Friday 23 February 2018

Cliff reveals his dementia pact

Cliff Richard has revealed that he has told his family not to "let it go on too long" if he develops dementia.

The 71-year-old singer discussed the illness with one of his sisters after they watched their late mother suffer from Alzheimer's disease. He said he and his sister made a pact to look after each other if either of them developed dementia. "I said, look, if this happens to me . . . I'll do the same for you if you'll do it for me, don't let it go on too long," he said.

100-year-old just keeps on running

The world's oldest marathon runner, 100-year-old Briton Fauja Singh, has completed the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon in Canada.

Mr Singh finished the race in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. He holds the world record for the men's over-90 category after running the 2003 Toronto marathon in five hours, 40 minutes.

Man trapped over 13,000 wild birds

A Swedish man who captured 13,000 wild birds and kept hundreds of them locked up in his home has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison.

Pierre Johansson (39) used illegal nets and traps to capture the birds, including owls, falcons, hawks, pheasants and woodpeckers.

Experts disagree on Van Gogh death

Experts at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum remain unconvinced by a new book that claims the Dutch artist was accidentally shot by two teenagers and did not die from self-inflicted wounds.

It says the artist claimed to have shot himself to protect the boys. Leo Jansen, the museum curator, said the biography, 'Van Gogh, A Life', was a "great book". But experts "cannot yet agree" with the conclusions about the painter's death.

Hostage-saving bag put on display

A handbag used by a Florida school board member to hit a gunman holding colleagues hostage has gone on display in Florida.

Ginger Littleton was not able to disarm the gunman with her bag, but a security guard shot him and he then killed himself.

Pot luck for food lab and college

Equipment seized from a marijuana operation is going to be used to grow a different kind of herb -- and vegetables.

Industrial generators, lights and containers will be given to a Philadelphia university and a food lab. The lab grows greens, lettuce, peppers, broccoli and basil.

Irish Independent

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