The Daily Tulip — News From Around The World

Saturday 21st October 2017

Good Morning Gentle Reader…. Magnificent early morning, no moon, but with the heavens filled with a million stars, who needs it… Bella and I walked together down to the ocean and looked out across the still waters, I should say I stood, Bella ran around like a crazy thing on the sand…. I remember when I used to run around on the sand many years ago… but not this morning, exhausted, Bella finally came and sat by me, I hooked the leash up and we walked back to the house, thoughts of food for Bella and Coffee for me…..

NEW ZEALAND TOWN FUNDS ITS OWN PETROL STATION…. A remote New Zealand township has funded its own petrol station because residents were fed up with their four-hour round trip to buy fuel. The nearest petrol station for people living in Pongaroa on New Zealand’s North Island had previously been a two hour drive to either Pahiatua or Dannevirke, Radio New Zealand reports. The round-trip journey was some 144 miles (232km). Pongaroa has not had a petrol station since its last one closed four years ago, and so its 120 residents set about raising NZ$250,000 (US$180,000; £135,000). In the end, donations, interest-free loans and a grant from the local authority meant that they were able to fund half of the costs themselves. The Allied Petroleum petrol company agreed to front the rest of the construction costs and the station opened this weekend.

JAPANESE ZOO MOURNS ANIME-LOVING CELEBRITY PENGUIN…. A celebrity penguin, which made international headlines after forming an attachment to a cardboard cut-out in a Japanese zoo, has died at the age of 21. Tobu Zoo in Japan’s central Saitama prefecture announced Grape’s death through its Twitter account, saying that the cause of death was unknown. But according to NewsWalker, he would have been around 80-years-old in “human years”. Grape the Humboldt penguin became on online star in May after seemingly falling in love with the picture of Hululu, an anthropomorphic penguin character from the Japanese anime series Kemono Friends, after it was placed in his enclosure, the RocketNews website reports. He is thought to have become fixated on the cut-out after being jilted by a female penguin called Midori, which had been his mate for a decade. The cut-out was originally placed in the penguin enclosure as part of a tie-in promotion with Kemono Friends. Grape spent long hours staring at Hululu and refusing to leave her side, and so staff decided to leave the cut-out in the penguin’s enclosure, long after the promotion ended.
Sadly, his death comes a month before the zoo’s Grape Festival, a series of events spanning two weeks based around the celebrity penguin.

ICELANDIC PIRATE PARTY MP FORCED TO WEAR EYEPATCH…. A member of parliament from the Pirate Party in Iceland was forced to wear an eyepatch for a television appearance following a bizarre household accident. Eva Pandora Baldursdottir wrote on her Facebook wall that her one-year-old daughter “scratched my eye, which means I have to wear an eyepatch over the weekend,” Reykjavik Grapevine reports. “That wouldn’t be an issue if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m going to a TV debate tonight,” she said.
“Of course be wearing my beautiful eyepatch,” she said of her impending appearance on Iceland’s Stod 2 channel.
The Pirate Party, which bases its policies on civil rights, free sharing of information and direct democracy, holds 10 out of 63 seats in the Althing, Iceland’s parliament. They are the third largest party in the country, based on size of vote in the 2016 elections.

JAPANESE LOTTERY WINNERS GET ‘COLLECTABLE’ MANHOLE COVERS…. A city in central Japan recently held a lottery for decorative manhole covers after a sale offer became twenty-times oversubscribed. Maebashi, which is 77 miles (124 km) north of Tokyo, put ten second-hand manhole covers on the market for 3,000 yen ($27; £20) with three different designs, and was surprised to receive over 200 applications to buy them, broadcaster NHK reports. According to TV Asahi, the winners may have grabbed a bargain, given that new covers cost some 60,000 yen each, but some of the lucky collectors have still yet to decide what to do with them.
One buyer, who took the day off work to drive up from Tokyo to collect his 40 kg (88 lb) purchase, shares the dilemma of many people who make off-the-wall purchases: where to keep it now that he’s got it. “I’ll put it in my porch, then I’ll think about what to do with it,” he told NHK. However, he hints that there may be a touch of buyer’s regret, and a drain cover may not be entirely welcome at home. TV Asahi caught up with him in his cramped Tokyo porch, where he told the broadcaster: “I’m in trouble. This is the last time.”

UNDER SCRUTINY, STATE DEPT. REMOVES MAR-A-LAGO PLUG…. There is such thing as bad publicity. Watchdogs, lawmakers and former White House ethics officials were all part of the outcry over a blog post detailing the history of President Trump’s for-profit, members-only Mar-a-Lago resort. The plug appeared on U.S. embassy websites and the State Department’s ShareAmerica site. Calling Mar-a-Lago “the winter White House,” it amounted, critics say, to taxpayer-funded self-promotion prohibited by ethics rules. The State Department has since removed the post and apologized for “any misperception.”

Well Gentle Reader I hope you enjoyed our look at the news from around the world this, Saturday morning… …

Our Tulips today are “Catatonic”……

A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Saturday 21st October 2017 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…

All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in

Be safe out there…

Robert McAngus

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