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North Korean men to get Kim’s hairstyle

Men in North Korea are now reportedly required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un. The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, media reports say.

They are now being rolled out across the country – although some people have reservations about getting the look, reports the BBC. “Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will,” one source tells Radio Free Asia. “It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.”

Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home. “Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut’,” he told the Korea Times. It seems that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time – until now people were only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men. North Korea’s state TV previously launched a campaign against long hair, called “Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle”.

Betting slip gaffe costs teen a fortune

A teenager partied with friends after thinking he’d won £1m after predicting 14 football scores – only to find he had filled in the wrong betting slip.

Student Jordan Donnellan, 19, had got 11 out of 11 matches right and was waiting for the last three results to come through at his local pub in Consett, County Durham.

Then Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 2-0 in Seville and Stoke beat Aston Villa at Villa Park 4-1, and his final bet was for Juventus to beat Catania in the Italian top league.

A group of around 25 friends and family cheered as Carlos Tevez scored for Juve and the party went wild at the final whistle, thinking his £1 accumulator had netted him a million.

Donnellan, who is applying to join the RAF, took the slip in to his local Ladbrokes where the results were checked the next day.

He says an assistant checked the results, offered him a hug and said he would have to return as the shop did not have that amount of cash on the premises.

But when he returned three hours later, his mistake had been spotted.

He had filled out a Weekend Result Rush – which requires both teams to score, and offers higher odds – instead of the Weekend Quickslip form he thought he had used.

The Leeds Metropolitan University student said: “I genuinely believed I was going to win £1m. We were jumping around and celebrating.”

Ladbrokes said the higher odds offered in the Weekend Result Rush required both teams to score – and so Mr Donnellan had a losing bet.

Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams said: “It’s rather like buying a UK lottery ticket then spotting that your numbers have come up on the Australian Lotto.”

Termites Eat Into Chinese Woman’s Savings

An elderly lady in southern China has lost all her savings to termites. The £42,000-worth of cash was given to the woman by her children six months ago.

But instead of depositing the money in the bank, she wrapped it up in a plastic bag and stored it in a wooden drawer in her house, according to the state-run CCTV channel.

The unlucky lady, whose identity has not been released, only realised her cash had been munched through by termites in April when she opened the drawer to take out some money to pay for decorating work.

In a panic, she took the banknotes – which had all been damaged – to a local bank in the hope that they could be still identified.

After several rounds of scanning and comparing, the bank managed to verify around £35,000. However, that means the old lady has still lost 15% of her savings.

Post published in: World News

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