Daytona Beach 1957

May 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The good ol’ days

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Briton banned from driving because somebody else had a crash: “A motorist selling his car has been banned from driving after a would-be buyer took it for a test drive – and was killed in a crash. Mark Saunders had failed to ask Clifford Stroud whether he was insured when he let him take his silver Ford Mondeo out for a test drive, a court heard. Saunders had been with the potential buyer when Stroud lost control of the car on a tight bend. The Ford had skidded off the road and smashed into a tree – killing Mr Stroud, 47. Saunders, who was in the passenger seat, suffered a dislocated shoulder in the crash and had to be cut from the wreckage by emergency crews. But a court ruled that Saunders, 49, had failed to check if Mr Stroud was adequately insured for the test drive and he was charged with aiding and abetting another using a motor vehicle without third party insurance. The driver was previously banned from the road for 12 months by magistrates in Swansea and was also ordered to pay a fine of £150, with £620 costs. Judge Peter Heywood, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, rejected his appeal and confirmed his 12 month driving ban.”

Sydney home barely touched since the end of WWII goes up for sale – complete with pastel walls and vintage furniture: “Everyone wants to live in a home with character and they don’t come with much more personality than this one. One look at the rooms and the vintage furniture in the property at 16 Starling Street, Lilyfield, in Sydney, and you can only imagine the memories that exist in the house. Owned by the same family since 1946 – the family did not want to be named or comment – real estate firm Pilcher Residential will have the three-bedroom property up for auction on Saturday at a price of $1,050,000. The house’s distinctive entrance hall and decorative arch is a feature to remember. But inside it’s like taking a step back in time with authentic 1950’s furniture in the kitchen that also has a breakfast nook. The same goes for the living room and dining room where more vintage furniture makes the interior look like you have gone back in time when you step into it.”

Plane gets its nose punched in: “These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane. The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevşehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird. There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday. The nose cone, splattered with blood, shows extensive damage, and the aircraft was towed to a hangar for maintenance. A spokesperson for Turkish Airlines told MailOnline Travel: ‘The damage of the nose area (radome) by bird hit is a common incident on civil aeronautical operations. ‘The radome area of a plane is constructed by soft materials (composite) to minimalize the impact of such hits. ‘Therefore, such standard/normal deformation occurs as a natural result of such incidents. ‘One can also state that the critical bird hits in aviation is the ones that occur on the engine area.”

Cream-puff French guards: “French presidential guards are on the verge of strike action after complaining that sweaty bullet-proof vests give them spots and they get sore from carrying around heavy machine guns. The complaints highlight tension over changes to working conditions for the 180-strong soldiers who guard the Elysée Palace in Paris, home of the French President, in the wake of terrorist attacks. The guards say that conditions have become ‘intolerable’ since 17 people were killed in Paris in January, forcing France to step up security. Among the complaints logged are that the gear is too heavy, the shifts are too long, and that the sweaty flak jackets they must wear are bad for the skin. Since January, guards have been given an extra 15kg of weight to carry every day, which consists of items including a sub-machine gun, an extra magazine and a bullet-proof vest. Some claim they are left aching at the end of the day, with one report claiming the guard was left in ‘intolerable pain’ because of the weight of the equipment.”

A real traffic jam: “A precarious cliff-side road that stretches through vast canyons became the unlikely scene of travel chaos when tourists desperate to visit a remote Chinese village caused traffic jams. The May Day holiday weekend saw hundreds of people navigate the road, which was carved out of cliffs in the 1970s and leads to what has been dubbed ‘China’s most dangerous village’. Perched on a 200m rock cliff and situated 1,700 metres above the ground, the village, called Guo Liang Cun, was connected with the outside world only by rock stairs prior to the tunnel being carved, the People’s Daily Online reported. The corridor is carved out of canyons that are 119 metres high and is located in Henan Province in central China. Named the ‘Cliff Corridor’, the vital traffic channel is 1,250 metres long, five metres wide and four metres tall. Guo Liang Cun is situated on steep mountain cliffs with stunning views and is famous for the road leading up to it. As one of the most secluded communities in China, the village is reported to have 83 families with a total population of 329.

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