News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor



HERE'S a novel idea – give pigeons a contraceptive pill!

The Daily Star reports that Jake Shropshire, a councillor in Ware, Hertfordshire, came up with the idea because of a worry that the growing number of birds is driving away shoppers and tourists from the town.

Councillor Shropshire reckons that the pigeons could be kept to a low number by adding a special contraceptive to bird feed.

He said: “There are too many pigeons in Ware, everyone complains about it but nobody will stand up and say we need to remove them.

“There's a company that does birth control for birds. It's something I think we could consider as a council but everyone just laughed.”

However, the town's Mayor, Rosalie Standley, added: “It was a bit of a laugh really, he might have thought it was serious but I think it's ridiculous, I don't think we would ever consider doing it.”

What about this for a sleepover – the BBC says that 10 year old football fanatic Daniel Griffin, from Formby, in Merseyside, won a sleepover...with the FA Cup.

The Everton fan, who plays for Formby Junior Sports Club, spent almost 24 hours with the world-famous football trophy after entering a prize draw.

Daniel said he had been “lifting it and putting it on my head” and added: “We haven't been to sleep because the FA Cup has been in our house”.

There's a pretty tall story in the Daily Mirror about a Great Dane dog, Freddy, who, when he's on his hind legs, stands 7ft 4in high!

Eighteen month old Freddy weighs 11 stone and is said to be still growing. His owner, Claire Stoneman, from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, who is only 5ft 4inches tall, says she spends £4,000 a year on dog food.

Because of his size, she gets up extra early in the morning to take him for his daily walk.

“If he wants to run after a dog, I wouldn’t be able to stop him,” added Claire.

Topical story in the Daily Telegraph, which appeared on Valentine's Day... a survey has revealed that 52 per cent of UK women questioned said they might contribute to their engagement ring for fear of their fiance-to-be picking the wrong one.

It would seem that they would be happy to splash out a bit more money if it meant getting the ring of their dreams.

The survey, carried out by diamond retailer Vashi, also showed that a third of the 1,000 women quizzed would leave their partner to decide how, when and where they propose.

A spokesman for Vashi commented: “Men have clearly been told what to buy or have canvassed the views of friends in the hope of getting it right. Modern women expect a ring that is finely attuned to their tastes and hand; and why shouldn’t they?”

And the Metro newspaper tells us that a new survey by dating company LOVOO reckons that the perfect girlfriend is a Manchester United fan, who has a healthy obsession with the club!

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