It wasn’t all bad

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Bri­tish sci­en­tists have cre­ated the world’s tini­est Christ­mas card, 200 mil­lion times smaller than a stamp. Mea­sur­ing 15 by 20 mi­crons, the card is in­vis­i­ble to the naked eye, yet fea­tures an in­tri­cate draw­ing of a snow­man and a fes­tive mes­sage. It was made at the Na­tional Physical Lab­o­ra­tory in Ted­ding­ton, south-west Lon­don, on a sil­i­con ni­tride mem­brane with a coat­ing of plat­inum (worth 0.000002p). Its cre­ators say it is ten times smaller than the pre­vi­ous record holder.

A man sleep­ing rough in Glas­gow waited hours in the rain to guard a stranger’s car – and the £450 on its front seat. James John Mc­ge­own (right) no­ticed that one of the car’s win­dows had been left open and spot­ted the cash sit­ting in a hand­bag in full view. Rather than risk it be­ing stolen, he stood guard for two-and-a-half hours be­fore tak­ing the bag to a lo­cal so­lic­i­tor’s of­fice. When the car’s owner, John Mc­mona­gle, came back, he found a note say­ing the cash was safe. He has set up a crowd­fund­ing page that has raised more than £17,000 for Mc­ge­own and other home­less peo­ple in Glas­gow.

A judge in Ire­land has been praised for let­ting a man off jury ser­vice when he re­vealed that he was in love for the first time, at the age of 54. The man had asked to be ex­cused from the trial be­cause he was go­ing away for a long week­end with his part­ner. The judge at Dublin’s Crim­i­nal Courts of Jus­tice looked un­con­vinced un­til – hes­i­tantly – the man said: “I’m 54, a bach­e­lor and it’s my first time in love.” The judge, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, then broke into a broad smile and said: “Then you go, and you go with my bless­ing.”

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