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Sunday 25 February 2018

A raunchy tale of mistaken identity

The author of a book called 'Shades of Gray' says her work is being confused with that of an erotic fiction writer.

Susanne Jacoby Hale says she has received emails, Facebook messages and phone calls from people thinking she wrote 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' by E L James, has sold millions of copies and become a sensation among women drawn to the sadomasochistic story.

Shark decides to turn vegetarian

A shark has confounded her keepers by spurning all offers of fish -- in favour of lettuce.

The displays team at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre is resorting to devious tactics. "We're having to hide pieces of fish inside celery sticks, hollowed out cucumbers and between the leaves of lettuces," said curator Graham Burrows.

Hollywood calling for winner Pudsey

'Britain's Got Talent' winner Ashleigh Butler believes her victorious dog Pudsey would be perfect for Hollywood roles.

Pudsey is enjoying his new- found fame and dined on steak after last night's victory and Ms Butler says if he gets his paws on a Tinseltown role she will be by his side.

Daredevil crosses Niagara tightrope

Daredevil Nik Wallenda has performed his first practice walk on the tightrope he will use above Niagara Falls next month.

His high-wire walk is set for June 15 and, if successful, he will be the first to walk above the falls themselves.

Police puzzled by Chavez plot claim

Government critics -- and even some supporters -- are ridiculing a state TV host's claim that a newspaper crossword may have had a hidden call for a plot to kill the brother of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

Intelligence agents questioned the author after Miguel Perez Pirela pointed out that Wednesday's crossword contained the word "ASESINEN", or "kill", intersecting with the name of Mr Chavez's brother, "ADAN".

Prague cathedral in full tune again

It is a sound no one in the Czech capital Prague has heard for almost a century.

All seven bells of the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral tolled together for the first time since 1916. In the middle of World War One, the military confiscated three of the bells to use their metal to make guns. The bells were recast this year and recently returned to the bell tower.

Irish Independent

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