Having a bad day in China

October 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Saved from diabetic blindness – simply by sleeping in an eye mask: New technology could save thousands facing loss of sight: “A mask that shines green light into the eye during sleep could save the sight of thousands of Britons facing blindness. Diabetic retinopathy, one of the main causes of vision loss in people of working age in the UK, occurs when high blood-sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina. The condition causes the vessels to swell and leak fluid or close off completely, and sometimes causes abnormal vessels to appear on the surface of the retina. The Noctura 400 eye mask, which patients wear at night while they sleep, emits a low-level green light through the eyelids which mimics daylight. Although the light initially appears bright, the eyes quickly adjust. The mask interferes with the process that usually causes the eye to produce new blood vessels when it gets dark. While this tissue growth is beneficial for those people without diabetes, in those with diabetic retinopathy it increases the production of smaller blood vessels prone to damage and swelling which contribute to loss of vision.”

Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow: “Forget crocodiles and snakes, the real animal threat in Australia is wild pigs. At least if you’re camping. At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car. “In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans,” said a visitor. The pig was later reported sleeping his hangover (and shame of trying to take down a cow?) off under a tree. While feral pigs are considered an invasive pest in many parts of the country, it’s also a reminder to keep food and drink secured when camping. Just imagine if it had been a drunk kangaroo”

A major chili exporter is …. Britain: “It’s one of the nation’s hottest export success stories – hundreds of tons of chilies grown on British farms are being sold to countries renowned for their fiery cuisine. Already this year, well over 600 tons of chilies produced by UK growers have been exported to countries that include Pakistan, India, Mexico and Brazil. This year’s chili exports are expected to be double last year’s, bringing £1.3million into the economy, according to official figures. Gerald Fowler, who runs the Chili Pepper Company in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, said: ‘It’s gone crazy and I’m selling to every corner of the Earth. I’d never have believed I’d be selling to India, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and America. ‘It’s going to be our best year ever. We are selling seeds and chilies and all they want is the hottest. No one is interested in a mild chili.’ At the Conservative conference last week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson praised British ingenuity for growing ‘weapon-strength chilies’.”

Nosy cow gets stuck in pillbox: “A pregnant cow proved too inquisitive for its own good when it decided to investigate a World War Two artefact. The animal had to be rescued by firefighters after it put its head through the window opening of a wartime pillbox and was unable to remove it. Firefighters from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had to sedate the cow before using specially adapted equipment to free it. The cow, which is expecting calves in February, got stuck at Gibraltar Point near Skegness at 2pm on Thursday. Spencer Creek, Technical Rescue Manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Compared to fighting fires this may seem a little bit strange, but because of the county’s rural nature animals do occasionally get into danger. “Normally when this does happen they have become stuck in mud or water, so this was a bit different. “With the cow trapped in the stone window it was actually causing swelling around its neck, so it was important we had the vet there to calm the animal so it wasn’t in distress and the skills of the Urban Search and Rescue Team.”

French anger as new TV series about Louis XIV is being produced in ENGLISH: “During the 72-year reign of Louis XIV – the longest of any major European monarch – French became the universal language of the European elite. So it is not exactly surprising that French critics have reacted angrily to the news he is to become the protagonist in a new ‘dumbed down’ television show – produced in English. Critics have labelled it a ‘crime’ to have the great monarch speak in English – particularly as the ten-part series is being made by French station Canal Plus. The show, called Versailles, has also been written by Brits – Dame Helen Mirren’s nephew Simon Mirren and Spooks creator David Wolstencroft – and stars British actors. George Blagden, best known for his role as Grantaire in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, will play the role of the Sun King. The decision to produce in English has been made because it will make the show easier to sell outside of France. Director of fiction at Canal Plus, Fabrice de la Patelliere, called it a ‘pragmatic choice to enable the series to be exported’.

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