1) Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, "We agree itwas
rather high for the time of year.
It's possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house."
(The Daily Telegraph)
(2) Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole
salami in her underwear. When asked why, she said it was because she
was missing her Italian boyfriend.
(The Manchester Evening News)
(3) Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van,
because they cannot issue a description. It's a Special Branch
vehicle and they don't want the public to know what it looks like.
(4) A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable
teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coast guard
spokesman commented "This sort of thing is all too common".
(5) At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a
coastguard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he
was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help,
the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff.
(Aberdeen Evening Express)
(6) Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the
audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was
sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of
1945, she recalled. "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but
when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out 'Heil Hitler.'"
(Bournemouth Evening Echo)