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Anorexic man, who weighed less than 6 stone, says bodybuilding saved his life

A six stone anorexic who came dangerously close to death is preparing for his fourth bodybuilding competition after putting on more than 12 stone. Ollie Orchard, who battled anorexia triggered through bullying at 14 and is now a bodybuilder Ollie Orchard’s weight plummeted when he was bullied as a 14-year-old and by the age of 18 was eating just enough calories to survive and often passed out through exhaustion. But when a former girlfriend and a doctor persuaded him to attend his local gym, he met a strength coach who introduced him to bodybuilding and it turned his life around. Mr Orchard, of Clifton, Bristol, is now 22 now weighs an impressive 18st and takes on board 5,000 calories a day, six days a week, and up to 10,000 on Sundays – a far cry from the days when a Diet Coke for breakfast would fill him up with gas. He said: “You are very alienated with anorexia and although there are people in the gym it is still very much a personal journey. “I started by barely being able to lift 5kg because I was so small so I had to first work at putting some meat back on my bones. “I started reading body building mags and based my diet around that so would eat things like oats and egg whites but also started eating food like ice cream. “It was tough on my stomach because it had been so small but I was determined to put weight on.” Mr Orchard put on 10st during his first year of training and in his first bodybuilding competition was placed second in the junior class, going on to compete in the British finals. He is now looking forward to his fourth bodybuilding competition which takes place in Portsmouth on April 27 next year. Mr Orchard added: “I’m fit and healthy and focusing on doing something to my body that does not put my life at risk. “Eating disorders are a bigger problem than people realise and all I would say is try and find something that can give you the same control and satisfaction. “For me it was bodybuilding because I need the focus of the training and meals but anything that helps you beat it can only be a good thing.” Mr Orchard’s battle first began in 2006 when bullies began to comment on how he looked. “It started when I was about 14 years-old with anorexia and as it progressed it just got uglier,” he said. “I was getting bullied at school at the time and that was certainly part of the trigger.” Mr Orchard became increasingly sneaky and was taking on a tiny amount of calories – barely enough to survive. His parents and school tried their hardest to encourage him to eat but his deception – including hiding food under potato skins – and determination to starve himself would always prevail. Despite passing out from lack of eating, Ollie was able to convince himself everything was fine when actually he was putting his life in real danger. He said: “I was having a Diet Coke for breakfast and that would fill me up because it would make me gassy. At school the nurse would sit and watch me eat but as soon as I could I would throw it up. “At night I would eat hardly anything and would hide food under a baked potato skin. I was disgusted by food, it repulsed me. “You pick up on the sound of people eating. If I saw people eating I would wonder how they could do it. For me it was all about being as small as I could. It was a form of control. ...

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Midlands couple who booked ‘bargain’ flight to the Caribbean turned away at airport because their ticket was actually from Birmingham, Alabama

A couple accidentally booked a cheap flight to the Caribbean from the wrong Birmingham Airport – 4,000 miles away. The tickets were booked by 55-year-old Kevin Jones, left, for himself and his partner Jeanette Kevin Jones and his partner Jeanette were thrilled when they bagged two return flights to Trinidad for just £800. But when they arrived at the West Midlands hub, they were told their American Airlines flight was actually taking off from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport – the biggest in the U.S. state of Alabama. Mr Jones, 55, from Glenfield, Leicester, told The Sun on Sunday: ‘The girl at the information desk broke the news with a very sympathetic look that our flight was leaving over 2,000 miles away. ‘We had no choice but to get our car out of long stay and drive home.’ The pair are now on a bargain break in the Spanish resort of Benidorm instead, the newspaper reported. Despite the 4,200-mile distance between them, the two airports have some surprising similarities. They are a similar size and both went into service around the same time – the UK’s version was commissioned in 1928, while flights began at the U.S. version in the same year. It is not the first mix-up involving a Caribbean flight. Just three months ago grandmother Lamenda Kingdon, 62, from Plymouth, fell victim to another namesake – except she ended up in the Caribbean by accident. As she sipped a gin and tonic at 30,000ft and looked forward to her break in Granada, Spain, a fellow passenger broke it to her that they were actually travelling to the island of Grenada. And it is not even the first mix-up between the two Birminghams. In 2008 Birmingham City Council chiefs were left red-faced after they distributed 720,000 leaflets praising Brummies for their recycling – which showed the skyline of Birmingham, Alabama, instead.

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Loft space put up for rent in central London… but there’s no room to stand up

A loft space too small to stand up in has been put up for rent in central London for £40 per week. The ‘loft space’ in Paddington, Westminster, is available to rent for only £40 a week. Prospective tenants must be under 5ft 4in, willing to climb up a 10-foot ladder and can’t suffer from claustrophobia The advert, posted on website Gumtree on January 4, comes with the disclaimer: “Please note, you cannot stand upright in the room.” The £160 per month property needs a tenant shorter than 5 feet four inches tall and someone who can afford £80 for a two week deposit, according to the ad. The property is only accessible by ladder and has a very low ceiling – meaning tenants cannot stand upright. It also features parquet floors and an en-suite water tank It is advertised as being “right in the heart of Westminster,” where average property prices are over £1m. The ad states: “We are renting this cute little loft conversion which is a former storage space. Please note you cannot stand upright in the room.” “It comes with its own bedding (freshly washed), parquet flooring and there is enough space to store a few pieces of garment. “The location is amazing, there are lots of shops, good transport and is right in the heart of Westminster.” A prospective tenant would have to be quiet and act in an orderly fashion, according to the listing. “We are generally quite easy going but do not tolerate noise at night or disorderly behaviour,” it reads. “Ideally it would suit someone less than 5’4 tall and with no history of claustrophobia.” “For the area the rent is very cheap and bills are included but we would like a 2 weeks deposite. (sic) Please get in touch with a few words about yourself so we have an idea of who is moving in with us.” Read more: London Evening Stadard

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Raymond Hull, father of 22 children by 11 women is ‘neighbour from hell who held wild boozy parties in his garden and lives life of luxury with BMW,…

A drug-dealing father of 22 children by 11 different women has been spared jail – so he can care for his latest child. Raymond Hull Raymond Hull’s 18-month sentence for being caught with a stash of cannabis was suspended by a judge so he could help his girlfriend Emma McNeil, 26, raise their seven-month-old son Barry. The 58-year-old, who has not worked for ten years because of a bad back, said: ‘I just love kids. ‘I don’t regret anything, even though I don’t speak to them all. Some of them don’t even know I’m their dad.’ Hull also claimed he has never had to chase after women. He added: ‘I’m easy going, they’re always chasing me. ‘I don’t know what it is about me, but I’m never short of offers. ‘It’s just my luck that every time I have a one-night stand, the girl ends up getting pregnant. ‘If it’s tidy, you don’t knock it back, do you?’ He continued: ‘I love the kids though, and if they want me involved in their lives, I’ll get involved. I’ve got a bad back so I can’t work – it must be from running round after all these kids all these years.’ Ms McNeil, who works in a bakery, has been with Hull for two years and said she was thrilled when she became pregnant. ‘He doesn’t have a lavish lifestyle. He puts everything back into the kids,’ she added. Hull was arrested after police raided his home in May and discovered a stash of cannabis worth £350, Carlisle crown court heard. Police examined his mobile phone and found a text message telling a customer there would be a delay in supplying drugs because of Barry’s birth. It read: ‘Later on pal, Emma’s having the baby.’ Hull, of Springkell, Cumbria, suffers breathing problems, back pains and frequent chest infections, his solicitor Anthony Wilson said. He had 31 previous convictions but none for drug dealing and claimed he used cannabis to deal with his medical condition, while selling to friends to cover costs. Judge Paul Batty QC dismissed this as ‘a cock and bull’ story. But he suspended an 18-month sentence ‘with some considerable hesitation’ for two years so Hull could look after the baby while his partner went back to work. Hull was also placed under a curfew for six months and ordered to pay £200 from his benefits.

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Heartbreaking letter written by a 12-year-old girl to her future self found by parents after she dies of pneumonia

The heartbroken parents of a 12-year-old Tennessee girl who died of pneumonia discovered a letter she wrote to herself to be opened in 10 years. Taylor Scout Smith, 12, died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday. She had written a note to herself and sealed it in an envelope for her to open in 10 years But now the letter is serving as a precious reminder to the couple of their darling daughter, Taylor Scout Smith, who died in Johnson City, Tennessee, Sunday. The letter was written by the 12-year-old in April last year They found her note in a sealed envelope while cleaning up her room. The two-page note starts saying: ‘Dear Taylor, How’s life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past,’ according to CBS11. Taylor leaves behind an older brother and her parents. ‘Congratulations on graduating high school, if you didn’t, go back and keep trying, get that degree…Do you have your own place yet? If we’re in college what are we majoring in? Right now I want to be a lawyer.’ She goes on to write: ‘Remember it’s been 10 years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened good and bad, that’s just how life works and you have to go with it.’ The girl was religious and in the note she reminded her future self to go to church

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Cuts Through Bones’ Alaric Hunt is convicted killer in jail for murdering student

When judges of a competition for debut crime novels leafed through the pages of Cuts Through Bone they were impressed with the tale’s authenticity.  Unlikely star: the winner of the debut crime fiction competition turned out to be convicted murderer Alaric Hunt (left), pictured here in 2013, and his novel Cuts Through Bone But when the Private Eye Writers of America panel decided to award their US$10,000 prize to its unknown author, Alaric Hunt, they did not realise they were reading the work of a convicted killer.  An interested publisher rang the Southern California number Hunt had submitted with his manuscript and got through to his cousin, Jade Reed, who had posted his novel to the competition’s organisers. ‘He’s not available. He’s in an institution,’ said Ms Reed.  ‘Like a prison?’ asked Toni Kirkpatrick, an editor at Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. ‘Yes.’ ‘Will he be out soon?’ came the reply.   Ms Reed paused: ‘Well, he’s there indefinitely.’ Hunt, 44, has lived more than half his life behind bars. He last saw the outside world when he was 19. In 1988 he was convicted of killing a 23-year-old student, Joyce Austin, in Clemson, South Carolina.   He is now in a maximum-security facility 180 miles away in the small town of Bishopville. Ms Austin died of smoke inhalation from a fire started by Hunt’s older brother, Jason. The brothers planned to disctract the emergency services while they robbed a jewellery shop nearby. Jason wanted to go to music school in Southern California and needed the money to do so.   Six weeks later the police arrested Alaric and Jason for Joyce’s murder, and for robbery, conspiracy and several counts of arson. The spoils of their theft turned out to be women’s rings worth only US$200 in total. The brothers were sentenced to life with no parole for at least 30 years. Alaric Hunt, who after finishing at secondary school was found to have an IQ of 137, has immersed himself in literature while inside.    Every day he works in the prison library, where he has discovered authors such as Ernest Hemingway, the Greek and the Roman philosophers and the science fiction masters who wowed him as a boy and inspired him to write his own stories. It was also in the prison library that he saw a competition advertised – the contest sponsored by Minotaur, an imprint of St Martin’s Press. The prize money caught his eye – a US$10,000 (£6,000) advance and a guaranteed publishing contract for the book – three years ago...

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Two drunk Russians cut off own ears for a bet

Two drunk Russian men each cut off an ear after taking part in an arm-wrestling match in a remote Siberian town. The men were suffering from wounds normally associated with Vincent Van Gogh Photo: AP The contestants had been celebrating Orthodox Christmas on January 7 when they agreed to the forfeit if they lost the match. But when they failed to determine a winner, they decided to call it a draw. In a sportsmanlike gesture both agreed to severe their ears – one completely, the other partially. Hospital staff alerted the police when the two patients admitted themselves in the Gurev district of the Kemerovo region, 1,800 miles east of Moscow, it was reported by the Daily Telegraph. Their wounds were likened that to painter Vincent Van Gogh who cut off his ear during a bout of depression. Police are currently trying to establish whether self-mutilation is actually a crime before pursuing case, it was reported by The Daily Telegraph. After interviewing both men, officers said in a statement: ‘According to the agreed rules of the drunken contest, the loser had to cut off his ear.’ After losing the first round, one of the men successfully challenged the result then went on to win the replay. But the winner of the first round insisted he had won, so they both called it a draw. It is not known whether surgeons were able to re-attach the men’s ears. Agencies

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