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Eighty-one year old farmer back cleaning streets after he was nearly beaten to death

March 18, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A ‘pillar of the community’ who spent 30 years cleaning his home town for free armed with his trusty wheelbarrow was back on duty – just months after he was nearly beaten to death. Selfless Gilbert Wilton, 81, has cleaned the streets for more than three decades trimming hedges and grass and clearing up rubbish…

Restless couple finally settling down after moving 87 times in the last 36 years

March 18, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A restless couple have finally settled down after moving home 87 times in the last 36 years. Alison and David Phillips met in Salcombe, Devon, in 1974 and have since moved on average once every five months. The couple have rented dozens of homes in Britain and have lived together in European locations including Greece,…

“I’m having IVF with my late husband’s sperm”

March 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The New Year will bring baby joy for Lisa Wilkinson when she has IVF treatment with the sperm of her late husband who died from cancer just two years after they married. Widow Lisa, 27, tied the knot with husband Gareth, then 27, as he underwent gruelling chemotherapy for an aggressive form of bone cancer….

Eclipse shows elusive ‘solar corona’ temperatures of two million degrees

March 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These incredible photographs show the elusive ‘solar corona’ – a plasma gas atmosphere around the sun where temperatures reach two million degrees – visible only during a total eclipse. The pictures were taken during an eclipse over the isolated Marshall Islands, near Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. Ten times as dense as the…

Dads drive more than 2,000 miles a year ferrying kids around

March 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Dads drive more than 2,000 miles a year – ferrying the kids around, it was revealed. The average father clocks up 43 miles a week running the children to and from school and to extra-curricular activities, friend’s houses and childcare. That means dad’s taxi travels 2,236 a year – or a staggering 26,832 miles before…

I met the man of my dreams in the aftermath of the Tsunami

March 17, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Saying her vows on the idyllic beach, Lydia Mckelvey thought back to the body strewn hellish scene, which confronted her when she first set eyes on the man she was going to spend the rest of her life with….. As they walked along the beach after making a life long commitment, Lydia and Andy thought…

My baby girl was born two days after her mother died from a brain haemorrhage

March 17, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Jayne Soliman, 41, was announced brain dead in January last year after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage. But in a remarkable twist of fate doctors managed to keep her heart beating artificially, to deliver her baby daughter aya, two days later. Celebrating her first birthday Aya’ s single father Mahmoud, 29 reflects on what has been the most devastating year of his life…

Sara’s life was tragically torn apart when four of her children died after her car plunged into a river.

March 17, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Sitting on my friend’s sofa we were having a brew and a good chat. “I don’t want to be single anymore,” I complained. Although I was only 16 years old I knew what I wanted in life – a big family and my dream man. “I’ve got a friend called Nigel, who’s staying here,” she…

Too young to have a cervical smear, but not too young to die of cervical cancer

March 17, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

For mum of two, Claire Allen, 23, pregnancy should have saved her life. but a change in the law hid a silent killer inside her. now her mum Michele Brackley, 43, is fighting to make Claire’s dying wish come true. Like many teen mums, Claire Allan was nervous when she discovered she was pregnant at…

Londoners are the most unwelcoming people in Britain

March 17, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Londoners are the most unwelcoming people in Britain, it has emerged. Visitors to the city have found the average modern Londoner’s demeanour is a million miles from the legendary chirpy Cockney image the city was once famous for. Natives of the capital were also slammed for their inability to make friendly conversation and a lack…

Miracle meningitis baby starts breathing after life support is turned off

March 16, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Emily Ashurst, 26, and partner Pete, also 26, were devastated when their newly born baby contracted meningitis and grace was rushed to intensive care and put on life support. Several days later her life support machine was turned off – but miraculously little grace started breathing on her own… When Emily and Pete planned to…

The day a BBQ hubby became a human fireball

March 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

When Tonii Gardner was chopping up cucumber for a BBQ she couldn’t believe it when she looked out the window and saw her partner Philip Hodge running around the garden like a human fireball…. Looking out the kitchen window I watched the kids playing happily in the sunshine. It was such a nice day for…

14 year old Daisy becomes Britain’s youngest referee

March 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Football-mad Daisy Goldsmith celebrated her 14th birthday by becoming Britain’s – YOUNGEST REFEREE. Soccer-mad Daisy passed the Football Association exams last December but could not officially referee a match until she turned 14. She made her debut by awarding a penalty AGAINST her classmates at Chilton Trinity Technology College. Watford-fan Daisy, of Bridgwater, Somerset, undertook…

Healer admits he lied about being able to cure cancer

March 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A self-proclaimed ”distance healer” has been order to pay over £2,600 by a court after he admitted falsely claiming that he can cure cancer with his powers. Adrian Pengelly, 43, claimed he was a ”visionary healer, energy worker, teacher and psychic” who has ”become world-famous for treating people with cancer”. His website was laden with…

A mummified hand of an 18th century cheating gambler is stolen

March 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A mummified hand amputated from a cheating gambler has been stolen from its display case at a popular country pub. The macabre relic was unearthed during a renovation of the Haunch of Venison in Salisbury, Wilts., 99 years ago. Since then the severed hand, which clutches a pack of 18th-century playing cards and is rumoured…

Hero Rottweiler Jake who stopped a rapist in a park.

March 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A judge has praised a hero dog after he chased off a sex attacker who indecently assaulted a woman in a park. Two-year-old rottweiler Jake was on his usual evening walk with owner Liz Maxted-Bluck, 49, when he heard screaming from a dense woodland and ran to investigate. He found sex beast Esmahil Adhami, 18,…

I’ll fight to prove my dad’s not a killer!

March 16, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Last month Laura Prout’s father Adrian was jailed for life for murdering her step-mum, despite the fact her body’s never been found. Here Laura tells why she’s convinced he’s innocent… It took a jury 14 hours to find wealthy landowner Adrian Prout guilty of murdering his wife Kate, who disappeared without trace more than two…