News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor

PRINCE Harry may have received some stick from certain sections of society for his partying in Las Vegas but it seems he may also become a fashion icon.

According to The Sun, pictures of Harry at pool parties in the US resort have sent sales of Hawaiian shorts soaring.

Leading store Debenhams say that demand for copies of the pink and floral shorts he was wearing are up 160 per cent.

The paper reports that the style was first popularised by the 1970s TV crime series Hawaii Five-O but fell out of fashion – until now.

A spokesman for Debenhams said: “Men are going totally tropical.”


The Daily Mail has been celebrating the fact that Larry the Downing Street cat has at last taken his duties as 'Chief Mouser to the Cabinet' seriously.

Larry, a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was hailed as a 'good ratter' when he first arrived a year ago but had failed to live up to expectations.

However, it would now seem that he has registered his first confirmed 'kill.'

Olly Grender, deputy director of communications at No 10, tweeted: “Just arrived at work. Larry the cat sitting proudly outside No 10 front door with a dead mouse next to him.”

Another animal in the news is parrot Rodney who has been driving neighbours crazy after learning to sing the national anthem during the Olympics.

The Sun reports that now the African Grey launches into the tune when he gets put out in the garden at 7am every day and that neighbours have started to complained.

However his owner Michael Sargison defended his pet, telling The Sun: “It’s not Rodney’s fault – it’s Team GB’s. What with winning 29 medals and all the highlights, replays and news bulletins, God Save the Queen was not off the telly.

“I have been round to see the immediate neighbours and have agreed to put him out a bit later and feed him which keeps him quiet for a little bit longer — but then he starts again.”

He added: “What I would like to say to whoever complained or wrote the anonymous letters to me, Rodney does do requests so just ask for another tune.”

The animal theme continues with the Mirror story that the RSPCA has been called out to rescue a fox which had been trapped by a floorboard.

Builders at the University of Hertfordshire spotted the trapped animal's head poking out of a hole in the floor while renovating an office.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Kate Wright said: "I have to admit that when I arrived I was faced with a very odd sight.

"Here was this fox's head poking out of a floor and he was so jammed he couldn't move, and I just had these big eyes staring at me. I actually think he had quite an embarrassed expression on his face."

The fox was freed after builders used crowbars to pull up the flooring panel.

You get them everywhere don't you – officials who don't use common sense when it comes to interpreting the rules.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who has been blind since birth, was unable to take his seat when he arrived at the Paralympics opening ceremony with his guide dog.

Mr Blunkett said he was shocked and angry after a ‘stroppy and insensitive’ Games official refused to let him sit in his allocated spot.

The Mail reported that after a frank exchange, a makeshift seat was eventually arranged for the Labour MP on an ‘exposed, blustery gantry’.

Mr Blunkett said: “I want Games organisers to learn a lesson for the future so that people with guide dogs can be treated as equals.”

He added that he had to ‘bite his lip’ after he was told that his seat was unsuitable for assistance dog Cosby, a black curly-coated retriever cross.

“What happened highlights how far we still have to go in changing attitudes towards the challenges faced by people with disabilities,” said Mr Blunkett.