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HOW about this for kicking a football a long distance....a Daily Mail article says a ball booted out of a ground in Aberdeen, Scotland ended up 1,100 miles away in Norway!

The ball was kicked over a 25ft fence at Banks o' Dee Football Club's riverside ground by an under-19s team player, landed in the River Dee, floated into the North Sea and was then carried all the way across to the Norwegian island of Vanna.

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Norwegian Johnny Mikalsen then found it and informed the club after he was able to make out its name written on the ball.

Banks o' Dee club secretary Tom Ewan said balls are regularly lost in the river but this was the first time they had ever been found.


Some of Britain's most common birds are under threat, reports the Daily Mirror.

They quote a report by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust which claims that more than a quarter of common birds are in decline and in danger of extinction.

The curlew, puffin and nightingale have joined the growing list of threatened species along with the dotterel, whinchat, grey wagtail and merlin.

Marine ornithologist Patrick Lindley is quoted as saying: “The curlew is now considered the most pressing bird conservation priority in the UK and it is only through collaborative working and engagement that there is a chance to reverse this trend so that the evocative call of the curlew can once again be heard across its former range.”


Relic hunter Dan Mackay, from Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, has told the Daily Express that he wants to reunite the families of over 14,000 World War II servicemen with their dog tags after he found them buried in a field.

He discovered the military tags under the earth beside the site of a World War Two anti-aircraft battery just outside London.

Dan says they represent almost every army regiment - including men who stormed the beaches of Normandy.

“From hundreds of hours of research I've found out I have dog tags belonging to thousands of soldiers.

“That includes military medal winners, PoWs, foreign medal winners and hundreds mentioned in dispatches - and I still have thousands more to get through.”


There is such a shortage of volunteer helpers that thousands of young people are having to wait for a place in the Scouts, according to The Guardian.

And Chief Scout Bear Grylls has called for more adults to volunteer with the organisation to help clear the longest waiting list in its history.

“Our challenge is to keep recruiting even more adults as we’ve got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what Scouting offers,” he said.


Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)