Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high. ― E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

A baboon holds a red rose as it strolls with a friend in its at enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park.. (Knowsley Safari Park)

A baboon holds a red rose as it strolls with a friend in its at enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park. (Knowsley Safari Park)

Dramatic clouds rumble over Johannesburg in a composite image made of dozens of photographs. Alexius van der Westhuizen, a 46-year-old real-estate agent, captured the dramatic thunderstorm that illuminated the night sky as hundreds of lightning bolt in full force. The image is a composition of dozens of photographs taken during three-hour sessions over the course of the summer. Lightning strikes are layered over each other to give the impression the sky is erupting with dozens of bolts at once. (Greatstock / Barcroft Media)
Dramatic clouds rumble over Johannesburg in a composite image made of dozens of photographs. Alexius van der Westhuizen, a 46-year-old real-estate agent, captured the dramatic thunderstorm that illuminated the night sky as hundreds of lightning bolt in full force. The image is a composition of dozens of photographs taken during three-hour sessions over the course of the summer. Lightning strikes are layered over each other to give the impression the sky is erupting with dozens of bolts at once. (Greatstock / Barcroft Media)
Auction house Sotheby's will be selling the ultimate emerald cut diamond. The 100-carat perfect gem is estimated at US £12 - £16.5 million ($19-25m). (Eddie Mulholland / The Telegraph)
Auction house Sotheby’s will be selling the ultimate emerald cut diamond. The 100-carat perfect gem is estimated at US £12 – £16.5 million ($19-25m). (Eddie Mulholland / The Telegraph)
Islamic State and Al Qaida figures, with writing below reading ‘terror competition’, during the Rose Monday carnival parade in Düsseldorf, Germany. (Patrik Stollarz / AFP - Getty Images)
Islamic State and Al Qaida figures, with writing below reading ‘terror competition’, during the Rose Monday carnival parade in Düsseldorf, Germany. (Patrik Stollarz / AFP – Getty Images)
A blind person feels with her hands a copy of El Greco's Gentleman with his Hand on his Chest at the Prado Museum in Madrid. 'Hoy toca el Prado' (Touch The Prado) allows blind or vision-impaired visitors to explore with their hands the copies of six masterworks. The copies were created using a technique called 'Didu' which provides texture and volume to the paintings. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images)
A blind person feels with her hands a copy of El Greco’s Gentleman with his Hand on his Chest at the Prado Museum in Madrid. ‘Hoy toca el Prado’ (Touch The Prado) allows blind or vision-impaired visitors to explore with their hands the copies of six masterworks. The copies were created using a technique called ‘Didu’ which provides texture and volume to the paintings. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images)
Palestinians ride donkey carts during a sandstorm next to buildings destroyed during last year's 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighborhood. (Mohammed Abed / AFP - Getty Images)
Palestinians ride donkey carts during a sandstorm next to buildings destroyed during last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants, in Gaza City’s al-Shejaiya neighborhood. (Mohammed Abed / AFP – Getty Images)
A flying frog looks like a rodeo rider as it effortlessly climbs onto a the back of a woodboring beetle. The photo was taken by wildlife specialist Hendy Mp in Sambas, Indonesia. (Hendy MP / Solent News)
A flying frog looks like a rodeo rider as it effortlessly climbs onto a the back of a woodboring beetle. The photo was taken in Sambas, Indonesia. (Hendy MP / Solent News)
Tehran, Iran Girls show their hands painted with the national colors during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile in Paris, toppling the monarchy and forming the Islamic republic Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA
Girls show their hands painted with the national colors during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile in Paris, toppling the monarchy and forming the Islamic republic, in Iran. (Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA)
Residents of Mangueira slum watch as a participant attends a beauty contest for transvestites and transsexuals at the entrance of the Glam Gay pre-carnival Ball, in Mangueira samba school in Rio de Janeiro. (Ricardo Moraes / Reuters)
Residents of Mangueira slum watch as a participant attends a beauty contest for transvestites and transsexuals at the entrance of the Glam Gay pre-carnival Ball, in Mangueira samba school in Rio de Janeiro. (Ricardo Moraes / Reuters)
A girl reacts as she watches her friend play hopscotch on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters)
A girl reacts as she watches her friend play hopscotch on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters)
A man blows fire on a scarecrow with a mask depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin during celebrations to say farewell to winter in Uzhgorod, Ukraine (Alexander Zobin / AFP - Getty Images)
A man blows fire on a scarecrow with a mask depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin during celebrations to say farewell to winter in Uzhgorod, Ukraine (Alexander Zobin / AFP – Getty Images)
Revellers pose during in the street carnival 'Los Indianos' (the Indians ) in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma. (AFP / Getty Images)
Revellers pose during in the street carnival ‘Los Indianos’ (the Indians ) in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma. (AFP / Getty Images)
Syrian children wearing orange jumpsuits stand inside a cage placed near the debris of a building destroyed in bombardment by Syrian government forces on the rebel-held Damascus subrb of Douma, during a protest to denounce the continuing killing of civilians in the Syrian conflict and the failure of the international community to stop the carnage. (AFP / Getty Images)
Syrian children wearing orange jumpsuits stand inside a cage placed near the debris of a building destroyed in bombardment by Syrian government forces on the rebel-held Damascus subrb of Douma, during a protest to denounce the continuing killing of civilians in the Syrian conflict and the failure of the international community to stop the carnage. (AFP / Getty Images)
Chefs prepare tacos of Cochinita Pibil, a popular dish from Yucatan, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest taco in Guadalajara. (REUTERS)
Chefs prepare tacos of Cochinita Pibil, a popular dish from Yucatan, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest taco in Guadalajara. (REUTERS)
Hundreds of people gather for a vigil near the cultural club in Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP)
Hundreds of people gather for a vigil near the cultural club in Copenhagen, Denmark. (AP)
Benjamin Miller, 20, from Georgia, in the US, is gored by a bull during the 'Carnaval del Toro' in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain. He is now recovering in hospital in western Salamanca. (Jose Vicente / AP)
Benjamin Miller, 20, from Georgia, in the US, is gored by a bull during the ‘Carnaval del Toro’ in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain. He is now recovering in hospital in western Salamanca. (Jose Vicente / AP)
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