Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ikea attacked in bomb explosions.

NETHERLANDS, Eindhoven : Police investigates the surroundings of a depot of Swedish furniture concern Ikea in Eindhoven, southern Netherlands, after an explosion in a garbage can in the parking lot of the shop, on May 30, 2011.

NETHERLANDS, Eindhoven : Police investigates the surroundings of a depot of Swedish furniture concern Ikea in Eindhoven, southern Netherlands, after an explosion in a garbage can in the parking lot of the shop, on May 30, 2011.


Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, Belgian authorities said on Tuesday. 

The explosions in stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands caused no damage or injuries.
"The information we have is that the explosions happened the same way in all locations, with booby-trapped alarm clocks that had been hidden exploding," An Schoonjans, spokeswoman for Ghent prosecutors, told AFP.
In Ghent, an employee and a security agent complained of ear aches after two small explosions, which detonated almost simultaneously before the store closed Monday evening.

Two booby-trapped alarm clocks were detonated by remote control, Schoonjans said.
The spokeswoman said the circumstances were similar in Eindhoven and Lille, but she was unable to provide details.
"We are in contact with judicial authorities in Eindhoven and Lille to see if there is a link between the three affairs," she said.
Belgian police were to inspect the country's six Ikea stores.


Monday, May 30, 2011

The new new blog about my boat


A blog about a 13ft 70s ski boat turned cabin explorer (sorry about link words - will remove soon) 

Also see my other (new) blog


"A Mission to combine Sydney's declining waterways and unused flood space into into a World Class Rapid Transport System"

Ive moved ebay stuff onto this blog and deleted the rss gator, it never woked properly anyway.

See ya round the interwebs.

Another ebay wife reference - grab a bargain or something to piss the wife off

23 ft Ex cray boat.Unfinished project. MUST SELL

Needs work and tlc.Boat was sunk at pier. it got stuck under pier ot low tide. Motor was rebuilt but went under, condition is unknown. Gear box condition unknown.Needs electrics.Hull is sound to the best of my knowage. Boat sold as is where is. low reserve. grab a bargain or something to piss the wife off.( it does that well ) Buyer to remove 3 days after aution. Must sell due to moving. View boat at Phillip Island.  Inspection reconmended.Any inquiries ring 


Another ebay wife reference - I am in paradise but wife wants the condo!

Hi All im moving these becuase having like 5 blogs is a pain in the ass to manage:

I am in paradise but wife wants the condo!

Waterfront (watertop) living luxury at a great value. Replacement cost is $1.3 million. Reduced from $295 original asking price.

This boathome - yacht - houseboat custom made by Bluewater has everything you want in comfort and technology. 54 foot hull laid in 1991. Length overall 60 feet. Repowered with 420HP Catapillar diesel engines w/ just 400 hours. Kohler 13 KW generator. Totally redecorated professionally in 2007.

Single level living area, forward cabin with round queen bed and full bath with tub in suite. TV w/VCR. Round overhead skylight hatch.

Main salon with leather queen sofa bed and plush arm chair. Glass top dinette table seats six or more. Galley with full size fridge, trash compactor, double sink, Nikken drinking water filter, Convection/microwave, three burner glass top range, Clothes washer/dryer. 42 inch LCD TV, surround sound, CD DVD Satelite reciever.

Owners quarters with walk around king size bed, private bathroom with full tub. DVD flat screen HD TV.

Mid ship bedroom with double bed, closets and separate portable AC unit.

Three zone aqua thermal heat pumps (using sea water for heat exchange), plus freestanding portable A/C, and new 3M window film throughout for temperature control. Tons of built in cabinets and storage compartments.

Up top additional hot and cold outside shower, padded sun deck, enclosed flybridge, wet bar with icemaker and wine chiller fridge. Party deck large enough for dozens of your closest friends.

Zodiac inflatable on rear swim platform davit for shore excursions.

Twin 420 Diesels w 400 hours.
Kohler 13kw generator
Bow thruster, electric anchor winch, electric retractable 50 amp or twin 30 amp service, double sets bumpers and solar led rail lights.
Engine synchronizor, additional AM FM CD player on flybridge.
Two marine scanning radios
Halcion fire supression system w/fire and CO detectors.
Raytheon multi display,
radar, autopilot, sonar,
fuel scrubber, 600 gal diesel tank, 200 gal fresh water, 60 gal holding,
new batteries (3) 2010, 12v power inverter, redundant 120v and 12v lighting,

Currently living aboard and slip paid until March 2011. May stay or deliver to your slip in the Chesapeake bay area.

Why am I selling such a fine vessel you may ask. I am in paradise but wife wants the condo. Although I will miss her, she must go to the first reasonable offerer. May finance part of purchase price and/or accept a smaller weekender boat or realestate in trade.   

Feel free to call for a visit or serious inquiries. 


Ghost Roads of Sydney Part 1

The Eastwood County Road is a 55 year old unbuilt road proposal, stretching from Kissing Point Road at Dundas to Epping Road at North Ryde , via Eastwood. The reservation, wide enough to permit construction of a six-lane highway-standard road, was gazetted in July 1951 as part of the County of Cumberland Planning Scheme and is known as either “County Road No. 5012” or “Eastwood County Road”.

The reservation begins at the intersection of Kissing Point Road and Stewart Street in Dundas, where a block of vacant land on the north side of the intersection was reserved for future construction of a grade-separated interchange. Travelling east along Stewart Street there is a water reservoir before another block of vacant land, Lachlan Macquarie Park, is located on the north side of the road. Stewart Street has been constructed to four lane standard with a wide median – but probably not wide enough to provide four six traffic lanes and turning bays.

The reservation continues east across Marsden Road along Rutledge Street, where land will probably need to be resumed from the Brush Farm Bowling Club to avoid affecting the historic building on the southeast corner of the Marsden Rd/Stewart St/Rutledge St intersection. From here the road reserve continues east across a steep gully located between Brush Farm Park and Lambert Park, rejoining the trafficable sections of Rutledge Street at Brush Road. Thence, along Rutledge Street, Ryde Council has imposed building restrictions on properties abutting the northern side of the road to enable land to be left vacant for future construction of the County Road. A strip of land four metres deep in the grounds of Eastwood Primary School was gazetted as part of the reservation.

Old Department of Main Roads sign on the Eastwood County Road reservation, looking west from Grove St, Eastwood. Nov 2005.

The railway overpass connecting Rutledge Street with First Avenue has already been constructed to its ultimate width but east of the railway line the road narrows to four lanes again and a strip of vacant land exists on the north side of First Avenue. At Blaxland Road the reservation continues directly east into Welby Street, swallowing Edgar Street in the process. From Welby Street a vacant strip of land is preserved as far as Woorang Street, which forms part of the reservation. Thence from Abuklea Road the reservation passes behind Ray Place, crossing Herring Road diagonally on the north side of Agincourt Road, through the northwest corner of Kent Road Primary School and skirting the western and northern edges of ELS Hall Park before crossing Shrimptons Creek at the end of Booth Street. 

The reservation then joins Epping Road at its intersection with Whiteside Street. Land was formerly reserved for a grade-separated interchange on the north side of Epping Road but was sold off and developed in 2001. 

Full info can be found here: http://www.ozroads.com.au/NSW/Special/Unbuilt/Eastwood/eastwoodcountyroad.htm

Another open house party - This time in sweeden!


Centrumvillan Granloholm
Varbergsvägen 8 857 32 SUNDSVALL
Sundsvall, Sweden

Edit: appears to have been taking down,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

How Brisbane planking death of Acton Beale is fueling a dangerous web craze

THE art of planking is spreading like a virus around the world fuelled by news of a man's fatal seven story plunge from a Brisbane unit block. 
In what is thought to be Australia's first planking fatality, Acton Beale, 20, of Kangaroo Point, slipped when he tried to plank on a 5cm wide balcony railing outside his front door.
By 8am this morning the Planking Australia Facebook page had more than 85,000 followers, up from 65,000 last night and growing by the hour. New planking pages were opened in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway, while the trend is also attracting a huge amount of interest in the United States.
"I didn't know about planking til I heard the news. This is not a dangerous sport promoting stupidity. It's just a random thing for fun as far as I'm concerned. That death is no different to teens drinking and driving or jumping from the balcony to a pool," Nick Möllers writes.
The R.I.P. Acton Beale Facebook page attracted a barrage of comments both condemning and applauding planking and Mr Beale's death.

"One life has been lost because of this! Think of what could happen if it went wrong. Don't be stupid ... think before you do this!," one person wrote.
 "Those who really knew Acton will remember him for a lot more than one small moment of misjudgement. Have a little respect. R.I.P. Mate xoxo," another wrote.
An awesome man missed by many
Before yesterday's death, most posts on the Planking Australia were favourable and light-hearted about the new craze, which was more prevalent in Queensland and Victoria than anywhere else.
Mr Beale's distraught parents, of Tannum Sands near Gladstone, were unable to speak with The Courier-Mail last night.
His friend Lauraine Schmitt said he was "an awesome young man and will be dearly missed by so many".
People at the scene reported hearing "a loud bang" but said they were unaware someone had fallen to their death.

Police are not amused
Queensland police yesterday sent out a general warning about the dangers of planking on its Facebook page, ironically the same means by which planking has gained such a following in Australia.
"Police fear that as planking gains popularity there may be more injuries and potentially further deaths," it said.
Victorian police yesterday claimed they could impose $293 on-the-spot fines if plankers were "walking or climbing on any part of rail premises not intended for passenger use". They warned a similar fine for those who caused "annoyance on/around public transport".
NSW police last night said they were concerned about the trend and considering sending a warning message.
Deputy Commissioner Barnett urged Queenslanders to think before trying to impress others.
"It is what we'd been fearing," he said of Mr Beale's death.
"As people become more and more competitive and try out more and more obscure and difficult episodes of planking . . . these are the sort of things that can eventuate. It might seem like fun but as this episode has shown, it carries great risk."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Donald Trump's presidential prospects collapsing

DONALD Trump's presidential prospects are disintegrating as questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate fade, a new poll showed overnight. 
Mr Trump plummeted from the head of the Republican primary field to fifth-place, tied with long-shot Republican Ron Paul of Texas, according to a newly-released survey from Democratic-aligned firm Public Policy Polling (PPP).

The 64-year old Mr Trump, who has not yet said whether he will run for the Oval Office, had the support of 8 per cent of Republicans, compared to 26 per cent just one month earlier.

But that was before Mr Obama released his long form birth certificate to satisfy any lingering questions about his lineage and cut off speculation among some Republican voters about his eligibility for president.
Mr Trump was virtually the only potential contender to champion that point of view, having gone so far as to allegedly send personal investigators to Mr Obama's birthplace of Hawaii.

In the poll, 34 per cent of Republicans said they were not sure that Mr Obama was born in the US, down from 51 per cent in a February survey, PPP said.

Mr Trump's fall was a boon for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who led the GOP field with 19 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively. The result was in line with polls from various organisations taken before Mr Trump's near-instantaneous rise over the past two months.

Mr Romney, who also ran unsuccessfully for the nomination in 2008, recently announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. Mr Huckabee, has been more cryptic when it comes to his thought process about a potential run.
The PPP survey was an automated telephone poll of 610 usual Republican primary voters and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Koala stolen from Australian Reptile Park, later found dumped in car park

BANJO the stolen koala has been found dumped in the car park of the Australian Reptile Park.
An anonymous caller rang the park about 2pm and told the girl on reception the koala was in the car park.

Keepers rushed out to find the 13-year-old koala in a plastic waste bin with a milk crate over the top of him.

Head keeper Tim Faulkner said banjo was recovered in fairly good condition.

He is slightly dehydrated and is currently being administered fluids.
The 13-year-old named Banjo was off display when he was stolen from an enclosure at the Somersby park near Gosford some time Monday night.

General manager Mary Rayner said the targeted theft was ``very distressing'' and no other animals were taken.

``We were giving him a supplementary paste and it's his first winter in NSW,'' Ms Rayner said.

``We are also concerned that he receives the right eucalyptus leaves because some eucalypts can be quite poisonous to koalas.''

Banjo is considered elderly by koala standards with a life expectancy in the wild of about 10 years and 15 in captivity.

The Reptile Park acquired him from a zoo on the Gold Coast early this year to increase the genetic diversity of its breeding program.

Koalas stress easily and can take a long time to adjust to new surroundings.

Ms Rayner said he had lost some weight during the move so keepers were supplementing his diet of leaves with the special paste.

``We were hoping to get Banjo's weight back up before winter,'' she said.

``He was in his own enclosure because we were concerned about him and we wanted him to get used to his new home before we introduced him to any females.''

Banjo sired two joeys in Queensland last year and Ms Rayner said the park was planning to keep him for its breeding program rather than putting him on public display.

``We're all scratching our heads, to the best of our knowledge it's the first time a koala has been stolen from a zoo in Australia,'' she said.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Woman caught with cannabis in her bra after foil wrapping triggers airport metal detectors

TWO women are due in court today on cannabis possession charges after one of them repeatedly set off a metal detector at an airport in New Zealand, allegedly leading to the discovery of foil-wrapped cannabis in her bra.
The woman, 52, had 50g of the drug in 28 individually wrapped packages in her underwear, police told The Southland Times.
A 44-year-old female friend travelling with her was then spoken to by police at Queenstown Airport - and it was discovered she also had about 40g of the illicit drug concealed about her body.
The women were attempting to catch a plane to Christchurch, about 480km north-east on the South Island, when apprehended.
Read more at The Southland Times.

Teens free to watch online porn at the library

TEENAGERS don't need to hide dirty magazines under their mattresses anymore - they can simply go to the library to watch porn online.
Children aged 13 and older can easily access hard core porn in New York City's public libraries by simply claiming to be of age on the software and clicking off the filters that block adult content, the New York Post reports.
Library-goers say it happens all the time. "You'll see three or four kids, 13 or 14 years old, and they're all gathered around a computer giggling," said a regular at Brooklyn's central library at Grand Army Plaza.
Even teens who don't want to surf for smut can be exposed to it.
"A lot of the times, I see people watching pornography and stuff like that. The man right next to me today was watching naked women," Julio Sosa, 14, said at the Jerome Branch in the Bronx.

Library officials defend their policy of allowing easy access to porn as a free speech issue, claiming that only five percent of web traffic on public library computers is to porn sites.
"Our staff carefully monitors use of computers in adult areas. It is long-standing library policy - here and across the nation - to abide by the First Amendment," said New York Public Library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise.
But Julio Sosa said teens watch it anyway. "She (a librarian) comes over and tells them to stop watching it, but once she leaves, they just go right back to watching it," he said.
City library collections never included pre-internet porn, in books, magazines or movies, and some religious leaders and politicians said the standard should be the same for online porn.
"There's a big difference between exercising your 'freedom of speech' at home and exercising it in a public place such as a library, where you're surrounded by other people - including children," said Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, who is threatening to cut taxpayer funding of libraries.