Best to think ahead

July 10, 2015 at 11:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Naughty statue in Australian front yard: “IT’S the goliath battle that has divided the city. Should a 4m-high copy of Michelangelo’s David stay in the front yard of a house in Melbourne’s west? The towering concrete statue appeared in the front yard of a Caroline Springs house a few weeks ago and neighbours want it gone. “The problem is it looks nothing like the original,” Claire said. “Michelangelo’s David is a masterpiece. This looks more like an overly thighed and six packed Olympian.” Melton Council has said the statue is allowed to stay. One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she could not avoid seeing the statue from the knees up from anywhere in her house including the bedrooms of her children and entertainment areas. “It’s conflicting. I can see the beauty of the art, but the statue, especially its size, is not appropriate for a residential area. “It should be in a backyard where the owners can enjoy it, but not in the front yard.”

Lucky guy walking near Buckingham Palace survives Britain’s Keystone Kops: “Photographer Ray Fiasco feared the worst when ‘about 10’ officers wielding semi-automatic machine guns confronted him, believing he was holding a rifle outside the royal residence. Fine art photographer Ray Fiasco said he thought he might get killed like Brazilian Mr de Menezes, who was mistakenly shot dead by police in the wake of the 7/7 bombings in 2005. The 21-year-old tweeted: ‘So I’m walking through London … walking towards Buckingham Palace to go to my boy’s house in Victoria. ‘I was carrying my art with me, as you do when you are me… my artwork is in a tube, wrapped in plastic because it’s London and it rains. ‘Now someone saw me walking with a smile on my face and decided to conclude that I was carrying a rifle. ‘4 BMWs pull up, block off the whole road, about 10 men jump out, guns pointed at me. Bullet-proof vests… Tazers… everything. ‘Because obviously a tall black guy with a cardboard tube is carrying a RIFLE… makes sense. completely. ‘The officer was so shocked to see it was artwork… he was gobsmacked…”

The cat that got too close for comfort: “This curious cat got up close and personal with a tourist while on safari at the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The wild cat, with its razor sharp claws and teeth, sure is one moggy you’d rather not have curling up on your lap. But, nevertheless, the bold animal hopped into the back seat of a jeep as it drove through the African plains – much to the shock of an Irishman inside. After entering the vehicle, it slowly sauntered over to holidaymaker Mickey McCaldin until it was barely a foot away from his face. Family friend David Horsey captured the tense standoff between the pair as it looked like the cheetah was going to make himself comfortable on Mickey’s lap. ‘Once it had got bored of Mickey it turned away and looked out of the vehicle for a few minutes. ‘It just jumped out afterwards.'”

Jewel-encrusted 15th Century ring discovered by treasure hunter at old monastery: “A jewel-encrusted ring discovered by an amateur treasure hunter at a monastery once owned by Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell is expected to sell for £30,000 when it is auctioned this afternoon. The 15th Century ‘love ring’ was uncovered by an enthusiast with a metal detector near Launde Abbey in Leicestershire – a manor house on land owned by Cromwell, who was immortalised in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels, and this year’s hit BBC adaptation. The stunning piece of jewellery is an early example of a love and marriage ring, with the bond between husband and wife symbolised by two different gems – here a point-cut diamond and a rounded ruby. The land where the Abbey, now a Christian retreat and conference centre, stands had been home to a large and wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.”

Rare Bentley rediscovered: “A rare Bentley ordered by James Bond author Ian Fleming is set to fetch £1.15 million ($1.77m) after being discovered gathering dust in a Hollywood garage. The R-Type Continental Fastback, which was the world’s fastest four-seat car when it went on sale in 1952, had been in the lock-up for more than 30 years when it was discovered. The Bentley – boasting a top speed of 120mph – was one of the most expensive cars in the world when it went on sale. It came with Connolly leather seats and a medium wave radio with the bodywork carried out by HJ Mulliner. It was delivered new on April 22, 1953. And despite his long association with Aston Martin, in the novels James Bond originally drove Bentleys. However, time hasn’t been kind to the Bentley. The car has not been seen publicly since 1971 and has spent the past 30 years gathering dust in a Hollywood garage in Los Angeles. It was recently discovered with ripped seats, a tired body work and will need to be restored. Despite this, its provenance and rarity has led it to be described as one of the ‘most exciting Bentley discoveries of all time’.”

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  1. Where’s the other ten of yesterdays wisdoms ???


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