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With MPs taking the entire summer off, it seems only fair that another Parliamentary figure should pack up and go on holiday too.

Rising above a field of ripening corn, the clock tower of Big Ben has appeared in a sleepy stretch of rural Cheshire.

Closer inspection reveals that this is a rustic copy of the Victorian landmark, built on a farm using more than 500 bales of hay – and featuring a working clock. Although its faces are illuminated at night there are only two – both facing the road – rather than the four of the real thing.

Little Ben: The sculpture, which has a working clock, was built in celebration of summer and heralds the 150th anniversary of the famous London landmark. Previous straw creations have included a rocket and a windmill

London calling: The 70ft Big Ben sculpture, made with over 500 bales weighing over 20 tonnes, dominates the view on the A51 road between Nantwich and Chester in Cheshire

Dead ringer: The model of Big Ben beside the road in rural Cheshire

The tower, completed last weekend, is the latest straw sculpture dreamt up by an ice cream firm to celebrate the arrival of our so-called summer.

‘Straw Ben’ now stands proudly beside the A51 between Nantwich and Chester. It is built around a steel frame and is 70ft tall – almost a quarter of the size of the real thing beside the Thames.

‘It is 150 years since Big Ben was built so we wanted to commemorate the occasion,’ said Chris Sadler, 56, a director of the Nantwich-based company Snugburys.

2008: This straw windmill, which also illuminated at night, proved a tourist draw last year

2007: A replica of the Jodrell Bank telescope, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the space age and weighing in at six tonnes

‘It looks stunning and is particularly impressive at night when it is floodlit and the clock face lights up.’

The firm’s previous sculptures have included the Jodrell Bank space telescope, the London Eye, the Angel of the North and the Millennium Dome.

Mr Sadler went on: ‘The sculpture was completed on Saturday and will stay up until after Christmas.

2006: This so-called ‘Snugnick’ rocket measured 50ft

2005: A replica of the London Eye, this earned the duo praise from the architects of the original

‘The clock face is about two metres wide and is an exact working copy of the real thing.

‘It costs a lot of money so we have a fence around it with security manning it. There is also an alarm which is activated if anyone tries to climb up it.’

Mr Sadler’s ice cream parlour has also had Big Ben-shaped cones made to coincide with the project.

He explained that a percentage of the sale of the cones would go towards the charity Kids Company, which helps vulnerable inner-city children.

2004: The iconic Angel of the North – holding an ice-cream cone, and with Chris posing in front

2003: Dubbed ‘The Coneastrawus’, this straw dinosaur was a hit with children

1999: Chris poses in front of his version of the Millennium Dome, as it was then called. Measuring 300ft x 50ft, it took ten hours and 350 bales of hay to build

Ministers in the Maldives have taken diving lessons ahead of an underwater cabinet meeting that will highlight the threat global warming and rising sea levels pose to the low-lying atoll nation.

President Mohamed Nasheed will chair the meeting on October 17 ahead of the world climate change summit in Copenhagen in December, a spokesman told AFP from the islands’ capital, Male.

He said the 14-member cabinet were taught scuba-diving basics over the weekend. Nasheed was not present as he is already a certified diver.

The cabinet will don wet suits and scuba equipment and dive to a depth of six metres (20 feet), where a special meeting of the cabinet will be convened,” the spokesman, who declined to be named, said.

They will then ratify a pledge calling on other nations to slash greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the Copenhagen meeting.

Cabinet members will communicate using whiteboards and hand signals.

The Maldivian archipelago, located south west of Sri Lanka, is on the front line of climate change and has become a vocal campaigner in the battle to halt rising sea levels.

In 2007, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that a rise in sea levels of 18 to 59 centimetres (7 to 23 inches) by 2100 would be enough to make the Maldives virtually uninhabitable.

More than 80 percent of the country’s land, composed of coral islands scattered some 850 kilometres (530 miles) across the equator, is less than one metre (3.3 feet) above mean sea level.

The danger for the Maldives is so acute that Nasheed has raised the possibility of buying a new “homeland” in Australia, India or Sri Lanka for the nation’s 330,000 citizens.

Most people are well aware of maintaining personal hygiene and all that it entails. However, not many people are aware about the importance of maintaining the hygiene of the sexual organs. It’s your sexual organs that require more care than most. Sexual activity and masturbation are pleasant activities but their hygiene quotient is low. So, you need to clean up after sex and it’s not only about cleaning up those sheets. A clean penis is as essential to good sex as is a clean surrounding. A dirty penis can be, and in most cases, is a turn off.

Cleaning the Penis

It’s easy enough to clean the penis. If you do it regularly, very soon you will get used to the idea and it will come as second nature to you.

Here are a few pointers on penis cleaning that one must be aware about:

  • When cleaning the penis, you must begin at the tip. You must gently pull back the foreskin, so that the head of the penis is exposed. Both the head and the inside of the foreskin must be washed thoroughly. Be gentle when you are washing the penis,
  • At times, the penis gives off a foul odour. This is a result of all the bacteria that is left unheeded on the penis. If you clean the space between the glans and the foreskin you might notice a white substance. This white substance is called ‘Smegma’ and it’s a combination of shed epithelial cells, skin oils and moisture. It keeps the glans moist and acts as a lubricator during sex. Its moistness makes it a breeding ground of bacteria. Hence, penis needs to be cleaned regularly,
  • At times men use penis enlargement devices. An unclean penis in such cases is prone to infections. It helps to keep the penis clean using hot water in these cases,
  • Those who have a circumcised penis need to be especially careful about cleanliness. Their penis is not protected by the foreskin, hence is more susceptible to infections if not kept clean.

Different stages of penis erection

Penis erection does not take place in one fluent motion. There are various stages associated with it. Typically, there are four stages involved in the erection of the penis. Canadian levitra.

Sexual arousal

Sexual arousal is the beginning of the process. The sexual stimulus then reaches the brain and thereby starts the whole process of erection. The brain and its working is the reason behind all action of the body, erection included.

The beginning of the physical action

In this stage, the brain sends a signal through the central nervous system to the nerves of the pelvic areas. Nitric oxide is released into those blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. Dilation of the blood vessels takes place, increasing the amount of blood that reaches the penis.

Erection of the penis

There are two sponge-like tissues in the penis, called the corpora cavernosa, which fill up with blood. This stretches the tissues and the penis becomes rigid. In this stage the penile erection is perfect for penetration. The levels of nitric oxide in the blood vessels drop as soon as the penis assumes maximum erection levels. As a result, the blood vessels go back to their original tight shape and blood is trapped inside the penis. And, the penis remains erect.


After ejaculation, the penis assumes its flaccid state. Because of the blood leaving the penis, an emptying of the corpora nervosa takes place and the penis regains its original shape.

Penile signs for sexual infection

Usually penile infection is a result of an unclean penis or sexual activity with an infected person. If a person has contracted gonorrhoea, the infection manifests itself in the form of a thick discharge from the penis tip, which is typically white, yellow or green in colour. If you are suffering from primary syphilis, the infection occurs in the form of a penile sore that is hard, but painless. An infection like scabies appears in the form of a rash in and around the penile area.

Penile infection is also characterized by irritation, itching, ulceration, pain and discomfort. Use canadian valtrex to reduce the risk of spreading genital herpes.

10 13th, 2009

Many of you may be unaware that Dekalb County is home to a small replica of the White House. I say small, only because it is smaller than the real thing that is home to the President of the United States, but this home situated on Briarcliff Road is hardly small as it boasts 16,500 square feet of living space.

Unfortunately, recent reports suggested that the estate home would be sold on the steps of the Dekalb County Superior Court due to a delinquent $1.75 million loan. But I am happy to say that is no longer the case. Fred Milani, a builder of luxury homes in Atlanta and the owner of the Atlanta White House, was able to negotiate new terms to restructure the loan and avoid foreclosure. The house is still on the market with an asking price of $9.88 million.

Rohan Ajit Kokane, a Class III student from St. Xavier’s High School of Belgaum, successfully cleared the Guinness World Record attempt in blindfold limbo skating by passing under a car blindfolded in Hubli on Friday.

Unfazed by the failure of the first two attempts, Rohan passed under the car (clearing a height of 6.75 inches) with ease in his third and final attempt to create a new Guinness Record in a new category.

As the sun was setting, the crowd mainly comprising engineering students of BVB College of Engineering and Technology, cheered Rohan chanting his name.

As the name “Rohan” reverberated in the air, the boy cleared the record attempt. As the crowd applauded him with a standing ovation, tears of happiness rolled down the eyes of Anupama, Rohan’s mother, while the proud father Ajit stood speechless for a moment.

Then it was celebration time with students entering the basketball ring where the record attempt was made to greet the achiever. Meanwhile, the crowd continued clapping for as principal of BVB College Ashok Shettar greeted the boy with a bouquet and memento.

When reporters asked Rohan how he felt, he said “Achcha lagta hai” (It feels good). And, he didn’t forget to thank his parents and coach for his achievement.

The record attempt was organised as part of a national-level technical festival “Pleiades”.

As per the Guinness Record authorities, the organisers got the entire event recorded. They would send the video recording to the authorities for verification. The authorities would then declare whether it is Guinness Record or not.

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