Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lorry driver's revenge

Associated Press

A LORRY driver who was angered when inspectors found irregularities with his refrigerated cargo shut two inspectors in the back and took them on a cold ride.

Sanitary control inspector Valeria Aguirre said the ordeal began after a routine inspection of a refrigerated lorry found that the food inside was not being stored at an acceptable temperature and the inspectors told the driver they were going to retain his cargo.

Ms Aguirre said she and another inspector called colleagues who contacted police and the lorry was intercepted after two miles. The inspectors were rescued safe, but shivering, and the driver was arrested.


FORMER BRITISH poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion has launched an iTunes-style website for poetry featuring a host of famous names reading their favourite verse.

More than 1,600 different recordings of work by hundreds of writers can be listened to for free or downloaded to keep for a fee from the Poetry Archive.

Recordings include Spike Milligan reading 'The Land Of The Bumbly Boo' and war poet Siegfried Sassoon's 'The Dug Out' and contemporary figures including Carol Ann Duffy.


HE IS the man behind the world's best restaurant who famously serves moss and ants to his diners. Now Rene Redzepi wants to take snow to a desert island.

The guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs told host Kirsty Young he would miss the Scandinavian winter if he was washed up in the tropics and said his luxury item would be "one full day of snow". His restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen, was named the best in the world this year for the fourth time and has two Michelin stars.


A 600lbs calf that lost its back hooves and part of its legs to frostbite in Virginia more than a year ago has been fitted with a new pair of prosthetic hind legs.

The English charolais calf known as Hero received the hi-tech devices in Houston, Texas, and is believed to be the only double-amputee calf in the US with prosthetics.

The calf has been adopted by an animal rescuer, Kitty Martin, who says the $40,000 (29,000) she has invested in Hero is worth it.


EMMA Watson (24), the British actress best known as Hermione Granger in the 'Harry Potter' movies, graduated with a degree in English literature from Brown University in Rhode Island.

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