Spice of Life

Considering rebirth as we were in the previous post, there is a ‘Quirky’ story recently that serves as a good reminder to foucs on the life we have.

And there are few folks more quirky than the British. Note the third paragraph:

A Nottinghamshire businessman who set up a 30ft dung-firing catapult to deter intruders has been burgled after police warned him it was illegal

 Joe Weston-Webb, 71, a former travelling showman, decided he needed the deterrent after a series of break-ins, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The catapult, based on a Roman boulder-thrower, was originally built for a series of unsuccessful attempts to fire his wife, Mary, across the River Avon in 1976.

Roman catapult


But following a series of attacks by vandals on his company, Grumpy Joe, in Ratcliffe-on-Soar, he restored the rusty catapult and equipped it to fire bags of chicken droppings at intruders if an alarm was triggered.

His eccentric methods attracted media attention as well as a warning from Nottinghamshire Police that using the giant catapult would be illegal as it did not constitute “reasonable force”.

But now his business had been targeted by thieves again. Burglars vandalised his workshop and stole cutting equipment, a plasma screen television and a laptop among other goods during the break-in.

“It is ridiculous that we are in this situation now in which we can’t defend ourselves,” he said.


Full story is here.

The morale of the story? It is this life we need to be living, not some future one. Oh, and don’t marry a mad carpenter or you might be fired over the local river by a 30 ft catapult.

One reply on “Spice of Life”

  1. We experience the cycle of rebirth with every breath. Therefore it is wise to be a good custodian to our current human form, but defending ones self via flying bags of chicken poop is a new one for me!

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