QUIRKY WORLD ... Near miss as Tornado storms past microlight

BRITAIN: An RAF fighter pilot left “little margin for error” after a near-miss with a microlight that was coming in to land, according to an air safety report.
QUIRKY WORLD ... Near miss as Tornado storms past microlight

The Tornado was flying at low level at about 483mph on the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border near Headon airfield when it passed 300ft beneath the “startled” microlight pilot.

In a report by Airprox, which looks into all such incidents, investigators also heard that military maps were also being redrawn after it emerged the site of the civilian airfield in Nottinghamshire was marked in the wrong spot — by half a mile.

Cup classic

BRITAIN: The longest- serving FA Cup trophy in the competition’s history has been valued at over £1m (€1.27m) on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, making it the highest-valued object ever to appear on the show.

The football trophy, which was the third cup to be used after the 1872 original, was valued by silver expert and football aficionado Alastair Dickenson. The valuation, surpasses the value of the previous holder, a model of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture, which was valued at £1m.

First landing

BRITAIN: One of the world’s largest aeroplanes has made its maiden touchdown at Birmingham Airport .

An Emirates’ Airbus A380 — all 238ft of it — put wheels down on the tarmac right on schedule for the airline’s inaugural Dubai service on Sunday.

With a capacity for 557 economy and 58 business-class passengers, the A380 will help boost the carrier’s daily capacity to the Middle East region by 15% and open up new onward routes for British travellers.

Town for sale

USA: Got $8m (€7.14m) to spare? Then you could snap up an entire town 112km south of Las Vegas.

Nancy Kidwell is putting Cal-Nev-Ari up for sale, including the town’s casino, diner, convenience store, 10-room motel, RV park, and mile-long dirt airstrip. The only things not for sale are the residents themselves, some privately-owned homes, the small community centre, and a volunteer fire station built by Clark County.

Ms Kidwell, 78, and her husband, Slim, founded the town in 1965 when it was just an empty swathe of land along US 95. Now it is home to about 350 people, but Mrs Kidwell said she can’t sustain it. Slim died in 1983 and her second husband died in 2011, leaving the bulk of maintaining the town to her.

Diddy school

USA: He’s been a rapper, actor, singer, entrepreneur, record producer, and clothing designer. Now Sean “Diddy” Combs has taken on a new job as the founder of a charter school in New York City’s Harlem.

Combs announced that the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open in the autumn. The school will be overseen by Capital Prep leader Steve Perry, who founded Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2005. Florida-based educator Danita Jones will be the principal of Capital Prep Harlem.

Fare dodger

USA: A 44-year-old woman is accused of skipping out on a $600 fare after police say she took a taxi 217km from New York City to Pennsylvania.

Authorities say the cab arrived at Kelli Boyer’s Denver, Pennsylvania, home at about 1am on Sunday and she told the driver she would be back in a few minutes to pay the fare. When she didn’t return in about 15 minutes, the driver called police.

Police say officers made several attempts to contact the Lancaster County woman but she refused to answer her door or phone.

She’s been charged with theft of services.

Deadly vipers

USA: Two dead venomous snakes were found in a package in a western Pennsylvania post office.

The box shipped from the Philippines to the Beaver County post office was declared as containing T-shirts, The Beaver County Times reported.

Capt Thomas Christ of the Pennsylvania fish and boat commission said a waterways conservation officer opened the box and found two venomous pit vipers, both dead.

Additional snakes were found at the home of the person to which the box was addressed, Christ said.

He said he could not say what the person intended to do with the snakes if they had arrived alive. US fish and wildlife authorities are investigating.

Mailing an animal is a federal offence, and in Pennsylvania, a permit is required to buy a snake, said Henry Kacprzyk, curator of reptiles at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.

“On a legal end, it’s not something that is a moneymaker,” said Kacprzyk.

Kacprzyk also said that brining an exotic snake from another country is dangerous, since hospitals carry anti-venom antidotes for venomous snakes common to the US but don’t have antidotes for those from other countries.

“People are taking risks,” he said. “People assume if they get a bite, they can go to the hospital, and that is not the case.”

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