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EC diary misprint cancels Christmas

THE European Commission has apologised for printing more than three million school diaries containing no reference to Easter or Christmas.

The diaries note Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Chinese festivals, as well as 'Europe Day', which falls on May 9, but the total absence of any Christian holidays angered church leaders.

Football club gets creative for funds

A FOOTBALL club auctioned a bullock and a heifer to help raise funds for its future. The two animals were part of a list of items including 10 litres of magnolia emulsion paint, two large bags of dog biscuits and a leather office chair, donated to help save Queen of the South FC in Scotland.

Harry Begg, auctioneer, said: "I think the auction came to around £6,000 (€6,700). They are happy with their day's work."

Madeleine search in its fourth year

KATE and Gerry McCann will today mark the fourth anniversary of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance privately with family and friends.

The couple are keeping a low profile as Mrs McCann (43) prepares to publish her account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007. Proceeds from the book, entitled 'Madeleine' and which goes on sale on May 12, will boost their dwindling fund to search for their daughter.

Gallery-goers get surprise viewing

A YOGA teacher gave visitors to London's Tate Modern a naked surprise as she dropped her clothes in support of a detained Chinese artist.

Charlotte Eaton (32) walked nude across missing artist Ai Weiwei's 'Landscape of Sunflower Seeds' at the art gallery.

Bear recaptured after walkabout

A YOUNG black bear is headed back to the wilderness after wandering the streets of Poughkeepsie, New York.

Officials shot the 200lb bear with a tranquilliser dart as it rested high in a pine tree in the Hudson River city. The bear fell out of the tree and into a net.

Cereal almost killer in road crash

A CRASH on an Ohio road spilled hundreds of boxes of breakfast cereal.

Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer hauling the cereal may have fallen asleep at the wheel before his truck hit a railing and ended up on its side. An Ohio highway patrol dispatcher did not know the type of cereal involved. No one was injured.

Irish Independent