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Crush ‘Em, Dano

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Fleets of wheel-clamping vans armed with license plate-scanning technology will hit the United Kingdom's streets in an attempt to reduce the number of untaxed and illegal vehicles on the road. The vans will be equipped with automatic license plate recognition cameras that will scan plates and check them against the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's database of untaxed vehicles.

The vans will be operated by car-parking group NCP, which has signed a three-year deal with the DVLA.

The DVLA is aiming to double the number of untaxed cars removed from U.K. roads, bringing the rate of removal to 2,000 vehicles per week. There are an estimated 1.5 million unlicensed vehicles in the United Kingdom, according to government figures.

Vehicles identified as untaxed by the vans will be clamped and impounded, the DLVA said. For clamped vehicles, a valid tax disc must be produced along with a release fee of 80 pounds ($147). Those cars not claimed within seven days can be crushed.

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crush ‘Em, Dano

Goo Shooter Controls Crowds

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goo_goto.jpg Instead of quelling riotous crowds with tear gas or rubber bullets, peacekeepers may soon be sliming them. A portable device worn like a Ghostbuster backpack allows the wearer to cover the ground in goo so slippery it's almost impossible for a person to maintain their footing.

"It's like walking on ice," said Errol Brigance, a senior research engineer at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.

Brigance and his colleague Rolf Glauser filed for a patent on the anti-traction method earlier this year.

The technology, developed in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, offers another non-lethal weapon to the military's crowd control arsenal.

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Goo Shooter Controls Crowds

Baboons Are Fans Of England Football team

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A safari park is warning visitors to remove England flags from their cars after a group of baboons began stealing them. Knowsley safari park is warning visitors to remove England flags from their cars because baboons are stealing them.

The animals have built up a huge collection of flags in the monkey enclosure at Knowsley safari park in Merseyside.

Keepers at the park say the 120-strong troop of baboons have been known to help themselves to windscreen wipers but have now turned their attentions to the World Cup flags.

June 22, 2006 Posted by | animals, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Baboons Are Fans Of England Football team

Poetic Justice

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Britian's best known wheel clamper has been clamped. Gordon Miller's Vauxhall Zafira people carrier was immobilised for out-of-date tax.

He was twice jailed for clamping crimes according to The Sun.

He paid the £80 fine to National Car Parks officer Martin King after a long row near his home in Portsmouth, Hants.

Mr King said: "He's getting his just deserts."

June 22, 2006 Posted by | People, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Poetic Justice

Whatever It Takes

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The Ecuador World Cup squad have their own witch doctor – and he's reportedly put a spell on the England team. Tzamarenda Naychapi is an Ecuadorian Indian who uses magic for controlling events, according to the Sun.

England insiders roared with laughter when told of the South American team’s juju tactics yesterday. A source said: “They’ll need more than a witch doctor to stop us.”

The Ecuador players have also been given a book by their coach telling the story of a family motivated by the murder of their cow. Coach Luis Suarez inspires his players before a game by telling them: “It’s time to kill your cow.

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Boy! If that cow story doesn't fire them up I don't know what will! 

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Strange, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Whatever It Takes

Golfer hits two holes-in-one—appropriately it was in Scotland

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A Scottish golfer waited ten years for his first hole-in-one – then hit two in the same round. Chris Tugwell, 25, stunned himself and opponent Derek Miller by achieving the feat twice at Bruntsfield Golf Course, near Barnton. The odds of hitting two in one game are estimated to be around 67 million to one, reports The Scotsman.

Mr Tugwell, from Longstone, Edinburgh, was representing Lothianburn Golf Club in a club match when he hit a seven-iron shot into the hole at the 157-yard seventh.

"I didn't believe it until I actually saw the ball inside the cup, and it put me on such a high," he said.

Amazingly he repeated the feat just five holes later by acing the 168-yard 12th, this time with a five iron.

June 22, 2006 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Golfer hits two holes-in-one—appropriately it was in Scotland

Hotel roof sawn off to settle border dispute – Prague Daily Monitor

Hotel roof sawn off to settle border dispute – Prague Daily Monitor
Austrian hotel owner Dietmar Hehenberger on Tuesday trimmed the roof of his luxury hotel in Guglwald, Upper Austria, which was hanging over the border with the neighbouring Czech Republic.

He thereby terminated a peculiar international conflict about the building which is situated too close to the Czech-Austrian border due to imprecise maps. A court had ordered Hehenberger to trim the roof.

"I would rather cut off part of the roof today and live in peace than to risk being forced to demolish more in the future," Hehenberger told CTK on Tuesday.

He estimates the damage to the roof at EUR 5,000. "Not money but a principle is at stake," he said.

He points out he fell a victim to a mistake committed by the Austrian authorities. He recalls that five years ago the local building office issued him a permit to build up a new hotel wing, saying the authorities clerks were working with imprecise maps.

Hehenberger stressed it seems nonsense to him to squabble about 30 cm at the time when the whole of Europe is uniting.

June 22, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hotel roof sawn off to settle border dispute – Prague Daily Monitor