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Thinking about starting a blog? Go with WordPress — the best

wordpress-logo.jpgJust this afternoon I had a problem with posting images on this site and sent a short note to support at WordPress. Within an hour I had both a response and they had fixed the problem. Many thanks to Barry at support.

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File under “Curious Facts” : General Tso’s Chicken

More at New York Times
generaltsoschicken.jpg General Tso’s or Zuo’s chicken is the most famous Hunanese dish in the world. A delectable concoction of lightly battered chicken in a chili-laced sweet-sour sauce, it appears on restaurant menus across the globe, but especially in the Eastern United States, where it seems to have become the epitome of Hunanese cuisine. Despite its international reputation, however, the dish is virtually unknown in the Chinese province of Hunan itself.

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Have your prunes had a funny taste lately?

BBC NEWS
Customs officers have discovered cocaine estimated to have a street value of £30,000 hidden inside more than 140 prunes…Each of the 143 dried plums contained 4.4g of the class A drug, totalling well over half a kilo.

The consignment had arrived from Guyana and was destined for Spain. Officers searching each individual fruit found the cocaine wrapped in clear plastic.

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Ever wonder what happened to your mail from your Mexican tia?

Ananova
A Mexican postman has been arrested after the police found 10 tonnes of undelivered letters in his house. The postman, who cannot be named, had been keeping mail posted from Ciudad Juarez to the US hoping to find money.

Police officers found 1,100 bags filled with letters dating back to 1999 in his house.

A police spokesperson said: “We were tipped and folowing an investigation we searched his house and found all the unsent mail. All the bags put together amount to over 10 tonnes but they will now be sent to their destination.”

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Prison turns away escaped convict

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An escaped convict tried to give himself up – but was turned away from prison because he had no identity card. Hakim Ghazouani, 24, had escaped from prison in Ghent, after a visit to the doctor last month. Police issued national warnings about Ghazouani who was in jail for robbery and drug dealing.

His solicitor, Nathalie Buisseret, persuaded him to turn himself in and accompanied him to a prison at Verviers. But she said: “There we found he was denied access because he couldn’t show his identity card. The warden told the man to come back later with his papers, which he did.”

Verviers Prison director Pierre Detilloux said: “We never had seen the man before and we couldn’t identify him. It would have been a scandal if we locked up the wrong person.”

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AAACHOOOO!!

Ananova
sneeze.jpg The first Monday in February is the worst day of the year for absenteeism in the UK, leading to it being labelled National Sickie Day. All sorts of things have been blamed: post-Christmas blues, poor weather, credit card bills and a long wait for the next holiday.

Spokesman Peter Mooney said: “Poor weather, long dark nights and a general dissatisfaction with official holidays all mean that early February is a very popular time for workers to give themselves an extra duvet day. Add that to the fact that almost three quarters of the country’s skivers prefer to fake illness on a Monday, and that makes today the worst day of the year for employers.”

But unions have attacked the claims of fake illnesses as “hugely insulting”. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “February is slap bang in the middle of the cold and flu season and to suggest that the thousands of employees who are genuinely off ill today are throwing a ‘sickie’ is hugely insulting. Most employers are clearly going to prefer that their sick staff stay at home until they are better, rather than become ‘mucus troopers’ and struggle in, spreading their germs around the office.”

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