Quirky world: Great Scott! DeLoreans gear up to come back in the future

The 'time machine' DeLorean car is making a comeback.

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USA:

A small number of the ‘time machine’ cars made famous by Back To The Future could be produced by next year, the DeLorean Motor Company said.

The DeLorean’s silver gull-wing door design was immortalised by the 1985 Hollywood film starring Michael J Fox a few years after the collapse of the original manufacturing firm in the North.

It has emerged that around 1,000 of the distinctive ‘gull-wing’ doors still exist from the factory in Belfast and are sitting in a US warehouse.

Now a US government initiative allows new models to be made for the first time in 35 years in Humble, Texas. DeLorean VEO Stephen Wynne told Texas radio station KPRC : “It is fantastic. It is a game-changer for us.”

‘Missing’ councillor

ENGLAND:

A hard-working councillor was so busy attending meetings that his family reported him missing.

Two police officers interrupted a meeting of Thetford Town Council in Norfolk on Tuesday evening searching for Denis Crawford.

The Ukip councillor, who also serves on Norfolk County and Breckland District Council, had been reported missing by his family after leaving home at 7am on Monday.

He arrived back at his house at 10pm, only to set off again at 7am the following morning, prompting his daughter to try to track him down and eventually contacting police. Two police community support officers were dispatched and tracked him down to the council meeting.

Mr Crawford said: “It was a huge surprise.”

Phone furore

USA:

A Texas father who was accused of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter’s mobile phone over an inappropriate text has been acquitted of the misdemeanour charge.

A judge in Dallas found Ronald Jackson not guilty, citing insufficient evidence. Grand Prairie police arrested Mr Jackson, 36, a few hours after he commandeered the phone and refused to return it.

The girl’s mother said she owns the mobile phone and reported the confiscation as theft. Mr Jackson posted bail to get out of jail but later received a posted citation for theft. He refused to pay.

The father went to court and successfully fought the citation involving his now-15-year-old daughter. Mr Jackson also kept the mobile phone.

Now that’s an epic

ENGLAND:

An 89-year-old film, which could take cinema-goers a marathon eight hours to watch, is returning to the big screen.

The new digitally restored version of Abel Gance’s Napoleon comes at the end of a 50-year project involving the BFI National Archive. Running at five and a half hours on screen, the 1927 film demands a huge investment of resources — from projectionists, musicians, conductor, and audiences — and in a live performance with intervals the experience adds up to more than eight hours from start to finish.

From this autumn, UK audiences will be able to experience this cinematic masterpiece with Carl Davis’s score — the longest ever composed for a silent film.

Shark tale

USA:

An animal rights group is offering a $5,000 (€4,560) reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever dumped a live shark into a swimming pool at a Florida condo complex.

Wildlife officers responded to the Mariner’s Cay condominium in Hypoluxo after a woman found a 1.5m blacktip shark in the pool. The woman told officers she saw two men running from the pool, which is located near the shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway. The officers removed the shark from the pool and returned it to the ocean, but there is a good chance the shark later died from exposure to chlorine.


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