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Dog Falls Into The River Thames, Man Dives In To Save Him

Anything that involves saving animals, especially dogs, is certain to make news in Britain and although the feats of one particular man in London, did not replace the current headlines relating to the recent election of a new parliament, it certainly got the fingers busy on smartphones posting on social media websites.

What happened was that this young man was walking along the pavement close to the River Thames when he spotted a dog in trouble in the water. Now we imagine that most people would have waited for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution or RNLI which was already seen coming down the Thames to come to the rescue of the “pooch”, but no, our un-named Good Samaritan dived in to the Thames to rescue the struggling dog!

One person videoed the rescue and posted it on Twitter, this shows the lifeboat crew speeding along towards the man, cold and wet by this time and clinging to the rescue chains on the embankment wall with one hand with the other clutching the grateful dog.

RoboCop joins Dubai police to fight real life crime

This story is not about the 1987 American cyberpunk action film, no this is the real thing and it is happening, if not on the streets near you, unless of course you live in Dubai. As the many avid aficionados’ of the film with recall, the plot is set in crime ridden Detroit in the future, and RoboCop centres on police officer Alex Murphy who is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as RoboCop. The film received rave reviews and was cited as one of the best films of 1987, it was followed by two sequels, a television series, a remake, two animated TV series, a television mini-series, video games, and a number of comic book adaptations and crossovers. (more…)

Apple details how the iPhone will block texts when you’re driving

Even though it has been illegal to use a mobile ‘phone whilst driving since 2003, and although new legislation came into effect in March 2017 which saw increases in penalties, drivers are still seen using hand held mobiles when on the move. The latest government directive has seen penalties increase and now you could be fined £200 and get six points on your licence, if you’re less than two years from passing your test 6 points would mean losing your licence. Should you refuse or dispute, then this can mean that you could be taken to court, or if the police think the offence is so bad that a fixed penalty isn’t enough you could be taken to court. Fines in court will almost certainly be larger and disqualification is possible, the maximum fine in a court is £1,000, or £2,500 if you were driving a bus or a goods vehicle. If you have to use a hand held mobile then you’ll first have to stop driving, which means parking up safely and legally with the handbrake on and the engine switched off. Police forces in Britain penalised almost 6,000 motorists for the offence in the four weeks after tougher punishments took effect, equivalent to one every seven minutes. (more…)

Robot priest unveiled in Germany to mark 500 years since Reformation

The Catholic Church was all powerful in the medieval period and before, the teachings of the Catholic Popes whose authority over religion resembled that of emperors over the physical world. Martin Luther, who was born in what is now Germany, began to question this and wondered if all of the things done by Catholic leaders could be justified.

Sinkhole opens up outside Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort

Controversy seems to follow the newly elected President of the United States around and conspiracy theories abound about most things the President seems to do. Plenty of theories on these lines are flooding into social media sites following the news that a 4 foot wide (1.2 metre) sinkhole that has mysteriously opened up in the roadway outside his club Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Dutch king reveals secret life as an airline pilot for KLM

The Dutch are more used to seeing their Royal Family mixing with the citizens on a daily basis, a King flying fare paying passengers around is not something that even the Dutch, we imagine, thought could happen. The Dutch citizens were quite used to seeing King Willem-Alexander’s grandmother Queen Juliana riding the streets on her bicycle, and Queen Juliana was particularly interested in the problems of developing countries, the refugee problem, and had a very special interest in child welfare, particularly in the developing countries, and on the night of 31 January 1953, the Netherlands was hit by the most destructive storm in more than five hundred years. Dressed in boots and an old coat, Queen Juliana waded through water and slopped through deep mud all over the devastated areas to bring desperate people food and clothing, permanently endearing her to the citizens of the Netherlands. (more…)

Prison inmate campaigns for sex dolls for all male prisoners

Can you imagine the letter that “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” and similar correspondents to newspapers might have to say if the UK government allows prisoners to have “blow up” sex dolls in their prison cells? Mr, or could it have been Mrs or Miss Disgusted had an absolute “field day” when prisoners stopped the disgraceful “slopping out” procedure before WC’s were installed in all HMP cells; even more so when it was revealed to the “flog ‘em” brigade that colour televisions were not only in the main recreation areas, but in the cells of inmates; place is going to the dogs Colonel!

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