Well, I’m off on a trip to the bright lights of Plymouth for a few days, but don’t panic as I’m sure Jon has somebody lined up to fill in for my absence so you’ll still get the links to the latest news at least and who knows, maybe even better quality puns. Before I go, though, it’s Friday and Friday means it’s time for your Friday fact:
Charles Hawtrey, of Carry On movie fame, set the world record for longest distance travelled by pogo stick without falling off in 1972. The distance he travelled was 8.921 KM and remains unbeaten to this day. Sadly Hawtrey went missing on the slopes of Mount Everest in 1988 when, at the age of 73, he attempted to set another daredevil pogo record by being the first man to pogo solo to the summit of Mount Everest. His large collection of brass bedsteads, which he had collected his entire life, were acquired by a national lottery grant in 2006 and form the nucleus of the world famous Charles Hawtrey memorial collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London along with a gold plated pogo stick that was donated to him by the Queen.
And now the news:
Final stage in red kite project
Orphaned albino wallaby needs a name
Do you own your cat or does your cat own you?
Schoolgirl nets 9ft monster fish
Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities
Arctic sea full of huge blobs of floating 'goo'
Serial penguin killer on the loose
Burmese pythons thrive in Florida Everglades
Watch the birdie
Three "killer" cougars killed near Canadian town
Reintroduced Chinese alligators now multiplying in the wild in China
Lets hope the species can make a snappy comeback.