May 06, 2021

Too close for comfort

A man is unable to access the side of his house after his neighbour added an extension to within just a couple of inches from his property.

Stuart Smith has been angered by the "overlapping" development and the case is now under investigation by the Birmingham City Council planning team.

The NHS employee says the botched building job has left him feeling "awful" as he wanted to live in his home for years to come.

Smith told Birmingham Live: "I feel absolutely awful over this. I have difficulty sleeping. It's just very stressful. It's a lot of worry. We bought the house as the house we wanted to live in forever.

"At some points it's actually touching. Where I have a roof above a garage at the front, it touches his roof above the garage; and right at the very top, the gutterings are touching."


Man mauled by shark gets a tooth as souvenir

An Australian man who survived a shark attack has won the right to keep a tooth from the creature that became lodged in his surfboard.

Chris Blowes had to have his leg amputated and was left in a coma for 10 days after he was mauled by the shark in 2015.

Blowes was unable to keep the tooth at first as it came from a great white shark -- a protected species in Australia -- but the authorities have granted him an exemption and he now plans to keep the tooth as a "souvenir" from the fateful day he was attacked.

He told the BBC: "It was stuck in my board.

"I would never kill a shark for its tooth, but it took my leg, [so] I can't see any reason why I can't have that.

"The shark isn't getting its tooth back [and] I'm not getting my leg back."


Loud sex noise angers neighbour

A social media user that got frustrated by their neighbours having sex stuck an angry note and a USB stick containing sounds of the pair's lovemaking antics to their door.

The unnamed individual took to the website Reddit to explain their issue with the couple's bedroom noises.

The angry resident wrote: "My condo 'neighbours' like to have some loud sex.

"After letting them know previously, they haven't stopped, so I left them a nice note on their door for everyone to see.

"Petty at its finest."

The user explained that they went to the lengths of recording the sounds in case the neighbours challenged the claims.

The note reads: "In conclusion, I would like to kindly ask you to please monitor the volume of your moaning and sexual noises. Whether it's with another person or with yourself. No judgement on my end.

"In the instance you think this is horse s*** and need some proof, I have recorded how loud you are and placed it on the attached flash drive for you to listen to yourself and make your own opinions."


Man sets new world record for gaming

A man has broken a Guinness World Record after gaming for over 44 hours. Bobby Gamache, who runs a video game streaming channel on Twitch together with his brother Mathieu, was only going to play World of Warcraft for 34 hours, but decided to prolong his gaming marathon when he found out someone else was chasing the record at the same time.

Mathieu told CTV News: "We learned at that time that someone else was actually trying to break the same Guinness World Record and they were almost close to the 40-hour mark at that time.

"Bobby actually took it upon himself to actually say, 'Look, you know what, we are already 34 hours into this thing. I can't lose. So let's go for another 12 hours, and he did.'"

Bobby's final time of 44 hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds surpassed the previous record for the longest video game marathon of 32 hours and 34 seconds set in 2017 by Florida gamer Ian Haimes.

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