9th March 2018

Other Stories – 9th March 2018

Another busy week has passed – in case you missed them, here are some of the stories that caught our eye, including empty shelves, Germany being hacked, cold ducks, frozen waterfalls and our Oscar facts of the week.

Frozen waterfall

Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

An entire waterfall froze solid in the Brecon Beacons. In scenes reminiscent of something straight out of a science fiction film, a waterfall near Pen y Fan in Wales froze over completely. The big freeze came just days before the full onslaught of the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ reaching the rest of the UK, as cold temperatures started to plummet across Wales early last week. Wales Online

A very British reaction. As last week’s cold snap took hold, social media was awash with scenes of shelves bereft of milk, eggs, bread and fruit and vegetables. A Bristol supermarket even took the measure of handing out free tea and biscuits to its seemingly never-ending queue of panic buyers on Friday morning. The Telegraph

Scientists discovered a penguin super-colony… from space. A huge group of previously unknown Adélie penguins were discovered on the most northerly point of the Antarctic Peninsula after vast patches of their excrement showed up in photos taken from space. The penguins are reportedly living on a rocky archipelago called the Danger Islands, which as their name would suggest, are notoriously difficult to reach and study. BBC News

A man called 999 to report a cold duck. The adverse weather conditions have resulted in lots of stories this week, particularly about the pressure it has placed on our emergency services. A man in Hertfordshire was accused of wasting police time after calling the emergency line when he spotted a duck in a car park in Watford. Though he was praised for his concern, he was advised to contact the RSPCA instead. Metro

The boy who ran away to the zoo. When 10-year-old Dato Nozadze snuck out of his home in the town of Khashuri, he took the 80-mile journey to the Georgian capital Tbilisi to visit the city’s Zoological Park. Unfortunately for him, he arrived to find the zoo closed and a police patrol helped him return home. Inspired by what they described as his “special love of animals” staff at the zoo have presented Dato with a year-long pass to come and visit as often as he likes. BBC News

Therapy dogs are helping victims of the Florida shooting return to school. As students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to school following the shooting that killed 17 last month, help was at hand. Emotional therapy dogs were brought in to help students feel safe and ease themselves back in to the school routine. 27 pups have been sent to the school so far and they’ve been welcomed with open arms by students and teachers alike. Evening Standard

The German Government has been hacked. Having already carried out attacks on other international targets, including the U.S. Democratic National Committee and the International Olympic Committee, Russian hackers have set their sights on the German government. Reports have suggested that both the foreign and defence ministries were victims of an attack that may have lasted for up to a year, dating as far back as 2016. Vice

Always double check the destination of your Uber. That’s the valuable lesson that Kenny Bachman learned when he accidentally took a journey back to his house 350 miles away from where he was staying at an eye-watering cost of $1,600. Having visited friends in West Virginia, Bachman only intended to travel a few minutes to his friends’ house, but in a drunken stupor he selected his home in New Jersey as his destination. The journey ended up taking 5-6 hours. Sky News

John Lennon’s bike has sold for £57,500. Lennon’s 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey Bike was the Beatle’s go-to form of transport around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot, where he lived from 1969 to 1971. The bike had gone to auction at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull where it was estimated to sell for £30,000, but intense interest in the vehicle drove the price up. The bid is reportedly the highest price ever paid at a public auction for a Honda Monkey Bike. BBC News

Fact of the week

James Ivory is now the oldest recipient of an Oscar at the age of 89. He won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Call Me by Your Name at the ceremony last weekend. This wasn’t his first nomination, however, following an illustrious career as a director. He previously received Best Director nods for his Merchant Ivory films, 1985’s A Room with a View, 1992’s Howard’s End and 1993’s The Remains of the Day.

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