Dr Cheng, a senior lecturer who often uses food to explain complicated maths, broke down the cream tea into its three key elements: scones, cream, and jam. She concluded that clotted cream is better than whipped cream, because of the excessive volume size of whipped cream required. The total thickness of the scone, with all its elements, should be around 2.8cm, to allow it to fit in your mouth easily. Jam, due to its density, needs to be first as the cream could cause the jam to run off – creating sticky fingers. The thickness of the cream should not be thicker than that of the scone, as it will become off balance whilst trying to eat it, and a 5mm rim is required around the rim and the jam and the jam and cream, she found. Dr Cheng said: “Building a good scone is like building a good sandcastle – you need a wider base, and then it needs to get narrower as it goes up so that it doesn’t collapse or drip. The study was commissioned by Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream.
Parents of pupils at the Folkestone School for Girls in Folkestone, Kent, say the large badger has been skulking around school grounds for the past two weeks. One mother, who asked not to be named, said that a badger sett in the school grounds had been disturbed by recent building work and that the badgers were “causing hysteria” among pupils. She said: “The badger has been spotted several times within the grounds, scaring the living daylights out of the teenage girls.” “It is a giant badger and it is causing hysteria – there are hundreds of screaming, hysterical girls.” Some pupils have told teachers they are too scared to walk across the school grounds in case the badger attacks them, with some pupils saying the badger was running at them during break times. School chiefs said they had been alerted to the giant badger and that pupils had been told during an assembly to “stay away from it”. Head teacher Tracy Luke said: “We do have a badger sett in the school grounds, well away from school buildings.”
Despite strong winds, Waldner became the first man to walk a tightrope between the world-famous cathedral’s two spires. He made the 50 metre crossing, some 60 metres above the ground, not once, but four times. Waldner, who has already completed several slacklining challenges, said it was “an amazing feeling” to have completed the walk. “About three or four years ago I was at this place with a good friend and we were joking about setting up a highline here at the Stephansdom. And now, now it’s done,” he said.
The record for the top speed reached on a mountain bike has been broken in France. Brave cyclist François Gissy reached a speed of 163 mph on his two wheels. The mountain bike was powered by hydrogen peroxide and broke the previous record of 150 mph on a track near Mulhouse in eastern France.
MJ’s cycling adventures began with a short ride down the street where she lives with her owner, Rudi Saldia. “She was fine with it, she wasn’t too scared, so I said, OK, let’s go a little bit further,” hs said. He then mounted a small camera on his bicycle frame to capture their adventures together, and began posting the resulting videos on YouTube, where they attracted tens of thousands of fans. “She enjoys seeing everything and having the wind blow in her ears, especially being an indoors cat, this is really her only time outside and she has grown to love it,” Mr Saldia said of MJ’s enthusiasm for the open road. He has vowed not to let MJ’s internet stardom go to her head though, and insists that his cat abides by the rules of the road to keep them both away from harm. “People are worried about the cat, the safety of the cat riding on the street, and so am I. “But I’m also worried about my safety, so we are always safe out there,” he said. Source: APTN
“I think he has grown so big just because he is treated well and you don’t get more free range than here. “They have the chance to roam around and they eat differently to most other chickens. “The kids often feed him sandwiches and crisps, but his favourite has got to be popcorn. “Maybe that’s why he has got so big. He terrifies the children as he always comes up to them thinking they have food. “Some of the kids are quite small so sometimes Little John is up to their waist.” He added: “We’ve had him here since he hatched and we thought he might be the biggest because we held the previous Guinness World Record for the biggest cockerel. “So we measured him and he was 26 inches, which didn’t surprise us in the end. “He’ll continue to grow until he is two years old, so who knows how tall he will end up.” Brahmas are an Asiatic breed of chicken that originated from birds exported through Shanghai in China and were known as “Shanghai” birds. Mountfichet Castle has been the home to the two previous title holders of “tallest cock in the world,” Bertie and Melvin. A spokesman for Guinness said: “If that measurement is verified then Little John would take the Guinness World Records title for tallest cockerel. “We’d invite the owners to get in touch so that we can verify the claim.”
It was used by Bond to help him locate the stolen atomic weapons during underwater scenes. Made by Breitling in 1962, it was adapted by the James Bond art department and was the only example produced for the movie. Its whereabouts was a mystery for many years until it was discovered at the car boot sale. It is thought to have been passed on by someone who worked at Pinewood studios where the film was shot. The piece of film history will go under the hammer at Christie’s auction house in London next month. It has an estimate sale price of between £40,000 and £60,000. A spokesman for the auction house said: “This is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire a unique piece of James Bond memorabilia.” In October 2012, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, Christie’s and EON Productions presented 50 Years of James Bond – The Auction. The auction raised £1,641,350, which was donated to twelve charities including UNICEF, Barnardo’s, Women for Women, Parkinson’s UK and ChildLine.
“The lamb was obviously hungry and it’s quite amazing that it learnt to suckle from the mare. It might have just copied the foal.” The vet, from Hay on the Wye, Powys, added: “Trying to get mares to adopt foals can be very challenging so it’s incredible the mare was so receptive of the lamb. “She would even stand guard while the foal and the lamb slept cuddled together.” Despite the developing friendship, Ms Hirst decided to step in when it became apparent both the lamb and the pony’s foal were not getting enough food. Thankfully the lamb had an identity mark on it and she was able to track down the farmer. “After a while it became pretty clear that the deal wasn’t really working,” said Ms HIrst. “Both the lamb and the foal weren’t looking as healthy as they should be due to a lack of food. The mare simply wasn’t producing enough milk to feed the both of them. “In the end we decided to flag up the problem to the farmer who took the lamb off the bluff to be bottle fed.”
In the surveillance video a white vehicle can be seen speeding northbound in the southbound lanes of A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The driver almost hits a black car that was pulling into a parking lot. The car then slammed into a parked car and pushed it into a motel pool. Motel guests are glad no one was at the pool when the car plunged inside. “I feel very grateful, I thank God … it was a horrible thing,” said motel guest Ilona Dihanyi. The car is removed from the swimming pool after the crash The driver was transported to the hospital but her injuries are unknown. Fort Lauderdale Police have not released the name of the driver who caused the accident.
Motorbikes then deliver the food, with the entire process taking three to four hours. Fast food is just the latest trend for smugglers seeking to bring in hard-to-get products to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. Tight restrictions on Gazans entering Egypt mean those with a craving for chicken cooked to Colonel’s Secret Recipe cannot just pop over the border and pick up a bucket. Instead, some residents seem quite happy to shell out 130 shekels (£23) for just 20 pieces of fried chicken – double what it costs in El-Arish. There are no international fast food chains in Gaza. “There are many orders,” said Ifranji. “People can’t travel regularly, and those who’ve tried this food really miss it. Those who haven’t, dream of it.” For Iyad Jaber, it’s a great idea. “Whenever a KFC advert’s on TV, my wife tells me she wants to go to Egypt and have some,” says the 34-year-old civil servant. When his wife heard Yamama advertising its new KFC smuggling service on the radio, she demanded he get some, saying she would wait forever if they saved up for a trip to El-Arish. Yamama launched the service just three weeks ago after several friends came back from El-Arish with a KFC meal and suggested turning it into a business venture. Since then, the number of bulk orders placed by the firm has been steadily climbing, due to popular demand. Edited for Telegraph.co.uk by Barney Henderson
This increases the likelihood of tight bonds of friendship, lead researcher Dr Anne Cronin of Lancaster’s Sociology Department said. “The demands and stressful environment of the workplace, where employees feel they have little control, shape emotionally close friendships,” Dr Cronin said. “Workplace friendships may have particular resonance as it ‘throws people together’ to facilitate friendships which might not have developed elsewhere.” Friendships outside work are usually formed through common factors, said the study. This can be with others of a similar age – through school or university for instance – or through having something in common, like children of the same age at the same school. But while work friendships are also formed by common bonds – the same boss, the same environment, the same duties for instance – the individuals are often very different to each other. Dr Cronin added: “The workplace certainly offers shared experiences, challenges and stresses that can act to bond people. “But it also throws people together and facilitates friendships which may not have developed elsewhere. “Today’s workplaces may be experienced as highly stressful and as spaces in which employees feel they have little control. “Workplace friendships may thus have particular resonance for people today as they offer ‘safe interpersonal spaces’ in an uncertain context.” Edited for telegraph.co.uk by Jennifer O’Mahony
But staff have been left unimpressed, leaving many to air their grievances in Ariel, the corporation’s internal weekly magazine. “Is it too simple a solution to revisit the decision not to put microwaves on each floor at New Broadcasting House,” wrote Rachel Hobson, from BBC Persian. “Looking around it seems that there is a predominantly large proportion of people riding the overcrowded lifts just in a bid to heat their lunch.” In February, The One Show was interrupted after a fire alarm was triggered by a microwave at the old White City headquarters. The new headquarters, dubbed the “News Palace” and home to more than 6,000 staff, has been plagued with a string of problems. Complaints have included staff having to suffer “awful” and expensive canteen food such as “rock-hard baked potatoes”, 20-minute-long queues in the canteen and waits of up to eight minutes to squeeze into a lift. They also pointed out the staircases are also “too narrow”, meaning they cannot walk up in pairs. The site, some of which dates back to 1932, has undergone a £1 billion refurbishment to bring the corporation’s national and international news teams under one roof. A BBC Workplace spokesman said: “There are no microwaves in kitchen areas in New Broadcasting House as there have been several incidents in recent years when microwaves have taken live programmes off-air in other buildings. “The number of microwaves in the News Café has recently been increased to meet demand and these are available 24/7.”