Nursery rhyme updated

April 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Mature student, 61, awarded £750 compensation after claiming her university creative writing course was ‘sex obsessed’ and that Shakespeare’s Hamlet ‘involved incest and child abuse’: “A university has been ordered to pay £750 in compensation to a mature student who complained that her creative writing course was too ‘sex obsessed’. Mother-of-two Angie Marynicz, 61, from Pencader near Carmarthen in West Wales complained the way her creative writing course was being taught was ‘very worrying’ because of the focus on sex. Mrs Marynicz complained that her male lecturer, quoting a female poet, told the class: ‘All literature is about sex because sex is the most important thing in the world.’ ‘The second lecture in that module was the Freudian idea that Shakespeare’s Hamlet had an Oedipus complex ie child sex abuse/incest. I was told by the Head of School, in no uncertain terms, that this was good art and they would carry on teaching it as such.'”

Dentist charged for work on a toothless baby!: “A fraudulent dentist who scammed the NHS by charging for work on a toothless baby as part of a £220,000 NHS swindle so he could buy a Ferrari has been struck off. Mark Walewski, 68, was locked up for three years earlier this year for the systematic fraud at the New Dental Surgery in Hindhead, Surrey. He used to charge both the patient and the NHS for treatments and also claimed for work not carried out between 2006 and 2012, the General Dental Council was told. Most of the 6,608 fraudulent claims were for small children and babies – one of which was reported to be only 17 days old and without any teeth. Walewski then used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and buy a fleet of sports cars even though he earned on average £150,000 a year”

Pitbull adopts ducklings: “A delightful video shows the large dog gently nuzzling the cheeping birds, their bodies not even as big as his face. Named Jake, the friendly giant reportedly befriended his tiny companions as soon he set eyes upon them, nominating himself as their caregiver. It is said he keeps them warm and protects them as they sleep by lying next to them through the night. Ducklings are particularly vulnerable, since their inability to fly makes them easy prey, so they’re lucky they have someone to look out for them. After all who’s doing to pick a fight with a pit bull?

New Zealand’s new $5 note is named the best bank note in the world: “New Zealand’s five-dollar note has been handed the ‘Bank Note of the Year Award’ for 2015 coming in as a ‘clear winner’ among a record 20 countries who placed their banknotes on the ballot. The International Bank Note Society assesses the money for its artistic merit and security features including the use of colour, contrast and balance. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand began releasing a new family of ‘Brighter Money’ banknotes in 2015 ‘to stay one step ahead of the game’ of counterfeiting. Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company in Ottawa, on a dominant orange hue the five-dollar note features a map of New Zealand in a polymer window, New Zealand mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary, South Island’s Mount Cook and a colour changing yellow-eyed penguin. The back design again features the native penguin, the hoiho, as well as local flora.

Some people are born happy: “For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. The researchers found three genetic variants for happiness, two that can account for differences in symptoms of depression, and eleven that could account for varying degrees of neuroticism. The genetic variants for happiness are mainly expressed in the central nervous system, the adrenal glands and the pancreatic system. These findings are from a large-scale international study in over 298,000 people, conducted by VU Amsterdam professors Meike Bartels and Philipp Koellinger. The researchers then asked the participants to discuss how happy they feel about their life, if they’ve ever had depression or depressive symptoms and signs of neurotic behaviour.”

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