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Cristianao Ronaldo helped unveil the statue as the airport for the Portuguese island of Maderia was renamed ‘Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo’ after the Portuguese island’s most famous son. The bronze bust spawned a host of memes as observers compared the likeness to a number of obscure personalities including Niall Quinn, Paul Konchesky and the talking head from the British TV programme, Art Attack.

Cristiano Ronaldo bust sculptor defends his bizarre design – ‘Even Jesus did not please everyone’ Telegraph)

(H/T: john Gallen)

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In the summer of 1952, sixty-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien encountered a tape recorder for the first time [and]…So enchanted was Tolkien with this novel technology that he proceeded to record himself reading much of his work over the years to come.

MORE: J.R.R. Tolkien Reads from The Lord of the Rings and Sings “Sam’s Rhyme of the Troll” in a Rare Recording (Brain Pickings)

(Image: The One Ring)


Details of the Ornate Greenhouses at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin


Inside the Ornate Greenhouses with lots of plants at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Inside the Ornate Greenhouses with lots of plants at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Like a little Kew and not too far from de Azoo. To wit:

Located just 3 km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and what’s great is that entry is completely free. The gardens are a scientific institution, the grounds also features the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron ornate glasshouses. 

PHOTO ESSAY: Exploring the Botanic Gardens (The Streets Of Dublin)