The Daily: Flights cancelled due to weathe
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Daily: December 12

Written by Katie de Klee
Policeman stops children's nativity to move parents' cars.
PC Paul Baker stopped pre-schoolers at a Surrey school from performing their nativity because some of their parents' cars were blocking pavements and parking spaces at a doctor's surgery. He claims he did what any neighbourhood policeman would have done, but some parents missed their little ones on stage as they trudged out into the cold to move their cars.

The play, Tinsel and Tea Towels, a humourous re-telling of the nativity story had only been going on for 15 minutes when PC Baker stopped the performance. Parents are accusing him of 'petty-meddling', but he claims not to have been heavy-handed. Humbug?

Baby born in a rescue helicopter
A baby was born 1000ft in the air in a Shetland Coastguard helicopter. The baby's mother went in to labour on Unst, which is the most northerly inhabited island in the United Kingdom. The helicopter arrived to take the mother and father to the mainland. But the mother was too far into her labour and a little boy was born at 6.30am over a place called Lunna Holm. He was delivered by the winch man Marcus Wigfull and the winch operator Friedie Mans, both are qualified paramedics.

Flights cancelled because of freezing weather
70 flights were cancelled at London Heathrow, Britain's biggest airport, because of freezing conditions and fog. Incoming and outgoing flights have been affected, many on European or domestic flight paths. The freezing fog causes poor visibility, but is expected to lift throughout the day. Where the fog is thickest temperatures may not get above zero today, but on Thursday night a warm front is expected to bring the temperatures up and the rain down.

Would you call in sick to do your Christmas shopping?
One in seven Britons would. A million people claim they are willing to call in sick to work to get all their Christmas shopping and wrapping done in time. According to a survey many workers claimed they would 'pull a sickie' in order to not have to face the manic weekend queues in the shops, but some who fake illness to get the day off don't even leave their houses. Over a third wait at home for deliveries to arrive.

Novelist William Boyd to write a darker Bond
The Novelist William Boyd, who is writing the next Bond book for next year, says that the character portrayed in the films is a cartoon character compared to the troubled Bond of the books. Boyd also says that Bond is not he 'suave English toff' he is made out to be in the films. The characters father was Scottish and his mother Swiss so Bond, Boyd points out, had no English blood at all. James Bond was also educated at Fettes in Edinburgh after being kicked out of Eton for an incident with a maid. Boyd points out that the characters alcoholism is much more extreme than his on screen self, and that he is a much more troubled man in print.

Today's date is the last time in nearly one hundred years that the day, month and year will have the same number. Auspicious, we hope.

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