A young English family of five, desperate to visit a sick relative back home, attempts to sail from Australia in a rubber dinghy; instead they take a 6,500 kilometre, nine-month detour via Indonesia.
That is the absurd plot for Melbourne filmmaker Alessandro Frosali’s next project — but incredibly, it’s a true story. More . . .
“gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air”
Dining in Auckland is about to be taken to new heights with some of the country’s best chefs serving gastronomic delights at a table suspended 50m in the air. Renowned Kiwi chefs Simon Gault and Gareth Stewart are among those involved in Dinner in the Sky, which sees 22 diners seated at a specially engineered table hoisted by crane over the city. Diners board the platform at ground level and are strapped into seats with a harness with legs left dangling underneath. Guests are told to leave all belongings, apart from a camera or phone, on the ground. More . . .
Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from New York’s Guggenheim Museum, but have instead been offered a working solid-gold toilet made by an Italian artist, a report says. More . . .
[Ed: I looked for “Boganville” on the map but it is perhaps far too common to show up in one particular location.]
It’s time to clean up the map of Australia. Who knew there were such filthy-sounding destinations in Australia as Curly Dick Road, Glory Hole Cave and Intercourse Island? Ben Pobjie calls on the Government to clean up this country: we need a map of Australia that decent mums and dads won’t be embarrassed reading to their children.
[Ed: What can I say except. . .”There were green alligators and long-necked geese, some humpty backed camels. . .but no Unicorns” ]
You’ve probably seen pictures of Noah’s Ark in children’s books, complete with giraffe heads sticking out the top. But the real Noah’s Ark, the one described in the Bible, was huge. It was amazingly seaworthy—a ship that kept the occupants safe during a year-long worldwide flood. Prepare to be blown away as you explore the life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark.
A cow has managed to activate an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), setting in motion a response by Canberra authorities and Northern Territory Police.
About 6:00pm on Saturday, monitors in Canberra detected an EPIRB signal emanating from an area north of the NT township of Adelaide River, about 3,000 kilometres away.
Christmas Island rangers have taken road safety to a whole new level with the construction of a “crab bridge” over the island’s busiest road.
In preparation for the annual spawning season, rangers have been setting up barriers along the roadside to prevent the crabs from being crushed under the wheels of cars.
A five-metre-high bridge has also been constructed at one point along the road to help the crabs move across the island and continue their migration.
2014 has seen its share of heartbreak, but there have been lighter moments too, so here, in no particular order, is a selection of stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse. [Ed: because I only like Happy Endings]. More . . .
Provide your friends with a subtle guiding path to your beach party with the “follow me, bring beer” message sandals. Each sandal leaves an imprint telling others to follow your footsteps and bring lots of ice cold nectar of the gods.
This is a fun online shop filled with products at various prices – from under $10 to over $50,000. Products include a light-up umbrella, suit pyjamas and a dolphin powerboat. More . . .
IT’S Friday, you have had a big week and you are thinking about changing careers for the thousandth time this year, but what would you do?
These days there are jobs available for almost everything you can think of. These crazy jobs you didn’t know existed are proof that even the strangest skill is useful to someone. More . . .
HE has all the riches he could ever dream for in this life. But to avoid any risk of missing out in the afterlife, wealthy Brazilian entrepreneur Count Francisco Scarpa is burying his greatest treasure – a $527,000 Bentley. In a bizarre announcement on his Facebook page, the 62-year-old declared that he plans to do as the Pharaohs of Egypt did and take his riches with him, the Daily Mail reports. More . . .
[Kiwozi: This is NOT the suburban Aussie Housewife talking about her hubby ok ! ]
A BOOZE-PILFERING drunken feral pig has caused chaos by running amok at an Australian campsite and starting a fight with a cow.
The belligerent porker went on a drunken bender after stealing and drinking three six-packs of beer that had been left out by campers at the DeGrey River campsite in Port Hedland, Australia. More . . .
[ Kiwozi: Ouch !! As an “Animal Lover” I just had to share this story. I also subscribe to the philosophy an “eye for an eye” . . .or is that a “Penis for a Nose” ? ]
A MAN who was bitten on the penis after allegedly punching a police dog in the face is in police custody.
Zane Thomas Smith had been on the run for several days after an alleged robbery at Mooloolaba, where he allegedly bashed a woman and stole a motorcycle. The 23-year-old Peregian Springs man was tracked to a house in Pomona, where a police dog sniffed him out hiding in a hallway cupboard. More . . . .
A ONE-way ticket to another planet where there is no air, no water or food – and certainly no return home – may not sound like a lot of fun, but to 165,000 people the opportunity to live permanently on Mars has been too tempting to ignore.
This is how many people so far have offered to join an ambitious private mission to send a group of four men and women to Mars in 2023 as the first intrepid pioneers for a permanent space colony on the Red Planet. More . . .
SEVEN miles off the coast of Suffolk, there is a country. It isn’t a very big country. In fact, its surface area extends to no more than 6,000 square feet, which is about twice the size of a tennis court.
You won’t find it on Google Maps and it isn’t a member of Nato or, indeed, the EU. But it exists. And I know, because I’ve been there.
We embarked from the Thames Estuary in the dead of night. More . . .
WOULD you holiday in hell? “Come to Death Valley!” screamed the advert.
“It has all the advantages of hell without the inconveniences,” it continued, an April Fool’s joke printed in The Death Valley Chuck-Walla – A Magazine for Men in 1907. It must have seemed terribly funny at the time. However, the pranksters were on to something.
Crossing the Deadman’s Pass and Funeral Mountains, I pulled to a stop just outside Furnace Creek as a scaly chuckwalla lizard ran for cover, a flash of movement against the bare stone. Nearby, in the middle of the deserted children’s playground, a rusty swing creaked in a barely-there breeze. There wasn’t a soul to be seen. Death Valley sizzled in the midday sun. More . .
THE violin thought to have been played by the band leader on the Titanic as the ship sank has been declared genuine following a computerised scan at a hospital.
Radiographers at BMI The Ridgeway Hospital in Wiltshire took a 3D image of the violin to examine it from the inside, which Andrew Aldridge from the auction house Henry Aldridge and Son said proved the violin was on the ship “beyond reasonable doubt”. More . . .
[Kiwozi: If you liked my earlier post about “Extradyadic Sex” you gonna love this one. You could be forgiven for thinking I have a one track mind I guess . . . not true. . . these are all current items featured in respectable family newspapers.Check this out ( Oh and I take “Size M” if anyone wants to send me a pair 🙂 ]
WANTED: a big cat lover, physically fit, with a view to a long-term commitment. Err, please note, you need to love big cats as well as being a big lover of cats to be pawfect for the job.
Australia Zoo is advertising for a tiger handler to join the crew working with the big cats at the Tiger Temple. Tiger den supervisor Giles Clark said the best person for the job did not necessarily have to have years of experience or relevant tertiary education. “We are looking for the right type of person and this won’t necessarily be a person with all sorts of academic qualifications,” he said. More. .
The British and the Americans are quarreling – tongue in cheek – over territory again, this time over who has the world’s smallest park. One, in Portland, Oregon, is essentially a concrete planter, two feet (0.6 meters) in diameter, with soil and some vegetation, and the Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the smallest.
The other is about 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) away, in England. They don’t claim to have a physically smaller park -theirs is 15 feet (4.5 meters) by 30 feet (9 meters). But they dispute whether Portland’s is a park at all. More. .
THERE was, finally, some good news for French President Francois Hollande this week.
Mali’s government gave him a new camel to replace one presented to him in February, which was eaten by the family in Timbuktu he had left it with. “As as soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel,” a Malian government official said. “The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the [old] camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate.” President Hollande was given the first camel when he visited Mali the month after France’s successful military intervention in January to prevent islamist groups from invading the south of the country.
Is it wrong to think about someone else when you’re having sex?
There are reams of scientific paper dedicated to a subject called “extradyadic sex”.
What is it exactly?
According to the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, the term refers to a wide range of behaviours occurring outside of a committed relationship, though (probably because most academic research is carried out by men) it’s most commonly understood as vaginal sex outside of marriage.
Cheating, in other words. . . but wait there’s more . 🙂
[ Kiwozi ]
It has come to my attention recently that the “Flat Earth Society” are alive and well. Their flat members consist of fat people in authority, behind fat flat desks, passing their theories onto IT People to brainwash the world.
I know this by a number of facts:
We don’t have Southern (South) Latitudes anymore, we have Minus (-) ones instead. Obviously there is no such thing as a “minus” latitude and I can only surmise it is over the edge (around on the dark side).
We don’t have Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) anymore (despite the fact that one can easily find Greenwich on a map). No no we have UTC now and good luck if you find this on a map…maybe thats around on the dark side too ?
Then of course GMT always used to be expressed in 24hr (or Military Time)…now we can’t make up our mind whether to use 1300 UTC or 1pm UTC.
Nevermind, if we know our position we can certainly avoid sailing over the edge – now let me see where we are exactly (32.65375° S, 009.17767° E ) or is it (– 32.65375°, 009.17767° E ) or is it (32° 39.225′ S, 009° 10.660′ E ) or is it (-32° 39.225′ , 009° 10.660′ E ) or is it (32° 39′ 13.5″ S, 009° 10′ 39.6″ E) or is it (-32° 39′ 13.5″ , 009° 10′ 39.6″ E ) ?????? Well sorry you’ve defintely gone off the deep end because these are all exactly the same place.