11 Nov 2013


    Police dogs could be given pensions to cover medical costs and expenses under new plans to treat dogs like police officers. FULL ARTICLE *

Two friends who met studying aerospace engineering at Manchester University have launched The Meteor, a home-made probe, manned by two Lego men 17 miles to the edge of outer space. FULL ARTICLE 

Worshippers at two cold churches are to be given re-heatable cushion pads for their pews. Able to stay hot for 90 minutes if the trial at Broadclyst and South Tawton, Devon is a hit more churches could get them. FULL ARTICLE

A Nottinghamshire bride could have been accused of horsing around when she decided to walk down the aisle with a thoroughbred horse as one of her bridesmaids. FULL ARTICLE

A local supernatural society has vowed to step up investigations after werewolves, wizards and a coven of witches were reported to Gloucestershire police force who were said to have received an astonishing number of 999 calls concerning ghostly goings-on. FULL ARTICLE

Conservative Cabinet minister Eric Pickles has thrown his weight behind a campaign of money saving ideas which could see the Town Hall cutting costs by using cows and sheep to mow the grass on council land. FULL ARTICLE

A two-bedroom house in Bristol has been advertised online with pictures showing an array of drug-making paraphernalia in one of the bedrooms. The house, which is up for £130,000, was raided by Avon and Somerset Police following a tip-off in July. However, they had not removed the remains of the suspected cannabis kit when the estate agents came to take promotional photographs of the property. FULL ARTICLE

A baker from the west Midlands has created a five foot five inch cake of Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow for the Cake International competition in Birmingham. IMAGE & FULL ARTICLE

A drinks firm has apologised after instead of using a picture of Rev CH Bulmer who had provided the company with a loan over 120 years ago they printed a photograph of a teetotal clergyman who spent his life helping alcoholics to advertise their .... cider. FULL ARTICLE

A group of people dressed as Batman, Robin, David Hasselhoff and a Smurf helped police officers catch a criminal in an East Lothian supermarket. FULL ARTICLE

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Naida said...

ha! A thoroughbred horse as one of her bridesmaids? Given that I'm scared of horses, I would not have been able to attend that wedding.
That Jack Sparrow cake is pretty awesome.
Happy Monday!

Kelly said...

The first two stories were my favorites. I loved the video of the Lego men in space!

We had a K9 officer put down recently due to cancer (after quite a few years in service) and his memorial service included bagpipes and K9 officers (and their partners) from other police forces.

Suko said...

I love the super hero story! Happy Monday, Tracy!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

I had caught quite a few of your stories this week, although I think that my favourite has to be the 'Jack Sparrow' cake, which was totally amazing.

Thanks for the alternative news update, as always it makes for great reading.


Vanja Holm said...

I really like the first two stories! I didn't realise that space probe landed close to Chesterfield! My own fault for not reading the papers I guess, haha!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Love the fact that the police dogs are getting something to make sure they are taken care of after their service. We had one with a full ceremony here after he was put down b/c of cancer. It was on all the news.

The one about Batman/Robin, the Hoff and a Smurf sounded like it was going to be the start of a joke. :)

anilkurup said...

The audacious bride ! well that was a way of thinking different!

I liked the idea to see police dogs at par with their bipedal colleagues.

Brian Joseph said...

My wife wants us to get goats. One of her selling points is that they will take care of lawn mowing. I really do not want to show her that piece...

LL Cool Joe said...

When I read the story in the newspaper about the flat in Bristol I just thought it was unbelievable! :D

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

That cake is crazy! I can't imagine creating something like that! Wow! The pictures of the flat for sale are crazy- I guess they weren't thinking.

I always love reading these different stories! Thanks for searching them out. :)

Betty Manousos said...

these are all interesting stories, thanks for sharing. i think that my favourite has to be the super hero story!


Alexia561 said...

I've heard of having dogs as ringbearers, so guess a horse as a bridesmaid isn't too much of a stretch.

Love the idea of the Jack Sparrow cake, but Jack Sparrow in person would be even better! ;)