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Postby muzzy » Sun Feb 11, 2018 21:59

Trigger wrote:Bunch of balloons in Billericay halts trains in their tracks

Rush-hour trains were disrupted for more than two hours by a bunch of balloons tangled on overhead lines.
Commuters using Greater Anglia services were delayed in the Billericay area of Essex when about 50 yellow and black balloons got stuck.
One commuter said his driver announced a "party balloon" was to blame.
Asked why a train could not plough through balloons, Greater Anglia said they could damage the train. Network Rail engineers removed them.
Disruption to trains started just after 08:00 GMT on Friday and lasted until 10:35.
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-43006771

Am I the only one thinking that a dart gun or blowpipe would have sorted these out far quicker and at far less cost?!

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Re: 2018 Other News Stories that might be missed

Postby boatbuilder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 22:06

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Trigger wrote:Bunch of balloons in Billericay halts trains in their tracks

Rush-hour trains were disrupted for more than two hours by a bunch of balloons tangled on overhead lines.
Commuters using Greater Anglia services were delayed in the Billericay area of Essex when about 50 yellow and black balloons got stuck.
One commuter said his driver announced a "party balloon" was to blame.
Asked why a train could not plough through balloons, Greater Anglia said they could damage the train. Network Rail engineers removed them.
Disruption to trains started just after 08:00 GMT on Friday and lasted until 10:35.
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-43006771

Am I the only one thinking that a dart gun or blowpipe would have sorted these out far quicker and at far less cost?!


But who would have had one of them to hand?

Then I suppose 'sod's law' would have kicked in and one of them would have damaged an overhead cable and caused further delays whilst they repaired the wires. :roll:
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Re: 2018 Other News Stories that might be missed

Postby Trigger » Sun Feb 11, 2018 22:08

muzzy wrote: Am I the only one thinking that a dart gun or blowpipe would have sorted these out far quicker and at far less cost?!


Perhaps it's not as simple as that. I would think that the whole entanglement would need to be removed from the overhead wires.
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Postby morty1753 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 08:09

boatbuilder wrote:Thanks again Trigger, much appreciated.

It's unfortunate that some of the newspaper websites have so much c**p on them that the page seems to take a lifetime to download, despite having high-speed fibre. I suppose it's the only way they can make their money.


Ad blockers work a treat for that sort of thing.

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Postby muzzy » Mon Feb 12, 2018 08:54

Often websites nowadays can sense if you are using some form of ad blocker, and refuse to load until you switch them back on.

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Postby boatbuilder » Mon Feb 12, 2018 19:03

Parkinson's sufferer ejected from Halfords 'for funny walk'

A man with Parkinson's disease was told to leave a Halfords store for acting suspiciously by "walking funny".
Chris Cartlidge, 51, was ejected from the shop in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, after his symptoms caused his leg to stiffen and drag on the floor.
He said when he told a shop assistant he had Parkinson's, she replied: "I don't care what you've got, I want you to leave the store."
Halfords said it had "sincerely apologised" to him and his family.
Mr Cartlidge, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago, said he had approached the shop assistant for help in finding some car parts in January.
"I try to be as normal as possible but it's really demeaning when people say things like that to me," he said.
His daughter Katrina Cartlidge said she was "devastated and mortified" by the way her father was treated at the store on Springfields Retail Park.
"It's hard to see him suffering like this," she said, adding that he tried to "make the most of life" and remain as active as possible.
"I would never expect someone to treat my dad that way or anyone to be judged by that - by disability."
A spokesperson for Halfords said its team "fell short of meeting our standards".
"We are all very sorry for Mr Cartlidge's experience and sincerely apologised to him and his family at the time for any embarrassment this misunderstanding caused."
Benali Hamdache, campaign manager at Parkinson's UK, said the charity is "calling for a little bit more awareness and a little bit more understanding".
"We hope that Halfords can actually start by leading with an example and embrace our call to take on some training," he added.

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How despicable. Personally, I think Halfords should start by sacking the shop assistant.
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Postby Trigger » Tue Feb 13, 2018 08:40

South African lions eat 'poacher', leaving just his head

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say.
The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit.
"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions," Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.
"They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains."
Police have not yet established the victim's identity. A loaded hunting rifle and ammunition were found next to the body, South African website Eyewitness News reports.
Lion poaching has been on the rise in Limpopo province in recent years.
The big cats' body parts are sometimes used in traditional medicine, both within Africa and beyond.
Wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation says lion bones and other body parts are increasingly sought-after in South East Asia, where they are sometimes used as a substitute for tiger bones.
In January 2017, three male lions were found poisoned in Limpopo with their paws and heads cut off.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43035474
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Postby boatbuilder » Tue Feb 13, 2018 08:52

Served him right!
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Postby Trigger » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:25

Lions 1 / Poachers 0

Keep up the good work, Lions! :thumbsup:
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Karma!

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Postby Trigger » Wed Feb 14, 2018 05:41

Boy, 12, is almost killed after swallowing BALL BEARINGS: Playground craze gone wrong rips a hole through his stomach

Twelve-year-old Freddie Webster nearly died after a new playground craze saw him swallow ball bearings.
The two pairs of tiny super-strong magnetic balls slowly pulled towards each other inside him over five days, gradually ripping a hole in the wall of his stomach.
Surgeons had to remove 10cm of his small bowel in a four-and-a-half-hour lifesaving operation on February 3.
Freddie then spent eight days recovering at Hull Royal Infirmary.
His mother Sarah Webster is now warning parents of the dangers and Freddie's school has banned them.
Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5386851/Twelve-year-old-boy-nearly-killed-toy-ball-bearings.html
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Postby boatbuilder » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:44

Real or cake? Mum creates life-size creations of twins


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An amateur baker has created life-size cake versions of her twin daughters to celebrate their first birthday.
Lara Mason, 31, from Walsall, spent more than 100 hours crafting the edible version of her daughters Lily and Lyla.
The creation was made from 44 eggs, 2.2kg of flour and 4kg of buttercream.
"It's the most critical I have ever been while making 'cake people' because I feel like I did such a good job making them so cute in the first place," Mrs Mason said.

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Postby Trigger » Thu Feb 15, 2018 08:07

"I’m not including the article as the title says it all – but it’s worth opening the link to watch the CCTV clip!" :lol:

Hilarious moment a bungling burglar is KNOCKED OUT by a flying brick that was thrown by his own accomplice http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5393073/Bungling-burglar-knocked-flying-brick.html#ixzz57A4jmzl6
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Postby boatbuilder » Thu Feb 15, 2018 13:46

Chinese woman joins handbag in X-ray machine

Worried about your bags being stolen at security? One Chinese woman joined her handbag through an X-ray machine to prevent just that.


Staff at Dongguan Railway Station in southern China were shocked to find the silhouette of the train commuter on their X-ray monitors.
An online video showed the bizarre incident took place on Sunday during the Lunar New Year travel rush.
After climbing off the conveyor belt, the woman checked her bags and left.
Extraordinary X-ray images show the woman kneeling on all fours behind her luggage, still wearing high-heeled shoes.
It is unclear why the woman was so anxious about her handbag, but many people in China carry large amounts of cash when travelling home for Chinese New Year.

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Postby Trigger » Thu Feb 15, 2018 16:00

Man spends THREE DAYS trapped in London sewer after he falls down drain

A man who fell down a drain in London was trapped in a sewer for THREE DAYS before he was rescued.
He is thought to have wandered through the pipelines for up to 72 hours as he desperately tried to get out.
And he was only rescued after people working in nearby businesses eventually heard his pitiful cries for help coming from beneath the road.
Video footage has captured the unbelievable scene in Romford, east London, as the man was pulled out of the sewer on February 8.
Sam Palmer, a manager at Big White Cube Vehicle Hire, filmed the moment, after hearing the victim’s desperate cries for help from outside her workplace.
The first thing he said as he emerged into daylight was: “Does anyone have a fag?”
The man claimed he had fallen in up to six miles away on February 5 and couldn’t get out of the manhole cover so began walking along the tunnel.
Officers were forced to pull a manhole cover off and haul the 48-year-old up out of the drain before he was rushed to hospital by paramedics.
Full story: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-pull-man-out-london-12030345
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