BRITAIN is full of eccentrics, none more so than 49 year old Stuart Kettell from Balsall Common in the West Midlands, who took three days to push a Brussels sprout up the 1,085m Snowdon mountain in Wales with his nose.

The BBC reports that Stuart trained for the charity effort by pushing a sprout around his garden.

“People definitely think I'm mad, and I'm beginning to think it myself,” said Stuart who aims to raise £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Take care young man – 18 year old Roberto Ruisi has been leant a £1million Stradivarius violin for a series of high profile performances.

The Daily Mirror says that veteran musician John Ludlow decided to lend Roberto the violin because he felt that the teenager's early life had many parallels with his own. They both come from Edgbaston in Birmingham, attended the same King Edward's School and were leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

John bought the Strad in 1965 and said: “Robbie already plays the fiddle far better than I ever did, and has a really fine future ahead of him.”

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Sixty six year old John White, from Brown Edge, in Staffordshire believes his hen Cheeky has broke a record by laying a tiny egg measuring just 21mm in length.

He has contacted Guinness World Records to lodge his find. John told the Daily Star: “I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the egg yet. At the moment I've just left it in a box in some cotton wool. I'm waiting to find out if it's the smallest egg in the world.”

He added: “When I saw it I didn't even think it was an egg. It's that small it looks like a marble.”

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Leading London store Selfridges has already opened its Christmas shop, claiming to be the first in the world to do so, says the Daily Mail, despite the fact that we are only half way through the summer school holidays.

More than 700 sq ft of space on the fourth floor has been decked out with over 100,000 festive decorations and bestsellers are expected to be British designs featuring London themes and the Union flag.

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Parents Karen and Ian Gilbert, from Pontypool in Wales, are struggling so much to tell their triplets apart that they have had to paint their toes with different coloured bright nail varnish to help them.

A Daily Express story says that baby Ffion has fuschia polish on her toenails, Maddison has mint green and Paige wears purple.

Karen said: “It's not a fashion statement, we really struggle to tell them apart. We came up with the nail varnish idea and it works a treat.

“It makes life a lot easier when it comes to our daily routine of feeding, bathing and nappy changing.”

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Professional footballers often get bad press so it is pleasing to relate a story in the Independent that the Everton striker Steven Naismith is going to provide tickets for unemployed people across Liverpool this season.

Naismith has asked tickets to be left at job centres in the city, and handed out to selected people seeking employment.

He said: “I come from Ayrshire in the West of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow - a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment.

“Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket. I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people.”

Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Star (www.daily star.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)