Monday, 23 January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year 2012!


Wishing all my Chinese friend's a successful and prosperous, and healthy Chinese New Year, 2012!

Stay safe!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Campbell's Tower in King's Lynn, Norfolk.

Thousands of onlookers braved the chilly temperatures at the old Campbell's soup factory site to watch the controlled explosion, which was ignited at 8am this morning.

The 1,000-ton Campbell's tower is sent crashing to the ground after 10kg of nitro-glycerine was ignited!

The 40-metre Campbell's tower dated back to 1959 and housed a giant pressure cooker used to make the famous canned soup.

The Tower was demolished at 8am on Sunday, 15th January, 2012.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

January sales Beijing style!

This pair of Chinese 'human snails' look like they've snapped up some cracking bargains during the January sales.

Click to enlarge photo!

Loaded sky high with office chairs and furniture they laugh and joke, to the visible gasps of onlookers, as they weave their heavy-load around the streets of Beijing.

But three-wheeling is not the preferred mode of transport for the delivery drivers who are actually forced to take to their tricycles during the day.

Beijing's banning of motorised delivery during daylight hours is just one of a series of measures introduced in 2008 and designed to cut down congestion in the Chinese capital.

Drivers of the city's five million cars are banned from taking to the road one day per week, depending on the final digit of their license plate, and only 20,000 licenses are issued each month.

Luckily the pair did not suffer the same fate as Fei Lin, 35, who shot up skywards when huge bags of rice strapped to the back of his trike slipped and catapulted him into the air.

Lin suffered the accident when his overloaded bike protested at its massive load in Xian, Shaanxi province, in December.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Wall Breaker Water Cannon

A British company has invented a new weapon for use in the war against terror which uses ordinary water cooler bottles as ammunition.

The plastic bottles of water, which are used in coolers in thousands of offices and shops up and down the country, become powerful missiles when fired from the Wall Breaker cannon.

The tough plastic bottles can knock through double layer walls to break into hostage situations or other terror situations.

Inventors BCB International, based in Cardiff, say the strong bottles are perfect missiles because there are so many available wherever police or military are near buildings.

The company invented a wide air cannon to fire the water bottles 300 metres a second to break into buildings.

Company spokesman Jonathan Dell said: 'Our system uses compressed air and it fires a a big bottle of water at the target.

'That impact from a bottle can smash through a double layer breeze-block wall.

'What’s great about using water is that the casing shatters and it just sprays out.

'It means security teams are much closer to the point of entry, giving them vital seconds.'

'Security teams and counter-terrorism officers often use explosives but if you’re trying to rescue a hostage, that’s pretty dangerous.'

The company used ordinary plastic cooler bottles full of water, each weighing 22Kg, in tests.

When shot out of the pneumatic cannon, the everyday office items turn into powerful projectiles easily strong enough to punch a hole in a hostage-takers wall.

Mr Dell said: 'They are more than capable of ripping through everything from walls to transit vans.'

The firm have already sold the system to security forces and the military in a number of countries including the USA and Thailand.