Fatherhood in China

June 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Baby seat is a bit basic

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Robbers take on a tough family: “A 68-year-old grandfather, wielding a walking stick, and his 42-year-old son managed to overpower and disarm two men who allegedly stormed into the family’s home on the Sunshine Coast. “We flogged them,” 42-year-old homeowner Theo told the Sunshine Coast Daily yesterday as his family recovered from the ordeal. He was at home with his visiting parents, his wife Maria and their teenager daughters Sharde and Chevonne when the masked men burst in through a side door about 11.30pm on Saturday. Theo said he managed to wrest guns off both would-be robbers and his father Covus took to one with his walking cane, snapping it in half as he belted the man. The bandits were bloodied, bruised and beaten by the time police arrived, charging the alleged gunmen with a total of 60 offences.”

Man finds car stolen in 1970 on eBay: “Texas man browsing the auction site got a surprise when he found a car that was stolen from him 40 years ago. During a sleepless night last month, Russell hopped out of bed, fired up his computer and began surfing the Web. During his May 11 search, Russell said, he could not believe it when he saw his car listed for auction. He said he knew it was his because he had memorized the vehicle identification number. Russell said the car listed for auction was missing the VIN plate, had a broken lock on the glove box and was missing the trunk lock, obvious signs of a stolen car. Because eBay requires the seller to list contact information, Russell was able to call the car dealer in Beverly Hills, Calif. After six weeks of phone calls, faxing documents, buy-back discussions and conversations with the car dealer’s attorney, Russell’s Austin Healey was delivered to his home Saturday. Detectives in Philadelphia reactivated the stolen car report and contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The car was impounded June 14. The Russells went to California and took ownership June 18.”

Supersized restaurant: “In a case of taking fast food to the extreme McDonald’s has embraced the pop-up restaurant trend for the 2012 Olympics by building a fast food restaurant of world record breaking size in Stratford, east London, that will last for six weeks. About 300m from the Olympic Stadium, it will displace Pushkin Square in Moscow as the world’s busiest and is expected to serve an estimated 50,000 Big Mac burgers and 180,000 portions of fries – feeding 1200 customers an hour at its busiest – from the beginning of the Olympics to the closing of the Paralympics.Once the Games are concluded the two-storey chalet-style building in the Olympic Park will be dismantled and 75 per cent of it re-used or recycled. The building went up in six weeks (although fitting out took longer) and will take four weeks to dismantle.”

Breast restaurants doing well in the downturn: “The waitresses at Twin Peaks wear skimpy plaid tops that accentuate their chests. In case you didn’t catch the joke, the chain’s logo is an image of two pointy, snow-capped mountains. And the sports bar doesn’t stop there: It promises ‘scenic views.’ Twin Peaks owner Randy DeWitt downplays all of that and insists that the appeal of the restaurant goes beyond the obvious. Hearty meals and a focus on making customers feel special, he says, are what really keeps them coming back. Twin Peaks is part of a booming niche in the beleaguered restaurant industry known as ‘breastaurants,’ or sports bars that feature scantily clad waitresses. These small chains operate in the tradition of Hooters, which pioneered the concept in the 1980s but has struggled in recent years to stay fresh. Instead of relying on lust alone, the new crop of restaurants is growing by offering new themes (think: rustic lodges and Celtic pubs) and varied menus (think: pot roast and shepherd’s pie instead of just burgers and wings). In other words, they’re hoping maybe people really are coming in for the food.”

A heritage roundabout? “As historic landmarks go, it hardly ranks as a world heritage site. There’s a simple swathe of grass around the remains of some summer flowerbeds, and the rusty old signpost in the middle has clearly seen service for generations. But for the past 185 years there has always been something rather comforting to the good folk of Leek about the island that stands at the entrance to their town. So much so that when highway planners announced a scheme to get rid of it, they mounted a fearless campaign to save it. Elderly ladies joined furious traders and young mums to occupy the site on a 24-hour rota. Tents were pitched where pelargoniums once bloomed; demonstrators started a sit-in (a sit-on, to be technically correct); organisers hoisted a Union Flag and arrived with banners and placards. One told the Daily Mail the roundabout was as much a part of the market town’s geography as the memorial clock tower overlooking it. Another said she would refuse to move until a public inquiry threw out what she described as a ‘ridiculous, insensitive and unnecessary’ redevelopment.”

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