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PostPosted: 24-12-2010 14:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonder what happened to the rest of them?
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PostPosted: 18-01-2011 18:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

River rescue as sex toy ditches rider.

THOMAS HUNTER Last updated 12:48 17/01/

A bizarre decision to ride an inflatable doll down a flood-swollen Yarra River blew up in a woman's face yesterday when she lost her latex playmate in a rough patch.

The incident prompted a warning from police that blow-up sex toys are "not recognised flotation devices''.

Police and a State Emergency Services crew were called to the rescue when the woman and a man, both 19, struck trouble at Warrandyte North about 4.30pm yesterday.

They were floating down the river on two inflatable dolls and had just passed the Pound Bend Tunnel when the woman lost her toy in turbulent water.

She clung to a floating tree, calling for help while the man stayed with her. Fortunately for the pair, a passer-by called triple zero while while a kayaker took life jackets to the pair. Police and the SES crew hauled the water-logged thrillseekers to safety.

But, with Queensland in the grip of a deadly emergency and 50 rescues from flood waters around Victoria in the past week, police were not amused at the pair's "stupid" actions.

''We've got people busy with rescues and to have to divert resources to that sort of thing is not ideal," said Senior Constable Wayne Wilson

''Most rescue organisations would frown on people behaving in such a manner because there are people out there who are in genuine need of assistance,'' he said.

The rescued pair were checked by ambulance officers but did not require medical attention.

''The fate of the inflatable dolls is unknown,'' said Senior Constable Wilson.

Source:- http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/4548917/River-rescue-as-sex-toy-ditches-rider
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PostPosted: 18-01-2011 18:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 09-02-2011 12:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

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9 February 2011, 10:07

Council sends refugees to dog club

A flagship Tory council advised refugees from Afghanistan to look for support from a group of Afghan hound enthusiasts.

The gaffe came in a report by Hammersmith and Fulham Council which is selling off the building currently home to the Afghan Council UK.

The Afghan Council is one of 20 help groups facing eviction to make way for the West London Free school.

The report suggested that refugees who use the centre could instead contact the Southern Afghan Club, reports The Mirror.

The Afghan Council UK offers support to Afghan refugees - while the Southern Afghan Club is a dog appreciation society which organises shows in the south of England.

Labour's Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter said: "Not only are the Tories selling for a song centres that are a hub for their communities but they're doing so in an ­ignorant and cynical way."

A council spokeswoman said: "We are sorry."



http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Council_sends_refugees_to_dog_club

West London Free school is the brainchild of Toby Young the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,

see also:

Free school plan comes at a price for voluntary groups

Palingswick House, planned West London site for Toby Young's free school, currently occupied by 20 voluntary groups

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/jan/17/young-free-school-groups-refugees
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PostPosted: 26-07-2011 09:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driver on two mobiles 'steered with knees' on 70mph road while talking and sending a text
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:45 AM on 26th July 2011

A driver was caught steering with his knees while he was making a phone call and sending a text message on a second mobile, a court heard.
Amazingly when police stopped David Secker, 34, on the 70mph dual-carriageway the officer had to wait to speak to him while he finished off his conversation. Shocked

The unemployed driver - who did not bother to turn up to court - was found guilty in his absence at Norwich Magistrates' Court.
He was caught during a two-week crackdown on using mobiles at the wheel, the court was told.
Secker, 34, was at the wheel of his Vauxhall Tigra on a 70mph stretch of the A47 at Blofield near his home in Norwich, when police noticed he had a phone to his right ear.

But when they looked again they discovered he was using his other hand to text on a second handset said Denis King, prosecuting.
'Therefore he was not holding onto the steering wheel,' said Mr King.
'When he was pulled over, he was still making a phone call on one mobile. Whilst waiting for him to finish his conversation, the officer made a check on the vehicle and found there was no insurance, and he was cautioned.'
Yesterday Secker was found guilty of using a mobile while driving, having no insurance and not being in a position to have proper control on May 17.
He is likely to be banned from driving when he is sentenced on August 15.

Secker was one of 239 motorists caught using their phones at the wheel during a two-week campaign in Norfolk.
A Norfolk Police spokesman said: 'Driving while using a mobile phone means you are not concentrating fully on the road. Using one mobile phone is silly but two mobile phones is amazingly silly.'

At his house Secker claimed to be unaware that the case against him had proceeded without him.
The heavily tattooed defendant, who was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, said: 'I thought the case was tomorrow. I didn't know nothing about it.'
Informed that the magistrates had dealt with him in his absence, he replied: 'Can they do that? They haven't heard my side of the story.'
There was no sign of his car in the driveway, and he admitted that it had been impounded immediately because he did not have insurance.

He declined to say what his side of the story was, but added: 'I'm getting on to my solicitor now', before dialling a number on his mobile phone.
Secker was banned in 2008 for 9 months for a drink-driving offence, had two lapsed speeding convictions in 2008. A previous offence for driving without insurance in 2009 earned him 8 penalty points.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018800/Driver-steered-knees-talking-mobile-sending-text-SECOND-phone.html#ixzz1TCXSsUxP
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PostPosted: 26-07-2011 09:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then there's this:

Plain loco! Train driver suspended after being snapped reading the paper as he speeds out of tunnel at 60mph

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018465/Train-driver-caught-reading-newspaper-controls.html#ixzz1TCdcb4HN

(I know that stretch of line quite well - it runs alongside the beach for about 4 miles.)
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PostPosted: 28-07-2011 08:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hate to be nit-picky, but surely these are minor acts of stupidity? Great acts of stupidity tend to wipe out people by the score, if not in hundreds.

I'd give the railway accident in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, France, ca. 1917 as a prime non-political example - there are of course much more devastating episodes of stupidity in politics and 'conquest'.
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PostPosted: 28-07-2011 08:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cochise wrote:
Hate to be nit-picky, but surely these are minor acts of stupidity? Great acts of stupidity tend to wipe out people by the score, if not in hundreds.

The actual death toll is not the measure of the degree of stupidity - the potential death toll is.

The car driver, if not stopped by the police, could have caused a multiple pile-up: and if one of the vehicles that got involved was carrying a hazardous cargo, the collateral damage could have been horrendous.

Similar arguments apply to the train driver. People in charge of large lumps of rapidly moving metal should keep their wits about them at all times.
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PostPosted: 29-07-2011 08:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing about the train driver... there seems to be absolutely no hint of movement in the photos... almost as if the train was stationary whilst waiting for the track ahead to become clear or a signal to change...
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PostPosted: 29-07-2011 08:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, fair enough. The consequences even of minor carlessness when it involves moving vehicles, chemicals, etc. can be terrible. But there is a difference in degree between carelessness and/or thoughtlessness and rank stupidity. (At least, the law recognises such a distinction in the case of driving stupidities).

Real gold plated stupidity consist of carrying on doing whatever it is in the face of everyone warning of the consequences.

It reaches platinum proportions in the case I quoted above, where you order someone else to do something in the face of his technical advice that it can only go terribly wrong.

This unfortunatly is how the computer software industry has been run for the last 20 years, but that's a different issue no-no

I do hope the people who commented in the Daily Mail article about the driver needing to be holding the steering wheel (there were several of them) were being sarcastic...
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PostPosted: 29-07-2011 08:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The thing about the train driver... there seems to be absolutely no hint of movement in the photos... almost as if the train was stationary whilst waiting for the track ahead to become clear or a signal to change...

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..the driver [...] has been suspended while First Great Western conduct an investigation.

Presumably FGW would be aware of the state of signalling system at the time, and probably have telemetry records for the train too.

FWIW, I've travelled that line a lot (but not recently) and there are normally no delays on that stretch of track unless there's been a rockfall, or the sea is breaking over the track.
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PostPosted: 19-11-2012 07:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Australian drunk survives attempt to ride crocodile
[Video: Michael Newman explains why he tried to ride the crocodile]

A drunk man who climbed into a crocodile enclosure in Australia and attempted to ride a 5m (16ft) long crocodile has survived his encounter.
The crocodile, called Fatso, bit the 36-year-old man's leg, tearing chunks of flesh from him as he straddled the reptile.

He received surgery to serious wounds to his leg and is recovering in hospital, police say.
He had been chucked out of a pub in the town of Broome for being too drunk.

The man, Michael Newman, climbed over a fence and tried to sit on the 800kg (1,800lb) saltwater crocodile.
"Fatso has taken offence to this and has spun around and bit this man on the right leg," Sgt Roger Haynes of Broome police told journalists.
"The crocodile has let him go and he's been able to scale the fence again and leave the wildlife park."

Malcolm Douglas, the park's owner, said that the crocodile was capable of crushing a man to death with a single bite.
"The man who climbed the fence was fortunate because Fatso was a bit more sluggish than normal, due to the cooler nights we have been experiencing in Broome," said Mr Douglas.
"If it had been warmer and Fatso was more alert, we would have been dealing with a fatality."
"No person in their right mind would try to sit on a 5m crocodile, Saltwater crocodiles, once they get hold of you, are not renowned for letting you go."

The man staggered back to the pub bleeding heavily.
Pub manager Mark Phillips said staff told him that the man reappeared at about 11pm with bits of bark hanging off him and flesh gouged out of his limbs.
"They said he had chunks out of his legs and things like that," Mr Phillips told The West Australian news website.

An average of two people are killed each year in Australia by aggressive saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 7m (23 ft) long and weigh more than a tonne.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10611973
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PostPosted: 19-11-2012 09:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone see this happen? If he was drunk enough to attempt it, would he be coherent enough to explain himself afterwards? I'm also sceptical about how he got over the fence, and then back with an injured leg, in that state.
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PostPosted: 19-11-2012 09:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did anyone see this happen?

Perhaps there was CCTV coverage. But if not, he still needed hospital treatment. Why would he return to the pub otherwise, and then lie about how he got injured?
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If he was drunk enough to attempt it, would he be coherent enough to explain himself afterwards?

He'd sobered up by the time the video was made.
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I'm also sceptical about how he got over the fence, and then back with an injured leg, in that state.

Ever heard of adrenaline?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight-or-flight_response Wink

If an angry 5m croc, who's already tasted blood, doesn't cause the fight-or-flight response to kick in, what would?!
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PostPosted: 19-11-2012 14:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't heard any mention of CCTV.

It all sounds too tidy to me. A park with dangerous crocodiles would have a drunk-proof fence. I'd find it easier to believe that he'd got in through a negligently left-open gate, or that a security guard pal had let him in for a joke.

However, as I don't really give a toss, I'm not going to argue one. Laughing
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