Dumb driver

August 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The fact that it rains a lot in Britain has apparently not got through to all Britons. The driver of the car above is going to regret not closing the roof when he/she parked it just before a downpour

The boss of Granite & Marble International might have something to say to one of his employees

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Rembrandt etching worth $8,600 is lost in the mail after gallery decides couriers are too expensive: “Most people would send valuable items by recorded delivery at the very least. While anyone posting a rare piece of art worth thousands of pounds by one of the world’s greatest painters would almost certainly go to great lengths for it to be protected. But one Norwegian museum’s attempt to save money has come back to haunt them after the had a Rembrandt etching sent in the post – only for it to get lost. The Soli Brug Gallery in Greaaker, about 50 miles south of Oslo, bought from a British dealer a copy of Rembrandt’s ‘Lieven Willemsz, van Coppenol, Writing-Master’ for an exhibition. As days past by without the work arriving through the letter box it became clear that the virtually irreplaceable had been lost. Derje said his gallery, which is displaying works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Munch and Dali, received notice to pick up the package but when he went to collect it, it was nowhere to be found.”

Australia’s wheel clamp hero: “He’s the wheel clamp crusader, armed with an angle grinder and coming to the rescue of illegally parked motorists in Perth. He hacks open wheel clamps with a battery-powered angle grinder, leaving motorists free to drive off and avoid a $135 release fee. And he does it all free, asking only for a donation which goes to the homeless. While “Wheel Clamp Man” is a hero to motorists, police say he is a menace and want the public to dob him in. He said he began his mission after experiencing the frustration of having his own car clamped. “I got clamped myself. I went to a car park, pulled in, couldn’t see any signs, and I must have walked less than 100m and I was clamped. It was a con because they were watching.” The caped crusader said he had sawn off several clamps across Perth in the past fortnight and he vowed sparks from his grinder would continue to fly as he fought “greedy” councils and wheel clampers. “Depending on the clamp, it takes less than a minute,” he said.”

Australia’s brown sheepdogs: “CANINE instructor Paul Macphail has his pup pupils working like dogs. The Welshpool breeder/trainer has been showing kelpies the ropes for 20 years at Beloka Kelpie Stud education farm. The dogs are trained from a young age to be strong farm performers, working as a team to herd sheep. “It starts when they’re pups with socialising and obedience, then they get started on sheep when they’re a bit older,” Mr Macphail said. “They progress to bigger sheep until eventually they’re qualified working dogs.” He breeds 20 to 30 kelpies each year. Australian kelpies emerged in the early 1800s after collie breeds were brought to the continent. The dogs are renowned for their ability to muster sheep with little human direction.”

The decline of the Aga (Britain’s poshest stove): “At the height of Britain’s property boom, no eye-wateringly expensive farmhouse conversion was complete without a gleaming Aga in the high-spec kitchen. But in 2012, with the country still firmly in the grip of recession, sales of the pricey cast iron cookers are in decline – prompting the manufacturer to target China as a new market for growth. Announcing a sharp drop in half-year profits, Aga Rangemaster blamed the lack of activity in the property market as customers delayed buying big ticket items. The Aga cooker was invented in Sweden in 1922.”

Classic British nut was once a glamour girl: “With a spear clutched in one hand, a bag of bananas in the other and iPod headphones tucked beneath a white and purple turban, Alexandra Aitken cuts a striking figure as she strides along an Indian country road. The look – completed with pale pink glasses, blue espadrilles and a dagger slung over her white tunic – is a far cry from the tight dresses she favoured in her days as an ‘It’ girl around London. The 32-year-old has changed her name to Uttrang Kaur Khalsa and swapped the world of nightclubs and parties for a simple life as a devout Sikh in the Indian state of Punjab. But even in the holy town of Anandpur Sahib, she cuts an incongruous figure. Few Sikh women wear turbans and her decision to carry a spear puzzles many there because only male warriors usually do so.”


As she was

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