WITH a machete at his throat and a gun at his head, Mike Farmer noticed the kid holding the firearm was shaking – they were scared, and that made the situation even more dangerous. "I was just thinking: 'I'm glad my wife stayed at the hotel today – this sucks, I'm actually going to die here'," Mike tells The Sun. It was 2011 in Kenya and he'd been beaten, abducted and driven into the jungle by thieves who knew he had cash – lots of it. That's because Mike, 48, is a meteorite hunter from Tucson, Arizona. He sells his extraterrestrial minerals to amateur astronomers and billionaire businessmen alike, all of whom want to get their hands on a tangible emissary from outer space. A fireball over the skies of Britain last Sunday alone could have scattered thousands of rocks in the fields below. And while the financial and scientific rewards in finding meteorites are great, so are the risks – but Mike lives for the thrill of the chase. "I see myself as like Indiana … [Read more...] about I’m a meteorite dealer who makes millions selling space rocks – I’ve been kidnapped and robbed in the brutal trade
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An independent bookstore claims to be the only shop in the the UK offering two extremely rare Harry Potter first editions - but they will set fans back a staggering £107,500. St Mary’s Books in Stamford, Lincolnshire, is selling an original paperback edition and hardback version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The books, which are an "incredibly rare find", are believed to be the only two on sale in the whole of the country - with the only other paperback available in the USA. The first edition paperback, released in 1997, could once be bought for as little as £4.99 but is on sale at the antiquarian bookshop with the hefty price tag of £12,500. And the hardback edition released at the same time but with only 500 copies printed is for sale for a spellbinding £95,000 - working out to £426 per page. The store bought the paperback version at the end of February from a private seller who had kept it in pristine condition in a safe. The rarer hardback had been sent … [Read more...] about UK book shop has two extremely rare Harry Potter books worth a combined £107,500
THOUSANDS of parents will lose some of all of their child benefit payments under Rishi Sunak's stealth tax, according to research. Although the Chancellor stopped short of a tax rises in the Budget this week, a raft of threshold freezes equals a pay cut for millions of Brits once you take into account inflation . Mr Sunak decided against raising the salary at which parents stop receiving child benefit , hitting the pockets of around 250,000 middle-income parents by 2025. Child benefit is currently worth £21.05 a week for the first child and £13.95 for younger siblings. Anyone with children under the age of 16 can claim the payout. But families stop being entitled to the full payout when one parent earns an annual salary of £50,000 or more. For every £100 above the threshold parents see 1% knocked off their child benefit payments. Can I claim child benefit? YOU can claim child benefit if you’re responsible for one or more children under 16. You may … [Read more...] about Thousands of parents will lose some or all child benefit under Budget stealth tax
CAN you spot the sneaky snake hiding amongst the clutter in this garage? Social media users have been left scratching their heads after Australian snake catchers shared the puzzle to find the deadly Coastal Carpet Python. Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast, a snake removal service based in Queensland, uploaded the brainteaser to their Facebook page after they were called out to a home in Sunnybank. Some eagle-eyed users were able to spot the snake, but others were left baffled by the riddle. "It's great to play this but every time I can't find it which makes me a bit concerned if I had to do it in real life," one user commented. "Is this one of those 'there's no snake' and you are messing with us?" another stumped social media user added. Hidden amidst the resident's workshed is the cunning descendant of the Carpet Python, skulking next to a saw. Formally known as the Morelia spilota mcdowelli, the reptile can grow to up to 10 feet in length. Most … [Read more...] about Can you spot the deadly snake hiding in this cluttered garage?
If you're in the process of buying a home, then chances are you'll have been nervously waiting on Chancellor Rishi Sunak's every word last Wednesday to find out if the stamp duty holiday was being extended. In the end it turned out the leaks were true. The Chancellor extended the stamp duty holiday by three months . This matters because over 300,000 people were said to be stuck waiting for their home purchases to go through before the end of March. If the extension hadn't happened, then they could have been out of pocket. In fact, the stamp duty holiday was extended to the end of June, with further reduced discounts available to the end of September for people living in England and Northern Ireland. This has led to loads of readers contacting me to ask if this is a good time to buy a property. House prices are unpredictable at best – and for every optimist there's a pessimist with a different view. Here’s an overview so if you’re thinking about making a move, you have all … [Read more...] about Is the stamp duty holiday the right time to buy a house? Pros and cons explained