding death while breathing new life into the usually somber grounds.

“Trying to sell death is very hard, no-one wants to buy it,” Adelaide Cemeteries Authority chief executive Robert Pitt told AFP as olive trees rustled in the background above ageing headstones.

“However, if we’re selling olive oil or selling an experience… (it’s) where the real value of coming to a cemetery is. And there’s definitely a sense of place here. There’s a sense of reverence and a sense of history.”

This year’s limited-edition bottles of olive oil, released to mark the cemetery’s 180th anniversary, sold out in a flash despite their unusual source.

It shows that cemeteries are moving beyond their main role as sites “for the disposal of the dead”, said historian Cathy Dunn.

Older cemeteries such as West Terrace and Sydney’s Rookwood — the largest in the southern hemisphere — are also becoming tourist hotspots, she added.

Rookwood, a so-called “necropolis” that is the final resting place for more than one million people, has drawn crowds by hosting open days, annual sculpture walks and even bike races.

Its recent open day to commemorate 150 years featured live jazz music, grave-digging demonstrations and face-painting for children.

Rookwood chief executive George Simpson told AFP the industry was tapping into online genealogy to connect with as many people as possible.

In Adelaide, Pitt is considering offering augmented reality at cemeteries to bring grave sites to life with messages from the deceased.

FACING MORTALITY

There’s another pressing need for cemeteries to play a bigger part in people’s lives — death rates in Australia are set to more than double over the next few decades as the population ages.

“More and more people are going to be confronted by their own mortality, if not those of relatives and friends,” said Pitt.

His cemeteries authority has organised “Death Over Dinner” events — where guests share a meal and ask expert speakers about the end of life — to normalize discussions around dying.

“Our experience as cemetery operators and funeral coordinators is very much around that people who pre-plan… and think about their end of life before the time comes have a better outcome for the people left behind,” he added.

Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of cemeteries hosting entertainment. Media reports earlier this year highlighted the complaints of a Melbourne family upset after their grandmother’s funeral was delayed as it clashed with a historic food tour.

But Maree Edwards, who has witnessed the evolution of Rookwood since burying her father there 4 decades ago, is convinced the spruced-up grounds and changing attitudes towards death will open up the hidden world to more people.

“Twenty years ago, there was only a little, tiny tin-shed flower seller here at the entrance. But now, there’s coffee shops,” she said, adding that she hopes her daughter will one day join her for a weekend sojourn at Rookwood.

“You’ve got to come with a different mentality here and think, ‘Wow, this isn’t like a creepy, dead man’s land. It’s nice, it’s a cheery place,’.

“And it’s just a joy to be here, bizarre as it seems.”

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Rare October Spring Snow Falls In Blue Mountains

Below are photos of rare October spring snow in Blue Mountains, New South Wales in Australia.

World Beautiful Hidden Locations

Sandboarding and dune buggy rides attracts backpackers and adrenalin junkies to this striking dessert oasis, 4km west of Ica, in southwestern Peru.

Huachina, Peruvian desert. Sandboarding and dune buggy rides attracts backpackers and adrenalin junkies to this striking dessert oasis, 4km west of Ica, in southwestern Peru.

Fancy something more exotic than sun loungers and sangria?

These breath-taking spots should satisfy your wunderlust – head there while they’re still secret by Alix O’Neill.

Fascinating Photos Of Abandoned Rail Tracks Around The World

Floating forest, Sydney, Australia [paradisepin.com] Abandoned Jetty. [FormattHitech] Abandoned wooden house, Russia.  [Twitter] Abandoned mining track, Taiwan. [imgur] Blue spiral staircase in a European castle. [Matthias Haker] Boathouse, Obersee Lake, Germany. [Passions for Life] Moonhole of Bequia – Exotic Abandoned Home Cut Out Of Island Rock. [Twitter] Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France [Distractify]

Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France

Abandoned railway track in Texas

Abandoned railway track in Texas

Abandoned mining track, Taiwan. [imgur]

Abandoned mining track, Taiwan.
[imgur]

Floating forest, Sydney, Australia [paradisepin.com] Abandoned Jetty. [FormattHitech] Abandoned wooden house, Russia.  [Twitter] Abandoned mining track, Taiwan. [imgur] Blue spiral staircase in a European castle. [Matthias Haker] Boathouse, Obersee Lake, Germany. [Passions for Life] Moonhole of Bequia – Exotic Abandoned Home Cut Out Of Island Rock. [Twitter] Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France [Distractify] Church in St. Etienne, France. [kulfoto.com] Church in the snow, Canada. [videisimo] Church steeple peeking out of a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy. [Twitter] Victorian-style greenhouse, England.  [Twitter] Little Belt Railway, France [Distractify]

Little Belt Railway, France

Helensburgh, NSW, Australia

Helensburgh, NSW, Australia (Photo credit photobotos.com)

Photo: A Live Frog In A Fish’s Throat

Astonishing pic! Fisherman discovers live frog in throat of fish Z-Man Lures Australia’s Facebook page

Astonishing pic! Fisherman discovers live frog in throat of fish
Z-Man Lures Australia’s Facebook page

Angus James could not believe what he was seeing as he opened the mouth of the jungle perch he had just caught. 

Can you guess what he saw?

Astonishing pic! Fisherman discovers live frog in throat of fish Z-Man Lures Australia’s Facebook page

Astonishing pic! Fisherman discovers live frog in throat of fish
Z-Man Lures Australia’s Facebook page

It was a live green tree frog that was looking up at him from deep inside the fish’s throat!

Angus James snapped the above photo moments before the frog jumped out from the fish.

Please read:

So Much To Learn From Two Little Frogs

PM umum pesawat MH370 berakhir di tengah-tengah Lautan Hindi

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengumumkan pesawat Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 berakhir di tengah-tengah Lautan Hindi berhampiran barat Perth, Australia. – UTUSAN ONLINE

In Photos: Australia Bush Fire

200 homes have been damaged or destroyed during a massive bush fire in New South Wales.

The fire started at the Port Stephens area, more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Sydney on October 13th.

A 63-year-old man died of a suspected heart attack on Friday, defending his house from the big fire.

Police said Monday they had arrested two boys, age 11 and 15, over two earlier bush fires.

The 11-year-old has been charged with two counts of intentionally causing fire and being reckless as to its spread, NSW Police Force said.

About 287,000 acres (116,167 hectares) were affected by the fire.

A volunteer fire fighter, Michael Green recorded a video of the fire using his phone.

CNN reported that Forecasts of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds over the next few days in the Blue Mountains region, west of Sydney, have state officials especially concerned.

Power lines were also blamed for the fire as reported by CNN.

Locals feared that three big fires could merge into an inferno in New South Wales where lots of people live.

Here are the photos of the fire…

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Lao Airlines Flight QV301 Crashed, 49 Killed

Lao Airlines plane crashed into the Mekong River in the southern city of Pakse, near the border with Thailand, just before 16:00 (ICT) on Wednesday.

Lao Airlines Flight QV301 crashed in the Mekong River, killing all 49 passengers and crews.

The state-run Lao Airlines said in a statement that the plane took off from the capital Vientiane and “ran into extreme bad weather conditions” as it prepared to land at Pakse Airport.

AP reported that 17 of the victims were from Lao, seven from France, five were from Australia five from Thailand, three from Korea, two from Vietnam and one person each from Canada, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States.

The airline said it had yet to determine reasons for the crash of the ATR-72 aircraft which was virtually new and had just been delivered in March. 

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Beautiful Sights On This Incredible Planet From CNN

A rainbow created by the moon -- definitely worth a look.

A rainbow created by the moon — definitely worth a look.

Our planet Earth is very beautiful.

There are so many beautiful places for us to visit and enjoy their beauty.

But these places will be gone if we do not take care of our planet and if there are wars around the world.

Let us take good care of our planet and please stop the wars.

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Photos: Rare Celestial Dance Of Jupiter, Venus And Mercury

This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).

This conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was shot in Las Vegas with the Stratosphere in the foreground. (Photo by lybrand/ Credit to Yahoo News).

At the end of May 2013,  Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a celestial triangle in the night sky.

The three planets shine together in a triangle formation low in the western sky in a planetary meet-up known as a conjunction.

We can even see them with naked eyes if the sky is clear and the place is not too bright.

This cosmic show is so special spectacular because it includes the three brightest planets visible in the May night sky.

Venus is the brightest of the trio, with Jupiter a close second and Mercury coming in third.

Flickr photographers snapped awesome photos of this very rare and special event.

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