Author Archives: Scott Ross

The family of six

*** VIDEO AVAILABLE ***    **CONDITION OF USAGE** Body Bizarre is on Thursdays at 10pm on TLC UK.**    BRASILICA, BRAZIL - UNDATED: Seven-year-old Guilherme holding up his hands with six fingers.    A FAMILY of fourteen who were born with six fingers and six toes celebrate a new addition to the family - a baby boy with same genetic abnormality. Most would find having an extra digit a distressing deficiency, but the extraordinary De Silva, from Brazil, family have turned it to their advantage.    **CONDITION OF USAGE** Body Bizarre is on Thursdays at 10pm on TLC UK.**    PHOTOGRAPHY: Discovery / Barcroft Productions

On the first of my bonus shows this week we uncovered the bizarre story of the 14-strong Brazilian family who all have 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes on each foot.

Yes it’s all perfectly true, members of the De Silva family believe that the extra fingers have made them better musicians and competitive goalkeepers.

They weren’t sure if the latest addition to the family, Vinicius would have 6 fingers as his mother only has the usual 5 – but no he has been born with 6 fully function fingers.

Not surprisingly the family are known fondly as THE FAMILY OF SIX.

Must make buying gloves a bit tricky though!

Later in the show we reported on the 46-year old can of soup and 35-year old tin of sweetcorn just donated to a food bank in Cardiff. The products still bore their original price tags.

Cardiff Foodbank undated handout photo of out of date tins of food, including a tin of Heinz kidney soup dating back at least 46 years, that has been handed into the charity. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 5, 2017. See PA story SOCIAL Soup. Photo credit should read: Cardiff Foodbank/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Apparently the charity which costs between £80 and !00,000 a year to run experiences, a lot of wastage due to out of date donations , but hopefully, rarely as out of date as this lot!

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See you again tomorrow, hopefully before I pass my sell-by date,

Scott

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Claiming Clergy

Claiming Clergy

On today’s feature, Margaret Mills explained the details of CLAIMING CLERGY.

Seemingly in times long since gone, people could elect to be judged by ecclesiastical courts, who’s sentences were far more lenient than those imposed by standard lay courts.

To be eligible all you needed was to be able to recite one psalm!

Don’t believe me? Well listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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Come and meet Samantha the wonder doll

SamanthaYes, visitors to a tech fair in the Austrian city of Linz were invited to meet SAMANTHA, the £3000 wonder robot doll.

Unfortunately it seems that punters who put SAMANTHA through her paces got carried away with the result that she has had to undergo multiple repairs, for amongst other things, two broken fingers.

Apparently when in pristine condition , the “intelligent” doll can reply when spoken to, reacts to being touched in certain places, for instance, by moaning although she probably did more than moan when her fingers got broken!

Later in the show, Margaret Mills joined me to explain the details of CLAIMING CLERGY, something that perhaps some of the visitors to that tech fair in Linz, might have wanted to consider!

Seemingly in times long since gone, people could elect to be judged by ecclesiastical courts, who’s sentences were far more lenient than those imposed by standard lay courts.

To be eligible all you needed was to be able to recite one psalm!

Don’t believe me? Well listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you once more tomorrow,
Scott

 

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Birthday celebrations are the order of the day!

On Sunday 19th November, the Revival Church of Billericay will be celebrating their 5th birthday.

Well in a way, as truth to tell whilst that was the date they were formed, they were originally known as the Christian Growth Centre, changing their name to the Revival Church of Billericay in February last year.

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To mark the occasion I was joined today by ANDY ROBB who outlined the reasons the Church came into being and explained about their aims and how they are setting about achieving them. 

You can listen again here to what Andy told me today: –

And if you would like more information just head on over to their website https://revivalchurchbillericay.com/about-us/

In the second hour of today’s show, we learnt that the man appointed by the US President to negotiate peace in the Middle East seems to have problems filling in forms.

Yes, the President’s son in law, JARED KUSHNER, seemingly gets so confused by form filling that not only did he somehow manage to register himself in two states, but for the last two elections was also registered as a woman!

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Doesn’t bode too well for the peace process then!

See you again tomorrow,
Scott

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Living off the fat of the land

It seems that as more and more people attain gargantuan portions, so problems have increased for emergency services called upon to treat and rescue them from incidents and accidents.

Between 2011 and 2015 around 1000 members of NHS staff were injured while treating obese patients.

As a result training is being introduced for fire and ambulance personnel using specially designed 25-stone mannequins – called Bariquins or BARRY for short.

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The Bariquins, which each cost £4320 are so heavy they have to be broken into 15 separate parts to be moved around – with the main torso weighing 16kg.

Managing Director of the firm behind the scheme, Chris Jarratt, a former police officer who came up with the idea after he was faced with treating a 28-stone man, believes that dozens of the units will be snapped up as emergency staff struggle to deal with an increasing number of obese patents.

In the second hour of today’s programme, Margaret Mills returned to tell us the sad tale of what happened after the Toothill Windmill was struck by lightning during a violent storm in June 1829.

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You can listen again here to what Margaret told me this afternoon: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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The Toothill Windmill disaster.

Margaret Mills returned today to relate the sad tale of what happened after the Toothill Windmill was struck by lightning during a violent storm in June 1829.

Toothill Mill

If you missed it, or would just like to listen again, just click on the following link to hear what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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Work, work, work

I was joined once more today by BRIAN HUGHES from Shenfield based solicitors, RAINER HUGHES.

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Today Brian climbed aboard one of his real hobby horses to discuss the role of Management Agents. These organisations are clearly not top of Brian’s favourite organisations and if you missed it you can listen again to what Brian had to say on this subject by clicking on the link below: –

Later today we heard about the study which has concluded that an 8-hour working day is counter productive and that in any case most office workers do less than 3-hours productive work per day. It seems that after that the rest of the day is spent checking social media, 
reading news websites, discussing out-of-work activities with colleagues, making hot drinks, taking smoking breaks ( whether they smoke or not), sending texts or messages, eating snacks,  preparing food in the office, making calls to partners or friends and looking for new jobs.

Hard day at work

And here am I slogging away playing records for 2-hours.

I’ve had enough. I’m off home now. See you again tomorrow for another long grind!

Scott

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Watch out, watch out, there’s a thief about!

Today we heard about some unusual thieves.

One was a dog, whilst the other had less brains that his canine counterpart, which he proved by reporting his own break-in!

Now at least the dog uses her ill-gotten gains  – money stolen from his owner’s handbag to buy back dog treats.Dog who pays fro treats

When she was just a puppy, New York based, Holly would pinch stuff out of the family’s bags, including paper money but instead of chasing her round the house to redeem her ill gotten gains, they would bribe her with treats, so when she had money in her mouth, which they obviously didn’t want her to eat, they would say, ‘Here Holly, take the treat and give me the money,’ so it clicked in her head, if she has the money, she will get treats.”

And so she still does.

Sometimes when the family is at the dinner table, she will quietly walk up to one of them and just gently place a dollar on their laps waiting for her treat in return!

Meanwhile from Kent comes news of the thief who alerted police to his own break-in.

Now there’s bright for you!

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It seems that our hero, who lived on the same street as the house he broke into, was midway through his activities when he heard the owners coming home.

He immediately  fled out of the French windows, called 999 and told officers that he had spotted a criminal breaking into the house and had followed him in.

Unfortunately for him, his explanation for his fingerprints being all over the TV, that he must have touched the set as he followed the criminal into the house, was not believed, possibly due to his 34 previous convictions!

See you next week,
Scott

 

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All about crime

You really do have to admire the inventiveness of the man claiming to be a police detective who tried to get a store for adult movies to give him free X-rated videos, on the grounds that he needed to make sure that the performers weren’t under age.

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After 3 unsuccessful attempts the store manager called in the real police.

According to authorities the man showed a badge and left a business card from the Longmont police “age verification unit” which surprise, surprise, doesn’t exist!

Whilst the card didn’t bear an individual’s name the store’s CCTV video is being used to try and trace the individual involved!

So whilst he didn’t get any movies, he’s now starring in one himself!

And Margaret Mills kept to the theme of crime today with the tale of John Turner, an Essex burglar who was very active for a time in the 1820’s.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again soon,
Scott

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An Essex burglar of old

BurglarOn today’s Bygones feature, Margaret Mills told us all about the life………and death of the Essex burglar, John Turner from Finchingfield, who was very active in the 1820’s.

If you missed it you can listen again to what Margaret told me today by clicking on the following link:-

I’m away in hospital next week so I’ll see you next in a fortnight.

All the best,
Scott

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