ENGLAND: Prime minister David Cameron warned about the danger of Twitter before he signed up to the social network and now he seems to have fallen into one of its traps.
On his Twitter account, Cameron posted a message in support of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms but blundered by including the name of a spoof account for the work and pensions secretary.
Suspicions about the @IDS_MP account should have been raised by examining a recent message posted by “Iain Duncan Smith” which said: “I’ve always supported a Mansion Tax. Your Tax buys my Mansion. Chin chin!”
Cameron tweeted: “We’re rolling out a cap on Benefits today — @IDS_MP and I are determined to make work pay, and help the UK compete on the GlobalRace.”
Other clues to the true nature of the @IDS_MP account include the posts “a thrifty way to keep cool in this heat wave is to dab the ice from your Champagne bucket onto your forehead” and “I’m getting a silk handkerchief embroidered with gold braid saying ‘in it together’ with my pay rise”.
USA: A New York rabbi, arrested for flashing a fake police badge and ordering a female motorist to pull over, said he was angered by her slow driving.
Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, of White Plains, was charged with impersonating a police officer in June. The complaint says he pulled his car alongside a woman’s in Mamaroneck, displayed a silver badge and shouted: “Police! Police! Pull over!”
The rabbi has denied claiming to be an officer. Police said he told them he hates it when people drive too slowly.
INDIA: India’s last telegram has gone out, marking the end of a service that provided millions of Indians with a fast and reliable mode of communication.
Hundreds of people thronged the 75 telegraph offices remaining in the country on Sunday to send their last telegrams to friends or family as a keepsake.
The state-run service said declining revenues had forced it to close, saying it had become redundant in an age of email, reliable landlines, and ubiquitous mobile phones. Stop.
ENGLAND: A hidden hoard of 18th century recipes has come to light for the first time in nearly 200 years in a London archive.
They include dishes such as veal kidney Florentine, a pastry tart with kidney, apples, lettuce, orange peel, spices, and currants; and Mammas mince pyes, made with a mince mixture of candied fruits and cow’s tongue.
Staff at Westminster City Council’s Archives Centre came across the recipes earlier this year, and posted some online. They named it the Cookbook Of Unknown Ladies because the authors of the handwritten recipes are unknown.
USA: A woman attempting to deploy nearly 24 bug bombs inside her small New York City apartment caused a “partial collapse” of the five-storey building, injuring 14 people.
Fire marshals said the woman told them she set off 20 bug bombs, also known as foggers, without incident inside her Chinatown apartment.
But as she set about repeating that exercise, the highly flammable cloud of insecticide was ignited, likely by the pilot light in her oven or some other kitchen appliance.
The fiery blast caused a partial collapse of some ceilings and walls on the first floor of the building, which contains businesses as well as other apartments.
The woman with the bug infestation was among the 14 people who suffered injuries such as burns, smoke inhalation, and respiratory distress.
Fire officials ruled the explosion an accident.
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