Friday, 2 October 2009

Malawi windmill boy with big fans

by Jude Sheerin, BBC News

The extraordinary true story of a Malawian teenager who transformed his village by building electric windmills out of junk is the subject of a new book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Infant rides toy lorry into river and goes for eight-mile voyage

by James Bone in New York

A toddler who drove his battery-powered toy truck into a river survived by clinging to it as he was swept almost eight miles downstream.

Demetrius Jones, who turned 3 yesterday, was rescued from swirling 10ft deep water, insisting that he wanted to get back on his “boat”.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Missing British backpacker Jamie Neale found after 12 days in bush

by Sophie Tedmanson in Sydney

Missing British backpacker Jamie Neale has been found alive and well after being lost for 12 days in dense bushland in the NSW Blue Mountains. 
The 19-year-old from Muswell Hill, North London, was reportedly found walking out of bushland about 15km from the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba this morning. He had not been seen July 3. 

Thursday, 11 June 2009

World Cup 1966 winners honoured

The players and staff of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad who did not get medals have now received them after a ceremony at 10 Downing Street.

Initially, only the 11 players on the pitch at the end of the 4-2 final win over West Germany received medals.

But governing body Fifa is now giving medals to every non-playing squad and staff member from every World Cup-winning country from 1930 to 1974.

Ospreys return to Northumberland

Ospreys have colonised Northumberland for the first time in more than 200 years, say conservationists.
A pair of birds has settled on a specially-built platform near Kielder Water, Europe's largest man-made lake.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Kenyan eco-town: From the slums to a shining town on the hill

In Kenya, a little bit of money and a can-do attitude go a long way. Daniel Howden sees how Kaputei, a town built to help people escape Nairobi's slums, has transformed the lives of the country's poor.

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Contact lenses that can cure blindness

MILLIONS of blind and partially sighted people could be given their sight back after a major breakthrough by scientists.

- by Jo Willey

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