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Sunday 26 January 2020

Winging it

THE world's oldest wing walker is preparing for his 33rd performance and has vowed to keep going until he "kicks the bucket".

At 94, and having suffered a minor stroke, Tom Lackey is showing no signs of taking life easy as he prepares to step atop the wings of a bi-plane at the Bournemouth Air Festival on August 28.

€461,000 for fence

THE Dutch government paid €461,000 to erect a fence around King Willem-Alexander's seaside villa in southern Greece. The Dutch monarchy remains popular one year after Willem-Alexander ascended the throne after the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix, but critics say it costs too much.

No-fly zone

PILOTS are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo so as not to disturb animals during their breeding season, including giant panda Tian Tian.

A Notice To Airmen, or NoTam, has been published by the Civil Aviation Authority asking pilots not to fly in the area if possible to reduce noise from low-flying planes and helicopters.

Biggest bath toy

THE Port of Los Angeles has welcomed an unusual visitor - the world's biggest bath toy. A 60ft tall rubber duck sailed into port to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA. It will remain in the harbour until Sunday.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman launched the duck in 2007 and versions of it have been seen around the world in places including China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Out of the woods

A US man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society. Christopher Knight survived brutal winters in the far northern state of Maine woods by stealing food from homes and camps.

After serving about seven months in jail, Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, was admitted last autumn into a special court programme, whose participants receive treatment and counselling.

Soap drama

THE producers of a hugely popular South African television soap opera fired the main cast this week after the actors went on strike for more pay. Sixteen members of the cast of Generations walked off the set last week, saying they were living as "struggling actors" while the production house and state broadcaster SABC rake in big profits from the show.

Irish Independent

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