Meet Shanice, the new receptionist at Brent Council’s town hall. She seems friendly enough as she smiles from behind a desk, but step a little closer and you’ll soon realise she’s a £12,000 hologram. FULL ARTICLE
Chefs are cooking up a new world record bid by making more than 100 dishes from one super-sized cabbage. FULL ARTICLE
A dented teapot used by a family for years turned out to be a Victorian prototype. Made in 1879, the silver pot, one of only six, is thought to be worth £20,000. FULL ARTICLE
Husband dearest's choice ......
Using LED lights, Ultraviolet paint and time-lapse photography researchers at Exeter University studying the habits of 450 garden snails have discovered that the snails can hit a top speed of one metre an hour and often move in convoy, piggy-backing on other snails slime to save energy. FULL ARTICLE/BBC VIDEO
Favourite two articles of the week ..... A Norfolk pet owner has been threatened with an ASBO (Anti Social Behaviour Order) because his parrot, Buddy, won't stop singing 'Old MacDonald Had A Farm', squawking 'police' at full volume and 'Hello, who's that then?' when he hears a mobile ring. FULL ARTICLE *
A burglar who stole a kayak and tried to paddle across the Channel in hope of a new life abroad was picked up by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) less than a mile off the Kent coast. FULL ARTICLE
Party goers at the Notting Hill Carnival were treated to a spectacle of dance from three Metropolitan police officers, in what can only be described as an outbreak of good feeling. FULL ARTICLE
Strapped into a launch capsule with an over the shoulder camera and sent up into the air using a weather balloon filled with hydrogen Babbage the teddy bear was sent 39,000 metres into the air from a launch pad in Brighton. FULL ARTICLE/VIDEO
Barbecue burger ice-cream with toppings of candied bacon, dill gherkin ripple and tomato ketchup were on offer at the UK’s first National Burger Day in Dalston Yard, east London. FULL ARTICLE
Snail facials have hit the UK where they can crawl on your face for £50 per twenty minute session. FULL ARTICLE (As I commented on my FaceBook page our garden is full of snails, I'll do you a facial for £10. PW)
Using 90,000 of its Dairy Milk pebbles chocolate makers Cadbury created a chocolate castle on a Brighton beach to celebrate last Monday's Bank Holiday. FULL ARTICLE
The article that had me saying Uh-Oh ..... The hill house of the Teletubbies, Dipsy, Laa-laa, Tinky winky and Po, was turned into a pond by a farmer who was sick of tourists trespassing on her land. FULL ARTICLE
* Because of changes to this newspaper's website these links may not always be live, my apologies. PW
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