QUIRKY WORLD ... Life’s a beach as centenarian finally gets trip to the sands


QUIRKY WORLD ... Life’s a beach as centenarian finally gets trip to the sands


Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach.

That changed this month, just a few weeks shy of Holt’s 101st birthday.

Thanks to a partnership between the assisted living center where Holt lives and an organisation that grants wishes to the elderly, Holt got to see the ocean for the first time in an all-expenses-paid trip to the Gulf of Mexico.

She said she’d never seen anything as big as the ocean. But in the November chill she kept saying over and over: “It’s cold.”

“I’ve heard people talk about it and how wonderful it was and wanted to see it, but I never had the opportunity to do so,” Holt said.

The trip was made possible by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, where Holt lives in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Wish of a Lifetime organisation.

Mark Davis, executive director of Brookdale’s Sterling House, said two workers filled out the application for Holt after learning she’d never seen the ocean.



Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ has been replaced by Monty Python’s ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ as the most popular song played at funerals .

Traditional hymns, football anthems, and classic pop songs top the list of the “funeral music chart”, according to a study by the Co-operative Funeralcare of songs played at 30,000 funerals.

The top 10 also included ’The Lord Is My Shepherd’, ‘Abide With Me’, ‘Match Of The Day’ theme, ‘My Way’, ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’, and ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams. The study revealed some unusual requests such as Elvis Presley, Star Wars or Blues Brothers fancy dress-themed services.



Green Cross Code Man — who featured in child road safety campaigns in the 1970s — is back.

And this time the character, played once again by Star Wars actor Dave Prowse, is appearing in safety videos aimed at adults, launched on YouTube by insurer More Than.

Now 79, Prowse — dressed as Green Cross Code Man — is seen admonishing adults for a lack of awareness of road safety due to concentrating on modern technology rather than keeping an eye out for traffic.



Police were called after more than 200 people turned up at an S&M and M&S party held in a terraced student house.

Some revellers at the party — at a house in an area popular for students — paraded in skimpy leather outfits carrying whips, while others wore some of Marks & Spencer’s more traditional lines.

According to the Newcastle Tab student newspaper, one of the hosts said afterwards: “First and last time I give a policeman a tour of my house dressed in gimp gear.”



Colombian police no longer have to wait until they reach the top ranks to grow a moustache.

Since 1997, a code of conduct gave only officers above the rank of lieutenant the right to sport a little hair above their top lip. Rather than shave, lower-ranking officers decided to sue and Colombia’s state council sided with them in a ruling.

The administrative court said the prohibition violates a constitutional right to develop one’s own personality. The ruling affects tens of thousands of officers. A similar prohibition on moustaches still exists amid the rank-and-file in Colombia’s armed forces and experts say it is now likely to be challenged.

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