Daredevil performs nerve-shredding tightrope walk 3,000ft above Yosemite Park… without a safety harness

November 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Cost of items in “12 Days of Christmas” now tops $100k: “The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked this year, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ above $100,000 for the first time. … The 364 items repeated across all the song’s verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4% over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.”

Public sex in Australia’s wild North: “MASSES of Territorians take to the beaches each year to fulfil their need for outdoor sex, an expert says. Swimming restrictions, the sounds of crashing waves and the natural light of the sun were said to be behind the erotic trend. The revelation is backed by last year’s Great Australian Sex Census which surveyed almost 10,000 women and men around the country. It found 50 per cent of Territorians have had sex in public places, including the beach, office or nightclub. A further 19 per cent admitted they wanted to have sex under a blue sky.”

Man ordered to pay wife for lack of sex: “A COURT in France has ordered a man to pay 10,000 euros ($13,500) in damages to his long-frustrated ex-wife after he failed in his marriage “duties” by withholding sex from her for years. In the May ruling, published overnight in the Gazette du Palais judicial review, an appeals court in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence upheld an earlier decision to award the damages for “absence of sexual relations”. The couple, who are both 51, married in 1986 and have two children. They divorced in January 2009 in Nice. In its ruling, the court said the man’s wife deserved the damages due to the suffering she endured because of her sexless marriage. “The wife’s expectations were legitimate in the sense that sexual relations between married people are an expression of their mutual affection and part of the duties that proceed from marriage,” the court said.”

The worst Christmas tree in Britain: Council shamed into removing spindly ‘twig’: “A pathetically limp Christmas tree planted in the centre of a village was judged to be so lifeless it was removed by embarrassed council bosses in the middle of the night. The branches on the spindly fir in the hamlet of Dunsdale, Cleveland, are almost all dead, making it an early contender for the worst Christmas tree in Britain. The sorry plant had sagged pitifully in its pot since last year but was wheeled out on Monday to give the north-east village a festive feel. However, villagers in Dunsdale were so appalled by the abysmal tree they complained about it through their local newspaper until Redcar and Cleveland Council took it away. The council quickly whisked it away within hours of receiving the complaints in order to avoid further embarrassment. Before the limp tree was put out of its misery, it featured festive lights with cables thicker than its puny branches.

Hooded robber caught after police used high-tech gadget to identify him by his NOSE: “An armed robber who wore a disguise in a bid to evade capture was jailed today after police used a high-tech device to match a picture of his nose against dramatic CCTV pictures of the raid. Liam Gould, 24, thought he had got away with a knifepoint raid after he wore a hooded jacket, covered his face with a scarf and wore gloves. But police who believed he was the culprit brought in forensic scientists to use a revolutionary facial recognition computer programme to compare his mugshot to moving pictures of the bandit as he terrorised staff. The experts focussed on on the size and shape of Gould’s upper nose and eyes and managed to match it to the yob in the footage. Gould today appeared at Preston Crown Court, in Lancashire, and was jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to robbery. The raid took place on November 16 last year after Gould burst into DIPs newsagents in Preston, waved a knife at shopkeeper Sam Bhakta and demanded money from the till. He then tried to reach over the counter to grab the money himself but Mr Bhakta, 53, hurled a chair at Gould who then ran out empty handed.”

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A lot of bull

November 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


He is a staggering 6ft 4 inches tall from the ground to the shoulder. His name is Field Marshall and he’s the biggest bull in Britain

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431 coins, 196 pellets and 17 small bolts: Man dies after doctors remove 13lbs of metal from his stomach: “A man has man died after stunned doctors removed 13 pounds of metal from his stomach. Farmer Kamleshwar Singh was admitted to hospital in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh complaining of abdominal pains. Following x-ray inspection, three keys, 431 coins, 196 iron pellets and 17 small bolts were found in his stomach. Despite removing the items, doctors were unable to save his life. Even after the tests the doctors who opened Mr Singh’s stomach were shocked by the number and variety of everyday metallic objects they found. Dr Yadav, led the team that operated upon Mr Singh, who is suspected of having schizophrenia. ‘All the iron objects were lying at the base of his stomach,’ he said. ‘But as we progressed, we were amazed to find such a huge number of coins and pellets had passed into his intestines.”

NYC: Popular cat banished: “The city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has sunk its claws into another beloved New York institution — The Algonquin hotel’s lobby cat. Matilda III — the latest in an illustrious line of free-roaming Algonquin felines — has been banished from the lobby lounge, leaving guests fruitlessly searching for her under chairs and sofas. … thanks to a DOH ‘reminder,’ poor Matilda is on a leash behind The Algonquin’s check-in desk, or out of sight on a higher floor.”

UK: Men’s room features urine-controlled video games: “It was bound to happen. Reuters reports that ‘after three years of development, the men of Britain can at last get gaming while they pee.’ The urinal-based video game system uses infrared sensors to enable users to steer down a ski slope while knocking over penguins or perform other simple actions by aiming their urine to the left, right, or center.”

Could the Pontiff be fined £30 for not wearing a seatbelt in the Popemobile?: “It’s rare that the Popemobile’s speed is anything much above stately. But, according to a German lawsuit, that doesn’t give his holiness an excuse not to wear a seatbelt. The leader of the Roman Catholic church has been accused of breaking the law by not belting up during a visit to the city of Freiburg in September. Video evidence would prove Benedict XVI was not wearing his seatbelt ‘for more than hour’, the unnamed plaintiff’s lawyer Johannes Sundermann said. He faced a fine of around £30 if convicted, Mr Sundermann added. However, another German lawyer said: ‘The Pope is head of state of the Vatican, so it is highly likely he will be granted diplomatic immunity.’ One hundred thousands well-wishers welcomed the Pope as he drove around Freiburg; at one point, he even stopped to bless a child.”

City of dreams: Vienna named as best in the world: “It is the so-called city of dreams that counts some of the greatest luminaries of music and art among its erstwhile inhabitants. And it seems Vienna still has plenty to boast about, as it has been named the best place to live in the world – for the third year running. The Austrian capital, which was home to Mozart, Beethoven and Klimt, among others, and has a population of 1.7 million, has the best living standards in the world, according to an annual quality of living survey. European cities represent more than half of the top 25 cities in the rankings, which are based on factors such as crime, food and climate. Zurich was ranked second, followed by Auckland, New Zealand, and Munich and Dusseldorf. But just one UK city makes it into the top fifty, with London coming in at 38th – one place up from last year and ahead of New York in 47th.”

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An alien from outer space

November 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

it’s just a close-up of a spider, actually

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Can cheating keep the love alive? “CAN being “stray mates” help you stay together? This author believes open infidelity can keep the home fires burning. For most women in long-term relationships, the question of whether we’d willingly permit our partner to have sex with someone else – or even play away ourselves – would elicit a resounding “No”. However, Sydney-based author Holly Hill, 44, believes that not only allowing your man to stray, but actually condoning his infidelity (and should you so fancy it, your own) isn’t a fast track to the divorce court, but rather, the key to a happy, healthy and stable relationship. “Because when you have occasional lovers outside of your relationship, you don’t take your partner for granted. In fact, it often helps reinforce why you love your partner in the first place.””

Century-old car for sale: “An incredible Lanchester car built almost 100 years ago for an Indian Maharaja is expected to sell for £100,000 when it goes under the hammer at auction. The magnificent 38 horsepower State Limousine was made for the Maharaja of Rewa and was capable of doing 60mph. The Royal owner would have paid £1,200 for the car – a huge sum that could have bought a row of houses. Made in 1912, the luxurious vehicle had a fan built into the roof and a special servant’s door. Because the Maharaja liked driving it himself, he had a gap left in the passenger side where his chauffeur could sit on the floor with his feet on the running board. The roof comes off so it could be used as an open tourer in India, where many Lanchester cars were ordered. The vehicle includes a ‘fat man’ steering wheel that collapses so those of a larger frame have no problem climbing in. It is one of only three known 38hp Lanchester cars in existence and is the earliest of them. The car has leather seats, windows that lower like those in trains and the engine sits between the driver and the passenger.”

Frosty the Snowman arrested: “Who says ‘Frosty the Snowman’ has to be jolly? A man in a ‘Frosty the Snowman’ costume was arrested Saturday during the annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He’s accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog. Sgt. John A. Dolgos tells The Star Democrat of Easton that 52-year-old Kevin Michael Walsh became agitated when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd. Walsh told The Associated Press that he has dressed as Frosty in the parade for at least 10 years. He says he did nothing wrong and was wrongfully arrested. He says an officer hassled him after he made a joke about the police dog’s presence at the parade.”

Corrosive lipstick? “Admirers who have smothered Oscar Wilde’s grave with kisses will no longer be able to get so close to the stone memorial as lipstick marks are eroding it. For years fans – especially women – have visited the huge memorial in Paris’s largest cemetery Pére Lachaise to pay homage to the Irish dramatist. But expressions of love for the unconventional playwright have often spilled over into thousands of red lipstick kisses and graffiti messages which have covered the bottom half of the tomb. In fact kissing the grave of the creator of The Importance of Being Ernest has become a cult pastime and the tomb is a regular stop-off for tourists on the trail around the French capital. However, now it has been cleaned and restored thanks to donations from the Irish authorities. The public will no longer be able to get so close as a glass barrier has now been constructed, the Observer said. He said grease in lipstick absorbs into the stone and every time it is cleaned more stone is eroded.”

Scottish woman survives car crash thanks to loaf of bread: “A LUCKY Scottish woman survived what could have been a fatal car accident thanks to a loaf of bread, which projected from the back of the car and cushioned her head against the impact of the crash. Liz Douglas, 51, said she was on her way home to Stronachlachar after a shopping trip in Glasgow — about 64 km away — when the back end of her car began to slide, and she headed toward a telegraph pole. The car spun around and landed on its roof, but a loaf of bread flew out of Douglas’ shopping bags in the back seat and jammed between her head and the roof. “A medium-sliced white loaf may quite literally have saved me from serious injury or worse,” Douglas told the Stirling Observer. She added, “I was trapped inside the car for almost an hour in total between having the accident and whilst emergency services cut me from the car. During this time, the loaf remained as a cushion and support for my head as I was upside down.”

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Oh no! Not Global warming again

November 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British police arrest man over lobster dinner: “A shopper landed in hot water with the police after he bought two lobsters for dinner. They swooped when he wrote on Facebook about his plan to go into town ‘to kill’ and ‘stab something in the neck’. Four officers in bullet-proof vests handcuffed the suspect outside the Martin Hobbs fishmongers in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. They had been tipped off by a member of the public who had seen the posting. He was quizzed for 20 minutes before police were convinced it was a simple misunderstanding. The man had earlier ordered the lobsters from shop assistant Sue VanWyk who said she had told him to kill the lobsters rather than boil them alive. She said: ‘He planned to bake them. I said it was better to kill them first.’ The man then wrote his jokey message, keeping it cryptic as the lobsters were for a secret meal for his wife, as he went to pick them up.”

Ginger seal is now the centre of attention at Russian zoo… and loving it: “Things are looking up for the little ginger-coloured seal pup whose fate touched the world after being rejected by the rest of its sleek black family. Left as an outcast, the vulnerable creature was found huddling under a pile of logs on Tyuleniy Island in the far east of Russia. Two months on and Russians have taken the rare albino seal – who turns out to be female – to their hearts. Named Nafanya – after a lookalike Soviet cartoon character – the seal was given VIP treatment and has now moved into a plush new home at the country’s leading aqauarium. Nafanya was taken on a 7,890-mile odyssey to the Russian mainland and then by special plane to Adler, near Sochi on the Black Sea coast, where she is rapidly becoming a star attraction. Miss Frolova said: ‘She has a good appetite, and always seems in a happy mood.”

Blinded by The Eye Hunter: “An Egyptian police officer, dubbed by protesters ‘The Eye Hunter’, is suspected of targeting demonstrators by shooting them in the eyes. First Lieutenant Mahmoud Sobhi El Shinawi has been ordered by Egypt’s general prosecutor to submit to questioning over the suspected shootings. Video evidence recorded by protesters allegedly show that El Shinawi was involved in the attacks on at least five demonstrators, which have been posted on Facebook. And protesters, who call El Shinawi ‘The Eye Hunter’ want justice too and have sprayed graffiti spelling ‘wanted’ over images of his face, name and rank on Tahrir Square walls in Cairo. El Shinawi is said to be a ‘highly trained marksman’, CNN was told by an Interior Ministry spokesman.”

The apartments so exclusive that no one lives there: “Standing opposite upmarket department store Harvey Nichols, the imposing glassfronted building in the heart of London could easily pass as the headquarters of an anonymous multinational corporation. There are few clues on the outside that this is reputedly the world’s most exclusive apartment block. When the 86 flats at London’s One Hyde Park went on the market for up to £136million four years ago, they were billed as the ‘ultimate luxury’ for the super-rich. But a year after completion, hardly anyone lives there in spite of claims by the developers Nick and Christian Candy that 62 flats have been sold – the cheapest for £3.6million. Only four of the properties have been registered as primary residences for council tax, according to Westminster Council.”

Scientists create super-deadly virus: “A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation. The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time. The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out. The current strain of H5N1 has only killed 500 people and is not contagious enough to cause a global pandemic. But their are fears the modified virus is so dangerous it could be used for bio-warfare, if it falls into the wrong hands. Virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands lead a team of scientists who discovered that a mere five mutations to the avian virus was sufficient to make it spread far more easily. He conducted his tests on ferrets as the animals have become a model of choice for influenza and have similar respiratory tracts to humans.”

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Confusion

November 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Wacky conspiracy theorist David Icke cashes in from world tour and booming book business: “He claims he’s the son of God and that the world is run by invisible aliens. Moreover he contends the Queen and most of the world’s leaders are the result of humans breeding with reptiles who live inside the moon which is actually a giant spacecraft. But when it comes to cashing in on his wacky ideas, former sports journalist and all round oddball David Icke has proved he’s far from crazy. His eight-hour long shows, in which he backs up his ludicrous conspiracy theories by comparing pictures of the Queen to childish sketches of aliens, are proving inexplicably popular. Last weekend the 59-year-old sold out the 2,100-seat Best Buy theatre in New York’s Times Square with tickets going for £45 a throw. The self-obsessed polygamist, who believes he can talk to hills, received a standing ovation despite claiming that 9/11 was an inside job and that Barack Obama is a reptile.” [I like it!]

Another Mayan prediction of an apocalypse in 2012 is found: “They’ve done their best in the past to downplay theories that the ancient Mayas predicted some sort of apocalypse would occur in 2012. But archaelogists at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History have admitted that a second reference to the date exists on a carved fragment. Most experts had cited only one surviving reference to the date in Mayan glyphs, a stone tablet from the Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. The second is an apparent reference at the nearby Comalcalco ruin on the carved or moulded face of a brick. Comalcalco is unusual among Mayan temples in that it was built with bricks. Arturo Mendez, a spokesman for the institute, said the fragment of inscription had been discovered years ago and has been subject to thorough study. It is not on display and is being kept in storage at the institute.”

Singer’s dress with Communist Party’s favourite slogan leaves China chuckling: “Katy Perry grabbed the limelight in more ways than one at this year’s American Music Awards – by wearing a dress displaying the Chinese Communist Party’s current favourite slogan. Not content with scooping a special achievement award, the 27-year-old also became a hot topic, and the subject of many jokes, with her Vivienne-Westwood-designed outfit. Lu Se Jing Ji – translated as Green Economy – was printed onto the pop star’s stunning gown she wore for the red carpet at Sunday’s Los Angeles event. But whilst most westerners would not know its meaning, the phrase is actually popular with Chinese leaders keen to make their nation more eco-friendly. Chinese president Hu Jintao most recently used it as a theme in a speech last month, when he told Asian leaders he was ‘committed to grow a green economy’. But it is seen as nonsensical jargon by ordinary members of the population, who have to endure choking pollution as they go about their daily lives.”

Yoga is the work of the devil, says Vatican’s chief exorcist: “Father Gabriel Amorth has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in his capacity as Chief Exorcist at the Vatican. The 85-year-old can boast 25 years in the post after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II. At a conference today, he surprised the delegates by revealing some of his greatest dislikes – yoga and Harry Potter. Father Amorth, a colourful and often outspoken personality, said:’Practising yoga brings evil as does reading Harry Potter. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil.’ He added:’Yoga is the Devil’s work. You thing you are doing it for stretching your mind and body but it leads to Hinduism. All these oriental religions are based on the false belief of reincarnation.’”

Air France plane had a few screws loose: “An Air France jet flew for FIVE DAYS before ground crews noticed that 30 screws were missing from one of its wings. The Airbus A340 plane had undergone routine maintenance in China, before flying to Paris and then on to the US before the potentially disastrous blunder was finally spotted. The plane, which can carry up to 440 passengers, was grounded in Boston while a 'large protective panel' was screwed back into place. The gaffe was revealed in an internal union document leaked to French news agency AFP. Air France have blamed aircraft mechanics in the Chinese city of Xiamen, were the airline's jets are often serviced because of lower costs."

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Hail the chief!

November 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Shocked couple find four bodies under their patio… and discover they are living on top of a 1,400-year-old Anglo Saxon burial ground: “When builders digging up Stephen and Nicky West’s patio for an extension came to the back door clutching a human skull, the couple were understandably alarmed. But fear turned to fascination after experts said four bodies unearthed by the workmen came from a burial site dating back as much as 1,400 years to the middle Saxon period. Archaeologists believe the skeletons may have been there since 650AD and are part of a much larger burial ground under the home in the Warwickshire village of Ratley. They say the remains of two women, a man and a child aged between ten and 12 provide an insight into an obscure period. Analysis of the bones shows that the population at the time suffered from periods of malnourishment and would have been in near-constant pain because of infections.”

Stop that coffin! “Ever since lawyer Andrew Paterson fled the country to escape fraud charges in 1987, police had been on his trail. But it was not until he died at the age of 58 that they finally caught up with him – thanks to his last wish that he should be buried in the village where he grew up. His funeral, attended by mourners from across the world, was held up at the last moment after police received a tip-off that the wanted man was back on home soil. Officers allowed the service to go ahead but delayed the burial at St Mary’s Church, Begelly, to take fingerprints which confirmed it was their man in the coffin. Paterson was working as a solicitor in Guildford, Surrey, when police issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of £17,000 fraud in an imported car scam. Somehow he slipped out of the country and adopted the name Mark Attwood”

Women fake orgasms to stop their lovers from straying, claims study: “Women will regularly fake orgasms to stop their men from cheating, a study has revealed. Regularly pretending to climax is just one strategy women use to ensure their partners stay faithful, according to research produced in New York and Michigan. ‘Mate-guarding’ behaviour was found to be more common among those with suspicions their boyfriends and husbands might stray. More than half of the women in the study admitted to having faked an orgasm. This group also was more likely to have suspicions about their partners’ fidelity than the women who said they had never faked an orgasm. The report in The Archive of Sexual Behaviors said that ‘women who perceived higher risk of partner infidelity were more likely to report pretending orgasm’.”

Mayor says contaminated water is making his town gay: “The mayor of a coastal Peruvian town says he’s discovered the reason there are a growing number of gays in his area: the presence of the metal strontium in the local water supply. “Unfortunately Strontium reduces male hormones and suddenly we’ll be as Tabalosos, as other towns, where the percentages are increasing of homosexuality,” Mayor José Benítez warned the citizens of Huarmey during an opening ceremony for a local water project. Scientists warn that strontium, which is naturally occurring, can cause bone cancer, anemia and cardiovascular complications in very high doses. No study has ever suggested that it’s tied to sexual behavior.”

Paralysed cyclist is ‘cured’ by bike crash: “A Paralympic cyclist may represent her country in the Olympics after a bike crash miraculously gave her back the use of her legs. Monique van der Vorst, 27, was paralysed from the waist down and had been confined to a wheelchair for 13 years. Powering a bike with her hands, she had represented the Netherlands at the Paralympic Games and won two silver medals. But last year, after being knocked off her bike, her feet started to tingle, and within months, she was able to walk again. She now competes on a standard bicycle and was this week given one of just 11 places on a top women’s professional cycling team. Her dream is to ride in the 2016 Olympics.”

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Oh dear!

November 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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I’m 8000km away, but I can see you robbing me: “A VIGILANT homeowner has told of his shock after busting two alleged thieves in the act when he logged on to web cameras while on holiday in Mauritius. The Victorian man discovered his house being ransacked 8000km away when he logged on to an iPad. Stunned, he phoned a friend who alerted police. Thousands of dollars in electrical equipment including a flat-screen television, alcohol, shoes and even a dog bed were stolen over two visits as three cameras streamed the action. The homeowner bought the cameras on eBay for $89 each about three years ago to help keep his house safe. Two men were arrested at the scene, one jumping through a side window in an attempt to escape. A 32-year-old Mulgrave man and another aged 55 from Noble Park North were each charged with burglary and theft.”

British clergyman fails to sue God: “A village vicar who says he was forced out of his job has been told he cannot claim unfair dismissal because he is `employed by God.’ Reverend Mark Sharpe claims he had no option but to resign after a campaign of abuse by parishioners he likened to characters out of the League of Gentleman. The 44-year-old Reverend accused the church of failing to support him in the remote country parish in Teme Valley South, near Tenbury Wells. After his resignation, he compared his treatment at the hands of parishioners with the television show in which a remote community is fearful of outsiders. His claim of constructive dismissal was being supported by Unite, the union. But lawyers for the Diocese of Worcester pointed to ecclesiastical laws which state that clergy are not employees but office holders `employed by God.’ They say vicars are therefore not eligible to claim unfair dismissal, because God cannot be sued.”

Learn from Shakespeare, study tells doctors: “DOCTORS should read up on Shakespeare, according to an unusual medical study that says the Bard was exceptionally skilled at spotting psychosomatic symptoms. Kenneth Heaton, a doctor at the University of Bristol in western England, trawled through all 42 of Shakespeare’s major works and 46 genre-matched works by contemporaries. He found Shakespeare stood out for his ability to link physical symptoms and mental distress. Vertigo, giddiness or dizziness is expressed by five male characters in the throes of emotional disturbance, in The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VI Part 1, Cymbeline, and Troilus and Cressida. Eleven instances of breathlessness linked to extreme emotions are found in Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Rape of Lucrece, Venus and Adonis and Troilus and Cressida. “Shakespeare’s perception that numbness and enhanced sensation can have a psychological origin seems not to have been shared by his contemporaries, none of whom included such phenomena in the works examined,” Dr Heaton observes.

An act of revenge backfires: “Just months after Mark Cullen was ordered to refund a woman [above] after selling her a new car with too many kilometres on the clock, he took matters into his own hands. Forster Local Court heard yesterday that the mid-north coast car dealer was captured on video surveillance taking and tearing up brochures from the woman’s father’s dolphin watching business. Cullen did not appear in court yesterday, with his solicitor entering a guilty plea on his behalf. Earlier in the year the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal had ordered Cullen to pay Emma Coombe $1000 after he sold her a new car with 185km on the speedometer. The matter took a twist when on October 20, at 6.22pm, Cullen was caught on video surveillance removing brochures from Ms Coombe’s father Bill’s business. That night, the victims conducted surveillance on the mooring and saw Cullen walking up to a sandwich board where he removed about 30 brochures, which he put into his pockets. An hour later Cullen was captured walking out of a restaurant back to the sandwich board, where he removed the remaining brochures and tore them in half.”

Man dead after sleeping beneath truck: “A 39-YEAR-OLD man died last night after he was run over by a tow truck in Raceview, Ipswich. Police said their initial investigations indicated the man was sleeping underneath the truck, which was parked on Banksia Drive, when the driver started up the vehicle and began to drive. They said the driver was unaware the man was underneath the truck when the incident happened, about 9.30pm. The man is believed to have been homeless for a number of months and was seeking shelter from rain under the truck’s tray. It is believed the man had been drinking and was intoxicated. The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing its investigations.”

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Taking a break

November 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Sexy wife has a fall: “A TOURIST was left crimson-faced after falling naked off a stairwell as she was having sex. The woman, 49, from Britain, was on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife when she was left dangling upside down by one ankle, naked, in the void of an apartment block stairwell. The woman, identified in a police report only by the initials A.M.A.M., fell several meters during the early hours of Saturday while getting amorous with her husband in the communal stairwell of a building in Adeje. Her plunge came to an abrupt halt when her right ankle got caught between two bars of a banister, leaving her hanging just centimeters from the ground, probably saving her from a serious head injury. Her husband raised the alarm and local police, national police, an ambulance and firefighters, who cut through the bars to free the naked woman’s leg, came to her aid. The woman suffered a broken ankle and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.”

Lost dog ruins wedding: “Marlene Koenig’s dream of a wonderful white wedding at a historic Mount Martha mansion turned to mud on Saturday when her canine ring-bearer turned tail and took off just after the cutting of the cake. The beautiful bride was left bedraggled, traipsing through mud in torrential rain looking for her party-pooping pooch. It appears Iggy the Australian bulldog, having discharged her duty and delivered the rings, accompanied two guests out to their car and then chased them as they left. “They believe they saw her get hit by another car and they then lost sight of her. They came back and told me and I decided not to tell anyone so as not to spoil the party, but then I lost it,” the bride said. Mrs Koenig hitched up her stunning ivory dress and ran from the reception, with guests soon joining in hot pursuit. Mrs Koenig spent three days scouring the suburbs and was delighted when Iggy was found safe yesterday. She was philosophical, saying it would be a day to remember.”

British van driver has roof torn off after ignoring SIX warning signs at low bridge: “This hapless van driver was left looking a bit foolish after missing six warning signs and driving under a low bridge. The white Vauxhall Movano delivery van rammed into the 9ft high bridge, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, causing the roof to come completely off. So far this year nine over-sized vehicles have been damaged after speeding past the warning signs, which clearly read ‘Warning Low Bridge’. The latest embarrassed driver was ‘shaken-up’ after the incident on Monday which ruined his new vehicle just two days after it was bought. Michael Lenham, owner of Port Plumbing, said he had only recently bought the new van for £10,000. He said: ‘It involved a brand new van. We only had it for two weeks. Our old van went under that bridge all the time.”

‘Loot from the summer palace’: Incredible inscription in gold box stolen during Chinese Opium wars that made its value soar to £490,000: “A small metal box looted from a Chinese imperial palace has sold for a staggering £490,000 because it had a British soldier’s ‘confessional note’ engraved on it. Captain James Gunter took the gold-plated item from the emperor’s Summer Palace in Peking (Beijing) in 1860 as a trophy of the Opium wars with China. Upon his return to England, he had inscribed on the inside of the lid ‘Loot from the Summer Palace …Capt. James Gunter’. The 200-year-old object was passed down through his family until it was put up for sale. Without the engraving the copper box, that is covered in gold leaf gilding and was probably used to keep snuff in, would have been worth about £10,000. But because the wording provides immediate and excellent provenance, it caught the imagination and interest of a buoyant Asian art market.”

Chinese man leaves behind $1 million of cash in Australian cafe: “Investigators say they have not yet spoken to a man they believe left an unlocked suitcase containing a million dollars in a Sydney cafe yesterday – the second time this year bags stuffed with large amounts of cash have come to the attention of police. The 49-year-old Chinese man from Hong Kong, who was picked up by officers at Summer Hill yesterday afternoon, is under police guard at Concord Hospital for an unknown pre-existing medical condition. The man was in Australia on a student visa, but investigators do not yet know where or what the man was studying. What is known in this case is that the unlocked suitcase was “full” of genuine, used Australian currency in various denominations, as well as personal items and identification documents, acting Superintendent Pryde said. The man, dressed in a yellow singlet and board shorts, walked into Caffe Marco in Burwood just after 8am and was carrying the suitcase. The staff member who served the man told smh.com.au she approached him to ask if he wanted a coffee. “But before I got it to him he just left the suitcase and walked out … He didn’t even stay five minutes.”

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How start a world-beating airline

November 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dump the male flight attendants. No one wanted Them in the first place.

Replace all the female flight attendants with good-looking strippers! What the hell, they don’t even serve food anymore, so what’s the loss?

The strippers would at least triple the alcohol sales and get a ‘party atmosphere’ going in the cabin.

And, Of course, every businessman in the country would start flying again, hoping to see naked women.

Because of the tips, female flight attendants wouldn’t need a salary, thus saving even more money. I suspect tips would be so good that we could charge the women for working the plane and have them kick back 20% of the tips, including lap dances.

Muslims would be afraid to get on the planes for fear of seeing naked women. Hijackings would come to a screeching halt, and the airline industry would see record revenues.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

OH: Woman faces jail for feeding squirrels: “WDTN-TV reported Annick Richardson of Kettering, Ohio, will appear in court in December for a pretrial hearing on two counts of criminal trespassing. If convicted, she could serve up to 60 days in jail and pay a fine. She was appointed a public defender Friday. Neighbors said Richardson went onto their property to leave peanuts for local squirrels. The animals, drawn to the nuts, then ruined gardens, chewed through car wires and clogged air conditioners with peanuts, the report said. … One woman said she had to move because her grandson has a severe allergy to peanuts.”

Australian Customs agency mistakes common shampoo for illegal drug: “A Darwin man has been given $100,000 compensation after he was wrongly accused of bringing drugs into Australia in shampoo and conditioner bottles. Neil Parry was arrested in June last year at Darwin Airport and charged with trafficking 1.6kg of liquid ecstasy in two bottles of Pantene. After spending three days in jail last year, and having friends’ homes searched, Mr Parry was granted bail. Customs later admitted the toiletries contained no illegal drugs and all charges against Mr Parry were dropped. Today, Mr Parry told ABC Radio he had been given $100,000 in compensation for his ordeal and an apology. “It is not worth it, no,” Mr Parry said. “I would rather it never happened,” he said. He said most of the money would go towards his legal expenses.”

Mystery after man ‘bursts into flames’ outside Swedish station: “A man suffered severe burns after he seemingly burst into flames outside a Swedish railroad station, the Goteborgs-Posten newspaper reported today. A streetcar driver returning from his break yesterday evening saw the man suddenly covered in fire while he was standing outside a vinyl record store at the station. After a while the man, believed to be in his early 40s, started to yell, but shocked passersby just stood and stared, the report said. The streetcar driver then ran up, ripped his coat off and managed to put the fire out with the help of another man. An ambulance arrived within minutes and took the man to the hospital. “All we know is that it is a man. We have no knowledge of his identity, his age, any motive or even the circumstances of the incident,” police officer Asa Andersson said. “He is sedated and will probably remain under for another couple of weeks,” he added, saying there was no indication of any foul play.”

Samoan football manager fined 100 pigs: “Samoan rugby team manager Tuala Matthew Vaea has reportedly been fined 100 pigs by his village following allegations of bad behaviour at the Rugby World Cup. Leauva’a village chief Sala Lose told the New Zealand Herald newspaper the fine, worth around $NZ2500 ($A1900), was imposed because allegations made by Samoa captain Mahonri Schwalger had tarnished the chiefly title bestowed on Vaea. Schwalger complained in a letter to Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi that Vaea and other senior Samoa Rugby Union officials treated the World Cup as a holiday, were often absent from the team and spent much of the tournament drinking with friends.”

Israeli women strip in support of nude Egyptian blogger: “When an Egyptian activist posted a nude picture of herself online in protest at the lack of freedom of expression, it sparked outrage in her country. Now, a group of women in Israel have also stripped off in a show of solidarity. Inspired by 20-year-old Aliaa Elmahdy’s bold move, the 40 Israelis posed naked for a ‘copycat’ shot – holding a banner to cover their modesty. The sign read ‘Homage to Aliaa El Mahdi. Sisters in Israel’ with the slogan ‘Love without Limits’, written in Arabic and Hebrew. Led by 28-year-old Or Templar, who set up a group on a social networking website inviting women to join her, the girls put their political differences aside to express their support. Elmahdy’s blog received millions of hits but thousands took to her site to make negative comments. Tepler told Israeli new website Ynet: ‘I got the idea the day that the blogger’s photo was posted. ‘I felt that when a liberal, enlightened woman in Cairo cannot express herself and gets threats from her state, I should show solidarity.”

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Words of wisdom

November 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

2. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

3. I always take life with a grain of salt…plus a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted pay cheques

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, please notify…’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

13. I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

18. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

19. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

20. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

21. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure

22. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

23. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

24. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

25. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

26. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

27. A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

28. Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

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Odd news from around the world

Green hypocrite in the British government: “He is the climate change minister who pledged to ‘lead by example’ in the fight against global warming. But Charles Hendry is facing accusations of hypocrisy after buying himself a 20-bedroom castle – with a potentially massive carbon footprint – as a second home. Blair Castle in Ayrshire, which went on the market for £2.5million, has three storeys, 16 bathrooms and a heated outdoor swimming pool set in 260 acres of beautiful countryside. It is likely to rack up colossal energy bills during the cold Scottish winter if Mr Hendry plans to heat all 14 bedrooms, two kitchens and four reception rooms in the main castle. There is also an additional east wing containing another four bedrooms and a two-bedroom ‘housekeeper’s flat’. It is a recipe for a huge carbon footprint, even before factoring in Mr Hendry’s drive from his Sussex constituency, which is a 965-mile round trip. The 52-year-old minister has been criticised for his purchase of the luxury home, as his portfolio includes encouraging homeowners to cut their energy use”

Hands worth £5 million: “In Gemma Howorth’s house, there’s never any question who does the washing up. Her husband always gets the job because she cannot risk the slightest damage to her prize assets – her hands – which are insured for an astonishing £5million. The 27-year-old’s flawless digits have featured in adverts for brands including Fairy Liquid, Cadbury’s and Rimmel. Blessed with elegant, long, straight fingers and deep nail-beds, Miss Howorth, who lives in Chelsea, has been a hand model since the age of 15. She has appeared in more than 250 television ads and on thousands of billboards. A normal photoshoot earns her an average of £100 an hour, but she can command up to £2,500 a day as a ‘hand double’ for celebrities. She follows a strict regime of moisturising her hands at least 30 times a day, while avoiding fat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. For everyday wear and tear, her ‘secret weapon’ for keeping age at bay is a £1.50 over-the-counter bottle of almond oil. ‘I have tested hundreds of products, and I always go back to my almond oil,’ she said.”

You can’t buy that lime… it could be classed as a weapon: Shock for chef shopping at British supermarket: “A chef was stunned to find she was almost banned from buying two limes from a supermarket – because they could be classed as a weapon. Marisa Zoccolan, 31, popped into the new Asda supermarket close to her home in Wallsend, North Tyneside, to pick up some groceries, including the citrus fruits. But when she tried to pay for them at the self-service checkout, the message ‘amount exceeded, authorisation required’ flashed up. An assistant then came over and told her that more than one lime was deemed a weapon – because the citric acid could be squirted in someone’s eye. Marisa, a self-employed caterer said: ‘I thought they were taking the pip, but the assistant told me the same applied to lemons. Thankfully for Ms Zoccalan, who lives with partner Jacqui Nicholson, 37, and dog Doobie, the assistant allowed Marisa to eventually buy both of the fruits. ‘Yes, they vetted me and let me buy them.”

The 4ft 8in Mighty Atom weight-lifter who is contender for the 2012 Olympics: “Meet the new Mighty Atom. Birmingham teenager Hannah Powell stands just 4ft 8ins tall and weighs only 97Ib. Yet the 18-year-old is bidding for Olympic gold next year – as a weight-lifter. Miss Powell can lift almost twice her body weight and once lifted a man on her shoulders. Miss Powell got into the sport when she was just 11 years old. She said: ‘My dad and uncle were weightlifters. ‘They both retired when I was quite young but I remember going to competitions and I was impressed by their trophies and leotards. I wanted to be like them. Despite being smaller than a postbox, Miss Powell is a leading contender to claim one of two places available to British female weightlifters for London 2012. She can already lift a staggering 60kg (132lbs) in the snatch and 80kg (176lbs) in the clean and jerk. But despite the tough and masculine image of her sport, Miss Powell is very feminine. She said: ‘People are usually surprised when I tell them what I do because they expect weightlifters to be big and butch and scary.”

Dog drives double-decker bus in Australia’s wild North: “Sales assistant Phil Newton could not believe his eyes when he saw a dog driving a 20-tonne, double-decker bus through Darwin’s industrial zone. “I thought, ‘What the … ‘!” he said. “This was weird, even for the Territory.” Mr Newton, 30, said the dog was sitting in the driver’s seat with its paws on the steering wheel. He chased after the runaway bus, leapt through an open window and rammed on the handbrake. “It ran for a couple of hundred metres, swerved across the road, went up on the footpath and was just about to run into a parked car when I stopped it,” he said. His owner, Richard McCormack, 62, said: “He sits next to me when I’m driving and in the driver’s seat when I’m not. “The handbrake is on the dashboard and he’s seen me release it many times. He was just copying me. “He’s tried it on before.”

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