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Strange But True
Mayor Makes A Trip To Tesco - In His Car
It was a question of buckle your seat belts when a car drove through the front door of the Tesco Express in Lawson Place in Suffolk on Tuesday 21/05/13. No staff or customers were injured and there was minimal damage to the car or the store. The story was picked up quickly by the media because the driver of the car was the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Councillor Terry Buckle. In the spirit of customer service excellence the doors opened as the car approached them! You can find details of the story at the BBC local news website.
The Fertility Goddess And Kent
As we head towards Easter I thought it would be an appropriate time to mention that the origins of hot cross buns are said to go back to Saxon times and the worship of the Goddess Eostre. In the spring, spiced buns with a cross were made and consumed as part of the feast of the deity. One of the legacies of Eostre is in the place names of many towns and villages across Northern Europe including perhaps Eastry in Kent! Although some sources maintain the name Eastry is derived from 'East - Province'. The village was home to the Saxon Kings of East Kent.
Seal Spotted In The Fens
Recent flooding in East Anglia presented a seal with a chance to venture 50 miles inland, there's footage and an interview with an eye witness who saw the animal in flooded fields near St Ives in Cambridgeshire.
Mouse Brings BBC Travel To A Halt
The appearance of a mouse on top of a computer monitor brought a surprise intermission to a live broadcast at BBC Three Counties radio. The live clip is still available on the BBC website.
The UFO Highlights From 2012
Want to see a UFO review of the last twelve months? UFO watchers have trawler through all the sightings of the last year and produced a half hour film of the bests sighting of the year. Many of the clips were originally featured on Youtube. Full details from examiner.com.
Monks Are Being Spoilt To Death
As many as half the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka are risking ill health because of the high levels of sugar and salt in their diets. The monks typically eat what is donated to them by the local communities. The donors aim to provide treats and luxuries for the monks, however this in the long term is being detrimental to their well being according to SKY.
Elephants Saved By Vodka
The harsh Siberian winter can regularly bring temperatures as low as -42/C. This present real problems to animals and humans. Two elephants exposed to these temperature were saved by a cocktail of vodka and warm water. For the full story visit the BBC.
The Present For The Person That Has Everything
Some of the most expensive coffee beans in the world are created by twenty elephants in Thailand. The secret to the strong but smooth taste is the elephant's digestive process. According to Sky News when the beans are recovered from the dung they have the traditional coffee flavour but much less bitterness.
Whisky Restores Sight To A Man Blinded By Vodka
In one of the most innovative cures that I have ever heard about Denis Duthie's may owe his life to quick thinking medics and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label. The full story can be found on newsfeed.time.com.
Badgers Blamed For Road Collapse
The local opinion is that a recent road collapse in Somerby, Leicestershire has been caused by Badgers. The 'black and whites' have been tunneling under the surface and small holes eventually turned into craters. According to http://www.digitalspy.co.uk the road will need to be closed for at least three weeks.
Dogs Learn To Drive - In Seven Weeks
Believe it or not, dogs are being taught to drive a car in under two months. It's not the 1st of April, check out the BBC footage, it's incredible. A NZ based charity has taught the dogs (Monty, Ginny and Porter) to change gear and even steer in order to highlight just how intelligent these animals are.
Is The World Sprint Record Under Threat?
Kenichi Ito, a 30 year old Japanese man has just smashed his own four limbed sprint record by covering 100m in 17.47 seconds. Kenichi is confident that he can go even faster suggesting that his ultimate goal is the world 100m record. Full story and incredible video footage at Sky News.
Coptic Pope Chosen By Young Boy
The Coptic Christians in Egypt proclaimed a new Pope earlier this month in an extraordinary ceremony shown at the BBC. Bishop Tawadros was chosen from a shortlist of three by a blindfolded boy who pulled the Bishop's name from a glass container in a live ceremony in Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral.
Japanese Waterspouts Filmed From A Helicopter
This week saw the BBC broadcast some very rare footage of waterspouts captured in Wakayama and shown originally by Fuji TV. The phenomenon lasted no more than 10 minutes and didn't develop into a full blown tornado.
Dracula's Royal Connection Boosting Tourism
As unlikely as it seems the Romanian tourist board may have come up with a winning formula by emphasizing the family ties connecting Prince Charles and the medieval Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler. A 7% growth in tourism in the first quarter of this year is being seen as evidence of the PR value of this unexpected connection. Full details at The Telegraph website.
All Souls Ghostly Appearance
If you've been celebrating Halloween this year you might be interested to know of an unusual manifestation (caught on CCTV) in Hull on all Souls day, November 1st. The reported incident occurred at one of Hull's most historic pubs The Scale Lane. An interview with the landlady and the footage can be seen at the This is Hull website.
Relationship Between Modern Humans and Neanderthals
It's always interested me to understand what the relationship between Humans and Neanderthals have been. It strikes me that this is a really important way of understanding how early humans experienced the world. Did they try and destroy potential threats or create more productive relationships? According to the Daily Mail these two primitive communities may have had a cooperative relationship, at least in the South of France/North of Spain.
The Banana Is The New Potato?
Climate change watchers are suggesting that one scenario that might play out in a future world that gets hotter is the decrease in cultivation of; potatoes, maize, rice and wheat. The BBC is reporting that this shortfall could be taken up certain varieties of bananas. There is some science at work here and it may be more than just idle speculation.
Could Halloween Be Damaging Spirituality?
Not our thoughts but the reported comments of Archbishop Andrzej Dzieg from Poland. The Archbishop has issued widely reported warnings that Halloween may directly conflict with the church's teachings and traditions. Details of the statements can be found on the BBC website. The church has been making overtures about Halloween 'celebrations' for some time and the relationship with the celebration of All Souls day on 1st of November. Ironically Poland was one of the last countries in Central Europe to fully convert to Christianity.
Recycling Taken To The Limit
A recycling facility in Totnes was shut this week when a rocket propelled mortar was found on the site. Some details were published at This is South Devon. At the time of writing the mystery hadn't been resolved. If you can fill in the gaps drop us an email (contact details at the foot of the page).
Wild Boar On The Rampage In An Office
As sightings of wild boars seem to be becoming more common in Kent and East Sussex this story present a timely reminder that one must be wary of these animals. The clip on the Sky website shows the boar running amok trying to get out of a window and causing some damage.
Carrot Tin Hedgehog Rescued
Amazing story at the BBC website (and picture of a hedgehog that was saved despite getting it's head stuck in a discarded tin can
Man Senses Tumour In Twin
According to www.smh.com.au when an identical twin experienced headaches, a tumour was identified in his brother.
The Internet Changes From Today
Many internet users haven't really followed the development of the cookie law. This law requires consent to store information about website users and comes into forced from this weekend. Cookie creators have had a year to come into compliance with the regulation.
World's Meatiest Sandwich?
Not the last days of Rome; rather a Tristan Welch creation is crammed with 41 cuts of meat, is 15 inches high, 24 inches wide and tips the scales at more than two stones. It contains 1,445 grams of ham, two kilograms of salami, turkey and bacon, one kilogram of sausages and 720 grams of chorizo. Full details at Orange News.
Could Red Be Good For Bluebirds
An interesting story from the BBC gives a little insight into modern professional football. The proposal to change the club's shirt from blue to red to make it more appealing to potential fans in Asia has caused consternation to many long standing supporters.
First Dolphins Now Pelicans
Authorities in Peru seemed at a loss to explain the death of hundreds of pelicans. This follows a similar problem with dolphins earlier in the year. Details at CNN.
Mayan Society And Advanced Astronomy
The discovery in a house of complex astronomical tables lends further strength to the evidence that the Mayan civilization had advanced astronomical and mathematical knowledge. Full story at New Scientist.
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