QUIRKY WORLD ... Journalist ‘humiliated’ over agony aunt column

ENGLAND: A Sun journalist told how he was “humiliated” in the newspaper by a boss who ordered a new Dear Deidre column focusing on his decision to turn down a job in New York.

Giving evidence at his trial at the Old Bailey, Chris Pharo told jurors how The Sun used scantily clad models pretending to be readers with problems for the regular feature.

The 46-year-old, who was later to become news editor, recalled the incident involving Neil Wallis which happened while he was working as a district reporter in Bristol.

He said Wallis became “incandescent with rage” at him for rejecting the opportunity to work in the US — and a £20,000 pay rise — because his then partner Kirsty had become pregnant unexpectedly.

“He said I was a fucking idiot, that I had fucked my life up, it was a job for a single man and he was furious because he had put my name forward for the job and basically I embarrassed him. The worst element of it beyond that was what happened in the next few days. A few days after the conversation with Mr Wallis I was getting ready to go to work in the morning. I heard Kirsty scream in the kitchen.

“The subject of the Dear Deidre was a young executive who had ruined his life by turning down a job in New York because his conniving girlfriend had deliberately got herself pregnant. I later discovered that Neil had torn out the one that had been planned and got an emergency one shot as a means to humiliate me over the whole decision.”

Pharo denies wrongdoing and the trial continues.

Chapel of love


An Iowa couple got married in a hospital chapel after the bride broke her leg on their wedding day.

The Quad-City Times reports Melissa Eisenbacher slipped on gravel after getting her hair done and fell. Doctors determined that Eisenbacher had separated her ankle and fractured her tibia, but she wasn’t about to let the surgery and a wheelchair stop the wedding.

The groom, Rex Grebner, says he and his wife wanted to get married, so their groomsmen and bridesmaids joined them in the hospital chapel at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park.

The couple went to their planned reception to celebrate before heading home. Their honeymoon to Kentucky will be delayed while Eisenbacher recovers.

Train halted


Police are investigating after up to 200 disgruntled passengers halted a train then disembarked and walked down the railway track.

The incident happened in the Redland area of Bristol shortly after the service left Clifton Down railway station at 3.30pm on Saturday, August 26.

Passengers had previously been informed that the train would not be stopping at the next station, Redland, as it was too busy. A group of rail users halted the train by pulling on the emergency cord, then got off and began to walk back to the station.

Parrot hunt


Snoop Dogg and Missy are being hunted by police, after the pair of African grey parrots were stolen from their owner’s home in Middlesbrough.

The birds have a number of favourite phrases, such as “giz a tickle”, “give us a big fat kiss” and “hello fat girl”. They also like to sing along to the Match of the Day theme tune.

Emu antics


An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been reunited with its owner and returned home safely to Vermont.

Kermit Blackwood thought it was a long shot that the emu loose in New Hampshire was his bird, Beatrice. It was not until he travelled to the Henniker-based non-profit organisation Wings of the Dawn that he knew for sure.

Blackwood and a farm worker struggled to put Beatrice into the boot of a Toyota Prius, with the back seats folded down.

The 90-minute ride back to the Taft Hill Farm went smoothly, after they removed a sock from the emu’s head.

Monkey business


A monkey that escaped its owner’s home in an Orlando, Florida, suburb chewed on its neighbours’ mail, pulled moulding off a police car, and rocked back and forth on a street sign.

Zeek was eventually caught when his owner returned home a short time later. Police officers responded on Monday morning after a neighbour called to report that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox.

Zeek jumped on the officers’ squad car and pulled some moulding off the roof. The monkey also drank from a water bottle the officers offered as a distraction.

Sanford police officers took video of Zeek and posted it on Facebook. “Zeek had a little fun with our patrol car,” the officers posted.


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