They say revenge is a dish best served cold. So it is with the picturesque Surrey village of Shere, located on the River Tillingbourne, which usually draws tourists with its quintessentially English charm. But locals have been spurred to take drastic action against an American invader: killing and eating them – chilled – as fast as they can catch them.
Efforts are to be made to capture a red squirrel found on a wildlife holiday cruise boat.
The "stowaway" was thought to have fled to The Majestic Line's Glen Massan vessel following a territorial dispute with another squirrel, or being frightened by a bird of prey.
Soldiers returning from Afghanistan are being subjected to rigorous security checks amid claims that some are involved in heroin trafficking.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night that military police were investigating a tip-off alleging that soldiers sent to fight the Taliban were buying drugs from Afghan dealers and shipping them back to Britain.
Omar Aziz started stealing bikes when he was 17 and carried on until he finally weaned himself off crack cocaine at the age of 29. Now he wants to make amends. He is volunteering in his local area and he agreed to advise Guardian readers how not to get their bikes stolen.
Shot using two Canon 5D cameras and a beam splitter, this HDR footage gives a different look to its subjects.
The technique will be particularly well suited to low light filming and the like. Having footage look like this might distract from a story, but there are other ways to do HDR which aren’t as gaudy.
Vanessa waved to Jed then pointed at the wall. The message was obvious, they were getting another phone call next door. It wasn’t on schedule. Jed headed for the door. Terence and William followed.
The Jedi fished a card key from his pocket. When he reached the door to the adjoining room he slid the card into the slot but didn’t pull it out again. He knocked on the door then stepped aside. William took his place.
Jed could hear snatches of conversation from inside the room. “What do you….. Get the fucking door will you….. If this is them, they’re early.” Jed nodded to William, who pulled out the card key and swung the door open. He didn’t quite catch the man who had been coming to answer the knock, but he did surprise him and put him off balance. William grabbed the shocked kidnapper in a bear hug, lifted him off the floor and let himself tumble and take him to the ground. William’s full mass landed hard on the man, who couldn’t even summon up enough breath to shout out.
At the end of the room’s double bed a second man had a phone in one hand and pistol in the other. Terence stepped over William and his victim and raised and fired his taser in one easy move. Jed had hardly had the time to count to three and the threats were neutralised. He walked over to the man convulsing at the foot of the bed and pried the phone from his hand. “Are you still there?” he asked.
“Who are you?”
“I’m with MI6. Give up now and you’ll live.”
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