IT looks as if British rock legend Rod Stewart is having a clear-out.
The BBC reports that the singer, who owns a mansion in Sheering near Harlow, is auctioning off some his furniture.
A spokesman for Sworders’ Fine Art of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, said that the collection of more than 60 lots includes a pair of gilt bronze-mounted side tables, estimated at £2,000-£3,000, a pair of late 19th century pier mirrors, estimated at £2,000-£3,000 and a set of four gilt bronze two-branch wall lights, estimated at £800-£1,200.
The Daily Express highlights an unusual way to raise money for a worthy cause…travelling around Britain on a lawnmower.
Andy Maxfield, from Inskip, Lancashire, took five days, eight hours and 36 minutes to travel the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a John Deere X750 lawnmower (top speed 9mph) to raise more than £9,0000 for the Alzheimer’s Society as a tribute to his father James who died in January after a 13 year battle against the disease.
The challenge was recognised by Guinness World Records as the fastest lawnmower ride from the tip of the UK to the bottom.
He commented: “I was going down some busy dual carriageways with vehicles going past at 50 to 60mph.
“We found people had gone past us, then donated and left supportive messages on our fundraising page.”
Firemen who were called in to rescue Jessie the Macaw after it got stuck on a roof at her owner’s house in Edmonton, north London, got a rude welcome, says the Daily Mirror.
They were told to tell the bird ‘I love you’ – to which Jessie replied ‘I love you back’.
However she then swore at them in fruity language before flying off to another nearby rooftop.
Fireman Chris Swallow said: “We were told that to bond with the parrot, you have to tell her ‘I love you’, which is exactly what the crew manager did.
“While Jessie responded ‘I love you’ back, we then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement.” The bird was later reunited with its owner.
The Guardian tells us that a 12th-century statue of Buddha, which stolen from India nearly 60 years ago, is to be returned to the country after it was discovered at a trade fair in the UK.
The bronze sculpture was one of 14 statues ransacked from the Archaeological Museum in Nalanda, eastern India, in 1961 and has now been identified at a trade fair in the UK by members of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art , an organisation working to preserve cultural heritage, and the India Pride Project, which aims to recover stolen artefacts.
Police said the current owner and dealer were unaware of the statue’s history and agreed for it to be returned to India.
It may have been one of the hottest summers on record in the UK but The Air Balloon pub in Filton, near Bristol, has already put up its Christmas tree.
The Daily Express reports that landlady Joanne Johnson admitted she would have put it up even earlier if it had not been for the World Cup.
“Last year I put up the tree in July but I delayed it a bit this year because of the World Cup.”
She added: “I don’t really do it for the purpose of decorating the pub, it’s more for advertising – to let people know that we’ve started taking Christmas dinner bookings.”
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