News Round Up

by Patrick O’Connor

OH dear!

A wholesale merchant in Poole, Dorset, probably thought he was on to a winner when he splashed out on 10,000 DVDs about cyclist Lance Armstrong.

But, as the Independent newspaper reveals, this was BEFORE Armstrong’s drugs scandal was exposed.

Karl Baxter, owner of Wholesale Clearance UK, now fears that the DVDs – The Science Of Lance Armstrong, a 2005 documentary from the Discovery Channel – are  virtually worthless.

The documentary tells how his ‘superhuman physiology’ helped him to victory, promising viewers a glimpse into the “secrets of his success”.

Mr Baxter reckons he may only get a tenth of the money he spent despite paying what he believed was a ‘good price’.

“We’ve had a lot of suggestions about what we could do with them: making a mosaic, or using them as coasters and beer mats,” he said.

He also suggested that the DVDs could be fashioned into wind chimes, bird scarers or a dominoes track.

Back to the beginning…

The Daily Mirror reports on brave teenage model Emily Shephard who had to learn to walk again after suffering a stroke.

But now 18 year old Emily has reached the final of a national beauty queen contest.

Emily was also left temporarily blinded and still suffers from pins and needles down the left side of her body.

But after three weeks in hospital she battled back to win a local beauty pageant in her home town of Cwmbran, South Wales and now take part in March’s Miss Wales final.

Oh la la!

An English civil servant has been crowned France’s most expert cheesemonger.

Matthew Feroze saw off competition from over 15 of the country’s most talented cheese-sellers at a bi-annual contest in Lyon, according to the Daily Telegraph

Thirty year old Matthew is the first foreigner to win the Concours National des Fromagers at the prestigious Salon Mondiale de Restauration et Hotellerie.

Another bright spark is three year old Sherwyn Sarabi, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, who can count to 200 and name every country in the world.

The Independent reports that he has just become one of the youngest members of Mensa, the high IQ society. Sherwyn is ranked among the top one per cent of cleverest people in the world after tests revealed he had an IQ of 136.

The Daily Mail tells us that postmen in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire were banned from wearing shorts during the winter because health and safety bosses fear they could get frostbite.

Royal Mail spokesman Adrian Booth said: “Our priority is for the health and safety of our staff and risks of frostbite and chapped skin should not be taken lightly.

“Following a local incident in which a colleague was injured in a fall, we advised our staff in the Cheltenham area not to wear shorts, to reduce the risk of injury during severe local weather.

“Now weather conditions have improved, our staff have been advised that this guidance is no longer relevant.”

A gentle stroll on the beach with his dog at Morecambe, Lancashire, could make Ken Wilman £100,000 better off!

Ken has been told that the unusual ‘stone’ his dog Madge found could be a rare substance used in perfume, says a story in the Daily Telegraph.

Ken said: “I didn’t actually realise what it was at first, I couldn’t understand why Madge was so interested in it. It smelled horrible.”

 Chris Hill, curator at the Aquarium of the Lakes in Cumbria, said: “How much it’s worth will depend on how fresh it is, but it’s potentially $180,000 (£114,000).

“There are places in Europe that will buy it from you. They will age it, like a fine wine, and then test it for perfume.”

What a way to cement your friendship!

A Sun story tells us that when school pals Nathan Wilkins (13) and Kyle Robson (14) decided to indulge in a spot of arm-wrestling, a friend squirted super glue on Kyle’s hands. Nurses finally manage to part the youngsters after a 30 minute soak in hot, soapy water.

Mark Tilling, head of High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool, said he had taken “appropriate action.”


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