Britain's first council house made out of... straw

Britain's first council houses made out of straw are to be built in a bid to cut costs and energy consumption.

The six semi-detached homes will be built from 500 bales but will be indistinguishable from normal homes because of their lime-washed walls.

At £60,000, the three-bed properties will cost £20,000 less to build than a conventional house.

They are being built as an 'experiment' by North Kesteven County Council, Lincs., to cut construction costs and meet energy consumption targets.

Marion Brighton, leader of the council, said straw with its exceptional heating properties had massive potential.

She said: 'It's all about affordability, sustainability and cutting down energy consumption. It's the first time it has ever been tried in the UK.

'The straw houses tick all the boxes - cost and energy efficiency. Also, we have a lot of straw in the area. It makes sense to make use of it.

'The properties will look similar to conventional council properties except the outer walls will be whitewashed with lime rather than red brick.

'We hope to continue building with straw and to encourage other councils to follow suit.'

Two semi-detached units each containing two three bed properties are due to be built in the village of Martin, Lincs., in April.

Construction of a further one semi-detached unit is set to start later in the year in Waddington, Lincs.

A spokeswoman for architects Amazon Nails, Todmorden, York., said household bills for the straw homes, said to have a lifespan of 100 years, will be low.

The houses will be on the National Grid but gas would only be supplied for cooking.

The straw walls will be airtight and superinsulated and natural light will be used to maximise warmth.

Each property will have a wood burning stove for the very coldest winter spells.

The houses have been designed by architects Amazon Nails and are set to be built by construction company A Hacker & Son, of Sleaford, Lincs..

David Hacker said: 'It's an incredible exciting venture. It will be the first time we will have built using straw and will involve intensive training. We hope it will be the future.'

Amazon Nails was founded by director Barbara Jones in Wales in 1996. It has since been involved in the construction of more than 250 straw bale properties from homes to agricultural buildings.

Materials for a house built with straw bales cost about the same as for a conventional timber-frame house but less than brick and block.

There are more than 2 million tons of straw a year surplus to requirements in the UK. This is sufficient to build 250,000 homes a year.

Building with straw began in North America in the mid-1800s. Pioneers arriving on the Nebraska plains used straw bales from the newly invented baling machine.

A car launched 100ft through the air and crashed into a church roof

These pictures show the shocking moment a man came terrifyingly close to death - and God - after crashing his car into the roof of a church.

The driver has been hospitalised with serious injuries after speeding round a bend and losing control of his vehicle.

A police officer watched in horror as the German man lost control of his Skoda and crashed through a railing.

The car then went up an embankment where it was propelled 100ft through the air - before it smashed through the roof.

Police said the embankment acted like a ramp, launching the car into the air and into the roof of the nearby church in Oberfrohna, Germany.

A special rescue vehicle had to be called in to free the driver using a crane seven yards above the ground.

Firefighters worked for hours to remove him from the broken rooftop before he was taken to hospital.

The 23-year-old German driver is in a serious condition. Police said he was breathalysed, and have yet to release his name.

The 10,000 euro Skoda was written off in the incident, but the cost of repairing the church roof is not yet known.

The sad sight of Falklands warship HMS Intrepid being torn apart in wrecking yard

These sad pictures show the HMS Intrepid, one of the mainstays of the Falklands Task Force, being torn apart in Britain’s biggest ever recycling operation.

Almost 96 per cent of the ship - or 11,000 tons of steel, iron and copper - will be converted into reusable goods by May, the Liverpool-based demolition team plans.

The ambitious project began in December last year and already half the aft section has been removed.

But the latest images will be a blow to many ex-servicemen, who see the operation as an unnecessary destruction of a national symbol.

The Falklands warship, once the HQ for the Royal Navy’s commandos, is seen here literally as a shell of its former shelf.

The veteran ship once housed almost 1,000 crack troops, 15 tanks and up to four Lynx helicopters.

But the Ministry of Defence committed itself to sustainable decommissioning in 2007 following an environmental scandal in 2000, when the Royal Navy sold two vessels to a German ship-breaker who then exported them to India.

'The Ministry of Defence announced in December of 2007 that HMS Intrepid was expected to be recycled at a British facility,' said Tony Taperell, the managing director of Technical Demolition Services Limited, the company charged with its recycling.

The 520-foot warship was delivered to TDS' Liverpool dock-yard at Canada Dock in September last year.

It underwent decontamination of all hazardous material such as asbestos before the main recycling work began.

'Once identified, the asbestos is removed using qualified and trained personnel and sent for disposal at a licensed local disposal facility in the UK,' said Mr Taperell.

'The majority of materials from HMS Intrepid are totally recyclable, such as anchor chains, the engines and winches.

'The plastic chairs from the mess room are sent to our licensed recycling agents.

'Even the metal toilets will be recycled to be used as they were designed or sold on as scrap.'

Thirty highly trained recycling and demolition experts at TDS are working on the record recycling job.

Many veterans opposed the move, seeing the operation as unnecessary destruction of a national symbol.

Over 300 former crew signed a petition for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to convert it into a floating museum.

More upsetting to the ex-servicemen and women, the petition still has until February 7 to run.

'I know this is all academic now, but it just goes to show that the Government had no intentions of keeping her afloat in the first place, ' says one angry member of the armed forces on the official HMS Intrepid veterans website.

However, disappointed veterans will get a chance to keep a memento of the HMS Intrepid as 4 per cent of the contents will be spared the meltdown.

'Some important items from HMS Intrepid will be purchased by ships veterans as mementoes and others purchased on ebay,' says Mr Taperell.

During its long career of service to the Royal Navy, HMS Intrepid helped train new recruits at Dartmouth, extended British force globally and of course in its finest hour helped to liberate the Falklands.

The terrified penguin who refuses to take to the water

As his feathered friends bathe happily in the pool and dive to its icy depths, Kentucky the penguin sticks to his perch and looks on - because he's afraid of water.

The pitiful bird, described as a 'runt' by his keepers, is terrified by the cold water and refuses to take the plunge with his 23 penguin pals at Blackbrook Zoological Park, Leek, Staffordshire.

But staff at the zoo have seen 11-year-old Kentucky become a surprise hit with visitors due to his unusual phobia.

The hapless Humbolt penguin was born smaller than his arctic brothers and sisters and has had malting problems since birth which make the water 'a bit too cold for him,' staff say.

Adam Stevenson, assistant bird keeper at the park, said: 'He came from Chester Zoo in the Spring time and there's 24 of them there all together.

'When he was born he was a bit of a runt, so he's had malting problems most of his life.

'He's malted quite badly and lost a lot more feathers than some of his friends.

'It's a bit too cold for him in the water, so he spends all his time on the rocks just walking around.

'It's a bit of a pain having to go over especially to him to feed him because he won't go in the water, but he's a real character and everyone at the zoo loves him.

'We've got one of the biggest collections of birds in Europe here but Kentucky is a bit of a crowd pleaser.

'He has become quite famous because it's quite unusual for penguins not to like the water. Most of his other mates are quite at home there and all the visitors find it quite funny when he's the only one sat there.'

Keepers at the Staffordshire park have to force Kentucky to dip into the water a couple of times a day to keep his feathers clean - and have even been reduced to pouring water on the pool-shy penguin.

Park trustee, Tina Mycock, said: 'People have come to the park to see him and have been saying they think he's allergic to water, which he isn't - he just prefers to sit on his rock whereas the others will just jump in.

'He has become very very popular and has caused quite a stir with the visitors.'

Park visitor Stacey Commons said: 'I expected to see all the penguins flapping about in the water but there was one who just wasn't having any of it.

'He just sat there looking a bit lonely on his rock while all his mates were having a great time in the pool.

'He's a really cute little guy but I felt quite sorry for him - it's like watching a monkey who's scared of climbing up trees.'

The incredibly rare baby lemur clutching its teddy 'mother'

With her bright hazel eyes, mop of fluffy grey hair, and tiny black face, this adorable baby lemur looks happy to have found something to cling on to.

Staff at Besancon Zoo in eastern France have named the newly born Madagascar lemur as Tahina - one of only 17 Propithecus coronatus lemurs living in captivity worldwide.

She is being cared for by vets, who must feed her around the clock with a tiny syringe filled with a mixture of cat and baby milk.

Tahina has also been given a cuddly teddy bear that she can clutch to like she would in the wild with her real mother.

Looking like a cross between a cat, dog and a squirrel, the lemur is the smallest of the
world's primates.

With their clever foxy face, big amber eyes (as adults), and trademark tail as long as itself, they are native primarily to Madagascar, the vast island that broke away from Africa 60 million years ago.

They were wiped out from other parts of Africa centuries ago by bigger and more aggressive primates.

In the wilds around Lake Aloatra in eastern Madagascar, the lemur is still under threat from the villagers who eat them as a local delicacy.

Many species have become extinct over the past century, mainly due to habitat destruction and hunting.

But the good news for this endangered species is that captive-bred lemurs appear to survive successfully after being turned loose in their native Madagascar, where they are under threat from the destruction of their natural habitat.

Lemurs share some of the social and behavioral characteristics of monkeys and form social groups.

They are also noisy animals, making a bizarre range of sounds from the grunts and swears of brown lemurs to the eerie, wailing call of the indri, which has been likened to a cross between a police siren and the song of a humpback whale.

15,000 texts in one month? That's nothing - meet the cheerleader, 14, whose tally is 35,000 - or one a MINUTE

A teenager in Florida has clocked up an astonishing 35,463 sent and received text messages in one month.

Emilee Cox, 14, bombarded her boyfriend and friends with messages about cheerleading and 'other random things'.

Assuming she slept eight hours a day, that is about 74 messages an hour.

Luckily, her mobile phone contract allows unlimited texts.

Emilee's father Brad, of Clermont, near Orlando, said he scoffed while reading a story about Californian Reina Hardesty, 13, who logged 14,528 texts in a month.

'I laughed and thought, "That's nothing"', he told the Orlando Sentinel, his local paper.

An intrepid reporter from the paper got in touch with Emilee - by text, naturally.

She told him (and apologies for the text-speak): 'In june i had cheer camp so like alot of my friends had texted me. And when i wasn't at camp i'd text my friends and girls on my team. i don't like talking on the phone so i'd prefer texting people.

'Well it's different things with different people.

'Like with my cheer friends we talk about cheerleading. Then with friends from school and stuff we'd talk about how our summers were and what we expected high school to be like.

'And my boyfriend and i talk about random things. He's the main reason my texting is so high becuz we're constantly texting. Lol'

Emilee was texting so much that she wore her keypad out just before Christmas.

Her father switched her to a different provider and got her a phone without a keyboard, which slowed her texting down to a mere 14,083 in December.

But as long as his daughter keeps getting good grades at East Ridge High School, he'll let her indulge her habit.

'I think there are much worse habits for her to have,' said Mr Cox, who clocked 656 text messages of his own in June.

'It keeps her from being bored, and it keeps her out of trouble.'

Kristin Wallace, a spokeswoman for mobile phone provider Sprint, confirmed Emilee's text tally and said customers average 268 messages a month.

'It's absolutely amazing,' Ms Wallace said. 'She must have been texting day and night.'

Only days ago, mobile phone fans were reading about the California girl who racked up 15,000 texts in a month - which worked out at one text for every two minutes she was awake.

The world record is held by a man in India who logged 182,689 texts in a month.

Smart Field Mouse:The tiny field mouse who saved himself from a flooded river using his tail

Usually a field mouse would not encourage much attention, apart perhaps from a squawk from a startled bystander as it scuttles past.

But one little rodent had a crowd of onlookers rooting for him today as he fought for survival in a flooded river before miraculously managing to save himself using his tail.

As Britain started to thaw after three weeks of freezing weather, the River Irthing at Newby East near Carlisle began to reach dangerous levels - for mice at least.

The tiny creature was first spotted clinging to a branch in the muddy, brown water as the river roared around him.

He then made a daredevil leap on to the stone bridge running across the river but only managed to cling on for a few seconds before plunging back in.

Carried along by the torrent, it appeared there was no hope as the mouse lay motionless on his side while he was buffeting in the water.

But then, incredibly, the dogged rodent managed to save itself - using his tail.

Whether planned or simply a piece of luck, it wrapped around a piece of driftwood which allowed the mouse to stay afloat for a vital few seconds.

When the piece of wood collided with some more debris, he weakly managed to drag himself out of the water.

Eventually, the driftwood hit the bank and the mouse jumped on to dry land, much to the astonishment of the people gathered watching his adventure.

John Armstrong, 42, said: 'I was looking down into the water when I saw something move on a branch over the river.

'I saw that it was a mouse and he was clinging on for dear life as the branch swayed in the wind.

'He decided to take a leap for the stone bridge and he almost made it but ended up in the water.

'I lost sight of him but he resurfaced and I really thought he was dead, he was lying on his side.

'Then his tail got wrapped around a piece of wood and he was carried into a little raft of debris floating down the river.

'That mouse has a charmed life, but I walked away feeling really chuffed that he'd got out. It was amazing.'

Heavy rain and hurricane force winds battered Cumbria today as the 'Big Freeze' finally came to an end.

This was the only story of rodent derring-do but drivers had to be rescued from their cars, roads were closed and train services cancelled as conditions worsened.

Several rivers were being monitored for flood risks today across the county.

Chance to bag 'best job in the world' as caretaker of desert island for £1,000 AN HOUR

Australian tourism bosses are offering Britons the chance to get the 'best job in the world' as the caretaker of a desert island - with a salary of nearly £1,000 per HOUR.

The plumb position requires 'minimum effort' and involves 'relaxed' duties such as feeding turtles, watching whales, and picking up the island's post.

Applicants require no academic qualifications, but must possess good swimming skills and a love of snorkelling, scuba diving and other water sports.

A passion for the great outdoors and the ability to speak English were also said to be an advantage.

Candidates will also have to demonstrate an 'adventurous attitude' and a 'willingness to try new things'.

The successful applicant will live rent-free in the lap of luxury on Hamilton Island, dubbed the 'jewel in the crown' of the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast.

They will receive a three-bedroom house with 'unbeatable' views of a crystal-clear lagoon lined with palm trees and ringed by white sandy beaches.

The six-month contract comes with a salary package of Australian $150,000 (£70,000), including free return flights, transfers, expenses and transport around the island.

It equates to a staggering £972 per hour based on a 'flexi-time' schedule of a 12-hour working month.

The offer might sound too good to be true, but the Queensland Tourist Board insists there is no catch.

It says the role is an ideal opportunity for Britons to swap the 'rat race' and the cold winter for a more relaxed life Down Under.

Jonathan Sloan, who works on behalf of Tourism Queensland in the UK, said: 'This is the best job in the world, there's no question about it.

'It has everything most people dream of - white sandy beaches, blue skies, warm seas and friendly people.

'It also boasts a very generous salary package and requires only a few hours of relaxed work with minimum effort per week.'

Advertised as a ''once-in-a-lifetime opportunity', the unique role of 'Island Caretaker' is now being advertised in 18 countries across the world.

Beginning on July 1, the successful applicant will have few responsibilities and can decide how best to fill their days.

But they will be required to produce a weekly online blog, photo diary and video updates of their time on the island.

They will also have to give regular media interviews and send reports via email to chiefs at Tourism Queensland at the organisation's headquarters in Brisbane.

Requirements for candidates include: 'Excellent communication skills, good written and verbal English skills, an adventurous attitude, willingness to try new things, a passion for the outdoors, and good swimming skills and enthusiasm for snorkelling and/or diving.'

Anthony Hayes, the chief executive of Tourism Queensland, said the offer was being made to promote the island to a 'global market'.

He said: 'The cooperative marketing campaign aims to highlight the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and showcase Australia's own unique Island experience, to the global market.'

Interested parties can apply by submitting a 60-second video outlining the reasons they deserve to be picked. Applications are now open and close on February 22.

Tourism Queensland will select 11 potential candidates who will be whisked away to Hamilton Island for a selection process. The lucky applicant will be named on May 6

140-year-old lobster rescued from seafood restaurant to be returned to the ocean by animal rights activists

A 140-year-old lobster is to be reunited with the ocean after being liberated from a New York seafood restaurant.

The 20lb crustacean was the focus of tug of love between animal rights activists Peta and staff at the City Crab and Seafood.

But after initially blocking the bid for freedom, restaurant bosses have agreed for George the giant lobster to be transported to the coast and allowed to swim with the fishes once again.

The lobster was captured off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada a week-and-a-half ago and shipped to New York.

But having survived a stint in captivity, George is now on the road to freedom.

From the New York restaurant he will be driven to Maine by Peta members and allowed to reacquaint himself with the sea.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of Peta, said: "We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace.

"We hope that their kind gesture serves as an example that these intriguing animals don't deserve to be confined to tiny tanks or boiled alive."

Keith Valinti, manager of City Crab and Seafood, said: "We never intended him to be sold, just draw attention to the restaurant, and he did.

"We have no problem releasing the lobster."

UFO blamed for wrecking wind turbine after 65ft-long blade is ripped off

An investigation was underway today into how a wind turbine had a 65ft-long blade torn off - after locals claimed UFOs were behind it.

Baffled residents of Conisholme, Lincolnshire, had reported strange ‘flashing orangey-yellow spheres’ striking the generator the evening before the mystery incident.

Then, at 4am, locals heard a ‘massive bang’ and reported lights in the vicinity of the noise.

By dawn the 290ft-tall turbine was a wreck, with one of its three blades twisted while another was missing. It was later found on the ground nearby.

There were no reports of low-flying aircraft in the area at the time of the incident on Sunday morning.

The RAF, which bases its Red Arrows at nearby Scampton, said they did not have any flights at the weekend.

Ecotricity, the company that owns the windfarm, admitted: ‘We don’t know what caused the problem. We are investigating.

The damage was described by the Health and Safety Executive as a 'unique incident'

But many locals are now pointing the blame at the ‘Octopus UFO’ – so named because of the tentacles and how the lights appeared joined in formation.

Robert Palmer, 66, leader of East Lindsey District Council and member of Lincolnshire County Council, said he saw a bright white light with an orange edge as he drove close to the turbine on Sunday morning.

Mr Palmer, who also runs a turkey farm, said: 'I saw a white light. It seemed to be above or in the direction of the wind turbine.

'My wife said it was like the North Star but then it should have been behind us and the light was too low.

'I don't know what it was. Whether it was a large plane, but it didn't seem to be moving.

'I have also heard that there was something structurally wrong (with the turbine). If it was frozen and there was a defect, the blade could have shattered.'

He added: 'I would be very interested to find out what it was.

'If we are being looked at by other people, by other planets, it would be interesting to find out why they have chosen this part of the country.

'It's a rich agricultural part of the country and we have got a concentration of turbines here which may have fascinated them. You just don't know, do you?

'I am not counting it out that it was a UFO. There are things out there that you cannot explain.'

Others told how the lights looked like balls of flames.

Lesley Whittingham, 71, who took a picture of the light, said: ‘It looked like a giant explosion in the air.’

John Harrison, another witness, described how he looked out of his landing window and saw a ‘massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground’ over the wind farm.

He told The Sun: ‘It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus.’

UFO expert Russ Kellett said: ‘We are very, very excited about this.’

However, another possible explantion could be that the cold weather caused the blade to shear.

Fraser McLachlan, chief executive of GCube, which insures more than 25,000 wind turbines worldwide, said that although it is unusual, this type of incident happens about five or six times a year.

'It does happen that a blade will sometimes just come off a machine for one reason or another," he said. "The main reason is the blade may shear.

'We don't normally see things like aircraft - or UFOs - hitting them. It's usually a mechanical failure that causes the blade to separate from the main hub.'

The freezing weather was another possible cause of the breakage, he said, adding that it could cost up to £250,000 to repair.

The Ministry of Defence said it was not looking into the incident.

A spokesman said: 'The MoD examines reports solely to establish whether UK airspace may have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised military activity.

'Unless there's evidence of a potential threat, there's no attempt to identify the nature of each sighting reported.

Animal carer dies from rabies 'after being scratched by dog in Africa two years ago'

A woman who died from rabies last night may have contracted the disease in Africa more than two years ago.

Lisa McMurray had been in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital since the condition was diagnosed last month.

Ms McMurray, who worked for the Cats Protection Adoption Centre in Belfast, was a regular visitor to Africa and had visited the continent a number of times over the plast couple of years.

She only began to feel unwell after being home for several months.

It is believed she may have been infected as far back as December 2006 wile working in an animal sanctuary in South Africa - she sent home emails at the time detailing how she had been scratched while separating two dogs.

One of the animals had to be put down after it started foaming at the mouth.

Another suggestion is that Ms McMurray was bitten by a monkey at an animal sanctuary while on a more recent holiday.

Ms McMurray, who is in her 30s, had devoted her life to looking after animals and had recently quit her high profile job at the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau to work full time with unwanted cats.

She had said taking up the post as manager with the Cats Protection Adoption Centre just outside Newtownards in County Down was the fulfilment of a lifelong goal in devoting as much of her time as possible to animals.

Her death was confirmed in a statement from her brothers - her parents have passed away.

The family statement said: 'We are devastated by the loss of our sister Lisa. We are extremely proud not only of all she achieved in life but also of the bravery with which she fought her illness.

'Her courage was inspiring and typical of the passionate and determined way in which she led her life. Her loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives and her family and friends will miss her terribly.'

They added: 'We would like to take this opportunity to thank the medical staff who have treated Lisa throughout her illness. Their skill and dedication has been a great source of comfort to us and they did everything possible to care for her.

'The sensitive way in which they cared not only for Lisa but for her family and friends has been exceptional and we are very grateful.

'Our thanks go to all those whose thoughts and prayers have helped to sustain us over the past weeks.'

Rabies is extremely rare in the United Kingdom - there have been only 23 cases since 1946, the last in 2005, and all infections were acquired abroad.

The last case of human rabies involving a dog bite suffered in the UK was more than a century ago in 1902.

The Eastern Health and Social Services Board in Belfast led a multi-agency investigation into her case and insisted the risk to the wider community was negligible - there is no documented case of human-to-human transmission of rabies anywhere in the world.

It said when she was diagnosed that Ms McMurray posed no threat to other patients in the hospital and that 'all necessary steps on infection control were in place for the protection of staff'.

Rabies is a notifiable disease in Northern Ireland and there have been no notifications of rabies in humans there since 1938.

The orangutan who just loves to jet ski

While most orangutans have to make do with swinging from the trees, cheeky Surya just loves aping about on a jet ski.

The four-year-old orangutan is given a child's jet ski to play on as part of his activities at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGER) in Miami, Florida.

Surya is allowed to play in the water on the motorised water bike as part of TIGER's weekly enrichment activities for the orangutans living there.

The ape is dressed in a child's wetsuit and jets around the swimming pool before waving at onlookers.

He also loves swimming while wearing a red life jacket with his trainers.

Animal expert Dr Bhagavan Antle said: 'Suyra loves playing in the water. But he doesn't like getting his head wet, so he wears a life jacket so he doesn't go underneath.

'He is quite content when he's bobbing around on the top. And he loves the jet ski because he can look down on all of us.'

Dr Antle and his team of handlers introduced Surya and other orangutans to water when they were just babies and played in a large bath.

'The orangutans love playing in the bath. But they don't swim naturally and so if you introduce them to the pool, they'd sink to the bottom,' he added.

'So we discovered wearing children's lifejackets helps to give them confidence. Now some of them can even swim without their life jackets.

'But Surya prefers the jet ski and he'll always head for it as soon as we get into the

World oldest woman dies aged 115 after only visiting hospital once

The world’s oldest woman today died at the age of 115.

Maria de Jesus, of Tomar, Portugal, was born on September 10, 1893 and outlived her only husband by 57 years as well as two of her five children.

The farmer, who never smoked, drank neither alcohol nor coffee, and avoided meat, only visited hospital once in her lifetime.

As well as three children, she also left behind left 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Born as Maria de Jesus, she married Jose dos Santos in 1919 and became a widow in 1951, when she was 57 years old.

But, as is common in Portugal, she did not use her husband's last name.

And, despite deteriorating health, she refused to go to a nursing home and chose to stay in her farmhouse instead.

Mrs de Jesus remained relatively active until her last days, getting about with the aid of a mobility scooter and walking frame.

But, due to serious sight and hearing problems, by her last days she could not recognise her family, including daughter Madalena, 84, whom she lived with.

Her hobbies had included looking through her old family albums, sunbathing at her porch, eating rice pudding and ice cream, as well as taking baths.

She inherited the status of being the world’s oldest living person after the November 26 death of American Edna Parker, who was 115 years and 220 days old.

Mrs de Jesus, who was born before two world wars, the age of flight and even the discovery of penicillin, lived for a total of 115 years and 114 days.