Sunday, 5 April 2009


That’s magic!

Yahoo! News UK Wizards and mystics in Russia want a trade union; a group of "psychics, witches and other specialists in contact with supernatural forces" wanted formal status with the main independent trade union federation.

Russia's Federation of Independent Trade Unions would not comment on the reported move, the paper said.

But Vladimir Yegorov, head of Russia's folk medicine association, voiced scepticism that Russia would see an official wizards' union anytime soon.

They can’t see into the future then!

Whoops! Ananova Ashley Parsons bought a medieval style water tower for £33,000 intending to covert it into a house, just one snag, it can only be reached by air because it is land-locked and the owners of the surrounding property won’t give him access once the house is finished.

Ashley bought the 60-year-old tower, which is on a former RAF base near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at auction last month.

Landowner Annington Properties said it was made abundantly clear before auction that the property was landlocked.

A spokeswoman said: "Mr Parsons did not contact Annington at any time. The company made it clear they did not want the tower redeveloped."

Should’ve gone to solicitor.

But, on the other hand-Ananova - Luxury yacht goes for £20 after auction gaffe A yachtsman has been forced to hand over his luxury boat - after selling it on an internet auction website for less than £20.

The all-at-sea sailor hoped to get up to £10,000 for the 20ft yacht but forgot to set a minimum price.

But after trying to cancel the sale on the website Jakob Kauder was taken to court by the winning bidder in Cologne, Germany.

Judges ruled that the auction was legal and Kauder had to complete the sale.

Court spokesman Hubertus Nolte said: "The standard laws of business transactions also apply to internet auctions."

Should’ve put a reserve on it.

Aint education wonderful!

Ananova - Students' exam blunders University students have been shamed with a list of exam blunders including references to "escape goats" and claims that railways were invented to relieve pressure on motorways.

An economics student at City University in London who attributed Northern Rock's downfall to "laxative enforcement policies.

An English literature student from Bath Spa University wrote that Margaret Atwood's book, The Handmaid's Tale, shows how patriarchy treats women as escape goats.

A University of Southampton student concerned by global warming wrote that: "Tackling climate change will require an unpresidented response."

And a fellow undergraduate concerned by the threat of diseases, wrote: "Control of infectious diseases is very important in case an academic breaks out."

Students at St Helens College of Art and Design were asked to outline the importance of the railway in 19th-century Britain.

One wrote: "The railways were invented to bring the Irish from Dublin to Liverpool where they were promptly arrested for being vagrants", while another responded: "The railways were invented to take the weight off the motorways."

No wonder we are in such a mess.

And finally:

Ananova - Builders bungle train tunnel Bungling engineers have been left red-faced after building a railway tunnel that's too small for trains to actually fit through.

The costly mistake was only discovered when inspectors measured the finished tunnel in the Polish capital, Warsaw, and realised the roof was so low that no trains would get under it.

Rail bosses claim the mix-up happened because workers who were laying new tracks didn't talk to the team that was building the tunnel.

The cock-up is the latest in a series of public transport construction fiascoes in Poland.

A tunnel built recently to divert lorry traffic in Warsaw turned out to be too low for Lorries.

Last year, the Polish road authority produced plans for two sections of major motorway that would have missed each other by five miles - each coming to a dead end in the middle of the countryside.

Now: they should have gone to specsavers!

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