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The Evening Fix: Sunday

Things we learned, loved and shared today…

Indonesian Muslim women perform Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta, Indonesia today. (Tatan Syuflana/AP/Press Association Images)

HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.

THINGS WE LEARNED

#COORDINATION: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the UK’s presidency of the G8 next year will carry the same themes Ireland will promote during its presidency of the European Council in 2013 – food security, nutrition and climate change. During a speech commemorating Michael Collins’ death, Kenny also called on Irish people and his government  to “work harder than ever” to restore Ireland’s finances.

#ASSANGE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on the US to drop its “witch-hunt” against the website in a statement he delivered from the balcony of Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has sought political asylum for the past two months.

#ROADS: A 17-year-old boy has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co Roscommon early this morning. The car’s four other occupants received minor injuries.

#JOANNE: A documentary film being made about the life of 16-year-old quadriplegic Joanne O’Riordan by her brother has received a boost in support from the Rehab Group which pledged €25,000 towards the production costs.

#ISLAND CONTROVERSY: A group of Japanese activists swam to an island which Japan and China are engaged in a terse territorial dispute over. Meanwhile, Chinese protesters gathered in several cities across China to demonstrate against Japan’s claims to the islands.

THINGS WE LOVED

  • What better way to celebrate  independence day than with a greased pole-climbing competition, like this one being set up in Indonesia? (Image: Achmad Ibrahim/AP/PA)
  • We were blown away (no pun intended…) by these incredible glass retro spaceships and rockets created by artist Rik Allen (via BoingBoing).
  • Is this the tidiest otter in the world? That, or cup-stacking has become an odd compulsion for it. Watch to the end for the bonus otters-holding-hands moment:

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THINGS WE SHARED

  • Looking for a new computer but can’t decide whether to go with a Mac or PC? Business Insider has put together this handy guide of the central differences between the two to help you decide which is more suitable for your needs.
  • It turns out that Harry Potter/Michael Collins/Dogma actor Alan Rickman has the most intense tea-making technique in the world. Yikes…
  • The X-Files featured more than its fair share of weird moments throughout its nine seasons – as highlighted in this montage of this regular Dana Scully line:

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