Ten Tors 2010 event hailed a success as Duke of Edinburgh visits to offer congratulations

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Teenagers completing the annual Ten Tors trek were congratulated by the Duke of Edinburgh, who came out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the challenge. Prince Philip, the patron of the event, made a personal appearance to shake hands with 2,400 young people as they completed the two-day moorland hike. The event, organised by the…

Spitfire designer’s belongings up for auction

May 9, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Treasured items owned by the British engineer who designed the iconic Spitfire fighter plane are going under the hammer at auction this week. Inventor Reginald J Mitchell created 24 aircraft during his career but is best-remembered for his work on the Spitfire, which won the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. He also…

Woman catches on fire after falling asleep during the election

May 8, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A mum who fell asleep watching the election coverage is recovering in hospital after she awoke engulfed in flames – because she sat too close to her gas fire. Julie Lester, 55, nodded off in front of the television during the historic race on Thursday night next to the warm glow of her gas fire…

First councillor elected by drawing lots

May 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A local election that ended in a dead heat was called by DRAWING LOTS for the first time in the UK, it has been revealed. The race to claim the Avonmouth seat for Bristol City Council was run  alongside the general election on Thursday and the vote count began on Friday morning at 9am. But…

18 million Brits injured – having sex

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Around 18 million Britons have injured themselves in the past year – having sex. Researchers found around one third of the adult population has suffered an ache or strain either before, during or after lovemaking. Pulled muscles emerged as the most common complaint, followed by back injuries, carpet burns, cricked neck and bashing an elbow…

The average Brit spends £40k buying beers for mates

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The average Brit spends £39,480 in a lifetime — getting beers in for their mates, it has been revealed. Each drinker can expect to shell out around £840 a year on drinks for their friends, partners and work colleagues. That means as a nation the UK population will spend £30 billion-a-year on round buying, according…

Hang on a minute lads, accident leaves Vauxhall Corsa in a tricky spot

May 7, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

This is the moment a prang between two cars saw one of the vehicles land – in a GREENHOUSE. The white Vauxhall Corsa was pushed off the back of a raised driveway and fell 10ft into a garden below It landed straight in a greenhouse and the back of the car smashed the glass roof…

Thrush nesting in traffic light stops motorists in their tracks

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This bird ain’t for changing … Nothing was going to stop this mother thrush from building their nest in front of the red bulb of a traffic light. The nest is balanced precariously above the orange light at the main junction of a busy roundabout in Loughborough, Leics. Incredibly, the mother thrush seems to be…

Exeter gas explosion destroys house but couple have miracle escape

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A couple had a ”miracle” escape after their home was turned into a pile of rubble by a massive gas explosion, police have said. The 37-year-old man and 47-year-old woman were at home with their pet West Highland terrier Harry when the blast virtually destroyed their property. Police say the front and back walls and…

Lib Dems shock after canvassers find couple having sex

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Party campaigners for the Lib Dems got a shock when they knocked on a voter’s door – and found a couple having SEX in the living room. Activists campaigning for Lib Dem candidate Peter Coley were delivering leaflets in Leicester when they stumbled on the saucy pair. They knocked on the door which was open…

MP David Heathcoat-Amory loses Wells to Lib Dem Tessa Munt as expenses scandal claims major scalp

May 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

MP David Heathcoat-Amory has lost his seat in Wells after demanding a recount with Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt winning by 800 votes. The long standing member of Parliament had paid back almost £30,000 following the House of Commons expenses audit. Heathcoat-Amory said: ‘Expenses damaged all incumbants and perhaps me particularly. I faced a negative campaign,…

Vote at the polling station in my son’s bedroom

May 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Carmelia Bond made voters feel right at home  as they cast their ballot in her son’s BEDROOM in the back of her bungalow. The polling station for East Cambridgeshire in Chettisham, near Ely, has been situated in the bedroom of Carmelia’s son, Marcus, for more than 30 years. Carmelia, 61, said: ”Marcus got used to…

Goldmine discovered in Cornwall

May 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Britain is set for a Klondike-style gold rush after prospectors working an abandoned tin mine hit a rich seam of the precious metal – in Cornwall. Experts have discovered ”commercial levels” of gold at the South Crofty mine near Camborne – making it England’s only goldmine. The mine – which was been closed for a…

Paedophile’s home destroyed by JCB vigilantes

May 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The home of a convicted paedophile has been completely demolished by a JCB digger in a suspected vigilante attack. Stephen Fuller, 31, who was caught with 4,352 indecent photographs and 175 sick videos in 2008, had lived in the timber-framed house called ‘The Hall’. But vandals completely destroyed the property in Henley, Somerset, with a…

World’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari themepark unveiled

May 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The world’s fastest rollercoaster in which thrill seekers thunder down at an eye-watering 150mph has been unveiled. Formula Rossa rockets its helpless occupants from 0 to 100mph in just two seconds before blasting them up to 170ft high and experiencing a staggering 1.7Gs. The 90 second ride opens in October at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi…

Cyclist sues council after pothole injury

May 6, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A Met Office worker who cycled to work as part of a local Government scheme is to sue the council after he was thrown off his bike and seriously injured when he hit a pothole. Luke Reeman needed extensive surgery for a shattered left wrist, broken arm and nerve damage and lost the feeling in…

Broken arm saved my unborn baby’s life

May 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Doctors who treated a pregnant mother for a broken arm discovered her unborn child had been days from death – then delivered a baby so tiny it weighed less than the plaster cast on her mother’s shattered limb. Mother-of-three Shona Stacey, 41, was six months pregnant when she tripped and fell on her way to…