Fundraiser who ran with fridge on his back taken to hospital

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VIA MIRROR – A charity fundraiser who ran the length of Britain with a fridge on his back has been taken to hospital with spinal injuries.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison only had feeling in his right leg when he finished the Great North Run on Sunday – on top of completing 1,009 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End last week.

The 49-year-old was treated in South Shields General Hospital after he was unable to walk.

He was taken from there to Sunderland Royal Hospital for an emergency MRI scan to assess possible spinal damage.

The injury may force the endurance runner to abandon his extreme and unorthodox challenges.

Tony, 49, said: “I was in so much excruciating pain and there were a few times I said I was done to my wife.

“I was broken but there were people with banners, chanting my name and shaking my hand all through the run so I just had to take it one step at a time.

“I am just an ordinary bloke and to have so many people behind me was unbelievable.

“I was in tears by the end from a mixture of pain and pride. It renews my faith.

“I have never felt like I belonged and I have had a difficult life, so getting all that praise is not something I am used to.

“That was the greatest moment of my running career and if that was the last time Tony the Fridge has a day out, then what a day.”

It is thought Tony may have compressed the seminal nerve in his back by carrying the 42.5kg fridge on his epic challenge.

He did his marathon effort to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for cancer research, whose spokeswoman paid tribute to his ‘amazing’ achievement.

“He remains in very high spirits and is bursting with pride,” she said.

Tony is due to appear before the crowd at St James Park on Saturday before the Premier League match against Hull City.

But Tony, who is recovering at home in Hebburn, South Tyneside, may now give up future runs with his fridge.

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Getting paid to stay in bed

VIA METRO.CO.UK – Does staying in bed sound like your dream job?

Nasa is currently recruiting a number of willing volunteers to spend 70 days doing very little at its Houston headquarters.

The couch potatoes will get paid around £3,000 a month as part of the US space agency’s research into the effects of microgravity on the human body.

‘Of all the potential challenges crew members encounter in the space environment, microgravity has proven to be one of the most difficult to mimic in an experimental setting,’ explains Nasa.gov.

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‘Researchers and engineers are studying bed rest as an experimental analog for space flight because extended exposure to a head-down tilt position can duplicate many of the effects of a low-gravity environment.’

Successful candidates will stay in a tilted bed 24 hours a day as part of the 70-day project, where they can play computer games, surf the internet or watch TV.

Researchers will then monitor how long-term confinement to a reduced gravity environment effects muscle and bone strength, cardiovascular function and mental health.

The ‘pillownauts’ will undergo a two-week rehabilitation period once the study is complete.

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Girl whipped to the beat of ‘blurred lines’

n-FILLINGIM-largeVIA HUFFPOST – Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video has drawn plenty of criticism — but the video this man allegedly made is far worse.

Steven Grady Fillingim, 40, allegedly filmed himself whipping a girl with a switch to the beat of Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Police say Fillingim, who was arrested Sunday at his Pensacola, Fla. home, abused the teen on several occasions during the first half of September. The victim, whose relation to Fillingim is unclear from the report, told investigators that he would get angry with her from reasons ranging from her skipping school to her failure to “vacuum up bugs from the carpet.”

His alleged tactics of abuse varied, and included beating her with his belt and hands, making her to hold a 20-pound weight out in front of her and forcing her to shovel dirt for an hour and a half.

Authorities also obtained a video that appears to show Fillingim whipping the girl with a switch for 40 minutes while playing “Blurred Lines” in the background. According to the report, he was “striking her with the switch to the beat of the music.”

He sent the video — which was titled “She’s Home” — to his girlfriend, who showed it to police, according to NorthEscambia.com.

In light of the incident, local news station WEARTV spoke with social worker Melanie Fryou, who pointed out the differences between disciplining and abusing a child.

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Pub to beat the smoking ban

One woman has found a way round the smoking ban in pubs – by building one of her own in her garden.

Jane Garner, 48, quickly became fed up of venturing outside for a cigarette break when she was having a drink.

So, with the help of her late husband Alan, she came up with a novel up a way of getting round the problem by creating one of her own.

The project began six years ago as a rebellion against the smoking ban and was the couple’s labour of love until Alan passed away two years ago at the age of 53.

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But Jane has vowed to carry on pulling pints in his memory.

Friends who visit the Gardners Arms in Greasbrough, Rotherham, can have a quiet pint or play the one-armed bandit or try a game of darts.

A stocked bar, beer pumps, optics, a pool table and a gaming machine have also been installed in the shed which can hold around 60 people.

The pub recently received a visit by international darts stars Jimmy Hendriks and Darryl Fitton.

Alan was diagnosed with heart disease on his 50th birthday but they were able to start fitting out the cabin and put in tables and pub furniture.

And when work was complete they were able to use the Gardners Arms on a regular basis and Alan, who played for a pub darts team, spent hours practising there.

Jane, who has a wedding and fancy dress business, said: ‘Alan would have been in his element playing with Jimmy and Darryl in the Gardners Arms.

‘It was amazing to see them there. Alan would have been blown away.

‘Alan spent a lot of time in there honing his darts skills. Looking back I’m glad we built it and Alan was able to enjoy it.’

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The balloon dog sculpture

Jeff Koons, the father of shiny balloon dog sculptures, is used to smashing records at auction. His last oversized, exceedingly glossy work of art sold for a whopping $33.7 million at Sotheby’s, a record for the kitsch-happy artist.

But a new Koonsian piece is hitting the bidding block this fall, poised to blow the reigning “Tulips” out of the water. The sculpture, titled “Balloon Dog (Orange)”, is heading to Christie’s in New York City, boasting an estimated price tag between $35 million and $55 million.

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The 12-foot tall stainless steel artwork — which, if you hadn’t already guessed, looks like a massive novelty children’s toy — will be sold on behalf of the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Connecticut. It is one of five metallic dog pieces crafted by Koons (or, more likely, his art assistants).

The other dogs are yellow, blue, magenta and red, owned by big-name businessmenSteven A. Cohen, Eli Broad, François Pinault and Dakis Joannou, respectively.

Koons has made his name manufacturing toys for rich old boys,” Carl Swanson wrote in an article for Vulture, “exacting pagan monuments to mass-culture triviality.”

The orange dog — or as Christie’s puts it, “one of the most recognizable images in today’s canon of art history” — will be up for auction on November 12, 2013.

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Red hot boarder crossing

COLUMBUS, N.M. — Authorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in an unusual but hot place – a shipment of red chile.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered Thursday face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.

Columbus Port Director Robert Reza says next to the “highly intoxicated” 35-year-old was a bottle of tequila.

The man, who authorities described as a Mexican national, told agents that he climbed into the commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico. He got into the truck-full of chile in hopes of catching a ride to Chicago, the El Paso Times reported.

Agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered. He will be returned to Mexico, officials said.

The red chile shipment was later released.

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Teletubby home flooded

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VIA METRO –  A farmer has flooded the home of children’s TV favourites the Teletubbies – because she was sick of tourists trespassing on her land in  Wimpstone, Warwickshire. The hill house used by Dipsy, Laa-laa, Tinky Winky and Po in the CBeebies show has been turned into a pond by the farmer.

When the Bafta-winning show, which was shot on the farm from 1997 to 2001, was axed the television set was removed leaving just a gentle grassy slope.

But Teletubbies fans kept trespassing on the hill until owner Rosemary Harding moved the diggers in and turned the site into a pond.

‘People were jumping fences and crossing cattle fields,’ said the 63-year-old, who runs an aquatics shop at the countryside location.

‘To be honest, we’re pleased to see the back of it,’ she told the Sunday People.

The hill was decorated with a magic windmill, windows and flowers during the show’s four-year run, which is still being shown on children’s TV channel CBeebies.

The BBC filmed 365 episodes of the Teletubbies and it went on to be worldwide TV hit.

Dipsy, Laa-laa Tinky Winky and Po also topped the pop charts. The show’s theme tune ‘Teletubbies Say Eh Oh’ reached No.1 in December 1997, and sold more than one million copies to stay in the Top 75 for 32 weeks.

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The 25,000 calorie burger

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VIA METRO – With a name like the Apocalypse Burger, there can be no coming back for anyone brave enough to tackle this giant meat feast.

Restaurant owners Dave Cossar and Justin Meaney might need some bigger plates after creating Britain’s biggest burger.

The 11kg (25lb) monster meal at JD’s Grill in Plymouth contains 25,000 calories and was created to celebrate the restaurant’s one-year anniversary.

It took three chefs six hours to prepare and cook the jumbo burger which contains £150 worth of ingredients.

‘The burger was originally created to celebrate our anniversary but we are looking at how we could put it on the menu,’ explained Mr Meaney.

‘We would have to find a way to bring the price down a little and make it easier to build and cook in the kitchen without compromising on the quality of the ingredients.’

He added: ‘We served it up to about 14 or 15 people and they absolutely loved it.

‘It was one massive burger, and a real sight to behold – but an hour later every last bite had gone.’

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Breastfeeding on a moped

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VIA HUFFPOST – Busy moms have to multitask, but a woman in Yuzhou, China, recently got stopped by police for breastfeeding her 18-month-old son while riding on a moped.

The young mom was allegedly weaving her scooter through traffic while holding her 18-month-old son in her arms, when the kid started crying, the Hollywood Gossip reported.

Witnesses said the mom started to breastfeed the child while keeping a hand on the handlebars, Orange News reported.

Officers pulled over the woman before she caused an accident.

“She was risking her life, her son’s life and the lives of all the other road users,” a police spokesman said according to the website. “We told her that if she carried on we would confiscate her bike,” they added.

The unidentified woman isn’t the first mom accused of this sort of distracted driving.

In June 2008, Catherine Donkers, 29, was accused of child endangerment for trying to breastfeed her daughter while driving from Detroit to Pittsburgh on the Ohio Turnpike. She was also cited for not having a license.

Donkers told ABC News that she thought the citation was out of line and planned to fight it all the way.

“It’s not like I’m trying to change a diaper while I’m driving, she pretty much just lays there on the pillow in my lap,” she said. “I would certainly submit that talking on a cell phone causes far more distraction than nursing a child while she’s just laying there.”

In February, 2009, police in Kettering, Ohio, pulled over Genine Compton because she was allegedly breast feeding and talking on the cell phone while driving, WHIO-TV reported.

She reportedly had the child in the lap with the baby’s head up against the steering wheel, adding not only the risk of injury if there was a crash, but possible deployment of the airbag.

Although she was issued citations for child endangering and violating the child restraint law, she told the station, “If my child’s hungry, I’m going to feed it.”

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Avocado lovers rejoice!

Avocado fans are in for a treat after it was announced a leading supermarket is starting to sell a giant-sized version of the fruit.

The ‘Avozilla’, which is five times bigger than the regular avocado and weighs an average of three pounds, has already hit the shelves of Tesco.

‘The Avozilla has a fantastic taste with a rich, juicy, buttery texture, and creamy flavour,’ said the company’s salad buyer Emma Bonny.

‘The ripe fruit is an attractive vivid green colour – different from the darker-coloured smaller variety – and its thick skin can actually be used as a serving bowl for guacamole.’

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Ms Bonny added she believed the mega fruit would appeal to families and those seeking value for money.

She added: ‘Avocados are full of nutrients and vitamins, and by stocking these big varieties, we’re making it easier than ever before for our customers to eat healthily.’

At the moment the seven-and-a-half inch (average) fruit is exclusive to Tesco and costs £3.

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