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20 million Australian dollar diamond mystery in WW2

A king’s ransom of diamonds Missing In Action

More light has been shed on a story from the Kimberley that involves a plane crash, a beachcomber’s luck, and a cache of diamonds worth more than 20 million dollars.

In March 1942, a Japanese air raid on Broome killed hundreds of Dutch refugees who had escaped the invasion of Java.

A Douglas DC 3 Dakota was also shot down to the north of the pearling town.

The pilot, Captain Ivan Smirnoff had been entrusted by a Java based Dutch jeweller with a valuable package which he had to deliver to an Australian bank. Captain Smirnoff survived the attack and subsequent crash of his DC3 on an isolated beach near Beagle Bay. Other passengers weren’t so lucky, dying of their injuries or of thirst.

As for the valuable package, it was lost in the wreckage and it contained about six thousand diamonds, worth more than 20 million dollars in today’s money.

Enter a beachcomber, Jack Palmer. Jack found the wallet of diamonds and shared them out with friends – but not all that were reputed to be in the jeweller’s package.

Perth based journalist Juliet Wills became fascinated by this tale of lost treasure while researching the archives in the Battye Library [and] she’s written a book called The Diamond Dakota Mystery.

While some of the diamonds were recovered, Juliet wonders if there might be more than grains of sand sparkling along the region’s beaches!


More, including a six minute RAM audio clip at this link.  ABC Kimberley WA

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Zero to sixty in 2.5 seconds


The Tomahawk is a Viper V-10 based motorcycle, a 500 horsepower engine with four wheels beneath it. The engine breathes through twin throttle bodies mounted right up front.

The Dodge Tomahawk can reach 60 miles an hour in about 2.5 seconds, and has a theoretical top speed of nearly 400 mph.

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Who you calling a duck?


Sammy doesn’t swim. He’s not a flier. He doesn’t even really quack. The most ducklike thing about Sammy is his waddle. It’s a whole body effort. He thrusts his long neck up and forward, using the momentum to scoot his webbed feet through the halls of Cypress Palms and into the activity room forducksammy3.jpg bingo.

When Sammy waddles in, the white-haired competitors look away from their bingo boards and greet the 8-pound visitor.

“Isn’t he something?” says Ruth Brown, a resident at the assisted living facility. She reaches out to stroke his blue-gray feathers.


There’s lots more at the link and it’s worth a read.

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One Million Pennies


One Million Pennies
This clear lucite case about the size of a refrigerator holds one million pennies and is currently stored at the Jewish Community Center as part of a Holocaust memorial project.

There’s  more at the link 

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Academy Award stuff for sure!

Police in Colorado [in June] reportedly mistook actors making a crime movie for the real thing and arrested them. Deputies handcuffed crew members and pointed a rifle at actor Chris Borden, says the Rocky Mountain News.

Borden, 25, one of the stars of low budget thriller Different Kinds, said: “It took a little while for me to realise I could’ve died for my art.”

Larimer County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call from a park ranger reporting a hostage situation. In the scene being filmed, Borden pistol-whipped a man who was trying to rescue a woman Borden had kidnapped.

“They told me I looked like I didn’t care if I got shot because I had a criminal demeanour,” Borden said.

Borden claims deputies told him the only reason they didn’t shoot him was because they saw a cameraman. Borden and director Eileen Agosta now both face disorderly conduct charges and are due in court in August.

“We’re considering having the whole cast show up to say: “Hey, we were filming a movie”,” Borden said.

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Note to ne’er-do-wells: Not in a police parking lot, Idiot!

Yahoo! News
Sometimes when nature calls, there’s no time to delay, but a Kentucky man sure picked the wrong spot for a pit stop.

Michael Ray Hunter, 37, found out Wednesday night that the parking lot of the West Virginia State Police headquarters in South Charleston isn’t the right spot.

Trooper J.S. Crane just happened to be walking nearby as Hunter was relieving himself. As Crane approached, he smelled alcohol. That discovery led Crane to the truck where Hunter’s friend, James Alan Richardson, 40, was checking phone messages.

During a search of the pickup, Crane and another trooper found a marijuana pipe and pills for which Richardson had no prescription.

Both men were arrested for public intoxication. Hunter also is charged with indecent exposure and Richardson is charged with possessing controlled substances.

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British retiree becomes surprise YouTube star

YouTube, the popular online home video site, has an unexpected star — a septuagenarian British widower — whose soft-spoken, humble manner has won the hearts of users of the youth dominated Web site.

Peter posted his first video on YouTube about a week ago, under the user name geriatric1927 which refers to the year of his birth. He called it “first try.” In the clip, which starts with “geriatric gripes and grumbles” and some blues music, Peter tells how he became addicted to YouTube.

“Its a fascinating place to go to see all the wonderful videos that you young people have produced so I thought I would have a go at doing one myself,” he says, sitting against a backdrop of floral wallpaper and family photographs. “What I hope I will be able to do is to just to bitch and grumble about life in general from the perspective of an old person who has been there and done that and hopefully you will respond in some way by your comments.”

Lots more at Reuters via Yahoo News

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