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102-year-old

A 102-year-old will become Britain’s oldest emigrant this weekend when he leaves to start a new life with his wife in New Zealand.

Eric and Doris King-Turner, 87, will start their “wonderful new adventure” on Saturday when they set off on a cruise liner from Southampton.

“I would say to anyone that if you want to do something you should do it straight away while you can,” the retired dentist told Friday’s Daily Mail. “What’s important is that when I’m 105 I don’t want to be thinking: ‘I wish I had moved to the other side of the world when I was 102.'”

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January 4, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on That’s enough! I’ve had it…I’m out of here!

Bulletin for computer consultants: That light? It’s a train.

More at Yahoo! News

A Global Positioning System can tell a driver a lot of things — but apparently not when a train is coming. A computer consultant driving a rental car drove onto train tracks Wednesday using the instructions his GPS unit gave him. A train was barreling toward him, but he escaped in time and no one was injured.

The driver had turned right, as the system advised, and the car somehow got stuck on the tracks at the crossing. He jumped out and tried to warn the engineer by waving. He got out of the way just before the train slammed into the car at 60 mph, Metro-North railroad spokesman Dan Brucker said Thursday.

The car was pushed more than 100 feet during the fiery crash.

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on Bulletin for computer consultants: That light? It’s a train.

Pole sitting Lenin

Stuff.co.nz

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Scientists trekking across a little visited part of Antarctica have discovered a bizarre relic of the Soviet Union is dominating the South Pole of Inaccessibility.

In the middle of no-where – literally the point on Antarctica furthest from the sea – an imposing bust of revolutionary Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin peers out onto the polar emptiness.

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Pole sitting Lenin