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Posted by Boghound on December 30, 2012


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Watch Out….Squirrels About!

Posted by Boghound on December 29, 2012

Squirrel caused £5,500 motor insurance claim

A falling squirrel which dropped into an open-topped car triggered a £5,500 insurance claim, it has emerged.

The incident was one of the more spectacular encounters involving motorists and animals recorded by AA insurance.

In this case the woman motorist was so startled by the sudden and unannounced arrival of a bushy-tailed furry passenger that she lost control of the car and ploughed into a tree.

The AA alone dealt with 112 “animal strike” cases in October and November. This would be equivalent to 4,000 incidents in which the encounter was sufficient to trigger an insurance claim.

In November alone, there were 30 claims relating to incidents with deer, five involving foxes, three badger encounters and 11 dog-linked crashes.

“Deer are by far the biggest culprit and this time of the year is the rutting season.” said an AA spokesman.

“Also deer tend to move at dusk or very early in the morning and, during the winter, this puts their movements right in the time when people are commuting."

Only last week the Department for Transport disclosed that there had been a sharp rise in fatal accidents involving animals, with eight people being killed last year compared with only one in 2010.

It is also estimated that 450 people are injured in accidents involving deer a year, while more than 40,000 of the animals are killed after being hit by cars.

It has led to North Yorkshire County Council posting signs to warn motorists of the dangers of wandering sheep on the moors.

The danger posed by animals is acknowledged in the Highway Code, which advises shepherds and those herding cattle not to do so after dusk.

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Oh Bugger!

Posted by Boghound on December 28, 2012

Reduced to scrap, the classic car that met a lamp post

A classic car restorer has seen the fruits of his labours reduced to scrap after a lamp post fell on his American Lincoln Town Car.

Chris Downes, 26, a father of one, spent £7000 on restoring the 1990 Lincoln to its original condition, after buying it without wheels for £500.

But it was reduced to scrap when a driver struck a concrete lamp post, which toppled and crushed the Sedan.

Mr Downes, 26, said: "I just can’t believe it. I’m absolutely gutted.

"It is so unfortunate. I have spent over a year working on the car’s suspension and put in a whole new gear box and hydraulics.

"I bought it from a friend who is also a lowrider enthusiast for £500. He had bought it off another enthusiast.

"When I got it, it had no wheels and needed a complete overhaul, so I did all that and I would say overall I have spent around £7,000.

"My partner was at home when the car crashed into the lamp post.

"She runs an embroidery business so didn’t hear the bang over the whir of the machines, but she is just as shocked as me.

"For people that know about these cars, they are very special and it is a shame. It was my pride and joy."

Nottinghamshire Police are investigating the crash which happened at 11.30am on Monday.

The Lincoln Town Car was produced by Ford between 1981 and 2011.

It was often converted into a stretch limousine and frequently used as a chauffeured car. Some models came with bulletproofed glass and armoured bodies.

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Big Spending Pirates?

Posted by Boghound on December 27, 2012

UK Pirates Are Also Big Spenders

The recent Ofcom’s report revealed that one out of six British citizens is involved in downloading copyrighted goods. But on the other side, the report in question states that the UK pirates are also spending more than the average consumer.

The country’s communications regulator, Ofcom, launched a survey to find out about the citizens’ download habits. It has published the results on the 20th of November, which reflected the answers of 4.400 Internet users (12 and older).

According to an overall look, 16% of the respondents had at least once downloaded unauthorized content, and 25% of them confirmed that they only download pirated material. However, the same survey also found out that 12% of the respondents turned out to be so-called “hybrid pirates”. In other words, they aren’t just downloading pirated material, but also spend up to 3 times on legitimate content than a regular consumer.

Apparently, hybrid pirates can be seen as the most dedicated spenders, with most of their expenditures going to the box-office, concerts, and DVDs. While a regular consumer spends £35.57 on movies, a hybrid pirate spends £56.11. As for music, the pirates are noticed spending £77.24, while the regular buyers pay only £43.31. TV content accounts for £8.28 from normal users, and hybrid pirates spend £25.69.

In addition, one more interesting fact was discovered by the report – the hybrid pirates are likely to pay more for content than regular customers. For instance, hybrid pirates are ready to pay 76p per song while a regular person is only willing to pay just 72p. Not a very significant difference, but still is a difference. When it comes to movies, the pirates can pay £4.92 against legitimate users’ £3.74.

The conclusion can be made that users who pirate and purchase goods via legal channels are also the most committed. The natural question arises: is piracy helping the industry or not? It might happen that this commitment, which is a substantial source of profits, may be possible only because people have access to pirated material. Indeed, although the music industry complains that the past 10 years were a disaster for the industry, the facts are telling the opposite.

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Posted by Boghound on December 22, 2012

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A Sign Of The Times?

Posted by Boghound on December 21, 2012

School replaces Christmas nativity with jewellery robbery play

A primary school has caused controversy by replacing the school nativity with a play about a jewellery robbery.

Canvey Junior School in Essex took the decision to rewrite the traditional Christmas nativity as well as reworking the lyrics to ‘Away in a Manger’.

Lyrics in the new version include: "Away with the manger, two robbers stole it, they were called Bob and Bill, and they were both big twits."

According to The Mirror, parents have argued that the new material is inappropriate for youngsters and some have even removed their children from any involvement with the production.

A concerned parent said: "I don’t understand why the politically correct brigade has had to get rid of the traditional story anyway. I can’t see that this gangster story is going to be better than something from the Bible."

The subject of the play was also criticised as being in poor taste, since the area has experienced a spate of armed raids in the last six weeks.

Headteacher Janet Vaughan defended the alterations, commenting; "It is very, very funny and nothing more than a light-hearted version of events. The outcome is the robbers are caught and banged to rights and the true meaning of Christmas comes across very strongly with a nativity at the end."

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Honest….I Didn’t Inhale!

Posted by Boghound on December 20, 2012

Kentucky Mayor Resigns After Pot Bust

A Kentucky mayor resigned on Thursday after he was allegedly caught selling marijuana to an undercover informant, just a block away from an elementary school, WLEX-TV reported.

Authorities said Olive Hill Ky. Mayor Danny Sparks sold less than eight ounces of marijuana to a man of college age while in his truck Wednesday evening.

The mayor of Olive Hill since 2002, the local city council must accept his resignation before it’s official.

"Due to a very bad mistake that I have made tonight, and have failed the trust of the good people of Olive Hill, my friends and most of all, my family, I have decided with deep regret to resign tonight as mayor," Sparks wrote in a resignation letter printed in the Grayson Journal-Times.

The news caught the local community by surprise.

"Out of all people, Danny? I’m just shocked," said Sparks’ neighbor, Robert Davidson told WLEX-TV. "I was just dumb-founded."

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A Model Policewoman??

Posted by Boghound on December 19, 2012

Model jailed for wearing police uniform

A Chinese model who posed for sexy photos in a WPC’s uniform on a photo-shoot has been jailed for nine months for impersonating a police officer.

The revealing pictures of Wang Xiaomen, 23, showed her getting dressed in an official-looking police woman’s uniform.

As she sits on a bed wearing just a tight police shirt and a pair of panties, she is seen rolling on a pair of sheer black stockings.

In another snap she leans forward in her unbuttoned shirt to show off her lacy black bra.

But the pictures – taken to promote a new detective novel – created a furious row when Xiaomen tweeted three of the snaps on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

Playing along with the role, Xiaomen wrote: "As a new cop in my home town, I need to learn the basics.

"As one of the flowers of the force, I am under pressure. I have to eat and drink with government leaders every day. I am using my flower status to dine with the leaders and win contracts for projects and investments!" she added.

But the pictures were re-tweeted more than 500 times and local officials ordered real police officers to arrest her after some Weibo users complained.

Judges in Fengtai, Beijing, found her guilty of falsely impersonating a policewoman and sentenced her to nine months in prison, suspended for a year.

Xiaomen had told the court she’d been paid £300 for the modelling session and added: "The costume was just a prop, I was so ignorant."

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Pants To Go?

Posted by Boghound on December 18, 2012

Suspects Steal 300 Pairs of Panties: Cops

Two men stole the undergarments from a Victoria’s Secret store at Horton Plaza

Detectives are looking for two men who were caught on surveillance tape stealing about 300 pairs of panties from a Victoria’s Secret store in downtown San Diego.

According to the San Diego Police Department, the panty raid took place on Wednesday at around 4:45 p.m. at the Victoria’s Secret in the Horton Plaza shopping mall.

While one suspect walked around the store pretending to browse for merchandise, a second suspect carrying a shopping bag walked over to an underwear display.

The suspect carrying the shopping bag held it open while the first suspect scooped about 300 pairs of panties into the bag, police said.

The suspect with the bag full of underwear then walked out of the store while the other suspect lingered inside for another 15 seconds before walking out.

According to police, store employees were unaware of the theft until they noticed the display had been ransacked, and about half of its merchandise had been removed.

The display was located roughly 10 feet from the door of the lingerie store, police said.

Detectives described both suspects as Hispanic males between 18 and 25 years old. They’re both between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9, with thin to medium builds.

One man was wearing a black sweater and jeans while the other wore a blue shirt and gray shorts.

The burglary was caught on surveillance video, so police are using those images to investigate, identify and locate the suspects

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Hot Head!!

Posted by Boghound on December 17, 2012

Magician’s Head Set On Fire In TV Prank

An American magician suffers severe burns after a television host sets him alight live on air.

A US magician has been seriously injured after a TV host set his head on fire live on television.

Wayne Houchin was appearing on a show in the Dominican Republic when, in an apparently unscripted prank, its host dropped flammable liquid on his head, setting him alight.

Houchin’s own crew, who were at the show, rushed to save him and put out the flames – but not before he had suffered burns to his head, face, neck and right hand.

The illusionist, who hosts Breaking Magic on the Discovery Channel, was rushed to hospital where he says he is "in pain" but recovering.

Houchin, who was in the country promoting his Curiosidades show, wrote on Facebook after the incident: "I was not aware he was going to do this. This was not a stunt or part of an act – this was a criminal attack.

"The fast actions of the rest of our Curiosidades team saved my life. The fire was put out and I was rushed to the emergency room.

"I have bad burns on my head, face, neck and right hand. I am in pain, but am recovering. I will update you on the situation when I can."

He has continued to report on his progress on Twitter and in one of his more recent posts wrote: "The doctors are cautiously optimistic that I will fully recover with no scars."

He has extended his stay in the Dominican Republic following the incident on Monday so he can remain in hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

The host used a liquid called Aqua De Florida to set Houchin alight.

It is a flammable cologne popular in Latin countries, which is also used as a sacred cleaning spray by shamans and witch doctors in the Caribbean.

Houchin has received hundreds of comments from well-wishers, including from fellow magician David Copperfield who wrote on Twitter: "My thoughts are with you and your family. Best wishes on a swift and complete recovery."

Once described as "a cross between a con man and a street magician", Houchin first came to prominence in 1999 at the age of 16 when he escaped from a straitjacket hanging 50ft above a busy road.

In 2010 he "stopped time" for the Dominican Republic in a live televised illusion.

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