A parting gift

July 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Hit-and-run trucker was caught after his number plate fell off at scene of the crash: “A hit-and-run truck driver who killed a 95-year-old driver while over the drink drive limit was caught after his number plate fell off at the scene. Darren Kettley fled before police could arrive after his tipper truck collided with Charles Mayes Suzuki Swift. Despite paramedics efforts, the pensioner was declared dead at the scene of the crash in Kirby Cross, Essex. Police traced the 47-year-old truck driver after finding the number plate from his vehicle at the scene. Kettley admitted drink-driving after already pleading guilty to failing to stop and not keeping drivers’ records at Colchester Magistrates Court. Mr Mayes was just 50 yards from his home when the collision happened at 10.30pm December 12, last year. Magistrates’ heard the pensioner had pulled out from Frietuna Road ‘into the path’ of the lorry, which hit the off-side of his Suzuki. ‘Mr Kettley was uninjured.'”

The prettiest curtsey you have ever seen: “The Prince of Wales was left smiling this morning after being swept an unusually flamboyant curtsey by a four-year-old flower girl. Arriving at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate with the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles at first looked bemused but then smiled broadly as Jessica Fox completed the manoeuvre. Jessica, who at one point bashfully hid her face in her skirt, had been practising for weeks, said her mother, and was ‘very excited’ about the prospect of meeting the royals. ‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,’ said Lynsay Fox. ‘She’s been practising her curtsies and is amazing at them now.’ Jessica, who first attended the show when she was just two weeks old, was helped by five-year-old Kate Donnelly and presented the couple with matching white rose buttonholes and posies. Charles, who became patron of the show in 1998, and Camilla were there for the opening day of the event and spent three hours meeting delighted locals and exhibitors.”

No nipples for the Pope: “A controversial glamour model was escorted from a public gathering to see the Pope because she was wearing a revealing top without a bra, it has been revealed. Busty Victoria Xipolitakis, 29, from Argentina, wore just a tiny white top under blue dungarees during her attempt to get an audience with Pope Francis in Asuncion, Paraguay. But when guards noticed what she was wearing and the public began yelling insults, security and police officer quickly escorted her away. The controversial pin-up is no stranger to attracting attention and has already been involved in two other scandals this year. And just a few weeks ago two pilots were sacked from Austral Airlines after taking selfies with her in the cockpit, and letting her take the controls. For several weeks she has been trying to get a private meeting with Pope Francis because she says she wants him to forgive all of her sins. But she was greeted with boos when she went to Asuncion in neighbouring Paraguay and stood in the first row of the crowd waiting for the Pope.”

Nutty architects again: “Despite being a far cry from a grand mansion or stately home, the futuristic house near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, has beaten off worldwide competition to be crowned the best new home by architecture industry bible The Architectural Review. Described by the judges as having a ‘rigid, rhythmic façade’ and a ‘challenging, uneasy’ design, the single-storey ‘asymmetrical’ property was completed two years ago. Instead of a farmhouse kitchen or cosy living rooms like other country houses, this property is bare, simple and modern with a ‘rigid façade’. Instead of cosy rooms with roaring fires, a farmhouse kitchen with an Aga or a traditional brick exterior, the house is simple and modern to the verge of being empty. A total of 11 concrete columns hold up the front of the property making it look more like an industrial unit than a home, while the flat roof and oblong-shape make it resemble more of a bunker than a sprawling estate. However the judges of The Architectural Review House Awards 2015 – a competition to find the world’s best house built in the last five years – heaped praise on it.

Lazy frog: “The heat and humidity of Indonesia can make even the shortest journeys unbearable – as this very lazy frog demonstrated. Instead of hopping across the short branch, the Javan Tree Frog decides to hitch a very slow ride on the back of a snail. Undeterred by the pale green amphibian on his back, the snail continues to crawl up the tree at a leisurely pace. 34-year-old Kurit Afsheen caught the wonderful moment in his back garden. Not only did he photograph the short journey, but also the preamble leading up to it. The frog can be seen sneaking up on its new companion before hitching a ride. Once he gets to his desired destination, he simply hops back off and trundles away – without leaving a tip.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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