1) Pictures

a. Man places candles in an Orthodox cathedral in Russia, mourning the 35 killed at the Domodedovo Airport blast.

b. Hong Kong, China: Children take part in an early Chinese New Year performance at a shopping mall marking the coming Year of the Rabbit (Guardian)

c. Malmö, Sweden: A man walks past a giant lamp placed on Lilla Torg square (Guardian)

d. From Guardian slide show – Climate change in Tanzania: a search for water takes its toll:

The women walk to caves each day to fetch water. Carrying buckets, they descend 30m on precarious homemade bamboo ladders

2) “Cead Mile Falite” to my Scots friends as you celebrate Burns Nicht. On January 25th Scots around the world celebrate of the life and poetry of Roberts Burns, (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the National Poet of Scotland, with readings of his poetry at a traditonal supper.

“Address tae the haggis”

3) January 26th is Australian Day. It comemorates the arrival of the British “First Fleet” at Sydney Cove in 1788. The date is controversial to some Australians, particularly those of Indigenous heritage, who have had little to celebrate since its arrival.

“I am Australian” by The Seekers

What song(s) do you think best represent your home country?