Saturday, 25 March 2017

Take a look at these nine weird and unusual UK laws which are still in effect today

With tobacco rules set to change in May and new driving and child car seat laws recently introduced, we have taken a look at some laws which you may not know exist.
UK laws are constantly evolving and while changes are introduced each year, there are still many out-of-date and unusual ones which have never been repealed.
Technically, you could still be arrested for breaking them, but police say it is debatable whether or not they will arrest you for some of them.
Here are some of the weird and wonderful UK laws which still exist today.

Don't be drunk in charge of a cow

The Licencing Act 1872 makes it illegal to be "drunk while in charge, on any high- way or other public place, of any carriage, horse, cattle, or steam engine, or of being drunk when in possession of loaded fire-arms".

Wearing a suit of armour in Parliament

As of 1313, it has been illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour.

Door knocking

Seen by many as a harmless (if annoying) children's game, knocking on someone's door and running away is actually illegal under the 1839 law. It makes it an offence to "wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse".


Saturday, 4 March 2017

From yodelling to dancing polar bears: Eurovision 2017’s most weird and wonderful would-be competitors

But what of the competition?
Well, the rest of the Eurovision-participating world hasn’t been resting on its laurels either – holding national finals every weekend, chucking out songs from internal selections with merry abandon and generally ensuring that the annual songest will be as entertaining as ever.
And as usual that’s led to some seriously eyebrow-raising – and in some cases actually half-decent – tunes bidding to represent their countries in May. Take a look at some of these contenders…

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