QUIRKY WORLD ... A daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

FIRTH’S FETISH

QUIRKY WORLD ... A daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

ENGLAND: Colin Firth has confessed he loves guitars so much he feels he has a fetish about them.

The Oscar-winning actor is very shy about his hobby for playing the guitar, but admits he takes great comfort from “cuddling” them.

Firth insisted: “I’m not very good, I don’t think I’d quite qualify it as a hobby really, I don’t think I’m even good enough to discuss the matter.

“I love guitars and I sort of fetishise them as objects, I think they’re beautiful. I play as an excuse to just hold one, which I could probably do for hours. Not an air guitar, just as something to cuddle, I think they’re beautiful.”

‘Mr Christmas’ decks the halls all-year long

ENGLAND: While most people are taking down their Christmas decorations to mark Twelfth Night, one man is putting new ones up.

Andy Park — known as Mr Christmas — has celebrated Dec 25 every day for the last 20 years at his home in Melksham, Wiltshire.

Mr Park, 50, an electrician, said: “While everyone else is taking their tree down, I am putting a new one up.

“I’ve been out and spent £600 (€724) on new lights and decorations to make my home look really glitzy and glammy for the other 360-odd days of the year.”

RUSHED BOOKINGS

BRITAIN: Almost half of holidaymakers book trips without having any idea what their chosen destination is like, according to a survey.

Asked why they had done no research on their foreign resort, the majority of these “blind bookers” said they did want to “over-complicate” things, the poll of 2,128 adults by travel agent sunshine.co.uk found.

For around 25% of the blind bookers, just the look of the hotel was enough to settle the choice of destination, while 78% said their lack of research had not prevented them having “a very good” holiday.

VETERANS RE-ASSIGNED

USA: A 17-member class of mostly wounded veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts has taken up a new fight in the US — putting away child predators.

The veterans were given about 11 weeks of intensive computer and legal training before being assigned to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.

The veterans mostly work in a lab and scour the computers that agents confiscate while conducting a search warrant.

They have two priorities: to analyse the evidence to assist prosecutors and help determine if there are children still in harm’s way who need to be rescued.

TABLES TURNED

USA: 90-year-old laundromat owner, George Hicks of Dayton, Ohio, turned the tables on an attempted robber when he was confronted in his office recently.

Security video captured the foiled robbery and showed a man wearing a hoodie, demanding cash from Mr Hicks.

The unknown suspect then got quite a surprise when the elderly man refused the request and pulled out a chrome semi-automatic gun, sending the burglar running from R&J Laundromat.

In a report via KTRK ABC 13, George laughed saying, “It’s just funny. Dumb [bleep] comes in here. I’ve got the gun and he’s running.”

Authorities are searching for the suspect, described as a white male in a black hooded sweatshirt.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox