September 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

House made out of STRAW collapses: “Residents in a seaside town had to be evacuated after a traditionally built cob cottage collapsed during renovation work yesterday. One wall of the mud and straw-built terraced house fell into the street in Dawlish, Devon, as scaffolding surrounding it buckled and fell. It emerged today that builders had been working to repair a crack in the front wall of the house, which is home to a couple in their 30s with children, who were out at the time. Jason Sandland, an architectural surveyor who lives in the street near the town centre, said: ‘The scaffolding twisted and collapsed onto the road. ‘Luckily there was no-one on the street, which is usually quite busy.’ He added: ‘Cob is usually a good material for building but it can dry out if covered with the wrong render.’ The cob cottage in Dawlish is the second such building to collapse in under a week – last Thursday a 400-year-old cob cottage up the coast in East Budleigh, Devon, buckled.”

The car that almost bankrupted Daimler: “She was a former showgirl turned exuberant socialite who acquired a taste for the high life through a succession of marriages to wealthy businessmen. Little wonder that a car designed by Lady Docker was a monument to extravagance, from its royal blue crocodile skin trim, hand-woven silk upholstery and a silver mascot modelled on her naked body. Now her Daimler DK400 ‘Stardust’ limousine is expected to fetch up to £160,000 when it is auctioned on Saturday. The restored 1954 vehicle is one of five cars commissioned and styled by Lady Docker, hallmarked with what Bonhams auctioneers call ‘awe-inspiring excess’. Lady Docker put her own stamp on the car in an attempt to dust off the drab, stuffy image she believed was blighting her husband’s Daimler firm in post-war Britain. But it was so outrageously ambitious it cost company chairman Sir Bernard Docker his job and nearly bankrupted the company.”

Clumsy clergyman: “A blushing bride was nearly left red-faced on her big day after the vicar tripped over the train of her strapless dress, almost pulling it down, and broke his arm. Reverend Roger Scoones was about to wave the newlywed couple down the aisle when he fell over the train of Katie Stoddard’s dress and landed face down on the floor. Reverend Roger Scoones broke his right arm but did not go to hospital until after the ceremony was finished. The congregation watched in shock as Rev. Scoones was helped to his feet by stunned groom Jon-Paul before carrying on with the ceremony, despite a broken right arm. ‘I pulled him to his feet – but by his arm which can’t have helped – and he just carried on as if nothing had happened. He is a real trooper, he did a brilliant job.’ Mrs Stoddard’s dress comes with a long and flowing train, which the vicar attempted to ‘jump’ over”

Chinese farmers cover entire road with their crop to dry it out… and don’t mind motorists driving over it: “Welcome to the town where the streets are paved with rice. While it may in fact appear to be something of a ‘golden road’, this street has in fact been completely covered in rice as it is left out to dry. The farmers raked tonnes of shelled rice across an 800-metre section of the road in the small town of Mingda in southwest China’s Chongqing following a harvest of the grain. Judging by these pictures however, the farmers were hardly concerned as motorists drove over the grains while going about their daily business. While it may not seem the most hygienic or safest way to dry out the rice, the sight of the grain being left out on the road is not all that uncommon in China. According to one travel blog, farmers don’t mind vehicles driving on the road, as the draft caused by the passing vehicles blows away the lightweight husk which has detached itself from the grain, leaving the rice in place.”

Gold engagement ring from 17th Century discovered lying in field: “A gold engagement ring from the 17th Century has been unearthed by a pensioner with a metal detector – more than 300 years after it was lost. Tom Ross, 69, was sweeping his metal detector over a ploughed farmer’s field near Newtownabbey in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, when he stumbled across the item. The rare ‘posy’ ring, which dates back to the late 1600s and is 85 per cent gold, bears the Old English inscription ‘I noght on gift bot gifer’, or ‘Look not on the gift, but the giver’. Also known as a ‘betrothal’ ring, it pre-dates the custom of proposing with an engagement ring, but essentially served the same purpose. Men and women exchanged the items from the 1500s onwards to symbolise their future commitment to each other. It was only after Mr Ross, who took up metal detecting four years ago as a hobby, showed the ring to a fellow treasure hunter in England that he realised it could be valuable. He passed the item to museum experts in Northern Ireland who were able to establish its true significance”

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