Things are not always as they seem

September 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The ladies of the Colombian women’s cycling team are actually fully clothed. It is just that the fabric covering the lower part of their torso is flesh-coloured

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Dozens of British patients have been barred from liver transplant operations for refusing to give up alcohol: Hundreds of alcoholics have been refused liver transplants in the past five years because they have not been able to stop drinking. More than 160 patients with severe alcohol-induced liver disease have been denied a transplant, including a teenager at King’s College Hospital in London and two people in their twenties. Doctors say liver disease victims are getting younger by the year and that the majority of those refused a liver transplant will soon die. At University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, eight of the 12 patients who were declined a liver transplant died, including two in their twenties, according to the Sunday Times. Doctors became concerned about the refusal of liver transplants after the death of Gary Reinbach, 22, from Essex, in 2009. He died of liver failure after being denied a potentially life-saving transplant because he was not able to give up alcohol. The NHS Blood and Transplant Service announced in April this year that alcoholics suffering from severe liver disease will be allowed to have transplants on the NHS for the first time.”

The world’s first selfie? Self-portrait taken by photographer in 1850s is sold for £70,000: “A self-portrait taken by pioneering photographer Oscar Rjelander – believed to be the world’s first selfie – sold at auction for £70,000. The important photograph, which dates from the 1850s, predates the modern craze by almost 200 years. It was discovered in a leather-bound book of 70 albumen prints by the renowned Swedish artist. Liz Pepper Darling of Morphets said: ‘The vendor brought the album into the office, and asked for it to be sold with a reserve of £100. ‘We quickly realised it was quite an important album of early photographs, when the art was really in its infancy.’ Among the sitters in the album are Rejlander’s wife, Hallam Tennyson – the son of poet Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Rejlander himself. Rejlander sold the album of 70 prints to 19th century naval hydrographer Captain George Browing, and it was passed down through the family to most recent owner, who the auctioneers said had no inkling of its significance.”

Leopard that targets drunk men as they stumble home claims its 12th victim: “A man-eating leopard is terrorising villagers in a remote part of India by only attacking men as they stumble home drunk – and has claimed at least 12 human lives in two years, villagers say. The blood-thirsty jungle cat has become infamous across the Didihat region of the Himalayas, in northern India, where it is said to lie in wait for inebriated drinkers to totter by before pouncing, tearing them to pieces and eating their flesh. It has cast such fear across the region that local officials have dispatched an elite team of sharpshooters to hunt and kill the beast. But their efforts have so far drawn a blank. And, last month, the leopard again resurfaced to claim its twelfth victim, a 44-year-old man from Badeth village. The animal’s reign of terror has provoked such fear across the region that residents of more than 50 villages are refusing to go outdoors after sundown.”

The driver who fought back: Moment furious motorist jumped into his car and reversed it off the back of a tow truck: “Watching your car being issued with a parking ticket is a frustration known to many of us. But few drivers will have reacted so dramatically as this man in Walthamstow, east London, who was so incensed to see his car being put on a tow truck, he jumped behind the wheel and reversed straight off it. These astonishing pictures show the man, who, having returned to find his silver Vauxhall Astra being impounded, was determined to stop it going to the pound. Landing on the ground three feet below with a thump, the unidentified man then reversed before speeding off. A spokesman for the council said the matter had been reported to police but neither the motorist nor the car had yet been found, as it appeared the car was not registered to the man who was driving it.”

Got the shakes? There’s a spoon for that: “An anti-shake spoon is allowing people with frustrating and disabling tremors enjoy their favourite foods once more. The Liftware spoon detects and then cancels out shakes and judders, allowing soup, cereal and other hard to manipulate foods be eaten with ease. The technology, which has been bought by Google, is aimed at Parkinson’s patients and other people with tremors. The £180 spoon has revolutionary electronics in its handle, which can cancel out shakes by 70 per cent. Uncontrollable shaking of the hand or arm is one of the first symptoms of Parkinson’s. But it can also occur in otherwise healthy people, with four in 100 adults aged 40-plus suffering from an essential tremor that when severe can make eating, drinking and writing extremely difficult. Cutting-edge electronics hidden in chunky handle of the Liftware spoon sense the tremor. They then move the handle in the opposite direction, to cancel out the shake. Similar technology is used in cameras to compensate for unsteady hands.

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Arab curse

September 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Families shocked by gummy mix-up: “A confectionery company is dealing with a sticky situation after penis-shaped gummy lollies made their way into some of its packs, costing the company thousands of dollars in recalls. New Zealand confectionery company Dutch Rusk imported five pallets of the gummy lollies, called Dragon Sweets, from a Chinese manufacturer about six weeks ago.Two weeks later the company started receiving complaints from people who discovered the phallic gummies in their mixed gummy pack. Dutch Rusk managing director of sales Jack Van de Geest said the company immediately recalled the lollies once it started receiving complaints. One out of every 20 or 30 bags would have one or two little gummy penises in them, he said.”

‘Unrestrained wild beasts who eat food so greasy it needs detergent': Portuguese view of England: “A best-selling book written by a Portuguese academic has offered a dismal portrayal of English people, calling them ‘unrestrained wild beasts who eat food so greasy it needs detergent’. Joao Magueijo, 47, a physics professor at Imperial College London, has seen his book, Bifes Mal Passados (Undercooked Beef) sell more than 20,000 copies in his native country. Despite spending 25 years of his life on these shores, he describes England as ‘one of the most rigid and rotten societies in Europe, possibly the world’. He says the English are ‘always fighting’ and claims ‘I never met such a group of animals’ – English culture is pathologically violent’. Describing a four-hour wait in a Blackpool hospital’s A&E department one Sunday afternoon, he says ‘it looked like a field hospital after battle’.”

Vintage racing car sells for record-breaking price of £1.5m at auction: “An iconic pre-war racing car designed by the father of Bentley Motors has sold for £1.5 million at an auction. It was a world record price for the famed British marque at auction. The Lagonda LG45R Rapide – known simply by its registration plate ‘EPE 97′ – has been described as ‘the most famous Lagonda of all’. This beautiful burnt-red two-seater vehicle that could reach 100mph was built in 1936 after Lagonda had appointed W.O. Bentley – the man who started Bentley Motor Cars in 1919 – as their chief designer. The EPE 97 was developed after Lagonda was purchased by businessman Alan Good to help stop their financial decline. Good appointed W.O. Bentley, who was pivotal in transforming the flailing company as the first Lagonda designer to use a V-12 engine. The EPE 97 was sold for £1,569,500 when it went under the hammer at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale.”

World’s first lane for pedestrians who cannot resist using their phones while walking: “The world’s first lane for mobile phone addicts who cannot put down their beloved devices has been created. The 100ft-stretch of pavement in the Chinese city of Chongqing has a lane specially painted for people who have their eyes glued to their screens. It has a picture of a phone etched on the ground, the word ‘cell phone’ written down and a thick white line separating it from the rest of the pavement. The lane was set up in response to the growing number of people who are addicted to their phone – which is a major issue in China. The idea for the mobile phone lane, on Foreigner Street, appears to have been copied almost exactly from a project by a television programme on the National Geographic channel earlier this year. That programme found only a few people changed which side of the pavement they walked on after spotting the signs. However, officials in China said the markings would help to quietly remind pedestrians that ‘it is best not to play with your phone while walking’.”

Trapped giant manta ray swims free after approaching scuba divers in desperate plea to be cut from fishing lines: “Divers off the the coast of Costa Rica were recently approached by a massive manta ray, but what could have been a rattling encounter for the scuba divers suddenly became an humanitarian mission. Amazingly, the massive winged fish–which was entangled in painful-looking fishing line–appeared to be pleading with the international dive team for help being set free. The shocked divers obliged, cutting the thick cords from the ray, whose species can weigh as much as 5,000 pounds and have a wingspan of 18 feet. Once freed, the manta did a backflip of joy and the astounding encounter was all caught on video by one of the divers. Scientists believe the ray has the largest brain of all fish species. Like other massive ocean animals such as whale sharks and the largest of whales, mantas are filter feeders and eat only the ocean’s tiniest organisms.”

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An English beach: Stones instead of sand

September 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Old lady who survived a 13-storey plunge down elevator shaft overcame her trauma to get back in elevator for first time in 15 years… and it gets STUCK: “A grandmother who survived a 13-storey plunge down an elevator shaft finally overcame her fears and got back in one for the first time in 15 years – only to get stuck. Pensioner Geraldine Tattam, now 65, her daughter and her then six-month-old granddaughter were lucky to escape with their lives when the cable snapped in the elevator in a council block in Romford, north-east London, in 1999. She vowed never to use an elevator again, but three weeks ago, after returning home with heavy shopping and facing a 196-step climb, she decided to chance it. Ms Tattam lives on the 14th floor of the Highfield Towers council block in Romford, north-east London. To her shock, the elevator dropped several feet and stopped working, leaving the unlucky grandmother trapped. Ms Tattam was stuck for more than two hours waiting for help to arrive because of a firefighters’ strike.”

Wife saves husband: “Many men have been known to experience a nauseating sinking feeling the moment they utter those two life-changing words – ‘I do’. For Peter Bolton, it wasn’t cold feet that left him feeling queasy – but the prospect of falling hundreds of metres to his death after he lost his balance during the cliff-top ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Strictly speaking, he was not getting married but renewing his vows with wife, Faith, when the seemingly terrifying incident happened. A select few friends looked on in horror as Mr Bolton suddenly leant backwards, appearing to lose his balance as he stood on the edge of the precipice while reading his vows. He shouts and fearfully flails his arms in the air as guests look on and display very little reaction. Luckily, Mrs Bolton was on hand to grab her husband and prevent the happy occasion from turning into a tragedy. She manages to get a solid grip on his left arm before pulling him to safety.”

240lb Seattle woman ‘broke into man’s apartment pinned him down and raped him while he slept’: “26-year-old Seattle woman Chantae Gilman is facing rape charges after a man alleged he woke up to find her on top of him in his apartment, pinning his arms down. Gilman has prior felon convictions for attempted robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, The Smoking Gun reports. According the the police report, on the night of the attack the man had attended a birthday party for a neighbor known to Gilman. ‘Once arriving home he fell asleep on his bed,’ reported Detective Roger Ishimitsu. ‘Victim slept very hard due to a long day.’ He woke at 2 a.m. to find the 5’7”. 240-pound Gilman on top of him with his erect penis inside of her. His hands had been ‘pinned down over his head,’ according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has since been charged with second-degree rape for assaulting a victim ‘incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse by reason of being physically helpless.'”

ANOTHER “superfood”: “They were once worshipped by the Aztecs for being food of the gods. And now, hundreds of years later, chia seeds are revered once again as the latest `superfood’ trend. Originally found in Mexico, the tiny seeds have been dubbed `the running food’ and hailed as the `ultimate superfood’ by athletes and health advocates. They contain a wealth of antioxidants and minerals such as calcium and have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3 has been shown to help protect against a range of illnesses including heart disease and dementia. The seeds are also thought to help dieters as they contain few calories but are high in protein, making people feel full. The craze has taken such a hold that Marks & Spencer has just launched a range of products – including bread and pitta – containing the ingredient to meet the rising demand. The chain’s nutritionist Helen Stevenson said: `Our customers are definitely becoming more aware of these hero health ingredients, and are actively looking for them.'”

Did a keyboard decide YOUR baby’s name? ‘Qwerty effect’ makes people choose names containing letters on right-hand keys: “A study suggests the layout of a Qwerty keyboard may play a key part in what parents’ name their new baby. The researchers suggest keys on the right hand side are viewed as more positive, while the left is more negative. And they found people tend to favour names with letters from the right side of a keyboard – but only since the rise in popularity of the Qwerty keyboard in 1990. Scientists believe this is because many people apparently tend to associate `good’ with their dominant side – and most people are right-handed. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the research, though, is that the researchers say baby names have been influenced by the rise of the Qwerty keyboard. Since 1990, which the team defines as the dawn of the ‘modern keyboard era’, baby names with more right-side keys have apparently been favoured.”

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The latest picture gallery

September 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As regular readers here will know, I select what I see as the “best” pictiures and graphics that have appeared on this blog from time to time. I have just put up my selection from the pictures that appeared here in January and February. You can access them here or here. There are definitely some good ones worth revisiting.

The Complex Simplified

September 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Woman called Isis starts campaign and petition for America to start calling terror group new name of ISIL so she can avoid being associated with them: “A Miami woman called Isis Martinez posted a video on YouTube in which she pleads with the media to please stop using her name to refer to the ‘shameless excuses for human beings’ who have misappropriated her appellation. The 38-year-old, who heads a non-profit in the Florida city, has created a petition urging the media and others to use the acronym ‘ISIL’ instead of ‘ISIS’ to describe the group formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq the Levant. The petition, part of a campaign that began on August 23, has so far received 352 signatures. Isis Martinez said she’s tired of the ‘awkward looks’ and negative reactions of people when she introduces herself. ‘I couldn’t just sit back and let it happen,’ she said in an interview with Newsweek. She points out in the video that the United States government uses ISIL – including President Barack Obama – to refer to the group that now calls itself simply the Islamic State, as do the UN and the Associated Press.”

Dead in a pool of blood, the man who was simply walking with a woman – but whose husband flew into a jealous rage and stabbed him repeatedly: “A Chinese man who was convinced his wife was having an affair, ended the imagined love-triangle by stabbing his innocent `rival’ to death in the street. Qin Han, 39, believed his wife Du, 33, was sleeping with a colleague and went to her workplace to confront her. After spotting Du with the man he believed was her lover as they left the building, he attacked him with a knife, leaving him in a pool of blood. According to neighbours, Mr and Mrs Qin had been arguing for months over his suspicions that she was cheating on him. And after a particularly violent row at their home in the city of Xinxiang in central China’s Henan province, the father-of-two had decided to go to her work to `find proof’. When he saw the man, known only as Mr Zhao, leaving the building with his wife, Mr Qin confronted the pair of them in the street”

The socialist solution to gridlock: “Owning a car should be `outlawed’ to force people on to public transport, a senior Labour MP has suggested. Motorists who want to drive should instead be forced to join communal `car clubs’ where the cars are shared by drivers and used only when needed. Dr Alan Whitehead, a Labour MP for Southampton Test and a member of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, said the increase in car ownership would lead to `something approaching a national traffic jam before 2040′. He claimed that radical action would be needed to avoid national gridlock. In an article in the Guardian, Dr Whitehead wrote: `We need to consider doing something serious. What we need is a considerable expansion of public transport over the next period and a shift from car to bus, train, bike or even feet. The big problem is how to do it.’ He went on to suggest that `outlawing’ car ownership was better than banning car use altogether, preferring `regulation rather than prohibition’.

The woman with half her brain MISSING but managed to live an almost normal life: “A Chinese woman has lived to the age of 24 with part of her brain missing. Scans revealed the woman had been born without a cerebellum – the part of the brain responsible for posture, balance, motor learning like kicking a ball, and speech. It emerged the woman had experienced problems, not learning to talk until she was six and failing to walk until she was seven. Physicians believe the woman is only the ninth known case of a living person suffering the condition cerebellar agenesis. Doctors learned the woman had never played or jumped like other children her age, and is unable to walk steadily without support. Tests revealed she had no problem understanding words but living without a cerebellum meant she had difficulties with pronunciation. The doctors looking after the patient, said they believe the normal cerebellar function may have been taken over by the cortex. The woman married, and gave birth to a daughter with no neurological abnormalities.

Dream homes divide the sexes: Men and women’s ideas of what makes dream home are completely different: “Buying their first home is stressful enough when a couple agree on what they want. Unfortunately, most don’t, according to a survey. It found that men and women’s ideas of what makes a dream home are completely different. Most men, 80 per cent, prioritise the ease of their commute to work whereas 53 per cent of women think the number of bedrooms is key, followed by proximity to good schools (35 per cent). However, one thing both sexes agree on is that the legal paperwork and any delays it causes are the most stressful part. Two thousand first-time buyers under the age of 35 were questioned for the survey by online estate agent Purplebricks.com.”

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Wisdom

September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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11-year-old girl whose mother allows her to travel abroad alone: “When Anne Atkins, who lives in Bedford, wrote a feature for MailOnline Travel about encouraging her five children to travel alone from the age of just nine, she was met with a barrage of criticism. Here, her youngest daughter, 11-year-old Rosalie, explains why she is happy her parents send her away alone and how it has shaped her as a person. “While other children may have been dragged around all summer after their parents or sitting in front of TV or computer screens during their holidays, I have just spent the most amazing week in Paris – without my family. Recently I was invited to stay in Paris with the Scribe family, who I’ve known for a couple of years. Their older daughter au paired for us one summer, and their younger daughter Jeanne and I have already done holiday exchanges. I think I’m very fortunate that my parents allow me to travel alone.”

Duff beer banned in Australia: “Woolworths attempt to cash in on an alcoholic export from the long-running TV show The Simpsons has come to an end after an advertising standards body ruled the campaign was marketing alcohol to children and young adults. The grocery giant will soon no longer sell Duff Beer through its outlets Dan Murphys and BWS, after copping a complaint by the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code, the standards scheme for liquor marketing. Woolworths had been selling the brew, which had existed on our television screens in the fictional world of The Simpsons long before it entered the real world, since late May. The soon-to-be-gone Duff Beer: An advertising standards body ruled the campaign was marketing alcohol to children and young adults. “It is inarguable that an alcoholic product that is branded in the get-up of The Simpson’s ‘Duff Beer’ will be instantly recognisable and highly appealing to children and young people under the legal drinking age in Australia,” the complaint said.”

Bavarian cattle festival: “Decorated with floral crowns and large bells – and treated like celebrities – the cows of the Bavarian Alps know it can mean only one thing: time to get moo-ving. Assisted by herders dressed in traditional attire, the animals are returning from summer alpine grazing during the annual cattle drive in the Allgaeu region of Bad Hindelang, Germany. Every spring, cattle herders bring thousands of them to mountain meadows, and the cows remain there throughout summer months before being brought back down the valleys to farms in the villages for winter. During the summer months, the herders live in a mountain hut called an Alm, often without electricity, in keeping with tradition. The spectacle, which dates back to the turn of the last century, often attracts huge crowds of locals and visitors. And after the cow drive, there is a folk fair with local food, music and beer.”

Doggy football fan: “American football fans were ecstatic when the 2014 NFL season kicked off last week but few expressed their joy more perfectly than George the dog. When shown a recording of the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers in 2014 season opener, George couldn’t contain his excitement – as he well shouldn’t given his four-legged status. George jumps and barks with vigour from the snap to the down, slightly less so between plays. And he calms down totally during commercial breaks. When his owner cruelly switches the TV to an old episode of Kevin James sitcom The King of Queens, George isn’t especially impressed, but the spring is back in the pooch when he turns back to the game.

Dog in a snood: “An Afghan hound is top dog for fashion after he was spotted showing off this stylish tartan snood. Two-year-old Ari has become a minor celebrity in his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire, after locals expressed their love of the strange garment, which keeps his flowing black hair out of his mouth and eyes. Without the garment, the dog’s flowing black hair gets in his eyes, meaning he cannot see where he is going. Mr White, who owns two Afghan hounds, added: ‘We have always used snoods as they help keep hair out of the dog’s face. ‘Many people just use them for eating to make mealtimes less messy, but we also use them when we are out walking so that Ari can see where he is going. ‘The snood helps to keep their long coats from getting into their eyes and mouth.”

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Viewpoints

September 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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House made out of STRAW collapses: “Residents in a seaside town had to be evacuated after a traditionally built cob cottage collapsed during renovation work yesterday. One wall of the mud and straw-built terraced house fell into the street in Dawlish, Devon, as scaffolding surrounding it buckled and fell. It emerged today that builders had been working to repair a crack in the front wall of the house, which is home to a couple in their 30s with children, who were out at the time. Jason Sandland, an architectural surveyor who lives in the street near the town centre, said: ‘The scaffolding twisted and collapsed onto the road. ‘Luckily there was no-one on the street, which is usually quite busy.’ He added: ‘Cob is usually a good material for building but it can dry out if covered with the wrong render.’ The cob cottage in Dawlish is the second such building to collapse in under a week – last Thursday a 400-year-old cob cottage up the coast in East Budleigh, Devon, buckled.”

The car that almost bankrupted Daimler: “She was a former showgirl turned exuberant socialite who acquired a taste for the high life through a succession of marriages to wealthy businessmen. Little wonder that a car designed by Lady Docker was a monument to extravagance, from its royal blue crocodile skin trim, hand-woven silk upholstery and a silver mascot modelled on her naked body. Now her Daimler DK400 ‘Stardust’ limousine is expected to fetch up to £160,000 when it is auctioned on Saturday. The restored 1954 vehicle is one of five cars commissioned and styled by Lady Docker, hallmarked with what Bonhams auctioneers call ‘awe-inspiring excess’. Lady Docker put her own stamp on the car in an attempt to dust off the drab, stuffy image she believed was blighting her husband’s Daimler firm in post-war Britain. But it was so outrageously ambitious it cost company chairman Sir Bernard Docker his job and nearly bankrupted the company.”

Clumsy clergyman: “A blushing bride was nearly left red-faced on her big day after the vicar tripped over the train of her strapless dress, almost pulling it down, and broke his arm. Reverend Roger Scoones was about to wave the newlywed couple down the aisle when he fell over the train of Katie Stoddard’s dress and landed face down on the floor. Reverend Roger Scoones broke his right arm but did not go to hospital until after the ceremony was finished. The congregation watched in shock as Rev. Scoones was helped to his feet by stunned groom Jon-Paul before carrying on with the ceremony, despite a broken right arm. ‘I pulled him to his feet – but by his arm which can’t have helped – and he just carried on as if nothing had happened. He is a real trooper, he did a brilliant job.’ Mrs Stoddard’s dress comes with a long and flowing train, which the vicar attempted to ‘jump’ over”

Chinese farmers cover entire road with their crop to dry it out… and don’t mind motorists driving over it: “Welcome to the town where the streets are paved with rice. While it may in fact appear to be something of a ‘golden road’, this street has in fact been completely covered in rice as it is left out to dry. The farmers raked tonnes of shelled rice across an 800-metre section of the road in the small town of Mingda in southwest China’s Chongqing following a harvest of the grain. Judging by these pictures however, the farmers were hardly concerned as motorists drove over the grains while going about their daily business. While it may not seem the most hygienic or safest way to dry out the rice, the sight of the grain being left out on the road is not all that uncommon in China. According to one travel blog, farmers don’t mind vehicles driving on the road, as the draft caused by the passing vehicles blows away the lightweight husk which has detached itself from the grain, leaving the rice in place.”

Gold engagement ring from 17th Century discovered lying in field: “A gold engagement ring from the 17th Century has been unearthed by a pensioner with a metal detector – more than 300 years after it was lost. Tom Ross, 69, was sweeping his metal detector over a ploughed farmer’s field near Newtownabbey in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, when he stumbled across the item. The rare ‘posy’ ring, which dates back to the late 1600s and is 85 per cent gold, bears the Old English inscription ‘I noght on gift bot gifer’, or ‘Look not on the gift, but the giver’. Also known as a ‘betrothal’ ring, it pre-dates the custom of proposing with an engagement ring, but essentially served the same purpose. Men and women exchanged the items from the 1500s onwards to symbolise their future commitment to each other. It was only after Mr Ross, who took up metal detecting four years ago as a hobby, showed the ring to a fellow treasure hunter in England that he realised it could be valuable. He passed the item to museum experts in Northern Ireland who were able to establish its true significance”

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The cat and the kiddy

September 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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1955 Lancia Aurelia: “A tribute to Italian carmakers’ ingenuity and eccentricity, the Lancia Aurelia was a glorious combination of high-tech innovation and boyish good looks. Available as a sedan, a coupé, a convertible or this spider, this grand tourer exudes class, and played what is arguably the starring role in Dino Rissi’s film The Easy Life. A V6 engine with hemispherical heads, uncommon for its time, sent power to a rear-mounted transaxle (a design later adopted, and still used, by the Corvette). Also rear mounted was the clutch and flywheel (later adopted by Porsche in the 968), and inboard mounted rear brakes (later adopted by the Jaguar E-Type).

Woman designs T-shirt to stop boyfriend straying on Ibiza holiday: “A WOMAN, 20, has made her own T-shirt to try to stop girls trying to steal her boyfriend on a lads’ holiday. Abbie Bartlett’s T-shirt, which features a series of pictures of her and Leon Connolly her boyfriend of six years, bears the words: “I love my girlfriend Abbie, I hate the girls in Ibiza, so please stay away from me”. Connolly, 24, who will fly out with his male friends to the Spanish party island of Ibiza, on Friday, did not believe his girlfriend, mother of his five-year-old daughter Harlie, would do it. “We’re always pulling pranks on each other, our relationship is based on having fun. I was with him when he booked to go on holiday with friends to Ibiza and I said I was going to make a T-shirt for him to wear. He said ‘you wouldn’t’ and I just replied ‘watch me,’” Connolly said he was happy to go along with wearing the T-shirt. ‘I just have to laugh about it, Abbie is the only girl for me and we both know that!”

Facebook faker: “Student boasts to friends about trekking through Asia, visiting stunning beaches, tasting local cuisine and meeting Buddhist monks – using FAKE photos taken in her home town.
Zilla van den Born deceived her loved ones into thinking she was enjoying an exotic five-week holiday across South East Asia as part of a university project. But the 25-year-old was actually still at home in Amsterdam and used Photoshop to create the authentic images before posting them on Facebook. ‘My goal was to prove how common and easy it is for people to distort reality. Everyone knows that pictures of models are manipulated, but we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality also in our own lives.’ The graphics student was waved off at the airport by her family before she took a train back to Amsterdam and spent the following 42 days indoors cleverly altering images. Over the course of five weeks Zilla seemed to enjoy snorkelling, sample authentic Asian food, travel in traditional tuk-tuks and she even visited a Buddhist temple. But in reality the photographs were taken in her own swimming pool, or using venues around Amsterdam – and the authentic Asian food was in fact cooked by Zilla herself.”

It’s a cake: “Sweet-toothed jet setters don’t need their passport for this worldwide tour – as they can travel around the world in 40 cakes. These edible works of art depict some of the world’s most famous landmarks and show aspects of a variety of cultures in the collection of delicately crafted cakes. The impressive selection of sweet treats were dreamed up by some of the world’s finest cake makers and feature in this month’s edition of Cake Masters magazine. And the intricate pieces range from an edible Great Barrier Reef to the bright lights of Las Vegas, as well as an African safari and the Taj Mahal. Even the Greek goddess Athena and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi have been sculpted out of fondant. World-renowned locations like the windmills of Amsterdam, icons like China’s terracotta army and the floating markets of Thailand have also been recreated in sponge.

Concept house is pinned to the side of a cliff with unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean: “If you’ve ever wanted to have the ocean right at your door, this concept property on the Australian southwest coast seems to be precariously clinging to the side of a cliff – just metres above the sea. The aptly named Cliff House extends off a vertical rock face and is anchored to the cliff side with support beams. Cliff House was conceived of by Australian prefab architecture specialists Modscape Concept, who were inspired by the shape of barnacles clinging to the hull of a ship. The concept home, which seems to almost propel off the overhang, makes the property look as if it is an extension of the landscape. On their website, the architects say that their aim is to create ‘an absolute connection with the ocean.’ The five-storey home will be made from prefab modules which are arranged in a vertical floor plan.”

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Another golf toon

September 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Nude man hogtied by witnesses in Western Australia after alleged ‘attempted carjackings’: “A NAKED man was crash-tackled and hogtied by horrified witnesses after he allegedly tried to carjack several drivers in Western Australia. WA Police said the man in this mid 20s tried to stop three cars on the Brookton Highway in Karagullen, about half an hour south east of Perth. Phil Ferraro and his daughter Frankie were driving past when they saw a man trapped in an overturned ute and stopped to help. He soon realised the driver was the victim of an attempted carjacking — and the alleged culprit was continuing to target other drivers. “This guy had run out from the bush (and) smashed the (driver’s) windscreen,” Mr Ferraro told Channel 9. A woman who had also stopped to help was then allegedly attacked by the same man. The alleged carjacker took off his clothes as he ran down the road, while the ute [pickup] driver called his brother and a friend for help. “They caught him, king hit him and then tied the naked guys arms and legs behind his head and left him in the dirt for the police and ambulance.”

Poisonous centipede terrifies first class passengers: “FIRST class flyers were treated to more than champagne and hot towels on board a recent flight to Auckland in which a poisonous centipede made itself at home in the luxury cabin. The unwelcome visitor appeared during a flight from the Samoan capital Apia and tried to crawl up the leg of a first class passenger. “The passenger apparently brushed off the centipede, which scuttled off, causing some commotion in the cabin,” said Craig Hughes, responsible for border clearance at the Ministry for Primary Industries. “By the size of its claws, it would have at least caused a nasty nip.” The 10cm-long bug, which probably hitched a ride in a passenger’s carry-on luggage, was destroyed by quarantine inspectors when the plane arrived in Auckland.

84-year-old Australian hunter lives with the largest captive croc in the world: “A crocodile hunter who spent 17 years in pursuit of the dangerous animals now lives with the biggest captive crocodile in the world. George Craig, 84, from Green Island, Australia, captured dangerous crocodile Cassius – who is 18ft-long and weighs a tonne – 30 years ago, and the pair have lived together ever since. George has fed Cassius every day for 30 years and has a soft spot for the gigantic animal. George captured Cassius in 1987 from a river in the Northern Territory, where he was notorious for his huge size – and was under threat of being hunted down and killed by the local population. Cassisus, who is missing his front left leg and tip of his tail due to vicious fights, was deemed a massive threat to humans after attacking boats. So George set about capturing him to save his life, and bringing him to live in his sanctuary.”

Rusty 1961 Jaguar E-type that doesn’t run sells for £78,000… now its new owner just needs to spend another £120,000 to get it on the road : “A rusty old Jaguar convertible which does not run has sold at auction for more than £77,000 – nearly five times its estimate – and the new owner will now have to spend another £120,000 to get it on the road. It is one of the extremely rare ‘Flat Floor’ models, of which there are thought to be just 170 left in existence. The car has been off the road and hidden away for the last 20 years. When it is back on the road, the E-Type’s 3.8-litre engine will develop around 265 brake horse power. This will give the convertible sports car a 0-60mph time of seven seconds and a top speed in excess of 150mph.

Happy dog: “Dogs love playing in the water – but when it comes to getting clean, it truly is a dog’s life! This pampered pooch lays back and enjoys a good soapy scrub down as his owner gives him all the love, attention and bubbles a dog could ask for. Head back and paws out-stretched the pup is extremely cooperative as the puppy is given a nice wash. Laying on his back with his paws in the air it appeared as though the pup was having treatments more akin to a fine animal spa. His owner continued to scrub him, paw by paw, and wipe away the grime. The dog amiably extends his feet for them to be given a proper scrub down. At one point it looks as though he has drifted off to doggy dreamland as the soaps suds scrub him clean.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Litter pickers are banned by British council – because they had no litter-picking training!: “They simply wanted to smarten up their local area, and were happy to give up their own time to do it. But one group of neighbours faced an unexpected obstacle as they prepared to take up litter-pickers and clean up their street … the local council. It informed the residents that under health and safety legislation, it had no choice but to order them to down tools because they had not been trained to use them. Yesterday the volunteers – part of a network backed by none other than the local council – said they were ‘stunned’ by the demand. Dawn Gee, who was among those planning to help spruce up Clarence Road in the Normanton area of Derby, said: ‘We have been collecting litter for a number of years and were issued with a small amount of litter-pickers to support us doing this. ‘Why are we now being told we cannot use them without training – why now? ‘We have worked very hard trying to empower people into taking responsibility to pick up litter in front of their own properties. This action can have the opposing effect.’”


The three mast barquentine ‘Thalassa’ from The Netherlands

Tall ships sail down the Thames: “The largest fleet of Tall Ships to have visited London in 25 years – some more than a century old – sailed into Greenwich yesterday for the start of a four-day festival on the River Thames. With their towering sails billowing in the wind, more than 50 vessels, including 11 magnificent square-sail ships, descended on the south east corner of the capital for the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to turn out to watch the vessels sail past famous landmarks such as Canary Wharf, the 02, the Thames Cable car and the Royal Docks. It is London’s first regatta for 25 years and the first time a Tall Ships race has both started and finished in a UK port. Imposing ships have come from around the globe to take part the event, including from Spain, Holland, Portugal, Poland and Russia. The participating vessels include Tenacious, the largest wooden tall ship of her kind which has been sailed by a crew with physical disabilities from the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The event began in Falmouth and saw the ships race from the Cornish Port to the Isle of Wight, before cruising to the capital.”

The last Hawker Hurricane fighter: “THE only Hurricane that fought in the Battle of Britain and is still flying today is up for sale for £2.5 million – more than 30 years after it was found as scrap in India. The aircraft, which regularly takes part in flypasts, was restored by a vintage car buff who discovered the wreck by chance while seeking old Rolls-Royces. But retired businessman Peter Vacher is now selling the 1940 Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 through an American dealer, fuelling fears that it could be lost to Britain. Hurricane R4118 flew 49 combat sorties during the worst days of the fighting and shot down five enemy aircraft. Hurricanes, alongside Spitfires, were at the centre of the country’s heroic defence of the skies in 1940 and had a crucial role until the end of the war, but the vast majority were then scrapped. The former printer spotted the aircraft’s rotting hulk in 1982 on a visit to a university at Benares, north-east India, but did not immediately realise what it was. The plane had been given to engineering students in 1947 after the war in the Far East came to an end. The fuselage was lying in a compound with the propeller, wings and tailplane spread out over the ground.”

Inside the tiny town built for sex offenders: “Some wear GPS devices that are constantly monitored by police. Others have fled their homes; repudiated by the local community for being a registered sex offender. And all of them – from those charged with possessing child pornography to ones caught having sex with a minor and molestation – are there to ‘repent their sins’. Welcome to Miracle Village, a tiny church town spanning about 20 acres on the edge of Everglades in south Florida, which was established in 2009 as a spiritual safe haven for sex offenders and their families. With a population of about 200, it is believed to be the largest sex offender community in the United States. Brooklyn-based photographer Noah Rabinowitz has captured a fascinating inside look at the town, which is surrounded by sugarcane fields and was built in the 1960s to house workers. ‘There are no violent criminals in the town, [which is] a strict guideline to admission,’ Rabinowitz told Feature Shoot. ‘It is a deeply religious, tight knit and strictly self-governed community”

Loose steering wheel comes off in bus driver’s hands: “An amusing video has emerged of a bus driver in Malta struggling to drive with a loose steering wheel. The footage, captured by tourist Hannah Billen in June, shows the driver attempting to operate the bus despite the steering wheel becoming detached. The driver can be seen battling to manoeuvre the vehicle with the rickety wheel until it eventually falls off in his hands. “Luckily the bus had just finished driving round a corner before it came off. The driver then waved it to a fellow bus driver before telling the passengers to get off and wait for another bus – leaving us stranded in the middle of nowhere!” Hannah later wrote online. According to local reports, the driver has been suspended by Malta Public Transport for unsafe conduct.”

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