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Saturday 20 January 2018

Nailed by the cops

A Spanish driver caught by traffic police biting his fingernails at the wheel has been given an €80 fine.

The unnamed driver was stopped by a patrol in the western city of Salamanca on June 7 when spotted indulging in his nail-nibbling habit, and the resulting fine has now arrived in the post.

Boar war

A wild boar seriously injured an elderly man and his son after getting trapped in their garden in Berlin.

The animal bit the 78-year-old and turned on his 48-year-old son as they tried to chase it away in the north of the city on Sunday, German police said.

Eight-hour lullaby

British composer Max Richter has written what is believed to be the longest single piece of classical music ever to be recorded.

Richter's piece, titled 'Sleep', is described by the composer as "an eight-hour lullaby", which he hopes will send listeners to the Land of Nod. The piece contains no words, and will be premiered in Berlin in September.

Claws are out

Residents in an upmarket suburb have gone to war over a "very aggressive" cat.

Posters have been put up in the Clifton area of Bristol, England, showing a cat trapped in a cage as a warning to his owners over his supposed aggression.

But now the owner of Murray, a two-year-old black and white cat, has hit back by putting up his own posters responding to the claims.

Murray's owner said: "The text described Murray as a very aggressive cat and should be neutered and warning people to stay away from him. The photos of Murray [in the cage] are all very distressing."

Life on Mars

Earth to Mars: Happy New Year! That's the sentiment being offered this weekend in Mars, Pennsylvania, as Nasa and space enthusiasts gather to honour the red planet.

The Martian New Year occurs about every two Earth-years. Tomorrow and Saturday, Nasa will sponsor exhibits and activities in the borough of Mars, about 32km north of Pittsburgh. The agency hopes to encourage young people to study science and technology fields that will further Nasa's goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Mars, on Earth, has a population of about 1,700.

Irish Independent

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