Government slammed over £6,000 fire centre coffee machines

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The Government has been blasted for wasting taxpayer’s cash after buying coffee machines worth £6,000 for a string of mothballed regional fire control rooms. MPs have slammed the bungled project to replace 46 fire control rooms with nine regional centres, which is £300million over budget and costing £50,000 a day. And yesterday it emerged that…

Meerkat baby rejected by mother raised in an ice cream tub

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A tiny meerkat born the size of a human THUMB and rejected by its mother has been nursed back to health – in a margarine tub. The tiny creature weighed just 18 grams and was kicked out of the family nest by her mum because she was the runt of the litter. She was found…

Hyacinth collection blooms as gardener cultivates worlds largest collection

April 1, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

These dazzling snaps show the world’s largest collection of rare hyacinths bursting into bloom – after they were carefully cultivated by Britain’s only bulb producer. Green-fingered Alan Shipp, 72, has been custodian of the UK’s National Collection of Hyacinths since 1989 and has more than 200,000 flowering bulbs. He grows 180 different varieties on his…

TETRA radio mast sickness is all in the mind – new study

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Sicknesses allegedly caused by controversial TETRA radio masts are ”all in the mind” of victims, the first study into their effects has revealed Researchers from the University of Essex carried out a two-and-a-half year study into the effects of TETRA mast emissions on short-term health. Since the introduction of the first masts in 2001 hundreds…

Supermarket giant Asda caught selling baby food year out of date

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Supermarket giant Asda has apologised after selling a batch of baby drinks which were more than a YEAR out of date. Emma Dennehy, 28, bought an apple and raspberry Hipp Organic smoothie from an Asda store in Bridgwater, Somerset. But after feeding the drink to her ten-month-old daughter Grace, she noticed the bottle’s best before…

Wild march hares photographed boxing in spring sunshine

March 31, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

This incredible sight of two hares boxing in the spring sunshine could become a thing of the past due to declining species numbers. Photographer David Tippling, 44, watched the hares playing for nearly three days to get the unique series of shots showing them trading punches while dancing on their hind legs. But conservationists now…

Bovine TB discovered in wild boar population

March 31, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Government scientists have discovered bovine TB in Britain’s wild boar population for the first time. Defra researchers made the worrying find after testing a wild boar which died near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Tissue analysis confirmed lesions on the body had been caused by tuberculosis – the first ever case in a British wild boar. The news…

Prince William spotted in Cornwall cinema

March 31, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Film-goers at a small cinema were given the Royal treatment after Prince William was spotted at a late-night showing. William, 27, caused a stir among staff and customers when he went to watch war film Green Zone at the Phoenix Cinema in Falmouth, Cornwall. He is currently based at the nearby RNAS Culdrose as part…

First portrait of freed slave hit with export ban

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The Government has banned the export of an historic artwork which features the first-ever portrait of a freed slave. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge slapped a Temporary Export Bar on the painting of Muslim slave Ayuba Suleiman Diallo after it sold for £555,000 at auction. The decision was made to give British galleries and museums a…

Ferris Bueller Ferrari 250GT Spyder up for auction at Bonhams

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A replica Ferrari made famous in the 1986 classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has gone on sale – for £30,000. The convertible red Spyder California was the prize possession of the father of Ferris’ comedy sidekick Cameron Frye. In the film, Cameron accidentally sends the pristine Ferrari crashing through a glass wall in the…

Children think Easter is a celebration of bunny’s birthday

March 30, 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, according to new research. 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…

Recycled artist creates paintings from household rubbish

Recycled artist creates paintings from household rubbish

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This stunning portrait of the Mona Lisa has been created by an artist using everyday objects – such as buttons, plastic cutlery and TOYS. Creative Jane Perkins, 51, made the intricate likeness of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece out of thousands of unwanted items. She collects bags of recyclables from her neighbours and scours second hand…

Domain name top10.com sells for record $1million

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A price comparison website has made the biggest ever domain name purchase by a British company – after buying the address www.top10.com for $1million (USD). Top 10 Broadband and Top 10 Mobile Phones attract 1.5 million British users per month by providing a search engine to find the best internet and phone deals. The company,…

Meow Meow drug leaves 14-year-old unconscious

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A 14-year-old girl collapsed unconscious in front of her mother in a supermarket car park after taking legal party drug Meow Meow. It is believed the girl was shopping with her mum after taking a cocktail of the drug and alcohol the previous night. She suddenly fell violently sick at the car park of Tesco…

Explosive footage of new army weapon to fight Taliban bombs

March 29, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

This is the dramatic moment British troops use the latest pioneering weapon against the Taliban – a ‘snake’ of high explosives that can clear a minefield in seconds. The Python – which is mounted on a trailer pulled behind a Trojan armoured engineer tank – shoots a snake of high explosives into the air on…

Homes burgled by police in new crime initiative

March 29, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Residents are furious after their homes were burgled by the police as part of a new anti-crime initiative. Officers in Exeter, Devon, have been entering houses through open windows or unlocked doors to leave a warning about theft. Once inside the homes they pick up any valuable items they see such as iPods and leave…

Toilet timers fitted at government agency office

March 29, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Civil servants are furious after bosses fitted timers to stop them spending longer than ten minutes – on the loo. Dozens of workers have been caught short since the cost-cutting measures were introduced at the Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM). A hidden sensor switches off the toilet light after ten minutes, forcing people…