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Strange but true…

Published: 01 July 2001

THAILAND Police riders are being trained as midwives because ambulances are getting stuck in traffic. The 150 Bangkok officers are expected to make a thouasand deliveries a year.

GERMANY: A raffle winner dropped dead when he went to collect the keys to his two-wheeled prize. Hans Hitzig, 47, suffered a fatal heart attack as he received a Harley-Davidson in Schleiz, eastern Germany.

BULGARIA Budding stunt rider Anton Velikov decided his first trick would be to wow friends by playing chicken with a train. Sadly, the 23-year old, who was on a borrowed trail bike, mistimed his getaway and died instantly.

AMERICA: Nicolas Cage is in talks with movie moguls about playing a stunt rider. If he gets the part, he will play Johnny Blaze, who sells his soul to a dark force to save the life of his girlfriend. The film is Ghost Rider. We can’t wait.

HOME: Biker fashion is catching on in the animal world. The latest must-have accessory for hip ferrets is a fitted leather jacket. The kit is being made by ferret World in Kinver, Staffs.

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