Hump day brekky wrap: Your morning pit stop

IT'S hump day and although still a long way off, at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is your latest news served up for quick and easy consumption.

Have a good Wednesday.

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Natural mating was not attempted between Tian Tian, pictured, and male Yang Guang (Sunshine) as scientists who have been monitoring them at Edinburgh Zoo decided that Tian Tian was showing signs that were not
Natural mating was not attempted between Tian Tian, pictured, and male Yang Guang (Sunshine) as scientists who have been monitoring them at Edinburgh Zoo decided that Tian Tian was showing signs that were not "conducive to mating". The Independent

 

Giant Panda has conceived but zoo warns she is not technically pregnant

SHE is the only female Giant Panda in the UK, and her possible bundle of joy cannot come soon enough for her keepers at Edinburgh Zoo.

But while tests show that Tian Tian has conceived after being artificially inseminated earlier this year, she is not technically pregnant, and experts are asking people "not to get too excited at this early stage".

This initial caution is understandable as Tian Tian failed to mate with her male partner Yang Guang in 2012, before later suffering a miscarriage in October last year.

 

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Barry Dwan with his grandson John who had a lucky escape after kicking, jumping on and handling a Second World War mortar shell.
LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Barry Dwan with his grandson John who had a lucky escape after kicking, jumping on and handling a Second World War mortar shell. Michael Cormack

Young man narrowly avoids exploding mortar in park

A WARWICK man is lucky to be alive after he kicked, stood on and jumped on a WWII mortar shell at his property.

John Dwan was driving into his grandfather Barry's property near Morgan Park in Warwick when he made the discovery, not knowing what it was.

"My dog jumped off the back of the ute and went up a track where kangaroos and cattle quite often go," John said.

 

St Andrews Village nursing home in Ballina. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star
St Andrews Village nursing home in Ballina. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Police allege fatal insulin dose administered by nurse

A FORMER nurse who had been working at Ballina's St Andrews nursing home for two months allegedly used a fatal dose of insulin to kill two elderly female residents.

Megan Jean Haines, 46, will face a Sydney court today charged with two counts of murder and one count of assault in relation to the deaths of two women in May.

Haines, 46, cried when she appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday before Magistrate Duncan Reynolds.

 

6.35AM

Harry Potter makes comeback on JK Rowling website

JK Rowling has written a new story on her Pottermore fan website, revealing what Harry, Hermione and Ron look like in their Thirties.

Set during the Quidditch World Cup final, the story takes the form of a newspaper gossip column written by Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter.

In the article, Skeeter writes that Harry Potter, who is about to turn 34, has "a couple of threads of silver in [his] black hair", but says he continues to wear his "distinctive" round glasses.

She also notes that Harry Potter now "sports a nasty cut over his right cheekbone" to accompany his famous lightning scar.

 

 

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Woman killed in head-on collision near Gympie

A HEAD-on collision on the Bruce Highway north of Gympie overnight has left one woman dead and a 14-year-old boy in a critical condition.

Police believe at 9.40pm, a ute was heading south on the highway, near the intersection of Wardell Rd, when it collided with a car carrying four people.

The 40-year-old woman driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

Fans will soon get their first look at Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit trailer.
Fans will soon get their first look at Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit trailer. Supplied

Couple's epic adventure in hunt for Middle Earth ring

A NEWLYWED couple are living their own Middle-earth tale after one of their wedding rings - thought to be lost - was found gleaming among leaves in Lord of the Rings country.

Chinese tourists Elaine and Rong Hua were on a Dart River jet boat trip in Paradise, north of Glenorchy, when Mr Hua's wedding ring went missing.

At the time the couple were on their honeymoon. They feared Mr Hua's ring had been lost forever in the area, which features prominently in the Lord of the Rings films.

 

 

Danger Mouse and Penfold are set to return for 52 new episodes in 2015
Danger Mouse and Penfold are set to return for 52 new episodes in 2015

Danger Mouse reboot to feature strong female characters

FANS of Danger Mouse can expect to see more female characters in the forthcoming TV remake, reports suggest.

The BBC plans to make male characters less dominant in children's programmes but the vintage Eighties cartoon featured barely any females.

CBBC are set to air 52 new episodes in 2015 and, according to controller Cheryl Taylor, "characters that might have been male in the past will now be female".

Taylor went on to praise "whizz-bang" scripts that have "managed to retain that fantastic rather old-fashioned British humour as well as bringing something fresh".

 

The Monty Python team.
The Monty Python team.

Monty Python reunion show forced to discount tickets

TICKETS for Monty Python's "sold out" reunion shows are being offered at discount rates on ticket re-sale site Groupon in the UK.

The first performance at the O2 Arena in London, which holds 20,000 people, reportedly sold out in 42 seconds.

But the bargain basement website was offering top price £95 (AUD$173) tickets at half price for shows on four days next week.


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