Everest getting crowded with would-be boasters

May 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Climbers going up Mount Everest in May 2013.

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What an imbecile! Road-crossing supervisor obstructs fire engine: “A lollipop man who was forcibly removed by firefighters after allowing children to walk in front of an on-call fire engine has been sacked. The unnamed man halted the emergency vehicle outside the William Austin Junior School in Luton, Bedfordshire, while it was on its way to a fire around 3.30pm on April 13. The crew were forced to get out of the engine and clear the road, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said. The man was suspended and has now been sacked for gross misconduct by Luton Borough Council, which used CCTV to ascertain what happened. Jacqui Brittain, who worked as a crossing guard for 20 years, saw the incident from her bedroom window and said it could have been someone ‘burning to death’. The 60-year-old said: ‘He started crossing children when the engine was only a few yards away, I thought “get out of the road”. ‘It came to a halt at the crossing as he stood there waiting, then he went back to the pavement and did it again.”

An extreme socialist hypocrite: “For a potential Labour leader it’s the most unlikely of venues. Not a working men’s club in the Labour heartlands where a pint of bitter and a packet of crisps can be bought for loose change, but a members-only ‘den’ tucked away behind The Bank of England where steaks cost £150 and a bottle of cognac can set you back £4,000. Yet M Den, a shady, decadent eel-skin-lined room at the top of a grand City steakhouse, is where Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna was seen during the Election campaign, after long days spent persuading voters to embrace Labour’s work and welfare policies. Former DJ Chuka has been to the M Den so often of late he has been given one of 50 coveted electronic entry keys, according to the club’s manager. This key gains entry to the club through a disguised door on the upper floor of the restaurant, called M, which opened last November with a 90-minute show by rap star Tinie Tempah. Inside, is a louche world of wealth and networking most of Chuka’s constituents in Streatham could only dream of accessing.”

A real idealist: “Robert, 48, is a very hands-on farmer. He and four full-time employees look after his 550 pastoral and arable acres of the Sussex Low Weald, as well as a parcel of indigenous forestry nearby — some of its timber has been used for restorations at Hampton Court Palace. Moreover, Robert has proved he would defend his home, land and livelihood, and preserve the quality and character of the countryside around him, at any cost. For he has rejected the chance to pocket £275 million — a windfall that would elevate him into the ranks of the world’s super rich — from developers who want to buy his farm and build on it. Mayfield Market Towns plan a sprawling new town of 10,000 homes, an academy, primary schools and shops, which would house 25,000 people. They have offered Robert 100 times the market value of his farm to build on it. His land, at the centre of the proposed new town, would comprise only a seventh of the scheme, which would obliterate vast swathes of beautiful countryside, clog the roads and swallow up a cluster of nearby country towns and villages.”

NY Starbucks manager goes crazy: “A Starbucks manager has been sacked after footage emerged of her screaming at a customer and accusing her of stealing an edible straw worth 99 cents. The employee, identified only as Melissa, was filmed lashing out at customer Ruby Chen as she opened the Starbucks reward app on her phone to buy a Frappuccino and a cookie straw in Queens, New York, on Tuesday. Snatching back the straw, Melissa yells: ‘You’re not going to be served here. Bye! Bye! Bye!’ while gesturing angrily towards the door and threatening to call the police. On Saturday it emerged Melissa has been fired. ‘As soon as we learned of the situation, the partner was suspended and now no longer works for the company,’ a company spokesman said. The unedifying exchange, which took place on Tuesday, was filmed by another customer and sent to Chen. At one point in the video, Chen asks to speak to the manager, only to be told: ‘You’re talking to the manager – get out!’ Chen posted the clip to Starbucks’ Facebook page, which led to Melissa getting fired.”

What IS this strange sound from the sky? Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE – but nobody has an explanation: “A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing to baffle people all over the world – as well as giving those who hear it sleepless nights. Sounding like a trumpet or a collective from a brass section of an orchestra, a selection of videos shot from the Canada to Ukraine, via the U.S., Germany and Belarus show strange goings on above us. And the eerie sounds have been continuously heard at all different times and locations for almost a decade. The first video posted on YouTube recording the unusual, unearthly sounds, was in 2008 when a user recorded the strange sounds in the sky from Homel, in Belarus. That same year another anonymous user shared the ‘ear-deafening’ sounds that they insisted ‘were not a hoax,’ from a quiet neighbourhood believed to be in the U.S. Kimberly Wookey from Terrace, British Columbia in Canada first captured the alien sound in June 2013, and since then she has managed to capture several recordings of the noise with her most recent being on May 7 this year. ‘It was in the news with the investigation with specialists and scientists, but there is still no exact explanation.'”

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