In a far corner of the world people like us deeply mourn their fallen warriors

August 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lives lost in the futile struggle to civilize the uncivilizable. Background on the unusual ceremonies here

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Music student, 23, becomes the first one-handed pianist to graduate from College of Music: “A music student, who was born without his right hand, has made history by becoming the first one-handed pianist to graduate from the 130-year-old Royal College of Music. As a child Nicholas McCarthy, 23, was refused an audition and told he would never succeed but went on to stubbornly defy the odds and the pessimists to reach the milestone today. After he was refused an audition at a school for young pianists as a teenager, Mr McCarthy became more determined. He said: ‘It was soul crushing because that’s all I wanted to do – I could feel it would be an uphill struggle, but it made me more determined, I’m quite a stubborn character.’ He taught himself to play on a cheap, electric keyboard from Argos and did not start piano lessons until he was 14.”

Bigfoot hoax turns deadly: “A man who was apparently trying to provoke reports of a Bigfoot sighting in northwestern Montana was struck by two cars and killed. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was wearing a military style “Ghillie suit” [above] and was standing in the right-hand lane of U.S. Highway 93 south of Kalispell when he was hit by the first car Sunday night. A second car hit him as he lay in the roadway. Flathead County officials identified the man as 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell. Trooper Jim Schneider tells the Daily Inter Lake that Tenley’s motives were ascertained during interviews with friends. “He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting,” Trooper Jim Schneider told the Daily Inter Lake.com. “You can’t make it up.”

Luxury high performance cars left abandoned: “They were once status symbols for wealthy Brits living the millionaire lifestyle in Dubai. But now, they are just powerful images showing how the worldwide economic crash has left even the rich financially ruined. These high-performance cars have been left abandoned at the airport by expats who fear being jailed because they are in debt. Instead of facing possible jail sentences under the strict debt laws in Dubai, the Brits have decided to return home, without even bothering to sell on the cars. Luxury cars which have been left at the airport with the keys in the ignitions include Mercedes, Audis and Jaguars. But by far the biggest surprise to police in the wealthy oil-rich state was the discovery of a £1million Ferrari Enzo. Just 399 of the powerful vehicles were built – with four currently on sale in the UK for between £775,000 and £1.5m. Dubai is governed by strict Sharia laws which can see people sent to prison for being in debt. An average of 2,500 people left the United Arab Emirates every month last year because of unpaid debts.”

Taiwan minister says men should sit down to urinate (An alternative idea above): “Taiwan’s environmental minister wants to rid the island of urine-splattered toilet seats by encouraging men to sit down to pee. Stephen Shen, the head of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), said he himself has adopted the habit, and urged men to follow his lead in the interests of creating a cleaner environment. Despite the fact that the facilities in most men’s restrooms in Taiwan are comprised mainly of urinals, local government officials are to be asked to put up notices in public areas advising men to take a leaf out of women’s books by sitting on the toilet to relieve themselves. Officials behind the initiative have said the more men who sit down to urinate the more likely it is that public toilet seats will be clean and ready for the next user.”

Nude fans back Prince Harry: “Whatever the royal family may think of his exploits in Las Vegas, many Britons can barely hide their support for Prince Harry, posting naked pictures of themselves online in tribute. A Facebook group entitled Support Prince Harry with a naked salute! – featuring people posing in various states of undress saluting the third-in-line to the throne – has won 13,000 members and is still growing. The group sprang up after Harry, 27, was photographed naked with a mystery woman during a game of “strip billiards” in a Las Vegas hotel suite. But supporters have posted a flood of images of themselves saluting while in various states of undress – often with strategically placed props including Union Jack flags, backpacks and teddy bears. The Sun newspaper published photographs on Tuesday of what it said were British soldiers serving in Afghanistan, posing naked and saluting Prince Harry.”

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