Millions of children don’t know true meaning of Easter

April 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Millions of children don’t know the true meaning of Easter – with one in three believing it is to celebrate the Easter Bunny’s birthday. A study carried out among 1,000 six-to-ten year olds found 53 per cent are unaware of the religious significance of this weekend. One in 20 said it was to mark Jesus’s…

Phantom traffic jams can be caused by just one driver

April 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Thousands of drivers could find themselves stuck in miles of Bank Holiday traffic this weekend – due to the actions of just ONE driver, new research revealed yesterday. ‘Phantom’ traffic jams bring motorways to a halt for no apparent reason and cause enormous tailbacks before inexplicably clearing. Experts analysed driver behaviour on one of Britain’s…

Wild big cats roaming British countryside are ‘myth’

April 3, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

It’s official – mythical ‘big cats’ which are rumoured to roam the British countryside DO NOT exist, environment officials have ruled. For centuries there have been thousands of reported ‘sightings’ of large felines on moorland and in woods and fields across the UK. The large animals – normally black or brown – have been ‘spotted’…

Spelling blunder by road sign staff

April 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Bungling council workmen were left red-faced after mixing up their letters on these keep clear road markings by spelling it KEER CLEAP. Sheepish officials from Hertfordshire Highways were forced to switch the ‘P’ and ‘R’ around after eagle-eyed residents on Garden Walk, Royston, spotted the blunder. Plumber Paul Brett, 39, was the first to notice…

Lottery winner dies penniless after heart attack brought on by money worries

April 2, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A lottery winner whose life was ruined after he won £9 million five years ago died of a heart attack brought on by money worries. Tragic Keith Gough, 58, died penniless after collapsing at his nephew’s home and passed away in hospital last Saturday. His life spiralled out of control after he scooped the £9…

Chocolate easter egg from 1960 is oldest in the world

April 2, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

The world’s oldest un-opened chocolate Easter egg is still in mint condition even though it was bought 50 YEARS ago. Mum Hillion Fern, 63, was given the sweet treat when she was 13 but couldn’t bare to eat it – despite being a self confessed CHOCOHOLIC. And she believes it is the oldest un-opened chocolate…

Metal thieves leave flammable gas spewing into house after stealing active copper pipe

April 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A retired couple were shocked to discover that 60 FEET of pipe had been nicked off their house by metal thieves – while it was still pumping flammable gas into the property. John and Sheila Reed were woken at 5:30am by a neighbour who had heard gas hissing from their home last Sunday morning. They…

France is unfriendliest nation on the planet

April 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

France is the unfriendliest nation on the planet, research revealed yesterday. Our neighbours across the channel were named and shamed as rude and unwelcoming in a poll of 3,000 Europeans living in Britain. The French even beat the brusque Germans to claim the title.  Spain was voted the third most unfriendly nation, followed by Italy…

Pensioner starves himself to death after being fleeced by cowboy builders

April 1, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A worried pensioner ”starved himself to death” after a gang of cowboy builders fleeced him of £7,000 – to replace ONE tile on his roof. Tragic Cyril Jenkins, 88, was originally quoted £250 by four men who pulled up outside his house in a builder’s van. But after he agreed the conmen drove him to…

Struggling author wins book deal by posting novel to Richard and Judy

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A struggling author landed a major publishing deal for her first novel after leaving a draft copy on the doorstep of – RICHARD AND JUDY. Writer Ruth Saberton, 37, penned her romantic comedy ‘Katy Carter Wants a Hero’ after moving from London to the countryside. She based the story and characters on the people she…

Government slammed over £6,000 fire centre coffee machines

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The Government has been blasted for wasting taxpayer’s cash after buying coffee machines worth £6,000 for a string of mothballed regional fire control rooms. MPs have slammed the bungled project to replace 46 fire control rooms with nine regional centres, which is £300million over budget and costing £50,000 a day. And yesterday it emerged that…

Meerkat baby rejected by mother raised in an ice cream tub

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A tiny meerkat born the size of a human THUMB and rejected by its mother has been nursed back to health – in a margarine tub. The tiny creature weighed just 18 grams and was kicked out of the family nest by her mum because she was the runt of the litter. She was found…

Hottest Chilli in the world given 18 cert.

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The world’s hottest chilli is so dangerous it will be sold with an 18 certificate, it has emerged. And the creators of the super-hot Infinity chilli are so concerned about its strength they are advising people to wear GLOVES when handling it. Tests by Warwick University confirmed the chilli – grown in rainy Grantham, Lincs.,…

Hyacinth collection blooms as gardener cultivates worlds largest collection

April 1, 2010 | by | 3 Comments

These dazzling snaps show the world’s largest collection of rare hyacinths bursting into bloom – after they were carefully cultivated by Britain’s only bulb producer. Green-fingered Alan Shipp, 72, has been custodian of the UK’s National Collection of Hyacinths since 1989 and has more than 200,000 flowering bulbs. He grows 180 different varieties on his…

TETRA radio mast sickness is all in the mind – new study

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Sicknesses allegedly caused by controversial TETRA radio masts are ”all in the mind” of victims, the first study into their effects has revealed Researchers from the University of Essex carried out a two-and-a-half year study into the effects of TETRA mast emissions on short-term health. Since the introduction of the first masts in 2001 hundreds…

Supermarket giant Asda caught selling baby food year out of date

April 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Supermarket giant Asda has apologised after selling a batch of baby drinks which were more than a YEAR out of date. Emma Dennehy, 28, bought an apple and raspberry Hipp Organic smoothie from an Asda store in Bridgwater, Somerset. But after feeding the drink to her ten-month-old daughter Grace, she noticed the bottle’s best before…

Wild march hares photographed boxing in spring sunshine

March 31, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

This incredible sight of two hares boxing in the spring sunshine could become a thing of the past due to declining species numbers. Photographer David Tippling, 44, watched the hares playing for nearly three days to get the unique series of shots showing them trading punches while dancing on their hind legs. But conservationists now…