Quirky World ... Eh-oh! Teletubbies back with touch-screen tums

BRITAIN: The comeback Teletubbies have been revealed — complete with touch-screens on their stomachs.

Quirky World ... Eh-oh! Teletubbies back with touch-screen tums

The classic show is returning, almost 20 years after Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po made their debut — then with TV screens on their fronts.

Now the creatures — famous for their ‘Eh-oh!’ catchphrase — still have antennas on their heads, but the TV screens have been replaced by “21st century touch-screen tummies”.

The screens will be used to broadcast live action films, from a child’s perspective.

Teletubbyland and Home Hill “have been visually enriched” and now feature an eco-friendly windmill crafted from natural materials and flowers that viewers will see grow from buds into fully-fledged blooms.

Harry Potter star Jim Broadbent and presenter Fearne Cotton were previously announced as the new voice cast. Producers have previously revealed Jane Horrocks will voice a must-have 21st century gadget — a mobile-style phone in the pre-school series.

The original show — which spawned a chart- topping single, ‘Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!’ — was seen by around 1bn children in more than 100 countries following its launch in 1997.

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Ringing in the changes

US: It has been decades since Ofelia Kirker lost her wedding rings, but she’ll be wearing the treasured jewellery for her 64th wedding anniversary.

“It feels like we’re getting married again,” said her 83-year-old husband Robert Kirker. It’s “unbelievable to be wearing them again”, said Ofelia, 82. “They had been gone for so long. It’s wonderful to have them back.”

Ofelia believes the rings tumbled out of her pocket in the 1960s while she was living in Santa Clara, in New Mexico, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

She remembered having them in her pocket at church and suspected they had fallen near the home of Romana Gutierrez, where the couple always parked before celebrating Mass.

They were unearthed in a yard there years ago and have finally made their way back to her thanks to an observant yard worker, one woman’s sharp memory, and her daughter’s persistence.

Gutierrez’s daughter, Edna Salas, said the rings were unearthed years later when Gutierrez hired someone to clean her yard.

By that time, the Kirkers had left Santa Clara but eventually the Gutierrez family managed to track them down and return the long-lost jewellery.

“It’s miracle,” Robert said.

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Caught by the undies

US: The blue sneakers were the subject of the crime. But it was a Long Island man’s red underwear that led him into the hands of police.

Police told Newsday that 18-year-old Taykim Ross stole $200 (€179), electronics, and Air Jordan sneakers from an apartment and stopped in the backyard to try on the new kicks. That’s when a neighbour snapped a photo of him with red boxers visible above his jeans.

Hempstead Village officer Russell Harris said he was returning after a canvass of the neighbourhood when he noticed someone taking rubbish out in his mirror. Harris said he saw someone bending over with “bright red underwear”.

Turns out, it was an exact match of the photo.

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Boston Terrier returns

US: A South Florida woman has been reunited with her Boston Terrier who ran away seven years ago.

WFOR-TV reported Julie Arango got a call on Sunday saying her dog, Lola, who ran away from her home in Miami-Dade County after digging a hole under a fence, had been found.

Linda Gall, a former technician, told the station someone was giving Lola away for free on Craigslist after caring for her for almost seven years. Gall took Lola to a vet, discovered the info on the microchip, and got in touch with Arango, her former owner. Arango says she never thought she would see her dog again.

On Monday, Arango and her daughter, 19-year-old Celina Papas, drove to Fort Lauderdale to be reunited with their long-lost pet.

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