News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

JOHN Clarkson has created what is believed to be the world's biggest burger at his chip shop in Preston, Lancashire.

The Daily Star says that the 5ft 4in tall 'pie-scraper' at Mister Eater's Eating Emporium was filled with bacon butties, pies, pizzas, spaghetti bolognese and contained 30,000 calories.

John's wife Corinne said: “It's a bit of fun and everyone loves a good challenge. I can honestly say the pizza burger is delicious!”

Want to be cool when it comes to style – then you'd better follow Prince William and his nine month old son George.

So says the Daily Mirror, quoting a survey by department store Debenhams which reports that the duo have been crowned the world's most stylish grown-up and mini-me, knocking Victoria Beckham and daughter Harper off top spot.

According to the store, William and George sparked a new parent and child dressing craze since their official three week tour of New Zealand, with a 36% leap in sales of matching outfits for mums, dads and kids.

Sarah Stern, the chain's trading director for childrenswear said: “For celebrity parents and their children, being photographed is often a way of life and what better way to show that close family bond than with matching prints and designs, or similar styled outfits.”

Did you know that household admin jobs take up the equivalent of one week every year? The Daily Express says that a poll by Swinton Insurance claims that the average adult dedicates three hours a week to such tasks as paying credit card bills, switching utility companies and filing tax returns.

The most disliked chore is MOT'ing the car, followed by renewing passports and sorting out home insurance.

If you don't know much about the sport of cricket then this Daily Express story won't mean much to you, but trust me, their tale of a cricket team posting one of the worst ever scores in the history of the game is a real humiliation for those involved.

Wirral Cricket Club were bowled out for just three runs in an innings that lasted only 56 balls. Their opponents Haslington had made 108. The first 10 Wirral batsmen were all out for a duck – scoring no runs – and the last man scored one run, with the other two runs coming from leg byes.

A more positive sporting story in the Daily Mirror about 14 year old schoolboy Will Sudders from Colchester in Essex who caught a seven foot long catfish, thought to be the biggest freshwater fish caught by a junior angler and the country's biggest living freshwater fish. It took Will 45 minutes to reel in his catch.

A crowd of over 5,000 people attended a 'knob throwing' competition at Cattistock in Dorset. The Knob Throwing and Food Festival event involves participants tossing the locally made, spherical biscuit as far as they can, says the BBC.

Organiser Nigel Collins said: “We used to throw knobs occasionally as a child because they're the size of a golf ball, so the whole thing gelled from there.

“Most of the contest is taken in good heart and there is no food wastage. Everything that is left over - even the broken bits on the ground - goes to feed local chickens.”

Here's a piece of research in the Daily Mail which many people could relate to. It was carried out by Citizens Advice and revealed that 1.42pm on Mondays is when people get totally fed up with their jobs.

That's when traffic numbers to their website giving advice on employment rights peak for the week and perhaps not surprisingly, the happiest moment is at 6.08pm on Friday evening, which is for many the start of the weekend.

Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: “People really don’t like Mondays, as employment woes are at their worst and job stresses kick in after a few days away from the workplace.”

Reference lists:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Daily Star (www.daily star.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)