A week ago I moved from hotmail over to gmail, which prompted a seriously belated overhaul of my inbox. Consequently, I’ve spent way more time than I care to think about this week going through the 2000+ emails that were languishing away in there, and to be honest, with over 700 left I just went “sod it” and binned the rest. It had to be done I’m afraid.
Today we start afresh! Here’s what made it through.
If you have sent me something recently and you’re worried that I may have binned it (and chances are I have) please feel free to send it to me again, and I’ll have a much greater chance of finding it in my shiny new inbox. Check out the ‘Music Submissions’ tab at the top of this page for further info about submitting your music.
A man has been arrested in northern Greece for allegedly growing marijuana on the median strip of a highway. Police say the 35-year-old was caught in the middle of a six-lane highway linking Athens with Thessaloniki, harvesting 42 marijuana plants up to 1.8 metres tall.
The Sea Life London Aquarium says its tactic of piping Barry White’s music into a shark tank to encourage breeding has paid off. The ‘‘Walrus of Love’’ has turned love-shy zebra shark Zorro into a marine love machine. Staff warn guests about his behaviour, because it looks far from romantic.
(I’m afraid I couldn’t find the lovely Barry White number. And you know what? I’m kinda relieved.)
A boy in Alabama faked his own kidnapping to avoid bringing home a bad school report. The 11-year-old claimed a man grabbed him and forced him into a car. Police were suspicious that the boy had managed to escape with his band instrument, but not his bag.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Circus of Horrors in Dorset, England, has been swamped with applications to join its freak show. The circus was expecting a handful of replies from its ad at Jobcentres this week but there have been 50 callers and far more are expected to audition.
Brian Johnsrud spat a thawed cricket 6.9 metres at the Central Wisconsin State Fair to win a contest. He says his secret is picking the biggest cricket, putting it upside down on your tongue and taking a deep breath before putting the cricket in your mouth, so you don’t swallow it.