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Jottings latest house special is reported to be a Boue Ragout stew simmered with silt from the River Seine. In February, the parliament of Australia’s New South Wales, asked to consider a public petition to cut down on waste, ordered that the petition’s 107,000 signatures, which were submitted on a USB stick, would, according to the rules, have to be submitted instead in hard copy. This ran to 4,000 pages of paper when it was printed out. Immediately after submission to the parliament, the pages were immediately sent to be electronically scanned into a format for data storage Just plain odd A thief stole part of a zebra crossing in Staffordshire last month. Black and white pads had been placed on the road to form a temporary pedestrian crossing on High Street in Coalport, Telford, police said. On June 12, CCTV on a neighbouring Brewery Inn pub captured a man removing the four black pads, and leaving the five white ones. Officers want to speak to the driver of an “old Honda Civic” seen in the area at the time. Scientists writing in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology recently recommended that parents should not discourage children from picking their noses because snot contains a “rich reservoir of good bacteria” which are beneficial to teeth and overall health by fighting, allegedly, respiratory infections and even HIV. Only in the US It recently became necessary for Candace Frazee and Steve Levinsky to acquire a bigger home in the Los Angeles area because they needed more space for their 33,000 rabbit-related items which included stuffed bunnies, antique bunnies, bunny paintings, bunny dinnerware ... The world’s only museum devoted to the house cat allows self-guided tours in Sylva, North Carolina, where curator Harold Sims displays 10,000 artefacts including a genuine petrified cat (complete with whiskers) pulled from a 16th-century English chimney. Strippers provide a therapeutic service, according to New York City’s Penthouse Executive Club which was trying to reclassify its workforce to avoid $3 million in back taxes. Penthouse had insisted that its performers were more akin to counsellors for lonely men and that the club’s entrance charge was a tax- free fee for therapeutic health services. The state’s appeals board ruled against the club in April. In March, the Washington Post reported that a technology expert from King's College London had told a reporter of his astonishment when he found out that the security chips on Congressional staff members’ identification badges are fake. The badge “doesn’t actually have a proper chip,” he said. “It has a picture of a chip.” Apparently, he added, it’s there “only to prevent chip envy.” They walk amongst us Tyrel Lewis-Hill was jailed for five and a half years by a Wolverhampton court last month for an armed raid on a betting shop in Walsall a year ago. CCTV caught images of him wearing a distinctive Adidas “bucket hat” which police released asking the public for help to identify him. Lewis-Hill, aged 26, then went to the police voluntarily, claiming that friends and family had seen the picture and he wanted to clear his name. He was arrested. A suspected car thief in Birmingham confirmed his guilt when police found a photo of him at the wheel of the stolen car on his mobile phone. However, Aron Thompson, described by police as a serial thief with ten burglary convictions, is no newcomer at offering generous help to officers of the law. In November 2013 when he was released from prison, the 29-year-old became one of the first in the UK to be fitted with a GPS tag. Over the next three weeks, the tag placed him at the scene of seven different burglaries. In May, an elderly woman in Plymouth became the latest victim of blindly obeying her car’s satellite navigation system. Turning left, as ordered, she confronted a solid railing, but, spotting a narrow pedestrian gap, she squeezed through. She then continued most of the way down the large concrete stairway at the Mayflower House Court parking garage until her undercarriage got stuck. And finally ... British MP Anna Soubry caused a stir by Tweeting an image from inside the House of Commons during the first session of parliament after the UK General Election. What caught everyone’s attention was the MP Gordon Parks sitting in the row in front of Soubry who was seen to be engrossed by whatever was on his mobile phone screen. It was later reported to be an 26 image entitled, “Showgirls Play Chess Backstage at the Latin Quarter Nightclub,” so at least it wasn’t porn. But it highlighted the fact that not everyone in a meeting is necessarily paying attention. Quotes Thanks this month to the Bored Panda website which recently published a list of the world’s most blatantly obvious warnings. 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