Too friendly?

July 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Another double-decker disaster: “Seven people have been injured after a double decker bus crashed into a bridge in south London, ripping its roof clean off. Pictures from the scene of devastation show the entire roof of the bus left at the entrance to the 12ft-high railway bridge on Portland Road in South Norwood. Paramedics treated seven passengers but remarkably nobody was seriously hurt in the smash yesterday evening. The 197 bus to Peckham does not usually pass the bridge on its route, police said, meaning it may have been on diversion at the time. Of the seven injured, four were taken to Croydon University Hospital including three patients who had minor injuries. Astonished members of the public can be seen staring at what remains of the double decker after the crash, which was also attended by London Fire Brigade. Lemra Styles tweeted: ‘I really want to know what went through the bus drivers [sic] head when he decided to drive the double decker bus under South Norwood bridge?'”

Disgusting food in British government hospitals: “NHS patients have been sharing their unappetizing experiences of hospital food, including everything from rock-hard Yorkshire puddings and ‘poo sample’ chocolate orange dessert. This follows a report earlier this week that more than 30 million patient meals are being thrown away each year at NHS hospitals. Patients have been posting snaps of their hospital dinners on social media, showing that despite efforts by the Department of Health to improve standards, there is still much work to be done. A woman being treated for Crohn’s Disease snapped her depressing looking roast dinner, joking that it was a good job she did not have false teeth. Speaking to MailOnline, she added that, as a Crohn’s patient, green vegetables and red meat trigger her symptoms, but despite informing staff of this, she was served a full roast dinner.”

How to win at Monopoly: “It has been the battleground for a thousand family rows every Christmas. But if you don’t care about upsetting the in-laws and just have to win, the secrets of Monopoly have been revealed by the game’s latest champion – a woman so ruthless she even knocked out her husband on the way to victory. The winner, who beat her husband in the heats before going on to win the final, says the way to win is to stay locked up in jail and avoid Park Lane. And there are more winning tips from the champion that go against the grain of what people usually do to claim victory. Instead of splashing out on hotels and lavish addresses, Natalie recommends avoiding Park Lane as it is the least landed on square, and sticking to just three or four houses. She said: ‘Once you’ve reached three houses, the amount that the rent increases each house maxes out. Natalie also recommended mortgaging everything to buy more property, and landing yourself in jail. ‘As soon as you get a monopoly yourself, mortgage everything else and spend every penny on houses.”

Sausages lose sizzle: “They have been a favourite on our dining tables and barbecues for generations. But now, it seems, sausages are falling out of favour as shoppers opt for healthier options. Consumers have turned instead to chicken and steak as they become more aware of foods seen as fuelling the obesity epidemic. The mystery which has traditionally surrounded the ingredients of sausages also seems to have dampened demand. They are often bulked up with cheap fillers, like breadcrumbs or wheat rusk, with an off-putting list of chemicals and preservatives. Health campaigners have also long demonised bangers for having high fat and salt levels. But until recently, diners have turned a blind eye to this because they loved them in everything from the breakfast fry-up to sandwiches as well as the barbecue. In contrast, sales of beef, especially steak, have soared by £1billion to £3billion – or 50 per cent – since 2008. During the First World War, food shortages led to a big reduction in meat levels in sausages, which were then packed with scraps, cereal and water. This made them pop and hiss when cooked over open fires in the trenches, giving them the nickname bangers.”

Student who couldn’t afford rent spent a year camping in a woman’s back garden: “One cash-strapped Canadian decided to spend a year camping in a tent in a Stockport so he could save money on living costs while he studied in Manchester. Evan Eames, from Montreal, asked strangers online if he could camp in their back gardens when he realised he could not afford to pay rent on top of international tuition fees for a Masters in Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The 24-year-old went on to spend 10 months camping in the backgarden of Charley Mantack in the Stockport suburb of Heaton Chapel for free. In exchange, he tutored the 34-year-old in maths and physics as she was studying for GCSEs at Stockport College. Mr Eames said: ‘It was a really fun experience, I am super glad I did it. ‘There was some days I would wake up, there was birds around and reeds blowing in the wind, or you could hear the pitter-pattering on top of the tent some days of the rain. In the winter months he wore two pairs of thermal pants, a sweater, a onesie and a jacket.”

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Psychological warfare

July 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Brutal British bureaucracy: “A disabled father died two weeks after being judged fit for work as he lay in hospital with pneumonia, it has been revealed. Diabetic David O’Mar, of Cardiff, Wales, was stripped of his disability benefits in April after a work capability assessment for the Department for Work and Pensions. The 58-year-old was bed-bound in hospital on the date of a tribunal to decide whether he should carry on receiving the benefits or was well enough to look for a job. Despite family pleas to reschedule, the court ruled the former radio DJ fit for work. He died of pneumonia on April 29. His daughter Alexandra said: ‘It affected him. I think it’s disgusting they stopped somebody’s benefits who genuinely needed them.’ He found out the date of his appeal when his daughter went to pick up things from his flat and found a summons. Shop worker Alexandra, 26, called the court and was told to write requesting a postponement, which she did. She said: ‘I explained the situation and he’d had notes from the doctors about his condition. But then I received a letter saying it wasn’t a good enough reason.”

Secret tunnels of the White Cliffs of Dover: “An incredible labyrinth of forgotten Second World War tunnels built beneath the White Cliffs of Dover will reopen to the public today for the first time in 40 years. The Fan Bay Deep Shelter was carved out of chalk in just 100 days in the 1940s as part of Dover’s connected gun battery armaments aimed at foiling Nazi shipping movements in the Channel. The shelter was carved out of the chalk by Royal Engineers from the 172nd Tunnelling Company and had a hospital, secure store and five large chambers providing bomb-proof accommodation. Bullets, including British .303 cartridges and American 30 calibre ammunition rounds, were also found throughout the tunnels, often tucked into small gaps in metal sheeting. Two rare First World War sound mirrors also form part of the site. Regarded as one of the first early warning devices invented in Britain, sound mirrors gave advanced notice of approaching enemy aircraft but became obsolete with the invention of radar technology in the 1930s.

Incredible moment a pilot soft-landed his Spitfire without any WHEELS: “The aircraft was flying above Sibson Airfield when the worried pilot radioed airfield bosses to say he could not release his landing gear. Skydivers jumping at the airfield in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, were grounded as the brave pilot circled for more than 20 minutes in a bid to burn fuel. Emergency services arrived at the scene just as the replica plane was carefully flown towards the ground in strong winds. But amazingly he managed to land the aircraft without his landing gear – skillfully skimming the aircraft over the grass on its belly. The pilot was completely unharmed after the dramatic touch down on Saturday morning and, apart from a broken propeller, the plane appeared largely undamaged. He put the tail end down first and then the rest down and came to a full stop”

A dog with 9 lives: “A plucky Jack Russell miraculously survived a 120ft cliff plunge while chasing a rabbit after he landed in the sea. Spott was being walked by its owners along the Jurassic Coast near Swanage, Dorset, when he bolted over the side of the cliff while running after the animal. Fearing the worst his horrified owners called for help – but miraculously Spott was discovered alive and well at the bottom of the cliff. It is thought Spott survived the drop because he landed in the sea below, breaking his fall. A recreational climber made his way down the chalk cliff at Anvil Point to comfort Spott before a local lifeboat crew plucked the pooch to safety. Spott was taken to the RNLI station at Swanage before an emotional reunion with his relieved owners on Saturday afternoon. Ian Brown, Swanage Coastguard station officer, said: ‘The cliff is about 120ft at Anvil Point and there was a real concern that the dog, called Spott, had come to harm.” ‘He had been off the lead and seen a rabbit and bolted after it over the side of the cliff.

Surfer fights off shark: “Surfing legend Mick Fanning fought off the great white during the final round of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. The 34-year-old described the moment he realised the shark was behind him as terrifying, saying: ‘I was waiting for the teeth to come at me.’ Footage released by the World Surf League (WSL) shows the shark’s fin emerge from the water before following Fanning as he paddled out of the shallows. The three-time world champion, who was competing against fellow Australian Julian Wilson in the final, can be seen being knocked off his board before he attempts to use it as a shield to stop the shark biting him. Speaking after the incident, Fanning – who was miraculously uninjured and only lost a leg rope in the incident – said: ‘It came up and got stuck in my leg rope. ‘I instantly just jumped away. It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming. ‘I just saw fins. I punched it in the back.’

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Attentive listener

July 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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European foreign office wants to fork out £2MILLION on a new silver dinner set for Brussels chiefs: “The European Union’s foreign office is planning on forking out £2million for a dinner set that can feed 3,360 people. The European External Action Service (EEAS) has sent a tender document listing the items it is hoping to acquire to potential bidders. It includes place settings worth around 2 million euros (£1.39m), as well as dinner plates, soup bowls and ice cream dishes. The plan was last night slammed by one Conservative MEP, who criticised the organisation for its money-handling skills. The tender not only lists how many of each item the organisation requires, but also sets out exactly how the service should look. It states the silverware, which includes cutlery for fish courses and dessert, should be ‘simple, with a discreet decorative element or a raised motif’. It must also be manufactured from ‘top quality, silver-plated metal’ and even states to what thickness the silver plating should be.”

Life inside a real-life ghost town: remote community where 120 ‘colourful characters’ live without electricity: “It’s the tiny town with a population of just 120 people where there is next to no power, internet, or jobs- where time almost stands still. Tucked away on the banks of the Mangaroa River in the South Island of New Zealand, more than 40 kilometres from civilisation and only accessible by a dirt path, is the town of Ohura. An enclave of low-cost truck homes and ancient shops that rarely open, Ohura has all but been abandoned by the government, leaving the dwindling town- and the people who live there- to their own devices. Many of the houses have no power, only a few have internet, and government benefits are unavailable because there are no jobs to look for- even the prison has closed down. According to government sources, coal mines were a major industry for the town from the 1930’s, developing into a major township over the next 40 years

Australian taste in hamburgers gets a spray from a Korean: “American celebrity chef David Chang has launched a meaty attack on the iconic Australian burger, claiming that Aussies ‘f*** up’ burgers more than any other country in the world. ‘They put a fried egg on their burger. They put canned beetroot on it, like a wedge of it. I am not joking you. This is how they eat their burger.’ Korean-American Chang, who opened his first restaurant outside of the US in Sydney’s The Star casino in 2011, somewhat unsurprisingly announced that the best burgers were made by an American burger chain, White Castle. He listed his ideal burger as containing a bun, cheese, and a burger, with the possibility of bacon and ketchup- on the side, of course. American cheese was the only acceptable cheese, and forget about any greens apart from iceberg lettuce. He labelled putting ingredients such a onion or tomato on a burger ‘idiotic’, declaring those who enjoy eating burgers with such toppings as likely to jump off a bridge if told to.” [Koreans think Spam is a luxury food so there’s no accounting for taste]

Supersized blackberry that’s also super-sweet: “Blackberries have often been shunned by shoppers who have long put strawberries, raspberries or blueberries on their lists instead. But the bramble is having a revival after a larger and sweeter variety hit the supermarket shelves. he new variety, the Driscoll’s Victoria blackberry, is almost twice the size of the regular fruit and is also much sweeter. Supermarket giant Tesco, which has started selling them in snack packs, has reported an increase in demand of nearly 60 per cent in the past four weeks. Berry grower Robert Pascall, who runs a 420-acre farm near Maidstone, Kent, said the success of Driscoll’s Victoria had encouraged him to plant more of the bushes. Production at his farm has soared from 30 tonnes in 2012 to 180 tonnes in 2014, and the annual tonnage is set to rise further this year with good weather. But it is hoped there will be a wider popularity for the new sweet treat, which is being sold in snacking packs for individual consumption.”

Green monster: “This is the moment a massive crocodile emerged from a lake in South Africa looking even more sinister than usual thanks to a layer of bright green slime covering its body. The huge reptile was swimming in the Kruger National Park when it emerged from the water caked in a layer of brightly-coloured algae. South African Armand Grobler took photographs of the crocodile near Lower Sabie rest camp in the popular safari park and was stunned to see it emerge from the water resembling the Incredible Hulk. Mr Grobler’s set of photographs shows the crocodile slinking along the banks of the lake after gliding through the water, which is where it picked up its unusual covering of blue-green algae.

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So THIS is what it feels like!

July 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British cops are mocked after issuing urgent appeal for witnesses to help them find a stolen BEACH TOWEL: “A police force has been openly mocked on Facebook after it posted an appeal for witnesses regarding the theft of a beach towel. The appeal, posted by Northumbria Police on the social media site on Thursday, has received criticism from hundreds of people, asking if it was a joke. The post also received more than 1,000 shares, 300 ‘likes’ and 600 comments, with users complaining that the force should be concentrating on ‘serious crimes’. A number of people mentioned personal attacks, thefts and anti-social behaviour they thought the police should deal with instead. The appeal read: ‘Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a towel from a North Tyneside beach. ‘It happened on Sunday, July 12 from 4pm to 5pm at Tynemouth Longsands beach. A dark blue towel with ‘dry robe’ written on the front in red and white was stolen.'”

Couples who marry after the age of 32 are more likely to DIVORCE – and those odds will get worse every year: “People who wait until after their early 30s to get married are far more likely to end up getting a divorce. The shocking news comes as a result of new research conducted by Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, who analyzed data from the National Survey of Family Growth in order to best determine what age people face the greatest risk of divorce. According to him, the chances of your marriage ending divorce are greatly reduced if you marry in your mid- to late- twenties, however as soon as you hit the age of 32, the odds swing the other way, with the risk of divorce increasing by more than five per cent every year. ‘My data analysis shows that prior to age 32 or so, each additional year of age at marriage reduces the odds of divorce by 11 percent,” Mr Wolfinger explained in his report. ‘However, after that the odds of divorce increase by 5 per cent per year.’

Charge your phone with a CANDLE: Device uses flame to produce electricity during power cuts: “A device that can charge your mobile phone using the heat produced by a candle has been developed to help keep people connected during blackouts. The Candle Charger uses a thermoelectric generator to convert the heat from a naked flame into around 2.5 Watts of energy. The developers say it can be used to charge portable devices such as mobile phones, cameras and other portable devices through a USB port. To use the device, a pot which has a thermoelectric generator installed on the bottom is filled with water and then a candle or burner is placed underneath. This can provide energy for up to six hours, they claim, which is enough to charge two iPhones. The device has been developed by San Francisco based Stower, who have previously developed a portable thermoelectric charger which can be used with camping stoves or campfires. They are now seeking support on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to develop the Candle Charger for use indoors rather than beside the campfire.”

The secret swimming pools of Paris’ catacombs: “With temperatures soaring in Paris over the past month, it’s been a struggle for many residents to keep cool. But far beneath the scorching pavements, the city’s hidden swimming pools are proving to be more popular than ever thanks to a group that has lifted the veil on the French capital’s best-kept secret. Parisian explorers, known locally as ‘cataphiles,’ have long risked arrest and ventured into the city’s underworld to experience the crystal clear waters of these fascinating pools. Alexander J.E. Bradley, an Australian expat in Paris, went down below with a camera to capture stunning images of the pools. Along with his troupe of fellow urban explorers, Bradley photographed the often-flooded century-old tunnels, which have been a summer playground for more than 30 years, says Messy Nessy Chic.

Road rage driver (above) picks the wrong victim: “A driver man is facing several criminal charges, after an attack on a motorcyclist in Yuma, Arizona, that was captured on the victim’s helmet camera. The footage shows driver Lee Schismenos getting out of his car, punching motorcyclist Cody Munoz and shoving Luisa Loy, 21, who was a passenger. According to ABC News, the video was captured by a camera mounted on Munoz’s head. Munoz is seen grabbing Schismenos and pinning him to the floor, before asking for help. Schismenos was injured in the altercation and briefly hospitalized.”

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Perspective

July 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Chinese Mother Balks at Smashing car window to Save Child: “China’s Internet has lit up with debate this week after reports of a mother who left her young son alone in her BMW – then refused to smash the luxury car’s windows in order to rescue him from the heat. The incident took place last Saturday night, when firefighters in the city of Yiwu received a call alerting them that a child was locked inside a BMW. When the firefighters arrived, they found a two- or three-year-old boy sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, crying and prying at the glass. The firefighters began to negotiate with the child’s mother, who urged them to wait for the locksmiths to open the door. After several minutes they were still unsuccessful, and the crowd began to condemn the mother. Finally, the report said, the firefighters insisted on smashing the glass, saving the frightened child. According to Zhejiang Online, the child’s parents, whose names were not given, had parked the car and gone shopping, leaving the boy in the car as well as the vehicle’s key”

When When Open Week does not mean an open week: “In golf circles, the British Open is simply referred to as The Open, particularly in its home country. That contraction has caused the family of competitor, Ben Martin, quite a problem. In February while Martin was playing the Honda Classic in Florida, his sister-in-law Emily started to organise her wedding and consulted with Martin’s wife Kelly. Kelly looked in the diary and found what appeared to be a gap in Martin’s busy schedule for Saturday, July 18, “Open week” it read. Kelly and Emily quickly consulted, booked the church and reception before Martin returned from the course. When he received the news, Martin was stunned. “That doesn’t sound like a very good weekend,” he recounted to Golf Digest. “No, it was in my calendar,” Kelly said. “It was open.” “Yeah,” he said. “The Open Championship. The British Open.”

House untouched by time goes up for sale: “When Robert and Freda Close renovated their new home, they were keen to bring it up to the most modern standards possible. The couple installed cutting-edge technology which made their house the envy of the neighbourhood, and decorated it in a bold and contemporary style. But the home is no longer quite so up-to-date – because 63 years later, the same decor and furniture that was put in place by the Closes remains intact. Now the house in Stockton-on-Tees is up for sale for the first time since 1952, after Mrs Close died at the age of 97. The home has virtually become a timewarp, retaining the Fifties look with old-fashioned wallpaper and very few modern gadgets. Because the furniture was such a high standard, it has stood the test of time and is still as sturdy as it was when the Closes bought it.”

Ageless Chinese model: “With her flawless, wrinkle-free complexion and super-trim body, it’s hard to believe that Candy Lo is 50 years old. The youthful-looking Chinese model has showcased her age-defying figure for the launch of her new photo book – aptly called Timeless. The mother-of-three, from Hong Kong, donned an array of flesh-flashing outfits for the album including a bondage-inspired one-piece and jewel-coloured thigh-split dress. After winning the Miss Asia pageant in 1991, Candy quit the limelight to concentrate on her young family. Following a divorce two years ago, the former actor is now a single mother to her youngest son. However, after sharing a sneak peak of her jaw-dropping shoot with her Instagram followers, fans rushed out and snapped up the all 3,000 copies of her new photo book. In one striking picture Candy looks decades younger than her years in a maroon-coloured cutaway swimsuit. As she leans against a white wall, with a linen blouse cast over her shoulder, she stares confidently into the camera lens flaunting her flab-free stomach and ample bosom.”

School of toothless sharks: “Astonishing footage has captured the moment a group of fifty sharks were seen swimming just yards off the English coast. The school of five foot-long smooth-hound sharks were swarming in shallow waters just off the Medmerry nature reserve near Chichester in West Sussex, yesterday morning. He said: ‘It was astonishing – there were just these huge fish everywhere in knee-deep water. Smooth-hound sharks have never been known to attack humans because they don’t have teeth, but instead the mouth consists of crushing plates due to a diet of crustaceans, molluscs and fish. Smooth-hounds are a relatively common native shark species around British coastal waters, although they are rarely seen.

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A parting gift

July 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Hit-and-run trucker was caught after his number plate fell off at scene of the crash: “A hit-and-run truck driver who killed a 95-year-old driver while over the drink drive limit was caught after his number plate fell off at the scene. Darren Kettley fled before police could arrive after his tipper truck collided with Charles Mayes Suzuki Swift. Despite paramedics efforts, the pensioner was declared dead at the scene of the crash in Kirby Cross, Essex. Police traced the 47-year-old truck driver after finding the number plate from his vehicle at the scene. Kettley admitted drink-driving after already pleading guilty to failing to stop and not keeping drivers’ records at Colchester Magistrates Court. Mr Mayes was just 50 yards from his home when the collision happened at 10.30pm December 12, last year. Magistrates’ heard the pensioner had pulled out from Frietuna Road ‘into the path’ of the lorry, which hit the off-side of his Suzuki. ‘Mr Kettley was uninjured.'”

The prettiest curtsey you have ever seen: “The Prince of Wales was left smiling this morning after being swept an unusually flamboyant curtsey by a four-year-old flower girl. Arriving at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate with the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles at first looked bemused but then smiled broadly as Jessica Fox completed the manoeuvre. Jessica, who at one point bashfully hid her face in her skirt, had been practising for weeks, said her mother, and was ‘very excited’ about the prospect of meeting the royals. ‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,’ said Lynsay Fox. ‘She’s been practising her curtsies and is amazing at them now.’ Jessica, who first attended the show when she was just two weeks old, was helped by five-year-old Kate Donnelly and presented the couple with matching white rose buttonholes and posies. Charles, who became patron of the show in 1998, and Camilla were there for the opening day of the event and spent three hours meeting delighted locals and exhibitors.”

No nipples for the Pope: “A controversial glamour model was escorted from a public gathering to see the Pope because she was wearing a revealing top without a bra, it has been revealed. Busty Victoria Xipolitakis, 29, from Argentina, wore just a tiny white top under blue dungarees during her attempt to get an audience with Pope Francis in Asuncion, Paraguay. But when guards noticed what she was wearing and the public began yelling insults, security and police officer quickly escorted her away. The controversial pin-up is no stranger to attracting attention and has already been involved in two other scandals this year. And just a few weeks ago two pilots were sacked from Austral Airlines after taking selfies with her in the cockpit, and letting her take the controls. For several weeks she has been trying to get a private meeting with Pope Francis because she says she wants him to forgive all of her sins. But she was greeted with boos when she went to Asuncion in neighbouring Paraguay and stood in the first row of the crowd waiting for the Pope.”

Nutty architects again: “Despite being a far cry from a grand mansion or stately home, the futuristic house near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, has beaten off worldwide competition to be crowned the best new home by architecture industry bible The Architectural Review. Described by the judges as having a ‘rigid, rhythmic façade’ and a ‘challenging, uneasy’ design, the single-storey ‘asymmetrical’ property was completed two years ago. Instead of a farmhouse kitchen or cosy living rooms like other country houses, this property is bare, simple and modern with a ‘rigid façade’. Instead of cosy rooms with roaring fires, a farmhouse kitchen with an Aga or a traditional brick exterior, the house is simple and modern to the verge of being empty. A total of 11 concrete columns hold up the front of the property making it look more like an industrial unit than a home, while the flat roof and oblong-shape make it resemble more of a bunker than a sprawling estate. However the judges of The Architectural Review House Awards 2015 – a competition to find the world’s best house built in the last five years – heaped praise on it.

Lazy frog: “The heat and humidity of Indonesia can make even the shortest journeys unbearable – as this very lazy frog demonstrated. Instead of hopping across the short branch, the Javan Tree Frog decides to hitch a very slow ride on the back of a snail. Undeterred by the pale green amphibian on his back, the snail continues to crawl up the tree at a leisurely pace. 34-year-old Kurit Afsheen caught the wonderful moment in his back garden. Not only did he photograph the short journey, but also the preamble leading up to it. The frog can be seen sneaking up on its new companion before hitching a ride. Once he gets to his desired destination, he simply hops back off and trundles away – without leaving a tip.”

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Should be more of it

July 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Pansy Welsh letter-carriers: “They are all too used to keeping an eye out for the potential threat posed by a rogue dog. But postmen in a seaside town have been forced to take cover from an unexpected aerial threat – divebombing seagulls. They have complained that running the gauntlet of the aggressive birds has become so terrifying that deliveries to some streets have been suspended. Yesterday residents of Abergele in North Wales agreed the gulls were fearless but said they were furious at losing their daily post in the name of health and safety. Visitors to the estate were this week faced with fearless and powerfully-built herring gulls swooping down from rooftops and jostling over scraps from bins. Royal Mail confirmed that deliveries had been interrupted due to the postman ‘experiencing swooping attacks by seagulls as he delivered mail on his round there over the past few weeks’.

Some sharks like it hot: “THE waters around one of the world’s most active underwater volcanoes are too hot and acidic for humans to even contemplate swimming in. But when oceanographer Brennan Phillips and his colleagues dropped a robotic camera in the deep sea danger zone of the Kavachi volcano, they made a fascinating discovery. Inside the active volcano known for spewing ash, lava and steam up to the ocean’s surface, the ocean explorers found a number of hammerhead sharks, circling in numbers. After dropping the camera through the ash plume, it landed inside the crater 55 metres below the surface where it recorded for an hour. When the camera was retrieved, the crew examined the footage and were excited to make the discovery of a stingray living inside the caldera. But that was small fry compared to the seemingly heat-proof sharks swimming in the deadly waters that can reach more than 400 degrees Celsius. With so many unanswered questions, Mr Phillips has vowed to continue to study the area for answers.”

Prize Australian fish worth a million: “A BARRAMUNDI worth $1 million and another 75 worth $10,000 will be tagged and released into Top End waters with the corresponding cash prizes awarded to those who catch them as part of a fishing campaign to attract more tourists to the Territory. Anyone who registers for the Million Dollar Fish competition online will be eligible to win the prize money if they catch a tagged fish released across the Top End between October 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016. Chief Minister Adam Giles said the campaign was designed to lure visitors from around Australia and overseas by showcasing the NT “as the best place in the world to stay, play and fish”. Mr Giles said about one billion barramundi lived in Top End waters and that the likelihood of the tagged 76 being caught was anyone’s guess. “This is an Australian first,” he said.”

Grandma who is still on the road at 103… despite never taking a test: “She has lived through 22 Prime Ministers, four monarchs and was born more than two decades before driving tests were introduced. But at 103 years of age, Eileen Ash is still on the road, and motoring around in a bright yellow Mini. And if that wasn’t surprising enough, the pensioner is also a yoga enthusiast who can still perform acrobatic poses as well as women a quarter of her age. Miss Ash, a former professional sports woman, told the programme: ‘I love driving, and just being free I think – Being on four wheels and going where I want to go. ‘For my age, I’m pretty lucky. I haven’t many aches and pains although my knees are beginning to creak a bit, but you put up with those sorts of things. ‘Cricket is the love of my life and the Mini is the second. I owned four Minis – I like a small car. It’s speedy and the acceleration is good and it does stand out from the crowd.”

Will the mystery of Namibia’s fairy circles ever be solved? “They are one of nature’s greatest mysteries, prompting local legends they are created by gods and generating wild theories about visits by UFOs. These images show the vast areas that are covered by the mysterious fairy circles that pock the grassy desert of Namibia and why they have captivated the imaginations of visitors to the region. But now a team of scientists are embarking on a series of projects aimed at finally unravelling what causes these strange circles of bare earth to form in their millions. They are visiting the country on west coast of southern Africa to test a number of theories that may explain how and why the fairy circles form. Found in hotspots along a 1,242 mile (2,000km) long stretch of desert between Angola and South Africa, they transform the landscape into something more like the surface of the moon. They can be 6-40 feet (2-12m) in diameter, are found in the region’s arid grassland on sandy soils. A ring of vegetation around the edge of the ring is taller than the surrounding grassland.

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Childbirth at 65

July 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth…

When she was discharged from the Hospital and went home, I went to visit. ‘May I see the new baby?’ I asked

‘Not yet ,’ she said, ‘I’ll make coffee and we can chat for a while first.’

Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, ‘May I see the new baby now?’

‘No, not yet,’ she said.

After another few minutes had elapsed, I asked again, ‘May I see the baby now?’

‘No, not yet,’ replied my friend.

Growing very Impatient, I asked, ‘Well, when can I see the baby?’

‘WHEN HE CRIES!’ she told me.

‘WHEN HE CRIES?’ I demanded. ‘Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?’

‘BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, O.K.?!!’

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Those hard bicycle seats may be bad for your balls: “Ivan Basso has withdrawn from the Tour de France after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. ‘Unfortunately I have a bad announcement,’ the 37-year-old explained at a press conference. ‘I have a small cancer in my left testicle, so you can understand that I have to go back to Italy. We discovered this just two hours ago.’ Basso, who is a former Giro d’Italia winner in 2006 and 2010, underwent a scan after complaining of pain following a crash on stage five. He will travel to Italy to undergo surgery as soon as possible.

New Jersey man finds his lost wedding ring while plants lucky bamboo: “A New Jersey man’s wedding ring, missing for 15 years, was recently found by its owner as he gardened. Bloomfield resident Maan Moughawech came across his ring as he planted lucky bamboo, ABC News reported this week. Moughawech and his spouse bought their home in 2000 and their rings two years earlier, according to the news outlet. ABC News reported the couple attempted to look for the ring, and went on to buy a new one. Moughawech told the news outlet: ‘It did not have the same meaning as the original ring. He told ABC News: ‘Yesterday, I decided I wanted to plant bamboo in the corner of the backyard. ‘While digging a hole to plant it, I saw something yellow and shiny in the dirt. ‘I kneeled down to inspect it, and I instantly knew that it was my lost ring!’

Drug addict for 25 years finds $3000 in cash and takes it to police station: “A BAG containing a staggering $3000 in cash is lying in a street and a hardened drug addict, who is in treatment, finds it. What happens next? “I remember looking inside the bag and thinking ‘Wow that’s a lot of cash,” the addict, a man who wishes not to be named, toldNZ Stuff. “But I knew I needed to do the right thing,” said the man, who is on a narcotics anonymous program and struggling to make ends meet living off government welfare. The man, who lives in the town of Blenheim in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island, took it straight to Blenheim police station. As he was reporting the lost cash, a woman came in to report to police that she had lost the bag of $3000 cash between her work and her bank. “She was real happy. She couldn’t believe I had handed it in,” he said. “It was hard, I wanted to keep it but I am in recovery and they teach you to be honest.” The woman who lost the cash gave the man $50 and he said he would put it towards registering his dog.”

Riddle of the 2,000 gold spirals: Bronze Age ‘springs’ are unearthed in Denmark: “Almost 2,000 gold spirals from the Bronze Age have been unearthed in Denmark. The discovery has baffled archaeologists who say they have never seen anything like it before. They surmise that the fine gold spirals, dating to the Bronze Age between 900 and 700BC, may have been part of a priest king’s costume. The spirals measure up to one inch (3cm) in length and are made of very thin, flattened gold wire. They were discovered at Boeslunde, Denmark by Flemming Kaul, curator at the National Museum of Denmark and Kirsten Christensen, curator at Museum Vestsjælland. Mr Kaul said: ‘Maybe the spirals have been attached to cords which have served as a small fringe on a hat or a parasol.’ ‘Perhaps they have been braided into the hair or been embroidered on the suit. The spirals were made between 900 and 700BC in the Bronze Age. Archaeologists from Museum Vestsjælland found just a few spirals at first, but later more were discovered with a combined weight of between seven and 11 ounces (200 and 300 grams). The team also found two gilded dress pins, enabling them to date the mysterious spirals.”

A new low-sugar fruit: “You may never have heard of it but Achacha could be the next superfood and one Australian couple have cornered the market in the strange-looking fruit. Bruce and Helen Hill currently own the only commercial Achacha plantation in Australia, which is also the biggest in the world. Achacha originated in Bolivia, where the fruit is known as Achachairú, or ‘honey kiss’ in Guarani, a local native language. It has a ‘sweet, tangy, refreshing’ taste, Mrs Hill told Daily Mail Australia, but despite this, Achacha is billed to be the next superfood. Achacha is rich in calcium and vitamin C, and has exceptionally low sugar levels. The fruit can be good for sufferers of diabetes and people with cardiovascular health problems. It can also be helpful for weight loss and controlling blood-sugar levels The Bolivian government allowed the couple to grow the fruit commercially in Australia more than a decade ago and they are the only registered growers of the fruit”

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Why Ethel had to find another motel!!!!

July 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Last week, Ethel checked into a motel on her 65th birthday and she was a bit lonely. She thought, “I’ll call one of those men you see advertised in phone books for escorts and sensual massages.”

She looked through the phone book, found a full page ad for a guy calling himself Tender Tony – a very handsome man with assorted physical skills flexing in the photo. He had all the right muscles in all the right places, thick wavy hair, long powerful legs, dazzling smile, six pack abs and she felt quite certain she could bounce a dime off his well-oiled bum …. She figured, what the heck, nobody will ever know. I’ll give him a call.

“Good evening, ma’am, how may I help you?” . . . Oh my, he sounded sooo sexy!

Afraid she would lose her nerve if she hesitated, she rushed right in: “Hi, I hear you give a great massage. I’d like you to come to my motel room and give me one. No, wait, I should be straight with you. I’m in town all alone and what I really want is sex. I want it hot, and I want it now. Bring implements, toys, rubber, leather, whips, everything you’ve got in your bag of tricks. We’ll go hot and heavy all night – tie me up, cover me in chocolate syrup and whipped cream, anything and everything, I’m ready!! Now how does that sound?”

He said, “That sounds absolutely fantastic, but first you will need to press 9 for an outside line.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Money does grow on trees!: “It is often said that money doesn’t grow on trees. But a group of German hikers were forced to question that wisdom when they found themselves caught in a deluge of 50 euro notes. The walkers were relaxing at a campsite in the Mirow area of north-eastern Germany when the cash began to fall from an oak tree overhead. They dutifully collected as much as they could – and were astonished to find it amounted to around £160,000. On closer inspection, they discovered it had been placed in a plastic bag among the branches. The sack had been tied with an elastic band that then melted in hot weather – sending the notes cascading over the campsite near Berlin last week. Authorities have yet to discover the real owner of the money, although it is suspected that the money could be linked to a fire in a cottage on the site earlier that week. Under German law the hikers are entitled to 3 per cent of their find – but could keep the entire windfall if the rightful owner is not established within six months.”

Teenager collapses on plane after wearing 12 layers of clothing: “FOUR jumpers. Six T-shirts. Two pairs of tracksuit pants. Three pairs of jeans. Two jackets. Two hats. This is the staggering list of clothing that 19-year-old James McElvar wore in a bid to beat the check-in rules, after being told by airport workers to ditch his extra luggage or pay extra. In total, the defiant flyer pulled on 12 layers of clothing after the argument with the EasyJet staff. However, his plan backfired horribly after take-off. The singer from Scotland, who was travelling with his band mates from the group Rewind from London to Glasgow, threw up and collapsed due to heat exhaustion. McElvar told the UK’s Sun: “I thought I was a goner. It felt just like I was having a heart attack. I was so hot I felt I would pass out as soon as I boarded. “An off-duty paramedic rushed to my aid and an oxygen tank was brought to me. Other passengers held my legs and arms to stop them shaking.”

Old City Hall Station: The ‘jewel in the crown’ buried underneath New York City: “IT WAS designed to be the showpiece of New York City’s first subway system, dubbed “the jewel in the crown”, yet thousands of people walk above this beautiful time capsule every day, clueless about its existence. New York’s first ever train station, City Hall, is buried underneath the city’s oldest government building, but since its closure in 1945, few have walked along the station’s elegant platform or glanced their eyes upon its breathtaking design. Architects George Lewis Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge designed an extravagant reflection of the “City Beautiful” movement, a time when “graceful, uplifting urban settings reflected the civility of a society, and, in turn, helped to strengthen the community’s moral and cultural environment”, according to the New York Transit Museum. Brass chandeliers adorn the tiled, arched, antique ceiling, while on sunny days, natural light floods the space through glass skylights. Oak furnishings and glazed plaques inscribed with “City Hall” rest barely untouched today.”

Australian males more masculine than American men? “OSCAR-WINNER Michael Douglas says American actors are losing out to Australians because they are not as masculine as their Down Under counterparts. The Ant-Man star, 70, says US actors are too obsessed with their social media profile that they are “getting caught up in their image”. “There’s something going on with young American actors — both men and women — because the Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles from them,” he told The Independent. “Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts. In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we’re going through a sort of social media image conscious thing rather than formal training. “With the Aussies, particularly with the males it’s the masculinity. In the US we have this relatively asexual or unisex area with sensitive young men and we don’t have many Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts, while the Aussies do. It’s a phenomenon,” he said.”

Blue honeysuckle berries? “The blue honeysuckle berries, also called honeyberries or haksaps, have been shown by Canadian scientists to contain twice as many nutrients as other berries. A small handful contains 60 per cent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and they have three times as much iron per 100g as a blueberry. They also contain significantly higher levels of Vitamin A and calcium. The native of Siberia and Japan has been grown in Britain for the first time by soft fruit marketer CPM, which supplies major supermarkets. Packets of blue honeysuckle berries will be sold in UK stores from next summer but will only be available for three to four weeks as they have a short growing season, like blackberries. They are being cultivated by farmers who usually grow strawberries in Hampshire, Somerset and Scotland, while supplies will be boosted by Polish producers.”

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A well-schooled child

July 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eating breakfast with my 10-year-old granddaughter last February, I asked her what day it was.

Without hesitation she said, “Presidents Day!”

I asked her, “So what is Presidents Day?” I expected something about Obama or Washington, but she surprised me by saying:

“Presidents Day is when the President steps out of the White House and, if he sees his shadow, we have six more months of bullshit.”

It hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose!

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The ultimate dairy farm — in China: “China is building the biggest dairy farm in the world with 100,000 cows to supply Russia. The enormous farm in Mudanjiang City will have 60,000 more cows than the current biggest farm, also in China. Russia wants the milk as it is boycotting EU countries’ milk and dairy exports after Brussels imposed economic sanctions after the Ukraine crisis. The farm is 50 times bigger than the biggest dairy farm in the UK – which has around 2,000 cows – and three times bigger than the largest in the US, with 30,000 cows. In the UK, plans to build an 8,100 cow dairy farm in Lincolnshire have been met with opposition. Mansel Raymond, chairman of Copa-Cogeca, the umbrella organisation for European farmers, said the ban and the Chino-Russian dairy venture sent a worrying signal to Europe’s dairy farmers. ‘The scale of Chinese investment in dairy production is vast. I wonder now whether we will ever get the Russian milk market back,’ he told Farmers Weekly. Most Chinese people are intolerant of lactose, a sugar in milk, although the drink is growing in popularity in the country.”

The fake doctor who treated 3,000 patients: “A banned doctor worked illegally in seven hospitals and treated 3,000 patients after stealing a British medic’s identity. Levon Mkhitarian, from Georgia, posed as a qualified doctor, allowing him to treat thousands of patients across the UK. Despite having being struck off by the General Medical Council, he fraudulently identified himself as an existing doctor from Thanet, Kent, using fake bank statements, a CV and bills – allowing him to start work at a Kent hospital in 2013. By the time he was caught, he had treated British patients for two and a half years, and was registered as a locum doctor with RMR Recruitment agency. The serial offender was only caught in April 2014 when an application for a staff pass at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford triggered a warning that the name was already registered. NHS officials found he had worked as a GP in the hospital’s cardiology department and as a senior house officer. After arriving in the UK, he is understood to have undertaken some training but lied about being registered with the General Medical Council in 2010. While he had studied medicine in Grenada, he had only been given provisional registration in the UK.

$110,000 Porsche is stolen from driveway after owner left the engine running: “The moment a daring thief made off with a $110,000 custom sportscar left unattended in a driveway has been captured on camera. The heist, which took place in Canberra, Australia, late last month, was recorded on Alec Cortez’s home CCTV system. Mr Cortez started his black Porsche and then headed back inside his house to wash his hands, leaving his beloved car unattended. Amazing footage shows another car pull up in Mr Cortez’s driveway, before the opportunistic carjacker pounced. The man scrambled into the driver’s seat of the Porsche, slammed it into reverse and pulled out onto the road before speeding off – leaving little more than a thin cloud of exhaust smoke behind. Mr Cortez was horrified when he emerged from inside to find his car was gone. The car – which was one of just 500 of its type made – was found abandoned by ACT Police later that night. The theft was part of a string of similar incidents in the area, according to the Canberra Times.”

A lifesaving barber: “A longtime barber has been hailed a lifesaver after he discovered a potentially fatal melanoma during a customer’s routine haircut. Barry Faulkner, who has been cutting men’s hair professionally for more than 50 years in Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast, has been nominated as the Australian of the Day – a community initiative which recognises everyday Aussies who have made a difference. Mr Russell, 77, is among Mr Faulkner’s regular customers and has been coming into Barry’s Barber Shop for haircuts over the last 10 years. ‘At the time Peter’s hair was reasonably long,’ Mr Faulkner told Daily Mail Australia. ‘But then when I lifted the hair up, I saw some dark spots. ‘I told him: “Peter you’ve got some nasties on the back of your head. You need to see a skin doctor today, not tomorrow”.’ For Mr Russell, who had never had a skin check up, the news came as a surprise but immediately went to see the doctor following his barber’s advice. ‘When the biopsy came back and I was told that I was extremely lucky that the melanoma had not spread,’ he said.”

Spanish city swamped with tourists: “Barcelona residents are so fed up with their city being overrun by holidaymakers that some believe tourists are worse than poverty. Mass tourism has been a major complaint from locals and prompted the city’s mayor to propose a tourist cap, while some sights have gone as far as banning large groups. In a poll conducted by Barcelona’s city hall, 5.3 per cent of respondents said tourism is the biggest problem facing the city. It ranked behind unemployment and working conditions (31.9 per cent) and traffic (5.5 per cent). Tensions boiled over last summer as locals took to the streets and called for major changes to cut down on the number of holidaymakers who visit the city. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau has announced plans to cap the number of tourists entering the city to avoid ending up ‘like Venice’ as part of a strategy to balance the tourism sector’s interests with those of residents. The leftist mayor has also halted the issuing of new licenses for tourist accommodation for one year. With tourism contributing to 14 per cent of its economy, a 2013 study by MasterCard found that Barcelona is Europe’s third most visited city, after London and Paris.”

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