Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to homes in the Scottish town of Elgin, claiming its postwoman was being attacked by seagulls…residents have been told they will have to collect their mail from the post office until the nesting season ends due to what are described as “swooping attacks”.
The Royal Mail was adamant its staff member been “attacked” while attempting to deliver mail there. The gulls are protected by law and next on the roofs of homes on the road.
George McPhee, 66, said: “The seagulls are a bloody pest, but I have been 41years in the same house and they have never hurt anybody – and that’s including kiddies, dogs and cats.
“Even during The Blitz everybody was getting their post. If they have to issue them hard hats then so be it,” he said.
He has offered to accompany the postmen and women to prove the birds pose no danger.
Perhaps the seagulls aren’t expecting to receive any mail; but, do enjoy occasional deliveries of milk and the TELEGRAPH. Or the Royal Mail may have new delivery staff who have seen too many Alfred Hitchcock movies?
In this photo taken from the International Space Station, the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) is seen on approach for docking. The unmanned cargo spacecraft docked to the space station at 6:31 p.m. EDT on March 28, 2012.
The ATV-3 delivered 220 pounds of oxygen, 628 pounds of water, 4.5 tons of propellant and nearly 2.5 tons of dry cargo. Among other items, the station crew received experiment hardware, spare parts, food and clothing.
The six-member Expedition 30 crew adjusted its sleep schedule to accommodate the ATV-3 docking. The crew stayed up late to monitor the approach and docking.
Those lights below are cities on Earth. How cool is that?
Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission
A pair of F-16s were scrambled to divert a Cessna aircraft after it entered the airspace of Marine One, the military helicopter ferrying the American president during a trip to California.
The small plane was forced to land at Long Beach airport, just south of Los Angeles at around 11am, where it was met by police.
A search of the aircraft uncovered 640 ounces of cannabis, the Associated Press reported, a motherlode worth around $160,000.
The unfortunate pilot and at least one passenger were handed to over to local police after being interviewed by US federal agents. The pilot has not been identified and it is not known whether they have been charged with any crime.
What do you think?
Not even a contact high. American presidents never inhale.
The president was on the West Coast for a string of fundraising events ahead of November’s election…
…and a speech at Boeing Aircraft, today, on rebuilding America’s manufacturing business especially technology. Pretty good speech actually. Unlike Republican candidates for his job he doesn’t think this requires more tax breaks for wealthy corporations.
There have been a number of contenders for the title of world’s coolest police car featured on gizmag over the years, among them a number of Lotus models. This time the British marque is venturing away from home soil and into the heart of sportscar land where it will join the Italian Carabinieri.
The two specially equipped Lotus Evora S cars will join the Arma dei Carabinieri (which is actually a division of the Italian army) in Rome and Milan to provide rapid response and deliver essential emergency services.
In preparation for their planned two year stint in Italy, the cars have been fitted with a portable refrigeration compartment behind the front seats for transport of vital organs and blood during medical emergencies along with the EVA (Enhanced Vehicle Automation) system – an always-on touch screen and voice command system developed for the Arma dei Carabinieri that controls functions like flashing signals, sirens, geocoordinates, despatch, routing and communication with the control center.
In order to better take control of the 172 mph, 3.5 liter, mid-mounted V6 sportscar Lotus is also teaching Carabinieri drivers new high speed driving skills.
Rule #1: Don’t crash!