Sunday 19 January 2020

Pistols fans aim to disrupt jubilee

Punk fans are hoping to make 1970s group the Sex Pistols number one during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The "alternative national anthem" is being re-released in June, 35 years after it was originally in the charts, a spokesman for Universal Music said. The track, which featured a defaced image of the Queen on the cover, was released during the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

'Everyday' car is most vandalised

The most-vandalised car in Britain is not a luxury model but the "everyday" Fiat 500, it was revealed. The model had a 3.62pc chance of being targeted by vandals in 2011/12.

In contrast, the country's best-selling car in 2011 -- the Ford Focus -- had a vandalism "score" of just 0.58%.

ATM usage costs a ton in the sun

Holidaymakers fork out fees of around £260m (€315m) a year for simply using overseas ATMs, a survey showed.

Around 67pc of British tourists visit cashpoints during their trips, the poll found. Each transaction costs an average of £2.75, with holidaymakers using the cashpoints an average of five times per trip.

Businessman buys a slice of America

Vietnamese businessman Pham Dinh Nguyen flew to the US for the first time and bought his own piece of the American dream: Buford, Wyoming -- population 1.

Mr Nguyen has since drawn attention in Vietnamese media, for showing the world that the communist country has moved far beyond war and poverty. He says he expects to use the town to sell items made in Vietnam.

Man sent to prison over 'saggy' pants

Authorities in Alabama said a man was given a three-day jail sentence for contempt of court -- for wearing "saggy pants".

LaMarcus D Ramsey was told his blue jeans were hanging too low, and was warned to buy trousers that fit or a belt when he gets out of the county jail.

'The Voice' hits high note in TV war

The reality television war waged on this weekend with The Voice claiming victory against Britain's Got Talent (BGT) in the ratings.

During the crossover after 8pm when the two shows were shown simultaneously for 20 minutes, an average of 11.8 million viewers tuned into the BBC1 talent show, with just 5.8 million watching BGT.

Irish Independent

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