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Arthur C. Clarke begins his personal Odyssey…aged 90

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British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. Born in Somerset, he came to fame in 1968 when a short story The Sentinel was made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by director Stanley Kubrick.

Once called “the first dweller in the electronic cottage”, his vision of future space travel and computing captured the popular imagination.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off

Crime tip: When stealing gas from a police car be sure the officer isn’t in it.

Daily Record

A Monroe County [Michigan] sheriff’s detective on a stakeout to catch an arsonist arrested the suspect as he tried to steal gas from the officer’s cruiser. Officers were placed around homes currently under construction after police had gotten two arson complaints within the past week.

Several officers, including Detective Thomas Redmond, watched the 17-year-old walk away from his Lambertville home early Sunday carrying a bucket before he approached Redmond’s unmarked vehicle.

Police say the teen unscrewed the gas cap and started siphoning the fuel before Redmond got out of the car and chased him.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

To each his own…

Seattle Times Newspaper

“It’s just like judging a beautiful girl,” said Fowzan al-Madr, a camel breeder from the Kharj region southeast of Riyadh. “You look for big eyes, long lashes and a long neck — maybe 39 or 40 inches.”

As he spoke, Madr was surveying the offerings at Saudi Arabia’s largest camel market, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The days are long past when camels were crucial to life, a chapter lost in increasing urbanization and technology. But there is still pleasure in raising them, sometimes for milk and meat, for racing and, yes, for their beauty.

Camel beauty pageants, in which camels are judged on their looks and dressage, are held all over Saudi Arabia. They have become so popular in recent years that a respected Saudi cleric recently issued a decree against them, saying that they encouraged pride.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | animals, People | Comments Off

I’ll be with you as soon as I get back from the hardware store…

DIY skull drill

A brain surgeon used a £30 DIY drill to carry out a successful operation on a fully conscious patient. Henry Marsh, 58, used a Bosch cordless drill because he did not have his normal equipment on him.

He was on a trip to Ukraine to help people let down by an inadequate health system, reports the Daily Telegraph.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | medicine, People | Comments Off

This one didn’t get away

giant fish

A [Nigerian] man landed a [150 pound] fish with his bare hands to win a prestigious fishing contest in Nigeria.

Bello Yakub, 48, wrestled his monster fish out of the water with the help of two flimsy nets to win £17,000.

The…fish was almost his own weight, reports the BBC.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off

Bummer

Begging for change


Shops in a Chinese city say they are so short of coins they have to get change from beggars. Stores in Kunming city complain banks don’t provide them with enough coins to maintain their businesses.

“Each month, a single shop needs around 2,000 yuan in coins, but the banks always say they don’t have coins,” says Ms Chen of Yinwang stationery.

She says many retailers have had to resort to asking beggars to change money.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | People, retail | 1 Comment

   

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