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    </h1><h1>Theft caused marathon to run dry</h1><h1>More than 13,000 runners took part in the race</font></h1>
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    The organisers of the Edinburgh
    Marathon have revealed that more than 6,800 bottles of water were
    stolen before the start of the race.


    Sunday's event was marred by complaints from many runners that inadequate supplies of water had been provided along the route.

    Race director Neil Kilgour said the theft had left two water stations without water for 40 minutes.

    More than 4,000 Lucozade energy gels were also stolen.

    Mr
    Kilgour said the thieves struck in the early hours of Sunday morning.
    The water had been left on three pallets along the route of the race.

    He
    added that organisers quickly organised mobile teams of police and
    support vehicles in an attempt to deliver water to those who missed out
    when it became apparent that two of the nine stations had run dry.

    'Unreservedly apologise'

    Edinburgh
    Marathon Ltd has offered a £5,000 reward to anyone who gives police
    information that leads to a conviction over the theft.

    Mr
    Kilgour said: "We are furious that someone would steal water and energy
    gels from marathon runners on a hot day but unfortunately that is the
    case.

    "It did leave us with problems which we unreservedly
    apologise for but I believe we did everything we could to mitigate the
    problem."

    One participant told BBC Scotland that "people were
    dropping like flies" due to the lack of water during the race as
    temperatures soared to 22C.

    It is understood 10 people had to
    be taken to hospital after collapsing due to heat-related problems and
    160 were treated by medical staff at the scene.

    More than 13,000 competitors entered the marathon.


    "Syrana" on de Villiers "A step, a hand off and two more defenders beaten on the line and the third try was in the bag. It's amazing what a world class inside centre can do when you play him at inside centre!"

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      not sure why that falls into the 'funny stories' thread, but a friend of mine who is a serious runner ran it. He was trying to break three hours. He got as far as mile 22, and collapsed due to dehydration and was taken off to hospital.

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        didn't want to start another thread for it.......



        "Syrana" on de Villiers "A step, a hand off and two more defenders beaten on the line and the third try was in the bag. It's amazing what a world class inside centre can do when you play him at inside centre!"

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          http://www.independent.ie/world-news...fic/goldilocks -in-reverse-as-bear-found-in-bed-1759263.html
          "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

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            Sorry to hear about your friend bb but 10 taken to hospital out of circa 13,000? Temperatures soared to 22C dear god talk about OTT reporting...
            Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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              Originally posted by McCloud
              Sorry to hear about your friend bb but 10 taken to hospital out of circa 13,000? Temperatures soared to 22C dear god talk about OTT reporting...
              you have to be in a pretty bad way if you're a fit person who has to be hospitalised. And 22C is hot for running, believe me! A short run, let alone a marathon, is a b***h in any kind of sunshine to be fair.

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                Not so much funny, but...

                <h1>Search on for million-dollar mattress</h1>

                While
                it might be tempting to keep your money under the mattress in this age
                of financial turmoil it could end up costing you a whole lot more than
                you bargained for.

                Workers were sifting through tons of rubbish today in a frantic search for an old mattress containing a million US dollars.

                An
                Israeli woman bought her elderly mother a new mattress on Monday and
                threw out the old one — only to discover that her mother had hidden her
                life savings inside.

                When she went to look for the mattress, it had already been taken by binmen in Tel Aviv.

                Dump manager Yitzhak Borba said his staff were helping the woman, saying she appeared “totally desperate”.

                He said guards were keeping would-be treasure hunters at bay.

                The unnamed woman said “people have to take everything in proportion” and that it could be worse.

                <s&#111;ng>AP</s&#111;ng>

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                  [img]smileys/biggrin.gif[/img]BBC
                  Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                    FROM YESTERDAY'S BRISTOL EVENING POST:</span></font></span></font></span>


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                    Outside
                    Bristol Zoo is the car park, with spaces for 150 cars and 8 coaches. It
                    has been manned 6 days a week for 23 years by the same charming


                    and very polite car park attendant with the ticket machine. The charges
                    are £1. per car and £5.per coach.</span></font></span></font></span>

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                    On
                    Monday 1 June, he did not turn up for work. Bristol Zoo management
                    phoned Bristol City Council to ask them to send a replacement parking
                    attendant.</span></font></span></font></span>

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                    The
                    Council said "That car park is your responsibility." The Zoo said "The
                    attendant was employed by the City Council... wasn't he?" The Council
                    said "What attendant?"</span></font></span></font></span>

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                    Gone missing from his home is a man who has been taking daily the car park fees amounting to about £400 per day for 23 years</span></font></span></font></span>

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                    Thats £3.3million quid ....................</span></font></span>

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                    "Syrana" on de Villiers "A step, a hand off and two more defenders beaten on the line and the third try was in the bag. It's amazing what a world class inside centre can do when you play him at inside centre!"

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                      Sweet[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
                      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                        excellent [img]smileys/biggrin.gif[/img]

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                          That takes some balls.

                          Brilliant.

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                          Wally_fan 25/04/09
                          \"bump bump bump, trying to keep the thread up there. holy mary im drunk. and in love with trish. although you all dont care about that. doesnt matter, i still love her\"

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                            If only it were true, bitta research for ye lads....


                            http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/...-Bristol-Zoo-p arking-attendant/article-1073841-detail/article.html





                            Marty in the Morning

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                              Here's one for ye...


                              http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...n-Impersonates -Dead-Mother-To-Claim-Government-Benefits/Article/2009063153 12409?lpos=World_News_First_World_News_Article_Tea ser_Region _4&amp;lid=ARTICLE_15312409_Man_Impersonates_Dead_ Mother_To_ Claim_Government_Benefits





                              Marty in the Morning

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                                <h1>Wallabies get high in poppy fields, make crop circles</h1>
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                                <div ="capti&#111;n">High on life ... the wallabies are increasingly entering the fields and eating the poppy heads, causing them to get high.</div>
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                                <ul ="story-summary-list">[*]Wallabies breaking into poppy fields[*]Getting high and hopping round in circles[*]Creating "crop circles" as they hop[/list]
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                                WALLABIES are breaking into Tasmania's poppy fields and getting high.

                                The
                                strange occurrence that was revealed in a State Government Budget
                                Estimates hearing, has also solved what some growers say has spurred a
                                campfire legend about mysterious crop circles that appear in northern
                                Tasmania's poppy paddocks.

                                In true X-Files-style,
                                Attorney-General Lara Giddings said the drugged out wallabies had been
                                found hopping around in circles squashing the poppies, creating the
                                formations – and hence solving the mystery.

                                The wallabies are increasingly entering the fields and eating the poppy heads, The Advertiser reports.

                                That causes them to get high and run around in circles creating "crop circles".

                                "The
                                one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the
                                poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy
                                fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," Ms
                                Gidding said.


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                                "Then they crash. We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high."

                                Tasmanian Alkaloids field operations manager <a href="http://search.news.com.au/search//0/?us=ndmnews&amp;sid=5000540&amp;as=news&amp;ac=nin ews2&amp;q=Rick%20Rockliff"

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