Friday, 21 March 2008

Man Sells His Life on eBay

Man Sells His Life on eBay - We've All Thought About Starting Over Completely. Meet a Man Who Is Trying to Sell It All When Ian Usher realized he needed a fresh start, he put his entire life up for sale on eBay, from his toys to his toilet paper.

At first glance, the 44-year-old Australian who sky-dives, snowboards and rides motorbikes in his free time might seem to have a great life. But in fact he says he no longer wants it.

"The initial trigger for it was, unfortunately, the breakup of my marriage," he said.

After his five-year marriage ended two years ago, Usher decided the best way to patch up his broken heart was to pitch all his stuff and start over. In June, he's auctioning everything off on eBay.

He's currently planning to list his house, his hot tub, his clothes, his big-screen TV and his beat-up car. Usher says you can even get his friends and their dogs -- apparently, they'll be nice to you if you win.

People have bought all sorts of interesting items on eBay before: Toast with the image of the Virgin Mary burned on it went for $28,000; a sock worn by a paparazzo when he was run over by Britney Spears went for $600.

Usher thinks his life could go for up to $500,000. His ex-wife thinks he has gone mad.

"One of the phrases she used was it sounds 'a bit mental,'" he said.

Usher says he's not looking back though and is just thinking about his next big adventure.

"I plan to go to the airport, show up and see what plane has a seat available on it," he said.

Click here to visit Ian Usher's auction site.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Unsexiest Woman?

Sarah Jessica Parker Unsexiest Woman? - Sarah Jessica Parker was extremely upset that Maxim magazine had named her the "unsexiest woman alive" last fall.

In an interview with Grazia magazine, the "Sex and the City" star commented, "Am I really the unsexiest woman in the world? Wow! It's kind of shocking."

The popular lad mag had compared her features to a horse's: "How the hell did this Barbaro-faced broad manage to be the least sexy woman in a group of very unsexy women and still star on a show with 'sex' in the title? Pull your skirt down, Secretariat, we´d rather ride Chris Noth."

Not only was Parker "filled with rage and anger" after hearing these comments, but her husband Matthew Broderick was upset "because it has to do with his judgment too."

Despite her outrage, Parker isn't going to let the comments change her own opinion of herself.

"I really like the choices I've made. I am who I am," she says. "Do I have big fake boobs, Botox and big lips? No. Do I fit some ideals and standards of some men writing in a men's magazine? Maybe not."

Amy Winehouse, "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh, Madonna and Britney Spears also landed on the Unsexiest List.

The "Sex and the City" movie will be released on May 30.

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Sara Jane Olson Released

Sara Jane Olson Released - Former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson, who hid for years by posing as an ordinary housewife, was released from prison Thursday after serving time for attempted murder and second-degree murder in two separate cases, authorities said.

Olson, 61, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, walked out of the Central Women's Facility in Chowchilla, prisons spokesman Bill Sessa said.

For almost 24 years, Olson was one of the nation's most sought-after fugitives - she disappeared in 1975, the same year two Los Angeles police cars were bombed. She changed her name from Kathleen Soliah and, over the years, lived as a mild-mannered Midwestern housewife. She married a Minnesota physician and became a celebrated cook and soccer mom in the St. Paul area.

She was captured in June 1999 on charges of planting the police car bombs. She subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges for the attempted car bombings. In 2004, a Sacramento judge vacated the 14-year sentence for the car bombs given to Olson after ruling that the state Board of Prison Terms did not independently review her case upon sentencing her in 2002 for the bombings. After a review, her sentence was reduced by one year.

Olson was also serving time for murder.

In 2002, Olson had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for her role in the 1975 SLA robbery of the Sacramento area bank in which customer Myrna Opsahl, 42, was shot and killed. She received a sentence of six years.

In her 2002 probation report, police said Olson emerged as the leader of the SLA after a 1974 fire and shootout in Los Angeles in which six of the nine members of the SLA died.

Back when she was Kathy Soliah, Olson was president of the Palmdale High School Pep Club in Los Angeles County. Her mother said in an interview in 1975 that her oldest daughter was "into everything - Girl Scouts, the Rainbows, Sunday school."

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Fire Elk

Fire Elk - If it feels like Easter is coming early, it's probably because it is.

Falling on March 23, Easter comes earlier this year than it has in nearly 100 years.

The earliest day Easter can fall on is March 22, while the latest is April 25.

The last time Easter - a Christian holiday which observes the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his subsequent resurrection three days later - fell on March 23 was in 1913 and it will be more than 150 years before it comes this early in the year again.

The next time Easter falls on March 23 will be in 2160. Easter falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.


Mounties have charged a second man in last month's arson of Frog Lake First Nation's office, about 271 km northeast of Edmonton.

Cpl. Brad Lazicki with Elk Point RCMP declined to release the man's name yesterday. Police had already charged a 22-year-old man following the Feb. 25 blaze that levelled the building.

Mounties were notified of the fire around 8 a.m. Fire crews from Frog Lake and Elk Point battled the fire but failed to save the building.

On Feb. 29, police charged Ronald James Stanley with arson and break and enter.


CALGARY -- An ammonia leak at a Calgary building yesterday forced the evacuation of more than 75 people, including three women taken to hospital.

Reports suggest a maintenance person accidentally caused a small discharge of ammonia gas while working.

Firefighters said three women in their 30s and 40s were taken to hospital in stable condition.

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