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Fight Against Maturity

More died on roads 500 years ago

You may find it hard to believe, but a higher proportion of people died in traffic accidents in medieval times as they do now. The only difference is that 500 years ago the big killers were being hit by a horse or falling off a farm wagon.

Take poor Joan Heyward, for example. In 1651 she was walking home in Chichester when a ‘light grey nag’ ridden very fast by Edward Short knocked her down – ‘grievously beating, bruising and wounding her head and face’.

And an unfortunate Herbert Noke was travelling on an ox cart in 1577 when the animals broke free. ‘The cart, with its wheels, ran violently down the hill and fell in pieces and Noke was injured by the cart and wheels whereby he immediately died.’

The realisation that we have only been treading water in the travel safety stakes emerged after a study of coroners’ records in Sussex bet­ween 1485 and 1688. It found 30 per cent of people who died from an injury were in a travel accident. By comparison, 25 per cent of injury deaths in 2000 were from road traffic incidents, World Health Organisation figures show.


October 16, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | | 1 Comment

Crime tip (again): See those cameras? They are watching you.

A bungling burglar went to the same cashpoint more than 50 times – to try and guess the PIN numbers of bank cards he had stolen.

Taxi driver Trevor Agnew, 44, thought he might strike lucky if he kept on putting in random sets of four numbers into the ATM machine. But with the odds of correctly guessing a card’s PIN number ranked at one in 10,000, Agnew never managed to make a single withdrawal.

His repeated failed attempts at the same cashpoint, at a post office on Stockport Road, Timperley, only served to arouse suspicion and he was filmed by police on a CCTV camera. Agnew’s picture, published in the Manchester Evening News and broadcast on Channel M, was recognised by one of our readers – and now he is starting a prison term of three years and four months.

Manchester Evening News

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , , | Comments Off on Crime tip (again): See those cameras? They are watching you.

Yum, yum! Frog Leg Pizza! And for dessert? Anchovy sorbet!

A restaurant chain has introduced Britain’s first ever frogs’ legs pizza.

The ‘Hopper Pizza’ is topped with between six and eight legs on a traditional tomato and mozzarella base with capers, fresh herbs and a scoop of anchovy sorbet.


October 16, 2008 Posted by | Strange | | Comments Off on Yum, yum! Frog Leg Pizza! And for dessert? Anchovy sorbet!