Saturday, October 16, 2010

Missing !!! Another millionaire....

Camelot poised to reveal where £113m EuroMillions ticket was bought as winner STILL hasn't come forward

Last updated at 9:51 AM on 16th October 2010
      The great £113 million Euro fortune mystery continues - a week after the biggest ever winning ticket in UK Lotto history was revealed.
    Camelot said yesterday that after seven nail biting days they are still waiting for the winning claim to be made - but admit it could be several weeks before the fantastically wealthy winner comes forward.
    No one has so far called them to claim the staggering rollover £113,019,926 prize since it was drawn last Friday night.
    No clues will be given as to where the ticket was bought for another week - then the hunt will be on in that area to find one of the UK's newest multi millionaires.
    By matching the numbers 9, 30, 35, 39, 46, with lucky stars 6 and 8, the winner instantly became the 589th richest person in the country - wealthier than Take That's Robbie Williams.
    The lucky winner is also missing out on £8,500 a day in interest.
    Co-op worker Peter Lowery this week boasted on his Facebook page that he was the £113million ticket-holder, and even posted a picture of the alleged winning EuroMillions ticket.
    But friends of the 26-year-old cast doubt on the claim saying it was an elaborate ruse.
    Elaborate ruse: Former Nissan worker Peter Lowery claims he holds the winning ticket for last week's £113million lottery jackpot

    A Camelot spokesman revealed that it is not the first time a big winner has delayed coming forward.
    He said: 'We had the second biggest prize of £20 million at one time in the past and it took the winning ticket holder three weeks to come forward.
    'Every winner is different and there are different elements to their story.
    'It varies to be perfectly honest. 
    'The winning player may be unaware of their win, or away, and haven't physically checked their ticket."
    'They may have a routine. You can buy Euro tickets four weeks in advance and they may not check their tickets until the next cycle, who knows.
    'They have 180 days to claim their prize.
    'In the meantime the interest on their £113 million goes to the Lottery's national good causes so we are all winning.'
    Record: Nigel Page with Justine Laycock after he scooped £56m in February
    Record: Nigel Page with Justine Laycock after he scooped £56m in February
    Numerous Britons have won EuroMillions jackpots in the last year.
    Among them are Bolton gardener Brian Caswell, who collected £24.9million in June 2009, while in November Les Scadding and his wife Sam from South Wales and the Lucky Seven syndicate from Liverpool each banked £45.5million.
    Other winners include the Sturt family from Dorking, Surrey, who won £26.1million in January and an anonymous winner who banked £39.7million in March.
    Nigel Page smashed the British lottery record in February with his £56million EuroMillions jackpot.

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    Wolf pack slows traffic on motorway - Russia

    Danger! WOLVES on the road: How driving has become even hairier in Russia

    Last updated at 1:43 PM on 16th October 2010
    A traffic policeman was forced to dive inside a stranger's car on a motorway to take cover from a marauding pack of wolves.
    The officer was reprimanding a motorist for having only one working headlight when the beasts came out of nowhere on to the M23 in Rostov-on-Don, south west Russia.
    CCTV shows the man pulling the driver over for a telling off before a pack of 11 wolves come racing into view.
    Hungry like the wolf: The traffic officer had a narrow escape by jumping inside the car (left) as a pack of 11 wolves came racing along the motorway
    A close shave: The traffic officer had a narrow escape by jumping inside the car (left) as a pack of 11 wolves came racing along the motorway
    He then climbs inside the driver's car in the nick of time.
    Footage has also been released showing hungry wolves devouring groceries from shoppers in a Moscow supermarket car park.
    There are an estimated 30,000 grey wolves in Russia although the country offers the species no legal protection.
    In fact in some parts of Russia, cash is offered as a reward for killing the animals and their dens.

    Lunch time: Despite having a population of around 30,000 grey wolves, Russia offers the animals no legal protection
    Lunch time: Despite having a population of around 30,000 grey wolves, Russia offers the animals no legal protection

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    Unpublished letters to the editor.... lengthy but worth a smile.

    Unpublished letters to the Editor: 'Dear Sir, I Could Go On...'

    A hilarious sequel of unpublished Daily Telegraph letters celebrates the wit and wisdom of our readers.

    Even after working on the Telegraph’s letters desk for a while, one can rarely predict which topics will get our admirable readers going next. One moment it’s the defence of the realm, the state of the NHS and the challenge of alternative energy sources. The next, they’re sharing their thoughts on the best headgear for middle-aged drivers of sports cars, or the kindest ways to prevent garden birds flying into French windows.
    One of the most enjoyable – and longest-running – correspondences this year concerned our readers’ recollections of their school reports. It went on for several weeks, including such gems as: “When the workers of the world unite it would be presumptuous of Dewhurst to include himself among their number”; “Unlike the poor, Graham is seldom with us”; and “The improvement in his handwriting has revealed his inability to spell”.
    The only thing of which one can be certain is that the correspondence will keep pouring in. Of the 700 letters we receive on average each day, at least 500 arrive by email. “Letters to the Editor” offer a coherent, carefully edited space – a kind of daily competition, if you will – that exhibits the best of what our readers are thinking. They are seldom shy of sharing these thoughts, writing from their offices, from holiday – even, in one instance, from the bath. One correspondent suggested that we run a separate letters page for emails sent after pub closing time.
    Well, we haven’t decided to do that – yet. But last year I had the idea of collating some of the best unpublished letters into a book for the first time. Am I Alone in Thinking...? proved to be a surprise Christmas hit, selling over 70,000 copies and topping the Independent Bookshops’ chart.
    Some of these previously unpublished letters hadn’t made the paper as they addressed an interesting topic which didn’t fit with the rest of the day’s selection. Others were too whimsical, or too risqué. Sometimes, frankly, they were completely and utterly (and wonderfully) mad. Above all, they were very, very funny.
    Happily, then, the answer to the book’s semi-rhetorical title was a resounding “No”. Jennifer Latham, writing from Wedmore in Somerset, spoke for many in her pleasure at discovering “what a cheeky, irreverent lot fellow readers are... Greed, envy, lust, revolution, nuttiness, political incorrectness – brilliant reading, all.”
    Initially, I was wary about attempting a follow-up edition. Our readers might not be alone in thinking the way they do, but could they – in another phrase beloved of regular correspondents – “go on and on”?
    Fortunately, the answer is an equally decisive “Yes”. To an extent, we have been lucky with events: the departures of Gordon Brown, Tony Hayward and Jonathan Ross have provided much fodder for our letter-writers’ cannons; as has the arrival of Chris Evans on Radio Two’s breakfast show.
    It has certainly been an eventful year. But our wonderful correspondents, as quick and as able to turn their hand to letters about geopolitics as their gardens, have never been constrained by the vagaries of the news cycle. I could go on... but I will leave that to our readers – opposite – who really can.
    In praise of progress
    SIR – My first thought on seeing your headline, “Pupils to be taught about sex at seven” was, “What, in the morning?”
    When I was a child, the school day began with prayer. But you can’t stop progress.
    Peter Homer
    Highworth, Wiltshire
    SIR – I’ve often wondered whether Britain’s education system is in a state of decline. Then I visited Google and started to type, “Can I get…”. Before I finished my query the first suggested search in the drop-down list appeared: “Can I get pregnant from a dog?”. Now I know.
    Robin Whiting
    Castle Rising, Norfolk
    Bathing with blondes
    SIR – Perusing the papers today, I was struck by the number of advertisements for walk-in baths, each of which featured an attractive blonde of around 42, pictured either entering or leaving the bath in a swimsuit via the side door. Is there any particular reason for this age group of blonde ladies requiring walk-in baths? I suspect it may be related to wine but perhaps I have missed something.
    Robert Hill
    Irby, Wirral
    SIR – If I tried balancing my drink on the side of the bath, as suggested by one of your correspondents, I would probably end up with coq au vin.
    Michael Talamo
    Carshalton, Surrey
    SIR – What more could you want in a bath, one of your correspondent asks. Answer: Rachel Stevens.
    Andrew Holgate
    Woodley, Cheshire
    SIR – A current West Sussex NHS advertisement on the back of a bus states: “You are twice as likely to have unprotected sex after heavy drinking”.
    Another pint, please, landlord.
    Robert Price
    Haywards Heath, West Sussex
    SIR – I have a soft spot for Sarah Ferguson; my dream girl looked like her and she reminds me of a boisterous Labrador, my favourite breed of dog.
    Mark Taha
    London SE26
    Dear Picture Editor
    SIR – As I pencilled in a moustache on your photograph of Lord Mandelson I wondered how many other readers were doing the same thing.
    John Knight
    Bisley, Surrey
    SIR – Could you sometimes leave a picture of Martin Johnson out of your sport supplement? We all know by now what he looks like – poor fellow – and you are frightening the horses.
    Walton on the Naze, Essex
    Waking up terror experts
    SIR – “It’s a wake-up call”. That’s what politicians say after every terrorist outrage. So who are these security experts who need to be woken up on a regular basis? Are they all teenagers who can’t bear to get out of bed before three in the afternoon?
    Jim Dawes
    Maidstone, Kent
    SIR – There is a brilliant and simple solution to the controversy over racial profiling at airports. All passengers will be required to step into a booth that scans for explosive devices and automatically detonates any device found. Harmless individuals will be released immediately after being scanned. Muffled explosions, contained within the booth, will be followed by an announcement that a seat has become available for standby passengers.
    It’s a win-win for everyone.
    Robert Readman
    Bournemouth, Dorset
    Cutting the corduroy deficit
    SIR – As David Cameron struggles to save money, he could well look at Sport, Culture, Art and Music (SCAM), which have drained the British taxpayer of some £560 million every year for the last 20 years, to the benefit of no one except the thousands of luvvies that this money keeps in fine corduroy style.
    Surely they could do just as well down a coal mine, if only to marvel at the wonder of it all.
    Malcolm Parkin
    Kinnesswood, Kinross
    SIR – I have to admit that I misjudged the strength of feeling by public-sector workers against the cuts – right up to the moment I tried to reduce by 25 per cent the amount of housekeeping money I give to my wife.
    Hugh Stewart-Smith
    London E11
    Teaching Americans English
    SIR – I currently work for a wonderful company run by Americans. However, many of my British colleagues are beginning to find their business vernacular rather annoying: step up to the plate; came in from left field; ball-park figure; circle the wagons; drink the Kool-Aid.
    We have taken a different approach to combat its pervasiveness: we have invented our own “Empire vernacular”, which our American “co-workers” will believe is a quaint old English idiom.
    Here are some examples we use regularly: It’s like trying to find the corner on a bowler hat; We can all sip sherry over this one; To hit the driven grouse would mean swinging across the line; and I’ll stuff the partridge and get back to you.
    Our ultimate hope is that on global conference calls, we will one day hear these phrases spoken with an American accent.
    London SW6
    Travelling the roads to hell
    SIR – Am I alone in hating Ryanair more than the Taliban and liquorice combined?
    Chris Sandilands
    Carousel 1, Stansted Airport
    SIR – The EU states that a small calf transported by rail must be afforded a space of between 0.3 metres and 0.4 metres squared in which to travel.
    I was wondering to whom I should write to complain about the fact that my feet didn’t touch the floor for 45 minutes on the 15:44 to Sevenoaks from London Bridge last night.
    Sevenoaks, Kent
    Supermarket soap operas
    SIR – Whenever I buy a pack of two chicken breasts at my local supermarket, the package contains one large and one small fillet. As an ignorant townie, I wonder if any country-dwelling readers have spotted one of these lop-sided crosses between Audrey Hepburn and Jayne Mansfield (or for the younger generation, Sienna Miller and Kelly Brook) scuttling around in a field?
    London SE23
    SIR – A recent article reported that confectionery manufacturers were discreetly shrinking the size of their chocolate bars. Is the same thing happening to men’s underwear, or am I just getting older?
    Michael Cattell
    SIR – On being given a banana for the first time, during the Second World War, I ate it with the skin on. I also did this with an orange. Happily, I was later shown the correct way to eat a banana and an orange and grew to like them very much.
    George E. Bryant
    Bassingham, Lincolnshire
    SIR – Bill Nighy says that he never trusts a man in linen, but I would never trust a man who wears brown shoes with a grey suit. Who does he think he is: Ken Clarke?
    Harry Easun
    Charing Heath, Kent
    SIR – What has happened to the good old waterproof codpiece?
    J. Burnett-Hewitt
    Lowdham, Nottinghamshire
    Tanned Tony
    SIR – I don’t believe you should judge a man by the colour of his skin, but in the case of Tony Blair I’ll make an exception.
    Ralph Berry
    Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire
    SIR – In a calculated snub to Tony Blair, I intend to ignore Peter Mandelson’s memoirs before I ignore his.
    Gordon Brown
    Grassington, North Yorkshire
    SIR – Anyone feeling slightly envious on learning the extent of Tony Blair’s wealth should console themselves by remembering that he’s married to Cherie.
    Lawrence Fraser
    Elgin, Moray
    Sporting figures
    SIR – Whose idea was it to stage the World Cup during the cricket season?
    Mary E. Rudd
    Pevensey Bay, East Sussex
    SIR – It is clear to me that John Terry’s haircut alone should be enough to relieve him of the responsibility of captaincy.
    Patrick Ryecart
    London SW10
    SIR – Is it just me, or did anyone else notice that we never once saw Paul the Octopus and Baron Prescott of Kingston-upon-Hull together in the same shot?
    Huw Beynon
    Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
    SIR – The invasion of female commentators of rugby union is unacceptable. It is hard to listen to some silly girl concentrate on the attractiveness of a shirt’s colour rather than the thuggery that is taking place before her.
    Lt Col Dale Hemming-Tayler (retd)
    Driffield, Gloucestershire
    Radio gaga
    SIR – What on earth is going on at Radio Two? We’ve got Graham Norton sitting in for Chris Evans in the morning, and Dale Winton covering Steve Wright in the afternoon. It’s as camp as a row of tents.
    Throw in Alan Carr for Ken Bruce next week and we’ll have a full-on jamboree.
    Steve Brennan
    Glenmavis, Lanarkshire
    SIR – Has anyone heard Chris Evans play a song from beginning to end without interrupting with his inane prattling? I am trying to like the man, but, well....
    Norman Scott
    Stacklawhill, Ayrshire
    SIR – I swear that if I hear Ride of the Valkyries again on Classic FM, I may not be responsible for my actions.
    David Watt
    Thame, Oxfordshire

    News anchorman sacked for drinking 'on air' - Finland

    Finnish anchorman is sacked for swigging beer live on air 

    Last updated at 1:57 PM on 16th October 2010
    A Finnish anchorman has been sacked after being caught live on air drinking a bottle of beer. 
    Kimmo Wilska got into trouble when he pulled out the brew during recorded footage about licensing laws. 
    Kimmo Wilska
    Caught out: Finland's Kimmo Wilska swigs from his beer bottle live on air...
    However, when the report cut back to the studio, the country's most well known English-speaking newsreader was seen taking a swig. 
    A YouTube video shows Wilska looking startled and spilling some of the alcohol down his suit before he wrapped up the show. 
    More than 430,000 web users have viewed the video making it the latest internet hit.
    Kimmo Wilska
    ...sheepish looking Wilska realises that the pre-recorded report has ended and he is back on air
    Furious television bosses have now fired Wilska, despite him telling them the whole incident had been a prank intended to make the behind-the-scenes crew laugh. 
    However, they refused to accept his excuses and fired Wilska - who is described by fans as the Barry White of Finland for his distinctive and deep tone of voice. 
    Ron burgundy
    Kimmo Wilska has been compared to Ron Burgundy who was seen drinking scotch on air in the 2004 comedy movie Anchorman
    The gaff has also led to Wilska being compared to movie character Ron Burgundy.
    Funny man Will Ferrell played the San Diego newsreader in the 2004 hit. 
    The loud-mouthed character is seen knocking back scotch live on air. 

    Fans have now set up a Facebook page showing their support for Wilska which has already attracted more than 49,000 supporters from around the world. 
    Many have demanded that YLE TV give him back his job. 
    Fan, Vilhjalmur Olafsson said on the page: 'Come on, you guys. It was a joke.' 
    While sympathetic Dominic Murphy wrote: 'A newsman with a sense of humour. Give him his job back.'

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