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Jottings his corner shop had been named Singhbury’s. To avoid trouble, the shop has now been renamed Morrisinghs. A spokesman for Morrisons said the supermarket “did not mind,” adding “Mr Nagra and his customers obviously have good taste so we wish him well.” One giant leap for fried food. A chip shop delicacy from Kingston-upon-Hull has been to the edge of space. A pattie and chips were launched 37 kilometres skyward attached to a weather balloon and sent back video of the fried food against a backdrop of planet Earth. It was all part of an experiment last month by BBC Radio Humberside’s Head of Patties which was watched by school children. After a brief flight, the pattie (fried mashed potato seasoned with herbs) returned to ground, crash-landing in a field in Lincolnshire. Reports say no chips were injured. Animal Corner A professional British photographer who travelled to Indonesia in 2011 to take pictures of the of the endangered crested black macaque has found himself broke and at the centre of a strange row. David Slater from Wales specialises in wildlife and conservation photography and spent a week persuading the monkeys to press the shutter themselves while looking into the lens. One of the “selfies” has been published around the world, earning him around £100 a month in image rights. All was well until the photo appeared on the internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia in 2012 and Mr Slater asked them to take it down because he owns the copyright. He was stunned when Wikipedia refused, arguing that the copyright belonged to the monkey. The US Copyright Office supported Mr Slater, ruling that animals cannot own copyright, but in 2015 he was sued by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on behalf of the monkey which they chose to name Naruto. Legal wranglings ever since have left Mr Slater penniless, so he could not afford to attend the court in San Francisco where the case was heard last month. Amazingly, among the points of contention were whether PETA has a close enough relationship with Naruto to represent it in court, the value of providing written notice of a copyright claim to a community of macaques, and whether Naruto is actually harmed by not being recognized as a copyright- holder. “I’m bewildered at the American court system,” said Mr Slater, who claims that the macaque selected by PETA as the complainant is not the one in his picture “Surely it matters that the right monkey is suing me,” he added. The case continues ... Pictures of Winnie the Pooh were banned on Chinese social media during July in a clamp down on politically- sensitive references to the bear. Authorities have deleted online comments about “Little Bear Winnie” (Pooh’s Chinese name) leaving users with error messages telling them, “This content is illegal.” Stickers and GIFs featuring Pooh have also been removed from Weibo, a messaging app used by 889 million people in the country. No explanation for the ban has been given by officials, but the bear “of very little brain” has been likened to Chinese President Xi Jinping in the past. The crackdown comes in the run-up to China’s 19th Communist Party Congress this autumn. Only in the US An alert warning of a major earthquake off the coast of California caught the attention of newsrooms across the world in late June. The US Geological Survey issued the bulletin about an event of intensity 6.8, which is enough to cause substantial damage. Unfortunately the alert was a little late – 92 years late to be accurate – thanks to a computer glitch. Experts explained later that the warning referred to a quake in 1925 which devastated the city of Santa Barbara, and blamed their automated systems’ misinterpretation of the data. Luckily, most news organisations noticed the warning was dated June 29, 2025, the centenary of the genuine event. Most, but not all. The false alarm managed to make into the LA Times before the truth emerged. College student Lydia Marie Cormaney almost made it out of a Walmart store in Wyoming with more than $2,000 worth of merchandise without paying for it. But when police arrived, she was ready with a reason. She explained that was doing research about kleptomania, which also explained the stockpile of stolen items in her dorm room. However, as she was enrolled in only a biology class, it was unclear what she planned to do with the results of her study. Every evening, Jerry Lynn of Pennsylvania, is reminded of a minor mishap 13 years ago while drilling a hole in the wall of his living room. During the work, an alarm clock fell through the hole, landing on an unreachable spot on the floor behind. Since then, the alarm sounds at 7.10 p.m. every day. 26 The most frequently asked question on the website of the Innovation Centre for U.S. Dairy is, “Does chocolate milk come from brown cows?” The Centre said in June that this means that as many as 16.4 million Americans believe that it does. (It doesn’t.) Just plain weird In Italy, a restaurant has been fined €2,000 for cruelty to lobsters. A court ruled that they were subjected to unjustified suffering by being kept alive on ice while waiting to be thrown into the cooking pot. Quotes J.K. Rowling’s fans have been quietly celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first adventure, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in the summer of 1997. 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