And finally

And finally…Big Brother is watching you – and selling you stuff

And finally…Big Brother is watching you – and selling you stuff

A huge new advertising screen which is being dubbed the “Big Brother Screen” is to be installed in central London’s Piccadilly Circus utilising “recognition technology” to specifically target individuals and vehicles that are passing by. Piccadilly Lights, one of the most recognisable landmarks in London, is due to relaunch later this month after a major […]

And finally…Soros creates world’s third largest charity with multi-billion pound donation

And finally…Soros creates world’s third largest charity with multi-billion pound donation

Global financial heavyweight and 29th richest man in the world, George Soros, is to give over £13.6 billion of his fortune in a move that will create the world’s third richest charity at a stroke. The donation from the Hungarian-born financier, who is reportedly worth more than $25 billion (Forbes), will go to his Open Society Foundations, which […]

And finally…family sells everything and puts it all on bitcoin

And finally…family sells everything and puts it all on bitcoin

A Dutch man, his wife, three kids and their cat have sold up all that they own and bet it all on bitcoin. Despite Didi Taihuttu’s brother, sister and in-laws calling him crazy, the family is in the process of selling pretty much everything they own — from their 2,500-square-foot house, to their shoes – […]

And finally…Canadian tribes mount legal challenge to historic £2.40 British treaty annuities

And finally…Canadian tribes mount legal challenge to historic £2.40 British treaty annuities

Meager annuities of a few dollars still collected by indigenous Canadian tribes that have remained stagnant for 167 years have become the subject of ground breaking legal case in the North American country. In 1850, fur-trader-turned-politician, William Benjamin Robinson, acting on behalf of Queen Victoria, struck a deal with the indigenous people who lived in […]

And finally…off the deep end

And finally…off the deep end

The former girlfriend of a Bahamas-based banker reportedly got her revenge by driving his Mercedes into his swimming pool. Guy Gentile broke up Russian-born model with Kristina Kuchma over dinner at a restaurant during which she had asked him for $50,000 so she could start up a marketing business. Describing the conversation, Mr Gentile told the New […]

And finally…woman who ignored £37,000 in parking fines declared bankrupt

And finally…woman who ignored £37,000 in parking fines declared bankrupt

A woman who failed to pay £24,500 in parking fines she ignored has been declared bankrupt, with fines exceeding £37,000. At Dundee Sheriff Court earlier this year, Carly Mackie, 29, was told to pay the private parking company the unpaid charges after she routinely parked her car in the city’s Waterfront without a permit. Ms Mackie claimed she […]

And finally…kick in the teeth

And finally…kick in the teeth

A man who dressed as a shark to drum up business for an Austrian electronics store called McShark has had his promotional efforts thwarted after he was fined for falling foul of the country ‘s full-face burqa ban. Police confronted the man in central Vienna after an anonymous tip-off and gave him a €150 fine (£135) when […]

And finally…checking outbox

And finally…checking outbox

The Supreme Court of Queensland in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message as a person’s official will. The person in question was a 55-year-old man who took his own life in October 2016. The text message, found in the drafts folder of the man’s mobile phone by one of his friends, included details on how […]

And finally… never saw it coming

And finally… never saw it coming

A self-described psychic who charged an elderly woman nearly £2.7 million for exorcisms and “spiritual cleansing” has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Sally Ann Johnson, 41, admitted that she concealed the massive payment in order to avoid paying taxes on it. After pleading guilty in a federal US court, Ms Johnson also agreed to repay […]

And finally… taxing judgment

And finally… taxing judgment

A man known as “the German James Bond” has been slapped with a two-year suspended sentence for evading over £2 million in tax. Werner Mauss, 77, a former private investigator who has since become infamous for his work with police and intelligence services, was also ordered to donate £178,000 to charity. His supposed record – […]