O Canada!March 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Third world Britain: “Villagers living on a severely potholed road will be forced to wheel their rubbish to the end of the street because binmen have been banned from driving down it. Council bosses have told residents they must pay £4,000 for repairs to allow refuse trucks to drive on the road, as collections will stop from Tuesday. The 18 households on South Parade in Croft-on-Tees near Darlington, North Yorkshire, will have to haul their wheelie bins and recycling boxes to a collection point until the resurfacing work is completed. Residents and the council have been embroiled in a long running battle over who should bear responsibility for repairing the potholes. The row came after Chancellor George Osborne was urged to make more money available to fix the country’s ‘pothole-ridden’ roads. More than a third of drivers have suffered pothole damage to their vehicles in the last two years, according to the AA.”
Rare coin found, taken away: “A WOMAN was shocked to stumble across a rare coin dating back to 107AD while on a hike. But within hours, it was gone. Laurie Rimon was hiking with friends at an archaeological site in the eastern Galilee when she saw a shiny object in the grass. After realising it was a coin, the group’s guide, Irit Zuk-Kovacsi contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority. Within hours, an IAA representative joined the group of hikers in the field and took possession of it. “It was not easy parting with the coin,” Rimon said. “After all, it is not every day one discovers such an amazing object, but I hope I will see it displayed in a museum in the near future.” It was quickly determined this was not just any coin. It dates to 107AD and was part of a series of nostalgic coins that Emperor Trajan minted and dedicated to the Roman emperors that ruled before him”
This monolith is an intriguing and strange sight: “IT’S millions of years old, weighs in at an estimated 10 million tonnes, is more than 200m high and has a curious history. But it’s unlikely you would have ever heard of — let alone seen — this intriguing giant. That’s because the Rock of Guatapé monolith (also known as El Peñol) is far removed from the typical “attractions” on offer at the well-trodden tourist trails of our favourite destinations such as Bali and Thailand. Its trademark feature is more modern addition; an astounding staircase that zigzags a staggering 649 steps up through a crack in the side of the otherwise fairly smooth rock. No matter where you are in the nearby towns, you just can’t miss it. On top of the rock is a viewing area with food available and souvenirs”
The search is on for the world’s most beautiful banknote: “Notaphilists the world over are tingling with anticipation. Nowhere is the excitement felt more strongly than in New Zealand, where the nation’s $5 note has been nominated for the International Banknote Society’s (IBNS) Banknote of the Year. It is going head-to-head with 19 other finalists around the world, in a festival of notapilly – the appreciation and study of banknotes. The fiver’s focal point, Sir Edmund Hillary, is a New Zealander so impressive that the nation broke tradition to put him on the cash while he was still alive. The hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) on the Kiwi $5 note maintains the fine New Zealand tradition of using flightless, threatened birds to symbolise itself. The winner of the coveted Banknote of the Year award will be announced at the the next IBNS board meeting”
New cruise giant “Ovation of the Seas” sets out: “The 346-metre long and 41-metre wide vessel made a 12-hour journey from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, where the ship was constructed, sailing down the River Ems back to the North Sea in northwestern Germany. The 167,800-tonne ship is one the largest to have come out of the shipyard and been transported down the river. Thousands of spectators stood and watched as it made the 41 kilometre journey down the river bank at about two to three knots – the ship’s first journey. She will make her way to Australia for her maiden season Down Under on 30 November 2016 on a 15-night Singapore-to-Sydney cruise which will stop in Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart. She will be based in Australia for a season from December. The $1 billion ship will be newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship to sail into Australian waters”
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