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 Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich


Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed in a 2000 film about her fight over the pollution of a California town, has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
Brockovich, 52, was arrested at Lake Mead, near Las Vegas, on Friday night after breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal limit.

She was seen struggling to moor her motorboat at the Las Vegas Boat Harbour, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife said.

“She was not sure how to manoeuvre the boat into the dock,” Mr Lyngar said. “It’s a simple thing if you can think clearly. But if you add alcohol and unfamiliarity of the area, it can all cause serious problems.”
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Robert Parker.

Robert Parker.

US wine critic Robert Parker has slammed the idea that wines have been made specifically to suit his palate, defending his tastes as “complicated and varied.”

According to AFP, during a rare interview with French magazine Terre de Vins published this week, Parker refused to accept the idea of the “Parkerisation” of wines and the emergence of a richer, riper style made to please the critic’s palate.

“My taste is more complicated and varied to be defined in such a black and white way.

“I love a number of styles of wine: the finesse and elegance of Pape-Clément to the rich unctuousness of Pétrus and Trotanoy,” Parker told the magazine.

While rejecting the concept of “Parkerisation,” Parker believes people will still be referencing the term in 30 year’s time: “There’s nothing I can do about it,” he said.

The Maryland-based critic did however concede that his wife acknowledges the existence of the Parker style.
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British air passengers have been voted the heaviest drinkers according to a survey of 700 international cabin crew by Skyscanner.
Holidaying Brits beat the Russians into second place according to the travel site, which also polled UK passengers for their reaction to the concept of alcohol-free flights.

According to Skyscanner research, over half of Brits admit to starting their holiday with a drink either in the airport or onboard the plane.

However, 41% of respondents said they would book an alcohol-free flight should it be offered – with a quarter of those saying that this was to avoid the risk of sharing a plane with drunken passengers.

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If the Napa Valley can’t reduce traffic to arrest global warming, does any other wine region have a chance?




If you build it, they will come – in droves. But Napa Valley’s booming wine industry has created a buildup of traffic that is giving county planners a headache. Napa Valley has long been a leader in environmental responsibility, passing a landmark Agricultural Preserve law in 1968 that severely restricts development outside of cities, and its environmental behavior as a whole is right up to the mark. However, Napa County is finding that actually passing a Climate Action Plan isn’t easy. Last year, the county’s planning staff came up with a proposal that would have restricted wineries from expanding production facilities and tasting rooms without paying large penalties. Everyone seemed on board with the scheme until December, when the powerful Napa Valley Vintners organization led a push that sent the plan back to the drawing board. The vintners didn’t like some of the costs they would have had to pay, including carbon mitigation fees 10 times higher than those on the open market. But their biggest objection was the fact that the plan sought to take most of the carbon reduction from wine production, when the biggest culprit – by a large margin – is traffic.


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A groom bled to death on his wedding day after a freak accident when he tripped and fell on a beer glass.

Dumb ways to die: Groom dies after falling onto beer glass!

Dumb ways to die: Groom dies after falling onto beer glass!

Fabio Jefferson Maciel, 33, died at his beachfront wedding reception in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hours after marrying fiancee Geise Guimaraes.
About 200 guests were present as the couple tied the knot in a church ceremony before the reception at a club near the beach.
Mr Maciel was playing with a young bridesmaid at about 2am on Monday morning when he tripped and fell.
A beer glass he had put in his trouser pocket broke and pierced his femoral vein – a major artery in the top of the leg – causing… read on

This cute little animated video about “Dumb Ways to Die” was created as a PSA from Melbourne, Australia’s Metro Trains, to help stop train-related deaths:

The Fat Duck Restaurant.

Dark skies over The Fat Duck restaurant.

Tributes are pouring in for two young chefs from Michelin-starred restaurant the Fat Duck, who have been killed in a car crash in Hong Kong.


Firefighters fought to free 34-year-old Jorge Ivan Arrango Herrera and 30-year-old Carl Magnus Lindgren from the wreckage of their taxi on Monday morning, but both were later pronounced dead at hospital.

Their 53-year-old taxi driver also died in the accident, in which the car crushed between two buses.

The chefs were understood to be in Hong Kong representing the Fat Duck alongside the Berkshire restaurant’s head chef and owner, Heston Blumenthal. He is reported to… read on