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Defiant Chinese Man’s Frozen Waterfall Rebellion

On May 12, 2013 by Tim Newman

Mr Wen Shu, 58, lives in Jilin City, in northwestern China in an apartment block. He’s lived there for 35 years. He was asked to move out by developers who wanted to build a...

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Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Wraps Himself In Barbed Wire In St Petersburg

On May 8, 2013 by Tim Newman

This is the kind of Russian art that seems really Russian. A guy in St Petersburg called Pyotr Pavlensky wrapped himself up in barbed wire and waited there, naked, to get cut out by...

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Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow: Turkmenistan’s Unusual Dictator

On April 28, 2013 by Tim Newman

I wrote a post recently about Saparmurat Niyazov, one of the craziest despots in living memory. His reign over Turkmenistan was cut short by an eagerly awaited heart attack in 2006. His successor Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow spent some...

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X-Ray: Brazilian Fires Harpoon Into His Eye, Survives

On April 26, 2013 by Tim Newman

A Brazilian Ph.D. student called Bruno Coutinho from Petropolis decided to fire a 12-inch fishing harpoon into his eye. I say ‘decided,’ but I’m pretty sure it must have been an accident. He...

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Turkmenistan’s Strange Dictator: Saparmurat Niyazov

On April 21, 2013 by Tim Newman

I’ve not been to Turkmenistan and I’ve never met anyone who has been there, but it sounds pretty bonkers. It’s the richest nation in Central Asia despite being about 80% desert, thanks to...

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Our Queen Defiled In Berkshire Garden

On April 20, 2013 by Tim Newman

I’m no royalist. I find it difficult to really care about a family that’s famous and rich because of the womb they fell out of. I don’t hate them either, though. How can...

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How Do You Clean Your Teeth In Space?

On April 18, 2013 by Tim Newman

The International Space Station (ISS) has been whipping around the Earth tens of times a day for decades. Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield spent some time up there, conducting experiments and staring out...

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Obama Pestered By Religious Nuts

On April 2, 2013 by Tim Newman

This is my first post about Obama. Whether you love him or hate him, or are ambivalent towards him like me, he sure has ruffled some bald eagle feathers. This is an old...

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Chad Roberts’ Incredible Beard Skills

On March 31, 2013 by Tim Newman

I had the pleasure of going the International Beard and Moustache championships when they were held in Brighton around 20 years ago. It was a true joy. There was military garb, musketeer regalia, and...

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Intergrooming Is The The Anti-Crufts

On March 9, 2013 by Tim Newman

Crufts is a funny business isn’t it? Lots of dogs all groomed to high heaven and proud people who care more about their dog than their own personal hygiene.  I have nothing against dog...

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