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ENGLAND: Freemen of the City of London have exercised their ancient right to drive sheep over London Bridge

The event in aid of charity was organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen.

The length of each drive was a quarter of the length of the bridge.

GLASTO RECORD

BRITAIN: It took just 26 minutes for 150,000 tickets for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival to sell out in record time.

Tens of thousands of music fans were left disappointed as tickets were snapped up in under half an hour for a £50 deposit each, with the £175 balance to be pain in April.

Emily Eavis, the daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and co-organiser of the festival, tweeted: “We have sold out, thank you to everyone for supporting us and I’m sorry to those of you who have missed out.”

FENCE OFFENCE

WALES: A man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after becoming trapped in a security fence. Police were called to an office block in Castle St, Swansea, and found a local man, aged 37, stranded inside the compound.

&Fire and rescue service crews attended and used cutting gear to release him. A spokesman for South Wales Police said officers arrested the man on suspicion of burglary at the premises.

SILOS SIX-PACK

US: A cluster of 30m-tall grain silos in Buffalo, New York, is being turned into the world’s largest six-pack.

Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city’s Lake Erie waterfront, home to several long-defunct grain elevators.

The silos have been painted blue to resemble huge Labatt beer cans. They are part of the Buffalo RiverWorks, a former grain elevator that is being transformed into a brewery, entertainment and recreation complex.

A co-owner of the property said the vinyl being used to display the Labatt name can be removed easily to return the silos to their original look.

NO SEX WEEK PLEASE

US: A bid to promote safe sex and raise awareness of sexual assault at the University of New Mexico backfired as officials received dozens of complaints.

Celebrate Sex Week at UNM was a four-day programme by the Women’s Resource Centre and the Graduate and Professional Students Association, paid for by student fees. Angela Catena, a gender violence programme assistant, said topics such as bondage and masochism were scheduled to be discussed, but critics claimed some workshop titles seemed to endorse promiscuity and multiple-partner encounters.

Eliseo Torres, vice-president for student affairs, issued an apology, saying a lack of supervision allowed for the inclusion of “sensational and controversial” topics.

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS

US: Ed Sullivan will be back in front of an audience soon, but it won’t be a big show.

A 45cm solid bronze statue of the television show host was recovered by Los Angeles police, four days after it was stolen. Officers said the 9kg statue is in good condition, but gave no details on where it was found or who took it.

The statue was taken from an outdoor pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood, which honours significant TV personalities and pioneers.

Sullivan’s classic variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show, lasted for more than two decades. He died in 1974.

CARGO CRABS

US: If passengers on a delayed flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, got a bit crabby, no one could really say they were being too shellfish.

Their flight left LaGuardia Airport half an hour late on Thursday because live crabs got loose in the cargo hold.

US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau said it’s unclear how the small crustaceans escaped their container or what species they were. She said there were “more than a few” of them.

It’s unknown who was shipping them. The airline carries various cargo shipments, along with passengers’ luggage. Staff swept the crabs out of the hold, and the flight took off.


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