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 &…

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…

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…

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,…