Outside Edge (13/12/2009)

Just remember, African pygmy hedgehogs are for life, not just for Christmas.

The spiky critters are the latest fashion accessory for WAGs to put in their handbags – chihuahuas, on the other hand, now account for a third of abandoned dogs in the US. The hedgehogs come in a range of colours: albino, apricot, chocolate, salt and pepper – and the RSPCA are up in arms with the Cheshire Waterlife Centre that sells them for £250. But why not go the whole hog and get a pig that flies, like Scarlet, owned by Gwen Howell of Shrewsbury, who has been entered in auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' because she loves to jump up and down on a trampoline. The swine flew, but can she bring home the bacon?


The age of Paddy Jones, the British grandmother who won the Spanish version of 'Britain's Got Talent' by performing an acrobatic salsa with dance partner Nicko Espinosa, 35. 'It's crazy,' she said, 'life has turned upside down.' Literally.

Chequered mates of the week

There's no smoke without fire in the high-pressure world of chess. Two Chinese grand masters, Wang Yue and Li Chao, were disqualified from the World Chess Cup held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, after they returned late from a smoking break. Edge is a fan of any sport that allows fag breaks but it's sad that Wang should drag Li down like this; he only took up the habit to keep Wang company. Top-class chess has returned to the UK for the first time in 25 years at the London Chess Classic, featuring the inappropriately monikered Hikaru 'H-Bomb' Nakamura, who beat Bobby Fischer's record as the youngest grand master at 15 years, 79 days. Let's hope he doesn't fall in with the wrong cloud.

Good week for

Mark Lane, England women's cricket coach named UK coach of the year after they won the World Cup and World Twenty20 and retained the Ashes... Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail solo around the world, passes his driving test... and Theo Walcott, signed up by publishers Random House to pen four books about TJ the schoolboy striker.

Bad week for

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver fined $30,000 for putting on a sombrero and poncho after touching down against Detroit... Fabrizio Corona, Italian paparazzo imprisoned for trying to blackmail footballers Adriano and Francesco Coco and motorcyclist Marco Melandri... and Hulk Hogan, the wrestler, is trying to retrieve a beloved antique toilet seat – and even the kitchen sink – taken away by his ex-wife Linda.

Presents of mind of the week

Some irresistible gift ideas for the sports fan: Japanese lingerie company Triumph have brought out "Nice Cup in a Bra", a brassiere that can be unfolded to form a practise putting green complete with a built-in speaker that says "Nice shot" when you sink the ball into the inverted cups. Then there's a remote-control bowling ball produced in the US by 900 Global which you guide towards the skittles. It seems rather against the spirit of the game but does make it a lot easier. Walldex can make a pillow that's an exact replica of the biggest fish you've ever caught. Or how about Blackpool FC's transvestite calendar, designed for charity by striker Stephen McPhee? There's one for the stockings.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Online Sales and Customer Services Executive

£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Assistant - Fixed Term Contract - 6 Months

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...

Recruitment Genius: Electricians - Fixed Wire Testing

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

£16575 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity is ava...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?