Now THAT’S what I call a nice looking motor car

January 2, 2016 at 9:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a 1912 Hispano-Suiza

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Australia is exporting crocodiles: “More crocodiles and crocodile eggs can now be harvested from the wild under a new Northern Territory trade management plan aimed at bolstering the product export industry. The five-year Saltwater Crocodile Wildlife Trade Management Plan, which came into effect on New Year’s Day, allows for an annual harvest of 90,000 viable eggs and 1200 crocs. That’s an increase of 40 per cent for eggs and 100 per cent for animals, compared to the previous limit. The Northern Territory’s minister for land resource management, Willem Westra van Holthe, said the plan would ensure growth of the crocodile product export industry. “The demand for Territory crocodile products is extremely strong across the globe and we are world renowned for our high quality product,” she said in a statement.
The government says the plan also cuts red tape, through the introduction of a 10-year enterprise permit for farms”.

Camper pitched his tent just three metres from the edge of an 850ft high cliff during 50mph winds: “A camper pitched his tent near the edge of 850ft-high cliff during severe gales. Rescue teams were called out by a stunned walker who spotted the tent, which was just three metres from the edge of Seaford Head, East Sussex as 50mph winds battered the region. The Newhaven Coastguard spoke to the man before he agreed to move to a safer site on Tuesday night. A spokesperson said: ‘Due to the extreme weather, gusting 40 knots or gale force 8, one of our team kitted up in a cliff harness attached to a safety line. ‘The tent and associated equipment was passed back to the other team members who relocated it a safe distance from the cliff edge. ‘Although this person was not in difficulty, with the worsening weather and proximity to the cliff edge, preventive measures were taken. ‘After chatting with the camper they agreed to move to a safer location. ‘Well done to the person who reported it for their vigilance.’

New Year’s Eve turns to carnage in the Philippines as locals use firecrackers to ward off evil spirits leaving hundreds with horrific injuries and 1,000 homes burnt to ground : “New Year’s firecrackers in the Philippines left one man dead and hundreds injured after residents ignored government warnings about the dangerous devices. Ronald Vericio died after shouting ‘goodbye Philippines’ as the firecracker exploded late last night, officials confirmed. The noisy crackers, which are believed by many in the country to drive away bad luck, also set fire to more than 1,000 huts in Manila after revellers accidentally fired a rocket into an abandoned hut. Firecracker victims – including a young boy – were rushed into emergency rooms grimacing in pain as they held their bloodied limbs. The 380 injuries come despite a gory government campaign showing pictures of past victims with horrific injuries. At least nine children had their fingers amputated due to firecracker injuries”

An exhibitionist menace: “A man dressed as the Devil with a swastika tattooed on his forehead has been arrested after causing mayhem in a supermarket. Michael Carter was sporting a red cape, red tracksuit bottoms and a silver mask when he entered the Kum & Go store in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on Wednesday. The 26-year-old, who has tattoos all over his face including the words ‘Jesus Christ’ and a picture of a scorpion, was initially approached by staff and asked to leave the store. But instead of leaving he locked himself in the shop’s bathroom and refused to come out, according to a report by The Smoking Gun. Carter was later arrested for obstructing or interfering with police business. His bond is $500. It was also claimed he had disrupted diners in a nearby fast food joint, according to witnesses. Photographs allegedly taken by a witness show Carter wondering through the restaurant clutching a soft drink cup. It is not known if this was on the same day.

It had to happen: “‘Running Man’ Philip Weber who became a local legend in Charlottesville, Virginia, as he clocked up 5,200 miles a year striding around the community in just his sneakers and shorts has died after he was hit by a car while jogging. The 55 year old, who would sometimes run two half-marathons in a day, was struck and killed by an SUV while jogging early Tuesday. Investigators said around 7am on Tuesday, Weber was truck by an Isuzu Trooper SUV and died at the scene, according to NBC29. Weber had been running since the 1980s and would often be seen pounding the pavement around the city, bare-chested in rain or shine, as he donned his short shorts and his long, forked goatee.

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