(Departed) soul mates???

This is one of the more unusual relationship breakup stories to pop up. An Irish Jack Sparrow impersonator who married the ghost of a pirate has revealed she has split from her 300-year-old hubby.Earlier this year Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, said she’d found her “soulmate” in a Haitian pirate from the 1700s who was executed for thieving on the high seas.The loved-up couple were legally married by a shaman priest in a boat off the Irish coast in international waters.But now the mum from Drogheda, Co Louth, has revealed the unlikely union is over.Posting on social media she said: “So I

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“How to drive in India”

That’s the title of an amusing article at The Foreign Challenge.  Having visited India, I should say the best way to drive is to let someone else do it, while you close your eyes, pray very hard, and hope to survive!  However, if you can’t do that, the article has some useful information.  I’m here to tell you, it’s largely accurate.  Here’s an excerpt. If you are planning to drive in India, then you can consider yourself as madman.First of all it is best to forget your home countries traffic laws and rules. Indian traffic is nothing like any other traffic you

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Sailing on the ragged edge of disaster

I received this video clip last night via an e-mail list to which I belong.  I must admit, having sailed aboard yachts now and then during my younger days, I watched it with my mouth hanging open in amazement.  I “raced” according to the standards of 1970’s ocean yachts – not the pro’s, but weekend sailors out for some fun.  The high technology of these modern boats, and the speeds at which they move . . . it’s breathtaking!  I can’t imagine how the helmsmen keep them under control.  In fact, I wonder whether computer-assisted steering (possibly by adjusting the

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Headline of the day

I did a double-take when I read this headline: Eastern Michigan University Cancels‘Vagina Monologues’ Because It Isn’t Inclusive Er . . . ah . . . WTF??? I thought the whole purpose of the Vagina Monologues was that it largely excluded men because they don’t have that organ.  So much for its inclusivity, right from the start! Verily, the mind doth boggle . . . Peter

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Drones again – and a nasty terrorism threat

It seems small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are again in the news – and not in a good way. U.S. Border Patrol agents based in San Diego have spotted 15 drones flying between Tijuana, Mexico, and Southern California over the past 12 months, according to new data provided to the Washington Examiner.Not one of the drone operators involved in those incidents was prosecuted for using an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around the international border, which is protected air space.From Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, the same border sector reported two known incidents. In fiscal 2016, five occurred. Before

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Drones again – and a nasty terrorism threat

It seems small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are again in the news – and not in a good way. U.S. Border Patrol agents based in San Diego have spotted 15 drones flying between Tijuana, Mexico, and Southern California over the past 12 months, according to new data provided to the Washington Examiner. Not one of the drone operators involved in those incidents was prosecuted for using an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around the international border, which is protected air space. From Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, the same border sector reported two known incidents. In fiscal 2016, five

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Maserati lovers must be in tears

A fire in the Italian port of Savona has destroyed hundreds of Maseratis awaiting export.  The Local’s Italian edition reports: After sea waters rose and flooded the port last night, including the two parking areas, local media reports that the salt water caused car batteries to explode and catch fire in the early hours of this morning. Most of the vehicles destroyed in the blaze were brand new Maserati. Several hundred were reportedly stored at the terminal ready for export to the Middle East. . . . The car terminal fire is still ongoing, with the port reportedly enveloped in smoke and ‘continuous’

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