Saturday 14 December 2019

Shark attacked

A British man on holiday in Australia grabbed a shark by its tail and tried to drag it away from people playing at the edge of the sea.

Paul Marshallsea was on a beach north of Brisbane when a siren was sounded to warn of a shark. Mr Marshallsea (62) ran to the shoreline and grabbed the shark by the tail. But as the shark thrashed to free itself, Mr Marshallsea fell into the waves and the creature snapped its jaws just inches from his leg.

Losing out on Lance

An entrepreneur is looking for suggestions for the best use for 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs he bought before the cyclist was unveiled as a drugs cheat.

Karl Baxter, director of Dorset, England-based Wholesale Clearance UK Ltd, said he bought the DVDs – 'The Science Of Lance Armstrong' – last summer. "We are trying to think of a creative use for them," he said.

What a racquet

Music fans will soon get to hear the symphonic-like shrieking that tennis player Victoria Azarenka brings to her game.

The No 1-ranked player is one of the more vocal members of the women's tour, accompanying almost every whack with a high-pitched "Oooooouuuuu". American rapper Redfoo has recorded it and has mixed it into a new song due to be released soon.

Walters in hospital

Veteran newswoman Barbara Walters was admitted to hospital after falling at an inauguration party at the Washington home of the British ambassador to the United States.

Ms Walters (83) fell on a step at ambassador Peter Westmacott's residence, cutting her forehead, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. Ms Walters went to hospital for treatment and full examination, Mr Schneider added.

Boost for Berlusconi

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi will not face a verdict in a trial where he is charged with paying for sex with a juvenile prostitute until after elections next month, according to a decision by judges that could help his political comeback.

A new timetable of hearings shows the last session in the trial will be held on March 11, well after the February 24-25 elections.

Lineker quits Twitter

Gary Lineker has said his decision to leave Twitter was because "it tends to take over".

As a frequent user of Twitter, the football presenter said he wanted to go back to life without the distraction of the popular website.

Irish Independent

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