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Postcard delivered after 94 years
The last post! First World War soldier's card homeA First World War postcard has finally been delivered - a staggering 94 years after it was sent. Soldier Alfred Arthur, 19, sent the card to his sister Ellen, known as Nell, in January 1916 at the height of the Great War.
is finally delivered... 94 years late.
is finally delivered... 94 years late.
Tragically the hero was killed in the brutal fighting which killed millions from all sides in the blood-soaked trenches on the Western Front in France.
Alfred's card poignantly ended up with Lauren Bleach, 61, and her partner Jill Liversidge more than nine decades on.
They decided to find out where it had come from after it arrived at their home in Lakenham, Norwich.
Mrs Bleach said: 'When we read it we were so emotionally taken because it's from a soldier who was obviously at a training camp waiting to go away to his sister.
'He lived in this street presumably all that time ago and it's only just arrived.
'The postcard is dated 1916 and bears a cartoon picture of a newly-recruited soldier on the front.
Thoughtful Alfred has written to his beloved sister: 'Dear Nell, Just a postcard to let you know I have not forgotten you. 'On the other side you will see our orders for next week. I will need your pity. Drop me a line, your brother Alfred.'
The front of the card, referred to in Alfred's note, displays a poster which says 'Orders of the day: Eight hours drill, eight hours route march, eight hours trenching' and the recruit saying 'And then we have the rest of the day to ourselves!'
Alfred was born in Lakenham and went to school nearby a century ago.One of his descendants is his great-nephew Brian Buxton, 68, of Salhouse, Norfolk.
Vicar shocked as public lavatory starts talking to him... in a woman's voice
Last updated at 3:45 AM on 14th August 2011
You're having a lav: resident Charlie Taylor says the vicar should 'get a life.'
A vicar who popped into a public lavatory was so shocked by the recorded message of a female voice saying ‘welcome’ he has complained to the town council that he thought a woman had followed him in.
Now residents in Church Stretton, Shropshire, are being asked for their views on the female voice at the refurbished unisex facilities.
The debate will lift the lid on a topic that has become a long-standing joke among residents.
Next month the council will decide whether to retain the voice, change it to a man’s voice or silence it.
In his letter to the council the unnamed clergyman said: ‘I was not thrilled to bits with canned music on entry (why have it?). And I was knocked sideways when my belt was undone to hear a female voice say: “WELCOME”.
‘Startled, I looked around to see where she was hiding and had to check that I had not inadvertently wandered into a different sort of establishment where women happily greet men who lower their trousers.’
Once inside each of the two lavatories next to an adjoining male urinal, the automated voice warns: ‘The time for the use of this facility is limited. You will be advised when to leave.’But even after 15 minutes, when visitors might reasonably expect a timed automated request to leave, the music, including Charlie Pride’s When We Get Behind Closed Doors, Walking After Midnight by Patsy Kline and the Fats Domino hit, Blueberry Hill, keeps on playing. And the graffiti-resistant, seat-less, stainless-steel loos flush automatically once the door is unlocked.
Church Stretton council clerk Christine Harvey said the voice would be simple to turn off but some felt it deterred people from taking too long. ‘Others have said it would be helpful if the voice told them how long they had left,’ she added. Via The Daily Mail UK
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'Swamp monster' threatens completion of Auckland New Zealand rail projectFrom:AAP July 25, 2011 1:48PM
A MYTHICAL swamp monster "hiding" under Auckland is threatening to derail a project to improve the New Zealand city's traffic gridlock.
The North Island city is trying to move ahead with a multi-billion railway tunnel project to improve the minimal train network and free up its car-filled streets.
But Horotiu, a mythical monster, put the NZ$2.6 billion ($2.1 billion) project in doubt after an indigenous Maori board protested that it will destroy grounds once patrolled by the make-believe taniwha, pronounced tani-fa.
Glenn Wilcox, a member of the Maori Statutory Board, which protects Maori interests, complained that the plan did not take into account the monster, which "was here first".
The taniwha is a mythical protector with a powerful role in Maori folklore, but get it angry and you're in trouble, Mr Wilcox said.
"As kaitiaki, or guardians, they protect people, but they also get up and bite you if they do not like what you are doing," he said.
The local council has since convinced the board that the correct consultation had taken place, putting the popular project back on the table.
The board accepted its needs had been met but not before it was invoiced thousands of dollars for public relations advice relating to the monster.
Surprisingly, its not the first time a taniwha has threatened to up-end a council project.
In 2002, construction of a stretch of road between Auckland and Hamilton was halted after protesters complained that it was cutting through the domain of a revered one-eye taniwha.
The taniwha was thought to be responsible for a number of deaths on the stretch of road.
Ranginui Walker, a respected Maori elder, said at the time: "You have to placate local demons, deities, taniwha. Don't tempt fate."
Via The Herald Sun
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