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  1. pretome News and Announcements Birthday update Posted Jun-12-18 by alizilla Hello friends! This msg comes a few days later than we had hoped due to a fair bunch of excuses, however i'm pleased to announce. All our 10th Birthday winner prizes have been awarded. Various upgrades/downgrades to prizes were made per winning users request. All seedbox slot winners have been contacted with their access details. All EU sticker pack winners have been dispatched. All USA sticker pack winners are awaiting delivery (USPS is being it's usual slow self) All VIP winners were awarded their VIP status (or alternative prizes if already VIP). In other news Please make sure to update your bookmarks / favourites & RSS feeds by the end of the month. PTM will be removing access to all non-SSL/TLS traffic AKA "http://" by the end of the month all PTM address must start https:// To avoid confusion please check your bookmarks or favourites to make sure you are definitely saved as https://pretome.info If you dont remember to use https:// ? the site will look as if it's broken or offline! As of today our site uses SSL/TLS for 99% of it's current 477555 (12mill avg) hits/day network traffic we're hoping to get this to 100% for a better all round state of affairs. We'll probably do a mass email reminder nearer the time because i'm reasonably sure people dont read these announcements If you made it to the bottom of this wall of text ? good for you
  2. A TOWN has rallied round a mum-of three blasted for drying her knickers outside - by decking the streets in underwear bunting. An angry neighbour hit out at Claire Mountjoy for hanging her laundry outside in Colyton, Devon - and accused her of driving away tourists by not using a tumble dryer. But locals disowned the letter by drying as much of their laundry outside in a huge show of support. Hilarious pictures show fancy dress costumes hanging across a street - while one cheeky resident even made a flag out of a bra. Claire, an Education Officer for Devon Wildlife Trust, told DevonLive: "It shows the fabulous community spirit Colyton has. "Colyton is known as the most rebellious town in Devon. That kind of streak is still in its people. "It is quite strange that someone should be so upset about it. They suggest that visitors would be put off but actually our laundry revolution is actually bringing in more visitors." Local Paul Arnott said he put up a washing line after reading about the letter on Facebook. He wrote: "This display of laundry is in support of a lovely family in Dolphin Street." "Yesterday they received the dreaded anonymous letter 'meant in kindness' asking them not to dry their washing at the front of their house for fear of upsetting tourists. "As Bart Simpson used to say, 'Eat my shorts'." Alison Stenning added: "We should have an annual Colyton Hanging Day when everyone hangs their washing in front of their house." Another resident suggested that June 7 each year should become "Colyton’s Underwear Airing Rebellion Day."
  3. A COP faces the sack after he confronted a love rival fireman for romping with his bodybuilder missus. PC Chris Parnell, 48, was livid after he found out wife Kath, 49, was enjoying secret trysts with Robert Billings, 28. He went to see Billings at his home and demanded to be let in before taking his phone and reading through text messages. The veteran cop has been accused of breaching standards of professional behaviour and conduct. Billings told the disciplinary hearing he and Kath began a steamy fling last July after he started doing odd jobs for the couple. But news spread a month later after Kath boasted to a pal at a local gym in Boroughbridge, North Yorks. Engaged Billings went to the mum’s home and told her the affair had “ruined his life” and he wanted to confess to his fiance. Worried Billings left PC Parnell a voicemail to apologise for the affair and suggested they meet for a chat. The next day the police officer, stationed in Harrogate, turned up at his home. Billings told the hearing PC Parnell seemed “anxious and angry” The retained fireman said: “I didn’t like his mannerisms towards me. They were very aggressive and abrupt. “I was scared. I didn’t know what the outcome of that conversation would be.” He said PC Parnell asked him to hand over his phone and unlock it before looking through his messages. But the PC’s barrister, Michael Rawlinson, told him: “Given you left him a voice message saying you wanted to talk about matters and you had been round his house it’s hardly suspicious he went to your house.” Kath said she and her husband had separated in 2016, adding: “I was not expecting all this over something better suited to the Jeremy Kyle show. “He (Rob) was engaged to somebody, it was all so incestuous and so gross.” Mr Billings refused to comment. The hearing, at North Yorkshire Police HQ in Northallerton, continues.
  4. BRITAIN'S most wanted sex offenders have been revealed - including rapists being hunted for sick sex attacks on girls as young as seven. Eight depraved fugitives are currently on the run from cops over crimes such as child rape and sexual assault. Among those who have evaded capture are a cabbie who raped a young woman and a paedo believed to be hiding out in Spain, a Metro investigation reveals. These are the criminals currently being sought by cops on the Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted list in the UK. Fatah Benlaredj - child rape Benlaredj, believed to be aged between 30 and 35, is wanted for the rape of a seven-year-old girl in May 2007. The suspect, who also uses the nickname Samir, is believed to be in Spain. Anyone who spots Benlaredj in Spain is asked to call on 900 555 111. Costas Sampson - rape Sampson was found guilty in 2012 of raping a girl he met in a nightclub in London in February 2010. The fiend told the victim he was a medical expert and offered to take her home after she felt unwell. But he raped the girl and then stole her mobile, her flatmate’s laptop and a games console. Costas is described as a Mediterranean man aged between 20 and 25-years-old. He is believed to be in Cyprus. Anyone who spots him should call 8000 55 11. Leandro Felipe Kontreras-Soto - rape Kontreras-Soto is being hunted over the rape of a girl aged over 16 in Crewe. The suspect, aged between 20 and 25, is around 5ft 10ins and of medium build. Hannan Ahmed - sexual activity with a minor Ahmed is wanted for inappropriate sexual activity with a child under the age of 16. He has been described as of a medium build and is aged between 20 and 25. Rezgar Zengana - rape Iraqi national Zengana posed as a private hire taxi driver in 2006 and raped a 25-year-old girl in Glasgow. He is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of rape in 2008. Zengana is described as 6ft with black hair. Tarsem Najjar Singh - sexual offences The 56-year-old failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements and is also wanted for immigration offences. Devon and Cornwall police are seeking the fugitive so cops and immigration can take action over the offences he is wanted for. Singh is believed to have returned to London where he lived for a number of years. Unidentified suspect - serious sexual assault The male suspect is being urgently hunted by Cambridgeshire Police after a girl was raped in the area he was in. He is described as having dark hair, of white European ethnic appearance and with an injury on his finger. Unidentified suspect - serious sexual assault on a child A reward of £5,000 has been offered for information handed over on a suspect being sought following two sexual assaults on children in Surrey. The attacks took place in Claygate and Ewell last year. A 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Ewell on July 10 after being pushed off her bike as she rode along the Hogsmill River estate. Then, on August 17, a ten-year-old girl was attacked in a wooded area in Claygate. CCTV showed a man wearing a distinctive blue jacket with a Chelsea FC moniker and Adidas logo and a black cap with a Ferrari logo. These were all found dumped the following week along with a white earphone bud. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of a wanted person is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  5. A BRITISH couple were scammed by a rogue New York taxi gang who forced them to hand over £350 - for a TEN MINUTE journey. Craig Nickels, 30, and his fiancée Ellie Austin, 24, were scared into handing over the cash to the two men who picked them up outside JFK. Police are hunting the gang who conned the pair into handing over passport details and their address before falsely claiming the massive sum was due to new city-wide tolls. Shaken Craig handed over the cash for fear of being attacked or robbed of the engagement ring he had in his suitcase to propose during the holidays. The dad-of-two has now spoken out to warn other Brits of the dangers of rogue taxi gangs and has encouraged holidaymakers to stick to yellow cabs. The Tesco worker from Derby, said: "I knew it was supposed to be 50 or 60 dollars (£38 to £45) but I started to get scared. There was two guys and I had no idea what they were going to do. "He got my Mrs out of the cab but kept me in there. "I was worried they'd drive off with the bags, or they had a weapon. I just thought that our health and safety was worth more than any money. "He was going on and on about how his boss would get involved, and while he wasn't physically forceful, he was trying to scare me. "In the end he said he'd drop it to $470 (£350) and in the end I gave him it. “I was shaken up and upset and scared." The pair had saved up for months to afford the trip to the Big Apple from Manchester Airport and were "exhausted" when they landed in New York earlier this month. A man stood in the airport entrance offered them a cab to their hotel and Craig assumed it would go on the meter and cost $50 (£38). The pair later became suspicious when he led them away to a private car park away from the taxi rank and into a minibus driven by a second man. He asked them for the $20 (£15) for the parking fee - which they presumed would be taken off the bill - and told them they'd sort the fare "when we get there". The driver asked for Craig's passport details, address and date of birth - and in hindsight he thinks this was to lull him into thinking he'd be tracked down. Craig recalled: "He started explaining to us that there were new toll fees for going between borough and over bridges. "He then told me to take me to Manhattan it was going to be $900 (£673). "Me and the Mrs couldn't believe what we were hearing. I told him to pull over. "We only had $900 (£673) total. I panicked. I had the engagement ring in the back in the bags." It was then they realised they had only travelled four miles. The pair managed to get to a subway station and explained their situation to staff, who gave them free tickets to Manhattan. The couple then called police, who took statements when the pair returned to the airport five days later. Craig added: "The cops said they had heard of these people and they had heard of people losing their luggage when they drive off. They absolutely hustled us." Craig's parents sent the couple £400 to get them through their holiday and he went on to propose to Ellie during the break, at the top of the Rockefeller Center. He said: "Obviously it was a brilliant holiday, but the scam did take the shine off it. "The copper was honest with us and said we weren't going to get our money back. "They said you need to stick to the yellow cabs. "Now we know that and just want to warn other people who might not know." Common taxi scams in New York include broken meters, broken payment machines, encouraging customers to “take the scenic route”, drivers without change, and switching out notes using sleight of hand to trick passengers into thinking they have underpaid. Other scams include misplacing luggage in order to steal valuables and driver recommendations which end up leaving tourists out of pocket while they earn heavy commissions.
  6. THIS is the terrifying moment a thug pulls out a huge machete and attacks a shopper in a busy city centre. CCTV footage shows the victim standing by some benches when the man approaches from the side and slashes at him with the weapon. As the terrified shopper attempts to flee, the thug then follows him out of shot as passers-by in Birmingham look on in horror. The chilling footage - believed to have been filmed in the Square Shopping precinct at around 4.20pm on Friday - then cuts out. It is understood police were contacted but the fate of the two men is unknown. The horror is the latest act of violence to grip the UK as blood continues to be spilled across the country. Crime levels have soared by more than half in some areas as the country sees it's biggest violent surge in 15 years. Shocking figures reveal violence reported to cops in England and Wales rose by 14 per cent last year. Shootings, stabbings and moped muggings have plagued Britain with figures from December 2016 to December 2017 showing crime has reached new and shocking levels. Violent crimes totalled 1.29million across the whole of the UK, up by a fifth on the year before. They included 37,443 stabbings, the most since current records began. Sex offences were up by a quarter and rapes by a third, while gun crime rose by a fifth. Police figures released last week also revealed moped gangs are striking 60 times every day in London alone. The capital has been hit with a surge in stabbings and shootings this year - and has a higher murder rate than New York for the first time ever. While moped-related attacks across the UK have risen an astounding 1,000 per cent in the past three years. The 19,000 attacks in 2017 have risen from just 1,053 in 2014, with the bikes themselves being stolen to use in the crimes.
  7. PRINCE Edward blew about £5,000 of public cash on a private jet to fly 130 miles. A train ticket would have cost about £60. The Earl of Wessex, 54, was attending the 1,100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia, eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, ancient King of Wessex. On Monday he was in Windsor — just 2½ hours away by car — but yesterday he arrived in Birmingham by plane. He was then ferried to nearby Tamworth in a Jaguar. Edward’s trip was funded from the sovereign grant — the cash given to the Royal Family by the Government. The Queen’s youngest son missed Trooping the Colour on Saturday because he was flying back from Hong Kong. Buckingham Palace said: “Security, effective use of time, and the need to minimise disruption to others is taken into account in decisions about transport.” Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “It’s not very green. It doesn’t look good. It is rather unwise.”
  8. SWELTERING builders told they could not wear shorts under health and safety rules beat the ban —  by turning up in skirts. The brickies, working on a development of flats and houses in 26°C heat, were stunned when told a long trousers-only dress code was in force on their site. But they realised they could beat the ruling under gender equality regulations, so all agreed to arrive in frocks and skirts. Some nipped to the ladies department in Tesco while others raided their partners’ wardrobes. And yesterday scaffolding at the Bellway Homes development in Chertsey, Surrey, was turned into a multi-coloured catwalk. Bearded Simon Miles, 45, who wore a denim skirt nicked from his missus to match caramel Dewalt boots, said: “I’ve heard nothing like it in 20 years. “I turned up for work on Monday and was told my legs had to be covered on site. “Shorts were made for brickies. I was going to find another job and some of the other lads were really struggling and uncomfortable in jeans. We gathered it was a health and safety issue. “But we realised that as there were women working in offices on the same site in skirts, they couldn’t stop us doing the same.” The lads were also inspired by The Sun’s tale of boys at a school in Sonning Common, Oxfordshire, who beat a shorts ban by wearing skirts — citing the head’s gender-neutral uniform policy. Simon went on: “I dashed home and the wife thought I was a lunatic when I started rummaging through her gear. “A bloke even wolf-whistled me. I’ve never had one of those before — well, not from a man.” Simon, who later switched to a bright green slinky dress, added: “There is of course a serious side. “On building sites a skirt could easily get caught on something. “Yet I’ve never had any problems in my shorts, other than a few grazes. I don’t mind regulations being imposed, as long as they’re properly considered.” Bodybuilder Adam Houdoire, 29, spent £10 at a supermarket on an above-the-knee leopard-print dress. He said: “I love it. It gives you far more freedom.” A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: “There are no specific regulations about wearing shorts on sites. “How workers are dressed is a matter for the employer.”
  9. MEGHAN Markle’s sexy shoots mean William and Kate should not have got a £92,000 privacy payout over topless magazine pics, lawyers claim. Snaps of the Duchess of Sussex, 36, before she joined the Royals are at the centre of an appeal in the French courts. The country’s Closer mag ran snaps of Kate sunbathing, taken without permission at a rural chateau in 2012. She and Prince William sued and won damages that far exceed typical payouts. Now lawyers are appealing the sum, saying ex-actress Meghan’s images prove royals are “happy with sexy photos”. One legal source said: “They’re happy with sexy photos of themselves when they’re in control, but claim huge amounts if they’re unauthorised. There’s ridiculous hypocrisy involved.” The case starts at Versailles Appeal Court today. Among images to be shown are sequences from a 2013 vid Meghan shot for Men’s Health Magazine.
  10. A SEXUAL sadist with a history of raping women and their kids struck again after secretly being granted day release. Doctors allowed Andy Johnson, 46, unsupervised leave from a psychiatric unit with approval from the Ministry of Justice. But he broke his curfew and got drunk and high, before following a mum and her daughter. He forced his way into their home, but fled when the woman’s partner heard her screams. The scandal can be revealed after Johnson pleaded guilty to trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence. Croydon crown court, South London, heard he got three life sentences in 1999 for the rape of a woman and her ten-year-old girl the year before. He was sent to Broadmoor hospital with an order to serve his sentence in jail if ever cured of his personality disorder. In January 2016 Johnson, by then at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, got a further 6½-year term for an attempted rape in Jersey in 1995. The court heard he had 52 previous convictions including a serious indecent assault on a girl of six in 1996. But less than a year later a psychiatrist ruled Johnson was well enough to be freed on to the streets. And by this January he was allowed out three days a week for five hours to prepare him for full release — until his arrest in February. The MoJ said the decision came “only after extremely tough risk assessment”. The hospital trust involved is reviewing the case. Harry Fletcher, of the Victims’ Rights Campaign, said: “The public were put at massive risk.” Johnson will be sentenced next month pending reports.
  11. DESPERATE Theresa May escaped a crippling defeat on Brexit yesterday in a Commons farce. The PM came through a crucial vote only after pro-EU Tories forced her to agree to boost Remainer MPs’ power over negotiations with Brussels. But amid chaos last night, Leavers flatly denied Remainers’ claims that Mrs May had allowed them to veto any “no-deal” walk away. Senior Brexiteers insisted that the PM had told them the exact opposite just minutes later — and had promised the rebels nothing but a discussion. No10 faced massive pressure to clear up the confusion. A senior Brexiteer in the Government told The Sun: “If Theresa has sold us out here she is in real trouble. There is no way she can recover if she has f***ed us over.” The drama came as MPs began two days of showdown votes on the landmark EU Withdrawal Bill. In a shock move, justice minister Philip Lee resigned with no notice yesterday to vote with the rebels. That spurred on other wavering Tory backbenchers to join the pro-EU rebels, leaving at least 20 ready to shoot down the Government’s single-digit majority. With just minutes to go before a crunch vote on Parliament’s powers and its right for a “meaningful vote” on the final deal, the PM summoned around 14 rebel Tories to her room behind the Speaker’s chair to hammer out a deal. Chief Whip Julian Smith had told Mrs May she faced certain defeat over the Lords bid for MPs and peers to dictate a new soft Brexit if they vote down her eventual deal with Brussels in the autumn. After two hours of silence, Downing Street released a statement last night to say the PM has “agreed to look for a compromise” on Parliament’s meaningful vote. A Brexit ministry spokesman insisted: “We have not, and will not, agree to the House of Commons binding the Government’s hands in the negotiations”. OM-MAY-SHAMBLES LEADING Leavers last night said they have “serious worries” that Theresa May’s deal with Conservative rebels could sink a clean Brexit. In a dramatic afternoon, the Government with a majority of 26 MPs shot down a Lords bid for Parliament to seize control of negotiations. But a huge row erupted between Tory Remainers and Leavers over how the PM had won round more than 20 of her rebel backbenchers during desperate 11th-hour talks. No10 said negotiations with both wings will begin today to try to hammer out a “compromise” ahead of the Lords voting again on the EU Withdrawal Bill on Monday. Mrs May yesterday summoned the group to her House of Commons study just minutes before voting began at 4pm. One rebel, senior Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, told The Sun that the PM had promised to introduce a new amendment to the landmark Brexit bill next week in the Lords. Mrs May pledged it “will reflect” former Attorney General Dominic Grieve’s demand for the Government to seek MPs’ permission for how to progress if there is still no deal with the EU by November 30. Ms Wollaston said: “I feel an assurance has been given to us by the PM that Parliament will have the power to prevent a cliff-edge, walk-away, no-deal Brexit. “It has to be a meaningful vote, not a meaningless vote. The PM has given us her personal assurance this will happen, and I trust her.” Mr Grieve said that the PM “undertook to work with us to put together amendments to present in the Lords which would address concerns” about a no-deal scenario. But leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg warned Mr Grieve’s plan will make “a no-deal more likely” if a stand-off erupted between the Government and Parliament with their new blocking veto. The boss of the powerful European Research Group warned Mrs May that he had “serious worries” about it. He added: “Time will be short by the end of November. I don’t think they realise the rod they are making for their backs.” Former Tory leader and prominent Leaver Iain Duncan Smith added: “A veto over the Government’s negotiations is unacceptable. It’s not going to happen.” Another Brexiteer Tory MP, Nigel Evans, called yesterday’s drama a “clear case of the tail wagging the dog, and it is time for the dog to bite back”. Mr Evans said he believed Mrs May folded too quickly to a small group of pro-EU Tories and should have stared them down. He told The Sun: “It is important that the PM speaks to these people, but you can’t have 650 MPs taking control of the negotiations. We need to know what the compromise really is.” As the size of the rebellion dawned on ministers during the debate, they began to offer compromises to rebel leader Mr Grieve. Solicitor General Robert Buckland said there is “much merit” in his plan, adding: “I am indicating the Government is willing to engage positively with a structured discussion”. Rebels were bolstered by justice minister Philip Lee’s surprise resignation yesterday morning to join their ranks. Speaking in the Commons a few hours after his walk-out, Dr Lee compared leaving the EU without a deal to the death penalty. The practising GP told MPs: “Sometimes, when a majority of our people want something that is against the good of society, the Government and Parliament have a responsibility to protect us. “That was the case on the death penalty, when for decades politicians went against the majority view and refused to reinstate it.” He added: “I believe it now needs to be the case on the Brexit process.” Veteran Tory Brexiteer Sir Edward Leigh said it would be a catastrophic blow if the Government lost, urging: “Parliament, don’t stand against the people, implement their will.” In highly charged scenes, pro-EU rebel Anna Soubry told the Commons “one of our number” had to take six armed undercover cops with them to a public event to protect them from a death threat. She also claimed Government ministers, including some in the Cabinet, were egging her on to rebel. Earlier, Brexit Secretary David Davis launched a furious blast against Mr Grieve’s amendment, hours before the climbdown. He said: “What it amounts to is an unconstitutional shift which risks undermining our negotiations with the European Union.” Remain campaigner and Labour MP Chris Leslie dubbed the result “a win for Parliament”. All but two Tory MPs — Ms Soubry and Ken Clarke — voted with the Government on the Meaningful Vote amendment. Mrs May was also backed by Labour’s Frank Field, Kate Hoey, John Mann, Graham Stringer and Ronnie Campbell, who defied a three-line whip from Jeremy Corbyn. Ex-Labour minister Caroline Flint, who is a vocal critic of her party’s Brexit stance, abstained.
  12. A PLANE flying to Ibiza from Belfast was forced to make an unscheduled stop in France over a passenger’s “disruptive” and “aggressive” drunken behaviour. The man, who had also brought a blow-up sex doll on board with him, was met by French police at Toulouse airport, The Sun reported. Jet2 said that the man’s behaviour was “disgraceful and deplorable” due to the fact he had been “consuming alcohol illicitly”. Another passenger on board the plane tweeted that the man had a blow-up doll with him on the flight — in front of young children. “Nice one guys! Together with a blow up doll at 7am in front of my kids & long queues. Way to go!” they tweeted. A passenger told BBC Northern Ireland the man was part of a “large stag group” which became “quite rowdy” on board the plane. The passenger, who was on the flight with her baby, said: “The captain introduced himself and gave a really stern warning and reiterated that only alcohol bought on board could be consumed on flight and duty free can’t be consumed. “Passengers couldn’t get off the plane and it was roasting. “All the babies and kids on the plane were so unsettled. Six hours in total when it should have been a three hour flight.” A spokesperson from Jet2 told The Sun: “The customer, Mr McDowell, travelling with a group was aggressive to both crew and fellow customers on board, something which will not be tolerated. “Unfortunately his behaviour was particularly unnecessary towards one of our crew and he was also aggressive and unruly in the vicinity, where other families with young children and customers were sitting. “In consultation with the captain we had to take the unusual decision to divert the aircraft as the situation on board escalated and he was taken off the aircraft with the assistance of the police in Toulouse.” The spokesperson said it was “very clear” alcohol was a factor. “It’s is very clear that consuming alcohol illicitly contributed to this behaviour and as part of our ‘OnBoard Together’ approach we will continue to call for action to better control the sale and consumption of tax free goods purchased at airports,” they said. “We will not under any circumstances tolerate this type of disgraceful behaviour on-board our aircraft. “Fellow customers and families travelling for a well-earned holiday should not be subjected to this sort of behaviour and we sincerely apologise to all the other customers on that flight. “We will be taking further action in support of our crew to ensure Mr McDowell is held accountable for his actions and indeed Mr McDowell has already received a lifetime ban from future Jet2.com flights.”
  13. IT WOULD take someone who really loves holidaying on the high seas — and who has a lot of annual leave up their sleeve — to take on this epic cruise. Viking Cruises has revealed details of what will be the longest cruise in history: a continuous, eight-month journey that takes in 59 countries and 113 ports in every continent of the globe — except for Antarctica. With 930 passengers on board, the Viking Sun will leave London on August 31, 2019 and circumnavigate the globe for a marathon 245 days, including 22 overnight calls. Heading west from London, the ship will work its way around Great Britain and then call into Iceland, Greenland and Canada, before heading along the east coast of the United States, the Caribbean and around South America. Then, the Viking Sun will cross the Pacific and reach New Zealand, which includes stops at Auckland and Dunedin. It will then hit up a pretty big variety of Australian destinations, including Thursday Island, Cairns, Whitsundays, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. It then moves up through Asia, over to the Middle East and northern Africa, through the Mediterranean, and back to London on May 2, 2020. The voyage is almost twice as long as Viking’s 2017 world cruise, which was a comparatively brief 141 days (four and a half months). And it doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at $117,995 for a “Veranda” room and go all the way up to $342,895 for the exclusive “Owner’s Suite” — which has already sold out. But willing passengers will get plenty of bang for their buck. As well as getting to visit about a third of the world’s countries in a single trip, passengers can enjoy perks, including unlimited Wi-Fi, a 7500-litre infinity pool and a Nordic spa with a “snow grotto”. They can also benefit from the ship’s resident historian, who will offer lectures on art, history and other subjects that correspond to the next destination.
  14. AN AUSTRALIAN has died after falling from a lookout at a popular beach in Portugal, according to reports. A man and woman were taking selfies from a wall overlooking the beach when they lost their balance and fell about 30 metres, local media reported. The incident reportedly happened early Tuesday morning, local time, at Pescadores beach in the coastal town of Ericeira, a popular surfing spot about 30 kilometres from Lisbon. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) told news.com.au it was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Portugal. It is not clear which of the two victims was Australian. DFAT also said it was in contact with British authorities regarding the other person who died. “The Department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident,” a DFAT spokeswoman said. Initial reports from Portugese media suggested both people who fell and died were Australian. Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port, near Lisbon, said it appeared the couple was taking a selfie when the tragedy happened. Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the wall where they were understood to have lost their balance. “Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,” he told AFP. “It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it.” The Portuguese Lusa News Agency reported the couple was a woman aged in her 30s and a man in his 40s. They were found dead by a worker cleaning the beach. It is believed the incident happened between 1am and 6am on Tuesday local time. The Australian Embassy in Lisbon was notified about the death, the agency reported. AFP reported this was not the first time tourists have fallen from the wall near the beach, known as Praia dos Pescadores or Fishermans Beach, a popular spot surrounded by cliffs and a 40-metre high wall. The fishing town of Ericeira is a popular spot for surfers and holidaymakers, and is renowned for its seafood restaurants and nightlife.
  15. A PLANE passenger has complained about what he claims were the revolting state of the toilets on board a delayed Ryanair flight. Traveller Ben Perry was on a flight from Comiso, Sicily to London Stansted when he made the gross discovery, The Sun reported. The tweeted the loos were “disgusting” and posted a video that shows grime and muck all over the bathroom’s sink and mirror. “@Ryanair after a 4 hour delay I get on board to then find your toilets/baby changing facilities like this its absolutely disgusting!” he said. “I mentioned this to a staff member after I come out of there and his reply was not our problem!! “I see there [sic] customer care is not very important!!” A Ryanair spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: “All Ryanair aircraft are thoroughly cleaned by professionals at the end of each day, in line with industry standards, and cabin crew carry out a cabin tidy and toilet check at the end of every flight. “This flight from Comiso to London Stansted on June 8 was regrettably delayed due to air traffic control staff shortages (by 2 hours, not 4 hours as claimed) and Ryanair apologised to all affected customers, who were informed by email and SMS text message.” Sun Online previously revealed that Ryanair has been accused of getting rid of soap in toilets as a cost-saving measure.