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

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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…

Hottest Chilli in the world given 18 cert.

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The world’s hottest chilli is so dangerous it will be sold with an 18 certificate, it has emerged. And the creators of the super-hot Infinity chilli are so concerned about its strength they are advising people to wear GLOVES when handling it. Tests by Warwick University confirmed the chilli – grown in rainy Grantham, Lincs.,…

Hyacinth collection blooms as gardener cultivates worlds largest collection

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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

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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Supermarket giant Asda caught selling baby food year out of date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Supermarket giant Asda has apologised after selling a batch of baby drinks which were more than a YEAR out of date.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…

Thandie Newton unveiled as new face of Olay skincare

March 31, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

Hollywood star Thandie Newton is to become the new face of Olay. The stunning London-born actress, who was awarded a BAFTA for her role in crime drama ‘Crash’, has been signed to promote the beauty giant’s Total Effects skincare range. Thandie, 37, will star in the forthcoming print and TV advertising campaign for the brand’s…

Photo processing row as Boots refuse to hand back prints

March 31, 2010 | by | 7 Comments

A student was left shocked after Boots staff refused to print her photographs – because they were too GOOD. Talented Joanna Ornowska, 25, snapped her pregnant best pal Malgorzata Kulinsha last week as mementos to show her family in Poland. But the pair were shocked when Boots staff refused to print the pictures because they…

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…

Patsy Palmer brother jailed for knifepoint robbery

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The big brother of Eastender’s star Patsy Palmer has been jailed for five years after raiding a jewellery shop at knifepoint. Albert Harris, 42, was filmed on CCTV holding up a jeweller’s in Clifton, Bristol, last September. The drug addict threatened two female shop assistants with a knife before bellowing ”Times are hard – fill…

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…

Police could be armed with ‘Super Taser’ shotgun

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A new ‘super-taser’ stun gun that fires a 500 volt wire-less ‘bullet’ up to 20 metres is being considered for use by UK police forces, the Home Office has confirmed. The extended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP), already used by police in the US, fires a barbed electrode from a modified 12-bore shotgun. It hooks into…

School becomes first to give all pupils a laptop

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A secondary school has become the first in Britain to issue every pupil with a personal laptop. All 1,400 youngsters at Writhlington School in Somerset have been given a Dell Netbook worth £400 which they use in lessons and take home with them. It enables pupils to file homework online and receive ‘instant’ feedback messages…