Mysterious fire in Primark

first_img(Based on an actual incident last week in the Westgate centre)   It appeared to be an ordinary afternoon in the Westgate centre: everything in Sports World had 70% off, the Next Clearance Sale once again did a roaring trade in bop costumes and the corridor was full of kids truanting.  But something was amiss.  Without warning, the lives of all those innocent shoppers were suddenly put in grave danger.  A white shirt on sale in Primark had caught fire.  Whilst those around him lost their heads, a brave security guard raced over to save the day, throwing the shirt to the ground and stamping out the ferocious blaze.  However, the question on everyone’s lips was, who did it? And why?  The more gullible among you may assume that this incident ha a simple scientific explanation.  We asked an expert chemist to give his thoughts:   “Well, as we all know, the shirts in Primark are made from excellent quality polyester. Polyester is a long chain synthetic fibre comprising of monomer units. This polymeric hydrocarbon chain is a fantastically efficient way of storing energy. All that would be needed to release this energy is the smallest of sparks, say, from a cigarette. If such a spark came in contact with the shirt, the polyester would become a fantastic source of heat and light. It would be in flames in seconds.”  Very reassuring. But was it possible that the shirts caught fire without the need for such a spark?  “Ah. Here you are talking about spontaneous combustion.  It is theoretically possible.     If the polyester were to gain enough energy from its surroundings it could reach the required activation energy for ignition and simply burst into flames.  But I would say that this is not very likely.  The thermal energy is much too low to meet the required activation barrier so there is an incredibly low probability of spontaneous combustion.  It was probably a careless cigarette.”  A whodunit by Jamie Wolstenhulme and Charlotte King Spontaneous Combustion? A careless cigarette? Or something more sinister……center_img However, Cherwell24 believes that something more sinister was afoot.  Smoking isn’t even allowed in the Westgate centre.  The idea that it was a careless cigarette is just what the crooks want you to think. So we have compiled a list of alternative explanations.  We leave it to you, dear reader, to decide the truth for yourself.  1. In the highly charged atmosphere surrounding the controversial invitations to the union debate this week, it is possible that the fire was in fact a pre-meditated political protest.  Early reports that a brown shirt might have been the real target of the conflagration cannot be confirmed or denied.  2. Another possibility is that an over-zealous fire safety officer might have been assessing the possible risks to public safety in Primark.  In his conscientious attempts to protect the public, he may have unwittingly endangered them.  We can only presume that, whilst the speed that the garment caught fire must have caused him some alarm, the quick thinking of the heroic security guard must surely have reassured him.  With such courageous men on hand we think that Primark is, on balance, a safe place to shop.  3. Of course, commercial sabotage cannot be ruled out either.  To the delight of students across Oxford, Primark stocks notoriously cheap goods, often undercutting its rivals.  By demonstrating the remarkable capacity of Primark’s shirts to ignite, perhaps another shop was attempting to make us think twice about the quality of its merchandise.  But who would attempt such underhand tactics? Surely not Sports World, purveyor of equally low-priced goods, but operating at a disadvantage being a good 10 yards further into the Westgate Centre.  4. Reliable sources have also alerted us to another possibility.  On your trips to the shopping Mecca that is the Westgate Centre, you may have noticed a suspicious character lurking around the entrance to Primark.  Barred from actually entering the premises, Curley waits near the entrance, beside the aforementioned shirts, strategically placed to monitor the activities of his shop-assistant girlfriend.  Perhaps, unaware of this observation, Curley’s girlfriend got a little to close to another retail assistant and Curley, in a fit of rage delved into his pocket for his walther PPK replica cigarette lighter.  Blinded by passion Curley may have attempted to sabotage this rendezvous by hurling his cigarette lighter at the oblivious couple.  Being something of a dud shot, this could easily have caught a shirt instead.  5. But are we all missing something here? Has our attention been unduly captivated by the mystery of the shirt? Perhaps the real cunning lies in the fact that the shirt was nothing more than a distraction.  As it merrily went up in flames, it took the attention of all nearby shoppers and has continued to be the focus of this investigation here. But maybe it was merely a decoy? After all, Thornton’s is directly opposite Primark.  Selling delicious yet extortionately priced chocolates, wouldn’t they be the more likely target of light-fingered dealings?  So, while we’ve been mulling over the different scenarios that may have caused the conflagration, perhaps the real crooks have been tucking in to their particularly fine selection of Thorntons Continental chocolates.  Or maybe…. it has been us doing both…..last_img read more

Bacolod named top PH model city anew

first_imgMODEL CITY. Bacolod City wins anew as the Top Philippine Model City of The Manila Times’ 3rd Philippine Model Cities and Municipalities. Bacolod also won two special awards – Business- Friendly/ High Returns and Retirement Haven. The awarding ceremony was held at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila today, Sept. 25. Photo by Bacolod City PIO Bacolodalso received the special awards Business-Friendly/High Returns and RetirementHaven. “Ingiving us this award, The Manila Times has played a vital role in Bacolod’smarch to progress and development,” said Leonardia. “Wehope to see the day that the standards The Manila Times (organizer of theannual search) has established for Bacolod and the rest of us, will become thestandards of model cities in the Philippines because once we have model cities,we will also have a model country,” Leonardia said in a statement on Thursday. TheTop Philippine Model Municipalities were Liloan (Cebu), champion; Guiguinto(Bulacan), first runner-up; and Pulilan (Bulacan), second runner-up. Meanwhile,General Trias City led by Mayor Antonio Ferrer was named first runner-up whileOrmoc City headed by Mayor Richard Gomez was declared second runner-up. “Theaward then became our guidance and standard and became an inspiration for us todream bigger dreams,” he said, citing the other recognitions received byBacolod, such as for being business-friendly from the Philippine Chamber ofCommerce and Industry, and “Most Competitive City in the Visayas” as declaredby the National Competitiveness Council.center_img TheManila Times’ “Philippine Model Cities” is a forum that aims to recognizeeffective and innovative local governance that improves the quality of life andmake local business environments friendlier. (With PNA/PN) Leonardiasaid the city’s first award in 2017 became a source of inspiration for Bacolodfollowing his return to the City Hall after serving as a congressman for oneterm. BACOLODCity – This city was once again named the “Top Philippine Model City”, besting37 other cities shortlisted in this year’s Search for the Philippine ModelCities and Municipalities. The“City of Smiles,” which first won during the inaugural search in 2017,reclaimed the champion’s trophy after losing to Davao City in 2018. MayorEvelio Leonardia gave credit to the “team effort” of the city officials and thepeople of Bacolod.last_img read more

Colts GM raves about Jacoby Brissett: ‘He hasn’t flinched’

first_imgSimply put, he’s made general manager Chris Ballard look wise for not only trading for him in 2017, but for moving forward with him as the starter this season.“Look: Jacoby, he’s the same guy he was since the first day we traded for him,” Ballard told in an interview discussing the first quarter of the season. “Somebody asked me a question today in my office about Jacoby and his leadership, and I said, ‘Look, what makes him really special is he’s authentic, he’s real and he’s the same guy every day — and he’s been that way since the day he walked in this building.’ He prepares — he’s always prepared like the starter.” If you’re one of the many who buried the Colts’ season after Andrew Luck’s unexpected retirement, shame on you.Jacoby Brissett has led Indianapolis to a four-way tie in the AFC South at 2-2 and has 10 touchdowns (tied for the league lead with Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson) to just two interceptions. Josh Allen injury update: Bills QB progressing well, but remains in concussion protocol Kirk Cousins apologizes to wideout Adam Thielen after Week 4 misfires Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants won’t rule out Week 5 return for running back Win over Falcons in the home opener? ✔️That’s a happy quarterback. Pretty good day at the office for @JBrissett12.— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) September 22, 2019Brissett is the only quarterback in the league with multiple touchdown passes in each game. But it’s not his numbers that seem to impress Ballard most — it’s his poise.“I remember saying this during Andrew’s (Luck’s) press conference when he retired that, look, Jacoby won’t flinch,” he said. “And he hasn’t flinched. He’s played really good football — he’s played winning football for us each and every week.”Brissett will have face arguably his toughest challenge of the season thus far in Week 5 as he tries to keep up with Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium. Related Newslast_img read more