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It’s a fake!: ‘Van Gogh’ Painting connected to Rupert Murdoch proven near worthless.

In 19th century, 2007, Amsterdam, Art, australia, Business, Culture, europe, Head of a man, Life, london, News, Odd News, Painting, paris, Rupert Murdoch, Society, UK, Uncategorized, Van Gogh, World News on August 3, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Ouch!

gogh_wideweb__470x2912.jpg  How embarrasing!

Like something out of a classic Hollywood thriller…

A self portait painting supposedly created in 1886 by legendary artist Vincent van Gogh, purported to be worth Australian $25 million (US $21.5 million), has been proven to be a fake.

The painting called ‘Head of a man’ was bought to Australia by the father of media billionare Rupert Murdoch, Sir Keith Murdoch, and has been with the National Gallery of Victoria collection since just before World War 2.

But when the painting went on a tour to Europe, experts in Amsterdam tested the painting regarded as “offbeat” and an “oddity”, by Van Gogh specialists.

Last year The Sunday Times in London published claims by Van Gogh specialists that the work had been incorrectly attributed.

And today, it was announced that those claims have proven accurate.

The gallery said there would be a “downwards adjustment” in the painting’s value when the Victorian state gallery revalues its collection next year.
 

Downward adjustment indeed!

Not so stary, stary anymore…..

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Zebra? Horse? Zorse!

In 2007, adult, Africa, amazing story, Amsterdam, animals, comedy, crazy, Crazy news, EU, europe, evolution, farm, genes, genetics, Germany, Humour, International, Italy, Life, pets, wild animals, World News, Worlds most on June 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

   Let’s get it on!

   Yeah, baby!

 And I thought mules were hilarious creatures.

A steamy sexual encounter between an Italian stallion zebra and a German female horse has resulted in an amazing anomaly of nature. An animal that is half horse and have zebra. And they are calling it a Zorse, of course.

Last year the mother of the zorse was taken from her German safari park home to visit a ranch in Italy, where she was left to roam freely with a number of other zebras, when one, Ullysses took a shine to her.

Now Eclypse is a major attraction at her home safari park at Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland.

Hybrids are not easy to create, however. The mating pair’s different number of chromosomes – the “packets” of DNA in each cell – makes a pregnancy hard to achieve.

A horse has 64 chromosomes; the zebra has 44. The zorse that results from cross-breeding will have a number of chromosomes that is somewhere in between.

The zorse can only result where the sire is the zebra.

“The smaller number of chromosomes has to be on the male side,” said Lesley Barwise-Munro, a veterinary surgeon in Alnwick, Northumberland, and a spokeswoman for the British Equine Veterinary Association.

“If it had been the other way around there would have been no pregnancy. It’s how nature works.”

And hybrids were invariably sterile.

Nude cycling the new in-thing.

In Amsterdam, entertainment, europe, Global Warming, naked, nudists, Odd News, paris, Society, sport, stunt, Swim wear, tits, UK, Uncategorized, World News on June 11, 2007 at 3:40 am

Last week in Amsterdam it was cycling nude for art, this week in cities across Europe and North America they were doing it in the name of the environment, or something.

Under the slogan “As Bare As You Dare,” protesters felt the wind in their hair — and everywhere else — as they pedalled along demonstrating the risks they face on the roads and the impact that cars have on the environment.

Authorities generally turned a blind eye to one of the world’s more outlandish environmental protests, apart from in Paris where five of the unabashed riders were arrested for so-called “sexual exhibition.”

Most of the 400 people, including 160 on bikes, gathered for the Paris event decided that discretion was the better part of valour and fearing arrest redonned clothes and dispersed.

Many had turned their bodies into human placards, writing slogans or humorous messages across their stomachs or on their backs. “Warning: fragile!”, one said, “Warning: flesh!” another.

In London, 700 cyclists in various states of undress were reported to have gambolled through central London in another leg of the World Naked Bike Ride, while similar events happened in Manchester, Southampton and York.

The nude cyclists — and others with strategically-placed body paint, sticky tape or bum bags — began their ride at Hyde Park and finished in Wellington Arch, a route of about six miles (10 kilometres).

“We are seeing an increasing number of stories of melting ice caps and Antarctica crumbling away and no government is doing anything serious about this,” said Martin Ireland, one of the riders.

“They are paying lip service to the problem so people have been taking to their bikes, unclothed, to express their feelings about it.”

Video: Nudist bikers run riot.

Naked cyclists in London The naked cyclists ride through Brighton

College students go wild, invent booze in a packet, aim to reach “youth market”.

In adult, amazing story, Amsterdam, Art, Booz2Go, comedy, crazy, Crazy news, death, drinking, England, entertainment, Germany, Helicon Vocational Institute, Holland, Humour, Life, Odd News, People, Places, police, Sleep, World News on June 8, 2007 at 7:47 pm

 

Final Year University students in The Netherlands have come up with, what I think could, or should be, one of the greatest inventions of all time.

It’s called Booz2Go, and its powdered alcohol in and instant, available in 20 gram packs. All you need to do is add water and hey presto! You have yourself your very own bubbly, lime-colored and -flavoured 3% alcoholic beverage. Brilliant!

“We are aiming for the youth market. They are really more into it because you can compare it
with Bacardi-mixed drinks,” 20-year-old Harm van Elderen says.

The students said companies interested in making the product commercially could avoid taxes because the alcohol was in powder form. A number of companies are interested, they said.

“Because the alcohol is not in liquid form, we can sell it to people below 16,” said project member Martyn van Nierop.
Well that’s a little bit irresponsible, and I thought alchohol abuse for under 18’s/21’s (depending on your country) was already a big problem.

The legal age for drinking alcohol and smoking is 16 in the Netherlands.

I’ve already chosen a slogan for the boys….”Booz2Go, coming to a High School (or nursery) near you!”
Good luck fellas!