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#1 20-11-11 10:47:43

Zipper
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Does getting a dog licence entitle a dog to drive a bus?

One dog down here obviously thinks so. He sits alongside his owner and watches him drive a double decker bus converted to a mobile home, and when the bus isn't being driven he sits in the drivers seat with paws on the wheel.
The man parked his bus outside a workshop and went inside - the dog shifted to the drivers seat and released the dashboard-mounted handbrake (he'd tried it before, this time he was successful).
A passer-by was startled to see a bus go past with a dog with its paws on the wheel, luckily he was able to jump in and reapply the handbrake, the bus narrowly missed cleaning up a parked car.
The owner is modifying the handbrake button to make it paw-proof.

We get some weird newspaper stories here - there are a lot about crocodiles (recently 2 people have found saltwater crocs in their pools, they often appear at city beaches and some have been seen crossing suburban roads), and there are lots of UFO sightings.
And a nude couple b*nking on a balcony in full view of city pedestrians, then leaning against the railing for a cigarette.
The big headline was a visit by Barack Obama - the security was incredible and the public was kept well clear. Some call it the "O-bummer" visit, especially when we weren't even allowed to see Air Force One land, the road was blocked off and they went to the trouble of putting up black screening on the airport perimeter fence.
(Obama is very popular here but most I think would have preferred to gawk at the Boeing 747-200B and armoured Cadillac, well I would anyway. I can never get excited over celebrities).

The downside is the number of fatal road accidents. Not wearing a seatbelt and being tossed out of your car as it rolls, then having it roll on top of you, seems to be a very popular pastime here.
The Northern Territory has three times the crash rate of the rest of Australia, which itself ranks disgracefully high on the scale of crash rates of western countries. Most crashes are alcohol related.

What's big in the headlines in your area?


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#2 21-11-11 21:32:46

christhedrummer
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Re: Does getting a dog licence entitle a dog to drive a bus?

Having just spent a week at home on the Isle of Man they don't get much excitement there!!

News is normally anything to do with Mark Cavendish (World champion cyclist if he's not made it down under), ongoing issues with converting the whole islands sewerage system so nothing is released into the sea, and issues with noone living in Jurby... Doesn't get more exciting than that...

Oh, almost forgot, scallop fishing season opened the beginning of November!

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#3 22-11-11 11:02:43

Zipper
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Re: Does getting a dog licence entitle a dog to drive a bus?

... ongoing issues with converting the whole islands sewerage system so nothing is released into the sea, and issues with noone living in Jurby...
... Oh, almost forgot, scallop fishing season opened the beginning of November!

Hi Chris, we have sewerage issues here too, an outlet goes straight into Darwin harbour - it's called the "poo shooter" and the guvmint pretends it's not a problem.

Oh boy I love scallops, and I can't seem to get fresh or frozen ones down here any more. You lucky .....


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#4 22-11-11 20:56:35

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Re: Does getting a dog licence entitle a dog to drive a bus?

Sewage outflow pipes have been an issue for years, pumping it straight into the sea about half a mile out. IF the wind and tide were in the wrong direction it just ended up on the beach. For the last 10 years town by town outflow has been almost eliminated with the sewage being treated and dried into pellets before being sent to the huge incinerator to produce electricity. An added bonus of this incinerator is we now have no landfill waste either.
There was a minor issue when it was buiilt - the island wasn't producing enough rubbish to burn and keep it operating and had to ship it in from elsewhere! Now, however, it's doing the business....

As for scallops, never been a fan, I prefer the smaller 'queenies' that the island seems to specialise in. The shells are only about 8cm across so younger and more tender... Oh yeh, and fresh home caught crabs.... and lobster....and mackerel on the BBQ....  I do miss living there!

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