A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle. The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape.
"The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle pulled the trigger with its paw," one lawyer was quoted as saying.
Ha ha, we say! . . . .
. . . . By the way, we wonder why there was a lawyer, were they going to sue the fox?!
Britain's worst parking space? Contractors mark out bay with lamppost in the middle
Finding a parking space in London is tricky at the best of times.
But drivers in Romford, East London have been left baffled by this utterly bizarre parking space which could well be the most useless in Britain.
A passer-by took a picture of the space, which has a speed bump lamppost sign plonked right in the middle.
Retired engineer Phil Wailing, 63, spotted the metal post surrounded by fresh white paint as he walked his dog near his home on Sunday.
The grandfather-of-two Phil said: ‘It really beggars belief.
‘I think the contractors must have been down the Aspen Tree pub at the end of the road before they started painting.
‘It smacks of the work of jobsworths but you've got to laugh.’
Havering Council said contractors "mistakenly" painted around the sign on a pavement and the paint will be removed as soon as possible.
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Free advice for those who find the service of lawyers too expensive and seek to take the DIY approach in the family court.
You can also get 1/2 hour free advice from a number of family solicitors, just Google 'Family Law Solicitors Lytham St Annes'
Beware that if you are looking at taking your children's other parent to court, when you serve papers, they have a free counter application which can be very serious if you're not aware they can do this. For example, you could be seeking a Shared Care or Weekends access order and your 'ex' could counter with an application for 'sole care' on grounds you may not be aware of until you get the application back. So please do be careful and get any professional advice you can before making your application. Also beware of getting into obvious acrimony in your application or in court. The judge on the day can involve Social Services or CafCass if he feels that both parties are not putting the child(ren) first or that they won't work together. (Please note we are not professional and offer this suggestion based only on experiences of people we know).
Many of us are struggling with money for reasons that are often completely beyond our control. This may be due to government policies, greedy suppliers and corporates, out of control advertising in our faces all the time, the EU, or Brexit (better described as 'the great unknown'. Here are a couple of charities that will offer free help and advice.
Isn't it remarkable that we take our car in for its annual MOT, yet ignore our body until something actually goes wrong?
A body MOT would obviously be reassuring and yet, if you talk to doctors and medical specialists, you would discover that most of them do not have regular check-ups!
Why have check ups?
The main reason for getting a health screening is to detect abnormalities or disease at an early stage, so that treatment can be commenced as soon as possible in order to prolong life.
So what diseases actually kill us, and how can they be detected or even prevented from starting?
The three commonest causes of death in this country are:
These 'dread diseases' account for well over 80 per cent of all deaths. We know that certain risk factors can make you more prone to developing these killer diseases, and if we can identify those factors we could prevent many premature deaths.
So let's see what should be included in a simple MOT.
The 'Risk Factors'
1. Family History
If there is a history of heart attacks and/or stokes in your family, particularly affecting relatives before the age of sixty, then you may be at a higher risk of getting these. Specific cancers can also occur more commonly in certain families. For example, if your mother or a sister has had breast cancer you may be more at risk of developing that tumour.
High blood pressure and raised cholesterol can run in families, and these conditions put you more at risk of developing heart attacks and strokes.
Lung cancer is more common in smokers, but other cancers such as cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue, voice box (larynx), gullet, breast, kidney, bladder, pancreas, penis and cervix also occur more frequently.
Smokers are also more at risk of developing gangrene, angina, heart attack, stroke, bronchitis, brain haemorrhage and peptic ulcers.
Being overweight puts you at risk of high blood pressure, and therefore heart attacks and stroke. But few people realise that overweight and obese women are more likely to get breast cancer, gall stones and cancer of the gall bladder!
4. Blood Pressure
Raised blood pressure puts you at risk of suffering from a stroke, heart attacks, brain haemorrhage and kidney disease. A blood pressure reading persistently above 160/95 is classed as being above normal, and needs treatment with medication.
This a type of fat which is normally present in our blood stream. When it exceeds a certain level, we are in danger of developing heart attacks, strokes, angina and circulation problems. The ideal blood cholesterol level is 5.2, and levels above this should lowered.
This condition where the blood sugar level is raised, places the sufferer at greater risk of many medical problems such as heart attack, stroke, circulation problems, sight defects and kidney disorders. The early signs of this disease include excessive thirst, passing urine frequently and a desire for sweet foods.
This 'Human MOT' checks six important risk factors and the first three risks can be checked without even going to the doctor:
1 Family History
Has anyone in the family had heart disease, stroke or any from of cancer, under the age of 60 years? If so discuss this finding with your doctor.
Do you smoke? If you do, you should stop. 40% of smokers do not reach retirement! Ask your local pharmacist or your doctor for help in stopping smoking.
You know if you have a weight problem!
The next three 'risks' can only be assessed by a doctor or nurse, and your own GP will decide if you need these tests done. If there is any heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol problems affecting any family member under sixty, then the following should be checked:
4 Blood pressure
It only takes a couple of minutes to check.
A sample of urine is tested with a 'dipstick', which changes colour if sugar is present.
This requires a sample of blood to be taken from the arm. Results are usually obtained within 10 days.
So if your MOT shows normal results you have an excellent chance of enjoying a normal healthy lifespan.
To improve those chances even further, all women over 50 years of age can now have a mammogram to detect early breast cancer, and every woman over the age of 25 can have a cervical smear to detect early cancer of the cervix.
Source: BBC News 31-05-18.
Is it right that the NHS should be though of as 'in debt'? We all rely on the NHS for our wellbeing and frequently our very lives. Isn't it about time funds for foreign wars, bad political investments and decisions, as well as propping up 'doomed' businesses and banks ceased in favour of our health? Shouldn't the government's sense of priority be refocused? Tell us what you think. £20 if we publish your response.
No, we're not making a bawdy joke, and we're not talking about taxes either.
We're talking about your behaviour and environment, and how they can conspire to deny you a good night's sleep.
Here are our remedies, so you can wake the next morning fully refreshed.
You may find it difficult to switch off from daily anxieties you experience at work, at home or in your personal life. This can severely affect your ability to sleep.
Make a list of tasks for the next day and keep it beside your bed - this will help you take control of them. Don't fret about past events, or about the future. Try to talk through problems with your partner or a friend.
Give yourself some quiet time, and try relaxing activities like pilates or yoga.
It may be a ritual which makes it easier to fall asleep - but it will also ensure your sleep is unsettled.
Alcohol, along with caffeine and nicotine, is a major sleep disruptor. It suppresses the production of adrenaline, which helps you fall asleep faster. However, within hours your body counteracts this effect by producing more adrenaline, which will make you wake up, or sleep poorly. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which means you may have to visit the loo overnight.
In fact, even drinking six hours before bedtime can affect your sleep, so it's best to cut back to daily recommended limits, or not drink at all.
Late night snack
A late night snack may sound like a nice treat, but if you don't pick it carefully, it could undermine the quality of your sleep.
Polishing off that curry - or any spicy, rich, heavy food - not only weighs you down, but as you lie down, it could cause heartburn.
Likewise, you should avoid any drinks or foods that contain stimulants - alcohol we've mentioned, but you should also stay away from coffee, some types of tea, and cocoa.
Now, if you do have trouble falling asleep, some foods can actually help you. For instance, camomile tea has a calming effect, which will help you fall asleep.
Perhaps the key element of getting a good night's sleep is your bed. Make sure it's comfortable. Do your back a favour, and change your mattress every 10 years. If the mattress sags, put a board under it until you can afford to buy a new one.
Fresh sheets and pillow cases will make getting into bed more pleasant.
If the morning sun is causing you problems, invest in heavier curtains or lining, or wear an eye mask. If your partner snores, buy some soft ear plugs.
Keep the room at a decent temperature, and well ventilated – not too hot in the summer or too cold in winter.
Bedrooms should only be used for sleeping and sex – not for working, eating or watching television.
If you have a television or computer in the room, then it is time to de-clutter and move them elsewhere.
You should aim to make your bedroom a dark, quiet and peaceful environment in which to rest after a hard day’s work.
Do you get enough exercise? If not, give it a try. Regular exercise may help you fall asleep faster, and sleep more soundly.
However, keep in mind that for some people, exercising before bedtime might make it more difficult to go to sleep, so time it well.
Start exercising, and see what time of day works best for you.
Some medications can contain ingredients which may keep you awake at night.
This is true about both prescription medications and over the counter treatments. The latter may contain alcohol or caffeine, so read the labels well.
You should consult your pharmacist or your GP to ensure that what you are taking will not interfere with your sleep.
Irregular sleep patters
It is easy to cut back on your sleep during the busy work week, and plan to catch up on weekends. But this approach serves you poorly, as it will discombobulate your sleep cycle.
Establish a good sleep routine by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, even at weekends. If you don’t fall asleep soon, get up and go to another room. Sit in a comfortable chair, relax and read a book or magazine. When you feel sleepy, go back to bed again.
Only sleep in bed. Try to avoid taking a nap during the day, especially in the early evening, or else you will find it difficult to sleep again at night.
DID WE MINDFULLY VOTE FOR BREXIT? DID THE US VOTE FOR TRUMP WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THEY WERE VOTING FOR?
Now this decidedly murky organisation is going to suggest you trust it with even more about you as it launches a dating service too. Soon there will be nothing in your life that is not held on a file by Facebook and if they don't get you, Amazon will. The government is now second in command to the sprawling internet giants who know more about you than your mother! Talk about Orwell and 1984?!
HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW YOUTUBE CHANGED SINCE BEING ACQUIRED BY GOOGLE AND IS NOW OPEN TO ANYTHING BEING UPLOADED NO MATTER WHAT AGE GROUP MAY BE READING OR VIEWING IT. PLEASE DON'T GIVE ME THAT PARENTAL CONTROLS RUBBISH - CHILDREN ARE WAY AHEAD OF YOU AND CAN BYPASS THESE SOFT HURDLES IN A FLASH.
A fascinating short documentary from the excellent ITV 'Tonight' program.
If you think you know what these Internet 'Big Brothers' know - you may not know the half of it . . . .
We promise not to sell your details!
What happens when a cop gets into bed?
He becomes an undercover cop.
"Madam, your son just called me ugly!"
The mother apologises profusely, "I'm so sorry, I must have told him a thousand times it is wrong to judge people just from their looks"