Quirky World ... Dog no longer has his tail between his legs

ENGLAND:A dog has got his waggly tail back after having more than a pound of matted fur shaved off.

Quirky World ... Dog no longer has his tail between his legs

The 13-year-old Lhasa Apso named Bobby was handed into the Dogs Trust in Snetterton, Norfolk, weighing in at about 9.4kg.

His tail had been matted to his legs, meaning he could not wag it.

Spies like us

ENGLAND:

Security service MI5 is taking on an unlikely ally by teaming up with long-running children’s show Blue Peter — on a mission to find viewers with the skills to be spies.

The BBC programme is launching Project Petra which will enable a number of candidates to be put through their paces in a rigorous selection procedure with mental and physical challenges.

Three will be chosen and allowed to tour MI5’s HQ in London, Thames House, and their visit will be filmed by the CBBC show — the first time TV cameras have been allowed into the top-secret building.

Top tip

USA:

An anonymous passenger brightened a Philadelphia cab driver’s night with the tip of a lifetime: nearly $1,000 (€860) on a $4.31 fare.

Oumar Maiga’s bosses revealed the hefty festive season gratuity after waiting to make sure the credit card cleared and it was not an error. The West African immigrant received the $989.98 tip on December 13.

The cabbie and passenger chatted briefly during the mile-long trip from the city’s Old City section to Columbus Boulevard, Maiga’s bosses told Philly.com.

Maiga said his shift had been hectic. The passenger said he had helped make it a great night and punched in the tip. When Maiga asked if he had made a mistake, the passenger replied: “I know what I did.”

Maiga’s bosses said the card company would not give up the mystery tipper’s name.

Barking mad

USA:

Awards season is under way in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements such as best mutt instead of best actor.

At the inaugural World Dog Awards hosted by comedian George Lopez, dogs will walk in on artificial grass and wag out with golden fire hydrant statuettes honouring the best in entertainment and social media.

There are no long speeches or fashion critics at the show on the CW Network. At this event, the podium is packed with dog treats while patches of grass allow pets to do their business and signs call for barking instead of applause. Plus, swag bags boast pet food, collars and toys.

Trust in dog

USA:

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has gone to the dogs. Well, at least its rugs have.

Department spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said a new, $500 rug at the sheriff’s administration building said ‘In Dog We Trust’ instead of ‘In God We Trust’.

The forest green rug with the sheriff’s yellow badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered on Wednesday by a deputy.

Barreda says the error was made by the rug manufacturer and it’s in the process of being corrected. A second rug did not have the misprint.

The rugs were rolled up and put away on Wednesday. It is not clear if the new carpet smell had worn off.

Queue chaos

VENEZUELA:

Governors in three Venezuelan states have banned overnight queuing amid huge and sometimes rowdy lines around shops across the scarcity-plagued country.

Shortages of basic consumer products from milk to toilet paper have worsened since a lull in distribution over the Christmas and new year holidays, prompting many to wait from the early hours on foot — or in hammocks — before shops open.

The ubiquitous lines and frequent jostling for places when shop doors finally open are an embarrassment and irritation to Venezuelans across the political spectrum.

There have also been scattered protests and arrests.

“We are going to prohibit lines outside commercial establishments,” Falcon state governor Stella Lugo said late on Tuesday. “Security forces have been instructed.”

She joined two other governors, in the states of Bolivar and Yaracuy, who have announced the same measure in recent days.

Awesome proposal

USA:

Now, a love story from a galaxy far, far away.

Reddit user Stephen Dempsey concocted a plan for an epic proposal to his girlfriend Amanda.

First, Dempsey assembled a Lego model of Star Wars villain Darth Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer.

He presented it to Amanda, who upon opening it was surprised to find a tiny Lego Darth Vader holding an engagement ring.

Luckily for Dempsey, Amanda, who also happens to be a huge fan of the series, said yes.

The groom-to-be posted the photos of the proposal to the Imgur site, where fellow Star Wars fans and hopeless romantics reveled in the joy and shared away.

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