Secret to picking a winning horse? The colour of a jockey’s jacket.

April 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Forget studying form, women have more chance of winning money on the horses by gambling on the colour of a jockey’s jacket or a nag with a funny name, a study has revealed. Researchers found more than half of those who placed their bet because of the horse’s name have walked away with cash in…

Rambler survives 300ft cliff fall plunge

April 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A walker had a miracle escape when he fell 300-feet off a cliff – and suffered only cuts and bruises. The un-named rambler, 55, was strolling along a coastal path in the dark when he stumbled and plummeted 90m over the cliff edge. He plunged off the massive 600ft high cliff, rolled down the jagged…

YouTube singer to get US recording deal from her bedroom in Dorset

April 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A young singer who posted videos on YouTube of her belting out tracks in her living room is on the verge of signing a recording deal with a major American label. Pretty Beccy May Cooper, 20, was talent-spotted by U.S. music executives and whisked off to New York after they watched clips of her covering…

22-year-old woman dies in Walkabout bar in Plymouth

April 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Four men are in custody after a 22-year-old woman collapsed and died in front of 700 people in a packed pub. The unnamed victim was found unconscious by staff and Bank Holiday revellers at the Walkabout bar in Plymouth, Devon. She was given first aid by paramedics and rushed to hospital but pronounced dead on…

Debt mountain rises as each person owes £6000 in unsecured finance

April 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The average British adult owes close to £6,000 in non mortgage-related debt, a new report has revealed. A study of 3,000 people found the majority are still struggling under the strain of big balances on either credit cards, loans, overdrafts or finance agreements. This is despite a large percentage making inroads into their debts over…

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…

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…