Alice, the son of a US preacher, had
taken several chickens he had rescued from an animal experiment centre
when he went on his tour of the United States in 1970.
He said he had intended mimicking the
act of biting off the head of the chicken on stage and had concealed
a tube of theatrical blood in his mouth, ready to burst and splatter
over the microphone as he pretended to bite off the chickens
head during one of his songs.
However, it is thought that the chickens,
who had been rescued from an uncertain fate and had been suddenly
thrust into a road show that was to take in the whole of the United
States, had grown apprehensive of whatever fate might lie in store
Speaking on the telephone to Newsmedianews
from his Hollywood home, Alice said he had taken the most senior chicken
from the luxury coach they had travelled in and carried it out onto
the stage, feeling that the older bird needed a break and might enjoy
the bright lights and the music.
"I was really having
a gas with the creature like, man, you know, talking to it between the
of my song and saying hey kid, this is gonna be great, when
we get to the line about headless chickens Im gonna bite your
head off in front of all these people," said Alice.
"How was I to know the stupid bird
would take me seriously. The next thing - it all happened so fast
like there was nothing I could do - the next thing, just as I opened
my mouth to pretend to bite its head off, the chicken looked me deep
in the eyes with this awful look that said it said it knew it had
nothing at all left to live for and then it plunged its head deep
into my open mouth.
"At the same time it dug its talons
deep into my hand and that made me snap my jaw shut in pain. Thats
how I ended up biting the fucking things head off. Man, it just
committed hara-kiri, right there on stage, in front of all those people,"
He said he had purchased a quiet corner
in Arlington Cemetery and had held a private funeral for the dead
"Every single person who had been
on the tour, including the other chickens attended. It was a very
sad occasion," said Alice.
VOICES SHOULD BE HEARD IN DAIL
SDLP Deputy Leader Brid Rodgers has said that it is extremely important
that all voices are heard in Dail Eireann and that both unionist and
nationalist representatives should make use of speaking rights in
the Irish Parliament.
She said: "From my point of view I know that having a seat in
the Irish Senate was extremely important. It gave me a voice at an
important time in the 1980s when we were facing many difficulties.
I was able to articulate and put forward the views of the nationalist
This development should be seen as a threat to no one. It is essential
that there is genuine dialogue between all the people on this island.'
evidence has emerged from the ice linking the evolution of the human
race with a chance encounter between a giant cockroach from the Cretaceous
period and frozen worm sperm from the Jurassic.
preserved 115 million-year-old cockroach was discovered by chance
by a paparazzi Royal photographer chasing after pictures of Prince
Harry who was on a skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps.
Waldo Zuchenstein, of Woollagong, Australia, said that his zoom lens
fell off his camera and into a 1000ft deep crevasse.
the time Id climbed down and recovered it and climbed back,
Prince Harry had flown back to England," said Mr Zuchenstein.
I tried fitting the lens back on the camera but it wouldnt go.
Thats when I found the cockroach, jammed in the lens fastening
mechanism," he explained.
put the five-inch long insect into a vacuum ice pack and sent it to
a friend, Abdullah Abdul, at a weight-losers club in Pakistan. Mr
Abdullah Abdul also works for a scientific research institute.
didnt realise it was a cockroach. I just knew it was a big,
frozen insect of some sort," said Mr Zuchenstein.
revealed that the cockroach had swam through a puddle of melting frozen
worm sperm and had become accidentally impregnated.
of over 15-million eggs taken from the cockroach revealed a DNA structure
identical to that of the very first known Homo Sapiens.
know people will think this is a crazy thing," said Mr Abdul.
the evidence is indisputable. Samples from the worm sperm are 100
per cent identical to the DNA structure of the human body and samples
of the cockroach brain cells show them to be 100 per cent identical
to human brain cells. Only an idiot would dispute the evidence,"
the scientist added.
have now been drawn between collected Ranns evidence and the cockroach.
There will always be someone
ready and willing to cash in on the gullibility of others. And there
will always be those willing to mess up our own lives in their ignorant
greed. The latest of just such a breed
is the quango cyber quacks who are trying to tell us we need SPEED
SPEED SPEED. In reality they are trying to SELL us their
idea that we need speed. Definitely not the same thing.
Those who regularly receive
web newsletters will be aware of some of this. CUSTOMERS will FLEE,
the newsletters warn in temple shaking tones of doom, if it takes
longer than a few seconds for your web site to load.
People WONT BUY, they thunder and roar if
customers get BORED waiting for those few seconds longer.
Hang on here. What are they
making us out to be? Of greater worry is what they might be turning
us into. Most people using the web are using what is in reality a
recent development. Words from those providing professional Internet
services can often be mistaken for gospel.
If supermarkets yelled at us
to forget the speed limits and drive at 120mph to the shops the law
would close them down without hesitation.
SLOW DOWN. Is the world going
to really fall apart if we dont see an immediate 5-second result
while browsing the web? Just what is anyone going
to lose? Websites will still be there - customers will still be looking
for what they require.
Forget the bullshit about speed,
for thats all it is. Those who shove it down our throats do
not do so in philanthropic terms - look closer - they too are SELLING
something - speed.
Few web sites these days take
longer than at very most 30 seconds to display and those that do will
generally have regular visitors who are aware of the matter and continue
to go there for a reason. If you cannot spare 30 seconds of your time
then I suggest that you have a serious conditioning problem.
Now hurry up and e-mail this
story to your friends!
Waste disposal is not just about getting rid of the
garbage. It is also about how it is disposed of and that is
where waste management has its part to play.
To be effective, good management must be based upon
meaningful and workable practice.
Ireland has the highest dependency on landfill disposal
in Europe and has been penalised several times for failing to meet
EU requirements. It looks set to fail in reaching all EU waste disposal
targets up to 2005.
Ireland has not developed a cohesive national waste
strategy. Its existing landfill sites are inadequate to handle the
country's growing waste volume and recycling is almost non-existent
except in token experimental schemes.
Goverment has over the past decade engineered a rapid
growth of wealth in Ireland and with that has come the hand in hand
rapid growth in waste output.Government has a responsibility to ensure
that adequate and effective waste disposal systems are in place.
Although the number of landfill sites was reduced
from 70 to 50 between 1998 to 2000, no alternatives were introduced
and so the situation is that a smaller number of utilities are handling
an increasing loada sure recipe for trouble.
The EU has taken the view that those who create waste
must pay for its disposal. In its document Waste Matters, the
Irish Labour party comments on
the lack of alternatives to landfill and the absence of a full scale
national infrastructure for option other than landfill:
In this context, the introduction of domestic
charges for landfill disposal becomes more of a revenue generation
exercise for local authorities than an instrument to change our
ways on waste. This is especially the case where fixed levies are
applied as opposed to a weight or volume based charge.
Over the past two years attention has focussed sharply
on illegal waste dumping on a major scale. Punishing the offenders
is fine and necessary, but so too is removing the existence of the
need for a black market in waste disposal that has seen a growing
number of unscrupulous business operators cashing in on the opportunity.
Politics is not about scoring points. It is about
putting in place effective infrastructures within society.Landill
has never been a truly effective process. It simply moves the garbage
'out of site'.
Unless proper credence is given to the requirement
of effective and sustainable methods of waste disposal, we may see
an unwanted reality to the phrase "it's a trash country".