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The Aftermath of a Music Festival

1240 The Aftermath of a Music Festival

The morning after the night the Reading Festival concluded, and the festival goers disseminated, photographer David White took off in a helicopter to capture the scene of the campsite. The 90,000 strong crowd that collected at the venue to enjoy the 3-day music festival had left behind a chaos of abandoned tents, beer cans, cigarette butts, half-eaten food, discarded packaging, grubby clothes, sleeping bags and a sea of plastic.

It may look like the aftermath of an apocalyptic event – a campsite tornado, or perhaps the first stages of a landfill site – but this is the scene as the crowds dispersed at Reading festival.

A “Love Your Tent” campaign that the organizers launched imploring people to pack up and remove their camping gear clearly didn’t work.

A huge clear-up operation began within hours of the annual Bank Holiday event closing on Monday. Last year more than 20 tons of re-useable equipment was salvaged, and this year the figure is expected to be even higher. Some will be offered to local charities but damaged or unplaced equipment will be destined for landfill sites. Unopened cans of food, some of which was donated at designated drop-off points around the campsite, will be recovered and distributed. Tractors towing magnets are used to collect metal tent pegs and other potentially dangerous metal objects, and volunteers will work with specialized rubbish-clearance teams eventually to return the field to its original state.

The clean-up operation is expected to take 2 weeks.

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South Korean Live Food Festival

Live octopus is a delicacy in South Korea but is a known choking hazard, since the still-moving suction cups can cause tentacle pieces to stick in a person’s throat. A baby octopus is often consumed whole, while larger varieties are cut up and the still-wriggling tentacles eaten with a splash of sesame oil.

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A South Korean man and a woman eat a live octopus during an event to promote a local food festival in Seoul on September 12, 2013. (Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP Photo)

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Flower Festival in Colombia

1147 Flower Festival in Colombia

A flower grower, known as a silletero, carries a garland as he participates in the annual flower parade in Medellin August 11, 2013. — Photos by JOHN VIZCAINO / REUTERS, Aug. 11, 2013

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Nine-Year-Old Wingwalkers

1146 Nine Year Old Wingwalkers

Nine-year-old cousins Rose Brewer and Flame Brewer wingwalk over Rendcomb airfield in Gloucestershire, to become the world’s youngest formation wingwalkers on August 21, 2013 in Cirencester, England. The two girls who flew on vintage Boeing Stearman biplanes, were inspired to do so by the plight of Eli Crossley who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His parents have set up the Duchenne Children’s Trust to raise money to research a treatment or cure in time to save Eli’s life. — Matt Cardy / Getty Images, Aug. 21, 2013

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ParaFest 2013

ParaFest 2013 is held at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center. It will run from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2013.

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Patty Myer, plays Abra Cadabra at the Hotel of Horror in Saylorsburg. She attends ParaFest 2013 held at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center. It will run from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2013. — DENISE SANCHEZ / THE MORNING CALL, Sep. 6, 2013

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SuperHero Window Cleaning

1139 SuperHero Window Cleaning

Window washers from the American National Skyline company (from left to right in the image below: Jordan Emerson, Steve Oszaniec and Danny Oszaniec) suit up as Marvel Comics superheroes to pleasantly surprise the children (who are patients) and their families inside as the dressed up crew cleans the outside of the windows at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Photo credits: Brandon Dill.

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Meet the Singaporean Barbie Collector Who has Amassed More than 9,000 Dolls

1134 Meet the Singaporean Barbie Collector Who has Amassed More than 9,000 Dolls

Jian Yang, 33, boasts a remarkable toy collection that includes more than 6,000 Barbie dolls and 3,000 other dolls in his tidy rowhouse. ‘When you meet me outside of this, I’m not that kind of guy. I’m not what you expect from a guy that collects dolls,’ he says. (Reuters)

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Street Pole Dances in Poland

Pole dancers in central Poland have been honing their skills out in the streets, throwing their legs around signposts to the surprise and delight of many a passer-by. The aim was to dispel the myth about pole dancing, a discipline often associated with strippers and nightclubs.

“The reactions of the people in the streets were very good, so we thought that this is a way to popularise the sport”, explained 27-year-old instructor Natalia Stanislawska. “Coming out in the street and practicing pole dancing poles on road signs, we want to break these stereotypes. The Pole dance is a real sport and even an art that combines acrobatics, gymnastics, and fitness. It takes a lot of strength and flexibility”.

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Members of the “Avocadoo” club perform a pole dance on a street sign pole in Lodz, central Poland on June 27, 2013. Talk about a traffic stopper: three pole dancers in central Poland have been honing their skills out in the streets, throwing their legs around signposts to the surprise and delight of many a passerby. (Photos by Janek Skarzynski/AFP Photo)

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The Colour Run in Sydney

186 The Colour Run in Sydney

A woman dances after finishing the Colour Run at Centennial Park in Sydney August 25, 2013. According to organizers, 15,000 runners registered to complete the 5km (3 miles) course in Centennial Park on Sunday, being covered in blue, pink, orange and yellow powder on their way to finish line. (Photos by Daniel Munoz/Reuters)

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Festival for the Dead

The Quarup or Kuarup is the principal funeral ritual of the Indians of the Xingu. It is a gathering of all neighbouring tribes to celebrate life, death, and rebirth. One of its central events is the presentation of all young girls who have experienced menarche since the last quarup and whose time has come to choose a partner, they tint their bodies and wear many ornaments and dance. It is a festival for the dead

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A Waura Indian man paints his face to participate in this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. This year the Waura tribe honoured their late cacique (chief), Atamai, who died in 2012, for his work creating the Xingu Park and his important contribution in facilitating communication between white Brazilians and Indians. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

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Qixi – Chinese Valentine’s Day

139 Qixi   Chinese Valentines Day

Women in wedding gowns participate in a brides’ race organized by a shopping mall to celebrate the upcoming Qixi Festival in Guangzhou, China, on August 12, 2013. The Qixi Festival, also known as the Double Seven Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day. The festival falls on August 13 this year. (Reuters)

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Masked Hero Hauls Bags, Babies Up and Down Tokyo Subway Stairs

In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers.

“Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out,” said Mr Tadahiro Kanemasu.

The slender 27-year-old has spent three months being a good Samaritan at the station on Tokyo’s western side. Like many in the city, it has neither elevators nor escalators and a long flight of dimly lit stairs.

138 Masked Hero Hauls Bags, Babies Up and Down Tokyo Subway Stairs
Tadahiro Kanemasu, known as the Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger, looks for people to help at the station in Tokyo on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers. (REUTERS)

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A Nice Day for a Wet Wedding

130 A Nice Day for a Wet Wedding

Newly weds Cam Auge and Caylee Wasilenko share a kiss as they waterski in Bedwell Bay in North Vancouver, British Columbia, after exchanging vows on the dock at the Vancouver Waterski Club, on August 28, 2013. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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The World’s Largest Hot Sauce Collection

129 The Worlds Largest Hot Sauce Collection

Vic Clinco owns what is thought to be the world’s largest hot sauce collection. His amazing 6,000 bottles collection from around the world includes a rare bottle of “Blair’s 16 Million Reserve”, the hottest sauce on the planet. The condiments line shelves, from floor to ceiling, in the dining room of his home in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as being crammed into cupboards and the fridge.

He has been collecting the jars for the past 17 years and is widely thought to hold the world record for a private collection. Mr Clinco, who works as a staff cook at the Four Seasons hotel, said his most expensive bottle is worth about $900 – a one of a kind – and the most he has ever paid for a bottle is $400. (Photos by Barcroft Media)

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Burning Man 2013

115 Burning Man 2013
Sam Ray visits the “Baby Head” art piece at Burning Man in Gerlach, Nevada. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal)

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