"My bagpipes gave me pneumonia": Musician catches deadly fungal virus from his beloved instrument

'My bagpipes gave me pneumonia': Musician catches deadly fungal virus from his beloved instrument John Shone, 77, breathed in the deadly germs while playing his bagpipe The instrument hadn't been cleaned in 18 months and had 'fungal cultures'Traditional bagpipes are made of hide and need regular 'seasoning' to seal pores in the skin that acts as a natural cleanserMr Shone is now playing his bagpipe again after four weeks in hospital By Suzannah Hills PUBLISHED: 02:13 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:57 GMT, 14 March 2013 A bagpipe player nearly died after becoming infected with a fungal pneumonia that colonised inside his beloved instrument. John Shone spent four weeks in hospital fighting the infection after he breathed in germs from his bagpipe that he hadn't cleaned in 18 months.

Laura Coward: Young rider who was paralysed after being thrown from racehorse launches compensation bid

Rider, 21, who was paralysed after she was thrown from racehorse launches multi-million pound compensation bidLaura Coward was just 17 when she broke her back by falling on to a fenceShe remains in a wheelchair after surgery to mend her severed spinal cord Claims her stables told her she would be fine, despite the horse's strength By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 18:03 GMT, 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:37 GMT, 31 January 2013 Paraplegic: Laura Coward was working at a racehorse training stables when she fell off Saucy Night A promising young rider who was paralysed when she was thrown from a history-making racehorse has launched a multi-million pound compensation claim against the stables and trainer. Stablehand Laura Coward was 17 when she broke her neck after taking Saucy Night for a trial ride in Wiltshire in November 2008. The racehorse had made headlines three years earlier when he became the first to win a race without wearing horseshoes.

Kate Middleton: On the sports field with sister Pippa as teenagers

Their Royal Hockeynesses: Together on the sports field, Kate and Pippa as teenagers… and it was already clear NOTHING would stand in their way Candid photo shows two determined teenage sisters in school daysTaken during hockey match at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, when future Duchess of Cambridge was aged about 18'Pippa was renowned at school for being a fine hockey player. She had a real talent' says contemporary By Elizabeth Sanderson PUBLISHED: 22:03 GMT, 26 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 GMT, 27 January 2013 Unseen since it was taken 12 years ago, this candid picture shows the single-minded determination of two teenage sisters who would go on to be among the most famous faces on the planet

“I”ve got a Union Jack onesie,” admits Boris: London Mayor reveals he has an all-in-one during Twitter Q&A session

'I've got a Union Jack onesie,' admits Boris: London Mayor reveals he has an all-in-one during Twitter Q&A session | UPDATED: 01:13 GMT, 26 December 2012 Onesie: A patriotic all-in-one outfit similar to the one Boris Johnson has said he owns In his defence, he only wore it the onesie.

The two-year-old who is allergic to Christmas: Archie has extreme reaction to Yuletide treats

The two-year-old who is allergic to Christmas: Archie has extreme reaction to Yuletide treatsArchie Sims cannot eat mince pies, chocolate and cheeses because of a variety of allergiesNativity scenes with animals give him hay fever symptomsHis family even has to have a fake tree as pines trigger a rash | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 24 December 2012 Little Archie Sims is the boy who is allergic to Christmas. Not only does the two-year-old have an extreme reaction when he comes into contact with mince pies, chocolates, nuts and cheeses, but he also cannot go near all kinds of Christmas treats and yuletide items and festivities. A nativity scene poses a problem because he reacts to animals and has hay fever symptoms when the youngster, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, goes near sheep, cows and chickens.

Christmas 2012: Inside the vast Royal Mail depot that is dealing with half a million presents a day

That's Christmas sorted: Inside the vast Royal Mail depot that is dealing with half a million presents a dayGiant temporary facility will sort four million parcels in the run-up to ChristmasBoom in online shopping is behind spike in demandMore than 300 seasonal staff will handle deluge of post | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 10 December 2012 Here's where Christmas is sorted on a giant scale – a massive postal centre dealing with half a million parcels a day. The giant temporary facility has been set up to handle the avalanche of online shopping over the festive period. More than 300 seasonal staff have been taken on to run the sorting centre in Swindon, Wiltshire – one of eight set up by the Royal Mail around Britain.

Amazing Christmas lights that take a month to put up illuminate suburban street

It's a cracker: Incredible 100,000 festive light display which takes electrician ONE MONTH to build Stunning festive display in Melksham, Wilts, takes a month to put up and costs 30,000 | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 Alex Goodhind was so determined his Christmas decorations would be the best ever this year, he took more than four weeks off work to prepare them. And with more than 180,000 bulbs, a searchlight that can be seen for almost four miles and an estimated 1,000 electricity bill for the month, he certainly didn’t disappoint. Indeed, his neighbours say you can see this extraordinary collection from space