First portrait of freed slave hit with export ban

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The Government has banned the export of an historic artwork which features the first-ever portrait of a freed slave. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge slapped a Temporary Export Bar on the painting of Muslim slave Ayuba Suleiman Diallo after it sold for £555,000 at auction. The decision was made to give British galleries and museums a…

Ferris Bueller Ferrari 250GT Spyder up for auction at Bonhams

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A replica Ferrari made famous in the 1986 classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has gone on sale – for £30,000. The convertible red Spyder California was the prize possession of the father of Ferris’ comedy sidekick Cameron Frye. In the film, Cameron accidentally sends the pristine Ferrari crashing through a glass wall in the…

Children think Easter is a celebration of bunny’s birthday

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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, according to new research. 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…

Police could be armed with ‘Super Taser’ shotgun

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A new ‘super-taser’ stun gun that fires a 500 volt wire-less ‘bullet’ up to 20 metres is being considered for use by UK police forces, the Home Office has confirmed. The extended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP), already used by police in the US, fires a barbed electrode from a modified 12-bore shotgun. It hooks into…

School becomes first to give all pupils a laptop

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A secondary school has become the first in Britain to issue every pupil with a personal laptop. All 1,400 youngsters at Writhlington School in Somerset have been given a Dell Netbook worth £400 which they use in lessons and take home with them. It enables pupils to file homework online and receive ‘instant’ feedback messages…

Recycled artist creates paintings from household rubbish

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This stunning portrait of the Mona Lisa has been created by an artist using everyday objects – such as buttons, plastic cutlery and TOYS. Creative Jane Perkins, 51, made the intricate likeness of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece out of thousands of unwanted items. She collects bags of recyclables from her neighbours and scours second hand…

Domain name top10.com sells for record $1million

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A price comparison website has made the biggest ever domain name purchase by a British company – after buying the address www.top10.com for $1million (USD). Top 10 Broadband and Top 10 Mobile Phones attract 1.5 million British users per month by providing a search engine to find the best internet and phone deals. The company,…

Soldier ‘killed by 15ft pothole’ on Wiltshire road

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A soldier who served in Afghanistan was killed after crashing his bicycle into a lorry as he swerved to avoid a 15ft-long pothole. Tragic Captain Jonathan Allen, 29, suffered severe head injuries as he tried to dodge the waterlogged ‘trench’ in the rain. Locals say the roads are in a ”shocking” condition after the cold…

Meow Meow drug leaves 14-year-old unconscious

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A 14-year-old girl collapsed unconscious in front of her mother in a supermarket car park after taking legal party drug Meow Meow. It is believed the girl was shopping with her mum after taking a cocktail of the drug and alcohol the previous night. She suddenly fell violently sick at the car park of Tesco…

Hero female army medic rescues seven comrades – despite shrapnel lodged in back

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A female Army medic is to receive a top medal for bravery after she rescued seven injured comrades under enemy fire – with a piece of shrapnel lodged in her back. Lance Corporal Sally Clarke, 22, is to get the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for heroism displayed on the frontline with 2nd Battalion The Rifles…

Explosive footage of new army weapon to fight Taliban bombs

March 29, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

This is the dramatic moment British troops use the latest pioneering weapon against the Taliban – a ‘snake’ of high explosives that can clear a minefield in seconds. The Python – which is mounted on a trailer pulled behind a Trojan armoured engineer tank – shoots a snake of high explosives into the air on…

Homes burgled by police in new crime initiative

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Residents are furious after their homes were burgled by the police as part of a new anti-crime initiative. Officers in Exeter, Devon, have been entering houses through open windows or unlocked doors to leave a warning about theft. Once inside the homes they pick up any valuable items they see such as iPods and leave…

Toilet timers fitted at government agency office

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Civil servants are furious after bosses fitted timers to stop them spending longer than ten minutes – on the loo. Dozens of workers have been caught short since the cost-cutting measures were introduced at the Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM). A hidden sensor switches off the toilet light after ten minutes, forcing people…

World record attempt at high fives

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A man is appealing for helping hands as he prepares to break the world record for the most – high fives. Determined Craig Barber, 26, will attempt to smash the current Guinness World Record of 3,131 high fives in 24 hours. Craig is asking for volunteers to attend the town square in his home town…

Farm worker dies in slurry pit

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A teenage farm worker died after his tractor overturned – trapping him in a pit of slurry. Tragic Jordan Orriss, 16, was killed when he lost control of the agricultural vehicle on a farm in St Merryn near Padstow, Cornwall. The tractor became submerged in the slurry and Jordan was trapped underneath and despite rescue…

Dog sex pervert escapes jail

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A pervert who had sex with his pet dog and filmed the sordid event to keep as a memento has walked free from court. Sick Paul Adlard, 64, was drunk when he stripped naked and mounted Millie, an Old English Sheepdog, at his home last summer. He was caught when police seized his camcorder which…

Red Arrows sued after horse is ‘killed’ by low-flying jets

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An equestrian who claims her horse died after being spooked by the Red Arrows is suing the Ministry of Defence for damages. Distraught Laura Head, 25, says her £7,000 horse Alfie smashed its head against a stable door when nine of the display team roared overhead. She had only owned two-year old German horse Warmblood…