Chris Todd admitted defeat in his attempt to cross the Irish Sea as bad weather sank his giant metal water wheel.
12 hours after he set out on a calm sea from Trearddur Bay, north Wales, both rudders broke off and the vessel foundered as he ran into winds. More
Ponycon - The horse show with a difference .....
The tails are brushed to perfection, the tack is gleaming, the competition is fierce - but this is a horse show with a difference.
At Ponycon 2012, held at the Long Eaton Novotel in Derbyshire the mane attractions are plastic as every year hundreds of My Little Pony fans meet to trot out their treasured toys.
You would imagine this would be a big draw for little girls but nearly all of those attending are quite big girls, and some like Marco Platé (pictured left), not girls at all.
Marco, 38, has more than 2,000 Ponies, his favourite being Takara a limited edition from Japan worth £5,000. More
You thought he was barking? How about this man?
Dan Knowlton (41) has spent thousands of pounds buying Cabbage Patch Kid dolls which were a huge hit in the 1980's.
Having devoted three rooms of his house to the collection of 600 dolls, Dan spends hours a week changing their outfits and dusting their furniture. More
A lazy new dad has built the world's fastest motorised pram to save the effort of having to push it - but its too powerful to go at top speeds with his baby son.
Plumber Colin Furze (33), of Stamford, Lincs, has added a powerful engine to the silver metal pushchair which gives it an incredible top speed of 50mph. More
Warning: Not recommended as particularly safe, as Colin himself admits 'It is really unstable when it goes at top speed and if you hit a rough bit of road you are in danger of falling off' ....... not to mention the danger to the baby, eh, Colin? PW
And now for the ........ fashion show with a difference.
It may shock some traditionalists but vicars have taken to the catwalk to model the latest fashions in clergy robes.
The modelling ministers are showing off the latest designs at an annual Christian event nicknamed The Ideal Church Show. More
Anyone for a spot of‘crochetdermy'?
Leicester artist Shauna Richardson has pioneered the art of ‘crochetdermy' - using crochet to build life-size animals. More
Yet another case of 'elf and safety' gone mad?
It may be hard to swallow, but that hasn't stopped one sports firm warning that a football bigger than an adults head could be a potential choking hazard to young children.
Confused mum Jo Bird did a double take after spotting the warning stamp on the side of her daughter Lili Alexander's Premier League-sized football. More
Now its the turn of my top story of the week - Its official, not only do plants love Geordie accents but our dulcet tones mean they grow more quickly.
Horticultural expert Chris Bonnett spent the summer researching which accent plants respond best to, with the Geordie drawl claiming top spot.
The gardener started by isolating different groups of plants before his team spoke to them everyday in different accents.
'After just a few weeks we started to see differences emerging with the Geordie and Welsh groups shooting up while the Chelsea and Mancunian plants seemed to particularly struggle.' More
Still making its presence felt .....
For more than a year Paul and Jeanette Henry were driven round the bend by a mystery 'beep' in their home.
It went off every 30 seconds, 24 hours a day, every day without fail, and try as they might, they couldn’t find the source.
They called in an electrician to do tests and to cut off all the power, to no avail.