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THE Daily Mirror pays tribute to firefighters who rescued three-year-old pug dog Kiki after she felt down a 130ft deep well while playing in her owners’ garden in Rainham, Kent.

They called emergency services after they couldn’t retrieve her from down the narrow shaft, where the pug landed in mud at the bottom of the well.

The firefighters deemed it too dangerous to enter and instead tied ropes to the handles of a large empty kit bag, filled it with wet dog food, and lowered it into the well.

Kiki then climbed in the basket and was pulled to safety.

Crew manager Graham Porter said: “It’s a miracle that she didn’t appear to have any injuries after falling that far, but she seemed okay and enjoyed a cuddle with the crew.”


Up for auction are live recordings of reggae star Bob Marley which have been found by chance after spending 40 years in a London hotel basement.

An article in The Guardian says that the reel-to-reel analogue tapes were recovered during the clearance of a hotel in Little Venice,.

With water damage, mould and grime oozing out, they looked beyond repair and were going to be binned, but after a two-year restoration by sound engineer Martin Nichols, the 10 tapes will be auctioned off next month.

The recordings were of 1970s gigs at the Lyceum theatre and the Rainbow theatre in London, and the Pavillon Baltard in Paris.

They include some of Marley’s greatest hits including No Woman No Cry, Is This Love, and Jamming.

The concerts were recorded on what was then the only mobile studio vehicle in the UK, loaned by the Rolling Stones. The recordings were rescued by London businessman Joe Gatt, who said he had a friend working on the hotel clearance who called him about the tapes.

The tapes, with digitally restored audio, are being sold by the specialist auction house Omega in Merseyside, on May 21.


The pub industry has taken a big hit in the UK, according to The Independent.

They say that almost 1,000 pubs vanished last year, as the industry was hit by intense cost pressures and business rate increases.

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls commented: “Pubs are being hit with a myriad of cost pressures at a time of unprecedented political uncertainty and unstable consumer confidence.”


People living in parts of Britain woke up to a covering of Saharan dust, reports the Daily Mirror.

The dense wave of dust blown up from the African desert left cars covered, and people struggling for breath.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs issued a high air pollution warning for three regions – London, the South East, and Yorkshire, & Humberside.

Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead at Asthma UK, said: “Saharan dust could post a serious risk to the 5.4 million people in the UK with asthma.

“Toxic air can leave people struggling for breath and can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and even a life-threatening asthma attack.”


A fascinating insight into the final journey of 19th century explorer David Livingstone has been published online.

In 1855, he became the first European to see Victoria Falls in Africa and in 1871 Henry Morton Stanley, another explorer, famously greeted him with the phrase: “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”

The Guardian says the insight comes from the diary of an African attendant on the journey which contains the only handwritten witness account of Livingstone’s death in 1873.

It was written by Jacob Wainwright, a member of the Yao ethnic group from East Africa and the only African pallbearer at the explorer’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1874.

Livingstone died aged 60 in the village of Chitambo, present-day Chipundu, Zambia, after suffering from fever and excruciating back pain that prevented him from walking.

Professor Adrian S Wisnicki, the director of Livingstone Online, a digital archive of documents about the explorer, said: “This diary shows us how Wainwright, through travelling with someone like Livingstone, is starting to see different African cultures and African people he meets through the eyes of a [European] explorer. There are elements in the diary where he’s trying to write in a Livingstonian mode.”

The original diary manuscripts are held at the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum in Blantyre, Scotland.


Reference list:-

  • The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)
  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Independent

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