Family believed son possessed by a demon — so they killed him

❝ A jury has been selected in the trial of a family accused of killing a vulnerable young man, believing he was ‘possessed by a demon’.

❝ Parents Josephine, 55, and Kenneth Ife, 64, and their five sons are accused of the manslaughter of 26-year-old Kennedy Ife.

Kennedy died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the family home in Lancaster Avenue, Barnet, north London, where he was allegedly restrained in 2016.

❝ Judge Anthony Leonard QC told potential jurors…‘The defendants are all members of one family. The parents and children of the person who died was either their son or their brother…‘The issue in this case is that the 26-year-old man who died fell ill and the family did not seek medical help for him because through their religious beliefs they thought he was possessed by a demon.

‘He was restrained and no medical help was given to him.

It would be a laughing matter – if it was a laughing matter.

Worker sent home for wearing shorts [in a heatwave] — returns in a dress

❝ A defiant call centre worker who was sent home for wearing shorts to the office in this week’s heatwave came back wearing a bright pink dress as a ‘protest’ against the dress code.

Joey Barge, 20, from Buckinghamshire, turned up in a pair of smart blue shorts on but bosses deemed them inappropriate despite the sweltering heat.

They sent him home just minutes after he posted on Twitter asking his followers: ‘If women can wear skirts/dresses at work can I wear smart shorts like so?’

❝ But rather than changing into a stuffy suit, the call centre worker decided to don a bright pink dress as a ‘protest’ against the rules.

Predicting that he’d be sent home again, Joey posted a chic selfie to Twitter, racking up dozens of likes and retweets.

❝ Instead his act of defiance sparked a change in the rules – with bosses sending out an email allowing ‘gentlemen in the office’ to wear three-quarter length shorts in ‘black, navy or beige only’.

Despite the u-turn – which Joey branded a ‘partial win’ – he opted to wear the colourful dress for the whole day in an act of defiance against the policy.

He said: ‘I got sent home and told to change into appropriate clothing but it said females could wear dresses so hey ho!

Nonconformity rocks! Especially when confronting the stodgy.

#HeyHo

Chris Porsz snapped photos in the 1970’s and 80’s – tracked folks down and recreated the originals


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Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain) in the late 1970s and 80s, taking candid shots of punks and policemen, siblings and sweethearts, traders and teenagers. More than three decades later, Chris has reconstructed a handful of his favourite photos from his collection. He spent the last seven years tracking down the people in his pictures and persuading them to pose once again. His hard work paid off and he has now published his photos in a new book, “Reunions”.

Click through to the article and enjoy. Aside from the photographic journey, the snaps are a gas of a record of 40 years ago almost anywhere in workingclass England.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

It’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission


Click to enlargeKurt Kohlstedt

“Dear Bridge Farm School,” the letter reads. “Thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture, and if you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember, it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.”

RTFA, click the link above.

Thanks, Honeyman – your new wheels? Keep the shiny side up, the rubber side down! 🙂

Brexit from Euro 2016: England 1 – 2 Iceland


Click to enlargeBrynjar Gunnarsson, AP

A few folks gathered to watch on TV back in Iceland — and celebrate

England crashed out of Euro 2016 after a shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland, and the tiny country of just 330,000 sealed a quarterfinal date with France on July 3 in Saint-Denis.

Iceland, in their first major tournament, fielded the same side for the fourth straight game, while England made six changes, including Raheem Sterling in for Adam Lallana.

Uncle Roy still in love with Harry Kane didn’t play Vardy till the 2nd half – and no plan to focus on the Leicester winner.

Hodgson’s final roll of the dice came when 18-year-old Marcus Rashford made his bow in the 86th minute for Manchester United teammate Rooney. However, the youngster could do nothing about the score line. Vardy’s late header flashed wide and England crashed out as Iceland progressed to the quarterfinals to meet France.

RTFA for play throughout the match. It was mediocrity at its traditional tournament best. Roy Hodgson resigned after the match.

Iceland played their hearts out – like a team.

Darwin Award candidate found on roof of building in Richmond, England


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A suspected stowaway has been found on the roof of a west London office building after plunging to his death from a British Airways flight.

The man is believed to have climbed on to the Boeing 747 before it flew more than 8,000 miles from Johannesburg in South Africa to Heathrow.

The victim fell on to the offices of the online marketplace Notonthehighstreet.com on a busy road below the flight path in Richmond, south-west London, on Thursday morning. Flight data reveals the plane would have been at an altitude of around 1,400ft when it passed over the area.

A second man, understood to be 24 years old, survived the journey and is in a serious condition in hospital. He is believed to have been found unconscious in the undercarriage of the plane at Heathrow before the other man’s body was discovered…

There was sympathy, too, from Hadt Khoshkbar, who runs a printing business next door to the Notonthehighstreet.com offices, recounting how he had come to the UK from Iran in 1976.

This is at least the third time that bodies have fallen from aircraft in this area. The other one I can remember was in Mortlake,” he said…

Colin Naidoo, a spokesman for Airports Company South Africa, which manages Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport, said authorities were still investigating how the stowaways made it past security…

There have been previous cases of stowaways plunging to their deaths in west London after smuggling themselves on to planes. They hide in the landing gear where they are exposed to the elements and endure sub-zero temperatures. Most are killed by the cold and lack of oxygen at high altitude.

Someone tells somebody else about this great idea about how to get to England or wherever dream jobs supposedly exist. And another someone who doesn’t know better tries it. And dies.

Pic of the Day

The four intrepid mammals stand close together underneath a specially installed heat lamp at the West Midland Safari Park near Bewdley, outside Birmingham.

Staff at the facility installed the special lights after temperatures plummeted leaving the inquisitive animals feeling the chill.

However, it did not take long for the four meerkats to learn that the light was also providing warmth – as well as a good show for visitors to the park.

How do you run a bus on poop?

The UK’s first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath…The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste.

The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce.

It is run by tour operator Bath Bus Company and will shuttle people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre.

The biomethane gas is generated at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth, which is run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water.

GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: “Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself…”

Har! Hold that thought.

Bath Bus Company’s Collin Field, said: “With so much attention being directed towards improving air quality generally, the public reaction to the appearance of this bus on a service between a world heritage city and an airport will further focus on the potential for this particular fuel…”

Bristol sewage treatment works processes around 75 million cubic metres of sewage waste and 35,000 tonnes of food waste each year.

A total of 17 million cubic metres of biomethane, enough to power 8,300 homes, is generated annually at the plant through a process known as anaerobic digestion.

Yes, it gives me the idea to harass the pols in town – in Santa Fe. The city was the first in the United States to institute buses running on compressed natural gas. Seems to me the easy bit would be conversion to bio-gas. OTOH, the city’s wastewater and sewage treatment facility seems incredibly inefficient. Might be an occasion for doing something bright with the process?

Ghost Peleton

 
In the public art performance Ghost Peloton, dancers and cyclists don LED lightsuits and hurtle through the dark in a jaw-dropping choreographed spectacle. The performance couples a night ride by LED-lit cyclists following the 2014 Tour de France route through Yorkshire, England, with illuminated dancing by performers from Phoenix Dance Theatre. The custom lightsuits worn by the participants can be controlled remotely, resulting in stunning synchronized patterns.

Ghost Peloton took place at the 2014 Yorkshire Festival, last summer, and was documented in beautiful night photography and a remarkable film. The performance is a collaboration of public art organization NVA and Phoenix Dance Theatre, in partnership with the transportation charity Sustrans.

Beautiful and creative — and great videography.

Thanks, Ursarodinia