Friday, May 12, 2006

News You Can’t, Or at Least Shouldn’t, Use

Someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.

Other than that, all you need to know today is contained succinctly in The Times of London’s World in Brief page, including:
● A British tourist to receive compensation for having an 80-foot Christmas tree fall on him in Prague.

● “A man sentenced to ten months’ jail for lobbing a homemade bomb at his girlfriend said he was aiming for a beaver dam.”

● Jogger in Florida eaten by an alligator.

● Also in Florida, “Linda Marks, 57, was jailed for four years and told to return $2 million given to her over eight years after she convinced elderly people that their cash needed to be exorcised.”

● Mark “Chopper” Read, a self-confessed Australian hitman whose exploits have inspired books and a film, has given his name to a boardgame. Players use bullet-shaped counters and evade police, visit brothels and attack fellow gangsters.

● Denmark’s top Muslim cleric is leaving the country because he feels he was humiliated and “viewed as a terrorist” after criticising a Danish paper for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

● A wheelchair-bound Los Angeles woman, who has filed at least four lawsuits over disabled access, ran for it after police arrested her for fraud. Laura Lee Medley, 35, had claimed to be paralysed from a drink-driving accident.

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