News Round Up

TELECOMS company BT is running a nationwide competition to find the new voice of the speaking clock.

The BBC reports that the contest will mark the 80th anniversary of the telephone service, which receives 12 million calls a year.

And whoever wins, they will be only the fifth person to give the time "at the third stroke" when people dial 123.

Previous voices have included an actor and a London telephone exchange supervisor.

The speaking clock service, which began on July 24, 1936 and is now called Timeline, provides the precise time, announced every 10 seconds at any time of day or night.

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IT seems we Brits prefer to be cremated rather than buried when we die.

The BBC reports on an online survey carried out by YouGov which says 58 per cent prefer cremation compared to 17 per cent of those who would opt for burial.

The survey also showed that 79 per cent want their ashes to be scattered and seven per cent want them to be kept.

Wearing black was seen as a requirement by 22 per cent but 45 per cent said wearing other colours was acceptable, so long as they were "dark and sombre".

A further 29 per cent thought it was acceptable to wear any colour of clothing to a funeral.

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THE things people get up to...a Daily Mail article tells of spicy food lover Rob Radcliffe, from Cambridge, who has become the first person to successfully conquer the world's hottest 10,000-calorie burger challenge.

He spent 29 minutes 36 seconds devouring the 18 inch tall burger, topped with the world's hottest chillies.

And then ate 1lb of chips, again topped with red hot chilli con carne and the Carolina reaper, the world's hottest chilli pepper.

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IT'S pretty common for a game of cricket to be halted by the rain – but the Daily Express reports on a bizarre incident in Leicestershire where a match was halted after a flock of low-flying geese deposited a mass of droppings on the pitch.

50 Canada geese interrupted the closing stages of the game between Syston and Woodhouse Eaves.

They flew about 20 feet of the ground and players were forced to take evasive action.

The umpires had to halt play for about five minutes while the mess was cleared up.

Umpire Michael Shipman , said: “It was utterly bizarre. Never in all my time in the game have I seen Canada geese deposit their droppings on a pitch.”

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SO far it's never happened to me but....

The Daily Express reports that British drivers paid out £125 millions a year in extra parking charges because they forgot where they had left their car!

Figures released in a survey carried out for insurers Direct Line revealed that up to 14 million people were hit by extra charges.

A spokesman for Direct Line said: “A simple way to fix this is to take a photograph of the car’s location, that way it’s easy to see the zone or level when you return back.

“Forgetting where you’ve left your vehicle is not only a recipe for increased stress levels but it could mean you have to pay out extra parking charges or, worse still, find the car has been clamped or towed away.”

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