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This imposing, three-storey building situated off the south side of Canute Road opposite Queen’s Park was built in c.1902 as the main post office and telegraph office for Southampton docks. It was opened c.1905. Mail was sorted here before being loaded on to the great passenger liners. All mail going out on ships from Southampton went through here, including 1,300 bags on board RMS Titanic. Five mail workers lost their lives trying to save sacks of mail when the Titanic sank in 1912. The building, which is now Grade II listed, was converted into apartments in the early 21st century.
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The Tent House (Mornington, North West Queensland)
The Tent House in Mount Isa (built by 1937) is the last surviving tent house constructed in the town to accommodate mining workers.
Traditionally the land of the Kalkadoon people, the remote area of Mount Isa attracted prospectors from the 1870s and sparse settlement by graziers in the 1880s. In 1923, prospector John Campbell Miles discovered rich lead, copper, silver, and zinc ore deposits and, along with four farmers, he staked out the first mining claims in the area. By the end of 1923, 118 leases had been pegged on the Mount Isa field. By 1925, mining company Mount Isa Mines had purchased the leases of virtually the entire area and intense mining progressed rapidly.
As well as more permanent and substantial accommodation, temporary structures were constructed in Mount Isa to house workers from the 1920s to the 1950s. In 1924 the population of Mount Isa was estimated at 300 people, most living in temporary dwellings of iron, canvas, and timber. The population grew rapidly from 1926 to 1930, causing an acute housing shortage. In 1929, there were hundreds of tents, housing railway and construction workers, sprawled between the town and the mine. Other huts had walls made from beaten-out chemical drums from the mill, antbed floors, and corrugated iron roofs.
In June 1927 the Russo-Asiatic Consolidated Company, chaired by Leslie Urquhart, took control of Mount Isa Mines and the development of the town. The scale of mining was increased and the town grew, built by the company on its leases for its own employees. It was a planned and self-contained town which was approached through a valley guarded by a gatekeeper. The development of a company town in this way sprang from Urquhart's experience in Russia, realising that in a region with a harsh climate and a reputation for industrial unrest, employee welfare was an essential investment.
Mount Isa was an early mining company town that provided extensive accommodation for employees. This was regarded as an 'interesting experiment' in 1929. By mid-1929, 50 cottages for workmen and seven staff houses had been constructed, along with reticulated water supply and septic tank installation. A self-contained staff house with 21 bedrooms, a reading room, and dining room, had also been constructed. Five dormitories for single men, each accommodating 40 employees, and a mess hall to serve them were in the course of erection, but owing to the rapid increase of work at the mines, temporary accommodation capable of housing 400 men was erected. This included tent houses.
Tent structures have been used as a building form since the earliest European settlement of Australia. The application of this form of construction extended to houses, police stations, hospitals, and asylums. Tent houses were commonly used as rudimentary, portable or temporary accommodation throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially on mining and construction sites. Canvas was a common building material, its popularity largely derived from its portability and low cost. The term 'tent house' was applied to the housing form comprising a canvas tent structure with increased stability and permanence due to improvements to the frame and additional materials used to shelter the tent. Tent houses could be newly-built or created by making improvements to an existing tent.
During the Great Depression when there was difficulty financing housing developments, the 1934 Mount Isa Mines Directors' Report commented:
'A portion of the community consists of 60 tents erected in 1930. These were in a bad state of repair, and after representations by the employees in this section, the company agreed to furnish the material for converting these temporary dwellings into tent houses. The employees, co-operating among themselves, furnished the labour.'
Photographs of Mount Isa taken in 1935 show an ordered grid of at least 50 standardised tent houses, emphasising Mount Isa Mines' organised approach to the town's development. These tent houses comprised a long narrow building with canvas walls and roof sheltered by a separate light-weight, timber-framed structure with a corrugated iron-clad roof. The air space between the canvas roof and the iron roof assisted in keeping the tent's interior cool, as well as providing additional weather protection. Board or ripple iron cladding at the bottom of the walls provided further protection and dust control.
The construction date and builder of the Mount Isa Tent House is unknown, but it was located at 16 Fourth Avenue by 1937. At this time the house was registered by its owner, Alfred Mills, who was a miner and employee of Mount Isa Mines from 1930 to 1953. In a statutory declaration in 1937 it was described as a 'three-roomed house, walls of galvanised iron and drum roof; roof of galvanised iron, partitions of iron and wood; floor of boards and earth'. There was also a lavatory and a shed. Sold by Mills in 1940, the Tent House was then occupied by a succession of owners.
Another labour boom at the end of the 1940s led to further tent accommodation being constructed by Mount Isa Mines. After World War II the population of Mount Isa grew steadily. By the 1960s, tent houses were no longer constructed as worker accommodation. By the early 1960s they were progressively demolished or removed to make way for expanding mine operations.
The Tent House in Mount Isa was purchased in 1978 by the National Trust of Queensland, which retained it in situ. It opened to the public in 1983 as a tourist attraction museum piece. In 1991 the only other surviving tent house in Mount Isa was demolished.
The Tent House closed to tourists in 2011 and in March 2013 the National Trust gifted it to the Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum Inc. The house was moved approximately 750m east to Joan Street, adjacent to the former Underground Hospital. In its new location, the Tent House was repaired and its contents (furniture and other household items) were reinstated. In 2014 the Tent House resumed operation as a museum tourist attraction.
Source: Queensland Heritage Register.
I’ve just been sentenced to 40 years in prison, and I’d give anything to be in the position of the woman next to me.
In fact, we went to high school together. I was one of the most popular girls in our grade, and I bullied her relentlessly for her appearance. Look how things have changed in five years since graduation. She grew up to be beautiful and successful. Meanwhile, I took someone’s life through a poor decision. Now I’m dressed in an ugly orange uniform, and she’s the one dragging me away by my chains.
No amount of crying can change this now. I’m an inmate in her custody, which in effect means she owns me, at least until I’m shipped off to state prison. She controls every move I make, a constant reminder of how I could have made better choices.
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Five Pagoda Tower in Mt. Haguro
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Stripes on stripes
When I was a free woman, my wardrobe had tons of styles to choose from. It was almost overwhelming. Now that I am property of the state, my choices have been narrowed down to one style: horizontal black-and-white stripes from my shirt down to my shoes.
I actually like this look a lot. It helps me stand out in a crowd more than any outfit in my closet, and my footwear and jewelry is all limited edition. The best part is, this look never goes out of style, which is lucky because I’ll be wearing it for the next five years.
Want to get this look? Just commit a crime, then head on down and hang out with me at the local correctional facility!
Corsica / Corse - Filitosa
Korsika - Filitosa
Filitosa is a megalithic site in southern Corsica, France. The period of occupation spans from the end of the Neolithic era and the beginning of the Bronze Age, until around the Roman times in Corsica.
The site lies on road D57, a few hundred metres from the hamlet of Filitosa, 5 km west of Sollacaro, in the canton of Petreto-Bicchisano, arrondissement of Sartène, north of Propriano in the Corse-du-Sud département. It is located on a hill, overlooking the Taravo valley.
The site was discovered in 1946 by the owner of the land, Charles-Antoine Cesari, and brought to the attention of archeologists by the British writer, Dorothy Carrington (see her masterpiece, Granite Island: Portrait of Corsica,). Systematic excavations started in 1954 by Roger Grosjean. Finds of arrow heads and pottery date earliest inhabitation to 3300 BC. Around 1500 BC, 2-3 metre menhirs were erected. They have been carved with representations of human faces, armour and weapons. Roger Grosjean thought the menhirs may have been erected to ward off an invasion of a group of people called the Torréens (Torreans). However this was unsuccessful: the menhirs were cast down, broken up and reused in some cases as building material by the Torréens. The Torréens built circular stone structures on the site, known as torri (or torre), which may have been used as temples. The torri are remarkably well preserved. This theory had been disputed by later works of F. De Lanfranchi, M.C. Weiss and Gabriel Camps.
In total, about twenty menhirs of various times were counted in Filitosa. They constitute approximately half of the total staff of these monuments in Corsica.
The site of Filitosa is approached down a track through an ancient olive grove. The first monument to be seen is a rock overhang and surrounding wall. Then the visitor comes upon the central monument. Various hut platforms are all around, and the track leads a further 50m to the Western Monument or torri. From there, one can enjoy a view down the hill to a stone alignment of five megaliths, set around the base of a 2000-year-old olive tree. Behind the olive tree is the quarry from which the megaliths were extracted.
Filitosa est un site préhistorique situé en Corse. Il fut occupé depuis le néolithique jusqu'à l'Antiquité par les premiers Corses. Il est principalement représentatif de l'âge du bronze de l'île-de-beauté. Ce site est reconnu dans toute la Corse ainsi qu'au niveau international pour sa spectaculaire concentration en statues de granit, menhirs et de faunes constituant une grande richesse culturelle à valeur historique .
En 2017, l'olivier millénaire présent sur le site (1 200 ans aujourd'hui), est entouré des 5 statues de granit (les menhirs) et a été classé Arbre Remarquable de France.
De plus, le site préhistorique de Filitosa a été classé Monument Historique par les arrêtés du 4 décembre 1967 et du 10 décembre 1980.
Le site de Filitosa se situe dans la vallée du Taravo en Corse du Sud, sur la route D57. Ce site est implanté à l'ouest du village de Sollacaro, au nord de Propriano.
C'est en 1946, en Corse du Sud que le site préhistorique de Filitosa est découvert. Charles-Antoine Cesari le découvre enseveli sous le maquis sur le terrain de sa propriété personnelle. Les fouilles débutent en 1954 sous la direction de Roger Grosjean. Les menhirs, taillés dans le granit , et les poteries trouvés sur place datent d'environ 33 siècles av notre ère. Les menhirs (mesurant deux ou trois mètres de haut) ont été érigés vers les années 1490 av. notre ère.
Le site se fait connaître dans les années 1980-90 et de plus en plus de personnalités s'y intéressent. Filitosa est alors un sujet relayé dans la presse ou dans des émissions télévisées.
Avec la hausse de la fréquentation touristique en Corse et pour protéger le site, des aménagements sont faits chaque année afin de donner aux visiteurs de bonnes conditions de visites. Des balises sont installées, un système de lumière est mis en place, un dallage en granit a été installé dans l’allée centrale, des bornes avec plusieurs langages jalonnent le parcours pour permettre un accès complet aux informations.
Les vestiges découverts sur le site ont été mis en valeur par l'archéologue Roger Grosjean permettant de donner aux visiteurs une projection de la préhistoire ainsi qu'une excursion sur leur lieu de vie. Les visiteurs marchent dans les pas de ces indigènes ayant existé il y a de nombreuses années afin de découvrir leurs modes de vie. Certains viennent pour connaitre davantage l'histoire de la Corse, d'autres pour se ressourcer ou méditer. La variété des éléments préhistoriques sur le site est impressionnante. En effet, on y trouve trois monuments torréens, seize statues-menhirs sculptées, un village constitué de cabanes ainsi que différents objets vestiges issus de fouilles comme des fragments d'armes ou de céramiques. Un numéro a été attribué à chacune des statues-menhirs retrouvées afin de les répertorier. Filitosa V est la plus grande et celle qui montre l'équipement le plus important et le plus précisément sculpté (armes : longue épée et poignard).
L'entrée du site est payante et permet d'accéder à différentes zones :
Filitosa V dont les "attributs" sculptés sont les plus présents au moment du zénith grâce aux ombres projetées. Elle est La seule statue menhir de Corse comportant à la fois une épée et un poignard,
L'entrée du village par l'éperon barré par des roches en granit formant une enceinte cyclopéenne,
un oppidum comportant des vestiges de village abris sous roche monuments Torréen cultuel et de stockage ainsi que de nombreuses statues menhirs,
alignement de 5 statues menhirs en arc situé en contrebas de l'éperon rocheux entourant l'olivier millénaire classé arbre remarquable de France,
La carrière où était prélevé le granit nécessaire à la construction des maisons, façonnage des menhirs et autres monuments Torréen.
Jusqu'au bout de l'oppidum, des bornes audio diffusent à la demande par pression sur un bouton un commentaire en quatre langues au choix : français, anglais, allemand, italien.
L'accès du site :
depuis Ajaccio le trajet est d'une durée d'1h09 (en voiture) en passant par Bocca Di Gradello, Tassinca et Favello (D503 puis T40 puisD302 puis D57)
depuis Propriano le trajet est d'une durée de 29 min (en voiture) en passant par Olmeto Plage (T402 puis D157 puis D57)
Filitosa ist ein kleines Dorf im Gemeindegebiet von Sollacaro auf der französischen Mittelmeerinsel Korsika. Die Ortschaft liegt etwa 20 km nördlich des Küstenortes Propriano im Taravo-Tal und ist einer der Schlüsselorte der korsischen Vorgeschichte.
Die Gegend wird nachweisbar seit etwa 8.000 Jahren bewohnt. Man fand Spuren ab der Jungsteinzeit (ab 6.000 v. Chr.), besonders aber aus der Megalithkultur (3.500 – 1.600 v. Chr.), und aus der torreanischen (1.600 – 800 v. Chr.) Die Funde werden in einem kleinen Museum bei der Anlage ausgestellt.
Nirgendwo sonst auf Korsika findet man am selben Ort die Statuenmenhire der Megalither und die Torren der Torreaner. Aus der Tatsache, dass die Statuenmenhire oft zerschlagen sind und in den Bauten der Torreaner als Baumaterial verwendet wurden, schloss der Archäologe Roger Grosjean, dass die Kulturen einander feindlich gesinnt waren und die Torreaner die Oberhand gewannen. Dennoch blieben 60 korsische Statuenmenhire erhalten – die meisten davon in Filitosa, das mitten in einem alten Olivenhain liegt.
Eine zyklopische Ringmauer umgibt den ovalen Hügel von Filitosa, der aus Ost-, Zentral- und Westmonument besteht. Die Monumente sind wie auf Korsika oft zu beobachten mit natürlichen Felsformationen kombiniert. Das Ostmonument, beim Zugang ist ein tumulusartiger, steingefasster Rundbau aus der torreanischen Epoche. Seine Bedeutung ist unklar. Ein Felsblock von 15 Tonnen, der auf Steinplatten ruht wurde in die Mauer des Monuments eingebaut.
Im Zentralmonument sind das Megalithikum III sowie die mittlere und späte torreanische Epoche vereint. Ein senkrechter Polierstein mit Doppelmulde (Megalithikum II oder III), ist in die Mauer eingefügt. In der Mitte der Cella befindet sich gebrannter Lehmboden (Opferstelle). 32 Bruchstücke von Menhiren und Menhirstatuen des Megalithikums III, die von den Torreanern zerschlagen wurden, sind als Bausteine in die Ringmauer des Zentralmonuments eingebaut worden. Darunter sind sechs Oberteile von Menhirstatuen.
Zwischen Zentral- und Westmonument liegen zwei Abris oder Tafoni. Abri 1 wurde im Verlauf der verschiedenen Besiedlungen der Anhöhe als Wohn- oder Grabstätte verwendet. Abri 2 ist eine dolmenartige, nach Süden geöffnete Höhle.
Beim Westmonument handelt sich um eine gegliederte Anlage, die aus einem zentralen Bau und seinen südlichen Anbauten besteht. Der Durchmesser beträgt 16 bis 18 m Die südlichen Anbauten bestehen aus Gängen (einer mit Platten überdacht), einer Felsenhöhle, dem Brunnen, sowie Verschlägen und Kammern. Der Hauptteil der Anlage besteht aus dem zweigeteilten Bau. Die Innere Kammer war ursprünglich mit Steinen angefüllt und durch eine Quermauer von der äußeren abgetrennt. Auf ihrem verbrannten Boden fanden sich Spuren einer Feuerstelle und ein konischer Stein in der Art der Baityloi. Wahrscheinlich war die Kammer aus rituellen Gründen zugemauert worden. Der Boden der äußeren Kammer zeigte ebenfalls starke Feuerspuren. Sie ist wahrscheinlich um 1200 v. Chr. zum letzten Mal benutzt worden. Unter dem aus Steinen und Erde bestehenden Schutt, der vom Einsturz der Decke stammt, kamen die Reste eines einzelnen menschlichen Schädels zutage. Neben der Trennungsmauer liegt unter einem Türsturz der Zugang zu einer unterirdischen, ausgehauenen Höhle, die eine Nebenkammer bildet. Die archäologischen Feststellungen lassen darauf schließen, dass es sich bei dieser Anlage wie bei den Übrigen Torren um eine Kultstätte handelt.
Am Westmonument vorbei liegt der Abstieg ins Tal des Flusses Barcajolo. Unten gelangt man zu fünf Menhirstatuen, die man verstreut in Filitosa und seiner Umgebung gefunden hat. Die Statuen gelten als Meisterwerke der Megalithkunst. Darunter ist der Statuenmenhir Filitosa V, der zweitgrößte gilt zugleich als der schönste.
In der Nähe liegen die Torre Castellu di Cuntorba und die chalkolithische Ausgrabungsstätte I Calanchi.
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2022 Subaru BRZ: What We Know So Far - Car and Driver
Prioritizing affordability and lightweight agility over high horsepower and high-priced exclusivity, the 2022 Subaru BRZ continues to be a pure sports car for everyone. The completely redesigned rear-drive-only coupe remains a unique entry in Subaru's otherwise all-wheel-drive lineup. The same is in store for its mechanical twin, the Toyota 86. With a 228-hp naturally aspirated flat-four, the BRZ is more powerful than before, which at least partly addresses one our biggest complaints. Combine that with a lower center of gravity as well as a feathery curb weight and this assertively styled 2+2 hatchback is set up to deliver the seat-of-your-pants feeling that defines all great sports cars. With a new interior design that brings modern tech but preserves its predecessor's practicality, the 2022 BRZ is prepared to take on the king of affordable sports cars, Mazda MX-5 Miata. The 2022 BRZ introduces the second generation of Subaru's lightweight sports cars. Not only does the coupe sit about 0.5 inch lower and span about 1 inch longer, its bodywork is more distinguished than before. Its interior is reimagined with more technology without sacrificing practicality. Driving enthusiasts will also welcome a new 2.4-liter flat-four-cylinder engine that's more powerful than the 2.0-liter version it replaces. Subaru offers the 2022 BRZ in two trim levels: Premium and Limited. We'd spring for the Limited, as it adds desirable features such as 18-inch aluminum wheels, summer tires, and blind-spot monitoring. A six-speed manual is standard and is the transmission best suited for Subaru's sports car, but those who prefer an automatic can get one for $1600. "Under the hood of the new BRZ is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four-cylinder, otherwise known as a ""boxer"" engine. It generates 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, which are increases of 23 and 28, respectively, over the last generation's 2.0-liter boxer. Power is still routed to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Subaru says the coupe now has a lower center of gravity as well as an estimated curb weight of just under 2900 pounds and that it's nearly perfectly distributed between the front and rear. These characteristics, combined with a stiffer structure, look to make the BRZ even more entertaining to drive than before. Its traction and stability system features five different settings, and the driver has the ability to fully deactivate the system for even more control. While every model comes standard with a limited-slip rear differential, the Premium model rolls on a set of 17-inch wheels while the Limited wears 18-inchers." Neither the EPA nor Subaru have announced city or highway estimates for the 2022 BRZ. Once those figures are released and we have the chance to run it on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the BRZ's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website. Inside, the BRZ retains its driver-centric design and 2+2 seating configuration, but the cabin now boasts a more modern aesthetic with improved technology. Facing the driver is a new 7.0-inch fully digital gauge cluster that makes the tachometer the main attraction, with the circular readout even switching to a linear graph in the Track drive mode. A pair of heavily bolstered front seats look to keep passengers securely in place during hard cornering, and they're dressed up with red accents to promote the coupe's racy intentions. In addition to the low seating position, Subaru says the BRZ has excellent forward visibility thanks to thin front roof pillars. A sizable cargo area that can hold four tires (for track days, of course) with the rear seats folded remains a pillar of the coupe's practical nature. Every BRZ features an 8.0-inch touchscreen mounted in the center of the dashboard that acts as the hub for its infotainment system. Thankfully, the display doesn't rely solely on touch inputs, with physical knobs for volume and tuning functions as well as several hard buttons. The system comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and access to SiriusXM satellite radio. When it comes to driver-assistance technology, Subaru offers its EyeSight system on automatic-equipped models. For more information about the BRZ's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include: Subaru provides a competitive, albeit unspectacular, limited and powertrain warranty. Unlike the upcoming Toyota 86, we don't expect the BRZ to come with complimentary scheduled maintenance. More Features and Specs youtu.be/XnBs2GzBGg8
Strolling with a Friend
This beautiful dirt road lined with poplars, still partially bare in the early Spring, leads to the farmstead called Mugnaga (which in the Milanese dialect is the word for "apricot"), a large farmstead producing milk, cheese, honey, corn, wheat, and other agricultural products (and hosting a nursery). It was still lockdown time, and I allowed myself a brief sunrise session while going to work. I was lucky enough to find a man and his dog strolling along the dirt road towards the farmstead, in the distance, bathed in the golden light.
In this area there are several traditional Padan farmsteads, which are still inhabited and active - in the Padan plain there are so many dead relics of our rural history... - some of them are fairly ancient, dating back from the 19. or even the 17. century and they are often protected as they have historical and/or artistic value. Italy is quite rich in cultural heritage but well, protection often means, say, that a building of interest cannot be demolished, but can be abandoned to its own (sad) fate. The people who are still living and working in these farmsteads are preserving the memory of generations upon generations of peasants who were the workforce of what had long been the most advanced agricultural region in Europe. They lived in the landowners' farmsteads and worked in the attached fields - families upon families who were payed-in-kind (milk, butter, corn, flour...) and were so poor that when they transferred from one farmstead to another the whole (and quite often numerous) family plus their scant belongings could easily fit in a cart.
I have obtained this picture by blending an exposure bracketing [-2.0/-1.0/0/+1.0/+2.0 EV] by luminosity masks with the Gimp (EXIF data, as usual, refer to the "normal" exposure shot), then I added some final touches with Nik Color Efex Pro 4. Raw files processed with Darktable.
My good old Hanhel tripod caused much trouble on that morning - I had to painstakingly offset against slight horizontal deviations between the five shots of the exposure bracketing, ranging from 3 up to 7 pixels. Luckily it was just a simple horizontal deviation, and I was able to compensate for it. I have just grabbed my new tripod (Rollei C6i carbon), can't wait for trying it! (Incidentally, I have just confirmed the rule that we talk about our poor tripods only when they cause trouble ;-))
A Young Lady in 1866
At the 1868 Paris Salon, the realism of A Young Lady in 1866 and inclusion of a parakeet was reminiscent of Gustave Courbet's 1866 Woman with a Parrot, a nude which had caused a scandal at that year's Salon. Manet's work was similarly criticized and renamed by many as Woman with Parakeet.
The intimate garment and bold brushwork astonished viewers at the time. But today, the nightgown, flower and a blue ribbon in her hair, it all seems so innocent.
Recent scholars have argued that the piece carries the sub context, an allegory of the five senses: the nosegay (smell), the orange (taste), the parrot-confidant (hearing), and the man’s monocle she fingers (sight and touch). "Critics eyed the painting as a rejoinder to Courbet’s Woman with a Parrot and as indicative of Manet’s "current vice" of failing to "value a head more than a slipper."
Japan logs record new coronavirus cases for 4th day in row
Japan's daily total of COVID-19 cases reached 12,342 on Saturday, a record figure for the fourth straight day, triggering concerns about an explosive surge in infections while the Olympics are held in the capital.
The nationwide tally of cases included 4,058 in Tokyo, which had confirmed over 3,000 new cases the past three days each, and record daily infections in 10 prefectures including Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba near the capital, which logged 1,580, 1,036 and 792 cases, respectively.
The capital saw a total of 44,034 new coronavirus cases in July, topping its previous monthly record of 40,367 infections in January. The number of COVID-19 patients in Tokyo quarantining at home has hit 10,392, topping 10,000 for the first time.
The government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has decided to add the three prefectures near Tokyo as well as Osaka to areas under the current COVID-19 state of emergency, which already covers the capital and Okinawa, from next Monday through Aug. 31.
The capital's seven-day rolling average of cases has risen to a record 2,920 per day, up 117 percent from the previous week.
Although foot traffic in downtown areas has slightly decreased, the surge in infections comes amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Suga on Friday indicated a new goal of having 40 percent of the country's population of 126 million fully vaccinated by late August, and 60 percent receiving at least one shot by then.
The government, which has ramped up COVID-19 vaccination programs following criticism over a sluggish rollout, is aiming to complete inoculating all who wish to get vaccinated by November.
According to the latest available government data, 28.3 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday, with 39.0 percent having received at least one shot.
Among those aged 65 or older, 74.5 percent have been fully inoculated, with 86.1 percent having received at least one shot.
Despite Suga's denial of a link between the Olympics and the rapid pace of infections, some experts say a festive mood during the sports event is leading to the public's complacency about COVID-19.
On Saturday, many people gathered near the venues of the Olympics, which have largely been held behind closed doors with no spectators permitted as an anti-virus step, to enjoy the atmosphere of the sporting event.
Yuko Ono, 32, who was among some 100 people taking pictures of a monument of the five Olympics rings located near the National Stadium, said, "Everyone has put up with (restrictions under the virus emergency). I won't go out drinking but I think it's OK to spend some time outdoors."
A 25-year-old woman who came to see an Olympic cauldron set up at Tokyo's waterfront area with a friend, said, "It is nonsense to be told that we should not come see this. (The cauldron) should not have been installed in the first place."
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has asked the general public to refrain from visiting the cauldron to curb the spread of the virus.
Around 800 meters away from the cauldron, crowds of people formed around a public road from early Saturday to watch the Olympic debut for triathlon mixed relay at Tokyo's Odaiba Marine Park.
Few people listened to requests from organizers to keep moving, with many letting out cheers in response to athletes waving their hands.
Elsewhere, Osaka Prefecture in western Japan logged 1,040 new cases, with the figure eclipsing the 1,000 mark for the first time since May 8, while Okinawa, the southern island prefecture, reported a record 439 cases.
Anti-virus measures under the country's state of emergency mostly rely on a cooperative public. Japan has not imposed a hard lockdown as some countries have.
Defying authorities' requests to stay at home, many people went to Tokyo's downtown Shibuya district on Saturday.
A man in his 20s who visited a bar in the area with a friend to see a Tokyo Olympic men's soccer quarterfinal between Japan and New Zealand said, "As the number of COVID-19 cases keeps rising, I'm not surprised anymore. I think the situation will improve somewhat after more young people get fully vaccinated."
The COVID-19 emergency initially declared for Tokyo and Okinawa through Aug. 22 will be extended until the end of the month.
A Quiet Patrol
Tia's grandfather was a thirty-two ton mech sporting two pairs of linked autocannons and what might be best described as a laser-guided lightning cannon. This was unusual- most ancestor machines, having died once already, elected support fire or logistical roles. Grandpa was a scrapper.
The miracle of the ancestor's creation was a closely guarded secret in the Techgnostic priesthood, but everyone among The People participated in the rituals that fueled it. Families would attend the temple and tell the developing neural network stories of their shared past, read to them from old journals, or even play recordings to ensure the spirit remembered who they were when the officiating thaumaturge fused them to the substrate.
Tia was overjoyed when her grandfather was reborn with his rich, melodic voice freed from the cancerous rasp that had ended his first life. After a year and a half of duty, she vaguely wished he was dead again.
"All I am saying, little one, is that your contract is almost complete. You should get out. Find a nice boy. Make me some great grandchildren."
Tia pretended to focus on scanning the horizon. The plateau offered a perfect view of the island, the sole obstructions being its twin peak to the North and a tenacious tree that was home to a cau-cawo bird.
"The airspace is clear for five miles beyond the horizon," Her grandfather said. "Speak with me, little Tia. This is important- the future is important."
Across the way, Tia's cousin Ekko made a show of inspecting his kit. His communication bead suddenly switched to a different channel. No help there.
"I told you, papa, we all have a duty to protect our lands; and besides, you have plenty of descendents already."
There was a crackle of dead air as her grandfather considered saying more. Instead, he rolled his turrets. A shrug, maybe. Probably a sigh.
Tia smirked behind her faceplate. "Besides," she continued, "I can always get a maternity discharge if I catch some good dick."
Her grandfather lurched as if stricken. The air filled with the hum of his gyro as it frantically struggled to keep him upright.
"Cau-cawo," the cau-cawo bird trilled with indignation at the commotion. It flapped its glossy black wings officiously before nestling back into the leaves.
"Papa! Get a grip! It's bad luck to bother a cau-cawo bird!"
Her grandfather became still, legs akimbo, and stared at her with every sensor array he possessed. Tia could feel the microwave energy warming her skin.
Then he laughed. Deep and booming and hearty. The moment moved on.
The sun was warm against the languid sea breeze as the trio lingered in silence. It was a good day.
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(Ok maybe not really.) The Future is Bright
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