TRAVEL ODDS & ENDS
Weird, strange and simply bizarre travel tidbits
Duane Wells | August 25, 2008
Could Australia have a new haven for �ugly� women?
You don�t have to be beautiful to be a hit in this town
At least one man seems to think so.
John Molony, the mayor of Mount Isa, a remote mining town in Australia, has issued a strange plea to the less attractive women of the world.
Molony told a newspaper last week that "with five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa."
Despite the fact that he is right about Mount Isa�s shortage of ladies (in 2006, there were just 819 women aged 20-24 living there out of a total population of 21,421, according to the most recent census) Mr. Molony�s totally politically incorrect comments came under intense scrutiny and resulted in a mountain of complaints for the Mount Isa council office.
One of the city�s councilors even called the remarks an �absolute disgrace.�
Despite the uproar, however, Mayor Molony isn�t backing off his plea. Calling himself "a bloke who respects women" he defended his statement once again recently saying �I believe we should look after women," he said. "I'm told men outnumber women here by five to one. If that's the case, then perhaps it's an opportunity for some lonely women.�
Bless his cotton socks. You can�t blame a guy for trying to get the men folk in his town a little lovin� now can you? I mean really, is that so wrong?
Would it were that all politicians were so deeply involved in the personal pleasures of their constituents. What a wonderful world it would be.
Avril Lavigne May Be �Too Sexy� for Malaysia
If you plan to be vacationing in Malaysia and thought you might catch the Asia leg of pop/rock tartlet Avril Lavigne�s tour in Kuala Lumpur on August 29, you might want to come up with an alternative plan.
It seems Islamists in Malaysia think the singer�s moves are �too sexy,� so they are urging their government to cancel the concert. Avril Lavigne? Too sexy? Well shut the front door because I never heard anything so ridiculous.
Shockingly it is the youth wing of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party sthat aid they don't want their teenagers influenced by her performance.
"It is considered too sexy for us. ...It's not good for viewers in Malaysia," party official Kamarulzaman Mohamed told The Associated Press. "We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models."
Hmmm� clean artists who are good role models?
Sound like the Islamists might need to just manufacture their own and stop spoiling all the fun for acts like Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls and Gwen Stefani who have all had problems with performances in Malaysia in the past thanks to Islamist extremists.
In case you didn�t know, laws in Malaysia require all performers to be covered from knees to chest and refrain from jumping, shouting, hugging and kissing on stage. So basically even a gospel revival would be out of order on the country�s stages.
Sounds like big fun, does it not?
Mind the manholes�
Careful where you step in Lufkin, Texas where manhole covers have disappearing at an alarming rate.
Police say at least nine manhole covers have been mysteriously swiped this month alone.
Though authorities aren't sure why anyone would steal a Lufkin manhole cover (especially since the name of the East Texas city is worked right into the metal) but they believe the thieves might be trying to sell the 70-kilogram manhole covers for scrap metal.
Police, meanwhile, are concerned somebody could get hurt by falling unexpectedly into an opening in a road.
Well you don�t say? Duh.
Swedish apartment available, stepfather included
There�s an apartment for sale in Stockholm that has one very unusual amenity – the owner�s stepfather.
Seems a woman in Stockholm inherited a share in an apartment in the Sodermalm area when her mother died and decided she wanted to cash in. The problem however is that her 52-year-old stepfather is refusing to move out, so the apartment is set to go to the highest bidder on Aug. 26, furnished with the stepdad.
Mats Ljungquist, a lawyer involved with the auction warns that the sale may not be a clean one and says evicting the resident stepdad could end up being "very messy."
Gee, you think?
When in Rome� Act right!
Friends, Romans, countrymen� when visiting Italy this summer, you�d better be on your best behavior and mind the rules or be prepared to pay a hefty price. Italian mayors have gone completely nutso with power now that they�ve been granted increased law and order powers to enhance �public decorum� as part of a nationwide crackdown on crime.
Strolling off the beaches of Capri, building a sandcastle in Eraclea near Venice and even lying down in a park in Vicenza to read a good book can result in big fines these days.
The new laws have grown so outrageous that Italian newspapers have dubbed this year's holiday season "the summer of bans," according to Reuters.
My personal favorite is the $745 fine for public displays of affection in a car that is currently in effect in Eboli.
I mean really, if you can�t give a paramour a snog in an automobile after a romantic date in one of the most romantic countries on the planet, then what has the world come to?
Elsewhere in Italy�
A Roman playground?
Rome�s Deputy Mayor Mauro Cutrufo recently announced plans to build a Euro-Disney style ancient Rome theme park just outside the city.
Billed as a park that would provide family-friendly attractions to show visitors what life was like in the Rome of 2,000 years ago, the mayor�s office believes that the new park could be attracting visitors to the Italian capital in as little as three to four years.
"You would relive scenes from the Colosseum, from ancient Rome, gladiators or maybe Julius Caesar or other things," a Rome city official told Reuters.
So instead of going to the Colosseum and seeing Rome as it actually was and visiting the real monuments, visitors would be invited to see a recreation of the same. What a novel idea?
And here I thought that experiencing the real thing was enough of an amusement. Of all the crazy ideas.
On that note �happy travels.
Until next time� Cheers! – Gay Link Content
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