September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

11-year-old girl whose mother allows her to travel abroad alone: “When Anne Atkins, who lives in Bedford, wrote a feature for MailOnline Travel about encouraging her five children to travel alone from the age of just nine, she was met with a barrage of criticism. Here, her youngest daughter, 11-year-old Rosalie, explains why she is happy her parents send her away alone and how it has shaped her as a person. “While other children may have been dragged around all summer after their parents or sitting in front of TV or computer screens during their holidays, I have just spent the most amazing week in Paris – without my family. Recently I was invited to stay in Paris with the Scribe family, who I’ve known for a couple of years. Their older daughter au paired for us one summer, and their younger daughter Jeanne and I have already done holiday exchanges. I think I’m very fortunate that my parents allow me to travel alone.”

Duff beer banned in Australia: “Woolworths attempt to cash in on an alcoholic export from the long-running TV show The Simpsons has come to an end after an advertising standards body ruled the campaign was marketing alcohol to children and young adults. The grocery giant will soon no longer sell Duff Beer through its outlets Dan Murphys and BWS, after copping a complaint by the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code, the standards scheme for liquor marketing. Woolworths had been selling the brew, which had existed on our television screens in the fictional world of The Simpsons long before it entered the real world, since late May. The soon-to-be-gone Duff Beer: An advertising standards body ruled the campaign was marketing alcohol to children and young adults. “It is inarguable that an alcoholic product that is branded in the get-up of The Simpson’s ‘Duff Beer’ will be instantly recognisable and highly appealing to children and young people under the legal drinking age in Australia,” the complaint said.”

Bavarian cattle festival: “Decorated with floral crowns and large bells – and treated like celebrities – the cows of the Bavarian Alps know it can mean only one thing: time to get moo-ving. Assisted by herders dressed in traditional attire, the animals are returning from summer alpine grazing during the annual cattle drive in the Allgaeu region of Bad Hindelang, Germany. Every spring, cattle herders bring thousands of them to mountain meadows, and the cows remain there throughout summer months before being brought back down the valleys to farms in the villages for winter. During the summer months, the herders live in a mountain hut called an Alm, often without electricity, in keeping with tradition. The spectacle, which dates back to the turn of the last century, often attracts huge crowds of locals and visitors. And after the cow drive, there is a folk fair with local food, music and beer.”

Doggy football fan: “American football fans were ecstatic when the 2014 NFL season kicked off last week but few expressed their joy more perfectly than George the dog. When shown a recording of the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers in 2014 season opener, George couldn’t contain his excitement – as he well shouldn’t given his four-legged status. George jumps and barks with vigour from the snap to the down, slightly less so between plays. And he calms down totally during commercial breaks. When his owner cruelly switches the TV to an old episode of Kevin James sitcom The King of Queens, George isn’t especially impressed, but the spring is back in the pooch when he turns back to the game.

Dog in a snood: “An Afghan hound is top dog for fashion after he was spotted showing off this stylish tartan snood. Two-year-old Ari has become a minor celebrity in his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire, after locals expressed their love of the strange garment, which keeps his flowing black hair out of his mouth and eyes. Without the garment, the dog’s flowing black hair gets in his eyes, meaning he cannot see where he is going. Mr White, who owns two Afghan hounds, added: ‘We have always used snoods as they help keep hair out of the dog’s face. ‘Many people just use them for eating to make mealtimes less messy, but we also use them when we are out walking so that Ari can see where he is going. ‘The snood helps to keep their long coats from getting into their eyes and mouth.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.


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