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.
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.
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…)
Piano tuner Martin Backhouse got quite a shock when he discovered what he thought was some bags of moth repellent inside the instrument he was fine tuning, when it turned out to be, not camphor balls, but 633 Sovereigns and 280 half Sovereigns dating from 1847 to 1915.
Living or working on Australia’s famous Gold Coast holds some great advantages, one of which surely has to be the abundance of fantastic seafood that can be sampled at their restaurants. This is what aspiring rapper Terry Peck, 33, who performs under the name 2pec, decided to do, but unlike, most law abiding citizens, he thought it would be a great idea to feast on two whole lobsters, half a dozen oysters and a baby octopus.
It may not mean a lot to you, and we wonder just how much it will mean to the Chinese people who like to drink Coca-Cola, but if you are the Chairman, President and CEO of a massive investment company, which also happens to be the biggest investor in your company, then it just might make sense that his likeness is displayed on one of your company’s products.
Irving Belin wrote a song that has appeared in numerous Broadway shows and film musicals, whilst it was first performed as far back as 1933, it was in the film which starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, shown on television at Easter time, it could be on again this Easter, which brought it to the attention of many millions.