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Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018Weird&Strange

Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship

LONDON (Reuters) - With the final brass "toad" nestled at the bottom of the hole, team members from the Black Horse club jumped in the air to chest bump after becoming world champions at one of Britain's more obscure pub games.

Asda slip-up sees shopper charged ยฃ930 for banana

Asda has apologised after one of its shoppers was charged £930.11 for a single banana.

  • April 19th 2018 at 03:16
Before yesterdayWeird&Strange

Marx birthplace cashes in on 0 euro notes for anniversary

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German city of Trier is struggling to keep up with demand for 0-euro notes, bearing the face of its most famous son and communism's creator Karl Marx, and sold for 3 euros each as part of celebrations for his 200th birthday.

'No to sex on roundabouts', Norway tells high school graduates

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers "too much of a surprise", the national transport regulator said on Wednesday.

Are you Eileen? Do these pants belong to you?

Is your name Eileen? Did you flush your knickers down the loo?

  • April 18th 2018 at 10:42

Prince William:ย I love Nando's, it's peri peri nice

Prince William might be used to fine dining and lavish hospitality, but the heir to throne has revealed he also likes tucking into a Nando's.

  • April 17th 2018 at 16:26

You want tarantula with that? At U.S. burger joint, it's an option

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) - Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint.

Korean Air 'nut rage' heiress sister throws tantrum

The sister of Korean Air's infamous "nut rage" heiress has been accused of having her own tantrum during a business meeting.

  • April 13th 2018 at 10:54

Street lights don't cause cancer - council

Gateshead Council has been forced to deny being involved in "secret government trials" using street lights and 5G technology.

  • April 11th 2018 at 13:13

Hedgehog with balloon syndrome goes home

A hedgehog which swelled to the size of a beach ball after being injured has been returned back to the wild.

  • April 11th 2018 at 14:45

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Take the highway past the Dutch village of Jelsum and the road will play you a tune.

World's oldest man's secret to longevity revealed

The world's oldest man has been named as 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka, whose secret to longevity is said to be eating sweets and taking hot baths.

  • April 10th 2018 at 11:45

Man hospitalised after eating world's hottest chilli

A man who took on the world's hottest chilli pepper in an eating contest stunned doctors after suffering excruciating "thunderclap" headaches.

  • April 10th 2018 at 12:02

Chinese aviation buff builds full-scale Airbus replica

KAIYUAN, China (Reuters) - A man in northeastern China who always wanted to own an aircraft is doing the next best thing: building a full-scale replica of an Airbus A320 jet.

Japanese man, 112, recognized as world's oldest male

ASHORO, Japan (Reuters) - A 112-year-old Japanese man born months before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity was recognized on Tuesday as the world's oldest man.

Temasek stake values 'Salt Bae' Turkish restaurant owner at $1.2 billion

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Singapore's Temasek and Britain's Metric Capital have bought into Nusr-Et steakhouse owner D.ream in a deal valuing the Turkish firm at $1.2 billion.

Kim Jong Un 'told to stop smoking' by S Korean envoy

A South Korean envoy risked the wrath of Kim Jong Un by telling him to kick his smoking habit during landmark talks, according to reports.

  • April 9th 2018 at 14:25

UK Wife Carrying champ beats the mud to win place in world final

DORKING, England (Reuters) - With a sliding dive worthy of a rugby try, Chris Hepworth flung himself and his partner over the finishing line to become UK Wife Carrying champion, and now has his eye on the world title.

Voter revolt in Amsterdam

By DIRKMJK

In the 21 March municipal election, many Amsterdammers voted for new parties. The map below shows the effect this had on parties that already had seats on the city council. Red circles represent polling stations where the established parties lost; the rare green circles show where they won. The size of the circles corresponds to their gain or loss in percentage points.

Established parties lost across the city, but less so in Centrum and Zuid. The voter revolt was felt most in the peripheral districts Nieuw-West, Noord and Zuidoost, followed by parts of West and Oost. At some polling stations, support for the established parties declined by 15 to over 30 percentage points, with a peak of 43 percentage points.

The success of the new parties has been explained by ethnic background (especially DENK gained substantial ethnic minority support), but there’s also a socio-economic component. The chart below, showing results at the neighbourhood level, illustrates this. The share of votes for the new parties DENK, FvD, BIJ1 plus ChristenUnie is larger than the loss of the established parties, because they also won votes from parties that didn’t make the city council four years ago.

The new parties got their votes mainly in the less affluent neighbourhoods of Amsterdam, as measured by the average value of houses. This doesn’t have much impact on pro-market parties like VVD and D66, which get most of their votes in the richer parts of the city. For the social-democrat PvdA and socialist SP, things are different. The chart below shows what happened to their voters. Grey circles represent the 2014 election; red ones the situation in 2017/2018 (the scale on the y-axis is slightly different from the one above).

First, it should be noticed that most circles have moved to the right: the value of houses has increased significantly over the past years. This effect tends to be somewhat stronger in richer neighbourhoods. As a result, inequality has increased.

In 2014, PvdA and SP had considerable support in the less affluent neighbourhoods, but those are also the neighbourhoods where they lost most on 21 March. By now, their support there is hardly larger than in the richer neighbourhoods anymore. This effect is strongest for the PvdA (note that this effect doesn’t apply to other left-wing parties like GroenLinks).

Over the past years, concern has grown over Amsterdam’s social divide. The 21 March election outcome can be seen as a reflection of this inequality. In the less affluent peripheral neighbourhoods, established parties lost votes, as new parties grew.

The winner of the election, green party GroenLinks, has opted not to invite these new parties to the negotiations for a coalition agreement. In itself, there’s nothing wrong with that choice. Meanwhile, the new city government will need to come up with a credible answer to the city’s social divide. GroenLinks has often identified this as one of the key issues that need to be addressed.

For data sources and method, see the Dutch version of this article.

  • April 8th 2018 at 19:24

Charles: I may never wear 'budgie smugglers' again

Prince Charles has admitted he may never fit into a pair of "budgie smugglers" again as he approaches his 70th birthday.

  • April 7th 2018 at 13:43
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