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Weird Wild Wacky / Re: Dog rips off man's genitals
« Last Post by BeeTee on Thursday, 11 October, 2018 @ 19:06:32 »
Ouch... Brought tears to my eyes just reading this.
Weird Wild Wacky / Dog rips off man's genitals
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 11 October, 2018 @ 18:29:04 »
Man left in coma after dog bites off his genitals

A man is in a serious condition after a dog attack in which his genitals were entirely bitten off.

The 22-year-old is believed to be in an induced coma after being mauled by an Olde English bulldog at a property in Haddington, East Lothian, on Sunday afternoon.

It understood that the severed organs cannot be reattached and may have been eaten by the dog, which was covered in the victim’s blood after the attack.

UK & World News / Fire Flocks
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 11 October, 2018 @ 14:34:24 »
Fighting fires with goats

This summer, deadly wildfires broke out in Greece and the US, and fires also caused huge damage in the UK, Portugal and Sweden.

Once wildfires start they are hard to stop but a scheme in Girona, Catalonia is using a simple way to stop the flames taking hold in the first place.
BBC video below:

Also tested in other parts of the world where forest fires occur, e.g. Portugal and California:

Greek News / Re: Greek Red Cross-ed off
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 11 October, 2018 @ 13:44:40 »
Hellenic Red Cross Expelled From World Federation

The Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) was expelled from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) after the latter said the Greek chapter failed to fulfill commitments required to restore its credibility.

The new board elected in June was transitional, with a limited mandate to prepare and adopt the new statute, but also to organize the second elections.

However, the board failed to approve the new statute by September or hold new elections, resulting in the expulsion.

The HRC’s has seen other controversies as its former president, Andreas Martinis, is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state aid, as well as money laundering.
Greek News / Re: Donkeys saved from obese tourists
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 11 October, 2018 @ 13:31:43 »
Under the new measures, animal owners are required by law to enforce the weight restriction, microchip all animals, ensure regular veterinary support and rest periods, keep the animals in the shade, provide plenty of water and food as well as proceed with the creation of a list of violating donkey owners so that the necessary penalties be imposed.

In the meantime, authorities have said that inspections will be carried out to ensure the law is being implemented. Violators, according to the law, will face at least one year in prison and a fine of up to 15,000 euros.

Donkeys and mules were used in remote areas of Greece decades ago as the only means of transportation in rugged terrains.
Greek News / Donkeys saved from obese tourists
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 @ 09:37:45 »
Greece bans obese tourists from riding on donkeys

Greece has banned fat tourists from riding on donkeys after campaigners said the animals were being left with spinal injuries. The move comes after shocking images emerged of donkeys climbing the narrow steps of the Greek island of Santorini holding obese holidaymakers. Lawmakers in Greece have since pledged to do more to help the animals.

The country’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food has published a new set of regulations regarding donkeys’ wellbeing after receiving multiple complaints following media coverage in July. These state donkeys giving tourists rides in Santorini should not carry any loads heavier than 100kg, or one fifth of their weight.

Going Geek info / Adobe Flash Player
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 09 October, 2018 @ 22:40:08 »
Adobe Flash Player
freeware, released 09/10/18

Not a security release, just a few bug fixes. If you still have Flash installed it should auto-update, or it's available at

Beware unnecessary pre-ticked 'optional extras'!

Check which Flash version you have installed:

More info at
Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 09 October, 2018 @ 18:46:01 »
Magnitude   ML 2.5
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-10-09 08:58:56.0 UTC
Location   38.32 N ; 20.57 E
Depth   8 km
Distances   278 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 11:58:56.0 2018-10-09
102 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 11:58:56.0 2018-10-09
17 km NE of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 11:58:56.0 2018-10-09
Greek News / Re: Microbreweries multiplying
« Last Post by Jolly Roger on Tuesday, 09 October, 2018 @ 07:22:31 »
Greece going beer crazy as microbreweries proliferate

Like the head on a well-poured lager, Greek microbreweries have seen their numbers rise to around 45 from just six in 2009, and that’s with three of those six having closed since then. Indeed, a country map of breweries indicates that almost every region in Greece is producing its own beer: from the Siris MicroBrewery of Serres and Northern Greece, which makes the Voreia range, and the Cretan Brewery with its Charma beers to Corfu Beer and the Ikariaki Brewery on the island of Icaria.

They didn't mention this one.....
Greek News / Re: More strikes coming soon
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 08 October, 2018 @ 18:51:16 »
Public hospital staff to strike, hold protest march on Wed.

Public hospital staff will hold strike actions on Wednesday, demanding recognition of their work as dangerous and risky to health.

The staff is also demanding they be paid the bonus corresponding to such jobs.

In Attica hospitals, the POEDIN union will hold a work stoppage from 8:00 to 13:00 and in regional hospitals it will strike for 24 hours.
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