FINIS

November 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments

It’s been great fun putting this site together daily since the year 2003 but I am getting old now and running low on energy. So I am now putting this blog into hibernation so I can devote more time to personal relationships.

I would however be interested to hear from people who might wish to take the site over. It gets around 500 views per day so that is not bad as blogs go. And all you need is a good sense of humor.

I will however keep “Strange Justice” going for a while. Some injustices I note there do make my blood boil.

Why men die first

November 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Just one example

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Inside China’s ‘nanny university’: Migrant workers get trained as childminders: “China is expecting a peak in births at the end of 2016 after the central government officially abolished the ruthless ‘one-child policy’ from the beginning of this year. The new ‘two-child’ policy has not only seen many Chinese couples in their late 30s rushing to have a second child, but also made babysitters a hot occupation that pays even better than a company’s manager. As a result, more and more women from rural China are flocking to big cities to get trained as professional childminders. According to Chinese traditions, a new mother should rest in bed for as long as a month. This means many baby-sitting tasks and housework are fulfilled by a nanny”

Are you wearing your perfume wrongly? Experts say you should be applying it in your BELLY BUTTON: “While most people spritz perfume onto their necks and wrists, experts say that’s not all you should be doing. In fact, you should be putting perfume on your belly button. Steven Claisse, senior perfumer at fragrance company Takasago, told Self that the navel is useful for more than just belly piercings and advised that dabbing a few drops of perfume on the belly button can work wonders. ‘Any area on your body that radiates heat will enhance a scent, and your belly button does just that,’ he said. UK-based perfume expert Ruth Mastenbroek, agrees it’s one of the places optimal for your scent. This is because perfume should be applied to pulse points, which is why it’s sprayed onto necks and wrists. The body heat coming from the pulse point on your belly button, as well as it’s handy little indent, provides the perfect place for perfume”

Businessman is hit with £750 bill for dodging bus fare – even though the driver let him ride for free: “A businessman was hit with a £750 bill for dodging a bus fare even though the driver let him ride for free because he had forgotten his wallet. Married father-of-four Robert Rowland, 50, offered to pay cash when he boarded the number 9 service in Hammersmith, West London. But the Mayfair businessman was allowed to travel for free by the driver and conductor because they knew he was not a fare dodger after recognising him. However, when he was about to get off at Green Park, a ticket inspector accused him of deliberately trying to avoid paying and ignored his explanation. Steve Burton, TfL’s director of enforcement and on-street operations, told MailOnline today: ‘We have undertaken a rapid review of this case. ‘We apologise unreservedly to Mr Rowland”

US Army to test radical ‘Iron Man’ bullet-proof liquid armour that gives soldiers super-human strength: “U.S. Scientists are working on next-generation combat wear for soldiers inspired by the nano suit worn in the Iron Man films – and say it could be just two years away. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would effectively give its wearer superpowers, such as the ability to see in the dark, super-human strength and a way of deflecting bullets. It is aimed at providing Navy SEALs and Special Forces with enhanced mobility and protection technologies – and will be tested in 2018. The technologies currently being developed include body suit-type exoskeletons, strength and power-increasing systems and additional protection”

Woman plunges down 30 steps after being distracted by her mobile phone – and her first thought afterwards is to check if it’s OK: “A woman was so distracted by her mobile phone that she tumbled down 30 stone steps and cracked her head – but was still more concerned about the state of her device afterwards. Alarming CCTV footage shows the lady running down the stairs of a metro station in Xi’an – the capital of north-western China’s Shaanxi Province – before she loses her footing. She can be seen tripping down the stairs attempting to regain her balance before another camera angle shows her rolling at full speed down the steps and collapsing in a heap at the bottom. However shortly after she is helped up her first priority is to peer at her mobile phone to check any damage – her own pain apparently forgotten. It’s unclear what condition the phone was actually in following the tumble”

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Cats like boxes

November 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Man chopped off his big toe with bolt cutters and ATE it in front of stunned shoppers: “A man chopped off his big toe and ate it in front of stunned shoppers. The incident happened at Wilkinson’s Haymarket store in Sheffield on Sunday morning. The man was said to have used bolt cutters from the electrical aisle to chop off his toe. An eyewitness said he stood in front of people and began to eat his own body part. Emergency services were called to the scene and the man was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: ‘Emergency services were called to a shop in Haymarket, Sheffield, at around 11.10am on Sunday, October 30 following reports of concern for a man inside the premises. ‘Upon officer arrival, the man was taken to hospital with injuries to his foot, where he remains. The incident is not being investigated as a crime.'”

Tired of Counting Piles of Cash, Venezuelans Start Weighing Them: “At a delicatessen counter in eastern Caracas, Humberto Gonzalez removes slices of salty white cheese from his scale and replaces them with a stack of bolivar notes handed over by his customer. The currency is so devalued and each purchase requires so many bills that instead of counting, he weighs them. “It’s sad,” Gonzalez says. “At this point, I think the cheese is worth more.” It’s also one of the clearest signs yet that hyperinflation could be taking hold in a country that refuses to publish consumer-price data on a regular basis. Cash-weighing isn’t seen everywhere but is increasing, echoing scenes from some of the past century’s most-chaotic hyperinflation episodes: Post-World War I Germany, Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Zimbabwe a decade ago. Once one of the world’s strongest currencies, the bolivar has been reduced to a nuisance. Basic purchases require hundreds of bills”

A female patient passes wind in surgery and her fart ignites the laser being used: “A PATIENT who passed gas during an operation was badly burned when the fart ignited a laser being used in the surgery, a hospital report states. The unnamed woman, aged in her 30s, was undergoing surgery at Tokyo Medical University Hospital which involved a laser being applied to her cervix. As the surgery was being carried out in the Shinjuku Ward she passed wind — sparking the fire, Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun reports. “When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire,” the report stated.

Man, 50, ‘got hepatitis from energy drinks’: “Doctors have warned of the dangers of drinking too many energy drinks, after a middle-aged man who consumed five bottles a day developed acute hepatitis. Experts issued the warning after their patient, a 50-year-old male, was admitted to hospital with severe liver damage. The man, who has not been named by his doctors, said he had developed anorexia and worsening abdominal pain after he started drinking four to five cans of energy drinks every day to stay awake at work. He originally thought his symptoms were down to flu, but he became alarmed when he developed jaundice – a yellowing of the skin. The doctors said the most likely cause of his hepatitis was overdose of vitamin B3, known as niacin, which is found in high concentrations in energy drinks. They wrote: ‘Each bottle of his energy drink contained 40 mg of niacin, or 200 per cent of the recommended daily value and he consumed four to five bottles daily for more than 21 days straight.’”

Mother, 59, paralysed by back pain is cured by 20mile hikes wearing just a swimsuit: “A mother who was inspired by a near-death experience to get ‘body confident’ and go on 20-mile hikes in just a bikini and boots is facing a backlash from other women. Ann Wheeler, from Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, suffers from Cauda Equina syndrome – a rare spinal condition that can cause paralysis. The 59-year-old claims that the post-op experience motivated her to take up walking and wild swimming as natural pain management as she believes it is as strong as traditional painkillers. However, since taking up hiking, Ann has encountered criticism online with some wives ordering their husbands to steer clear of her. ‘I took a week off work and was due to hike with some male walkers from Essex but they said they couldn’t because their wives had got wind of it. The exercise has also helped Ann lose weight and she has gone from a size 16 to a slinky size 12.

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A lovely story from India

November 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The most soul satisfying thing I have ever done was to force my nani (grandma) to sit outside in the sun.

My nani is around 78 years. She lost her birth certificate while moving to India from Pakistan (then undivided Punjab) in 1947. However, she looks way older than her age because of her health issues and attitude.

A combination of diabetes, blood pressure and general loss of interest in life lead her to be restricted in her room. Of course, her children and grand children are equally responsible for her situation. She lived alone in the older apartment but my two uncles met with her 6 days a week and my mom along with my aunts visited her regularly. Her 7 grandchildren met her on some key occasions and spent some time with her to cheer her up. I am the only grandchild who lives away in America and gets to meet with her once or twice a year. I’ve seen 90 year olds active, fit and doing daily chores so many times in America and other places.

NOTHING made her get up and go outside, even for a short period of time. Her hardly used bones and muscles were now too rested to do anything more than necessary.

March 2016

I go to India for a short 7 day vacation. I promise myself I will change this and somehow get her out of her depressing room. Thats it. A small mission – get my nani outside and make her sit under the sun.

I go to visit her with my fiancé. We asked her about her well-being and why doesn’t want to live with her children and go outside. (Just FYI- Both my uncles and my mom have offered her to bring her to their apartment but she refused). She dodged that question and told she doesn’t have any interest in living. I could understand how boring it must be for her to live alone with no interaction with anyone other than the domestic help and few members of her family.

She then asked us when will we get married. There. I got my lead. I knew how important it was for her that I get married and that too, in traditional Indian way. I argued with her asking what is the point of getting married if my grandmother doesn’t attend? (She missed my engagement ceremony too). I told her Eeshaan (my fiancé) and I have decided to get married in the court. After arguing for 5 mins I asked her if she will make a deal with me.

You come out and sit under the sun with us and we promise you a traditional wedding. Mission accomplished.

Both, Eeshaan and I were so content that day. My nani felt so good after sitting outside. My uncles own a business and their office in 30 secs away. She wanted us to call them so that they can see their mother is sitting out, just like a kid.

June 2016

What was even a bigger achievement was that one of my aunts (and my grandmother’s daughter-in-law) got really motivated by this and managed to convince my grandmother to stay with them! My grandmother now lives with my younger mama and mami (maternal uncle and aunt) and their 3 grandchildren. My aunt makes sure my nani dresses up nicely (like she used to), the grandkids take her down to walk in the evening or to just sit and breathes some fresh air and, meets more people.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Man leaps out of swimming pool after six-foot CROCODILE dives in, leaving his partner to fight it off herself: “A couple’s late night frolic in a lodge’s pool in Africa nearly turned into a blood bath after a crocodile suddenly jumped in. Terrifying CCTV footage shows the 6ft crocodile creep up on the unaware victims between empty sun loungers. It then lunges into the water immediately snapping at the bikini-clad woman who desperately begins fighting it off. The man quickly jumps out of the pool leaving the woman fending off the huge reptile alone as it splashes around underwater. Luckily, she manages to avoid being forced deeper into the water and furiously paddles back to the shallow end. By that time her partner has seen sense and returns to the poolside to try and distract the animal. The woman manages to clamber out and gets to her feet despite having suffered several bites. The clip is believed to have been recorded in Kariba, Zimbabwe, in southern Africa”

Flabby, older fathers are healthier, live longer and more attractive to women than their lean, muscle-bound peers, study reveals: “Fathers over 50 who are more accustomed to watching sport from the comfort of the armchair than being active are more likely to live longer, a new book claims. Men with an extra tyre around the waist and saggy moobs are more attractive to the opposite sex, better at passing on genes and are, in fact, healthier than peers who are always in the gym. That is the conclusion of academic Richard Bribiescas who has written his ‘pudgy dad hypothesis’ in his new work How Men Age. He says one of the keys to a long life for men is the natural decline of sex hormones which is blunted when muscle-focused friends spike their testosterone levels with months and years pulling weights”

Huge muscly kangaroo flexes his muscles as he poses for a photo: “A massive kangaroo has been pictured cutting a menacing figure as it flexes its muscles and it could take the title as Australia’s most buff marsupial. Photographer William Thomsen has snapped photographs of what he described as a ‘huge’ male kangaroo near Denmark, Western Australia. Mr Thomsen, who moved to Australia from the U.S. 16 years ago, said he’d spotted the giant while out with his sister from New York. On the last day we had a bit of a kangaroo hunt and there was this big group of them. Nine or ten ran away but this big guy just stood his ground. We were a bit taken aback. He was huge. He stood right up on his haunches and just stared at us.'” Researchers found the muscular physiques of male kangaroos were to attract females and compete with male rivals, WA Today reported.”

The fish that always finds its way home: Shannies migrate like birds, returning to the SAME nest each year: “For one species of fish, there really is no place like home. With its big head and large eyes, the shanny can be spotted on rocky shores, hiding under seaweed and in rocky crevices. But marine biologists have found that the small fish have a remarkable knack for finding their way back home, returning to the exact same nests each year. Shannies (Lipophrys pholis) live in the coastal waters around the UK, Western Europe and North Africa, but can range relatively far and wide in their search for food. But when mating season rolls around, from winter to spring, males set up nests in crevices, protecting the eggs laid by the female fish. Portuguese researchers believe that these small coastal fish have a well-developed navigational system and can accurately determine which way is home, even from unfamiliar places”

Zika virus may cause men’s testicles to SHRINK by up to 90 per cent and permanently reduce fertility: “ZIKA infection could cause lasting infertility and lead to men’s testicles shrinking, medical researchers warn. Doctors warn that if the ‘dramatic’ findings, in mice, apply to humans it could lead to an epidemic of infertility caused by the disease. It is not yet known whether the 90 per cent shrinkage in mice would apply to humans – but doctors believe at the very least the virus is likely to reduce sperm counts and testosterone levels in affected men. The virus is already known to leads to shrunken heads in babies whose mothers catch the infection, which is carried in tropical countries and has recently been found in the tourist hotspot of Florida. The virus has the unusual ability to cross the barrier that separates the male reproductive organs from the blood stream”

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