March 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Revenge of a greedy lawyer thwarted by the court: “Australian Taxation Office (ATO) agents have been found to have engaged in ‘conscious maladministration’ that resulted in a $30 million tax bill that’s now been quashed by the Federal Court. Documents were used subject to legal professional privilege in issuing the multimillion-dollar bill to an Australian businessman Garry John Donoghue. ‘Garry, if you don’t pay me and my family, I will have no hesitation in giving the ATO everything I have on you. You should be very worried,’ his legal adviser Simeon Moore told Mr Donoghue before leaking his information to the Australian Taxation Office, the court heard. Mr Moore, who at the time was not admitted as a legal practitioner but was a friend of Mr Donoghue’s daughter, Alexandria, had issued Mr Donoghue with a bill for legal services amounting to $753,174. Justice Logan said this was ‘outrageously extortionate’ and a ‘fantasy’ amount given Mr Moore was an ‘as-yet-not-admitted graduate undertaking post-graduate studies in law’. He said the decision by the ATO officer to later proceed and use the information could be attributed to ‘inexperience and zeal, coupled with a lack of relevant supervision and guidance'”

Wishy washy British “justice”: “A serial thief who admitted committing more than 200 burglaries in just two years has avoided jail and been ordered to attend a ‘victim empathy course’, it was revealed today. Tomas Drungelas, 33, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was spared a prison sentence – despite victims telling the judge that they would ‘be angry’ if he was treated leniently. The Lithuanian criminal broke into and burgled 202 homes in the Hertfordshire area between 2013 and 2014 to fund his addiction to alcohol and gambling, St Albans Crown Court was told. But Judge Andrew Bright QC said that he would spare Drungelas jail and send him on a locally-run rehabilitation course called Choices and Consequences, or the ‘C2 Programme’. He also said Drungelas would be tagged for 36 months, under curfew between 9pm and 6am and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Chocolate taster scoffs 100 Easter eggs A MONTH: “It’s the sort of job most of us dream of, where a day in the office would entail wolfing down hundreds of chocolates, all in the name of research. This is the reality for lucky Matt Trotter, who eats more than 200 eggs in the two months running up to Easter, chomping down on 50kg of chocolate to make sure they’re up to scratch. But the Leeds resident is still in search of his perfect egg: one shaped like David Beckham. The 26-year-old has always been passionate about the sweet things in life, initially training as a chef and then specialising in chocolate for six years before starting at Asda. Mr Trotter thinks he knows just what to look for when looking for the ideal chocolate egg. He said: ‘When testing, I always look for a creamy flavour in milk chocolate and a bold intense cocoa flavour with dark chocolate, but both must have a good snap! ‘To benchmark our products, I’ll taste at least 50 Easter Eggs at a time to make sure we score the best.'”

Baby is born with distinguishable number ’12’ on his forehead: “In ancient civilizations it was the number of labours undertaken by Hercules, the amount of gods who lived on Mount Olympus and the total signs of the Zodiac. But now the number 12 has cropped up in another mystifying setting – on a baby’s forehead. Hanru van Niekerk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 11, 2014, with a strange birthmark on his face in the shape of digits ‘1’ and ‘2’. Doctors have reassured the family of the boy, now four months old, that the markings will gradually fade with time. Great grandmother Catherine Jooste told the Northcliff Melville TImes that they have embraced the peculiar birthmark, which was a ‘beautiful surprise’. Most birthmarks are harmless and don’t need to be treated.”

‘We want our mountain back’: Ecuadorian artist accused of vandalism after stealing the top of England’s highest peak: “An artist who ‘stole’ the top of England’s highest mountain for an installation has been accused of vandalism by conservationists. Oscar Santillan pinched the top inch of the 3,209ft summit of Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, and is now displaying it at a London gallery. The visual artist from Ecuador has insisted that removing the tip of the mountain was ‘a small suggestive gesture that reflects on the way in which humans have imposed their cultural categories over nature.’ But Ian Stephen, managing director of Cumbria Tourism said the artist is ‘taking the mickey’ – and has demanded he return the stone. Santillan, 34, has placed it on a plinth to create an artwork called ‘The Intruder’ which is being exhibited at the capital’s Copperfield Gallery as his first solo UK exhibition. Santillan has come under fire for ‘essentially vandalising the mountain’ but he insists he has done nothing wrong.”

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