Showing posts with label marmite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label marmite. Show all posts

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Three Core Cable in the Doo-again: iPod exam: Chinese puzzle: Russian Roswell: Blown up trucker: and Love it or hate it-but ban it?

A scrumptious start to the morn at the Castle this mid week day, sunny, calm, warmish and dry, the Talk Talk fiasco continues, I am awaiting delivery of my mac code which apparently takes five “working” days, then I can change over to orange.

Bit late this morn; probably has something to do with “entertaining” the new resident to prevent him from destroying the furniture and sundry wires scattered about the Castle.

Anyway, allegedly Three Core Vince Cable has upset his Tory masters yet again, this time by telling the Greeks that they would have to delay repaying some of their debts.
Downing Street quickly made it clear that the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary was not authorised to set out government policy on the Eurozone crisis.
In comments that left the Chancellor and No 10 privately seething, Mr Cable told a newspaper that Greece would have to change its commitments to the bondholders who have lent it money.
Some sort of “rescheduling” of the debt “will happen”, he said.
Mr Cable added: “What they are going to have to do is to have a rescheduling of their debt and it can be done in a soft way or a hard way, and that’s what the current debate is about.” 

Well done three core, and to be honest as we are not in the “Eurozone” who gives a Badger’s Bollocks?

A schoolgirl has won the right to listen to an iPod while sitting her exams - after threatening to sue her school.
The Edinburgh pupil claimed listening to music helps her concentrate during exams, reports The Sun.
At first the sixth former's demand was rejected by Mary Erskine School and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
But they were forced to back down after being threatened with legal action under the Equalities Act.
Teachers will load her favourite tracks on to a new iPod to ensure it doesn't contain study notes.
The pupil, who hasn't been named, suffers from autism and attention deficit disorder. She'll sit in a separate area so the noise doesn't disturb other pupils.
Nick Seaton, of the Campaign for Real Education, added: "This is ridiculous. Exams lose their integrity if some children are treated differently from the others."
Linda Moule, deputy head of Mary Erskine School, said they lifted the restriction due to a "special arrangement".
An SQA spokesman added: "This decision sets no precedents. We treat all requests for special arrangements on their individual merits."

Yeah right………..

A cat has shocked its owner by overcoming its natural tendencies and is acting as a mother to 30 newborn chicks.
Chinese farmer Lao Yang was worried when he first saw his cat, Niu Niu, with the chicks.
"I came back home and found Niu Niu had got into the chicks' box and I thought she was going to eat them," he said.
"I shouted at her and she froze. But then I realised that the chicks were climbing all over her and she was just playing with them."
Lao, of Suibing County, Heilongjiang Province, said he now leaves Niu Niu to look after the baby chicks while he goes out to work.
"It's amazing," he said. "Niu Niu even embraces the chicks in her sleep, and they chirp as if they are under their mother's belly.
"Niu Niu seems to just love lying down with the chicks. She licks them clean and plays with them while they follow her everywhere." 

Chicken Pussy; or patient hunter?

According to investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen the Roswell incident was no UFO but rather a Russian spacecraft with "grotesque, child-size aviators" developed in human experiments by Nazi doctor and war criminal Josef Mengele.
Bill Lyne who self-published a book called "Space Aliens from the Pentagon" in 1993, agrees that the Roswell incident was faked, but he thinks the hoax was perpetrated by the U.S. government — not the Russians.
"They're just saying what I've been saying all along, that it was a hoax," he told the Santa Fe New Mexican. "But that Mengele stuff is a bunch of hogwash because Mengele was recruited by the CIA (rather than the Russians), and he was actually brought to Albuquerque."

Personally I think it was a failed escape attempt by the last sensible people on Earth to get away from the lunacy…

A New Zealand truck driver who inflated "like a balloon" when he fell buttocks-first onto a compressed air nozzle was described as lucky to be alive Wednesday.
Steven McCormack was working on his truck at Opotiki on the North Island on Saturday when he slipped between the cab and the trailer, dislodging the compressed air hose that feeds the brakes, the Whakatane Beacon reported.
It said the brass fitting that the hose had been attached to pierced McCormack's left buttock in the fall, sending compressed air rushing into his body.
The 48-year-old said he felt as if he was going to explode and began to scream as his neck, feet and hands swelled up.
"I was blowing up like a football... it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lie there, blowing up like a balloon," he told the newspaper.
Workmates rushed to McCormack's aid, turning off the compressed air and packing ice around his swollen neck.
Ambulance officers removed the brass nozzle from his buttock and rushed him to Whakatane Hospital, where a surgeon treated the injury and drained one of his lungs, which had filled with fluid during the ordeal.
McCormack said doctors later told him that the air separated fat from muscle and they were surprised his skin did not burst.
Now recuperating in Whakatane Hospital, he told the Beacon his skin felt "like a pork roast", hard and crackly on the outside but soft underneath.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed details of the freak accident, which she said could have killed McCormack.
"It's fair to say he's lucky to be alive, it was a potentially life-threatening situation," she told AFP on Wednesday.

I’ve had wind, but never that bad.

And finally:

 The strongly flavoured dark brown spread made from brewer's yeast has joined Rice Crispies, Shreddies, Horlicks and Ovaltine prohibited in Denmark under legislation forbidding the sale of food products with added vitamins as threat to public health.
Many well known breakfast cereal and drink brands have already been banned or taken off supermarket shelves after Danish legislation in 2004 restricted foods fortified with extra vitamins or minerals.
But Marmite had escaped notice as an exotic import for a small number of ex-pats until the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration telephoned Abigail's, a Copenhagen shop selling British food, to ban the famous yeast spread.
The shop has now started a "Bring back Marmite" campaign to overturn a ban that is seen as discriminating against Britons living and working Denmark.
Lyndsay Jensen, a Yorkshire born graphic designer working in Copenhagen, told the British ex-pat website, that Britons would carry on spreading Marmite on their toast, even if it meant smuggling it in to Denmark.
"They don't like it because it's foreign," she said. "But if they want to take my Marmite off me they'll have to wrench it from my cold dead hands."

Not that Bovrilled then……. 

And today’s thought: "I become more convinced that beings from other planets are using the Earth as a lunatic asylum" - George Bernard Shaw.


Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Postal penalty; Marmite sentence; Angels can’t fly; Show us your helmet; and the Santa substitute robber.

Still freezing, but it didn’t snow during the dark thing, they are threatening that a large bright UFO will appear in the sky, it has been seen before those that have seen it call it the Sun.

We live in hope.

As do the “Postal service” apparently who have decided to raise the price of first and second class stamps to 41p and 32p respectively, in order to “save the universal postal service.”

The price of mail sent by small businesses will not change, remaining at 36p and 25p for standard letters. Royal Mail insisted that the cost of posting a standard letter in Britain was still among the lowest in Europe.

Putting up prices, a great way to attract more custom.

I blogged about this a while ago, and it seems that justice has been done.

A serial Marmite thief, Nicholas Welch, who forced a petrol station to stop stocking the spread after he continually stole every jar, has been convicted of shoplifting.

The 30 year-old was spotted several times on CCTV walking into the garage and swiping dozens of pots of the condiment.
In total he stole 18 jars of the £2.79 yeast extract spread on four separate occasions worth over £50 from the 24-hour W. Grose Shell Garage in Kingsthorpe, Northants.

Welch was finally caught when CCTV images were circulated among members of Northampton Retail Crime Initiative (NRCI) who recognised his face on their database of prolific offenders.

At Northampton Magistrates' Court Welch was handed a 12-month supervision order.

He will remain on the NRCI's list of known shoplifters for the next year is banned from more than 150 shops around the town including W Grose.

Justice......well sort of.

Angels depicted heralding the birth of Jesus in nativity scenes across the world are anatomically flawed, according to a scientist who claims they would never be able to fly.

He has even had a go at Christmas tree fairies-“and found the angels and fairies that sit atop of Christmas trees did not get there under their own steam.”

“Even a cursory examination of the evidence in representational arts shows that angels and cherubs cannot take off and cannot use powered flight,” said Prof Wotton. “And even if they used gliding flight, they would need to be exposed to very high wind velocities at take off - such high winds that they would be blown away and have no need for wings.

That’s the trouble with scientists-no faith.

From down under and East a bit: Police picked up two naked men on a late night bike ride in a New Zealand town but let them off with a warning: put on helmets.

“They were wanting to experience total freedom,” said Senior Constable Cathy Duder, who stopped the pair about 10 p.m. on a recent night in the beach resort town of Whangamata. She told them: “You may experience total confinement. You should head home and get helmets.”

The duo turned tail and headed directly back to their house, Duder told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said she did not see them again during her shift, and it was not known if they donned helmets and resumed their ride.

Public nudity can attract a charge of offensive behaviour in New Zealand, but Duder said she cut the two men a break.

“It was dark and there was no one else around. They were jovial young men who had not intended to cause offense,” she said.

She described the two as “happy young men in their mid-20s ... they appeared to be as sober as two judges.”

No helmets! Painful.

And finally:

From West a lot: a man wearing a Santa Claus suit — including hat, beard and moustache — and dark sunglasses robbed a SunTrust Bank on Tuesday morning, demanding money from the teller at gunpoint.

After the teller complied, the man fled in a gray midsize car

See! It couldn’t have been Santa no sleigh!




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Monday, 23 November 2009

Marmite Marauder; Bet you lose; and Half price house.

An abridged version today, still knackered, brain cell under functioning, and I have decided to forego my weekly trip to the smash and grab for a day or so, I was going to go out today but looking at the weather I don’t appear to be missing much.

Many thanks for all your well wishes and I will get round to replying to comments-honest.

It seems that the Global Warming pundits have taken a setback after a hacker broke into the computers at the Un iversity of East Anglia's climate research unit (Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet.

Perhaps the most damaging revelations – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.

No surprise there then.

First up:

A serial Marmite thief has forced a petrol station in Northamptonshire to stop stocking the spread after he repeatedly stole every jar from its shelves.

The unidentified man has been captured on CCTV during one of these raids, leaving the store with a carrier bag full of the love-it-or-loathe-it condiment during a month long crime spree.

In total he has stolen 18 jars of the £2.79 spread on four separate occasions worth over £50 from the 24 hour W. Grose Shell Garage in Kingsthorpe.

Station manager Jim Keary, 54, who has run the site for 11 years, has now given up hope of stopping the thief and cancelled his order of Marmite.

The thefts always occurred at night, when he could sneak in unnoticed by the two staff members on duty, and even returned for two jars he left behind from one raid the next day.

Mr Keary said: ''We can't work out why he was doing it. Maybe he's got a pregnant wife with really strong cravings. He knows what he wants – one night he took all but two jars then he came back for those the next night.

''Someone suggested that they might be hiding drugs in there. The Marmite would hide the smell.

''We have stopped selling Marmite now because of this. What's the point in selling something, if every time you stock it – it gets stolen?''

The man appears to be in his 30s, with a shaved head, and was wearing jeans, white trainers, a white polo shirt and a black jacket with a white collar and a white stripe across the chest.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers or call Northamptonshire Police.

Wonder if he is a secret lemonade drinker as well.

A Las Vegas gambler who lost $112 million (£67 million) in a year, is suing the owner of Caesars Palace, claiming casino staff "milked" him by plying him with alcohol and prescription drugs.

Terry Watanabe, 52, says he lived and gambled "non-stop" at Caesars Palace for six months in 2007, spending a fortune on roulette and slot machines.

After an epic losing streak, he ran up gambling debts of around $15 million (£9 million) and was subsequently charged with theft, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Mr Watanabe is countering the criminal charges with a civil suit in which he accuses Harrah's, the owners of Caesars Palace, of fraud, breach of contract, conspiracy and negligence.

He claims company executives manipulated him with a "secret intention" of siphoning off his wealth.

Mr Watanabe is a Nebraska-based philanthropist and the former owner of Oriental Trading Co, a huge direct marketing company for novelties and party items.

He has also filed a complaint with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and says he staked a total of more than $825 million (£495 million) in 2007 at Caesars Palace and the Rio casino, also owned by Harrah's The complaint says: "Mr Watanabe was an obvious gambling addict and Caesars and Harrah's senior management made a conscious decision to exploit his well-known addiction."

Mr Watanabe alleges that casino employees provided him with prescription painkillers that, combined with an endless flow of alcohol, "rendered him utterly intoxicated and unfit to gamble."

His Los Angeles-based lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, said the criminal prosecution against Mr Watanabe was "meritless."

His lawyers claim his gambling at Caesars Palace and Rio accounted for around 20 per cent of revenue at both casinos in 2006 and 2007. He is currently on $1.5 million (£900,000) bail.

Harrah's, the world's largest gambling company by revenue, is adamant there was no wrong-doing.

A spokesman said: "We have a long-standing history of responsible and ethical practices.

"We're licensed in more jurisdictions than any other gaming company. We stand by our record."

More money than sense.

And finally:

A Californian couple got the shock of their lives when they returned home to find a 90ft crane had cut their house in two.

The crane had been trying to move a 150-year-old oak tree, but it was too heavy and the crane toppled backwards.

Nobody was in the house in Santa Rosa at the time and nobody was hurt - a dog in the garage was also unharmed.

Michelle and Kevin McCarthy returned to their home about an hour after the accident.

He said: "I think we're just in shock right now."

Neighbour Alisa Dales, who was standing nearby when the crane toppled, said the accident happened in 'slow motion'.

"The whole crane and truck started to go over," she told Press Democrat.

"It was like slow motion, and then it went boom. It was the loudest noise I've ever heard."

The insurance claim should be interesting,

That’s yer lot for now.




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Saturday, 28 February 2009


First a bit of a ramble, is there a bug going round? One that makes your bowel explode and doubles you up in agony with cramps?

Because if there is I have caught it, four days in now and just beginning to feel a bit better, this is just a warning to anyone that is thinking of dropping in, don’t, unless you want to spend most of next week within three feet of the loo, because that’s the furthest away you can be and keep your dignity. It is my own fault I went to the Surgery to get the results of the blood test, happens every time!

Now back to “business” excuse the pun.

Ananova - Fitness trainer piles on the pounds yep this pillock is half-way to his new year's resolution goal of piling on seven stone to understand his overweight clients.

Paul James, 32, of Melbourne, Australia, has ballooned from 12½st to 15½st, but he claims he won't stop overeating until he hits 20st.

He has been feasting on kebabs, pasta, cream sauces and chocolate in a calorific carbohydrate diet.

And has cut out all daily exercise and has started drinking beer every evening. He aims to hit his target weight in March.

I love this one.

Ananova - EU's costly insult EU bosses paid an artist £350,000 for a sculpture - only to find it insulted virtually every member state. David Cerny, 41, was supposed to commission other artists to help create a piece representing the European Union nations for its Brussels HQ.

But he kept all the money and knocked out the mickey-taking piece himself, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Jaws dropped after the artwork, called Entropa, was unveiled at a special ceremony.
Bulgaria was depicted as a toilet, Romania as a Dracula theme park, and France as a map with the word Greve - French for 'Strike' - across it.

Germany was a motorway map resembling a swastika, Holland was underwater, Belgium a box of chocolates, Denmark was made of Lego and Sweden was an Ikea flatpack.

And Britain looks like it has been snapped away from the rest of the sculpture - showing our detachment from Europe.

Love it or hate it!
Builder's Marmite diet An East London builder has lived on a diet of Marmite sandwiches for the past 25 years.

George Lambert, 35, of Hackney, loves the savoury spread and eats it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

His monthly intake is the equivalent of a stack of sandwiches 7ft high, reports The Sun.
Mr Lambert does include other fillings, like beetroot, bananas, celery and sardines, but there is always Marmite as well.


From Creation tips: A chicken caused six people to drown when it fell down a 20-meter (60-foot) well in the Egyptian village of Nazlat Imara. Police said farmer Allam Sabet al-Sayyed climbed down the well to rescue the chicken. His sister Zeinab, brothers Sayyed and Ahmad, and two other farmers who came to help, followed him. They all drowned, apparently victims of a strong undercurrent in the water. The chicken survived.

Personally I’d get the Paxo out.

From ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Woman finds $1.73bn in bank account
A Swedish woman received the shock of a lifetime when she found $1.73 billion more than expected in her bank account.

Cornelia Johansson discovered the windfall on Monday after she logged on to her internet banking to pay some bills, regional daily Goeteborgs-Posten reported in its online edition.
"The balance was more than 10 billion kronor. It said the amount had been deposited as a correction for a credit card purchase," Ms Johansson's boyfriend, Daniel Hoeglund, told the newspaper.

On Tuesday morning the money was still credited to her account but a few hours later it was gone as mysteriously as it had arrived.

A press spokeswoman for Nordea Bank, the largest bank in the Nordic region, later explained the mystery as "a technical mistake made by a company".

Bit slow there MS Johansson.

And finally, because I am at present twenty feet from the toilet.

Also from ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) a 13-year-old Beijing boy commandeered a city bus when its driver stopped for a bathroom break, going on a wild joy-ride that left a trail of smashed cars and other damage, China's state media said.

The incident on Sunday morning (local time) began when a bus driver returned from the bathroom at a transport terminal in eastern Beijing to find his bus gone, Xinhua news agency said.

The vehicle had been driven off by the 13-year-old, who zigzagged through traffic, crashing into two cars on the road and about 10 parked vehicles and knocking down two electricity poles.

Anymore fares please!

It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest” Anishinabe

That’s your lot, just in case.

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