UK smashes golden retriever record

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A golden retriever
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The UK record for the largest gathering of golden retrievers has been broken, reported The Telegraph. According to organisers, there were 466 of the dogs at the Guisachan House in Glen Affric, where the world’s first golden retriever puppies were born in 1868. This comfortably broke the previous British record of 361, set at the same location five years ago. “We want to hold on to the confidence, the biddability, the companionship and loyalty – all the things the golden retriever was built on,” said Carol Henry, secretary of the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland.

‘James Bond car’ up for sale

A “James Bond” Aston Martin DB5 is going on sale, but the lucky buyer will have to assemble the sportscar themselves. The distinctive grey outer shell of the 1964 model is being offered at auction, meaning motorists hoping to emulate 007 will have to assemble the parts to complete the sportscar which was taken apart 50 years ago. The car, in British racing green, would be a “suitable starting point for a collector or enthusiast to restore it to its former glory”, said The Sun.

Bull leads cops a merry dance

A bull that led US police on a chase through city streets has been given a new home at a sanctuary, reported UPI. Police said the bull, bearing an ear tag with the name Punch, was found wandering in Cleveland. An officer with experience of farmed animals tracked Punch to a wooded area, but the bovine again fled until he was finally cornered by officers in the back yard of a home. No owner came forward to claim the bull, so he will now have a new home at the Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna.

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Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of The Week Digital team for more than a decade and a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude. He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books.