500-year-old archive of ”filofaxes” released include Plague remedies, poetry, bad jokes and royal dedications

May 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Plague remedies, poetry, bad jokes and royal dedications form part of a 500-year-old archive of ”filofaxes” released online for the first time. The fragile collection contains of thousands of pages taken from 20 handwritten ”miscellanies” – books used to record snippets of information and events much like a modern-day filofax. The oldest books date from…

Lazy baby crane needs extra swimming lessons

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Meet Larry the baby crane who is so lazy that animal handlers have been forced to give him extra – swimming lessons. The fluffy youngster is part of a breeding programme in which 24 cranes are being reared to re-introduce the rare species to Britain from Germany. But while his peers happily swim around during…

Ugly zebra gets makeover to help him find a mate

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A zebra who failed to earn his stripes with the ladies has been given a full ‘makeover’ to help save the species – including having his teeth and nails done. The love-shy zebra – called Bingo – has had his ”unequal” teeth straighten and hooves clipped to give him more pulling power. Officials were forced…

Staggering cost of getting dressed as average woman wears £1000 worth of clothes – survey

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The average woman steps out of the house wearing clothes and accessories worth over £1,000 – almost £100 more than a man. A study found the typical female dons lingerie worth around £26, a skirt costing £30 and shoes worth £51. She also shows off a top costing £22 and cardigan or jumper worth £38…

Crisp packet solution could stop hurricanes before they form says world renowed inventor

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A renowned inventor claims to have developed a way of preventing hurricanes using a squadron of sea planes – and giant CRISP PACKETS. Rear Admiral Nicholas Goodhart, 90, saved thousand of lives in the 1950s after designing the first system to guide planes onto aircraft carriers. He now claims to have invented a way of…

Turncoat Labour candidate branded Brown “Worse PM” suspended by the party

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A turncoat Labour candidate who branded Gordon Brown ”the worst Prime Minister Britain has ever had” has been suspended by the party. Manish Sood, who stood for the Labour Party in Norfolk North West, also branded Brown ”a disaster” just 48 hours before the General Election. Sood, who claimed he was roasted by Peter Mandelson…

Paedophile prisoner demands extra digital television channels at HMP Whatton

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A convicted paedophile sparked outrage after complaining there were not enough new digital television channels being beamed into his prison cell. Sick Kevin Skaith, 43, is currently serving a three-and-half year sentence at HMP Whatton, Notts., for possessing nearly 120,000 sick images of children. Skaith, who is on the sex offenders’ register for life, complained…

Peterborough District Hospital laptop stolen along with 1100 patients personal details

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Patients were outraged after it emerged a laptop containing 1,100 personal files had been stolen from a hospital. The computer disappeared from a consultation room in the Ophthalmology department of Peterborough District Hospital between 26 and 27 April. It contained the retinal images, names and hospital numbers of patients who had recently undergone eye examinations….

Drinker taken to hospital after friends tape him to chair and leave him outside

May 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A pub regular was taken to hospital and treated for exposure after drunken high-jinx went wrong and he was tapped to a chair and left outside in freezing temperatures. The drinker was dragged outside in a stupor before being taped to a chair and left on the pavement outside the Talbot Inn in Bideford, Devon…

Thief disguised in burkha strikes again

May 12, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An armed thief dubbed the ”Burkha Bandit” has struck again at a travel agents’ dressed head to toe in the traditional Muslim woman’s garment, police revealed. The man burst into Thomson Travel in Dunstable, Beds., at 10.40am on Saturday and threatened a customer and two female members of staff with a knife. He forced one…

Widow reunited with Jack Russell after animal rescue centre sold it to someone else

May 12, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A widow devastated when an animal sanctuary ‘rescued’ and sold on her missing pet dog  has finally been reunited with the beloved pooch. Desperate Liz Hiorns, 72, searched for days after 11-year-old Jack Russell Penny ran away from the family farm near Warwick. But was stunned when she discovered a dog warden found Penny a…

Houdini the missing tortoise gives owners the slip FIFTY times.

May 12, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The shell-shocked owner of a tearaway tortoise dubbed ”Houdini” told of her relief after he returned home safe – from his FIFTIETH escape attempt. Adventurous tortoise Jamie has spent an estimated 130 days on the run in the 34 years he has belonged to long-suffering Carole Whitham, 58. On average his audacious bids for freedom…

Chapel of Rest on eBay offers the chance to build your own Jerusalem

May 12, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An historic chapel is being sold on eBay for £15,000 after it was dismantled into over 10,000 pieces. The chapel of rest, which measures 6.5m tall by 4.6m wide and 6.6m long, has stood in the cemetery in Easterton, Wilts., since it was built in 1868. However, the building fell into disrepair over the last…

Topsy and Tim author Jean Adamson defies muggers to write new book

May 12, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A children’s author who was left with a broken arm after she was viciously attacked by a teenage mugger last year has bounced back by writing a new book. Smiling Jean Adamson, 82, added a new title to the popular Topsy and Tim series which has sold over 21 million copies since 1960. She was…

Boy racer who filmed himself doing handbrake turns is banned from driving after posting clips on Facebook

May 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A boy racer who filmed himself doing handbrake turns, wheelspins and doughnuts in his 155mph sports car has been banned from driving – after posting the videos on Facebook. Dopey Kevin Dalbret, 31, uploaded the clips of him pulling stunts in the blue 400bhp BMW M5 on a road near an industrial estate in Waltham…

Teenage gang ”killed mum by pushing lit firework through letterbox”

May 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A caring mother died after three teenagers pushed a specially-adapted firework through her letterbox as part of a campaign of bullying against her teenage son, a court has been told. Ryan Croft, 18, Owen Hewitt, 18, and a 17-year-old man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – dropped the explosive through the door…

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

May 11, 2010 | by | 0 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…