Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn"t have felt right accepting individual award for Olympics opening ceremony

'It's just not me': Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn't have felt right accepting individual award for the Olympics opening ceremony Boyle, 56, was in line for New Year Honours list for highly praised spectacle He said a cast of thousands helped create it, so accepting 'didn't feel right' Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance” class=”blkBorder” /> A performer playing the role of the Queen parachutes from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance The quintessentially British scenes saw the ceremony widely hailed a resounding success Actors perform in a sequence to represent the National Health Service (NHS) during the ceremony Trainspotting, a film about Edinburgh junkies, was one of Boyle’s earliest big-screen hits.

Businessman "sold golf ball finding machines as bomb detection devices for thousands of dollars each"

Businessman 'sold golf ball finding machines as bomb detection devices for thousands of dollars each' James McCormick, 56, denies three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey He is accused of marketing Advanced Detection Equipment to the military and governments around the world that were little more than golf ball findersThe models sold for between $5,000 and $40,0000 each Claimed they could detect bombs from planes and underwater, court told By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 14:11 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:27 GMT, 7 March 2013 Trial: James McCormick who is accused of marketing fake bomb detectors denies three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey A businessman sold bomb detection devices for up to $40,000 that were little more than golf ball finders, a court has heard today. 'Fantastic' claims were made about the fake detectors marketed by James McCormick, 56, but had no grounding in science and were bought for 'handsome' sums, the Old Bailey was told. McCormick’s Advanced Detection Equipment was marketed to the military, governments and police forces around the world

Fugitive "Fast" Eddie Maher finally admits stealing 1.2million from a security van after 19 years on the run

Securicor driver 'Fast' Eddie Maher finally admits stealing 1.2m from his van in Suffolk and going on the run for 19 yearsMaher, 57, made off with Securicor van outside bank in Felixstowe in 1993Loaded 30 sacks of cash into a getaway vehicle before flying to America Lived in U.S.

The Pole in the hole: Man hid under floorboards because he didn"t want to pay child maintenance – but was discovered when he sneezed

The Pole in the hole: Man hid under floorboards because he didn’t want to pay child maintenance – but was discovered when he sneezed Darius Olewski hid down a 6ft hole in his home which he had dugPolice only discovered his whereabouts after he sneezed By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 19:48 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:38 GMT, 27 February 2013 A fugitive who hid under floorboards when police came looking for him blew his cover when he sneezed. Darius Olewski, 49, was on the run for dodging tens of thousands of pounds in child maintenance payments. To make a quick escape if police came knocking at his door, he dug a 6ft deep hole under a table in the hallway of his home in Pruszkow, Poland, and covered it with a panel to match the rest of the wooden floor.

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk New guidelines suggest tamoxifen or raloxifene could offer up to 20 years of protection for those considered at high risk of cancerWomen would take the drugs for five years either before or after the menopause, with the aim of slashing odds of developing the disease By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:18 GMT, 15 January 2013 Thousands of healthy women could be offered powerful breast cancer drugs to cut their chances of contracting the disease. New guidelines suggest the drugs tamoxifen or raloxifene could offer as much as 20 years of protection for those considered at high risk of cancer

A deep freeze dive! Amazing moment red fox plunges into snow while on the hunt for Christmas dinner

A deep freeze dive! Amazing moment red fox plunges nose first into snow while on the hunt for Christmas dinner | UPDATED: 18:53 GMT, 25 December 2012 He's a creature not to be outfoxed. In a series of stunning images, a red fox is pictured leaping four feet in the air before nose-diving into the snow in a bid to find mice and voles for Christmas dinner. The show of fervor and startling accuracy came after the fox prowled around the snow-covered ground at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to track sounds of rodents beneath.

Homeowners face massive tax bills as councils are given go-ahead to scrap discounts on second houses

Homeowners face massive tax bills as councils are given go-ahead to scrap discounts on second properties | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 17 December 2012 Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will give local authorities the freedom to raise charges on the 255,000 second homes in England Councils have been given the green light to scrap discounts on council tax for second home owners by the Cabinet Minister in charge of the policy. Second home owners will be hit with huge new tax bills when councils are given the freedom to scrap the discounts in April. Hundreds of thousands of holiday homeowners are expected to lose discounts ranging from ten per cent to 50 per cent next spring.

The truth about free-range turkeys will put you off your Christmas dinner

The truth about free-range turkeys will put you off your Christmas dinner Turkeys advertised as 'free range' may never even have been outdoorsMany are crammed into tiny spaces the size of a newspaperSome still have their beak 'trimmed' because of loopholes in law | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 14 December 2012 Now is the time of year when you want to do things properly. And — even if it does cost a few pounds more — many of us will want the best Christmas turkey we can afford. Despite the recession, hundreds of thousands of families will be tucking into a free-range turkey this Christmas

Disability handouts to be cut or stopped for 330,000 claimants as Government aims to end "welfare for life"

Disability handouts to be cut or stopped for 330,000 claimants as Government aims to end 'welfare for life'New figures show 71 per cent of claimants do not go through proper checksWithout reform, one in every 17 adults would be claiming DLA by 2018 says Disability minister | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 13 December 2012 Benefits clampdown: Disability minister Esther McVey defends change The Government is to reduce or stop disability allowance for hundreds of thousands of claimants in a bid to end unchecked ‘welfare for life’. The clampdown comes as new figures suggest that seven in ten of those claiming the benefit go through the system without proper checks

High-tech laser sight and 6,000 worth of VIAGRA among items stolen from Swanton Morley and RAF Marham military bases in Norfolk

High-tech laser sight and 6,000 worth of VIAGRA among items stolen from military basesDefence chiefs have written off thefts of equipment worth thousands Other items stolen include a pair of badminton nets and a 500 karaoke rig | UPDATED: 20:24 GMT, 11 December 2012 Stolen: The batch of Viagra was stolen from Norfolk's RAF Marham A high-value laser and batches of Viagra are among an array of items that have been stolen from military bases.