QUIRKY WORLD...Ready-to-ride ‘poo’ bus fails to raise a stink

Britain: A “poo bus”, which runs on human and household waste, goes into regular service this month. Powered by biomethane gas, the Bio-Bus will use waste from more than 32,000 households along its 24km route.

QUIRKY WORLD...Ready-to-ride ‘poo’ bus fails to raise a stink

Operated by bus company First West of England, the bus will fill up at a site in Avonmouth, Bristol, where sewage and inedible food waste is turned into biomethane gas.

The bus, which can seat up to 40 people, was unveiled in the Bristol area last autumn. First West is showing off the bus in Bristol tomorrow and it will operate four days a week from March 25.

If the 24km route proves a success, First will consider introducing more “poo buses”.

Managing director James Freeman said: “Since its original unveiling last year the Bio-Bus has generated worldwide attention and so it’s our great privilege to bring it to the city...

“The Bio-Bus previously made an appearance running between Bath and Bristol Airport at the end of last year, but it’s only actually been used once before in the centre of Bristol itself.”

He went on: “The very fact that it’s running in the city should help to open up a serious debate about how buses are best fuelled, and what is good for the environment.”

Cross to bear


A sculpture of controversial singer Pete Doherty nailed to a cross is being auctioned to raise money for a missing London man.

The life-size artwork was created to reflect what the artists considered to be Doherty’s “crucifixion by the media”.

It is part of an exhibition in St Marylebone Parish church. The funds from its sale will be used for the continuing search for the curator’s missing brother.

The fibreglass body sculpture hangs above the church’s congregation and the cross carries damning quotations from newspapers which have vilified the singer for his previous drug abuse.

The Reverend Canon Stephen Evans, rector of St Marylebone, said: “I think it’s a very powerful piece, wonderfully produced by the artists.”

However, some of the church-goers have criticised the work.

Christian artist Sarah de Nordwall told Sky News: “It trivialises the sufferings of Christ and focuses on pop stars and the media.”

The show is curated by artist Ben Moore, whose brother Tom vanished 12 years ago. The auction ends on Tuesday with a guide price of £13,000 (€18,000) set.

Happy talk

The UN is marking International Day of Happiness by creating “the world’s happiest playlist”.

Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, Rita Ora, John Legend, and James Blunt have all contributed to the playlist, as have UN Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon nominated ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder, who is himself a UN Messenger of Peace, advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities worldwide.

The campaign is fronted by singer/songwriter Cody Simpson, and music fans are being encouraged to tweet the song that makes them happiest with the hashtag #HappySoundsLike.

On March 20, Simpson will choose five submissions to be included within the official playlist.

Slow birth


For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said.

An expedition in 1970 found only 19 adult tortoises on the archipelago’s Pinzon island, averaging 70 years old, so scientists removed them to start a captive breeding programme on Santa Cruz island.

The scheme produced juvenile tortoises that were transplanted back to the species’ home island.

Danny Rueda, who is in charge of conservation and restoration of ecosystems in the Galapagos, said six infant Pinzons were found to have been born on the island in December. He said there are now 650 juvenile and adult tortoises on Pinzon.

Rueda said the reintroduction of the tortoise was helped by the 2012 campaign to eradicate rats that infested Pinzon and other islands in the archipelago after being introduced long ago by passing ships. The rats prevented the reproduction by tortoises and other species.

Bowled over


Two people were injured while bowling in a rebel-controlled area of east Ukraine after a player rolled a grenade instead of a ball.

The blast occurred at a “cheburechnaya” — a restaurant serving fried pastries — that also offered duckpin bowling, which uses a ball without holes on a relatively short lane. A man and a woman were wounded in the latest of a spate of recent accidents in Luhansk because of careless use of explosives. East Ukraine has been wracked by war for almost a year and the region has become flooded with small arms and grenades.

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