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January 16, 2009

Christian refuses to drive athiest bus

atheist bus

A bus in London with the slogan

A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a vehicle which was plastered with an advert saying: “There’s probably no God.”

Ron Heather, 62, told his bosses he was horrified at the atheist vehicle, before walking out of his shift.

He told the Daily Mail: “I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face. My first reaction was horror.
“I’d heard about this silly campaign in London but I had no idea it was coming to Southampton.”

The First Bus vehicle was one of hundreds put on buses across the UK.

The £140,000 atheist advertising campaign features the slogan: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

The fundraising drive was prompted by a suggestion from comedy writer Ariane Sherine, who received support from the British Humanist Association (BHA) and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins.

Ms Sherine had objected to a set of Christian advertisements running on London buses in a piece written for the Guardian’s The Comment is Free in June.

Boy George jailed for 15 months

LONDON, England (CNN) — Karma caught up with former Culture Club singer Boy George on Friday when a court sentenced the star to 15 months for falsely imprisoning a male escort, a court spokeswoman said.

George O'Dowd, also known as Boy George, arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London.

George O’Dowd, also known as Boy George, arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London.

 Full details of the sentence weren’t immediately clear.

A jury unanimously found the pop star and DJ, whose real name is George O’Dowd, guilty of the charge last month after a seven-day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in northeast London.

The jury determined O’Dowd, 47, had chained male escort Audun Carlsen to a wall at his apartment in London’s hip Shoreditch neighborhood. Carlsen had also said the singer beat him with a metal chain.

O’Dowd, who maintained his innocence, came to court Friday sporting a multicolored tattoo on his bald head, none of his trademark makeup, and a black winter coat.

The star quit Culture Club in 1987 after a string of hits with the group, including “Karma Chameleon,” “Do you really want to hurt me?” and “Church of the Poison Mind.”

He has since become a DJ and revived his singing career, releasing a single last year called “Yes we can,” inspired by Barack Obama and featuring clips of the U.S. president-elect.

O’Dowd is no stranger to the law. In August 2006, he spent five days cleaning the streets of Manhattan as part of a community service sentence for falsely reporting a break-in at his New York City home.

He has also publicly battled drug addiction

 
Eastern Lubber grasshoppers Two Eastern Lubber grasshoppers (Romalea guttata) mating. Native to the southeastern and south central portion of the United States, it is well known both for its size and its unique coloration. During reproduction, the male grasshopper introduces sperm into the ovipositor through its aedeagus (reproductive organ), and inserts its spermatophore, a package containing the sperm, into the female’s ovipositor.

1780American Revolution: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.

Date January 16, 1780
Location Near Cabo de São Vicente, Portugal
Result Decisive British victory

The moonlight Battle off Cape St Vincent, 16 January 1780 by Francis Holman, painted 1780 shows the Santo Domingo exploding, with Rodney‘s flagship SandwichTemplate:WP Ships HMS instances in the foreground

The naval Battle of Cape St Vincent, or Battle of Cape Santa Maria, took place off the coast of Portugal on 16 January 1780, during the American Revolutionary War and was a victory of a British fleet under Admiral Sir George Rodney over a Spanish squadron under Don Juan de Lángara. It is also known as the Moonlight Battle, because it was unusual for naval battles in the age of sail to take place at night.

Origins

Rodney’s fleet, on its way to relieve Gibraltar which was under siege by the Spanish, caught de Langara’s smaller squadron of nine ships of the line. De Langara’s squadron had comprised eleven ships until San Genaro 74 and San Justo 74 were separated from it two days earlier owing to a raging gale, off Cape St Vincent in southwestern Portugal.

Battle

Rodney formed his fleet of 18 ships of the line into line of battle abreast and bore down on the Spanish ships. de Langara initially ordered his ships to form line of battle ahead but, realizing that the British fleet outnumbered his own, ordered his ships to crowd on all sail to escape for their home port of Cádiz, 100 miles (160 km) to the south. At two o’clock, Rodney ordered a general chase, allowing his ships to chase at their best speed and engage as they came up to the Spanish ships. Thanks to their copper sheathed hulls (which reduced marine growths), the ships of the Royal Navy were faster and soon gained on the Spanish.

At around 4 p.m., after two hours of chasing, the British Defence, Bedford, Resolution and Edgar began the action. At 4:40 p.m., the Spanish Santo Domingo 70, blew up just as Bienfaisant came up to engage her; all hands were lost. Darkness fell soon afterwards. The chase continued through the dark and squally night until 2 a.m. the following morning, when all firing ceased after the headmost of the Spanish squadron surrendered. Four Spanish ships of the line and the two frigates escaped but six were taken including De Lángara‘s flagship Fénix, 80. By morning, Rodney’s own fleet was in shoal water. The necessity of getting the ships off shore prevented Rodney from continuing the chase.

Aftermath

Two of the prizes—San Julián and San Eugenio—were lost because of the ignorance on the shore line of the British officers who commanded them since they had to ask the Spanish captains to help them sail the taken ships through a gale. The captain of San Julian, who had remained on board, refused to help unless the ship was again under his command, to which the British officers agreed. Both Spanish sails were retaken by their crews. The San Julián and the San Eugenio then sailed for Gibraltar. The British casualties in the Battle of St. Vincent were 32 killed and 102 wounded.

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