Films which feature smoking to get 18 certificates

June 14, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A council could become the first in Britain to give any film which features smoking an 18 certificate in a bid to tackle addiction. Officials in Plymouth, Devon, want to prevent children viewing movies which show actors using cigarettes. The local authority has the power to change certificates for films shown in its boundaries and…

Fight club mum’s toddler fights for life after being crushed by Ford Mondeo

June 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The toddler daughter of a woman convicted of making two children fight each other was critically ill after being run over by a car on her driveway. Two-year-old Katie Olver suffered life-threatening injuries after she was crushed under a Ford Mondeo in front of her mother Serenza Olver, 31. Police who attended the scene were…

National Collection of Rhododendrons saved by pioneering CLONING technology

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One of Britain’s oldest and biggest display of flowers has been saved from extinction – after botanists used pioneering CLONING technology for the first time. The National Collection of Rhododendrons was under threat of being wiped out by sudden oak death, a highly destructive fungal disease. Most of the plants are more than 150 years…

Poppy field creates ‘magical’ display at Colaton Raleigh, Devon

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This happy couple enjoyed a stroll through a stunning field of poppies as the weather created ideal conditions for a colourful display. Steve Smith, 17, and Georgia Cobley, 16, were pictured in an ocean of red blooms at Colaton Raleigh in Devon. The harsh winter, late spring and recent warm sunshine have combined to create…

Wild wallaby spotted hopping around St Breward, Cornwall

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A motorist was stunned when he came face-to-face with this WALLABY – on a country lane in CORNWALL. Peter Glaser, 59, was driving home from work when he spotted the kangaroo-like creature near his house. The wallaby – normally found in the Australian outback – was hopping around a lane in St Breward, Cornwall. It…

Teenager arrested on suspicion of using Facebook to organise mass fights

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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of setting up a Facebook page to organise a mass fight between rival gangs. The site was created after dozens of youths from Bristol descended on a carnival in the nearby village of Pill earlier this month to fight local teenagers. It called for a revenge clash at…

Elderly woman dies after falling from yacht in Looe, Cornwall

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An elderly woman has died after falling from the deck of a yacht in the English Channel, coastguards have confirmed. The woman fell off the catamaran while sailing near Looe in Cornwall at 11.45am on Saturday. She was pulled unconscious from the sea by the yacht’s two remaining crew members who tried to resuscitate her….

First builders, now housing association residents banned from flying England flag

June 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Angry residents have slammed a Housing Association after they were banned from flying England flags during the World Cup – as they could be ”offensive”. Proud England supporters at St Bartholomew’s Court riverside apartments in Cambridge were up in arms after being ordered to take down their flags. Wherry Housing Association, which manages the 80…

Meningitis survivor’s joy as he scales Mount Kilamanjaro

June 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An estate agent who survived deadly meningitis but was left with no sense of balance told of his joy yesterday – after scaling one of the world’s highest mountains. Jamie Curtis, 42, climbed the gruelling 6,000m peak of Mount Kilamanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, as part of a team of 27 people last September….

Admiral Nelson’s snuff box, stolen as he lay dying, is put up for auction

June 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A silver snuff box stolen by a sneaky sailor from Lord Admiral Nelson’s chamber as he lay dying on the deck of HMS Victory is to be sold at auction. The 8cm horn-shaped snuff ‘mull’ was taken from Horatio’s private quarters by a coxswain called ‘Sims’ on October 21, 1805. It was taken the day…

Racist hurls abuse at Cub Scouts having a picnic

June 11, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A right-wing extremist has been given a football banning order for shouting racist abuse – at Muslim CUB SCOUTS having a picnic. Martyn Howlett, 43, was returning from a Bristol Rovers match when he spotted the youngsters enjoying an alfresco meal outside their headquarters in Horfield, Bristol. He made crude Nazi salutes, yelled extreme racial…

Builders banned from flying England flag over fears it might offend Muslims

June 11, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

A group of builders were banned from flying the England flag – because their boss feared it might ”offend” the local multi-ethnic community. Stunned workers hoisted the St George’s cross on security barriers in support of the England football team who start their World Cup campaign against the USA. But site managers at the new…

Free hotel nights for England’s goal scoring namesakes, unfortunate news if you are called Emile Heskey

June 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A top hotel chain is offering a free one night stay to anyone who shares their name with an England goal scorer at the 2010 World Cup. Premier Inn is extending the offer across their 589 hotels – where rooms usually cost from £29 a night – to those with the same name of scorers…

My fairytale wedding – I married shrek dressed as Princess Fiona

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A bride and groom are head ogre heels in love after they got married dressed as Princess Fiona and – SHREK. Wacky Christine and Keith spent three HOURS in make-up to walk down the aisle looking like their cartoon heroes. Keith, 44, and Christine, 40, were covered in green paint and full costume and wigs…

Pedal powered Porsche is incredible realistic replica made from parcel tape, plastic and foil

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These amazing pictures show the painstaking process of building the world’s slowest Porsche – a pedal-powered machine made of plastic tubes and gold-painted foil. Austrian artist Hannes Langeder, 45, spent six months and 1,000 hours of manual work constructing the eco-friendly Ferdinand GT3 RS. The stunning life-size model is named in honour of Ferdinand Porsche,…

BRITISH vodka trumps Russian and Polish brands to be named best in the world

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A panel of international experts announced that the world’s best vodka is produced in – HEREFORDSHIRE. Chase Vodka beat off competition from around the globe – including Russia and Poland – as it triumphed at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Chase, which is made by William Chase on his Herefordshire potato farm, was…

Coastguard rescues two men after dinghy floats three miles out to sea

June 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment two friends were rescued after their inflatable boat ran out of fuel and drifted for six hours – ending up three miles out to sea. Hapless Justin Lett, 40, and Alastair Melville, 27, had been using the 12ft vessel near the beach at Budleigh Salterton in Devon. But after drifting a…