News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

WE Brits love our dogs but sometimes we can take it to extreme lengths!

The Daily Mail reported on Diva Dog Day, describing it as 'Britain's biggest dog pampering show.'

According to the Mail, the event saw over 300 'preened mutts donning wacky costumes including police uniforms, tutus, bow ties, tweed suits and superhero outfits gather with their owners at a venue in Essex.'

A number of awards were handed out to various dogs including Mr Diva Dog and Mrs Diva Dog.

The Sun had a much more downbeat animal story, relating how a couple who spent £6,000 on rescuing a cat from Arab Spring violence have been devastated after it ran away.

The paper said Railton and Dawn Elliott fell in love with 'Omar' while on holiday in Egypt and shelled out a fortune in quarantine and vets’ bills to get the cat back to their home in Oxfordshire.

But he vanished two weeks ago – almost a year to the day after he left quarantine.

Dawn said: “We’re absolutely heartbroken.”

You just can't make it up – 1

According to the Daily Telegraph, a school has banned parents from watching their children take part in sports events - unless they pass a criminal records check which is intended to weed out potential paedophiles.

Noel Park, a parent at the Isambard Community School in Swindon, Wilts was turned away from watching his 12 year old son George play rugby.

He commented: “George was really upset by it all. What are they going to stop you going to next? Parents' evening? The school play?”

A spokesman for the school said they introduced the new measure at the start of the term to prevent strangers from accessing other parts of the school from the playing fields.

“It is with regret that from now on we will be unable to accommodate parents wishing to spectate at our sports fixtures unless they are in possession of an up-to-date Swindon Council CRB check.”

You just can't make it up – 2

Consultants who advised hospital bosses to axe 40 jobs and give staff huge pay cuts then charged £3.4million for their services, says the Daily Mirror.

Accountants Ernst & Young received £2,647,252.80 for the advice while accounts show management consultants Finnamore got £495,098.57.

A total of 40 redundancies were announced by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and secretaries, administrative staff and receptionists were asked to accept a drop in wages of almost £3,000.

Trust director of human resources Graham Biggs said: “We understand spending money on management consultants when we are looking to make savings will attract criticism.

“But we must address causes of a long standing deficit position to ensure our services have a sustainable future.”

Oh dear!

The BBC reported that a man who had to be rescued after getting his head stuck inside a bin in Aberdeen has claimed he was trying to recover his hat.

William Middleton said he had been labelled 'bucket heid' after a photograph of his ordeal was shared on social media sites by tens of thousands of people worldwide.

He said: “ I couldn't get my head out. It was shocking. It was stinking.”

One witness said: “Me and my pals tried to pull him out but his ears were stuck.”

The Daily Telegraph is one of the UK's poshest papers but it obviously felt the following story was worth reporting.

They said that research carried out by Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at Ulster University suggests British men have bigger penises than those in France - but are less well endowed than Germans,

But critics have claimed that Mr Lynn's research is flawed because he has admitted gathering his data on penis length from websites.