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Date:- 05 February 2007

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MANY of us may have dreamt of living in a spaceship when we were younger, but never realised this dream when reaching the heady heights of adulthood. However, Real Estate TV has found some of the few that have done so and consequently will be launching their new TV series ‘World’s Most Extreme Homes’ which will be aired for the first time in the UK on Real Estate TV.

The series will allow viewers to take a look into some of the most outrageous and extraordinary homes from around the world and see how the owners live their everyday lives in the unconventional living spaces that they call ‘home’.

Viewers will be able to take a look inside properties ranging from the weird to the sublime including houses built to resemble: a spaceship, a prehistoric creature, a property built around a massive tree, a marine biologist who suspended his house over a pond, are to name, but a few.

Mark Dodd, Managing Director of Real Estate TV comments:- “The saying ‘it takes all sorts’ can indeed be used to describe this programme. It is a great insight into how people live their lives in what they call their homes from all around the world. If you feel like some inspiration or indeed a bit of light relief then you should definitely tune in to watch this series.”

For further information on this program visit

Letters To Editor:- "Formby Ice Rink?"

"PLEASE can you settle an argument for me. Did Formby, once have an Ice Rink, if yes between what years was it used.?" Les

Editors Reply... "Yes it did. The building still exists. It has sited in the Spar Shop on the junction of (B5424) Ryeground Lane, Green Lane and Piercefield Rd. (across the road from the Gapes Pub). It closed due to it failing to attract enough visitors to keep it open. Talk did crop up about around 1999 - 2000 about rebuilding it, but nothing ever came about. Will try getting the dates for you. Hope that helps!"

 Aspiring television presenters can bid to be a presenter on propeller on Sky!

THE next Russell Brand, Ant, Dec, Cat or Davina can bid to win a week's presenting slots on the UK's rapidly growing, national digital channel propeller TV.

Aspiring presenters can bid for one week on eBay to co-present the channel's prime-time, nightly Red Carpet slot, showcasing the latest work by film and television students to over 8 million homes in the UK and 70 million across Europe.

Bidding starts 6 February 2007 at 9am until 10pm on 13 February 2007, with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. The highest bidder receives an all expenses paid weekend to propeller's studios in Immingham, where they will meet the team, get a real insight into television presenting and programme making and even record their own feature all about themselves. With a week of programmes with propeller's own young and gifted presenters Benn Cordey and Peter Marshall in the can, the winner also will be given a showreel of their broadcast experience to show friends, family and prospective employers.

The winner's work will be screened on national television in spring 2007.

Dawn Simpson, Broadcast Development Director commented:- "propeller TV is all about new talent and making available the best possible support and training to budding professionals and this is a novel way to find new talent. We also wanted to have a bit of fun to celebrate our first birthday (February 6th) and selling a presenting slot on eBay is a creative way of giving aspiring presenters a shot at an industry that's notoriously difficult to get into, whilst raising money for a very deserving cause."

Judith Dutton, Deputy Director, Marketing for Macmillan Cancer Support said:- "Macmillan is extremely grateful to propeller for its continued support in helping us to push on in our goals to reach and improve the lives of more people affected by cancer. Fundraising is vital for charities to survive and it's great to see propeller doing this in such innovative and inspiring ways."

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