Gr8at: World Nature Photography Awards 2020

As I often say, nature really is incredible. And a big part of nature is the wonderful wildlife. So please enjoy these winners from 2020. Do you have a favourite? Can you guess the overall winner?

Animals in their habitat category – Thomas Vijayan
Black and white category – Harry Skeggs
People and nature category – Naomi Rose
Animal portraits category – Nick Dale
Behaviour – Amphibians and reptiles category – Vittorio Ricci
Nature art category – Dipanjan Pal
Black and white category – Robert Nowak
Animals in their habitat category – Vladimir Cech

Gr8at: BBC Winterwatch

BBC nature show Winterwatch has encouraged viewers to send in photographs of the winter wildlife. These are the ones I prefer most. Do you have a favourite?

Alister Kemp took this image of a mountain hare in the Scottish Highlands.
Adam Walters photographed this frosty fungi.
Photographer Chris Draper spotted these four wonderful stags
This was taken by Lisa Wood in Nairnshire, Scotland
Raymond Leinster captured this red squirrel in the snow
This striking mage is from Gaz m from Lincolnshire.
DJH Flickr captured said that this little stonechat bird.
Anniison photographed the multicolour winter leaf.

Gr8at: #BeautifulLibraries

I haven’t been doing much reading as I’ve been busy writing. But if I was in one of these liteart sanctuaries, that would definitely change! Here are eight of the world’s most beautiful libraries from all around the world. Do you have a favourite?

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Gr8at: #TheTigerKing

Tiger King

The Tiger King has been the record-breaking documentary of the summer, focusing in the world of big cats conservation and the eccentric characters within it. Pivotal to the Netflix series is the role between Joe Exotic the self-confessed “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet” and Carole Baskin, described by her husband as the “Mother Teresa of cats”. Here are eight quotes that help sum up the madness and mayhem with the seven part series.

You can see how they go from being so sweet to tearing your face off, just like that, and it’s amazing to have that range.” – Carole Baskin

People don’t come to see the tigers; they come to see me.” – Joe Exotic

“I don’t watch news on television, unless there’s a cat involved.” – Carole Baskin

I can assure you’re going to get closer to tigers and lions here than you would anywhere in the world. Matter of fact, you’re gonna get so close I can almost promise you some of you will be urinated on. – Joe Exotic

“This is my little town. I’m the mayor, the prosecutor, the cop, and executioner.” – Joe Exotic

“Ladies and gentlemen, before you hear it on the news, I’m gonna tell you myself. About an hour ago, we had an incident where one of the employees stuck their arm through the cage and a tiger tore her arm off. I can give you your money back, or I can give you a rain check. Why don’t you come back at another day?” – Joe Exotic

“People Every Day Are Like, ‘You Must Have The Most Incredible Life To Live With 187 Big Cats.'” – Joe Exotic

“I really appreciate the fact that none of these people like me.” – Carole Baskin

Gr8at: Funniest #HomerSimpson Scenes

I’m such a big fan of The Simpsons. There can’t be too many who aren’t. It was a big part of my comedic childhood and I’ve mentioned it countless times on my blog, going back to early September 2013 and this wit from Homer. Have eight very funny scenes starring the man himself. Feel free to let me know your favourite or any other memorable jokes from the show.

The scene that has made me laugh most. Poor Homer!

 

I still can’t hear the word incognito without thinking of this happy, and rather luckless, soul.

 

Homer sure does love his confectionary!

 

“You know boy, I don’t think I’ve ever felt as close to you as I do right…”

 

Hilarious even if you haven’t seen Indiana Jones.

 

Two great scenes in one here. And jokes on chocolate always get bonus points.

 

Not the most visual of scenes, but it cracks me up every time.

 

As someone rather useless at DIY, I fully sympathise with Homer’s experiences with ‘Le Grill’.

Gr8at: #TwoSentenceHorror

I saw an article on Two Sentence Horror Stories that shows how a skilled writer can tell a story even in a few words. These are my favourites, but you can find more here nd plenty more under #TwoSentenceHorror Which one chills you most?

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I can see one year into the future.
Today the noise stopped.

While tidying my laboratory, I came across an unfamiliar notebook and opened the first page. 
“Warning: The subject still thinks he is the scientist.”

“I’ve always wondered, what’s the scythe for anyway?” I asked, as Death escorted me.”
“Protection,” he answered nervously.  

I told the genie that for my third and final wish, I wanted my family to be happy.
And I started fading. 

The driver wasn’t very chatty, so I checked my phone. 
“Hey it’s your Uber. I’m outside.” 

During dinner, she told me she knew my deep dark secret.
As she chewed her burger, I knew she was bluffing. 

I decided to kill off a few characters in the book I’m writing.
It would definitely spice up my autobiography a little. 

As I woke up in the middle of the night, I heard Alexa speak.
“OK, the security alarms have been disabled.”

Gr8at: #FunnyJokes

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I went to a faith healing group. It was rubbish! Even the bloke in a wheelchair got up and walked out.

My dad always used to say “The first rule of theatre is to always leave them wanting more.” Great bloke but a terrible anaesthetist.

Bono and the Edge walk into a bar. The barman says “Oh no, not U2 again!”

Last time I went to Blackpool I went on a donkey. It took me six days to get there!

Has anyone seen my Gone in 60 Seconds Blu-ray? It was here a minute ago.

The Disappointment Club is delighted to announce the cancellation of its annual dinner.

I joined a Thesaurus Club last night and they said that the first rule of Thesaurus Club is, you don’t talk about, mention, speak of, discuss, gossip about, chat about, colloquy, parley or deliberate on Thesaurus Club.

A thief has stolen all the motorway signs from Yorkshire. Police are currently looking for Leeds.