Sunday, February 21, 2016

More than a little Earn! Eric Morecambe's classic car will raise £150,000 when it goes on sale - £145,000 more than he paid for it


A nice little Ern-er! Eric Morecambe's classic car goes on sale for £150,000 - £145,000 more than he paid for it
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Comedian Eric Morecambe bought Jensen Interceptor for £4,500 in 1968
Said to be his favourite car and was kept in garage of Hertfordshire home
The car was sold to Silverstone Auctions, Warwickshire for £27,000 in 2014
It has since been fully restored and now on display for estimated £150,000


A classic car once owned by comedian Eric Morecambe has been put on sale for £150,000 – a staggering £145,000 more than the entertainer paid for it nearly 50 years ago.

The star bought the Jensen Interceptor for just £4,500 at the height of his fame in September 1968 and kept it in the garage of his home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

He was said to be very fond of driving the sports car and was behind the wheel when he suffered his first heart attack in November 1968 after appearing at Batley variety club in Leeds with Ernie Wise.


Eric Morecambe (above) was said to be very fond of driving the sports car and was behind the wheel when he suffered his first heart attack in November 1968 after appearing at Batley variety club in Leeds with Ernie Wise

Following his death in May 1984, the car remained within his estate until it was sold to Silverstone Auctions in Warwickshire for £27,000.

It has since been fully restored and went on display at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCel arena in London Docklands this weekend with an estimated value of £150,000.

Work has been carried out to the engine, braking system, rear axle, body and exhaust.

The Interceptor was said to be Mr Morecambe's favourite car, according to his former chauffeur Mike Fountain who ferried him and his wife Joan around for decades.

In an interview in 2007, he revealed: 'There was no room at all (in the back) for a third person. It was more of a sports car – that was the only downside.

'When Eric and Joan went out together and I was driving, someone had to be screwed up in the back. It usually turned out to be Eric.'

However, despite being fond of the motor, the comic also had issues with the car when he first purchased it from a factory in West Bromwich, on September 23, 1968.


Mr Morecambe's Jensen Interceptor has since been fully restored and it went on display at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCel arena in London Docklands this weekend with an estimated value of £150,000 (above)

He was dissatisfied with rust to the wheels and bumpers and pitted chrome, stating that 'it is not what I expect of a £4,500 motor car', in correspondence with Jensen Motor Company Managing Director A.W. Wickers, in 1970.

In a letter to the company chief, he wrote: 'Whilst bearing in mind that even the best chrome does not last for ever, the car has not had much use as the mileage is now only fourteen-and-a-half thousand miles and has always been kept in a garage.

'As for the paintwork, I would refrain from comment, but would say that it is not what I expect of a £4,500 motor car.'

Not wanting to upset the entertainer, Mr Wickers had work carried out to resolve the problems.

Eric Morecambe was one half of British comedy double Morecambe and Wise.

The duo learned their trade in music halls up and down the country until radio and TV beckoned.

Their first television show, Running Wild in 1954, was not a success and one critic even wrote 'Definition of the week: TV set—the box in which they buried Morecambe and Wise.'


A nice little Ern-er! Eric Morecambe's classic car goes on sale for £150,000 - £145,000 more than he paid for it
Comedian Eric Morecambe bought Jensen Interceptor for £4,500 in 1968
Said to be his favourite car and was kept in garage of Hertfordshire home
The car was sold to Silverstone Auctions, Warwickshire for £27,000 in 2014
It has since been fully restored and now on display for estimated £150,000
By EMMA GLANFIELD FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:56 GMT, 21 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:31 GMT, 21 February 2016

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A classic car once owned by comedian Eric Morecambe has been put on sale for £150,000 – a staggering £145,000 more than the entertainer paid for it nearly 50 years ago.
The star bought the Jensen Interceptor for just £4,500 at the height of his fame in September 1968 and kept it in the garage of his home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
He was said to be very fond of driving the sports car and was behind the wheel when he suffered his first heart attack in November 1968 after appearing at Batley variety club in Leeds with Ernie Wise.
Comedian Eric Morecambe bought the Jensen Interceptor (pictured) for £4,500 at the height of his fame in September 1968 and kept it in the garage of his home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. It is now worth £150,000
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Comedian Eric Morecambe bought the Jensen Interceptor (pictured) for £4,500 at the height of his fame in September 1968 and kept it in the garage of his home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. It is now worth £150,000
Eric Morecambe (above) was said to be very fond of driving the sports car and was behind the wheel when he suffered his first heart attack in November 1968 after appearing at Batley variety club in Leeds with Ernie Wise
Eric Morecambe (above) was said to be very fond of driving the sports car and was behind the wheel when he suffered his first heart attack in November 1968 after appearing at Batley variety club in Leeds with Ernie Wise
Following his death in May 1984, the car remained within his estate until it was sold to Silverstone Auctions in Warwickshire for £27,000.
It has since been fully restored and went on display at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCel arena in London Docklands this weekend with an estimated value of £150,000.
Work has been carried out to the engine, braking system, rear axle, body and exhaust.
The Interceptor was said to be Mr Morecambe's favourite car, according to his former chauffeur Mike Fountain who ferried him and his wife Joan around for decades.
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In an interview in 2007, he revealed: 'There was no room at all (in the back) for a third person. It was more of a sports car – that was the only downside.
'When Eric and Joan went out together and I was driving, someone had to be screwed up in the back. It usually turned out to be Eric.'
However, despite being fond of the motor, the comic also had issues with the car when he first purchased it from a factory in West Bromwich, on September 23, 1968.
Mr Morecambe's Jensen Interceptor has since been fully restored and it went on display at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCel arena in London Docklands this weekend with an estimated value of £150,000 (above)
Mr Morecambe's Jensen Interceptor has since been fully restored and it went on display at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCel arena in London Docklands this weekend with an estimated value of £150,000 (above)
He was dissatisfied with rust to the wheels and bumpers and pitted chrome, stating that 'it is not what I expect of a £4,500 motor car', in correspondence with Jensen Motor Company Managing Director A.W. Wickers, in 1970.
In a letter to the company chief, he wrote: 'Whilst bearing in mind that even the best chrome does not last for ever, the car has not had much use as the mileage is now only fourteen-and-a-half thousand miles and has always been kept in a garage.
'As for the paintwork, I would refrain from comment, but would say that it is not what I expect of a £4,500 motor car.'
Not wanting to upset the entertainer, Mr Wickers had work carried out to resolve the problems.
Eric Morecambe was one half of British comedy double Morecambe and Wise.
The duo learned their trade in music halls up and down the country until radio and TV beckoned.
Their first television show, Running Wild in 1954, was not a success and one critic even wrote 'Definition of the week: TV set—the box in which they buried Morecambe and Wise.'
The Interceptor was said to be favourite of comedian Eric Morecambe, pictured with his sidekick Ernie Wise
The Interceptor was said to be favourite of comedian Eric Morecambe, pictured with his sidekick Ernie Wise
Eric was one half of British comedy double Morecambe and Wise, who were a huge success in the 1970s
Eric was one half of British comedy double Morecambe and Wise, who were a huge success in the 1970s
Seven years later at ITV they launched Two of a Kind with writers Dick Hills and Sid Green. In 1968, they were signed to the BBC where they hired Eddie Braben to write their shows.
Their theme tune was Bring Me Sunshine and their famous dance was based on one performed by Groucho Marx in the film Horse Feathers. In 1976, they were both awarded the OBE.
Mr Morecambe suffered from heart trouble and had his first coronary in 1968, when he was 42.
Although he recovered, it was always feared he would have another and on May 28, 1984 - two weeks after his 58th birthday - he died after taking part in a show hosted by his close friend and comedian Stan Stennett at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
Meanwhile, Ernie Wise died in 1999.
On July 23, 1999, the Queen unveiled the statue of Eric on the promenade at Morecambe.
A MUCH-LOVED SPORTS CAR: THE JENSEN INTERCEPTOR
The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting Grand Tourer class car hand-built in the UK
It was produced by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich after being designed in Italy
It was made between 1966 and 1976 and 6,408 cars were produced
The car is a two-door four-seater
It broke with Jensen tradition by having a steel bodyshell instead of glass-reinforced plastic
The body was also the first to be designed by an outside firm, Carrozzeria Touring of Italy
The engine was a Chrysler V8 initially of 6276 cc (383 c.i.)
It grew to 7212 cc (440 c.i.) in late 1971
The Interceptor was briefly re-introduced in the 1980s as the Series 4 (S4), as a low-volume 'specialist' motor car
Famous owners included John Thaw and Henry Cooper, and it was loved by Princess Anne



The Jensen Interceptor was a sporting Grand Tourer class car hand-built in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s

ISIS suspected of carrying out twin car bomb blasts in Syria which kill at least 46 and wound more than 100 in one of the civil war's deadliest attacks yet


ISIS suspected of carrying out twin car bomb blasts in Syria which kill at least 46 and wound more than 100 in one of the civil war's deadliest attacks yet
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/isis-suspected-of-carrying-out-twin-car.html

Double attacks target Zahara district in government-controlled Homs
Residents are mostly Alawites, the minority sect of ruling Assad clan
Regime forces advance on ISIS in northern province of Aleppo
US secretary of State John Kerry announces deal with Russia
Provisional agreement is on the terms of a ceasefire in Syria


Two blasts in the central Syrian city of Homs killed at least 46 people in one of the deadliest attacks to hit the city in five years of civil war.

More than 100 people were wounded in the twin car bomb attacks in the city centre's Zahra district, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian state television quoted Homs provincial governor Talal Barazi as saying at least 25 people had been killed.



Zahraa neighbourhood is populated mainly by members of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect

Graphic footage from pro-Assad television channels showed charred corpses buried among rubble, damage to shop fronts and debris littering a wide area. Many cars were on fire, sending out plumes of black smoke. Wounded people walked around dazed.

The Observatory said the attack was the second most deadly of its kind in Homs since 2011, and the deadliest for almost a year and a half.

Once dubbed the capital of the Syrian revolution, Homs city is now almost completely controlled by the Syrian government.

The only exception is Waer district, which is being gradually turned over to the government under a deal with opposition fighters.

Most of the bombing attacks in the city over the past months have been claimed by ISIS, which controls parts of the Homs province including the historic town of Palmyra.

Zahra neighbourhood in particular has been the main target of the extremist groups as civilian residents there are mostly Alawites, the minority sect of Syria's ruling clan - including president Bashar al-Assad.



The double blast comes a day after government forces reportedly captured 31 villages in the northern province of Aleppo from ISIS
Last month, another twin bombing in Zahra killed 22 people, mostly civilians.
The double blast comes a day after government forces reportedly captured 31 villages in the northern province of Aleppo from ISIS.
Syrian troops have been on the offensive in different parts of the country under the cover of Russian airstrikes.
The latest attacks come as US secretary of State John Kerry said that a provisional agreement had been reached with Russia on the terms of a ceasefire in the war-torn country.
Kerry told reporters in the Jordanian capital Amman that he had spoken with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov again on Sunday on the terms of a ceasefire agreed by world powers earlier this month.



yrian onlookers and security forces inspect a crater at the site of the double blast in Homs

'We have reached a provisional agreement, in principle, on the terms of the cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days,' Kerry said.

'It is not yet done and I anticipate that our presidents, President (Barack) Obama and President (Vladimir) Putin, may well speak somewhere in the next days or so in order to try to complete this task,' Kerry told a press conference with Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh.

Hopes for ceasefire, which had been due to take hold on Friday, had floundered as fresh violence shook Syria last week.

But Kerry was optimistic that it could still be implemented.

'We are in fact making progress even as a I stand here today,' he said. 'We are closer to a ceasefire today than we have been.'


A general view shows the site of the bomb blasts


Massage centre says it’s not a brothel - as their website promotes the bra sizes of staff


Massage centre says it’s not a brothel - as their website promotes the bra sizes of staff and offers 'disposable bed sheets'
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/massage-centre-says-its-not-brothel-as.html

A Sydney massage parlour insists it has not been offering adult services
Central Station Massage was ordered to stop business by Sydney Council
However the massage parlour insists it only offers remedial massages
The masseuses' bra sizes and complexion are advertised on the online roster
The inner city centre also offers 'disposable bed sheets'


A remedial massage parlour insists it's not operating as an illegal brothel despite advertising its masseuses with their bra sizes, calling them 'busty' and 'cute' and offering ‘disposable bed sheets’.

Central Station Massage in Surry Hills in Sydney’s inner city says the City of Sydney must prove they are offering adult services after rejecting and appealing an order to ‘cease unauthorised use’, according to Fairfax.

The Elizabeth Street venue advertises ‘four cute Asian girls daily' and ‘disposable bed sheets for each customer’, according to their website.

Customers can access the shop’s roster online, with masseuses promoted with a description of their bra size, dress size, skin colour, age and nationality. The website also includes images, purporting to be of the masseuses, with their faces blurred.



The website also includes images, purporting to be of the masseuses, with their faces blurred.

‘Jessie, Korean, 163cm, dress8, busty 36C, cute, age 24’ and ‘Natty, Thai, 156cm, dress6, hourglass 33C, tanned, age 24’

The second floor massage centre is located above a row of food stores near Sydney’s Central Station and has minimal signage visible from the street.

On Sunday when the store isn’t open customers are advised to visit another store ‘visit our Broadway shop’ which is allegedly, a ‘licensed erotic massage parlour’ at Broadway.

‘Employees are available to ‘dress sexy’ in ‘nurse, maid, stockings and school uniforms… to satisfy your fantasies with a ‘happy ending’.


On Sunday when the store isn’t open customers are advised to visit another store ‘visit our Broadway shop’ which is allegedly, a ‘licensed erotic massage parlour’ at Broadway

Many of the staff at the Broadway venue have the same names as the employees at the Central venue and are ‘the same rostered girls’ according to Fairfax.

On March 1 Sydney Councol must fight the owners of Central Station Massage at the Land and Environment Court to force the business to cease operation.

The business insists it does not operate outside of the conditions of its license.

It comes a week after a Sydney madam was exposed for allegedly setting up illegal brothels under the guise of being massage parlours.

The massage parlour at the centre of the investigation was closed after the report was issued.


A remedial massage parlour insists it has not been operating as an illegal brothel despite advertising its masseuses with their bra sizes, offering for them to ‘dress sexy’ and offering ‘disposable bed sheets’


Making a splash! Grizzly bears enjoy a spot of hydrotherapy (and a spot of salmon for lunch) at a waterfall in Alaska


Making a splash! Grizzly bears enjoy a spot of hydrotherapy (and salmon for lunch) at a waterfall in Alaska
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Several grizzly bears spotted splashing around and chomping on fresh salmon at Brooks Falls waterfall in Alaska
Photographer David Silverman captured these incredible images of the dangerous animals from just 50 feet away
The bears seemed fairly relaxed tobegin with although some were later seen angrily baring their teeth at one another


Splashing about in the cool waters and chomping on fresh salmon, these fascinating images show a group of grizzly bears enjoying their very own spa day at an Alaskan waterfall.

Plucking fresh fish from the water and lazing around in the scenic landscape, the huge brown bears seem rather relaxed as they indulge in some hydrotherapy.

American photographer David Silverman, 53, captured the stunning images just 50 feet away from the dangerous animals at Brooks Falls.

He spent four days at Katmai National Park and Preserve and managed to witness them enjoying what appeared to be a pamper day.

However, the serenity didn’t last too long and the furry animals soon began squaring up to one another and baring their sharp teeth.

Several photos show them grappling with each other, while another shows an extremely brave fisherman stepping into the water to compete with the bears for some lunch.




Brooks Falls is hugely popular with grizzly bears with more than 2,000 flocking to the river each year thanks to the large presence of fish.




Plucking fresh fish from the water and lazing around in the scenic landscape, the bears seem rather relaxed as they indulge at Brooks Falls


NSW police looking to replace their Australian pursuit cars - with V8 Mustangs


Giddy up! New South Wales police looking to replace their Australian-made pursuit cars... with powerful V8 MUSTANGS
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/nsw-police-looking-to-replace-their.html

Police in NSW are set to trial new cars to boost their highway fleet
One option, a 5-litre, V8, Mustang Pony,will soon be trialed NSW Police
If successful more of the vehicles could be added to the fleet
This comes as local production of the Falcon and Commodore ends



Giddy up! New South Wales police looking to replace their Australian-made pursuit cars... with powerful V8 MUSTANGS
Police in NSW are set to trial new cars to boost their highway fleet
One option, a 5-litre, V8, Mustang Pony,will soon be trialed NSW Police
If successful more of the vehicles could be added to the fleet
This comes as local production of the Falcon and Commodore ends




The V8 Mustang being trialed by NSW Police as a possible edition to the state's highway patrol fleet
The Pony features a 5-litre engine, and as it is a coupe has just two doors - however highway police have been commissioned cars in this style before.


In the 70s and 80s Valiant Chargers and Falcon Coupes were used by NSW, Queensland and Victoria Police, in more recent times, 2000s, the Holden Monaro was commissioned.
The lack of room for prisoners was not seen to be an issue as highway police can simply contact general duties officers if they need someone taken to a station.
The Commodore police currently use is set to go out of production in October while the Falcon will stop being made in Australia in 2017.



2015 marked 50 years since the Mustang Pony was first marketed to the public
According to Carsales the search for a replacement vehicle has not been easy and the Subaru WRX, SRT8 Core and Chrysler 300C are also under consideration.
BMW, Mercedes, and Audi makes were also under consideration according to Carsales however they did not fit the $50,000 - $60,000 price bracket the force was restricted to.
Current police vehicles cost the force $48,000.
The Mustang Pony is located at the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command centre in Huntingwood, Sydney.
It is not yet known if more Mustangs will be commissioned by the NSW Police.



The Ford Falcon is also currently used by police but production for that vehicle in Australia will end in 2017


Julie Bishop DID complain about security treatment after pat down, man sacked


Julie Bishop did not complain 'officially' about security treatment after pat down -but it did lead to the airport worker who targeted her getting the sack
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/julie-bishop-did-complain-about.html

A man has been sacked after he picked Julie Bishop out for a body scan
The Foreign Minister underwent the extra security scan and was 'pat down'
She maintains she did not make an official complaint
Three other Melbourne Airport security personnel have been suspended


A man has been sacked after it was found he deliberately targeted Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for a 'random' body scan, and 'pat down' at an airport last year.
The incident occurred on October 8 at Melbourne Airport as Bishop prepared to fly to Los Angeles, three other airport security members have been suspended over the incident the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Bishop maintains she didn't make an 'official' complaint about the issue.



Bishop says she didn't make a complaint - however correspondence between federal bureaucrats suggest something was said about the incident
'I didn't complain, but airport authorities found that I had been inappropriately targeted and treated inappropriately,' Ms Bishop told ABC program Insiders.
'There was an investigation into it and it was found that there were breaches of security protocols and that I was given, let me put it this way, an inappropriate amount of attention,' she said.


Correspondence between federal bureaucrats states Bishop did complain, but it does not specifically state the complaint was made in an official capacity.
'Just a heads up that the Foreign Minister had a bad experience through screening point in Melbourne recently and complained to DPMO,' Sachi Wimmer Office of Transport Security's executive director wrote in an email to the department.
The email mentioned a 'security guard insisted in patting her down'.
Ms Bishop received an apology from an airport executive whore viewed CCTV footage of the incident describing it as 'not pleasant'.



An investigation found the man who was fired had picked Bishop from a crowd and told a colleague to include her in the 'random' check
A button on the minister's jacket set the scanner off - she removed the jacket so it could be scanned - but security insisted on a 'pat-down'.
When the shift changed the man who was sacked, and who had told his colleague to pick the minister for the scan, continued to work on the station near Bishop.
'In the course of being scanned a staffing change occurred and the lane swapped. This led to the Foreign Minister's belongings (including her shoes) to be not where she was and she was left without her belongings (and her shoes) for over a minute after the scanning was complete,' Department of Infrastructure director Cathy Murphy told colleagues in an email going on to describe the expression on Bishop's face at the time as 'unhappy'.
A spokeswoman from Bishop's office has admitted she has not been given an 'inappropriate level of attention' before or since the incident.
'The Foreign Minister has passed through security at Australian international airports more than 50 times in years, and through domestic airports many hundreds of times in recent years. This is the only incident.'



When the shift changed the sacked employee allegedly lingered near Bishop (pictured here with former Treasurer Joe Hockey) instead of moving to his next station


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