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Jack with his brothers Toby and Noah ......

Hi There,

Rainbows, cats, crocodiles, even a rubber duck riding a bike and shooting lasers. None of these subjects are beyond the drawing skills of a six-year-old artist who is raising cash for charity. Jack Henderson will draw his customers anything they want in return for a donation to the hospital where his little brother receives treatment. He has been busy scribbling away after his fund raising website took off overnight.

The family initially set the target at £100, thinking they would get donations from family and friends. But in four days Jack and his artwork has raised over £1000 for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.His dad, Ed Henderson, said: “I thought we’d get money from grandparents, friends and family, maybe we will make about £50. In the first day we made over £100. It’s great, it’s boosting his confidence a wee bit and we’re helping the Sick Kids.” Jack came up with the idea when he was at a craft fair with his parents.

A family friend bought a drawing from him for 20p and he asked his parents if he could sell more drawings. The family from Prestonpans in East Lothian sat down to talk about it and came up with the idea for Jack Draws Anything as his little brother Noah, one, is a regular visitor at the children’s hospital. Ed said: “Noah has been in and out of hospital since he was about three months old with chest problems, bronchitis and the like.

Every time he gets a sniffle he has to go into hospital and he can he there for about a week. “Jack always gets upset when his wee brother is in hospital, worrying that he is going to die. So this is his way of saying thank you to the Sick Kids for caring for Noah so well.”When asked why he wanted to raise money for the Sick Kids, Jack told STV: “Because some babies are dying and I just wanted to help them keep them alive and Noah nearly died two times but he is alive.

It helped Toby when he cut his eye and me when I broke my finger.”Despite the unexpected workload, Jack is coping well. Ed said: “He is probably doing a little bit more drawing than he normally does but he loves it anyway and we’re trying to be very careful to make sure it doesn’t turn into something he doesn’t want to do.

“What he likes the most is some of the things people are asking for. You’ll say to him that someone wants an otter wearing sunglasses. His eyes light up, he says ‘oh cool’ and off he goes.”IN DETAIL See some of Jack's creations Jack Draws Anything The Sick Kids Friends Foundation

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The best Northern Lights video I've seen - amazingly beautiful ! A friend who has lived in Norway for many years posted it on Facebook yesterday and I couldn't resist putting in on here. The video was made by Ole Christian Salomonsen on Vimeo.

You can watch it here:

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From the sublime to the ridiculous - the following are true comments....

1. In The Daily Telegraph
As reported in the newspaper.
Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, "We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house." 2

2. In The Guardian .
Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a Special Branch vehicle and they don't want the public to know what it looks like.

3. Aberdeen Evening Express.
At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff.

4. Bournemouth Evening Echo.
Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out 'Heil Hitler.'"

and here are a list of actual announcements......
which were made by London Tube drivers to their passengers

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I do apologise for the delay to your service. I know you're all dying to get home, unless, of course, you happen to be married to my ex-wife, in which case you'll want to cross over to the Westbound and go in the opposite direction."____

"Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from E & B syndrome: not knowing his elbow from his backside. I'll let you know any further information as soon as I'm given any." _____

"Let the passengers off the train FIRST!" (Pause.) "Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care -- I'm going home...."

"Please move all baggage away from the doors." (Pause..) "Please move ALL belongings away from the doors." (Pause...) "This is a personal message to the man in the brown suit wearing glasses at the rear of the train: Put the pie down, Four-eyes, and move your bloody golf clubs away from the door before I come down there and shove them up your arse sideways

Peace and Love, Kate xxx.