The mighty Central Intelligence Service (CIA) is a civilian organisation tasked by the American Government to gather information and analysing it concerning national security information from around the world. This is probably one of the reasons that it was unaware that some clever hackers, working for one of the thousands of contractors that are employed within the CIA building, helped themselves to about $3,000 worth of snacks from the CIA vending machines in 2013.
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.
We cannot be sure how a rather rude and large effigy of the British Prime Minster appeared on the “white cliffs of Dover”, but it must have taken an awful lot of effort and the use of a crane and some skill and knowledge of scaffolding.
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
We never cease to be amazed at the antics of some people, we have all had our moments of fun at a party, fancy dress event or perhaps fuelled up with just a little too much alcohol, but getting dressed up in a Tyrannosaurs Rex costume and growling at horses, is perhaps taking fun jut that bit too far! (more…)
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…)
We can think of numerous way to spend ones birthday, Robert Dyer probably had some exciting plans too, but we are sure that he did not plan to spend his 89th birthday in the unfortunate way that he did.