Daughter ‘sold’ on eBay for good education

April 29, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A desperate mother so appalled at the poor standard of schools in her area is asking for people to fund her six-year-old daughter’s education – by putting her on EBAY. Clare Allington, 42, is asking bidders on the internet auction site to donate cash so she can send little Darcy to a private school. Mum-of-two…

Conservative candidate spells constituency wrong

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A red-faced Tory parliamentary candidate has apologised after his election material misspelt the constituency he was standing in. Thousands of voters were sent election leaflets asking them to vote for their local Conservative candidate Robin Walker in ‘Worcestor’. The leaflet, entitled ‘On the Vote!’ features a picture of Mr Walker alongside the words ‘Delivered free…

Police spend 80 minutes filling in single form

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Officers in one of the UK’s largest police forces are spending up to 80 minutes filling out a single holiday request form, it has emerged. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) admitted officers in certain divisions have been taking well over an hour just to request time off work. The force blamed the lengthy process on the…

Church banned from ‘advertising Jesus’

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Barmy council officials banned a vicar from flying a flag of Jesus Christ outside his church – because it advertised CHRISTIANITY. Stunned Rev Mark Binney was threatened with a £1,000 fine and a criminal record if he continued to fly the flag without council permission. Rev Binney, 52, hoisted the flag up a 30ft pole…

Squirrel picture gallery shows cheeky side of our favourite rodents

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These incredible pictures prove that squirrels can do the funniest things – but are they pets or are they pests? Grey squirrels can be seen every day happily scampering through parks and woodland across Britain. But the rodents are classed as vermin and many farmers and gardeners view them as pests to be trapped or…

Men spend a year in their sheds

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Men spend almost a year of their life just pottering around in their shed, a study has found. The average bloke will retreat to their garden outbuilding for three hours and 20 minutes every week – or more than seven full days per year. That means between the ages of 30 and 76, men will…

Old wives tale still deep rooted in British society and often chosen over medical cures

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A staggering 33 million Brits still believe in old wives’ tales a new survey has revealed. Feed a cold, starve a fever, carrots improve eyesight and not swimming until an hour after eating are among the most popular myths. Almost three quarters of the adult population still believe most body heat disappears through the head…

Chris Evans left terrified after bob skeleton track run

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This is the moment terrified radio presenter Chris Evans raced down the bob skeleton track where Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams trained for her historic win. The DJ sped down the track at Bath University in Somerset on Wednesday as part of a competition between him and sports reporter Jonny Saunders. The pair take on…

Daughters aged 14 are most difficult children

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Daughters aged 14 are the most difficult for parents to handle, new research has found. Demands for more freedom coupled with puberty and problems growing up amid immense peer pressure puts millions of teenage girls on a collision course with mum and dad. The age of 15 was pinpointed by parents as toughest point in…

Terrified mum rescued from fire by loyal dog

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A young mum whose house was engulfed in flames as she slept has told how she was saved by her pet dog. Alyshia Bennett, 20, was fast asleep when fire ripped through her terraced cottage at 1.30am. Luckily her Staffordshire cross Lady started barking at the door to alert her to the danger as flames…

Gordon Brown bigot gaffe leads to plunge in popularity

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One in three voters say Gordon Brown’s ‘bigot’ gaffe had affected their opinion of him, a new survey has revealed. An opinion poll of 1,000 adults carried out yesterday in the wake of the Premier describing pensioner Gillian Duffy as a ‘bigoted woman’ revealed 34 per cent now like Brown less than they did 24…

Body of student found in Porth yr Ogof cave 39 years after he died

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The body of a student who died in a cave diving accident has finally been recovered – 39 YEARS after the tragedy. Paul Esser, a medical student at Bristol University, was only 21 years old when he disappeared in the Porth yr Ogof cave system in Powys, Wales, on February 13th, 1971. He had been…

Heart surgery by remote robotic arm – British world first

April 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An NHS patient has become the first in the world to undergo heart surgery – with a remote ROBOTIC arm. Father-of-two Kenneth Crocker, 70, underwent the procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat at the Glenfield Hospital in Glenfield, Leicestershire. The operation is normally performed by hand and exposes surgeons to dangerous levels of radiation because…

Traveller couple con two million pounds from vunerable pensioners

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A married traveller couple who conned vulnerable people out of £1.9million by threatening them with IRA punishment were jailed for more than 11 years. Dennis and Bianca McGinley, 30 and 25, told his terrified victims he represented a ”three lettered organisation” from Northern Ireland. He blackmailed his victims into handing over hundreds of thousands of…

Road rage motorist ‘used car as weapon’ to kill cyclist

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A driver knocked over and killed a cyclist in a revenge attack after the man accidentally clipped his wing mirror, a court has heard. Sean Fitzgerald, 36, allegedly chased Paul Webb, 42, for 300 yards before he mounted the pavement and rammed him off his mountain bike. Warwick Crown Court heard Fitzgerald ”used his car…

Beekeeper killed after attack by his own swarm of bees

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A beekeeper and personal injury lawyer was killed after he was attacked by his own swarm. Father-of-two Christopher Weaver, 56, was feeding bees in one of his hives when thousands of the insects swamped his body. The Falklands veteran, who was not wearing protective clothing, tried to escape but suffered stings across his head, chest…

Nickel allergy woman tells of strange condition where she can’t touch metal

April 28, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

A long-suffering housewife has told how a bizarre allergy has left her living in the stone age – as she breaks out blisters whenever she touches METAL. Kim Taylor, 48, is so severely allergic to nickel that even the slightest contact can leave her skin covered in a red itchy rash and painful blisters. She…