That’s government for you

October 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Attacker left battered and bruised after trying to grab teenage girl … who was a martial arts expert: “A would-be attacker was left battered and arrested after being beaten up when he tried to grab a 14-year-old female – who turned out to be a martial arts expert. The 35-year-old man got more than he bargained for when he grabbed the young girl’s arms as she walked home alone through a park near her home. The young teen, who has studied self-defence and martial arts for some time, broke free from his hold and connected with several punches and kicks she threw at the man. A short time after the attack, police arrested a man on suspicion of assault. The man, described by police as being ‘very thin’ and around 5ft 7in, was questioned then later released on bail until the end of the month. The teenager was badly shaken by what happened but was not injured.

A Grand Viennese Debutante Ball — in Italy: “It was once an elaborate courtship-ritual where high-born young ladies would cast their eyes around for a titled husband and mingle with royalty. But the Grand Viennese Debutante Ball has remained one of the most anticipated events of the year and gives young people the chance to bring a splendid tradition back to life. Wearing matching white dresses, headbands and lace gloves, 36 debutantes waltzed to Strauss with students from the Naval Academy Morosini at the Roman Aquarium. They were all presented to the Austrian Ambassador in Italy, His Excellency Christian Berlakovits. One of the organisers said: ‘It is a rite, a dream, a message – the symbol of a world and an era that is worth reintroducing to today’s young people. ‘The best way to bring the values of a tradition back to life is to make them more current, allowing them to be discovered in their deepest meaning – even by those who, in the tumult of today’s society, appear to have neglected them, or, far worse, to have forgotten them altogether.’ The girls are aged between 16 and 23 years old and the event is twinned with the famous Opera Ball in Vienna.”

Farmer wins £40k over hot air balloon that scared his pigs: He used maths professor to prove case: “When a pig farmer sued a hot air balloon firm, he needed to prove he wasn’t telling porkies. Luckily for Dan Gilbank, he had maths professor, the laws of trigonometry, a lucky photograph and a golfer’s laser rangefinder to back up his case. Farm manager Mr Gilbank, 46, and his father Mick, 67, were adamant that a low-flying balloon had caused 250 of their pigs to stampede into a ditch, with disastrous – and costly – consequences. In the melee, 140 sows miscarried 70 per cent of their litters – around 800 piglets. Three sows died from heart attacks and a boar died the next day from his injuries. The stampede happened in April 2012 when a hot air balloon carrying a party of sightseers flew over Low Moor Farm, near York. Hot air balloons are banned from flying lower than 1,500ft over it or closer than 1,500ft to it. But the balloon’s operators, Wiltshire-based Go Ballooning, insisted it had come no closer than 2,500ft to the farm. Professor Fewster used trigonometry – the branch of maths that deals with the size and angles of triangles – to show that the balloon had been at a height of only about 100ft”

A hi-tech hospital mattress gave man third-degree burns: Equipment similar to an electric blanket overheated during surgery: “‘I wasn’t unduly nervous – I’d been told it was just a minor procedure,’ says Mike, 58. However, when he came round from the op – to remove a benign cyst from his kidney – at Maidstone Hospital, Mike quickly realised something had gone very wrong during the two hours he was unconscious. ‘I immediately noticed a burning pain in my backside. As the anaesthetic wore off the pain got worse. I reached under my hospital gown and could feel blistering and flesh came away in my hand. It felt like my bottom was on fire.’ Mike, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, had suffered third-degree burns on his right hip and buttock, caused when a mattress designed to keep patients warm during surgery had overheated. He underwent procedures to remove dead tissue and had to have an emergency skin graft. The HSE found the staff did not have sufficient training or information to ensure the mattress had been used correctly. Two years since his injury, Mike’s life has changed dramatically. After the operation, he was unable to work for five months.”

Help, there’s a snake in the bath! Terrified teenager found hungry 3ft python: “A teenager was overcome with terror after discovering a python in her bath – which had been slithering around under the floorboards for months. The family, from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, have since discovered the Royal Python belonged to a previous neighbour – who said it had escaped in July. ‘If your dog goes missing you put up posters and look for it. They could have at least warned us so we knew to keep an eye out for it. ‘I would have had the house searched top to bottom if I’d known.’

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An amazing magician

October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Hero Army expert removes grenade lodged in Alabama man’s leg: “The explosive device lodged in the leg of a Walker County man was removed early this morning by an Army explosives expert inside an ambulance parked outside of UAB Hospital, ending an eight-hour ordeal. A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist out of Fort Benning was brought to Birmingham via Alabama State Trooper escort, and removed what turned out to be a 40 mm practice grenade from the thigh of the man. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said the incident ended at 6:50 a.m. Hyche said he was disassembling the grenade when it launched. It was not fired from a launcher. The practice grenades, he said, will fire and travel up to several hundred meters.”

Yao Ming makes Shaq look small in amazing photograph: “SHAQUILLE O’Neal has sported countless nicknames in his life, from The Big Daddy and The Big Aristotle to The Big Cactus and The Big Shamrock. The common thread is “Big”, because at 216cm and 147kgs, Shaq is exactly that. Shaq is one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. But there’s one man who is bigger. You might remember seeing Yao Ming photographed with tennis stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic while they were in China for the Shanghai Masters last week. It’s not until you put Ming next to another giant like Shaq that you really comprehend the difference between being “big” and gargantuan. It’s no wonder Ming’s nickname while he was in the league was “The Great Wall of Yao”.

‘Satan’s Hollow’ is hellish for homeowners in Blue Ash, Ohio: “PARANORMAL groups claim to have found a “doorway to hell” in suburban America — and it has become a real nightmare for local homeowners. Legend has it that the storm drain, tucked in the woods behind an apartment complex in Blue Ash, Cincinnati, was once a gathering ground for Satanists who managed to open a portal into the netherworld. The folklore is so pervasive that the supposedly haunted tunnel system, also known as “Satan’s Hollow”, has become a hotspot for local teenagers and ghost enthusiasts. Visitors commonly claim to hear screams coming from the drain system, or see floating faces in the darkness. In a YouTube report, popular ghost hunter David Scott called the site “one of the scariest locations I have ever investigated”. Scott, who used a “spirit box” in an attempt to communicate with ghosts in the tunnels, pointed out graffiti such as, “This way to God’s Chamber,” “Badlands” and “666.” He also said the dank tunnel was notorious for sacrificial killings.”

Nasty British bureaucrats again: “A disabled pensioner claims is facing a parking bill of up to £1,500 because he displayed his blue badge upside down. John O’Callaghan, 66, had parked his Ford Focus on a street while he visited a friend at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, returning to find an £80 ticket because his disability badge was not correctly displayed. As he did not have enough money to pay the fine, a bailiff company acting on behalf of the city’s council is demanding he pay £422 – or risk having his possessions confiscated. The retired factory worker, from Speke claims he has been told the final bill could rise to £1,500 if he does not pay. ‘I told them I couldn’t pay £80 in one go so asked if I could do it over two months but the council wanted it straight away. ‘Now I’ve had a letter saying it’s gone up to £422 or they will send the bailiffs round. I think these are bully-boy tactics. ‘And they are threatening it could go up to £1,500.

Frumpy Australian TV presenter gets a spray: “Her job is to present the national news but one concerned TV viewer believes the ABC’s Virginia Trioli is not paying enough attention to her appearance. The anonymous critic took it upon themselves to inform the 50-year-old journalist she is ‘definitely in need of a makeover’. In a harsh letter, which the ABC News Breakfast host posted on Twitter alongside the caption ‘Mails in #justagirlonabudget’, Ms Trioli was instructed that she should stop wearing ‘blacks and browns’ because they are ‘very ageing’. The handwritten memo starts off by saying: ‘I watch you every morning,’ and goes on to tell Ms Trioli she should change her glasses. ‘Next the glasses ugh! Go for the light coloured frames, as with your dark eyes, black make you look “owlish”. You will be very pleasantly surprised,’ they said. The rude writer asks ‘dare I say it, did you obtain your clothes from charity shops?’. Ms Trioli took the letter on the chin, despite its many insults. ‘My reaction is just to be myself and not let it occupy a tiny bit of my time.”

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Prince Charles and the Genie

October 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prince Charles was driving around his mother’s estate when he accidentally ran over her favorite dog, a Corgi, crushing it to a pulp.

He got out of his Range Rover and sat down on the grass totally distraught. The whole world was against him and now his mother would go ballistic.

Suddenly he noticed a lamp half-buried in the ground. He dug it up, polished it and immediately a Genie appeared. ..

“You have freed me from thousands of years of imprisonment, ” said the Genie. “As a reward I shall grant you one wish.”

“Well, ” said the Prince, “I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this dog.” They walk over to the splattered remains of the dog. “Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me?” the Prince asked. ..

The Genie carefully looked at the remains and shook his head. “This body is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life. Is there something else you would like?”

The Prince thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos. “I was married to this beautiful woman called Diana,” said Prince Charles, showing the genie the first photo. But now I love this woman called Camilla,” and he showed the genie the second photo.

“You see Camilla isn’t beautiful at all, so do you think you can make Camilla as beautiful as Diana?”

The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said, “Let’s have another look at the dog.”

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Old British manual becomes a best-seller in a German translation: “Their women are not to be trusted, they struggle to control their feelings and can fly into a rage if things go wrong. However, they are also make excellent sausages and their beer is ‘one of the pleasantest in Europe’. These are among the official observations made of Germans for British soldiers preparing to oversee the generation that served Hitler. They appear in the 1944 manual, Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany, that has surprisingly risen to fourth place in the German bestseller list. Intended to condition a conscript army to resist German propaganda, the little red book also covers general cultural topics such as food and drink and social customs. It urges British soldiers to give orders in a ‘firm, military manner’ as the German civilian is ‘used to it and expects it’. It adds: ‘It is important that you should be smart and soldierly in appearance and behaviour. The Germans think nothing of a slovenly soldier.’ Commenting on German culture, it says: ‘Germans don’t know how to make tea, but they are quite expert with coffee.’ British soldiers are also told to take caution when mingling with ‘attractive’ German women.”

What Is the ‘Freakish’ Sea Creature Caught on Camera in Singapore?: “The creatures that are pulled up out of the ocean never cease to amaze. A man on Facebook going by the name Jr Saim recently filmed one such encounter with an animal that slowly moved its tangle of tentacle-like arms in a somewhat disturbing manner that has captivated millions of viewers. Before we get into what this creature is, take a look at it in the video above. It appears to be a basket star, an echinoderm that, according to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, is typically found in the Pacific Ocean between 50 to 500 feet below sea level but can live as deep as 6,564 feet. Basket stars usually feed on zooplankton.”

Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong family: “An Alaska couple, who had been told by police that their 29-year-old son had been killed in a car crash, were overcome with joy just hours later when they discovered him alive and well at his home in Anchorage, officials and media said on Friday. In a case of mistaken identity, an officer arrived at the couple’s Palmer home some 80 kilometres outside Anchorage about 3 am on Thursday and told them that their son, Justin Priest, had died in a car crash a few hours earlier, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. The grief-stricken parents, Jay and Karen, then drove to Anchorage to deliver the news of their son’s death to his brother, Cody, and to Justin’s long-time girlfriend, who lived with him. But Justin answered the door instead and was equally startled to see his parents and brother crying and shouting at 5:30 am, the Alaska Dispatch News reported after interviewing the family about the mix-up. “It’s Justin! Praise Jesus, we thought you were dead,” the newspaper quoted his father as saying at the time.

Justice done in India: “An Indian man who was caught trying to rape a teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after locals chopped off his genitals with a meat cleaver. Suresh Kumar was set upon in Ganganagar, in India’s northwestern Rajasthan state, after locals heard the girl’s screams for help. After finding the 40-year-old pinning the girl against a wall, a lynch mob dragged him to a butchers shop where they beat him with sticks for an hour before castrating him. They then dumped the severed remains in the middle of a road and left a bloodied Kumar nearby. Aamir Dhawan, 30, said no one ‘went to help’ Kumar because they knew he had been punished for a ‘sex crime’. Mr Dhawan said: ‘We have had a lot of intolerable offences against women in this country recently, with girls being raped, hung, and molested, and it’s time it stopped. ‘This sends out a very strong message to anyone like that – if you do it you will be punished.'”

Nobelist intercepted by TSA: “He won the Nobel Prize for physics. But Brian Schmidt received no special treatment from the TSA when he tried to take the 24-carat pure gold medal through airport security in Fargo, Nebraska. ‘When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, wanted to see it. ‘You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. ‘They’re like, “Sir, there’s something in your bag.” ‘I said, “Yes, I think it’s this box.” ‘They said, “What’s in the box?” ‘I said, “a large gold medal,” as one does. ‘So they opened it up and they said, “What’s it made out of?” ‘I said, “gold.” ‘And they’re like, “Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?” ‘”The King of Sweden”. ‘”Why did he give this to you?”‘ ‘”Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.” At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. ‘I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, “Why were you in Fargo?”‘

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Fall foliage in Kyoto, Japan

October 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Dwarf handed colouring book and crayons by waitress while on a date with fiancee: “A dwarf took his fiancee to a restaurant for a romantic meal and was handed a children’s colouring book and crayons by a waitress. James Lusted, 26, who is 3ft 7ins, was on a date at a Harvester Inn in Cardiff with his fiancee, Chloe Roberts, who is 5ft 7ins, when the waitress picked up two menus, the crayons and a colouring book. It was only when the waitress heard James’s deep voice that she realised her mistake, and didn’t serve the couple for the rest of evening. But Mr Lusted and his bride-to-be, 20, who are from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, saw the funny side. Mr Lusted said: “As I said thank you to the waitress she heard my voice and knew I wasn’t a child. “She immediately put the colouring book behind her back in shock. “But I am man enough to see the funny side, I would never take offence.”

Man Convicted Of Setting Puppy On Fire Hospitalized For Gunshot Wounds On His Privates: “Adell Ziegler, 21, one of two men who were arrested in November 2012 for setting a Jack Russell Terrier puppy on fire, was admitted to the emergency ward of a hospital after being shot on Humboldt Parkway on Monday. Ziegler was shot in the groin and buttocks at approximately 9:10 a.m. in the 600 block of Humboldt, according to Buffalo Police. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. As of now, his condition has stabilized and he is said to be out of danger, reported the Huffington Post. Adell Ziegler and Diondre L. Brown were both arrested on Nov. 13, 2012, for abusing a Jack Russell puppy. It was established that the sick duo hung up a Jack Russell terrier puppy three feet in the air, doused him with lighter fluid, and then brutally set the defenseless animal on fire.

A company to avoid: “INNOVATIVE might not be the first word that comes to mind when describing US telephone and cable company Comcast. But are we giving the company credit where credit is due? Let’s face it, after a harrowing 18-minute customer service call went viral in July, it looked like Comcast had nothing more to strive for — it had reached peak horrible. Yet, if reports this week are accurate, Comcast has continued to shine as an innovator in the competitive field of corporate terribleness: It got a customer’s employer to fire him for complaining about shoddy customer service. Conal, understandably frustrated, decided to bypass the customer service department and take his complaints straight to the Comcast controller. Shortly after that call, Comcast contacted Conal’s employer — a large accounting firm that Consumerist reports happened to do business with Comcast… The firm opened an investigation against Conal and then fired him from his job.”

Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo: “Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest. According to Alex-Bouzounis, she posted 34-year-old Monica Hargrove’s mug shot to the department’s Facebook page on Sept. 10, as part of a weekly roundup called “Warrant Wednesday.” “It included her mug shot, her name and information about the crime,” said Alex-Bouzounis. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Hargrove had been indicted in the case for aggravated-robbery and kidnapping. Police say the woman was so upset by the mug shot photo, which she considered unflattering, that she called within 48 hours of the post. “She contacted the detective listed on the Facebook post and said, ‘Hey, I want my picture down,'” Alex-Bouzounis said. “[The detective] said, ‘Come on in and we’ll talk about it.'” And, police say, that is exactly what Hargrove did. “She came in and he put her under arrest,” said Alex-Bouzounis.”

The holiday luggage with a handle that transforms into a CHAIR: “An American entrepreneur has created a solution to waiting in airport queues with nowhere other than a dirty floor to sit on or a grubby wall to lean against. Chicago-based Brian Gibson has designed a gadget for luggage that allows travellers to pull out the handles of their roll-on suitcases and convert them into chairs. Mr Gibson is hoping to raise funds on Kickstarter for the bags to be manufactured, and if his goal amount of $120,400 (£74,000) is met then the suitcases could in shops by April next year. According to their Kickstarter page. the neXstep Luggage System prototype bags have successfully been checked in onto aircraft on several occasions without incident. Mr Gibson also writes that the design has not been denied approval by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US. NeXstep – which Mr Gibson developed in 2009 – can also be used as a suitcase rack when packing or unpacking luggage. The bags will be made from carbon fiber, polycarbonate, ballistic nylon, Cordura, Kevlar and aircraft grade aluminum”

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A bargain

October 10, 2014 at 10:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Domestic cats are better hunters than TIGERS: “Most cat owners concede that their pets have a killer instinct – even if they are sometimes content to cuddle on their laps. And in a TV show set to air this evening, cat behaviour experts have examined how domestic cats are as good at hunting as lions and tigers. In fact, they claim the common moggy is more powerful and agile than its larger, more exotic cousin. In the show, Dr Liz Bonnin shares the results of a large scientific study where experts have followed 100 cats fitted with GPS trackers and cameras in three urban environments. The tracking equipment revealed that farm cats spread out across a rural area the size of 15 football pitches, including fields and wooded areas to maximise their chances of catching prey. Unlike pampered cat that typically play with mice – because they do not need to eat prey to survive – the farm cats can kill a mouse in two seconds flat.”

Lamborghini abandoned on Tower Bridge in London: “A man has been arrested after a Lamborghini Countach worth £250,000 was abandoned on Tower Bridge on Wednesday night. The unidentified motorist left the vehicle on the bridge at about 6.30pm after running out of petrol. After tracing him via his licence plate, police discovered he was wanted on warrant for harassment, and he was arrested in the City of London. He is currently being held in custody at a police station in east London. The car was removed from Tower Bridge on Thursday afternoon. DVLA records show that the licence plate of the vehicle – 69 AE – is registered to a black Land Rover, raising the prospect the driver could also face a fine for using it on a different vehicle. A Transport for London spokesman had earlier posted a picture of the white vehicle on Twitter, asking: “Tower Bridge N/B there’s a lane blocked due to an abandoned car….. Anyone missing theirs?”

Runaway pony caught after walking into Cheshire Police station: “Officers at Cheshire Police station received a surprise visitor on Monday morning when the animal strolled into reception. CCTV captured an officer attempting to get the pony off the premises, but the small horse appeared determined to hand itself in. A force spokesman revealed the pony had escaped from a nearby field and into their headquarters in Winsford before being escorted back. “We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security!” they joked.”

Man with ‘agonising’ 17-hour erection: “A man with a 17-hour erection had to have three pints of drained from his penis to relieve the problem. Jason Garnett, 23, described the situation as ‘pure agony’ and said he could only watch in horror as a doctor stabbed a cannula into the side of his manhood. He was diagnosed with a condition known as priapism – caused by a blockage of the blood vessels that empty the penis. Doctors told him they would have to draw off blood to reduce the pressure. ‘Seeing them stab my penis with a needle was horrible – like something out of a horror film,’ said Mr Garner, a hotel worker from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. ‘They were injecting me with adrenalin – and had to do it 24 times.’ The incident occurred last week after he spent the drinking heavily before sleeping with a female friend – and not taking Viagra, he insists.”

SIX THOUSAND venomous spiders take over home: “A family has been forced out of their country club home after 6,000 venomous spiders moved in. Fumigators are now pumping poisonous gas into the house in the upscale neighborhood of Weldon Spring, Missouri in an attempt to kill the brown recluse spiders, which have been there for at least seven years. The 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom property, which has prime views across the Whitmoor Country Club, never sold – but McCarthy Pest Control believes they can finally take care of the problem. This week, workers used nine tarps measuring 15,000 square feet to cover the home before filling it with sulfuryl fluoride gas that permeated the walls to kill the spiders and their eggs. ‘There’ll be nothing alive in there after this,’ president Tim McCarthy told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. The Trosts, who didn’t notice any spiders at the home when they looked around, bought it in October 2007 for $450,000. They captured one of the spiders, which was about half the size of a dollar, and looked it up on the internet and discovered that it was a brown recluse.”

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Animal camouflage

October 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You may have to look twice but you should be able to see the Tawny Frogmouth (an owl-like Australian bird) in this picture

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Nutcase Sues Chobani Yogurt For Stealing The Word ‘How’: “Best-selling author Dov Seidman has written a book to help companies develop an ethical model for running their business. The title of his book is How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything, and the basis of his entire business plan is the word “how.” According to Yahoo News, Seidman is not the only one who has discovered the advertising power of the word “how.” Chobani yogurt has employed “how” for their marketing campaign, using the slogan “How Matters.” The author, Dov Seidman, is now suing Chobani over the use of “how,” claiming the company stole it from him. Seidman has asked the court to force Chobani to stop the ad campaign because it infringes on his trademark. Chobani and its advertising agency, Droga5, have responded to Seidman defensively, claiming they’ve never heard of him, his book, or the intellectual property he accused them of stealing.”

A wonderful big Shire horse: “Is this Britain’s tallest horse? Towering Shire horse is more than 8ft tall with appetite to match eating two stone of carrots every day. Ruth Blair, a farmer, and James Mackie, a fruit and veg company boss, had rescued the giant horse, who was being badly mistreated and heading for the meat trade. After carefully nursing him back to health, Lincoln, now stands at more than 20 hands or 6ft 10in from shoulder blades to hoof, and is thought to be the biggest horse in Britain. With his size comes a massive appetite and Lincoln’s daily diet consists of two stone of carrots, 24 apples, 11lbs of spinach and five cabbages. James, who luckily is the boss of a fruit and veg company, said: ‘I don’t know how anyone else could afford to feed him. ‘When he came to us I thought he was too far gone to survive but he got vitamin injections and got a spark back in his eyes. ‘He still has a bit of growing to do. Ruth, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, said: ‘Lincoln is a fabulous big horse with a kind, docile nature but has a tremendous amount of power in him. He now has a lifetime home and we are really happy to have rescued him.’

Fish shop takes delivery of sack of giant potatoes up to a FOOT long: “Owners of a fish and chip shop have made some mammoth fries after a sack of giant potatoes were delivered to the takeaway – some measuring up to a foot long. Jonathan Noblett, the owner of Noblett’s chip shop in Preston, Lancashire, said: ‘We get fresh spuds every day, and in this particular bag there were the biggest potatoes I’ve ever seen. The potatoes came from the Four Fields Farm in Pilling, Preston in Lancashire. Farmer Arnold Ronson said: ‘We usually get them quite big most years with this particular variety, arcade. ‘We thought they would be small this year with it being dry, because they need a bit of water. ‘But they must have had just the right amount of water at the right time. It’s been a good crop.

Face of a Roman goddess unearthed for the first time in 1,800 years: “A small, finely carved stone female head has been unearthed by archaeologists in South Shields. The face is said to represent Roman goddess Brigantia – who was once worshipped on the banks of the Tyne – and has been buried for more than 1,800 years. It was discovered by a volunteer on the community archaeology project WallQuest at Arbeia Roman fort in the north eastern town. The eyes, nose, mouth and hairstyle are all delicately carved, and traces of pink paint still survive on the statue’s face. On the stone’s head is a mural crown, carved into the form of a town wall with battlements, symbolising that Brigantia was a so-called ‘protecting goddess’. Brigantia was goddess of the Brigantes – a tribe whose territory included what is now the North East. Evidence that this northern goddess was worshipped at South Shields was also found when an altar dedicated to her was discovered in 1895 – only 328ft (100 metres) away from where the current discovery was made.”

Forgotten Agatha Christie heirlooms fetch £50,000: “Family heirlooms belonging to Agatha Christie have fetched almost £50,000 at auction – after being discovered by a fan of the crime writer. It was uncovered when Jennifer Grant, a fan of the Miss Marple novelist, bought an old trunk containing a strongbox for £100 during a 2006 sale of the contents of her home, Greenway, near Brixham in Devon. Mrs Grant left the strongbox locked and bolted for four years but then asked builders working on her home to use a crowbar to open it to see what was inside. To her amazement, Mrs Grant saw a purse of gold coins, a diamond brooch and a three-stone diamond ring – described as heirlooms in Christie’s autobiography. The ring, originally estimated at up to £5,000 sold for £21,875 at auction, while the brooch, estimated to fetch up to £8,000, reached £27,500.”

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Angry cat from Turkey

October 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Squatters caught living in airport: “SIXTY-EIGHT Turkish nationals are in the custody of Malaysian police after living in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) for over a month. According to FlyerTalk and The Economic Times, authorities were first tipped off about the Turkish group when three men were apprehended for trying to gain entry to a satellite terminal in KUL. Through the arrest, authorities discovered and detained 65 other individuals living in the airport. Those detained include 38 adults and 21 children, the youngest of whom is six months old. “They slept on cloth on the floor and bathed and changed in the toilets. At the airport, these things are a routine sight to us,” police spokesman Zaldino Zaludin told The Star. “They had money with them. The viewing gallery is a very big place — with toilets, prayer rooms and shops. If you have money, you can practically live there.” Authorities have not yet identified the group’s motive for living in KUL. The group will be investigated by the Malaysian Immigration Department and could face criminal charges.”

Childish British council: “For decades Ings Lane was a dirty and pothole-strewn disgrace, unbefitting of a respectable residential neighbourhood. Despite the regular pleas from homeowners, the council refused to resurface the street, insisting it was not its legal responsibility. Desperate residents finally solved the problem by paying £6,000 to have the road professionally re-surfaced, with three speed bumps as an additional safety measure. But incredibly, the council have now threatened to undo their good work by digging up the road they have had lovingly resurfaced – and threatening the residents with arrest. The council officials – who had previously insisted the road did not fall under its jurisdiction – sent workmen to examine the lane immediately when a local farmer complained about the new road humps. Then, three weeks ago, it sent workers to dig up the road to remove the humps.”

United Airlines impersonal apology letter: “UNITED Airlines has previously been accused of turning a deaf ear to passenger complaints, and the email that Florida journalist Chris Chmura received gave every indication that the airline wasn’t taking his complaint to heart. Reported in FlyerTalk, a portion of the email from United’s Customer Care Department read: “While my email is brief and not as detailed as I would like, please be assured that we do understand your concerns and they have been documented for review and internal action.” Although the email seemed to depict textbook customer service — listening, empathising and apologising — it had some trouble with Chmura’s name. The well-crafted apology didn’t simply have a misspelled version of Chmura’s name, though; it referred to him as Mr. Human on three separate occasions.”

Man confronts beggar after he sees her driving new car: “A MAN has been filmed furiously confronting a beggar he donated to daily, after he spotted the woman driving a new car. The foul-mouthed exchange, filmed by another woman who also claims to have been duped, took place at an Oklahoma service station where the elderly panhandler was seen in a 2013 red Fiat. “This is crazy!” the man yells. “You are asking for money in the middle of street and you drive a 2013 car?” Gesturing with rage, the man says he gave the woman money every day, claiming to have skipped lunch one afternoon to give her $4. “Listen, I work hard for my money. I don’t appreciate this s***. And that’s why people like you take advantage of people like me. This is bulls***! “You drive a better car than me!” The woman claims the car isn’t hers, and that her son is going to pick her up. “So you’re telling me you’re not going to drive this car?” he fires back, threatening to “bust a window” if he sees her in the car again.

New high speed attack helicopter unveiled: “A new helicopter prototype that can fly twice as fast as conventional designs and aims to usher in a new generation of military aircraft has been unveiled. The Sikorsky S-97 Raider can cruise at speeds of 253mph, which manufacturers say is twice the speed of conventional helicopters. The Raider has a double rotor with the blades moving in opposite directions, meaning there is no need for a tail rotor. Instead the Raider has a pusher propeller at the back, allowing it to reach record-breaking speeds. The aircraft was unveiled in America last week and test flights are set to begin by the end of the year. Sikorsky hopes to eventually sell the helicopters to the US military for use as an armed aerial scout and also a light assault aircraft. The firm is pitching it as a replacement for the US Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and for use by special operations troops.”

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And where would this gorgeous interior be?

October 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s the main pump room of Crossness sewage pumping station in London. Built in the 19th century

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Indecisive: British liberal politician wears FOUR different outfits in one day: “Normally all eyes on are on the politician’s wives and their outfits during party conference season. But Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was in the spotlight today after bizarrely wearing not one, but four different outfits in a single day. As he battled against claims the Lib Dems are indecisive and struggle commit to a course of action, he wore a suit for TV interviews, a smart casual outfit for a school visit and a black shirt and chinos for a Q&A session which looked more suited to the garden centre than the conference hall. He then switched back to his blue suit before the day was out.”

Italian town fined €650 for ‘noisy waterfall’: “It was formed over millions of years and has been a tourist attraction for centuries, but a spectacular waterfall in Italy has divided local opinion after it was ruled to be too noisy. The town of Bellano, on the shores of Lake Como, has been slapped with a fine by an environmental authority after local residents complained that its thundering cascades were so loud they could not watch television without closing their windows. They blamed the council for the problem because the water flow of the torrent is used to power a small hydroelectric plant and can be regulated artificially. An unusually wet summer around Lake Como, which William Wordsworth acclaimed as “a treasure which the earth keeps to itself”, has aggravated the problem. Disgruntled locals took their complaints to Arpa, a regional environmental protection agency, which fined the town council €650 for noise pollution. The council now has 30 days to pay the fine. However, the town mayor has refused to pay on principle, saying the row is “absurd”.

Dog with strange eyes: “Her fiery orange stare is certainly fearsome enough to scare off burglars. The problem is, it’s also frightening off potential owners. Bagheera – named after the amber-eyed panther in the Jungle Book – has been unable to find a home since she arrived at a rescue centre in Italy as a six-month-old puppy. People were put off by her striking eyes, which are the result of a rare gene. A combination of difficult behaviour and lack of training is putting Brits off adopting Bagheera. So Teckels Animal Sanctuaries in Gloucester has brought the black Collie-Belgian Shepherd cross, now eight, over to England in the hope of finding her her very first home. Bagheera’s orange eyes, which are incredibly rare in a dog, is thought to put prospective owners off. ‘We think she is a Collie crossed with a Belgian Shepherd. Hopefully someone with experience will come forward and give her a home.’

A triumph of life: “A seven-months-pregnant mother who fell down the stairs in a catastrophic accident died a day after her baby girl was born by an emergency Caesarean section. Debbie Gallagher was rushed to hospital after her partner Mike Faultless heard a bang and found her lying unconscious at their home in Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands. Doctors battled to save the 36-year-old, who had suffered a devastating head injury, thought to have been caused by striking the bannister, and her baby. Daisy was delivered two months early on July 25, 2013, weighing 4lb 15oz, but tragically her mother could not be saved and died from her injuries the next day. Mr Faultless, a Land Rover engineer, was left to bring up their baby daughter and his two step-children following the accident last year. He said: ‘Daisy is such a beautiful little girl and I am so proud of her. I know Debbie would have been so proud too. Mr Faultless has received support from Ms Gallagher’s friends in caring for Daisy as well as her other children, nine-year-old Bradley and Hanna, 17, who she previously adopted.”

Have scientists discovered a CURE for ‘mean girls?’: “Scientists claim to have to found an effective method for tackling the age-old school nightmare of ‘mean girls’ behavior. According to researchers at the University of Missouri, ‘relational aggression ‘ – forms of non-physical bullying such as gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion and rejection – can be reduced using an intervention strategy they’ve dubbed Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports (GIRLSS). Tested on 30 girls aged between 12 and 15, the ten-week program involved group counseling, role-playing, journaling and weekly goal setting, and was found overall to decrease relational aggression. As part of the intervention method, students took park in one 70-minute session a week where they participated in a range of discussions and exercises. In addition, the girls’ caregivers attended separate workshops and bi-weekly phone consultations during which they were taught better monitoring and supervision skills.”

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A flying car?

October 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Useless British cops again: “The front counter of the local police station has always been the first port of call for an honest citizen who finds somebody else’s property dropped in the street. But now police across the country are refusing to handle lost items – telling members of the public they must track down the rightful owners themselves. Some forces even tell people to put up signs in shops with details of the found items, and to throw away unidentified keys, because they no longer have the time or staff to deal with the paperwork. Last night police were condemned for abandoning this traditional role. Jack Dromey, Labour’s shadow policing spokesman, said: ‘This is yet another example of how DIY policing is becoming the norm.’ Until recently, front-counter staff at police stations would take in anything found in the street and log the details so that it could be reunited with the owner if they got in touch.”

£50,000 winner’s lucky find: Warehouse worker discovers winning lottery ticket on day before it was due to expire: “A warehouse worker is celebrating after discovering a winning £50,000 lottery ticket – the day before it was due to expire. James Wilson, 28, was clearing out an old wallet when he stumbled across the EuroMillions ticket. He decided to double check the numbers and was shocked to realise he had matched all five in the draw from March 28. It was at this point he noticed he has just one day left to claim his £51,232.90 prize. Mr Wilson, from Bradley Stoke, Bristol, said: ‘I called Camelot straight away but because it was so late in the evening, their lines were closed until the morning. ‘I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I got through to someone the following morning and they confirmed I wasn’t too late to claim my prize.”

One in six women would give up sex forever for a slice of their favourite cake: “People in the UK would be willing to give up a surprising list of essentials –including their car and the internet – so they could eat cake, according to new research. People are also using the sweet treat as a negotiation tool to help them get their own way, says cake company Mr Kipling. It found one in eight have brought cakes into their office to butter up their boss, while 11 per cent of men have tried to win a woman’s heart with a cake – compared to seven per cent of women. Meanwhile, almost a quarter would never have a glass of wine again and 13 per cent would ditch their mobile phone. It was also revealed that nine per cent of men were willing to give up on sex for cake, compared to 16 per cent of women. A quarter would be willing to delete their Facebook and Twitter accounts and 13 per cent would ditch their favourite TV show. The survey of 2,000 adults, which marks the launch of National Cake Week, also found that chocolate is the nation’s favourite cake – with half favouring it over any other.”

More bumbling British bureaucracy: “A farmer who lost 810 acres of land during last winter’s floods was refused £11,000 compensation – after being told these aerial pictures showed ‘insufficient evidence’ of the damage. James Winslade was forced out of his farm in Bridgwater, Somerset and had to shift 550 cattle to safe havens after floodwater reached 12ft deep in some places. The cattle farmer was entitled to government funding to reseed his fields, but officials told him he would need to provide evidence of the damage. Mr Winslade sent a collection of aerial images showing his land under almost eight ft of water to highlight the damage caused during the bad weather. But he was stunned when he received a response telling him the evidence he submitted was not sufficient to show his problems. The payment only came after a Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs sent an inspector to the farm – almost six months later.”

France in a hole: “The country was branded the ‘sick man of the world’ yesterday after figures for September showed output fell for the fifth month in a row as businesses continued to shed jobs. Analysts said it pointed towards another quarter of stagnation, following six months of zero growth between January and June. Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, said: ‘No longer just the sick man of Europe, France looks more like the sick man of the world.’ The ‘increasingly bloated’ public sector ‘has masked the dismal performance of the private sector where businesses are struggling,’ he said. ‘France’s private sector is technically back in recession,’ said Mr Williamson. Diego Iscaro, senior economist at research group IHS Global Insight, said: ‘The French economy is struggling. It stagnated during the first half of the year and the outlook is hardly better. ‘Near record-high unemployment is keeping private consumption, the traditional engine of French growth, under intense pressure.”

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Having a bad day in China

October 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Saved from diabetic blindness – simply by sleeping in an eye mask: New technology could save thousands facing loss of sight: “A mask that shines green light into the eye during sleep could save the sight of thousands of Britons facing blindness. Diabetic retinopathy, one of the main causes of vision loss in people of working age in the UK, occurs when high blood-sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina. The condition causes the vessels to swell and leak fluid or close off completely, and sometimes causes abnormal vessels to appear on the surface of the retina. The Noctura 400 eye mask, which patients wear at night while they sleep, emits a low-level green light through the eyelids which mimics daylight. Although the light initially appears bright, the eyes quickly adjust. The mask interferes with the process that usually causes the eye to produce new blood vessels when it gets dark. While this tissue growth is beneficial for those people without diabetes, in those with diabetic retinopathy it increases the production of smaller blood vessels prone to damage and swelling which contribute to loss of vision.”

Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow: “Forget crocodiles and snakes, the real animal threat in Australia is wild pigs. At least if you’re camping. At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car. “In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans,” said a visitor. The pig was later reported sleeping his hangover (and shame of trying to take down a cow?) off under a tree. While feral pigs are considered an invasive pest in many parts of the country, it’s also a reminder to keep food and drink secured when camping. Just imagine if it had been a drunk kangaroo”

A major chili exporter is …. Britain: “It’s one of the nation’s hottest export success stories – hundreds of tons of chilies grown on British farms are being sold to countries renowned for their fiery cuisine. Already this year, well over 600 tons of chilies produced by UK growers have been exported to countries that include Pakistan, India, Mexico and Brazil. This year’s chili exports are expected to be double last year’s, bringing £1.3million into the economy, according to official figures. Gerald Fowler, who runs the Chili Pepper Company in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, said: ‘It’s gone crazy and I’m selling to every corner of the Earth. I’d never have believed I’d be selling to India, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and America. ‘It’s going to be our best year ever. We are selling seeds and chilies and all they want is the hottest. No one is interested in a mild chili.’ At the Conservative conference last week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson praised British ingenuity for growing ‘weapon-strength chilies’.”

Nosy cow gets stuck in pillbox: “A pregnant cow proved too inquisitive for its own good when it decided to investigate a World War Two artefact. The animal had to be rescued by firefighters after it put its head through the window opening of a wartime pillbox and was unable to remove it. Firefighters from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had to sedate the cow before using specially adapted equipment to free it. The cow, which is expecting calves in February, got stuck at Gibraltar Point near Skegness at 2pm on Thursday. Spencer Creek, Technical Rescue Manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Compared to fighting fires this may seem a little bit strange, but because of the county’s rural nature animals do occasionally get into danger. “Normally when this does happen they have become stuck in mud or water, so this was a bit different. “With the cow trapped in the stone window it was actually causing swelling around its neck, so it was important we had the vet there to calm the animal so it wasn’t in distress and the skills of the Urban Search and Rescue Team.”

French anger as new TV series about Louis XIV is being produced in ENGLISH: “During the 72-year reign of Louis XIV – the longest of any major European monarch – French became the universal language of the European elite. So it is not exactly surprising that French critics have reacted angrily to the news he is to become the protagonist in a new ‘dumbed down’ television show – produced in English. Critics have labelled it a ‘crime’ to have the great monarch speak in English – particularly as the ten-part series is being made by French station Canal Plus. The show, called Versailles, has also been written by Brits – Dame Helen Mirren’s nephew Simon Mirren and Spooks creator David Wolstencroft – and stars British actors. George Blagden, best known for his role as Grantaire in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, will play the role of the Sun King. The decision to produce in English has been made because it will make the show easier to sell outside of France. Director of fiction at Canal Plus, Fabrice de la Patelliere, called it a ‘pragmatic choice to enable the series to be exported’.

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