Quirky World: Public’s trust in pollsters is low, finds... er... a poll

ENGLAND: Trust in pollsters is low after their failure to forecast the Tory majority in the general election a poll has found. 

Only 17% of 2,010 British adults surveyed said they trust pollsters, under close scrutiny since May 7, compared with 50% who said they did not.

The exercise, carried out by political lobbyists PLMR and ComRes, showed doctors are most trusted (84%), then teachers (80%) and the police (62%). Kevin Craig, managing director of PLMR, said: “After the general election result, it’s fair to say the stock of pollsters has fallen and that they haven’t enjoyed a huge amount of public support.”

In a flap

SCOTLAND:

An animal charity is trying to find the owners of a confused peacock which tried to squeeze through a cat flap.

The bird was discovered outside a house near Ordhead, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. He was pecking the windows of the property and then tried to enter through the cat flap, the Scottish SPCA said.

Carers from the charity collected him and named him Felix. He is being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s rescue and rehoming centre in Drumoak, and animal rescue officer Helen Bissett said: “If no-one comes forward for this cheeky boy we’ll find him a suitable new home.”

Panel beaters

ENGLAND:

A pair of 15th century medieval panels stolen from a church have been recovered.

The decorative oak panels were hacked out of a section of the rood screen at Holy Trinity Church in Torbryan, Newton Abbot, Devon, in 2013. The whereabouts of the two panels — depicting St Victor of Marseilles and St Margaret of Antioch — were unknown until they were recovered by the Metropolitan Police during a raid in south London after being spotted by a private collector in an online sale. Due to the damage caused to the panels, the Churches Conservation Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds to restore them.

Teacher donates kidney

USA:

An 18-year-old has returned to her Detroit school with a new kidney, donated by her gym teacher.

Students threw confetti as A’Ja Booth entered the West Side Academy, walking arm in arm with Nadirah Muhammad down a red carpet in the gym.

Mrs Muhammad, 39, gave Ms Booth the kidney for transplant in December. “I’m blessed and I’m thankful,” Ms Booth told the students, fighting back tears. For four years, she left school early three days a week to undergo kidney dialysis.

She wrote a book about her experience, My Dialysis Journey, which led Mrs Muhammad to make the offer, The Detroit News reported.

Intimate theatre

USA:

Many theatre owners like to say they offer an intimate show but only one really means it. That would be Theatre For One — a 1.2m by 2.4m portable theatre which allows one audience member at a time to see one short play performed by a single actor. The theatre will be parked in three Manhattan locations for the next two months, offering shows for free.

Blind side

USA:

Crews rescued a partially blind dog that fell about 90m down a cliff near Port Angeles on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. A Clallam County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team responded to a report that a dog had fallen through thick brush in its back garden, which is on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


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