Teddy Bears Involved In Road Accident

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Alorry carrying hundreds of teddy bears has been involved in a major accident involving four HGVs on the A14 in Cambridgeshire. The crash happened at junction 31 for Girton and the road was closed for several hours between there and junction 36 for Nine Mile Hill. Two of the lorry drivers were taken to hospital with minor injuries. All lanes are now reopened according to Highways England and neither driver is thought to have suffered serious injuries said Cambridgeshire Police.

Theme Update

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Well at last it has happened, after waiting for what seems like a lifetime, we finally got our paws on the new version of our theme. X Version 4 has now been implemented on Jammy Toast with the new page-builder, simply called Cornerstone. This is a standalone plugin with a custom frontend interface for building pages and posts with the integrated shortcodes. This takes the place of the X Shortcodes and will ultimately take over from Visual Composer. We already have plans for some new features on Jammy Toast to demonstrate just what X can do.

Internet Used By 3.2 Billion People

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Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year according to a new report. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body, predicts that 3.2 billion people will be online. They forgot to count a couple of hundred bear here at Jammy Toast but we will forgive them this once. The global population currently stands at 7.2 billion. About 2 billion of non-users will be in the developing world, the report added. But just 89 million will be in countries such as Somalia and Nepal. These are part of a group of nations described as “least developed countries” by the United Nations, with a combined population of 940 million.

Eric Meets… Whispering Bob Harris

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Here at Jammy Toast we have been listening to Bob Harris for years. These days he does fascinating documentaries on music and musicians but back in the day he was the bear’s paws on The Old Grey Whistle Test. In fact, with his long hair, toothy grin, loon pants and laid-back style, Bob was the face – and voice – of 1970s music. The softly-spoken Radio 1 DJ inspired a generation with his musical knowledge and enthusiasm for new talent. However, when punk exploded in Britain in the mid-70s, Whispering Bob became a hate figure for the anti-establishment rockers. And that was only the beginning…

Google Patents Connected Teddy Bear

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Would you believe that Google’s Research & Development team is looking at developing internet-connected teddy bears that will control smart home appliances? The firm has published a patent that describes teddy bears that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying, before sending commands to remote computer servers. The three-year old patent was spotted recently by the legal technology firm SmartUp. It described the proposal as “one of Google’s creepiest patents yet”.

Mike Oldfield Loses Son

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Jammy Toast favourite and guitar legend Mike Oldfield is today in mourning after the sudden death of his son at the age of 33. Dougal Oldfield collapsed and died at his work at around 6.30pm on Sunday. Paramedics called the police, who initially treated the death as “unexplained”. But a post-mortem confirmed that Dougal had died of natural causes and police said it was now “non-suspicious”. A statement released yesterday by the family said simply: “The family are touched by the messages of love and support. They do ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

Jeremy Clarkson To Return To BBC?

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Jammy Toast favourite, Jeremy Clarkson gave his first interview since leaving the BBC this morning and straight away the odds on him returning to present Top Gear have been slashed. The drop is in response to hints he dropped while doing the interview. Now the odds of Clarkson returning to the show before the end of next year have tumbled from 10/1 to 2/1 by Ladbrokes. Ahead of the first night of the Top Gear tour, the bookies are also offering 12/1 that he exclusively breaks news of his BBC comeback on stage in Belfast over the weekend.

Oldest Stone Tools Pre-Date Man

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The world’s oldest stone tools have been discovered, scientists have reported. They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya, and date to nearly three-and-a-half million years ago. They are 700,000 years older than any tools found before, even pre-dating the earliest known humans in the Homo genus. The find, reported in Nature, suggests that more ancient species, such as Australopithecus afarensis or Kenyanthropus platyops, may have been more sophisticated than was first thought.

Do Fast Food Outlets Target The Poor?

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Around four in ten KFC and McDonald’s outlets are in the poorest areas of England. KFC on Laird Street, Birkenhead and McDonald’s on Liverpool Road, Knowsley are prime examples of Fast Food Outlets in areas of high deprivation. Jammy Toast can confirm that 42% of KFCs and 39% of McDonald’s restaurants are in the country’s poorest areas. Health campaigners say fast food chains are targeting deprived people with cheap but unhealthy food and want to see a cap on the number of outlets in certain areas.

Lollipop Man Sacked After Stopping Fire Engine

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Sometimes you could be forgiven for thinking we make some of these stories up. Like this one of a Lollipop Man who had to be physically removed from the middle of the road by Firemen on an emergency call after he ignored their flashing lights and sirens. The blundering lollipop man has now been sacked after stopping the fire engine on its emergency call-out. Firefighters were responding to a 999 call when he stopped them to usher children and parents across the road – several times. After ignoring their flashing sirens, the school crossing patrol officer had to be physically removed from the middle of the road by the furious firefighters.