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Belgian bus company knows solution for car parking problems

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Do you have a hard time finding a parking space? Take the bus or tram if you go to the city. That’s the message Belgian bus company De Lijn (The Line) is sending to promote public transport as a solution for car parking problems. As a part of their media campaign, they have jokingly suggested that people use the top of the busses as parking space.

Another idea they are using in their media campaign: maybe you could park your car on the bottom of a canal? The bus company is using an invented diving company called Cardive, which has divers that offer to dump your car in the canal. The divers walk around in cities and hand out free bus tickets and maps of the bus network.

To reach car drivers who are not using public transport, the media campaign has several radio commercials that present other solutions to the car parking problem. You could use “asphalt-spray” to camouflage your car, making it invisible for policemen (although you then need to remember where you’ve parked). Or you could use the “flat tire kit”, which comes with a fake flat tire and an inflatable dummy, so it looks like you’re replacing your flat tire. The final idea the bus company has is to use a View-Master to fool parking guards into believing that your car has been stationed correctly.

A survey among 4000 customers of De Lijn shows that two out of three car owners who use public transport, do so to avoid parking space troubles, and in cities this percentage rises to 90%. The survey further shows that 39% use the bus to go shopping.

During the month of May, the auto-bus and the divers tour several cities in Flanders (Leuven, Hasselt, Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp).

Two arrests after murder in Bristol, United Kingdom

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Friday, April 4, 2008

A death, which has been treated as murder, in the car park of a pub in Bristol, United Kingdom has resulted in two arrests. The murder, which occurred on Wednesday evening took place near Highridge Road in Bishopsworth, Bristol.

A local resident told Wikinews that the police presence surrounding the murder scene was high in the hours after the murder.

The police described the arrests in a press release. It said that “two local men in their early 20s have been arrested in connection with this incident.”

 This story has updates See Family of ‘murdered’ teenager react to death 


Piercing Supplies For Effective Cleaning

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By Richard Davies

When considering what sort of piercing supplies to go for, first you need to decide on what part of your body you would like to get pierced. Some body parts only require simple kits that you can buy in normal shots. These kits normally consist of a gun that pierces and in the case of ear piercings, will include an earring that is made of steel.

These piercing supply kits include the necessary equipment for cleaning the piercing along with instructions on how to perform the piercing along with any other things that are needed to perform the procedure, providing it is relatively simple and unskilled. That is not to say you cannot source kits for more complicated piercings, but such is the nature of these that they represent a greater risk and are therefore best left to a professional piercer to perform.

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A good piercer will have all the necessary professional equipment to hand in order to perform the piercing you want. Unlike in standard kits, instead of a piercing gun, the piercer will perform the procedure using a needle. It is important that the supplies/equipment used is properly sterilized along with anything you may need, including advice, for taking care of your piercing once the procedure has been completed. As with tongue piercings, a professional piercer will use an autoclave, which is an expensive piece of equipment but an essential piece of kit for sterilisation of equipment.

It is important that you find out, after having the piercing done, how long It will take to fully heal, as well as how to properly care for and clean it. Ask the piercer if they have a list of instructions advising you on how to do just that. In most cases piercings heal nicely and cleaning is relatively straight forward but vitally important nonetheless. For more information on piercing supplies please visit our tattoo and piercing site.

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British painter Lucian Freud dies aged 88

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lucian Freud, the painter and grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, died Wednesday at his London home following a short illness. He was 88 years old.

Freud, the elder brother of the late comedic writer and broadcaster Clement Freud, was born in Berlin in 1922 and moved with his family to Britain in 1933 to escape the Nazis. He became a British citizen in 1939. He studied at the Central School of Art, then at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing with Cedric Morris. He also attended Goldsmiths, University of London. After finishing art school, he spent some time in the merchant navy. In 1944, he started exhibiting with a solo showcase at the Alex Reid & Lefevre Gallery.

I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.

In the 1950s, his style changed to exclusively paint portraits and nudes. The process of painting for models was intense: one nude painting took 16 months to complete and Freud demanded her turn up almost every day to pose. His work was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1989, and he was a member of the Order of Merit. Most controversially, he painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which was described by The Sun newspaper as a “travesty”, and prompted Robin Simon, the editor of the British Art Journal to say that “It makes her look like one of the royal corgis who has suffered a stroke”. He also famously painted the glamour model Kate Moss nude, and was once named one of Britain’s best dressed men in the magazine GQ.

His work has sold for large amounts: Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, sold in 2008 at Christie’s in New York for $33.6 million dollars. In addition, he has had solo shows at some of the most prominent art galleries and museums in the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate in London, said of Freud: “The vitality of his nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late twentieth century art. His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

Freud has at least thirteen children from a series of marriages and affairs: after an affair wth the Bloomsbury Group member Lorna Garman, Freud married her niece Kitty in 1948 and had two children (Annie and Annabel) before ending the marriage four years later. He had an affair with Lady Caroline Blackwood which turned into a marriage in 1953, although that was dissolved in 1957. He also had two children with Bernadine Coverly (Bella Freud, the fashion designer, and the writer Esther Freud), five children with Suzy Boyt, and four children with Katherine Margaret McAdam (Paul Freud, an artist, Lucy Freud, David Freud and Jane McAdam Freud, also an artist).

Tips To Select The Best Retirement Community}

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Submitted by: Stewart Wrighter

There is no shortage of senior living options, which makes finding the most suitable place to call home no simple task. But because there are so many options, there are now retirement communities for every personality under the sun. Sure, it may be a little more difficult to settle on one option, but a little research will deliver an undeniable payoff.

The best way to begin your search for the perfect retirement home is to do just that, get out there and search. Make a list of all the options you plan to take advantage of within your new retirement community, and search for a facility that offers everything you desire. Plan ahead as far as possible and you do not want to wait until the last minute or be forced into making a rushed decision. Be the master of your own fate and select the facility of your choosing; remember that it is never too early to begin your search, or to at least understand the options available to you in your local region.

Retirement communities are becoming quite the coveted option in the modern era; many people are selecting them as their first choice in living accommodations as they age. Once you have reached those golden retirement years, you likely would not be looking forward to living with relatives or an entire houseful of children. Perhaps, you just do not want to handle the everyday banalities of housekeeping, or perhaps you do not want to spend your days all alone in your home. Often, people move into retirement communities because they are just that, easily accessible communities of peers. Your reasons for moving to a senior living facility are likely to be unique and perhaps much different from those of your future neighbors, but in all likelihood you will be able to find a community that fulfills those needs beyond your expectations.

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There are generally two types of retirement communities: those which offer assisted living and those where residents live independently. There are also those facilities that combine residents who require assistance with those who do not. Those with greater medical needs or physical disabilities will be able to receive the care they need in assisted living facilities, but those who plan on facing their retirement without assistance will be able to find a home in independent living homes. Either sort of community will offer a great many recreational activities to keep residents active and thriving. Physical fitness programs are often implemented to keep retirees fit far into their golden years.

War veterans have the option of taking part in communities designed especially for those who have served in the military and their spouses. For those thinking about moving into such a senior living space, it pays to begin the application process as early as possible, as not everyone is eligible to live in them. Christians or Catholics may be able to find communities fashioned especially for them as well. Be sure to tour a number of communities and receive additional information from staff and residents before deciding which one is right for you.

About the Author: Stewart Wrighter searched the term

Retirement Communities Oklahoma City

to help find a place where his aging in-laws could live comfortably. He searched the term

Senior Living Oklahoma City

to find retirement homes in his area.


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Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

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Monday, August 1, 2016

On Friday, German football captain and Manchester United F.C. midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football.

Debuting in 2004, Schweinsteiger has won 120 international caps, Germany’s fourth all time most capped player. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France and became the first German to play eighteen Euro matches, surpassing the fourteen-match record of Philip Lahm. Schweinsteiger has played in four Euro tournaments — 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Schweinsteiger said, “I have asked the national team coach to not consider me for Germany selection in future, as I would like to step down from the national team. I would like to thank the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and the national team’s backroom staff.”((de))

Schweinsteiger won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He has featured in three FIFA World Cup tournaments — in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has played 38 matches in major international tournaments, which is a world record. Schweinsteiger’s last match in Germany’s jersey ended in a 2–0 defeat against France in the Euro 2016 semi-final.

After Schweinsteiger announced his retirement, his former Bayern Munich teammate and German player Thomas Müller tweeted, “Thanks for 120 international caps with the @DFB_Team [German Team] and many great and shared hours with the national team”((de)).

2004 Commonwealth Judo Championships

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Saturday, November 13, 2004

AUCKLAND –This event saw an emergence of the Pacific Island nations into the Commonwealth Judo community. For many years only Fiji’s Nacanieli Takayawa was apparent on the international scene. Although not taking many medals, the efforts going into development in nations such as Tonga allowed many of their players to place 5th or 7th. India also performed well, especially their women’s team.

2004 Commonwealth Judo Championships

13-14 November 2004, Auckland, New Zealand

Mens -60 kg

  1. Chana, Navjot (IND)
  2. Smith, Tom (ENG)
  3. Boore, Stephen (WAL)
  4. Leat, Alister (NZL)

Mens -66 kg

  1. Carder, Gareth (ENG)
  2. Pilley, Ben (NZL)
  3. Ovtchinnikov, Anton (NZL)
  4. Singh, Bhupinder (IND)

Mens -73 kg

  1. Ewers, Craig (WAL)
  2. Broom, Peter (NZL)
  3. Reed, Tom (ENG)
  4. Reid, Lyndsay (NZL)

Mens -81 kg

  1. Cousins, Thomas (ENG)
  2. Preston, Luke (WAL)
  3. Endicott-Davies, Morgan (AUS)
  4. Solanki, Vinod (IND)

Mens -90 kg

  1. Cousins, Peter (ENG)
  2. O Connor, Mark (WAL)
  3. Dill-Russell, Ryan (NZL)
  4. Dill-Russell, David (NZL)

Mens -100 kg

  1. Kelly, Martin (AUS)
  2. Pragnell, Andrew (NZL)
  3. Koster, Jason (NZL)

Mens +100 kg

  1. Takayawa, Nacanieli (FIJ)

Mens Open

  1. Cousins, Peter (ENG)
  2. Pragnell, Andrew (NZL)
  3. Fakaosi, Epoki (TGA)
  4. O Connor, Mark (WAL)

Women’s -48 kg

  1. Archbold, Lisa (NZL)
  2. Archana, (IND)
  3. Chanu, Ningthoujam Gomti (IND)

Women’s -52 kg

  1. Chanu, Angom Anita (IND)
  2. Welsh, Elizabeth (ENG)
  3. Fong, Kelly (AUS)

Women’s -57 kg

  1. Johnstone, Sophie (ENG)
  2. Devi, Laishram Nirupama (IND)
  3. Stormont, Vicky (NZL)
  4. Taylor, Sharon (AUS)

Women’s -63 kg

  1. Hutchins, Gemma (ENG)
  2. Newham, Allison (AUS)
  3. Kaur, Pawan Deep (IND)

Women’s -70 kg

  1. Holt, Michelle (ENG)
  2. Williams, Joy (NZL)

Women’s -78 kg

  1. Wilson, Sian (ENG)
  2. Bittu, (IND)

Women’s +78 kg

  1. Iredale, Fiona (NZL)
  2. Diviya, (IND)

Women’s Open

  1. Wilson, Sian (ENG)
  2. Williams, Joy (NZL)
  3. Healy, Shauna (NIR)

UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013

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A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, July 8, 2013.

Home Prices Decline In Most Top 20 Markets

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By Real Estate Advisor

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index posted a record annual decline of 3.2% in the home price growth rate. The data from the revised results for the 2nd quarter of 2007, published in June, reveal a declining growth rate in the prices of single family homes in most of the top 20 metro areas indices. The S & P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index tracks the value of typical single-family homes in the U.S. for the 20 U.S. metropolitan areas listed below.

This year’s 2nd quarter results are the lowest of price declines in the 20-year history of the National Home Price Index. According to Robert J. Shiller, Chief Economist at MacroMarkets LLC, the June revised data of June shows the declining annual growth rate in 17 of the 20 metro areas, adding two more metros from what was reported in May.

Out of the 17 metro areas that registered a year-over-year home price decline, Detroit had the maximum growth rate decline of 11%. Of the metros that have registered price gains, Seattle stood at the top spot with 7.9% price growth, followed by Charlotte with 6.8% and Portland with 4.5% price growth since last year.

Boston had improved its annual rate of price decline slightly in June to -3.9% from -4.3% reported in May. This is significant given the fact that Boston was the first metro area to go overboard, being the first to report a negative year-over-year growth rate.

The following are the revised results of June 2007 showing the percent of change in home values over the last year for the top 20 metropolitan areas.


Atlanta: 1.6 percent


Boston: -3.7 percent


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Charlotte: 6.8 percent


Chicago: -0.7 percent


Cleveland: -3.6 percent


Dallas: 1.6 percent


Denver: -1.0 percent


Detroit: -11.0 percent


Las Vegas: -5.1 percent


Los Angeles: -4.1 percent


Miami: -4.8 percent


Minneapolis: -3.8 percent


New York: -3.4 percent


Phoenix: -6.6 percent


Portland: 4.5 percent


San Diego: -7.3 percent


San Francisco: -4.0 percent


Seattle: 7.9 percent


Tampa: -7.7 percent


Washington, D.C.: -7.0 percent

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