Simon Crisp: June 2008 Archives
Police in Romania are said to be looking for a busker who keeps stripping off and dancing on the subway of Bucharest.
But the busker is not a bearded hobo who stinks of cider, she is an attractive
young woman who has so far managed to outwit authorities.
Caught on a mobile phone the woman can be seen getting up during a subway ride, turning on a portable CD player and stripping as she dances to Tom Jones tune "You Can Leave Your Hat On".
She then dresses before asks passengers for cash while holding a empty KFC bucket.
So far she has avoided being caught, but it is thought she could face charges of indecent exposure and public begging if spotted by police. (click below for video)
As fans in the stadium sang the official version, channel SRG displayed subtitles for the old ultra-nationalistic first verse - not used since the fall of the Third Reich.
The words "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" (Germany, Germany above everything) which were popular during Nazi rule, were displayed on millions of TVs but this is not what was being sung by players and fans.
They sang "Unity and justice and liberty for the German fatherland" which has been the official version since unification in 1990.
SRG say inexperienced researchers copied the lyrics from the internet.
The moon illusion is a 'trick' whereby the solstice moon - as seen last night - looks bigger because it appears near the horizon, not because it is actually nearer.
NASA say the optical illusion is the result of lunar mechanics: "This week's high solstice sun gives us a low, horizon-hugging Moon and a strong Moon Illusion."
It was thought the Earth's atmosphere magnified the moon but according to NASA only humans 'see' the moon as larger because of our perception of the sky.
Because we are used to seeing clouds above us (a few miles away) and clouds on the horizon (hundreds of miles away) when we see the moon lower in the sky it seems further away and therefore bigger.
The latest craze know as 'dipping' has already seen homeowners wake to find their private pools filled with beer cans.
Police say groups have been found on social networking sites Bebo and Facebook organizing the parties and inviting up to 500 people.
The sites say party-goers should attend in fancy dress and bring a bike so they can get away quickly if discovered.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said yesterday: 'We are advising owners of swimming pools to be on their guard.
Sega say the £90 EMA (Eternal Maiden Actualization) can kiss on command and
unsurprisingly be marketed a single men when released later this year.
The battery powered robo-babe can sense when a human head is nearby and will 'pucker up' to kiss them sending the bot into what designers call a 'love mode.'
A spokesperson for Sega said: "She's very lovable and though she's not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend.
"We wanted to break that stereotype and provide a robot that's sweet and interactive."
The blonde bombshell has joined forces with Potato Council (yes there's a Potato Council) to promote healthy eating on a budget.
She can now be seen in ads lying on a bed of spuds wearing nothing but a Union flag bikini.
Nell says that more shoppers should turn to potatoes during the credit crunch: “For all those busy mums out there’s no better time to love potatoes.
"Potatoes are packed full of essential nutrients, are naturally fat free, low in calories and contain a host of nutrients."
According to a survey popular names for dogs now include Boris (after London Mayor Johnson) and Ronaldo while cats are likely to be called Kylie (Minogue), Kelly, (Brook) or Madonna.
A spokesperson for Pets At Home, who commissioned the survey, said: “We have noticed pets’ names now seem to have celebrity status.”
People with pairs of animals are even more likely to give them celeb names like Posh and Becks or Ant and Dec
Some pets are even being named after their owners fave posh brands like Gucci, Stella or Burberry.
Justin Gignac, 28, and Christine Santora, 24, painted a large picture of the phone on canvas and offered it for sale ... at the same price as the popular gadget.
It was snapped and they bought the real-life item. Now they have painted dozens of things they want. All have been sold for the price of the item, whether USD 3 for a slice of pizza or a cheque for USD 1000 to pay a months rent.
The couple from New York say they came up with the idea while discussing what they would buy with the cash if they sold any of their traditional painting.
"We talked about what we would do with the extra money if we sold paintings and then decided to just be honest and paint what we wanted," said Justin.
He now wants £50,000 in compensation after falling from a set of steps as he removed a card display and staples from a wall at the school gym.
The 73-year-old who fractured his skull and broke a cheekbone in the fall says he had been given no advice on how to use stepladders.
Winchester County Court also heard that after taking the position at the primary school the man had filled in a form to say he had been given Health and Safety training.
Judgment on the case is expected later this week.
Due to be finished in 2010 greenhouses on the 91 hectare site will be so big they will be visible from space.
They will be used to grow 2.5 million tomatoes every week of the year; 560,000 peppers and 700,000 cucumbers per week during February and October. and all will grow without soil using hydroponics.
Bosses behind Thanet Earth say the monster sized constructions will help meet the demand for homegrown food all year round and create 550 jobs.
Each greenhouse will be 1,240ft long, centrally heated and fed by its own private reservoir.
The research by the University Of Hertfordshire found teens and students have on average 1770 songs on their players and that 800 of them have not been purchased.
58 percent of respondents admitted to copy music from a friend and 95 percent say they have copied music in some way such as P2P file-sharing networks or burning from CDs.
However 60 percent of people said they would continue to buy CDs and spend on the music industry in other ways such as attending concerts.
British Music Rights - a lobbying group which works for songwriters and publishers - who commissioned the research said: "The music industry should draw great optimism from this groundbreaking survey. First and foremost, it is quite clear that this young and tech-savvy demographic is as crazy about and engaged with music as any previous generation.
On the eve of her big day bride-to-be Bernadette Henderson was so worried about the food she decided to confront her caterer in the early hours of the morning.
She and her equally angry bridegroom ended up having a punch-up with the caterers boxer boyfriend and Bernadette needed ten stitches in a face wound.
Last week a jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard how the following morning the bride donned a large pair of sunglasses and walked down the aisle anyway.
The court cleared the boxer boyfriend, who said he was defending himself in his own home, of GBH.
7,500 of the flat silicone keyboards have been ordered and will soon be rolled out in hospitals across England.
They are coated with a hypoallergenic material resistant to bacterial growth and because they're flat do not harbor germs in the same way as a normal keyboard.
Designed by experts at University College London Hospital the gadget also has a flashing light and alarm to warn staff when it needs cleaning.
National Clinical Lead for Clinical Safety, Maureen Baker said: "This represents a significant step forward in the drive to tackle hospital-acquired infections and cut the number of cases of MRSA.
Bosses say they hope the £4,000 carts will prevent golfers with a lack of direction from getting lost as they make their way from hole to hole.
The technology can also be used to know exactly how far you are from a hole when planning a shot and records the scores of everyone in your group.
The club in the Forest of Arden, Solihull says the buggy is already proving popular with players who pay £20 to hire them at weekends and £15 on weekdays.
The hi-tech buggy will also help golfers with the 19th hole - the can order drinks from the bar so they are ready when they arrive.
The first Honda FCX Clarity cars will now be shipped to Hollywood celebs Jamie Lee Curtis, husband Christopher Guest, '24' actress Laura Harris and film producer Ron Yerxaincluding.
While Honda say production will be limited they are aiming to have 200 cares available within a year and will lease them out for £300 per month, including insurance.
The hi-tech car works by using a electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to convert chemical energy into electrical energy to power. We have no idea what that means either.
The FCX Clarity then simultaneously generates electricity and water, emitting no carbon dioxide or other harmful emissions.
The world-famous races, which start tomorrow, have for years been the pinnacle of racing style with their morning dress code.
But now bosses have been forced to launch an illustrated guide to the rules for the increasing numbers of chavs who are going to the races.
No-nos include skirts more than two inches above the knee, off-the-shoulder dresses, women showing off their midriffs and streaky fake tan.
Anyone caught breaking the rules in the Royal Enclosure - where they could be rubbing shoulders with the Queen - now risks being booted out.
The RSPCA is using the odd method after tests revealed it helped birds reared in captivity cope better when released into the wild.
A CD recording of the dawn chorus is played to the chicks, which would normally have learned from their parents, twice a day.
A spokesman for the charity says it helps them become good singers which helps them survive back in the wild with males using it to defend territory and find a mate.
The report looked at the findings of 158 previous studies to reach general conclusions about birdsong.
Over the past few years Gabriele Paolini has been seen popping up besides news reporters in Italy to promote condom use on a regular basis.
Dubbing himself the 'Prophylactic prophet' he has aimed to draw attention to the plight of Aids sufferers since a close friend died from the disease.
But now Italy's Supreme Court has upheld a three-month suspended sentence on Paolini for interrupting a report on the state broadcaster RAI in June 2001.
The court also introduced a rule which says anyone deliberately positioning themselves in the way of a live broadcast in a public place can be commiting an offence even if they are silent and immobile.
Britain's etiquette bible Debrett's has teamed up with Orange to produce a list of golden rules for social networking sites.
Orange wanted to produce the guide after a survey they conducted found that
two thirds of social networkers on Bebo, Myspace, Facebook and Hi5 are frustrated and confused by online etiquette.
18 percent said they were also confused on "how to respond to my ex when in a relationship with someone else".
Debrett's etiquette adviser Jo Bryant said: "My advice is to play it safe and always employ your usual good manners when online, treating others with kindness and respect."
The 30 second video for Doritos was pulsed out over a six-hour period from high-powered radars at the EISCAT European space station in the Arctic Circle.
It was aimed at a solar system 42-light-years away from Earth in the Ursa Major or Great Bear Constellation.
EISCAT Director, Professor Tony van Eyken, who oversaw the transmission, explained the why the target was selected saying: “Its star is very similar to our Sun and hosts a habitable zone that could harbour small life supporting planets similar to ours.”
Watch the 'alien advert' after the link.
Flight Lt Chris Ball had was ordered to shorten the tache during a exchange posting with the USAF in Afghanistan because it did not meet US regulations.
But the pilot, normally based at RAF Lossiemouth, refused and consulted the Queen's Regulations finding his distinctive moustache's did not breach RAF guidelines.
Because of a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and US forces, local commanders are not allowed to issue orders that do not allow for difference in dress regulations.
As a result the moustache was saved ... by a whisker.
At 1,200 lbs Manuel could do little more than sit up in bed, but now he is shedding the pounds in a bid to be able to walk down the aisle when he marries his girlfriend.
Since undergoing a bed-based exercise regime and new diet, the 43-year-old from Mexico has already lost one third of his bulk.
Despite being confined to his bed Manuel does sit-ups, pull-ups and hand-biking to help build muscle mass and accelerate fat loss.
He eats about 2,000 calories per day broken up into six meals including egg-white omelets, fresh salads, chicken fajitas and fish fillet in a bed of spring greens.
Viewers say Gary Linekar, Martin O'Neil, Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen are wearing outfits so similar it looks like they are in uniform.
Writing on the blog of Roger Mosey, Director of BBC Sport, one viewer said: "Will someone PLEASE do something about what Gary and the other pundits are wearing.
"Every night they seem to be in uniform, with matching shirts and trousers."
As you can see from these pictures they do seem somewhat co-ordinated, both with each other and the studio.
Back in 1908, New York tea dealer Thomas Sullivan was sending out samples to customers and to cut costs used small silk pouches rather than metal boxes.
But confused clients didn't know what to do with the bags and some started dunking them in hot water rather than taking the tea out and straining it as had been intended.
It worked and 100 years later we Brits now drink 130 million bag made cups of tea every day.
There have been a number of changes to the design, and in 1964 the finely perforated bag was first developed which saw the handy gadget come into its own.
The devices which are being installed in 10 US airports are designed to replace the physical pat-downs currently in operation.
But rights groups say passengers would be shocked by how graphic the images are.
The glass booths close around a passenger and a three-dimensional image is made of their body beneath their clothes by using "millimetre waves" which go through cloth and identify other materials.
Security officers then look at the images - clearly showing sexual organs - in another room.
Evans, 42, told listeners to his BBC Radio 2 show the error happened when he was packing his collection of paintings while moving house.
While Hirst's Dot painting was due to be taken to his new home, it is thought to have been put in a box and that it has been delivered to a charity shop.
The print could now be at one of two charity shops, either in Cranleigh or Godalming, Surrey, near the millionaires presenters home.
"This Damien Hirst could be in either of these shops!" Evans said on air.
Prof Subrata Roy, a expert in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Florida has submitted a patent application for what he calls a “wingless electromagnetic air vehicle.”
The vehicle will be powered by magnetohydrodynamics - the force created when a current or a magnetic field is passed through a conducting fluid created by electrodes that cover each of the vehicle’s surfaces and ionize the surrounding air into plasma.
While the planned prototype is only six inches across Prof Roy says the design can be scaled up and theoretically should work in a much larger form.
The U.S. Air Force and NASA are already said to have expressed interest in the aircraft, and the university is seeking to license the design.
Next recently launched a range which uses the RAF's red, white, and blue roundel on bedroom furnishings aimed and young boys.
The MoD say the items which include a duvet cover, wall stickers and curtains all infringe on the copyright of their logo and their legal team has lodged a claim in the chancery division of the High Court.
But the store insists the symbol is also the emblem of the 1960s 'Mod' movement, revived by Paul Weller's band The Jam in 1978 and is therefore fair game.
The symbol dates back to the First World War aircraft and was used by the Royal Flying Corps.
The couple, in their thirties, sparked outrage earlier this month when they were caught in the compromising position in the Italian town of Cesena.
After being cautioned for obscenity and disturbing a religious ceremony they said they had been drinking all night and realized they had acted inappropriately.
Senior clergyman are now said to have met with the pair and forgiven them.
The bishop has also said a special 'Mass of reparation' to cleanse the building of sins committed by the lovers.
Tests have shown that the aroma of coffee helps restore brain activity to normal levels in sleep deprived rats.
Boffins at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, took 30 rats and kept them awake for 24 hours before exposing half to the smell of roasted coffee.
The brain activity was then monitored and those which had smelt the coffee were found to have returned to a normal non sleep deprived state.
The researchers said that the experiment provided the first ever clues to the possible reviving powers of coffee bean aroma.
The clip was posted to YouTube has now been watched by more than two million people and features the woman wearing just a T-shirt, stripy knickers and glasses as she plays.
Giovanny Gutierrez says he filmed his girlfriend without her knowledge and he said that she was furious when she first found out
But when it was revealed that Gutierrez is a marketing executive from Florida many speculated that it was a stunt.
Now Nintendo have said the video is "absolutely, 100% nothing to do with Nintendo", adding that they did not create it and was not aware of it until it was brought to their attention.
The professional window cleaner spent last night 'sleeping' in a bed suspended half way up the Sony building in Tokyo as a PR stunt to raise awareness that many of us get too little sleep.
She abseiled into the specially constructed vertical bed in the evening and back out again the following morning.
Nakamura found the experience relaxing saying: "I was yawning and I actually almost fell asleep because it's such beautiful weather. It's so warm and it feels so good."
Watch the video after the link.
The three-month trial could have see the two accused men handed out life sentences - it will now have to start again once a less quiz-mad jury has been appointed.
Mistaking their secret sudokuing for copious note taking the judge had even praised them for being such a diligent jury.
After being caught, one juror claimed the puzzles had helped keep her "mind busy" as she listened to repeated testimonies from the witness box.
Despite holding up the legal system and costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars no legal action can be taken against jurors.
The Boeing 727 arrived at the airport from Siem Reap in neighbouring Cambodia in late 2007 but since then remains unclaimed.
While the Cambodian flag it painted on the 727s fuselage and it is emblazoned with the name Air Dream there is no information about the airline.
Airport officials say that is the owners do not come forward soon the plane will have to be sent for scrap.
The plane was originally given permission to land while essential maintenance was carried out but these repairs have not been done.
But these are actually posh COUNCIL flats which benefits claimants pay just £75 a week to live in.
While private buyers are paying £300,000 for properties in the same development overlooking Poole Harbour, Dorset council tenants are offered them for the cut-down price.
Because of government legislation house developer Bryant Homes was only given permission to build the 340 nome complex if 115 were made for social or affordable housing.
A builder on the site said: "These have got to be the best council flats anywhere in Britain. The view is amazing and for £75 they are a bargain.
When Ally Ashwell went out in Blackpool to celebrate her friends upcoming wedding the only thing she thought was odd was that she was dressed as a bumblebee.
But after starting to feel unwell she returned to her hotel room on her own and shortly after her waters broke.
The human resources officer from Newcastle - who had no idea she was pregnant - quickly dialed 999, but gave birth to her son before they arrived.
A spokesman (and apparently a master of understatement) for the Blackpool Victoria Hospital where she was taken said: "It is very unusual for a baby to be born in this situation."
A recent survey has found people with the surname Patel are most likely to own must-have gadgets like an iPhone, a PlayStation 3 and the latest HD camcorder.
The 'research' by an online electrical retailer saw them analyze 12 months sales figures seeing what people with different surnames bought and comparing this with the number of them in the UK.
Pixmania found Patels who had shopped with them spent an average of £2,315.40 on the latest digital goods, with Wilsons and Hugheses coming second and third.
Joneses trailed in at 16th behind the Browns, Taylors and Smiths.
Ofcom ruled that use of the word w*nker was "clearly offensive" but that this had been an isolated incident.
The episode, broadcast in April, featured a cameo appearance by U2, during which one of the band members called his colleagues w*nkers. This was later mimicked by the character Mr Burns in the closing credits
31 complaints were made about the use of the word to the broadcast regulator.
Ofcom said: "Its use at 6pm in a programme like The Simpsons was not justified by the context and was not in line with audience expectations - as Channel 4 has acknowledged."
Released by NASA the picture was taken using a a High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Even using the £20 million 800 megapixel camera (compared to 10mp domestic cameras) the earth diameter still only takes up 90 pixels and the moon 24 pixels.
In the image you can make out the west coast outline of South America at lower right, although the clouds are the dominant features.
NASA say: "The phase angle is 98 degrees, which means that less than half of the disk of the Earth and the disk of the moon have direct illumination.
Many of those injured are left with concussion and victims were found to range in age from two months to 96-years old.
While in 1990 only 5772 people were injured by the battery powered vehicles, by 2006 the number was up to 13,411.
Lara McKenzie, of the Center for Injury Research and Policy believes the rise is due to the carts being used in more settings off the golf course such as airports, national parks and college campuses.
Falling or jumping from a golf cart was the most common cause of injury, though thousands have being struck by one of the 25mph devices, often resulting in hospitalization.
Designed by Japanese Ginza Tanaka it is made entirely from platinum and set with over 2,000 diamonds.
The bag has is being used to launch London Jewellery Week 2008 and will go on sale at the event.
Organizers say the diamond shoulder strap can be detached and worn as a necklace or a bracelet and other decorations worn as a brooch.
The locations where the handbag will go on display will not be disclosed in advance for security reasons.
The kitten's mother is thought to have climbed behind a kitchen sink in Dunbar, East Lothian to give birth.
But shortly after the birth the kitten fell and got trapped down the drain.
A fire crew was called in and they used a special vibrascope camera to locate the cat before starting their rescue.
They then put a sock on the end of the vacuum nozzle to catch the kitten and sucked it up.
Jokers have created the site which looks just like the popular news aggregator, but with the normal stories of death and destruction replaced with happy news articles.
The site has already been seen by thousands of people and is going viral as people email each other the link.
Headlines include 'China Withdraws from Tibet, with Apologies,' 'Rowling: I have heaps more to write about Harry' and 'Barry Bonds' secret: I owe it all to yoga'
Google News is the worlds most popular news aggregator and pulls headlines from sites around the world.
Designers created the 'Sqish' - which can be camouflaged to match any wall - as an alternative to the normal dark satellite dish seen on millions of UK homes.
It works by taking a picture of the wall where the Sqish is to be installed and emailing it to the makers, who then supply the TV dish ready-camouflaged.
The dish can receive Sky and Freesat and offers an solution to people who live in areas sensitive to planning restrictions or coastal towns where dishes are prone to rust.
(We are not sure how wise it was to have a picture special on something you are not meant to be able to see, but more pictures follow.)
The McMurdo base station will now distribute the condoms to staff so they do not have to get embarrassed buying them.
Bosses say because there are so few staff based there over the winter it can become "a little bit uncomfortable" buying the contraceptive devices.
The winter has just started and the base will be plunged into darkness until the first sunrise of spring on August 20.
At current staffing levels everyone would be given 132 condoms ... we don't know how much research will get done.
But rather than being responsible for the religious upbringing of the ship, the title means Myleene will perform the traditional naming ceremony for the 'Carnival Splendor'.
Speaking about the role she said: “I am very excited, and a little nervous, at becoming a ship’s godmother for the first time, especially when it involves naming a ship the size of the Carnival Splendor.
"But my family is very connected with ships as my father served in the Merchant Navy.”
The ship, which will carry up to 4,914 passengers has four swimming pools, a 5,500sq ft children’s play area and 22 lounges and bars.
As a season ticket holder at Stoke City, Phil Gregg has had a set seat for the past 10 years. But now he is to test the view from all 28,383 seats at the Britannia Stadium.
After getting permission from the club he will even capture the view from the managers seat in the dugout.
The club plan to use the images to show prospective season ticket holders can actually look where they will be sitting.
Phil started the project at easter and hopes to be finished by the start of the next season - the photos will be also sold on the website mymatchview.com
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall had bought a small stake in the supermarket and tabled a resolution to make executives publicly address the standards they set their suppliers at an upcoming annual meeting.
But the River Cottage cook has now received the bill with Tesco saying he submitted the documents too late - and he should meet the cost of sending the papers to investors.
"They are entitled to ask this, but it looks quite vindictive," said Fearnley-Whittingstall, who is calling for all retailers to meet the standards laid down by the RSPCA's Freedom Food scheme.
He is now looking to raise the money through his chickenout.tv
Ian and Barbara Pollard, of Abbey House Gardens in Wiltshire, have for years enjoyed being naked while maintaining their huge gardens filled with 10,000 different plants.
Normally they cover up when guests visit the plush gardens which has the largest collection of roses in the country, but now they are offering ‘Clothes Optional’ days.
On the last such day, 1st June, over 280 people turned up, many who stripped off before wandering around.
Ian and Barbara say they feel that plants and humans are genetically very similar and it’s perfectly possible to live in harmony together and enjoy the gardens as nature intended.
In Sweden, parents are banned from giving their children a name which is deemed offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate - also prohibited are names which could embarrass the people they are given to.
The parents had been told the name Lego was a no-no but they appealed to the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeals and had the ruling overturned.
Little Lego may have a unique name - unless he is in a toy store - but other odd names which have not been allowed include, a boy named Metallica, a girl called Elvis.
In 1996 parents even tried to name their son Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced Albin) in protest at the naming law.
To test the financial savviness of Brits, a money website sent people dressed in sandwich boards offering free money, onto the streets on London and Manchester.
The boards - usually worn by religious nutters or to promote golf sales - clearly said anyone who asked would be given a £5 note.
But despite this only 28 people took them up on the offer with 1772 walking by. Even as some were given the cash it did not start a stampede.
The people behind the stunt say it was designed to illustrate that Brits are unwilling to take even the simplest steps to improve their financial situation and why the UK could be heading into a recession.
The judges threw out a case brought by five air hostesses who complained they had been grounded for being too flabby.
Delhi high court agreed with claims from the airline that fat flight staff presented a health and safety hazard and that hostess's physical condition and appearance plays an important role in her overall personality.
Air India - whose air hostesses wear traditional Indian saris - is increasingly up against private airlines with younger flight crews who often wear shorter skirts.
Two years ago it introduced staff weight limits based on an employee's height and age.
The four-part cheer will now be show on Chinese TV and a poster campaign to ensure fans know the 'Civilized cheer. Special lessons will also take place in schools.
The cheer involves clapping twice, giving a thumbs-up, clapping again before punching the air with both arms.
It is to be accompanied by chants of "Olympics", "Let's go", "China".
Li Ning, president of the Beijing Etiquette Institute, told the Beijing News that the cheer was in line with general international principles for cheering, while at the same time possessing characteristics of Chinese culture.
For the visual guide on how to cheer click below.
In the YouTube video the troops show off their "luxury" pad boasting about their games room (a darts board) and the library (a shelf of books.)
The video uses all the same camera movements and sounds as the hit MTV show which has seen stars like Robbie Williams and Snoop Dogg offer tours of their homes.
The squaddie host then shows off his ride - a Bulldog armoured vehicle.
It is thought video, posted on YouTube this week, was filmed by members of the Mercian Regiment.
Dutch bike group Fietsersbond says that 700,000 bikes were stolen in the Netherlands last year partly because riders are not security-conscious.
They believe that by touring the country offering cyclists lessons in lock-picking and how to get away with a bike people will start taking more care.
"This teaches people how to better secure their bikes," a spokeswoman for the group.
The government have now launched a campaign urging people to report bike theft to the police and to record their bike's identity number.
The poll found that "feel good moments" such as your team winning or even going out on a sunny day, bring us greater happiness than earnings.
People in Scotland and Newcastle were the happiest in the UK.
Johan de Wit of ING Direct - who commissioned the research - said: "It shows the smallest everyday events can have a huge impact on our mood.
"Whether it is a kind word, catching up with a friend or an unexpected sunny day, we should not underestimate the positive impact of the little things in life."
After having to repeatedly call out police to help them retrieve patients who had walked off Benrath Senior Centre in Düsseldorf came up with the novel solution.
They decided to pitch an exact replica of bus stop outside and found that rather continue walking, patients started waiting there.
Patients are then approached by staff who say a bus will be along later and invite them back inside for a cup of tea.
The idea has proved so successful it is now been adopted by several other nursing homes across Germany.
The New Zealand Book Council has even produced a deceptive website to make it look like you are working while you catch-up on some Orwell.
The site makes your monitor look like you are working on important business documents by reformatting books to resemble Microsoft Powerpoint presentations.
At a glance your boss would never notice your were were not working.
readatwork.com already contains hundreds of books including poetry by Emily Dickinson or George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”
Ripley's Believe It or Not! which only features the weird, strange and bizarre will launch in London's West End during August.
Other odd items going on show include a Genuine 16th Century Iron Maiden and a 13-Foot Long Tower Bridge Made of Wooden Matchsticks.
The museum of oddities will occupy 24,000 square feet at Piccadilly Circus and with over 500 original and almost unbelievable exhibits it hopes to become one of London's big tourist attractions.
"There's nothing like it. We're looking forward to shocking visitors from all over the world," said boss Jim Pattison, Jr.
Fifa is said to be unhappy that England used seven subs during the game and may not rate the match as a full international.
The FA think a decision had been agreed to allow the seven changes - after originally asking to make 11 - but Fifa are adamant no special dispensation was given.
If the England game is downgraded to a Dean Ashton, Joe Hart, Phil Jagielka and Stephen Warnock who all made their first appearances for England would be left waiting for their first cap.
It would also mean that Aston Vila midfielder Gareth Barry would not have notched up his first international goal and England would slip back down the Fifa world rankings, having moved up two places following the win.
Watchdog Ofcom said it found 'persistent' beaches of the rules by MTV on shows like 'Totally Jodie Marsh' which were likely to appeal to children.
Ofcom added that it was punishing MTV for "highly offensive language and material" across its channels MTV UK, MTV France, MTV Hits and TMF.
"Material was not justified by the context of broadcasts likely to appeal to children," said a statement.
In one example a trailer for Totally Jodie Marsh, broadcast during the day, included the sentence: “I just don’t want you settling down with some f**king w**ker from a modelling agency."
A 57-point list which includes very specific regulations on what can be brought into China has also been published on the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee's website.
Points include: do not sleep in public places, the display of insulting slogans is prohibited and drunk persons will be detained until they are sober.
Visitor are also warned they criminal liability would be pursued against anyone who act to insult the Chinese national flag.
An estimated 500,000 foreigners are expected to attend the games.
Erika La Tour Eiffel, 37, who lives in San Francisco wed the French icon in a small ceremony attended by a small group of friends - presumably they spent their honeymoon in Paris.
Erika re-visits the structure for their first wedding aniversary as part of a Five show on Objectum-Sexual women.
The former soldier says she has previously had an infatuation with the bow that helped her to become a world-class archer and says she is fond of the Berlin Wall.
The Woman Who Married the Eiffel Tower is on Five at 10pm on June 4.
Toronto based Gordon Graff says 'SkyFarm' is a vertical farm which could provide the food requirements for thousands of people.
The bizarre plans claim the SkyFarm could grow as much food as a 1052 acre farm and generate $23,000,000 per year.
Crops would be irrigated by water recycled through the building's hydroponic system eliminating the need for heavy soil which would make the building impossible.
The building is just one highlighted on verticalfarm.com run by Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier.
Eight of the high maintenance animals have been moved to Beijing zoo after damage was caused to the Wolong reserve, close to the epicentre of the shock.
The young pandas have now been identified as suffering from anxiety and are being given hugs and plenty of bamboo to help them recover.
Keepers say they are also giving 'psychological support' to the animals by playing with and talking to them.
The earthquake killed four staff members at the reserve and another remains seriously ill in hospital.
ASDA has also cut the price of potatoes and carrots claiming that strapped for cash families need only pay £1.57 to make bangers and mash for four.
Customers wanting an upmarket version of the meal at Gordon Ramsay’s gastro pub The Devonshire fork out £13 for sausages and gravy plus an extra £3.50 for mash.
The move comes at a time when many food prices are soaring and Britain is feeling the world credit crunch.
ASDA’s sausage buyer Jenny Liggat said: “Families are feeling the impact of the credit crunch in their pockets.
Dr Fred Baur, who created the famous packaging in 1966, was so proud of his invention that he made the request before his recent death.
His family have confirmed they carried out his wishes - but did not say what flavour tube was used.
The 89-year-old from Cincinatti had been a chemist and food storage technician for Procter and Gamble when he came up with the tube for the potato snacks.
He is also credited with developing a wide range of products including freeze-dried ice cream and cooking oil.
Zara beat of competition from fellow royal Princess Bea and the not so regal Paris Hilton - meanwhile Brad Pitt scooped the mens title ahead of David Beckham and Jude Law.
The list is compiled each year by the millinery and hat making industry in Luton and previous winners include Kate Moss and Kate Middleton.
Philip Wright who was one of the judges says top celebrities now wear ‘statement’ hats, which have something to say for themselves.
“It’s an exciting time for headwear at the moment," he said.
As the number of oranges eaten in the UK fell two percent to 598 million, easier to peel and smaller citrus fruits like tangerines and satsumas saw a boom in sales.
Sales of satsumas were up 35 percent in 2007 while tangerines rose by 60 percent, according to trade mgazine The Grocer.
It is thought the increase in sales of smaller fruits can be accounted for because they are easier to carry in handbags or briefcases and take half the time to peel.
Tangerines and satsuma sales could soon outstrip those of oranges for the first time in the UK, experts now believe.
The indigenous Indians were found and photographed for the first time last week when a helicopter flew over their community.
Members of the tribe aimed their bows and arrows at the helicopter though no one was hurt.
The men had painted red skin while the women were painted black. It is thought the community of 500 people live in a series of hut covered in palm leaves along the Envira River.
'We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,' said a spokesperson for FUNAI, the Brazilian government's Indian affairs department.
The butt bra - created by psychologist Dr. Karin Hart - is said to provide a shapely backside by raising the derriere with a supportive structure.
The basic structure of the device is a waist/hip band with two strategically placed adjustable leg loops that encircle the buttocks.
Inventor Dr Hart said: "Breasts have had the benefit of brassieres for over one hundred years. Sadly, the derriere has had no equivalent.
"This is surprising since today everyone wants better sculpted curves and a rounded up rear view can be quite a personal asset."
Many council housing departments are refering people without homes to the Advisory Service for Squatters website where they sell a £2 squatters handbook.
The guide gives tips on how to break into a home, deactivate alarms, get services like electricity
An introduction in the book reads: "Private houses may provide years of housing to lucky squatters.
"Only a small minority of squatters ever get nicked - squatting is not a crime. If anyone says it is, they are wrong.
'Allen Carr's Easy way To Stop Smoking' will be developed for the hand-held Nintendo DS which became popular with older gamers because of titles like 'Brain Training.'
In the game - released in November - players will input details of their smoking habits and a virtual coach will then take them through the process of quitting.
Makers Ubisoft say Carr has already helped over 10 million smokers quit with his book 'Easy way To Stop Smoking.'
Villagers in Wilsden, Yorkshire have complained that owner Edward Pikul lets Elvis the parrot fly where it wants.
They claim the 2ft bird has attacked them, chewed through cables and even smashed street lights.
Officers from Bradford council have now been called in to monitor Elvis's behaviour and if he continues to annoy residents he could be sent to a sanctuary.
Owner Edward says he would rather see Elvis sent to a sanctuary than lock him up in a cage.
Robert Bradford used thousands of cans to create the artwork which was commissioned to launch Recycle Week which will reveal further works across the UK.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said he hoped the work would inspire Londoners to recycle.
"Recycle Week is a fantastic initiative and does a huge amount to encourage us all to recycle more," he said.
Bradford currently has a show on at Trafalgar Hilton which will run until Oct. 5th and will be at the New York Art Fair later this month.
Jon Matthews from Milton Keynes was told by doctors "don't make any plans for Christmas" eight months ago.
But rather than accept his fate Jon placed a bet £100 he would survive ... and won.
Bookies William Hill checked the facts with Harefield Hospital in Middlesex before offering the 58-year-old odds of 50/1.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: "Never, in thirty years in the business, have I been so pleased to pay a winning client £5,000.
The ban, which started at midnight, will mean passengers are prohibited from carrying opened alcoholic beverages on the Tube, Docklands Light Railway, London Buses and trams.
So on Saturday over 9,000 people - organized through social media websites - gathered for one last hurrah.
The event had been planned to show that alcohol could be enjoyed without trouble but drunken party-goers were seen fighting, vomiting, ripping maps and tearing posters from the walls.
British Transport Police said 17 arrests were made, six assaults were reported on staff.
Six-year-old Max Dolan, from Hampshire, won the Scott Polar Research Institute competition to name the 1,985sq miles object previously known as C19A.
It is the first time an iceberg has been known to the scientific community as anything other than by its numeric codename and co-ordinates.
'Melting Bob,' three times the size of Greater London, will be tracked over the next decade as it moves in the Southern Ocean.
Asked how he came up with the name Max said: "The iceberg bobs in the water and is melting - it's huge and cool."
The researchers say a mixture of Mariella Frostrup, Honor Blackman and Dame Judi Dench would give the ideal female voice.
For men it would be Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon.
The research - produced by by linguistics Professor Andrew Linn from Sheffield University, and sound engineer Shannon Harris - found vocal traits associated with trust scored more popular.
It concluded that a speaker should say about 164 words per minute and pause for 0.48 seconds between sentences that fall in intonation.