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British woman who had a stroke and woke up with a Chinese accent is devastated after being told the side effect is PERMANENT

British woman who had a stroke and woke up with a Chinese accent is devastated after being told the side effect is PERMANENT

July 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Sarah Colwill’s strong Devon drawl disappeared overnight – in one of only 20 known cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome worldwide. Medical staff say they have exhausted all options and despite Sarah never visiting China she has to accept her Far East voice is here to stay.

Council wastes thousands in failed prosecution of man who accidentally dropped 10p-size piece of orange peel – and picked it up – but still took him to court

Council wastes thousands in failed prosecution of man who accidentally dropped 10p-size piece of orange peel – and picked it up – but still took him to court

July 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Luke Gutteridge, 29, was spotted by an overzealous enforcement officer who accused him of littering and handed him a £75 fine. Luke, who had put the rest of the peel in the bin, swiftly picked up the small stray piece and apologised.

Five teenagers arrested over unexplained death of 16-year-old pupil from top fee-paying school on Jersey

Five teenagers arrested over unexplained death of 16-year-old pupil from top fee-paying school on Jersey

July 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Tragic Morgan Huelin, 16, was found unconscious in the street on Saturday morning and pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital. Police have arrested five teenagers, aged 15 and 16, who are now in custody.

Today’s young people switch jobs and houses more than their parents did – and have twice as many sexual partners

July 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Research commissioned by Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to mark the launch of the S6 switch kit, compared and contrasted behavioural differences between under-25s and over-50s. The survey of 2,000 respondents reveals a younger generation who are unafraid of change and who fully expect to ‘switch and swipe’ their way through life.

Traditional home tiling in decline as buyers switch to wall cladding panels

Traditional home tiling in decline as buyers switch to wall cladding panels

July 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Improving these parts of the home has often meant stressful weekends spent chipping off old tiles, mixing tile grout and making a mess – only to finish with wonky tiles.

Rum, Vodka and Whisky voted Britain’s favourite drinks

Rum, Vodka and Whisky voted Britain’s favourite drinks

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

The online alcohol retailer 31DOVER.com commissioned a study into the British public’s favourite tipple and it actually threw up some very interesting results.

Parents’ anger over crude school play for 12-year-olds where characters ‘Bob and Nob’ go on the lookout for “nookie” with Essex girls

Parents’ anger over crude school play for 12-year-olds where characters ‘Bob and Nob’ go on the lookout for “nookie” with Essex girls

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Pupils at The Warriner School, in Bloxham, Oxon, were given the play “Too Much Punch for Judy” by Mark Wheeller to take home to revise last weekend (27/6). But mums and dads were stunned when they saw the saucy script contained crude dialogue from male characters on the lookout for “nooky.”

Extreme cyclist takes on world’s toughest descent – despite being paralysed from the waist down

Extreme cyclist takes on world’s toughest descent – despite being paralysed from the waist down

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Martyn Ashton, 40, was left paralysed from the waist down after an accident when performing a trials display at Silverstone in 2013. He was told he would never walk again, let alone ride his beloved bicycle.

Potty Mouth : Two-year-old girl won’t stop swearing because of Toys R Us crying doll that sounds like it’s saying “F**K IT.”

Potty Mouth : Two-year-old girl won’t stop swearing because of Toys R Us crying doll that sounds like it’s saying “F**K IT.”

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Anthony Burridge and Sarah Williams let daughter Emily chose the My Little Baby Born Nappy Time doll as a birthday treat from Toys ‘R’ Us. But their joy quickly turned to disgust when they got home and realised that instead of crying when tickled the #32.99 toy sounds like it says “f**k, f**k, f**k it.”

Motorist keeps licence despite clocking up 42 points in three months – SEVEN speeding offences including 109mph in 50mph zone – after giving court a sob story

Motorist keeps licence despite clocking up 42 points in three months – SEVEN speeding offences including 109mph in 50mph zone – after giving court a sob story

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Alex McFarlane’s offences included doing 109mph in a 50mph zone and jumping a red light. On another occasion a passenger in his car leaned out and laughed and waved at the camera as McFarlane roared past at 82mph.

Sheffield school banned breastfeeding artwork for Ramadan

Sheffield school banned breastfeeding artwork for Ramadan

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Tapton Secondary School in Sheffield, South Yorks., told 18-year-old Martha Armitage that her A-Level work would not be used in a room which is now being used as a prayer room for the duration of the religious period. But Martha has hit out at the decision because she is proud of her beautiful, intricate work, which took 15 hours to create, and she wants it to be shown.

Gypsumtools adds MIRKA sanders to its range of plastering tools

Gypsumtools adds MIRKA sanders to its range of plastering tools

July 3, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Gypsumtools has added to its ever-growing range of stock – with new products the aimed at helping plasterers get the smoothest finish out of any job. The plastering supplies firm, based in Leicester, already boasts one of the biggest selections of drylining products available on the web today and delivers to homes and sites across the UK. But eager…

Green-fingered enthusiast who has spent life savings turning an urban wasteland into a city oasis has been told to destroy it because he didn’t get permission  

Green-fingered enthusiast who has spent life savings turning an urban wasteland into a city oasis has been told to destroy it because he didn’t get permission  

July 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Public-spirited Jam Imani Rad, 65, forked out over £5,000 installing statues, trellises and stone structures into the community garden for neighbours to enjoy. But he has been told to return it to its previous derelict state after failing to win permission from the housing association.

Pregnant woman stunned to see perfect image of her great grandmother in baby scan

Pregnant woman stunned to see perfect image of her great grandmother in baby scan

July 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

The spooky ultrasound clearly shows a face – if you tilt your head to the right – and the resemblance to the expectant mum’s grandmother is uncanny. Pharmacy worker Debbie King, 23, went to the hospital for a routine 20-week scan on Friday the 13th.

Van Designs : Couple deck out back of box van and turn it into beautiful mobile home

Van Designs : Couple deck out back of box van and turn it into beautiful mobile home

July 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Adam Croft, 29, and Nikki Pepperell, 32, spent a year converting the van after the cost of renting became too much to bare. The home away from home now has a kitchen, toilet, shower, windows, porch, new flooring, sofa and a bedroom.

Generous pub landlord erects huge sign outside boozer begging punters to pay back their debts so he can pay taxman

Generous pub landlord erects huge sign outside boozer begging punters to pay back their debts so he can pay taxman

July 2, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Generous Kevin Murphy, 51, has subbed cash-strapped punters and struggling fellow landlords for more than 20 years after hearing their sob stories. But after receiving a demand to pay more than #8,000 from the taxman last week, Kevin worked out he had lent people close to #10,000 and is now calling in the debt.

Heroic Husband :  First picture released of Stephen Mellor killed in Tunisia trying to shield wife from bullets on the beach

Heroic Husband : First picture released of Stephen Mellor killed in Tunisia trying to shield wife from bullets on the beach

July 1, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Brave Stephen Mellor, 59, is photographed full of wedded bliss on the happiest day of his life after getting married to his “soulmate” Cheryl nine years ago. But while the couple enjoyed a romantic break, Stephen was gunned down desperately trying to save her life during the terrorist massacre that claimed 38 lives.