Quirky World...Jumping Australian shark photobombs surfing event

AUSTRALIA:

Quirky World...Jumping Australian shark photobombs surfing event

A jumping shark has photobombed a surfing competition off an Australian beach.

Amateur photographer Steph Bellamy captured the image of the shark with her smartphone on Sunday as she was photographing mothers and their children paddling on their surfboards off a beach in the New South Wales state town of Coffs Harbour.

Ms Bellamy, 47, said that she did not know that the splash in her viewfinder was a shark until she examined the image on her phone moments later.

“He jumped twice, he photobombed big time, then he went on his way,” Ms Bellamy said.

The mothers, like Ms Bellamy, had children in the Coffs Harbour Boardriders club and were taking part in a special mothers’ heat toward the end of day of a local surfing competition when the shark appeared a few yards away from the group. She photographed the second breach.

Ms Bellamy quickly showed the image to organisers, proving that the split-second disturbance had not been caused by a dolphin or tuna.

SNOOZING THIEF

USA:

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man who they say broke into an Austin business, stole a couple of sausages and fell asleep.

KXAN-TV reports that surveillance video from Hudson Meats shows the man trying to break down the front door for about 20 minutes.

The intruder then takes some sausages from the meat-processing business, goes back outside and then returns, grabbing a coat and falling asleep in the back office.

Austin police officers woke up Ricardo Cardona, who told police he’d been out drinking, and charged him with criminal trespassing.

GAME OF TRUCE

ENGLAND:

The British Army’s footballers are to take on their German counterparts to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce.

The match, called the Game of Truce, will commemorate the centenary of one of the most famous moments of the First World War. British and German soldiers laid down their weapons at Christmas 1914 and met in No Man’s Land to share greetings, treats, mementoes and a game of football during the impromptu ceasefire.

To mark the game’s centenary, the British Army representative team will host the German Bundeswehr at Aldershot Town’s stadium in Hampshire — a town with close military links — on December 17.

LATE CHRISTMAS

ENGLAND

: A 158-year-old Christmas tree — believed to be Britain’s oldest — is being decorated for the festive season for the first time in more than a century.

The 99ft Wellingtonia tree was planted in the grounds of Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, by Thomas, 2nd Earl de Grey, in 1856. It was taken into the house every year for Christmas and then replanted outside once the festivities were over.

Eventually it became too large to be taken indoors and stood forgotten in the 90-acre gardens of Wrest Park until English Heritage, which looks after the estate, discovered its history documented in an edition of Gardener’s Chronicle from June 1900.

SNAKE’S ALIVE

SCOTLAND:

A baby snake has been rescued by workers who initially thought it was a loom band.

The two waste removal men were loading a sofa on to their van in Aberdeen when they noticed what they thought was a bracelet, which then started moving. They called the Scottish SPCA, which is now caring for the cornsnake at its Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak.

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