How times change

October 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Children aged 11 who can’t write their own name: “Children are arriving at secondary school unable to write their names properly amid the growing popularity of computer games. They are still struggling with basic handwriting by the age of 11 or 12 because couch potato lifestyles mean they are not developing the correct motor skills, say experts. The warning comes as fears grow about an increasingly sedentary generation, which is addicted to playing on computers, iPads and mobile phones at an ever earlier age. The issue was debated by teachers and handwriting experts at a discussion in central London last week, the Times Educational Supplement reported. Melanie Harwood, who provides handwriting coaching in schools, said: ‘I’m seeing children as old as 11, 12, who can’t write their own names and they’re being passed through the system. ‘Some children are being bullied because of their handwriting. Their friends are taking pictures of their writing and tweeting it.”

Cottage caged in by developers who built towering apartment blocks around it goes on the market after 15-years of offers: “A home hemmed in by supermarkets, towering apartment blocks and an underground carpark has gone on the market 15 years after developers began building around it. Developers first began offering huge sums of cash to couple Janet and Norman Richards, from Brisbane’s West End, when they started rebuilding the plot around their three-bedroom home. But after Mr Richard’s recently passed away and his wife decided to move to a retirement home, the pea-green property is finally due to go under the hammer, reports Courier Mail. The couple reportedly loved the three-bedroom home they dwelled in since they were married and refused to be muscled out by years of loud construction work and demolition dust.”

Woman shocked to find a deadly brown snake INSIDE her fridge – hiding in the egg compartment: “A woman has made the terrifying discovery of a venomous western brown snake inside the egg compartment of her fridge. Snake handler Sarah Graham was called out to the woman’s home in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, on Thursday afternoon. ‘I thought it would be behind the fridge or under the fridge, where we usually find them… she [the woman] was like “no it’s in the fridge,”‘ Ms Graham said in a report by ABC. The ninth most venomous snake in the world was found curled up in the fridge’s egg compartment under a tomato and beside a tube of lip balm. She said the chilly conditions of the fridge made it easy to capture the fatigued serpent. Alice Spring’s reptile handlers are said to be experiencing an influx of snakes invading the town looking for cooler places, usually around homes. The Director of the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Rex Neindorf said that warm overnight temperatures were ‘the big factor’.”

Boozy comet. Well-named too: “Comet Lovejoy is living up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol and sugar into space. The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol – the same type that you might find in a Martini – has been seen in a comet. It adds to evidence that comets could have been a source of the complex molecules necessary for the emergence of life on Earth.’We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,’ said Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory, France. In total, the team found 21 different organic molecules in gas from the comet, including ethyl alcohol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar. ‘These complex organic molecules may be part of the rocky material from which planets are formed,’ said the study. Comets are frozen remnants from the formation of our solar system. Scientists are interested in them because they are relatively pristine and therefore hold clues to how the solar system was made.”

Luxury London mews house languished on the market for six months – then sold immediately when owner gave it a price with better Feng Shui: “Estate agents were left stunned after a sensational mews home which had failed to sell for half a year changed hands immediately after the owner repriced it at a Feng Shui happy cost. With sales plummeting by almost 40 per cent in London in recent years, estate agents are needing all the help they can get to sell the capital’s priciest. But staff at Lurot Brand were more than a bit miffed when a seller told them she wanted her house to be marketed for the unusual – and intriguingly specific – price of £1,791,000. She told Marlon Lloyd Malcolm at Lurot Brand the price was good Feng Shui as the single digits can be used to add up to nine, which is the ‘number of completion’. When added together, they total 18, but when those two digits are added to one another – one plus eight – the final number is nine, a number synonymous in the Chinese philosophical system with good fortune. The bright and airy Marylebone home was decorated by Ms Lazenby with ‘healthy and ecological choices’ in line with Feng Shui”

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