First off today we learnt of a case of what turned out to be, mistaken identity.
Police officers from Tunkhannock Township were called to the scene of a suspected murder after a father and son spotted what they believed to be a human foot poking out of a creek.
The local coroner attended the scene and contacted the Pennsylvania State Police on the grounds of a suspected murder investigation.
Once the necessary steps had been taken, it was determined that, “although extremely lifelike, the item was not in fact human, but a silicone item used for self gratification”.
What a mistake to make, eh!
Police stated that the item was “anatomically correct and extremely detailed right down to the French pedicure on its feet.”
Meanwhile a 26-year old Israeli model, Yael Cohen Aris, was horrified to discover that a Chinese company called DOLL STUDIO, had copied her image from social media to create an almost indistinguishable model of her, right down to the beauty spot on her face.
They’re even using her name and footage from her instagram account to market the product.
Whilst hoping to have the doll removed from the catalogue, it seems she’s flattered that it means people find her attractive!
Well there you go!
Returning to the UK in the second hour we had news of two properties up for grabs.
First off it seems that the most expensive four-bedroom home has just gone on sale for a mere £15 million.
The detached cottage-style property is located at Sandbanks in Dorset and is set in 1.43 acres of land, hidden from the road’s view.
Lush gardens offer all-day sun for the potential homeowners as well as stunning views across to Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island, and the new occupants will also be able to wake up to gorgeous views of the water every morning.
Amazingly the house and land has been in the hands of the same family since the late 1800’s so I guess they’re likely to have seen quite a hefty return on their original outlay!
Surviving two world wars, it was extended in the 1950s and again in the 1970s and more recently some internal refurbishment has occurred in parts of the home.
Adjacent to the largest natural harbour in Europe, and miles of soft golden sand and sheltered waters just a short walk away from the property and the local ferry offers residents access to Shell Bay, Swanage and the rest of the Jurassic coastline as well as the Purbeck countryside.
And as for nearby restaurants, the upmarket Rick Stein restaurant is a popular choice, as well as the hugely renowned Ocean Palace Chinese restaurant, which is located inside the Harbour Heights Hotel.
Personally I think I might be a bit concerned by the risk of rising water levels eroding the coast, but what do I know!
At the other end of the scale an abandoned home dubbed ‘Britain’s filthiest house’ went on the market for £60,000 but has sold for £175,000 following an unexpected bidding war.
The property, a 3-bedroomed terraced house in Coventry, filled to the brim with rotting rubbish, broken furniture and discarded nicknacks and full of holes in the walls, was described as “in need of a full refurbishment and modernisation”.
I should say!
The ground floor has two rooms plus a tiny kitchen leading on to a paved garden with a coal shed, whilst upstairs there are 3 double bedrooms and a family bathroom, featuring an array of smashed tiles, a filthy bathtub and an old clothes airer heaped with garments.
The buyer apparently feels he’s got a bargain given that the average market price in the area is £181,000.
Well I suppose it depends how much it costs to make it habitable!
Fortunately my place is in slightly better nick so I’m off there now and hope to see you again tomorrow,