Bovine TB discovered in wild boar population

March 31, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Government scientists have discovered bovine TB in Britain’s wild boar population for the first time. Defra researchers made the worrying find after testing a wild boar which died near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Tissue analysis confirmed lesions on the body had been caused by tuberculosis – the first ever case in a British wild boar. The news…

Thandie Newton unveiled as new face of Olay skincare

March 31, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

Hollywood star Thandie Newton is to become the new face of Olay. The stunning London-born actress, who was awarded a BAFTA for her role in crime drama ‘Crash’, has been signed to promote the beauty giant’s Total Effects skincare range. Thandie, 37, will star in the forthcoming print and TV advertising campaign for the brand’s…

Photo processing row as Boots refuse to hand back prints

March 31, 2010 | by | 7 Comments

A student was left shocked after Boots staff refused to print her photographs – because they were too GOOD. Talented Joanna Ornowska, 25, snapped her pregnant best pal Malgorzata Kulinsha last week as mementos to show her family in Poland. But the pair were shocked when Boots staff refused to print the pictures because they…

Prince William spotted in Cornwall cinema

March 31, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Film-goers at a small cinema were given the Royal treatment after Prince William was spotted at a late-night showing. William, 27, caused a stir among staff and customers when he went to watch war film Green Zone at the Phoenix Cinema in Falmouth, Cornwall. He is currently based at the nearby RNAS Culdrose as part…

Patsy Palmer brother jailed for knifepoint robbery

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The big brother of Eastender’s star Patsy Palmer has been jailed for five years after raiding a jewellery shop at knifepoint. Albert Harris, 42, was filmed on CCTV holding up a jeweller’s in Clifton, Bristol, last September. The drug addict threatened two female shop assistants with a knife before bellowing ”Times are hard – fill…

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

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

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

March 30, 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, 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

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

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

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

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

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

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

March 30, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

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

March 29, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

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…