Star of new 'Downton with tills' drama on how she fell for the actor who plays Bilbo BagginsAmanda Abbington and Martin Freeman met on the set of Men Only in 2000Amanda is due to star in ITV’s new department-store drama Mr SelfridgeFreeman will spend 18 months filming in New Zealand | UPDATED: 22:02 GMT, 29 December 2012 The couple attended the Royal Film Performance of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Odeon Leicester Square in London earlier this month When your long-term partner and father of your two children becomes a bona fide Hollywood star, it’s hard to imagine what the downside might be. But for Amanda Abbington there were definite drawbacks when Martin Freeman won the part of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
'I can still talk, you know': Cancer boy Neon is 'as sharp as ever' after he wakes up from seven-hour operation ordered by judge | UPDATED: 08:15 GMT, 20 December 2012 The boy who was operated on to remove a brain tumour – against the wishes of his mother – last night woke up after the seven-hour procedure and told nurses: ‘I can still talk, you know.’ Seven-year-old Neon Roberts was said to be ‘as sharp as ever’ as he recovered in hospital with his family following a judge’s decision on Tuesday to order the surgery immediately.
Straw's memoirs suggest former Labour leader John Smith had a drink problem | UPDATED: 23:52 GMT, 12 December 2012 Labour’s former Home Secretary Jack Straw suggests in his memoirs, Last Man Standing, that much-admired ex-leader John Smith, who died in 1994 aged 55, had a drink problem. ‘It was not possible for someone that dependant on alcohol to determine, in advance, when he needed to be sober,’ he said on Radio 4 while publicising his book. But Smith’s friend and parliamentary neighbour, ex-Labour MP Tam Dalyell, says: ‘He did like a dram, but several veteran members of his constituency party have told me that, during 24 years as their MP, they never saw him the worse for wear.’ Open: Labour's former Home Secretary Jack Straw speaks out in his memoirs There has been some unpleasantness involving the 7th Earl of Durham, 51, who inherited the 12million estate of his father, former Tory minister Tony Lambton
#IceIceSurrey: Police ridiculed for tweeting cringe-worthy weather warning in style of 90s pop song Surrey Police imitated rap star Vanilla Ice to deliver a series of tweetsTweets defended by police who say they have received 2,000 retweets | UPDATED: 20:06 GMT, 11 December 2012 The police aren't renowned for their sense of humour, but someone at Surrey Police clearly had an attack of the funnies this morning when they took to Twitter. In an effort to warn motorists of the icy conditions, a flurry of tweets from the station's official Twitter feed, were sent out in the style of rap star Vanilla Ice's 1990 hit 'Ice Ice Baby'. The first tweet, sent out around 7am this morning read: 'Ice Ice Surrey
It's grim down South: Exhibition of images show the dark humour to be found in even the grittiest corners of London S*** London blog started out as a Facebook groupMembers of the public send in pictures of funny everyday mishapsBest entries will now be shown in an exhibition | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 5 December 2012 The UK may be in the grip of the worst economic crisis in history – but at least we haven't lost our sense of humour. A new exhibition showcases a series of unintentionally hilarious sights captured by Londoners in their city during 2012.
'Sacked', the Tweeting policeman after Chief Constable loses sense of humour over PC's jokey messagesPC Andy Hall, 38, posted humorous and bizarre comments on Greater Manchester Police Twitter feedThe officer is understood to have voluntarily stood down from the dutiesSenior officers thought to have stood in after a lighthearted tweet posted hours after fatal police pursuit on his beatFans described random postings as 'brilliant' and said PC was a 'legend' | UPDATED: 21:02 GMT, 5 December 2012 Random: PC Andy Hall, left, from Greater Manchester Police's Radcliffe policing team has stopped tweeting from the force's official account. His bizarre and comic comments are thought to have upset police bosses A popular police officer has stopped using his force's social networking account after being accused of posting too many humourous and bizarre comments on Twitter. PC Andy Hall, 38, had been assigned to pen his own messages on the social networking site, dubbed Tweets from the Beat, to encourage more locals to report crime
The most open country in the world Not while Sir Humphrey's minions won't tell the truth about migrants | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 5 December 2012 Sir Jeremy Heywood has a very good sense of humour.
Premier League footballer on 20,000 a week pictured 'wiping his bottom' with 20 notesLiam Ridgewell was seen squatting over toilet in his 1.5million homeThe 28-year-old had around 1,000 in notes scattered around himHe earns as much in a week as the average West Midlander does in a yearRidgewell last night apologised for what was meant to be a private joke Angry fans labelled the defender 'arrogant' and 'idiotic' | UPDATED: 15:07 GMT, 3 December 2012 A picture of Premier League footballer Liam Ridgewell wiping his backside with a wad of 20 notes has infuriated fans. The West Brom defender was photographed squatting over the toilet in the bathroom of his 1.5million home in Barnt Green, Birmingham, with his trousers down.