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September 13, 2018 11:00 AM Gallery: South Essex's unusual pets

Move aside cats and dogs, south Essex is home to a whole variety of pets. We appealed for your unusual friends, and you sent in hundreds of photos from snakes to spiders, fish to birds and were keen to show what great pets they make. Michaella Joslin-Cross, of Basildon, said: “I’ve been in love with reptiles my whole life but have owned reptiles and other 10

September 11, 2018 8:36 AM Man who got dog to attract women probably the last person who should own an animal

A MAN who bought a dog to attract attention from women is the last kind of person who should be looking after an animal, it has been confirmed. Tom Booker of Swindon bought his Jack Russell terrier dog as a puppy and says it was definitely worth the money he spent on it “because the birds love it”. Booker said, “The dog’s great and he was worth every 8

September 8, 2018 8:09 PM Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Anton Du Beke’s partners over the years

He has been partnered with a variety of stars over the years and experienced a varying degree of success. This year he will be hoping for glitterball glory with his celebrity partner Susannah Constantine. The dancer had a strong start in the first series, when he was partnered with soprano singer Lesley Garrett. Judges were particularly impressed by their 25

September 5, 2018 3:08 PM Angry Birds to host special event with Imagine Dragons

Angry Birds x Imagine Dragons will provide access to new challenges for a chance to win VIP passes, as well as a new concert location, rock-themed outfits suitable for the occasion and music from the band themselves. Angry Birds Match is one of the many spin-offs from the popular franchise, which features Hatchlings that were introduced in The Angry 21

August 25, 2018 10:02 AM Oak and Furrows hosting open day on Sunday

OAK and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre is hosting an open day over the bank holiday weekend. Families can come along to Blakehill Nature Reserve on Sunday from 11am to 5pm for a fun day out. A fully licensed bar will be set up with beer, Pimms, Prosecco and more refreshing beverages. For kids, there's plenty to enjoy, including a bouncy castle, face painting 9

August 24, 2018 3:34 PM Harry Potter-themed weekend at Goathland Station

From August 25-27, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is holding a Wizard Weekend. Goathland, which doubled for Hogsmeade Station in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, will play host to the North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey team and their flock of owls. Children will have the chance to look the part and dress up in themed clothing 9

August 1, 2018 11:01 PM Macca flies in from New Zealand to hunt down Orkney's stoats

A SPECIALLY trained sniffer dog has been flown to Scotland from New Zealand to hunt down an island’s invasive stoats. Macca, a fox terrier, and his handler have joined the Orkney Native Wildlife Project, set to be the largest island eradication scheme of its kind in the world. The project, a partnership between Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and RSPB Scotland 14

July 20, 2018 11:34 AM 'I'll take that as a no': Short-lived Oasis reunion hopes appear to be over

It seems as though Noel Gallagher was not receptive to the offer of an olive branch from his brother Liam. "The drinks are on me," he added, in a post that picked up 74,000 retweets and 209,000 likes. But based on his Twitter activity on Friday morning, the response from Noel was not a positive one. He later told a critic who suggested his brother was "not as stuck 13

July 17, 2018 1:35 PM Eddie Izzard spotted filming for upcoming movie Six Minutes to Midnight

Eddie Izzard has been spotted on the Llandudno Promenade shooting scenes for his upcoming movie. Izzard is in Llandudno this week shooting scenes for Six Minutes to Midnight which he is set to star in alongside Dame Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent, who may also be in town for the movie this week. Izzard’s production team have set up in West Shore, Llandudno 12

July 12, 2018 12:00 AM Killing rats could save coral reefs

The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs. But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems. A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a "big problem" for coral reefs. Rats decimate seabird 14