News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor


DID you know that one in seven bank notes and one in 10 credit cards have traces of poo? No? Neither did I but the Daily Mirror seems to delight in presenting these facts. They also add that 11 per cent of people have hands with the same level of bacteria as you would find in a dirty lavatory.

According to the Mirror, a survey of 1,000 people in East and West London, Birmingham and Liverpool found over a half forgot to wash their hands before eating. And 44 per cent often just rinse their hands with water, not soap to save time, even though soap can reduce diarrhoeal infections by up to 42 per cent..

A spokesman for Radox, which carried out the survey for Global Handwashing Day said: “This shows how much bacteria we’re exposed to on everyday objects like money.”

For he's a jolly good fellow...

The Daily Express reports on the story that a village vicar handed out a host of £10 notes to parishioners to “boost goodwill”.

Apparently The Reverend Paul Peverell handed over the cash gift to each parishioner at four Harvest Festival services in Christ Church, Great Ayton, in Yorkshire.

In all, £1,500 was distributed from parish funds and the Reverend hopes they will use the money to a good deed for another person.
“It might be to buy ingredients to bake, then drop their efforts off where they would be appreciated. Or they might take someone who is lonely for a coffee. I have given them lots of ideas,” he said.

The People newspaper claims that the country is facing a curry crisis!

Experts reckon that the future of Indian restaurants in cities such as London, Manchester, Bradford and Birmingham, is under threat.

Apparently the curry house market has dropped by up to 20 per cent since the economic downturn began thanks to cultural changes and increased competition.

Peter Backman, from market data firm Horizons, said: “People have less money and slightly fewer go out to eat. Customers are becoming far more selective and are choosing places that do heavy marketing and discounting, which tends to be the better-funded chains not independents.

“The traditional Indian restaurant can be seen as old hat, not really somewhere that's kept up with healthy eating.”

The Christmas decorations are already up in one British town – and it's all do with EU health and safety rules.

The Express reports that the lights in Coleford, Gloucestershire, take months to put up because each bulb and fitting has to be rigorously tested by a team of volunteers.

The town has also switched to environmentally-friendly LED lights which must adhere to
stringent regulations laid down by the European Union.

Kevin Wilkins, of the Coleford Christmas Lights Committee, said: “We get quite a lot of abuse from people in the community who think we start too early but there are over 160 illuminations and everything has to be checked for safety.”
He added: “We are down on volunteers at the moment and if we had more we could start later.

If some more people could come forward to help it would be great.”

What a dummy!

Humourous story in the Mirror about police in Leicester who went to investigate reports of a corpse in a wheelchair.

Officers rushed to the city's university after a call from a local resident but discovered that the 'corpse' was in fact a medical mannequin wrapped in black plastic which had been wheeled half a mile from a hospital.

Leicester Royal Infirmary admitted the dummy belonged to them – and apologised for causing any distress.

A spokeswoman said: “They were doing some training for medical students at De Montfort University. It was such a nice day they decided to walk rather than drive. In hindsight they realised it wasn’t the best thing to do.”

Finally, nice work if you can get it..

According to the Financial Times, former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks received a £7 million pay-off after leaving the newspaper publisher.

The sum consisted of cash and pension payments as well as an allowance for legal fees and the use of a chauffeur-driven car.

Brooks is to stand trial next year on various charges relating to the phone hacking scandal and had been with Rupert Murdoch's UK newspapers business since 1989.