QUIRKY WORLD ... Be careful, this evening is an accident waiting to happen

Saturday nights in are the most dangerous time to be at home according to a recent study.

BRITAIN: Saturday evening is the most dangerous time to be at home, with four accidents in the UK every second, a study has found.

Accidents ranging from serious electric shocks and burns to gas leaks and fires peaks at 6.30pm on a Saturday, the survey for Electrical Safety First found.

The charity said the information suggested people were more prone to risky behaviour during the weekend because they were busier or more absent-minded and had potentially “had a few drinks”.

The goat escape

USA:

Seattle police got their goats yesterday, corralling a group of 10 that had managed to get loose from a yard in the city’s Beacon Hill neighbourhood.

Police said officers responded to a report that the loose goats were chasing a group of children.

After a brief chase of their own, police managed to herd the goats back into a pen. Animal control officers were called to contact the goats’ owner.

Public redemption

ENGLAND:

The completed stone tomb of Richard III is to go on public display 530 years after his death in battle.

A special service was held to mark the end of the king’s long journey from his forgotten grave under a council car park to a place of honour in Leicester Cathedral.

Afterwards, the king’s 2.3-tonne tombstone, with its Christian cross carved on the top, was lifted carefully into place, sealing his remains beneath.

Fear leads to anger

TUNISIA:

Tunisian officials have sought to calm fears that sets from the Star Wars films are under threat from Islamic State militants.

CNN recently suggested that the sets were vulnerable after arrests and the discovery of weapons caches near the town of Tatouine, which lent its name to Luke Skywalker’s home planet.

The story was picked up widely even though the main Star Wars sets are on the other side of the country. Mohammed Sayem, of Tozeur’s tourism commission, said the reports were “without foundation”. Colonel Mokhtar Hammami of the National Guard said he had 1,500 soldiers in the area.

Shark attack

USA:

A sea otter that became an ambassador for her species after a remarkable recovery from an oil tar soaking off the coast of northern California has been killed by a shark.

‘Olive the Oiled Otter’ made headlines in 2009 when she was found covered in oil and near death on Santa Cruz beach. She recovered fully and delivered a healthy pup years later.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Olive was found dead by a beachgoer and wildlife biologists found wounds consistent with a shark bite.

Olive had more than 5,000 Facebook followers, in an account set up by wildlife officials, and hundreds of followers expressed sadness.

Hospital gowns

INDIA:

Nine hospital beds in a row and imaginary patients hooked up to intravenous drips. Not the usual setting for a fashion catwalk.

But Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh returned to his roots for the inaugural show of the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

Singh, who grew up in a family of doctors, said his show was a tribute to healthcare professionals who saved lives despite going through problems of their own.

“I belong to a medical family and [the show] was basically respect for health workers,” said Singh.

Models took a stroll down the pristine white catwalk in sheath dresses and pleated skirts that the designer said were meant to evoke the uniforms of 1950s nurses.

Many wore surgical masks, while some carried first-aid boxes. At least one model had a bandaged head.


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