Resisting the flow

March 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

FL: Backyard fun unpopular: “Every Wednesday afternoon, Doug Varrieur steps into his backyard in the Florida Keys, aims his .380 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol and fires shots that ricochet through city halls around the state. Varrieur, 57, discovered a little-noticed part of Florida law which prohibits local governments from restricting gun rights in any way, and in December he set up a personal gun range on his property in a residential subdivision. Neighbors were outraged by the live gunfire, but their surprise was nothing compared to that of municipal leaders, who were shocked to realize there was nothing they could do about it.”

Escapee fish recovered: “A three-foot sturgeon which escaped from an aquatic centre during the flooding has been found four weeks later – in a puddle at a car wash one mile away. The fish, named Steve, went missing from Romsey World of Water in Hampshire after the nearby River Test burst its banks last month. He was swept away by three feet of water, before swimming across a main road, fields and a petrol station forecourt. Now, four weeks later, he has been discovered in a puddle at a car wash – a staggering one mile away from the aquatic centre. But despite his plight, Steve has been safely returned to the centre – and is making good progress.

Underwear restaurant popular: “A Spanish restaurant has been accused of taking advantage of female staff by forcing them to serve customers in their underwear. The Eric II restaurant in the town of Tarragona, in the east Spanish province of Catalonia, said they had found business was booming since waitresses had been ordered to strip down to their underwear to serve breakfast to guests. But after the restaurant was featured on local television the business is now facing an investigation following a complaint by women’s rights activists. However, owner Loli Carrillo said it was precisely because of the economic crisis that she was encouraging staff to be more inventive with the way customers were served. She also claimed the underwear was only worn on certain days of the week and that on other days other costumes were worn.”

Another sleeping beauty: “Covered in dust, the paintwork is peeling and the engine won’t run for long – but don’t be fooled by its rugged condition, for this classic Jaguar is set to heat up the auction rooms when it goes under the hammer. After spending the best part of 20 years rusting away in a barn on the continent, the Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe is far from looking how it did in its heyday. In mint condition, the 1958 motor with a 3.4-litre engine developing 250bhp would have had a 0-60mph time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 132mph. The car is regarded as one of the great British sports cars, thanks to its stylish looks and great performance. The engine starts, but the Jaguar is a non-runner and will require a full restoration. Despite this, it is being offered with an estimated price of £45,000 – and if a pair of enthusiastic bidders battle it out, the price could run into six-figures.” This Jaguar, thought to be the 67th XK150 built, will cross the auction block at the very first NEC Restoration Show on April 12th.”

Keen fisherman: “A pensioner was so hooked on fishing that he left his marital home on the day he retired to live in a tent by a carp angling lake – and has stayed there for the last four years with his wife’s blessing. Angler Peter Ralph, 66, cashed-in his pension and moved out of the £250,000 house he shared with wife Paula to start a new life beside the water. Despite being happily married, the retired roofer spends every day and night at Orchid Lake in Dorchester, Oxfordshire, with only his Staffordshire terrier Sugar for company. He forks out £6,000- a-year for his regular pitch on the river bank and only leaves for a week’s summer holiday and a few days over Christmas. Mrs Ralph supports her husband’s hobby, calls him every day and visits him once a month from their spacious detached home on a leafy street in Luton, Bedfordshire, to deliver his ‘allowance’, clean clothes, and supplies. ‘I went away fishing and never went back,’ said the father-of-one.” Mrs Ralph, 55, added: ‘If he’s happy, I’m happy.'”

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