Posts Tagged ‘ uk ’

Mr Average breaks the law at least once a day

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and dropping litter top the list of rules and regulations regularly flouted, a survey has found. Other laws often broken are eating while driving, parking on pavements and not wearing a seatbelt.



Brown fights for job as turmoil mounts

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Gordon Brown’s centre-left Labour Party trails David Cameron’s resurgent Conservatives by 17 percentage points, according to a poll yesterday. About 54 per cent of Labour activists want someone other than Mr Brown as leader for the next general election, which must be held by mid-2010, according to a newspaper poll yesterday.



Zimbabwe compo row with Britain over white farmers

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

President Robert Mugabe began the frequently violent land seizures in 2000 to boost his fading popularity, accusing Britain of reneging on a commitment in the 1979 Lancaster House agreement to compensate white farmers for land redistributed to blacks. The move triggered Zimbabwe’s economic collapse as its productive farms were ruined.



UK woman calls police over bunny’s ears

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The police force, which said on it wanted to highlight abuse of the emergency phone system, also revealed that two callers had rung up within minutes of each other to complain about being splashed by a car driving through a puddle.



Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a British jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage.



Star Wars Jedi Knights course offered by Queen’s University Belfast

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A university is offering a course that will use the psychology of the Star Wars Jedi Knights to teach students communication skills and personal development. According to publicity material, the course ‘Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way’ teaches the “real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks”.



iPod roots traced back to 1970s UK

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Apple has admitted that a British man played a part in developing the iconic and extremely profitable iPod, although he has so far received no money for his invention. In 1979 Kane Kramer from Hertfordshire filed a patent for a digital music player that stored just three and a half minutes of music to a solid state chip.



Woman failed test for driving through puddle

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Michelle Kelly was more than half way through her test when she went through a puddle on Hazelbottom Road, Blackley. She says she could not believe it when she was told the incident was classed as having a crash and she should have exchanged details with the soggy bystander.



British spy in longbow plot to kill Heinrich Himmler

Sep 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Tommy Sneum lay in ambush in occupied Copenhagen armed with a bow and arrows to kill Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. He planned to strike from a penthouse that belonged to a Danish film starlet he had seduced.



‘Cremated’ father reunited with family

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A father mistakenly declared dead after going missing eight years ago has been reunited with his family after his son spotted him on British television, police said.