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Luna The Leaping Cow

A 15-year-old girl denied a horse from her parents has turned to a cow to fulfil her riding dreams. Teenager Regina Mayer, from southern Germany, is able to ride her cow, Luna. She has even trained her bovine pet to soar over a beer-crate hurdle like a regular show jumper. Why, you may well ask, when most cow-owners are surely content to let the creatures chew and lactate and sit down to indicate the imminent arrival of rain? Well, Regina's parents wouldn't let her have a horse.

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05 Jun 2014 10:38:00
A Nepalese devotee bows in front of a cow during the 'Gai Puja', also known as the Cow Worship Day, as part of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, 11 November 2015. The Tihar festival is the second most important event for Nepalese Hindus. During the celebrations people worship cows, considered the incarnation of Lord Laxmi, the god of wealth. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A Nepalese devotee bows in front of a cow during the 'Gai Puja', also known as the Cow Worship Day, as part of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, 11 November 2015. The Tihar festival is the second most important event for Nepalese Hindus. During the celebrations people worship cows, considered the incarnation of Lord Laxmi, the god of wealth. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)
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14 Nov 2015 08:05:00
XOD class racing

Racing in the XOD class during day six of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week on August 11, 2011 in Cowes, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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11 Aug 2011 14:24:00


Capturing the true essence of Christmas, Lapland is the perfect place to take your family for the holiday period. Situated in the arctic regions of northern Sweden, Finland and Norway, there are a villages in each country around where you can enjoy the full festive experience.
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23 Dec 2014 14:30:00
Top Tables By Olze & Wilkens

The Berlin & Freiburg-based duo deftly translates the scale of the lightly stained woodgrain to create the winsome scenes. From swimsuit-clad sunbathers on a sparsely populated beach to cabins against a backdrop of fresh snow, it takes just a couple well-placed elements, digitally printed on plywood, to suggest an aerial image on the otherwise unassuming tabletop.
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09 Mar 2014 10:33:00
A local man looks at a church on top of the Katskhi Pillar, rock mass about 40 meters high, in the village of Katskhi, Georgia, November 27, 2015. The church, built in the ninth century, was later abandoned and it collapsed but was rebuilt in 2003, according to local media. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A local man looks at a church on top of the Katskhi Pillar, rock mass about 40 meters high, in the village of Katskhi, Georgia, November 27, 2015. The church, built in the ninth century, was later abandoned and it collapsed but was rebuilt in 2003, according to local media. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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29 Nov 2015 08:00:00
Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot watches an airforce jet about to take off at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan June 7, 2013. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot watches an airforce jet about to take off at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan June 7, 2013. Farooq, from Punjab province's historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. A growing number of women have joined Pakistan's defence forces in recent years as attitudes towards women change. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
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16 Jun 2013 10:21:00


For a long time the laws of Canada have explicitly banned gambling in any form. This may be the reason why the country does not have so many gambling establishments as the USA - but their quality surely makes up for the quantity. The first Canadian casino was opened in Dawson City, Yukon, in 1972 - it was the first one after gambling has been banned in the country in 1892. The Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Casino did not operate for long, though. The first permanent commercial casino was opened in 1989, and it was the first of many - there are currently 75 casinos operating on Canadian soil.
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16 Sep 2014 12:19:00