Wednesday 21 February 2018

World in brief: Faith is restored

A five-year-old girl who wrote a letter of apology to department store John Lewis after she broke a bauble, has been found following a social media campaign. The girl, who signed her name as Faith, sent the letter after she accidentally broke the decoration while visiting a shop in Cambridge. She stuck two £1 (€1.20) coins to the note, which she posted to the 'Christmas Department' of the store.

Branch manager Dominic Joyce launched a bid to find the girl on Twitter using the hashtag findfaith, saying he would like to thank her for the "adorable gesture".


A giant crab which avoided a cooking pot after spending five days in a fridge is making a miraculous recovery.

The crab was caught by a fisherman in Dartmouth, who drove it on to Weston-super-Mare in his car. The crab then spent five days in the fridge. But the family decided they could not bring themselves to cook the crab, and instead they donated it to Bristol Aquarium, where David Waines said it was recovering.


The United Nations has added traditional Japanese food to its cultural heritage list, making it only the second national cuisine to receive the prized designation.

Previously only French cooking had been distinguished as a national culinary tradition. Unesco has also recognised specific dishes from Mexico and Turkey, and added the Mediterranean diet – the tradition of sharing food and eating together – to the list. Known as "washoku", Japan's traditional cooking embraces seasonal ingredients and a centuries-old style of eating.


A thief has made off with a New Mexico pastor's "church on wheels", taking about $40,000 of equipment and dozens of toys donated for a charity event.

The New City Church in Albuquerque is a portable church that uses a trailer to store everything it needs for Sunday services, including speakers, cords and microphones. Pastor Nate Bush said a man with a red pick-up truck cut the lock on a fenced car park and towed away the church's trailer.


Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have finalised their divorce two years after separating, bringing official closure for one of Hollywood's most prominent couples.

The end to the eight-year marriage was made final on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, with both actors agreeing not to pay spousal support.

Irish Independent

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