News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

YAH boo sucks to the football authorities who decided to ban a goalkeeper from wearing an all-pink kit to support his cancer-stricken mother.

The Daily Mail reports that 20 year Jack Turner had the 'garish' outfit made especially as a tribute to mum Kim and also to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

But Staines Town, in Middlesex, have been told he couldn't wear the strip because it wasn't their 'official colours'.

Jack said: “I am not harming anyone and just trying to raise awareness. I never wanted to cause any trouble and do not understand what all the fuss is about.”

Staines, who play in the Blue Square South, have been threatened with a fine if he defies the ban.

Kim commented: “The league are out of touch and need to grow a heart. I am recovering from breast cancer along with my mother and my cousin, who have also got cancer and because pink is associated with that, Jack had this idea to wear the kit.”

Yah boo sucks to the thief who, according to The Sun, stole Christmas gifts intended for children in the intensive care unit of the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The 20 wrapped presents — paid for from of a charity fund — included portable DVD players, Nintendo DS consoles, games and toys.

A police spokesman said: “This is despicable. For some of these children it could be their last Christmas.”

And Yah boo sucks to a traffic warden who placed £140 parking tickets on an ambulance carrying disabled children after they had sung in a charity carol concert.

The Sun said that the youngsters - many in wheelchairs - were being lifted into two specially-adapted minibuses when the warden wrote out two £70 penalty notices in Lister Gate in Nottingham.

Apparently, despite the children's carers and passers-by begging the warden to show leniency, he refused to back down, telling them: “I’m just doing my job.”

A city council spokesman said: “We would like to apologise for these tickets being issued and we have revoked them. Our Civil Enforcement Officers are expected to, and usually do, exercise discretion and judgement when dealing with situations where there may be a technical breach of regulations but where wider circumstances or sensitivities should be taken into account.”

What are the odds? They're 30 million-to-one!

Three greyhounds all crossed the finishing line at the exact same time at London's Wimbledon track.

The Mirror says that the noses of Murlens Houdini, Lightning Speed and Tinas Luke finished the race within one-hundredth of a second of each other.

Wimbledon’s racing manager Gary Matthews said: “I doubt we’ll ever seen another one like that. When we announced the triple dead heat a huge roar went up.”

Toby is 28 years old and likes nothing better than a pint of beer at his local pub.

However, Toby is a Shetland pony and regularly props up the bar at the Par Inn in Fowey, Cornwall, with his owner Amos Putt (71), says The Sun.

Toby is only allowed one pint followed by a packet of crisps. Explained Amos: “He doesn’t get drunk. He would if he could, but I don’t let him.”

You know that irritating feeling when you are kept hanging on a phone line.

Well, the Mirror reports that the taxman kept 20 million phone calls on hold so long last year that people hung up before an adviser answered, costing millions in bills.

The National Audi Office claimed people calling HM Revenue & Customs were waiting an average of 282 seconds to speak to an adviser and some 6.5million were left holding for longer than 10 minutes even though they were calling on expensive 0845 numbers.

Apparently these delays cost the callers £136million last year.

We're edging even closer to Christmas which can be a stressful time, especially for mums who usually face the heat of the kitchen alone!

And The Independent tells of a survey which reveals that more than one in four Britons has never cooked or helped to prepare the Christmas dinner.

Younger people are most culpable, with 44 per cent of under-45s not getting involved, and almost a third still relying on their parents for the festive feast.

The poll, for, found that the 'golden age' when people first cook or help with Christmas dinner is 23. But 28 per cent of Britons have yet to do that.