Hero’s welcome as soldiers from 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment return from Afghanistan

April 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Proud squaddie Sergeant Adrian Dixon held his baby boy aloft after arriving home from a gruelling tour of Afghanistan. Sergeant Dixon, 27, had just five precious weeks at home with newborn Bobby before he flew out to the front line. And he couldn’t contain his joy when he arrived home at Battlesbury Barracks in Wiltshire…

Great Crane Project hails success as eight common crane chicks hatched

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Plans to re-introduce a species of rare bird from Germany to the UK finally got off the ground over the weekend – after the project was stalled by the volcanic ash crisis. Eight common crane chicks hatched on Saturday at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire – the first successful ”herd” of the ”Great Crane…

Three British soldiers killed by American friendly fire because radio operator was not given headset

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Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan by an American bomb died because the radio operator who called in the airstrike was not supplied with a headset, an inquest heard. Privates Aaron McClure, 19, Robert Foster, 19, and John Thrumble, 21, all of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were killed by a 500lb bomb in…

New species of moth named after amateur naturalist who made discovery in Buckfastleigh, Devon

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A British nature-lover is to have an insect named after him after he discovered an entirely new species — of MOTH. Amateur naturalist Bob Heckford spotted the tiny moth – which has a wing span of just 6mm – in a woodland in Buckfastleigh, Devon. He first noticed unusually bright green caterpillars munching on leaves…

Giant edible crab caught off Cornwall is largest in the UK

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Fishermen were pinching themselves after they landed one of the biggest crabs ever caught off Britain – with claws the size of a human fist. The monster edible crab – nicknamed Titan – was discovered in a lobster pot five miles off the coast of Falmouth in Cornwall. It has a claw span of (60cm)…

NHS scandal as hospital patient dies after “wallowing in filth”

April 27, 2010 | by | 3 Comments

A devastated daughter whose mother died after being left ”wallowing in filth” in an NHS hospital has accused Gordon Brown of betraying the elderly. Tragic Clara Mary Stokes, 84, honoured last year by the Prime Minister for her work as a Land Girl during WWII, was left partially paralysed by a massive stroke in December…

Banksy gifts graffiti artwork to band after he accidentally uses their name ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

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Graffiti artist Banksy gave a £200,000 painting to a band after he accidentally ‘stole’ their name as the title to his new film – Exit Through the Gift Shop. Exit Through the Gift Shop drummer Simon Duncan had been in the band for four years when he began receiving emails from someone claiming to be…

Glastonbury recycling bins stacked up as 40th anniversary festival preparations get underway

April 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These pictures show thousands of oil drum rubbish bins being prepared for use ahead of Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary. A total of 40,000 colourfully painted bins will be spread throughout the 900 acre site near Worthy Farm, Somerset, in June this year. They will hold an estimated 1,847 tonnes of rubbish of which half will…

Army bomb disposal hero escapes driving ban to save career

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An Army bomb disposal hero who was caught speeding at 143mph escaped a driving ban after the judge decided it was ”not in the public interest” to ruin his career. Kameron Edmonson, 20, was clocked at almost THREE times the 50mph speed limit in his sporty Ford Focus ST. He told police he accelerated away…

Most Brits aren’t as healthy as they think

April 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Six in ten Brits reckon they are healthy – but in reality are far from it, a survey has found. Researchers found one in five adults describe themselves as ‘ft and well’ while regularly snacking on crisps, biscuits and chocolate bars twice-a-day. And while the majority admit they are overweight, more than half still insist…

Children think mums are safer drivers

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Children feel safer in the car when mum is driving, a new study has revealed. Six out of ten kids aged five to 16 claim they are happier and more relaxed when their mum is behind the wheel. Youngsters say their dads drive too fast, are more aggressive and lose their temper quickly when in…

Wild squirrel shakes hands with man in stunning picture

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This is the incredible moment a squirrel apparently shakes hands with a walker – after he coaxed it to take a hazelnut from his hand. Bushcraft expert Steve England, 35, waited motionless for 15 minutes in Stoke Park, Bristol, as the grey squirrel slowly moved towards him. He then lay perfectly still as the animal…

Boy sent election polling card – aged SIX

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A mother was stunned after her son was sent a polling card to vote in the General Election – despite being aged just SIX. Nicola Mellet says the official document arrived at her home inviting her son Ciaran to the polls on May 6. The card was addressed to Ciaran, who is in his first…

£5million Greek shipwreck protected by underwater safe

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A shipwreck containing £5million worth of treasures is being protected with this cage – to create a giant underwater SAFE. The second century Greek trading vessel lies on the sea bed off the coast of Cavtat in Croatia. Little remains of the wooden ship but its cargo of earthenware amphora – ceramic vases – still…

London Marathon runner collapses after romantic proposal

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A romantic runner literally fell head over heels after he proposed to his girlfriend halfway through the London Marathon – when he passed out half a mile from the finish line. Lovestruck Gregg Clark, 25, went down on one knee to a cheering crowd at the 12-mile mark and proposed to girlfriend Lydia Solomon, 25….

Racing pigeon found 300 miles off course covered in volcanic dust

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A racing pigeon has been found more than 300 miles off course covered in DUST – thought to be from the Icelandic VOLCANO. The bird – nicknamed Bobby – was released from Tullymoore in the Irish Republic and was due to fly to Ballyclare in Northern Ireland But instead of flying north he flew south…

British troops issued with teddy bears to help them recover from Afghan ordeal

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Brit squaddies injured in Afghanistan are being issued with TEDDY BEARS to help them recover. A charity which raises cash for injured soldiers has dished out hundreds of bears to servicemen at Birmingham’s Selly Oak Hospital. Al Sutton, co-founder of Charity Troop Aid, said: ”The soldiers absolutely love them – it’s amazing to see these…