Is one still allowed to like white?

July 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

It’s Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles in January. The British government likes her too! No kidding

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Horny old Jewish couple: “When Henry Kerr met an attractive younger woman, he feared she wouldn’t give an older man a second glance. So he embarked on a four-year campaign to win over the object of his affections, writing her love poetry and spending hours exchanging life stories. And yesterday, 97-year- old Mr Kerr proved you can’t hurry love, when he finally wed his younger companion – Valerie Berkowitz, 87. Mr Kerr, who moved to the care home in 2006 when he was 94, said: ‘When I did ask her to marry me a few months ago she went hysterical – she put her head down on the table and couldn’t stop laughing.’ The couple finally married in a traditional Jewish ceremony yesterday at their care home in Golders Green, followed by a high tea for 90 guests.”

A dam big bridge: “It is one of the planet’s newest awe-inspiring superstructures – the Hoover Dam Bridge. Twelve years in planning and five years under construction, the development – known officially as the ‘Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge’ – is finally taking shape. Rising 890 ft above the Colorado River, when finished, its total length will be 1,900 ft, with its longest supported span running to 1080 ft. Built in the shadow of the iconic Hoover Dam, which powers most of states Nevada and Arizona, the construction is the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States. With costs estimated to run to £160 million, the bridge is designed to take the pressure off the congested US Highway 93 and is expected to carry 17,000 trucks and cars daily. It will also allow the roadway that runs on top of the Hoover Dam to close.”

“Eco” drivers’ licenses coming in Europe: “Brussels plans to test drivers on environmental friendliness. Learner drivers could fail their driving test if they pose a threat to the planet, under proposals being draw up by the European Commission. Braking suddenly, revving the engine or wasting fuel by being too heavy on the accelerator pedal could prove costly. This is because Brussels wants to include “eco-driving” – cutting carbon emissions at the wheel – in the practical driving test. The plans, which could consign “boy racer” drivers to history, were unveiled earlier this week by Siim Kallas, the EU’s Transport Commissioner as part of a comprehensive road safety strategy for the next decade. It would be achieved by widening the current EU Driving Licence Directive, which is binding on all member states.”

Wayward Alzheimer’s patients foiled by fake bus stop: “A German nursing home has come up with a novel idea to stop Alzheimer’s patients from wandering off: a phantom bus stop. The bus stop, in front of the Benrath Senior Centre in the western city of Düsseldorf, is an exact replica of a standard stop, with one small difference: buses never stop there. The idea emerged after the centre was forced to rely on police to retrieve patients who wanted to return to their homes and families but had forgotten that in many cases neither existed any longer. “If we can’t find them then we have to alert the police,” said Benrath’s director Richard Neureither. “It can be particularly dangerous if this happens in winter and they spend the night out in the cold.” Our members are 84 years-old on average. Their short-term memory hardly works at all, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home.” The result is that errant patients now wait for their trip home at the bus stop, before quickly forgetting why they were there in the first place.”

Smart baboons: “Baboons in Cape Town have learned to listen out for the tweet of a car’s remote central locking before deciding whether to break in to search for food, according to the local authorities. The highly intelligent animals lie in wait as tourists get out of their car to gaze at the view from Cape Peninsula – the thin finger of land in the south westernmost corner of South Africa that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Then, if they haven’t heard the telltale “tweet” of the locking system, they sneak over and open the car door to plunder its contents. So many picnics have now been lost to the simian raiders that the local authorities are pushing the government to commission an official baboon warning road sign”

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  1. “The Hoover Dam Bridge”….

    My daughter and I were there 2-weeks ago.

    The bridge is now practically complete and it’s truly awesome!

    Then again so is the dam built between 1931 and 1935.


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