Snapshot of Stories
A police officer suing a garage after she tripped on a kerb is continuing with her compensation claim despite calls for her to withdraw it. Kelly Jones, 33, is seeking payment from a filling station in Thetford, where she was called out to investigate a suspected night-time break-in. She claims she hurt her wrist and leg by tripping on a kerb. Law firm Pattinson Brewer said her claim would continue “while details of what happened to her are investigated”. The claim came to light after the BBC saw a letter to Thetford petrol station owner Steve Jones, stating PC Jones went to the Nuns’ Bridges garage on 25 August last year following a suspected break-in. It stated she tripped on a kerb and fell while walking towards a gap in the fencing near a jet wash, in order to access the rear of the premises. The letter claimed she injured her left leg and right wrist and had to go to hospital.
Two landlords trapped in their pubs by snow – one of them for five days – are among Derbyshire traders counting the cost of the Easter blizzard. Areas of the Peak District suffered snow drifts of up to 20ft (6m), blocking roads and buildings. One pub and caravan site estimates it lost £10,000 over Easter because of the weather while another owner had to use a coal shovel to dig himself out. With the weather finally warming, small firms hope life can return to normal. It’s every man’s dream being trapped in a pub” The Bull i’ th’ Thorn pub, between Buxton and Ashbourne, was closed to visitors for six days with the owner Mick Coleman trapped inside for five of those. He was looking forward to one his busiest weeks ever at the pub and estimates his losses at about £5,000 – but he is just relieved to have made it out. Meanwhile, the nearby Duke of York pub, in Pomeroy, believes it lost about £10,000 over the Easter period because of the weather and it still can not take bookings for its caravan site. “It was frightening. It was totally black downstairs because the snow covered the front of the building,” Mr Coleman said. “I had to dig myself out with a little coal shovel because my spade was in an outhouse. “Thankfully, because it’s a pub, there were plenty of supplies and the power stayed on. It’s every man’s dream being trapped in a pub.”
Fun – Why Am I The Only One
Rihanna – SOS
Republica – Christina Obey
Artful Dodger – Movin’ Too Fast
David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Relient K – There Was Thief
Joss Stone – You Had Me
Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next
Lightning Seeds – Sugar Coated Iceberg
Avril Lavigne – Sk8r Boi
Suede – Trash
Audio Bullys feat. Nancy Sinatra – Shot You Down
Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me
Pet Shop Boys – Footsteps
Harry – So Real
Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson
Taylor Swift – 22
Ellie Goulding – Explosions
Missing Andy – Feel Like This
Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Toto – Africa
UB40 – I Got You Babe
Toni Basil – Mickey
Boy George – Sold
Erasure – You Surround Me
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.
1. “Rose-water novel” is the French term for Mills and Boon-style books.
2. Teenagers who stay up late tend to be more intelligent than their early-to-bed peers.
3. Songs stuck in your head can be shifted by solving an anagram.
4. South Africa was included in the BRICS as it made for a better acronym than Nigeria.
5. You can pay for a front row seat in the US Supreme Court.
6. Open plan offices stem from the idea of “Burolandschaft”, meaning office landscaping.
7. Female Amazonian turtles are the only turtles to care for their young.
8. Almost half the French – 43% – drink mineral water with meals.
9. The last Etonian to have a Number One hit in the UK was Humphrey Lyttleton.
10. At a Swedish dinner party you should never fold your napkin and put it on the table before the hostess has done so.