Friday 15 December 2017

Antarctic voyage sketches on show

DRAWINGS made during Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic are to go on public display for the first time, the Royal Collection has announced.

The pencil sketches record the devastating moment in 1912 when the legendary explorer and his team realised their Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the South Pole. The artwork is the star attraction of a new exhibition to be launched in London in October.

Protester spends four nights in tree

A PROTESTER who spent four nights in a tree facing the axe has come down -- only to be replaced by another activist.

Joiner Mark 'Snoz' Snow, (36), from Scarborough, occupied the 100-year-old beech tree in Irton, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, after it was faced with the chop because its roots are threatening the drains of a number of nearby properties.

Jellyfish stings end marathon bid

ENDURANCE athlete Diana Nyad has decided to end her swimming ultramarathon from Cuba to Florida about halfway through, as her face and body have swollen from painful Man O'War jellyfish stings.

Medics warned another sting could be life-threatening. The 62-year-old swimmer has completed at least 49 miles of the 103-mile passage of the treacherous Florida Straits.

Couple's home invaded by skunks

A FLORIDA couple returned from a month-long holiday to find they had some new -- and stinky -- roommates.

Stephanie and Bill Palieri said about 10 skunks squeezed into their home through a window that was left open. The couple had been away visiting relatives to celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary.

Boy escapes from mountain lion

WILDLIFE managers in the US state of Idaho said a 10-year-old boy who encountered a mountain lion in rural Boise County escaped with minor scratches.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said the mountain lion was tracked down and killed after the encounter. Senior Conservation Officer Matt O'Connell said the boy came across the mountain lion while searching for a missing hunting dog with his father. Mr O'Connell said the boy ran from the predator, but fell. The mountain lion then took a swipe, scratching the boy's arm and hand, before the dad fired his rifle and scared the predator away.

Irish Independent

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