Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Treadmill was used for the first time on this day (many, many years ago) in Salford prison.
Of course now, if you want to use one you have to pay money to join a gym.

(Can’t find a web link for this at the moment, but I’m sure one will appear)

And now, for those who don’t have the time to trawl online news themselves for amusing stories, here is my pick of the day:

Fawlty Towers hotel fetches £1.5m

The Devon hotel which inspired the classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers has been sold for about £1.5m.

Show creator John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, a former owner of the Hotel Gleneagles, in Torquay.

Cleese, who stayed at the hotel with the Monty Python team in 1971, described Mr Sinclair as "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met". Mr Sinclair, who died in 1981, is said to have thrown Eric Idle's suitcase out of the window "in case it contained a bomb" and complained about Terry Gilliam's table manners.

Serial burglar caught on webcam

A house burglar was caught after a webcam on the owner's computer recorded images of him carrying out the raid.

Police said it was a "brilliant idea" of software engineer Duncan Grisby, who set it after a previous burglary.
Park was given an 11-month jail term by magistrates in Cambridge on Tuesday after admitting burglary.

(Please, please, please check out the pictures captured by the webcam. You won't regret it!)

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