Shoe Monument to Bush assaulter & gold from sewage
1st February 2009
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Shoe Monument Unveiled

According to Reuters, an Iraqi town has just unveiled a giant shoe monument to honour the journalist who threw his shoe at former U.S. President George W. Bush and called him a 'dog' at a news conference in Iraq.

The six-foot statue in former dictator Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, is of a bronze-coloured shoe filled with a plastic shrub. An inscription reads: "Muntazer: fasting until the sword breaks its fast with blood; silent until our mouths speak the truth,"

The journalist, Zaidi, is still in jail in Baghdad, facing charges of assaulting a visiting head of state.

Japan gets gold from sewage

A sewage treatment plant in central Japan gets a higher gold yield from sludge than from some of the world's best mines.

The high percentage of gold found at the Suwa facility is said to be due to the large number of precision equipment manufacturers in the area that use the yellow metal. The sewage facility recently recorded finding 1,890 grams of gold per tonne of ash from incinerated sludge - which is a far higher gold content than that from Japan's Hishikari Mine, one of the world's top gold mines.

The prefecture expects to earn about 15 million yen for the fiscal year to the end of March from the gold it has retrieved from the ashes of incinerated sludge.

Just a couple of stories that took my eye this week!

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