Daily Blog 06/01/2012
BBC News – Today – The Chopper: ‘Every child’s dream’
The Raleigh Chopper – the bike that became an icon for the 1970s – is remembered as the funeral takes place of its designer Alan Oakley.
Amsterdam looks at rooftops for automatic bicycle parking (Wired UK)
Amsterdam has a problem. There are 300,000 bikes in public spaces in the city at any one time, but only 200,000 official bicycle parking spots, meaning that 100,000 are parked unofficially, and in some cases illegally. A company called Velominck has been building underground bike parking garages in the city since 2005, but its latest plan is to site them on the roofs of buildings instead.
$4,000 gold-plated vibrator stolen by armed robber in Brazil | World news | guardian.co.uk
An armed man in Brazil has stolen an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator selling for $4,000 (£2,600) at a luxury sex shop.
Police say he walked into the Erotica Luxo store in Brasilia, tied up a sales assistant and took the item from its display case. He stole nothing else.
Family of man who died in threesome awarded $3million – because doctors didn’t warn him about extreme physical activity | Mail Online
The family of a man who died in a three-in-the-bed sex romp have won $3million in damages against a doctor who failed to warn him about extreme physical activity.
William Martinez, 31, suffered a fatal heart attack caused by the excitement and physical activity with a woman and another man.
The married father-of-two died a day before he was due to have a heart stress test.
BBC News – Woodland Trust reveals 60 Diamond Jubilee Wood sites
Locations for 60 new woods created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have been revealed by the Woodland Trust.
Landowners across the UK have planted millions of trees to form the Diamond Woods – each at least 60 acres in size, the equivalent to 30 football pitches.
Police crime map allows vicitms to track progress of investigations | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk
Victims of crime can now track the progress of police investigations at the touch of a button – from arrest all the way to sentence.
A national crime-mapping website has been logging reports of crimes on a street-by-street basis since January.
Now it is displaying the outcomes of investigations, too.
Jeremy Kyle: thief skipped community service to appear on ITV show – Telegraph
A thief, Alister Lamb, is facing jail after he appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show instead of completing his court-imposed community service.
Drugs: A War Lost in Afghanistan – by Nigel Inkster | The AfPak Channel
Debate may continue for years as to whether the Western intervention in Afghanistan has made the world safer or more insecure in the post-9/11 era. But it has not only done nothing to reduce global supplies of illicit opium; rather, it has made the problem worse.
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