Quirky World: D-Day for wartime sweethearts as they reunite after over 70 years apart

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AUSTRALIA:

An 88-year-old British woman has embraced her wartime sweetheart in a reunion after more than 70 years apart.

Joyce Morris and 93-year-old former US serviceman Norwood Thomas laughed as they hugged each other after Mr Thomas flew from the States to the Australian city of Adelaide to reconnect with his long-lost love.

“This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” Mr Thomas said, in a reunion broadcast in Australia on Channel 10’s The Project.

“Good,” Ms Morris replied with a laugh. “We’re going to have a wonderful fortnight.”

She was a 17-year-old British girl and Mr Thomas was a 21-year-old paratrooper when they met in London shortly before D-Day.

After the war, he returned to the US. The pair wrote letters to each other, and Mr Thomas asked Ms Morris to come to the US to marry him, but she misunderstood and thought he had found someone else, so she stopped writing.

The two eventually married other people.

Mr Thomas’s wife died in 2001, and Ms Morris divorced her husband after 30 years.

Last year, she asked one of her sons to look for Mr Thomas online, and they found his name in an article about D-Day in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

The couple reconnected by Skype, and after their story went public, hundreds of people made donations to help fund Mr Thomas’s trip to Australia from his home town in Virginia Beach.

The two are planning to spend Valentine’s Day together.

Pet hates

ENGLAND:

Takeaway food and booze have been blamed for a growing obesity crisis... among pets.

A leading animal charity highlighted statistics indicating that more than 5m cats, dogs, and rabbits in the UK are overweight as it launched its annual pet slimming competition.

PDSA blamed the fatty, sugary and downright dangerous treats some owners give their four-legged friends. Cake, chocolate, biscuits, crisps, chips, takeaway, and even alcohol are among the inappropriate items served by some owners, the PDSA said.

Lover’s plea

ENGLAND:

Residents of the village of Lover have sent out a Valentine’s Day plea for help in their bid to bring life back to their rural home.

The Wiltshire village was once famous for its postmark, which brought thousands of romantics to deliver their Valentine’s Day cards from the post office to get the distinctive stamp. But the tradition ended in 2008 when the post office and village store closed. Now villagers are aiming to raise £110,000 (€141,000) to buy the old Lover primary school — another amenity which closed 10 years ago — to transform it into a community centre.

Skinflints

ENGLAND:

The ancient tradition of printing laws on vellum will come to an end in March, the House of Lords has confirmed.

MPs handed the decision to end the 1,000-year-old practice to peers, who are pushing ahead with the cost-cutting measure.

Switching from goat and calf skin to archival paper, which can survive for up to 500 years, is expected to save around £80,000 a year.

Sister act

USA:

Twin sisters in New Jersey have given birth to girls minutes apart at the same hospital.

Stephanie Edginton and Nicole Montgomery delivered their daughters Cora and Louisa six minutes apart at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees.

The twins themselves say they were born three minutes apart.

Serial offender

USA:

Police say a 24-year-old central New York man who admitted to being involved in about 100 thefts has been arrested again after robbing a woman.

Police say Kenneth Lafler was arrested after he jumped into a woman’s car earlier in the week and stole her purse.

Officers say the victim recognised Lafler because he had been charged with breaking into her car two months ago.

He was released after posting bail on February 3.

Strip show

USA:

A Houston man and a New York woman are facing felony charges after authorities say they were recorded having sex in public during a 30-minute ride in a glass-enclosed cabin on a Ferris wheel 550ft above the Las Vegas Strip.

A Las Vegas judge set a March 9 date to see if the charges against Phillip Frank Panzica III and Chloe Scordianos can be resolved without trial.

Police say surveillance cameras captured the act, security warned the couple to stop, and people in another car shot phone video.

Images haven’t been made public.


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