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New and old PMs; blast them ATMs!

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Portugal’s prime minister elect, Pedro Passos Coelho, tells the FT he won’t leave his humble suburban pad for the official PM residence behind Lisbon’s Sao Bento parliament. Instead, he’ll  continue to live in his own flat in a humdrum Lisbon suburb. Not much of a big deal here because Jose Socrates, our previous government chief ousted in early polls, spent most of his time in a pretty modest, by local standards, pad opposite a pizza takeaway restaurant on Rua Braacamp between Marques de Pombal and Largo do Rato.  The latter a mere 10” pizza throw from his house and also the HQ of his own Socialist Party.

Passos Coelho, despite his noble claims, will likely still spend most of his time in the rather low key official residence because that’s where people will expect to find him. The building in question, with no apparent security, is difficult to find unless you know Lisbon. Many happy tourists whiz up and down the Calcada da Estrela on the No 28 tram without spotting it or the National Assembly immediately behind.

Jose Socrates, a divorcee which sometimes doesn’t play too well in Portuguese politics, often sent his bodyguards down to collect pizzas when it was his sons’ weekend to visit pa. Getting back on track, incoming PM Passos Coelho also tells the FT his new administration will unleash extra belt-tightening to the already agreed package with the IMF and EU to qualify for a €78bn sub.

Elsewhere, thieves have been blagging ATMs by filling them with gas then blowing them up, with a crude car battery-powered sparking device, to release the supposedly secure note dispensers. Publico reports on three attempted heists on ATMs, or multibancos as we call them, in the early hours of Wednesday at Coruche, north of Lisbon, Setubal, south of the capital and at Santo Ovidio near Porto.

None of the above multibanco blast attacks resulted in the loss of any cash or injuries but a town hall at Santana do Mato, in Coruche, where the ATM was sited, showed some signs of damage and a powerful blast. Publico says these attempted robberies have begun in the last two months in Portugal after becoming common in some other parts of Europe. The article gives no hints on which gas is best to use to blow up an ATM. I know propane gas rises and butane goes down. Or is that the other way round?


Written by porkncheezer

June 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

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