Old age

February 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.

Old age is when you have stopped growing at both ends, and have begun to grow in the middle.

Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.

A man has reached old age when he is cautioned to slow down by his Doctor instead of by the police.

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.

You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.

Old age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.

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Injured British policeman waited two hours for an ambulance so colleagues called a LIFEBOAT instead: “An injured policeman who was left waiting two hours for an ambulance and was tended to be a lifeboat crew member after colleagues made a desperate call to the RNLI for help. The officer was in agony after he smashed his ankle while attempting to arrest a violent drunk on Thursday evening at King’s Cross Station in central London. But after a long wait for paramedics, the British Transport Police team decided to call for help from the Coastguard, which alerted the Tower RNLI lifeboat station next to Waterloo Bridge. The lifeboat medic arrived at about 9.30pm – almost an hour after police first called for an ambulance. Half an hour later an NHS motorcycle paramedic turned up but it took another 30 minutes for an ambulance to show and take the man to hospital. Ambulance waiting times across London have got increasingly worse over the last nine months, with the borough of Haringey being the hardest hit.”

Is it cruel to kick a robotic dog?: “Google’s Boston Dynamics released a video last week designed to show off a smaller, lighter version of its robotic dog called Spot. But the video received an unexpected backlash after people began complaining that the ‘dog’ in the clip had been mistreated. During the footage, employees are seen kicking Spot to prove how stable the machine is on its feet, but this has been dubbed ‘cruel’, ‘wrong’ and has even raised concerns about robotic ethics. The four-legged, 160lb (73kg) robo-pet can run, climb stairs, jog next to its owner and correct its balance on uneven terrain, and when kicked. Boston Dynamics has not revealed what Spot will be used for, but its video showed the robot-animal climbing up and down hills, walking through offices and, of course, being kicked repeatedly. Following the video’s release, viewers posted their concerns on Twitter. One user wrote: ‘Kicking a dog, even a robot dog seems wrong.’

Fake skylight realistically mimics the summer sun: “During the dreary winter months, many of us long for lighter evenings and sun rays hitting our windows. Now there’s a solution – albeit an expensive one – that creates the illusion of summer in any room of the house at any time of year. Designed by Italian CoeLux, the £40,000 ($61,000) artificial skylight mimics the appearance of the sun and sky using a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering. Rayleigh scattering is what causes the sky to appear blue, for example, and when blue light wavelengths travel through the atmosphere they are scattered. Each artificial skylight is fitted with a solid layer of nanoparticles that causes light to scatter. The layer also creates an illusion of depth to make the ‘sun’ appear to be far away. It can specifically mimic the brightness and quality of light from the Tropics, Mediterranean and northern Europe.”

You CAN’T catch a cold by kissing: “Faced with a sniffly date, most of us would think twice about locking lips. Yet a leading professor says a cold shouldn’t get in the way of romance – because you can’t catch one by kissing. Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, explained that the virus is spread through mucus, not saliva. So while 86 per cent of us would prefer to hold hands with someone with a cold, according to the research, you’re actually more likely to be infected that way – as fingers easily become contaminated, passing the virus to the nose and eye. The research, carried out by nasal decongestant Otrivine, found that a potential partner turning up on a date with a common cold is a major turn-off. The study of 1,000 Brits also suggests females are more wary of falling ill. Women are less likely to kiss someone with a cold (70 per cent wouldn’t compared to 44 per cent of men). A cautious fifth of us (22 per cent) wouldn’t share a bed with a partner if they had a cold and 46 per cent wouldn’t lock lips.

How to impress a woman: Let her talk about herself: “Chaps, if you want to impress a woman, don’t talk about work. An analysis of almost 1,000 speed dates, showed that females switched off when a prospective beau started chatting about his job. Much more successful, was allowing the woman to talk about herself. And, surprisingly, interrupting her. Researchers from Stanford University in the US, listened to recordings made during speed dating events, in which a man has just four minutes to impress a woman before moving on to talk to another one. If someone begins talking to you by dishing out compliments and being encouraging to things you say, it is a good indicator they are interested – according to the researchers. Some people will also give a quick flirtatious glance at the start of the conversation. Crossing legs at any point, though, was a sign that a person was not interested in the other. Also, if a woman doesn’t ask many questions, or shrugs a lot, she probably isn’t interested.”

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At a wedding function in India

February 16, 2015 at 10:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

They’re all keeping an eye on the cricket — It’s an India vs Pakistan match held in Adelaide, Australia. Cricket is India’s national religion. It suits their temperament

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French finally admit you must speak English to be a real leader: “For centuries France has held out against the dull language of ‘les rosbifs’ just across the Channel. But now the country’s future leaders have been told they must master English – a dramatic climbdown for a nation that has tried to ban words such as ‘le weekend’ from encroaching on its precious vocabulary. ENA, the elite National School of Administration in Strasbourg, which produces the French governing class, is to make mastery of English a compulsory rule of entry from 2018. An ENA spokeswoman said fluency in English was essential to run a modern state, and that potential students had to be prepared. The move is in defiance of traditionalists including former French President Jacques Chirac, who in 2006 pledged to stop the spread of English internationally. ‘We fight for our language,’ said Mr Chirac, himself an ENA graduate, after walking out of a European Union summit when a French business chief spoke in English. ‘I was profoundly shocked to see a Frenchman express himself in English,’ said Mr Chirac.

Most trusting wife of all time?: “There is trust in a relationship and then, on a whole other level, there is what daredevil stunt couple Bhramharamba and Balashankar Budati share. The Budatis, from Chirala Mandal in India, perform incredible – or insane depending on your perspective – feats with sticks, stones and sharp objects for the amusement of others. And usually they involve Bhramharamba in the firing line, as in this video where Balashankar balances a coconut on his wife’s throat before he demolishes it with a giant machete. The pair will feature in the opening episode of World’s Most Talented, which pits countries against each other to decide who has the most impressive skills”

British police have to work out of a coffee shop: “Casually sipping a juice drink – with his high-visibility vest beside him on a table – a police officer chats to a colleague in the cafe of a health food store. It is in a burglary hot spot and a short distance from the scene of the 2011 Tottenham riots. But they are not two constables taking a break after pounding the beat. They are sitting in what passes for a police station in the constituency of Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone. It is intended to replace the police station in Muswell Hill, which closed in 2013 after more than a century of service to the community. But when The Mail on Sunday reporters observed the ‘contact point’ over two evenings last week, the police officers had no desk, no private area where they could speak to members of the public in confidence, no means of logging on to the police national computer, and they appeared not to have official forms.”

Women are more likely to cheat on their partner if they carry the ‘infidelity gene’: “It has often been the case that cheating partners who get caught have a long list of excuses to explain away their liaisons. But now scientists have discovered an ‘infidelity gene’ that could mean cheating women will be able to simply say their genes made them do it. Females who carry a specific variant of a gene which affects social behaviour and sexual motivation have a greater propensity to take part in ‘extra pair mating’, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia found. Variants of combinations of the AVPR1A gene have been found to be associated with promiscuity and ruthlessness in animals, the Sunday Times reported. Each person carries two AVPR1A genes – one inherited from each parent – so there are a number of potential combinations. But these variations only appear to affect females rather than males. Dr Brendan Zietsch, a professor of psychology at the university, worked with a team of geneticists and neuroscientists to examine the DNA and lifestyles of more than 7,000 people.”

Crying dog: “A dog abandoned outside a train station with nothing but a takeaway tray of water appeared to be so sad at being cast aside, tears filled his eyes. The black Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog was abandoned outside Eastbourne Railway Station, tied to the railing and left with just a small pot of water by his owner who fled in a taxi. A photo of the animal, looking forlorn, has been shared dozens of times on the internet with people calling for help for the ‘crying’ dog. The dog was found whining and pining for his owner after patiently waiting by the railing for more than an hour on February 11 in the hope that he would return. When no one turned up to collect the lonely dog he was reported abandoned. A spokesman for Eastbourne Borough Council said: ‘We were called on Wednesday afternoon with a report of a dog tied up and left for more an hour at Eastbourne Station. ‘We collected the dog which is now safe and well in kennels.”

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Wotta ride!

February 14, 2015 at 11:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Reinwardt’s Flying Frog on a woodboring beetle in Indonesia

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Your NAME is the key to being lucky in love. “Aardvark” the best?: “The key to finding love is all in a name, it seems. A team of researchers has discovered that people with names earlier in the alphabet are more likely to be romantically successful. After carrying out an extensive search of studies in the fields of psychology and sociology, as well as computer, behavioural, and neurocognitive sciences, the scientists from Queen Mary University of London found that names are vital for first impressions. Their study, published in the Evidence Based Medicine journal, suggests that having a name starting with the letters A to M is just as important as the picture you choose for an online dating profile. ‘A always comes first. Peoples are drawn to those at the top of any listing. ‘There is something in human nature that draws us to those at the top of any listing”

Russian city wakes up to find it is covered in BLUE snow: “Residents in a Russian city that was hit by a meteorite in 2013 were startled to wake up to find the streets covered in blue snow. The bizarre weather phenomenon hit Chelyabinsk, in the Russian Urals, sparking fears the snow was contaminated with toxic materials. Some locals complained of having sore throats after coming into contact with the snow in an industrial area on the outskirts of the town. But local media reports claimed to have solved the mystery of the bluish hue – and said a local factory using dye for Easter eggs had had a ‘minor spill’. The Viteks Company reassured locals that the colourant does not pose any health risks, LifeNews reported. It was also reported that the government had not responded to the case.

w to make an INSIDE OUT boiled egg: “If you’re bored of hard-boiled eggs having a yellow centre and a white exterior, then you’ll want to pay attention to this wacky recipe for inside out eggs. A Japanese chef revealed a method to reverse the colour of your eggs in a YouTube video. Using a few bits of equipment found around your home – including a pair of tights and a torch – you too can enjoy the novelty of a boiled egg that has its white albumen on the inside, and its yellow yolk on the outside. In a bizarre video he shows how spinning it can reverse the colour. First, you need to tape up the egg, and then spin it in a pair of tights. Then, by boiling the egg, the yolk should appear on the outside. The science behind it is that the yolk of the egg is more dense than the albumen. Wen you spin the egg rapidly, the runny yolk is drawn towards the edge of the egg via the centrifugal force, while the albumen is pushed to the centre.”

Has Homer Simpson actually been in a COMA for the last 20 years? “It’s a new theory that could shatter everything you thought you knew about The Simpsons. Die-hard fans of the satirical cartoon have proposed that Homer Simpson never awoke from a coma he fell into during an episode in 1993 and that everything that occurred on the series after that happened inside Homer’s head. While seeming outlandish on the surface, the theory is gaining a lot of traction in online The Simpsons forums, with even the most devout of followers declaring they believe it. The theory lays claim to why the characters never age, and how the show moved from mundane episodes in the early 90s, such as Bart cheating on an IQ test, to plots that saw Mr. Burns capturing the Loch Ness Monster. ‘Homer remembers Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as 10, 8, and 1 year old, so they will always appear that way in his dreams.’

‘This tastes like cow poop!': Children sample breakfasts from around the world… with mixed results: “Much like Sam from the Dr. Seuss book, ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ American kids were met with both delight and disgust when served typical breakfasts from around the world which to them seemed utterly foreign. ‘It tastes like cow poop!’ said one young boy when tasting coffee from Brazil as part of the gustatory experiment from website KitchenBowl.com The first breakfast the American children tried was from Korea and consisted of kimchee (pickled cabbage), anchovies, egg, and other spicy foods. ‘There’s a dead fish in it,’ said one of the boys as he proceeded trying the dish with caution. ‘I think it’s weird that kids in Brazil drink coffee’ said one of the American participants who was as shocked as ‘cow poop’ kid that the typically adult drink was an item on the menu. Next the adventurers were asked to try food from Finland which was characterized by a bowl of raspberries along with salmon and onion on a piece of bread. ‘No I would not eat fish for breakfast,’ said one girl who was presented with the common dish of Finland.”

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Rare wisdom

February 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Father was ‘made to feel like a paedophile’ by school that ordered him to leave phone at reception in case he took pictures of other children: “A father-of-six claimed he was made to feel like a paedophile after being forced to hand over his phone during a visit to his daughter’s primary school. David Burns walked out of Tregolls School in Truro, Cornwall, after staff told him to leave his mobile phone at reception in case he took unauthorised photos of children. The 56-year-old hit out at the school’s policy, saying staff ‘couldn’t treat the whole world like paedophiles’. But the school defended its decision and said the rule had been introduced as the ‘ultimate safeguarding solution’. Mr Burns and wife Amy had gone to the school to see a display of their 10-year-old daughter Jasmine’s artwork. When he was told to leave his phone, he explained to staff that he needed to be constantly available in case his eldest son George, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, had to contact him.”

The toddler who looks like an angel: Oliver, two, has rare skin condition that gives him ‘wings’: “Every parent thinks of their own offspring as a little angel. But for Matt and Stephanie Brown the comparison is closer than most. Their two-year-old son Oliver was born with a rare skin condition that makes him look like he has feathered wings across his upper back. The unusual mark runs half way down his spine from his hairline and across his shoulder blades. But it must be checked by doctors at least every three months, his wings may turn lethal. Oliver was at birth diagnosed with Congenital Melanocytic Naevi (CMN) – oversized moles or birthmarks which affect just one person in every hundred. Despite the diagnosis Oliver is likely to live a full and healthy life, but he must be careful: children with particularly large marks are at increased risk of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer.

Loyal dog ‘Cissy’ runs away from her home, travels 20 blocks, turns up INSIDE hospital and finds her cancer-stricken owner: “Cissy has never run away from home before. But on Saturday the miniature schnauzer from Iowa did, in order to find the person that is home. Cissy disappeared from her yard in Cedar Rapids, only to show up about 20 blocks away at Mercy Medical Center. Her owner, Nancy Franck, has been at the hospital for the last two weeks, after undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer. But it remains a mystery how the dog managed to find her way back to her beloved ‘mom’. ‘We looked up and there was this dog just that was just running across the lobby,’ Mercy Security Officer Samantha Conrad told KCRG. ‘We started looking at the tags and it had the address and we saw how far away this dog had lived, as far as going at least fifteen blocks to get here. The security guard used the dog’s tags to call Nancy’s husband, Dale Franck.”

Hi-tech police vehicle: “PC Mark Ellis is unlikely to catch many miscreants on his DIY police bike – but at least it raises a smile. The pedalling PC has tarted up his ancient bike using blue flashing lights from an old firearms car and a whirling blue light from an old military police vehicle. He covered the frame in blue and white police-type checkers, and while it has a horn and not a siren, the bike does feature POLICE signs on the front and rear. The souped-up ride even has a speed gun to catch unwary motorists- which is powered by a battery box at the back. But with only three gears, PC Ellis admits he would have difficulty chasing anyone up hills. Residents were stunned to see their local police officer cycle past on his DIY police bike with blue flashing lights. PC Ellis said: ‘It’s not what you call a normal bike. ‘It’s hard work to ride it, it’s a bit of an old bone shaker’. The officer was given the bike when he first joined Suffolk Police in 1988 but it had been gathering dust until they were reunited last week.

How AGE affects our taste in food: We only start liking olives, anchovies and blue cheese in our twenties: “Sophisticated adults love to dine on olives, blue cheese and anchovies – but many hated these foods as a child. Now, experts have discovered the ‘gastronomic watershed’ – the age at which we start to like ‘grown-up foods’. A survey discovered the average person is aged 22 when they start to appreciate more complex, stronger flavours like goats cheese, chilli sauce and avocado. Babies are born with innate cravings for sweet things, as our mother’s milk is packed with sugar and fat. Infants have around 30,000 tastebuds in their mouths, so strong tastes will be much more intense for a child. By the time we become adults, only a third of these taste buds remain, mostly on our tongues. This explains why we can then tolerate and enjoy stronger tastes. According the survey, many of us find it difficult to appreciate the taste of strong tasting fish like mackerel during childhood and even throughout our teen years. And mature cheeses fared no better, with most people aged 21 before they appreciated parmesan and aged 22 before they liked to eat blue cheese.”

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Good advertising

February 12, 2015 at 11:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Thief known as the ‘Worm’: “A notorious thief dubbed the ‘Worm Burglar’ because he crawled on his stomach to avoid infra-red alarm systems has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years. Leigh Cassidy, 47, carried out a string of burglaries across the Greater Manchester area by wriggling along the floor to avoid activating the alarms. During his spree between March 2013 and May last year, he targeted five pubs in Manchester and one in New Mills, Derbyshire, stealing £7,000 from fruit machines and causing £5,840 worth of damage. Cassidy, of Stockport, was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to four-and-a-half years in prison today after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary. The court heard how he would use his belly to slither along the floors of various pubs to get to the gambling machines. He had realised that if he remained below the ‘line of sight’ of burglar alarm beams that he could remain undetected. Cassidy was eventually caught when police spoke to his girlfriend Cheryl O’Donnell and she admitted he would leave the house carrying a rucksack and tools and return with a large amount of coins.

The unhinged British health service: “A furious mother has slammed the NHS after her ‘fit and active’ 11-year-old son was sent home from school with a letter branding him overweight. Coralyn Hobbs, 35, was stunned when her son William Barnes-Hobbs arrived home from Ely St Mary’s Junior School in Cambridgeshire with a letter advising he needed to make ‘lifestyle changes’ to get to a normal weight. Ms Hobbs said her son was an ‘extremely fit and active boy’, and said categorising children as overweight or obese is ‘disgraceful’. Health staff recorded the weight and height of each pupil before the sending the findings to parents to tell them what category they fall into. Ms Hobbs was then informed that William, who is 4ft 9in tall and weighed six-and-a-half stone, was in the overweight category, according to NHS scales. She describes the results as ‘disgraceful’ and would cause some children to develop an eating disorder. ‘I think it’s disgraceful that children are being categorised in this way. William isn’t overweight. I’d say he’s perfectly proportioned actually.”

Mystery stone: “A stone with unusual carvings that was sold as a garden ornament could contain a hidden message. Plucked from a garden in Leicester, the stone was purchased by an archaeologist who believes the intricate pattern was probably carved in Anglo Saxon times, over 1,000 years ago. James Balme, who is also a television presenter, said that the pattern ‘may be some form of writing,’ although there are so far no suggestions about what the ‘text’ or shapes may mean. It is believed that the sandstone block was discovered several years ago and someone thought it would make an interesting decorative feature in the garden. ‘When I finally received the stone I was shocked as it seemed far more important than I had first thought – and after gentle cleaning the true extent of the carving became clear. He told LiveScience: ‘It’s possible the ‘pattern carved may be some form of writing’. The relief work does not resemble any known text, however, but the shape and style of the rock is typical of Anglo-Saxon monumental art.

Retired teacher, 65, used a photocopy of his BUS PASS to board Ryanair flight from Spain to the UK after his passport was stolen: “A retired teacher used a photocopy of his bus pass to board a flight home to the UK after his passport was stolen while on a family holiday in Spain. John Williams thought he would have to book another flight back to Liverpool after he had his passport stolen from the safe in his hotel room. But when he arrived at Lanzarote airport, Ryanair check-in staff said he could use alternative identification – and let him fly using a photocopy of his bus pass. And the circumstances surrounding his travel is now being investigated by the Home Office. The 65-year-old, who was on holiday with his partner and two children, was packing his suitcase when he discovered his passport had been taken. Staff at the Ryanair check-in desk advised him to contact the British Consulate for a temporary passport, but said alternative identification would be considered. Mr Williams, from Liverpool, then phoned his niece back in England and arranged for her to email a photocopy of his bus pass to the Ryanair desk.”

Driver fined for letting his pet ride on the roof of his car in Taiwan refuses to pay – because ‘it was the dog’s idea’: “A dog owner from Taiwan who was fined £500 for letting his pet stand on top of his car while driving, told police it chose to get on the roof. Angry Su Chen, 38, initially denied responsibility and refused to pay the fine, saying that the dog had climbed onto the roof of the vehicle on its own. He said: ‘I didn’t tell it to get on the roof, it is always up there when it knows I am driving anywhere and refuses to get down. And in any case I always drive slowly and we have never had an accident.’ Mr Chen, who was travelling in the car with his wife Cheng Ling, 25, was caught after police who monitor the internet for signs of illegal activity, spotted the pictures when they went viral. They said no complaint had been made against the owner but that he was clearly breaking the law regardless of how slowly he was driving and would have to pay the fine. The couple were widely criticised by online users for allowing the dog to put its life at risk.

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Manners

February 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Are humans to blame for the mammoth’s demise?: “It has long been debated whether humans are responsible for the extinction of the woolly mammoth. Now, a new study suggests that hunting did significantly deplete mammoth populations in Western Europe around 30,000 years ago. By studying the bones of mammoths, horses and reindeer, the experts ruled out climate change and food shortages as the reason for the population plunge. They found that woolly mammoth numbers declined, but that climate conditions as well as food and water supplies for the giant herbivores remained stable. One popular theory, bolstered by this study, is that Ice Age people hunted most of the mammoths out of existence. The team analysed the composition of stable isotopes in mammoth, horse and reindeer bones – a technique that is used for gathering dietary and environmental information from extinct species. The relative amounts of carbon, sulphur and nitrogen isotopes provide indications of the stability of the animals’ environment. All three species showed a mainly stable concentration of isotopes during the Gravettian era, meaning that their environment didn’t change much, ruling out climate change as the reason for the decline of mammoths.”

Would you eat DAHLIAS? Inspired by the Aztecs, growers produce edible roots which taste like asparagus: “They are said to taste like asparagus, celery or fennel when cooked and were eaten by the Aztecs, who praised them for their taste and health benefits. And now growers – who have spent two years developing edible dahlias – say they can be substituted for any potato dish. Swiss growers Lubera are urging amateur gardeners to plant the dahlias by May so that when the flowers die out at the end of the summer they can eat what’s left of the plant. They’re also healthy because they’re packed full of carbohydrates. Dahlias are easy to grow and will thrive in a wide range of soil types and situations. They are best planted in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun in May to early June. Planting could be carried out slightly earlier in southern counties or later in the north of England and Scotland.”

Giant pitbull: “Meet Hulk, the world’s biggest pit bull dog weighing in at an incredible 12-and-a-half stone (174lbs). The enormous hound is owned by Dark Dynasty K9s, from New Hampshire, which specialises in breeding some of the world’s most fearsome guard dogs. Hulk, who towers above his handlers when standing on his hind legs, has now become an internet star after footage of him uploaded to YouTube racked up around 1.1 million in just one week. American Pit Bull Terriers were created as fighting dogs by crossbreeding bulldogs, mastiffs and terriers. They are descendants of English dogs used to bait bulls and bears for cruel pit fights. They continue to be used for illegal dog fighting in the US and In the UK are considered so dangerous it is illegal to own one. However Dark Dynasty K9s insist their animals have calm, well balanced temperaments and would be suitable as family pets.

Football fan wins £93,000 from £2 bet after correctly predicting the outcome of 14 matches: “A football fan has won more than £92,000 from a £2 bet after correctly predicting the outcome of 14 matches over the weekend. Dean Clay, 48, who has just bought a house in Eastleigh, Hampshire, and is expecting his first child, placed the bet on a football accumulator anticipating wins for Chelsea and Southampton. The Chelsea fan couldn’t believe his luck when all of his Saturday predictions landed and was too nervous to watch the final match on Sunday – so opted for a game of golf instead. The group risk account manager for Aviva UK thought he had won £69,882 but when he went to his local Coral shop he was told he had actually won a bonus taking his total winnings up to £92,944. Mr Clay and his wife Laura, 32, had just finalised the mortgage on a new home on Friday before scooping the £92,000 win over the weekend. The couple, who are expecting their first child in July, will be using their winnings to put a bigger deposit down on their new home.”

Eating chilli really CAN help you lose weight: Compound which gives peppers their fire helps speed up metabolism: “It’s long been thought that chillies can help us lose weight. Now, new research has proved the fiery food can aid weight loss by speeding up metabolism. A study found capsaicin – the ingredient that gives chilli peppers their heat – could help burn off fat in the body. The temptation to eat fatty foods is often so strong that, for many, they can’t resist eating fatty or sugary foods even if they are trying to cut down on calories. Now, researchers believe capsaicin could provide a solution to this problem; speeding up the metabolism without the need to restrict the diet. University of Wyoming researchers found capsaicin may stimulate the body to burn energy and create heat (a process known as thermogenesis) – burning off calories in the process. It does this by activating receptors in the body which set off the process of energy burning. These receptors are found in white and brown fat cells.”

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190 year old pub in Belfast

February 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The crown bar, right across the street from the most bombed hotel in Europe, the Europa hotel

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Butter ISN’T bad for you after all: Major study says 80s advice on dairy fats was flawed: “Guidelines that told millions of people to avoid butter and full-fat milk should never have been introduced, say experts. The startling assertion challenges advice that has been followed by the medical profession for 30 years. The experts say the advice from 1983, aimed at reducing deaths from heart disease, lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up. A new review says evidence from trials did not support the advice. It says it is ‘incomprehensible’ that such advice was introduced for 56million Britons in 1983 and 220million Americans six years earlier ‘given the contrary results from a small number of unhealthy men’. The trials looked at the relationship between dietary fat, cholesterol, and coronary heart disease. The review found no difference in heart deaths, regardless of whether people were on a high fat or lower fat diet.” Professor Broom also said advice to increase carbohydrate consumption to 50 per cent of energy intake was blamed by some experts for an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

Whores on TV in Romania: “TV stations in Romania have been rocked by a prostitution scandal after more than 30 presenters and models were arrested in an investigation into a call girl ring. Prosecutors in the capital Bucharest say 33 women are being investigated, some of them household names in the country, for their part in the £10,000 per night ring. Police say that so far seven women are facing charges, with one fleeing to Dubai and another 25 still being investigated. Investigators say that the ring’s organisers charged up to £1,500 just to introduce a client to one of the women, who included Playboy models and presenters. TV hosts Daniela Crudu, Madalina Pamfile and Simona Trasca, have also had their homes raided and been quizzed as part of the investigation.

Crooks growing cannabis are caught after neighbours notice all the snow had melted from their roof: “Dutch police have uncovered a city centre cannabis farm after spotting a remarkable lack of snow on the roof of one home, while neighbouring buildings suffered a heavy covering. Officers in the city of Haarlem, 12 miles west of Amsterdam, raided the otherwise unremarkable home after spotting it had a snow-free roof despite heavy snowfall only hours earlier. The lack of snow suggested the temperature inside the building was so high that the snow was melting more rapidly than on neighbours’ homes – a tip-off from Mother Nature that Dutch police are turning to with increasing frequency in order to catch cannabis cultivators in the winter months. Cultivation of marijuana requires the temperature inside a building to be far higher than in normal properties, with growers using expensive lighting rigs to ensure the plants are tricked into believing they are growing in a country with a warmer climate.”

Whining Greek deadbeats: “Germany has rejected Greece’s demands for £120billion in reparations for Second World War damages – adding there is ‘zero’ chance they will pay. New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in his first major speech to parliament, yesterday said his country had a ‘moral obligation’ to claim repayment for a forced wartime loan and other reparations. Tsipras’s anti-austerity Syriza party claims Germany owes it around 162billion euros ($183 billion) — or around half the country’s public debt, which stands at over 315billion euros. But Germany’s economy minister rejected the call today, insisting the matter was concluded with a signed treaty 25 years ago. ‘There’s no sense continuing down this road,’ he added.

The “telescreen” predicted by Orwell has arrived: “Smart TVs and high-end games consoles that ‘listen’ to voice commands are becoming increasingly popular. But Samsung is today under fire for what it does with this audio information after it is collected. In its privacy policy, the South Korean firm has revealed that if their conversations contain ‘personal or other sensitive information’, this will be captured and transmitted to an unidentified third party. Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins tweeted that the Samsung terminology is similar to an excerpt from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. The full Samsung policy, first highlighted by The Daily Beast, says: ‘If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your smart TV using your voice. ‘To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. It is not known what this external service is, or what happens to the captured data once it is no longer needed”

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The New York Times goofs

February 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NYTimes Editorial Board ruthlessly attacks some guy named “Mr. Scott” who they claim is the governor of Wisconsin. Could they mean “Scott Walker”?

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Couples with one dominant partner are happier: “Equality may not be the best policy – at least when it comes to starting a family. Research shows couples have more children when one half takes control of the relationship. And the boom in births applies whether it is the man or the woman in charge. This may be partly because strong women find submissive men sexy, the Czech researchers say. More than a quarter of women are the dominant partner in a relationship, making the couple stronger. Pairing a dominant personality with a more reserved soul may also make it easier to resolve rows and boost co-operation. For the study, the researchers quizzed 240 young men and women about the sort of person they were attracted to. For instance, they were asked whether they would prefer to be with someone who would ‘guide and protect’ them or ‘admire and serve’ them.They were also asked whether their mother and father had equal status in their relationship or whether one tended to be more submissive. Finally, they were asked how many siblings they had. The couples in which one partner was dominant had the most children.”

Slovenia gets ready to ‘chase away the winter’ as locals take to the hills in sheepskin costumes and other bizarre designs: “Most of us are glad to see the back of the winter season, but this group of Slovenians are keen to give it more of a nudge. To celebrate the nearing of the end of the cold snap, Slovenians and members of various ethnological groups took to the hills to perfect their moves ahead of the annual carnival, the ‘pust,’ to ‘chase away’ winter. Also known locally as Kurentovanje, locals wear traditional masks and costumes to scare off the winter and are arriving in their masses in various towns in the country to honour the tradition. The carnival celebrates ancient traditions of Slovenia, using a variety of somewhat intimidating dress. The festival will run until February 17 as townsfolk get set to welcome in the spring. People dress in all sorts of weird and wonderful designs. The main figures, called Kurent or Korent, wear massive sheepskin garments and a chain with huge bells around its waist. The Skoromati are known as one of the oldest traditional characters in Slovenia, and they help lead the charge to chase away winter.

Bond car sells for record £1.4million: “It was unquestionably 007’s finest ever vehicle and now a particularly stunning version of the Aston Martin DB5 has sold for a new world record price at auction. One of the rarest of its kind ever made, the 1965 convertible model was bought for an eye-watering £1.4 million at auction in Paris. The DB5 instantly became a legend when it featured in James Bond’s Goldfinger in 1964, starring Sean Connery. This DB5 was manufactured in 1965 and was only one of 35 left hand drive models made, making it the Holy Grail of luxury car collectors. The DB series was named in honour of David Brown who was the head of Aston Martin from1947 to 1972. More than £2 million worth of prized Aston Martins were sold by Bonhams at its Grand Palais sale, with the DB5 selling for £1,430,715 – a new world record at auction for a factory specification 1965 convertible.

Forgotten edition of the Magna Carta that could be worth £10million discovered: “A forgotten Magna Carta manuscript which could be worth up to £10million has been discovered in a Victorian scrapbook in a Kentish town’s archive. It has been hailed an important historical find in the week the four original copies were brought together for the 800th anniversary of the charter which established the principle of the rule of law. The parchment, discovered in Sandwich’s archive, was ripped and a third had been lost, but experts were able to establish it was issued by Edward I in 1300. Speaking from Paris, Professor Nicholas Vincent, of the University of East Anglia, who authenticated the document, said: ‘It is a fantastic discovery which comes in the week that the four other known versions were brought together at the Houses of Parliament. ‘It is a fantastic piece of news for Sandwich which puts it in a small category of towns and institutions that own a 1300 issue.’ Archivist Dr Mark Bateson found the document in December when he was asked to look up a copy of the town’s original Charter of the Forest.”

Canada shows how it’s done: “Snow is well known to cause havoc to the UK’s transport network, and often leads to foreign visitors sniggering at our failure to cope with the white stuff. And after watching this incredible video shot in Canada, it may leave us even more sheepish. A freight train shows no sign of stopping as it ploughs through thick snow and gives the person taking the video a shower of avalanche proportions. Southern New Brunswick was hit with three major blizzards in less than a week, and there is more snow in the forecast. But that is met head on by the driver of this train in spectacular fashion. The Canadian National Railway locomotive 2304 (ES44DC) plowed through huge snow drifts as it leads the daily CN manifest train 406 West. As well as the track being completely covered with high snow, the windscreen at the front of the train is also all blocked up. Canada is well used to heavy snow, and as the driver of this train proves, it’s all part of the day job” [A manifest train is a mixed goods, low priority train that is generally a bit slower than other trains. One snowflake would stop such a train in bureaucratic Britain]

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Cats like boxes

February 8, 2015 at 11:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Mass breakout from Brazilian jail after female inmates in fantasy police costumes seduce prison wardens: “Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in sexy police costumes ‘seduced’ the prison wardens. Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the morning after the mass breakout at Nova Mutum public jail near Cuiaba. Investigators say the women drugged the guards with spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy. They arrived at around 3am on Thursday morning and asked if they could come inside to ‘chat and drink’, police say. The prison guards obliged and were soon persuaded to leave their posts, before heading to the sleeping quarters with the scantily clad women. After drugging and handcuffing the wardens, they took their keys and unlocked all the prison’s cells according to police chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira. ‘Whoever wanted to escape left by the front door. Dozens of prisoners walked straight out the main door carrying guns and ammunition they took from the prison caches. Police later discovered a bag of lingerie and skimpy leather police uniforms which they believe the temptresses wore to distract the wardens.

Lucky find: “A cleaner has been reunited with his wallet after dropping it in to a marina 100 feet deep more than two years ago. Daniel Dymond’s leather wallet slipped out of his pocket into the water while he was working in November 2012. The 23-year-old thought he’d lost it forever until a diver found it while carrying out maintenance work on some pontoons. Mr Dymond, who works for Cleancoast Services, said he ‘couldn’t believe’ the wallet had been discovered near Mayflower Marina, in Plymouth, Devon. Remarkably it still contained his driving licence as well as a Lloyds bank card and Iceland and Game store cards. He told the Plymouth Herald: ‘It’s amazing because I thought I’d never see it again. ‘I remember reaching down to pick up a log from the water and then I heard something drop into the water. I looked over and just saw a few bubbles and then realised what had happened. ‘When you imagine the storms we had last year, and the amount of movement in the water it is simply remarkable that they’ve found it.’ ‘It’s more than 100ft deep in places where he lost it and there’s a strong tidal pull.”

This little piggy went to supermarket!: “Their hairy pink tails not yet curled, the swine of piglets sniffed the hay beneath their hooves as they trotted along together. Far from the confines of a sty, the animals were making their way through the meat aisle of a French supermarket as part of a farmer’s protest against plunging pork prices. Blissfully unaware of their role in the political stunt, they perused shelves of lardons and chorizo at the Geant supermarket in St Gregoire near Rennes. They had been released by the farmers’ group FDSEA who are campaigning against the lowering price of pork and lack of brands which state where the meat has originated in its packaging. ‘The price we’re paid for pork is too low, it doesn’t allow us to cover our own food and housing costs,’ said Damien Legand, a farmer from Parigne, Ille-et-Vilaine. ’90 per cent of the products in the aisle come from outside France,’ he said. ‘It’s bad for us but also for French buyers.’ Elsewhere, members of Jeunes Agriculteurs carried out similar protests in supermarkets in Brest and Quimper. The price of a kilo of pork reached a new low at 1.08 euros on Thursday, with farmers demanding it be raised at least 30 cents immediately.

Amazed owners film new pet cockatoo mimicking heated rows and swearing: “When this lovely couple decided to purchase a cockatoo, they were not expecting it to turn their home upside down. The shocked pair filmed their bird having a ferocious row with itself, even appearing to use the word f*** multiple times over. In the footage it can be seen screaming and swearing aggressively – behaviour it undoubtedly learnt from the feisty family it previously lived with. The couple are the third owners of the moluccan cockatoo, named Peaches, and were told by the second owner that the bird’s original family got a divorce during her time in their house. At the start of the video, the bird can be seen perching on a bar peacefully in the living room. All of a sudden, however, it begins to mutter a few words loudly before engaging in a full on (solo) screaming match. Even its body language appears ready to attack or confront the invisible enemy standing in the room. The parrot spreads its wings open and frantically nods its head up and down” [Good video at link]

Lifesaving brain surgery could aid 15,000 epileptics… but just 300 get it: “Radical brain surgery for epilepsy offers a lifeline to those who suffer from a condition that causes 1,000 deaths each year through seizures. Yet few are ever offered the operation because many doctors don’t even know it’s an option. According to experts at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, 15,000 patients are currently considered at risk of sudden adult death from epilepsy (SUDEP), either from the damage to the brain that seizures cause or from having them in a situation that leads to death, such as while swimming. A delicate operation to remove part of the brain can bring an end to the most severe symptoms, but to be eligible, patients must undergo a raft of tests at specialist centres to pinpoint those who will benefit the most. The trouble is that only a handful of these centres exist. Because of this, just 300 such procedures are carried out annually, meaning scores of deaths every year are, potentially, avoidable.”

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A good question

February 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The one that REALLY got away: “The Russian fisherman makes the mistake of assuming the fish he has just reeled in is subdued – before leaving it unattended. And as he leaves it near the hole in the ice, the fish is seen wriggling back into the water and taking the rod it is still attached to with it. The fisherman spies what’s happening and runs towards the hole, but arrives too late to save his rod or the fish. Raising his hands in the air, he stares into the hole for a few moments before prodding the ice with a piece of wood – with no luck.

Smart kid catches big firm out: “A confectionery giant was out Smartie-d by a seven-year-old schoolgirl who spotted an embarrassing spelling blunder on a tube of sweets. Eva Ball was enjoying her favourite chocolate treat when she saw the gaffe on the packaging. The question on the tube read: ‘What T might you look at the stars trough?’ Makers Nestlé congratulated the youngster after she rightly spotted they had missed out an ‘h’. ‘She reads all kinds of packaging including things like the tomato sauce bottle. ‘She was overjoyed when she found it. She was so chuffed with herself. She has still got the tube and won’t eat the Smarties.’ Eva’s father David, a motorcycle dealer, said: ‘Eva’s a little bookworm. The school have put her on the register for the gifted and talented so it’s been recognised that she’s very talented in that area. She’s very clever.'”

Painting ‘becomes world’s most expensive single work of art after selling for nearly £200million’: “An 1892 painting by Paul Gauguin of two Tahitan girls has sold for almost £200million – the largest amount ever paid for a single work of art. Qatar is understood to have bought Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) from the Swiss Rudolf Staechelin Family Trust to be hung in its state-run museums. Rudolf Starchelin, who lives in Basel, Switzerland, where the painting has been kept in a museum for the last few decades, refused to be drawn on to who or for how much the painting had been sold. But, if the reported value is true, it will mean Qatar has broken its own world record. Three years ago, it spent £160million on Paul Cezanne’s Two Card Players, after winning a bidding war. Qatar’s museums are headed by Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Tani, pictured, the sister of the Emir. She is understood to be keen to expand her country’s artistic portfolio, revealing in an interview last year with the Qatar Museums: ‘What always remains from the greatest civilisations and histories is their buildings and artefacts.'”

Dim Muslim drink driver caught out by police when he runs out of fuel: “A drink-driver who had been downing shots was caught when he ran out of petrol on the motorway and police stopped to help. Officers quickly realised that Tariq Mahmood, 31, stank of booze when they stopped to assist him at around 5am on the hard shoulder of the M62 near Eccles. The 31-year-old from Stoke-On-Trent has been banned from driving for three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to driving over the limit. Police spotted him and another man standing over the Vauxhall Astra in the early hours of the morning, Manchester Magistrates Court heard. They went over to see if he needed any assistance. But after speaking to him they soon realised that he smelt of alcohol, the court was told. Mahmood was breathalysed and was found to be two and a half times the legal limit and was taken to a nearby police station. It is his second drink driving conviction and his fourth driving-related offence in five years.”

New York’s subway system reveals superbugs, anthrax and bubonic plague: “Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College have unveiled their findings after 18 months swabbing turnstiles, ticket kiosks, railings and benches for DNA on the world’s largest transport system. They found 15,152 different types of microorganisms that share the train with its 5.5 million riders, including bubonic plague, dysentery and meningitis. The study, used a super computer to study more than 10 billion biomedical fragments. Scientists and volunteers started the project in 2013 and found 637 known bacterial, viral, fungal and animal species when swabbing the spaces between commuters and street musicians and logging the data in real time with a mobile app. Most of the bacteria the group found were harmless, though nearly half (48 per cent) of the DNA found matched no known organisms, according to the published study at Cell.com. Researchers also saw 67 different bacteria species associated with diseases on the subway’s surfaces in about 12 per cent of their samples, though bacteria in general made up nearly 47 per cent.”

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