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(Date Posted:12/05/2012 4:53 PM)
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Birds use cigarette butts to line nests, St Andrews University study finds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-20607413

5 December 2012


Birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, research at St Andrews University has suggested.

The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters act as a natural pesticide that repels parasitic mites.

At the same time, the cellulose butts provide useful nest insulation.

Wild birds are also known to protect their nests from mite invasion by importing certain chemical-emitting plants.

The new evidence suggests some bird species in the cities have adapted the same behaviour to harness the repellent properties of tobacco.

St Andrews University scientists studied nests of house sparrows and house finches that each contained, on average, about 10 used cigarette butts in Mexico City.

The number of stubbed-out cigarettes incorporated into the nests ranged from none to as many as 48.

In both species, nests with larger numbers of butts were significantly less infested by mites.............>


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(Date Posted:08/12/2017 2:59 PM)


Sunderland gas explosion survivor 'saved by fridge'



A woman survived a gas blast which destroyed a house because a fridge fell on her, her sister has said.

Susan Shepherd was pulled from the rubble of her home in Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland, following the explosion on Friday morning.

The semi-detached was flattened by the blast and a neighbouring property was heavily damaged.

Tracy Tia Judson said her sister, who is in her 50s, suffered minor burns and was able to talk to ambulance staff.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Judson said: "The fridge fell on top of her and saved her life, she's absolutely fine under the circumstances, she's got minor burns to her back, face and arms and her hip might need stitching."..........>


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INTERACTIVEBefore and after the Sunderland explosion

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A Tyne and Wear Fire Service picture of the house after the explosion

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A Google Maps image of the house from August 2016


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RE:Just Fancy That!
(Date Posted:09/06/2017 2:26 PM)



Why Trains are so Expensive

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(Date Posted:09/09/2017 11:04 AM)

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Man tries to burn EU flag. Flag doesn’t burn because of EU regulations on flammable materials

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(Date Posted:11/16/2017 10:58 AM)

Spanish nuns face fine for restoring church organ

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-fr ... e-42009290
16 November 2017

A convent of Spanish nuns is facing a steep bill for having a priceless church organ repaired without the state's permission.  The sisters of Santa Ines in Seville, southern Spain, decided that the instrument in their convent church needed to be fixed, and accepted an offer from a local charity to have it restored it for free.

"It hasn't worked for 30 years, and we couldn't afford the estimated cost of more than 150,000 euros ($177,000; £135,000 )," Abbess Blanca Cervantes told the ABC de Sevilla newspaper. "We only make enough money from the sale of sweets to cover our bills and national insurance payments."

But the regional government of Andalusia did not see it that way, and has fined the convent a hefty 170,000 euros for the "unauthorised" work on the organ. It has, however, said it will let the charity finish the restoration work in time for Christmas. ........>
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(Date Posted:01/02/2018 3:15 PM)




http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/new ... 30796.html
  • Simon Calder Travel Correspondent
  • @SimonCalder
  • Tuesday 2 January 2018
In a year when more people flew to more places than ever, 2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers.
The Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, has released its Civil Aviation Safety Review for 2017. It reports only two fatal accidents, both involving small turbo-prop aircraft, with a total of 13 lives lost. 
No jets crashed in passenger service anywhere in the world.

The two crashes which occurred on New Year’s Eve – a seaplane in Sydney which killed six, and a Cessna Caravan which crashed in Costa Rica, killing all 12 on board – are not included in the tally, since both aircraft weighed under 5,700kg - the threshold for the report.

The first fatal accident included in the report was in October: an Embraer Brasilia operating as an air ambulance in Angola. The pilots lost control after reportedly suffering an engine failure, Seven people died, including the patient.
In November, a Czech-built Let 410 belonging to Khabarovsk Avia crashed on landing at Nelkan in the Russian Far East with the loss of six lives. A four-year-old girl was the only survivor............>
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(Date Posted:01/16/2018 4:41 PM)

Should we all write in Chinese?


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(Date Posted:01/16/2018 4:43 PM)

Moscow's 2017 December was its 'darkest' on record


16 January 2018

December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts say.

"The sun didn't come out even once for the entire month," said the weather website Meteonovosti.

According to Russia's main weather centre, the sun did shine for six minutes. But normally Muscovites get dozens of hours of December sunshine.

Russian winters are famously freezing, but this week the cold in Yakutia, in the far east, dipped below -60C (-76F).

It is about -7C in Moscow...........>

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(Date Posted:05/26/2018 3:32 AM)

Ah, memories of the good old days;

Turkmens warned over presidential toilet paper

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-fr ... e-44236375
24 May 2018

Local police in Turkmenistan are inspecting toilets for evidence that locals have been using newspapers containing photographs of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to wipe themselves, it's been reported.

The regional police in the western region of Balkan have allegedly instructed community policing officers to check toilets in public places and private houses, and to find evidence of people using newspapers with pictures of the country's president as tissue paper, Moscow-based news website Fergana.ru - known for its credible reporting on Turkmen affairs - reports.

Officers have been told to look for the Turkmen leader's "soiled" pictures at landfill sites, as well as among garbage at waste collection points.

"There is a special janitor at each landfill site whose job is to inspect garbage, to look for soiled newspaper photos, to establish the house or flat of the newspaper subscriber and to report it to the police," Fergana says.

It adds that people found guilty of "damaging" the president's image will be issued with a warning. But, according to the Alternativnnyy Novosti Turkmenistana website, there are likely to be a huge number of issued warnings, as Turkmens - impoverished from an ongoing economic crisis - do not tend to spend their money on toilet paper.

"Why buy toilet papers if you have piles of newspapers which people in Turkmenistan are forced to subscribe to," the report says. It adds that it is difficult not to soil the Turkmen leader's photos because his pictures dominate all newspapers.  The loo paper crackdown comes after several children were reportedly detained over damaging portraits of Mr Berdimuhamedov. US-funded Radio Azatlyk claims.

It describes one such case where children dropped Mr Berdimuhamedov's portrait and trampled on it while playing. In another instance, children were reportedly detained for adding a mustache and a beard to the picture of the country's autocratic leader.



Mr Berdimuhamedov has led Turkmenistan since 2007, where he has ruled autocratically and built up a personality cult
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