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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Village stays blue to beat the blues
SPAIN: A Spanish hilltop village has found a way to chase away the country’s recession woes by keeping all its buildings blue — the way they were painted in 2011 for a promotion for cartoon movie The Smurfs 3D.
“We calculate that around 210,000 tourists have visited us since we painted ourselves blue two years ago, and people keep on coming,” Juzcar mayor David Fernandez said told Reuters.
A traditional village nestled amongst chestnut forests in the southern region of Andalusia, Juzcar, with a population of fewer than 250 people, painted everything blue, including its church and town hall, when it was chosen by Sony Pictures to host an event to promote the movie.
Promoters pledged to repaint the town white after the event, but residents voted to keep it blue because of the economic benefits brought by Smurf-seeking tourists.
Woman’s head gets stuck in railing during sex
RUSSIA: A woman having sex on the stairs outside her apartment got her head stuck in the banister and had to be freed by firemen after her partner vanished.
The 46-year-old and her boyfriend had decided to go out to the stairs to “spice things up”.
Emergency worker Alexei Dotsenko said: “In all my time working as a rescuer, I don’t recall any incident like this one.”
Potato crop stolen from field
ENGLAND: Police are investigating the theft of 1.5 tonnes of potatoes from a field.
The incident happened in a field near Basin Road in Outwell, Norfolk, between 10pm on Sunday and 9am on Monday.
The thieves dug up a section of the field measuring about an eighth of an acre and stole the immature crop.
It comes three weeks after 500 potatoes were stolen from a field near Hall Road in the same village.
Rare bird that has fans flocking to New Mexico
USA: A frenzy has erupted in the US birding world, and the Rufous-necked wood-rail is to blame.
Never before has there been a recorded sighting of a Rufous-necked wood-rail in the US, but for the last two weeks one has been at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
The sighting has prompted hasty plane reservations and lengthy road trips from bird spotters around the country.
Ohio woman's sentence includes Christmases in jail
USA: A central Ohio judge has ordered a woman to spend the next five Christmases in jail as part of her sentence for issuing state ID cards and driver’s licences to immigrants who entered the country illegally.
Prosecutors say 44-year-old Betina Young — a former license agency employee — accepted payments from applicants to falsify records showing they had verified their immigration status. She has pleaded guilty.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Judge Michael Holbrook put Young on probation Monday for five years — ordering that she spend a minimum of three days in jail each Christmas while on probation.
If she violates probation, she could go to prison for 15 years.
Granny drums up huge interest in solo
USA: A video is going viral of an elderly woman dazzling staff at a music shop with a brilliant drum solo on one of their kits.
More than 3 million people have watched the clip of “Mary, the Grandma Drummer” in the past few days.
Staff at the Coalition Drum Shop in Wisconsin, USA, say the pensioner took them completely by surprise.
“We have no idea where this lady came from, what her name is, or where she went but she rocked our faces off,” the shop’s YouTube page reads.
Jurors in the trial of two former personal assistants accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi have been warned to ignore comments made by British Prime Minister David Cameron about the celebrity cook.
A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake", the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said.
The troika is leaving Ireland with business unfinished, including changes to the medical and legal service, but they will be pursued through the new EU governance to which all eurozone countries are now subject.
The ECB could be forced to introduce another long- term refinancing operation and drag the deposit rate into a negative territory to cushion the region from another year of sluggish growth and the uncertainty caused by the comprehensive assessment of the banks, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 economic outlook.
IT'S one of the most iconic features on the Cork skyline. First established as a monastic site in 606 AD, St Fin Barre's Cathedral now houses a French neo-gothic cathedral designed in 1862 by William Burges of London.
MYTHS are the stories that groups tell themselves: the beautiful lies that allow life go on. This is a week of great myth making. In the death and interment of Nelson Mandela we are witnessing modern myth being made in front of our eyes. But myths can be pernicious and evil — corroding life as well as enhancing it.
Tipperary native Brian Lonergan fulfilled a long-standing ambition when his tricolour appeared on live TV during Sunday's NFL clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.
THE scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic is a gift to the Government. Here we have an organisation seemingly plundering charitable funds, to feather the nests of a group of Fianna Fáil insiders, all of whom can be linked easily to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.