Leading the injury list
CHEERLEADING causes two-thirds of very serious sports injuries suffered by girls in the US, a study has found.
Cheerleading injuries rose from 4,954 in 1980 to 26,786 in 2007, and the sport accounted for around 66pc of "catastrophic" injuries – those resulting in permanent disability or medical conditions. Most injuries were caused not by cheerleaders being thrown in the air – but to those catching them.
CARDINAL 'TO STAY AWAY'
CARDINAL Keith O'Brien, the disgraced former head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, should not return there, his successor as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has said.
The cardinal – who admitted sexual misconduct with priests after resigning earlier this year – was ordered by the Vatican to leave Scotland in May for a period of "spiritual renewal and penance".
SIZE DOES MATTER
FLIES avoid being swatted in just the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in the movie 'The Matrix' – by watching time pass slowly.
To the insect, that rolled-up newspaper moving at lightning speed might as well be inching through thick treacle. And it is not alone in its ability to perceive time differently. New research suggests that across a wide range of species, time perception is directly related to size.
PM POSSUM PROBLEM
TONY Abbott has delayed moving into Australia's official prime ministerial residence because it is rundown and infested by possums. He will move instead into temporary digs at the national police academy.
The British-born fitness-obsessed prime minister-elect will live alongside police recruits in a tiny £70-a-night flat (€83) with a kitchenette, but is said to be happy because the compound has an excellent gym. Mr Abbott reportedly rejected an offer to stay in a £1,800-a-night (€2,150) luxury rental.
CLARKSON'S DRIVE TO TOP
JEREMY Clarkson has hinted he could run for the UK parliament – standing in Labour leader Ed Miliband's seat.
The outspoken presenter of BBC's 'Top Gear' suggested on his Twitter feed that he could run as an independent at the next general election.
"I'm thinking I might stand in the next election as an independent for Doncaster North, which is where I'm from. Thoughts?" he wrote.
His intervention comes after a difficult summer for Mr Miliband who had to endure a series of stinging criticisms from within his own ranks.