Behind the scenes

August 23, 2014 at 10:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Rare Navajo blanket discovery nets cash-strapped man a fortune: “A man from southern California, who had lost his leg in a car accident, was struggling to live off his disability benefit payments when he discovered he had literally been sitting on a $1.8million fortune. Big L.T. struck gold when he recognised a 19th-century Navajo First-Phase Chief’s Blanket similar to his own while watching an episode of the Antiques Road Show. He said: “I came across a First-Phase Chief’s Navajo Blanket that was handed down through the family. To me it seemed very cool…but I never really thought it was worth any large sum of money.” Navajo blankets can sell for $500k (approximately £300k), so Big L.T. decided to sell the family heirloom. He eventually got in touch with local business, John Moran Auctioneers. With only 100 original Navajo blankets thought to exist, John Moran Auctioneers estimated the “one of a kind” museum quality blanket would go for $100k to $200k, but it netted a record $1.8m, making Big L.T a millionaire. “

Brazilians can vote for their own ‘Barack Obama’: “In Brazil, where nicknames are everything, voters can now opt for a congressional candidate who goes by the name Barack Obama. He is black, like the US president, and running for Congress in elections on October 5 for the ruling Workers Party. His real name is Claudio Henrique dos Anjos and a court has allowed the 45-year-old to run in the election with ballots that read “Barack Obama”. On his website, he goes by the longer name Claudio Henrique Barack Obama. On Tuesday he formally presented his candidacy, and in the short time alloted him on television, he launched the terse slogan “Vote for Barack Obama!” Electoral laws in Brazil give candidates leeway to choose the name they want to go by in campaigns. Here, people’s nicknames are almost always more well known than their real names. For instance, Edison Arantes do Nascimento is the football legend better known as Pele.”

Study explores why dogs look like their owners: “Japanese psychologist, Sadahiko Nakajima, has been investigating the reason why people resemble their pooches for a while now and he seems to be getting a little closer to the answer. The studies found that 80% of participants were able to pick the pairs correctly when seeing the full faces, with a 7% drop when the mouths were covered. The most significant finding showed that when the eyes were covered, people were basically guessing with the success rate dropping to chance levels. When only presented with the letter box eyes, however, 74% of participants picked correctly. Nakijima even went as far as to test this new theory focussing on the eyes on a new round of participants, of which 76% turned out to be successful. As Slate said when they summed up the study, “It’s not about hairstyles, obesity, gender, height, or even eye color… It’s clearly something that’s being conveyed in the shared look about the eyes of dogs and their people.”

‘Shell-shocked’ farmer sells a sheep for £152,000: “To the untrained eye, the latest ram to be sold at the agricultural market in Lanark, Scotland, is just another sheep, albeit with a rather fine coat. To Alan Blackwood, however, it “sparkles”. Which explains why, together with two other farmers, he has paid £152,000 to buy it – the second highest price a sheep has ever fetched. The 27-year-old, whose family has farmed in Ayrshire for three generations, bought the ram on Thursday as part of a consortium. The sheep, named “Sid Vicious” after the Sex Pistols singer, was only born in February, but is “close to perfection”, according to Mr Blackwood. The three farmers plan to sire hundreds of lambs from it, as well as selling doses of his sperm for at least £100 a time to other breeders who wish to artificially inseminate their ewes. It is a Texel sheep, named after the island off Holland where the breed originated. Sid is so prized because it has “great commercial traits”, with chunky hindquarters and a fleshy spine. It should, therefore, produce good progeny for breeding – or make for thick lamb chops.”

‘You’re already dead': French pensioner told to prove he is still alive: “A pensioner was forced to obtain a letter from his doctor certifying that he was still alive after the French health service refused to pay his medical expenses on the grounds that he was dead. Jean-Marie Sevrain, 68, who lives in the eastern Vosges region, said he was left speechless when he received a letter last month informing him that he had died more than four years earlier. The letter said he was not eligible for a refund of 23 euros (£18.40) for a routine visit to his GP to renew a prescription for anti-diabetes medicine “because of my death on the 4th of January 2010”. “When I got the letter, I thought I was dreaming, then my wife and I started laughing,” he said. “The strangest thing was that I was supposed to be dead but the letter said I could appeal if I wanted to.” He was told to prove that he was still alive. He duly returned to his GP, who wrote a note certifying that he was still living. After presenting it to the health service, Mr Sevrain obtained his refund.”

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Modern life

August 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Two men ‘killed farmworker by pelting him with oranges’: “TWO men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges, police said. Citing witness accounts, police Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the suspects allegedly argued with the man, then collected oranges and began hurling them at him. “They started pelting the deceased with all those loose oranges, killing him on the spot,” Ngoepe said. However, he cautioned that an investigation was still underway and aspects of a case he described as “complicated” still had to be verified. The man was declared dead at the scene and he had no “visible injury”, suggesting he may have suffered blunt trauma, according to Ngoepe. Police and prosecutors are awaiting the results of an autopsy. The suspects were detained on Tuesday and later released pending formal charges, which could include murder. The assault happened near Tzaneen, a town in Limpopo province in northern South Africa.”

Bizarre scenes in Beijing as thirsty residents dig WELLS across capital due to chronic water shortage: “People in Beijing have been forced to dig their own wells because of a chronic water shortage. Huge holes have been dug in the narrow streets of the city’s Haidan District by families forced to act after being left without water for almost a month. Locals say their appeals to authorities for help have not been answered and the wells, which are fitted with a special lining costing thousands of pounds, are the only way for them to get fresh water. But their actions have been condemned by city council officials who say that any illegal wells will be concreted over and those responsible would probably face bills for the work. An Yao, who lives in Haidan’s Shuimo neighbourhood, along the western wall of the famous Tsinghua University, defended his community’s decision to take matters into their own hands. ‘My neighbours and I decided to act after the water supply in the community’s taps suddenly dried up some 20 days ago,’ he said. ‘They can’t expect us to keep flushing the toilets and bathing in mineral water. ‘What I was supposed to do?'”

Dangerous pool: “IT’S a beautiful location where people can soak up the incredible view of the crystal clear waters and tide pools, and watch sea turtles walk along the rocks. At first glance, it looks like one of the most relaxing destinations in the world. How could you not want to be here? But Queen’s Bath is seldom found on any popular travel guide. In fact, people have been petitioning for it to remain hidden for years. When the tides change and the waves get rough, the water can come crashing into the tide pools. And, of course, there’s no warning. One minute, you’re chilling in the tide pool. The next, a huge wave is crashing over you. In 2013, 11 people drowned at Queen’s Bath. Some were even swept out to sea. In 2013, Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau, told The Seattle Times “she refuses to give directions to it.” But people still go back. The #queensbath tag on Instagram has over 5000 tagged photos, despite the many warnings tourists are given.”

A crumbling city in Africa that time forgot: “IT’S a crumbling lost city that time forgot. Believed to have been founded as early as the 7th century BC, Leptis Magna was one of the most beautiful and prosperous cities of the Roman world. Located in the ancient region of Tripolitania in Libya, Africa, it became a major Mediterranean trade centre over the years and was the site of an ambitious building program. However, this was halted when economic difficulties hit the Romans. Tragically, the city was pillaged in the 4th century and subjected to several enemy invasions. It was abandoned and fell into ruins after the Arab conquest of 642, and over time became buried under drifting sand. It became UNESCO World Heritage listed in 1982. The city is now being recovered, piece by piece, and contains some of the world’s finest remains of Roman architecture in the world. That includes an amphitheatre, well-preserved baths, basilica, circus and a massive four-way arch. There’s also an elaborate complex of buildings, and the ancient port still exists along with temples, jetties and quays.”

Summerville Police arrest student for writing he shot dead dinosaur: “YOU don’t need to be a Rhodes Scholar to know that dinosaurs became extinct about 66 million years ago. Yet a high school student’s statement that he shot dead his neighbour’s pet dinosaur saw police officers called to the school. Alex Stone, a 16-year-old student at Summerville High School in the town of Summerville in South Carolina, said that his class was asked to write a few sentences about themselves and to list a “status” as if they were filling in their Facebook page, WCSC-TV reported. The teen wrote “I killed my neighbour’s pet dinosaur.” In the status section, he said he wrote: “I bought the gun to take care of the business.” That prompted the school to call in Summerville Police Department. Stone was arrested and later charged with disorderly conduct after he argued with officers, who searched fruitlessly for a gun in his school bag and locker. He has also been suspended from school.”

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Plantlife

August 21, 2014 at 11:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British Keystone Kops again: “An innocent young couple found themselves wrongly accused of shoplifting after bungling police issued a CCTV ‘wanted’ photograph of the pair to the public. CCTV shots of Charlotte and James Cozens shopping in their local Boots with their three-year-old son were sent to the media as part of a “caught on camera” appeal. They were accompanied by a description of the pair and details of how they stashed stolen goods in their toddler’s pushchair. Charlotte, 22, an NHS worker, knew nothing about the investigation until a friend texted her a link to the picture on a local newspaper’s website. By then it had been published for more than 24 hours and had been shared 250 times on Facebook – with users branding Charlotte a thief and a “bad mum”. Horrified Charlotte protested to Devon and Cornwall Police, who have since withdrawn the appeal and promised to review procedures on witness appeals. Charlotte said she and carpet fitter husband James, 30, are now worried about leaving their home in Exeter, Devon, in case they suffer abuse.”

Underwater photographer is warmed by hundreds of mobula rays: “We all like to catch a few rays, but this photographer managed to get hundreds when a huge school streamed past him as he was diving. The fish, a smaller cousin of the manta ray, can reach 17 feet across and weigh up to 170 lb. They are famous for breaching, leaping up to six feet into the air. Negrete, 36, from Mexico City took the incredible pictures while on a trip off the coast of Baja, where he was helping to unhook sharks caught in fisherman’s long-lines. ‘The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone dive down to take a closer look. ‘I took the photos free-diving to a depth of about 60 feet. It was an amazing experience that humbled us all.”

Climbing the greasy pole – Jakarta style: “The colourful independence celebrations draw upon the many traditions of Indonesian culture, including bizarre tests of agility and strength. One of the most bizarre parts of the Indonesian independence celebrations is the Panjat Pinang competition where men clamber up greased poles. The Panjat Pinang game was introduced to Indonesia by the Dutch colonists, who placed prizes at the top of the pole during special occasions for entertainment. Because the poles are covered in grease or oil, one man is unable to clamber up unaided as they are unable to grip and climb at the same time. As a result, the men form teams where they help each other on the understanding that they split the goodies from the top of the pole equally. In an amazing feat of strength, one man grapples with the base of the pole while his friends use him as a ladder to get to the goodies from the top. In some cases, two or three men will stand on each other’s shoulders as they defy the laws of gravity in a bid to unhook the prizes from the top of the pole

Man bites snake: “A man in central India killed a venomous snake by biting it after he saw the blue krait slithering towards him in bed. Rai Singh, from Chhattisgarh, told a local television channel he feared the venomous blue krait was about to bite him and decided to bite the creature. “At nine o’clock in the evening while I went to sleep on my bed, I saw a snake and tried to shoo it away with a stick but it attacked me. I bit it”, he told a local television channel. His neighbour R.S Singh described the incident as “astonishing” and said it was a “miracle that he survived since this snake is highly venomous”. Kraits are one of the four poisonous snakes which account for the most attacks in India where 50,000 people are killed by venomous bites every year. The krait is nocturnal and often wriggles into homes at night during the monsoon season to keep dry. Its bites rarely cause pain and often go unnoticed by their victims as they sleep. They are, however, highly venomous and up to 80 per cent of their victims die after suffering progressive paralysis.

Man faints on Shanghai metro – and everyone runs away: “Remarkable CCTV footage suggests that the Chinese are even more suspicious than we are of our fellow commuters. When someone faints on public transport, your first reaction might be to call for help, or to try to revive the person. But when a foreign man fainted on this Shanghai subway train, the reaction was not quite what you’d expect. All the passengers in the carriage immediately fled the scene – apparently terrified by the passed out gentleman – leaving him to recover by himself. CCTV footage from the train revealed the odd reaction of the passengers, including the stampede that ensued when the train reached the next station, in which one person even fell to the ground. The footage also shows the man who passed out revive – looking a little confused and rubbing his head as other passengers board the train and subway staff come to investigate.”

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What’s in a name?

August 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Woman finds 3ft boa constrictor in boot of second hand car she bought online: “Charlie Wise from Thatcham, in Berkshire, saw the Volkswagen Golf advertised on a social networking site and bought it for £200. She had taken it home to clean and lifted the boot where she and husband Guy Wise noticed what they thought was a rubber toy curled up in the back. But when it flicked its tongue in and out they realised it was in fact real and slammed the boot and ran away. The 23-year-old nursery worker said: ‘I bought a car come home to clean it out as right mess to find a huge live snake in the boot. After both the police and RSPCA said they were unable to help until morning, Mrs Wise called the Berkshire Reptile Rescue, at Bracknell, and specialist Grahame Martin came out to take the snake away. ‘The snake was in a very poor condition. It was highly dehydrated, and blind in one of its eyes. He is now taking care of all of its treatment.”

China gears up for Youth Olympics with sport themed flooring on special train: “Commuters in Nanjing have found themselves stepping into the biggest sporting stages in the world – or at least imitations of them, thanks to a subway train specially decorated to mark the 2014 Youth Olympics. The Chinese city is hosting the two-week long games, which feature 208 countries, 30 events and some of the world’s most promising young athletes. To mark the occasion, the floors of this subway train have been turned into football pitches, basketball courts and even swimming pools – complete with athletes motoring along underwater. Unsurprisingly, China currently sit top of the medal table, with 10 medals including four golds. Russia are second and Hungary are third, while the USA sit just outside the top three in fourth and Great Britain and tenth, with one gold, two silvers and a bronze. This is only the second ever Youth Olympics, after Britain claimed nine medals in the inaugural tournament in Singapore four years ago.”

‘I donate my eggs for money': Mother-of-two sells them for £750 a pop: “A mum of two who donates her eggs for money, uses the cash she receives from the clinic to spoil her children- and even kit out her house with new carpets. Emma Frost, 25, has donated her eggs three times and received £2,250 for her efforts. She’s splurged the money on carpets for her home, a day trip for her two kids and revamps of their bedrooms. And Emma is hoping to donate another seven times – the maximum allowed – for £750 a go. ‘I feel passionate that everyone gets the chance to be a parent and I love giving people that opportunity.’ Having enjoyed being pregnant with daughter Bailey, six, but believing that she and partner Ben Hodgson were not going to have any more children of their own, she was keen to carry another baby, even if it was someone else’s. Emma applied to be an egg donor and found out when she arrived that there was compensation for the ten days of injections and short procedure under anaesthetic. In the last two years, she has donated eggs to three different woman who have all fallen pregnant.”

A REALLY wet wedding: “Moments after tying the knot, Gina Pageot and Sergio Capozzi’s love was tested when a giant wave crashed over them as they posed for a sunset snap on August 9. The newlyweds were saturated as they embraced by the ocean in La Jolla, California. Wedding photographer Belinda Mayberry who captured the moment said she was impressed at the couple’s stamina. ‘They laughed and said ‘screw it, lets keep going’,’ she told Huffington Post. ‘So as photographers, we were super excited and let them do their thing with the waves!’ ‘They had hundreds of onlookers cheering them on and their images hit every social media site hours after. I LOVED IT AND LOVED THEM!’

Doggy dialysis: 11-month old Labrador is first to survive mystery disease: “When Alba the labrador was diagnosed with a mysterious illness that has been killing dogs around the country, she was given just hours to live. Her devastated owners were handed one last hope, however: an eight-hour operation that vets warned might kill her. Now following treatment, Alba is back to normal. Now the 11-month-old has become the first dog to survive New Forest Syndrome, which causes catastrophic kidney failure, thanks to the pioneering treatment. Vets at the Queen Mother Animal Hospital in Hertfordshire cured Alba by pumping her blood through a dialysis machine which filtered out the pathogens that were attacking her body. The procedure, known as plasmapheresis, has been carried out on humans since the 1950s, but had never before been tried on a dog with New Forest Syndrome. The procedure was risky because the machine also removes the clotting agents in the blood that would allow the wound to heal, meaning Alba risked bleeding to death.”

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Explain this!

August 19, 2014 at 8:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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King Richard III drank three litres of alcohol every day: “King Richard III would regularly consume three litres of alcohol a day, according to new medical research carried out on his skeleton. But the King was also a ferocious warrior who was more than capable of holding his own on a battlefield, despite suffering from curvature of the spine caused by the condition scoliosis. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester have been able to build up a radical new picture of British history’s most maligned monarch by carrying out isotope tests on his bones and teeth. The tests have identified significant changes to his alcohol intake and diet after he was crowned in 1483, involving a 25 per cent increase in alcohol consumption and a taste for exotic birds such as swans, cranes, herons and egrets. The King’s wine intake was on top of the beer that he, along with other medieval men, drank when they were unwilling to trust the local water supply.”

Cambridge University seeks chocolate researcher: “It sounds like a dream come true, but Cambridge University is looking for a researcher to study how to keep chocolate solid even at warm temperatures. The fully funded three-and-a-half year research project will examine how the treat can remain solid when stored and sold in warm climates. Much of the work, supervised by academics with “extensive experience in studying soft solids”, will be experimental. It will be based in the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology and will start in January 2015. A job advert posted on the university’s website states that the role’s theoretical aspects “will require good mathematical skills”. “The project will investigate the factors which allow chocolate, which has a melting point close to that of the human body, to remain solid and retain qualities sought by consumers when it is stored and sold in warm climates,” the advert states. “The project sponsor has existing technology in this field and the project will develop a fundamental understanding of the area which extends beyond the industrial need.

Reporter Mistakes Earplugs (above) For “Rubber Bullets”: “Huffington Post “justice reporter” Ryan Reilly, eager to further The Narrative of helpless blacks being gunned down by racist white cops in Ferguson, mistook earplugs for rubber bullets. What this tells us is that Reilly not only is woefully ignorant about police tactics for crowd control, but he can’t have much experience with firearms. Nonetheless, he’s a major website’s go-to guy for interpreting riots, gun crime, and police behavior.”

Armed robber died after being sat on by passers-by: “An armed raider died in a bungled jewellery shop heist when members of the public sat on top of him until police arrived, a coroner has heard. Clint Townsend stopped breathing when around eight people piled on top of him in a ‘melee’ at Oxford’s Covered Market. The 33-year-old, who was wearing motorcycle gear and a helmet, had smashed the window of a jewellery shop repeatedly with a sledgehammer, before wrestling with the store’s manager and owner. Other onlookers then helped to apprehend the robbery suspect as he tried to flee from the scene – sitting on top of him in “a big heap. John Gowing, owner of John Gowing Jewellers, told an inquest how he and store manager Andrew Hill had been grappling with 6ft-tall Townsend. “We got to the side corner of the shop and we were just hanging on to the guy, then people seems to come from all over. “There were suddenly a lot of people and we all went down in a big heap. It was a big melee. Mr Gowing said an unknown man with an Italian or Spanish accent was sat across Townsend’s chest.”

Aircraft hangar is home to Europe’s biggest water park complete with beaches, lagoons and even a tropical rainforest: “Tropical Islands resort is housed within the largest free-standing hall in the world, which measures 66,000 square metres and is so tall the Statue of Liberty could fit inside it. The water park is located in Krausnick, near Berlin and claims to offer tourists all the elements of a tropical holiday destination in the middle of Europe. The huge hangar once housed Zeppelins but its owners went bankrupt in 1992 and the building fell into disrepair. It was transformed 10 years ago into an indoor paradise by a Malaysian company. Inside, the temperature is always a pleasant 26C which means the attraction can host the world’s largest indoor rainforest, along with pools, beaches and giant water slides. The resort’s indoor rainforest has a one-kilometre walkway and 50,000 plants, of which there are 600 different species. The complex also offers bars, saunas, lagoons and grottos to entertain a capacity of 6,000 visitors, along with 522 beds in various rooms and lodges, and hundreds of tents. There are 400 sunloungers to accommodate guests on the world’s largest indoor beach”

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How To Drink – The Secrets to Good Bar Etiquette

August 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s amazing how terrible most guys are at simply going to a bar and having some beers. They order fruity drinks, watch random TV, and ask the bartender for a phone charger. They also sit wrong. After taking in this deeply provocative guide, you will become a better drinker and your bar will become a better place to be.

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Unsuspecting walker throws grenade for dog to chase: “The unsuspecting walker picked up the barnacle-encrusted “stone” for his pet to chase along a beach without realising it was a deadly WW2 explosive. A passing bomb specialist spotted the danger and alerted the police and coastguard, who set up a 30-yard cordon around the grenade. It was later taken away by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officers. The device was discovered washed up on the shoreline at Marine Parade in Harwich, Essex – the fifth in as many weeks. All four were disposed of by EOD officers, who carried out controlled explosions on the beach.”

Lake is spectacularly weird, and is also deadly: “IT MAY look pretty in pink, but this lake is actually pretty deadly. A series of incredible aerial photographs have captured the bizarrely coloured Lake Natron, in northern Tanzania, like never before. The water, which is coloured in several different shades of pink, owes its unusual colour to photosynthesising cyanobacteria. The serene-looking lake is one of the harshest environments in the world due to its extremely high alkaline content. Its pH levels have been recorded as high as 10.5 – which is almost as high as ammonia, so it can burn the skin off any animals which have not adapted to its harsh climate. What’s more, the temperature of the lake can reach up to 60 degrees celsius. While the shallow lake supports little wildlife, the exception is a flock of 2.5 million bright pink flamingoes. They are drawn to the lake to feed on spirulina, a blue-green algae formed by the cyanobacteria.”

Bungling Russian robbers took so long trying to get heavy ATM into their car that police turned up to arrest them first: “A gang of Russian bank robbers have become an internet laughing stock after their attempts to steal an ATM took so long police arrived at the scene and arrested them before they could make a getaway. The ham-fisted crooks broke into the casing surrounding the cash machine in the Russian capital Moscow and then managed to shift it out the door to their car boot. But hilarious CCTV footage of the botched job shows the gang taking what seems like an eternity to get the whole machine into the boot of their saloon car. They eventually got the ATM into the boot of the vehicle but it took so long police arrived as they were leaving. ‘They had triggered an alarm and took so long over their getaway that they were very easy to catch. There are 12 people in custody awaiting trial,’ said a police spokesman. Bank officials estimate there were roubles worth œ40,000 inside the machine, and that the damage caused to the machine and the building was probably about œ20,000.

Needing a new toe? It is putty in your doctor’s hands: “For those who curse their children’s play putty being trodden into the carpet, here’s a reason to think of it with some affection. An extraordinary cure for sore toes and thumbs has been made from virtually the same material. The cylindrical-shaped Cartiva device is surgically implanted to replace toes and thumb joints damaged by osteoarthritis. It can resist compression and mimic natural cartilage. Once in place, it acts like a roller, with the end of the two bones gliding around it. `This implant keeps the joint working with minimum removal of bone and other tissue,’ says Dominic Nielsen, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St George’s Hospital, London, who is leading one of the UK trials of the device. The joint is exposed by making a small, 4cm to 5cm incision. The damaged cartilage is removed and replaced with the implant. `Once in place, it provides a smooth, load-bearing joint surface.”

Rome’s mayor launches furious attack on UK Government after it blacklists city due to risk of pickpocketing: “The mayor of Rome has launched a furious attack on the UK Government after it blacklisted the city because of the risk of pickpocketing and petty crime. Mayor Ignazio Marino accused the UK’s Foreign Office of spreading lies about Rome, after it advised British holidaymakers to beware of gangs targeting the notorious central station, public transport and famous tourist sites such as the Vatican. He said that Italians were offended by the `superior’ tone of the report and claimed that London was worse. The UK’s Foreign Office advised tourists to take particular care at Rome’s Termini station and on the infamous 64 bus to the Vatican where visitors are often ‘hassled and jostled to distract them.’ It said they should beware of gangs often including children, and said that thieves have even been known to spike visitors’ drinks so as to rob them. Dozens of pickpockets, including an increasing number of women and children trained up by Roma gangs, are arrested every weekend at the city’s tourist hotspots.”

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In brief

August 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Condoms

Condoms don’t guarantee safe sex anymore….. A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the woman’s husband.

Lance Armstrong

I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning 7 Tour de France races, whilst on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my f-ing bike.

Drive By

A guy broke into my apartment last week. He didn’t take my TV, just the remote. Now he drives by and changes the channels. Sick bastard!

The Agony of Aging

On the morning that Daylight Savings Time ended. I stopped in to visit my aging friend. He was busy covering his penis with black shoe polish.

I said to him, “You better get your hearing checked – You’re supposed to turn your clock back”.

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Seagulls win the ice cream war on British beach: “Swooping down on landfills and rifling through rubbish sacks, seagulls have long had a voracious appetite for our leftovers. In recent years, though, it seems they become bolder, snatching ice creams and sandwiches straight from the hands of families strolling along at seaside resorts. Such attacks are most frequently reported in Cornwall, where locals could be forgiven for thinking Hitchcock’s The Birds was a documentary. As well as chips and pasties, stallholders have seen seagulls snatch spectacles and even ceramic milk jugs. The “infestation” at one Cornish resort has grown so severe the council has conceded defeat in its efforts to control seagulls, admitting that people will have to “learn to live” with the birds. Occasionally people get scratched as gulls descend. “One lady came in with a nasty slash on the back of her neck and a child came in screaming,” she said.”

Murder suspect is let out of British prison by mistake – and AGAINST his own will!: “A murder suspect was released from a high-security prison by mistake – as he waited in line to be taken to trial. Bungling prison officers handed Martynas Kupstys his clothes and belongings and, despite his protests, said he had to leave. The 25-year-old pleaded with HMP Lincoln that he should be joining inmates who were being escorted towards the prison bus to Lincoln Crown Court. But his pleas were ignored and he was shown the door. It was only when the van reached court, and officials found Kupstys missing from the defendants that the astonishing error came to light. A full-scale investigation was launched with police searching frantically for the prisoner. Meanwhile, confused Kupstys had sat unnoticed at a bus stop outside the prison following his release. He remained there for three hours before being found and returned to custody. His release led to the collapse of his murder trial, which had been hearing evidence for three weeks, at a cost to the taxpayer of an estimated £3,000 a day.”

Passengers show gratitude for free baby buggies at air terminal – by strolling off with scores of them : “It was supposed to be a way of helping hard-pressed families with tired children cope as they stepped off their long holiday flight. But the idea of providing a fleet of 150 complimentary pushchairs at the arrivals hall at Gatwick Airport has backfired – after the majority of them were stolen by passengers. Instead of leaving the buggies at the designated drop-off point in the baggage reclaim area when their own pushchair arrives on the carousel, some holidaymakers have brazenly walked off with them before loading them into their car or boarding the Gatwick Express rail service with their newly acquired booty. The Mothercare Nanu Strollers were widely welcomed as part of a family-friendly initiative when they were introduced at the airport in West Sussex in April. The strollers feature a multi-position reclining seat with adjustable calf rest and normally cost £49.99 on the High Street. According to passport control officials based at the North Terminal, only five of the original fleet of buggies remain.”

UFO watchers accuse NASA of cover-up after live feed disappears seconds after sighting: “EXTRATERRESTRIAL fans have slammed the space agency NASA after a live feed was pulled seconds after a glowing ‘flying disc’ was spotted. Furious UFO chasers have accused the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of hiding the truth after the webcam, showing a mysterious small white object, cut out. The Mirror reports the ‘glowing disk’ was spotted on NASA’s live webcam from the International Space Station. Space enthusiasts, monitoring the camera, were the first to report the strange object on August 4. “I took a screenshot of the UFO and enlarged it. It has a long line down its middle and a dome on its top, but is rectangle (sic) on its lower bottom,” Scott Waring, a blogger from UFO Sightings Daily said.”

Man beats malicious traffic fine: “AN apprentice mechanic fined for reversing up one of Adelaide’s busiest streets has had his penalty overturned and police ordered to pay his court costs. Daniel Liemareff took on police — and won — after he was slapped with a $219 fine for allegedly reversing too far up Gouger Street and almost hitting an officer who was heading to a Chinese restaurant. Mr Liemarff, 23, said the officer with an English accent berated him for about 10 minutes, saying “where he was from it is a major offence to hit a police officer’’ and that “people in Australia never look around when driving’’. Mr Liemareff asked the police expiation unit how far was “further than is reasonable’’ and was told by letter in September 2013, a copy obtained by the Sunday Mail, the officer alleged the distance was “approximately 20 to 25 metres’’. However, in a December 6 letter, police expiation unit branch’s Operations Manager said the officer estimated the distance reversed was now “approximately 30-35 metres.’’ Instead of paying the fine, Mr Liemareff elected to be prosecuted and had his day in court last week. At the hearing police withdrew the charge and Adelaide Magistrate Stefan Metanomski ordered police pay Mr Liemareff $2915 in legal costs.”

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In action again!

August 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WordPress have got their system working again — until next time. So I have gone back and posted all the posts they would not let me post before

An amusing and very Scottish comment on a recent development

August 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Scotland finally has its own homeland on the web, in the form of the .scot domain… The new .scot domain will become fully operational on September 23, and public registration will then be available for anyone who is Scottish, is of Scottish descent, or wants to be Scottish. So, basically, everyone. Except the English.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Angry cat holds women ‘hostage’ in California home: “A pet cat turned into a “ball of fury” and trapped a mother and her adult daughter inside their California home. The furious feline, named Cuppy, attacked the pair every time they tried to make an escape from the property in Chula Vista, San Diego. They were forced to call 911 for police assistance after barricading themselves inside a bedroom, according to KGTV-TV. The animal became incensed when one of the women got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom on August 12. Armed officers were filmed in a standoff with the irate pet before he eventually calmed down and strolled out of the house. Neighbour Karen Yarger told the TV station the 14-year-old male pet is a “ball of fury”. The city’s animal control unit usually deals with such matters, but a police team were in the area at the time of the incident. Earlier this year, a family were forced to call 911 after an out-of-control cat attacked a baby and repeatedly charged at their bedroom door.”

The Range Rover that has top speed of 162mph is fastest ever made: “A record breaking Range Rover – arguably the fastest sports utility vehicle in the world – has accelerated out of Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Special Vehicle Operations’ stable. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by a specially tuned 542bhp 5.0 litre V8 that propels it from rest to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed electronically limited to 162mph. That makes it the fastest Range Rover ever. But it has also set a surprise record at Germany’s Nuerburgring by lapping the infamous Nordschleife circuit in eight minutes and 14 seconds. That’s firmly in supercar territory with the streamlined Audi R8V8 managing only 10 seconds faster. The new British 4X4 which thinks it’s a supercar had its world debut among the super-rich at the prestigious Pebble Beach concourse event in California.”

Boy flees in PANIC as a huge crocodile chases him: “A young swimmer in Sian Ka’an, Mexico must be thanking his lucky stars after quick-thinking onlookers narrowly managed to rescue him from the jaws of a huge crocodile. The paddler scrambled for the shore as the crocodile gave chase. Thankfully, a panicked onlooker standing on a nearby bridge hurled an object at the creature, stopping the giant reptile’s pursuit. Manuel Cerrara, who filmed the terrifying footage, was quoted by Nine News saying the boy was lucky the croc is fed regularly by tourists and fishermen. “Unfortunately, that crocodile already associated us with food and as the video shows the boy was saved because the crocodile is well fed and chased at a pace that allowed him to reach the shore,” Mr Cerrara said. Locals consider the water too dangerous to swim in.

Bright spark, 22, drags safe full of prescription drugs behind his car for two miles ‘after robbing pharmacy’: “Footage from the officer’s cruiser dash cam shows the vehicle pulling along the 100-pound safe behind it, only attached by a piece of rope. Just hours before, Mullins allegedly smashed a window at the drive-through of Family Care Pharmacy on Main Street in Swansboro and went into the building with a bag over his head. Security footage shows he then put a towel over his face in a bid to hide his identity before he pulled out the safe and attached it to the back of his car with the rope around 5.30am, WCTI reported. At about 7.30am, a police officer pulled out in front of his car on a nearby road and saw something swinging behind Mullins’ car. He waited for him to overtake him, and spotted the safe. The incident was captured on the officer’s dashcam in his cruiser. Mullins was initially arrested on a DWI until police officers learned that a similar safe had been stolen from a nearby pharmacy.

Olive oil under threat from bacterium which is hitting hundreds of thousands of trees in Italy: “A hostile bacterium, seen in Europe for the first time, is destroying centuries-old olive trees and threatening supplies of Italian oil. The microbe, first identified in the Americas, has now infected 800,000 trees in Salento, the southern half of Puglia, the heel of Italy. Puglia produces about 11million tonnes of olives a year, more than a third of the national crop and some of the country’s best oils. If supplies are significantly affected, it could lead to higher prices for shoppers in Britain and around the world. The species causes plants to dry out, leaving shrivelled stumps that are incapable of bearing fruit. Officials have called on experts from the University of California, Berkeley, to help them contain the devastating outbreak. Angelo Corsetti, a spokesman for Coldiretti, the national agricultural organisation, said that growers would be forced to destroy many trees in the worst-afflicted areas when an emergency decree comes into force next week.”

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August 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Status report

WordPress have been doing a lot of fiddling with their system lately — mostly making it harder for poor benighted bloggers like me

Their latest “improvement” is that they will  allow me to post text but not html.  That means no pictures and no links.

I am getting pretty sick of it so may shortly go back to blogspot.  That is however a lot like going from the frying pan into the fire.  Blogspot in just the last few days blocked my “Strange Justice” site.  They lifted that suspension fairly promptly, though.

In the meantime, however, everything that should be going up here is on the mirror site: bussorah.tripod.com/wicked.html

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