Sunday 17 December 2017

Who you gonna call?

Werewolves, wizards and a coven of witches have all been reported to a police force said to have received an astonishing number of 999 calls concerning ghostly goings-on.

As Gloucestershire Police revealed the spooky calls following a freedom of information request, a local supernatural society said it would step up investigations in the county. In one call, a woman rang police to complain her partner was trying to put a spell on her using witchcraft.

PARACHUTE CENTENARY

When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute.

And the retired car dealer marked his 100th birthday by doing just that. Jean Walcher of the US Parachute Association said Mr Maynard and his two great nephews did their first skydive along with trained instructors from 13,000 feet in Los Angeles.

FILM GENDER RATING

Movie theatres in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.

To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

DEAN DILLON HONOURED

Songwriter Dean Dillon has penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career in Nashville, Tennessee – and several of those artists honoured him as the newest BMI Icon at the music rights management company's Country Awards.

Mr Dillon has written more than 50 songs for Mr Strait and the singer paid homage with a medley of his Dillon-penned hits.

CHAN STILL UP FOR ACTION

Jackie Chan wasn't in the mood for proclamations.

The Hong Kong martial arts film star, who declared last year that he was retiring from action films, now says that after more than a decade of contemplating quitting, he is going to let his body decide.

BIEBER IN GRAFFITI QUIZ

The website of Brazil's biggest news outlet published photos it says show pop star Justin Bieber spray-painting graffiti on a wall and it says police want to question him.

The 'O Globo' newspaper reports that photographers snapped photos of Bieber as he painted graffiti on a wall of the former Hotel Nacional in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday morning.

Irish Independent

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