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From the mine to the marathon

From the BBC News website:

“Edison Pena, the Chilean miner who famously jogged underground while awaiting rescue, has completed the New York City Marathon.

He came in walking on a bad knee to finish the 26.2-mile (42.4-km) route in less than six hours.

Speaking just before the race, he said he wanted to inspire others, especially children, to run.” Click here for the rest of the story.

(Video from ABC Action News)

If anyone was wondering which of the miners would become a global star, they can stop wondering now. The media have found a new Chilean icon and his name is Edison Pena.

I remember watching a BBC Panorama documentary called Trapped – The Chile Miners’ Story which came out just after the miners had been rescued.

The documentary focused on Edison Pena, who had been nicknamed “the Runner” for running up to 10 km each day while trapped in the mine. His partner Angelica Alvarez, who had found the mining job for Edison, described how she felt when she first heard the news on the television.

The San Jose mine – I heard it and I froze. My sore ached. I felt sick. I went to the bathroom, and I almost threw up.”

The team spoke to Edison after he had been released from hospital, and showed him running on a beach. It was obvious he was going to become a star, and I wasn’t surprised when I heard that he had been invited to appear on “The Late Show” with David Letterman.

(Video from CBS YouTube channel)

Edison Pena is becoming a global star and it looks like he has the perfect personality for TV. Good luck to him! I just hope he isn’t hounded by the media until he becomes burnt-out like so many other celebrities who suddenly become famous after extraordinary circumstances.

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Time traveller caught on film?

George Clarke is a film-maker from East Belfast, and he loves watching Charlie Chaplin films. He was watching the Hollywood premiere of The Circus (1928), and in one of the scenes, he noticed something very strange.

One of the women walking across the screen is holding a device to her ear. He looked at the scene carefully, and realised that she was actually talking into the device!

Was it a time-traveller using a mobile phone? Or was it just someone who was very good at predicting the future? Remember, this film was made in 1928!

There are two videos below. In the first one, George Clark is explains how he discovered the strange footage. It takes him a long time to get to the point; hasn’t he heard of a film editor?? The second video shows the actual scene with the woman (who actually looks like a man!); it doesn’t have any introduction or voice-over from the film-maker.

So, is the ‘woman’ a time-traveller or a super-smart genius who looked into the future and saw it was orange? 🙂

Ecuadorean wins sleeping contest in Spain

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From the BBC News website:

“A jobless security worker has won a competition billed as Spain’s [first] siesta championship, napping for 17 minutes in a busy shopping centre. Ecuadorean Pedro Soria Lopez took first place and 1,000 euros (£890) for his efforts – or lack of them.”

“Judges awarded points for the speed with which participants fell asleep, the volume of their snoring, the most original sleeping position and the best-dressed sleeper.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

This sounds like a great competition, but I probably wouldn’t have won it. 🙂 I used to have a lot of trouble falling asleep in the past. Even when I went to bed early, I would spend hours thinking about all the things I had done that day. I would also think about all the things I should have done that day!

I would then go on to assess the current situation of my life. It was as though I was watching TV with my eyes closed! My thoughts would just keep on coming, like waves approaching the shores of the beach.

Blog editor: Hey! What’s with all the poetry nonsense?!

Moja: Oh yeah! Where was I?

I’m starting to sleep better now. Okay, so back to the competition. It was organised by the National Association of Friends of the Siesta, and they plan to take the competition abroad. Some of my friends love having afternoon naps, but I always thought they were a waste of time.

Should we encourage afternoon naps in the UK? People always look so tired on their way to work. Maybe a 30-minute “power nap” is just what people need after lunch. You never know, it might boost the morale of workers and have a positive effect on productivity. I’m going to consider having power naps on my days off. 🙂 Good idea or a waste of time?

20-year-old student is new police chief

Photograph: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images (Guardian website)

Marisol Valles Garcia is only 20 years old, yet she has become the police chief of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero. It’s a Mexican town on the border of Texas and it has a population of 8,000 people.

The town was named after Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a Mexican hero who was a journalist by day and a revolutionary leader by night. Okay, I made the day and night thing up, but he did start his career as a journalist and end it as a revolutionary leader.

Marisol Garcia was the only person brave enough to accept the job of police chief, and it’s not hard to see why. Her predecessor, Martin Castro, was kidnapped for several days, and his severed head was found outside the police station!

Click here for The Guardian’s take on the story. Ms Garcia is a criminology student and the mother of an infant son. She now plans to combine those challenging tasks with the job of tackling crime in a town that’s known for drug-related violence. Is she very brave or is she just being really foolish?

Saudi prince jailed for life

From the Daily Mirror’s website:

“A Saudi prince who used his servant as a “human punchbag” was jailed for life [on Wednesday] for beating and strangling him to death at a luxury hotel. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, showed no emotion as he was told at the Old Bailey he must serve at least 20 years in jail.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

The victim, Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, was attacked by the prince several times when they stayed at the Landmark Hotel in February this year. Staff at the hotel said they appeared to be in a relationship, and the prosecutor said there was a “sexual element” to the abuse.

The prince's victim, Bandar Abdulaziz (Picture courtesy of BBC News website)

The prince denied he was gay, saying that he had a girlfriend in Saudi Arabia. He also said that his manservant had been robbed three weeks earlier, and said that his injuries had come from that incident.

However, the post mortem showed that the injuries were fresh. The prince was also implicated by video footage which showed him attacking his manservant in a lift. Bandar Abdulaziz didn’t fight back; he allowed the prince to slap and punch him, while he merely tried to protect his face.

I feel sorry for the victim. Only God knows how long he had to put up with this stupid prince and his unrealistic view of world. I wonder how many other servants are suffering at the hands of princes and princesses in Saudi Arabia today.

If he had survived, Bandar Abdulaziz would have continued to be bullied and beaten by his ‘master’.  If this had happened in Saudi Arabia, we would never have heard of the awful way he was being treated. I wish it had never happened, but since it did happen, I’m glad it took place in Britain.

The stupid prince was trying to claim diplomatic immunity to avoid getting into trouble. Let’s see if your fellow prisoners are kind enough to give you diplomatic immunity in the prison showers. From palace to prison – talk about ‘fall from grace’ for the grandson of the late King Saud.

I wonder how the prince’s father felt as he sat in court, watching his son being sentenced to at least 20 years in prison. He’s probably blaming the manservant for dying and ruining his son’s life!

Who wants £200 for free?

It’s not a bad offer until you learn that there are two catches:

a) You have to be a drug addict and
b) You have to agree to be sterilised and never have children again.

An American charity called Projection Prevention is offering £200 to drug addicts who agree to be sterilised. It was founded by Barbara Harris, who thought of the idea after adopting the children of a drug addict. The children’s mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and she had given birth to a child every year for 8 years in a row.

So far, the charity has paid money to 3,500 Americans to stop them from having children. Each person was paid 300 dollars. Projection Prevention is now bringing the idea to the UK, and they have already paid one man £200 to get sterilised.

I watched Newsnight on BBC 2 and they had a special report on the issue. The reporter said that 100 babies were being born every month to drug addicts in the UK. They then showed a baby inside a hospital incubator. It had been born 2 months premature, and it was screaming non-stop because it was addicted to heroin!

The baby was going ‘cold turkey‘ because it no longer had the heroin that it used to get from its mother.

Over 100 British drug addicts have already called the 0800 number, and I hope that more of them do the same. People who are against this idea say it is inhumane, as drug addicts are incapable of making clear decisions. They also say that the addicts will use the money to buy more drugs.

Barbara Harris feels that people who are incapable of making clear decisions should not be having babies in the first place. I’m inclined to agree with her.

Goodbye and good riddance

From the BBC News website:

“An Anglican congregation in Kent has become the first to take up the Pope’s offer to leave the Church of England to convert to Catholicism. The Pope has created a special enclave in the Roman Catholic Church for Anglicans unhappy with their church’s decision to let women become bishops.”

Click here for the rest of the article.

Where do I start? I can’t believe there are some Christians out there who are actually unhappy with the idea of women becoming bishops.

A bishop is a church leader who has spiritual and administrative powers over a group of churches in the same area (or diocese). – Dictionary.com

Were these same Christians unhappy when they heard that Margaret Thatcher was going to become Prime Minister of Britain?

Are they upset with their daughters when they choose to become doctors, lawyers and politicians? Surely not! I bet they encourage their daughters to choose whatever career they like, and I’m sure most of these people believe in equality in the workplace.

Why do they feel so differently about women getting higher positions within the church?

Imagine if BBC had written an article containing the following sentence:

“The Barclays Bank chairman has created a special department in Barclays for HSBC bankers unhappy with their bank’s decision to let women become bank managers.”

Everyone in the country would be furious, and rightly so. The way I see it, if these people want to leave the Anglican church, they should go. They certainly won’t be missed!

I’ll continue this in another post to stop it from getting too long.

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