Quirky World ... Cameron ‘serenaded’ by ukulele-playing heckler

ENGLAND: Britain’s prime minister has been serenaded by a man with a ukulele who sang that he should "fuck off back to Eton".

David Cameron was near the heckler as he took to the streets of Alnwick, in Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency, in a bid to woo voters.

And one woman told the Tory leader, who has been criticised for personal attacks on his Labour counterpart: “I don’t like the name calling in politics... Be a good boy.”

Hoax photo


A photograph that posed a US Civil War mystery for three decades appears to be a long-surviving hoax.

The photograph of what appeared to be a far older photo — showing a figure in a coat and hat and the blurred image of a warship — surfaced in 1986. Some historians believed it might be a photo of the CSS Georgia, a Confederate ironclad that sank 150 years ago in Georgia as Union troops captured Savannah.

John Potter, the man who photographed the picture, initially said he found it at a jumble sale but could not afford to buy it. Now Potter says the photo is a fake he made as a teenager using a 60cm model of the ship and his brother in costume standing in a marsh.

Duel challenge


Nigel Farage has been challenged to a duel with swords by a man claiming to be a Polish prince.

Yanek Zylinski, in a video posted to YouTube, slammed the Ukip leader’s “idiotic” blaming of immigrants for traffic jams on the M40.

Mr Zylinski called on Mr Farage to meet him in Hyde Park in central London to resolve the matter “in a way that an 18th century Polish aristocrat and an English gentleman would traditionally do”.

Chalk and tape climb


A French climber has scaled one of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers, relying on just chalk and sticky tape on his fingertips to help him up the 75-storey Cayan Tower.

Alain Robert, 52, climbed the 307m high structure in just 70 minutes. He had no harness and little space for his feet on the ledges of the tower, which twists as it ascends.

Robert, who is often described as ‘The French Spiderman’, is no stranger to scaling tall buildings. In 2011, he climbed the world’s tallest tower in Dubai.

Using a rope and harness to comply with organisers’ requirements, it took him just over six hours to scale the 828m Burj Khalifa.

Unfortunate year


A Vietnam War veteran in Utah was surprised by the reason for the denial of his request for a personalised licence plate commemorating the year he was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart.

Arnold Breitenbach of St George sought a licence plate with the designation CIB-69, representing the Combat Infantryman’s Badge he received and the year he was awarded the Purple Heart.

The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles denied his request, citing state regulations prohibiting the use of the number 69 because of its sexual connotations.

Caught on camera


A Halfords customer’s dashboard camera caught a mechanic speeding in his car while it was booked in for an MOT, the BBC reported.

Shaun Ingram from Saltash, Cornwall, is said to have left his Ford Focus ST in for a major service at Halfords Autocentre in Plymouth.

On its return, he discovered the dashboard camera recorded footage of his car being driven 57mph in a 30mph zone. Halfords said the mechanic was a temporary employee who had been let go.

Cash giveaway


Police in Ohio say a teenage school student took $25,000 (€23,655) from his grandfather and later started handing out $100 bills to his classmates.

Authorities say the 13-year-old gave out thousands of dollars before schools officials discovered what was happening.

Investigators in the northeastern Ohio city of Medina have recovered about $7,000 so far.

Police said they are still trying to figure out how the boy got the money from his 83-year-old grandfather. They say it is too early to know if charges will be filed.

School officials heard about the cash giveaway. But by that time, police say some of the money already had been spent.


The Marquee in Cork dominated the gig news this week, with a string of announcements for what is expected to be the final year at the Monahan Road venue before the site is developedScene + Heard: The most played artist on Spotify and all the latest music news

Esther N McCarthy picks perfect paperweights, brilliant books and Christmas collectables this week.Brilliant books and Christmas collectables - here's our wish list

John Spillane tells Ellie O’Byrne how he’s hoping to fund his next album by taking the bardic route of writing unique compositions for people on whatever they’d like‘I’ll write you a song for €1,000' - John Spillane's unique way to fund new album

From starring in a Cork-set film, to securing a role in Ridley Scott’s major new HBO series, it has been quite a year for Niamh Algar, writes Esther McCarthyIreland’s next big thing: Niamh Algar on her incredible year

More From The Irish Examiner