WHILE most celebrities indulge in bottles of champagne over the festive period, Stephen Fry will actively avoid bubbly for fear it could kill him.
Champagne triggers the actor's asthma and can induce a potentially life-threatening attack, the presenter said. Asthma UK warned that 200 people will be admitted to hospital on Christmas Day because of the condition.
$500m left at wall
WORSHIPPERS usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism's holiest sites. But half-a-billion dollars?
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees Jerusalem's Western 'Wailing' Wall, said an envelope was found there yesterday with 507 cheques for $1m (€755,000) each. The rabbi said most are Nigerian, and similar cheques found before all bounced.
Pig tissue aid in ops
BREAST cancer patients at Southmead Hospital in Bristol are being offered new reconstructive treatment involving pig tissue.
The tissue is grafted to the bottom of the muscle beneath the breast following a mastectomy. It is a change to the traditional procedure which uses a balloon to gradually create the space for an implant, inserted during another operation at a later date.
Cult wedding banned
A MEMBER of the Church of Scientology has lost a London High Court fight for the right to marry in a Scientology chapel.
Louisa Hodkin challenged a refusal by the registrar general of births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales to register the chapel for marriages on the grounds it was not "a place of meeting for religious worship". But Mr Justice Ouseley backed the registrar's decision and dismissed the challenge.
Cop a load of this guy
RHODE Island's "dancing cop" Tony Lepore is as much a Christmas tradition as anything else in the state that issued the first jail sentence for speeding more than 100 years ago.
Since 1984, he has entertained drivers and pedestrians with dance moves in downtown Providence while directing traffic. The 65-year-old said it has been hard on his body but worth it.
Santa's cover letter
A 13-YEAR-OLD boy who sent a "Dear Santa" letter to the US Post Office this year asked only for covers for his bed "so I can stay warm this winter".
Another letter from a 12-year-old wanted nothing for himself, just something for his single mother, because she worked so hard.