April 2, 2014
Brussels, Belgium
 A firefighter wears a Guy Fawkes mask as he kneels in front of a fire with two colleagues during a protest action by firemen during a meeting of the Christian union ACV/CSC (via Telegraph)

Brussels, Belgium

 A firefighter wears a Guy Fawkes mask as he kneels in front of a fire with two colleagues during a protest action by firemen during a meeting of the Christian union ACV/CSC (via Telegraph)

March 15, 2014

Russian Teen Sets Himself On Fire and Jumps Off Roof Just for Kicks

Just because the Sochi Olympics are officially, finally over doesn’t mean that we should turn a blind eye to the extraordinarily weird crap that goes down in Russia. So let us pay homage to this Russian teen who made the bold decision to set himself on fire and jump off a roof into a snow bank. (via HyperVocal)

Obviously, you *really* shouldn’t try this at home.

March 14, 2014
Ankara, Turkey
An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gestures behind a barricade that they set on fire during a demonstration (via Telegraph)

Ankara, Turkey

An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gestures behind a barricade that they set on fire during a demonstration (via Telegraph)

February 24, 2014
Nantes, France
Protesters and riot police clash during a protest against the construction of a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (via Guardian)

Nantes, France

Protesters and riot police clash during a protest against the construction of a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (via Guardian)

February 23, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine
Anti-government demonstrators catch fire behind the barricades as violent clashes with police continue (via Telegraph)

Kiev, Ukraine

Anti-government demonstrators catch fire behind the barricades as violent clashes with police continue (via Telegraph)

February 22, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine
Anti-government protesters stand behind burning barricades in Independence Square (via Reuters)

Kiev, Ukraine

Anti-government protesters stand behind burning barricades in Independence Square (via Reuters)

February 22, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine
Interior Ministry members are on fire, caused by molotov cocktails hurled by anti-government protesters, as they stand guard during clashes (via Reuters)

Kiev, Ukraine

Interior Ministry members are on fire, caused by molotov cocktails hurled by anti-government protesters, as they stand guard during clashes (via Reuters)

February 12, 2014
Val d’Isère, France
Firemen are at work to extinguish a fire that broke out on an appartment building (via Telegraph)

Val d’Isère, France

Firemen are at work to extinguish a fire that broke out on an appartment building (via Telegraph)

February 8, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine
A protester aims fireworks at police during clashes (via Telegraph)

Kiev, Ukraine

A protester aims fireworks at police during clashes (via Telegraph)

January 28, 2014

UK: Beard Protest Inflames Shetlands Viking Festival

A spectacular Viking-themed festival kicking off in the Scottish Shetland Islands Tuesday has been stoked by controversy after two participants refused to shave off their beards.

The men were preparing for the region’s midwinter Up Helly Aa festival — a highlight of the tourist calendar — but their facial hair was judged incompatible with emergency breathing equipment they were obliged to don as fire fighters on their home island of Bressay.

The pair’s stance has thus deprived the tiny isle of a fire team until the festivities wind up, the Scotsman reports.

The “beard protest” may testify to the significance of Up Helly Aa to the inhabitants of this remote group of islands strung out between the Scottish mainland and Norway.

Or it may point to the importance of beard size to Shetland’s men.

Either way, it does seem risky to be without a fire crew amid a season of celebrations whose main event, taking place Tuesday in the Shetlands capital of Lerwick, is described by organizers as “Europe’s largest fire festival.” (via CNN)

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