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November 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Stupid kid gets himself shot and killed: “Tamir, who was formally identified by officials on Sunday afternoon, was spotted ‘waving around’ the airsoft gun at a playground next to the Ohio recreation center at 3.30pm last Saturday. A concerned man, who was sitting nearby, called 911 and told the dispatcher: ‘I’m sitting in the park…there’s a guy here with a pistol, and it’s probably a fake one, but he’s pointing it at everybody. Minutes later, two Cleveland Police officers – a rookie and a 10-15 year veteran – arrived at the scene. The rookie then asked the boy to put his hands up, at which point the youngster reached into his waistband and pulled out the pistol. Despite the 911 caller’s prior warning that the gun was likely fake, the officer then fired two shots at Tamir, at least one of which hit him in the stomach, according to Cleveland.com. Police later told Fox 8 the weapon Tamir was carrying was ‘an airsoft type replica gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol.’ They added that the gun’s orange safety indicator had been removed.”

Chinese carmaker copies popular British SUV: “At first glance, the new car unveiled at a motor show appeared to be an updated model of the Range Rover Evoque. With its signature body shape, lights and radiator grill and silver logo across the front edge of its bonnet, it was the spitting image of the British bestseller. But in fact, it was a brazen copy of the hugely popular UK-designed ‘baby’ off-roader – and a fraction of the price. Little-known Chinese carmaker LandWind launched its £14,000 X7 at the Guangzhou motor show in China last week. Its uncanny similarity to the £40,000-plus Evoque’s distinctive design provoked an angry response from Jaguar Land Rover, which may take legal action to protect its brand. The British manufacturer has just opened its first car factory in China in a venture with local firm Chery. But drivers looking for a fashionable car at a bargain price might want to wait for safety inspection results. LandWind’s earlier CV9 people-carrier scored just two stars out of five in European crash tests in 2010”

Prince Charles has shabby sofas: “For his appearance on Countryfile last year, Prince Charles wore a Barbour–style coat patched up with so many different pieces of leather that he admitted he could ‘hardly move’ in it. Now his furniture has been exposed as just as threadbare. The heir to the throne, whose total income and funding was £21.68 million last year, took part in a Google webchat last week, where the state of the sofas at his London residence Clarence House has provoked much chatter. Badly frayed, the piped edging of the settee has seen better days. ‘His Royal Highness won’t throw anything out,’ says a courtier. ‘Make do and mend is the order of the day.’ Charles, 66, was seen with a noticeable patch sewn into his suit while visiting the set of Doctor Who last year. He even has a pair of shoes made from leather salvaged from an 18th century wreck which he said ‘will see me out’.”

“Boy, three, is banned from school photograph after headteacher brands his old-fashioned SHORT haircut “extreme”: “A three-year-old boy has been banned from taking part in his first ever school photograph – after his headteacher ruled his haircut was too short. When mother Julieann Yates, 28, arrived to collect him from school later that day the youngster said he had not been allowed to be in the picture. Furious, she immediately went to see the head, who said Delaney’s hair broke school rules and was ‘extreme’ as it had been cut too short. Julieann Yates, 28, said she was ‘absolutely furious’ that her son wasn’t allowed to be pictured, ‘It would have been his first ever school photos. I was very, very upset and angry. ‘Most of the school had their photos taken.’ ‘He has had the exact same hairstyle since he started nursery in September and the school has never said it was inappropriate.”

Venice bans noisy suitcases on wheels: “Residents of Italy’s floating city have had it up to here with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large proportion of the 27 million visitors who flock there every year. And their mounting irritation has prompted city authorities to draw up draft rules which will, from next year, see tourists become liable for fines of up to €500 ($700) if they fail to switch to noise-free wheels which are either made of rubber or air-filled – or simply opt to carry their luggage to and from their hotels. The ban also targets trolleys used by workers for the final leg of goods deliveries to businesses and residences within the city and local officials appear to be counting on bag manufacturers coming up with Venice-friendly models. “The rule is designed to respond to the numerous citizens who have in recent years complained to the local council about the serious irritation caused by stuff being moved about at times of the day and night when the law provides for protection against noise pollution,” the statement said.”

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