Left: Entrance to the Jakarta Kota station. Right: One of two Jakarta Kota station’s signal house.

The heritage signal house of Jakarta Kota station will need to be demolished to accommodate the railway’s capacity expansion

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That the heritage signal house of Jakarta Kota station will need to be demolished to accommodate the railway’s capacity expansion?  The Jakarta Kota station is one of the oldest train stations in the country developed by the Dutch East Indies gov’t and has been in operation since 1873. As the state-owned railway operator had recently received sets of longer commuter train from Japan, they are forced to lengthen the platform. To make way for the extension of platform, one of the two signal houses will be affected. The house, built in 1929, is one of two buildings that were once used to observe train arrivals.

Left: Entrance to the Jakarta Kota station. Right: One of two Jakarta Kota station’s signal house.
Left: Entrance to the Jakarta Kota station. Right: One of two Jakarta Kota station’s signal house.
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The Easter Bunny with a monster appetite: Meet three-and-a-half stone Darius who munches his way through 360 carrots, 30 apples and 15 cabbages a month

The Easter Bunny with a monster appetite: Meet three-and-a-half stone Darius who munches his way through 360 carrots, 30 apples and 15 cabbages a month

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  • Darius the continental giant rabbit weighs three-and-a-half stone
  • Creature, whose birthday is around Easter time, measures 4ft 4in
  • Is the world’s biggest rabbit, according to Guinness World Records
  • Greedy animal eats his way through £2,400 worth of food every year
  • His favourite snacks include cabbage, apples and of course carrots

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TIBETAN MASTIFF FACT FILE

TIBETAN MASTIFF FACT FILE

Originating with nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, Ladakh, and Central Asia, Tibetan mastiffs were bred as guard dogs to protect herds, camps, monasteries and palaces.

Their name is in fact a misnomer. The animals are not true mastiffs, but were dubbed so by early Western visitors to China simply because it means ‘big dog’ – a better name would be Himalayan mountain dog.

Despite its plentiful coat, Tibetan mastiffs don’t suffer from the usual ‘big-dog’ smell that affects many other large breeds.

Because of the demand for the dogs, breeders have often used unscrupulous means to increase their value. Photos of the animals are often photoshopped to exaggerate desirable features, while some buyers have reported bringing new dogs home only to find they lose their colour and much of their ‘hair’ after the first bath.

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That’s an unusual look! Namibia’s Himba tribeswomen sport incredible hairdos created using goat hair, butter and MUD (but the married men have to cover up in turbans)

That’s an unusual look! Namibia’s Himba tribeswomen sport incredible hairdos created using goat hair, butter and MUD (but the married men have to cover up in turbans)

  • Himba men sport a plait while single but cover up in a turban that they never take off once they are married
  • By contrast, women wear ornate styles that take hours to create and are smothered in a mix of butter and ochre
  • Himba tribe live in northwestern Namibia and have stuck to their traditions, including their complex hairdo system

 

A Himba woman shakes her incredible dreadlocks, which are created using a mixture of ground ochre, butter and either goat hair or Indian hair extensions

A Himba woman shakes her incredible dreadlocks, which are created using a mixture of ground ochre, butter and either goat hair or Indian hair extensions

This girl is going through puberty, a fact made plain by her hairstyle which has been designed to cover her face and help her avoid male attention

This girl is going through puberty, a fact made plain by her hairstyle which has been designed to cover her face and help her avoid male attention

Ready to marry - This girl's braids are tied back, indicating that she's ready to be married. Married women add a headdress made from animal skins to their style

Ready to marry: This girl’s braids are tied back, indicating that she’s ready to be married. Married women add a headdress made from animal skins to their style

Married women - After a year of marriage or following the birth of their first child, Himba women add an elaborate animal skin headdress to their hairstyle Married women - After a year of marriage or following the birth of their first child, Himba women add an elaborate animal skin headdress to their hairstyle 2

A young girl typically has two plaits of braided hair called ozondato, the form being determined by her oruzo or the paternal clan she belongs to

A young girl typically has two plaits of braided hair called ozondato, the form being determined by her oruzo or the paternal clan she belongs to

A little girl shows off her double braids and her impressive jewellery collection, which includes a heavy torque made from iron electric fence wire

A little girl shows off her double braids and her impressive jewellery collection, which includes a heavy torque made from iron electric fence wire

Siblings - Girls who haven't reached puberty always wear two plaits unless they are one of a set of twins (right) in which case, they sport a single lock

Siblings – Girls who haven’t reached puberty always wear two plaits unless they are one of a set of twins (right) in which case, they sport a single lock

Siblings - Girls who haven't reached puberty always wear two plaits unless they are one of a set of twins (right) in which case, they sport a single lock

Siblings – Girls who haven’t reached puberty always wear two plaits unless they are one of a set of twins (right) in which case, they sport a single lock

The women have the job of finding grazing for the cows which can take hours during the summer. Right, a mother and daughter pose for a photo

The women have the job of finding grazing for the cows which can take hours during the summer. Right, a mother and daughter pose for a photo

The women have the job of finding grazing for the cows which can take hours during the summer. Right, a mother and daughter pose for a photo

The women have the job of finding grazing for the cows which can take hours during the summer. Right, a mother and daughter pose for a photo

Himba homes are made from a mixture of earth and cattle dung and contain little beyond a bed and collection of useful implements such as kitchen tools

Himba homes are made from a mixture of earth and cattle dung and contain little beyond a bed and collection of useful implements such as kitchen tools

A Himba woman wearing her bridal finery and right, with her friends and another bride ahead of the wedding

A Himba woman wearing her bridal finery and right, with her friends and another bride ahead of the wedding

A Himba woman wearing her bridal finery and right, with her friends and another bride ahead of the wedding

A Himba woman wearing her bridal finery and right, with her friends and another bride ahead of the wedding

A Himba woman shows off her long dreadlocks, created using a mixture of ground ochre, butter and goat hair. Indian hair extensions are also used

A Himba woman shows off her long dreadlocks, created using a mixture of ground ochre, butter and goat hair. Indian hair extensions are also used

Proud - Himba women are fiercely proud of their traditional hairstyles and clothes and are more keen than the men of the tribe to cling on to their ancient customs

Proud – Himba women are fiercely proud of their traditional hairstyles and clothes and are more keen than the men of the tribe to cling on to their ancient customs

Beautiful - A woman smiles up at the camera as she shows off her beaded headband while a little girl beams as she displays her huge, heavy torque necklace

Beautiful – A woman smiles up at the camera as she shows off her beaded headband while a little girl beams as she displays her huge, heavy torque necklace

Beautiful - A woman smiles up at the camera as she shows off her beaded headband while a little girl beams as she displays her huge, heavy torque necklace

Beautiful – A woman smiles up at the camera as she shows off her beaded headband while a little girl beams as she displays her huge, heavy torque necklace

A pair of women remove ticks from a goat - a job that can take hours when done by hand as the Himbas do it. Sometimes, the children help out

A pair of women remove ticks from a goat – a job that can take hours when done by hand as the Himbas do it. Sometimes, the children help out

Women do most of the jobs in and around the home, including milking the goats and storing their milk in jerrycans - some are made from old bottles

Women do most of the jobs in and around the home, including milking the goats and storing their milk in jerrycans – some are made from old bottles

The Himba live in homes made from cattle dung and mud. Clothes are kept clean by being smoked over a fragrant brazier full of incense (bottom right)

The Himba live in homes made from cattle dung and mud. Clothes are kept clean by being smoked over a fragrant brazier full of incense (bottom right)

The Himba are a pastoralist group and regularly flit across the Nambian border to Angola, where other members of the tribe live, without visas

The Himba are a pastoralist group and regularly flit across the Nambian border to Angola, where other members of the tribe live, without visas

This man's single plait indicates that he is unmarried. Once he is, he will cover his hair for the rest of his life apart from when he attends funerals

This man’s single plait indicates that he is unmarried. Once he is, he will cover his hair for the rest of his life apart from when he attends funerals

When Himba men marry, they start wearing turbans which they never take off unless someone in the village dies. After a death, their heads are shaved

When Himba men marry, they start wearing turbans which they never take off unless someone in the village dies. After a death, their heads are shaved

Because the turbans are never removed, things can get a little itchy underneath, so men carry pointed arrow like instruments to scratch it with

Because the turbans are never removed, things can get a little itchy underneath, so men carry pointed arrow like instruments to scratch it with

This man is a widower and so, has his hair uncovered. The habit of scratching his hair with his iron hair tool appears a tough habit to break as this photo suggests

This man is a widower and so, has his hair uncovered. The habit of scratching his hair with his iron hair tool appears a tough habit to break as this photo suggests

Himbas have a lot of traditional music and dances and love the sound of the ohuta, a musical bow, which this man was playing while tending his goats in the bush

Himbas have a lot of traditional music and dances and love the sound of the ohuta, a musical bow, which this man was playing while tending his goats in the bush

This man is yet to marry, as made clear by his uncovered hair. Despite his unwed status, he has decided to brighten things up with colourful raffia

This man is yet to marry, as made clear by his uncovered hair. Despite his unwed status, he has decided to brighten things up with colourful raffia

Himbas have a lot of traditional music and dances and love the sound of the ohuta, a musical bow, which this man was playing while tending his goats in the bush

Himbas have a lot of traditional music and dances and love the sound of the ohuta, a musical bow, which this man was playing while tending his goats in the bush

A witchdoctor such as this one is called when bad things happen in a village. The man purifies the inhabitants using magic sentences

A witchdoctor such as this one is called when bad things happen in a village. The man purifies the inhabitants using magic sentences

For the children, doing the chores means helping out with things like removing ticks from the village goats - a task that can take hours done by hand

For the children, doing the chores means helping out with things like removing ticks from the village goats – a task that can take hours done by hand

This little girl is giving her mother a helping hand by holding a goat still while she milks it. Goat milk is a staple food for the people of the Himba tribe

This little girl is giving her mother a helping hand by holding a goat still while she milks it. Goat milk is a staple food for the people of the Himba tribe

The Himba women's elaborate hairstyles take hours to create and are lengthened by including bits of woven hay, goat hair and even hair extensions

The Himba women’s elaborate hairstyles take hours to create and are lengthened by including bits of woven hay, goat hair and even hair extensions

An adorable toddler makes a meal of his lunch of boiled maize meal and goat milk

An adorable toddler makes a meal of his lunch of boiled maize meal and goat milk

This Himba man has chosen to combine his traditional hairstyle with modern clothing, including cotton shorts and shoes made from tyres

This Himba man has chosen to combine his traditional hairstyle with modern clothing, including cotton shorts and shoes made from tyres

Western lifestyles are becoming more popular but unfortunately for this football fan (left), electricity is yet to arrive in his village so he can't watch the game

Western lifestyles are becoming more popular but unfortunately for this football fan (left), electricity is yet to arrive in his village so he can’t watch the game

Western lifestyles are becoming more popular

Western lifestyles are becoming more popular

A Himba man from the village of Oncocua has embraced modern life, complete with a natty pair of sunglasses and a motorbike. His jewellery remains

A Himba man from the village of Oncocua has embraced modern life, complete with a natty pair of sunglasses and a motorbike. His jewellery remains

The stunning Epupa Falls on the Cunene River. The Namibian government wants to build a huge dam here and is currently negotiating with the Himba people

The stunning Epupa Falls on the Cunene River. The Namibian government wants to build a huge dam here and is currently negotiating with the Himba people

Night falls over Himba lands in northwestern Nambia but for this tribesman, the night he is to spend watching his cows could prove a long one

Night falls over Himba lands in northwestern Nambia but for this tribesman, the night he is to spend watching his cows could prove a long one

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