Keeping one-another warm?

January 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Strange alloy from the ancient world: “A mythical metal said by ancient Greeks to be found in the lost city of Atlantis has been recovered from a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily. Marine archaeologists found 39 ingots of what they believe is ‘orichalcum’ on the sandy seabed among the wreck of a trading vessel that sank 1,000 feet off the coast of the town of Gela, in southern Sicily. It is thought that it had been carrying cargo from either Greece or Asia Minor when it was caught in a storm and sunk. Professor Sebastiano Tusa, an archaeologist at the office of the Superintendent of the Sea in Sicily, claimed the metal they had discovered in the remains of the ship was probably the mythical and highly prized red metal orichalcum. Plato mentions orichalcum in the Critias dialogue and describes Atlantis as flashing with the ‘red light’ of the metal.” X-ray fluorescence of the ingots found off the coast of Gela show they were made from 75-80 per cent copper, 15-20 per cent zinc and small amounts of nickel, lead and iron.”

Oldster trapped in a bush for 15 hours after fall is saved by a pack of ROTTWEILERS: “With their stubborn tempers and massive jaws, rottweilers haven’t always had the best reputation. But these dogs laid that ghost to rest by saving a shivering trapped pensioner – who they licked placidly until a human came to raise the alarm. The 80-year-old woman had been stuck in a field for 15 hours following a fall, and would have remained there all night had Tillie, Billy, Gerrard and May not found her during a 1am walk. Owner David Malt said the incident unfolded when his pets, aged eight, six, five and three, scampered off during the late-night walk next to Bournside School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He followed the rottweiliers as they made a beeline for a bush in the school playing field – where he only walks the dogs when the field is deserted because of their fearsome reputation. When he and his nephew Jack caught up with the pets, the pair discovered them sitting with an 80-year-old woman and licking her gently. She was conscious and told Mr Malt she had been trapped in the bush since 10am the previous day after losing her footing.”

Another big art discovery in Britain: “A painting which sold for £3,500 has gone back on the market for £2million after it was revealed to be an artwork by renowned British artist John Constable. Auctioneers Christie’s of London thought a fan had painted the study of Salisbury Cathedral in homage to Constable’s famous 1831 work, and so valued it at just £500. A collector snapped it up for £3,500 in June 2013 but after taking a closer look they suspected the original artwork had actually been painted over. Restorers were called in to remove the added brushstrokes, and to the new owner’s delight the oil painting was confirmed by scholars to be an original work by the famous artist. Experts said the previously unknown painting is one of several preparatory works Constable did before creating the masterpiece ‘Salisbury Cathedral From The Meadows’, which was bought by the Tate gallery last year for £23.1million.”

Another dumb robber: “A forgetful armed raider ordered a taxi to take him between robberies – only to then take off his balaclava as he walked past CCTV. Paul Easby had tried to hold up a bank minutes before he went into a corner shop to rob the staff at knifepoint in Plymouth, Devon. But while Easby, 37, managed to put on a balaclava in the shop – just seconds earlier he had walked up and down the shop’s aisles unmasked past several CCTV cameras. Easby brandished a knife and grabbed cash but fled when the store worker pushed the panic button. He jumped in the taxi , while the unsuspecting driver drove off – only for police to stop and arrest Easby, of Plymouth, Devon, minutes later. He was jailed for ten years at Plymouth Crown Court. Prosecutor Paul Grumbar said Easby loitered in the Barclays branch for several minutes just after 10am. He said Easby handed the cashier a note which said: ‘Give me the money or I will shoot you’. But Mr Grumbar said the woman refused, pressed an alarm and snatched the note away – which was later found to carry Easby’s fingerprints.

Guru who ordered 400 followers to be castrated: “A guru who ordered 400 of his followers to undergo castrations he said would bring them closer to God is under investigation by police in India. The country’s top crime fighting agency registered a case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim – known as the ‘guru in bling’ for his penchant for garish clothes and jewellery – over the operations at his ashram. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Rahim is being investigated for criminal intimidation and causing grievous bodily hurt after an alleged 400 castrations were carried out. The guru, who heads the Dera Sacha Sauda organisation based in Haryana state, is already facing trial for conspiracy over the murder of a journalist in 2002, as well as with claims of sexually exploiting female followers. The latest case was filed after one of his devotees, Hansraj Chauhan, lodged a complaint in court alleging he was manipulated into having the ‘painful’ operation at the ashram. For many Indians, gurus play an integral role in daily life. They say they offer a pathway to enlightenment in return for spiritual devotion and often give donations to ashrams, temples and charity projects.

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