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George Best musical opens its doors

July 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A musical dedicated to the colourful life of footballer George Best opens its doors in Belfast this Friday. ‘Dancing Shoes’ tells the life of the Manchester United legend whose boy band looks earned him the nickname ‘The Fifth Beatle’. Produced by Belfast writers Martin Lynch and Marie Jones and musicians JJ Gilmour and Pat Gribben,…

Diesel, Porsche and Bean among most unusual children’s names

July 28, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Diesel, Porsche and Bean are just some of the unusual names parents have given their children over the past 10 years, it was revealed yesterday. The bizarre monikers emerged after trawling through the millions of recorded names given to newborns since the year 2000. Bounty Parenting Club yesterday released details of its ‘Most Unusual Names…

New urine-powered fuel cells hope to ‘slash’ costs

July 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Boffins yesterday unveiled a new project aimed at slashing energy costs by creating a new fuel cell powered by – URINE. It is hoped that Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), which use bacterial cultures to break down ‘food’ to create power, can be powered by human waste. Researchers at the Bristol Robotics Lab have spent three-and-a-half…

Farmers home refused planning but travellers’ site is allowed to flourish 1/2 mile away

July 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A farmer told of his outrage at being repeatedly denied planning permission to build a home for 13 years – while a neighbouring illegal travellers’ site was allowed to flourish. Weary Bruce Margetts, 46, has been living in a mobile home on his 47-acre farm in Smithy Fen near Cottenham, Cambs., since 1998 while applying…

Little Archie learns to ride a bike despite losing both legs to meningitis

July 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A four-year-old boy who lost both legs to meningitis ‘whooped’ with delight as he cycled for the first time after fundraisers bought him a prosthetic trike. Little Archie Barton had both legs, several fingers and the tip of his nose amputated after being struck down with meningitis and severe septicaemia aged 18 months. But brave…

Escaped vulture spotted 400 miles from home on a surburban rooftop

July 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Residents were left in a flap after a hapless VULTURE which cannot fly properly appeared on a suburban rooftop – after being blown 400 MILES from home. The nine-year-old bird – named Jackson – went missing from his roost at a falconry in Northampton three weeks ago and has been blown from pillar to post…

The writing’s on the wall – Romantic graffiti artist proposed in spray paint

July 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A romantic artist got engaged to his girlfriend after he wrote his proposal on a wall – in GRAFFITI Talented Stuart Barrie, 37, sprayed the message for his partner of four years Lucy Rutherford, 33, on a wall near their home. Professional graffiti artist Stuart spent seven hours painting the elabrate proposal on the wall…

Mum finds five foot corn snake in washing machine

July 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A mother-of-two recoiled in terrror after she opened her washing machine and found – a FIVE FOOT LONG SNAKE. Horrified Wendy Foley, 51, was about to remove a load of wet laundry from her appliance when she spotted the brownish-orange reptile curled up on top. She called police and the RSPCA but was told the…

Workers celebrate two years until 2012 Olympics

July 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

More than 500 construction workers at London’s Olympic Park got together to signify two years to the start of the 2012 games. The staff formed a giant ‘2’ on the F10 Bridge which will be the gateway to the park and is located next to the Aquatics Centre in east London. While it’s still a…

British Businessman’s James Bond-style internet role

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A British businessman is stepping into a James Bond-style cyber role to help protect the internet in the event of a global catastrophe. Net specialist Paul Kane (pictured right with Bath University’s Simon Bond) holds one of seven keys to safeguard computer systems from a disaster – such as a terrorist attack. In an international…

Fierce tigers rip papier mache llama apart

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment a group of tigers went in for the kill today after zoo staff fed them – a FAKE llama. Adult Sumatran tiger Banda and her 18-month old cubs Aryo and Surya tore the model animal to shreds at Paignton Zoo in Devon. Staff spent hours making a likeness of the South…

Russian spy Anna Chapman action figures launched

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Anna Chapman has been immortalised in plastic after an American company launched a pair of action figures celebrating the Russian spy. One of the $29.99 ‘Herobuilders’ figures shows a topless Chapman wearing a tartan skirt while the second shows her in a pair of high-waist jeans and a skimpy crop top. Both models sport a…

Baby’s bent leg healed by surgeon’s homemade splint

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A baby girl born with an horrifically bent leg was healed by a surgeon who built a homemade splint – out of PLASTIC AND STICKY TAPE. Tiny Sienna-Rose Webb was born with her right leg protruding upwards at the knee at a 90 degree angle after her muscles failed to develop properly in the womb….

iPhone is coolest thing on planet

July 26, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

The iPhone has been named the ‘Coolest Thing on the Planet’. A study of 3,000 Brits saw the high-tech gadget top the poll, beating the internet, Sky+ and social networking website Facebook. Since the first model was launched in 2007, the iPhone has been flying off the shelves, with the new iPhone 4 selling almost…

‘Meteorite’ hits cricket fan

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

With batsmen such as Luke Wright and Murray Goodwin, Sussex fans are used to seeing balls fly out of the cricket ground – but meteorites entering the stadium? This is what is thought to have happened in Uxbridge last week when Sussex took on Middlesex in the County Championship. Jan Marszel and Richard Haynes were…

Unearthed…Harold Pinter’s sarcastic letter to school pupils

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A sarcastic letter penned by Harold Pinter to O-Level students seeking hidden meanings behind his plays has fetched £360 at auction. Pinter’s ‘cantankerous’ reply was sent to a class of 16-year-olds in 1966 in response to queries about his play The Caretaker. Asked weather the shed and Buddha featured in the The Caretaker held any…

Kings of Leon abandon gig after pigeon attack

July 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

US rock band Kings of Leon were forced off stage last night after coming under attack from a group of fouling pigeons. The Grammy award-winning group had to quit the gig in St Louis three songs into a 20 song set as the birds bombarded them from above. Jared Followill was singled out for the…