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South Africa 2010 – World Cup Mascot revealed

ZAKUMI! A cuddly leopard with a green afro has been unveiled as the mascot of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The character, called Zakumi, has been given his own biography and name to reflect the country’s aims and hopes. Organisers said the character was ‘born’ on 16 June, 1994 – the year in […]

Rhea loose in Cheshire

Beware on the roads of Cheshire for ‘big bird’!  A 5ft Rhea has escaped from a property in Culcheth, Warrington. It is not dangerous but motorists and cyclists have been warned by local police as it could cause a traffic accident. The rhea, a native of South America is a flightless bird but they do […]

Sound as a pound?

The number of counterfeit one pound coins in circulation has doubled in the last five years, a report by the BBC revealed on Monday. More than 30 million pound coins — one in every 50 in circulation — are believed to be fake as organised criminal gangs continue to flood the monetary system. The illegal […]

New Bond film scenes in Bolivia, or are they?

Here in the office, we’re all as excited as you obviously are about the new James Bond film, coming out in November. According to the film, part of his mission takes place in Bolivia. In reality though, they actually did all that filming about 50 miles from the Bolivian border in Chile. They claim that […]

The Countdown Begins…

With the countdown to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa already underway in the office (632 days!) – we think it’s time to highlight and praise the talented footballers Africa has produced over the last few decades.  Each week we see the talent of today’s young African contingent gracing the Premiership – from your […]

£10 million for a dead shark in a tank?!

Modern artist Damien Hirst is surely going to be celebrating this week, after selling about 50 of his pieces at Sothebys for a total of £70million, including his famous “Kingdom” piece – a dead tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde. The question I have is where would you want to display this in […]

How are you earning money for your gap year?

Car washing, begging letters, long term loans from the parents, a combination of all of the above?! We hope the earning (and saving) is going well and want to help where we can. For example, one student came to see us today and was offered a place on one of our Villa Maria teams. She’s […]