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Cloud shaped like a cat – stunning pictures

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A dog walker was stunned after he spotted this incredible cloud formation – shaped like a cat. Tony Pooley, 45, was walking his dog when he decided to take a photograph of a beautiful sunset over the trees. But as he took the snap he noticed a cloud shaped exactly like a cat, complete with…

Jim Davidson narrowly avoids driving ban after speeding to gig

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Comedian Jim Davidson narrowly avoided a driving ban after he was caught speeding and joked: ”Next time I’ll pin it on a dead bloke”. Former Generation Game presenter Davidson, 56, was clocked as he drove to a gig at 96mph in a 70mph zone on the A380 in Devon. Police pursued him over the offence…

First mobile phone being used – in 1922

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

British film archivists have released footage which apparently shows the world’s first mobile phone being used – in 1922. The silent black and white film displays two women walking along an American street carrying a bulky flip-top phone. They then attach a wire from the device onto a fire hydrant before erecting an umbrella which…

£8.8million sale of Chinese art smashes records for provincial auction houses

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A sale of Asian art has smashed the British record for the most money ever spent at a provincial auction by grossing over £8.8million. The sale at Woolley and Wallis in Salisbury, Wilts., lasted two days with the first involving Chinese jade and hardstone carvings. Among the artefacts from Crichel House, Dorset, was an Imperial…

Queen sends special envoy to primary school

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The Queen is sending a special envoy to a primary school after the children complained they missed her on an official visit – but remained her ‘humble and obedient servants’. A group of young pupils had travelled to a country estate and waited patiently to be introduced to HRH during a Royal trip to Dartington…

Drunk and violent squaddie escapes prison because he is a ‘very good soldier’

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A drunken squaddie who battered a man while on bail for an earlier assault walked free from court after the judge refused to jail him because he is a ”very good soldier”. Private Thomas Thorne, 19, launched a frenzied attack on reveller Oliver Biddle outside a nightclub in January. Thorne, who serves with the Queens…

Clifton Supension Bridge drama as hot air balloon involved in ‘frantic’ near miss

May 25, 2010 | by | 6 Comments

This is the dramatic moment a hot air balloon narrowly avoided colliding with the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Rookie pilot Craig Thompson, 30, was flying over the Avon Gorge at 7am on Monday morning when the wind dipped and he began sinking towards the landmark. Horrified onlookers watched as he ”frantically” pulled on…

Foster child ‘fascinated by fire’ kills himself and sister after starting blaze at home

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An eight-year-old foster child with a ”fascination with fire” killed himself and his sister by starting a blaze at their home with a cigarette lighter, an inquest heard. Ben Mcauliffe was fostered at the age of six months but but began starting fires in and around the family home as he got older. He had…

Golfer hits DOUBLE hole in one beating odds of 67million to one

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A pensioner told of his joy after scoring TWO HOLES-IN-ONE in a single round of golf – beating odds of 67million to one. Delighted Peter Wafford, 75, sunk the pair of par-three hole-in-ones during a veterans match at Chigwell Golf Club, in Chigwell, Essex, last Monday. Stunned Peter, who has played gold for just six…

Callous internet conman jailed for swindling ‘lonely’ women

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A serial conman who swindled more than £17,000 out of single women he met on dating websites has been jailed for nearly three years. David Brice, 43, targeted ”vulnerable and lonely” women across Britain before gaining their trust and taking their money through deception and theft. The unemployed tyre fitter would then abandon his victims…

‘Miracle’ escape for helicopter pilot who crashed into field

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A pilot had a ‘miracle’ escape after he lost control of his helicopter and flew into power lines – before crashing in a field. The man was flying low over a village when he was heard careering into a series of overheard electric cables. Onlookers heard a ”loud bang” as the chopper touched the power…

Frustrated resident makes cornflake box speed camera to get motorists to slow down

May 25, 2010 | by | 6 Comments

A fed-up resident has erected a fake speed camera made out of a cornflake box to force drivers to slow down. The dummy speed camera, which has been painted yellow and black, was fixed to a wooden telegraph pole over the weekend. It is believed the resident who made it was fed up at drivers…

Ability to save money is determined by the side of the brain you think with

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The ability to save money is determined by the side of the brain you think with, it has been revealed. Researchers working on behalf of first direct bank asked 500 adults a brain-teasing question, compiled the results and then grilled respondents on their savings habits. They found those who used the right-side of the brain…

Women 1 – Men 0 as new survey shows women win in the workplace

May 25, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Women are more organised than men in the workplace, a study revealed yesterday. Researchers have found that females are the best at keeping to deadlines and turning up on time for work. But men struggle to keep on top of things and often forget to phone people back and lose documents on their messy desks….

Drunk transsexual jailed for flicking urine at police officer

May 25, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A drunk transsexual who stole a £2 top from a charity shop before attacking a police officer by flicking URINE at him has been jailed for 12 weeks. Boozy Kim Goode, who underwent a sex-change op 10 years ago to make him a woman, also tried to claw a cop with her nails. Goode launched…

Parkinson’s disease sufferer becomes gambling addict as side effect of his medication

May 24, 2010 | by | 13 Comments

One of Britain’s youngest Parkinson’s disease sufferers blew £20,000 in three months after his medication made him addicted to GAMBLING. Primary school teacher Richard Wenmouth, 28, got hooked on online casinos just days after being prescribed the drug Mirapexin to control his muscle spasms. He joined 20 online gambling websites and opened dozens of accounts…

Meerkats lap up the sun, and an ice lolly, as the UK basks in glorious sunshine

May 24, 2010 | by | 0 Comments