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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:16 am 
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Rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci painting expected to fetch $100M

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"Salvator Mundi" ("Savior of the World") is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by da Vinci. Credit: CHRISTIE'S

A painting once bought for $60 is about to go under the hammer, billed as "the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century."

Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" was unveiled at Christie's New York Auction house on Tuesday, and is expected to fetch about $100 million when it goes on sale in November.

"The 'Salvator Mundi' is the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings," said Alan Wintermute, Christie's Senior Specialist of Old Master Paintings. "Long known to have existed, and long sought after, it seemed just a tantalizingly, unobtainable dream until now."

Da Vinci painted the image of Jesus Christ at about the same time as the "Mona Lisa" -- around 1500. It adorned the walls of royal palaces before disappearing towards the end of the 18th century. By the time the painting resurfaced in 1900, its origins had been forgotten.

The masterpiece sold at a Christie's auction for $60 in 1958, before finally being identified as da Vinci's work in 2011.

"Salvator Mundi" ("Savior of the World") is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by da Vinci, and the only one in private hands.

"'Salvator Mundi' is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time. The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honor that comes around once in a lifetime," said Loic Gouzer the Chairman of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie's in New York.

"No one will ever be able to fully grasp the wonder of Leonardo's paintings, just as no one will ever be able to fully know the origins of the universe."

"Salvator Mundi" will travel to exhibitions in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and New York before going up for auction on November 15.


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Asteroid the size of a HOUSE narrowly misses ring of communications satellites in close flyby of Earth

"The asteroid passed at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles - a little over one-tenth the distance to the Moon. It made its closest approach to Earth over Antarctica at 06:42 BST this morning,"

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'Take a knee' comes to Germany through Hertha solidarity

Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday.

"We wanted to make a stand against racism," Hertha captain Per Skjelbred said after their 2-0 loss to Schalke.

Hertha's starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while Pal Dardai's coaching staff, general manager Michael Preetz, club officials and substitutes took a knee off it before kickoff.

"Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!" the club said on Twitter.

"Hertha Berlin stands for diversity and against violence. For this reason we are joining the protest of American athletes and setting a sign against discrimination," the stadium announcer told more than 50,000 fans attending the game at Berlin's Olympiastadion, originally built for the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been protesting police treatment of blacks and social injustice in the U.S. by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games.

Last year, then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement, which has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.

"We're no longer living in the 18th century but in the 21st century.(EDIT-That's one way of avoiding mentioning the atrocities of the 20th century carried out by Germany; by giving a date two centuries earlier) :wink: There are some people, however, who are not that far ideologically yet," Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp said. "If we can give some lessons there with that, then that's good."

Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou said the whole team was unanimous in its support for the action.

"We stand against racists and that's our way of sharing that. We are always going to fight against this kind of behavior, as a team and as a city," said Kalou, who acknowledged the action was inspired by the American athletes' protest against discrimination.

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National potato shortage to impact chip supplies
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A potato shortage is rippling through the nation, putting pressure on chip supplies in some supermarkets

The chips may be down for potato lovers as the country deals with an apparent nationwide shortage of the popular tuber.

A notice has appeared in some Pak'n'Save supermarkets warning customers the store "will be having trouble stocking potato chips" due to a nationwide potato shortage.

The notice said the shortage was likely to last until the new year.

Double Denim marketing co-founder Angela Meyer was "shocked' when she saw the notice in Pak'nSave in Gisborne while on a bevvy and chips run.

She said the shortage could lead to a lot of very disappointed people over the Christmas and New Year period, but there were plenty of chips on the shelves at the moment.

"There did seem to be quite a lot; it was very helpful that they had put the reduced cream there as well, so you could do a quick chip and dip mission."

Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Chris Claridge said there was a shortage of crisping potatoes.

"Potato crisps use a particular cultivar of potatoes and they predominantly are grown in the Horowhenua, Matamata and Pukekohe areas.

"About 15 per cent of the total crop goes into crisping and we've got some shortfalls until the new season crisping potatoes become available to the processors – they should start to get supply around about January [or] February," Claridge said.

Potatoes were grown from Northland to Bluff to ensure year-round supply.

"We're about 20 per cent behind on planting across the country because of the wet weather," Claridge said.

Potatoes New Zealand was exploring ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

"You can do that in a number of ways, which is the breeding of the potatoes, the way the potatoes are planted and stored and you have to just be a little bit more careful about the whole thing," Claridge said.

Some brands had "reasonable supply", while others were "struggling", he said.

The availability of potato chips in the lead up to Christmas was dependant on "the rate at which people eat them".

"There may be intermittent shortages as the processors align their supply chains," Claridge said.

Table potatoes were also in short supply.

"There's a difference in the three different crops – processing potatoes for chips, processing potatoes for crisps and then what we call table potatoes," Claridge said.

Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association president Brent Wilcox said the wet winter had a double-barrelled effect on growers.

"It's been a long wet winter, so it has certainly taken its toll on the crops that have been in the ground but planting the new season's crops has also been held up because it has been so wet.

"I suggest that is going to mean the supply position is going to be quite lean for a few months yet."

Wilcox estimated the loss to growers over the last six months to be in the millions of dollars.

The weather had also taken its toll on growers' morale, he said.

"It puts the stress on financially but also just trying to get things done has been almost impossible.

"There hasn't been a lot of dry breaks where people can actually catch-up. It has been quite demoralising in a lot of ways when you just can't get out and do things, and when you do them, it's not to the standard to get a good job done."

The country suffered a similar shortage in 2014, which was blamed on bad weather affecting crops.

Chips are a popular snack for kiwis, with Potatoes New Zealand reporting New Zealanders spent $157 million on potato chips in 2015 – over $30 per person.

When coupled with the $16m in exports, potato chips made one-fifth of the revenue for New Zealand's potato industry, worth $814m.

- Sunday Star Times

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Bertrand Cantat(Noir Désir) on the cover the French rock magazine Les Inrocks. Cantat was charged with battery (not manslaughter, as the charge did not exist in lithuanien law), in the death of actress Marie Trintignant (daughter for Jean Louis) in 2003. He was sentenced to 8 years, but purged only 4 for good behavior. Trintignant died of massive head injuries inflicted by Cantat in a drug induced frenzy.

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Yuck, I wish people wouldn't try and promote people like that...

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Larry Flynt offers $10M for info leading to Trump’s impeachment

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/larry-flynt-offers-dollar10m-for-info-leading-to-trump%E2%80%99s-impeachment/ar-AAtxZ9c

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Not quite a hard hat moment but it was a short sharp shake!

Magnitude 3.8 earthquake near Lower Hutt sends jolt through Wellington
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Last updated 18:20, October 17 2017

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The quake struck at 5.17pm at a depth of 18km, according to Geonet.

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake, 15 kilometres southeast of Lower Hutt, rattled Wellington buildings.

The quake struck at 5.17pm at a depth of 18km, according to Geonet.

Fire and police services said there had been no recorded damages or injuries following the quake.

Many took to Twitter to share their experience.

Just experienced my first earthquake in Wellington, lovely stuff.
— Kevin Rankin (@kevdee4) October 17, 2017

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I don't understand it but apparently some people want to turn this into a competition.
I don't see why anybody connected with the current Administration would want to do that.
Seems counterproductive to me ... but they keep talking about such good deal makers they are and they keepmessing that up too...
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and thank you Gray_Ghost for keeping us informed!
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Xray Scan reveals true image behind painting

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Xray Scan reveals true image behind painting

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No link, it's missing.... :mrgreen:


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Plook wrote:
Eddie RUKidding wrote:
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No link, it's missing.... :mrgreen:


I have my own Xray scanner- don't you have one? :smoke:


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Eddie RUKidding wrote:
Plook wrote:
Eddie RUKidding wrote:
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No link, it's missing.... :mrgreen:


I have my own Xray scanner- don't you have one? :smoke:



No but I have an awesome Crapdetector...and it's getting a reading right now... :mrgreen: :wink: :smoke:


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Cause of dyslexia found?
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Breaking News - Last Holden (GM) to be made today in Australia

Has gone the way of Pontiac and Olds, sad day............... at least the last one was a v8

http://www.smh.com.au/national/holden-unveils-last-australianmade-commodore-20150913-gjldp9.html

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Breaking News - Last Holden (GM) to be made today in Australia

Has gone the way of Pontiac and Olds, sad day............... at least the last one was a v8

http://www.smh.com.au/national/holden-unveils-last-australianmade-commodore-20150913-gjldp9.html

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F@#*en :( Day

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Gray_Ghost wrote:
Eddie RUKidding wrote:
Breaking News - Last Holden (GM) to be made today in Australia

Has gone the way of Pontiac and Olds, sad day............... at least the last one was a v8

http://www.smh.com.au/national/holden-unveils-last-australianmade-commodore-20150913-gjldp9.html

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F@#*en :( Day


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In local news

You might remember:

The NZ Election was held back on September 23rd.....The media have been in a frenzy since the 24th predicting the outcome based on the provisional results, despite around 15% of the total votes yet to be counted. Saturday October the 7th the special votes have finally been counted and the results are in.....

National Party - 44.4% - 56 seats

Labour Party - 36.9% - 46 seats

New Zealand First Party - 7.2% - 9 seats

Green Party - 6.3% - 8 seats

ACT New Zealand - 0.5% - 1 seat


National lost two seats from the provisional results, Labour gained one and the Greens picked up the other.

To out gun the fat cat National party Labour will need to form a coalition with both NZ First and the Greens, the Greens have already indicated they will go with Labour.

Winston (king/queen maker) Peters the leader of NZ First is holding meetings today with both National and Labour before he decides the government of NZ for the next three years.

Today the people of NZ are waiting, the media are fizzing and Winston is smiling from ear to ear. Which party will give Winston what he wants to give them the majority :?

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On Thursday at around 6:00pm(New Zealand time) after an amazing bit of theatre that had the media running too and fro, Winston Peters announced NZ First is going to form a coalition government with the NZ Labour Party and the NZ Green party.

The National party (fat cats) are out and The Labour party & friends are in.

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Also noticed the Kiwi dollar has gone south, much further south than it usually is - are you guys migrating :mrgreen:


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Eddie RUKidding wrote:
Also noticed the Kiwi dollar has gone south, much further south than it usually is - are you guys migrating :mrgreen:


The currency doesn't like Winston, the moment he announced his allegiance our dollar took a dive, expedientially increasing the cost of my current Zappa purchases in the works :shock:

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Dr Winston O'Boogey he aint :mrgreen:


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Or no Winston the Cat... :mrgreen:

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Looks like breaking news in the Nijvel gang, aka Brabant killers.

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