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Flintstones, beat the Flintstones?!?

Sure, we all grew up watching Fred and Barney’s shenanigans. But would you want to live next door to the Flintstones? Apparently, residents of Hillsborough, Calif., have decided they would not. They’re suing the owner of the local “Flintstone House” to stop, um, enhancing the décor. The home itself was built in the 1970s using an experimental spray concrete method with curved walls, painted in vibrant colours. The current owner has enhanced the aesthetic by adding giant metal dinosaurs, sculptures of characters from the show, and even a sign proclaiming, “Yabba-dabba-doo.” It’ll be Yabba-dabba-don’t if the angry neighbours get their way.

When landscapers attack

German police were investigating a death and at least two other injuries attributed to a vengeful landscaper. Police believe the now deceased gardener plotted the attacks against his former clients, including a doctor who was killed when he picked up a booby-trapped log left on his front porch. The other victims, a mother and daughter, were injured when they put a log laced with explosives in their woodstove.

And, of course, closer to home is the case of Bruce McArthur, a Toronto-based landscaper convicted of murdering eight men he’d targeted in the city’s gay community. What’s up with the lethal landscapers? Maybe it’s something in the Roundup?


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The $238-million apartment

Back in January, news came out that a hedge fund manager has forked over the highest price ever for a home in the U.S. – $238 million (about $320 million Canadian). Granted, this “apartment” covers 24,000 sq. ft. of penthouse space of an under construction tower overlooking Central Park. At a shade under $10,000 per square feet, it’s not the most expensive unit per foot. That title is still held by another comparatively miniscule 6,744-sq.-ft. New York condo that sold in 2012 for $88-million, or $13,049 per square foot.

The half-million dollar mall

In February, a largely vacant shopping mall in Scotland sold for 310,000 pounds, or about $550,000 Canadian. With online shopping taking a big bite out of bricks-and-mortar retail, only seven of the building’s 21 shops had tenants.

A shocking fine

Early this year a contractor named Leonard Shanker, of M J Construction in Dundas, Ont., plead guilty to 13 violations under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. The charges include six counts of not having an electrical license, six counts of failing to apply for an inspection, and one count of unsafe electrical conditions – a live wire was left dangling in a client’s basement. The company was fined $25,000, plus a $6,250 victim fine surcharge. In 2017 the same company was convicted of similar violations.

Blitzed on a Bobcat

In February, two men stole a Bobcat from a construction site in Scarborough, Ont., and took it for a drunken joyride. The stunt ended when they crashed into the side of a home, leaving a gapping hole in the building’s brickwork. Somewhat surprisingly, the individuals were not charged with drunk driving as, according to police, the machine was not considered “a motor vehicle.”

Wear your colours with pride

Patriotic painters take note: Home Hardware has teamed up with Canadian Living magazine to create the Beauti-Tone “Coast-to-Coast Colour Collection.” With 55 colours in 11 palates, there’s a themed scheme for every province, plus the territories, ranging from reds, blues, and greens reminiscent of St. John, Newfoundland’s famed Jellybean Row, to serene whites, soft greys, and greens to evoke the B.C. outdoors.


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