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Volcanic ash sends holidaymakers on a six hour flight to nowhere

May 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud saw holidaymakers spend six hours on a flight – before returning to the airport where they took off. The 160 passengers boarded the Thompson flight from Exeter airport in Devon to the Portuguese island of Madeira at 7am on Monday. They were expecting a three hour journey but…

Brits bin more than £7.5bn in out-of-date food a year ‎

May 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Brits throw out worth £7.7 billion of out-of-date food every year, a study has revealed. Each month, the average adult throws away food worth £13.30 – or a total of £159.60 a year – because they haven’t got around to eating it before it goes past its use-by date. Across the country, that means a…

‘Over the Rainbow’ finalist surprises grandparents on diamond anniversary

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Dorothy wannabe Lauren Samuels dared to make her grandparents dreams come true when she paid a flying visit – on their 60th wedding anniversary. Lauren is through to the final four of BBC 1’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ after wowing the judges last Saturday night. And the stunning 23-year-old celebrated by going home to surprise her…

Tragic teenage girl found hanged from tree

May 11, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a popular teenager who was found hanged from a tree. Horrified family members found pretty Jusdine Webb, 17, in woodland near a golf course. Police say she was discovered hanged from a tree and all indications are that she took her own life. They say the death is…

Drinking buddies raise a glass after 167 years in the same pub

May 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A pair of inseparable pub regulars raised a glass in celebration after drinking together at the same bar – for a staggering 167 years between them. Les Perkins, 98, and Chris Parfitt, 95, first visited the Waggon and Horses at Doulting Beacon, Somerset, aged just 13. And the nonogenarians have been loyal regulars at the…

Care home worker on trial for ‘humiliating’ abuse of elderly patient

May 11, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A care home worker humiliated a wheelchair-bound dementia patient by exposing herself and squishing her breasts into the elderly woman’s face – to ‘show off’, a court heard. June Davies, 49, allegedly exposed her naked stomach to Iris Cameron, 93, and ”wobbled” it before she pressed her exposed breasts into her face saying ”have some…

Baby reindeer at Trevarno Estate, Cornwall is first to be born in England for 800 years

May 11, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

Staff at a country park have celebrated the arrival of this baby reindeer which became the first born in England – for 800 years. The baby reindeer – nicknamed Blue – is the first born in the country since the animals were hunted to extinction in 13th century. Blue is the first young born to…

Father and son reunited after 37 years thanks to Facebook

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An estranged father and son were re-united 37 years after being separated when they recognised each other’s facial features on Facebook. Andy Spiers-Corbett, 39, was two-years-old when he lost contact with his dad Graham Corbett, 61, after a divorce. The pair tried to track each other down using family trees and even resorted to private…

Patriotic woman knits record-breaking Union Jack for hero nephew

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Patriotic Ali Aldridge has set a record and knitted the world’s biggest Union Jack in tribute to her hero nephew – who is the youngest soldier to have died in Afghanistan. Ali, 41, began creating the mammoth 13ft by 9ft flag after Rifleman Will Aldridge, 18, was killed in an ambush in Helmand Province last…

Row as Tesco ships Peruvian asparagus 6,000 miles to British town where it is grown

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Supermarket-giant Tesco was blasted for selling asparagus from 6,000 miles away – in a town famous for growing the vegetable. Thousands of tons of asparagus are grown each year in Evesham, Worcs., – making it the UK’s main supplier. But residents were shocked when they visited the supermarket to find that asparagus had been shipped…

Entire population of Kanton Island saved by British sailor who finds them starving to death

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A British sailor who stopped off at a remote island saved the lives of its inhabitants – who were starving to death. Heroic Alex Bond, 46, was delivering a yacht from Hawaii to Australia when he visited Kanton Island – a narrow ribbon of land in the South Pacific. He was met by 24 ”desperate…

Recycling worker stunned to find duvet cover she had used at boarding school 20 years ago

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A recycling centre worker was stunned to find a duvet cover with her name sewn inside that she had used at boarding school – 20 YEARS ago. Stunned Anna Barlow, 33, used the bed sheet at boarding school in Colchester in Essex for four years until the age of 12. The words ‘Anghared Barlow’ –…

Robotic face mimics human reactions

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The gap between artificial and human intelligence is getting narrower, thanks to a technological breakthrough by British boffins. The first “humanoid” robot who can mimic a real person’s expressions merely by watching their face has been developed, bringing us closer to an automaton-filled world imagined only in Hollywood films. New videos have been released showing…

Bravest child gives the gift of life – four weeks after getting her donor card

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A brave schoolgirl told her parents she wanted to be an organ donor to save lives if she died – just weeks before she was killed in a horror road accident. Generous Georgia Goble, 11, saw a television advert appealing for donors and immediately said: ”I’d do that. If anything ever happens to me, mum,…

Modified VW Golf is faster than a Bugatti Veyron

May 10, 2010 | by | 7 Comments

Meet the world’s fastest VW Golf which was bought for just £50 – but is now quicker than a £1million Bugatti Veyron. Andy Waite, 42, has transformed the rusting heap in a road legal rocket that can scorch from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds – 0.1 quicker than the Bugatti – and 0-113mph in 6.6….

iPhone app lets disabled child ‘talk’ to her parents

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The father of a severely disabled girl who cannot speak has given her a ‘voice’ for the first time – by creating an iPhone app. Proud father Martin Brooks, 42, became increasingly frustrated at not being able to understand what his five-year-old daughter Mia Brooks wanted. Bright Mia was deprived of oxygen for at birth…

Fury as NHS spend £10,000 asking staff if Hitler was ‘Cool’

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A struggling NHS health authority was condemned after it spent £10,000 of taxpayers’ cash on a survey asking staff – if they thought HITLER was ‘cool’. The bizarre questionnaire also asked workers to compare the Nazi dictator to their OWN Chief Executive. Workers were asked to rate the ‘coolness’ of other leaders including Richard Branson,…