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 | 24/04/2009 2:50 pm

  • Somerset couple live their 1930s dream lifestyle - Lisa and Neil Fletcher use 1930s appliances around their home and always dress in period clothes.
  • Half-term getaway prompts 40-mile tailbacks on M5 - The southbound stretch of the road was hit with heavy delays throughout Saturday.
  • 'Rare' Beatles' memorabilia sells for £11k at auction - A "unique" collection of unseen photographs of the Fab Four are sold at auction.
  • Historic fighter plane narrowly missed house before crash - The 1949 Hawker Sea Fury crashed 10 seconds after its engine seized near RNAS Yeovilton.
  • VW Polo driver dies after collision in Chilcompton - He was pronounced dead at the scene after his VW Polo collided with a Toyota pickup.
  • Watchdog investigates Pontins over alleged discrimination - It allegedly used an "undesirable guests" list comprising Irish surnames to refuse bookings.
  • Octagon Theatre upgrade work to start in January 2023 - The extensive project aims to allow bigger shows to come to the Octagon in Yeovil.
  • Exmoor: 'Stunning' bluebells hint at a wooded past - A carpet of ancient bluebells have suddenly flowered on Exmoor after lying dormant for centuries.
  • Five major nature recovery schemes announced across England - The projects aim to manage land sustainably and improve access to nature for those in cities.
  • Sweet packets driven from Somerset to Ukrainian refugees - Owners of a confectionary business will deliver packets with hand-written messages.
  • Ukrainian friends start new life together in Bridgwater - Viktorria and Lillya had an emotional meeting at the airport with their host from Somerset.
  • Somerset First Aider witnessed 'inhuman' acts in Ukraine - Steve Brooks says returning home was a culture shock after six weeks of training Ukrainian troops.
  • Ukrainian refugee supported by Bristol wrestling coach - Saeed Esmaeli came to the UK legally from Iran aged 11, now he's helping Ukranian refugees.
  • Ukraine war: Incubator appeal to support premature babies - Khaled El Mayet said incubators are needed to care for babies being born early in Ukraine.
  • Vitality Blast: Yorkshire beat Worcestershire, holders Kent Spitfires lose to Somerset - Harry Brook and Joe Root guide Yorkshire to victory over Worcestershire in the T20 Blast, while Somerset beat 2021 winners Kent.
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  • Liverpool want investigation into final delays - Liverpool want an investigation into the "unacceptable issues" faced by fans which led to their Champions League final against Real Madrid being delayed.
  • Russia won't use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, says ambassador to UK - Andrei Kelin tells the BBC tactical nuclear weapons have "nothing to do" with operations in Ukraine.
  • Franky Zapata: French jetpack inventor injured in lake crash - Franky Zapata was injured after his jetpack, called a flyboard, crashed into a lake in Biscarrosse.
  • Travel disruption: 'We were on the plane when our flight was cancelled' - Families describe heartbreak and anger as more than 30,000 people face travel disruption this week.
  • Ulvade shooting: Kamala Harris calls for assault weapons ban - The US vice-president makes the plea as she attends the funeral of a victim of a mass shooting.
  • Bankrupt Slough Borough Council spent £28k on HQ's plants - The authority will likely move out of its HQ as a result of its £760m debt, a councillor says.
  • Imperial measurement review to mark Jubilee - But Labour MP Angela Eagle calls the review a "pathetic" attempt to "weaponise nostalgia".
  • Jerusalem tensions high ahead of Israeli youth Flag March - Thousands of flag-waving Israelis are due to pass through Muslim areas, amid Palestinian anger.
  • Palme d'Or: Triangle of Sadness wins top prize in Cannes for Ruben Ostlund - Ruben Ostlund's Triangle of Sadness takes the Palme d'Or on a good night for South Koreans too.
  • Bunting at the ready - street party planners set for Platinum Jubilee - Organisers are putting the finishing touches to their plans ahead of the four-day bank holiday.
  • Live WW1 hand grenade found by child on beach - The live World War One grenade was "capable of exploding", the police said.
  • Lorry strikes railway bridge and sheds paint over road - In 2020, the bridge was dubbed the "most bashed" in Britain after being struck 25 times in a year.
  • Newspaper headlines: Tory 'identity crisis' and fans tear gassed in Paris - Criticism of the PM by Tory grandees and chaotic scenes at the Champions League final lead the papers.
  • Ukraine: Two sisters fled their home, but carried on their martial arts training - Two sisters, who are world champions in mixed martial arts, want to compete for Ukraine.
  • Hong Kong: ‘It took 10 days for everyone to be infected’ - More than half of those to die in the latest wave to hit Hong Kong were care home residents.