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Child left ‘mortified’ over a reindeer head

A MOTHER persuaded her local shopping centre to remove a plastic reindeer head from a fund-raising Christmas grotto because her son was “mortified”. The Mall, in Maidstone, Kent, apologised and withdrew the decoration from its Christmas grotto after the child asked his mum if the animal had been killed. Adele Keen forced the removal of […]

Microwave joker is real head-case

A PRANKSTER on YouTube has been criticised for “cementing” his head in a microwave, at a cost of £650 to a fire service for releasing him. Jay Swingler put his head in a plastic bag, inside the microwave, before friends poured seven bags of Polyfilla inside, which trapped him rapidly. After trying, unsuccessfully, to free […]

Horacio is given new lease of life

A KENYAN youngster has had a life-changing operation, after experiencing a decade of embarrassment, anxiety and deformity. It all started when Horacio Owiti Opiyo, an orphan who was about 10, noticed something strange on his genitals. Doctors treated the growth as a cyst, which never existed. Yet the growth became larger and larger, to the […]

Nothing sheepish about these so-smart animals

SHEEP have a highly-developed ability to recognise the faces of celebrities, according to a new study. Although it has long been known that they are able to recognise the faces of their human handlers, scientists have now demonstrated that farm animals can be trained to recognise images of famous people. Professor Jenny Morton, lead scientist […]

End of a TV era as Keith Barron dies

CO-STARS of seasoned actor Keith Barron have paid tribute to the television stalwart following his death, from a short illness, at the age of 83. Gwen Taylor, who starred as Barron’s on-screen wife in Duty Free, was among those to express their sadness. “I have just heard that my old friend and colleague has died,” […]

Major car-park firm’s Purple patch goes sour

PURPLE Parking, a major company operating at 25 UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted and Luton for 25 years, has gone into administration. It was the UK’s largest off-airport car-park operator, catering for more than seven million vehicles. Some travellers returning from holidays abroad have reported lengthy waits for shuttle buses, and delays in […]

Snake girl smooths out her life, at last

AN Indian teenager, known as the “Snake Girl” because of her skin, is making huge progress, just one month into her treatment   in Marbella. So thrilled is 16-year-old Shalini Yadav with her progress that she has shared snaps of her recovery. And the results are startling! Shalini was given the nickname after shedding her skin […]

By ‘eck, Yorkshire has the best grub in world

A PUB in Yorkshire has the best restaurant in the world, according to TripAdvisor, beating the finest eateries from Spain and all the other countries involved. The rankings are based on millions of customer reviews over a 12-month period, and the Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, shot straight to the top. It’s the first […]

Bristol battered by baffling break-ins

DESPITE a burglary spree sweeping Bristol, an investigation by the local daily paper has discovered that Avon and Somerset Police have disbanded their specialist unit. The Bristol Post has also uncovered shocking figures, which suggest that Avon and Somerset Police have solved just one in 10 burglary cases since 2011. And in 82% of those […]

Britain’s biggest fatberg lives under Whitechapel

A “FATBERG”, said to be the biggest-ever in Britain, which weighs in at 130,000kg and stretches more than 850ft, has been discovered under the Whitechapel streets. The monstrosity, comprising wet-wipes, nappies, fat and oil, and longer than two full-sized football pitches, end to end, has plugged the Victorian sewers. Engineers are now waging war against […]

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