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Post  Freedom on Sat 10 Jun 2017, 8:33 am

I've put your hair-raising story (sorry) here in the weird section, Rosa.

I seem to recall something similar in the U K. I can't find that one but here's a story about someone who claimed damages for a power cut in his cell.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/prisoner-handed-4000-damages-because-11963972

Another case with a claim for being handcuffed was rejected though.

http://www.journalonline.co.uk/News/1022403.aspx#.WTugVWjyuUk
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Post  Châtelaine on Sat 10 Jun 2017, 10:14 am

There's a saying in the Netherlands, particularly in the South, which translates as:
The Sweet Lord has strange lodgers ...

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Post  bluebell on Sun 11 Jun 2017, 3:24 pm

It's possible Andrew has already posted a link to this, if so please delete my post.  Anyway the innocent guy must have a very forgiving nature  -  he spent 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit yet he "feels blessed"  ...       Must say they really do look alike.       affraid

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4592556/Dad-free-prison-police-lookalike.html
'I don't believe in luck, I believe I was blessed': Kansas father is finally released from prison after 17 years, when police find his lookalike who eerily shared his first name
Richard Anthony Jones from Kansas City was jailed for armed robbery in 1999
Was convicted based on an eyewitness account and sentenced to 19 years
Heard rumors about man in prison who looked like him and shared his first name
Contacted pro bono lawyers to appeal his case since the man lived closer to the area where the crime was committed

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Post  Freedom on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 12:13 pm

Weird even by your usual standards!

I googled the picture and this is what came up.

Best guess for this image: childbirth

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A revolting prison wedding...

Post  Rosa canina on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 12:37 am

A murdering rapist and his disgraced lawyer are due to marry at Paremoremo Prison in Auckland today :

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/94113002/convicted-killer-liam-reid-and-struck-off-lawyer-davina-murray-wed-at-prison

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Post  Andrew on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 8:35 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4641958/Triple-killer-seduced-nun-gave-oral-sex-prison.html

This post and the previous one transferred from "hearts a-fluttering" topic.
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Post  Freedom on Thu 29 Jun 2017, 10:38 am

It was a row over a cockfight...........

I'm going to lie down now!
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Post  Freedom on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 10:08 am

I think that this case - or a similar one - has been mentioned before.

The mind boggles over as to how the friend didn't notice anything earlier........

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/gayle-newland-woman-jailed-for-posing-as-a-man-to-trick-friend-into-sex-found-guilty-at-new-trial/ar-BBDrZ2K?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=mailsignout
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Post  Freedom on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 11:33 am

Definitely the sort of stuff for the Jeremy Kyle show.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3794220/incest-womans-parents-are-brother-sister/
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Post  unreorganised on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 12:34 pm


There's an interesting aside to this story.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40480386

The family's lawyer, barbara findlay, who chooses to spell her name without capital letters, told Global News:

Reminds me of the character Jonattan Yeah? in the TV satire (well, it was when it was made) Nathan Barley, who had punctuation added to his name by deed poll.
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Post  Freedom on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 12:37 pm

Thinking of k d lang, perhaps it's a Canadian thing?!
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Post  Guinea Pig on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 5:57 pm

I'm all for not enforcing rigid stereotypes of behaviour dependent on what gender you're born into, but this is ridiculous.

It's like that food blogger Jack Monroe who likes to be referred to as "they".
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Post  bluebell on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 6:21 pm

Far easier for those who have changed gender by medical involvement to be allowed to change their birth certificate, or am I not understanding ?
I don't think that what appears on a birth certificate (based I suppose on apparent physical indications) forces upbringing in a gender stereotype in the western world does it ?.

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Post  Freedom on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 6:31 pm

I don't think that the first bit about people who have changed their sex is relevant.

Certainly there is nothing to force gender stereotypes but I think that there is still a tendency to dress girls in pink frilly outfits and boys in more practical things like jeans and T-shirts and to give them only toys which are thought suitable for one sex or the other.

I actually agree with Russell Brand (not my favourite comedian) over his plans to bring his daughter up as gender neutral; by this he doesn't mean silly things like not calling her by feminine pronouns but by letting her decide how she wants to be.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4515034/Russell-Brand-enjoys-family-day-daughter-Mabel.html
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Post  Châtelaine on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 6:57 pm

You bring back memories, Freedom.
At St Nicholas-day, we would have a wealth [well at the time a "wealth"] of presents. My brothers got an electric Marklin train and I was the one to be playing with it for hours.
At teenage-time, I bought jeans [boys only, they'd zippers in the front, whilst all other "female" trousers would have a zipper on the right and would certainly not be "jeans"]. I could tell you stories, but I'll leave it here for the moment ;-)
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Post  Freedom on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 11:15 am

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/30/man-marries-laptop-sues-for-recognition-wedding-ca/

There are other earlier articles about this man if you google his name.
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Post  Freedom on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 9:26 am

I wonder if there is more to this story than we're being told. How could this poor child have managed to drink more than a drop of boiling water?

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/girl-8-dies-after-drinking-boiling-water-in-deadly-dare-copied-from-youtube-video/ar-AApu9hU?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=mailsignout&pfr=1
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Post  mumof6 on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 9:35 am

I suppose, using a straw, the boiling water would end up at the back of the mouth, and in the throat, and it would not take much for the swelling to block a child's much smaller airways.

A mouthful of boiling water would certainly be enough to damage the airway.

I would question who put her up to it, it does not sound like a thing a child would do without someone else she wanted to impress.
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Post  dogs don't lie on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 7:32 pm

Oh man Sad

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Post  Freedom on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 9:43 pm

http://ktla.com/2017/08/04/missing-california-kindergarten-teacher-found-alive-weeks-after-crash/

The bit that jumped out at me is that this unfortunate woman was told by her pastor not to take her bipolar medication as it would let demons in.......
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Post  Freedom on Wed 30 Aug 2017, 7:35 am

Goodness know how much truth (if any) there is in this story but it certainly sounds absolutely crazy.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4831134/MP-anger-Christian-girl-forced-Muslim-foster-care.html

I'm doing a Richard Dawkins here - no, she is not a Christian child as she can't possibly have made her mind up on whether she is or not; the child of Christian parents is what is meant.
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