1) Autumn Landscapes
Guardian 24 hours in pic – http://tinyurl.com/2unauhd
Loerinci, Hungary: An aerial view of an autumn landscape
From the Guardian Camera Club, Autumn 6, by Samir Malik http://tinyurl.com/32lg3qm
a) At a Sotheby’s auction London jeweller Laurence Graff paid $46,158,674 for the 24.78-carat “fancy intense pink” diamond, which he immediately named The Graff Pink.
The sale price was almost double the $24.3m paid by the same buyer for the blue 35.56-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond in 2008.
Sotheby’s said the overall value of the jewels sold at the same auction was $105.1m, also a world record for a single sale. The auction included items once belonging to Christina Onassis, the daughter of the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, and Cristina Ford, the second wife of Henry Ford’s grandson Henry Ford II.
“I think this tells you a bit about the health of the market,” Bennett told reporters after the sale.
b) National Public Radio posted a story, from a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that a record number of US households face hunger. From the story by Pam Fessler:
“The number of Americans who struggled to get enough food last year remained at a record high, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
More than 50 million Americans lived in households that had a hard time getting enough to eat at least at some point during 2009. That includes 17 million children, and at least a half-million of those children faced the direst conditions. They had inadequate diets, or even missed meals, because their families didn’t have enough money for food.
“Household food insecurity remains a serious problem across the United States,” says Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon.
He says there’s a reason the hunger numbers hit a record high in 2008 and stayed there in 2009: a struggling economy.
“It is a considerable reflection of what is going on in the economy,” he says. “So jobs, employment, the overall economic health of the country are a major portion of it.”
A pink rock sells for $46 million and a record number of Americans may face hunger. We sure have our priorities right.
Keith Richards – Wicked As It Seems