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Welcome to the TV graveyard – analogue televison mountain created by digital switchover

April 5, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

This is one of Britain’s biggest television graveyards – the final resting place of more than 400,000 sets binned over the last year in the run up to the digital switchover. The Viridor electrical recycling plant in St Helens, Merseyside, has seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of TVs coming in over…

Meet 8-stone powerhouse Louise who can lift SEVEN times her own body weight

April 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A successful blue chip businesswoman who gave up her career and become a powerlifter was celebrating after smashing TWO world records in the sport. Determined Louise Fox, 37, left her high flying job as an senior security investigations manager for BT in September 2007 to devote herself to training. Just three years later the 5ft…

Face of Jesus appears in a piece of used chewing gum, all hail the second coming!

April 5, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

A family were hailing sweet Jesus after spotting Christ’s face – in a piece of CHEWING GUM. Stunned Nelly Noden had been chewing on the gum on Good Friday when she spat it out to eat some crisps. She put the gum down but says she was ”stunned” when she saw a face resembling Jesus…

Top British tennis star Dan Evans to be quizzed in connection with alleged sexual assault

April 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Britain’s third ranked tennis player Dan Evans will speak to by police in relation to a sexual assault, it was revealed. In the early hours of Friday, March 19th, a woman was sexually assaulted on a discarded mattress on the street in Bath after leaving a nightclub. Avon and Somerset police released a photo of…

Scrabble rule change shock as plans announced to allow celebrity names

April 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The official rules of Scrabble are being changed for the first time in 62 years – to allow the names of celebrities, places and companies to be used. When American architect Alfred Butts invented and trademarked the game in 1948 the use of proper nouns such as John, London and Pepsi was banned. But games…

Painting by Chimpanzee set to fetch £300 at auction

April 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A blue and green ”abstract impressionist” painting by a CHIMPANZEE is expected to fetch up to £300 at auction. The piece features sweeping sea colours and was painted by artistic chimpanzee Beauty who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States in the 1960s. It will go under the hammer at Moore Allen &…

Bee sting therapy ‘cures’ woman with multiple sclerosis

April 4, 2010 | by | 7 Comments

A multiple sclerosis sufferer was buzzing after she helped bee-t the debilitating condition with a course of 1,500 — BEE STINGS. Devastated Sami Chugg, 45, was diagnosed with MS in 1998 and it slowly began to attack her ability to move. The incurable disease stops the body’s nerve cells communicating and she was soon so…

Millions of children don’t know true meaning of Easter

April 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Millions of children don’t know the true meaning of Easter – with one in three believing it is to celebrate the Easter Bunny’s birthday. A study carried out among 1,000 six-to-ten year olds found 53 per cent are unaware of the religious significance of this weekend. One in 20 said it was to mark Jesus’s…

Phantom traffic jams can be caused by just one driver

April 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Thousands of drivers could find themselves stuck in miles of Bank Holiday traffic this weekend – due to the actions of just ONE driver, new research revealed yesterday. ‘Phantom’ traffic jams bring motorways to a halt for no apparent reason and cause enormous tailbacks before inexplicably clearing. Experts analysed driver behaviour on one of Britain’s…

Wild big cats roaming British countryside are ‘myth’

April 3, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

It’s official – mythical ‘big cats’ which are rumoured to roam the British countryside DO NOT exist, environment officials have ruled. For centuries there have been thousands of reported ‘sightings’ of large felines on moorland and in woods and fields across the UK. The large animals – normally black or brown – have been ‘spotted’…

Spelling blunder by road sign staff

April 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Bungling council workmen were left red-faced after mixing up their letters on these keep clear road markings by spelling it KEER CLEAP. Sheepish officials from Hertfordshire Highways were forced to switch the ‘P’ and ‘R’ around after eagle-eyed residents on Garden Walk, Royston, spotted the blunder. Plumber Paul Brett, 39, was the first to notice…

Lottery winner dies penniless after heart attack brought on by money worries

April 2, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A lottery winner whose life was ruined after he won £9 million five years ago died of a heart attack brought on by money worries. Tragic Keith Gough, 58, died penniless after collapsing at his nephew’s home and passed away in hospital last Saturday. His life spiralled out of control after he scooped the £9…

Chocolate easter egg from 1960 is oldest in the world

April 2, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

The world’s oldest un-opened chocolate Easter egg is still in mint condition even though it was bought 50 YEARS ago. Mum Hillion Fern, 63, was given the sweet treat when she was 13 but couldn’t bare to eat it – despite being a self confessed CHOCOHOLIC. And she believes it is the oldest un-opened chocolate…

Metal thieves leave flammable gas spewing into house after stealing active copper pipe

April 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A retired couple were shocked to discover that 60 FEET of pipe had been nicked off their house by metal thieves – while it was still pumping flammable gas into the property. John and Sheila Reed were woken at 5:30am by a neighbour who had heard gas hissing from their home last Sunday morning. They…

France is unfriendliest nation on the planet

April 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

France is the unfriendliest nation on the planet, research revealed yesterday. Our neighbours across the channel were named and shamed as rude and unwelcoming in a poll of 3,000 Europeans living in Britain. The French even beat the brusque Germans to claim the title.  Spain was voted the third most unfriendly nation, followed by Italy…

Pensioner starves himself to death after being fleeced by cowboy builders

April 1, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A worried pensioner ”starved himself to death” after a gang of cowboy builders fleeced him of £7,000 – to replace ONE tile on his roof. Tragic Cyril Jenkins, 88, was originally quoted £250 by four men who pulled up outside his house in a builder’s van. But after he agreed the conmen drove him to…

Struggling author wins book deal by posting novel to Richard and Judy

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A struggling author landed a major publishing deal for her first novel after leaving a draft copy on the doorstep of – RICHARD AND JUDY. Writer Ruth Saberton, 37, penned her romantic comedy ‘Katy Carter Wants a Hero’ after moving from London to the countryside. She based the story and characters on the people she…