Tuesday 23 January 2018

In brief: Marooned seek comfort in Mozart

The works of Mozart have been revealed as the greatest comfort to marooned castaways.

The composer is the most popular choice among guests on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, new figures reveal. However, The Beatles are by far the most popular band to have featured on the show.

Feline good for a purr-fect record

A British community college has recorded a house cat named Smokey whose lawnmower-like purr hit 73 decibels, 16 times louder than the average feline.

Northampton College said it received a request from Smokey's owner, Ruth Adams, to provide the equipment needed to file a world record application. The college agreed, dispatching a team to record Smokey purring in Adams' home in Pitsford.

I'm original and best, says Hilton

Socialite Paris Hilton says she has met all of her professional goals and feels "blessed that I have been very successful on every area."

The woman who perfected the art of being famous for being famous says she does not fear being overshadowed by rivals like Kim Kardashian.

Hilton said there were many people who tried to imitate what she did, but added: "I am the original so there is nothing like me."

Enrique won't join Britney on tour

Enrique Iglesias will not be joining Britney Spears on an upcoming US tour, despite her announcement that he would.

Spears told ABC television's Good Morning America that the pair would be hitting the road together, but a statement from his side denied this, saying Iglesias "is very sorry for the confusion this might have caused to anyone".

Colouring book stuffed with drugs

An innocent-looking colouring book with the words "To Daddy" scribbled on top and posted to a New Jersey jail was actually stuffed with drugs.

An opium substitute was turned into a paste and used to draw on the pages. Three inmates have been charged with conspiracy.

Children catch mother's mugger

A boy of 12 and his 10-year-old sister chased after a woman who snatched their mother's handbag in Florida.

Angel and Carina Baldwin followed the woman into the toilet of a nearby store, where she dropped the bag and ran off. Police caught up with her shortly afterwards.

Irish Independent

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