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It’s Election Day in Alabama! What’s your current mood? Will tomorrow be morning in America?

Or are the gates of hell about to open?

Top photo: sunrise in Irvine from the soccer field at our local elementary school. This disproves once and for all the canard that I have never personally witnessed a sunrise.

Bottom photo: the south bank of the Thames near the Eye, taken on the day of the great sandstorm.

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