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ENGLAND: A smartphone made with grass cut from the home of England’s rugby team has been unveiled.

The “fully functioning” device has been created using recycled phone parts and pulped grass clippings from Twickenham Stadium.

Ahead of this weekend’s final RBS 6 Nations ties, the prototype aims to encourage more people to recycle their old phones and has been unveiled as part of the RFU’s social responsibility programme, Try For Change.

Designer Sean Miles said: “We wanted to give the old and forgotten a new lease of life and create a thought provoking prototype which would make people stop and think about recycling in a new and different way.

“The phone itself is incredibly striking and those who use it can pick out every blade of grass and imagine the incredible rugby games which have been played over them.”

The phone took more than 240 hours to build, using tens of thousands of grass blades for the casing and locally sourced wood for the buttons. The grass was freeze-dried within two hours of being cut, moulded into a template, and covered in an eco-friendly resin to protect the phone’s interior.

Travel cat

USA:

A cat that vanished in South Carolina two years ago is going home after ending up more than 3,500km away in Southern California.

Kevin the orange tabby is leaving Palm Springs after disappearing from Anderson, South Carolina, in 2013.

John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services says the cat turned up in early March inside a trailer a woman had driven across the country. His microchip helped track down owner Cheryl Walls, who jokes that Kevin has seen more of the country than her.

Lord of the sings

ENGLAND:

Singing a load of nonsense in a pub at 11am may be standard behaviour for many students but one group in Leeds say they are just following in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien.

Academics and students from Leeds University’s English department gathered in the city’s historic Whitelock’s Ale House to sing a rare song by the author of The Hobbit.

Alaric Hall, lecturer in medieval literature, said a later version of the song — called ‘The Root Of The Boot’ — appeared in The Lord of the Rings, recited by Samwise Gamgee.

Chain gang

USA:

The quiet of Big Sandy’s block-long commercial district was disrupted when two vehicles sped into town and seven occupants got out, one with a chainsaw, and began fighting.

The Montana brawl began when three men in a car pulled up in front of a coffee shop shortly after 2pm on Monday, and a pickup carrying two men and two women stopped behind them.

“From what we’ve been able to gather, the initial dispute actually took place on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, and the pickup gave chase to the sedan,” Chouteau County Sheriff Vern Burdick told the Great Falls Tribune.

The parties began fighting in the street.

At one point, one man in the pickup fired up a chainsaw. He soon turned it off, and nobody was injured, said Burdick.

Four people have been arrested.

No ‘no parking’

ENGLAND:

A pensioner who paid to have unauthorised ‘no parking’ signs on the pavement outside her home is to face a bill for their removal.

Birmingham City Council said the woman’s actions defaced public property and it would seek to recoup the cost of washing off the signs and an accompanying white line.

The 72-year-old grandmother reportedly forked out £200 (€276) for the paint job in Culmington Rd, Longbridge, after her driveway was repeatedly blocked by inconsiderate parking.


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