QUIRKY WORLD: Gambler upsets the odds to earn £30,000 as football’s underdogs have their day

ENGLAND: An online customer made an unusual football prediction over the weekend to scoop £30,000 pounds from a £5 bet.

After a weekend of surprising football results, most accumulators had folded — but one shrewd customer managed to correctly predict five upsets with bookmaker Coral.

The customer, from Durham, selected Crystal Palace to beat Chelsea, West Ham to beat Liverpool, and West Bromwich Albion to beat Stoke in the Premier League, and Leeds to beat Derby, and Cardiff to beat Nottingham Forest in the Championship to scoop the £30,000 windfall.

Buried video games

USA: A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months.

The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games — including ET: The Extraterrestrial — more than 30 years ago, reported The Alamogordo Daily News.

A film crew documented Joe Lewandowski as he dug up the Atari cartridges. In addition to the ET: The Extraterrestrial cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles.

Those included retro games such as Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede, and Super Breakout.

Atari’s ET game, based on the Steven Spielberg film, was released in 1982 after only 34 days of development. It has since earned a reputation as the worst video game ever created.

Curry house down

BRITAIN: Curry house owners are meeting for crisis talks amid concerns the rise of cheap supermarket takeaway-style deals and curbs on immigration are cutting into their business.

The last five years have seen a rise in big supermarkets offering curry “take-away” meal packs , and curry restaurants are also reeling from tightening immigration rules which forbid visas for non-European Union chefs offered less than £29,570 a year.

About 150 curry house owners will meet in Edinburgh next month to discuss the industry’s response as part of a series of televised crisis talks throughout the UK. The curry industry generates more than £4.1m for the UK economy, with more than 15,000 curry houses, according to The Catering Circle.

Late for work 111 times

USA: A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.

An arbitrator criticised a claim by Arnold Anderson that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness. The arbitrator said that Mr Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year to March 20 and 65 times during the previous school year.

But it was found that the Roosevelt school district failed to give him adequate notice to correct his behaviour and that Mr Anderson is entitled to progressive discipline before being fired. The teacher earns $90,000 a year.

Suspicious fire

USA: A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighbouring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard were right; it caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed.

Bradley and Penny Mason bought the house in Meyersdale intending to tear it down. It is just feet from their home about 130km south-east of Pittsburgh.

A neighbour called the emergency services to report the fire and fire officials have determined the origin was suspicious. The fire marshal is still investigating the cause.


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