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The pig who feels a little bit sheepish

She oinks, snuffles in a trough and has a fetching set of trotters.

But it's not just her tail that's curly.

Elizabeth the pig wears a golden fleece that could pull the wool over enough eyes to make her the pride of the flock.



She is a queen of her species - a rare Austrian Mangalitza Gilt - and one of only a handful to thrive in Britain.

Elizabeth was the star buy at a livestock auction in Lancashire at the weekend.

There was frantic bidding, with farmer Tim Fitton paying the winning £250 to buy her for his daughter Alice.

'My daughter really took a shine to her,' he said.



'We love animals and we just came along to see what this one was all about really.

'We have got to promote these new breeds and it will be interesting to see what happens when we take her home and our own pigs see her. I hope we can breed from her.'

The pig, christened Elizabeth by her new keeper, is settling in well.

The yoga supergran who can still assume the lotus position at the age of 83

Yoga instructor Bette Calman may be 83, but she's still bending over backwards to spread the benefits of the ancient Indian discipline.

The nimble grandmother can really pull some shapes and with her set hair and pearl earrings she looks as glamorous as Greta Garbo in a pink jumpsuit.

With 40 years of teaching under her belt, the Australian wonder is living proof that a lifetime's dedication to yoga will keep you flexible as a rubber band.



While others her age complain about aches and pains, Mrs Calman focuses on getting tough balancing manoeuvres right.

Mrs Calman from Williamstown, southeast Australia, can do all the difficult moves including the agonising 'peacock' where the body is held in a horizontal position by the strength of the arms alone.

The bendy granny can also pull off a tricky raised 'lotus', 'bridge' and a headstand with ease.

She can also put her head between her knees and hold her ankles putting her inflexible grandchildren to shame.



I'm proof that if you keep at it, you'll get there. I can do more now than I could 50 years ago,' Mrs Calman said.

So when will she give it up?

'You're never too old. The body is a remarkable instrument.

'It can stretch and stretch, and get better all the time. Forget age,' said Mrs Calman, the author of three yoga books including one called Yoga for Arthritis.

'Even a basic posture, or just going to a window and breathing deeply, can have big benefits.'

It's that spirit that has made Mrs Calman a legend.

She was a pioneer of the regime in Australia in the 1950s, ran yoga centres for 33 years and made regular TV appearances in the 70s.



She thought she would take it easy in Melbourne, but was drawn back to teaching as yoga interest grew.

'I came here to retire, but my daughter, Susie, who's also a teacher, kept being pestered for fill-in teachers at her health centre. That was eight years ago,' she said.

Mrs Calman teaches up to 11 classes a week with no sign of stopping and she keeps the 'corpse' posture strictly for her classes.

'Yoga keeps you young,' she said.

'Never have I gone to a yoga class and wished I was somewhere else, because I know I'm going to come out feeling on the top of the world. There'll always be yoga.'

A pothole 5 inches deep left my face looking as if I'd been brutally attacked

His two black eyes, broken facial bones and cuts and bruises make Warren Peters look like the victim of a brutal mugging.

In fact, the cyclist had been set upon by nothing more than a pothole.

Mr Peters, a 45-year- old surveyor, was cycling the seven miles home from his office in Milland, West Sussex, when he had an altercation with the 5in- deep hole.



It was 5.50pm and the weather was gloomy following a shower as he reached the stretch of road which borders Roman Abramovich's former estate at Harting Combe.

'There was surface water across the road and a car was coming up behind me which meant I had to stick to the inside line rather than go round it,' he said.

'There was this massive pothole there hidden by the water and I went straight into it. The bike just stopped dead and I was catapulted over the handlebars.

'All I can remember is my face hitting the ground. There was a big chunk taken out of my cycle helmet. If I hadn't been wearing it, I dread to think what would have happened.

'What happened next is very vague. Apparently I tried to phone for an ambulance but I don't remember.

'A chap in a car stopped and a lady stopped and someone else and I sat in the back of a car.



In the end I managed to contact my wife Gillian and she came and picked me up. She took me to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and I was there for two nights while they operated on my face.

'I may have to go back for another operation and in the meantime I can't eat properly because of the damage to my jaw.

'I suffered multiple fractures, including a broken nose and cracked jaw and needed an awful lot of stitches. I was trying to be green by cycling to work - but now I go by car.'

Mr Peters, whose compensation claim is being handled by British Cycling, is one of thousands injured by the state of the roads, made worse by frosts in February.

The AA says insurance claims have trebled, with many motorists and cyclists hitting potholes hidden by rainwater.

The pothole into which Mr Peters crashed was was 5in deep and 2ft across. It has since been repaired, but an inspection of it yesterday showed that it was already crumbling round the edges, with another hole formin.

Supporting the Daily Mail's campaign to improve the state of the nation's roads, Mr Peters said: 'If it stirs something up to get potholes repaired it's brilliant.'

West Sussex County Council says the pothole should have been given 'the highest intervention level' once reported as it was at least 10cm deep. Repairs should be made within 72 hours.

The council said: 'Our team of pothole patrols are working to ensure speedy repairs are made. The works schedule is put together on a priority basis.

'We will continue to make every reasonable effort to deal with hazards as soon as is practicably possible.'

David Beckham is transformed into the Terminator...

He has tried the Indiana Jones look and once dressed up as a Roman gladiator.

He has even impersonated a dragon-slaying prince in a fairytale-themed shoot for one of his many advertising campaigns.

Now David Beckham had added an equally bizarre look to his repertoire.

The former England football captain has stripped down for a futuristic photoshoot that appears to owe its inspiration to the Terminator films.



In a rapid departure from his usual, more wholesome look, the star is pictured frowning at the camera with part of his face torn away.

Images of his skeleton have been superimposed upon his naked chest while one of his eyes has been replaced by a red laser.

The edgy shot is part of the latest advertising campaign for mobile phone giant Motorola. The company is launching the new Aura phone, which at £1,400, doesn't come cheap.




But it will certainly want to recoup some of the money it spent recruiting the star to be the face of its global marketing campaign in a multi-million pound deal three years ago.

Back then, Beckham was captain of the England football team and Motorola credited the star with helping them to crack markets in Asia and Africa.

However, he has since struggled to get into the national team and was dropped by the manager of his Spanish team at the time, Real Madrid.

He is now playing for Italian club AC Milan, where he is on loan from US team LA Galaxy.

His ten-year sponsorship deal with drinks company Pepsi, which was believed to earn him £2.5million a year, came to an end in January.

However, he can still count on a number of highly lucrative deals elsewhere.

As well as Motorola, Beckham is also the face of Adidas, Giorgio Armani and Sharpie pens.

His latest campaign for Armani saw him stripped to his underwear alongside wife Victoria, with the images shown on 40ft high billboards in the US and across Europe.

old daredevil:97-year-old man skydives from 10,000ft

A 97-year-old daredevil, believed to be Britain's oldest skydiver, jumped from an aircraft yesterday.

George Moyse and his grandson Edward Brewer, 43, leapt from a plane flying at 10,000ft with their instructors at the Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire.

For the first 5,000ft, they made a freefall at nearly 120mph before their parachute released and they enjoyed a more tranquil descent - landing safely on Salisbury Plain.



The pensioner, from Bournemouth, Dorset, celebrates his 98th birthday on Wednesday and carried out the stunt to raise money for the Royal National Life-boat Institution.

After the jump, Mr Moyse said: 'It was lovely, I really enjoyed it, I wasn't frightened at all. It was the first time but it won't be the last.'

The elderly thrillseeker added he was an 'outgoing' person who put his old age agility down to luck.





He said: 'I do not sit around, I get about, I go for a walk every day and I do my own cooking, washing, ironing, everything.

'I have just been lucky to be so agile.'

Mr Brewer, from Petersfield in Hampshire, who is raising money for the Royal Air Forces Association, said: 'This is all my grandfather's idea.

'He has supported the RNLI all his life so they were the obvious beneficiaries when he decided he really wanted to do the jump.

'Both the volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards do a fantastic job to keep us safe on and in the water and as a charity they receive no government funding at all so to be able to raise money for them is something my grandfather really wanted to do - and if he can do it, so can I.'