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A napkin marked with a perfect red lipstick outline from Margaret Thatcher is being sold for £2,000.

The unusual piece of Iron Lady memorabilia has gone on sale with and offers the chance to own a kiss from the iconic Tory Prime Minister.

Britain’s only female democratically elected leader is understood to have used the napkin to remove excess lipstick while on a speaking tour of the US in 2000. Read more »

Asking creditors to pay up is now terrorism?


Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Athens’ creditors of “terrorism” in an interview, a day before Greeks vote in a high-stakes referendum on the conditions of the country’s bailout.

“What they’re doing with Greece has a name – terrorism,” Varoufakis told the Spanish El Mundo daily on Saturday.

“What Brussels and the troika want today is for the “Yes” (vote) to win so they could humiliate the Greeks.”

“Why did they force us to close the banks? To instill fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism,” he said, referring to the IMF, European Central Bank and the EU.

These idiots have been living beyond their means.  They have not heeded all the warnings and offers of help along the way.  And now that the Day of Reckoning has come, everyone else is to blame.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

“tasteless” and “repulsive” – why the public are precious about the truth

Seems some girl that’s famous for being famous just had her own “feral” moment

The socialite daughter of leading fashion designers Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Francis Hooper has caused outrage with a comment on social media mocking the death of a mother and her three children.

Gossip columnist Pebbles Hooper described the deaths of Ashburton mum Cindy George and her three children – Pio, Teuruaa and Telyzshaun – as “natural selection”.

Police believe they died from the fumes of a car left running in a garage to keep the battery “ticking over”. It’s suspected they could have been dead for up to a week before being discovered.

Hooper’s comment, posted to Twitter on Saturday evening, was met with a barrage of criticism from her 6800 followers who labelled the tweet “tasteless” and “repulsive”.

It appears Hooper, a columnist for the Herald on Sunday, expected a backlash, having prefaced her message with the words: “I’ll get major slack for this, but leaving a car running inside a closed garage while you’re kids are in the house is natural selection”.

While the tweet was quickly deleted, Hooper responded to other Twitter users by saying “those kids died under completely preventable circumstances”. She claimed she was not deliberately seeking attention but was “just stating her opinion”. Read more »

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The rising tide of gadgetry and bans while driving

Road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on the use of wearable technology, including smartwatches, by drivers.

Smartwatches from high-tech giants Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG – which can be used for calls, texts and calendar notifications – are for sale in New Zealand. Apple is releasing its Apple Watch here later this year.

Laws banning drivers’ use of phones – with an $80 fine and 20 demerit points – do not cover the use of wearable technology.

Caroline Perry, of road safety charity Brake, said the law should be widened, stating motorists using smart technology on their watches while driving should face the same sanctions.

“A second’s inattention at the wheel can result in tragedy,” she said.

It seems a little specific to be going after these devices while ignoring the vehicle’s gadgets.     Read more »

Mandatory speed bumps in your driveway – the dog chippers are at it again

Adding speed bumps and mirrors to long driveways are among measures a child safety group has included in submissions to the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan.

The plan will determine what can be built and where, and is aimed at creating a “higher quality and more compact Auckland”.

It is expected to be formalised by September next year.

Among submissions the council will hear on Wednesday is one from Safekids Aotearoa, which is calling for an overhaul of planning consents for driveways, aimed at saving kids’ lives.

Safekids Aotearoa director Ann Weaver said a child was seriously injured in a driveway every two weeks, and on average five children died every year.

“That’s remained static over the past 10 years, which is very concerning,” Weaver said.

The Unitary Plan was a chance to highlight driveway safety, she said.

Driveways longer than 12m or those shared with other homes, double the risk of a child being run over. Read more »

Schools divert funds into legal defences

Furious parents are threatening principals with legal injunctions if their kids are overlooked for sports teams and school musicals.

The increased threats have forced the Government, principals and Crown Law to work together to draw up legal advice for schools faced by parents hiring lawyers.

It follows several high-profile injunctions lodged against schools – including in March against Christchurch’s prestigious St Bede’s College over the dropping of two rowers.

Petulant parents with more money than sense have been given the tools to force schools to do things against their will – they don’t have the funds to defend themselves

• Some schools have delayed naming First XVs due to legal threats from parents upset over selections;

• Parents have sought legal advice after their kids failed to land lead roles in school musicals;

• Lawyers have been called in after children missed spots in representative debating teams;

• Schools other than St Bede’s College have received legal threats from parents upset over rowing crews.

It is all fairly short-sighted.  Those St Bede’s kids are now marked for life.  Nobody will go near them with the knowledge the package includes precious litigious parents.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Carl Tanzler (via Florida Keys Public Library); & Carl's Dream Woman (via Florida Keys Public Library)

Carl Tanzler (via Florida Keys Public Library); & Carl’s Dream Woman (via Florida Keys Public Library)

The Undying Love of

Count Carl Von Cosel

Count Carl Von Cosel was not a real count. His actual name was Carl Tanzler and came from Germany where he lived with his wife and two daughters. He claimed that he had nine university degrees, was a submarine captain and an electrical inventor. In truth he was a lonely man living in a fantasy world

While working in the Marine hospital he met a 22-year old Elena Hoyos, a beautiful young Cuban girl who contracted tuberculosis. Even though she consistently resisted his advances, he fell madly in love with Elena. Von Cosel knew that Elena only had a short time to live and convinced the young woman’s family that he could cure her with his special machines combined with daily doses of tonics.

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Is Russell Brand the UK’s Charlie Sheen?

Russell Brand is the UK version of Charlie Sheen.

He is largely irrelevant, has nothing useful to say and just drifts from one inane situation to the next.  Meaningless, but outrageous enough to get press.

Russell Brand has sparked outrage by criticising the UK’s act of remembrance for victims of the beach shooting in Tunisia last week.

Last Friday, 38 holidaymakers, including 30 British tourists, were gunned down at a resort in Sousse and they were remembered back home in the UK a week later with a minute’s silence across the country on Friday (local time).   Read more »