News in Brief

By Adam Bergin

jeffstelling0009_5482171Jeff Stelling to be named new countdown host

SkySports presenter Jeff Stelling is to become the new host of long-running C4 quiz show Countdown, it has emerged. He is understood to be Channel 4’s top choice to replace retiring Countdown host Des O’Connor.
Stelling has cult status thanks to his Anchor role on Sky’s six-hour football results service.


Church stolen, claims Russian clergy

A church has been stolen from a village on the outskirts of Moscow according to Father Vitaly. Although the building was only being visited every few months by the local diocese, they had been considering resuming services there. It is thought that the church was taken away brick by brick, leaving just foundations and sections of the walls.

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Two squirrel monkeys were taken from Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire on Monday night. Thieves cut through fences and smashed through a heavy door to enter the monkey enclosure. Staff fear the primates will be sold on the black market. The park’s curator, Jamie Craig, said: “The staff are upset and angry – they just don’t understand these people.


Survey reveals opposition to gay adoption

More than a third of people think gay couples should not be allowed to adopt children, a survey reveals today.
More than three-quarters (87%) of those who object said they think children need both male and female role models; and 76% said it would lead to the breakdown of the traditional family.
Children’s charity Action For Children, which commissioned the poll of 1,000 adults, said it was shocked by the level of prejudice.

Swinging vicar sacked after turning up drunk for service

A vicar who recently confessed she was a swinger and went to church drunk was defrocked yesterday.
The Rev Teresa Davies was banned from practising for 12 years after a church tribunal found her guilty of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in holy orders”.

Aretha Franklin tops rock list

Soul legend Aretha Franklin has been named the greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll.
The 66-year-old, best known for her hit song Respect, topped the list of 179, which was made up of musicians, producers and other music-industry insiders.
Jazz maestro Ray Charles and Burger King Elvis Presley came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
aretha-franklin-011 The Top 10:
1. Aretha Franklin
2. Ray Charles
3. Elvis Presley
4. Sam Cooke
5. John Lennon
6. Marvin Gaye
7. Bob Dylan
8. Otis Redding
9. Stevie Wonder
10. James Brown