They built a monument to WHAT???

I’m still shaking my head in disbelief at this news report. A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk. The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds (363 kilograms) and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa’s director said Thursday. “There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art,” Alexander Kharchenko said. “An enema is almost a symbol of our region.” The Caucasus Mountains region is known for dozens of

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Doofus Of The Day #37, #38, #39 and #40

Many Doofi (individual and collective) to catalog tonight. Doofus #37 is collective – the entire Simcoe County District School Board in Ontario, Canada. The mother of an autistic girl says the public school board was “completely unprofessional” to formulate a theory that her daughter was being sexually abused based on a psychic’s perception. Barrie resident Colleen Leduc wants an apology from the Simcoe County District School Board, which called in the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to investigate. According to the board, the case is still under investigation, although Leduc says it was closed. Leduc immediately pulled her 11-year-old daughter, Victoria

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A fascinating look at World War II

The BBC has put up an audio slide show on its Web site, showing many of the most important reconnaissance photographs of World War II, with two experts discussing why they’re important and what they reveal. Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, June 1944 It’s a fascinating look at how intelligence was gathered in those days, and a sobering reminder of what our fathers and grandfathers went through. Auschwitz concentration camp, 1944,showing smoke from the crematorium chimneys on the left It’s only a little over 5 minutes long. Highly recommended viewing – and listening. Peter

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The reality behind the ‘gay marriage’ fuss

Peter Hitchens has written an editorial in the Daily Mail that, I think, hits the nail right on the head. I think it’s so good that I’m reproducing it in full here. Next, at an Anglican church near you, a traditional service of divorce I wonder how the religious affairs reporters managed to find out about the almost-wedding service of two homosexual clerics in one of London’s loveliest churches? Did they happen to be passing at the time? Did one of the congregation disapprove so strongly that he leaked it? Seems unlikely to me. Or did those involved, by any

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Geeks and dorks unite!

The sheer stupidity of this gives me a fit of the giggles. It seems that a popular online game, Age of Conan, allows players to ‘design’ their own ‘avatar‘ to represent them in the game. It further appears that many players (perhaps indulging in adolescent fantasies?) have made their avatars . . . how shall I put this? . . . somewhat, er, over-endowed in the mammary gland department. Until technology intervened. Computer gamers have staged a revolt after the gravity-defying breasts of characters in a popular game were suddenly reduced. Many were angry that their previously pert avatars –

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The dangers of ‘energy drinks’

I’ve been involved in a counseling situation with a family for some weeks, and we finally got to the root of one aspect of the problem only last week. It seems their teenage children had been gulping down so-called ‘energy drinks‘, ultra-high in caffeine and other additives, and this had been affecting their behavior. I wasn’t aware of the real dangers posed by such drinks, since I don’t use them myself. However, I’ve learned enough through reading up about them that I’d like to share some of the information with you. These drinks (often mixed with alcohol) appear to fuel

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In Memoriam: Cyd Charisse

One of the loveliest ladies of Hollywood has just died – and yes, she was a Lady with a capital L. Cyd Charisse was a beautiful woman, an outstanding dancer, and the heartthrob of many manly men. Her marriage to entertainer Tony Martin endured almost 60 years – a very refreshing change from typical Hollywood morality! She ‘grew old gracefully’, as the saying goes, and wasn’t afraid to take on new challenges and roles even in her old age. The photograph below shows her in 1992, dressed for her part in ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’. How many ladies look so

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A balletic dash to freedom

On this day, June 17th, 1961, the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev made his famous dash to freedom at Le Bourget airport in Paris. Principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Rudolf Nureyev, has broken free from Russian embassy guards at a Paris airport and requested asylum in France. The 23-year-old Russian dancer dashed through a security barrier at Le Bourget airport shouting in English: “I want to be free.” It is understood Nureyev was approached by two Russian guards as he was waiting, with the rest of his troupe, to board a BEA Vanguard plane to London. The guards informed

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Young criminals and how to punish them

There’s a sickening report in a British newspaper about young criminals. Courts should send fewer teenage criminals to jail, the new head of the Government’s Youth Justice Board has said. Frances Done revealed that only 6 per cent of youngsters sentenced by the courts are sent to custody. But the quango boss, who was appointed to the £85,000 post in February, said she was determined to ‘drive the numbers down’ further. She wants the courts to hand out more community punishments, and for problem children to be sent to ‘intensive fostering’ instead. This is despite huge public concern over teenage

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Another ex-spousal horror story

You’ll recall my post a couple of days ago about former spouses who turn into stalkers. There’s a worse problem – the former spouse who targets his (or, very occasionally, her) children in order to punish the former wife (or, very occasionally, husband). There’s just been another example of this in England. Security guard Brian Philcox, 53, had lost his job and feared he would have to hand over his house to his estranged wife Evelyn, 37. After picking up his daughter Amy and son Owen for a weekend access visit, he told his wife: ‘I’ve left you a present.

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