June 6th, 2007

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Sunset for Zlataira

There have been some cracking sunsets in my neck of the woods lately. At this time of year it seems to be either a gorgeous sunset or a completely cloudy sky with hardly anything else in between. I'm very lucky that I can walk out of my door, across a field, along a short footpath with bunnies scurrying back into their holes as I approach and find myself on the highest point around. From there I can see across the moors and lowlands to where the sun goes down, with an uninterrupted view. These days sunset is around a quarter past nine in the evening (usually well past my bedtime!) but it is a peaceful time of day and great to still be out and about. 

These photos were taken one day towards the end of last week. I decided to be a bit more adventurous and tried to get some 'drama' into my shots by using the trees and things around me.

I am dedicating these photos to my LJ friendzlatairaIt's her birthday today and I want to wish her well. Ira, I hope you are okay because I haven't heard from you for a long time. :))

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Well, I thought it was funny... Number 64285

Dwarf mechanic mistaken for 'abducted' boy

German police staged a major operation to find a kidnapped child after a woman spotted a "young boy" being locked into a car boot.

The panicked woman alerted authorities as the car drove off, and police set up road blocks and dispatched patrol cars to intercept the vehicle.

But when the car was finally sighted and stopped, police found the "boy" was actually dwarf car mechanic Klaus "Shorty" Mueller, 27.

He had climbed in the boot and asked to be driven around so he could see where a strange rattling noise had been coming from.

Police in the northern city of Bremen confirmed a woman had called after she looked out her apartment window and saw a child in the boot - just before the driver slammed it shut and drove off.

The spokesman added: "A major investigation and manhunt was immediately launched and the car and its driver were apprehended. It seems the driver had been worried by inexplicable rattling noises in or near his boot. He called a mechanic, who was very small, and who climbed in the boot to get to the bottom of the problem."

Police said the mini mechanic had often used the same method to solve the problem and had found it the best way to detect the source of strange noises.