Quirky World: Dippy the arthritic penguin settling into new home

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Quirky World: Dippy the arthritic penguin        settling into new home

ENGLAND:

An ageing arthritic penguin is settling into his new home — which comes complete with access ramp and meals on wheels service.

Dippy the Humboldt penguin moved from the Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight, which is closing, to the Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk on Thursday night.

At 20 years old, a bird with his condition would be unlikely to survive in the wild, but thanks to special adaptations at his new home, he is expected to carry on splashing around for many years to come.

Dangerous Christmas tree

ENGLAND:

A Christmas tree that leans “more than the tower in Pisa” is to be taken down over safety fears.

The 35ft tree in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, has been left with a slant following severe winds and was due to be removed last night.

The authority had previously warned residents it may prove “very difficult” to source a new tree before Christmas, but has now said a new one will be installed.

Squirrel attack

ENGLAND:

A Conservative MP has recalled childhood memories of his police officer father being injured during riots — when he was bitten by a squirrel.

Mike Wood said he remembered returning home from school during the “horrific” 1985 Handsworth riots in Birmingham to find his pale-faced father with a bandaged hand.

But the Dudley South MP said he and his mother’s worries were soon calmed when it emerged his father’s injury had been inflicted by a squirrel while preparing his police horse for duty.

Bald look or flowing locks?

USA:

Maryland governor Larry Hogan says his hair is growing back after treatment for cancer, and he has asked the public to vote on whether he should stick with the “bald look” or return to “flowing locks”.

The Republican governor announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and would undergo chemotherapy. Last month, he announced he was “in complete remission”.

More than 1,000 people have weighed in and the governor says opinion is mixed.

Earmuff homage

USA:

Earmuffs come and go when it comes to fashion but they are always in style on Chester Greenwood Day.

Residents of Farmington, Maine, are paying homage to the inventor of the earmuff by proudly wearing them during a parade in honour of the town’s native son.

As a 15-year-old he fashioned muffs out of farm wire, and his grandmother sewed fur on to them.

He improved his creation, obtained a patent and manufactured thousands of Champion Ear Protectors in Farmington.

His legacy seemed to fade away after his death in 1937, but he and the ear protectors made a comeback 40 years later when the Maine Legislature established Chester Greenwood Day.

Name generator

CRIMEA:

Authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea — which is grappling with a near two-week blackout — have suggested parents name their newborn boys Generator to mark the ordeal.

Unknown attackers blew up electricity pylons in Ukraine on November 22, leaving the peninsula largely without power. After Russia annexed Crimea in March last year, it began building an underwater electricity cable system to Crimea from Russia’s Krasnodar region, and Vladimir Putin travelled there this week to inaugurate the first delivery of Russian power.

Local parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantinov suggested that parents name their newborn girls Sveta, ‘light’ in Russian, and boys Generator to highlight the efforts to overcome the crisis.

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