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Wednesday 7 December 2016

French flights cancelled again

Due to a French air traffic controllers strike, a total of 28 flights from Ireland were cancelled today.

Ryanair had 26 flights affected - 18 from Ireland and eight scheduled to arrive at Dublin and Cork.

Two Aer Lingus flights were also affected today - EI 526 Dublin to Paris and EI 527 Paris to Dublin.

Further industrial action is planned on April 16-18, and workers have also threatened to strike on April 29 to May 2.

Vicar's sandals get him barred

A vicar stopped from entering a wine bar on Easter Sunday because he was wearing sandals hopes to return because they "do great mojitos".

The Rev Andrew Dotchin said he had been to a beer festival to celebrate "that Christ had risen" after conducting six church services when he was turned away from The Wine Bar in Ipswich. The 59-year-old real ale fan was forced to go to Vodka Revolution to finish his night.

The father-of-three says he only ever wears sandals, joking that socks never appear in paintings of heaven.

"It was Easter Sunday and I had done six services. I thought 'Christ has risen, let's have a pint'," he said.

BBC aims to go 'internet first'

The BBC will aim to become an "internet first" broadcaster in order to appeal to younger audiences, its head of technology has said.

Matthew Postgate, the corporation's chief technology officer, said he was tasked with making sure the broadcaster was "relevant" to younger viewers and could compete with online rivals such as Netflix and Amazon.

Unlucky punter (104) backs AP

A 104-year-old man believed to be Britain's oldest and "unluckiest" punter has backed AP McCoy to win his last Grand National so they can both "retire gracefully".

George Atkinson met the 19-time champion jockey ahead of Saturday's race as the veteran gambler bids to end a run of seven decades without success.

The centenarian, from Norfolk, has placed bets on the Grand National each year since the 1940s but has never backed a winner.

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