Quirky World ... Hospital gown to stop patients’ bare-faced cheek

David Allinson with Percy. The cat went missing 10 years ago.

USA: A US health system has unveiled a new hospital gown that aims to put the wraps on a big source of patients’ grumbles — a lack of rear coverage.

Resembling a wrap-around robe, the ‘Model G’ gown closes the once-draughty back, using adjustable snaps. As well as catering to patients who appreciate a more modest look, the gown is made from a cotton-poplin blend for comfort.

The gown was developed by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Michigan-based Carhartt will now make 35,000 for use at Henry Ford Health System’s six hospitals and 29 medical centres in the state.


A cat lover has been reunited with his pet after he went missing 10 years ago.

David Allinson, from Henlow, Bedfordshire, ‘discovered that Percy was missing in June 2003. He set about looking for his furry friend, distributing thousands of leaflets and putting an advert in the local paper.

Percy, a shorthaired cat now aged 15, had moved 24km down the road to Cockayne Hatley, where he found another home with an elderly lady and was later taken in by her neighbour after her death. Unbeknown to them both, Percy’s new owner was one of David’s colleagues, Ruth Hart, who revealed the mystery after having Percy scanned for a microchip.


Thailand’s embassy in Japan has some top tips for Thai visitors – don’t put your chopsticks in the serving bowl; if driving, stop for pedestrians at crossings; and just because you have children does not mean you can jump the queue.

The advice is part of a new online manners guide in response to criticism on social media. Most of the criticism came from Thai residents in Japan who reported sightings of “inappropriate” behaviour on a popular Thai web forum.

“Japanese society is very unique. It is a society with strict rules that are not always obvious to visitors,” chief consul Jessada Nanthachaiporn said.


Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine has been stopped for speeding — after he was caught doing 25km/h on his bike.

The broadcaster was pulled over after he was clocked on a speed gun in one of London’s parks. He was travelling at more than three times the limit for the area, although he said he had not seen any signs informing cyclists of the legal speed.


A New Hampshire man says he was working in his garage when a groundhog he had seen in his backyard charged at him.

Gary McGrath, of Hampton, New Hampshire, said the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot. But the animal returned and McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.

However, the groundhog sneaked through another opening — and McGrath ended up running to the front door. It was later put down in the yard by an animal control officer. McGrath said he didn’t know what the groundhog was thinking, “but it was not nice”.


Police officers were called in to help escort a pod of whales away from the shoreline.

Essex Police’s marine unit and helicopter were alerted to concerns the 40 pilot whales might become stranded after being spotted close to shore. Simon Lofting of the marine unit said: “It was certainly one of our more usual operations and we all worked closely to ensure that the whales were not stranded in shallow water while chasing shoals of herrings.”

Members of the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue called police and coastguard when the whales were close to shallow water at St Lawrence Bay.


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