The real reason …

July 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Swedish artist decorates snail shells: “A Swedish artist has spent hours painstakingly creating minuscule works of art – on snails’ shells. Stefan Siverud was so concerned about the creatures getting crushed in his garden, he decided to paint more than 70 of them with bright colours. Tiny lighthouses, crowns and company logos are among his intricate designs. ‘As I moved on to more and more advanced patterns, I bought fresh paint and proper brushes. Once painted, the snails were photographed and released in the town park.’ ‘In total, I finished over 70 snails over the course of two summer seasons. Another 20 or so were not finished before the winter cold started setting in. ‘Those were released into my own garden in time for them to find a place to hibernate.’ Mr Siverud found about a third of those he released in his garden the following summer, with one or two showing up two summers in a row. ‘Some of those found again were finished, others not,’ he added. ‘I haven’t asked the neighbours if they found any, but I assume that’s were some of the others went.’

Goat versus bull: “In a video that captured the epic David and Goliath battle, the tiny animal is seen confronting the huge creature on the side of the road. The courageous goat is seen forcing the bull backwards before being thrown back by a couple of forceful blows from the bull. Refusing to back down, the grey and white goat comes back with a vengeance and continues its onslaught. And proving that size really doesn’t matter, it is the bull who eventually surrenders and timidly shuffles away with its tail between its legs. Although it is not known exactly where the minute-long clip was filmed, it is thought to be in India, where bulls and cows are revered by the country’s vast Hindu population. As the pair continue their struggle, several men in the background appear unperturbed by the battle unfolding before them. But viewers online were more impressed, with one commenting: ‘It’s not the size of the goat in the fight it’s the size of the fight in the goat!’

Egotistical Hispanic goes to jail: “A man convicted of having sex with his girlfriend on a Florida beach in front of children was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Monday. Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were found guilty in May of two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case that drew international attention for the couple’s crude act. The amorous pair were videotaped having intercourse on a Manatee County beach last summer in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them. Jurors listened to graphic testimony from witnesses and saw a video of Alvarez moving on top of Caballero in a sexual manner in the middle of the day while others looked on. Prosecutors say they were tougher on Caballero because he previously served eight years for cocaine trafficking. The Bradenton Herald reports the jury found them guilty after deliberating only 15 minutes. The couple had faced 15 years in prison. ‘If you think about 2:30 in the afternoon on a crowded beach. It takes a certain type of person to do that in front of children a few feet away,’ said Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca.”

Chinese town has been free from crime for 10 years despite being patrolled by just one policeman who is BLIND: “One blind policeman has managed to keep his home town in southern China crime-free for more than a decade. Pan Yong, 43, began losing his sight in 2002 after contracting glaucoma and cataracts. Today, he is only capable of sensing light. However, the resilient protector hasn’t let this stop him from fulfilling his role as the only policeman stationed at Ci Chong Police Station in Lanba, Guizhou, according to People’s Daily Online. The area has seen no criminal cases, public security cases or traffic accidents in over ten years, under the supervision of Pan. Part of his success has to be attributed to the support that he receives from his wife, Tao Hongying. The 46 year old woman is a security guard at the local railway station and assists her husband during security checks around the town everyday. Although some locals attributed Pan’s good work to karma, the brave policeman has been familiar with fighting crime from a young age as he grew up in a police station. Pan said: ‘I have a small position but I love this profession. My wife calls me a workaholic.”

Is THREE MINUTES of exercise a week enough? “Vince Graff spends 1 minute on an exercise bike three times a week. Says high intensity exercise has changed his life. Physical fitness test shows he’s now fitter than most men of his age. “Three times a week, I head to the gym, jump on an exercise bike and spend a minute – yes, 60 seconds – pedalling as hard as I can. And that’s all the exercise I ever do. It’s called high-intensity training, or HIT. It’s at the cutting edge of scientific research and is no gimmick, insist experts. Indeed, there have been more than 200 studies over the past ten years which seem to show that three minutes of intense exercise every week dramatically lessens your risk of falling victim to a long list of potentially life-limiting or fatal conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, blindness and some cancers. HIT does, however, fly in the face of official advice, which recommends we do 150 minutes’ exercise every week”

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THE TOP 8 WINNERS OF THE DARWIN AWARD

July 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1.”THE LEAD OFF” AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it’s not Walter who’s lacking intelligence.

2. *WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, ‘Please come out and give yourself up.’

3. *WHAT WAS PLAN B? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

4. *THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5. *DID I SAY THAT? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: ‘Give me all your money or I’ll shoot’, the man shouted, ‘that’s not what I said!’

6. *ARE WE COMMUNICATING? A man spoke frantically into the phone: ‘My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart’. ‘Is this her first child?’ the doctor asked. ‘No!’ the man shouted, ‘This is her husband!’

7. *NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo…!!!)

8. *THE GRAND FINALE! Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

*Now remember, these are all true stories, and these people vote and most have children!*

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Odd news from around the world

Huge jumping fish kills five-year-old girl in Florida: “A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Florida girl riding in a boat has died after a sturgeon leapt from the Suwannee River and struck her. Wildlife officials said Jaylon Rippy died after being struck on Thursday night. Her mother and nine-year-old brother were also injured and taken to a Gainesville hospital. Their condition was not known. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it was the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River. Four people have been injured by jumping sturgeon this year, including two boaters who were taken to the hospital Friday. The fish are known for leaping more than two metres above the water, and many people boating on the north Florida river have been injured by the large, airborne sturgeon over the years. The large, prehistoric-looking sturgeon have hard plates along their backs. They can grow up to 2.4 metres long, weigh up to 90kg and can cause serious injuries. Biologists aren’t sure why they jump, but they assure boaters that the fish aren’t trying to attack people.

Murder capital of the world: June sees record 677 murders in El Salvador: “The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country’s 12-year civil war. Miguel Fortin Magana, director of the country’s Legal Medicine Institute, said Friday that June’s total surpassed May’s total of 641 murders. The first six months of this year have produced 2,965 murders compared with 1,840 murders during the same period last year. Violence has surged as the country’s street gangs renewed their clashes with government forces and among themselves. A gang truce lasted for more than a year and saw the average daily murders fall to about six. The average in June was 22.6. Police officials and others blame the worsening insecurity on the breakdown of the truce made between the gangs and the government in 2013. While the homicide rate plunged, critics say the truce gave the gangs time to strengthen, train and acquire heavier arms than they had in the past.”

Lost dog with a difference: “An adventurous Labrador had to be rescued after she jumped in a shored Highlands kayak and floated out to sea. Rosy the dog was playing on the shore of Loch Broom, which leads to the Atlantic, on Wednesday afternoon with Michael and Sean Osborne. The two brothers, 18 and 15, from the highland town of Ullapool in Scotland, were swimming in the loch and had left a kayak lying on the shoreline with Rosy wandering nearby. When they looked back to shore they noticed that the six-year-old, who is frightened of water, had sat down in the kayak as it began to float out towards the sea. The boys’ mum Lisa Osborne, 56, said: ‘Rosy hates water so it just seemed so ridiculous that she was out there on the Loch. ‘It was quite funny looking back. She made no attempt to jump out or save herself, she just sat in the kayak waiting for the boys to come and rescue her. ‘She floated all the way out and basically went as far as the sea. ‘The boys swam back to shore and got a little rowing boat then they rowed out using a paddle from the kayak to rescue her.'”

AUSTRALIAN truffles???: “Aussie truffle farmers are aiming to take advantage of their winter growing season to carve out a niche in a competitive international market. One husband and wife team, Peter and Kate Marshall, grow truffles on their farm at Braidwood, southern NSW farm east of Canberra – Terra Preta Truffles – and are aiming to rival French farmers in terms of quality. ‘We’re already getting world’s best type yields but I’m hoping to get better than that,’ Kate says. ‘We seriously intend to be a world player’. They have farmed the funghi for the last thirteen years but say that quality has only been good enough to export in the last three years. With plantations taking at least four years, but sometimes 10 or more years, to produce truffles, the couple warn it’s tough, year-round work to be a truffle farmer. Like most truffle farmers today, Kate and Peter harvest with their dogs – Shadow and Sal. Australian farmers have one big advantage over European rivals — their growing season is opposite to that of the northern hemisphere – so from June to August they can dominate the market.”

Fourth of July reveler is killed during ‘attempt to launch a firework off his HEAD’: “A man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, Maine State Police say. Twenty-two-year-old Devon Staples of Calais had been setting off fireworks with friends on Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home, according to Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. He says Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring his head. He died instantly. Cody said that his brother Devon lived in Orlando, Florida where he worked as a dog walker. Police say the friends had been drinking.”

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Time traveller sends back headlines from the year 2059

July 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest Country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California

White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia’s third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica . No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

Last Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2060.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Abortion clinics now available in every High School in United States ..

Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules any punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet seven inches with only 5 illegitimate children

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2060.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines.

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Odd news from around the world

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany: “A 22-year-old contractor has been killed at a Volkswagen factor in Germany after a stationary robot he was helping to set up grabbed and crushed him to death against a metal plate. VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig confirmed the man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometres north of Frankfurt. He said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process. He said it normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing car parts and manipulating them. The Financial Times said the worker was hit in the chest by the machinery and pressed against a metal plate while standing inside the safety cage that contains the automated equipment. German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.

A valuable painting from Australia: “Yes, it is still possible to pick up a valuable piece of art at a garage sale, or in this case, at a flea market in the Netherlands. This was where an anonymous Dutch collector spotted a rare painting by avant-garde Australian artist John Wardell Power. He had no idea who J.W.Power was. Thanks to Google he was soon aware that Bonham’s Australia had previously sold a few of Power’s other paintings. He emailed to see if this one was of interest. Yes, replied Bonhams’ Australian Art specialist Merryn Schriever, very much so. And so at Bonhams’ Important Australian & International Art sale in Sydney on June 16, Power’s flea market painting, now identified as Basket of Fruit, sold for $170,800 IBP. Shreiver found that only nine Power paintings have been offered at auction in the past twenty years and Basket of Fruit is the best of them. It was painted circa 1936 and exhibited in Paris in 1945.

Canoeist terrified after man dressed as an undertaker emerges from the mist and paddles past her in a COFFIN: “A man dressed as an undertaker has been spotted eerily paddling a ‘coffin’ through the fog on a lake in Canberra. Locals were shocked to see the undertaker’s vessel – complete with plastic flowers – emerged from the morning mist on Lake Burley Griffin in Australia’s capital. Canberra woman, Jeanne McLauchlan, was one of the right people to see the bizarre boater. ‘In the distance, as we came towards the Carillon we noticed a figure emerge from the thick fog,’ she said, according to the Canberra Times. ‘It was a figure of a man dressed in a tuxedo and top hat on a stand-up-paddle (SUP) coffin, complete with flowers, paddling toward us. ‘We asked ‘coffin man’, ‘Where are you going’? His response was, ‘To Queanbeyan cemetery as I have a 3pm grave site to prepare’.’

Lion refuge: “They are among the most dangerous animals in the world, so it must surely have been a fearsome foe that led an entire pride of lions into scampering up a tree. But it wasn’t a herd of stampeding wildebeests that caused them to take cover – more a swarm of pesky flies. These remarkable pictures of the lions, some of which are perched precariously in the branches, were taken by Australian photographer Bobby-Jo Clow, who stumbled across them while leading a safari in the central Serengeti in Tanzania. ‘It was an incredible sight and was very comical at times as the lions appeared rather clumsy while moving and repositioning themselves. ‘Our guide told us that due to the recent rains, the grass was quite long and that lions climb trees to escape the insects that thrive there.’

Wife Carrying World Championships: “Most men will, at some point or another, complain about getting their wives off their backs – but not these fellows. Indeed, these husbands were very specifically trying to get their other-halves onto their backs as they sprinted around the course of the 20th annual Wife Carrying World Championships. The event, held in Sonkajarvi, Finland, attracts couples from around the world willing to test out their strength over the 253.5 metre (832 feet) course. And training in the run-up to the event can be incorporated into your everyday life, according to the official website. ‘It is possible to train for the wife carrying competition everywhere in the middle of the daily routines: in the bath, in the super market, in the playground or in the body building centre,’ the website advises. But those who think it is going to be an easy run across a bit of flat ground will be sorely disappointed. It includes two ‘dry’ obstacles to contend with – and one wet one to wade through.”

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An ancient rivalry

July 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Are computer game nerds sexier than you think? “They’re actually probably freaks in the bedroom — and in a good way. At least that’s what gamer girl and porn star Lucie Bee reckons. And there’s new Australian research that appears back this up, by stomping on the dorky gamer stereotype. UNSW scientists Dr Michael Kasumovic and Dr Tom Denson have released a study exploring the long-held link between sex and violence through the prism of video games. The research, published in Personality and Individual Differences, quizzed two sets of 500 gamers to reveal that someone’s drive to play violent video games is closely connected to the desire for sex. Male and female gamers who played the more violent video games — such as Grand Theft Auto, Mass Effect and Call of Duty — were hungrier for some hanky-panky. Kasumovic said he believed the links between violent games and desire for sex were buried in our innate competitive urge to display our strength to win over a mate. In other words, gaming is just a modern way of beating our chests, and that kicks our libido into gear.”

Saab unveils superstealth ‘ghost submarine’ that is virtually invisible to enemies: “Saab has unveiled what it claims is the world’s most advanced stealth submarine. The A26 sub is 207 feet long, and features a ‘ghost mode’ to make it virtually undetectable when underwater. It also features a unique pod that allows special forces divers to enter and exit the sub while it is underwater. They have an endurance of 45 days or 18 days underwater. They have a test depth of about 658 feet. They will be conventional diesel-electric submarines equipped with the Kockums Stirling AIP (air-independent propulsion) system for enhanced stealth. The firm has already signed a $1 billion deal to build two of the new submarines for the Swedish Navy. ‘Extreme stealth is at the heart of the Kockums A26 submarine,’ the firm said. ‘Sweden is unleashing its GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) technology, thus making the Kockums A26 submarine effectively invisible.’ ‘Moreover, the ability of a submarine to lie motionless on the ocean floor, or ‘bottom out’, makes it almost impossible to find.'”

Vintage vehicle collector who has never sold a car in his life is set to make £20MILLION from the sale of his incredible fleet of pre-war automobiles: “A stunning collection of pre-war cars have been put up for auction and are expected to generate a total of £20 million. The luxurious multitude of motors include 13 Rolls-Royces as well as models made by Bentley and Maybach. The beautiful cars are owned by avid car enthusiast Henrik Frederiksen and his late wife, Vivi, who spent decades acquiring the historical cars as part of one of the biggest classic car collections in Europe. The decision to sell all 48 of the vintage cars comes after Vivi Frederiksen passed away last Spring. Henrik and Vivi both shared a passion for classic cars, particularly cars that dated back before World War II. From Lagonda to Duesenberg, the cars are all in working condition and have been part of the Frederiksen’s collection kept at the vast property of Lyngsbækgård Manor in Denmark.”

Forgotten baby saved: “A BABY was left to drift out to sea after her family forgot about her and left her in the water in a flotation device in Turkey. According to BGN News, 10-month-old Melda Ilgun was left unsupervised in a flotation device and started drifting into open seas in Turkey’s northwestern province of Canakkale on Friday. Due to the lack of attention from her family, and strong northern winds, Melda began floating off towards the Greek island of Lesbos. Eventually beachgoers noticed the young girl but were unable to rescue her. The Turkish Coast Guard was called and were able to pick her up about one kilometre from the shore”

This country offers cash to entice its young people home: “IN AN unusual bid to stop the exodus of its young people, Hungary has offered to pay them a monthly allowance to stay home. The campaign, “Come home, young person!”, is an attempt by the government to combat the high rates of emigration of its young population. Reported in Hungary Today, incentives include free flights home and a monthly allowance of 100,000 forints ($400) for a year. The Secretary of State for Employment Sandor Czomba said that about 800 people had signed up for the scheme since it started at the end of April. Many Eastern European countries are experiencing a “brain drain” of young people who leave in search of better jobs and salaries. There are currently 350,000 Hungarians working abroad. Young, educated Hungarians have mostly relocated to England, Germany and Austria.”

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The good ol’ days

July 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Dashing dolphin causes big problems: “An Orange County, California, family’s idyllic boating outing turned to chaos when a 350-pound dolphin crashed their cruise. As they were wrapping up their day of celebrations and heading back into the harbor, the family was surprised when a pod of dolphins started swimming alongside the boat. One of the dolphins jumped so high out of the water that it hit the railing of the boat, landing inside. Knocked to the ground, Mrs Frickman started to scream in pain as the 350-pound dolphin flopped around on her legs – breaking both of her ankles. Luckily her husband was strong enough to pull her out from underneath the frantic mammal. Mr Frickman headed back to the harbor all the while pouring water over the dolphin to keep it alive. Back at the dock, Mr Frickman got some help tying a rope around the dolphin, which was used to lift the creature out of the boat and into the harbor waters. Luckily, dolphins can survive hours outside of the water, and the family said it seemed fine when it was released back into the harbor waters.”

Woman with pumped up lips and boobs feels lonely: “A woman who is the spitting image of Angelina Jolie has said that her sultry image is ruining her love life. Stunning Veronika Black, 27, is inundated with compliments about her raven black hair and full lips, with people regularly mistaking her for the Oscar-winning movie star. But the model from Vancouver, Canada, complains she is never approached by men, who are intimidated by her enhanced 32J curves. Veronika, who has 658,000 followers on Instagram, said: ‘I’ve been single for over a year now after a five-year relationship ended, and I’d love to meet someone special. ‘I particularly like older men with a bit of stubble – just like Brad Pitt. ‘But to be honest, I think I scare men off. Men seem to be intimidated by the way I look. ‘Sometimes men get really nervous and start shaking when I talk to them, which is weird as I’m a nice person and there’s definitely nothing to be scared of.”

‘Let me see your mean face!': Cute Rottweiler turns vicious on command : “An adorable Rottweiler turns vicious with a simple command in an hilarious new video. ‘Show your teeth,’ the owner tells the pup, before being treated treated to a skittish display of fangs. The show of teeth doesn’t last long. So its owner gives another command. ‘Let me see your mean face,’ the owner says. This time, the pooch doesn’t hesitate and goes from all puppy dog eyes to snarling maw.

The druggie Pope: “Pope Francis has informed the Bolivian government that he intends on chewing coca leaves when he visits the country next week – despite them being the key ingredient in producing cocaine. Coca leaves are legal to chew on in the Andean country. With the Bolivian capital La Paz sat almost 12,000ft above sea level, the leaves are relied upon by millions of people to help ward off the effects of the high altitude, such as sickness and light-headedness. Many indigenous people, including Bolivian President Evo Morales, defend its use and consider it a sacred plant. Culture Minister Marko Machicao said: ‘We offered (the Pope) coca tea or something for the altitude. ‘He has specifically requested that he wants to chew coca, so we will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf.'”

Outraged guacamole lovers after a New York Times recipe insults their beloved dip: ““ADD peas to your guacamole,” they said. “Trust us,” they said. And that’s when it happened. The internet exploded. America’s mass mob of guac-a-holics went on a rampage, with even the leader of the free world weighing in on the heated debate. And it all began with an innocent suggestion from the New York Times on Twitter, politely prodding their readers to “trust us” and give peas a chance. The recipe indicates the writer is aware it is a “radical move”. ut that did nothing to calm the red-faced guacamole disciples. Pea-gate had sprouted. Because guacamole is more than just a tasty dip that pairs well with corn chips. It is sacred. Suddenly, political rivals Barack Obama and Jeb Bush found some common ground: peas in guacamole is plain unnatural. And that’s when we learnt that you don’t mess with America’s guacamole.”

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Some actual tourist complaints to travel companies

July 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘There were too many beautiful women at the hotel and my wife caught me staring at people other than her on one too many occasions. I wasn’t aware there would be so many lovely looking ladies. We had a huge row on day five of our holiday and I had to buy her a lot of presents on our return to the UK to make it up for her. I had to take out a credit card for the gifts just so I could grovel.’

‘The sun gave me a better tan than my girlfriend and she was really grumpy with me for half of the holiday for that reason. I tried to stay in the shade but when we came home I was still more bronzed than her so that was no good. We’re still together but it has knocked her confidence.’

‘The cocktails available on the all inclusive at the hotel were so nice that I got really very drunk and made a complete fool of myself on the dance floor. It’s the most embarrassed I’ve ever been.’

‘There were so many complimentary activities at our hotel like water sports and things that we barely saw our teenage sons. It really ruined the whole family holiday feel.’

‘The hotel had a no-nudity policy around the pool and on their beach and so I was unable to sunbathe topless and show off my new breast implants.’

‘The international buffet as part of our all inclusive booking gave us so much choice that I had at least two helpings every evening and, all in all, I put on two stone during the holiday. I’ve had to purchase new clothes and a gym membership since the holiday and I was wondering if you would be willing to cover those costs.’

‘The two swimming pools were so inviting that I often jumped in when I got too hot sunbathing. However, this meant I constantly had to re-apply my sun cream and I ran out more quickly than I thought.’

‘The air conditioning in the room was too chilly and we didn’t pack any warm clothes, so we were often cold.’

‘The maid kept our room too clean and spotless. We like living in a bit of a pig sty on holiday because it’s the one and only time we don’t have to give a damn.’

‘Me and my boyfriend felt that the staff and locals were far too friendly and nice to us. Because of this we found people back home in the UK to be even more rude and unpleasant when we returned and it made us sad.’

‘The gym facilities were better than my husband’s gym back home and so he was constantly in there and I was left alone a lot in the day time. It was quite boring for me as I was just waiting around for him loads on a sun lounger.’

‘I collected some shells on the beach and later realised that two of them still had something living inside them. I was very alarmed.’

‘I fell in love with one of the stray dogs on the resort and was heartbroken when I had to leave him. I wanted to bring him back to the UK to be our pet and I wasn’t warned that there would be so many cute cats and dogs walking around. As an animal lover, it made my departure from the hotel even more difficult.’

‘The sea was too warm and so when I tried to take a dip to cool down I was still hot.’

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Odd news from around the world

Brits can’t handle weather extremes — even for Wimbledon: “Three thousand people were dramatically evacuated from the All England Club [Wimbledon] last night as a fire broke out on Centre Court. Engines are thought to have overheated in a maintenance room on the site, causing an electrical fault on what was the hottest July day on record. People were forced to abandon their dinner and drinks on the third day of the tournament in south-west London after the blaze began at about 9pm. The drama unfolded shortly before sunset after an alarm went off at The Wingfield Restaurant, which is at the front of Centre Court. Terrified spectators began running as a tannoy sounded urging people to move away from Centre Court immediately. Two fire engines and police vans rushed to the scene as people flooded out of the grounds. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers attended to assist with a fire alarm. He added: ‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious.’ [Light snow stops their trains and buses — now this]

Hangxiety: “Amanda Whyte spent her 40th birthday party in April chatting, laughing and dancing with family and her closest friends in a room she’d hired, and decorated for the occasion, at her local village pub. Later that night, she settled down to sleep feeling happy and loved — confident that her guests had all had a fabulous time. However, just three hours later, at 3.30am, Amanda, a mother of two, sat bolt upright in bed, her heart thumping and her pulse racing, in the throes of a terrifying panic attack. ‘I was gripped by this intense fear that I’d done or said something dreadful —made an utter show of myself — at my party,’ recalls Amanda. ‘I was convinced that my guests had been appalled, thinking I was mutton dressed as lamb, stumbling around on the dance floor in my high heels. In fact, Amanda had caused no offence to anyone. But, like many women, whenever she has more than a couple of alcoholic drinks, she spends the following day — sometimes whole weekends — suffering anxiety and paranoia. So common are these feelings that there are now numerous words to describe them, including ‘hangxiety’ and ‘boozanoia’.”

Blue eyed people drink more: “Most people would kill for a pair of sparkly blue eyes. But those with blue irises should beware, as they may be more likely to become alcoholics, according to new research. A study found those with light coloured eyes – including blue, green, grey and brown in the centre – were more likely to be dependent on drinking than those with dark brown eyes. And blue-eyed people had the strongest tendency to be addicted to alcohol, researchers discovered. The parts of genes that determine eye colour line up along the same chromosome as the genes related to excessive alcohol use, researchers found. However, they added they do not know why this is – and say more research is needed. [Easy-peasy. Blue eyes originate in places with long winters and winter confinement leads to heavy drinking]

The munchies explained: “Scientists believe they have identified why women in particular are compelled to eat more after drinking alcohol. It causes the brain to become more sensitive to food aromas, thus encouraging the appetite. Dr Eiler said: ‘The brain, absent contributions from the gut, can play a vital role in regulating food intake. ‘Our study found that alcohol exposure can both increase the brain’s sensitivity to external food cues, like aromas, and result in greater food consumption. ‘Many alcoholic beverages already include empty calories, and when you combine those calories with the aperitif effect, it can lead to energy imbalance and possibly weight gain.’ Researchers conducted the study in 35 non-vegetarian, non-smoking women, all of a healthy weight. The women were observed and their brain’s responses to food and non-food aromas were measured, via MRI scans.

Facebook unveils its ‘new’ logo, but can you spot the difference?: “The Facebook app icon is now among the most recognisable in the world, but as more people use the service on their phones and tablets, the full, written logo is rarely seen anymore. But last night, a Facebook product designer tweeted this logo’s latest design with changes that are so subtle you may not even notice them. Christophe Tauziet’s tweet said: ‘Say hello to the new Facebook logo’ and he later responded to a question about when we will see the update with ‘soon.’ Facebook has swapped the double-storey ‘a’ on the previous logo for a single-storey version. By comparison, the ‘b’ now has a terminal and more closely resembles a typed version. Other subtle changes include making the edges sharper and increasing the logo’s width.”

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Confusion

July 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Super-jet is a dud: “It’s the most expensive weapon in history but America’s F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 – meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever – and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35 is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, which was staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35’s ability in close-range combat at 10,000 to 30,000 feet. Both the F-35 pilot and the F-16 pilot were attempting to ‘shoot down’ the other. But, according to the F-35 pilot’s report, the jet performed so appallingly that he deemed it completely inappropriate for fighting other aircraft within visual range. He reported that the F-35 – designed by Lockheed Martin – was at a ‘distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement’ despite the F-16 being weighed down by two drop tanks for extra fuel. The F-35 pilot reported a number of aerodynamic problems — resulting in the plane being too cumbersome to dodge enemy fire. [Better not go to war with Russia just yet]

Leopard has second thoughts about having a porcupine for dinner: “A leopard looking for a meal has come off second best after it was spiked by a porcupine’s sharp quills while attempting to catch it for lunch. Despite the fact leopards often come off second best to porcupines, they are enticed by the creatures and are regularly seen trying to catch them. The curious leopard was photographed in the national park as it first noticed the unusual looking creature. Thinking it may have found a meal, it then cautiously approaches the porcupine, appearing unsure of how best to kill it. When the leopard decided to test the waters and extends its claws to the lumbering porcupine, it is met with a shock by its sharp quills. Soon after being pricked on the paw, the leopard realised it was perhaps more trouble than it was worth and beat a hasty retreat.”

Is this drink the Red Bull killer?: “MOVE over, Red Bull. This German upstart is being billed as the healthier version of the popular energy drink. It’s called Club-Mate, and it doesn’t taste very good. But celebrities are tweeting about it, foodies are raving about it, and after years developing a cult following among techies and all-night partiers, the hipster drink is going mainstream. Club-Mate, pronounced “Club Mat-eh”, is a caffeinated carbonated drink made from the South American yerba-mate plant, brewed by the Löscher Brewery in Germany. “It tastes like a soft drink, but not as sweet,” the website explains. “It features a unique combination of caffeine and tannins, it’s stimulating but doesn’t make you fidgety.” It’s become a fixture at hipster bars in fashionable US cities, where patrons drink down to a specific point on the bottle neck, which is then topped up with spirits.”

Why A-listers have stopped showing skin on the beach: “GOODBYE, skimpy yellow polka-dot bikini. This season, the must-have swimsuit is a long-sleeve, full-coverage spandex number called a rash guard or rash top, often paired with bikini bottoms. It’s a look that’s currently adored by a bevy of Victoria’s Secret models, from Miranda Kerr to Alessandra Ambrosio to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Blake Lively are fans. And Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop newsletter recently touted a Breton-inspired version from Lands’ End for $45. It’s a swimwear option surfers and parents of school-aged kids have known about for years. The name “rash guard” comes from the protection it provides against sunburn and abrasions from surfing. (They can be worn over a bikini top or in place of one.) But over the past several summer seasons, the pragmatic rash guard has gone from protection convenience to major style object — after all, who wouldn’t want to look like a hard-core surfer or paddleboarder?

Japanese railway feline mourned and elevated into a goddess: “TAMA the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. The cat quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy. Tama, who had turned 16 in April, died of a heart failure on June 22. During Sunday’s Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, Tama became a goddess. The Shinto religion, indigenous to Japan and practised by many Japanese, has a variety of gods including animals. A stand outside the station was heaped with bouquets, canned tuna and other gifts left by thousands of Tama fans who came to pray from around the country. Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her achievement, and said Tama will be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine in August.”

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As PETA might say …

June 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Beautiful women really DO get away with more: “Whether it’s in the office or in the courtroom, a new study backs up the belief that pretty women can broker deals more easily. This, according to the research, is because beauty overrides the brain’s reaction to fairnesss – a fact tied to a subconscious competitive streak rooted in male evolution. As part of the study, 21 male students at Zhejiang University in China, were asked to look at 300 photos of Chinese women. A different group of men had judged half of the women as attractive and the half unattractive. The men were then teamed up with some of the women whose faces they had just seen while playing a computer game. In the game, they decided whether to split a small amount of money. At the same time, the researchers studied their brain waves and noted their response times. They found men were more likely to accept bad deals from attractive women. They were also quicker to respond to fair offers from good-looking women and slower to respond to unfair offers.”

Joy of woman who lost wedding band in woods as SEVEN metal-detecting sleuths turn up to find it: “A woman who lost her wedding ring while trekking in woods has thanked a group of local metal detector enthusiasts who turned up to help find it. Karen Hawkins, 44, lost the ring on a tree trek at Center Parcs in Longleat, Wiltshire. She and husband Julian and children Jake, 16, and Beth, 12, spent hours searching for it with no luck. Mr Hawkins, 45, then contacted a metal detector club in his home town of Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Seven members found the ring within ten minutes. Mr Hawkins said: ‘We were doing this tree trekking activity and we had to take our rings off in case they got caught. My wife put her rings in her pocket but when we got to the other end, her wedding ring was missing. ‘She was absolutely beside herself. We only got married July last year and it’s the sentimental value more than anything.’ ‘The ground was covered with pine cones and bark chippings, which is why it was so hard to search by eye. ‘He had got a strong signal so we brushed aside the pine needles and bark and there it was, slightly pushed into the mud.”

Smart crow: “There can’t be many moments that a crow, one of nature’s more confident creatures, pines for opposable thumbs – wings, a beak and claws are usually fit for purpose. But being presented with an unattended pizza box in a Vancouver park must be one of those times. Still, in footage filmed by Alex Heschuk, it doesn’t take long for the clever black bird to conquer the cardboard puzzle people take for granted when the prospect of a free feed is the reward. At first, the crow attempts to prize open the pizza box at every edge with its beak and claws only to make little headway. Almost as if it was teasing impressed human onlookers in the Canadian city’s famous Stanley Park, the crow finally flips the lid of the box open. No need for those thumbs after all. Unfortunately, though, the reward for its efforts were slim pickings – a small piece of leftover pizza that hardly seemed worth it. The crow didn’t seem to mind though, giving the scrap a few curious pecks to ensure it met the taste test before flying away to dine away from prying eyes.

Miracle survival of woman who survived three days ALONE in the woods with her newborn baby: “A California woman found herself giving birth while stranded in the forest for three days after running out of gas on a back road with no cellphone service. Nine-month-pregnant Amber Pangborn, 35, of Oroville, was having contractions early on Thursday morning and got into her car to drive to her parents’ house for help. She traveled down French Creek Road, a back road that she had not driven. She then found herself out of gas, with no cell service, going into labor. On Thursday at about 5am, she gave birth to her daughter on her own on the forest-lined road. She was stranded for three days, facing bees and mosquitoes and surviving on only four apples and a small amount of water. On Saturday, Pangborn was able to start a signal fire, hoping to attract attention. A Cal fire helicopter discovered the pair a couple hours later and sent a rescue team from the Forestry Department to retrieve Pangborn and her daughter. They were taken to Oroville Hospital on Saturday and Marissa was then transferred to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center on Sunday for further evaluation.”

China powers ahead again: “Already a world leader in train technology, China is set to ramp things up even further as it plans to run trains at 310mph. After some ten years of research and testing, new traction technology is now ready for use. In May this year the new system was introduced on a subway line in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. The technology was developed by China’s CRRC Corp at its Zhuzhou Institute in Hunan province. ‘Now we have our own permanent magnet synchronous traction system with full intellectual property rights, marking a new chapter in China’s high-speed railways,’ Ding Rongjun, who works for the institute, told China Daily. The technology has been described by key leaders in the project as the ‘most important part’ of the bullet train development. One of the fastest trains in the world is thought to run between Shanghai with the city’s Pudong International Airport, exceeding 300mph. Talks began in February this year for state-owned Chinese firms to sell high-speed trains to the United States, senior officials said on Thursday, a deal that would be likely to ignite controversy.”

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Tiger correctness

June 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Here’s why you should never drive a Maserati with a tin of paint on the back seat: “Most car insurance claims involve another vehicle accident, cracked windshields or storm damage. But one at-fault driver’s incredible misfortune led to an expensive claim after a tin of paint splattered inside his luxury Maserati vehicle when he swerved to avoid a dog in South Australia. Claims Manager for RAA Insurance Hayley Cain said the driver had left the paint on the backseat when the lid dislodged from the tin and flew through the air. ‘As the tin flew around the car like a mini tornado, the leather interior and windscreen were liberally splashed with a thick coat of white paint,’ Ms Cain said. ‘Fortunately the driver was fine, but given the extent of damage to the interior, our insurance assessors declared it a write off and we settled the claim for over $90,000.’

A Chinese challenge: “Quirky figure-testing challenges on social media have become unlikely criteria in a beauty pageant in China. Women are required to balance eggs on their collarbones and touch their navels from behind their backs for a chance to win the International Cross-strait Tourist Ambassador Competition. The touring pageant, which sees contestants from Chinese mainland and Taiwan, was in city of Jiyuan in central China on Monday, according to reports in the People’s Daily Online. Both the collarbone balance and the belly button challenges are considered as ways to show how good one’s figure is, according to Chinese internet users. For the collarbone balance, participants are expected to balance as many coins as they can on their collarbones while keeping them stacked up. In the belly button challenge, you need to try and touch your navel by reaching behind your back. The success of both challenges are intended to reveal the ideal figure. According to the original posts, the thinner you are, the more successful you will be in the challenges. A svelte figure is highly applauded in China.”

Argentine pilots fired after cabin selfies with star: “A pair of pilots got a lot more than they bargained for after letting a voluptuous star into the cockpit of their passenger plane to take photos — while it was in mid-flight. Curvaceous dancer and actress Vicky Xipolitakis posted photos on Twitter of her with both pilots, one of which was taken clearly after the plane had left the ground. The television channel TN also broadcast images of Xipolitakis, known for making semi-nude appearances, teasing the pilot and co-pilot. Footage of their mile-high hijinx also emerged, showing the model shouting: “I’m going to accelerate and will take off.” The pilots appear to think it’s all pretty hilarious. However, their boss didn’t think so. The president of Aerolineas Argentinas, the country’s largest airline, said the pilots were fired immediately after the company became aware of the incident.”

Grand old house: “An incredible 130-year-old seaside residence and invaluable relic from Sydney’s past is on the market for the first time in 60 years. Stepping through the grandiose timber doors of Coogee homestead ‘Roslyn’ is like taking a step back 130 years in time, with the pristine home essentially untouched since its 1886 construction. The magnificent ‘time capsule’, with panaromic views of Coogee Beach in Sydney’s east, is not only a sentimental, historical treasure but also proved a worthy investment for previous owner, the late Bail Burak. The eight bedroom home was bought for just £12,000 in 1955 but is expected to fetch $5 million, despite sitting on a block of only 460 square metres. The impeccable heritage-listed mansion has remained untouched by time, barely changing in 130 years – other than the charming addition of a retro 1950s kitchen. The grandiose homestead was built by British timber merchant Charles Saxton, his wife Emma and their family, according to Domain. The timber merchant certainly has left his mark on the homestead with handcrafted period details standing the test of time throughout the home.

Greatest shoal on earth: “Every year millions of sardines swim from South Africa’s Cape Point northward along the country’s east coast. The sardines have a safety-in-numbers philosophy, but these stunning pictures show that it has its flaws. They capture a feeding frenzy near Port St Johns as marine mammals and birds gorge themselves on balls of fish. The ‘Sardine Run’ is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. In terms of biomass the run is equal to east Africa’s world-famous great wildebeest stampede, which sees over two million of the animals head from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of more verdant pastures. The shoal can be nine miles long, 130 feet deep and two miles wide – so big that it can be seen from space.”

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What we are dealing with in these terible days

June 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Shock pregnancies for women as pre-wedding ‘teatox’ dieting craze stops the Pill working: “A fashionable high street detox treatment used by thousands of women to lose weight quickly has been blamed for a string of unexpected pregnancies. The herbal infusion Bootea can stop the contraceptive pill from working – but angry users have complained that there’s no warning on the packaging. The tea flushes out the digestive system with a laxative effect that can stop the Pill from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Bootea is a favourite of celebrities such as Katie Price and actress Michelle Keegan, who used the tea to slim down before her wedding to Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright in May – prompting countless brides-to-be to follow the same regime. But many ended up with the shock of expecting a ‘Bootea baby’ despite being on the Pill. The ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section advises those who are on the Pill to also use a condom while they are taking Bootea – a warning that does not appear on the packaging.”

Curiosity nearly killed the warthog: “This is the moment a furious crocodile’s jaws missed a warthog by a whisker – after the animal foolishly tried to taunt it during a stand-off. The warthog only narrowly escaped the snarling croc’s teeth as it ventured within inches of the predator at South Africa’s Kruger National Park. At first the sow was only interested in drinking from a watering hole – but after spotting the reptile, she decided to go and take a closer look. Unwisely, the inquisitive warthog trotted over to the crocodile and stood staring at it continually. But after having had enough of the unwanted attention, the reptile finally snapped and narrowly missed the sow with a ferocious lunge. After a few minutes, all havoc broke loose. The croc jumped up, launching himself forward and snapped at her with a very loud bang. ‘Luckily she was just out of reach and he missed by less than a foot.’ Incredibly, after such a lucky escape, the sow didn’t learn any lessons. Her and her babies took a tour around the deadly crocodile, even sniffing his tail.

Tiny furry creature that flies: “They may only be the size of your finger but these tiny creatures are fast and can glide the entire length of a cricket pitch. Born just 13 weeks ago, these seven Feathertail Gilder joeys are currently scurrying around at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. The adorable baby gliders were half the size of a grain of rice when they were born. The Feathertail Glider is the smallest of all glider species – they weigh just 15 grams and grow to a maximum of 8cm. ‘These animals have microscopic hairs on their feet giving them the ability to run up glass, they can glide the length of a cricket pitch and are very speedy,’ Australian Fauna Keeper, Rob Dockerill, said. They’re named after their long tail that is fringed with stiff hairs that resemble a feather, which helps them to steer and brake while gliding up to 20 metres. Taronga is believed to be the first zoo to ever successfully breed Feathertail Gliders. ‘It’s much easier to live here than out in the wild. They’re officially classified as secure but there’s no real idea how many there are,’ Mr Dockerill said. ‘When you’re half the size of a mouse and come out at night no one knows anything about you.

Mother-of-two’s life is saved by her enormous 38JJ breasts which cushioned the impact when car ploughed into her: “A mother-of-two’s life was saved by her 38JJ breasts after they cushioned the impact when she was hit by an out of control car. Sarah Foster has told of the dramatic moment she was then dragged to safety by her wife after bouncing off the vehicle’s windscreen while the couple’s horrified children looked on. Sarah, who is 5ft 3in and 19 stone, got out to have a cigarette and call her mother but was startled moments later when a Mini Cooper crashed into the central barrier at 80mph and veered towards her. After being hit, Sarah rolled over the top of the car and ended up lying face down on the inside lane of the busy stretch of motorway near Peterborough. She told Paul Sims at the Sun: ‘My boobs hit the windscreen so hard it smashed. They saved my life. Following the accident, near Peterborough, medics told Ms Foster that she had bounced off the car ‘like a balloon’ and if she hadn’t been so big chested she would likely have died… Paramedics were amazed to discover Sarah had suffered just cuts, bruising and knee ligament damage.

Australian lady picks a British winner: “It’s the age old fairtyale: meeting a prince charming and being swept off to a beautiful palace. For one Australian woman, this dream became very much a reality when she discovered the man she had fallen in love with was the son of an English Lord, heir to one of the biggest country estates in England. Former marketing strategist Caitlin Blake-Lane met her future fiancé Alex, at the Melbourne cup in 2012, after being introduced by a mutual friend. ‘We hit it off very quickly…we exchanged numbers that day and we ended up going for cider the day after, and went on a number of dates soon after that,’ Ms Blake-Lane told Daily Mail Australia. A few months later, Ms Blake-Lane was flipping through a magazine and saw an article about Alex and his house and realised that the man she knew as just ‘Alex Clifford’ was in fact The Honourable Alexander Clifford and son of Lord Clifford of Chudleigh in the UK. ‘Alex said early on that he would need to go back to England for his family business within 12 months. In April 2014 Ms Blake-Lane moved to England where she works in London as the director of a law firm for four days, and lives with Mr Clifford at their family estate, Ugbrooke, for three days per week.

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