The video no-one predicted when filming of council meetings was allowed…

When Eric Pickles, the local government and communities secretary, forced through new rules allowing the press and public to film council meetings, many people perhaps hoped (at best) that heated verbal jousts would be caught on camera.

I suspect very few people expected a fight to be caught on camera.

And to be fair to the members of Briercliffe Parish Council near Burnley, they weren’t the ones fighting.

Instead, a row over the rights to graze sheep near allotments caused a fight among members of the public attending:

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Singer newspaper sellers! (video)

The Birmingham Mail launched a part-paid, part-free distribution model for its Friday paper a couple of weeks ago.

Around 50,000 copies are given away in the city centre every Friday. To mark the launch of the new edition, the Mail hired actors to act as newspaper sellers – who surprised shoppers, works and others by bursting into song.

I watched the video (on the Mail’s YouTube channel) and it made me smile, so I thought I’d share it on here too