My brother is such a dag. He sent me a parcel from Canada, but I had no idea what it was, and it took weeks to arrive.
And it turned out to be… a stuffed toy snake. It’s really cute!

A Russel’s Viper, in fact. It’s now draped over my monitor, but I think it would also make a handy scarf for the first of this colder weather.
Here are more pictures of plush snakes.

WTF? I go surfing in Cornwall for the weekend and come back to this:
“Melbournians are being urged to stand firm against terrorism after a new video warned the Victorian capital may be next on al-Qaeda’s hit list.”
But also…
“A videotape threatening terrorist attacks on Melbourne and Los Angeles could be an opportunistic stunt to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, an al-Qaeda expert says.”