Is this the most spectacular bit of scenery yet?

March 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lake Louise, in Canada

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Saudi Arabia awards preacher who says Muslims can have sex with slaves top prize and £130,000 for services to Islam: “The king of Saudi Arabia has handed his country’s most-prestigious prize to a preacher who has previously said the Koran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves. Indian cleric Zakir Naik, who has also said 9/11 was an inside job, was handed the King Faisal International Prize for Services to Islam at a glittering ceremony in Riyadh. A physician by training, the Mumbai-based 49-year-old has carved out a career as a charismatic television preacher, but his controversial views have led to him being banned from entering the UK. He founded the Peace TV channel, billed as the world’s only channel specialising in comparative religion, which now reaches an estimated English-language audience exceeding 100million, according to his award citation. ‘Islam is the only religion that can bring peace to the whole of humanity,’ he said in a video biography aired at the ceremony”

A well-fed scenic tour: “WHIPPING up a meal in your own kitchen is hard enough, but imagine doing it on a moving train winding its way through snowy mountains with no opportunity to stop at the local store for ingredients should you forget something. Jean Pierre Guerin has been the Executive Chef of Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer since 2008. A luxury train ride through British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, his job is to manage a galley kitchen with limited space all while on a moving train. Creating three-course a la carte meals for its guests is no easy feat. To date the kitchen has served up over one million eggs and 500,000 croissants and each season goes through 50,000 eggs and 45,000 pancakes. “It is a moving kitchen, so precision and organisation is key! We are a very close culinary team, and know how to work together very well. The view out of the windows is amazing, which is an added bonus,” says Guerin. Guerin is an award winning chef who has served notable names such as Bill Clinton, Meryl Streep and Lady Diana. He has designed the first class menus of airlines such as Lufthansa before joining the Rocky Mountaineer in 2008.”

Did Homer Simpson discover the HIGGS BOSON?: “He is better known as the hapless, doughnut-obsessed safety officer at Springfield nuclear power plant, but it appears that Homer Simpson may have outwitted some of the brightest minds on the planet. The author of a book looking at the maths hidden within episodes of the Simpsons has discovered that Homer may have predicted the mass of the Higgs boson 14 years before physicists discovered the particle at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern. Dr Simon Singh, a physicist and author, found the solution written on a blackboard in front of Homer during a 1998 episode of the long running cartoon. Speaking to the Independent, Dr Singh said: ‘That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson. In fact one of the script writers for the episode, David X. Cohen, was responsible for sneaking in the mathematical equations onto the blackboard. He contacted one of his high school friends, David Schiminovich, who is an astronomer at Columbia University. The first equation on the blackboard was largely based on his work predicting the mass of the Higgs boson – denoted by H0”

Unusual cheeseboard (Brits refer to both cookies and crackers as “biscuits”): “A restaurant customer who asked for cheese and biscuits to finish off her meal was handed a plate of brie, cheddar and red Leicester alongside custard creams, Jammie Dodgers and bourbons. Diane Murray, an NHS assistant director in Ayrshire, was handed the unusual selection of biscuits to accompany the cheese at an as-yet-unnamed hotel restaurant. Ms Murray and her step-daughter Steph Kerr took to Twitter to share news of the bizarre encounter, with the latter writing on the social media site: ‘If you need cheering up, here’s a photo of the time my stepmum asked for cheese and biscuits at a hotel.’ She accompanied the post with a photograph of the ‘cheeseboard’, which revealed a few lumps of cheese in a white bowl surrounded by the popular sweet biscuits.”

Strange “Gingerbread House”: “Grayson Perry’s unusual Gingerbread House holiday home has been branded an ‘abomination’ by local villagers inundated with art fans flocking to see the property. The Turner Prize-winning artist teamed up with the organisation Living Architecture to design the unique holiday cottage in the sleepy village of Wrabness. But locals – who battled the original plans – claim art fans flocking to catch a glimpse of the artist’s creation are clogging up the narrow streets. The local council has already been forced to redesign surrounding roads and car parks to accommodate the influx of art fans. Wrabness Parish Council strongly objected to the proposal to knock down the existing farmhouse and replace it with the imposing structure that combines sculptures, tapestries and ceramics. The original plans for the home were turned down by Tendring District Council but a re-submitted application for the wacky home was given the green-light by planners. The finished work – which can be seen from miles around – includes ceramic tiles featuring safety pins, old-style tapes, hearts and the word ‘Julie’.”

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