Big Ben gets a wash from abseiling cleaners

22nd of August 2014
Big Ben gets a wash from abseiling cleaners

One of the world's most famous landmarks - Big Ben in London - is having a makeover this week as four window cleaners have been working hard buffing and shining the 312 pieces of glass that make up the iconic clock face.

This is no ordinary cleaning job for the four men, who have been dangling 60 metres above the ground and wearing helmets and

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Vacuum cleaner joke voted funniest at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

21st of August 2014
Vacuum cleaner joke voted funniest at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A joke about a vacuum cleaner has been voted the funniest at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, taking place in Scotland during the month of August.

British comedian Tim Vine won the prize with his one-liner: "I decided to sell my Hoover... well it was just collecting dust."

He also won in 2010 with the joke: "I've just been on a

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Workplace cracks down on toilet breaks

19th of August 2014
Workplace cracks down on toilet breaks

The management of a US company has been criticised for allegedly disciplining its workers for 'excessive use' of the toilet during working hours.

According to the workers' union, WaterSaver Faucet in Chicago is capping the time that employees spend in the washroom at six minutes a day.

"The company has spreadsheets on every union employee and

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Could antibacterial clay fight superbugs?

13th of August 2014
Could antibacterial clay fight superbugs?

Antibacterial properties have been discovered in natural clay deposits - and researchers hope that these will help in the fight against superbugs.

The clay was found in a volcanic deposit near Crater Lake, Oregon in the US. Thought to be between 20 and 30 million years old, it was formed from silica-rich magma and hydrothermal water resulting

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Officials seize consignment of liquid heroin disguised as soap

11th of August 2014
Officials seize consignment of liquid heroin disguised as soap

Brazen drug traffickers used liquid soap bottles to hide huge quantities of heroin in a smuggling attempt that was foiled by officials last month.

The shipment of drugs from Azerbaijan was bound for Turkey, but law enforcement officers caught up with the traffickers in Georgia. The heroin was confiscated by the Georgian police and the Revenue

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Aircraft toilet system makes life easier for the blind

8th of August 2014
Aircraft toilet system makes life easier for the blind

A Hong Kong professor has devised a system making it easier for the visually impaired to use the toilets on an aircraft.

The BrailleWise concept uses strips of Braille lettering around the lavatory cubicle that provide direction signs to the various facilities in the washroom.

Upon entering the lavatory, the visually-impaired passenger will be

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