QUIRKY WORLD ... Why did the priest cross the road? For holey intervention

SPAIN: A priest says he has given up hope that local authorities in his parish of Xestoso in the northwest of the country will fix the potholes in the roads so he has asked for divine intervention.

Luis Roldan Patino celebrated Mass on a pitted road and splashed holy water to bless it. Each pothole is now marked with a wooden cross on the roadside so drivers can slow down before hitting them, he said.

Roldan Patino told journalists that “just like we can pray to the Lord for rain” he is pleading for divine intervention to fix the road because “it’s going to be the only way to do that”.

He said the authorities are “blind to the situation and we feel totally abandoned”.

Ponies need home

SCOTLAND: An animal charity is searching for someone with “time, space, and a loving home” to take in a Shetland pony and her young foal.

Three-year-old Missouri was pregnant when she was taken into the Scottish SPCA centre in Aberdeenshire in April and shortly afterwards gave birth to son Jefferson.

Carers are now looking for a permanent home for the pair and want to keep them together.

Despite not being handled before, the Scottish SPCA believes Missouri could be a “nice little ridden pony”.

There has been little interest so far and the charity says taking on two ponies is a “big ask”, but staff are hopeful they can find a home.

Patronisin’ politics

ENGLAND: A video aimed at persuading “the youth” to vote to stay in the EU in the referendum appears to have misfired after the public poured scorn on it on Twitter.

Set to a loud soundtrack of thumping house music, the video slices scenes of young people living a party lifestyle — dancing in a nightclub, spraying graffiti on a wall, and even parachuting out of a plane.

The video, which appears to have an aversion to the letters E and G, flashes up words “workin, ravin, chattin, roamin” before imploring viewers to “votin” in the June 23 referendum.

The video, which plays on a constant loop and was posted by the Stronger In campaign, has been branded patronising and widely mocked on Twitter.

Twayna Mayne said: “Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse somebody came up with #votin ...#EndofDays.”

Emma Brooke posted a picture of the campaign which shows an attractive young woman splashing around in the sea with the words “Chillin, Meetin, Tourin, #Votin”. She added: “Err guys @votincampaign. You do know that young people still use the letter ‘g’ right...?”

Charles Turner, a marketer, wrote on Twitter: “If we’re old enough to vote, we’re old enough not to be patronised... another reason why I think the #votin campaign is a disaster.”

Granny groove

CHINA: China’s dancing grannies have taken their moves to the record books.

Guinness World Records says more than 31,000 Chinese participants have set a record for mass plaza dancing in multiple locations.

Some 31,697 people in Beijing, Shanghai, and four other cities set the new mark by performing choreographed dance moves together for more than five minutes, Guinness said on its website.

Participants in Beijing posed in front of the city’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium.

Generally middle-aged and elderly women, such dancers are a common site in parks, plazas and other public spaces in Chinese cities. While considered a healthy way to exercise and socialize, the performances have sometimes drawn criticism from those living nearby over the loud music.


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