If you thought I was mad before …

June 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a spectator at an English pop festival in Glastonbury recently

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The ‘crazed sex poodle’ has fled to London: “Beset by allegations from a masseuse that he behaved like a “crazed sex poodle” at an American hotel during a global warming lecture tour, Al Gore has been quietly seeking some respite in London. Mandrake spotted the former vice-president last week at the restaurant Roussillon with 20 colleagues from Generation Investment Management, of which he is the chairman. His behaviour on this occasion was, happily, unimpeachable. In keeping with the environmentally sustainable lifestyle trumpeted by Gore, who made the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, the restaurant in Belgravia says it provides “serious, sensitive and considered vegecentric food”. An unidentified 54-year-old woman has given police a detailed account of her claims that Gore groped and kissed her in an aggressive attempt to have sex during a night-time appointment in his hotel suite in Oregon.”

Road to nowhere: British council wastes £130,000 on pedestrian crossing that cannot be used: “A blundering council has wasted £130,000 of public money on a pedestrian road crossing that cannot be used. Bizarrely the puffin crossing was installed months after the same council granted residents Angela and Robin Wray planning permission for a driveway access to their house at exactly the same spot. Officials realised it would be unsafe to use the lights as pedestrians would have to stand at the entrance to the couple’s property. Meanwhile, Kirklees Council has been fighting an expensive losing battle to try and legally ban the retired teachers from using the drive that they were given permission to build. Officials issued a ‘stopping up order’ to stop the access being used by cars, but Robin Wray, 66, and his wife Angela, 63, successfully appealed the ban at a public inquiry last month. Now councillors are coming under fire for running up a six-figure bill. To add insult to injury, if the council backs down it will cost taxpayers a further £30,000 to remove the crossing in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire”.

Europe bans selling eggs by the dozen: “British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament. For the first time, eggs and ­other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet. Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members. The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight in grams of the eggs inside, for example 372g. Or that a bag of white rolls has 322g inside instead of half a dozen. The rules will not allow both the weight and the quantity to be displayed.”

British Leftist politician leaves his money to much younger Polish wife: “A flamboyant former Labour MP has provoked a family feud by cutting his children out of his will and leaving almost all his £1.2 million fortune to his glamorous second wife – 50 years his junior. Leo Abse, who died two years ago aged 91, had faced objections from his son and daughter from his first marriage when he wed Polish-born Ania Czepulkowska ten years ago. The widower met Ania, a former electrician in Gdansk who later trained as a textiles designer, when she stopped to admire flowers outside his house overlooking the Thames. Mr Abse left his children no money in his will, while his wife still lives in the £2 million Georgian property in Chiswick, West London. His son Tobias, 53, a European history professor at London University, said: ‘Seeing that will was a tremendous shock. I assumed he would leave quite a bit to Ania but I had no idea he would leave her everything.’”

Blast-proof underpants: “They are certain to prompt sniggers back at barracks, but their purpose is deadly serious. British troops in Afghanistan may soon be using a new item of protective gear – blast-resistant underpants. With more powerful roadside bombs causing a rise in the number of groin injuries and other lower body damage, protective pants could soon be an essential part of the soldier’s kit. BCB International, a military accessories provider based in Cardiff, will soon be selling ‘blast boxers’ to the public for less than £60 a pair in knitted Kevlar. RAF medics say they have witnessed an increase in injuries to this most sensitive area of the male anatomy. The Kevlar underpants would not protect a soldier standing directly on a powerful IED but they could stop small fragments of a blast, according to bosses at BCB International.”

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