Monday 23 October 2017

Brambles save tourist

A holidaymaker who plunged 30 metres off a cliff was saved when his clothing caught on brambles, rescuers said.

The 80-year-old, from Australia, slipped off a cliff path in Cornwall, England. But he narrowly avoided falling down the last vertical drop on to rocks when his clothes became snagged.

CARTOON ANGERS JAPAN

Japan is to formally complain about a cartoon that appeared in French newspaper 'Le Canard Enchaine' showing sumo wrestlers with extra limbs in front of the Fukushima nuclear plant and linking this to the Olympics.

Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games after overcoming concerns about leaking radioactive water at the stricken Fukushima plant.

GATOR HUNT CALLED OFF

Florida governor Rick Scott has called off a "private" alligator hunting trip on October 18 to raise funds for his 2014 re-election campaign.

Golfing weekends, concerts and deep-sea fishing fundraisers are common in Florida politics, but a gator hunt was such an anomaly that it made major news.

GOOGLE MAPS GO APE

A new study of 15 wild male orangutans in the forests of Sumatra found that they routinely plot out their next day treks and share their plans in long calls.

Study author Carel van Schaik, director of the Anthropological Institute at the University of Zurich, said: "This guy basically thinks ahead. . . they're continuously updating their Google Maps so to speak. Based on that, they're planning what to do next."

BOULDER CRUSHES MAN

An Arizona man was in critical but stable condition with pelvis and leg injuries after a car-sized boulder slid on to a mountain road and landed on him.

The 27-year-old unidentified Phoenix man and four others were heading to the top of Mount Elden, near Flagstaff, to work on a radio tower when the boulder fell as the group tried to move another massive rock that had blocked their path.

AGUILERA'S AFRICAN TRIP

Christina Aguilera said that although she went to Rwanda to help others, she ended up helping herself.

The 32-year-old singer visited the African nation in June for a hunger relief effort. She said the experience helped her ground herself. "It came at a time in my life when I really needed to be far removed from anything to do with work," the star said.

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