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Long-distance travellers form a flickering bridge between worlds

Wharfedale, North Yorkshire By the river Wharfe swallows drink on the wing by dipping into the water with a quick splash

My mother, who is more attentive than I am, constantly points out plants as we walk around Grass Wood. This wonderful pocket of limestone woodland is perhaps past its flowering peak, but is still vibrantly colourful: purple thyme, white wild strawberry, pink campion and the tiny blue sparkles of germander speedwell, the flowers of which almost seem to open before my eyes as the sun pulses through the cover of cumulus.

Where the canopy of ash and birch relents, there are searing yellow constellations of goldilocks buttercups. Near the rippling limestone pavement of Coniston Old Pasture, these constellations coalesce into a galaxy. When the sun falls from its midsummer perch to land on the bone-white rock and these flowers together, the effect is dazzling.

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Chasing a tan in the New Bronze Age: fashion archive, 6 July 1935

To strip and grill on a blazing, windless day is merely to provoke an ache of the head and a rawness of the back; sunbathing is a sport for masochists

There was a time when the Dog Days invited us to take cover.

Under the trees! Who but agrees
That there is magic in words such as these;
Stately lime-avenues, haunted of bees;
Where, looking far over buttercupp’d leas,
Lads and ‘fair shes’ (That is Byron and he’s
An authority) lie very much at their ease.

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Q&A Barnaby Joyce ban: flick the switch back to 2010 and outrage seems familiar

A ban on ministers appearing on the panel show is not unprecedented, but the reaction to the boycott has made a remarkable about-turn

A prime minister intervenes at the last minute to stop a minister from a scheduled appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program. Unprecedented?

Actually, it’s happened before.

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In old Tehran, real-estate prices have left almost nothing intact

Developers are sweeping aside everything from orchards to the capital’s 19th-century architecture in favour of rocketing profits

Tehran’s Valiasr Street is a long, winding road with sycamore trees and streams that were once fed all year round by the cool waters of the Alborz mountains – when there was enough snow, and when there was enough water. Known as the longest street in the Middle East, Valiasr spans the city from south to north, and reminds you that Tehran is almost surrounded by mountains, like a bird in cupped hands, as fragile and as transitory.

To walk up this street on any given day, from the deep south to the posh north, is to see history etched on walls and windows. Tehran is a city that has much to remember – when it is able.

Related: Tehran's disappearing Chenar trees

Related: Remnants of Lalezar: a tour of Tehran by neighborhood - in pictures

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The one graph that explains the (worrying) end of the mining boom | Greg Jericho

Mining investment has shrunk rapidly and the transition from the boom relies heavily on housing investment – that’s a rather large concern

The biggest issue in the Australian economy remains the transition from the mining boom. Figures out late last week showed how quickly mining investment has shrunk, and how greatly the transition is dependent upon investment in dwellings. That’s a rather large concern, given worries about a housing bubble.

One graph can often convey what is going on with amazing clarity. This is the one that demonstrates why the end of the mining boom is a problem for Australia’s economy:

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Greece's judgment day as country went to the polls – video
From the Syriza faithful to the run-down docks of Piraeus and the middle-class district of Faliro, Greeks spent the day of the referendum locked in debate, suspense and catharsis. For some it was a day they sent a message to Europe that they will 'not be intimidated'. But many Greeks fear trouble lies ahead. As one voter said, both a yes and no outcome would result in calamity: 'We're three metres from the iceberg and we're here to be asked if we're going to go right or left.' Either way, he said, 'we're going to hit the iceberg' Continue reading...
Greek no vote: 'The fightback for a Europe of dignity starts here' – video
As Syriza supporters flock to Athens' Syntagma square to celebrate, Phoebe Greenwood talks to those who are celebrating a historic referendum outcome. 'They thought they could intimidate us,' one man says. Despite jitters on the financial markets, others happy with the historic oxi (no) vote say they hope it will be the moment that Greeks can come together Continue reading...
Greek crisis: more than $30bn wiped off Australian stock market after no vote

Greece’s defiant rejection of austerity is the main factor behind the dramatic slump in the market but lower commodity prices also to blame, analysts say

More than $30bn has been wiped off the Australian stock market after debt-ridden Greece’s decision to reject international creditors’ tough bailout terms.

The Australian dollar dipped to a six-year low of US$0.7484 in early trading but recovered to 0.7509 as the ASX/S&P 200 and All Ordinaries fell by 1.7%.

Related: Greek referendum: we are back to wild markets of the 2008 banking crisis

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Burt Shavitz, the beekeeper behind cosmetics maker Burt's Bees, dies at 80

The recluse, whose face and wild beard appeared on company labels, made his fortune after a chance meeting with hitchhiker Roxanne Quimby

Burt Shavitz, the reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt’s Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, has died aged 80.

A spokeswoman for Burt’s Bees said in an emailed statement that Shavtiz died of respiratory complications in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by family and friends.

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Greek crisis: financial markets buffeted in early trading after no vote

Many stock markets in Asia fall sharply – but losses are limited as investors eye up what next for Greece and the euro

Share prices were sent tumbling across Asia-Pacific on Monday after Greece’s resounding no vote in the weekend’s bailout referendum, but early losses appear to have failed to descend into regional turmoil.

All eyes were on how Japan and other key Asian markets would react after Greece overwhelmingly rejected the terms of a bailout offered by the country’s international creditors on Sunday.

Related: Greek referendum: we are back to wild markets of the 2008 banking crisis

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