Oddities&Endities

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Saints Above


Saint Bernard lands on man
(Filed: 27/07/2006)

A man suffered bruising after a 110lb Saint Bernard was thrown from a first-floor window and landed on him as he walked down a street in Sosnowiec, southern Poland.
The year-old dog, Oskar, had been shoved out by its drunken owner and is now in an animal shelter.
"The dog escaped with just a few scratches and the man was more shocked than hurt," said Grzegorz Wierzbicki, a police spokesman.
Daily Telegraph

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Quackers!


Cricketers turn scoreboard into a duckboard
By Paul Stokes
(Filed: 26/07/2006)

It was definitely a day to forget for bottom of the table Goldsborough Second XI cricket team. Ten players were out for ducks, one remained undefeated without scoring and the only runs on the board were five extras.
John Dyson, Goldsborough's secretary, said: "If they had lasted another half hour or so the heavens opened and it might have been rained off."
Daily Telegraph

Crime doesn't pay?


£61m a day profit puts Mafia on a par with Fiat
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
(Filed: 26/07/2006)

The Mafia made £61 million a day last year in Italy through protection rackets, bribes and illegal money lending, according to a new report.
The new turnover - which excludes income from drugs and gun-running - puts the Mafia on a par with Fiat and Enel, two of the country's largest companies.
The criminal empire earns five times as much as Telecom Italia, the state telephone monopoly.
Daily Telegraph

Fat end of the wedge?


NHS has to buy tougher beds to cope with fat patients
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 26/07/2006)

Increasing obesity is forcing hospitals to spend thousands of pounds on reinforced beds to accommodate patients weighing more than 40 stone.
Mortuaries are also having to increase the size of fridges in which bodies are stored as figures show that more than two thirds of the UK population are now clinically overweight.
The issue was highlighted yesterday when the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital announced that it was having to spend £40,000 on equipment - including beds, hoists, armchairs and commodes - to cater for very fat patients.
Two months ago, a distraught Norfolk family was told that their dead mother could not be cremated in her home city because, at 22 stone, she was too large for the crematorium.
The body of Penelope Stapleton, 61, from Norwich, who died from a heart attack, had to be transported more than 100 miles for cremation in Watford.
Daily Telegraph

Time off for good behaviour


And they're off: MPs pack their bags as 76-day holiday begins
By George Jones, Political Editor
(Filed: 26/07/2006)

MPs left Westminster yesterday for a 76-day summer recess, though it could be the last time they get such a long holiday.
When MPs return on Oct 9 for the "spillover session" before the Queen's Speech on Nov 15, Mr Straw will seek a debate and vote on whether next year there should be a return to September sittings.
But he is not optimistic, as he believes that many MPs like being away from London for 11 weeks in the summer.
Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

No passport needed, just Burke's Peerage


Resort ready to do battle with its enemy at the gates
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 25/07/2006)

Battle was joined yesterday over plans to install a safety barrier at a level crossing that serves as the gateway to one of the country's most genteel seaside resorts.
Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, which still outlaws ice-cream sales and ball games on its seafront, has been on the wrong end of recent planning battles over establishing a fish and chip shop, a pub and a betting shop in the town.
Now the final straw has come in a plan by Network Rail to replace "the gates" - the white wooden gates at the manned level crossing along the only public road into the Victorian resort.
Frinton proper starts only once you have passed through the gates. Local legend has it that townspeople used to padlock them in the middle of the 20th century to prevent charabancs carrying the "wrong sort of people" from London to Frinton on day trips.
"Paris has its Eiffel Tower, London has Tower Bridge and, in Frinton, we have the gates," said Terry Allen, the deputy mayor.
Daily Telegraph

Honestly Different


Tenth of Italian MPs in trouble with law
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
(Filed: 25/07/2006)
Almost one in 10 members of the Italian parliament is either on trial, awaiting an appeal, or has a conviction, only a decade after the political classes were purged by anti-corruption prosecutors.
Italy is also served by 25 MPs who have criminal convictions, the highest number ever recorded.
Italians believe that most of the people involved in running the state are furbi, or cunning, and politicians are sometimes described as diversamente onesti, or "differently honest".
"This is a very Italian thing,"said Marco Travaglio, one of the authors of Honourable Men Wanted, which lists charges against more than 80 MPs.
Daily Telegraph

Sailing Bark


Bilbo, the doggy-paddling lifeguard
By Richard Savill and Michael Fleet
(Filed: 25/07/2006)

Bilbo, a five-year-old Newfoundland, has become Britain's only fully-qualified canine lifeguard.
He has passed fitness and swimming tests to join the team that patrols the busy beach at Sennen Cove in Cornwall. He even has his own lifeguard's vest with safety messages written across to warn holidaymakers not to go beyond the designated swimming and surfing areas.
Daily Telegraph

Monday, July 24, 2006

Glowing picture of Scotland


Radioactive scrap left lying for eight years
Last updated: 24-Jul-06 01:16 BST

A SHIPMENT of radioactive scrap metal that arrived in Scotland eight years ago has been found to be still lying in storage, awaiting a decision on its fate.
The cargo, which was shipped from Egypt to Coatbridge in Lanarkshire in 1998, has become the source of a long-running dispute between the UK and Egyptian governments over its ownership.
According to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the scrap had been brought to the UK to be disposed of, but when it was found to have low levels of naturally occurring radioactivity, it was decided it should be sent back.
A SEPA spokeswoman said: "Efforts have been ongoing to secure the repatriation of the shipment, in line with guidance and policy from Scottish Executive.
New Scotsman

Restless soul


Tug-of-war over priest's body is finally resolved
By Rahul Bedi
(Filed: 24/07/2006)

The body of an eccentric English cleric who spent four decades working to improve the lot of India's lower castes has finally been laid to rest after being exhumed and re-buried three times in a bizarre tug-of-war.
The battle over where the remains of Fr Mark Barnes should lie had been fought between his supporters and the Catholic Church since he died in an accident 17 months ago while making cartridges for his shotgun.
The priest's body was interred on Saturday inside the compound of St Mary's Convent School, which he had founded in Gumtala village, 300 miles north of New Delhi.
The Church wanted him interred in the priest's cemetery at Jalandhar, but his -supporters insisted on burying him at the school he opened for their children. His body was originally buried at the spot where it now lies, much to the chagrin of the Church.
On the orders of the local authority, the body was secretly exhumed by police on the night of the funeral.
The police had it hastily re-buried in a Muslim graveyard before once more exhuming and re-burying it in a plot adjoining a Hindu funeral ground.
After 17 months of legal wrangling, the Church agreed to re-bury the priest at his original resting place and to erect a memorial on the spot.
Daily Telegraph

World's Oldest Boozer?


Oldest brewery is older
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 24/07/2006)

A brewery that boasts of being Britain's oldest is even older than it thought.
Shepherd Neame, of Faversham, Kent, has made great play of the fact that beer has been brewed at the same site since 1698. But today, when it reopens its visitor centre after a £350,000 revamp, John Owen, a local historian and the brewery's archivist, will reveal that there has been brewing there since at least 1573. The company is now rewriting its history.

Daily Telegraph

Beware! Cats in the road


Smart cats' eyes to make roads safer
By David Millward
(Filed: 24/07/2006)

The humble cat's eye, invented in 1934, is to undergo a major high-tech overhaul.
First introduced on Britain's roads by Jim Callaghan in 1947 when he was a junior transport minister, the cat's eye is to become an "intelligent road stud" that will do a lot more than just help motorists follow the road at night.
The studs get brighter as visibility worsens and can be made to flash at the flick of a switch.
They can alert drivers to ice by turning blue when the road temperature drops below freezing and warn them of delays ahead by being switched to red or flashing amber.
The test studs on the M8 are connected to the national grid, but trials of solar-powered studs, which are not as bright, have been taking place in other areas, including Peterborough and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Daily Telegraph

Red Baron's Curse


Daughter jailed as society murder trial shocks Brazil
By Andrew Downie in Rio de Janeiro
(Filed: 24/07/2006)

A descendant of Manfred von Richthofen, the German pilot known as the Red Baron, has been sentenced to almost 40 years in jail in Brazil for bludgeoning her parents to death.
Suzane von Richtofen, the 22-year-old daughter of the great-nephew of the First World War ace, was described in court as "the personification of an evil blonde".
She was convicted along with her boyfriend, Daniel Cravinhos, and his brother Cristian.
All three had taken a cocktail of marijuana, paint-thinner and glue. Prosecuting lawyers argued that the trio killed the couple in order to inherit their estate.
The murders took place in October 2002 but because Brazil's legal system works slowly the trial only took place this week.
The three ransacked the house and stole money in an attempt to make their crime resemble a botched break-in, but police detained Daniel Cravinhos after he paid for a new motorbike in cash the day after the murders.
In a country where elaborate soap operas of evil, sex, and intrigue regularly attract tens of millions of viewers, the trial surpassed anything dreamt up by the nation's scriptwriters.
In one of the most telling moments, television cameras caught one of von Richthofen's lawyers instructing her to cry during a television interview broadcast on the eve of the trial. She also laughed several times during the trial, causing outrage in the packed courtroom.
Daily Telegraph

Aaaagh! The Pipes! The Pipes!


Pipers are curbed by safety code
By Kate Devlin
(Filed: 24/07/2006)
Soldiers learning to play the bagpipes have been told to limit their practice sessions to only 24 minutes a day, or 15 minutes when indoors.
Pipers will also have to wear ear plugs under the new guidelines brought in by health and safety officials.
The advice, aimed at preventing soldiers from suffering hearing problems, was issued after a study by the Army Medical Directorate environmental health team.
Tests showed that outdoors the sound of bagpipes could reach 111 decibels, slightly louder than a pneumatic drill. Indoors, the instrument could reach 116 decibels, or as loud as a chainsaw.
Daily Telegraph

Friday, July 21, 2006

Cosy cossy


Muslim full-body swimsuits join the beach bikinis
By Oliver Poole in Istanbul
(Filed: 21/07/2006)

The beaches of Turkey, crowded with women in bikinis or sunbathing topless, are witnessing a new phenomenon: neck-to-ankle swimwear worn by increasingly confident Muslim women.
The Islamic swimwear consists of a full-body suit and a hood that is pulled over a tight bonnet. The development is worrying the country's secularists and there have been reports of lifeguards ordering women off beaches for wearing the suits.
Daily Telegraph

Frozen out


American pullout leaves Iceland defenceless
By David Rennie in Reykjavik
(Filed: 21/07/2006)

The people of Iceland are about to join one of the world's smallest clubs - those nations without armed forces on their territory to defend their borders.
The United States, which had assured Iceland's defence for decades, stunned the country in March when it announced that it would be closing its bases on the island, withdrawing its F-15 fighters and thousands of servicemen in the space of just six months.
The only time Iceland has been invaded in modern history was by British forces, in May 1940.
Daily Telegraph

Daylight Robbery


'Hero' sub-postmaster is told to repay half of raiders' haul
By Stewart Payne
(Filed: 21/07/2006)

A sub-postmaster beaten and left unconscious by robbers has been told that he must repay £3,000 of their haul to the Post Office.
Dilip Karavadra, 42, was attacked with a crowbar, receiving severe head injuries and a broken arm requiring a metal plate. He was taken into intensive care and needed physiotherapy to help him walk again.
After returning to work he was told that he must repay £3,000 of the £6,695 stolen because he had contributed to the loss by moving away from an open parcel hatch through which the raiders launched their attack in Upper Caldecote, Herts.
Daily Telegraph

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Evening, all !!


WPc 'spent her evenings as a prostitute'
(Filed: 20/07/2006)

A policewoman in New Zealand has avoided the sack despite revelations that she spends her evenings working as a prostitute.
The officer, who has not been named, was censured by her bosses but allowed to remain in her job after agreeing to give up her rather original night duties.
Jon Neilson, a police spokesman, said the officer had taken up "secondary employment due to financial difficulties," for a brief period but had not sought police approval to work in the sex industry.
Daily Telegraph

Shipping list


Hundreds injured in cruise ship lurch
(Filed: 20/07/2006)

Dozens of British holidaymakers are recovering after a sudden heavy lurch of their 113,000-tonne cruise liner left 240 passengers injured.
Nearly 100 passengers had to be taken to hospital after the Crown Princess vessel heavily listed to starboard about 11 miles off the coast of Florida last night.
The ship, which had been heading to New York, returned to Port Canaveral in Florida and the Britons will be flown to New York today and then will return to the UK.
The film Titanic had been showing on the liner when the listing happened, and some passengers said it appeared that life was imitating art.
Daily Telegraph

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Argos delivery too slow, say prisoners
By Paul Stokes
(Filed: 19/07/2006)

Some of the country's most dangerous prisoners have complained about poor television reception and delays in receiving goods from the Argos catalogue.
Inmates raised the issues in a list of grievances with managers at the maximum security Full Sutton prison, near York.
They also claimed that cells were smelly and too hot, food portions too small and visits were delayed because a dog handler was not always available for searches.
The 19-year-old prison holds category A and B prisoners and has a capacity of 613. Among the complainants is Kenneth Noye, who is serving a life sentence for the road rage killing of Stephen Cameron in 1996.
Full Sutton's joint consultative committee, a representative body for inmates, aired the gripes during a regular meeting with managers. They included problems of goods ordered from Argos not being delivered for up to two weeks.
Daily Telegraph

Tat Gallery


Tate broke charity laws by buying art from its trustees
By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent
(Filed: 19/07/2006)

The Tate Gallery has been found guilty of breaking charity laws for buying works of art by its own trustees.
The Charity Commission discovered that the Tate spent more than £700,000 on seven works of art by trustees in the past nine years, but did not seek independent valuations or even require the artist-trustees to leave the room while the purchases were approved.
In a withering report, following a nine-month investigation, the commission said that it "had found serious shortcomings in the processes for managing conflicts of interests". The commissioners went on: "In any charity we would be concerned that such basic matters were neglected, but in a charity of the size and stature of the Tate we are very disappointed."
The verdict - that the Tate broke charity law but not the criminal law - is one of the most serious indictments of the running of one of the nation's major cultural institutions in living memory.
However, Sir Nicholas Serota, the director of the two Tate galleries, Britain and Modern, and the most powerful figure in modern British art, said that neither he nor the current trustees saw any reason to resign.
The investigation was prompted by a row last autumn when The Stuckists, an art movement opposed to the Tate's championing of conceptualist art, disclosed that the Tate paid £705,000 (only £600,000 to the Tate because VAT could be reclaimed) to Chris Ofili, a former Turner Prize winner and one of its trustees, for a work called The Upper Room in 2003. It was made up of 13 canvases decorated with his trademark elephant dung.
Critics not only questioned the price but it emerged that Victoria Miro, Ofili's agent, had asked Sir Nicholas to speed up the purchase because the artist needed the money urgently because he was getting married.
Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Chocolate teapot


Chocolate that keeps its cool in summer
(Filed: 17/07/2006)

Scientists have come up with a mouthwatering invention which could change the lives of chocoholics in the summer - a type of chocolate that does not melt in the heat.
Hot weather has long been the bane of chocolate fans, reducing bars to a gooey mess, but experts at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria claim to have the answer. The chocolate that they have created stays firm up to 122F (50C), while normal products melt at temperatures between 77F (25C) and about 91F (33C).
Researchers mixed corn starch with cocoa to produce a heat-resistant chocolate that, they say, compares "favourably with conventional milk chocolate in terms of colour, taste, smoothness and overall acceptability".
The starch acts as a chocolate thickener and prevents the cocoa butter running in the heat.
Daily Telegraph

'Allo, 'allo, ..er .. um..


Wanted: a bobby for the biggest beat in Britain
By Richard Alleyne
(Filed: 17/07/2006)

As a police patch, the area around Rhiconich, in the north-west Highlands, makes Heartbeat seem more like Miami Vice.
It is Europe's biggest and quietest beat, where there is no gun crime (unless you count poaching), no drugs and no stabbings. A break-in is considered a crime wave.
Now the 900 square mile district, with a population of only 1,100 people, is looking for a new bobby to replace Pc David Inglis, who retires next month after 30 years in the Northern Constabulary.
He said that in a busy year he would send 15 people to court but usually the figure is around 10.
He has dealt with only a handful of break-ins in his nine years in the area, never a murder or serious crime, and the 51-year-old constable, who patrols in a white van, cannot remember the last time the cell in the three-bedroom, 200-year-old police house was used.
Daily Telegraph

One lord a-leaping


Bogus aristocrat to be sent back to his family in Florida
By Paul Thompson in Tampa, Florida
(Filed: 17/07/2006)

A man who posed as a British aristocrat before being exposed as a former American serviceman is to be deported from the UK and banned from returning for at least five years.
Charles Stopford, 44, who had claimed to be Christopher Buckingham, will be a free man when he sets foot on US soil. He was last seen by his parents and eight brothers and sisters in 1983 when he disappeared, telling them that he was travelling around the world.
They were unaware that he had settled in Britain, married and had two children, Lyndsey, now 20, and Edward, 17, and had adopted the bogus title of Lord Buckingham.
The family say Stopford has told them that a car accident had wiped out his memory of his life in America.
Stopford grew up in Orlando and left the US abruptly after being accused of plotting to blow up his boss at a fast food restaurant.
He was arrested in Dover 18 months ago during a routine passport check on his way back from France.
Stopford had stolen the identity of a dead baby in a ploy taken from the thriller The Day of the Jackal and he later adopted the Lord Buckingham title. He had convinced his Canadian-born wife, Jody, that he had inherited the title.
Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Now you see it...


Anyone seen our missing 38-ton sculpture?
By Fiona Govan in Madrid
(Filed: 11/07/2006)

The disappearance of a 38-ton metal sculpture, last exhibited in Spain's greatest modern art museum, has mystified police.
The work by the American artist Richard Serra was commissioned in 1986 by Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, where it was displayed for five years before being removed and placed in storage.
Records revealed that the huge piece, comprising four solid steel blocks, was last seen in 1995 when it was being stored in the open air on an industrial estate in a suburb of Madrid.
Eight years later the labour ministry chose the plot to construct a building to house new archives. The sculpture was never heard of again.
A police investigation concluded that theft was implausible. The piece, which had taken five cranes to move, was thought to be too awkward to handle, and it was worth almost nothing.
Daily Telegraph

Monday, July 10, 2006

Lucky escape


Millionaire 'staged attempt on his life to frame eldest son'
By James Langton
(Filed: 09/07/2006)

It was an open-and-shut case, John Donovan, a millionaire businessman, told police investigating the attempt on his life in a New England car park.
His gun-wielding attackers, whose bullets were miraculously deflected by his belt buckle, had been sent by a member of his own family, with whom he was locked in a bitter legal battle.
After months of investigation, the authorities have reached a different conclusion. Donovan, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is believed to have staged the attack on himself to frame his eldest son, James, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, the investment bank.
Donovan, prosecutors say, fired the shot that shattered his car window on a dark December night last year. He even gave himself a flesh wound, while blasting holes in his own clothes, before scattering the empty bullet cases around the car park in a suburb of Boston.
Police also say they caught Donovan altering the angle of a closed-circuit television camera so it no longer recorded the scene.
Daily Telegraph

Me - ow!


Tilly the tabby survives engine ordeal
(Filed: 09/07/2006)

A cat used up one of its nine lives after hitching a ride inside the engine bay of a car.
Eddie Walsh told today how his neighbour's tabby cat Tilly stowed away inside his car and hid there for more than 24 hours.
During her time trapped under the bonnet she was driven around for 20 miles as her owners frantically searched for their lost pet in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Mr Walsh added: "I thought the car was purring along nicely."
Daily Telegraph

Friday, July 07, 2006

Banding together


Bandstand veterans send yobs packing
(Filed: 07/07/2006)

A gang of youths who tried to ruin a pensioners' open-air concert were beaten back and fled when faced by a "Dad's Army" armed with walking sticks.
More than 30 youngsters, aged between 18 and 25, yelled obscenities at the brass band and kicked footballs at the conductor while terrorising the 300-strong elderly audience, which included Second World War veterans.
But a battalion of 20 pensioners, moved by a rendition of the theme from The Great Escape, rose from their deck chairs and formed a front line of attack. Wielding walking sticks, they advanced towards the enemy.
The youths lost ground and eventually turned on their heels and fled.
Steve Rice, the chairman and tuba player with Bristol's Redland Wind Band, said: "We simply wanted to make people happy with some nice music, but these hooligans weren't interested in that. They wanted to cause trouble and were very drunk and aggressive."
Daily Telegraph

Cook in the books


Put Cook back on curriculum, Canberra tells schools
By Mark Chipperfield in Sydney
(Filed: 06/07/2006)

Two centuries after he dropped anchor in Botany Bay, Capt James Cook has sailed into a political storm in Australia, the country he put on the map.
Once honoured as an Australian hero, the 18th century English navigator has been sidelined - even vilified - in recent decades in a nation embarrassed by its bloody colonial past and the cruel treatment of its indigenous population.
But the Australian government vowed yesterday to reverse the tide of political correctness that had swept Cook, who claimed Australia for the British crown in 1770, and other European "colonisers" from the national school curriculum.
Julie Bishop, the federal education minister, announced that there will be a radical overhaul in the way history is taught in Australian schools, which will see a return to the narrative form of history, free of political interpretation.
"Every school child should know when and why Capt James Cook sailed along the east coast of Australia, who was our first prime minister, why we were involved in two world wars and how federation came about," she said.
Daily Telegraph

Driven men


White Van Man is a 'proven danger'
By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent
(Filed: 06/07/2006)

White Van Man, viewed by many motorists as the unruly road hog at the wheel of a light delivery vehicle, who heckles other drivers for their driving, has been scientifically proven to be more of a danger on the road.
Drivers of white vans overtake cyclists an average of four inches (10cm) closer than car drivers, according to new research.
Using a bicycle fitted with a video camera and an ultrasonic distance sensor, Ian Walker from the University of Bath's Department of Psychology, cycled more than 180 miles in Bristol and Salisbury over two months.
He was overtaken by about 2,500 vehicles, of which about 200 were white light good vehicles, which gave an average passing distance of just over 4ft 1in. Drivers of 200 black cars, used for comparison, allowed 4ft 5½in.
Daily Telegraph

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Maximum Insecurity Prisons


Security alerts lead to change of locks at jails
(Filed: 05/07/2006)

All locks in two prisons are being changed at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds after separate security breaches.
One incident happened yesterday when a member of the Independent Monitoring Board, formerly known as the Board of Visitors, left a set of keys on a table in an unnamed jail's staff canteen, which is run by inmates. He was reported to have resigned.
The second breach occurred last week after a media visit to Feltham young offenders institution in west London. ITV was accused of broadcasting shots of a prison key.
Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Speaking in tongues


Geordie wakes after stroke with new accent
By Nigel Bunyan
(Filed: 04/07/2006)

A woman spoke of her distress yesterday at emerging from a stroke to find that her Geordie accent had been transformed into a Jamaican one.
Linda Walker, 60, is one of only 50 people to have been recorded as suffering from foreign accent syndrome. She is now helping researchers from Newcastle University in the hope that they can find a cure for future sufferers.
The condition occurs when patients wake up after a brain injury. In Mrs Walker's case it appeared as she regained consciousness from a stroke in March.
She failed to realise the extent of the transformation of her voice until her speech therapist played her a tape.
Foreign accent syndrome was first discovered in Norway in 1941 when a young woman started to speak with a German accent after an air raid.
Daily Telegraph

Monday, July 03, 2006

Crossing the lines


Anglers on rivers in England face fines from Scots
By Graeme Wilson, Political Correspondent
(Filed: 03/07/2006)

English anglers fishing on English rivers could be fined up to £2,500 for breaching laws passed in Edinburgh by the Scottish Parliament, it emerged yesterday.
MPs voiced concern after it emerged that Westminster is about to lose its power to approve changes in the laws governing the Tweed and its tributaries on the border be-tween England and Scotland.
Westminster's role recognises the fact that a section of the Tweed either runs through England or along the border. In addition, one of the Tweed's main tributaries - the Till - is an entirely English river running through Northumberland.
Under the new order Edinburgh will no longer have to seek approval of Westminster for any changes.
Daily Telegraph

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Filling in


Shortage of false teeth fear when new rules bite
By Karyn Miller
(Filed: 02/07/2006)

A shortage of false teeth is looming as new regulations threaten to put thousands of denture-makers out of business.
An estimated 5,000 dental technicians, known as denturists, make more than half of the false teeth used by Britain's estimated 13 million denture wearers.
Under rules introduced by the General Dental Council, denturists will be banned from working in the UK unless they have passed an approved course and have registered with the GDC.
However, the nearest course is 3,500 miles away in Toronto, and costs £14,000. To date, only six British denturists have enrolled.
Daily Telegraph

Flight of fancy


Nigeria arrests reporters over story on president's luxury jet
By Stephen Bevan
(Filed: 02/07/2006)

Olusegun Obasanjo, the Nigerian president appointed last week to Tony Blair's Africa Progress Panel, is facing criticism over the arrest of two journalists for writing about his new luxury presidential jet.
The two reporters were thrown in jail on charges of sedition after revealing that technical problems had forced Mr Obasanjo's £40 million Boeing aeroplane to make an emergency landing within weeks of going into service.
Despite the Nigerian government's efforts to silence them, local journalists have also revealed that the buying of the luxurious jet is the subject of an inquiry by Nigeria's anti-corruption watchdog, a sensitive matter, given Mr Obasanjo's pledge to tackle rampant graft.
Daily Telegraph