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Exploring the quirky side of the world: From France's Tour De France to Britain's stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth II in a gas mask, there's always an offbeat twist

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France-Cycling-Tour De France
cyclists concentrate before the second stage of the 90th Tour de France between la Ferte-sous-Jouarre and Sedan. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

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Scuba Diver with an Umbrella
Picture dated 1949 of scuba diver with an umbrella. In 1943, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau invents, with Emile Gagnan, the first commercially successful open circuit type of Scuba diving equipment

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Animals-White Lion
A four-month-old white lion cub cuddles up to its father Sam inside their enclosure at a zoo in Tbilisi on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Vano SHLAMOV

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Britain-Brexit-Downing Street Cat
Larry the Downing Street cat, walks outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister in central London. AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

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Us-Entertainment-Rockettes-2017-Christmas
The Radio City Rockettes kick off rehearsals in New York October 12, 2017 for the 2017 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes as they rehearse their classic number The Twelve Days of

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Brazil-Biker-Cat
A biker shows his 12-year-old cat " Chiquinho" -which always rides with him on his motorbike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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Ninots Burn Fallas Festival Valencia
Ninots burn on the last night of the Fallas Festival in Valencia on March 19, 2014. Fallas are gigantic structures made of cardboard portraying current events

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India-New Year-Cricket
Indian boys play cricket at sunset in Joypur near Agartala, the state capital of Indias northeastern state of Tripura. AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP PHOTO / STR

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Britain-Entertainment-Music-Glastonbury
A memorial to David Bowie is pictured on day five of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England on June 26, 2016

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Colombia-Animals-Tigers-Cubs
Indira, a bengal white tigress, lies down with one of her cubs. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO

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Hong Kong-Paragliding
In this photo taken on December 21, 2018, the moon is seen in the distance past a paraglider near Ma On Shan peak in Hong Kong

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Spain-Festival-Air-Kite
A man handles a giant kite flying amongst others during the Festival Internacional del Viento (International Festival of Wind) at Malvarrosa beach, in Valencia on April 23, 2017

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Us-Politics-Whca-Obama
This combination of pictures show US President Barack Obama laughing as he listening actor and comedian Joel McHale telling jokes during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on May 3

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Cat-Show-Offbeat
Cat dressed up for a show with a top hat AFP PHOTO

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Oly-Winter-1968-Speed Skating
An unidentified woman speed skater, holding an umbrella to protect herself from falling snow, skates past a cameraman during practice

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Saudi-Animal-Camel-Festival
A caravan of camels walks in the desert during the annual King Abdulazziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 150 kilometres east of Riyadh, on March 29, 2017

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India-Travel-Market
Indian customers shop at a wholesale vegetable market in New Delhi on April 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH

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Britain-Lifestyle-Tradition-Music
Musicians from Hatfield Band prepare to compete in the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships in the Town Hall in Huddersfield, northern England on March 5, 2017

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Auto-Prix-Bra-F1-Practice
Reflection on a glass panel by the track of Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa powering his Williams in the Interlagos racetrack on November 11, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Kenya-Nature-Conservation-Animal-Elephant-Wildlife-Feature
A herd of elephants walk in front of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park on November 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

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VWs IN A ROW
VW cars are pictured after the annual press conference of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) outside the Tempelhof airport on March 13, 2014 in Berlin

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Chile-Feature-Skateboarding
Children ride their skateboards after watching Chiles Big Waves contest at Punta Lobos beach in Pichilemu, about 300 km south of Santiago, Chile. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

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Australia-Auto-Dog
A dog sits in a Volkswagen Beetle as it drives on a road in Sydney on June 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS

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Italy-Us-Lotto-Vote-Vote-Obama-Feature
A banner showing the numbers associated to the US elections for the bingo players is displayed in a lotto center on in Naples, southern Italy. AFP PHOTO/MARIO LAPORTA / AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA

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THAILAND-LIFESTYLE-PET-EXPO-DOG
A pug dressed in tartan stands in front of a stand at the 10th Thailand international Pet Variety Exhibition in Bangkok on March 26, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

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FRANCE-ANIMALS-MONKEY-NATURE
An infant saimiri monkey holds onto its mother, on April 2, 2021, at the Planete Sauvage zoological park in Port-Saint-Pere, outside Nantes. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

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Japan-tokyo-offbeat-black and white-daily life
A pedestrian crosses a street in Tokyos Ginza district on June 10, 2019. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

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Us-Entertainment-Halloween-Dog-Parade
A dog in costume is seen during the 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park in New York on October 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

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Spain-Catalonia-Human-Towers-Castels
Members of the " Colla Xiquets del Serrallo" human tower team form a " castell" during the XXVI human towers, or castells, competetion in Tarragona on October 1, 2016

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Poland-Nature-Butterfly
A peacock butterfly is perched on a Garden Cosmos flower in Popielarze village near Warsaw on July 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI

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Uk - Liverpool-Sevilla-Dog
A short legged Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Princess Cleopatra wears sunglasses and a Jurgen Klopp scarf outside the Echo arena in Liverpool, north west England on May 18, 2016

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Australia-Opera-Birthday
A ferry sails pass the Sydney Opera House as balloons are released and fireworks are set off 01 October in Sydney. The world famous icon is celebrating its 25th birthday next Sunday 04 October with a

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Chile-Color Run-Theme-Colors
Runners participate in the" Color Run" across the streets of Santiago on November 10, 2013. Some 15, 000 people took part in the five-km race, organizers said

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Norway-Tourism-Arctic
A private fishing cabin is photographed in an inside fjord near Svolvaer, in Lofoten archipelago, Arctic Circle, on March 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

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Antarctica-Chile-Base-Penguins
Penguins play before mating at Chiles military base Presidente Eduardo Frei, in the King George island, in Antarctica, on March 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

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Cook Islands-Lifestyle
A heart shape made of coconuts is seen at a beach in Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands on September 1, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville / AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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dog-World Ugliest Dog Competition - Animal
Wild Thang, a 3-year old Pekingese, is shown before the start of the Worlds Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)

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Us-Aviation-Airshow-Oracle
Aerobatic pilots Sean D. Tucker and Jessy Panzer (foreground) of Team Oracle fly down the Hudson River past the World Trade Center on May 22

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Afghanistan-People-Landscape
In this photo taken on May 22, 2019, an Afghan man rides a bicycle along a road at sunset in Arghandab district of Kandahar province. (Photo by JAVED TANVEER / AFP)

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Macedonia-Zoo-Animal
A first white-handed gibbon infant, born at the Skopje Zoo, hugs his mother, in their enclosure, in Skopje, on May 20, 2019. (Photo by Robert ATANASOVSKI / AFP)

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Myanmar-Weather-Lightning
A lightning strikes over Bago Mountains in Bago Region, some 170 km from Yangon, on May 19, 2019. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

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Uae-Dubai-Skyline -travel-flowers
Flowers by the skyline of Dubai with the Burj al-Arab in the foreground and Burj Khalifa (L) in the background. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

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Paraguay-Nature-Water Lily-Victoria
People take a boat to see giant water lilies (Victoria amazonica) - known as Yakare Yrupe in Guarani - which appear every three to four years in great numbers and size

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France-Color Run-Eyes-Portrait
A participant with her face covered with coloured powder poses for a photograph as runners celebrate after completing their five kilometers in the Color Run 2018 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on April

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France-wine-daily life-woman
A woman holds a glass of wine as she sits on the banks of the Seine river in Paris on June 24, 2019, as temperatures soar to 33 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

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France-Eiffel Tower-woman-water-hair
A woman plays the water as she cool herself down in the fountain of the Trocadero esplanade in Paris on June 25, 2019 with the Eiffel Tower on the background. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

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Russia-Flower-Bee-pink
A bee draws nectar from the flowers of a rose bush in a garden outside Moscow on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

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Macedonia-Summer-Kokino-sun
This picture shows the rocky crest of the Ancient Observatory Kokino, on June 21, 2019 on the day of the summer solstice. (Photo by Robert ATANASOVSKI / AFP)



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Exploring the quirky side of the world: From France's Tour De France to Britain's stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth II in a gas mask, there's always an offbeat twist. Who knew scuba diving with an umbrella could be so stylish? Meet Downing Street Cat, the feline witness to Brexit drama. The Rockettes' Christmas extravaganza brought entertainment to new heights in the US. In Brazil, even bikers have their trusty feline companions. Witnessing Ninots Burn at Fallas Festival Valencia is like stepping into a surreal dreamland. India welcomes New Year with cricket fever and celebrations galore. Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain never fails to bring out eccentric performances and unforgettable memories. Rows of VWs lined up perfectly - a sight that pleases any car enthusiast. Colombia surprises us with adorable tiger cubs roaming freely among its diverse wildlife. Hong Kong takes paragliding to new heights, offering breathtaking views from above.