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Buddhists to open temple in outer space

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Buddhist monks at the Daigoji Temple in Japan, founded in 874AD, have teamed up with satellite company Terra Space to set up a temple in space. Containing filled sacred items such as mandalas and Buddha statues, it will orbit Earth once every 90 minutes at an altitude of about 278 miles.

Court disbelieves man with trousers down

A man who was caught with his trousers round his ankles in a Wales lay-by claimed he drove 300 miles in lockdown to take pictures of planets. Police were called to reports of two men lying on the ground by the side of the road in Betws-y-Coed. When the officers arrived, Filip Petrik asked whether they wished him to perform a sex act upon them. Instead, they arrested him. A magistrate fined him £745 for being drunk and disorderly and £500 for breaching Covid regulations.

Royal treasure find

A metal detector fan may have found part of the lost crown of King Henry VIII buried in a farmer’s field in the Midlands. Remembering the moment he found the item, Kev Duckett said: “As I picked up the clod of earth I saw that glint of gold sticking out the side so it was quite an incredible moment.” A coroner has declared the item a treasure, which means the farmer whose field it was discovered in could share in any windfall.

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