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Sharks spotted basking in the sunshine

May 20, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These incredible underwater photographs capture the moment the first sharks of the year were spotted off the British coast. The magnificent basking sharks swim with their giant mouths open – filtering 2,000 tons of water per hour for plankton and fish. The two adult and three young sharks were captured on film and are the…

Obesity pictures banned from exhibition after dozens complain

May 20, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

An artist has been banned from displaying photographs at an exhibition about obesity – because they featured snaps of fat people NAKED. One shocking image, which attracted dozens of complaints, showed a morbidly overweight woman sitting naked on a bench while throwing up. Artist John Yeadon, 62, sparked outrage when he displayed 30 pictures and…

Death crash driver walks free from court with £100 fine

May 20, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A grieving father has condemned the justice system as ”ridiculous” after the driver who caused a crash which killed his 17-year-old daughter walked free from court with a £100 fine. Stunning hairdresser Carly Bown was a rear seat passenger in Darren Sargent’s car when he lost control on a bend at nearly 60mph and ploughed…

Woman paralysed by Orient Express emergency stop

May 20, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A woman is suing the owners of the Orient Express after she was thrown from a seat on the iconic train and left paralysed for life, it has emerged. Devastated Sylvia Brown, 60, paid £7,000 for a dream holiday in Thailand on the famous long-distance passenger locomotive. She had travelled to Asia to celebrate her…

Supermarket wines scoop gold at top awards

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

British supermarkets have scooped a string of gold medals at the world’s top wine competition for their own-label wines costing as little as £5.99. Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Asda shared 12 top awards at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2010, seven of which are priced under £10. Marks & Spencer topped the table…

Top TV location manager killed his wife with a single blow court hears

May 19, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A top TV location manager killed his wife with a single blow because she over-cooked his birthday dinner, a court has heard. Jonathan Wicks, 48, allegedly punched or slapped wife Sarah, 49, once after she threw plates at him because he complained about the burned roast beef. But the blow ruptured an artery in her…

7-year-old is youngest to enter British Rubik Cube championship with time of 1.49mins

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A seven-year-old girl has become the youngest person ever to enter the British Rubik Cube championship – after completing the puzzle in under two minutes. Talented Sophie Roulston was only given her first cube six weeks ago – but can already finish it in just 1 minute 49 seconds. She will now make history by…

Man in court for killing swan faces £5000 fine

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A man is facing charges of killing a swan after he was caught smuggling the bird’s body away from the banks of a river. Mohammed Miah, 29, from Bedford, is charged with killing a non-schedule 1 wild bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire police said that Miah was apprehended…

Dancing dodo TV ad for Five Alive is set to make a fortune for retired musician

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A songwriter who’s music career was virtually extinct is set to make a fortune after a track he wrote 30 years ago featured on the hilarious ‘dancing dodo’ TV ad. Don Farndon, 68, is coming out of retirement and even recording a new album off the back of fruit drink Five Alive’s new commercial. The…

Schoolboy becomes The Beano’s youngest ever writer

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A seven-year-old has realised ”every little boy’s dream” after becoming the youngest ever contributor to The Beano with his first comic strip. Freddie Neno, from Eastington, Glos., sent a storyline to publishers D C Thompson and Co Ltd for the ”Fred’s Bed” comic strip that runs in the weekly magazine. The tale sees comic star…

Oldest fisherman celebrates 70 years at sea despite not eating fish and not being able to swim

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The oldest fishermen in the country celebrated 70 years of netting seafood despite never tasting his catch – because he doesn’t eat FISH. Bill Hocking began fishing in May 1940 as 11-year-old boy and is still hauling lobster and crabs 70 years later. He starts work at 5am every morning and works seven days a…

Police hunt speeding motorbike rider who covers his numberplate with his hand

May 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Police are hunting this biker who has beaten dozens of speed cameras by driving past them at high speeds while covering his number plate – with his HAND. The motorbike rider has been snapped numerous times breaking speed limits on a Yamaha 125cc – but has eluded capture every time. Police in Plymouth, Devon, say…

Pensioner finally completes jigsaw after seven years

May 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A pensioner has finally completed a seven year project to build a 5,000 piece jigsaw – after a games firm agreed to make his one missing piece. Delighted Jack Harris, 86, was able to fit the final piece into the huge puzzle after its manufacturer took pity on him and provided the missing part. Jack…

iPhone voted more important than the washing machine, combustion engine and space travel in greatest invention poll

May 18, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

The iPhone has been voted a more important invention than the washing machine, combustion engine and space travel. The Apple smart phone which has sold more than 42 million units since its launch in 2007 has been voted as one of the top ten greatest inventions of all time by the British public. The hot…

Love rat who ‘looks like Shrek’ cons women out of £1 million

May 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A serial love rat who is believed to have conned £1million out of hundreds of single women despite ”looking like Shrek” was jailed for five years. Fraudster John Keady, 44, spent an estimated 20 years charming single women across the world before stealing their credit and debit cards to rack up huge debts. He used…

Famous ‘Wem Ghost’ photograph is revealed as a hoax after 15 years

May 18, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A famous photograph which supposedly showed a ghost of a young girl standing in a fire in 1995 was actually copied – from an old POSTCARD. Amateur photographer Tony O’Rahilly took the spooky snap after taking pictures of a blaze which destroyed Wem Town Hall in Shropshire on November 19, 1995. After developing his film,…

Mum cycles around the world at 50 – with a wicker basket

May 18, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

An adventurous mum-of-two celebrated her 50th birthday by cycling 20,000 miles around the world – on a bike with a wicker shopping basket. Astrid Domingo Molyneux visited 28 countries during her two year solo journey, which cost #£4,000 in accommodation, food and travel tickets. She cycled through Europe and the Middle East before pedalling across…