Monday, 21 December 2009

Recession over; Choo-choo catastrophe; Cha Yu-ram; Illiterate binmen; and a Numpty in a goat skin




Monday again, just been down to Tesco, it seems that they opened at 6am instead of the usual 8am this morn, shame they didn’t tell anyone, but it was nice to have 20 checkouts open instead of the usual one, must be Christmas or something.

Anyone else fed up with the snow and having to scrape the car every morning?





The recession will be over by the end of the year, bringing a close to the worst period for the British economy since at least the 1930s, according to the CBI.

The business lobby group predicted economic output will have grown by 0.5 per cent between October and December, meaning that Britain will have finally exited its recession, the last major economy to do so.

The news will come as a welcome relief to Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, who has been under pressure since the Pre-Budget Report, which was widely criticised for failing to address how the deficit would be tackled.

Let’s all go out and celebrate.

Still the wrong type of water






Eurostar trains modified overnight will be tested today as Channel Tunnel services are suspended for a third day.

Eurostar has warned it will be not able to carry all of the passengers due to travel over the next few days as well as the backlog of those whose journeys have already been cancelled.

It is advising people to postpone their trip unless absolutely necessary.

Eurostar commercial director Nick Mercer said the company believed it had now identified the cause of the problems.

"We will be testing the trains with the new modifications in the deteriorating snow conditions," he said.







South Korea's pin-up pool player Cha Yu-ram has insisted she has no plans to switch to a career in modelling despite publishing a book of racy photos this year.

The cue-wielding beauty has won international titles this year, proving there is substance behind the style, and has vowed to deliver at next year's Asian Games in Guangzhou.

"I had a photo shoot for a sexy photo album this summer but promise my fans I won't go into the entertainment business," Cha told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo.

"I want to be recognised for my pool skills, not for my looks. I think my (time) is about to begin. Look out for me (in Guangzhou)."

And yes I know it’s not about snooker, but it seemed to fit.









One thousand homes in Oxon were left without bins for a month-and-a-half because drivers were unable to read addresses and street maps.

The slip-up emerged after an official report was released from waste contractors Verdant, who were contracted by South Oxfordshire district council in June.

''A consequence was that bins were not delivered to approximately 1,000 properties at the start of the contract.''

Resident Val Wolsey, 74, from Wallingford, Oxon, said: ''I'm staggered. Where was the management?

''These people clearly were not given sufficient guidance and support to be able to carry the job out properly.''

Another resident, Tim Day, said: ''It's totally ridiculous. I just cannot understand how people cannot read a map.

''On our road, there are only two or three of us that never got them, so it was a case of missing out houses.''

Verdant spokesman Blair Drummond said crews delivering the bins were not the company's usual binmen, but short-term contractors from a local employment agency, unfamiliar with the district's geography.

Not many tips this year then.





And finally:










A Greek man dressed in animal hide was mistakenly shot dead while out hunting wild boar for a Christmas dinner.

Police said members of a shooting party made up of families opened fire when Christos Constantinou, 49, moved through the undergrowth.

They are thought to have been confused by the fact the victim was disguised in dark goat skins, which are used to camouflage and to mislead their prey.

The groups had fanned out in pairs of two to track down an animal for the traditional festive dinner when the accident happened.

Police in the northern Greek town of Nemea, Chalkidiki, said Mr Constantinou was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital.

Two unidentified men, aged 25 and 28, were detained and were being questioned.

The lack of common sense of the human race never ceases to confuse me.


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6 comments:

Dedene said...

It's warmed up a few degrees here and now all we have is a gooey mess on the roads.

The French gov't. is calling for a thorough investigation into the malfunction of the Eurostar. That should whip them in to shape!

angus said...

It is still freezing here Dedene, but I do love an optimist:)

James Higham said...

The recession will be over by the end of the year, bringing a close to the worst period for the British economy since at least the 1930s, according to the CBI.

The business lobby group predicted economic output will have grown by 0.5 per cent between October and December, meaning that Britain will have finally exited its recession, the last major economy to do so.

What garbage. It's only just beginning and the crash comes next year. Pure ostrich stuff.

CherryPie said...

I want to know why those trains have failed after all this time? They never have before...

James Higham said...

No refection on you, Angus, I hasten to add - just on the people putting this out in the media.

angus said...

CherryPie, apparently it is the cold weather in France (see todays post) :)

James, no offence taken I just post this type of crap and leave it to the readers to decide:)