How fast can UK drivers go?
As many as eight per cent of drivers in Britain incorrectly think the motorway speed limit is 80mph, according to an AA/ Populus survey.
This figure rises to 11 per cent for over-65s, while one per cent believe the motorway limit, which is 70mph, is only 60mph. While only four per cent of women thought the limit was 80mph, as many as nine per cent of men incorrectly gave the higher figure when polled.
The survey of nearly 23,000 motorists also found that Scots and those living in northeast England were most likely to think 80mph was the right answer. (PA)
Atkinson’s supercar claim
Rowan Atkinson has successfully claimed £910,000 to fix his smashed-up McLaren F1 supercar, it has been reported.
The Blackadder star’s repair bill is believed to be the highest ever recorded in Britain.
And after the year-long work following the August 2011 crash, the Mr Bean star’s annual insurance premium is now thought to be as high as £60,000.
Atkinson, whose Mr Bean act returned to a worldwide audience during the Olympic opening ceremony last summer, suffered a shoulder injury in the crash involving the 240mph car, which is thought to be worth around £3 million. (AP)
Job offer for ‘working girl’
A German teenager looking for a job was told to report for duty in a brothel by the local labour office, the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper has reported.
The 19-year-old woman said she was horrified when she opened a job placement letter from the German Labour Office in Augsburg last week informing her that it had lined up a waitressing job for her at the Augsburg Colosseum brothel. (Reuters)
Bahlsen ‘biscuit’ reappears
A large golden emblem stolen from one of Germany’s most famous biscuit-makers by a thief dressed as the “Cookie Monster” has reappeared.
The Bahlsen company’s 20-kg trademark “Leibniz-Keks” cookie, which adorned the entrance of its headquarters in the northern German city of Hanover for a century, has been found hanging on a local statue of a horse, police said. (Reuters)
Bush e-mails were ‘hacked’
A criminal investigation is underway after a hacker apparently accessed private photos and e-mails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents.
A report on The Smoking Gun website said the hacker went by the online moniker “Guccifer”, a word plastered across the leaked photos in translucent, neon blue print.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath told The Houston Chronicle the matter is “under criminal investigation”. (AP)