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BritNews RoundUp: Bush League Edition

Britain's latest superhero is a nature-loving gardener who dresses up as a shrub and tends to public gardens in Colchester. He calls himself the Human Shrub and dons a bushy disguise as he tends to neglected gardens in the English town.

The Shrub made his debut outside council meetings to protest against cuts in the parks budget. Then he took the law into his own, er, hands, filling empty tubs around town with flowers. The Colchester counselor in charge of parks called him "a bit misguided as we are replanting the planters next month – the proper time."

I wonder if dogs ever walk up the Human Shrub and do what dogs do to shrubs. You know: pee on him. Well, it turns out it's not just dogs who pee in the streets of England. A Bristol family has been criticized for scattering a urine trail in the hopes that it would lure back their lost dog, Simon. It's not dog urine. It's their urine. The act has drawn criticism from the city council.

"There are people who are upset about it, but I'm too emotionally drained to think about it," said Simon's owner, Louise Baltesz, who said the whole family had been "chipping in" to help lay down the scent trail. "If everyone peed in the street it would be disgusting, wouldn't it? But it's very, very diluted."

So far, Simon is a no-show.

Maybe the Balteszes could search for Simon using Google Earth. You can find all sorts of interesting things there. When 25-year-old Rachel Young was laid up after a car crash, she spent her time seeing if she could find the entire alphabet in the natural and man-made features of Britain. The result is a very cool aerial A-to-Z.

You can use the Internet for all sorts of fun things. And pointless things, too. The Daily Mail wonders if this is the stupidest Facebook craze ever: the Lying Down Game. People post photos to their Facebook accounts of themselves stretched out, rigid as a board, in interesting places. Be the first on your block to do it!

Which country produces the world's worst tourists? France, according to the headline on this BBC story. But it seems to me no one comes off that well. The French may be "least likely to try a new language" (at least according to the Expedia survey), but in Europe the British were voted worst and while American tourists are good tippers, "they fell short on other counts as the least tidy, the loudest, the worst complainers and the worst dressed."

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By John Kelly  |  July 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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Those Brits have waaaaaaay too much time on their hands.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | July 13, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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