Man moves into a home in the hospital where he was born
30 Dec
2011
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Man moves into a home in the hospital where he was born »

MANY dream of returning to their roots one day to settle down, but one man has taken the idea one step further – by moving into a home in the hospital where he was born. 24-year-old engineer Andrew Watson has returned to the place he entered the world after snapping up a two-bedroom apartment on [...]

Tractors of yesteryear raise cash for Air Ambulance
30 Dec
2011
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Tractors of yesteryear raise cash for Air Ambulance »

VINTAGE tractors drew hundreds of people to the streets of a small Staffordshire town as onlookers anxiously awaited the antique machines as they plodded in a parade. Haughton and District Old Friends staged its ninth annual charity tractor run yesterday, with a convoy of around 100 vintage tractors following a 20-mile circular route from Haughton [...]

Hero soldier rescues drowning woman
29 Dec
2011
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Hero soldier rescues drowning woman »

A SOLDIER at home  on leave is being hailed a life saver after leaping into a freezing river to keep a drowning woman afloat until more help arrived. Private Andrew Simpson, from Danesbridge, Bridgnorth, rushed to the aid of the woman, who had fallen into the river Severn in Shropshire and was tangled in floating [...]

Thousands queue for Boxing Day bargins »

THOUSANDS of shoppers in Birmingham queued up from the early hours of the morning in the hope of snagging a festive bargain. Eager punters started gathering outside popular shopping centre The Bullring from 2am this morning/yesterday morning (MON) in anticipation of the doors opening four hours later. The centre’s ‘big three’, department stores Selfridges and [...]

Dad’s top Christmas injuries poll »

OVER-EXCITED dads playing with their kids’ new Christmas presents cause the most injuries during the festive season, a recent survey has revealed.   The poll has reinforced the assumption among many women that their husbands are just big kids, as it showed more than 35 per cent of Christmas injuries resulted from grown men playing [...]

Thieves steal letters meant for Santa
25 Dec
2011
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Thieves steal letters meant for Santa »

HEARTLESS thieves have dashed children’s hopes this Christmas after breaking into a postbox and stealing hundreds of letters meant for Santa Claus.   The postbox has been used by youngsters in the Black Country for more than 25-years, who write what they would like for Christmas and address it to Santa, thinking it goes to [...]

Jackdaw that has baths and has hair blow-dried!
23 Dec
2011
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Jackdaw that has baths and has hair blow-dried! »

A CHEEKY Jackdaw has brought Christmas early for one family – after it took on the role of Santa and stuffed their chimney with ‘gifts’.   Five-year-old pet bird Izzy had stowed the items inside the fireplace at his owners’ home,¬† who had no idea that the festive ‘treat’ lay in store for them.   [...]

Ultra-rare plant, Kim Jong-il, lives in UK
22 Dec
2011
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Ultra-rare plant, Kim Jong-il, lives in UK »

DESPITE reports of his death, Kim Jong-il has been found alive and well and living in the UK.   But this Kim Jong-il is an ultra-rare plant named in honour of the former dictator rather than a human being.   While North Korea mourns its former dictator after his death on Saturday, his namesake is [...]

Child’s balloon travels 1,000 miles to Austria
20 Dec
2011
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Child’s balloon travels 1,000 miles to Austria »

A FARM was amazed to learn that one of its balloons released by a child had travelled almost 1,000 miles after an astonished AUSTRIAN couple found it in their village field.   Robert Muller and his girlfriend Tamara Temmel, both 22, discovered the balloon whilst on a quiet walk in their village of Wettmannstatten, in [...]

‘Friendly’ puppy rips girls face off
15 Dec
2011
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‘Friendly’ puppy rips girls face off »

A MOTHER has told of the terrifying moment their ‘friendly’ puppy ‘flipped for no reason’ and savagely mauled her thirteen-year-old daughter, ripping off part of her face.   Iona Manson, 13, was left requiring 50 stitches to her horrific injuries after the family pet tore off a chunk of her nose.   Iona, from Birmingham, [...]

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