Meet Sophie Barrett,  Europe’s sexiest vegetarian.

21-year-old Sophie, of Creffield Road, Colchester, was yesterday named the winner of the Europe’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2011 competition, organised by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Sophie Barrett (Photo credit: GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY/The Sun)

The 21-year-old part-time glamour model walked away with the top prize after defeating a leaf-loving French student in the final. Her prize includes being a PETA ambassador, food, clothes and wine vouchers worth Ł725.

Sophie, a staunch animal rights campaigner, is currently studying beauty therapy.  She ditched meat when she was just seven and her favourite food is red peppers. She entered the contest to highlight the benefits of foregoing meat.

The Colchester girl said: “I thought it looked like fun and a great way to promote being a vegetarian and show that it is very good for you.

“There is a stigma that we don’t look very healthy, but I wanted to show we have a normal lifestyle.

“I was absolutely amazed when I won as there was a lot of good competition. It’s good to think an Essex girl has come first in Europe and beaten the French.”

You have to agree that this veggie truly has a body of evidence to show a meat-free diet does wonders for the figure. For more stunning photos of Sophie, go to


Norway’s Tippeligaen match between Odd Grenland and Tromso on Sunday evening, which finished 3-1 to Odd, produced one of the most sensational headed goals ever seen in world football.

Finding themselves 2-1 down at Odd Grenland as the game ticked over into injury time, Tromso threw everybody, including the keeper, forward in search of a late equaliser from a corner.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the ball was cleared from the corner kick and was shot downfield where the lone Tromso defender left to man the back headed the ball back over the halfway.

Odd’s Jone Samuelsen, capitalizing on the open goal as the Tromso keeper was still stranded upfield, connected with the defensive header before the ball hit the floor and powerfully headed the ball a full 60 yards into the goal.

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Thanks to this incredible goal, hailed as one of the longest range headed goals of all time, Samuelsen has become an internet sensation after a video of the goal went viral.

Jone Samuelsen


Remember Awana Diab? If the name does not ring a bell, he is the the UAE footballer who shot to fame (or notoriety) after scoring a penalty shot taken with his backheel.

Awana Diab

Sad to say, he died in a car crash yesterday after a training session.

The 21-year-old midfielder became an internet sensation in July thanks to a cheeky spot-kick in his country’s 7-2 win over Lebanon.

He had only been on the pitch of the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium for three minutes when he stepped up to the penalty spot to take a penalty kick. In a shocking move, he turned 180 degrees and back-heel the ball into the net, catapulting him into the ranks of the other penalty-taking legends such Antonin Panenka.

Awana Diab executing his backheel penalty kick

Though he became an internet sensation, he also earned the unwanted epithet of football’s number one idiot. For his unorthodox spot kick, he was issued a yellow card and was branded ‘disrespectful’ by his team manager as well as earning the wrath of some sports commentators who panned his feat as one of the most unsportsmanlike, arrogant actions ever seen in international football.

To relive that famous penalty goal, watch the video player below.

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A dramatic rescue in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve was captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot.

A tiny lion cub, which has somehow slipped and fallen over a cliff, is crying out pitifully for help as it clings on for dear life to the side of the almost vertical cliff.

The mother arriving at the edge of the cliff as her son cries out pitifully for help

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Ladies, do you have any old wonderbras collecting dust in your closet? Hey, you can recycle them into handbags!

Young designer Rita Maria Almeida, a graduate with a degree in Industrial Design,decided to recycle those big Wonderbra cups into handbags. Getting her friends to donate their old Wonderbras to her, she has churned out a huge collection of handbags of all types, sizes and colors.

Rita Maria's recycled Wonderbra handbag

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American daredevil Jeb Corliss, wearing his wing suit, hurtled through the archway of the Tianmen mountain at 75mph after jumping from a helicopter at altitude 6,000 feet above the ground during an event sponsored by Red Bull in Zhangjiajie in south China’s Hunan province, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

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The stuntman’s wing suit, which has thin membranes between the limbs and torso, enabled the 35-year-old to glide through the air while losing altitude gradually instead of plummeting directly towards Earth.

Corliss was able to travel for two-thirds of a mile – and through the 4,265ft mountain’s natural archway – before releasing his parachute and descending gently to the ground. The arch measures less than 100ft across, leaving the stuntman with little room for error.

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Italian bride Elena De Angelis entered the record book when she wore the world’s longest wedding veil on her marriage to Ferdinand Pucci this week.

The entire village of Casal di Princice came to a stand still for the epic wedding dress which was carried through the town

Created a huge sensation in the village of Casal di Principe, Naples, Italy, she was applauded by the whole village while she was driven to the church in a cream open-top classic car with her 3 km veil stretching down the street behind and requiring 600 people to help her carry the headpiece.

The newly-wed in the open-top classic car (Photo : Rex Features)

Elena is sitting in the vintage car as hundreds of people come out to help her carry the dress through the streets of Casal di Principe

Elena De Angelis is all smiles after breaking the world record in Italy for her cream dress

The cream dress, designed by Gianni Molaro, is expected to be confirmed as the world’s longest by the Guinness book of Records.

Molaro said: “I was really greateful to be asked to design this veil. I met tens of thousands of people on the way to the church who complimented my idea.

“I wanted this veil to symbolise peace and hope and I think we have achieved this.

“This has been one of the biggest moments in my career as a designer.”

The white silk veil, about 28 times the length of Manchester United’s Old Trafford pitch and would take Usain Bolt running at blistering world record pace almost five minutes to run its full length, took dozens of seamstresses several months to create.

Hundreds of workers from the design company worked together to get the three kilometre long dress into the church

Three-kilometre long wedding veil (Photo Rex Features)


About 1,000 Israeli volunteers bared it all in a mass nude photo shoot at the Dead Sea, stripping naked on September 17 for US art photographer Spencer Tunick’s first middle-east mass shoot titled “Naked Sea.”

Spencer Tunick's nude photo shoot at the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea was chosen by Tunick for his latest project so as to deliver an environmental message highlighting the plight of the world’s lowest and saltiest body of water and to boost Israel’s campaign to have the salt-saturated feature recognised as one of the world’s seven natural wonders in a global online vote in November.

The fabled salty lake is dropping by about a metre (39 inches) each year, and the shoreline has receded by more than a kilometre (0.6 mile) in places, according to some estimates. Experts have warned that the lake may dry out by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken to halt its demise.

Dead Sea nude photo shoot

Both Israel and Jordan are exploiting the Dead Sea tourist trade, with luxury hotels on either shore.

Both have also set up massive evaporation pools that harvest Dead Sea minerals like potash, or potassium carbonate, used to produce soap, glass, baking soda and fertilisers.

For centuries, the sea’s delicate balance was maintained by the Jordan river, its only year-round water source. But in recent decades Israel and Jordan have been diverting its waters into large irrigation projects.

Tunick is a Jewish American who has gained fame for his trademark group photo shoot of naked human bodies over prominent landscapes and landmarks ranging from a Swiss glacier, Mexico City’s Zocalo to the Sydney Opera House.

Switzerland Aletsch glacier (Photo Credit :AP Laurent Gillieron)

Mexico City's Zocalo Square (Photo Credit :Reuters)

Sydney Opera House

Another Tucnik's mass nude photo shoot

“In some places the work is a little bit more controversial, and then in other places the works are accepted as a litmus test for how free a country is, or how open a country is, and how full of rights a country is,” he told a pre-shoot press briefing.

“For me, a country that allows the nude in art, in public space is some place that’s very progressive, very open, and very caring, and very dignified.”

The photo shoot sparked both excitement and harsh objection in the Jewish state. Despite heated protests by Orthodox Jewish politicians and rabbis over what they termed the “Sodom and Gomorrah” nature of Tunick’s work in reference to that ancient biblical debauchery, the photo shoot went ahead smoothly without any untoward incidents.

Dead Sea mass nude photo shoot

The head of the local council in whose area the early-morning photo session took place had threatened to call police to disperse the shoot, which he said was offensive to local residents.

Organisers kept the location secret until the last moment to secure it, and there were no hitches to the two-hour session at the Mineral Beach complex, not far from where tradition says the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, irreparably overrun by sin, were destroyed by God along with their inhabitants. Tunick, who grew up in the largely Hassidic community of South Fallsburg, NY, said in the briefing that he could understand how religious people could find his work offensive.

“That’s why I’ve decided to do the work on Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath), so no-one would be walking by and see a naked person half a mile away and be offended,” he said.

For Ari Frucht, who initiated the project and toiled over its preparations for the past four years, a work by Spencer Tunick would not only help raise awareness of the sea’s condition and galvanise Israel’s government into action. It would also send a message to the world that Israelis are not religious extremists.

A jubilant Tunick praised the “brave” participants of his installation, some of whom flew to Israel especially for it.

“This could happen nowhere else in the Middle East,” he said as the event wound down, and the men and women headed to the showers and buses.

“If you love freedom in New York, freedom in London, freedom in Italy… there’s freedom in Israel, and I think this is very important for people to understand.”

Naked Sea nude photo shoot


Indonesians monopolized the top 5 positions of t recently release Wall Street Journal’s Southeast Asia Power List of the 30 most influential business leaders in Southeast Asia while positions 6 to 10 on the list went to Malaysians.

Aburizal Bakrie, owner of Bakrie Group, takes the first position. He is one of Indonesia’s most prominent business and political leaders. The billionaire’s business group is part-owner of Bumi Resources Group, Indonesia’s biggest coal producer by output, of which he is also the Chairman. He also is chairman of Indonesia’s Golkar political party, a member of the ruling coalition.

Aburizal Bakrie

Ranked second on the list is Putra Sampoerna, Chairman of Sampoerna Group,  who is estimated to be worth more than $2 billion. After selling his tobacco businesses in 2005, he has been focusing on online gaming and agricultural businesses.

Putra Sampoerna

Ranked third is Anthoni Salim, CEO of Salim Group which has interests in everything from real estate to agriculture. Its Indofood Sukses Makmur has grown into one of the world’s largest instant-noodle makers.

Anthoni Salim

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Jennifer Wilson, originally from Exeter, became an iconic image thanks to this old rock festival photograph that epitomised the free spirited summer of love and the hippy movement.

Jennifer Wilson was the subject of an iconic image thanks to this old rock festival photograph that epitomised the free spirited summer of love

The picture was taken at a music festival in 1978 shortly after Wilson, now 67, moved away from her home city of Exeter in Devon to London.

The photo shows the young, long-haired Wilson standing topless amid her friends, playing air guitar, lost in the music at an open-air festival.

But now more than three decades on the woman in the shot has revealed she wasn’t a drug-taking hippie chick of easy virtue, but a straight-laced married woman looking for something to do.

‘I seemed to be photographed at pop concerts every time I went,’ she said.

‘I used to wear unusual clothing with lots of colours – I still do but I’m trying to tone it down now I’m older.

‘I think it was at Reading Festival while dancing to a band like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Genesis – it could have been any band like that.

‘I used to love music when I was at school.

‘The teacher used to tell us to close our eyes when listening to a piece of music so you can hear it properly and not get distracted by what’s going on around you.

‘I still close my eyes now when listening to a new record.

‘Sometimes the photo is used with the wrong story, like drugs or promiscuity, that insinuates all sorts of things I don’t like.

‘I didn’t take drugs, I was too naive. And I wasn’t even promiscuous.

‘I had been married for a few years at that time. I was very straight. I went to pop concerts for something to do.’

Ms Wilson was the eldest of eight children, five girls and three boys, and grew up in Alphington, Exeter.

She got married to an Exeter man and moved to London after her divorce aged 25, where she made a living as a dress maker.

Today she lives in East Acton with her partner of 12 years and has raised three daughters.

2011 Jennifer Wilson

She regularly visits Exeter, where her mother and two sisters still live, and can recall the times her dad used to take her and her brothers and sisters to watch Exeter City.

‘When I divorced I started going to rock concerts as a way of trying to pick myself up off the floor,’ she said.

‘It was a kind of freedom after being brought up strictly and convent educated.

‘I used to go to Reading and Knebworth a lot to listen to various bands.

‘I can’t remember them all. I remember it was a really hot day and people started to sunbathe topless.

‘I looked like the odd ball with my clothes on. All the girls were going round with their tops off so I did the same.

‘I couldn’t believe I was the one who was photographed. It was the happiest time of my life. I met lovely people. It was all love and peace.

‘There was no violence like there is now.’

Ms Wilson said she worked for a time as a Go Go dancer in London.

She also spent a year living in a bus in Morocco sitting on the side of the road selling beaded headbands.

‘I used to get recognised in and around Earls Court near where I lived,’ she said. ‘Even the bread delivery man noticed me.

‘I seemed to get photographed all the time. Every time anyone sees a photo of me I try to get a copy. And a friend’s son found quite a few pictures of me on a hippie website.’

She added: ‘I’m shocked that the photo has been used this long.’

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