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Now this is a traffic jam

Daily Mail

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The M25, central London, the Autobahn…if you thought these roads were traffic-congested then take a look at this picture. Hundreds of cars queue aimlessly for the chance to actually get to their destination in Xiamen, south China.

The country has experienced a massive increase this year in the sale of cars, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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Attn. Brits: Your tax money at work

Sky News
Civil servants are used to dealing with red tape – but a group are now having to adjust to black tape to show them where to put things on their desks. National Insurance staff in Longbenton, North Tyneside, are taking part in a pilot scheme on desk management.

It is part of the Lean programme brought in by consultants Unipart, which has already seen public sector workers told to clear their desks of personal items.

HM Revenue & Customs declined to say how much Unipart was paid, claiming it was a commercial matter.

But a spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) claimed it was costing £7.4m nationally [about US $14 million].

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It’s so comforting to know that the US isn’t the only country with government administrators with mush for brains. There’s lots more at the link.

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“Thief steals urinal from city pub”. No — really.

BBC NEWS
Police are on the hunt for a thief who stole a urinal from a pub in Hampshire. The man is thought to have spent 40 minutes removing the white toilet bowl after ordering half a pint at the Royal Oak pub in Southampton.

He then stuffed the urinal in a rucksack and left the pub making sure he wiped his fingerprints off the door as he went. But his exploits were caught on CCTV and after reviewing the tape landlord Alan Dreja handed it over to police.

There’s more at the link.

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Commuting is for the birds

The Sun via Ananova
turnstones2.jpg Two birds catch a ferry ride each day to get to the beach. The male and female turnstones show up at 8.15am for the trip over the River Fal from Falmouth to St Mawes in Cornwall. They make the return trip at 4.30pm.

Skipper John Brown said: “They arrives for a breakfast of breadcrumbs at 8.15am before we set out, and never miss the last ferry back. We aren’t sure why they don’t fly. Maybe they’re a bit lazy or like the company.”

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