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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Elderly Brit hit with tax bill for £4.7BILLION: “A retired pensioner has been hit with a tax bill for £4.7billion after Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs sent him a letter demanding £950million a month. Doug Yeomans, 78, from Shardlow in Derbyshire, is fighting tax officials to have the error corrected after he was told he owed £4,742,354,255 in unpaid income tax. The former Grenadier Guardsman, who worked until he was 73, opened the letter on Saturday and was shocked to find the tax office would take the huge sum through a direct debit over five months. He immediately called staff at HMRC, who told him it ‘might have been error’. ‘She said I needed to speak to a different department and gave me a number which I rang and rang. ‘But it seems it is easier to get an audience with the Pope than speak to the right person at Revenue and Customs. He said he will continue to try and speak to the right person and get the mistake corrected. A spokesman for HMRC apologised and said the government department aimed to correct errors as quickly as possible. ‘We don’t talk about individual cases but when we make mistakes we aim to put them right fast and apologise.'”

Is this the job of the future?: “A Swedish company has implanted microchips in its staff which allows them to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch. It is hoped that eventually around 700 employees from the Epicenter hi tech office block in Stockholm may eventually have the chips implanted into the back of their hands. The chips use radio-frequency identification (RFID) and are about the same size as a grain of rice. They store personal security information which can be transmitted over short distances to special receivers. RFID chips can already be found in contactless cards – including the Oyster system which is used by more than 10 million people to pay for public transport in London. They are also similar to the chips implanted in pets.

Balloon pilots land safely off the coast of Mexico after 5,260-mile journey across the Pacific: “Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning. The pilots landed four miles offshore in Baja California about 300 miles north of the popular beach destination of Cabo San Lucas, greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the landing. The pilots came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing. The balloon will be towed to the coast. Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia lifted off from Japan Sunday morning, and by Friday, they beat what’s considered the ‘holy grail’ of ballooning achievements, the 137-hour duration record set in 1978 by the Double Eagle crew of Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman in the first balloon flight across the Atlantic.”

She’s a white Liverpudlian who couldn’t speak any Indian language: Yet she has blossomed into Bollywood’s biggest star: “She is one of the hottest stars in Bollywood, currently seen shaking her sari next to a muscle-bound hunchback in the most expensive and ambitious film ever to come out of India. She receives thousands of letters, most declaring undying love, many asking for her hand in marriage. She has a chauffeur, a make-up team and stylist, a cleaner, a cook and a personal assistant. It is all the more surprising, then, that Amy Jackson, who was 23 yesterday, is a white girl from Liverpool with a girly Scouse accent more reminiscent of a cutesy five-year-old than a silver-screen sex siren. Yet she freely admits that her film career is a matter of pure chance: she had done no acting at all before her 2010 debut and couldn’t speak a word of Hindi. That didn’t seem to bother leading Bollywood director A. L. Vijay, who happened upon Amy’s modelling picture after she won the Miss Teen World beauty contest at the age of 17 in 2009. They met in London two months later and he offered her the lead role in his 2010 movie Madrasapattinam. “He liked the fact that I was English but had an Indian look.”

The secret diaries of Doris Lessing: “Mystery surrounds the diaries of Doris Lessing after the late Nobel Prize winner’s will stipulated they remain closed to the world as long as any of her children are alive. The novelist had a tangled sex life and often difficult relationships with her offspring, and her unusual decision has prompted speculation over the diaries’ contents. Lessing died aged 94 in 2013, leaving an estate worth £3 million – a striking fortune by any standards, but especially for someone known for her lifelong communist views. Only her authorised biographer will be given access. Lessing requested the role be given to Sir Michael Holroyd, but he told The Mail on Sunday he is now too old at 79 to undertake the book. Sir Michael said of the diaries yesterday: ‘It may well be she thought they might be distressing for others, and she saw no point in that.’ He said he had not read them but conceded they may well contain revelations or observation about her family or sex life that could be upsetting. Last night Ian Patterson, the 66-year-old husband of Miss Diski, said: ‘I think she wrote her thoughts about everything and didn’t want people to know. She was a cantankerous old woman.’

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