News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

WE British are said to be the masters of understatement and it looks as if this even extends to our young folk.

When Adrian Bayford (41) and his wife Gillian (40) found out they'd won £148.6 million on EuroMillions lottery their six year old daughter had asked: “ Mummy, have we got enough money to have Domino's Pizza for tea?”

The couple, who became the UK's second biggest lottery winners, reacted by giving their daughter what she wanted and ordered a takeaway pizza “as a treat.”

Somehow, I think her culinary tastes might widen over the next few years.

Lovely story in The Sun about holidaymaker Ken Ashmall's lucky break. Whilst preparing for a day's diving during an holiday in Wales, Ken's false teeth slipped from his grasp as he was cleaning them.

But a dive team dropped anchor to search for the teeth just off Nab's Head, near St Bride's on the Pembrokeshire coast and amazingly after an hour found them 50ft down on the seabed!

Keith told the newspaper: “I thought they were gone and I’d have to head home as I can’t eat without them. And to have a set made would have taken 72 hours and cost £1,000. But I couldn’t believe it when they found them. The team were brilliant.”

What a whopper!

A free-range hen has laid an egg three times bigger than normal.

According to the Daily Mail, the one year white Sussex hen deposited an egg weighing 6oz – a quarter of a pound heavier than the average 2oz egg.

The hen is owned by Steve and Annie Egginton from Chew Magna, Somerset, and Steve said: “I’ve been keeping chickens for about 30 years now and I have never seen an egg this big.”

He added: “We used the egg to make scrambled egg on toast for the both of us for breakfast. It was very tasty and a rather substantial meal for us both.”

Oh no!

For those of us of a certain age the news that Britain's oldest comic The Dandy may close is devastating.

The Dandy, which is 75 years old, was at its most popular between the 1950s and 1980s when it sold two million copies a week. However competition from computer games and the Internet has seen sales drop to less than 8,000.

The comic was renowned for chronicling the the adventures of cow pie-eating Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat. Its publishers, DC Thomson are now considering the comic’s future.

Anita O’Brien, curator of the Cartoon Museum in London, said comics have struggled to keep up in the digital age.

She said: “Kids have other things to spend their time and money on these days like playing computer games and things like that.”

Some people dial the emergency 999 number for the most ridiculous of reasons and a Mirror report outlined some of the more bizarre which have cropped up in Wales recently.

One women rang 999 after being bitten on the finger by a hamster and another pet owner phoned claiming she had a badly wounded hand - only for paramedics to discover she had sustained a minor scratch from her cat.

Wales' acting chief medical officer Dr Chris Jones warned that emergency crews have enough to contend with during a busy summer without unnecessary 999 calls.

We do like to giggle at silly names and the Daily Mail has focussed on a new survey to find the UK's 'most unfortunate place name'.

Contenders include a tiny collection of homes known as Shitterton on the edge of the village of Bere Regis, the valley of Scratchy Bottom, near Durdle Door in Dorset and Brokenwind in Aberdeenshire.

There's also Crapstone, a village on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, Golden Balls in Oxfordshire, Ugley in Essex, Crackpot in North Yorkshire, Backside in Aberdeenshire, Great Snoring in Norfolk and Happy Bottom in Dorset.

“If there were an Olympics for unlikely place names, Britain would surely be good for a medal, if not the gold', said Debra Chatfield, a family historian at

“In the course of researching their family history, people can discover that their ancestors came from somewhere with an unlikely, unfortunate or downright embarrassing name.”