Im ashamed to admit I once bought my wife a last-minute present from a petrol station. But at least it wasnt a windscreen wiper

I'm ashamed to admit I once bought my wife a last-minute present from a petrol station. But at least it wasn't a windscreen wiper | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 20 December 2012 This is the first festive season of my adult life when I can peer down my nose at most of my fellow men with a deliciously smug feeling of superiority. For with four whole days still to go until the 25th, I’ve already done all my Christmas shopping.

Swedish woman accused of using a skeleton for sex says she is an "odd duck" but not a criminal

'I'm an odd duck but not a criminal': Woman with SKELETON in her flat denies using it for sex WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT37-year-old Swedish woman admitted interest in necrophilia but denied it was sexual Gothernburg District Court scheduled to give its ruling on the case todayShe was arrested in September when more than 100 body parts were found at her flat | UPDATED: 14:16 GMT, 17 December 2012 A 37-year-old woman who allegedly kept skeleton parts in her flat so she could have sex with them said while she is an 'odd duck' she has not committed a crime.

"Bismarck receiving first torpedo": Rare photos chronicle race to sink the pride of Hitler"s fleet

'Bismarck receiving first torpedo': Rare photos chronicle race to sink the pride of Hitler's fleet in 1941 Photo archive unearthed after 71 yearsOne image taken from reconnaissance aircraft records moment the enemy battleship was first sighted off GreenlandBismarck had sunk HMS Hood days earlier, killing 1,415 menSwordfish bi-planes and crew are seen on standby on deck of aircraft carrier HMS VictoriousPhotos – made into picture postcards – given to carrier crew as souvenirs | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 13 December 2012 It was more than just a dark plume of smoke on the horizon – for this was the moment that marked the turning point of World War Two, and the end of a great German battleship's reign of terror. Just days earlier, in 1941, the Bismarck had sunk HMS Hood during the Battle of the Denmark Strait.

Cargo ship sinks: Dramatic scenes as 13 are rescued from freezing waters after North Sea ship collision

Dramatic pictures capture rescuers plucking 13 survivors from freezing waters after North Sea ship collision… but hope fades for six crew still missing The Baltic Ace car carrier sank after it collided with the Corvus J container ship off the coast of Rotterdam on Wednesday nightRescuers managed to lift 13 sailors to safety – six are still missingCoastguard is now reported to have called off the rescue operation Five bodies have been recovered following the crash off the Dutch coastCause of the collision is under investigation, but the manager of the Baltic Ace said today that human error was 'probably' to blame | UPDATED: 18:57 GMT, 6 December 2012 These infra-red pictures capture the dramatic scenes as 13 sailors were rescued from the icy waters of the North Sea after the Baltic Ace cargo ship collided with another vessel off the Dutch coast.