7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Dec. 24

By Ingrid Longauerová, Epoch Times
December 24, 2013 Last Updated: December 24, 2013

Japan: Rare photos of train used by emperor in 1915 to be released 

The Imperial Household Agency will provide a rare glimpse into imperial protocol by releasing images on Dec. 27 of a special train that carried Emperor Taisho (1879-1926) on a trip to Kyoto in 1915. …

About 150 images will be released on the agency’s website (http://toshoryo.kunaicho.go.jp/). They include two photo collections on Emperor Taisho’s round trip between Kyoto and Tokyo for his enthronement ceremony. The photo collections were compiled by the railways ministry. …

The Asahi Shimbun

 

Chile: Boy on remote Chilean island finds message in a bottle from New Zealand

13-year-old boy in Chiloé discovers a message in a bottle tossed to sea two years previously and contacts sender on the other side of the world.

One December day Abraham Carimoney, 13, was walking to school on the remote Chilean island of Laitec, when he spotted a brandy bottle in the sand. Inside, he found a message from an Australian boat captain named Matt Jensen, who is probably the world’s biggest message-in-a-bottle enthusiast.

“I am interested in the ocean — in ocean currents,” read the letter. “I would like to hear from the person who finds this message. I’m offering a small reward.” …

The Santiago Times

 

Scotland: Scot scientists reveal the ‘real face’ of Dr Who

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi will be unveiled as the new Doctor tomorrow night in a much-anticipated Christmas Day Doctor Who special “The Time of the Doctor” on BBC 1. …

But a team of psychologists at a Scottish university have revealed what they claim to be the “real face” of the iconic time traveller. …

Scotsman 

 

France: MP finds France ‘without hope’ after walking tour of country

A French lawmaker who spent eight months walking a 6,000km “Tour de France” takes his last symbolic steps in Paris on Sunday. He returns to the capital to report on a country that has “little hope for the future”. …

France 24

 

Hawaii: An epic journey for food

Hawaiian Petrels nesting on Kauai are not above traveling thousands of miles in search of food for their chicks, according to a new study by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project. … 

One bird flew more than 33,000 miles — greater than the circumference of the earth — during a three-month period as it traveled to and from its burrow in the mountains of Kauai. … 

The Garden Island

 

Austria: Runaway Lama Keeps Cops On Their Toes

Runaway lamas kept cops in Urscha in Weiz in Styria on their toes.

A number of lamas escaped their enclosure. Worried passers-by called police in Gleisdorf  reporting that a number of lamas were running around the town. …

Austrian Times

 

Denmark: Lego downplays national identity

Lego benefits from not flaunting its Danish identity on the global market

In Denmark it’s no secret that Lego is Danish. But although the producer of toy building bricks is a global brand, its nationality is one of the company’s best kept secrets abroad. And Lego wants to keep it that way. …

The Copenhagen Post