Wilcox met attractive divorcee Anna Sheppard, 37, on the local common when his West Highland terrier Flint started playing with her Jack Russell bitch Molly. The sight of the two small dogs rolling happily around in the grass together prompted other dog owners to start referring to them as an engaged couple.
A community of gypsies is asking the Isle of Wight District Council to force a group of owner-occupiers to move on from their bungalows next to the gypsy site. Gypsy spokesman ‘Stevo’ said that although he had no objection to people living in non-mobile homes, ‘the people on Acacia Avenue, Shanklin are a blot on the landscape and should be moved on to a more suitable area away from our colourful Romany site. Its value has halved since the owner-occupiers arrived.’
A middle-aged couple from the Isle of Wight are the toast of the literary scene today after publishing what the London Review of Books has called ‘the standalone achievement in British literary history’. Mr and Mrs Harris, whose only previous works have included notes for the milkman and a firm but fair letter of complaint to the council about overhanging branches, penned the seven-line postcard for a neighbour while on a city-break in Paris and are now firm favourites to pick up both the Booker and a Nobel prize for Literature.