0 Have your say NEW owners of a modernised Hayling Island post office united to celebrate its official relaunch. Kanchan and Manish Thakur declared the Eastoke Post Office open for business at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The branch was closed to the public last year while it underwent much-needed refurbishment work. Now under new management, the team behind its revival say early consumer feedback has been positive. Mrs Thakur said: ‘Customers are very pleased with the improvements that we have made, including longer hours. ‘They are also delighted that we kept a popular and highly experienced member of Post Office staff who already worked at the branch.’ In taking on the post office – which doubles up as a convenience store – Mr and Mrs Thakur are embarking on a new line of work. The pair previously enjoyed successful careers in business development and the merchant navy. Marking their efforts and the Rails Lane branch’s opening, … [Read more...] about Popular post office reopens under new ownership after modern makeover
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She’s a household name, an undisputed national treasure, has four BAFTAs and has travelled the world – but if you’re in London, you might just bump into Joanna Lumley on the Underground.“I love the Tube,” Joanna, 71, tells TV Magazine. “When I first came to London when I was 18, my first job was as a house model at a department store. I went there by Tube and the sound of it, the brilliance of it – getting on at one station and popping out the other end… I adore the Tube.“When I got grand enough and rich enough to have private cars, I thought: ‘I’m never going down that route.’"To not be walking on the pavements or queuing in the Post Office – I’m never going to stop myself from being how I always used to be, and being part of London life. And as an actor you’ve got to always be watching and see how people are and what life is. If you separate yourself from all of that, you lose a lot.”She … [Read more...] about Rich and famous Joanna Lumley, 71, still takes the tube and queues at the Post Office
A NOTORIOUS gangster has claimed Everton star Ross Barkley "had it coming" after the footballer was punched to the floor in a nightclub.Convicted drug dealer Sam Walker, 33, who previously threatened to end the England midfielder's career, posted on social media after CCTV footage emerged of the unprovoked attack.The 23-year-old had been enjoying a night out with pals at Santa Chupitos in Liverpool, Merseyside, when he was viciously knocked to the floor.The assault, which is believed to have happened on Sunday evening, came just hours after Barkley had helped his team to a 4-2 victory over Leicester City.Walker, who was freed from prison earlier this year, posted on Facebook today saying: "Got to say Ross Barkley did have it comin to him, getting banged out again last night by one of the lads [three crying with laughter emojis]."That's what's he gets for thinking he can go round trying to blag the lads birds the little g**p [three crying with laughter emojis]."Far to … [Read more...] about Everton star Ross Barkley ‘had nightclub attack coming’ claims notorious gangster who previously threatened to end midfielder’s career in Twitter spat over ex-lover
SAMANTHA Cameron was spotted with a bag from the healthy Whole Foods store as she wastes no time in rekindling her career post-Downing Street.The wife of the former Prime Minister is reportedly launching her own fashion label and has been pictured leaving an office in west London in recent days.But it also looks like she might be putting her out-of-work husband on a diet, after she was seen taking home groceries from the upmarket chain.David, who turned 50 earlier this month, was carrying a few extra pounds while on holiday with the family this summer, despite his use of a personal trainer.Pictures from their luxury stay in Corsica showed he may have skipped a few workouts with Matt Roberts as he waded in the sea.He got a huge discount for more than 100 sessions with the celeb trainer, but it appeared the taxing last few months of his premiership took a toll on his willpower.Having rented a villa French island near Porto Vecchio, he was photographed in £225 Orlebar … [Read more...] about Samantha Cameron spotted with healthy Whole Foods store bag as she heads back to work post-Downing Street
A BEHIND the scenes glimpse of one of Britain's most light-fingered thieves is set to be revealed for the first time.Brian Reader has been one of the country's most prolific jewel thieves, involved in raids and heists totalling more than £200 million - including pulling off the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary last year.At the age of 32, Reader was also among the gang of master thieves who were dubbed the Millionaire Moles.The group managed to tunnel about 40 feet into a Central London bank vault in 1971, escaping with £3 million.But the lid on Reader's private life has now been prised open in a new Mirror book, with gang insiders, relatives, friends and detectives sharing their insights on the thief's work.Reader is believed to have been involved in a string of burglaries in the 1960s, including a hit on a Post Office in Albemarle Street in 1969 that took out £500,000 - worth about £7.5 million today.Another huge hit included when … [Read more...] about Incredible criminal career of Hatton Garden heist mastermind Brian Reader exposed in new book
A FORMER Leeds United footballer has been jailed for five years after robbing a Post Office wearing a CURLY WIG and FALSE TEETH.Eder Ruiz, 25, even used electrical tape to create a fake beard and moustache in a foolhardy bid to avoid being caught.Bizarre footage shows Ruiz entering the Post Office before collapsing on the floor and pretending to be ill in order to get Patricia Garforth, who runs the store with husband John, to come out from behind the counter.CCTV shows the Ruiz, who is holding an umbrella and a cardboard box, limping before he collapses out of view.When Mrs Garforth came to help the failed footballer he pushed her aside and pulled out a imitation handgun which was probably a water pistol, Bradford Crown Court heard.Ruiz then shouted: "Open the safe, open the safe."The Garforths bravely tried to stop Ruiz from taking cash from the till after he was told the safe was on a time-lock, but he still managed to flee with £1,800. Mrs Garforth suffered a nasty bruise … [Read more...] about Ex-Leeds Utd footballer jailed for robbing Post Office with ‘water pistol’ wearing curly wig and false teeth
Fans of The Office have finally been given their first glimpse of the long-awaited film featuring Ricky Gervais' iconic comedy character David Brent.The world's worst boss is back and the new trailer for the movie shows he's more cringe-worthy than ever before.David Brent: Life on the Road hits cinemas on Friday, and fans have now been a taste of what's to come.The movie features the beloved comedy character getting used to life out of the office as he leaves his job in Slough behind to pursue a career as a music superstar.Ricky is back on form as he treats fans to a Brent revival, which features him singing with his band Foregone Conclusion.In the trailer, Brent explains his new post-office job career, saying: "When I left Wernham Hogg I found myself again, and I started to do what I do best... entertain..."I'm putting a tour together. On the road is where I really come alive."The movie follows Brent as he attempts to become a rock god, and features cameos from stars … [Read more...] about First look at David Brent the movie… but remember The Office legend’s best cringe-worthy lines?
If you want a successful academic career, you need more than just focus, endurance and competence: you also have to show others what you can do. Women in particular seem to have a problem with that. Astrid Wallrabenstein, a professor of law, has witnessed this on several occasions in the course of her academic career. "In terms of confidence and demeanor, male and female students drift apart over the years of their studies," she says. Wallrabenstein is a 42-year-old professor who has many years of experience holding seminars and lectures. She believes that at the beginning of their studies, there is no big difference between men and women. According to what she has observed, both sexes show the same willingness to participate in seminars and are equally good when it comes to presenting themselves and their skills. Wallrabenstein said, however, that this changes over time, with men consistently putting their knowledge and competence on display, … [Read more...] about More women in top German academic posts
A group of Berlusconi supporters gathered in front of the Palace of Justice in Milan following Berlusconi's definitive conviction by the Roman Court of Cassation, Italy's highest court. It was a spontaneous get-together in support of their idol. The lawsuits against Silvio Berlusconi were "political court cases," a man in his 50s muttered angrily. A woman who looked to be the same age vigorously nodded her head in agreement. Curious or even amused, people passing on the street peered at the posters the group held high, describing Berlusconi as politically persecuted. Annarita Galbiati, who was on her way home, had no sympathy for the ex-prime minister, but expressed a sinking feeling all the same: "I didn't vote for him, and don't like him much. But the prosecution really zeroed in on him - that was exaggerated." Opponents celebrate On the other hand, people who for years had no desire to vote for Silvio Berlusconi were pleased. As far as they are concerned, his political career … [Read more...] about An end to Silvio Berlusconi’s political career?
Daimler plans to sell its stake in the European Aeronautic Defence and Space company (EADS) when a consortium agreement expires in June 2012, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing industry sources. The German auto giant, according to the report, wants to focus on its car manufacturing business Government officials in Berlin will meet later this month to discuss the possible consequences of such a move, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already held an initial meeting about Daimler and EADS with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble und Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle, according to the source. Change in long-term shareholders Speculation has been mounting ever since Daimler, which no longer views the aerospace investment as core to its operations, reduced its stake in EADS from 22.5 percent to 15 percent in a 2007 deal brokered by the government with a German bank consortium. Early last … [Read more...] about Berlin mulls EADS future post-Daimler