Drinking buddies raise a glass after 167 years in the same pub

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A pair of inseparable pub regulars raised a glass in celebration after drinking together at the same bar – for a staggering 167 years between them. Les Perkins, 98, and Chris Parfitt, 95, first visited the Waggon and Horses at Doulting Beacon, Somerset, aged just 13. And the nonogenarians have been loyal regulars at the…

Care home worker on trial for ‘humiliating’ abuse of elderly patient

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A care home worker humiliated a wheelchair-bound dementia patient by exposing herself and squishing her breasts into the elderly woman’s face – to ‘show off’, a court heard. June Davies, 49, allegedly exposed her naked stomach to Iris Cameron, 93, and ”wobbled” it before she pressed her exposed breasts into her face saying ”have some…

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

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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…

Father and son reunited after 37 years thanks to Facebook

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An estranged father and son were re-united 37 years after being separated when they recognised each other’s facial features on Facebook. Andy Spiers-Corbett, 39, was two-years-old when he lost contact with his dad Graham Corbett, 61, after a divorce. The pair tried to track each other down using family trees and even resorted to private…

Patriotic woman knits record-breaking Union Jack for hero nephew

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Patriotic Ali Aldridge has set a record and knitted the world’s biggest Union Jack in tribute to her hero nephew – who is the youngest soldier to have died in Afghanistan. Ali, 41, began creating the mammoth 13ft by 9ft flag after Rifleman Will Aldridge, 18, was killed in an ambush in Helmand Province last…

Row as Tesco ships Peruvian asparagus 6,000 miles to British town where it is grown

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Supermarket-giant Tesco was blasted for selling asparagus from 6,000 miles away – in a town famous for growing the vegetable. Thousands of tons of asparagus are grown each year in Evesham, Worcs., – making it the UK’s main supplier. But residents were shocked when they visited the supermarket to find that asparagus had been shipped…

Entire population of Kanton Island saved by British sailor who finds them starving to death

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A British sailor who stopped off at a remote island saved the lives of its inhabitants – who were starving to death. Heroic Alex Bond, 46, was delivering a yacht from Hawaii to Australia when he visited Kanton Island – a narrow ribbon of land in the South Pacific. He was met by 24 ”desperate…

Recycling worker stunned to find duvet cover she had used at boarding school 20 years ago

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A recycling centre worker was stunned to find a duvet cover with her name sewn inside that she had used at boarding school – 20 YEARS ago. Stunned Anna Barlow, 33, used the bed sheet at boarding school in Colchester in Essex for four years until the age of 12. The words ‘Anghared Barlow’ –…

Robotic face mimics human reactions

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The gap between artificial and human intelligence is getting narrower, thanks to a technological breakthrough by British boffins. The first “humanoid” robot who can mimic a real person’s expressions merely by watching their face has been developed, bringing us closer to an automaton-filled world imagined only in Hollywood films. New videos have been released showing…

Bravest child gives the gift of life – four weeks after getting her donor card

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A brave schoolgirl told her parents she wanted to be an organ donor to save lives if she died – just weeks before she was killed in a horror road accident. Generous Georgia Goble, 11, saw a television advert appealing for donors and immediately said: ”I’d do that. If anything ever happens to me, mum,…

Modified VW Golf is faster than a Bugatti Veyron

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Meet the world’s fastest VW Golf which was bought for just £50 – but is now quicker than a £1million Bugatti Veyron. Andy Waite, 42, has transformed the rusting heap in a road legal rocket that can scorch from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds – 0.1 quicker than the Bugatti – and 0-113mph in 6.6….

iPhone app lets disabled child ‘talk’ to her parents

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The father of a severely disabled girl who cannot speak has given her a ‘voice’ for the first time – by creating an iPhone app. Proud father Martin Brooks, 42, became increasingly frustrated at not being able to understand what his five-year-old daughter Mia Brooks wanted. Bright Mia was deprived of oxygen for at birth…

Fury as NHS spend £10,000 asking staff if Hitler was ‘Cool’

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A struggling NHS health authority was condemned after it spent £10,000 of taxpayers’ cash on a survey asking staff – if they thought HITLER was ‘cool’. The bizarre questionnaire also asked workers to compare the Nazi dictator to their OWN Chief Executive. Workers were asked to rate the ‘coolness’ of other leaders including Richard Branson,…

Rare Bond Aston Martin up for auction

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A rare DB4 Aston Martin used as a practice model for the James Bond special effects team in Goldfinger is expected to fetch £50,000 at auction. The 1962 model was used as a template to measure high-tech gadgets including ejector seat and machine guns. The high-tech features later appeared on the silver DB5 Aston Martin…

Randy red crabs marathon migration to mate

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British boffins have revealed a randy species of crab is able to make a marathon five day migration every year – just to mate. The famous red land crabs of Christmas Island, which is situated in the Indian Ocean, spend the dry season lying dormant in their inland burrows. But when the monsoon season arrives…

Craig Barber attemps HIGH FIVE record in Exeter city centre

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A man is attempting to hold a Guinness World Record in his palm by performing the most HIGH FIVES ever made in 24 hours. Handy Craig Barber, 26, is hoping to smash the current record of 3,131 high fives in 24 hours while raising thousands of pounds for charity. Craig, who works in recruitment, rallied…

Ten Tors 2010 event hailed a success as Duke of Edinburgh visits to offer congratulations

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Teenagers completing the annual Ten Tors trek were congratulated by the Duke of Edinburgh, who came out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the challenge. Prince Philip, the patron of the event, made a personal appearance to shake hands with 2,400 young people as they completed the two-day moorland hike. The event, organised by the…