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EasyJet refused to refund widower’s Malta flight for his dead wife

A British pensioner whose wife died from cancer after he booked EasyJet flights to Malta was refused a refund by the airline, until the matter was taken up by the press. EasyJet ignored Mr Douglas-Woods’ request for a refund for months – until the media stepped in and took up the case Thomas Douglas-Woods, 85, told UK newspapers that he had booked the flights several months before his wife Margaret became too ill to travel. She died before the planned trip in October. Mr Douglas-Woods said the airline ignored his request for a refund for months until the media took up his case. “‘I think it’s absolutely disgusting. This is a genuine case, it’s not someone who’s broken down on the way to the airport,” he told the Daily Star. EasyJet eventually relented and refunded the airfare. A spokesman for the airline said: “EasyJet is a no-refunds airline, however we fully understand that our customers’ travel plans and circumstances may change due to a bereavement. “We can confirm that the refund has now been processed in full.”

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Thieves in Australia steal 10 tonne ‘The Big Mango’

As thefts go, it was rather an unusual one – thieves made off with a 10 metre high, 10 tonne mango replica from a town in northern Queensland, Australia. The Big Mango is a nod to the thriving fruit industry in Bowen and is one of 150 Big Things erected as tourist attractions across the country. CCTV footage appears to have captured the robbery during the early hours of Monday morning. A crane was used to rip the three-storey giant fruit from the concrete platform on which it had stood since 2002. The Big Mango was nowhere to be seen when staff showed up for work on Monday morning. But Bowen Tourism chairman, Paul McLaughlin, told Sky News that he was optimistic about the mango being recovered. “At the end of the day it’s a bloody big mango and I’m sure someone will see it and we’ll find it anyway,” he said. As thefts go, it was rather an unusual one – thieves made off with a 10 metre high, 10 tonne mango replica from a town in northern Queensland, Australia. The Big Mango is a nod to the thriving fruit industry in Bowen and is one of 150 Big Things erected as tourist attractions across the country. CCTV footage appears to have captured the robbery during the early hours of Monday morning.

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Police pay compensation to woman who called 999 to report her boyfriend for throwing wine in her face….because they arrested HER for smelling of…

A victim of domestic violence has been awarded £2,350 from Gwent Police after she was arrested when she phoned for help. Kristy Robinson said she felt humiliated and confused during her arrest Kristy Robinson, 26, dialled 999 at 4am after being punched in the head by her ex-boyfriend and having red wine thrown over her. But she was taken into custody alongside her attacker because there were no witnesses. Gwent Police said the officer acted in good faith in a challenging situation. A civil court hearing in Cardiff heard that Ms Robinson spent six hours in a police cell before being released without charge. Her former boyfriend was given a 20-week suspended prison sentence for assault. Ms Robinson said she felt frightened and confused at her arrest, and let down by police when she needed help. “It was the lowest point of my life. I was utterly devastated by the way I was treated,” she said. “I called the police for help and I was being treated like a criminal. Challenging situation “When the police arrived my ex said that I had hit him and the police took his word for it. They said I smelled of alcohol, I was bleeding and they were taking me in. “I was humiliated and confused,” she added. Ms Robinson, from Newport, won a civil justice case against Gwent Police for false arrest and received £2,350 damages after a four year legal battle. A spokesman for Gwent Police said the force was disappointed by the result but recognised the court judgment. “The arresting officer acted in good faith and in accordance with what she considered right and proper in all the circumstances,” the spokesman added. “The officers needed to act quickly in a challenging situation where those present had consumed alcohol, were making counter allegations of assault and where no independent witnesses were present.” BBC

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‘Hello Boyos’ billboard of The Valleys stars is put up on border with England

MTV has given the traditional ‘Welcome to Wales’ road signs a makeover to mark the new series of reality show ‘The Valleys’. The sign that has been put up to publicise the new series of The Valleys on MTV The cheeky, double sided signs pay homage to the iconic Wonderbra Adverts of the mid 90’s and feature three of the show’s biggest stars Natalee Harris, Lateysha Grace and Jenna Jonathan in their underwear. One side shows them from the front, and the other from the back. The design is being trialled on the A465 on the Welsh boarder and is planned to be rolled out to several crossings into Wales later this week, in advance of the new series airing. Jo Bacon, Vice President, Marketing, Creative & Press, MTV UK said: “We wanted to extend a warm Welsh welcome to everyone entering the country and put an entertaining spin on the boring traditional signs that clog up our roads. “I hope we succeed in putting a smile on the faces of passers by and if people like what they see then they can see a lot more by tuning into The Valleys on MTV! “We plan to roll out our sexy road-side marketing campaign across the Welsh border in the run up to the first episode.” But the idea has not gone down well with everyone, as these Facebook post reveal: Rhianna Woodham: Those roads are dangerous enough as it is, thats just making things 100 times worse!! What a joke!! I can imagine it now, men driving past, slow down to take a gorp and a photo not looking at the road and crash into innocent people. Kerry Farrell: Yeah great way to start an accident haha. Marie Rees: Now theres an accident w8n to happen. The Valleys follows people from the South Wales Valleys as they move to Cardiff to live out their dreams.

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Secret Diamond Club, new dating site that pairs rich men with beautiful women sparks controversy

Secret Diamond Club – a dating website for wealthy men and beautiful women – caused a scandal when it launched in Denmark, and now it’s after a slice of the UK market. The Secret Diamond Club has spread across Europe and America has just launched here in the UK to a rather mixed response Are you a man who thinks it’s reasonable to spend £60,000 on the off-chance you might get a date, or a woman who doesn’t mind her looks being rated by a panel of independent experts? If so, Secret Diamond Club – a dating website aimed at pairing wealthy males with attractive females – may be for you. The site, which originates from Denmark, launched in the UK this week. To enter its ‘elite’ club, women must submit three photos of themselves – one face, one full body, one of their choice – and then wait to hear if they are beautiful enough to be accepted. Of the ones who pass, the most attractive pay the least for their membership, while those judged the least attractive pay the most (up to the £30 a year). Men pay between £6,000 a year for a local membership and £60,000 a year for a global one and remain anonymous until they decide to make contact with a female member. Founder, Gus Terkelsen, left says British women are ‘unattractive’ so men with money can’t find suitable dates here When an article for a Danish website brought Secret Diamond Club to the public’s attention there three years ago, it was more shared and commented on than the same day’s news that the country’s Crown Princess had given birth to twins. Gus Terkelsen, the entrepreneur behind the matchmaking scheme, admits few of those comments were positive. “Some people called it a prostitution ring, but that’s not true,” the 33-year-old says over a phone call from Copenhagen. “Others took a feminist approach, saying it was degrading towards women, that it supports the notion women are worth nothing apart from their looks.” Well, doesn’t it? “Some people don’t like getting the truth told too obviously. Women will always look for wealthy partners, and the most attractive will get them. It comes from the Stone Age and survival of the fittest, where if women were not able to mate with successful men they would not have children and they would die. “Obviously we don’t live in that kind of society now, but millions of years of evolution have pushed women into being that way – even if they’re not aware of it.” With the high concentration of wealthy men in London, Gus explains the UK was the next logical step for the club before expansion into Eastern Europe and Asia, and development of its existing presence in America. As for British women, “There’s nothing particularly special about them. Just as women anywhere in the world, they are interested in meeting men of success and wealth. It’s how the female mind works – a genetic thing that goes beyond cultures.” One thing that isn’t immediately obvious from a video promoting the site to “prestigious entrepreneurs and… the most beautiful women in the world” is why these financial and aesthetic alphas need to go through the expense or potential humiliation of using a site like this (though apparently a couple of thousand people have already done so in Denmark). Gus describes it as a time-saver or “convenience thing.” His approach to matchmaking also makes a bit more sense when you understand this dating site owner’s approach to love: “I believe that love is a trading relationship. It’s the exchange of emotional security, finance or sex; a conditional relationship in which I give you something and I get something in return.” And has he met anyone through Secret Diamond Club willing to complete this transaction with him? “Obviously, I’m single,” he says. Source The Telegraph

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Mr Magnet: Man, 56, claims his body gives off a ‘special energy’ which means he can stick any object to his face and body

For any ordinary person, a fork, a spoon and a bland set of kitchen utensils would not generate much excitement. Special talent: Muhibija Buljubasic, 56, stands as his wife Senija puts cutlery on his body at their home in Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina He began using metal kitchen utensils to experiment with his strange ability before moving on to other objects Gadgets: Here, he poses with a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone resting on his head, proving that he could also attach plastic items to his skin. He discovered the talent five years ago Dishes: As well as the metal tray, his wife assists him in attaching a small china plate to his forehead. His closed eyes show he is concentrating Mr Buljubasic also discovered that he could stick remote controls to his head. He claims he developed the unusual skill without any practice and without preparing his body in anyway Two phones: The 56-year-old can also attach items onto his chest But for Muhibija Buljubasic, the items present a chance for him to show off his special talent – of sticking random objects onto parts of his body. The 56-year-old from Srebenik, Bosina and Herzegovina, says he discovered the unusual talent five years ago. He has not had any practice and has not trained his body in any way, but believes his body gives off a ‘special energy’ which means the items stay attached to his skin. At first, he began placing metal objects on his face and body, but soon realised plastic gadgets, such as mobile phones and remote controls, worked too. Agencies

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Adorable toddler cries after hearing parents’ wedding song for first time

Listening to a romantic wedding song can be enough to reduce anyone to tears – even a two-year-old girl. Emotional trigger: In a description of the video, the little girl’s mother Diana explains: ‘She starts to cry every time she hears this song now’ In a video that has garnered nearly 130,000 views since it was posted on Wednesday, a toddler from the U.S. is seen intently watching her parents’ wedding slideshow, with Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk playing in the background. But the sentimental song soon becomes too much for her; after a few moments of listening, the little girl’s eyes well up with tears and she turns away dramatically, burying her face in her hands. In the beginning of the video, the little girl sits on her mother Diana’s lap and listens to the piano playing in the start of the song, her eyes wide with anticipation. As soon as they lyrics begin, the toddler breaks down, covering her face with her hands as she cries. The girl gets more and more emotional as the song goes on, until finally she waves her hands in the air, signalling for her mother to change the tune. In a description of the video, Diana wrote: ‘I showed my two-year-old our wedding slideshow and had the song, Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk, and this was the response she had. She starts to cry every time she hears this song now,’ she added.The adorable video has been watched nearly 130,000 times, with a number of viewers commenting on how cute it is. ‘That’s the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen,’ wrote one person. Another explained: ‘Children are very sensitive to music. My mom told me that I cried every time in church when the choir started to sing, or when she listened to My Heart Will Go On on the CD player.’ Agencies

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