Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Fisherman Sells His Dog Because It Fishes Better Than Him

A Croatian fisherman is selling his pet dog because it kept catching more fish than him.

Slobodan Paparella from the Adriatic island of Lastovo said he was fed up with being embarrassed in front of his fishing pals.

He said that most days when he went fishing he would catch only the odd fish - but that his Irish setter Lipi would jump into the water and use her jaws to catch dozens of fish.

Paparalla said the last straw was when he tried to reel in a 15lb fish but lost it at the least second - only to see Lipi jump in and catch the fish with one bite and bring it back to shore.

He said: "The other fishermen were all laughing at me. I have no choice but to sell the dog because it keeps humiliating me."

Greyhound Showing Off

There was only one winner when show-off greyhound Fools Mile staged a pitch invasion at a football match. The Fleetwood pooch may have retired from the track, but the roar of the crowd and the glare of the lights were just too much to resist. She raced into the Fleetwood Town soccer ground near her home on Peel Road and did four laps of the arena while professional footballers from Blackpool and Burnley reserves could only stand and stare in admiration. "The match had to stop, but she got a big round of applause afterwards" said her owner Jane Holland. Moments earlier Jane had been walking Fools Mile - pet name Fi - in Fleetwood Memorial Park which is next to the football ground. Jane said: "The stadium gates were open and she heard people shouting. She just ran through the gates and on to the pitch and ran and ran. "I think she was looking for the hare to chase. The players stood and watched her and then they clapped her. I couldn't chase after her, there's no way you could catch her. We just had to wait until she had finished. When she had had enough she came back and looked at me as if to say she couldn't find a way off the pitch."
Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley said: "It was absolutely hilarious and people didn't realize what was happening at first. It had clearly run on a track before and everyone found it very funny and gave the dog a round of applause."

Principal spends night sleeping on roof.

Charles Sheppard, principal of Townsend Elementary School, is afraid of heights. So why did he pledge to spend a night on the school roof if his students met a February reading quota?
Around suppertime March 19, provisioned with food, water and a laptop, he’ll ascend to his rooftop perch and sleep under the stars. “It’ll be neat for the kids when they arrive in the morning to see me up there,” Sheppard said. “Actually, if it’s raining that’ll make it even more entertaining.”Fifth-grader Tony Immediato said he’s hoping for snow that night.
Sheppard, 38, plans to pass the time by writing a blog about his rooftop stay.
Assistant principal Lucia Weathers said the rooftop stunt is typical of Sheppard. "He is what you’d call big on school spirit,” she said. The principal occasionally walks the halls wearing the costume of the school’s Thunderbird mascot. Just to be on the safe side, Wilson said she plans to borrow a neighbor’s trampoline to break any possible fall.

Hole-in-the-heart Leo has school lunch for first time

Five-year-old Leo Coning tucks into a school lunch - for the first time in his life.

Until now, Leo had to be fed by a pump directly into his stomach because of a hole in his heart. But a massive response to an appeal for help to pay for specialist treatment means the youngster can now enjoy his food like any other little boy.

Local people and organizations responded in force when Leo's parents, Nick and Mel Coning, found themselves having to raise £8,000 in six weeks to enable him to have the specialist treatment at a clinic in Austria.

Within a month, the fund had reached £24,000 which has not only enabled Leo to have his treatment, will potentially help other children with the same complaint but said Nick, a Ryedale police officer.

"The transformation in Leo has been unbelievable," he said, following the treatment at the hands of Professor Marguerite Dunitz, a world specialist in eating problems in children.

Leo is now on special high-calorie food, but is able to take a packed lunch to school. Until now, said Nick, teaching staff had to help feed him with a pump. "A lot has changed in our lives as a result of Leo's treatment, and we are eternally grateful to the thousands of people who have supported our appeal."