Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie; JC again; Mini riot; and BillionaireXchange

BF 6 during the long night, it’s bloody raining again, thanks DD, and the end of our privacy is at hand: “All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer's personal communications, showing who they are contacting, when, where and which websites they are visiting.”


Dave C is expected to set out plans for tackling poverty, including allowing people to keep more benefits when they return to work.

In a speech in London, the Conservative leader is due to match Labour's pledge to eradicate child poverty by the end of the decade.

He will also reportedly promise to lower unemployment during his first five years in office.

Yeah right, heard it all before.

First up:

A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Heathrow was delayed on Sunday night after a mouse was spotted in the cabin and passengers were transferred to another plane.

The 147 passengers on the Boeing 767 were told that the mouse's presence meant that the plane had to be evacuated.

They continued on to London in another jet after airport officials told them that a mouse could create a safety hazard by crewing through electrical wire and hydraulic lines.

Delta confirmed yesterday that the rodent alert occurred on the same plane that was evacuated less than three weeks ago after a mouse was spotted just before it took off on the same New York to London journey.

The airline said it was "working with pest control experts in case remedial action is needed".

"Out of precaution, we changed the aeroplane. Plain and simple, there's not supposed to be a mouse on the aeroplane," said a Delta spokesman about the second evacuation.

Try a bit of chocolate, that will draw the little beastie out

JC is a trucker

A US man claims the face of Jesus appears every morning in the condensation on the side window of his pick-up truck.

Jim Stevens, of Jonesbororugh, Tennessee, says the face has appeared nearly every morning for the last two weeks.

It disappears when the condensation evaporates - but returns the following morning, he told the Johnson City Press.

Even rolling the window up and down has not stopped the image from reappearing.

Mr Stevens admits he's not a particularly religious person, but says he has been awed by the experience.

He said he had not done anything to or had anything in the Isuzu truck to explain the sudden appearance of the image.

"Of course, I'm not going to wash it," he said. "Why it happened to me, I don't know. I have no idea."

Last one........I promise.

Hypocrisy unbounded

From the land of the naked carnival;

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - In Brazil, famed for its tiny bikinis and carefree attitude, a university student has been expelled after violent protests by students outraged at the short outfit she wore on campus.

The Universidade Bandeirante (Uniban) said it had expelled the student, Geysi Villa Nova Arruda, 20, for "flagrant disrespect of ethical principles, academic dignity and morality," in a statement published in some Sunday newspapers.

Her dress sparked student protests on October 22 in this largely Roman Catholic country.

A video showed Arruda sitting in a classroom in a mid-thigh length red dress, then six military police officers protecting her as she left the campus wearing a white jacket. A line of students stood by chanting "whore."

Another video showed a mob stopping and kicking her car and blocking her when she tried to escape on foot.

Comments on Brazilian websites pointed out the irony of the hatred directed at Arruda by fellow students in a nation obsessed with physical beauty and said the university's actions were unfair.

"Pure hypocrisy ... Once February and the Carnival comes round everyone will be naked and no one will find it abnormal," said one comment posted by a reader on the O Globo news website.

Uniban said it had also suspended a number of students identified by video footage and witness accounts of taking part in the violence last month. The university's legal advisor said Arruda had been expelled for "gestures" and "attitudes" she had manifested rather than because of her short outfits. He would not give details

Do as I say, not what I do.

And finally:

EBay for millionaires

From the big apple:

Millionaires down on their luck now have a place to sell their mega-yachts, super-cars and family jewels without having to resort to the pawn shop.

An Internet auction site devoted to millionaires launches officially Monday and is likely to profit from the worst recession in decades, which has extended its reach to the rich and famous in the United States, BillionaireXchange said.

The company said it has already played a role in the sale or exchange of more than $180 million in assets during a 10-month test phase, and has noticed a trend of distressed transactions from U.S. clients.

"I would say that in the United States market that's probably the majority of the types of the transactions that we're seeing right now," Quintin Thompson, co-founder and executive partner of BillionaireXchange, told Reuters.

"Because of the current economic conditions in the U.S. we're seeing a lot of people who need to actually trade out or trade down from some of their luxury items and facilitate that transaction somewhere discreetly and privately so that they don't have to deal with the shame and or embarrassment of downgrade."

The company said its website aims to exploit a market niche between internet sales sites such as eBay, which are available to the general public, and auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's for fine art and collectibles.

Given the nature and price of items auction houses come to mind as potential competitors. But BillionaireXchange's completely on-line model is likely to be a key difference.

The site facilitates sales and trades of everything from arts and antiques to commercial properties, businesses and foreclosed homes.

Above all else, it aims for privacy and exclusivity, requiring of prospective members a minimum of $2 million in verifiable net worth.

BillionaireXchange will charge sellers a fee of five percent of the sales and said it would have generated approximately $8.75 million in revenue had those fees been charged during the test phase.

The Miami-based company set high financial qualifications to make sure bidding for the high-priced items would be taken seriously, according to Thompson.

He said the firm counts among its client’s professional athletes and A-list actors. Overall, the five-member firm claims more than 26,000 multi-millionaires as well as "nearly a dozen" billionaires as its members.

Have you signed up yet?




Angus Dei politico

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Saturday Snippets

Bog snorkeler, Dearer cuppa, Arachnophobia, a Numpty of the first order and Is Jesus on mars

Yesterday I received my “voting registration” form, with the normal threat “”You are required by law to give the information asked for on this form”, and ‘You could be fined if you give false information or do not register’ which gets you in a cooperative mood.

Anyway I usually do it on the internet, but I see this year they have a free phone number so I thought I would give it a bash.

Phoned the number and a dominatrix said “If you want to register to vote you vill press the star button NOW!

Then we got “enter the first part of your identification code NOW!”, then “enter the second part of the identification code NOW!” I am sure you have gotten the idea by ‘now’, this carried on for about four minutes asking for my birth date NOW, and culminated in “do you want to make any changes to your entry in the edited version of the electoral roll, you vill press 1 NOW!”

That was when I decided to hang up, I think I managed to register to vote but by the end of the “conversation” I was so nervous that I am not sure, I suppose I will find out when they send the Red Guard round to arrest me, and drag me off to the prison in Smolensk.

And there was me thinking that they were on my side.

First up

18 year old Charlotte Taylor dropped her handbag into the toilet at a music festival, tried to retrieve it and was wedged face-first for a stomach-churning 20 minutes before fire-fighters pulled her free.

She said: "I kept saying to myself, 'Oh my God I can't believe this is happening. It can't be real.'
"My bag had my phone, train ticket and all my money in it, so if I left it I wouldn't have been able to get home and I would have been stranded.

"I put one hand down but I couldn't reach so I put the other one down too to try and grab it.
"But I was straining so far down that I got wedged." She added: "My shoulders were stuck on both sides and I couldn't move at all.

"I was struggling and trying to get out and itjust made it worse. I knew I couldn't get out myself and was so embarrassed."

But Charlotte faced further embarrassment after they then hosed her down in front of hundreds of festival-goers.

She added: "All of my friends were laughing at me when I told them what had happened.”

"Throughout the rest of the weekend I could hear people talking about it.”

Would you do it?

The price of a cup of tea could be about to rise as a worldwide shortage sends wholesale prices up.

Dry weather in Kenya, India and Sri Lanka has hit crops leaving supplies short. Production in some areas is down 15%.

"All in all we reckon we are about 80,000 to 90,000 tons of tea short in the world tea market now," said Bill Gorman from the UK Tea Council.

And with demand growing as supplies fall, the cost of leaf tea at auction is being pushed up.
At one sale in Kenya last month prices for the highest quality tea were said to have risen by more than a third.

In this country, the retail price for the nation's favourite has already increased by more than 10% this year.

"Where a box of 80 tea bags in the UK only rose about 10p from 1999 to 2009 because of over-supply of tea, now that oversupply has gone we are starting to see those prices rising again," said Mr Gorman.

Tea is one of the key items which attracts shoppers into supermarkets and the big stores are giving money-off deals and buy-one-get-one-free offers to make up for the rises.

But not all retailers will be able to follow suit and it is not expected to be long before higher prices filter through.

The only thing that could stop the cost going up would be a much needed rainfall.

What with global warming and all the rain we get maybe there’s a gap in the market in our green and sodden land.

Women who run for cover when coming face-to-face with a spider have been offered a new explanation for their phobia: it is in their genes.

Research at a US university found females associate the eight-legged critters with fear more than males, most of who react with indifference.

Psychologist Dr David Rakison from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University tested 10 girls and 10 boys, all aged 11-months, with pictures of spiders to see how they reacted.

He showed them images of a spider next to a fearful cartoon face and a spider next to a happy face.

Dr Rakison's report, published in the New Scientist, states that the girls looked at the picture containing a happy face for longer than the scared one.

However, the boys looked at both images for an equal amount of time.

He concluded that the girls found the happy face puzzling as they were expecting to see the spider paired with a frightened face.The psychologist said these tests show that girls have a genetic predisposition to fear the arachnids in contrast with boys who do not.

"The experiments show that female 11-month-olds - but not males of the same age - learn the relation between a negative facial expression and fear-relevant stimuli such as snakes and spiders," Dr Rakison reported in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.

He linked the difference in results to our hunter-gatherer ancestry when he says women had to be wary of dangerous animals to protect their children, whereas men used more risky behaviour in order to be successful hunters.

Past surveys have shown that almost 6% of the population have a phobia of snakes and around 4% are scared of spiders.

However, women are around four times more likely to be affected than men.

Men now have no excuse but to help a woman in need when next summoned to remove an unwelcome visitor from the bath

On your bike, no way I am getting close to a big de-daw.

Sadly these people haven’t:

A history buff who recreates firearms from old wars accidentally fired a cannonball through the wall of his neighbour's home in Pennsylvania.

William Maser, 54, of Georges Township, fired the two-pound cannonball on Wednesday evening outside his home that ricocheted and hit a house 400 yards (365 meters) away.

The cannonball, about two inches in diameter, smashed through a window and a wall before landing in his neighbour's closet. Authorities said no one was hurt.

State police charged Mr. Maser with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

No one answered the phone on Friday at Maser's home.

He told WPXI-TV that recreating 19th century cannon is a longtime hobby. He added that he was sorry about the damage and would stop shooting them on his property.

But the worst thing is that they let the Numpty keep the bloody cannon.

And finally:

Yet another “amazing” picture from Mars, up till now we have had the ‘alien head’ the ‘alien monolith’ and now Jesus:- If looked at from the right angle – and with disbelief suspended – this photo released by Nasa can appear to show the face and robed body of Christ.

The image was taken by a camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on August 3 and published this week the view shows gullies near the edge of the Hale crater on southern Mars.

It remains to be seen whether the discovery will prove as lucrative as past examples.

In 2004, a decade-old cheese sandwich allegedly bearing a likeness of the Virgin Mary was sold to an online casino for nearly £15,000 and helped shift hundreds of T-shirts depicting the sandwich.

No it bloody doesn’t, it looks like Michael Jackson shaking hands with Elvis, and if you believe that I have a log that looks like Marylyn Monroe for sale.